Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe South.

MANSFIELD

Mansfield leaders working to trim proposed budget

Town officials in Mansfield are working to trim a proposed $95.5 million budget by about $1.4 million so that it will be balanced when it comes before voters at Town Meeting on May 2.

WALPOLE

Walpole school superintendent appoints two new administrators

Walpole’s school superintendent, Lincoln Lynch, has appointed a new elementary school principal and a new district head of student services, both of whom will start work on July 1.

PLYMOUTH

Plymouth town hall project nears completion

The $40 million project to renovate and expand the 1820 Courthouse building into a new Plymouth town hall is almost complete, after nearly two years of construction.

HULL

Hull meeting to consider sanctuary proposal

Hull’s annual spring Town Meeting will consider seven citizen-petitioned articles -- including a Trump-inspired one that would make Hull a sanctuary community that welcomes immigrants.

ROCKLAND

Rockland initiates new communication tool for emergencies

Rockland is launching a new initiative to communicate with residents during major storms or other emergencies.

DUXBURY

Duxbury voters to hear proposal for former Battelle site

A proposal to rezone the waterfront property formerly owned by Battelle is likely to generate the most discussion at Duxbury’s annual Town Meeting on March 11.

WEST BRIDGEWATER

West Bridgewater to vote on golf course purchase

West Bridgewater voters will decide next month whether the town should buy a private golf course.

EASTON

Former Easton administrator says he took deal to preserve benefits

Former Easton town administrator David Colton spoke out for the first time since he was forced from the job he’d held for 10 years, saying he took a settlement because it preserved his pension benefits.

Fund-raising falls short in Cohasset for James Island conservation bid

An informal agreement to turn James Island in Cohasset into conservation property fell through when the community fell about $400,000 short in fund-raising toward a $1.8 million price for the seven-acre property, according to the person brokering the deal.

QUINCY

Quincy council asked to explore ‘sanctuary city’ designation

Grass-roots organizers, as well as a member of the Quincy City Council, are working to make the city a more welcoming place for immigrants.

COHASSET

Cohasset vandalism victim offers reward for information

A contractor is offering a $10,000 reward to anyone providing information about vandals who targeted his machinery at a Cohasset work site three months ago – causing about $70,000 in damage.

ROCHESTER

Rochester emergency calls to be dispatched from Duxbury

Under a recent agreement between the two towns, Duxbury’s regional emergency communications center will be the primary recipient and dispatcher for Rochester’s emergency police fire, ambulance, and Highway Department calls.

HALIFAX

Halifax residents to weigh in on fixes to school

Halifax residents will have a chance to decide at a special Town Meeting and special election whether to spend money to fix a leaking roof and improve fire suppression systems at the Halifax Elementary School and whether to do it through a debt exclusion to Proposition 2 1/2.

HANOVER

Hanover to seeks bids for school project

Hanover is preparing to seek bids from contractors in late spring for the renovation and expansion of the Center Elementary School.

DUXBURY

Few contesting in Duxbury elections

Duxbury town elections aren’t until March 25, but with more seats than candidates, the results are pretty much in.

QUINCY

Quincy to hold Presidents’ Day Winter Festival

Quincy is embracing its history -- and the snow -- with a Presidents’ Day Winter Festival on the Hancock-Adams Green outside City Hall.

CANTON

Massasoit hosts exhibit on Wampanoag history

Plymouth 400 recently partnered with Massasoit Community College to bring its traveling Native American exhibit, “‘Our’ Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History,” to the Akillian Gallery on Massasoit’s Canton campus as part of the college’s 50th-anniversary celebration.

MARSHFIELD

Marshfield to vet 270-unit housing proposal

A proposal to build the largest apartment complex in Marshfield will face another airing before the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Easton pays town administrator $325,000 to leave

The town of Easton will pay its suspended town administrator, David Colton, approximately $325,000 to leave and not sue to keep the job he’s held since 2006.

Discrimination ruling could cost Brockton $6.5m

A court ruling that Brockton officials discriminated and retaliated against a black job applicant of Cape Verdean descent could cost the city up to $6.5 million, according to the mayor’s office.

KINGSTON

In Kingston, at least three candidates running for two selectmen seats

The stage is set for a lively race for Selectmen in Kingston with three well-known candidates announcing their intentions to run for two seats in the April 29 town election.

HINGHAM

At least three may vie for Hingham selectman seat

Three people have pulled nomination papers to run for selectman in Hingham, though so far they don’t include the incumbent.

NORTON

Norton picks new planning and economic development director

The town tapped Tabitha Harkin of Easton for the job.

WAREHAM

Nonprofit plans 6 new affordable housing units in Wareham

An area nonprofit plans to create six units of affordable and supportive housing in Wareham with the help of a recent $75,000 state funding award.

HANSON

Hanson selectmen appoint new Recreation Commision members

Five months after Hanson’s entire Recreation Commission resigned, the panel is back in business with new members.

WEYMOUTH

State gives Weymouth $387,000 transportation grant

The state is giving Weymouth $386,645 for transportation improvements designed to improve safety and accessibility “for all travel modes — walking, biking, transit and vehicles — for people of all ages and abilities.”

