Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe South.

HANSON

Hanson appoints new library director

Hanson’s Board of Library Trustees recently voted to appoint Karen Stolfer to lead the public library.

WALPOLE

Walpole library has seeds, too, for local gardeners

Now that spring is here, Walpole gardeners can pick up their seeds along with their books at the public library – at the Walpole Seed Library.

SCITUATE

Scituate opens new public safety facility

The new Scituate Public Safety Complex is open on Route 3A, with both the Police Department and Fire Station 3 moving into the approximately 29,000-square-foot building last week.

MIDDLEBOROUGH

Middleborough keeps Planning Board as is

Middleborough’s selectmen have decided against asking Town Meeting to make the Planning Board an appointed body.

QUINCY

MBTA to share plans for Quincy Red Line stations

Red Line stations in Quincy are set to undergo major changes this year, and MBTA officials will hold a series of meetings to share their design plans and information about how construction could impact commuters.

NORWOOD

Norwood chooses new school superintendent

Norwood has selected a new school superintendent, but at least one member of the School Committee is not convinced the best candidate was chosen.

MARSHFIELD

Marshfield to host meeting on opioid crisis

Marshfield residents are invited to hear and talk about efforts to address the crisis of opioid addiction at a meeting on April 3 sponsored by two religious congregations.

BRAINTREE

Mayor says Braintree has met threshold for affordable housing

Mayor Joseph Sullivan of Braintree says his town has met the state rules for affordable housing and no longer has to accept Chapter 40B developments that override local zoning requirements.

WEST BRIDGEWATER

West Bridgewater candidates’ night is on March 30

West Bridgewater residents can hear from those running in the April 8 annual town election at a candidates’ night on March 30 at 7 p.m. at the senior center.

KINGSTON

Kingston election drawing slew of hopefuls

Six candidates have stepped up in Kingston to run for two seats on the Board of Selectmen in the April 29 town election.

RAYNHAM

Raynham raises tobacco-buying age to 21

The legal age to buy tobacco products in Raynham will rise to 21 starting April 1.

BROCKTON

Brockton snags $500,000 for computer equipment

Brockton High School is getting almost half a million dollars to buy equipment for computer-aided design, 3-D printing, robotics, and artificial intelligence.

DUXBURY

Duxbury to host solar energy panel discussion

Duxbury’s state representative, Josh Cutler, who will be moderating a panel discussion on solar energy March 23 at the Duxbury Free Library, says he considers solar power a key ingredient in the menu of energy options for consumers.

COHASSET

Cohasset gets grant to study harbor improvements

The state has given the town of Cohasset $80,000 to study how to improve its harbor.

HOLBROOK

Holbrook school alumni invited to ‘walk down memory lane’

For more than 60 years, students have passed through the halls of Holbrook Junior-Senior High School, but once the 2016-17 school year is over, the building will be prepared for demolition.

RANDOLPH

Proposed medical marijuana facility a concern to some in Randolph

About 20 Randolph residents turned out to voice their concerns as the company’s application came before the Town Council for a special permit Monday.

FREETOWN

Freetown searches for new town administrator

Freetown has begun a search for a successor to Town Administrator Jack Healey, who is retiring when his contract expires on June 30.

HANOVER

Hanover leaders to speak at annual breakfast

Hanover residents have a chance to hear an overview of issues facing the town and its business community over the coming year.

WESTWOOD

Solar project expected to generate power for Westwood by spring

The solar panels going up on the roofs of four schools in Westwood are expected to start generating electricity by the end of April.

PEMBROKE

Pembroke mulls ban on recreational marijuana businesses

Pembroke voters will decide this spring whether to ban recreational marijuana businesses in town.

WEYMOUTH

Weymouth touts new park atop capped town dump

The town of Weymouth is building a new park on top of the capped municipal landfill, featuring a half-mile, circular trail and an overlook site with views of the Back River and the large sea hawks, or osprey, that live there.

MARION

Marion fireworks show in jeopardy again

Marion officials say the town will have to do without its annual Independence Day fireworks display for a second year in a row, unless community members step forward to provide the needed money.

NORWOOD

Three vie for two Norwood board seats in rematch

It’s rematch time on April 3 in Norwood as challenger Kevin Pentowski again takes a run at selectmen incumbents Allan Howard and Paul Bishop.

HANSON

Water alliance to host conference in Hanson

Area residents can learn more at a conference in Hanson Thursday about how to protect and maintain the region’s water resources.

EASTON

Easton picks a new school superintendent

The Easton School Committee has chosen assistant superintendent Lisha Cabral to take over the top administrative job at the end of the school year.

CANTON

Canton voters face slew of decisions at meeting

Canton residents will vote at Town Meeting this spring on whether to grant a tax abatement package for a solar panel installation and on whether to lease property at the Paul Revere Heritage Site.

RANDOLPH

Randolph to hear plan for medical marijuana facility

A proposal to create a medical marijuana growing facility and a dispensary in the Pacella Park industrial area in Randolph will go before the public and the Town Council at a hearing on Monday.

