Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe South.

DEDHAM

Dedham meeting slows tax hike

Town Meeting has voted to use $3.7 million in surplus cash to reduce the amount of money raised by taxes -- a move that slows the rate of increase for taxpayers next fiscal year, according to Town Manager James Kern.

HULL

Incumbents keep their seats in Hull elections

Two incumbents retained their seats on the Hull School Committee, defeating two challengers in last week’s town election.

ABINGTON

Abington meeting to vote on preservation budget

Abington Town Meeting voters will be asked to approve the town’s first Community Preservation Act budget when they gather on Monday.

Marion voters pick Hills for selectman

Norman A. Hills has won a five-way race for an open seat on the Board of Selectmen in Marion’s annual town election.

COHASSET

With no contests, Cohasset election draws few voters

Nearly 8 percent – or 465 of Cohasset’s 5,973 registered voters – turned out for last weekend’s town election that featured no contests and one position with nobody on the ballot.

PEMBROKE

Pembroke residents approve ban on sale of recreational marijuana

A proposed ban on the sale of recreational marijuana in Pembroke has been approved by town residents in two recent votes.

PLYMOUTH

Plymouth starts replacing water meters

Plymouth has begun a $3.7 million program to replace all of the town’s commercial and residential water meters.

HOLBROOK

Holbrook meeting OK’s land sale, with restriction

Holbrook Town Meeting overwhelmingly approved an amended measure aimed at saving 32 acres of wooded land adjacent to the town forest, allowing an auction of the parcel to proceed as well as development on six of the acres.

DUXBURY

Eight homes proposed for Battelle property

The Battelle Memorial Institute moved out of Duxbury nearly three years ago, but a suitable plan for the downtown waterfront property it left behind is still being determined.

HALIFAX

Halifax meeting OK’s $2m for senior center

After five years of unsuccessful proposals, Halifax senior citizens will soon have an expanded, handicapped-accessible senior center.

EASTON

Easton meeting OK’s pot moratorium

Town Meeting has approved a temporary moratorium in recreational pot businesses, joining numerous other communities in banning the legal drug commercially until state rules are written about its regulation.

HANOVER

Hanover fills open selectmen seats

Jocelyn Keegan and Emmanuel J. Dockter won a four-way race for two open seats on the Board of Selectmen in Hanover’s May 6 annual town election, with incumbent Robert S. O’Rourke unseated.

EAST BRIDGEWATER

East Bridgewater moves to ban sale of recreational pot

East Bridgewater has taken a first step toward prohibiting the sale of recreational marijuana in town.

WHITMAN

Whitman to vote on override to boost services

Voters in the Whitman town election on May 20 will have an opportunity to give their fire and ambulance services their first significant boost since 1965 in a proposed override to the Proposition 2 1/2 state tax-limit law.

SHARON

Two vie for Sharon town moderator post

Sharon voters will select a town moderator to preside over Town Meeting when they head to the polls on Tuesday.

DUXBURY

Forum to air Pilgrim decommissioning concerns

Residents in Duxbury and surrounding towns can learn more about the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station decommissioning at a forum May 18 in the Duxbury Senior Center from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

CANTON

Canton seeks help in engaging with residents

Canton is seeking citizens who want to help town government better engage with its residents.

NORWELL

Norwell meeting OK’s plans for new library

Norwell Town Meeting has voted to move ahead with plans for a new library and to improve handicapped accessibility to several fields and playgrounds and the town-owned Jacobs Farmhouse.

ROCKLAND

Rockland rehab facility to celebrate expansion

A skilled nursing care and rehabilitation facility in Rockland is celebrating the completion of an $8 million expansion.

Milton to vote on $3.3 million tax hike

Voters will decide on June 20 whether to override Proposition 2 ½ by $3.3 million and raise their property taxes to avoid cuts in services and restore previous cuts.

Brockton foresees painful school cuts, teacher layoffs

Facing a $16 million budget shortfall, the Brockton School Department says it may cut 344 jobs, including those of 189 teachers.

