Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe South.

RAYNHAM

Town looking to appoint a health agent

Raynham is looking for a new health agent, a position that became vacant last April when David Flaherty, at the time health agent and assistant town manager, became interim town manager.

HANOVER

Marino named acting town manager

The Hanover Board of Selectmen recently named assistant town manager Anthony Marino to serve as acting town manager.

EAST BRIDGEWATER

Library expansion plan moves along

After several years of planning, a proposed renovation and expansion of the East Bridgewater public library is picking up steam.

EASTON

Meeting backs Center School feasibility study

Easton Town Meeting has unanimously approved spending $1 million for a feasibility study on renovating or replacing Center Elementary School.

SCITUATE

Town OK’s $300 fine for marijuana use in public

Consuming marijuana in any form on any public space in Scituate is now illegal and punishable with a $300 fine.

SHARON

Marijuana sales moratorium will last till June 30

A measure to extend a proposed temporary moratorium on the sale of recreational marijuana in Sharon fell short by a single vote at the recent special Town Meeting.

DEDHAM

Town Meeting OK’s new $45 million town hall

Dedham Town Meeting has approved building a new $45 million public safety building on the site of the current soon-to-be-razed town hall.

T could unveil plan for Quincy Center station by end of month

The MBTA is evaluating bids from developers on a plan for the air rights above the station, one that could include housing and retail components.

WHITMAN

Meeting will deal with marijuana sales, utilities

Whitman will hold a special Town Meeting on Dec. 11 to ask residents whether they want to ban the sale of recreational marijuana in town, to deal with water and sewer line repairs, and to settle financing for collective bargaining agreements.

CANTON

Towns OK Blue Hills school renovations

Plans for a $84.8 million renovation of Blue Hills Regional Technical High School will move forward now that all nine member communities have indicated support.

NORWOOD

Selectmen pick 33-year-old as new manager

Tony Mazzucco, town administrator in Adams, was chosen unanimously by Norwood selectmen at their Nov. 7 meeting to succeed General Manager John Carroll, who will retire next month after 39 years, a few months shy of his 90th birthday.

MANSFIELD

Rhein wins selectman’s seat

After a decade of picking up trash to help keep his hometown clean, Neil Rhein has won a seat on the Mansfield Board of Selectmen.

WEYMOUTH

Boston Motel’s license suspended indefinitely

Citing serious health and safety concerns, the Weymouth Health Department has indefinitely suspended Boston Motel’s operating license and ordered all the occupants out.

EASTON

Easton sets special election to fill selectman seat

Easton will hold a special election on Jan. 20 to fill the selectman seat vacated when the board chairman, Daniel Murphy, abruptly resigned in mid-October.

PLYMOUTH

Promenade funding vote set for Dec. 6

Less than two month after it was narrowly defeated at the fall annual Town Meeting, a proposal to fund the second phase of the Water Street promenade project in Plymouth will come up for another vote next month.

NORWELL

Voters to decide whether to pay for new library

Voters in Norwell will decide in December whether to spend an estimated $15.4 million to build a new public library that would be almost three times the size of the existing one and handicapped accessible, with double the parking.

SHARON

Voters support high school, town hall projects

Sharon voters have unanimously put their support behind plans to upgrade Sharon High School and also approved measures to build a new town hall and make a zoning change to allow a proposed residential and retail center to move forward.

ROCKLAND

Group trying to ‘reimagine’ downtown

A newly-formed community group has begun its efforts to revitalize Rockland’s downtown.

HALIFAX

Halifax seeks support for playground rebuild

Special Town Meeting will be asked on Nov. 20 to allow the $256,000 reconstruction of the popular Halifax Open Play Space, or HOPS, playground near Holmes Public Library on Plymouth Street.

MARION

Council on Aging seeks new director

Marion officials are seeking a new leader for the Council on Aging.

