Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe South.

HINGHAM

Stretch of Route 3A to go to two lanes in summer

A section of Summer and Rockland streets will go from four lanes to two for a couple of months this summer.

DEDHAM

Voter turnout for election ‘highest in decades’

Almost 30 percent of registered voters participated in the April 14 town election, according to the town clerk.

RANDOLPH

Intergenerational center serves more than 7,000

More than 20 percent of the town’s residents have become members.

MANSFIELD

Town Meeting to tackle recreational pot questions

Mansfield voters will be asked at the May 15 Town Meeting to decide on several proposals.

QUINCY

Koch to discuss pedestrian access to T station

A closed gate on Independence Avenue has long restricted pedestrian access to the eastern side of the Quincy Adams Red Line station.

WAREHAM

Incumbent keeps select board seat

Incumbent Alan Slavin turned back a challenge from Marc Bianco in a two-way race for Board of Selectmen in Wareham’s annual town election on April 3.

STOUGHTON

Incumbents win seats on select board

Stephen Cavey and Robert O’Regan defeated two others in the race for two seats on the Board of Selectmen in Stoughton’s annual town election on April 10.

MARSHFIELD

Town Meeting to consider buying YWCA site

The YWCA is selling the 9.2-acre property on Ferry Hill Road where it once hosted summer campers, and the town is considering it for open space and recreational purposes.

ROCKLAND

Group gets aid to help downtown economy

The state Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development awarded Rockland a $15,000 grant.

HULL

Water restrictions take effect in town

The rules prohibit the use of irrigation systems or sprinklers after 10 a.m. and before 6 p.m. through mid-October.

WESTWOOD

Voters to decide on ‘strong chief’ provision

Town Meeting had voted to put the fire chief under the oversight of the Board of Selectmen and town administrator.

COHASSET

Town Meeting to vote on plastic bag ban

The agenda for the April 30 meeting also includes a vote on banning recreational marijuana businesses and spending $12.5 million to renovate and add on to the town hall.

HOLBROOK

Voters pick two who oppose trash transfer station

Two opponents of a plan to place a trash transfer station in town near the Randolph line were elected to local offices in Holbrook, according to the town clerk’s office.

MARSHFIELD

Boys and Girls Club expands summer programming

The club says it is prepared to welcome summer campers who had attended a YWCA camp in Marshfield, which has closed.

MANSFIELD

Two vie for seat on select board

Incumbent Neil Rhein and Suffolk University student Kostas Loukos will face off for a seat on the Board of Selectmen in the May 8 town election in Mansfield.

EAST BRIDGEWATER

Residents vote no to sale of recreational marijuana

The vote approved a ban on all types of recreational marijuana establishments, including retailers, cultivators, testing facilities, and product manufacturers.

HANSON

Selectmen extend town administrator’s contract

Town Administrator Michael W. McCue’s contract has been extended three years.

AVON

Avon bans recreational marijuana businesses

The vote was 407 in favor of the ban, to 296 against.

SCITUATE

Town Meeting bans recreational pot businesses

The meeting stretched over two evenings.

BRAINTREE

Town allows bow-hunting starting this fall

The Conservation Commission has been talking about allowing hunting as a way to control the deer population for the last eight years.

EASTON

Town gets money to benefit pedestrians, bicyclists

Easton plans to use the money to install bike repair stations around town and standardize signs at crosswalks.

PLYMOUTH

Town Meeting OK’s tax on recreational pot

A proposal that Plymouth adopt a 3 percent sales tax on recreational marijuana was among the items that won approval at the annual Town Meeting and special Town Meeting April 7.

DUXBURY

Duxbury votes against recreational marijuana

Town Meeting last month voted 335-46 to prohibit the drug in the general bylaws, and 327-46 against amending the zoning bylaws to allow it.

HINGHAM

Town looking for next school chief

Dorothy H. Galo plans to retire when her contract ends next year, according to school officials.

Science festival returns to Quincy

The South Shore Science Festival is taking a more interactive approach this year, its fourth in the area.

RANDOLPH

School chief chosen for New Bedford post

Officials in Randolph say they were caught by surprise and saddened recently when School Superintendent Thomas Anderson was chosen to head New Bedford’s school system.

STOUGHTON

Select board, School Committee posts up for grabs

Contests for the Board of Selectmen and School Committee are on tap when voters head to the polls in Stoughton’s annual town election April 10.

