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Norwood hears proposal again for 300-unit housing development

A proposal to build a 300-unit housing complex on 21 acres on Upland Road will be aired at a hearing Tuesday at Norwood town hall.


Easton church to honor town’s police, fire departments

A church in Easton will hold a special service in October to honor the town’s police and fire departments, as well as first responders from nearby communities.


Bridgewater State receives $1.8m donation to benefit education majors

Bridgewater State University has received its largest-ever donation designated to fund scholarships for students in teacher preparation programs.


Braintree school nurses to now administer Narcan

School nurses at all Braintree public schools will now have access to Narcan, the trade name of the drug that reverses heroin and other opioid drug overdoses, joining 75 other school districts across the state that have adopted the policy.


Sandy Beach to close during Cohasset Harbor dredging

Sandy Beach and its parking lot will be closed to all pedestrian and vehicle traffic until Feb. 1, 2016, while parts of Cohasset Harbor are dredged.


Townwide trail guide planned in Marshfield

Marshfield’s Recreational Trails Committee is writing an online Marshfield trail guide with a map and information for each trail, including key details like length, difficulty, the availability of parking, and some history of the land.


New group sprucing up Stoughton

Stoughton’s town center is looking better, thanks to the Stoughton Beautification Committee.


Middleborough Special Town Meeting to cover 30 articles

Middleborough’s fall Special Town Meeting will take up items ranging from approving new zoning for solar power installations to studying the need for a new high school – as well as approving construction of a Frisbee golf course at Frederick Weston Memorial Forest.


Quincy mayoral race down to Koch, Phelan

Quincy Mayor Thomas P. Koch will square off in November against his predecessor, William J. Phelan, after the two candidates topped a four-way mayoral field in the city’s recent preliminary election.


New proposal may ban Hanson selectmen from holding other government positions

Hanson voters are considering a proposal that would bar members of the Board of Selectmen during their term of office from holding any other paid office or employment in the town’s government.


Holbrook selectmen seek to remove restriction on applicants for town administrator

Holbrook Town Meeting will consider Sept. 30 whether to delete a prohibition on former selectmen serving as town administrator until they have been out of office three years – a rule that directly affects the present search for an administrator.


Dogs on the beach are back on the Hull agenda

The warrant for Hull’s Oct. 15 Special Town Meeting includes a proposed bylaw change that would allow dogs on the beach after 8 p.m. and before 8 a.m. from June 1 through Sept. 15.


Carver voters to decide elementary school plan Dec. 1

Carver selectmen have unanimously approved plans for a new elementary school building and recreation fields, and the plans are now set to go before voters at a Special Town Meeting on Dec. 1.


Walpole private school adds 20,000 square feet

The League School of Greater Boston, a private school in Walpole for autistic children and young adults, is celebrating the opening of its 20,000-square-foot addition.


Canton study to examine access options for Reservoir Pond

Canton officials are trying to determine the most appropriate way to provide public access to Reservoir Pond, a formerly private, 300-acre body of water the town acquired in 2011.


Carpenter and MacMillan to face off in Brockton’s mayoral election

Incumbent Bill Carpenter and challenger Christopher J. MacMillan will vie for the Brockton mayor’s seat in November after defeating two other candidates in the Sept. 22 preliminary election.


Weymouth mayoral race down to Kay, Hedlund

Weymouth voters will chose between Mayor Sue Kay and state Senator Robert Hedlund in the Nov. 3 mayoral election.


Legislators host campaign finance talk in Duxbury

Local lawmakers are inviting residents to hear the executive director of Common Cause Massachusetts speak in Duxbury about campaign finance reform in the state and nationally.


Hanover Cultural Council has grant money to give

Hanover residents and groups are invited to seek funding from the town for arts, sciences, and other cultural programs in the community.


Baker voices support for Plymouth 400

The planned commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage and the founding of Plymouth Colony has a supporter in Governor Charlie Baker.

East Bridgewater

East Bridgewater’s library director headed to Foxborough

After eight years as East Bridgewater’s library director, Manny Leite is leaving next month to take the same position in Foxborough.


Randolph nightclub takes 15-day suspension of its liquor license

Randolph and the City Limits nightclub have settled on a 15-day suspension of the club’s alcohol sales license.


Easton allocates Stonehill College’s $40,000 gift

Stonehill College gave the Town of Easton $40,000 in July, saying it should be applied wherever local officials decide “the need is most pressing.”


Scituate joins social media

The town is on Facebook, with an official “Town of Scituate” page.


Pembroke looking for a new superintendent

Frank Hackett, who has headed the town’s schools for the past eight years, is resigning to accept appointment as school superintendent in Braintree.


Rockland Youth Commission names new director

For the first time in more than two decades, Rockland’s Youth Commission has a new leader.


Abington Fire Department gets another federal grant to help pay for operations

The Abington Fire Department has received another federal grant to help pay for staff and equipment needs.


