News Briefs: Special Town Election set for Feb. 3

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Special Town Election set for Feb. 3

A Special Town Election is set for Monday, Feb. 3, at Hopkinton Middle School’s Brown Gym to vote on debt exclusions for the three capital articles related to the school expansion projects that passed at Special Town Meeting on Dec. 9.

Question 1 reads: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to construct, reconstruct, renovate, alter, and improve Hopkinton High School?

Question 2 reads: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to purchase and install modulate classrooms at the Elmwood School, including associated engineering, design and construction?

Question 3 reads: Shall the Town of Hopkinton be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to purchase and install modulate classrooms at the Hopkins School, including associated engineering, design and construction?

Meanwhile, Feb. 3 also is the day the warrant will close for the Annual Town Meeting, which is scheduled for May 4.

Census forms missing minors

Residents who received their annual census forms might have noticed that household members under the age of 17 were omitted. Town clerk Connor Degan sent a press reason on Jan. 9 addressing the issue. He noted that individuals should add the minors back to the form, although they should already be in the town’s internal system despite the omission.

“We are working to identify the cause of the issue, but again this will not have an effect on the resident status of minors in the household,” Degan stated. “Again, please add all minors to your census to ensure that they are listed accurately.

Anyone who has questions or concerns should email townclerk@hopkintonma.gov or call call 508-497-9710.

Board of Health public hearing Feb. 10

The Hopkinton Board of Health will hold a public hearing on Monday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m. at the Hopkinton Senior Center (28 Mayhew St.) to hear, accept comments and to consider adoption of the Board of Health Tobacco Regulations Section 8 to insert a two-tier fee structure and sunsetting language. Copies of the regulation(s) are available at the Health Department and on the town’s web page (hopkintonma.gov). Written comments may be mailed prior to the hearing to the Health Department, Town Hall, 18 Main St., third floor, Hopkinton, MA 01748.

MRMC seeks ‘Compassionate Companions’

Milford Regional Medical Center is looking for volunteers to serve as “Compassionate Companions,” to ensure that patients at the end of life are not alone.

Based on the “No one dies alone” program, Compassionate Companion volunteers provide a comforting, compassionate presence for patients at the end of life who would otherwise be alone.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Elaine Willey, director of volunteer services, at ewilley@milreg.org. Volunteers will be interviews, screened and trained. The deadline to apply is Jan. 30 in order to be included in this year’s training.

McBride back at Army base

Pfc. John R. (Trey) McBride III returned to his base in Fort Bliss, Texas, after spending the holidays with his family. McBride joined the Army on Jan. 7, 2019. He is the son of John R. McBride Jr. and the grandson of John and Carol McBride, all of Hopkinton.

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