Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe South.

WEYMOUTH

Developer withdraws plans to build in Weymouth

A Quincy developer has dropped plans to build a medical office complex in Weymouth’s Libby Industrial Park.

WESTWOOD

Westwood voters elect new selectman

Twenty percent of the town’s voters turned out for the April 26 election, picking John Hickey as the new selectman.

MILTON

In Milton, Conlon re-elected over police chief

Kathleen Conlon had 3,198 votes to Police Chief Richard G. Wells Jr.’s 2,542.

EASTON

In Easton, one selectman wins, one loses

Incumbent Dottie Fulginiti received 1,171 votes to win re-election, but Daniel Smith lost to David Mills.

BRIDGEWATER

Write-in candidate wins Bridgewater Town Council seat

Francis Sousa won the District 7 seat April 23 with just 56 votes.

WEST BRIDGEWATER

West Bridgewater dedicates town hall room to two trailblazing women

Marjorie MacDonald was the first woman to serve as a town selectman, and Anna Brown its first female town clerk.

NORWOOD

As Norwood High School seniors graduate, they write the script

Beginning this June, Norwood seniors will be able to decide what is said about them as they pick up their diplomas.

QUINCY

MBTA selects developers for North Quincy mixed-use complex

The mixed use development would include housing, retail space, and a new parking garage.

ROCKLAND

Rockland Town Meeting to decide on Community Preservation fund

The proposal is among key items set to come before the annual town meeting Monday, May 2.

HOLBROOK

Holbrook town flag to hang in State House

Holbrook residents and officials will gather Wednesday, May 4 at the State House’s Great Hall to raise their flag.

BRIDGEWATER

New outdoor music venue to open in Bridgewater

Open-air concerts are coming to downtown Bridgewater, as a new outdoor music venue, with its stage and patio seating finessed into an alley about 24 feet wide, is scheduled to open in June.

MARSHFIELD

Marshfield library looking to expand children’s room

Marshfield’s Ventress Memorial Library hopes to expand its children’s room in the near future, even though a $2 million capital budget request is not likely to get funded this year, according to Greg Guimond, who is a library trustee and the town planner.

WEYMOUTH

Weymouth church starts $1.2m fund drive for repairs

Old South Union Church in Weymouth’s Columbian Square has started a $1.2 million fund drive to raise money to restore and repair the building, which is a replica of the 19th-century structure destroyed by a fire in 1989.

EAST BRIDGEWATER

East Bridgewater voters choose Finance Committee member for selectman

John F. Margie Jr. has defeated Karin B. Gilman to claim a vacant seat on the Board of Selectmen in East Bridgewater’s annual town election.

AVON

Avon school qualifies for national academic contest

The academic decathlon team from tiny Avon Middle High School -- with a student body of 322 -- has qualified for a national-level competition, the E-National Academic Decathlon.

MIDDLEBOROUGH

Middleborough fines could climb dramatically

Middleborough’s selectmen have voted unanimously to dramatically increase fines for stores that sell tobacco products to minors -- and Town Meeting will decide whether to do the same for motorists who park illegally in spaces reserved for the handicapped or veterans.

PLYMOUTH

Wider plan for 400th anniversary observances gains support

The effort to build a statewide plan for promoting 400th anniversary observances in Plymouth and other Massachusetts communities picked up steam recently in a meeting in Plymouth.

Norwood police chief wants no money from pot

The chief said a marijuana dispensary in his town would be a mistake, although selectmen are considering at least two.

HINGHAM

Hingham businesses fall prey to scams

At least two businesses in Hingham have been scammed this year by callers demanding money for alleged unpaid electric and gas bills, police say.

BROCKTON

Brockton’s ‘Champion’ drug program has helped 31 since February launch

More than 30 people are in treatment because of the Champion Program launched in Brockton at the end of February that encourages drug addicts to come to the police station for help, without fear of being arrested on drug charges.

