Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe South.

HALIFAX

School roof work expected to be done soon

Officials are expecting the $2.8 million roof replacement project at Halifax Elementary School to be completed by the end of September.

WEYMOUTH

Names wanted for Veterans Memorial Wall

The town of Weymouth is looking for a few good men and women whose names should be on the newly renovated Veterans Memorial Wall next to the town hall.

QUINCY

T says Wollaston will close in late December

Wollaston station on the MBTA’s Red Line will close for 20 months beginning in late December, not this fall, as the transit authority announced in April.

EASTON

Acting town administrator given permanent job

On a 3-2 vote, Easton’s Board of Selectmen chose acting town administrator Connor Read to do the job on a permanent basis.

SHARON

Town mulls ban on sale of recreational marijuana

The town of Sharon is considering a temporary moratorium on the sale of recreational marijuana, and officials are looking for public input.

ABINGTON

Town bans styrofoam food containers

Styrofoam takeout containers will soon be banned in Abington, one of the first communities south of Boston to disallow their use.

MIDDLEBOROUGH

Town voters asked to pay for new high school

A special Town Meeting will decide whether to spend almost $103.6 million to demolish Middleborough High School and build a new one – with the expectation of the state picking up 44 percent of the cost.

SCITUATE

Canfield wins selectman seat in special election

Karen Canfield has won a seat on the Board of Selectmen in a special election held to fill a vacancy on the board – beating candidate Keith Walo by 304 votes.

Rockland

Town has new van to move seniors and disabled

Rockland has a spanking new vehicle to provide local transportation service for seniors and people with disabilities.

PLYMOUTH

Town looking for boost to its cultural district

MassDevelopment and the town have announced a new fund-raising campaign to help pay for public art elements such as murals, decorative benches, and Adirondack chairs, painted utility boxes, and banners in the Plymouth Bay Cultural District.

MATTAPOISETT

State gives town $35,000 to help buy 53-acre site

An initiative to protect an open space site in Mattapoisett that includes a historic quarry has received a boost from the state.

STOUGHTON

Tiny houses coming to Stoughton

Area residents have a chance at an event in Stoughton this weekend to learn first hand about the tiny house movement.

MARSHFIELD

Scouts recognized for work on town’s hiking trails

Marshfield town officials honored five Boy Scouts who have worked on projects to enhance trails and recreational facilities in the town.

BRAINTREE

Police turn Braintree High senior prank into charity drive

Braintree police’s cheeky posts on Facebook drew a lot of attention.

EAST BRIDGEWATER

‘47 opens distribution plant in East Bridgewater

The firm, which provides gear for four American sports leagues and 600 colleges and universities, bought the former Shaw’s supermarket warehouse on Spring Street in April to provide expanded space for its distribution operations.

HANOVER

Hanover will not renew town manager’s contract

The Hanover Board of Selectmen recently voted not to negotiate a new contract with Town Manager Troy B.G. Clarkson when it expires next April.

NORWOOD

Norwood OK’s 40B housing development

The Norwood Zoning Board of Appeals voted 3-2 to approve a 260-unit affordable-housing development off Upland Road called Forbes Hill, four years after it was submitted to officials.

EASTON

Brockton synagogue opens anew in Easton

Temple Beth Emunah has moved into its new synagogue in the Easton Industrial Park after two years of operating without a building.

HULL

Firefighter thrives on ‘American Ninja Warrior’

Friends and fellow Hull firefighters have known for a while that David Cavanagh is a ninja; now they know he is a really fast ninja.

AVON

Voters OK tax hike for Brentwood project

Voters overwhelmingly voted to raise taxes to pay for improvements to the Brentwood area of town, which currently has frequent water main breaks and failing roads.

QUINCY

Apartments near Adams Park almost ready

One of the most pastoral landscapes in Quincy is getting some new neighbors.

PLYMPTON

Fire Department gets bump in its ISO rating

Plympton’s Fire Department has received a significant bump in its rating set by the independent Insurance Service Office, or ISO, which should lead to lower insurance premiums for local homeowners, according to Fire Chief Warren J. Borsari.

Familiar faces won most votes in Quincy primary

First-term Quincy City Councilor Noel DiBona won a significant edge over his competitors in a crowded primary contest Tuesday.

FOXBOROUGH

Football field named after longtime coach

The Warriors will play their first home football game on the newly named Jack Martinelli Field – named in honor of the program’s longtime coach.

WEST BRIDGEWATER

Town could have a dog park by late fall

Dogs may soon have a place to run free in West Bridgewater.

WEYMOUTH

School to have outdoor classroom, thanks to Scout

Students at the Frederick C. Murphy Primary School will have a new outdoor classroom this school year, courtesy of a Boy Scout from Troop 9.

EASTON

Historic hall to host two very short festivals

Easton’s Oakes Ames Memorial Hall will be the scene of two film festivals in September -- but don’t blink or you may miss them.

