Recent headlines from Globe South.


State asks Middleborough to study plans for high school

The state has asked the Middleborough school district to conduct a feasibility study that will examine whether to renovate its high school or build a new one.


Vacant buildings demolished in Weymouth Landing

Things are looking up in Weymouth Landing, as derelict vacant buildings are coming down, officials said.


Whitman razes condemned house

A condemned dwelling at 36 East Ave. in Whitman was demolished earlier this month, and Town Administrator Frank Lynam said the town will act soon to sell a second, badly dilapidated property next door.


Quincy city clerk moving on to county commission seat

Quincy City Clerk Joseph P. Shea is retiring early next year, but he is not leaving government service.


Milton town administrator retiring

Milton Town Administrator Annemarie Fagan is retiring in June 2016 after three years in the job and more than 20 years of service to the town.


Holbrook group wins grant for substance-abuse prevention

Holbrook Cares, a volunteer group founded last year to reduce substance abuse in the community, has received a $50,000 grant to begin providing programs, following a smaller planning grant in 2014.

West Bridgewater

West Bridgewater library director to retire after 27 years

West Bridgewater will soon have its first new library director in nearly three decades.


Raynham seeking new town treasurer/collector

Raynham is reviewing applications to fill the treasurer/collector’s position.


Beauregard holds Brockton City Council position after recount

Anne Beauregard remains the winner of an open seat on the Brockton City Council after a recount of the close election.


Norwood fighting affordable-housing proposals

Norwood is looking to prove it has used at least 1.5 percent of its land for affordable housing, which if successful would allow the town to block 518 apartments in two proposed housing developments.


Bridgewater-Raynham school nurses authorized to use Narcan

School nurses in all of the Bridgewater-Raynham public schools have been trained and authorized to administer naloxone, an opioid antidote known by the brand name Narcan, to reverse the effects of a suspected overdose.


Property taxes rise in Dedham

Property taxes are going up in Dedham – but less than they could have, due to a Town Meeting vote on Nov. 16 to reduce taxes by $1.8 million this fiscal year.


Hull named a Coast Guard City

The town of Hull celebrated its official designation as a Coast Guard City Nov. 12 with a visit from Coast Guard Rear Admiral Linda Fagan, who cited the longstanding special bonds between the service and Hull and noted that only 20 communities nationwide have earned the designation.


Hingham probe nears completion

An investigation in Hingham that began with anonymous letters in April attacking two police chief candidates isn’t quite over, even though the letter writer has stepped forward to reveal his identity.


Cohasset’s Elder Affairs office moving into new senior center

Cohasset’s Elder Affairs office inched closer to moving into its new senior center on Sohier Street after selectmen signed an agreement in November to buy the property from the Social Service League of Cohasset for just under $1 million.


Randolph teacher credits her students after winning national award

As Randolph High School teacher Michelle Ryan faced students after the surprise announcement that she had won a national teaching award, she quickly passed the praise along to them.


Holbrook Santa to hold toy drive

Holbrook Santa, a group that provides Christmas gifts for Holbrook children in need, will host a toy drive Sunday, Nov. 29, at American Legion Post 137 in Holbrook.


Easton OK’s money for audit and memorial park

Easton Town Meeting voted to spend $70,000 on an operational audit of town and school affairs, and to use $192,000 in Community Preservation funds to build a park in the memory of a young Easton woman who died in a car crash in 2013.


Rochester Special Town Meeting postponed after quorum glitch

The Rochester Special Town Meeting scheduled for this month has been postponed indefinitely, pending resolution of a quorum problem at last June’s Town Meeting.


Two retail businesses to bring jobs to Wareham

Two major retail businesses will soon be opening their doors in East Wareham, creating 60 t0 80 new jobs.


Wampanoag history exhibit in Plymouth expanded for Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving approaching, organizers have expanded a traveling exhibit about the Wampanoag people that the Pilgrims encountered when they arrived in 1620.


Quincy leaders and developer mark milestone in $60 million project

City leaders recently joined the developers of West of Chestnut to mark a milestone in the $60 million project in Quincy Center.


Westwood Town Meeting approves all 18 articles

Westwood Town Meeting was in an agreeable mood on Nov. 9, approving all 18 warrant articles, including measures that make it possible to build a new public safety complex and to potentially create more playing fields at the high school.


Bid for Duxbury marine center grant on hold

A bid to secure nearly $1 million in state money to help fund a marine aquaculture innovation and training center in Duxbury is on hold pending support from the University of Massachusetts Boston leadership.


Purpose of Weymouth’s Emery Estate up for debate

The committee charged with finding a use for Weymouth’s Emery Estate is weighing two proposals – one for a community farm, the other an events facility -- for the 1903 mansion and its 24 hilltop acres overlooking Boston Harbor.


Plymouth Town Meeting stays the course on conflict rules

Two proposals relating to Plymouth’s conflict of interest rules for town meeting representatives went down to defeat the recent Fall Annual Town Meeting.


