Candidates line up busy campaign season

Wide-open races to succeed three veteran lawmakers, and spirited challenges to several incumbents, are claiming the most attention.

Reports differ on noise caused by turbines in Scituate, Kingston

The boards of health in Scituate and Kingston are grappling this month with studies of noise pollution from large-scale wind turbines in their communities.

Brockton’s acting chief, Robert Hayden, has established a reputation for working on the front lines with his officers.

Brockton police chief, recovered from fall, back on job

Brockton’s acting police chief returned to roll call this week more than a month after a bicycle accident in Hingham left him battered.

Two strikingly different exterior photos were taken by homeowner Jacinta Murphy. At top, the house in October 2013 as renovations began in earnest and (center) the house as it appeared earlier this month.

New look for an old Norwood landmark

Owner Jacinta Murphy and her fiancé, Jim Murray, restored the Victorian clapboard structure to much of its original late 19th-century glory.

Long lines for classes in English

Statewide, only a fraction of adults looking to take English language classes are able to do so each year, with demand far outweighing supply.

Marshland habitat was transferred from the town airport to Mass Audubon’s Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary.

Marshfield sanctuary gets 100-acre addition

Mass Audubon has added the coastal marshland to its Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield.

Students at a Duxbury theater camp rehearse for their show, “Beyond the Yellow Brick Road: A Story of Oz.”

Behind the scenes

Theater students take a new road to Oz

A local youth theater program is following the famous yellow brick road to a new theatrical experience this summer.

Cartoon Caption Contest

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Send us your submissions for this week’s cartoon, and see the winning caption and finalists from last week’s contest.

Globe South Sports

Maddie Dewire, 16, won a top singles tennis title in the Independent School League.

Hingham, Weymouth rivals spur each other

Maddie Dewire admitted she was nervous when she took the court last week for the inaugural New Balance High School Tennis Championships.

West

Entomologist Michael Veit with a bee he found in a field near his home.

Pepperell entomologist abuzz about bees

Black flies. Bees. Dragonflies. If you’ve ever shooed them away from your picnic, chances are entomologist Michael Veit has spent time studying them.

Interactive Graphic

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See the number of concussions reported by area high schools with a sortable table.

Globe South Briefs

Norwell

To go green or not?

The Board of Selectmen is currently studying whether the town should pursue designation as a Green Community by the state’s Department of Energy Resources, a status reached by demonstrating a commitment to energy conservation. “The most sensitive topic is the impact on residential building, be it new or modifications,” said board chair Ellen Allen. “For me personally, I need to get a little more comfortable with what this means from a builder’s perspective.” According to Allen, the board is in no rush to make a decision and will take its time to study the implications of a Green Communities designation for builders and homeowners. “We need to complete that initial assessment, and then we can step back and see if we’re comfortable,” she said.

Middleborough

Bids being accepted on telescope

Bids are being accepted on a telescope donated to the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library until 5 p.m. on Sept. 2 via a silent auction. The telescope is a Meade LXD55 with an eight-inch lens plus additional accessories. It was donated by a resident. The original purchase price was $1,500, and the current value, according to the Meade Instruments Corporation, is $1,000. The telescope can be viewed at the library during regular hours. The opening bid has been set at $500 and can rise in $25 increments with additional bids. Bid slips are available at the main desk at the library, and must be picked up in person. No bid numbers will be assigned over the telephone. The telescope will be dismantled and packed in the original box, but the winning bidder will be responsible for pickup and transport, according to librarian Danielle Bowker. For more information, call 508-946-2470 or send an e-mail to midlib@sailsinc.org.

Plympton

Several municipal buildings to be retrofitted

The town is in the process of using its Green Community grant money to retrofit several municipal buildings, said Town Coordinator Dale Pleau. According to Pleau, the elementary school, Town House, Highway Department, and library will have their inside and outside lighting replaced for greater energy efficiency. Plympton was awarded a $141,500 Green Community grant by Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. in February, having received official designation as a Green Community from the Department of Energy Resources in December.

Hanover

Workers at local site may qualify for federal benefits

People who worked at the National Fireworks plant in Hanover may be eligible for medical compensation costs through the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation program for former employees and their survivors. The program was created in 2000, after Congress found that employees who worked in nuclear weapons production were put at risk of cancer, silicosis, and premature death without their knowledge. Employees who worked at the facility in Hanover between 1959 and 1961, while it was run by American Potash and Chemical Company, may qualify. During that time, workers shaped uranium metal, formed uranium-magnesium explosives, and worked uranium-based powders. According to the Department of Labor, three applications related to the Hanover site have already been filed but were denied because two applicants worked at the site outside the covered time period and one individual did not meet the definition of a covered survivor.