Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe South.

QUINCY

Brad Croall to lead Quincy City Council

Quincy’s city councilors unanimously chose Brad Croall, who represents Ward 2, to be their president, during a swearing-in ceremony for the 80th council.

RANDOLPH

Randolph bans recreational marijuana facilities

The Town Council upheld the voter-approved ban that was on a ballot question last fall.

DEDHAM

Meetings scheduled for proposed rail trail

Advocates for the proposed Dedham Heritage Rail Trail are holding three information sessions before the May Town Meeting vote on whether to begin design and engineering for the project.

Canton rejects medical detox facility

The applicant has not decided whether it will appeal the decision, according to a lawyer.

MIDDLEBOROUGH

Town receives grant to repair Oliver Mill Park

The park overlooks the Nemasket River and is often used for picnics and viewing the annual herring run.

ABINGTON

Proposed budget includes free full-day kindergarten

School officials in Abington are looking to move from a fee-based kindergarten to a free full-day one next year.

ROCKLAND

Town will seek US funds for home renovations

Officials said they plan to apply for a share of the $19.1 million in federal Community Development Block Grant funds that the state will be disbursing to communities this year.

EAST BRIDGEWATER

Town to vote on recreational marijuana ban

East Bridgewater residents will decide this spring whether to join other communities that have banned the sale of recreational marijuana.

COHASSET

Cohasset will hold annual MLK Jr. breakfast

The keynote speaker for the Jan. 15 event is Clementina Chery, founder and head of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute in Boston.

South Shore Conservatory to open third campus in Hanover

The Hanover property, which previously housed medical offices, will be retrofitted by the summer of 2020 to house multiuse classrooms, a state-of-the-art Creative Arts Therapy Center, and administrative offices.

QUINCY

Schoolmates welcome back girl who battled cancer

Students and their parents held signs and lined the streets for 8-year-old Bridget Kelley, who returned to Merrymount Elementary School after receiving a stem cell transplant from her younger sister in March.

WAREHAM

Tesla station coming to Wareham Crossing

Wareham Crossing shopping center will soon be the site of an electric car charging station.

ROCKLAND/ABINGTON

Rail trail work moving along

Work was recently completed on the latest phase of a project to develop a recreational trail along the former Hanover Branch Railroad corridor in Rockland and Abington.

RAYNHAM

Property tax bills to rise by $287 for average home

Average single-family homeowners in Raynham will see their annual property tax bills rise by $287 this year under the new tax rates set by the town and approved by the state Department of Revenue.

HALIFAX

Town set to begin expansion of senior center

Halifax officials have named a project manager for the $2 million expansion of the senior center at Pope’s Tavern that is set to begin in the spring.

DUXBURY

Town begins banning plastic checkout bags

Thin plastic checkout bags are now banned in Duxbury, after the measure approved by voters at the 2017 March Town Meeting went into effect on Jan. 1.

CANTON

Students plan day of events to engage peers

Students in Canton are encouraging their peers to think about community service, their future careers, and substance-abuse prevention.

Braintree

Police broke up several fights at South Shore Plaza

It took police from four departments to restore order at South Shore Plaza after “numerous large-scale fights” broke out at the mall the evening after Christmas, authorities said.

WALPOLE

Friends group gives last donation to town

The Friends of the Walpole Community Athletic Complex is ending with a bang: a final donation of $121,750 to the town toward the replacement of the artificial turf at TurcoField.

WEYMOUTH

Weymouth to start holding winter markets

The Weymouth Farmer’s Market will hold its first-ever winter market, starting on Jan. 27, and will continue the summer market’s practice of subsidizing low-income families.

DUXBURY

Police looking to get new K-9

Duxbury police have chosen a new canine officer and are hoping the public can help with the costs of acquiring and training a new dog.

CANTON

Officials mull options for improving intersection

Canton town officials are working to determine how to best improve the intersection of Washington and Randolph streets, following an analysis by a team from the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization.

PEMBROKE

Town may seek to hike local taxes

Pembroke voters may be asked to raise taxes next year to help fund town services and potential building projects.

HANOVER

Hanover bans recreational marijuana sales

Hanover recently became the latest community to prohibit the sale of recreational marijuana.

SCITUATE

Town’s youngsters being taught to strum along

Fourth- and fifth-graders are learning to play the ukulele, as part of a new program in all four elementary schools.

WEYMOUTH

Town prepares for climate change

Weymouth is beginning to plan for climate change, using a state grant to study how the town is vulnerable and what it can do to protect itself.

WAREHAM

Wareham greenlights largest solar facility yet

A 134-acre site in Wareham will soon become the location of the town’s latest commercial solar facility.

BROCKTON

Broken elevator chases ceremonies from City Hall

The inauguration ceremonies for Mayor Bill Carpenter’s third term and for other newly elected or reelected officials in Brockton will take place outside the city hall for the first time in decades -- because of a broken elevator in the 19th-century building.