Proposal to build 36-room hotel in Quincy Center goes before local board

A proposal by a Chinese company to develop a 36-room hotel in Quincy Center is the focus of a public hearing before the city’s Planning Board on Thursday, Nov. 19.


Marshfield Veterans Day parade canceled due to low turnout

The committee that runs the Marshfield Veterans Day parade decided in advance of the holiday to cancel it, citing low public turnout for many years.


Rates to use fields at Norwell High School spike

Starting in the spring, it will cost more to play on the artificial turf fields at Norwell’s Clipper Community Complex.


Avon Public Library to hold adult coloring sessions

Tapping into a national trend, the Avon Public Library is holding adult coloring evenings, providing colored pencils, markers, and pages of coloring designs in a quiet setting.


Mattapoisett working to make it safer for bicyclists and pedestrians

Mattapoisett’s Bike Path Committee is finalizing a plan detailing ways the town can make cycling and foot travel safer.


Historic Revere bell to top new municipal building in Mansfield

A bell made by Paul Revere’s company in the early 1800s will be a showpiece of Mansfield’s new $35 million municipal building complex that voters approved in September.


Book to commemorate Sharon’s 250th anniversary

Capping a year of celebrations to mark Sharon’s 250th anniversary, a full-color book will be published in early December.


Koch wins another term in Quincy

In addition to delivering a clear verdict in the high-profile race for mayor, Quincy’s voters decided several contests for City Council in the Nov. 3 local election.


Westwood Town Meeting to vote on obtaining land for new police station

Westwood Town Meeting will vote on acquiring land needed to build a new police station, and whether to buy church-owned property next to Westwood High School that could potentially be used for future playing fields.


Hedlund, incumbents win races in Weymouth

Aside from Mayor Sue Kay, incumbents fared well in the Nov. 3 local election in Weymouth, with two School Committee members and five councilors-at-large winning reelection.


Plymouth to fund additional renovation work at historic Simes House

Plymouth plans to invest $2.5 million to fund additional renovation work at the historic Simes House on Manomet Point Road.


Brockton elects 18-year-old city councilor

About a third of the city’s registered voters turned out for the Nov. 3 election that saw possibly the youngest city councilor elected – 18-year-old Jack Lally – and one race decided by a single vote.


Randolph voters keep all incumbent town councilors

Randolph voters returned all incumbent town councilors to their posts in the Nov. 3 election, added two new members to the School Committee, and narrowly defeated a ballot question giving councilors $5,000 a year.


Incumbents win in Braintree

Braintree Town Council incumbents sailed back into office in the only contested race in the Nov. 3 local election that also saw Mayor Joseph Sullivan reelected for a third term.


Norwood Town Meeting to consider land buys

Norwood Special Town Meeting voters will be asked on Nov. 16 to approve funds for a variety of expenditures, including land purchases, legal fees, and textbooks.

East Bridgewater

East Bridgewater police join anti-substance initiative

The East Bridgewater Police Department is providing a boost to the work of an anti-substance abuse committee in town through its recent enlistment in a new initiative.


Hanson still searching for a town administrator

Hanson is returning to square one in its search for a new town administrator.


Microbrewery to open in Bridgewater

Bridgewater is getting its own microbrewery this month.


Marshfield approves additional funds for harbormaster’s building

Marshfield Town Meeting on Oct. 26 approved putting an additional $200,000 toward a harbormaster’s building at Green Harbor, contingent upon receipt of a $1 million state grant.


Scituate to spend another $2.25m on new public safety complex

Scituate Town Meeting voted on Nov. 2 to spend an additional $2.25 million on a new public safety complex after construction bids came in higher than anticipated.


Norwell church to install 29th called minister

The First Parish of Norwell Unitarian Universalist church has welcomed 28 called ministers in its 373 years. On Sunday, Nov. 8, it will welcome its 29th.


Cohasset Town Meeting approves all items

Voters sailed through Cohasset Town Meeting on Nov. 2, approving everything before them in less than half an hour.

West Bridgewater

Voters reject bylaw for West Bridgewater’s first historic district

West Bridgewater Town Meeting voters have rejected a proposed bylaw to establish the town’s first historic district.


Abington awards $78.9 million contract to build new school

The Abington School Committee has awarded a $78.9 million contract to Brait Builders Corp. of Marshfield to build the new middle/high school, with construction expected to start by Dec. 1.


Halifax mother starts group for families reeling from heroin deaths

Three years into the grief over losing her son to a heroin overdose, Mary Peckham of Halifax has started a support group for families that have lost a loved one to substance abuse or overdose.


Fluoride level reduced in Sharon water

The town of Sharon has reduced the level of fluoride in its public water in response to a change last spring to federal guidelines.


Mayoral contest tops races in Quincy’s Nov. 3 elections

The race for mayor of Quincy takes the spotlight as the city prepares to hold its elections on Tuesday, Nov. 3.


Marshfield selectmen seeking volunteers for charter review

Marshfield is ready to review the town charter, and the Board of Selectmen is recruiting volunteers.


