Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe South.

HANOVER

Hanover school officials to present elementary school project

Hanover school officials are hoping to present their plan for an elementary school building project before a state board in March.

DUXBURY

Candidates face Monday deadline for Duxbury election

Candidates in Duxbury have until Monday, Feb. 8, at 5 p.m. to return their nomination papers if they intend to run for office.

WESTWOOD

Two bid for vacant selectman seat

Two candidates have indicated they’ll run for the three-year selectman’s seat in Westwood being vacated by incumbent Patrick J. Ahearn.

COHASSET

Cohasset town manager unable to support new teacher contract

The Cohasset School Committee and teachers’ union have reached agreement on a new contract, but the town manager says the town can’t afford the pay raises the contract provides.

STOUGHTON

Stoughton’s State Theatre appoints development director

A nonprofit group seeking to restore the historic State Theatre in Stoughton recently tapped a veteran theater professional as its artistic/development director.

CANTON

Canton to consider funding full-day kindergarten

Canton voters will be asked at the May 9 Town Meeting to fund full-day kindergarten, a move that would save parents $3,500 in tuition per child.

HOLBROOK

Proposed trash station in Holbrook gets negative report from state again

A proposed solid-waste transfer station in Holbrook has received a second negative report from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

RANDOLPH

Randolph reviewing proposals for Devine School property

The Devine School property in Randolph could become the new home of a health center, apartments for the elderly, and affordable-housing units, under proposals being reviewed by the town.

PLYMOUTH

Plymouth’s electoral season is here

Eight townwide seats are on the ballot of this year’s local election in Plymouth, and prospective candidates have begun to take out and circulate nomination papers.

HULL

Hull selectmen search for new police chief

Hull’s selectmen have hired a consultant to help them find a new police chief, and appointed police Captain Robert Sawtelle as acting chief in the meantime.

EASTON

Easton meets affordable-housing obligation

The town of Easton has officially met its affordable-housing obligations under the state Chapter 40B law and can reject housing development proposals that don’t comply with local zoning.

PEMBROKE

Pembroke to automate waste collection

Starting this spring, the town of Pembroke intends to shift to an automated waste collection system in which trash deposited in wheeled containers is picked up by trucks with mechanical arms.

BROCKTON

Brockton hospital to expand cancer services

Brockton-area residents will have access to more cancer services at Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital, as part of an expanded affiliation with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

MARION

Marion hires first town planner

Marion recently hired its first town planner when it tapped Kenneth J. Buckland for the job.

NORWOOD

Proposed housing complex to go before Norwood board Feb. 2

The latest plan for an affordable-housing complex in Norwood at the site of the former Plimpton Press is scheduled for a hearing before the Zoning Board of Appeals on Feb. 2.

BRIDGEWATER

Bridgewater considers deleting bylaw on parking expansion

A Bridgewater town councilor aims to repeal a bylaw that allows businesses to expand their parking in residential neighborhoods if they do not already meet the town’s parking guidelines.

HULL

Hull eyes tax surcharge for preservation fund

Hull Town Meeting will be asked to tack a 1.5 percent surcharge on property taxes to create a local Community Preservation Act fund that could be used for affordable housing, historic preservation, open space, and recreation under state guidelines.

QUINCY

Quincy panel seeks residents’ feedback on plans for new middle school

Quincy residents have a chance to offer their input on plans for a new Sterling Middle School at a community meeting on Thursday, Feb. 4.

CARVER

State finds Carver Planning Board posting in violation of Open Meeting Law

The state attorney general’s office has ruled that the Carver Planning Board violated the state’s Open Meeting Law in its official posting about an executive session while also ruling that the board’s meeting itself complied with the law.

HOLBROOK

Home improvement grant could benefit Holbrook, Rockland homeowners

The towns of Holbrook and Rockland are applying for a joint grant to fund essential home improvements for low- and moderate-income residents.

MILTON

Milton to consider storm water fee

Milton Town Meeting will decide in February whether to charge a fee to help pay the town’s costs of dealing with storm water and the expense of complying with expected new federal rules.

FOXBOROUGH

Foxborough’s 100-year-old flagpole to make way for fiberglass version

The rusting pole in Foxborough Common will be replaced with a new 100-foot-tall fiberglass model -- thanks to a private fund-raising campaign that collected more than $40,000 for the project.

WALPOLE

Walpole school repurposes computer lab for creative activities

In what could be a sign of the times, the principal of Johnson Middle School in Walpole has closed a computer lab to make room for a “Maker Space,” where students engage in hands-on activities that include taking apart old computers.

WESTWOOD

University Station lands grant to improve roads and utilities

University Station is getting a $10 million tax-exempt bond to help improve roads and utilities around the 130-acre mixed-use development near the intersection of Interstate 95 and Interstate 93 and the Route 128 train station in Westwood.

HULL

Hull to host annual water-plunge fund-raiser

Wet suits are allowed – provided the wearer also sports a tutu and a tiara – in the 21st annual Drowned Hogs fund-raiser in Hull for Wellspring Multi-Service Center on Jan. 30.

COHASSET

Cohasset looking to extend town manager’s contract

Cohasset’s selectmen want Town Manager Christopher Senior to stick around and are negotiating to extend his contract beyond its January 2017 expiration.

PEMBROKE

Pembroke town website gets an overhaul

The town of Pembroke recently completed a major overhaul of its website that includes changes to make news and information about town departments more readily available to the public.

PLYMPTON

Plympton farm proposes facility to grow medical marijuana

For the past seven years, Fresh Meadow Farm in Plympton has been known for its heirloom varieties of organic cranberries, and now it wants to grow marijuana as well.

NORWOOD

Two men charged with illegal sale of tobacco products in Norwood

Two Sharon men have been charged in US District Court with illegally selling tobacco products at their Norwood business and laundering the proceeds, according to the US Attorney’s Office.

MARSHFIELD

Marshfield committee to begin charter review

The Marshfield Board of Selectmen has named seven members and two alternates to a committee charged with updating the Marshfield town charter, and the committee was set to convene Thursday for an orientation meeting with selectmen.

CANTON

Canton still searching for next town administrator

Canton’s selectmen are going back to the drawing board in their search for a new town administrator after contract negotiations failed with their chosen candidate.

WAREHAM

Wareham awarded grant to preserve woodlands

Wareham will get some help in its efforts to preserve 51 acres of undeveloped woodlands through a recent state grant.

QUINCY

Quincy to outline multiyear plan for its future

Quincy is preparing to launch a major initiative to prepare for its future, even as it looks ahead to a celebration of its 400th anniversary in 2025.

BRIDGEWATER

Alleged anti-Muslim harassment spurs Bridgewater residents to action

Citing what they say were two recent incidents of anti-Muslim harassment in Bridgewater and West Bridgewater, a dozen local residents have formed a group to raise awareness and fight discrimination.

PLYMOUTH

Plymouth court now holds criminal trial session

The Plymouth Trial Court building has just become a little busier.

DUXBURY

Johnson Golf managing Duxbury golf course again

The management of Duxbury’s North Hill Country Club changed this month, after selectmen last month first opted for one company to take over, then picked the one that the town is still battling in court over the bidding process eight years ago.

STOUGHTON

Board of Selectmen, School Committee seats up for grabs in Stoughton

Candidates are competing in Stoughton for seats on the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee in the only races for townwide seats in this year’s town election.

WESTWOOD

Westwood roads receive top ratings

The Department of Public Works in Westwood owns some bragging rights: The streets throughout town have an all-time high rating of almost 86 out of 100 – up nearly 6 points from five years ago, and considerably higher than most other communities in the state.

WEYMOUTH

Weymouth Town Council to decide on cameras at Lakeview Manor

Weymouth Town Council will consider whether to spend $100,000 in Community Preservation Act money to buy and install security cameras at the Lakeview Manor public housing site.

NORWELL

Norwell seeks funding for Main Street sidewalk

The town of Norwell won’t appeal a judge’s ruling that it cannot spend $1.4 million in Community Preservation Act money to build a sidewalk/pathway along Main Street.