FOXBOROUGH

Developer wants to raze building, erect two others

A developer wants to tear down a vacant commercial building next to the post office in Foxborough and replace it with a new commercial building and a 50-unit apartment building.

QUINCY

Planning Board will vet hospital site plans

The Quincy City Council has shifted the power to approve or deny redevelopment plans for the Quincy Medical Center site to the city’s Planning Board, and also lowered the density of units allowed at the site and the height of the buildings.

KINGSTON

Library seeks ‘lesser solutions’ to space crunch

Kingston library officials will begin meeting in January on “lesser solutions” to the library’s space crunch after a plan to build a new library was soundly defeated in December.

WALPOLE

State again denies funding for Walpole school plan

For the second time in a year, the state agency that helps finance local school construction projects has passed over Walpole’s request for money to study a plan to consolidate the town’s middle schools and build a new high school.

NORWELL

Selectmen want town to buy Whiting Fields

Norwell’s selectmen want the town to buy Whiting Fields -- 128 acres of open space at the intersection of Main and Lincoln streets -- using $3.8 million of Community Preservation Act money.

City OK’s plans for Quincy Center T station

The Quincy City Council voted to move forward with plans to add apartments and an office building at the Quincy Center MBTA station.

SHARON

Maskwonicut bridge up for $5.2 million repair

A bridge that’s been closed for years in Sharon is finally scheduled for repair, though completion of the project is years away.

Weymouth switches ambulance service after 16 years with Fallon

The town is switching its ambulance provider to South Shore Health System, which is affiliated with South Shore Hospital, after 16 years with Fallon Ambulance Service.

FOXBOROUGH

Town celebrates Hanukkah with menorah lighting

The town celebrated Hanukkah by lighting a 6½-foot-tall menorah on the Foxborough Common.

HALIFAX

Town warms to marijuana grow facility

A proposal to build a facility in Halifax for growing and processing marijuana used for recreational purposes is moving forward after receiving an unofficial positive response from selectmen.

MANSFIELD

Outgoing Attleboro mayor picked as town manager

Attleboro’s outgoing mayor, Kevin Dumas, has been selected by Mansfield selectmen to be their next town manager.

DUXBURY

Duxbury proposed budget is $76 million

Duxbury Town Manager Rene Read has presented selectmen with a $76 million proposed budget for next year.

67 deer killed during controversial Blue Hills hunt

Hunters killed 10 by bow and arrow and 57 by shotgun in the third annual hunt.

ABINGTON

Abington nurse wins $4 million on instant lottery

An Abington resident and store owner are both seeing green this holiday season.

BRIDGEWATER

Bridgewater to mull ban on recreational pot shops

The Bridgewater Town Council will consider a ban on recreational marijuana businesses at its meeting on Dec. 19.

MANSFIELD

Selectmen to interview finalists for town manager

Mansfield selectmen are scheduled on Monday night to interview three finalists for the town manager’s position that was left open by the departure of William R. Ross.

FREETOWN

Selectmen eye parking rules for Water Street

The Freetown Board of Selectmen will discuss potential parking changes on Water Street in Assonet at its meeting Dec. 18.

NORTON

Norton gets state grant to help buy Scouts land

A recent state grant has provided Norton with a major boost in its bid to buy a local Girl Scouts camp.

STOUGHTON

Town signs pact with eye on energy savings

Stoughton residents and businesses will collectively save about $650,000 over the next six months through a new municipal aggregation program the town is initiating starting with the January meter read, according to officials.

BROCKTON

Student removed for putting swastika on desk

Brockton school officials say they’ve removed a student responsible for putting a swastika and pro-Hitler message on a desk at the Plouffe Academy, a public middle school with about 700 students.

DEDHAM

Swastika drawings found at Dedham school

School officials have condemned the swastika drawings found in a bathroom and hallway at Dedham Middle School and held gradewide assemblies to discuss the incident and the need for tolerance.

NORWELL

Norwell making plans for new library

With both Town Meeting and town voters saying yes to spending $15.4 million to build a new public library in Norwell, the next step is figuring out a temporary location for the public to use while the old library is razed and the new one built, officials said.

T lowers cost of riding commuter rail from Quincy

The MBTA has responded to riders’ concerns about the upcoming closure of Wollaston station in Quincy by providing lower-cost commuter rail service from Quincy Center to South Station and expanded shuttle service.

Police recover Holocaust memorial stolen from Milton Cemetery

The theft of the bronze portion of “Myriam’s Memorial” more than a year ago was not motivated by “hate, bias, or anti-Semitic sentiment,” police say.

KINGSTON

School raises $10,000 for breast cancer center

Five years ago, Silver Lake Regional High School decided to join the battle against breast cancer.

WEST BRIDGEWATER

West Bridgewater chooses new fire chief

Kenneth May, currently the deputy fire chief, will take over the department’s top job Jan. 1.

