Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe South.

HINGHAM

99 Restaurant looking to rebuild in Hingham

The 99 Restaurant in Hingham is looking to raze and rebuild its location on Route 3A in Hingham.

Milton

Expect traffic snarls as water pipe work begins on Adams Street

Motorists can expect delays through the summer as workers begin rehabilitating the century-old water pipes underneath Adams Street next week.

South View: Quincy, 1979

Paul DiCarlo, 12, left, and Will Cheney, 11, sold lemonade to motorists waiting in line to buy gas in Quincy on June 27, 1979.

Brockton college prep program gets $1.28m grant

The US Department of Education recently awarded a five-year, $1.28 million grant to a nonprofit organization for its college preparation program in Brockton.

MIDDLEBOROUGH

Middleborough buys land from archdiocese

It took a special Town Meeting about 20 minutes last week to unanimously decide to buy 8.9 acres next to the town’s high school from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston for $285,000.

ROCKLAND

Rockland names new head of veterans’ services

Rockland veterans have a new face to turn to for assistance in Town Hall.

QUINCY

Board approves North Quincy T station project

Quincy’s Planning Board has greenlighted a plan to build hundreds of apartments, space for retail stores, and a parking garage to the North Quincy MBTA station.

RANDOLPH

Randolph maintains services with $96m budget

A $96 million operating budget that maintains municipal services and gives the Randolph public schools an additional $1 million over last year’s will take effect this week with the start of the new fiscal year.

EAST BRIDGEWATER

East Bridgewater to begin sewer project

East Bridgewater is preparing for a project to bring partial sewer service to the town center.

NORTON

Norton to offer free, full-day kindergarten in fall

The Norton School Department plans to move to a free, full-day program for all kindergarten students next fall.

WEYMOUTH

Weymouth to use state grant for green projects in town buildings

Weymouth will use $250,000 in state money to pay for energy-conservation projects in more than a dozen municipal buildings.

MARSHFIELD

Ventress library plaza gets $2.5 million renovation

A $2.5 million renovation of the plaza at the Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield has been unveiled and will fully open on July 10, said library director Cyndee Marcoux.

ABINGTON

Cost of Route 18 expansion now at $77 million

The widening of Route 18 through Weymouth and Abington is neither on time nor on budget.

CARVER

Carver eyes addition to library for seniors

A study on how to address the lack of a large meeting space and the limited handicapped accessibility at the Carver Council on Aging’s Marcus Atwood House will get underway soon.

MIDDLEBOROUGH

Middleborough eyes land next to high school

A special Town Meeting will decide whether to buy 8.9 acres next to the town’s high school from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston for $285,000.

CANTON

Canton asks state for help with mess at train station

The town of Canton is pleading with the state for help on a stalled construction project at the Canton Junction commuter rail station.

HANOVER

Tax break approved for Hanover Mall

Hanover’s special Town Meeting approved a local tax break on June 19 to support plans by the new owners of the Hanover Mall to invest nearly $40 million in the property.

MARION

Marion police chief to retire at year’s end

Police Chief Lincoln Miller plans to retire at the end of this year.

QUINCY

Councilor opposes bill banning Native American mascots

A Quincy city councilor is pushing back against state legislation that would prohibit the use of Native American mascots in public schools.

ROCKLAND

Rockland halts plans for parking lot

Rockland will not be moving forward with plans to acquire a downtown property and convert it to a new municipal parking lot, after a special Town Meeting scheduled to take up the project was unable to convene due to lack of a quorum.

EASTON

Easton receives grant to improve safety on roads

The Easton Police Department has received a grant to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety in the town.

COHASSET

Car lands in Cohasset pond, narrowly missing festival

Visitors to the 62nd annual South Shore Arts Festival were shocked last weekend to see a 2008 Mercury sedan fly into the Duck Pond on Cohasset Common -- just feet from the art exhibits and crafts displays that attract thousands of people each Father’s Day weekend.

Milton voters pass $3.1 million override

Voters in Milton have approved a $3.1 million override that will raise property taxes to avoid reductions in town services and restore previous cuts.

MANSFIELD

Mansfield honors chocolate pioneer

Although plans to revive the former Lowney chocolate factory have stalled for now, Mansfield’s desire to honor chocolate pioneer and company owner Walter Lowney are moving ahead.

NORWOOD

Norwood residents object to proposed restaurant, gas station

Nearly three dozen Norwood residents endured a steamy Planning Board hearing Monday night to make known their concerns about a proposed Wendy’s restaurant and BJ’s gas station at the intersection of Route 1 and Sumner Street.

BROCKTON

Brockton firefighters’ union agrees to drug testing

The firefighters’ union in Brockton has agreed to drug testing for members who exhibit signs of substance abuse.

ROCKLAND

Rockland eyeing lot for downtown parking

Rockland would buy a downtown property and convert it to a new municipal parking lot if voters at a special Town Meeting on June 19 agree to fund the project.