Mattapoisett aims to improve walking and biking

Mattapoisett is asking its residents to help the community improve the walking and biking experience in town.

East Bridgewater

East Bridgewater schools scale back bus fees

The School Committee’s decision last month to dramatically scale back the fees the district charges to bus students to school was a matter of both fairness and safety, says Superintendent of Schools Elizabeth Legault.


New Stoughton group starting to make a difference downtown

A new organization working to promote Stoughton’s town center is starting to make its presence known.


Hingham group provides classrooms to Hull special education

South Shore Collaborative will lease 10 classrooms in the three Hull public schools next school year for special education programs — mostly for children with autism — paying the district about $110,000.


Randolph school superintendent gets high marks for his first year

The Randolph School Committee has unanimously given School Superintendent Thomas Anderson top scores in his evaluation at the end of his first year of a three-year contract with the struggling district.


Search yields lone applicant for Marshfield fire chief

The interview may be grueling, but the competition is not: Acting Fire Chief William Hocking is expected to be the only person interviewed for the job of Marshfield fire chief.


Abington may ban dogs from parts of Island Grove Park

Dogs may soon be banned from some parts of Island Grove Park In Abington, following a dog bite incident there.


After 13 years, Walpole police chief retires grateful

Walpole Police Chief Richard B. Stillman is retiring July 17, after 13 years in the job and 38 years on the force.


Rochester Crossroads development at former nursery still seeking tenants

Rochester Crossroads, a proposed commercial development at the longtime site of R.F. Morse and Son nursery in Rochester, has received all the necessary permits and is looking for tenants, according to a spokeswoman for the landowner, A.D. Makepeace Co.


State honors Easton’s Ames Shovel Works transformation

The Massachusetts Historical Commission has recognized the redevelopment of the Ames Shovel Works – which in the 1800s produced more than a million shovels a year – with a 2015 Historic Preservation Award.


Quincy earns National Community Development Association honors

Quincy has earned recognition from the National Community Development Association for its efforts to educate the public about some of the city’s federally funded initiatives.


Hanson loses town administrator to Southbridge

For the second time in two years, Hanson needs to find a new town administrator.


Scituate taxes set to climb in August to pay for new buildings

Property taxpayers in Scituate will see their bills go up in August as the town begins to pay for three new building projects: the renovation of the library and construction of a new middle school and public safety complex.


Westwood girls leave school with fighting skills as well

Forty graduating senior girls are leaving Westwood High School with a basic knowledge of self-defense, courtesy of a grant from the Foundation for Westwood Education.


Group hopes to use Foxborough gas station site as medical marijuana dispensary

A group interested in opening a medical marijuana dispensary in Foxborough is meeting with selectmen in July to ask for a letter of “support or nonopposition,” according to Town Manager William Keegan.


Mansfield names principal as assistant schools chief

The Mansfield School Committee has again tapped an inside candidate as a top administrator with the selection of Teresa Murphy, the principal of the Jordan/Jackson Elementary School, as the new assistant school superintendent.


Plymouth to host annual fishing competition

Plymouth-area residents can join in an upcoming fishing competition and also hear from a noted expert on great white sharks.


New park brings celebration in Quincy

Officials from Quincy and the Army Corps of Engineers recently celebrated the opening of Passanageset Park, located at Broad Meadows Marsh.

What’s happening south of Boston

Upcoming events in the communities south of Boston.


Mrs. Bopp says goodbye

After 45 years of teaching in Quincy, popular kindergarten teacher Jane Bopp retires.


Residents agree Hanover’s quality of life is ‘very good’

Hanover residents are generally happy about living in the town and satisfied with the services they are receiving, based on the results of a recent online citizens survey conducted by the town.


Middleborough superintendent follows in father’s footsteps

Brian Lynch will begin his job as Middleborough school superintendent on July 1, taking on a position his father held for years and continuing a family tradition of education leadership.

Holbrook breaks ground on new pre-k-12 school

Holbrook officials and parents celebrated Tuesday, June 23, at a groundbreaking ceremony for the community’s new school, which will be unusual in Massachusetts in that it will serve all of the district’s grades, from pre-kindergarten through Grade 12.


Stoughton’s historic Glover House demolished

The Glover House, believed to have been one of the three oldest structures in Stoughton, was razed last week.


Dedham selectman arrested in protest against natural gas pipeline

In what he said was his first act of civil disobedience, Dedham selectmen chairman Mike Butler was charged with trespassing earlier this month for refusing to leave the area a natural gas pipeline is being installed..

Public forum to address Marshfield town charter

Marshfield is poised for a possible review of the town charter, which defines the structure of town government.


Brothers will head Hingham’s police, fire departments

Starting Wednesday, July 1, the Hingham fire and police departments will be run by two brothers.


