Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe South.

MIDDLEBOROUGH

Middleborough voters to consider land buy, steeper parking fine

Middleborough’s Special Town Meeting will take up 23 items on Oct. 3, including a proposal to buy 81 acres for passive recreation and another to significantly ratchet up the fine for parking illegally in a handicapped space.

NORWELL

Norwell theater to host addiction awareness event

The North River Theater in Norwell will host an “Addiction Awareness Evening” on Oct. 1 with a performance of a play about families dealing with drug addiction.

COHASSET

Detour for Cohasset’s Jerusalem Road

Traffic will be detoured in Cohasset on a section of Jerusalem Road over Little Harbor for about eight weeks while workers replace a culvert and embankment in an area prone to flooding.

MANSFIELD

Mansfield to seek new school chief

Superintendent Zeffro Gianetti recently announced he would retire at the end of the school year after 34 years in public education.

HANOVER

Hanover residents to vote on school expansion

A Special Town Meeting on Monday, Sept. 26, will consider authorizing $32.4 million for the project.

FREETOWN

Freetown renovating its town hall

Freetown’s venerable town hall building is getting a facelift with the help of an inmate work crew provided by Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson.

DUXBURY

Duxbury looking for new school head

Duxbury is searching for a new school superintendent, as Ben Tantillo has said he will retire when his seven-year contract is up at the end of the school year.

CANTON

State awards $44.2m pact for I-95 work in Canton

The project will improve access to new retail stores in the area and the Route 128 commuter rail station, officials say.

QUINCY

Dana-Farber closes offices in Quincy, Milton, Dorchester

Patients of doctors affiliated with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at offices in Quincy and Milton and at Carney Hospital in Dorchester will have to travel elsewhere to receive care, the health institution has told patients.

PLYMOUTH

Plymouth to begin waterfront work, with eye toward 2020

The town is preparing to start work on a two-part project to improve Water Street in time for its 400th anniversary celebrations.

WALPOLE

Fed up with student drinking, Walpole principal cancels dances

In a letter to parents, Stephen Imbusch described drunken students “falling around the dance floor, being held up by their peers.”

Walpole

Walpole to evaluate teachers’ use of technology in class

A private consultant will review how teachers are using technology and what impact the use is having on their students’ education.

COHASSET

State rules Cohasset couple can build their dream house

The state overruled the Cohasset Conservation Commission, saying the couple’s plan poses no environmental risks.

QUINCY

Quincy Center T station gets $4.27m grant for upgrades

The grant will be a “first step” toward developing a new bus terminal and overhaul of the entire MBTA station, according to the grant announcement.

NORTON

Norton Planning Board to consider zoning changes

A pair of proposed zoning changes aimed at spurring economic growth in two parts of Norton is the focus of public hearings at the Planning Board’s meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

PEMBROKE

Pembroke eyes bylaw on door-to-door solicitation

A proposed bylaw regulating door-to-door solicitation will come before Pembroke voters at the Oct. 18 Special Town Meeting.

CANTON

South Coast Rail presentations set for Canton, Middleborough

Presentations on the project will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, in the auditorium at Canton High School and Thursday, Sept. 22, in the auditorium of Middleborough High School.

EAST BRIDGEWATER

Anti-substance abuse group releases documentary

An East Bridgewater organization that fights substance abuse in the community has produced a short documentary film to help raise awareness of its drop-in center and other services.

HINGHAM

Gannon on November ballot for Senate seat

Hingham Selectman Paul Gannon will be the Democratic nominee in the November election for the state Senate seat vacated in January by now Weymouth Mayor Robert Hedlund.

HULL

Hull Boosters won’t give up bid to raise $1.8m for new school field

As of Sept. 13, the group had raised $36,188 for the field, according to its president, leaving $1,763,812 to go.

RANDOLPH

Randolph Town Council supports cap on charter schools

The 6-2 vote comes amid impassioned debate on the issue to be decided by voters on ballot Question 2 in the Nov. 8 election.

Easton officials can now be fired for online remarks

A new social media policy allows the removal of appointed officials who make hate comments publicly “in any forum.”

MARION

Marion voters to decide on Town House upgrade

A Special Town Meeting Oct. 24 will consider authorizing approximately $600,000 to complete the design of the project, according to Town Administrator Paul Dawson.

QUINCY

West of Chestnut opens in Quincy Center

Located between Chestnut and Hancock streets, West of Chestnut consists of two six-story buildings with 169 luxury apartments, along with 12,500 square feet of ground-floor retail and restaurant space.

HANOVER

South Shore YMCA upgrades branch in Hanover

The project, carried out by Rockland-based Integrated Builders, included adding an outpatient site for the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network and new studio space.

BRAINTREE

Braintree police plan to buy 90 new guns

The town of Braintree is looking for a good deal on 90 pistols and accessories for the Police Department.

WEYMOUTH

Grant will pay for fix to problem spot in Weymouth

The town is using a state “coastal resilience” grant to redesign the area underneath a portion of Puritan Road at the entrance to Great Esker Park, a spot that has been plagued with flooding problems and sinkholes.

