Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe South.

QUINCY

Quincy mulling tax break for telecoms firm

The Quincy City Council is considering a 20-year tax break package for Quincy-based Granite Telecommunications, which is expanding and adding 250 local full-time jobs.

PLYMOUTH

Cape Cod real estate agency expands to Plymouth

Kinlin Grover Real Estate recently celebrated the opening of the office in newly-renovated space at 45 Court St.

WHITMAN

Whitman mulls fate of marijuana growing facility

Whitman selectmen are expected to decide at their Dec. 13 meeting whether to greenlight a medical marijuana growing facility proposed by Fresh Meadow Farm of Carver.

State overrules Dedham’s denial of liquor license for Hooters

The town’s board of selectmen had cited overwhelming public opposition and disapproval of the company’s hiring practices.

WEST BRIDGEWATER

West Bridgewater has 2 BSU students working in town hall

Under a new program it launched in partnership with Bridgewater State University, the town hired two students from the university to work through next May as paid interns at town hall.

BRIDGEWATER

Revamped Bridgewater Academy building to be unveiled

The historic structure has been updated to accommodate more of the town’s administrative offices.

HINGHAM

Hingham pact lauded for raising funds for school sports complex

The Hingham Sports Partnership was recognized at halftime of the Thanksgiving Day football game between Hingham and Scituate for helping to raise $1 million for the high school athletic complex.

STOUGHTON

Stoughton library makeover to be focus of meetings

The estimated $14 million project is in final design with construction targeted to begin next spring, according to Pat Basler, Stoughton’s library director.

WEYMOUTH

Weymouth gets $1.6m to uncover Smelt Brook

The town is getting $1.6 million in state money to uncover Smelt Brook in Weymouth Landing and create a walkway along the water and nearby pedestrian plaza.

Sea turtle rescued off Hull recuperating in Quincy hospital

A highly endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle has a good chance of surviving its ordeal.

Foxborough mulls changing zoning rule to help campground

A special Town Meeting will decide whether to allow commercial campgrounds to hold weddings or other functions for people who are not staying on the grounds.

COHASSET

Cohasset meeting to take up funding matters

Cohasset’s special Town Meeting will vote on setting aside money for future expenses -- including $250,000 for any unexpected special education bills -- when it convenes on Nov. 28.

NORWOOD

Norwood police train to work with mentally ill

Police Chief William Brooks said his department has joined a campaign that aims to ensure successful interactions between police and people affected by mental illness.

MARION

Tabor Academy students get $10,000 to help build a robot

Tabor Academy was recently awarded $10,000 by the Lemelson-MIT program that will allow students at the private high school in Marion to help create a robot.

HANOVER

Hanover Mall changes owners

PECO Real Estate Partners announced recently that it has acquired the mall from CW Capital.

QUINCY

Input sought on development of North Quincy lot

Quincy residents and commuters have an opportunity to offer their ideas about the proposed redevelopment of the large parking lot at the North Quincy MBTA station.

CANTON

Canton puts pot dispensary plan review on hold

Canton’s Zoning Board of Appeals has put on hold until January plans for a medical marijuana dispensary at 20 North St.

MANSFIELD

Mansfield picks assistant superintendent for top job

The Mansfield School Committee has unanimously selected assistant superintendent Teresa Murphy as the district’s next school superintendent, just a couple months after it decided to do an internal search.

WEYMOUTH

Weymouth asks residents for input on $27 million library plan

The town of Weymouth is looking for public input on its plan to build a new, expanded main library at the site of the old Tufts Library on Broad Street.

FOXBOROUGH

A new hotel opens at Patriot Place

A new 136-room hotel has opened next to Gillette Stadium.

PLYMOUTH

Charter school hearing to take place in Plymouth

State education officials are seeking comments at a Nov. 30 public hearing in Plymouth on the final applications for four proposed new charter schools.