MARSHFIELD

Aquarium urges caution after seal sighting in Marshfield

A young grey seal seen resting on a Marshfield beach earlier this month is just the first of the season, and beachgoers should be cautious not to put the animals in distress, a spokesman for the New England Aquarium said.

DEDHAM

Incumbents win in Dedham election

Incumbents won everything in Dedham’s April 9 election, which had an 11.5 percent turnout, according to Town Clerk Paul Munchbach.

Weymouth panel defends suggesting just one candidate for school chief

The district’s assistant superintendent was the only candidate who received the committee’s approval.

KINGSTON

Voters to get look at Kingston’s proposed $9 million police station

Kingston residents will get their first in-depth look at the designs for the town’s proposed $9 million police station in a forum at the town house Thursday.

HANSON

Hanson names new town administrator

The Hanson Board of Selectmen has named Michael McCue as the next town administrator.

COHASSET

Cohasset Harbor dredging incomplete

Much to town officials’ dismay, the dredging of Cohasset Harbor isn’t finished as promised, and boats run the risk of running aground at low tide unless the Army Corps of Engineers fixes the problem.

PLYMOUTH

Plymouth Town Meeting approves $211.6 million budget

A $211.6 million budget for fiscal 2017 was among a number of major money articles approved by Plymouth’s annual Town Meeting recently.

LAKEVILLE

Former Lakeville fire lieutenant charged with rape of subordinate firefighter

A former Lakeville fire lieutenant has been charged with rape of a subordinate firefighter on two occasions in July of 2014.

WEST BRIDGEWATER

West Bridgewater elects new selectman

Anthony J. Kinahan won the three-way race for an open seat on the Board of Selectmen in West Bridgewater’s annual town election.

NORWELL

Norwell school chief, teachers receive pay bump

The Norwell School Committee voted in March to approve a three-year retroactive contract for the teachers – giving them a 2 percent pay hike in each school year, according to Superintendent Matthew Keegan.

SCITUATE

Little debate expected at Scituate Town Meeting

In stark contrast to previous years when voters debated whether to build a new library, school, and public safety facility, Scituate Town Meeting will take up a warrant with few or no contentious items when it convenes on April 14.

BROCKTON

Crew razes Kresge Five & Dime in Brockton

A demolition crew worked through rain and snow in Brockton last week to take down the old Kresge Five & Dime building on Main Street – the site of a planned new five-story mixed-use building.

WHITMAN

Whitman officials grapple with spending requests

Budget negotiations are continuing in Whitman ahead of the May 2 annual Town Meeting as officials review capital requests from town departments and schools totaling more than $2 million.

STOUGHTON

Stoughton awarded grants to help economic growth

Stoughton will be getting some help in boosting its local economy through two recent state grants.

PLYMOUTH

Plymouth approves loan to fix sewer system

Plymouth Town Meeting has approved 48.2 million in borrowing to address the problems of the town’s sewer system.

MARSHFIELD

Marshfield beach parking pass is $5 more this year

Marshfield beach parking passes will cost an extra $5 this year for a residents-only season pass, in order to cover the increase in the state minimum wage to $10 an hour from the previous $9.

HINGHAM

Hingham Town Meeting to consider land buy

Voters at the April 25 Hingham Town Meeting will be asked to consider items including a proposal for an affordable assisted-living facility rather than detached homes on a Beal Street property, a request for $2.2 million for roads repairs, and a plan to use Community Preservation Act money to buy $5 million in land on South Pleasant Street.

MIDDLEBOROUGH

Middleborough voters approve tax hike to build police station

The measure to override the debt limits of Proposition 2 1/2 to pay for the project passed on April 2 by 1,276 to 674.

BRIDGEWATER

Write-in campaign to decide Bridgewater council race

A write-in or sticker campaign will decide the outcome of the April 23 Bridgewater Town Council race in District 7, despite incumbent John Norris’s intent to run.

QUINCY

Quincy appoints city councilor, ends dispute

The Quincy City Council has put to rest a protracted dispute over how to fill its vacant Ward 6 council seat.

