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Hopkinton Today: Monday, April 17

by | Apr 17, 2023 | Featured: Features, Hopkinton Today

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 photo of the day.

The 127th Boston Marathon is today. Click here for detailed information about road closures, race start times and a map of the starting area.

Hopkinton resident Michael Parduhn connected with Meg, his late wife, in Chicago years ago through running. Now he is using their shared passion as a way to raise awareness about ovarian cancer, the disease that took her life more than four years ago, by running as part of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team in the Boston Marathon.

For Hopkinton resident Erik Gonzalez, the Boston Marathon is his first-ever running event. His motive is to encourage people to be generous and inspire them to realize achievements that others may call impossible. On both accounts, he serves as an extraordinary example.

Leading off the local runners roundup, Hopkinton’s Scott Lennox and his daughter, Beth, have completed a marathon in all 50 states, and Scott will run his 18th Boston Marathon today.

The starters for Waves 2-4 of the Boston Marathon include two longtime public servants and a resident who has given back to the community in countless ways. Hopkinton Police Chief Joseph Bennett will start Wave 2, recently retired Department of Public Works employee Jamie Stewart will start Wave 3, and Abbie Rosenberg, who started two charitable endeavors in Hopkinton, will start Wave 4.

The field of professional athletes for the 127th Boston Marathon includes women from 18 countries and men from 21 in the open, wheelchair and para athletics divisions.

Karen Zaleski, who has been director of student services in Hopkinton for nine years, is leaving to be the interim superintendent in Weston, while Hopkins School Principal Vanessa Bilello is taking a principal’s job in Brookline.

The School Committee on Thursday voted 3-2 to approve an amended budget for fiscal year 2024 totaling $59,937,752, a 7.9 percent increase over the previous year.

As part of the Main Street Corridor Project this week, work will begin on Tuesday to continue the service connections to buildings between Muffin House Cafe and Hayden Rowe Street.

Photo of the Day: The statue of longtime Boston Marathon starter George Brown stands at the ready for today’s race.

Starter statue

PHOTO/JOHN CARDILLO

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