Hopkinton Today: Wednesday, Dec. 2

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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.

During the continuation of its debate about whether or not to adopt the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) pledge to address systemic racism, the Select Board on Tuesday agreed that members of the town’s public safety departments — most notably the Police Department — should first be invited to share their views. “I have heard directly from members of our police force: ‘If you sign that thing, that’s BS,’ ” Select Board member Brian Herr said. “I’ve heard that. So let’s not go there.”

Hopkinton health director Shaun McAuliffe, during his COVID-19 update at Tuesday night’s Select Board meeting, said the town is up to 47 active cases, as the number continues to rise dramatically. “I don’t think it’s any surprise that we’ve seen an incredible surge over the last two months,” he said. “We’re seeing significant increases every day. … We’ve seen 23 new cases since last Wednesday.”

Monday’s storm left its mark on Hopkinton, and on Tuesday crews were busy starting the cleanup process. We have photos of the damage around town.

Town committee meetings today include the Council on Aging (1 p.m.), Growth Study Committee (7) and Youth Commission (7). And the School Committee will have office hours from 7-8 p.m.

Photo of the Day: A Christmas display on Hayden Rowe Street shows the effects of Monday’s storm.

Christmas display
PHOTO/JERRY SPAR

Video of the Day:

Hopkinton Independent house ad