Wynton Marsalis shocks retiring music director

The jazz great took the stage at the Foxborough High School Pops concert last weekend – much to the surprise of retiring music director Stephen Massey.

WESTWOOD

Westwood taxpayers to see slightly lower bill

Westwood residents have voted to use $500,000 from the town’s free cash account to reduce the property tax levy this coming fiscal year.

ABINGTON

Abington voters pick Coyle, Connolly for selectmen

Voters in Abington have returned incumbent Kenneth Coyle to the Board of Selectmen, along with former town treasurer Thomas Connolly.

PEMBROKE

Pembroke to vote on marijuana sale ban

Pembroke residents will decide this week whether to outlaw the sale of recreational marijuana in the town.

SCITUATE

Scituate meeting OK’s marijuana moratorium

Scituate Town Meeting has approved everything on the warrant, including a moratorium on commercial recreational marijuana in town through Nov. 30, 2018.

HOLBROOK

Holbrook meeting expected to draw forest fans

Holbrook’s May 10 Town Meeting is expected to draw a number of residents opposed to the sale of 32 acres of undeveloped, wooded land at auction.

KINGSTON

Kingston selectmen fire colleague from police job

Kingston’s Board of Selectmen has voted to fire fellow Selectwoman Susan Munford from her official employment as a Kingston police sergeant.

COHASSET

Cohasset bans marijuana shops until June 2018

Cohasset Town Meeting has voted to ban commercial recreational pot businesses until June 30, 2018, to give the town time to figure out how to deal with the now-legal industry.

PLYMOUTH

Plymouth 400 to auction coveted license plates

Massachusetts drivers may now secure a coveted low-numbered license plate while also supporting planning for the 400th anniversary observance in 2020 of the Mayflower voyage and the founding of Plymouth Colony.

HINGHAM

Hingham still working on Bare Cove dog rules

Town Meeting has allowed it, but pet owners will have to wait a little longer before they can let their dogs off their leash every other day at Bare Cove Park in Hingham.

WEST BRIDGEWATER

West Bridgewater voters OK golf course purchase

West Bridgewater is moving forward with buying a local golf course after voters gave the plan the green light.

MILTON

Former Milton police chief wins selectmen seat

Former Milton police chief Richard Wells Jr. has won an open seat on the town’s Board of Selectmen, as voters also decided to expand the board from three to five members.

PLYMOUTH

Plimoth Plantation gets a $260,000 boost

Plimoth Plantation has received a financial boost for its initiative to enhance the visitor experience at the living museum in Plymouth.

EASTON

Easton voters unseat incumbent selectwoman

Residents in Easton have overwhelmingly voted for a change of direction on the Board of Selectmen, selecting first-time candidate Craig Barger over incumbent Selectwoman Carol Nestler by a 1,253-vote margin.

HANOVER

Hanover earns FAA approval for drone program

Hanover recently earned approval from the Federal Aviation Administration for its drone program, making it the first community in the state to have licensed drone pilots and an approved “air wing” unit for municipal operation of unmanned aircraft.

MIDDLEBOROUGH

Middleborough buys land to protect Native American site

Middleborough Town Meeting has voted to buy 20 acres from a developer to protect an ancient Native American settlement believed to be on the site.

RANDOLPH

Plan for marijuana facility in Randolph on hold

A proposal to open a medical marijuana grow facility and dispensary in north Randolph has been shelved for now, town officials say.

SCITUATE

Charter school deputy to lead Scituate district

The Scituate School Committee has appointed Ron Griffin, currently deputy director of the Foxborough Regional Charter School, as the district’s new superintendent starting July 1.

HANSON

Inmates help clean Hanson community building

Hanson was recently able to spruce up its Community Center with little cost to the town, using inmates from the office of Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph McDonald.

MARSHFIELD

Marshfield voters asked to spend $8.5 million for school roof

Marshfield voters will be asked to allow the town to spend $8.5 million on a new roof and skylights at Furnace Brook Middle School at an upcoming Town Meeting.