Work begins to replace Atlantic Avenue bridge

Cunningham Bridge on Atlantic Avenue is coming down, with demolition scheduled to be complete by Sept. 12 and a new bridge going up in its place.

PEMBROKE

Town to hold fireworks display on Sept. 23

For the second year in a row, Pembroke will have a fall fireworks display.

HANOVER

Hanover ready to celebrate town hall upgrade

Hanover residents can help celebrate the completion of the town hall renovation project while also participating in an annual community gathering.

ABINGTON

New $96.5 million school to hold open house

Residents, alumni and other guests are invited to check out the new $96.5 million Abington Pre-K/Middle/High School at a ribbon-cutting and open house with tours on Sept. 16, beginning at 2 p.m.

KINGSTON

State rules town violated Open Meeting Law

The state attorney general’s office recently ruled that the Kingston Board of Selectmen violated the state’s Open Meeting Law by failing to post notice of an emergency meeting to act on a one-day liquor license for the wedding of the son of Selectwoman Sandra MacFarlane.

Quincy

Former medical center site said to have no takers

Boston-area health care providers have not shown interest in locating their operations at the former Quincy Medical Center site, according to its owner, who had hoped to have a reuse plan for the property before the end of the year.

SHARON

Foundation gives $12,000 for school programs

The Sharon Education Foundation awarded grants totaling $12,000 to Sharon public school teachers and administrators to support programs focused on such areas as music, math, science and bullying.

DEDHAM

Plan for McDonald Square ready for view

The public can review a plan for improved pedestrian safety and handicapped accessibility in McDonald Square in a meeting on Sept. 5 at the Endicott Estate.

FOXBOROUGH

Grant will help town to hire four more firefighters

The town will use a federal grant to hire four firefighters, an addition that will allow eight firefighters to be on duty at all times, according to Town Manager William G. Keegan Jr.

RAYNHAM

‘Heroes Run’ will remember 9/11 victims

A road race will be held in Raynham on Sept. 13 to remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and to honor the nation’s veterans, active duty military, and first responders.

PLYMOUTH

Senator gets training to sharpen leadership skills

State Senator Vinny deMacedo had a chance to sharpen his leadership skills recently by taking part in a national training initiative for selected state officials.

EAST BRIDGEWATER

East Bridgewater names building commissioner

East Bridgewater recently filled its position of building commissioner, when selectmen appointed Patrick Franey to the job.

NORWOOD

Study likes new middle school for Norwood

A study of the Norwood middle and elementary schools recommends that a new and larger Coakley Middle School be built that would also house grade five, taking those students from the elementary schools.

MARSHFIELD

Maritime center project clears another hurdle

Plans for a new maritime center at Green Harbor in Marshfield, which would provide bathrooms and showers for visitors, as well as an office and boat storage for the town harbormaster, cleared another hurdle when they were approved by the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals.

BRAINTREE

Bleacher woes lead Braintree High to move game

The home bleachers at Braintree High School are closed for repairs after building inspectors discovered safety issues, leading to a change of venue for the first home varsity football game.

CARVER

Survey asks residents to vote on school name

As school started for the last year at Carver Elementary School recently, officials took to social media and elsewhere asking residents to help them name its replacement, which is under construction.

Wollaston T station will close, but not before November

Subway riders who board at Wollaston station in Quincy will be able to use that station through October, possibly longer, before it will close for construction, according to the MBTA.

Hull police charge 4 with vandalizing historic site

Hull police arrested four people on two days recently on charges related to “tagging” spray-painted graffiti at Fort Revere atop Telegraph Hill at the far end of the peninsula.

MBTA seeks bids to revamp Quincy Center station

The MBTA aims to redevelop Quincy Center station, which sits in an area experiencing significant change.

WESTWOOD

Westwood upgrades connectivity in its schools

Staff and students should find it easier and faster to get online this school year – the result of an extensive upgrading of the district’s wired and wireless networks.

HOLBROOK

Views welcome on proposed waste station

Members of the public will have an opportunity to share their opinions about plans for a new solid waste transfer station in Holbrook.

RANDOLPH

Randolph councilors won’t get stipend this year

The Randolph Town Council has decided in a split vote not to give its members a $5,000 stipend, ending any chance of a stipend being considered this year.

COHASSET

Surveillance cameras removed from harbor

Four cameras installed as part of a statewide, federally financed Homeland Security project have been removed from Cohasset Harbor after selectmen objected to their presence.

WAREHAM

Town gets grant to protect sewer pump stations

Wareham is getting help from the state in protecting three key sewer pump stations from future damage caused by climate change impact.

BROCKTON

Youngsters issued new football helmets

Youngsters in the Brockton Junior Boxers Pop Warner Football League will be a little safer this season with their heads protected by the latest in concussion protective helmets.

STOUGHTON

Town gets $25,000 grant for downtown reboot

Stoughton is getting federal funds to help with its efforts to upgrade the appearance of the downtown.