MARION

Marion gets $20,000 to plan for climate change

The town was recently awarded $20,000 through the state’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program, which helps cities and towns assess their risk to damage from extreme weather and other climate change-related hazards, and to plan for becoming more resilient.

LAKEVILLE

Lakeville voters say yes to new police station

Lakeville voters overwhelmingly agreed in two separate votes to let the town spend up to $8 million to build a new police station, allowing the project to move into final design and construction.

WAREHAM

Eversource plans energy facility on vacant site

Eversource is preparing to transform a vacant site in Wareham into a solar energy facility.

QUINCY

Some express concerns about sober houses

Quincy officials listened to residents voice concerns about so-called sober houses operating in the city, but said there is not much they can do to regulate them.

RANDOLPH

Construction of new hotel could start in summer

A Hilton Express hotel proposed for 60 Mazzeo Drive (Route 139) has gained approval from Randolph’s conservation and planning boards, and construction could begin as early as late summer, town officials said.

WALPOLE

Walpole reduces cost of full-day kindergarten

The price for attending full-day kindergarten in the town’s public schools is going down by 10 percent next school year, to about $3,400 per student.

MILTON

Wakefield Estate to unveil ‘new’ arboretum

The Wakefield Estate is unveiling its “new” arboretum during its weeklong “Dogwood Days” celebration, showing off its newly tagged and rehabilitated tree collection.

NORTON

National agency to open two offices in Norton

Norton will soon be home to two regional offices of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA.

EASTON

Historic farmhouse to undergo renovations

Work is scheduled to start this summer on renovations to the Smith Farmhouse at Borderland State Park, with the goal of using the space in part to help veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues.

ROCKLAND

Town seeks input on electricity aggregation plan

Rockland is seeking community input for a planned new program aimed at helping residents save on their electric bills.

LAKEVILLE

Lakeville meeting to deal with town expenses

Lakeville residents will be asked at Town Meeting this week to vote on a measure to pay for the funeral and burial expenses of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty.

DUXBURY

Polito to sign compact in Duxbury

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito will be in Duxbury on June 22 to sign the town’s community compact, a pledge between the town and state to work on three priorities.

WAREHAM

SONIC seeks to open in Wareham

A SONIC Drive-in restaurant may soon be coming to Wareham, according to the town.

QUINCY

T officials to face music over Wollaston closure

The impending closure of the Wollaston MBTA station for nearly two years has upset a number of riders, and agency officials have scheduled another public meeting later this month to discuss it.

MARSHFIELD

Marshfield club starts pool project

Residents of Marshfield and surrounding towns will soon have a new option for summer swimming.

MIDDLEBOROUGH

Town to collect $551,000 from solar farms

The town of Middleborough will collect more than $551,000 over the next 20 years in lieu of taxes from two solar farms located on top of Northeast Refrigerated warehouses on Wood Street.

HULL

School superintendent set to retire

Hull’s school superintendent, Kathleen Tyrell, is retiring on Aug. 1 after 10 years in the job.

HANSON

Hanson hires first recreation director

Hanson recently hired Marybeth MacKay, event coordinator for the Lakeville Parks Department since July 2013, to serve as its first recreation director.

COHASSET

Supper Island protected from development

Supper Island, a 7.5-acre knob of land sticking into the Gulf River, will be permanently protected from development and a portion open to the public under an agreement with the Cohasset Conservation Trust.

MANSFIELD

Mansfield begins search for new town manager

The search in Mansfield for a new town manager is officially underway, with applications for the post due in by the end of June.

DUXBURY

Planners ask for Route 53 feedback

Users of Route 53 are being asked for input on ways to improve that roadway in Duxbury, Hanover, Kingston, and Pembroke.

STOUGHTON

Stoughton seeks ideas on downtown parking

Stoughton is seeking ideas from the local public on how to improve parking in the downtown.

WALPOLE

Walpole to accept out-of-town students

Walpole’s school district will begin accepting elementary school children from outside the town next school year, after the School Committee voted to become a “school choice” community.

PLYMPTON

Plympton greenlights $3 million police station

Work on a new police station in Plympton will begin as soon as possible, after Town Meeting voters on May 17 approved construction of the $3 million facility.

QUINCY

New group seeks to help working women

A new organization has been formed in Quincy to help women who are entering the workforce for the first time, want to advance their careers, or those who are returning to work after an absence.

MARSHFIELD

Marshfield commission OK’s subdivision plan

The Marshfield Conservation Commission has approved with conditions a plan for a 12-lot subdivision called Christmas Cove proposed for an area off Highland Street.

NORWELL

Norwell voters reelect incumbents

Twenty two percent of the town’s voters turned out for last weekend’s local election, returning incumbents to office and overwhelmingly approving a ban on recreational marijuana businesses in Norwell.