BRIDGEWATER

Bridgewater seeks input for safer Central Square

If you have walked or biked around the Central Square area of Bridgewater and have ideas for making it safer, town officials want to hear from you.

WESTWOOD

Westwood to vote on recreational marijuana

Voters will decide in the April 25 local election whether to ban all non-medical marijuana establishments from doing business in town.

ABINGTON

After elections, Abington board will be all-male

It will be a five-member all-male Board of Selectmen in Abington following its April 29 elections.

SCITUATE

Scituate meeting to vote on slew of issues

The April 26 Town Meeting will take up everything from temporarily banning recreational marijuana in town to making public beaches more accessible to people in wheelchairs or pushing baby strollers.

COHASSET

Cohasset considers raising sewer rates

Town Meeting will decide whether to raise sewer rates -- at a cost of about $9 a month for the average customer -- for the first time in 10 years.

AVON

Avon reelects selectman, fills other posts

Selectman Robert F. Brady Jr. handily won another three-year term, defeating two challengers in the April 11 local election that also saw an incumbent Park and Recreation commissioner defeated and someone elected to the Planning Board with 16 write-in votes.

ROCKLAND

Rockland residents asked to help clean up trail

Rockland is inviting residents to help spruce up the town’s rail trail for the spring, holding a cleanup day on the trail Saturday.

HINGHAM

Aquarion seeks 14.2 percent rate hike

A requested rate hike by Aquarion Water Co. if approved would mean an increase in the average residential customer’s bill of 14.2 percent, or about $9 a month, for customers in Hingham, Hull, and north Cohasset.

KINGSTON

Kingston postpones meeting for budget’s sake

Kingston has delayed its annual Town Meeting until May 23 to give town officials more time to settle on a budget.

MARION

Five vie for selectman seat in Marion

A five-way race for an open seat on the Board of Selectmen is one of two ballot contests Marion voters will decide at the annual town election on May 12.

EASTON

Former Easton administrator starts ‘diversity’ scholarship

Former Easton town administrator David Colton is using $5,000 of his settlement with the town to establish an Oliver Ames High School scholarship to promote and support diversity.

ROCKLAND

Rockland voters toss incumbent in five-way selectmen race

Mike O’Loughlin and Deirdre Hall won a five-way race for two open seats on the Board of Selectmen in Rockland’s annual town election, with incumbent Korey Welch unseated.

CANTON

Canton voters pick two new selectmen, unseat incumbent

Canton voters chose two new members for the Board of Selectmen in the town election, and one incumbent lost his seat.

FREETOWN

Freetown voters fill open select board seat

Charles B. Sullivan won a three-way race for an open seat on the Board of Selectmen in Freetown’s recent annual town election.

HINGHAM

Hingham principal search down to two finalists

An assistant principal at Hingham High School and the principal of Wakefield High School are the two finalists for the Hingham High principal job.

NORWELL

Norwell girl aims to raise cancer awareness

Twelve-year-old Nicole Schindler loves softball, hip-hop dance, arts and crafts, and her campaign to raise awareness of children’s cancer and the need for more research to find treatments and a cure.

DEDHAM

Dedham voters reject preservation act

Voters decisively rejected adding 1 percent to their real estate taxes to pay for historic preservation, affordable housing, recreation, and open space projects – voting 2,289 to 1,531 against adopting the state’s Community Preservation Act.

RANDOLPH

Temple Beth Am sold to Baptist congregation

Temple Beth Am, a fixture on Main Street in north Randolph for 60 years, will remain a house of worship following its purchase for about $3.25 million by the New Jerusalem Evangelical Baptist Church of Dorchester.

MIDDLEBOROUGH

Middleborough voters have their say in election

Middleborough voters have reelected Selectwoman Diane Stewart and chosen Allin John Frawley over two other candidates in a four-way race for two seats on the five-member Board of Selectmen.