HANSON

State to replace monitoring well on Hanson town hall’s green

The well, which the state uses to manually check water levels each month, will be replaced Tuesday, Dec. 12.

QUINCY

Tax rate down but bills up for Quincy homeowners

Quincy homeowners will see their property tax bills increase, though the rate set by the City Council fell slightly.

EASTON

Easton seeks resident input on legal recreational marijuana

Easton’s Marijuana Police Advisory Committee is holding a public listening session Dec. 14.

MARSHFIELD

Scaled-back Marshfield development still concerns officials

A proposed residential development off Highland Street in Marshfield will go before the Planning Board, but the town continues to have concerns about the project.

FOXBOROUGH

Foxborough Town Meeting OK’s Sunday alcohol sales, bans recreational marijuana outlets

Town Meeting also voted to change zoning in the downtown business district to outlaw uses usually associated with industrial areas.

COHASSET

Cohasset Town Meeting approves all articles on warrant

The Dec 4. Meeting approved spending $250,000 to restore the Sandy Beach bathhouse and $300,000 to continue work on designing an improved Town Hall.

NORWELL

Norwell Town Meeting OK’s $15.2 million for new library

As a result, officials said the owner of a home assessed at $600,000 would pay an average of $153 more annually in property taxes over 20 years.

FOXBOROUGH

Town eyes banning recreational pot shops

Town Meeting will consider a ban on recreational marijuana businesses in town, as well as prohibitions on rail yards, truck terminals, self-storage warehouses, and other similar activities in the downtown.

QUINCY

Developer mulling housing for hospital campus

FoxRock Properties is considering residential uses for the site of the former Quincy Medical Center, with one option that would put 1,000 units there, including some for assisted living, a company official said.

WALPOLE

Walpole adopts anti-hate resolution

The town is officially an anti-hate zone, with a resolution denouncing all hate groups now featured prominently on the town webpage and municipal buildings.

HULL

Population continues to fall in Hull public schools

The number of students enrolled in Hull public schools continues to drop, with the latest figures showing enrollment has fallen to 839 this school year.

MARSHFIELD

Support sought for plastic bag ban

Proponents of a ban on single-use plastic bags in Marshfield are continuing to meet with town boards with the goal of building support and getting the issue to a vote at Town Meeting in the spring.

COHASSET

Meeting to decide plan for town hall

Cohasset Town Meeting will decide in December whether to move forward with plans to renovate and add on to the town hall.

HINGHAM

Hingham asks SJC to review Aquarion case

The town of Hingham has decided to take its case against Aquarion Water Co. to the state’s highest court.

MANSFIELD

Firefighters recognized for pulling woman from blaze

Two Mansfield firefighters were awarded medals of valor by Governor Charlie Baker in a state awards ceremony Nov. 21 for pulling a woman from a blazing fire in an East Street condominium last March.

PLYMOUTH

Cultural district plans get green light

Plymouth will be able to proceed with improvements to its cultural district following the success of a fund-raising campaign that also generated state dollars for the project.

CANTON

Town seeks resident input on rules for new park

No paint ball, no ice skating, no camping, no fishing, no hunting, no drones -- these are some of the proposed rules for the park at the Paul Revere Heritage Site.

HINGHAM

School officials urge ban on marijuana businesses

Hingham officials are taking up the question of whether to allow recreational marijuana businesses in town, and school officials are hoping the answer is “no.”

KINGSTON

Town details library plan ahead of Dec. 5 vote

Additional information sessions have been scheduled for Kingston voters who want to learn more about the proposed construction of a new library for the town.

Braintree firefighters honored for bravery

Governor Baker recognized the firefighters’ “heroic acts of bravery” during a 2016 rescue mission at the Lincoln Street Water Tower.

WALPOLE

Project seeks remembrances of Bird Park

Walpole industrialist Charles Sumner Bird and his wife, Anna, created Bird Park in 1925 in their eldest son’s memory, as a “sequestered breathing place” for the community.

QUINCY

Riders question T’s Wollaston plan

Upset Red Line passengers aired their frustrations with MBTA officials during a meeting meant to answer questions about the upcoming long-term closure of Wollaston station.

EASTON

Three vie in special election for selectman post

Three candidates have taken out papers to run for an open Board of Selectmen seat in the Jan. 20 special election in Easton.

WEST BRIDGEWATER

Aronstein leaving for top post in Dighton

Assistant town manager Mallory Aronstein, a familiar face in West Bridgewater’s town government, has resigned effective Nov. 28 to accept appointment as Dighton’s first town administrator.

PEMBROKE

Town celebrates holiday season with tree lighting

Pembroke residents are invited to join in a community celebration of the holiday season on Dec. 3, when the annual Pembroke Tree Lighting will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on the Town Green on Route 14.

COHASSET

Police charge Hull man in rash of bike thefts

Cohasset police say they’ve cracked the case of the missing pricey bikes, arresting a Hull man they say was connected to a rash of bicycle thefts.