At its meeting Tuesday night, the Select Board paid tribute to longtime Hopkinton High School teacher and coach Aubrey Doyle, who died Feb. 21 at the age of 90.
“He was kind of the epitome of what Hopkinton used to be,” Brendan Tedstone said. “A really, really wonderful guy.”
Tedstone said he had Doyle as a teacher and remained in touch throughout the years.
“He turned a lot of the people in town into good students,” Tedstone said, adding: “I learned a lot of lessons from him throughout my [life].”
Tedstone said Doyle — for whom one of the gyms at Hopkinton Middle School is named — frequently could be spotted wearing a green jacket and tie in support of the town and school.
“He just bled green,” Tedstone said. “He really was the epitome of someone who had Hopkinton pride.”
Mary Jo LaFreniere noted that Doyle’s children have served on town committees, stating, “His legacy lives on.”
New police officer approved
Matthew LaTour was unanimously approved to be the town’s newest police officer.
A graduate of the State Police Municipal Academy, LaTour has been working as a police officer for the UMass Worcester Police Department, focused on the medical school and hospital. A Douglas High School product, he studied cognitive science at the University of Connecticut, graduating in 2020.
LaTour was president and captain of the Boxing Club at UConn and practices Brazilian jiu jitsu for self-defense. He also has trained in de-escalation strategies.
LaTour said he worked some traffic shifts in town recently, and that piqued his interest in joining the HPD.
“I sort of got a really good feel from the town,” he said. “Everyone had a lot of respect for the Police Department. I noticed it was a very active community. A lot of people were engaged in what was going on in Hopkinton, so that was something that I was interested in being a part of. It’s important to be involved in the community and also to have a community that wants to be involved in making the community better. That makes the job of the police a lot easier.”
Misc.: Budget discussed
Town Manager Norman Khumalo and Chief Financial Officer Tim O’Leary led a presentation on the town’s budget. Special attention was paid to the overlay account where Hopkinton must hold tax payments from Eversource while the utility continues to file legal challenges to its assessments. …
Priya Vasudevan was named to fill a vacant voting seat on the Youth Commission, while Hopkinton High School sophomore Evanya Mathur was tabbed to fill the a non-voting student representative vacancy. …
The board accepted the resignation of Ekaterina Naumova, who is moving out of state, from the Cultural Council.