CANTON

Second search for Canton town administrator yields 48 candidates

Canton’s second search to replace Town Administrator William Friel has yielded 48 candidates, many of whom look well qualified, according to John Connolly, chairman of the Board of Selectmen.

HANOVER

Hanover resident plans to run two marathons in one week

A Hanover resident is planning a week that even veteran long-distance runners might find especially grueling: Meg Coogan will be running two marathons in six days -- the Boston Marathon on April 18 and the Big Sur Marathon in California on April 24.

HULL

Hull voters face multiple choices in town election

Hull’s voters will confront a crowded ballot when they go to the polls in May – and have a chance to question candidates at the annual candidates’ night on April 14 at Temple Beth Sholom.

WESTWOOD

Westwood begins work on new cemetery

Work has begun in Westwood on expansion of the town-owned New Westwood Cemetery on High Street, an approximately $400,000 project approved by Town Meeting in 2013.

MILTON

Milton appeals to save Ashmont-Mattapan trolley

Milton’s Board of Selectmen has asked the MBTA to spare the Ashmont-Mattapan trolley line that has four stations in Milton, and not replace it with buses.

BROCKTON

New Heights Charter School to open at new site in August

The recently approved New Heights Charter School will move into renovated space at 141-143 Main St. in the center of Brockton and be ready to open in August, according to its executive director.

NORWOOD

Norwood considers Community Preservation Act

Some officials in Norwood are lobbying for the adoption of the Community Preservation Act, which they say could bring in more than $320,000 to the town.

PEMBROKE

Pembroke looks within for next school chief

The Pembroke School Committee has tapped Erin Obey to become the town’s next school superintendent.

WEST BRIDGEWATER

Three compete for seat on West Bridgewater Board of Selectmen

A three-way race for an open seat on the Board of Selectmen is the highlight of West Bridgewater’s town election, scheduled for April 9.

MANSFIELD

Stage is set for selectmen race in Mansfield

Mansfield’s annual town election on May 10 will feature four candidates competing for two seats on the Board of Selectmen.

MARSHFIELD

Flood insurance conference in Marshfield set for Tuesday

The Massachusetts Coastal Coalition will host a conference on flood insurance Tuesday, April 5, in Marshfield, with separate sessions for homeowners and professionals.

MIDDLEBOROUGH

Middleborough voters to decide on new police station

Voters in Middleborough will decide on April 2 whether to build a new police station on Wood Street near the old Town Green.

PEMBROKE

Work on Route 14 in Pembroke to begin this month

Contractors are scheduled to begin work at the end of this month on a project to improve the Route 14 corridor in Pembroke, says Town Administrator Edwin Thorne.

DUXBURY

Duxbury adopts local meals tax

Duxbury will join the many communities throughout the state that collect a 0.75 percent local meals tax.

NORWELL

Norwell schools declare homework-free weekend

Students at Norwell High School and Norwell Middle School are enjoying a homework-free weekend – part of a policy aimed at relieving stress and giving families more time together.

ROCHESTER

Rochester to consider building a new town hall

A study committee has concluded that replacing the Rochester Town Hall and annex with a $4.9 million building is the best way for the town to solve its space woes.

HOLBROOK

Three vie for Holbrook selectman vacancy

Three candidates, all with ties to Holbrook town government, are seeking to fill the vacancy left when then-Selectman Timothy Gordon resigned to make his successful application for the Holbrook town administrator’s job last summer.

WEST BRIDGEWATER

West Bridgewater selectwoman won’t run for reelection

Nancy Maloney has dropped her candidacy for a third term on the Board of Selectmen in West Bridgewater.

FOXBOROUGH

Foxborough eateries compete in charity cookoff

Several Foxborough restaurants will compete for bragging rights and raise money for the Hockomock Area YMCA in the fifth annual Chili Bowl Cookoff on April 2.