PEMBROKE

Route 14 work moves toward finish line

The first portion of a state project to reconstruct Route 14 in Pembroke is nearing completion.

South Shore towns get state aid for climate change

Several South Shore communities are sharing some of the $2.2 million awarded this month by the state for climate change preparations.

Milton switches to LED streetlights

The town will start converting more than 3,300 street lights to LED fixtures and plans to finish this fall.

Canton delays vote on tobacco sales regulations

The Canton Board of Health has put off until October a vote on whether to put further restrictions on tobacco sales in the town.

WALPOLE

Guide offers zen session at Bird Park

Bird Park will be full of peaceful breathing on Aug. 25 when yoga instructor Ashley Brayden leads a free guided meditation session at the park’s Music Court.

Mansfield mourns late selectman Dentino

As a Mansfield selectman, George Dentino was always quick to speak up about his passions, whether it be the need for a regional sewage treatment plant or the death of singer Whitney Houston -- which actually led him to break into song.

WEYMOUTH

Weymouth gets $400,000 from state to fix culvert

The town is getting nearly $400,000 in state money to replace a persistently collapsing culvert at the end of Puritan Road -- next to Great Esker Park and the Back River -- and reduce flooding in the area.

HANSON

Hanson taking stock as it prepares for 200th

As Hanson prepares for a year-long celebration of its bicentennial in 2020, the town is looking to take stock of its historic assets.

QUINCY

Marina Bay boardwalk now twice as big

Developers of a Quincy apartment complex affected by fire earlier this year celebrated its opening of a bigger public boardwalk at Marina Bay recently.

NORWELL

Norwell brook sees its largest-ever herring count

Volunteers counted about 2,600 herring in Third Herring Brook, the most ever recorded there, during the annual herring count conducted by the North and South Rivers Watershed Association.

HINGHAM

Ex-Hingham High principal to lead Hull High

Paula Girouard McCann will not be the principal of Hingham High School this coming school year, but she will be heading up a high school nearby.

Bongi’s mulling putting up a new building

The owners of Bongi’s Turkey Roost in Duxbury are considering constructing a new building, without interrupting their operations.

WEYMOUTH

Volkswagens galore at former air base

Almost 2,000 recalled Volkswagens at a time are being stored on 10 acres at Union Point, the mixed-used development at the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station, according to Weymouth Mayor Robert Hedlund.

PLYMOUTH

Plymouth’s first dog park within reach

Plans by a local group to create Plymouth’s first dog park recently picked up steam when selectmen renewed its approval to a grant for the project.

COHASSET

Historical society raising cash to buy closed church

The Cohasset Historical Society is raising $400,000 to buy the closed Beechwood Congregational Church and use it for museum and meeting space.

WEST BRIDGEWATER

West Bridgewater names new town treasurer

The Board of Selectmen has tapped a familiar face to fill the vacant position of treasurer/collector: Scott Golder, the town’s delinquent-tax collector.

RAYNHAM

Moody’s bumps up Raynham’s bond rating

Raynham recently earned an upgrade in its municipal bond rating in what town leaders are calling a positive sign of the town’s financial health.

AVON

Voters to decide whether town borrows $8.1 million

Avon’s voters have until Aug. 23 to register to vote in the special election on Sept. 12 and help decide whether to borrow $8.1 million for road and water improvements in the Brentwood area of town.

RANDOLPH

Town councilors to vote on $5,000 annual stipend for themselves

A proposal to give the nine members of the Randolph Town Council a $5,000 annual stipend is set to come before the council for a vote at its next meeting on Aug. 21.

Canton considers measures to end tobacco sales

Under proposed regulations being reviewed by the local Board of Health, no new stores would be permitted to sell tobacco products.

Sharon

Sharon officials making plans for new town hall

Officials in Sharon are looking for support from local voters as they make plans for a new town hall to hold most town offices and a larger community meeting space.

CANTON

Canton Public Library receives single largest donation

Longtime library volunteer Victoria Chaisson left 90 percent of her estate to the library, or more than $385,000.

HULL

Hull selectmen seek volunteers for new preservation committee

The selectmen are looking for volunteers to serve on the new Community Preservation Committee, which will recommend how Town Meeting should spend the town’s new community preservation funds.

WEST BRIDGEWATER

West Bridgewater town hall getting a new roof

Selectmen recently awarded a $129,700 contract to Vareika Construction, of West Bridgewater, to carry out a complete replacement of the existing roof.

BRAINTREE

Appeals court denies Motel 6 request to reopen

A Norfolk Superior Court judge has ruled that Motel 6 is unlikely to overturn the revocation of its license to operate in Braintree, and the 92-room budget lodging should remain closed.

KINGSTON

Three proposals could bring 64 new homes to Kingston

Three separate residential developments that would add as many as 64 new single-family homes in Kingston are pending before the Kingston Planning Board.

NORWOOD

New faces coming to top posts in Norwood schools

Come fall, the Norwood school district will have new leadership in its top spot and at several schools as well.