NORWELL

Norwell meeting to consider making historic farmhouse accessible

Norwell’s spring Town Meeting will decide whether to spend $53,500 in Community Preservation Act money to make the historic Jacobs Farmhouse accessible to people with physical handicaps.

STOUGHTON

Stoughton to host Tiny House Festival this fall

Stoughton will be a “big” destination for enthusiasts of tiny houses this fall.

HULL

Tough weather challenges Hull’s annual Snow Row

High winds and heavy seas made the annual “Snow Row” at the end of the Hull peninsula more of a challenge than usual last weekend, but all the approximately 40 boats that started the race finished safely.

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QUINCY

Quincy council expected to discuss ‘sanctuary city’ issue

The Quincy City Council is expected to discuss a proposal to study whether it should adopt “sanctuary city” status at a meeting Monday that could attract many residents.

HINGHAM

Some Hingham residents want five selectmen

A group of Hingham residents says it is time the town is run by a five-member board of selectmen, and it is looking to Town Meeting to make it happen.

SCITUATE

Scituate has town ‘by the numbers’

The town recorded 118 births and 130 deaths, inspected 199 septic systems, and saved 15 opioid overdose victims with Narcan in 2016, according to a list posted on the town webpage.

CANTON

Canton leaders push town as best for new ice rink

Canton is the best place for a new ice rink in the south suburbs, town selectmen said in a letter to the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.

NORWELL

Norwell police hopes to add K-9 unit

The Norwell Police Department wants a dog.

WAREHAM

Wareham plots future of nail factory site

An effort to bring new life to the historic Tremont Nail factory site in Wareham will be the focus of a community meeting on Thursday.

AVON

Avon has first selectmen race since 2011

Three people are running for a single seat on Avon’s Board of Selectmen in the April 11 town election, the first time there’s been a contested selectmen’s race since 2011.

BROCKTON

Postal Service rededicates JFK stamp at Brockton school

Representatives of the US Postal Service came to the John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Brockton to rededicate a stamp marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of the school’s namesake.

PEMBROKE

Pembroke selectmen oppose proposed housing

Citing environmental and public safety concerns, Pembroke selectmen are opposing a residential development on Water Street Extension proposed under the state’s affordable-housing law.

HANSON

Hanson to vote on future of low-key town board

Hanson voters will consider this spring whether to convert the Memorial Field Trustees from elective to appointive.

RANDOLPH

Randolph plans $10m in school improvements, will ask state for help

Randolph school leaders and town councilors have agreed to apply to the Massachusetts School Building Authority for up to 74 percent assistance for about $10 million in building improvements to three of its elementary schools.

MANSFIELD

Mansfield leaders working to trim proposed budget

Town officials in Mansfield are working to trim a proposed $95.5 million budget by about $1.4 million so that it will be balanced when it comes before voters at Town Meeting on May 2.

WALPOLE

Walpole school superintendent appoints two new administrators

Walpole’s school superintendent, Lincoln Lynch, has appointed a new elementary school principal and a new district head of student services, both of whom will start work on July 1.

PLYMOUTH

Plymouth town hall project nears completion

The $40 million project to renovate and expand the 1820 Courthouse building into a new Plymouth town hall is almost complete, after nearly two years of construction.

HULL

Hull meeting to consider sanctuary proposal

Hull’s annual spring Town Meeting will consider seven citizen-petitioned articles -- including a Trump-inspired one that would make Hull a sanctuary community that welcomes immigrants.

ROCKLAND

Rockland initiates new communication tool for emergencies

Rockland is launching a new initiative to communicate with residents during major storms or other emergencies.

DUXBURY

Duxbury voters to hear proposal for former Battelle site

A proposal to rezone the waterfront property formerly owned by Battelle is likely to generate the most discussion at Duxbury’s annual Town Meeting on March 11.

WEST BRIDGEWATER

West Bridgewater to vote on golf course purchase

West Bridgewater voters will decide next month whether the town should buy a private golf course.

EASTON

Former Easton administrator says he took deal to preserve benefits

Former Easton town administrator David Colton spoke out for the first time since he was forced from the job he’d held for 10 years, saying he took a settlement because it preserved his pension benefits.

Fund-raising falls short in Cohasset for James Island conservation bid

An informal agreement to turn James Island in Cohasset into conservation property fell through when the community fell about $400,000 short in fund-raising toward a $1.8 million price for the seven-acre property, according to the person brokering the deal.

QUINCY

Quincy council asked to explore ‘sanctuary city’ designation

Grass-roots organizers, as well as a member of the Quincy City Council, are working to make the city a more welcoming place for immigrants.

COHASSET

Cohasset vandalism victim offers reward for information

A contractor is offering a $10,000 reward to anyone providing information about vandals who targeted his machinery at a Cohasset work site three months ago – causing about $70,000 in damage.