PLYMOUTH

Plymouth voters reelect incumbent selectmen

Incumbent John Mahoney and Betty A. Cavacco won the race for two seats on the Board of Selectmen in Plymouth’s May 20 annual town election.

NORWOOD

Norwood meeting bans nonmedical pot sales

Norwood Town Meeting voters said no to nonmedical marijuana sales, but yes to several other proposals after meeting five nights this month to complete annual and special town meeting business.

FOXBOROUGH

Despite end of drought, Foxborough still has water restrictions

The drought may be over, but local residents still must comply with water restrictions imposed by the state.

WEST BRIDGEWATER

West Bridgewater closing on golf course purchase

The town is set to take ownership of the River Bend Country Club next Friday.

RAYNHAM

Raynham says no to recreational marijuana sales

Raynham voters recently approved a ban on recreational marijuana shops locating in town.

AVON

Avon meeting OK’s override for road, water works

Avon Town Meeting has taken the first step toward spending $8.1 million to improve roads and water mains in the Brentwood area of town.

DEDHAM

Dedham meeting slows tax hike

Town Meeting has voted to use $3.7 million in surplus cash to reduce the amount of money raised by taxes -- a move that slows the rate of increase for taxpayers next fiscal year, according to Town Manager James Kern.

HULL

Incumbents keep their seats in Hull elections

Two incumbents retained their seats on the Hull School Committee, defeating two challengers in last week’s town election.

ABINGTON

Abington meeting to vote on preservation budget

Abington Town Meeting voters will be asked to approve the town’s first Community Preservation Act budget when they gather on Monday.

Marion voters pick Hills for selectman

Norman A. Hills has won a five-way race for an open seat on the Board of Selectmen in Marion’s annual town election.

COHASSET

With no contests, Cohasset election draws few voters

Nearly 8 percent – or 465 of Cohasset’s 5,973 registered voters – turned out for last weekend’s town election that featured no contests and one position with nobody on the ballot.

PEMBROKE

Pembroke residents approve ban on sale of recreational marijuana

A proposed ban on the sale of recreational marijuana in Pembroke has been approved by town residents in two recent votes.

PLYMOUTH

Plymouth starts replacing water meters

Plymouth has begun a $3.7 million program to replace all of the town’s commercial and residential water meters.

HOLBROOK

Holbrook meeting OK’s land sale, with restriction

Holbrook Town Meeting overwhelmingly approved an amended measure aimed at saving 32 acres of wooded land adjacent to the town forest, allowing an auction of the parcel to proceed as well as development on six of the acres.

DUXBURY

Eight homes proposed for Battelle property

The Battelle Memorial Institute moved out of Duxbury nearly three years ago, but a suitable plan for the downtown waterfront property it left behind is still being determined.

HALIFAX

Halifax meeting OK’s $2m for senior center

After five years of unsuccessful proposals, Halifax senior citizens will soon have an expanded, handicapped-accessible senior center.

EASTON

Easton meeting OK’s pot moratorium

Town Meeting has approved a temporary moratorium in recreational pot businesses, joining numerous other communities in banning the legal drug commercially until state rules are written about its regulation.

HANOVER

Hanover fills open selectmen seats

Jocelyn Keegan and Emmanuel J. Dockter won a four-way race for two open seats on the Board of Selectmen in Hanover’s May 6 annual town election, with incumbent Robert S. O’Rourke unseated.

EAST BRIDGEWATER

East Bridgewater moves to ban sale of recreational pot

East Bridgewater has taken a first step toward prohibiting the sale of recreational marijuana in town.

WHITMAN

Whitman to vote on override to boost services

Voters in the Whitman town election on May 20 will have an opportunity to give their fire and ambulance services their first significant boost since 1965 in a proposed override to the Proposition 2 1/2 state tax-limit law.

SHARON

Two vie for Sharon town moderator post

Sharon voters will select a town moderator to preside over Town Meeting when they head to the polls on Tuesday.

DUXBURY

Forum to air Pilgrim decommissioning concerns

Residents in Duxbury and surrounding towns can learn more about the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station decommissioning at a forum May 18 in the Duxbury Senior Center from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

CANTON

Canton seeks help in engaging with residents

Canton is seeking citizens who want to help town government better engage with its residents.

NORWELL

Norwell meeting OK’s plans for new library

Norwell Town Meeting has voted to move ahead with plans for a new library and to improve handicapped accessibility to several fields and playgrounds and the town-owned Jacobs Farmhouse.

ROCKLAND

Rockland rehab facility to celebrate expansion

A skilled nursing care and rehabilitation facility in Rockland is celebrating the completion of an $8 million expansion.

Milton to vote on $3.3 million tax hike

Voters will decide on June 20 whether to override Proposition 2 ½ by $3.3 million and raise their property taxes to avoid cuts in services and restore previous cuts.