CANTON

Canton seeks opinions about busy intersection

Officials are soliciting opinions from the public about a heavily traveled intersection in Canton, in preparation for a potential redesign.

ROCKLAND

Rockland getting grant to help revive downtown

Rockland will be getting some help from the state in furthering its efforts to bring new vitality to the downtown commercial district.

MILTON

Kids suffering from less play, says BC prof

Children are playing less -- partially because of public policy -- and suffering more from anxiety and depression as a result, according to a Boston College psychology professor scheduled to speak at Thacher Montessori School on April 12.

PLYMOUTH

Plymouth meeting OK’s 2018 budget, new rules

A fiscal 2018 budget and new rules governing solar facilities and earth removal won approval, but a proposal to exempt the fire chief and deputy chief from civil service was defeated, in some of the key actions of the recent Plymouth Town Meeting.

MATTAPOISETT

Only one contested race in Mattapoisett election

A two-way race for a seat on the Board of Health will be the only contest on the ballot for the May 16 annual town election in Mattapoisett.

MANSFIELD

Mansfield seeks new town manager

Mansfield is seeking a new town manager following the abrupt departure of William R. Ross, who had served in the position for the past seven years.

WEYMOUTH

Weymouth gets help to replace span over Herring Brook

The town of Weymouth has received a $500,000 grant toward replacing its Commercial Street Bridge over Herring Brook in Jackson Square, a popular viewing spot to watch the herring migration each spring.

FOXBOROUGH

Gillette Stadium has ‘highest’ antiterrorism security standards

Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots football and New England Revolution soccer teams, meets the highest standards for antiterrorism security, according to the US Department of Homeland Security.

DUXBURY

Duxbury officials plan to meet over fate of Battelle property

Duxbury town leaders are planning to meet in April to discuss what might be done with the Battelle waterfront property following a Town Meeting vote rejecting a developer’s plan to put 35 residential units on the site.

SCITUATE

Scituate will use state grant to help hoarders

The town of Scituate will use a $3,000 state grant to help hoarders and also their families and friends.

EASTON

Newcomer trying to unseat Easton selectwoman

First-time candidate Craig Barger is challenging Easton Selectwoman Carol Nestler in the April 25 town election.

STOUGHTON

Stoughton to vote on pot shops, local races

A proposed ban on recreational marijuana businesses and races for Board of Selectmen and School Committee are the key items on the ballot in Stoughton’s annual election Tuesday, April 4.

ROCHESTER

Three vying for selectman’s seat in Rochester

A three-way race for a seat on the Board of Selectmen and a proposed temporary tax increase for road improvements are the only contested matters on the ballot of the April 12 annual town election in Rochester.

PEMBROKE

Pembroke considers banning plastic bags

Pembroke could become the latest municipality to consider a plastic bag ban.

HULL

Curator named to restore Fort Revere State Park

The state has chosen Larry Seaboyer, a preservation carpenter, as curator of the Officers’ Quarters at Fort Revere State Park in Hull, where he will live and work on restoring the dilapidated building at the historic site.

HOLBROOK

Holbrook to decide whether treasurer/collector should be elected or appointed

Holbrook voters will decide whether the town treasurer/collector should be appointed by the Board of Selectmen or elected, and determine the outcome of several contests in the town election Tuesday, March 4.

BRIDGEWATER

Bridgewater convenes marijuana advisory group

Bridgewater’s town manager is convening a group of up to 10 residents to advise the Town Council on issues related to recreational marijuana, including whether retail pot shops should be regulated.

HANSON

Hanson appoints new library director

Hanson’s Board of Library Trustees recently voted to appoint Karen Stolfer to lead the public library.

WALPOLE

Walpole library has seeds, too, for local gardeners

Now that spring is here, Walpole gardeners can pick up their seeds along with their books at the public library – at the Walpole Seed Library.

SCITUATE

Scituate opens new public safety facility

The new Scituate Public Safety Complex is open on Route 3A, with both the Police Department and Fire Station 3 moving into the approximately 29,000-square-foot building last week.