NORWOOD

New Brockton school to open in temporary site in Norwood

The new charter school’s home will be in the former Kehillah Schechter Academy, until construction is complete on its intended location at 1690 Main St. in Brockton.

MARSHFIELD

Lawsuit halts work on Marshfield harbormaster building

A group of Marshfield residents has filed a lawsuit that effectively stops work on the new harbormaster building twice funded by Town Meeting.

PLYMPTON

Plympton tries a new permitting process

Builders and homeowners seeking permits from the town of Plympton will be taking part in a trial run of a new permitting process aimed at tidying and speeding it up starting this month.

That boat heading down the Taunton River was indeed a pumpkin

For the record, there is no existing standard for pumpkin paddling.

BRIDGEWATER

Plastic-bag ban takes effect in Bridgewater

A ban on thin-film plastic bags at store checkouts took effect last week in Bridgewater, six months after the Town Council approved it.

PLYMOUTH

Quincy College to train future aquaculture workers

Students will have the chance to gain and sharpen the skills they need to work in the aquaculture industry through a program Quincy College is introducing this fall at its Plymouth campus.

MARION

Marion goes greener with electric vehicles

The town of Marion has found a new way to make itself greener -- by leasing electric vehicles.

HANOVER

Group seeking to open pot dispensary in Hanover

A nonprofit group is seeking local approvals to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Hanover.

MANSFIELD

Mansfield finances get top marks

The town of Mansfield was awarded top honors recently for its comprehensive financial reporting by the independent Government Finance Officers Association for having a “spirit of transparency and full disclosure.”

CANTON

‘Starter service’ rail floated for South Coast

With the timetable for bringing commuter trains to Massachusetts’ South Coast growing ever longer, and cost estimates rising, state transportation officials are floating an interim solution: “starter service” to Taunton, Fall River, and New Bedford that would use improved freight tracks running south from the Middleborough/Lakeville station.

HOLBROOK

Holbrook school opens one last time

It’s not goodbye, but it’s hello for the last time: Holbrook Junior-Senior High School students started school Monday, Aug. 29, for the last time in the old building.

EASTON

Easton police join addiction initiative

Easton’s Police Department has joined a public safety network aimed at combating the opioid crisis by helping addicts find help.

SCITUATE

Scituate steps up water conservation efforts

Scituate’s reservoir is only about 20 percent full -- compared with 75 percent at this time last year -- and officials are asking residents to heed the full water ban that prohibits all “non-essential” outside water use.

NORWELL

Norwell officials encourage use of tick repellant

The small wooded town of Norwell has one of the highest rates of Lyme disease in the state, and local officials are urging residents to be vigilant against the tiny deer ticks that spread the illness.

DUXBURY

Duxbury Town Meeting to act on flood maps

Flood maps, historic districts, and water fluoridation are three of the topics that will come before voters in Duxbury at the Special Town Meeting on Sept. 19.

BROCKTON

Deans replace housemasters at Brockton High

When students return to Brockton High School on Sept. 6, they’ll no longer be greeted by housemasters and assistant housemasters.

ROCKLAND

Rockland apartment complex to get an upgrade

Families living in a Rockland apartment community will see extensive improvements to the property as a result of $14.3 million in financing recently approved by MassHousing.

STOUGHTON

Stoughton to upgrade Central Street sidewalks

Stoughton plans to install and improve sidewalks along a stretch of Central Street with a $400,000 grant recently awarded to the town by the state Department of Transportation.

HANOVER

Hanover will vote on Center School expansion

Hanover voters will decide this fall the fate of a proposal to renovate and expand the Center Elementary School.

HOLBROOK

Holbrook moves to reopen town hall auditorium

Workers have demolished walls that once broke up the second-floor auditorium at Holbrook Town Hall, making way for the town to restore the space.

BROCKTON

Middle school principal will be new Brockton High AD

The principal of Brockton’s South Middle School has been named the new athletic director at Brockton High School, and he will do both jobs until his replacement is found.

SHARON

Sharon looks to renovate or replace town offices

Architects’ proposals, due Sept. 1, will address three ways to cope with a space crunch and lack of wheelchair accessibility at the Sharon town offices.

NORWELL

Panel rules ex-selectman can vote in Norwell

Norwell’s Board of Registrars has voted to allow former selectman John Mariano to continue to vote in the town, rejecting a legal challenge to his residency.

DUXBURY

Ex-shipmates to gather 50 years after their WWII boat’s decommissioning

Remaining shipmates of the USS Duxbury Bay, along with their spouses, will meet -- perhaps for their final reunion -- at the 50th anniversary of the seaplane tender’s decommissioning on Sept. 19 in Duxbury.

FOXBOROUGH

Foxborough names retired Maine police chief its top cop

William Baker was chosen from 76 applicants from 21 states and two continents to succeed Police Chief Ed O’Leary.

State rules Weymouth violated Open Meeting Law

The committee that conducted a search for a new school superintendent violated the law by forwarding only one candidate for the job.

SHARON

Sharon library explores moving

The Sharon Public Library is considering moving to another location, after its plan to expand the Carnegie-funded 1914 library failed to pass muster with the Sharon Historical Commission.