EASTON

Superintendent would take police out of schools

The Easton school system should get rid of its school resource officer and add mental health professionals, according to the district’s superintendent.

Whitman

Voters ban recreational pot shops

Town unlikely to be asked to host a medical marijuana grow facility either, says Town Administrator Frank Lynam.

DEDHAM

Voters to decide whether to ban recreational marijuana

The ballot also includes contested races for seats on the Board of Selectmen, Board of Health, Planning Board, and Parks and Recreation Commission.

QUINCY

Council explores tax deduction workaround

It supports a proposal to craft an ordinance to turn local tax payments into charitable donations that can be deducted from federal taxes.

ROCKLAND

Town clerk faces challenge from her assistant

Three races will be on the ballot when voters head to the polls for Rockland’s April 14 annual town election.

DUXBURY

Duxbury may need tax override fund sea wall’s rebuilding

The chairman of the Board of Selectmen said it may cost more than $5 million to make necessary repairs.

ROCHESTER

Selectmen race heats up

A two-way race for an open seat on the Board of Selectmen is gaining most of the attention as Rochester prepares for its annual town election.

SHARON

Voters asked to decide whether to ban pot sales

The proposed ban would not affect cultivation, processing, and marijuana testing facilities, though Town Administrator Fred Turkington said that there are only a few sites in town that comply with the zoning regulations for those activities.

FOXBOROUGH

Hatheway site dropped from Superfund list

The property was contaminated by its use as a wood-preserving facility for products including wood sheeting, planking, timber, piling, and poles.

NORWOOD

Norwood looking for new high school principal

Three years after hiring a new principal for Norwood High School, officials there will once again be looking for someone to take the helm after Jonathan Bourn announced his resignation.

WALPOLE

High school to host annual ‘Iron Chef’ fight

The battle will pit teams of sous chef students, working with local professional chefs, against each other.

WEYMOUTH

Council prohibits non-medical pot businesses

Forget about buying recreational marijuana in Weymouth any time soon.

Duxbury

Voters OK $2.5m addition to Senior Center

Work is expected to begin in the first week of July, with completion targeted for early 2019.

CANTON

Selectmen OK process to overhaul Galvin School

The board has given approval for the School Committee to pursue renovations or construction of a new Galvin Middle School through the Massachusetts School Building Authority.

HANOVER

Selectmen pick new town manager from Vermont

Joseph Colangelo, currently the town manager in Shelburne, Vt., was recently chosen as Hanover’s next town manager on a 4-0 vote.

QUINCY

City development will keep seniors in mind

The City Council and Mayor Thomas Koch signed a letter of commitment on March 19 to follow AARP’s age-friendly and livable-communities model.

HULL

Voters ban recreational pot businesses two ways

The vote was 1,010 to 856 to prohibit recreational marijuana enterprises through the town bylaws, according to Town Clerk Lori West, and 1,027 to 833 to prohibit the businesses through the town’s zoning rules.

PLYMPTON

Town is exploring shared services with others

Plympton’s selectmen also voted not to renew Fire Chief Warren J. Borsari’s employment contract and placed him on immediate administrative leave.

WAREHAM

Town master plan almost ready

The product of a year-long effort that included community input is expected to go before the Board of Selectmen for approval in May.

RANDOLPH

Councilor asks forgiveness amid call to resign

Town Councilor James F. Burgess Jr. returned about a month after being charged with possession of methamphetamines and conspiracy to distribute the drugs.

PLYMOUTH

Town eyes 3 percent sales tax on recreational pot

Plymouth has opted to regulate rather than to ban the sale of recreational marijuana.

Walpole

Students ‘walk out’ to honor Fla. shooting victims

Walpole High School students held a 17-minute-long school-sanctioned “walkout” last Thursday -- an event that principal Stephen Imbusch praised for its maturity and solemnity.

WEST BRIDGEWATER

Town seeks voters’ guidance on pot questions

The Board of Selectmen has placed three nonbinding questions on the subject on the ballot of the April 14 annual town election.

Avon

Voters to decide whether to ban pot businesses

If approved, the ban would apply to marijuana cultivators, testing facilities, product manufacturers, retailers, and any other type of marijuana-related businesses.

Weymouth Landing redevelopment delayed

Developer Nick Delegas says he is reconfiguring his project to put up a mixed-use building and probably will need to get new permits from the town.