QUINCY

Quincy council agrees to borrow $2m for upgrades

The bulk of the money, $1.3 million, is set aside for the city’s public schools, for things such as computers and smartboards, and $700,000 will pay for fiber optic connections and a new phone system in municipal buildings.

DUXBURY

Addition proposed for Duxbury Senior Center

Duxbury officials are proposing a $2.27 million addition to the town’s senior center to keep up with demands of a growing senior population.

LAKEVILLE

Lakeville meeting approves pay for police station plans

Lakeville residents agreed unanimously in a brief special Town Meeting on Monday to spend $400,000 from the town’s free cash account on plans for a new police station.

FREETOWN

Freetown says good riddance to old dam

Contractors recently began removing an obsolete dam in Freetown, a move advocates say will enhance safety and help wildlife.

SCITUATE

Scituate begins search for new superintendent

Superintendent John E. McCarthy announced in October that he is retiring at the end of the school year after five years on the job and more than 30 years in public education.

WHITMAN

Whitman assistant administrator is a familiar face

Former Whitman selectwoman Lisa M. Green is slated to start work Monday as the assistant town administrator, a job that could net her the post of town administrator in a few years.

HULL

Preservation money will be spent by panel to be formed in Hull

Now that Hull’s voters have approved local adoption of the Community Preservation Act, the next step is creating a committee to oversee use of money coming in from a new 1.5 percent surcharge on property taxes, according to the town’s planning director.

PLYMOUTH

Mental health referral service expands to Plymouth

The William James College’s INTERFACE Referral Service, which has served nine communities south of Boston the past two years, added Plymouth to its area network in a recent kick-off event.

DEDHAM

Dedham meeting says yes to Community Preservation Act

Dedham’s Town Meeting has approved adopting the Community Preservation Act locally and adding a 1 percent surcharge to property taxes to finance projects involving historic preservation, open space, and affordable housing.

HANSON

Hanson asks residents for money advice

Hanson is seeking ideas from residents on how to best make use of its revenues from the Community Preservation Act.

WALPOLE

Walpole High has 1 case of whooping cough

There was one confirmed case of whooping cough, or pertussis, at Walpole High School, but school officials told parents recently there was no need for all students to take preventive antibiotics.

Milton

Milton selectmen ask airlines to fix noise problem

Town officials have sent letters to executives at five airlines asking them to retrofit their Airbus aircraft with a device that reduces noise.

Brockton

Brockton gets $10m from state for parking garage

Mayor Bill Carpenter said the added parking would be the catalyst for more downtown development projects, especially restaurants and market-rate apartments.

RANDOLPH

Randolph council picks Cruz to rebuild Devine School site

In a 5-4 vote, the Randolph Town Council decided on Nov. 7 to grant the development of the former Devine School to Cruz Development Corp. of Roxbury over a second proposal from the team of Michael J. Kmito and Todd A. Sandler, both formerly of Randolph.

MARSHFIELD

Study finds Marshfield buildings may need $107.5m in improvements

An assessment of many of Marshfield’s municipal and school buildings found that some $107.5 million of capital improvements may be necessary, for such things as repairs to heating and cooling systems, roof replacements, and code compliance.

QUINCY

Elevated levels of lead, copper at more Quincy schools

Three more Quincy schools have elevated levels of lead or copper in the water at handwashing sinks or bubblers, and three others have no elevated levels of the metals, according to school officials.

COHASSET

Cohasset couple may sell dream home site to conservation group

The Cohasset lawyer couple whose plan to build a dream home on James Island ran into a buzzsaw of neighbors’ opposition has signed an agreement with a national conservation group that might keep the property from being developed.

HINGHAM

Hingham special needs students learn self-defense

This is the first year Hingham had offered “IMPACT:Ability,” a program run by Triangle, which works to provide housing and employment for those with special needs.

PLYMOUTH

Plymouth meeting OK’s plastic bag ban

Plymouth’s annual fall Town Meeting recently approved a proposed ban on plastic bags but shot down a request to spend $25 million for road improvements in the town.