QUINCY

Quincy mayor announces city initiatives

A comprehensive park improvement plan and a traffic master plan with consideration for bicyclists are in the works at Quincy City Hall, Mayor Thomas Koch said in his state of the city speech.

COHASSET

Cohasset selectmen seek re-election

Both selectman who are up for re-election in May have pulled papers to run again.

CANTON

Canton meeting to discuss South Shore ice rink

Potential sites for a new ice rink on the South Shore will be discussed at the Monday, Feb. 13 session

FOXBOROUGH

Foxborough officials reap Super Bowl victory benefits

There are some perks to being the host community of the Super Bowl Champion Patriots beyond bragging rights.

RANDOLPH

In Randolph, a new fire station and 4 new firefighters

As Randolph prepares to open a new $5.5 million fire station in North Randolph this month, they will also be hiring four new firefighters under a federal grant.

ABINGTON

Abington housing proposals move forward

Abington’s increased sewage capacity allowed sewer commissioners Monday to approve several residential projects.

ROCKLAND

Rockland officials want feedback on downtown plan

Residents have a chance to offer input on a proposed zoning initiative aimed at spurring more economic vitality in part of the downtown.

WEST BRIDGEWATER

West Bridgewater advances dog park proposal

The town recently cleared another hurdle in its plan to develop a municipal dog park.

SCITUATE

New Scituate school named for native son

There will be a new addition to the Scituate High School campus this September: the Lester J. Gates Middle School.

PEMBROKE

Pembroke tentatively pursues Furnace Pond dredging

Town officials have have tentatively decided to dredge the entire pond to a maximum depth of 10 feet.

AVON

Avon rejects rezoning proposal for Memorial Drive area

A Special Town Meeting rejected a proposal to rezone an area along Memorial Drive that would have allowed residential development instead of just industrial and commercial uses.

MARSHFIELD

FEMA officials to discuss flood insurance policies at Marshfield meeting

A public meeting to provide additional information about flood insurance policies for residents of Scituate, Duxbury, and Marshfield will be held Tuesday, Feb. 7 in Marshfield.

CANTON

Canton continues plans for Revere Street attraction

Canton’s planning for a gathering point and tourist destination at the old Plymouth Rubber site on Revere Street continued late last month, when consultants offered recommendations.

BRAINTREE

Braintree mayor announces new chief of staff

Joseph Reynolds has resigned from the Planning Board, where he was vice chairman, to become the mayor’s chief of staff and director of operations.

RAYNHAM

Route 44 bridge project picking up steam

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation recently announced May 2018 as the start date for the $28.6 million project, which calls for replacing the existing Route 44 bridge over Route 24.

EASTON

Easton will join regional dispatch center

Easton selectmen have voted to move forward with a regional public safety dispatch center that would be located in the Mansfield police station.

WHITMAN

Whitman ironing out host agreement for medical marijuana grow facility

Whitman town officials are working out a host community agreement with the owners of a medical marijuana growing facility that won initial approval from the Board of Selectemen earlier this month.

STOUGHTON

Six vying for two spots on Stoughton’s select board

A six-way race for two seats on the Stoughton Board of Selectmen is among three contests for townwide seats that will be on the ballot of the April 4 annual town election.

BRIDGEWATER

Bridgewater pulls proposal for adult and marijuana zone

A proposal in Bridgewater to place recreational marijuana shops and adult movie theaters and bookstores in an industrial area has been rejected by town officials in the face of opposition from residents.

ROCHESTER

Rochester offers updated guide to its open spaces

The town recently published an updated Explore Rochester trail guide, a 35-page booklet that includes descriptions and maps of 15 publicly accessible open space properties in town, along with a listing of allowable activities at each location.

HINGHAM

Voters to get say on dog restrictions at Bare Cove Park

The debate in Hingham over whether dogs should be leashed at Bare Cove Park continues.

QUINCY

Quincy Medical Center owners still pursuing medical uses for site

The new owners of the mostly shuttered Quincy Medical Center heard from city residents and talked broadly about their plans for the site but offered few specifics at a pubic meeting recently.

KINGSTON

Should Kingston regulate short-term rentals?

How the town should regulate short-term vacation rentals will probably come before Kingston Town Meeting voters this year, as Kingston Bay grows in popularity as an off-Cape vacation destination.

NORWELL

Norwell mulls moratorium on recreational pot sales

Selectmen are considering asking the May Town Meeting to impose a local, year-long moratorium on the sale of marijuana for recreational use.

NORTON

Norton forum to discuss restructuring of schools

Norton residents can learn more about potential options for restructuring the town’s pre-kindergarten to fifth grade schools on Thursday.

CANTON

Canton signs compact with state, gets grants

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito was in Canton Tuesday to sign a Community Compact agreement with local officials that focuses on the town’s efforts toward cyber security, citizen engagement, and open space and recreation.

ABINGTON

Abington selectman enters race for state rep

Abington Selectman Alex Bezanson says he is running for state representative, whether the election is in 2018 or sooner should Representative Geoff Diehl, a Whitman Republican who co-chaired Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in Massachusetts, leave early.

