Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe South.

ABINGTON

Red Sox GM to speak at Abington High

Red Sox General Manager Mike Hazen, a 1994 graduate of Abington High School, will return to his alma mater Thursday, June 2, to speak to seniors at their awards night.

Hanson, Whitman

Voters nix tax hikes for Whitman-Hanson schools

Hanson and Whitman both rejected proposed tax increases that would have boosted spending on their regional schools by a combined $3 million, in separate ballot votes May 21.

QUINCY

Quincy’s West of Chestnut project adds a burger joint

Gate Residential recently announced that it had signed a lease agreement with the owners of KKatie’s Burger Bar to open one of its restaurants at West of Chestnut, the planned residential and commercial project in Quincy Center.

Halifax, Kingston, Plympton

Silver Lake survey on school start times yields 1,700 responses

A recent survey on whether to change start times for schools in the Silver Lake Regional School District has generated a huge response of strongly divided opinions, prompting district officials to opt to sleep on the matter.

SHARON

Sharon selectman fends off challenge from pipeline opponent

A Sharon selectman who faced a reelection challenge from an opponent of the Spectra Energy natural gas pipeline won a return to office in the town election.

MATTAPOISETT

Mattapoisett voters agree to raise taxes for roads

Voters in Mattapoisett agreed to raise taxes for road improvements and selected Patrick J. LeClair and Rachel Westgate to fill two seats on the School Committee in their annual town election.

SCITUATE

Low turnout in Scituate election, despite contests

Turnout was a “disappointing just under 16 percent” in the May 21 Scituate town election despite three contested races – two for selectmen and one for School Committee, according to Town Clerk Kathleen Curran.

MARSHFIELD

Marshfield street hockey rink to be rebuilt

The street hockey rink adjacent to Furnace Brook Middle School in Marshfield will be completely rebuilt, perhaps by Columbus Day.

EASTON

Solar arrays to be installed at two Easton schools

Solar panels will be going up on the roofs of the Easton Middle School and Oliver Ames High School in June, and should begin generating electricity before students return in the fall.

Weymouth High to offer posthumous diplomas

The new policy was championed by parents whose son, Jonathan Jankord, committed suicide in 2012 when he was a freshman at the school.

BROCKTON

Turn in a gun in Brockton, get gift certificates

People turned in 16 guns — including one machine gun — in what the mayor’s office is calling a very successful gun buyback.

ROCHESTER

Rochester seeking administrator who will embrace a small town

Rochester is looking for a new town administrator to fill the position Michael McCue vacated earlier this month.

COHASSET

Cohasset voters fill empty selectman seat

Voters in Cohasset reelected Steve Gaumer to a second three-year term on the Board of Selectmen and also elected John E. Keniley to fill a selectman seat vacated last October.

DEDHAM

Dedham Town Meeting votes to raze Dexter School

A crowded Dedham Town Meeting voted 189 to 44 Monday to tear down the old Dexter School and build a new Early Childhood Education Center on the High Street site.

MARION

Marion voters pick selectman, approve tax hike

Voters in Marion chose Stephen C. Gonsalves for an open seat on the Board of Selectmen and approved a temporary tax increase at their annual town election on May 13.

MANSFIELD

Mansfield elects two new selectmen

Although defeated in his bid for reelection to Mansfield’s Board of Selectmen May 10, Olivier E. Kozlowski said he plans to keep his hand in town matters.

HINGHAM

Hingham appeals ruling on water company price

Hingham is appealing a judge’s decision putting a price tag on the Aquarion Water Co. at more than $88.5 million, substantially higher than what the town wants to pay for it.

MARSHFIELD

Marshfield town moderator wins selectman’s seat

A well-known figure in Marshfield, Town Moderator Jim Fitzgerald, was elected selectman May 10 in an uncontested race, after Selectman Matthew McDonough decided not to seek reelection.

PLYMOUTH

Two winners in Plymouth selectmen race

Incumbent Anthony F. Provenzano Jr. and Shelagh M. Joyce outpaced three others in the race for two Board of Selectmen seats in Plymouth’s May 14 annual town election.

PEMBROKE

21-year-old clinches Pembroke selectman seat

Matthew Furlong, a 21-year-old first-time political candidate, earned a seat on the Pembroke Board of Selectmen when he upset incumbent Michelle L. Burt in Pembroke’s May 14 annual town election.