RAYNHAM

Raynham meeting set to tackle funding requests

A number of capital spending items are set to come before Raynham’s fall Town Meeting to be held on Nov. 14 at the Middle School.

WEYMOUTH

Crews begin ‘hydro-raking’ clogged Weymouth pond

Workers are “hydro-raking” Whitman’s Pond, using a floating raking machine to rip out water lilies clogging the town-owned waterway.

LAKEVILLE

Lakeville meeting will vote on police station plans

Lakeville residents will be asked at their Nov. 14 special Town Meeting to allow selectmen to move ahead with plans for a new police station for the town.

HINGHAM

Hingham selectmen OK 220-unit housing plan

Hingham selectmen have voted 2-1 to move forward with a 220-unit housing development at 230 Beal St. that may give the town $1 million and protection from other affordable-housing proposals.

DEDHAM, WESTWOOD

Dedham-Westwood Water District lifts restrictions

The Dedham-Westwood Water District has lifted all outdoor water restrictions so residents can install new landscaping and power wash buildings before wintry weather sets in.

HOLBROOK

Holbrook meeting to consider spending and a ‘nuisance’ bylaw

Holbrook’s Nov. 16 special Town Meeting will consider more than two dozen articles, including a proposal for a new “public nuisance” bylaw for the town.

STOUGHTON

Stoughton unveils new online real estate tool

The Stoughton Site Finder is an online platform that will be used to list available commercial real estate properties in town.

MARION

Disbanded VFW post donates building to Marion

Special Town Meeting recently voted to accept the offer of the Benjamin Cushing Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2425 to give its land and building at 465 Mill St. to the town for municipal use, according to Town Administrator Paul Dawson.

HANOVER

Hanover finds new old way of honoring town’s WWII veterans

The town hung up four boards listing some 440 local residents who served during the war, including three panels that were displayed outside town hall during the war.

EASTON

Easton’s newest church to honor veterans

Liberty Baptist is holding a special service to honor veterans on Nov. 13 and inviting the public to participate.

Scituate getting $1.7m from Uncle Sam for sea wall

The sea wall was damaged during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

AVON

Avon OK’s pay hikes for town employees

Avon’s special Town Meeting has voted to add about $166,600 to the budget to pay for raises for 24 town employees.

MARION

Marion Town House upgrade plan put on hold

At the request of selectmen, the Oct. 24 special Town Meeting took no action on a proposed $475,976 appropriation to complete the design of the project, according to Town Administrator Paul Dawson.

SCITUATE

Scituate voters approve flood maps, reject Greenbush parking lot sale

Scituate’s special Town Meeting approved revised flood zone maps that allow residents to qualify for flood insurance, rejected a proposal to sell a town-owned piece of the Greenbush commuter rail parking lot, and voted to take 14 acres of vacant land away from the School Committee and make it conservation land.

QUINCY

LBJ’s daughter helps mark John Adams’s birthday

Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, daughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson, and author and historian David McCullough took part in ceremonies in Quincy last week commemorating the 281st birthday of John Adams.

NORWOOD

Norwood says yes to tax break for biotech firm

Norwood’s special Town Meeting on Monday overwhelming approved giving a tax break to a Cambridge biotech company that is planning to build a $110 million plant on Upland Road.

NORTON

Norton voters OK funds for range of needs

Norton voters approved nearly $400,000 in spending for capital projects and adopted a new stormwater management bylaw at the recent fall Town Meeting.

KINGSTON

Kingston Commerce Center vote postponed to May

Rezoning to allow construction of the proposed Kingston Commerce Center has been put on hold until the May 6 Town Meeting, after voters decided they wanted more details on the plan.

PEMBROKE

Pembroke to regulate door-to-door solicitation

A number of spending requests and a bylaw regulating door-to-door solicitation were among the items that won passage at a recent special Town Meeting in Pembroke.

