Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe South.

MARSHFIELD

Marshfield skate park reopening party is Saturday, June 11

A $500,000 renovation of the Marshfield skate park is complete.

Quincy to offer guided tours of historic downtown

Quincy plans to offer regular guided walking tours to some of the historic sites in that area.

CANTON

Canton School Committee may vote to oppose legalizing pot

At the urging of its chairman, the Canton School Committee may soon vote to oppose a likely state ballot question that would legalize marijuana for recreational use.

AVON

Avon selectmen calls Special Town Meeting

Avon’s selectmen have called a Special Town Meeting for June 28 to authorize spending just shy of $642,000 for items approved, but not funded, at last year’s Annual Town Meeting.

MARSHFIELD

New maps to detail Marshfield shellfish beds

The town of Marshfield has begun mapping its shellfish beds to provide shellfishers with an accurate guide that shows open and closed areas, as well as places that close temporarily for shellfish seeding.

WEST BRIDGEWATER

West Bridgewater eyes plan to save energy costs

West Bridgewater plans to create a municipal energy aggregation program as a way of helping residents and businesses save on their electric bills.

ROCKLAND

Automated trash collection coming to Rockland

The town is switching to an automated collection system in which trash and recyclables deposited in separate wheeled containers will be picked up by trucks with mechanical arms.

NORWELL

Norwell to see boost in revenue if pot dispensary is approved

Norwell will get an estimated $550,000 to $1.3 million over five years if a medical marijuana company gets state permission to open a dispensary in the town, according to an agreement.

HINGHAM

Hingham superintendent among state’s ‘Unsung Heroines’

Hingham’s school superintendent, Dorothy Galo, was among several women south of Boston honored this year with the Unsung Heroine Award from the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women.

Temple Beth Am selling its Randolph property

The congregation and its board of directors recently decided to sell the property at 871 North Main St.

Weymouth applies for grant to add parking on its Mount Vernon-like estate

Five years after buying the Emery Estate for $1.9 million, the town is applying for a $400,000 state grant to help pay for improvements to the 24-acre grounds of the secluded hilltop site overlooking Boston Harbor.

ROCKLAND

Rockland narrowly approves tax increase

By a vote of 2,063 to 968, residents agreed to a debt exclusion, or temporary tax increase, to fund the $6.5 million second phase of a town road-improvement program.

FOXBOROUGH

Foxborough bond rating is up to AAA

The town’s bond rating is up to a AAA -- the highest one issued by the Standard and Poors rating agency -- immediately saving taxpayers money.

EAST BRIDGEWATER

East Bridgewater chooses new police chief

The Board of Selectmen recently appointed Sergeant Detective Scott Allen to serve as the town’s next police chief effective July 1, subject to reaching contract terms.

DUXBURY

Parts of Duxbury Beach off-limits during nesting season

More restrictions for humans are being put in place at Duxbury Beach during the nesting and hatching season for piping plovers and least terns.

BRIDGEWATER

Bridgewater drops proposed limits on livestock

The town’s Board of Health has tabled its proposal indefinitely after it drew heated opposition in the town.

HALIFAX

Halifax considering switch to regional dispatch

Selectmen in Halifax are considering switching the dispatch of emergency responders from a town-based center to a regional one situated in Duxbury.

MARSHFIELD

Marshfield hopes to extend shellfishing season

Shellfishing season in Marshfield could be extended by three months, not this year, but in the coming years.

MILTON

Milton appoints new police chief from within department

Milton’s deputy police chief, John King, will become the new chief of the department on July 1, the town administrator has announced.

QUINCY

Relay for Life to be held in Quincy

The Quincy event will be held from 2 p.m. on June 25 through 6 a.m. on June 26 at Pageant Field on Vietnam Veterans Drive.

HULL

Recount confirms Reilly win for Hull selectman

The election result in Hull remained the same after an official recount, with John Reilly Jr. still defeating fellow incumbent John Brannan for a seat on the Board of Selectmen, although by one fewer vote.

EASTON

Easton to hold hearing on proposed marijuana facility

Selectmen in Easton are inviting the public to their June 27 meeting to hear more about a proposed medical marijuana facility in the Easton Industrial Park.

COHASSET

Cohasset High’s class of 2016 among largest in school history

Cohasset High School’s class of 2016, which graduated last weekend under the tent at the South Shore Music Circus, was one of the largest in school history, with 112 members.

WALPOLE

Voters elect familiar faces to Walpole select board

Voters in Walpole have returned an incumbent and a former member to the Board of Selectmen in a three-way race for two seats on the board.

SHARON

Sharon issues eviction notice to Montessori school

The town of Sharon has issued an eviction notice to The Bilingual Montessori School of Sharon for nonpayment of rent.

MILTON

Solar array reinstalled on Milton’s town hall

The solar panels are back on Milton’s town hall -- after an absence of more than a year -- and should be producing electricity again in about a month.

MARSHFIELD

Consultant to present draft of Marshfield trails plan

As part of an effort to enhance Marshfield’s hiking trails and make them more user-friendly, a consultant working on a comprehensive trails plan will present a draft to the public on Wednesday.

RANDOLPH

‘Mayor of Randolph’ contest raises feathers, fun, and cash

In the early voting for the “Mayor of Randolph,” a turkey led the way.

HINGHAM

Some insist on rotating board chairmanship

A number of Hingham residents are planning this month to present the Board of Selectmen with a petition calling for Paul Gannon to be named chairman, saying tradition was ignored.

Easton voters nix proposed $4.4m tax hike

The tax-limit override would have raised property taxes to pay for more than 30 new School Department positions and increased spending in other municipal departments.

Stoughton voters say yes, loudly, to tax hike for new school

Voters resoundingly approved a temporary tax increase that will allow the proposed construction of a new high school to move forward.

STOUGHTON

Stoughton votes on tax increase for new high school

The debt exclusion, if passed, would pay the town’s $71.28 million share of the overall $123.54 million project.

HANSON

State releases 150 endangered turtles in Hanson

More than 150 endangered turtles raised in captivity were recently released into the wild in Hanson by state environmental officials.

RANDOLPH

Randolph council OK’s $11.3m community center

Cheering broke out in the Town Council chambers as the body agreed May 23 to borrow the money to build the center.

NORTON/TAUNTON

Ground broken on ice cream distributor’s move to Norton

New England Ice Cream Corp. is relocating from Taunton.

HULL

After close race, Hull to recount selectman election votes

John Brannan is getting a recount and a chance to get back on the board.

Former Dedham official files whistleblower lawsuit

William Ralph, the town’s former assistant finance director, says he was fired in retaliation for reporting and refusing to participate in accounting irregularities.

ABINGTON

Abington Town Meeting to take up SouthField request

The latest developer of the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station is asking that land be rezoned to accommodate mixed-use development.

ROCHESTER

Rochester appoints first female town administrator

Rochester’s first female town administrator, Suzanne Szyndlar, recently accepted the position after hesitating to move into management from her job as town accountant.

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.