MARSHFIELD

New town manager lays out his key priorities

Marshfield’s new town administrator is applying his experience as a 36-year veteran of state government to managing his hometown of 24 years.

HINGHAM

Hingham loses appeal in Aquarion case

The state Appeals Court upheld a Superior Court ruling in the dispute between Hingham and the Aquarion Water Co., meaning if the town still wants to buy the company, it might cost more than $100 million.

MIDDLEBOROUGH

Middleborough votes yes on new high school

Middleborough voters resoundingly approved a ballot question that allows the town to borrow the estimated $103.6 million needed to demolish the local high school and build a new one, with the state expected to pick up 44 percent of the cost.

RANDOLPH

Voters unseat 2 councilors, ban recreational pot stores

Two incumbent Randolph town councilors were unseated, and residents also narrowly approved a ban on facilities that grow or sell recreational marijuana.

WEYMOUTH

Incumbents town councilors retain seats

Incumbent Town Council members in Weymouth kept their seats in Tuesday’s local election, but one member of the School Committee lost hers.

BRAINTREE

Low voter turnout for three contested races

Only about 14 percent of registered voters in Braintree participated in Tuesday’s local election, which had only three contested races, one of them between two write-in candidates.

Carpenter wins third mayoral term in Brockton

Mayor Bill Carpenter won a third two-year term in Brockton Tuesday, beating political neophyte Jimmy Pereira by 1,103 votes.

Quincy voters stick with incumbents

Noel DiBona, Nina Liang, and School Committee member Anne Mahoney are set to fill three at-large City Council seats.

QUINCY

Wollaston T station to close in January

MBTA passengers who board the Red Line at Wollaston station need to make other plans beginning Jan. 2.

Union targets Siemens expansion in Walpole

The labor group wants Siemens to hire only union construction workers, and more local people, on its $300 million expansion project on Coney Street.

KINGSTON

Acting fire chief in running for permanent job

Eight months after the unsettling departure of then Fire Chief Robert Heath amid a sex assault charge, Kingston officials say acting fire chief Mark R. Douglass has successfully stabilized the department and some officials are considering him for permanent appointment to the post.

NORTON

Town takes next step to fund new buildings

Norton’s recent fall Town Meeting agreed to set aside funding for a proposed project to build a new town hall and a new senior center, but any expenditure of the funds will need future Town Meeting action.

NORWOOD

Group warns parents against substance risks

A Norwood anti-substance abuse group is targeting parents in its latest campaign.

CANTON

Police chief urges ban on recreational pot sales

Canton Police Chief Kenneth Berkowitz is advocating that the town prohibit retail marijuana sales, noting that nearby municipalities have enacted bans and he doesn’t want Canton to become a “magnet” for buyers.

HANOVER

Clarkson leaves town manager job

Less than two months after the Hanover Board of Selectmen voted not to renew his contract as town manager when it expires next April, Troy B.G. Clarkson is no longer working for the town.

MARION

Veteran officer named Marion’s next police chief

The Board of Selectmen recently named Marion police Lieutenant John Garcia, a 30-year veteran of the department, as the next police chief effective next Jan. 1.

PEMBROKE

Voters OK police hirings, firefighters’ contract

Pembroke voters approved the hiring of two new police officers and funded a recently negotiated firefighters’ union contract in two of the actions taken at the annual fall special Town Meeting.

SHARON

Town Meeting to decide next step with high school

Eligible Sharon residents will have an opportunity soon to vote on whether to spend money to determine what to do with the outdated Sharon High School.

WEST BRIDGEWATER

Familiar faces fill town’s finance departments

West Bridgewater’s finance departments recently made a series of appointments, including elevating some familiar faces.

RAYNHAM

Town Meeting to decide on spending requests

Spending requests for a number of building, vehicle, and equipment needs will be the primary order of business for a special Town Meeting in Raynham that convenes on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Middle School.