HULL

Assistant high school principal elevated to top job

Superintendent Michael Devine chose Nicole Nosek for principal from field of 25 applicants.

NORTON

Eight incumbents running unopposed

Norton is preparing for its April 24 annual town election, but this year’s campaign season offers little suspense.

HANSON

Busy downtown intersection to see upgrades

Hanson plans to carry out improvements aimed at enhancing safety and access for vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians, with the help of state funding.

HINGHAM

Police say homeless man stole car to stay warm

The car belonged to an employee of the 99 Restaurant on Lincoln Street.

MARSHFIELD

St. Patrick’s Day 5K postponed to April 14

The annual Marshfield Education Foundation fund-raiser originally scheduled for March 17 at Brant Rock was postponed due to storm damage at the esplanade.

QUINCY

Olympian visits Woodward School

Olympic soccer star Kristine Lilly and Woodward alum Laurie Graf will be honored at the school’s fund-raising gala on April 3.

HOLBROOK

Voters to pick town leaders on April 7

Holbrook voters will decide who will occupy seats on six town boards in the upcoming election.

RANDOLPH

Council rezones two areas for medical marijuana

Town councilors said the two new locations will allow the businesses to be farther away from residential properties.

PLYMOUTH

State grant will be used for downtown street

The town was awarded a $200,000 grant through the Complete Streets program, which supports local projects.

BROCKTON

Brockton High band to play piece about the city

“Brockton” was commissioned for the 100th anniversary of the city’s Rotary Club.

QUINCY

Hancock parking lot to close this summer

The city’s interim parking plan will use lots around Quincy Center, as well as valet service and shuttles from a private firm.

QUINCY

Hancock parking lot to close this summer

The city’s interim parking plan will use lots around Quincy Center, as well as valet service and shuttles from a private firm.

HINGHAM

Voters will have opportunities to meet candidates

But they may not get to hear them debate before the election on April 28.

NORWELL

Norwell eyes extending Main Street sidewalk

The plan calls for extending the current sidewalk from South Street to Circuit Street, past the town hall and Norwell Middle School.

KINGSTON

Town administrator and town planner are out

Kingston’s selectmen have voted to sever the employment of Town Administrator Robert H. Fennessy Jr., and also voted to seek a new town planner.

BRIDGEWATER

Town to hold hearing restricting pot sales

The town will hold a public hearing on restricting where retail sales of recreational marijuana would be permitted, if its ban is overturned.

BRIDGEWATER, RAYNHAM

High schoolers are taught disaster response

The 27 students underwent training provided by the regional Community Emergency Response Team.

EASTON

Easton suspends wetland rules for storm cleanup

The town’s Conservation Commission is allowing emergency repairs and cleanup in wetland areas without requiring property owners to go through the normal approval process.

WEYMOUTH

Town wants nonprofit to run its Emery Estate

Organizations have three months to respond to its call to renovate and run the property as an events facility under a long-term lease.

BEVERLY

Beverly will hold series of sustainability meetings

The meetings, hosted by Mayor Michael Cahill, are being held in neighborhoods across the city in March and April, with each set to run from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

ABINGTON

Manning hoping to join her dad on select board

Rory Manning is running for one of the two open seats on the Board of Selectmen.

WEYMOUTH

Weymouth High culinary program open for orders

The offerings this season include holiday homemade hot cross buns, ricotta pies, Greek cookies, French fruit tarts, and hummingbird cakes from the Wildcat Bakery at the high school.

ROCKLAND

Residents can help shape future of green spaces

The town recently completed a draft update of its Open Space and Recreation Plan, and residents will have a chance on March 15 to offer their feedback.

East Bridgewater, Hanson

Two towns to hire joint IT director

The collaboration between Hanson and East Bridgewater was spurred by a desire to save costs and to provide higher levels of technological support to their respective departments.

QUINCY

New bridge to link busy areas in Quincy Center

Motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians will soon have Generals Bridge for traveling from Hancock Street to Thomas E. Burgin Parkway.

BRAINTREE

Schools reopen after Nor’easter damaged roofs

The entire roof surface of South Middle School was blown away in the March 2 storm, as was the roofing of the gym-cafeteria wing of Ross Elementary School.

AVON

Zinni to leave Avon for King Philip Regional

Assistant superintendent Christine Godino will take his place.

STOUGHTON

Selectmen begin search for new town manager

The board voted to issue a request for proposals for a consultant to help with the process.