DUXBURY

Duxbury officials say “no” to recreational pot

Duxbury selectmen have written state leaders to let them know that they, too, are against ballot question 4 legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use.

CANTON

Canton writing rules for Reservoir Pond

Canton officials are poised to create the town’s first set of regulations for boating, swimming, and other activity on Reservoir Pond.

RAYNHAM

Countertop business coming to Raynham

The Raynham Planning Board recently cleared the way for a marble and granite countertop business to open on Broadway.

PLYMOUTH

Plymouth eager to begin cleanup of contaminated waterfront site

Officials in Plymouth hope work will begin this fall on the cleanup of a contaminated waterfront site, following the recent announcement of a $600,000 Brownfields grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency to fund the project.

EAST BRIDGEWATER

East Bridgewater hires 10 new officers

Police Chief Scott Allen said he has appointed three full-time officers to fill vacancies in his department, as well as seven part-time officers.

SCITUATE

Remembering opioid victims in Scituate

Scituate will remember those lost to opioid overdoses in a nondenominational sunrise service at the Scituate Lighthouse jetty on Aug. 31, which is International Overdose Awareness Day.

DEDHAM

Dragonfly Theater offers free Shakespeare

The Dragonfly Theater in Dedham will put on three free performances around the town this month of a Shakespearean drama set during the Trojan War.

WEYMOUTH

Weymouth OK’s property taking for intersection

The Weymouth Town Council last week approved taking private property, both permanently and temporarily, to accommodate improvements to the entrance to the town’s main industrial park.

HINGHAM

Gannon in race for Senate again

Hingham Selectman Paul Gannon is again running for the state Senate, as the political landscape continues to shift.

KINGSTON

Restoration plan for Jones River moves along

The Jones River Watershed Association has taken another step toward restoring the river that flows through Kingston into Kingston Bay.

EASTON

Easton’s head of planning and development resigns

The head of planning and economic development for the town of Easton has resigned, effective Sept. 14, citing the change in the direction of the Board of Selectmen.

DUXBURY

Duxbury settles with Johnson Golf for $695,000

The town of Duxbury and Johnson Golf Management Inc. have agreed on a $695,000 settlement, ending a seven-year-old lawsuit over the town’s bidding of a contract to manage the municipal North Hill Country Club.

Walpole High School will start day 15 minutes later

The start time for the high school has been pushed back 15 minutes -- from 7:15 to 7:30 a.m.

MILTON

Developer wants to build homes on Milton’s former ‘poor farm’

Almost five years after buying the town’s “poor farm” for $5 million, a developer has applied for permission to build 23 homes on 30 acres of the site abutting the Blue Hills Reservation.

NORWELL

Norwell looking at former selectman’s residency

Responding to a legal challenge from two Norwell residents, the town’s Board of Registrars will decide soon whether former selectman John Mariano is still a town resident.

RANDOLPH

Randolph seeks bicyclists’ views for lane project

If you ride a bicycle in Randolph, or would like to do so, the town is seeking your input as it undertakes a study toward the creation of a safe network of bike lanes and paths that would connect locations in town and in the region.

New pool, splash pad, ropes course planned for Marshfield

The Boys & Girls Club of Marshfield is upgrading its clubhouse on Proprietors Drive.

ROCHESTER

Rochester brings on the frog races

New fun for youngsters, plus some old favorites, including the ever-popular “BYOF” frog races (bring your own frog), are on tap for the 17th Annual Rochester Country Fair this month.

PLYMOUTH

State plans panel on Pilgrim decommissioning

The state plans to create an advisory panel on the decommissioning of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, under legislation recently adopted on Beacon Hill.

PEMBROKE

Pembroke residents asked to help improve town’s environment

The Board of Selectmen is initiating a program in which community members will be invited to submit proposals for enhancing the natural areas and ecosystems of Pembroke.

MATTAPOISETT/ROCHESTER

Mattapoisett, Rochester get funds for land protection

State officials recently awarded Mattapoisett and Rochester $35,000 each in federal funds to support their effort to protect 164 acres of undeveloped land straddling the two towns.

EASTON

Easton reprimands official for anti-Muslim comments

The town’s Board of Selectmen reprimanded a member of the Conservation Commission for comments posted to his personal Facebook page, but declined to remove him from his position.

HOLBROOK

Holbrook library seeks ideas for five-year plan

Where do you see yourself in five years? The Holbrook Public Library is asking itself that question.

QUINCY

Quincy gets state money for new middle school

Quincy’s bid to construct a new Sterling Middle School cleared a major hurdle recently when the Massachusetts School Building Authority approved funding for the project.

WEST BRIDGEWATER

West Bridgewater promotes lieutenant to police chief

The Board of Selectmen recently named Victor Flaherty Jr. to serve as the town’s new chief, succeeding Donald Clark, who retired in July.

WESTWOOD

Dedham-Westwood district restricts water usage

Westwood residents can only water their lawns on Tuesdays because of continuing drought conditions that are affecting the water supply, officials announced last week.