RANDOLPH

Proposal for Randolph’s Devine School property hits a snag

A Boston developer’s plan to redevelop the Devine School building has hit a roadblock after a Randolph Town Council subcommittee voted unanimously on March 21 to oppose it.

QUINCY

Boston health care firm relocating to Quincy

A health care firm is relocating from downtown Boston to the Heritage Landing office building campus in North Quincy, bringing 80 employees with it, according to Campanelli, the property owner.

Weymouth wants gas pipeline projects reviewed for combined impact

The mayor has asked state environmental officials to review two natural gas pipeline projects that include construction in the town.

WEST BRIDGEWATER

Next police chief named in West Bridgewater

West Bridgewater’s Board of Selectmen recently chose police Lieutenant Victor Flaherty to succeed retiring Police Chief Donald Clark.

HOLBROOK

Rising expenses put Holbrook schools ‘in a bind’

The Holbrook public schools will need a 5 percent budget increase just to maintain their existing level of services for the next school year, Superintendent Patricia Lally said.

RAYNHAM

Only one race contested in Raynham election

A two-way race for sewer commissioner will be the only contest on the ballot of this year’s annual town election in Raynham.

SHARON

Substance-abuse prevention group gains status in Sharon

A substance-abuse prevention group in Sharon has won recognition as an official town committee, a move aimed at helping the group obtain more funding from state and federal grants.

PLYMOUTH

Plymouth gets grant to develop maritime facility

Plymouth’s plan to develop a maritime facility recently received a major boost when the state’s Seaport Economic Council approved $185,600 to pay for the engineering and permitting costs of the project.

CARVER

Carver voters to decide two contests in town election

Carver residents will see two contested races in the town election on Saturday, April 23.

EASTON

Easton selectmen weighing support for $4.2m tax hike

Easton’s selectmen will decide in April whether to ask voters this spring for an approximately $4.2 million override of Proposition 2 ½ to pay for added operating expenses in the schools and other town departments.

ABINGTON

Abington renews town manager’s contract

Abington’s selectmen have renewed Town Manager Richard Lafond’s three-year contract and granted him a 1 percent raise for each of the next three years.

DEDHAM

Dedham police warn of car break-ins

Dedham police are telling residents to take precautions after several cars were broken into earlier this month in the parking lot of the Bock Ice Center on East Street.

HULL

Paragon Carousel to open Easter weekend

Hull’s famed Paragon Carousel is opening for its 88th season on Easter weekend and will stay open on weekends until the regular daily hours begin on June 18, according to general manager Patricia Abbate.

EASTON

Easton promises to use ‘best management practices’

In exchange for a promise to use recommended “best management practices,” the town will receive advice and money from the state.

ROCKLAND

Auto dealership to open in Rockland this summer

Contractors recently placed the final beam on the future Prime Hyundai dealership at 1022 Hingham St., keeping the project on track for completion in late June or early July.

RANDOLPH

Randolph councilor announces bid for House seat

Randolph Town Councilor Jason Adams has announced he will run for the House seat representing much of Milton and Randolph that has been held for the past 16 years by state Representative Walter F. Timilty.

DEDHAM

Dedham appoints interim library director

The Board of Library Trustees in Dedham has appointed the retired longtime director of the Brookline public libraries as interim director of the Dedham Public Library.

PLYMOUTH

Plymouth seeks input for harbor plan

Plymouth is collecting the ideas of local boaters and other community members as it works to develop the town’s first harbor plan.

EAST BRIDGEWATER

East Bridgewater begins search for next police chief

East Bridgewater officials have initiated the selection of a successor to Police Chief John Cowan, who plans to retire on June 30.

MARSHFIELD

Marshfield’s Library Plaza renovation to start in April

Renovation of two former stores next to Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield should begin in April if the bid process goes as planned, according to Brian Adams, town facilities director.

DUXBURY

Battelle considering housing for its Duxbury property

The Battelle Institute is negotiating to possibly sell its property in Duxbury to a housing developer, but a group of local investors said it has not given up hope of buying it and keeping it as a marine research campus.