FOXBOROUGH

Property owners to see rare thing in Foxborough: a tax decrease

Foxborough taxpayers will see a small decrease in their tax bills – about $15 a year for 10 years -- as a result of a financial maneuver recently executed by the town’s finance department.

RANDOLPH

Randolph library moves into temporary digs

Randolph’s public library has moved into a temporary location at Shaw’s Plaza, where residents can continue to borrow books and take part in programs while a $2.7 million renovation of the Turner Free Library building takes place.

HOLBROOK

Holbrook tax bills delayed

Third-quarter Holbrook property tax bills have been delayed and are not due by the usual Feb. 1 deadline.

MATTAPOISETT

Mattapoisett adopts ‘right to farm’

The “right to farm” bylaw affirms the town’s support of farmers and its commitment to protecting and promoting agriculture as an economic activity in town.

ABINGTON

Abington Sunoco shares in lottery winnings

A Whitman woman and an Abington Sunoco owner are richer this week after the woman won $1 million in Mass Cash on Sunday, playing the same set of numbers twice on five tickets.

BROCKTON

Brockton to host MLK Day celebration again

For the 20th year, Temple Beth Emunah’s congregation and area churches will host a free luncheon celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Brockton – even though the Jewish temple has sold its property in the city and moved to Randolph.

MARSHFIELD

Duxbury, Marshfield, Scituate get good news on flood maps

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has informed Marshfield officials that the agency will delay issuing a final determination on flood maps for Duxbury, Marshfield, and Scituate while corrections are made to the maps.

MILTON

Milton to increase annual tree plant

The town will plant about 50 new street trees in the spring – almost three times as many as usual – thanks to a $20,000 gift from the private Copeland Foundation.

SHARON

Sharon seeking new recreation director

Sharon recreation director Amanda Levasseur is leaving the job Jan. 22, and town officials are looking for volunteers to serve on a screening committee as they begin the search for a new director.

EASTON

Easton restaurant hopes to reopen after fire

The Stoneforge Grill in Easton hopes to reopen by Jan. 14, after a New Year’s Eve fire destroyed the kitchen and caused extensive smoke damage to the popular restaurant.

ROCKLAND

Rockland implementing new application system for businesses

The multioffice review will include checks to insure the business is in compliance with zoning rules, and fire and health codes, and current in its taxes.

HALIFAX

Halifax voters OK plan for senior center expansion

Halifax Special Town Meeting voters last week approved the next step in a planned expansion of the senior center and also cleared the way for the town to raise ambulance rates.

RAYNHAM

Raynham names new town treasurer

Michael King was chosen from among about nine applicants for the post.

Hull

Former Hull selectwoman runs for state Senate

Former Hull selectwoman Joan Meschino is running as a Democrat for the vacant state Senate seat that opened when Robert Hedlund left the Legislature on Jan. 4 to become mayor of Weymouth.

Brockton

Brockton will soon get extra help to revitalize downtown

The state is sending an expert in downtown redevelopment to Brockton to help the city realize its plans for revitalizing the downtown area.

Carver

Carver schools get new principal, superintendent

Carver schools will undergo major transitions in March with the addition of a new Middle High School principal and the earlier-than-expected retirement of Superintendent Elizabeth A. Sorrell.

Dedham

Two Dedham firefighters presented with medal for bravery

Two Dedham firefighters received the Chief Henry Harrigan Medal of Honor for their heroic attempt to save the victim of an August house fire – only the second time the award has been given since it was created 21 years ago.

Norwell

Future of Norwell sidewalk project uncertain

Norwell’s selectmen will decide soon whether to appeal a judge’s ruling that the town cannot spend $1.4 million in Community Preservation Act money to build a sidewalk/pathway along Main Street, according to Town Administrator Peter Morin.

Quincy

Quincy Chamber of Commerce has a new president

The Quincy Chamber of Commerce recently announced that it had tapped Maureen A. Rogers to succeed Dean Rizzo as president of the 575-member business organization.