WALPOLE

Walpole’s school plan on hold until next year

Plans to consolidate the town’s two middle schools at one site and build a new high school are on hold until January 2018, according to Superintendent Lincoln Lynch.

SCITUATE

MBTA to sell part of its Greenbush parking lot

The MBTA is moving ahead with the sale of part of the parking lot at the Greenbush commuter rail station in Scituate to a private company that plans to build residences and commercial space there.

EASTON

Easton selectmen suspend town administrator

Elected officials have voted to suspend David Colton, with pay, and begin the proceedings to fire him.

PLYMOUTH

Developer sees houses on former Scout camp in Plymouth

Representatives of a development firm recently met with the Planning Board to informally discuss its proposal to construct 61 houses on the 211-acre site.

MILTON

Plan for revamping Milton’s fire stations available for review

Milton residents can review the almost $25 million proposal to update the town’s three fire stations, two of which were built in the era of horse-drawn fire apparatus.

EASTON

Easton appoints new town clerk

A new town clerk will take over in Easton on Feb. 13, replacing longtime clerk Jeremy Gillis, who was fired.

BRIDGEWATER

Bridgewater considers district for marijuana sales, adult shops

Bridgewater is holding a hearing on Jan. 18 to gather public input on a proposal to allow recreational and medical marijuana sales and adult theaters and bookstores by special permit in an industrial area on Elm Street.

QUINCY

Quincy council delays action on 15-story tower

The Quincy City Council delayed action last week on a developer’s plan to build a 15-story residential tower in the downtown.

AVON

Avon to mull rezoning Memorial Drive for residential use

Avon’s special Town Meeting will decide this month whether to rezone land along Memorial Drive to allow residential development.

CARVER

Carver Fire Department moving into new digs

The Carver Fire Department will begin to move into its new, central fire station and training facility this week, about three years after Town Meeting voters approved the building project.

ABINGTON

Abington school project way ahead of schedule

The new Abington middle and high school is now expected to open in the fall, months ahead of schedule.

PLYMOUTH

Plymouth board OK’s first phase of mixed-use development at Cordage Park

The owners of Cordage Park in north Plymouth can now move forward with the first phase of a planned mixed-use development, after the local Planning Board approved a site plan for the work.

ROCKLAND

National Grid program gives Rockland chance to save on energy costs

Rockland was recently accepted into a National Grid program that gives the town and its residents and businesses a chance to save on their energy costs.

MARION

Condo project proposed near Marion town center

Marion voters will consider a zoning change next spring that would open the way for a condominium development proposed near the town center.

Ex-Metco head to speak at MLK breakfast in Cohasset

Jean McGuire had led the agency addressing segregation in schools since 1973, leaving in 2016.

RAYNHAM

Construction to start on 70-home development in Raynham

Developers planning to build 70 single-family homes in Raynham are expected to begin constructing the first of the houses in the next couple of months.

MARION

Tabor Academy students organize ‘Polar Plunge’

Students from Tabor Academy will be braving the chilly waters of Sippican Harbor later this month for a charitable cause.

HANSON

Hanson’s new Christmas tree grew up across the street

The tree featured in the Dec. 17 event was a 20-foot-high evergreen that until recently was located next to the fire station across the street.

WALPOLE

Walpole panel calls for free full-day kindergarten

The committee studying full-day kindergarten in Walpole has recommended the town move toward offering the classes for free by the 2019-2020 school year.

QUINCY

City Council OK’s lease of air rights above North Quincy T station

The Quincy City Council has approved a measure crucial to a mixed-use development project in North Quincy and separately is considering selling land for an unrelated real estate development in the downtown.

MANSFIELD

Mansfield seeking bids for restaurant at airport

The Mansfield Airport Commission is looking for a vendor to run a new restaurant in a modern space with a patio at the airfield.

MARSHFIELD

Marshfield zoning board to hear pitch for 270-unit housing complex

Plans for a large complex of market-rate and affordable apartments will be presented to Marshfield’s Zoning Board of Appeals at a public hearing Jan. 10.

MILTON

Town waiting for feds to OK plans for East Milton deck

Milton is waiting to hear whether the Federal Highway Administration will approve plans for adding parking and park space on top of the East Milton deck over the Southeast Expressway.

PLYMOUTH

Plymouth oyster farms get state aid for food safety measures

Three Plymouth oyster farms will be able to carry out projects to enhance the safety of their food products as a result of new grants from the state Department of Agricultural Resources.

HINGHAM

Hingham to hear bids for preservation money

Several groups in Hingham are hoping to get help from the town soon in the form of Community Preservation money.

WEYMOUTH

Weymouth using state funds for new green cars

The town is using $25,000 in state money to lease two hybrid vehicles, buy an electric one, and install an electric vehicle charging station.

BROCKTON

Elevated levels of lead, copper found in water at early childhood center

The lead and copper came from plumbing fixtures at the Gilmore Early Childhood Center in Brockton, and not the water supply.