QUINCY

Councilors OK registration of ‘sober houses’

The Quincy City Council has voted in favor of setting up a registration system for so-called sober houses, which operate in several residential neighborhoods in the city.

MILTON

Town cuts back hours for making noise

Folks in Milton can now enjoy the quiet of early mornings and evenings, the result of a Town Meeting vote Monday that limits the hours for operating noisy power equipment and vehicles, including backhoes, trucks, bobcats, lawnmowers, leaf blowers, and chain saws.

PLYMPTON

Raynham woman to be Plympton’s first town administrator

Plympton selectmen have selected Elizabeth Dennehy of Raynham to be the town’s first town administrator.

DEDHAM

Town Meeting has a packed agenda

The November Dedham Town Meeting will tackle a meaty agenda – from approving spending millions for a new public safety building and a new town park, to proposals to create a Human Rights Commission and outlaw nonmedical marijuana businesses in town.

HULL

Riddle’s could open under new owner by Thanksgiving

Officials in Hull have confirmed that the owners of the Village Market in Scituate are buying Riddle’s Supermart on Nantasket Avenue, bringing a full-service grocery back to the town.

STOUGHTON

Three challenge trio of selectmen facing recall

Three town residents have filed nomination papers seeking to replace the three Stoughton selectmen who are facing recall in a Dec. 5 special election.

STOUGHTON

Moody’s bumps up town’s bond rating

Stoughton recently earned an upgrade in its municipal bond rating, which officials siad positions the town to save in borrowing costs.

PLYMOUTH

New town hall to open for business soon

Through a just completed $40 million project, the town renovated and constructed a 60,000-square-foot addition to the 1820 Courthouse building at 26 Court St. to convert it into the new town hall.

KINGSTON

Voters to decide whether to fund new library

Kingston voters will have their say soon on whether they would spend $8.9 million to match a state grant of $6.9 million for a new public library that officials say is badly needed.

MARSHFIELD

Voters reject ban on recreational marijuana sales

Marshfield voters at a special Town Meeting have rejected a ban on recreational marijuana facilities in their town.

WESTWOOD

Xaverian alum to succeed retiring fire chief

Westwood Fire Chief William Scoble, who is retiring on Halloween after 20 years in the job, and 40 years in the Westwood Fire Department, is being succeeded by someone familiar with the town.

WEST BRIDGEWATER

Funding sought for 9/11 memorial park

A proposal that West Bridgewater spend $60,000 to create a memorial park honoring the victims of the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attacks is among the items set to come before a special Town Meeting on Thursday, Oct. 26.

EASTON

Town Meeting to decide plan for Center School

Easton’s Town Meeting will consider whether to move forward next month with a proposal to renovate or replace Center Elementary School.

QUINCY

New ferry service to Boston starts Oct. 23

Direct ferry service from Quincy to downtown Boston will be available with new departure times this fall.

WEYMOUTH

Town Council OK’s $33 million for new library

The Weymouth Town Council has unanimously approved spending just over $33 million to build a new and bigger Tufts Library that could open as early as the spring of 2020, according to library director Rob MacLean.

DUXBURY

Bridge to be closed Oct. 30 for movie shoot

The Powder Point Bridge in Duxbury will be closed on Oct. 30 for the filming of “The Equalizer 2” movie.

SCITUATE

Selectmen talk contract with new administrator

The Board of Selectmen is negotiating a contract with Jim Boudreau to become Scituate’s new town administrator.

QUINCY

City Council mulls licensing of sober homes

A proposal for licensing so-called sober homes in Quincy will soon be up for public discussion.

WEST BRIDGEWATER

Energy deal to save money for townsfolk

West Bridgewater residents and businesses will save a combined $109,000 annually and support green energy as a result of a new municipal energy aggregation program initiated by the town, according to officials.

HINGHAM

Hingham High students earn national honors

Two Hingham High School students achieved national honors over their summer break.