Plymouth

Longtime Plymouth official set to retire

Dinah O’Brien, who doubles as Plymouth’s library director and its director of community resources, is retiring effective Monday, Jan. 4.

Rochester

Rochester takes issue with cities’ water use

The town of Rochester plans to voice its concerns at upcoming state hearings about the use of water by the cities of New Bedford and Taunton from a complex of ponds that lies partially in Rochester.

Five towns south of Boston named ‘Green Communities’

Nineteen cities and towns – including Cohasset, Norwell, Stoughton, Weymouth, and Whitman – are now official “Green Communities” and will receive more than $3.1 million for clean energy and energy efficiency projects.

Freetown

Freetown selectman says he won’t run again

Freetown Selectman Lee Baumgartner, the current board chairman, said in an interview that he will not to run for reelection in April.

Stoughton

Stoughton awarded state grant to carry out green energy projects

Stoughton is getting some state help to undertake clean-energy initiatives.

Sharon

Striar Hebrew Academy in Sharon to merge campuses

Striar Hebrew Academy, a Modern Orthodox Jewish day school in Sharon, will consolidate its two campuses into one next fall.

Scituate

Scituate’s golf course not open to dogs yet

Due to the unseasonably warm weather, Scituate has kept the Widow’s Walk municipal golf course open beyond its usual Dec. 20 closing date.

Avon

Avon students ready to help local seniors

Students from Avon Middle High School are ready to trade in their rakes for snow shovels, and help senior citizens in town.

Carver

Carver voters approve tax increase to build new school

Carver taxpayers have approved a temporary property tax increase to help pay for a $50 million new elementary school for the town, according to Town Administrator Michael Milanoski.

Holbrook

Holbrook Junior-Senior High earns Level 1 rating

The sometimes beleaguered Holbrook Junior-Senior High School, with its falling ceiling tiles and a reputation for losing students to other schools, has for the first time earned the state’s Level 1 accountability rating.

Mansfield

Mansfield library extends its reach

The Mansfield Public Library recently joined a growing statewide library online catalog system that gives researchers, movie fans, and anyone who holds a library card easy access to borrowing millions more books, audio books, DVDs, and CDs.

Weymouth

Weymouth properties undergo mandated inspections

Inspectors are measuring, photographing, and walking through properties in Weymouth, as part of a program required by the state.

Westwood

Weswood’s main library to reopen Jan. 4

Westwood’s main public library on High Street is scheduled to reopen on Jan. 4, almost three months after it closed for repairs to its vaulted ceiling.

Norton

Ice-cream distributor granted tax break to relocate to Norton

A local tax break supporting an ice-cream distributor’s plans to locate in Norton recently earned a green light from the state.

Quincy

Quincy College holds ‘active shooter training exercise’

Quincy College recently took another step to bolster its readiness for a potential future emergency.

Milton Woman’s Club awards grants to local betterment groups

The Milton Woman’s Club recently donated nearly $62,000 to 14 groups working to better the town.

Hingham

Brockton man sentenced for carjacking, assaulting Hingham woman

A Brockton man was sentenced to 5 to 5 ½ years in prison for carjacking and assaulting an 85-year-old woman in Hingham in 2013.

Kraft, Foxborough reach temporary deal on tickets revenue

A timeout of sorts has been reached in a dispute over interpretation of a longstanding lease agreement for Gillette Stadium.

Walpole

Siemens asks big tax break to expand in Walpole

Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics is planning a $300 million renovation and expansion of its manufacturing plant in Walpole -- provided the town gives the international company a massive break on its property taxes, according to town officials.

Holbrook

New Holbrook school taking shape

The foundation, footings, and the beginnings of some of the walls are in place for Holbrook’s new pre-k-12 school, according to Barbara Davis, a School Committee member who makes frequent visits to the site.

Hull

New Hull group pushes for more responsible spending in town

There’s a new group in Hull – the Association of Concerned Townspeople, or ACT4Hull – that says its goal is to advocate for “responsible” use of the town’s money, as well as its revitalization, and reform of Town Meeting.