Hopkinton Today: Friday, Sept. 4

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Good morning, Hopkinton! Welcome to the daily update we call Hopkinton Today — a quick recap of yesterday’s news, highlights of what’s on tap, and a video or two to brighten your morning.

Representatives for the Hopkinton Teachers Association and the school department have been “working really hard’’ on negotiations for a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the new school year, superintendent Carol Cavanaugh told School Committee members Thursday. Two of the major issues under discussion include whether teachers will be required to teach onsite if the district goes to remote learning and whether lessons will be livestreamed, she said.

Hopkinton High School athletic director Rich Cormier, in a presentation to the School Committee, said fall sports tryouts have been pushed back to Sept. 26, volleyball has been moved to the new fourth season that starts in February, and middle school fall sports have been canceled. Also, no spectators will be allowed at fall sports games, at least to start.

Two of Hopkinton native Sarah Woodard’s newest children’s books recently received the distinguished Purple Dragonfly Book Award, both capturing an honorable mention in the Green/Environmental category in the worldwide book competition.

This week’s Business Profile takes a look at Under Pressure, a power washing business owned by Hopkinton’s Mark Mercer.

Photo of the Day: The Hopkinton High School Diversity Club hosted Chalk It Up, a town-wide event in which community members were encouraged to create messages of diversity, inclusivity and kindness on their driveways and sidewalks. Below, learning specialist Caitlin Burke gets creative with her message.

Caitlin Burke
PHOTO/CHRISTINE STRICKLAND

Video of the Day:

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