Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe South.

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.

Scituate

Scituate support group reaches out to hoarders

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

Lakeville says no to Community Preservation Act

Lakeville has rejected the Community Preservation Act by majority vote at Town Meeting.

Foxborough

Foxborough looking to buy cheaper electricity

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.

Mansfield backs police response to fighting at Xfinity Center

More than 19 people were arrested during a recent sellout Summer Jam concert featuring several rap artists.

Milton

The Plate in Milton Marketplace to get liquor license

Milton’s selectmen have voted to issue a liquor license to another restaurant in town -- The Plate in Milton Marketplace.

Brockton

Brockton levels makeshift ‘Tent City’

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

East Bridgewater hires new building inspector

East Bridgewater did not have to go far to locate a new building inspector, tapping Steven Solari from West Bridgewater for the job.

MARSHFIELD

Marshfield skate park reopening party is Saturday, June 11

A $500,000 renovation of the Marshfield skate park is complete.

Quincy to offer guided tours of historic downtown

Quincy plans to offer regular guided walking tours to some of the historic sites in that area.

CANTON

Canton School Committee may vote to oppose legalizing pot

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

Avon selectmen calls Special Town Meeting

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.

MARSHFIELD

New maps to detail Marshfield shellfish beds

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

West Bridgewater eyes plan to save energy costs

West Bridgewater plans to create a municipal energy aggregation program as a way of helping residents and businesses save on their electric bills.

ROCKLAND

Automated trash collection coming to Rockland

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

Norwell to see boost in revenue if pot dispensary is approved

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

Hingham superintendent among state’s ‘Unsung Heroines’

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.

Temple Beth Am selling its Randolph property

The congregation and its board of directors recently decided to sell the property at 871 North Main St.

Weymouth applies for grant to add parking on its Mount Vernon-like estate

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.

ROCKLAND

Rockland narrowly approves tax increase

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.

FOXBOROUGH

Foxborough bond rating is up to AAA

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.

EAST BRIDGEWATER

East Bridgewater chooses new police chief

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.

DUXBURY

Parts of Duxbury Beach off-limits during nesting season

More restrictions for humans are being put in place at Duxbury Beach during the nesting and hatching season for piping plovers and least terns.

BRIDGEWATER

Bridgewater drops proposed limits on livestock

The town’s Board of Health has tabled its proposal indefinitely after it drew heated opposition in the town.

HALIFAX

Halifax considering switch to regional dispatch

Selectmen in Halifax are considering switching the dispatch of emergency responders from a town-based center to a regional one situated in Duxbury.

MARSHFIELD

Marshfield hopes to extend shellfishing season

Shellfishing season in Marshfield could be extended by three months, not this year, but in the coming years.

MILTON

Milton appoints new police chief from within department

Milton’s deputy police chief, John King, will become the new chief of the department on July 1, the town administrator has announced.

QUINCY

Relay for Life to be held in Quincy

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.

HULL

Recount confirms Reilly win for Hull selectman

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.

EASTON

Easton to hold hearing on proposed marijuana facility

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

Cohasset High’s class of 2016 among largest in school history

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.

WALPOLE

Voters elect familiar faces to Walpole select board

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.

SHARON

Sharon issues eviction notice to Montessori school

The town of Sharon has issued an eviction notice to The Bilingual Montessori School of Sharon for nonpayment of rent.

MILTON

Solar array reinstalled on Milton’s town hall

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.

MARSHFIELD

Consultant to present draft of Marshfield trails plan

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.

RANDOLPH

‘Mayor of Randolph’ contest raises feathers, fun, and cash

In the early voting for the “Mayor of Randolph,” a turkey led the way.

HINGHAM

Some insist on rotating board chairmanship

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.

Easton voters nix proposed $4.4m tax hike

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.

Stoughton voters say yes, loudly, to tax hike for new school

Voters resoundingly approved a temporary tax increase that will allow the proposed construction of a new high school to move forward.

STOUGHTON

Stoughton votes on tax increase for new high school

The debt exclusion, if passed, would pay the town’s $71.28 million share of the overall $123.54 million project.

HANSON

State releases 150 endangered turtles in Hanson

More than 150 endangered turtles raised in captivity were recently released into the wild in Hanson by state environmental officials.

RANDOLPH

Randolph council OK’s $11.3m community center

Cheering broke out in the Town Council chambers as the body agreed May 23 to borrow the money to build the center.

NORTON/TAUNTON

Ground broken on ice cream distributor’s move to Norton

New England Ice Cream Corp. is relocating from Taunton.

HULL

After close race, Hull to recount selectman election votes

John Brannan is getting a recount and a chance to get back on the board.