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.
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Hingham’s bathing beach will be getting a makeover, with help from the state.
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-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’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.
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 has joined the growing list of Massachusetts communities to raise the legal age to buy tobacco to 21.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Producers of the romantic thriller, inspired by the Boston Marathon bombing, are looking for 500 volunteers to film in Duxbury.
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.
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 officials are encouraging residents to help the city reach its goal of having 701 home energy assessments completed by the end of 2016.
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.
Town leaders paused recently to honor John Cowan for his many contributions to the community.
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.
The goal is to make the site more user-friendly and to post all meeting agendas, meeting minutes, and other documents.
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.
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.
The reputedly haunted Oliver House will be featured in an episode of “Paranormal Lockdown.”
Film crews will be in the seaside town in July and August for the noir thriller inspired by the Boston Marathon bombing.
Square Jam, Sharon’s 22d annual downtown festival in August, will feature the award-winning Adam Ezra Group.
Commercial shellfishing will take place off Hingham for the first time in four years.
Cyndee Marcoux, director of the Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield, earned the certification in May.
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.
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.
Starting Monday, July 11, trash should be deposited in wheeled carts picked up by trucks with mechanical arms.
The town Water Department is asking residents to “be prudent with their use of water’” because of “abnormally dry conditions” affecting surface water supplies.
The Nemasket Group is relocating to Mattapoisett with the help of state financing.
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 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’s selectmen have voted for mandatory water restrictions including a watering ban on Sundays and requiring rain sensors on automatic irrigation systems.
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 has appointed its first police officer dedicated to the public schools.
The town just finished a month-long support group for people who are overwhelmed with clutter, and hopes to start another one in the fall.
Lakeville has rejected the Community Preservation Act by majority vote at Town Meeting.
Foxborough is developing a plan to buy electricity for residents and businesses at a lower price than currently available from National Grid -- by using bulk purchasing power.
More than 19 people were arrested during a recent sellout Summer Jam concert featuring several rap artists.
Milton’s selectmen have voted to issue a liquor license to another restaurant in town -- The Plate in Milton Marketplace.
City bulldozers have knocked down tents and makeshift homes, clearing away an area known as Tent City where homeless people have squatted for years on privately owned property near downtown Brockton.
East Bridgewater did not have to go far to locate a new building inspector, tapping Steven Solari from West Bridgewater for the job.
A $500,000 renovation of the Marshfield skate park is complete.
Quincy plans to offer regular guided walking tours to some of the historic sites in that area.
At the urging of its chairman, the Canton School Committee may soon vote to oppose a likely state ballot question that would legalize marijuana for recreational use.
Avon’s selectmen have called a Special Town Meeting for June 28 to authorize spending just shy of $642,000 for items approved, but not funded, at last year’s Annual Town Meeting.
The town of Marshfield has begun mapping its shellfish beds to provide shellfishers with an accurate guide that shows open and closed areas, as well as places that close temporarily for shellfish seeding.
West Bridgewater plans to create a municipal energy aggregation program as a way of helping residents and businesses save on their electric bills.
The town is switching to an automated collection system in which trash and recyclables deposited in separate wheeled containers will be picked up by trucks with mechanical arms.
Norwell will get an estimated $550,000 to $1.3 million over five years if a medical marijuana company gets state permission to open a dispensary in the town, according to an agreement.
Hingham’s school superintendent, Dorothy Galo, was among several women south of Boston honored this year with the Unsung Heroine Award from the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women.
The congregation and its board of directors recently decided to sell the property at 871 North Main St.
Five years after buying the Emery Estate for $1.9 million, the town is applying for a $400,000 state grant to help pay for improvements to the 24-acre grounds of the secluded hilltop site overlooking Boston Harbor.
By a vote of 2,063 to 968, residents agreed to a debt exclusion, or temporary tax increase, to fund the $6.5 million second phase of a town road-improvement program.
The town’s bond rating is up to a AAA -- the highest one issued by the Standard and Poors rating agency -- immediately saving taxpayers money.
The Board of Selectmen recently appointed Sergeant Detective Scott Allen to serve as the town’s next police chief effective July 1, subject to reaching contract terms.
More restrictions for humans are being put in place at Duxbury Beach during the nesting and hatching season for piping plovers and least terns.
The town’s Board of Health has tabled its proposal indefinitely after it drew heated opposition in the town.
Selectmen in Halifax are considering switching the dispatch of emergency responders from a town-based center to a regional one situated in Duxbury.
Shellfishing season in Marshfield could be extended by three months, not this year, but in the coming years.
Milton’s deputy police chief, John King, will become the new chief of the department on July 1, the town administrator has announced.
The Quincy event will be held from 2 p.m. on June 25 through 6 a.m. on June 26 at Pageant Field on Vietnam Veterans Drive.
The election result in Hull remained the same after an official recount, with John Reilly Jr. still defeating fellow incumbent John Brannan for a seat on the Board of Selectmen, although by one fewer vote.
Selectmen in Easton are inviting the public to their June 27 meeting to hear more about a proposed medical marijuana facility in the Easton Industrial Park.
Cohasset High School’s class of 2016, which graduated last weekend under the tent at the South Shore Music Circus, was one of the largest in school history, with 112 members.
Voters in Walpole have returned an incumbent and a former member to the Board of Selectmen in a three-way race for two seats on the board.
The town of Sharon has issued an eviction notice to The Bilingual Montessori School of Sharon for nonpayment of rent.
The solar panels are back on Milton’s town hall -- after an absence of more than a year -- and should be producing electricity again in about a month.
As part of an effort to enhance Marshfield’s hiking trails and make them more user-friendly, a consultant working on a comprehensive trails plan will present a draft to the public on Wednesday.
In the early voting for the “Mayor of Randolph,” a turkey led the way.
A number of Hingham residents are planning this month to present the Board of Selectmen with a petition calling for Paul Gannon to be named chairman, saying tradition was ignored.
The tax-limit override would have raised property taxes to pay for more than 30 new School Department positions and increased spending in other municipal departments.
Voters resoundingly approved a temporary tax increase that will allow the proposed construction of a new high school to move forward.
The debt exclusion, if passed, would pay the town’s $71.28 million share of the overall $123.54 million project.
More than 150 endangered turtles raised in captivity were recently released into the wild in Hanson by state environmental officials.
Cheering broke out in the Town Council chambers as the body agreed May 23 to borrow the money to build the center.
New England Ice Cream Corp. is relocating from Taunton.
John Brannan is getting a recount and a chance to get back on the board.