ROCHESTER

Rochester emergency calls to be dispatched from Duxbury

Under a recent agreement between the two towns, Duxbury’s regional emergency communications center will be the primary recipient and dispatcher for Rochester’s emergency police fire, ambulance, and Highway Department calls.

HALIFAX

Halifax residents to weigh in on fixes to school

Halifax residents will have a chance to decide at a special Town Meeting and special election whether to spend money to fix a leaking roof and improve fire suppression systems at the Halifax Elementary School and whether to do it through a debt exclusion to Proposition 2 1/2.

HANOVER

Hanover to seeks bids for school project

Hanover is preparing to seek bids from contractors in late spring for the renovation and expansion of the Center Elementary School.

DUXBURY

Few contesting in Duxbury elections

Duxbury town elections aren’t until March 25, but with more seats than candidates, the results are pretty much in.

QUINCY

Quincy to hold Presidents’ Day Winter Festival

Quincy is embracing its history -- and the snow -- with a Presidents’ Day Winter Festival on the Hancock-Adams Green outside City Hall.

CANTON

Massasoit hosts exhibit on Wampanoag history

Plymouth 400 recently partnered with Massasoit Community College to bring its traveling Native American exhibit, “‘Our’ Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History,” to the Akillian Gallery on Massasoit’s Canton campus as part of the college’s 50th-anniversary celebration.

MARSHFIELD

Marshfield to vet 270-unit housing proposal

A proposal to build the largest apartment complex in Marshfield will face another airing before the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Easton pays town administrator $325,000 to leave

The town of Easton will pay its suspended town administrator, David Colton, approximately $325,000 to leave and not sue to keep the job he’s held since 2006.

Discrimination ruling could cost Brockton $6.5m

A court ruling that Brockton officials discriminated and retaliated against a black job applicant of Cape Verdean descent could cost the city up to $6.5 million, according to the mayor’s office.

KINGSTON

In Kingston, at least three candidates running for two selectmen seats

The stage is set for a lively race for Selectmen in Kingston with three well-known candidates announcing their intentions to run for two seats in the April 29 town election.

HINGHAM

At least three may vie for Hingham selectman seat

Three people have pulled nomination papers to run for selectman in Hingham, though so far they don’t include the incumbent.

NORTON

Norton picks new planning and economic development director

The town tapped Tabitha Harkin of Easton for the job.

WAREHAM

Nonprofit plans 6 new affordable housing units in Wareham

An area nonprofit plans to create six units of affordable and supportive housing in Wareham with the help of a recent $75,000 state funding award.

HANSON

Hanson selectmen appoint new Recreation Commision members

Five months after Hanson’s entire Recreation Commission resigned, the panel is back in business with new members.

WEYMOUTH

State gives Weymouth $387,000 transportation grant

The state is giving Weymouth $386,645 for transportation improvements designed to improve safety and accessibility “for all travel modes — walking, biking, transit and vehicles — for people of all ages and abilities.”

QUINCY

Quincy mayor announces city initiatives

A comprehensive park improvement plan and a traffic master plan with consideration for bicyclists are in the works at Quincy City Hall, Mayor Thomas Koch said in his state of the city speech.

COHASSET

Cohasset selectmen seek re-election

Both selectman who are up for re-election in May have pulled papers to run again.

CANTON

Canton meeting to discuss South Shore ice rink

Potential sites for a new ice rink on the South Shore will be discussed at the Monday, Feb. 13 session

FOXBOROUGH

Foxborough officials reap Super Bowl victory benefits

There are some perks to being the host community of the Super Bowl Champion Patriots beyond bragging rights.

RANDOLPH

In Randolph, a new fire station and 4 new firefighters

As Randolph prepares to open a new $5.5 million fire station in North Randolph this month, they will also be hiring four new firefighters under a federal grant.

ABINGTON

Abington housing proposals move forward

Abington’s increased sewage capacity allowed sewer commissioners Monday to approve several residential projects.

ROCKLAND

Rockland officials want feedback on downtown plan

Residents have a chance to offer input on a proposed zoning initiative aimed at spurring more economic vitality in part of the downtown.

WEST BRIDGEWATER

West Bridgewater advances dog park proposal

The town recently cleared another hurdle in its plan to develop a municipal dog park.

SCITUATE

New Scituate school named for native son

There will be a new addition to the Scituate High School campus this September: the Lester J. Gates Middle School.

PEMBROKE

Pembroke tentatively pursues Furnace Pond dredging

Town officials have have tentatively decided to dredge the entire pond to a maximum depth of 10 feet.

AVON

Avon rejects rezoning proposal for Memorial Drive area

A Special Town Meeting rejected a proposal to rezone an area along Memorial Drive that would have allowed residential development instead of just industrial and commercial uses.

MARSHFIELD

FEMA officials to discuss flood insurance policies at Marshfield meeting

A public meeting to provide additional information about flood insurance policies for residents of Scituate, Duxbury, and Marshfield will be held Tuesday, Feb. 7 in Marshfield.