PLYMOUTH

Recreational marijuana sales, promenade project top Town Meeting agenda

Proposals to regulate the sale of recreational marijuana in town and to fund the final phase of the Water Street promenade project are among the expected highlights of the Fall Annual Town Meeting in Plymouth that convenes on Oct. 21 at 8 a.m. at Plymouth North High School.

WALPOLE

Officials delay action on solar farm proposal

The Norfolk County Commissioners want more time to assuage neighbors’ concerns before moving ahead with plans for a solar farm on county-owned land off North Street in Walpole, near the Westwood line.

ROCKLAND

Ideas sought for open space plan

Rockland residents are invited to help the town plan the future of its green spaces and recreational facilities.

MILTON

Meeting to decide whether to ban sale of recreational marijuana

Milton Town Meeting will decide whether to outlaw recreational marijuana businesses in the town when it meets Oct. 23.

CANTON

Stiffer penalties for sale of illegal smokes

The Canton Board of Health has voted to place greater restrictions on the sale of tobacco products in town, including stiffened penalties for violating the law.

WEYMOUTH

Candidates’ night set for Oct. 25

In a tradition dating back to 1971, the North Weymouth Civic Association is holding a candidates’ night for everyone seeking election to local office in a crowded field this political season.

RANDOLPH

Town Council candidates to appear in forums

Randolph voters will have a chance to hear this month from the candidates running for office in the Nov. 14 election.

MANSFIELD

Five seek to fill late Mansfield selectman’s seat

Five candidates are seeking to serve out the unexpired term of Mansfield Selectman George Dentino, who died in August from injuries after a fall.

WALPOLE

Fall Town Meeting in Walpole faces packed agenda

The Fall Town Meeting faces a packed agenda – including proposals to ban recreational marijuana businesses in town, approve a large solar farm off North Street, and go on record as a community denouncing white nationalists and neo-Nazis.

HULL

Hull gets $400,000 in state grants to rebuild sidewalks

Sidewalks will be rebuilt, curb cuts added, and bike lanes created on Nantasket Avenue from H to Q streets in the Alphabet section.

STOUGHTON

Deadline looms for potential challengers in recall election

Stoughton residents who want to run as candidates in the town’s upcoming recall election have until Oct. 16 to obtain nomination papers and Oct. 17 to submit them to the town clerk.

ROCHESTER

Town searches for new police chief

Rochester will soon be in search for a new leader of its Police Department.

RANDOLPH

Teamsters local donates to school for autistic children

Teamsters Local 25 resident Sean O’Brien recently shared his morning run with children at Boston Higashi School in Randolph as he announced the donation of $15,000 to the school.

QUINCY

Quincy will host meeting addressing opioid abuse

The meeting in Council Chambers will be held Tuesday, Oct. 10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

HOLBROOK

Holbrook students celebrate Peace Day after successful petition to Legislature

After a two-year effort to urge state lawmakers to officially declare Sept. 21 Peace Day, Holbrook students celebrated with an assembly in which speakers urged them to be the change they wish to see.

NORTON

Funding design study of new Norton town hall, senior center, up for vote

Voters will decide Oct. 23 whether to fund design and oversight of the project.

COHASSET

Compromise elusive on preserving James Island

The chairman of the town’s Community Preservation Committee called a request for $300,000 in public money to help buy the island and prevent development there an example of “nimbyism taken to the extreme.”

MIDDLEBOROUGH

New high school in Middleborough gets Town Meeting OK

Next step is a townwide vote Nov. 4 to override Proposition 2½ borrowing limits for the project to move forward.

DEDHAM

Library to exhibit contest portraits of locals

Faces of people who live and work in Dedham will be the focus of a photography exhibit at the Dedham Public Library next month, the result of a townwide photography portrait contest.

HULL

Riddle’s said to be under sale agreement

Riddle’s Supermart, Hull’s only grocery store, is under agreement with a new owner and could reopen in time for Thanksgiving, according to the realtor handling the transaction.