Hopkinton Today: Thursday, May 6

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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.

Monica Cannon-Grant, who is organizing Thursday’s rally on the Town Common for Mikayla Miller, questioned why the individuals who had a confrontation with the Hopkinton teenager prior to her death have not been charged and said that she wants Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan to “step down and let the FBI handle this case.” “Everything about this case has been a lack of transparency and it insinuates that something is being hidden or covered up,” she said.

Hopkinton schools will switch to an early dismissal schedule Thursday due to the Mikayla Miller rally planned for the Town Common. Superintendent Carol Cavanaugh also stated: “There will be an increased police presence in our schools [Thursday] during the day.” Some downtown business are closing midday as well.

The three candidates for School Committee talked about their views for educating Hopkinton’s children after the fallout from the pandemic at an HCAM candidates forum Tuesday evening. School Committee chair Amanda Fargiano, incumbent member Margaret “Meg” Tyler and challenger Jared Pray are vying for two seats in the upcoming election on May 22. Although they shared some common goals, each had a unique perspective that shaped how they would make decisions.

The Hopkinton Freedom Team is holding a two-part active bystander training on May 18 and June 9 (5:30-8 p.m. both nights) to help people constructively resolve everything from microaggressions to witnessing acts of violence or abuse. “It was so incredibly heartwarming to see people learn tools to help make Hopkinton more inclusive, safe and welcoming for people like me and other members of racial and social minority groups,” said Freya Proudman, a Hopkinton High School graduate who participated in an early round of training.

The Kidsborough Summer Program offers new and exciting adventures for children in kindergarten through sixth grade.

Town meetings tonight include the School Committee (7).

Photo of the Day: This issue’s winner of the Hopkinton Independent/Bill’s Pizza photo contest is Rebecca Bacon for this photo of Brad Bacon and daughter Olivia strolling down Main Street following an afternoon snack at Hop-Yo.

Photo contest winner 5-5-21
PHOTO/REBECCA BACON

Video of the Day:

Hopkinton Independent house ad