Hull volunteers babysit baby birds

A group of about 18 volunteers known as the “Piping Plover Ambassadors” are keeping watch in Hull over three nesting pairs of the endangered birds on the town beach near Coburn Street.

East Bridgewater

East Bridgewater moves forward on 9/11 memorial

East Bridgewater has found a new way to pay tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.


Plan to turn former Plymouth curtain factory into condos gets green light

A proposal to convert the former Ellis Curtain factory in north Plymouth into an 18-unit residential condominium recently earned approval from the local Zoning Board of Appeals.


Appeals Court rules for Norwell business in property tax dispute

The state Appeals Court sided with a Norwell-based business last week and said the town must pay a property tax abatement of $90,178 in a dispute dating back to 2009.


Milton grappling with FAA’s plan to add new flight routes over the town

Local officials are grappling with how to influence the Federal Aviation Administration’s plan to add two new flight routes that will send planes arriving at Logan Airport over Milton.


Walpole raises cigarette-buying age to 21

Starting July 1, it will be illegal in Walpole to sell cigarettes or e-cigarettes to anyone younger than 21.


Randolph leaders argue over how to pay for proposed community center

While all Randolph town councilors say they support the construction of an intergenerational community center, tempers rose at their recent meeting over how the $10 million facility should be funded.


Canton voters to decide spending $4.1 million to add 8 rooms to Hansen School

Canton voters will head to the polls June 23 to decide whether to spend $4.1 million to add eight rooms to the Lieutenant Peter M. Hansen Elementary School.


Weymouth 9/11 memorial will feature steel beam from World Trade Center

An 11-foot-long, 2,000-pound twisted steel beam from one of the felled World Trade Center towers in New York City will be the centerpiece of a 9-11 memorial in Weymouth, according to Weymouth Firefighter Brad Flannery.


Scituate Library in temporary quarters during rebuilding project

The Scituate Town Library reopened last week in temporary quarters at the town-owned Scituate Harbor Community Building overlooking the water at 44 Jericho Road.


Rockland aims to make hydrants easier to find

Rockland is enlisting the help of the community in ensuring that the town’s fire hydrants can be easily located during heavy snow episodes like the ones this past winter.

West Bridgewater

West Bridgewater deputy fire chief retires

A familiar face will soon be moving on from West Bridgewater’s Fire Department: Deputy Chief Paul Golder will be retiring July 17 after 40 years with the department and nearly four years as its second-ranking officer.


Hanson residents invited to hear about potential uses for shuttered hospital site

Hanson’s residents are invited to hear more about potential future uses of the former Plymouth County Hospital site at a public hearing on June 23 at town hall.


Shellfish planting in Rochester links landlocked town to the sea

It may be small money, but the $300 that Rochester contributes each year to shellfish planting in waters off the town of Marion helps sustain the now-landlocked community’s historic relationship to the water.


Norwood to share $300,000 grant against substance abuse

Norwood will share a $300,000 grant with three neighboring towns to combat substance abuse.


Sharon Community Center fees put on hold following outcry

New fees for use of the Sharon Community Center have been put on hold following an outcry from local organizations.


Hull’s Wellspring Multi-Service Center expanding

Faced with a growing need for its services, Hull’s Wellspring Multi-Service Center is expanding its programs and space.


Avon Town Meeting supports public safety building project

Avon Town Meeting overwhelmingly approved overriding Proposition 2½ last week to borrow $11.3 million to build a new police station and renovate and expand the current fire station.


Walpole teen wins Town Meeting seat

Challengers upset two incumbents, and an 18-year-old won a seat as a Town Meeting representative Town Meeting in the June 6 town election in Walpole.


Retired Holbrook fire chief named interim town administrator

Former Holbrook fire chief Edward O’Brien, who retired last year, will serve as interim town administrator while the Board of Selectmen looks for a permanent replacement for William Phelan.


Hingham seeking input on trails plan

Hingham officials are inviting people to give input on a comprehensive trails plan at a meeting June 16 at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.


New candidate in Brockton mayoral race

Jacob L. Tagger Jr., an unsuccessful candidate for Brockton City Council in 2013, has announced his candidacy for mayor.


Pembroke seeking first fire chief in 20 years

Pembroke is preparing to hire its first new fire chief in 20 years, and is seeking applicants through June 22.


Foxborough mourns its town planner

Foxborough Town Hall is mourning the unexpected death of Town Planner Sharon Wason.

East Bridgewater

Givebacks in East Bridgewater save school sports, programs

A vote by the teachers union termed “unprecedented” by East Bridgewater’s new superintendent of schools, combined with a decision by town officials to pick up some costs previously borne by the schools, has apparently rescued school personnel and programs on the chopping block.


Plympton moving ahead with construction plans, including building new police station

Plympton officials will soon be hiring a project manager to oversee the construction of a new police station, renovations around the town building campus on Palmer Road, and, a little later, the construction of a new fire station.