With shovels in hand, local and state officials, including Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, ceremonially broke ground for the new 7,000-square-foot Marshfield Maritime Center in Green Harbor on Dec. 18. The $3 million facility will “provide vital support to the working waterfront and help unlock new opportunities for tourism, recreation, and commercial fishing,” Governor Charlie Baker said in a statement.
Quincy-based nonprofit Interfaith Social Services raised $385,000 on Dec. 8 at its annual gala held at the Granite Links Golf Club. Proceeds from the gala, now in its 20th year, will go toward food, housing assistance, and mental health programs. The organization says its pantry has distributed nearly 500,000 meals each year.
Jersey Mike’s Subs
, a sandwich-sub restaurant that’s expanding across the nation, has opened a new location at 1810 Washington St. in Hanover. Bob Quinlan, the franchise owner, said he hopes to bring a taste of New Jersey’s sandwiches and subs to cities and towns south of Boston. The company has four restaurants in the state, including in Marlborough and Raynham.
British Beer Co. closed its Walpole location on Christmas Eve. In a statement on its Facebook page, owners Gary Simon, Doug Freeman, and Harry Gnong said the decision to close the Providence Highway pub was made after they were “unable to reach an agreement with our landlord at this location.” The restaurant and pub chain serves British cuisine and has 13 other locations, including in Pembroke and Plymouth.
After more than 22 years, Grasso’s Italian Groceria in Lakeville closed in early December. In a statement on Facebook, the owners said, “It is with very mixed emotions that we have come to the decision to close our business.” The Italian specialty store sold its own homemade sauces, meatballs, and breads.Jonathan Ng can be reached at Jonathan.Ng@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanNgBOS.