Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe South.

SHARON

Sharon library explores moving

The Sharon Public Library is considering moving to another location, after its plan to expand the Carnegie-funded 1914 library failed to pass muster with the Sharon Historical Commission.

DUXBURY

Duxbury officials say “no” to recreational pot

Duxbury selectmen have written state leaders to let them know that they, too, are against ballot question 4 legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use.

CANTON

Canton writing rules for Reservoir Pond

Canton officials are poised to create the town’s first set of regulations for boating, swimming, and other activity on Reservoir Pond.

RAYNHAM

Countertop business coming to Raynham

The Raynham Planning Board recently cleared the way for a marble and granite countertop business to open on Broadway.

PLYMOUTH

Plymouth eager to begin cleanup of contaminated waterfront site

Officials in Plymouth hope work will begin this fall on the cleanup of a contaminated waterfront site, following the recent announcement of a $600,000 Brownfields grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency to fund the project.

EAST BRIDGEWATER

East Bridgewater hires 10 new officers

Police Chief Scott Allen said he has appointed three full-time officers to fill vacancies in his department, as well as seven part-time officers.

SCITUATE

Remembering opioid victims in Scituate

Scituate will remember those lost to opioid overdoses in a nondenominational sunrise service at the Scituate Lighthouse jetty on Aug. 31, which is International Overdose Awareness Day.

DEDHAM

Dragonfly Theater offers free Shakespeare

The Dragonfly Theater in Dedham will put on three free performances around the town this month of a Shakespearean drama set during the Trojan War.

WEYMOUTH

Weymouth OK’s property taking for intersection

The Weymouth Town Council last week approved taking private property, both permanently and temporarily, to accommodate improvements to the entrance to the town’s main industrial park.

HINGHAM

Gannon in race for Senate again

Hingham Selectman Paul Gannon is again running for the state Senate, as the political landscape continues to shift.

KINGSTON

Restoration plan for Jones River moves along

The Jones River Watershed Association has taken another step toward restoring the river that flows through Kingston into Kingston Bay.

EASTON

Easton’s head of planning and development resigns

The head of planning and economic development for the town of Easton has resigned, effective Sept. 14, citing the change in the direction of the Board of Selectmen.

DUXBURY

Duxbury settles with Johnson Golf for $695,000

The town of Duxbury and Johnson Golf Management Inc. have agreed on a $695,000 settlement, ending a seven-year-old lawsuit over the town’s bidding of a contract to manage the municipal North Hill Country Club.

Walpole High School will start day 15 minutes later

The start time for the high school has been pushed back 15 minutes -- from 7:15 to 7:30 a.m.

MILTON

Developer wants to build homes on Milton’s former ‘poor farm’

Almost five years after buying the town’s “poor farm” for $5 million, a developer has applied for permission to build 23 homes on 30 acres of the site abutting the Blue Hills Reservation.

NORWELL

Norwell looking at former selectman’s residency

Responding to a legal challenge from two Norwell residents, the town’s Board of Registrars will decide soon whether former selectman John Mariano is still a town resident.

RANDOLPH

Randolph seeks bicyclists’ views for lane project

If you ride a bicycle in Randolph, or would like to do so, the town is seeking your input as it undertakes a study toward the creation of a safe network of bike lanes and paths that would connect locations in town and in the region.

New pool, splash pad, ropes course planned for Marshfield

The Boys & Girls Club of Marshfield is upgrading its clubhouse on Proprietors Drive.

ROCHESTER

Rochester brings on the frog races

New fun for youngsters, plus some old favorites, including the ever-popular “BYOF” frog races (bring your own frog), are on tap for the 17th Annual Rochester Country Fair this month.

PLYMOUTH

State plans panel on Pilgrim decommissioning

The state plans to create an advisory panel on the decommissioning of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, under legislation recently adopted on Beacon Hill.

PEMBROKE

Pembroke residents asked to help improve town’s environment

The Board of Selectmen is initiating a program in which community members will be invited to submit proposals for enhancing the natural areas and ecosystems of Pembroke.

MATTAPOISETT/ROCHESTER

Mattapoisett, Rochester get funds for land protection

State officials recently awarded Mattapoisett and Rochester $35,000 each in federal funds to support their effort to protect 164 acres of undeveloped land straddling the two towns.

EASTON

Easton reprimands official for anti-Muslim comments

The town’s Board of Selectmen reprimanded a member of the Conservation Commission for comments posted to his personal Facebook page, but declined to remove him from his position.

HOLBROOK

Holbrook library seeks ideas for five-year plan

Where do you see yourself in five years? The Holbrook Public Library is asking itself that question.

QUINCY

Quincy gets state money for new middle school

Quincy’s bid to construct a new Sterling Middle School cleared a major hurdle recently when the Massachusetts School Building Authority approved funding for the project.

WEST BRIDGEWATER

West Bridgewater promotes lieutenant to police chief

The Board of Selectmen recently named Victor Flaherty Jr. to serve as the town’s new chief, succeeding Donald Clark, who retired in July.

WESTWOOD

Dedham-Westwood district restricts water usage

Westwood residents can only water their lawns on Tuesdays because of continuing drought conditions that are affecting the water supply, officials announced last week.

CARVER

Carver school building project on track

When Carver Elementary School students return in the fall, they will see a new traffic plan for dropoff and an adjusted playground space as officials prepare for the construction of a new elementary school.

FOXBOROUGH

Foxborough soliciting ideas for downtown

Taking the glass-is-half-full approach, Foxborough officials are looking at the growing numbers of vacant businesses in their downtown as a chance to reimagine what the area could be.

HINGHAM

Use of sprinklers banned in Hingham area

Use of outdoor sprinklers is now forbidden in Hingham, Hull, and north Cohasset.

HULL

Hull to install LED streetlights

The town is replacing its high-pressure sodium streetlights with LED ones, a two-year project expected to save money in annual energy costs.

HANSON

Hanson planning for 200th anniversary

Hanson is launching plans to mark the 200th anniversary of its incorporation as a town.

Cohasset couple loses lawsuit over dream home

The couple said a drawings of the home made it appear more imposing than proposed.

MARSHFIELD

Shark buoys placed off Marshfield coast

Joining a handful of other South Shore communities, Marshfield has installed three shark-detecting buoys off its ocean beaches.

PLYMOUTH

Plymouth looking to curb rooster crowing

The Board of Health at its Aug. 10 meeting plans to discuss with the town’s Agricultural Committee about how to address complaints from residents about rooster crowing in town.

CANTON

Canton to host meeting on Blue Hills deer hunt

The second of two public meetings on this year’s proposed deer hunt in the Blue Hills State Reservation is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 2, in the cafeteria at Blue Hills Regional Technical School.

DEDHAM

Two new restaurants coming to Dedham Square

Two new restaurants are opening in Dedham Square, a development welcomed by the town’s economic development director.

BRAINTREE

Braintree’s water passes muster

The town released its annual water quality report in July, showing that the local drinking water met or surpassed all federal and state standards in 2015.

LAKEVILLE

Longtime Lakeville conservation official ousted

The Lakeville Board of Selectmen threw longtime volunteer Martha “Mike” Schroeder off the Conservation Commission July 13, suggesting she had been disrespectful to people who came before the commission.

RANDOLPH

Former town dump turns money-maker for Randolph

Randolph’s former landfill, which has been closed for about 30 years and was once a brownfield site, will soon be generating about $473,000 a year for the town, after the Town Council recently approved a solar farm on the old dump.

HANOVER

Progress made on Hanover’s largest residential development

Contractors are nearing completion of the opening phase of a 130-unit residential condominium community in Hanover.

NORWOOD

Norwood launches senior walking program

Norwood is launching a walking route program to encourage its seniors to get on their feet.

NORWELL

Medical marijuana facility could open in Norwell in summer 2017

A medical marijuana company is moving forward with its plan for a two-story facility in the Accord Business Park in Norwell and expects to open to patients by the summer of 2017.

Middleborough teacher a finalist on ‘American Ninja Warrior’

The students in the popular science fiction series “My Teacher is an Alien” have nothing on fifth-graders at the Henry B. Burkland Elementary School.

HINGHAM

Hingham to get new, bigger bathhouse

Hingham’s bathing beach will be getting a makeover, with help from the state.

WAREHAM

Wareham special needs program finds a new home

The nonprofit Christopher Donovan Day School relocated on July 1 to a portion of the old Ethel E. Hammond Elementary School building on Highland Avenue in Onset.

QUINCY

Quincy agency launches backpack drive for students in need

Quincy-based Interfaith Social Services recently launched its annual backpack drive to benefit students whose families are clients of the nonprofit’s food pantry on Adams Street.

COHASSET

Cohasset asks state to hold off bridge overhaul

Cohasset’s selectmen are officially looking a gift horse in the mouth -- asking the state to hold off on replacing the town-owned Cunningham Bridge across Little Harbor outlet until local concerns are addressed.

HANOVER

Hanover prepares update to its town hall

Town Meeting last year appropriated $1.085 million for the mostly exterior restoration of the town hall, and officials expect to seek bids from contractors in early September, according to town planner Peter Matchak.

HOLBROOK

Holbrook raises tobacco age to 21

Holbrook has joined the growing list of Massachusetts communities to raise the legal age to buy tobacco to 21.

MIDDLEBOROUGH

Middleborough leases electric cars

The town of Middleborough unveiled its first electric cars last week – four leased plug-in vehicles that will be used by the police, fire, and building departments and to deliver Meals on Wheels by the Council on Aging.

HULL

Three finalists vie for job of Hull police chief

The committee screening applicants for a new police chief has come up with three finalists, including the town’s acting chief and two candidates from out of state.

CARVER

Carver school officials back use of Narcan

Carver school officials are backing a “proactive” new policy that would allow the school nurse on duty to administer Narcan, a brand of naloxone, in cases of suspected opioid overdose on school grounds.

AVON

Single-stream recycling coming to Avon

Residents will be able to recycle more materials and won’t have to separate them as part of the town’s new single stream recycling program that started this summer.

SHARON

StoryWalk project comes to Sharon

The Sharon Public Library is encouraging people to read in the great outdoors this summer with an installation along the fitness trail at Deborah Sampson Park.

Indie film ‘Altar Rock’ seeks extras for beach scene

Producers of the romantic thriller, inspired by the Boston Marathon bombing, are looking for 500 volunteers to film in Duxbury.

PEMBROKE

Pembroke takes key step to dredge Furnace Pond

The long-awaited dredging of Furnace Pond took another key step forward recently when the town negotiated a $54,965 contract with Weston & Sampson, of Peabody, to undertake the engineering and permitting for the project.

KINGSTON

Kingston moves ahead with proposed dog park

A place where a dog can be a dog is expected to open in Kingston soon as the town moves forward with plans to construct its first park where dogs will be free to run off leash.

QUINCY

Residents urged to join ‘Quincy Saves’ program

Quincy officials are encouraging residents to help the city reach its goal of having 701 home energy assessments completed by the end of 2016.

MARSHFIELD

Marshfield couple raise funds for shade structure at town playground

A long-anticipated shade structure for the sun-scorched playground at Library Plaza in Marshfield should be installed in late summer or early fall, according to Danielle Hitchcock, who with her husband, Scott, has been fund-raising for the project in honor of their daughter, who died suddenly at age 2.

EAST BRIDGEWATER

East Bridgewater police chief retires

Town leaders paused recently to honor John Cowan for his many contributions to the community.

WEYMOUTH

Goodbye, SouthField. Hello, Union Point

Developers of the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station have changed the name of the 1,400-acre site that LStar Communities plans to turn into a mini-city of homes, retail shops, commercial offices, and recreation space.

BRIDGEWATER

New Bridgewater website to debut in September

The goal is to make the site more user-friendly and to post all meeting agendas, meeting minutes, and other documents.

HULL

Ceremony honors Hull’s French connection

The town of Hull and country of France celebrated their unique connection earlier this month in a ceremony at Fort Revere Park, where 200 French Marines who fought in the American Revolution are buried.

WALPOLE

Walpole looking at plans for town’s schools

The Walpole School Committee is going over plans to build a new high school and combine the town’s two middle schools in a meeting July 19 at Walpole High School.

MIDDLEBOROUGH

‘Haunted’ Middleborough house to be featured in cable TV show

The reputedly haunted Oliver House will be featured in an episode of “Paranormal Lockdown.”

Indie film ‘Altar Rock’ to begin shooting in Duxbury

Film crews will be in the seaside town in July and August for the noir thriller inspired by the Boston Marathon bombing.

SHARON

Award-winning Adam Ezra Group to headline Sharon Square Jam

Square Jam, Sharon’s 22d annual downtown festival in August, will feature the award-winning Adam Ezra Group.

HINGHAM

Hingham shellfishing makes return

Commercial shellfishing will take place off Hingham for the first time in four years.

MARSHFIELD

Marshfield librarian becomes third in state to earn administrative certification

Cyndee Marcoux, director of the Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield, earned the certification in May.

EASTON

Easton public schools increasing security

The public schools are beefing up security — adding more surveillance cameras, panic buttons and alarms, as well as fixing locks and window shades and taking other measures.

DEDHAM

Dedham bans sale of drug paraphernalia and flavored tobacco

The Board of Health has outlawed the sale of all drug paraphernalia and most flavored tobacco products in town, in response to complaints that a new store was selling such items.

PEMBROKE

New Pembroke trash collection system on tap

Starting Monday, July 11, trash should be deposited in wheeled carts picked up by trucks with mechanical arms.

COHASSET

Cohasset asks residents to limit water use

The town Water Department is asking residents to “be prudent with their use of water’” because of “abnormally dry conditions” affecting surface water supplies.

MATTAPOISETT

Nonprofit that aids disabled to move to Mattapoisett

The Nemasket Group is relocating to Mattapoisett with the help of state financing.

RAYNHAM

Three new homes to go on former Raynham farm site

A developer plans to construct single-family homes on a 7.4-acre site on Raynham’s White Street that was formerly a farm.

Hanover

Hanover preparing welcome packets for newcomers

Hanover Town Clerk Catherine Harder-Bernier’s office is preparing a “Welcome to Hanover” packet that she hopes to mail each month to the owners of all homes sold in town in the preceding 30 days.

DUXBURY

Duxbury bans watering on Sundays

Duxbury’s selectmen have voted for mandatory water restrictions including a watering ban on Sundays and requiring rain sensors on automatic irrigation systems.

Raynham

Raynham closing in on sewer service for whole town

This October, the town is set to complete the sixth phase of a sewer installation program that began in 1975 when the town was entirely on septic systems.

HOLBROOK

Holbrook assigns full-time police officer to schools

Holbrook has appointed its first police officer dedicated to the public schools.