New Westwood Cemetery expansion expected to begin late fall

The town of Westwood is slowly moving forward with plans to expand the New Westwood Cemetery, with work expected to begin late this fall.


Milton Town Meeting adds two more selectman positions

Milton Town Meeting voted to add two more selectman positions, increasing the total number to five, in a change that will need state legislative and townwide voting approval before taking effect.


Forum on state’s litter problem to be held in Plymouth

A newly-formed organization has chosen Plymouth as the site of its first Massachusetts Litter Summit, to be held on Saturday, Nov. 7.


Hedlund, Kay face off again in Weymouth mayoral election

State Senator Robert Hedlund is hoping the second time’s a charm when he faces incumbent Weymouth Mayor Sue Kay in the Nov. 3 mayoral election.


Low turnout expected in Braintree polls

Only one out of seven races on the Nov. 3 local election ballot in Braintree is contested, and the town clerk anticipates a low 13 percent to 18 percent turnout as a result.


Brockton’s Elections Commission predicts higher turnout

The head of Brockton’s Elections Commission predicts a voter turnout of 35 percent to 37 percent in the Nov. 3 election, which features contested races for mayor, councilor at large, and state senator.


Hull’s Fort Revere Park water tower now owned by state

Hull Town Meeting voted to give the Fort Revere Park water tower and other nearby town-owned property to the state – in hopes its Department of Conservation and Recreation can do a better job restoring and maintaining the historic site.


Survey shows alcohol use among Avon students decreased

Alcohol use by Avon public school students in grades 6 through 12 has dropped dramatically, according to 2015 data released by the community organization charged with reducing students’ substance abuse.


Pews saved for couples married in Weymouth chapel before it’s demolished

The chapel at the old South Weymouth Naval Air Station is coming down, but couples who were married there can take home a little piece of it.


Marshfield Town Meeting is asked to match state grant for harbormaster’s building

The Marshfield harbormaster and the town’s Waterways Committee are seeking $200,000 at the Oct. 26 Town Meeting to match a pending $1 million state grant for a harbormaster’s building.


Walpole requesting five more restaurant liquor licenses

Walpole Town Meeting has voted to ask the state for five more restaurant liquor licenses for the town.


Kingston plastic surgeon’s service and legacy honored posthumously

Four years after his death in a car crash, Dr. Courtland L. Harlow Jr. of Kingston was recently honored by the Missionary Society of St. James the Apostle with the Cardinal Cushing Medal for Excellence in Service to Humanity.


Former Holbrook selectman named town administrator

Holbrook selectmen have named their recently departed chairman, Timothy Gordon, as the new town administrator, following a Town Meeting vote that eliminated a roadblock to the move.


Massachusetts Department of Transportation to hold meeting in Plymouth

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is holding a community meeting in Plymouth on Oct. 29 to seek input on potential transportation projects to be included in the agency’s plans.


Pembroke’s snow and ice budget deficit tops $1 million

A proposed $1.01 million appropriation to cover a deficit in Pembroke’s snow and ice budget from last fiscal year is among a series of spending requests that will come before the fall Special Town Meeting that convenes Oct. 27.


Wareham Town Meeting to consider purchase of open space land

A proposed $675,000 purchase of open space land is among the items set to come before the Wareham fall Town Meeting that convenes on Oct. 26.


Easton considering switching to town council form of government

Easton Town Meeting would be replaced by an elected nine-person Town Council under a proposed new town charter that would substantially change the organization of local government.


State reconsidering Holbrook transfer station

Holbrook is getting another crack at siting a solid-waste transfer station the state rejected last month.


Dedham police seeking public’s help in swastikas case

Dedham police are asking the public for help finding whoever drew swastikas and wrote derogatory comments in six locations around town.


Mansfield’s School Committee chairman lauded for lifetime achievement

Mansfield School Committee chairman Michael Trowbridge will be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees next month.


Proposed tax break would support plans for ice cream company in Norton

A proposed tax break to support the plans of an ice-cream distributor seeking to locate in Norton is among the items set to come before Special Town Meeting convening on Monday, Oct. 19.


Rochester survey offers recreation priorities

A bike path, more summer recreation programs, and beach access at Mary’s Pond are among Rochester’s top priorities for open space and recreation, according to a survey of 360 randomly selected residents.


Town Meeting representative appointed to vacant seat on Stoughton School Committee

Town Meeting representative Anita Hill was recently tapped to fill a vacant seat on the Stoughton School Committee.


Hingham considers sports facilities upgrade

Hingham school officials are exploring possibilities for a health and wellness center at the high school.


Scituate deciding whether to allow microbreweries in commercial zones

Microbreweries would be allowed in commercial zones in Scituate under a zoning change proposed by a citizens’ petition.


Quincy to hold city election candidate’s night

The Democratic and Republican city committees in Quincy are jointly hosting a city election candidate’s night on Monday, Oct. 26, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the high school.