MARSHFIELD

Marshfield OK’s spending for maritime center

The new 3,700-square-foot maritime center will be located at the town pier in Green Harbor, and will assist in public safety and offer sailing programs and boating safety courses.

BROCKTON

Brockton school hopes name change will bring new image

Students and staff hope the new name for the former B.B. Russell Alternative School in Brockton will help change the public’s perception of the place.

COHASSET

Are there black bears in Wompatuck State Park?

The search so far has turned up neither bear nor evidence of “bear inhabitance.”

WAREHAM

Audit faults Wareham Housing Authority practices

A newly released state audit found significant problems with the expenditures, rent assessment, and documentation practices at the Wareham Housing Authority during a prior administration.

ROCKLAND

Rockland event to focus on revitalizing downtowns

Municipal leaders, businesses, and residents from area towns have an opportunity to gain new insights into how to revitalize downtown areas, at a regional breakfast forum Rockland is hosting on Tuesday.

HANSON

Hanson signs ‘Community Compact’ with state

State officials plan to support Hanson’s efforts through a new agreement to bring new economic activity to two sections of town.

HANOVER

Hanover touts its website’s new ‘Dashboard’ tool

Hanover residents have a new way to keep tabs on the work of town departments.

ROCHESTER

Rochester voters asked to consider town hall building study

A town study panel recommended the town build a new town hall on land owned by the town this past spring.

PLYMPTON

Plympton selectmen to hold one-on-one meetings with residents

Residents have a chance to meet with one of the three members of the Board of Selectmen during “Meet with a Selectmen” time on Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Town House.

FOXBOROUGH

Foxborough charter school awaits OK to expand

The charter school needs permission from the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, which has jurisdiction over the state’s 78 charter schools.

HANSON

Hanson to raze former Plymouth County Hospital

The hospital closed in 1992, and the town acquired the site from Plymouth County in 1999.

NORWOOD

Norwood voters asked to consider tax break for biotech company

Selectmen chairman Allan Howard said town officials are hoping residents will support a tax increment financing deal between the town and Moderna Therapeutics Inc., which plans to build a $110 million plant on former Polaroid land off Upland Road.

MILTON

Neponset River cleanup yields tons of debris

About 100 volunteers collected 14 tons of debris in Milton and Hyde Park in four hours during this fall’s annual cleanup of he Neponset River.

MARSHFIELD

Marshfield voters to decide on raises for town employees

Marshfield’s Oct. 24 Special Town Meeting will discuss a 2 percent raise for town employees, an additional $1 million for the construction of a maritime center, changes in flood maps, and seawall repairs.

WEYMOUTH

Panel formed to look at future of Weymouth’s Emery Estate

Time is running out for the Emery Estate, the 24-acre property and mansion that the town of Weymouth bought for $1.9 million five years ago to prevent it from being developed.

CANTON

Canton considering 3 options for replacing Metropolis Rink

Canton and state officials are weighing options for replacing the shuttered Metropolis Rink, according to a report by Town Administrator Charles Aspinwall.

AVON

Avon police urge no clown costumes this Halloween

The request by Police Chief David Martineau was posted on the town website.

HULL

Hull will interview three finalists for police chief

The finalists include the town’s acting chief, Robert Sawtelle, and two candidates from out of state.

MIDDLEBOROUGH

Middleborough raises handicapped parking fine

Special Town Meeting has voted to raise the fine for parking illegally in a handicapped space in the town from $50 to $300.

WHITMAN

Whitman looking for new assistant administrator

Whitman officials are closing in on selecting a replacement for former assistant town administrator Gregory Enos, about six months after he left to work in Ashland.

BROCKTON

Legal age to buy tobacco in Brockton is now 21

You now have to be 21 -- instead of 18 -- to buy tobacco products in Brockton, and no one can buy cheap cigars or individual cigarettes under new rules that took effect at the end of September.