EASTON

Easton Town Meeting OK’s $80.8m budget

Easton Town Meeting has approved an $80.8 million budget, contingent on voters approving a $4.4 million Proposition 2 ½ override in June.

SHARON

Condo project in Sharon halted after tree-cutting

Work on a 66-unit condominium complex on Old Post Road in Sharon was temporarily shut down in April after workers felled more than 30 trees they should not have, destroying a buffer with neighboring properties.

NORWELL

Norwell voters reject sidewalk project

Voters in Norwell have rejected a proposal to override the tax limits of Proposition 2 1/2 to spend $1.4 million on a sidewalk for Main Street.

HULL

Hull to offer free full-day kindergarten

Full-day kindergarten will be free in Hull’s public schools starting next school year.

FOXBOROUGH

Foxborough to ask for additional liquor licenses

Foxborough Town Meeting voted on May 9 to ask the Legislature for permission to award nine more liquor licenses in three specific areas of town.

HANSON-WHITMAN

Hanson and Whitman consider tax hikes for schools

Voters in Hanson and Whitman will consider raising taxes Saturday, May 21, to boost support for their regional school district.

KINGSTON

Proposed $100m commerce park gains support

The project is expected to bring in an estimated $1 million in annual tax revenue and generate 1,000 jobs.

HANOVER

Hanover voters choose a new selectman

John C. Tuzik claimed an open seat on the Hanover Board of Selectmen when he defeated Emmanuel J. Dockter at the annual town election on May 7.

CANTON

Seasoned leader to take helm in Canton

The Canton Board of Selectmen is offering the town administrator’s job to Charles Aspinwall, the current town administrator in Millis.

STOUGHTON

Stoughton voters weigh tax hike for new school

Stoughton voters next month will consider raising taxes to pay for the construction of a proposed new high school.

RANDOLPH

Randolph unveils final plan for $11.3m community center

Randolph Town Manager David C. Murphy on Monday unveiled the final proposal for the $11.3 million intergenerational center to be built off Pleasant Street.

ABINGTON

Abington adopts Community Preservation Act

Abington has become one of the latest communities to adopt the state Community Preservation Act, after voters recently approved it by a margin of fewer than 200 votes.

WESTWOOD

Westwood voters OK new police station, tax break

The tax break was possible in large part because of increased tax revenue from the massive University Station development, officials said.

HULL

Hull approves artificial turf field at town high school

Town Manager Philip Lemnios and actual construction of the project depends on voters’ passage of a larger debt exclusion of about $5.3 million Tuesday, May 10.

MILTON

Free full-day kindergarten coming to Milton this fall

A $2.9 million increase in the school budget will also pay for additional special education teachers.

SHARON

Pipeline opponent will challenge Sharon selectman

Elizabeth Dichiara is challenging incumbent selectman William Heitin, who also opposes the pipeline, in the May 17 town election.

MARSHFIELD

Marshfield survey addresses structure of local government

The town is conducting a community survey, with responses due by May 25.

FOXBOROUGH

One selectman in, one out, in Foxborough election

James J. DeVellis won re-election but John R. Gray Jr., did not.

HALIFAX

Halifax Town Meeting to take up meals tax hike, operating budget

The proposed meals tax increase would raise an estimated $70,000 annually, officials said.

COHASSET

Cohasset Town Meeting keeps school budget whole

Voters rejected a call to cut the school budget by almost $200,000.

MATTAPOISETT

Mattapoisett to decide on spending at Town Meeting

A proposed $24.6 million fiscal 2017 operating budget tops the agenda.

NORWELL

Norwell Meeting rejects $1.4 million sidewalk plan

Voters sided with the town’s Advisory Board, which argued that Norwell had other “more compelling capital needs.”

PLYMOUTH

Selectmen’s race tops Plymouth election

A five-way race for two Board of Selectmen seats is among four townwide contests Saturday, May 14.

PEMBROKE

Pembroke to decide on $57.9m budget

Residents at Town Meeting will also be asked to authorize negotiatons on a trash contract that would include a shift to automated curbside collection.

MIDDLEBOROUGH

Middleborough OK’s tax increase to pay for new police station

The town will borrow $9.5 million for a new police station on Wood Street.

MANSFIELD

Mansfield gives nod to medical marijuana dispensary

CommCan Inc. of Millis hopes to build a dispensary on West Street next to the Cabot Business Park.

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.