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 and video of the day.
The School Committee at Thursday’s meeting approved the fiscal year 2023 budget of $57,116,438 and discussed a range of topics from updating the school calendar to the decrease in COVID-19 cases in schools over the past week. The committee approved by a 4-0-1 vote the proposed FY 2023 school budget after considering presentations on budget requests for the past several weeks. Member Meg Tyler abstained after speaking about her concern over out-of-district placements for students with disabilities, stressing the need for inclusivity.
Hopkinton’s latest COVID-19 update shows the town recording the highest 14-day percent positivity since the start of the pandemic at 21.24 percent and includes information on the new SMART Health Card and home test kits.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced that the Fruit Street bridge over the MBTA/CSX Railroad and the Sudbury River in Hopkinton and Westborough will close at 7 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 7. The bridge is expected to remain closed until the spring of 2023 in order to facilitate bridge construction operations as part of the $12.5 million bridge replacement project.
Leading off the Hopkinton High School Sports Roundup, the girls and boys basketball teams both defeated Holliston on Sunday, while boys hockey continued its hot streak with its fourth straight win on Saturday.
This week’s Library Corner highlights a Mass Audubon program about nature in winter.
Town meetings tonight include the Board of Health (5:30), Library Trustees (7) and Marathon Fund Committee (7).
Photo of the Day: A chunk of ice features some interesting designs.
Video of the Day: