Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe South.

Hanson

Incumbents defeat challengers in Hanson election

Incumbents James McGahan and Donald H. Howard defeated two challengers in the race for two seats on the Hanson Board of Selectmen in the May 16 annual town election.

Halifax

Halifax voters elect new leaders, ban e-cigarettes in town buildings, and buy a firetruck

Halifax voters turned out in healthy numbers to elect several town officials at the town election last week, and to vote on more than 60 proposals at Town Meeting, including the purchase of a multipurpose firetruck.

Hull

Three incumbents lose seats in Hull election

Incumbents fared poorly in Hull’s election last week, with three losing their seats – including the chairman of the Board of Selectmen.

Marshfield

Planning Board preparing for vote on master plan

Marshfield’s Planning Board is expected to vote on the town’s updated master plan in July, and public forums on the document are slated for June.

Hingham

Items stolen from churchgoers’ unlocked cars

While parishioners in a Hingham church were offering up prayers during Sunday services, someone was helping himself or herself to belongings in their unlocked cars.

Raynham

Assisted-living facility opens on Broadway

A new 96-bed assisted-living community recently opened its doors in Raynham.

Dedham

Town Meeting expands East Dedham arts district

Dedham Town Meeting changed zoning rules last week to make it easier for arts-related businesses to locate in east Dedham.

Rochester

Rochester Country Fair parade in jeopardy

The Rochester Country Fair could discontinue its annual parade if more people do not participate and attend, cochairwoman Julie Koczera said.

Mattapoisett

Mattapoisett voters reaffirm right to farm

Mattapoisett residents reaffirmed their right to farm, decided against a wetlands bylaw that would give more control to the town’s Conservation Commission, and passed a $23.352 million operating budget during the annual Town Meeting and Special Town Meeting last week.

Plymouth

Two win selectmen seats in Plymouth election

Incumbent Kenneth Tavares and David Malaguti were the winners of two separate races for seats on the Board of Selectmen at Plymouth’s annual town election May 9.

Holbrook

Departing Holbrook town administrator to run for Quincy mayor again

Town Administrator William Phelan, a former mayor of Quincy who announced Monday he would stage his second rematch against Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch since Koch first defeated him in 2007, is leaving his job in Holbrook.

Scituate

Artists wanted to paint Scituate streets

The town of Scituate is looking for artists who want to bring their art to the streets – literally.

Walpole

Town Meeting approves spending $10.3 million on three projects

Walpole Town Meeting has approved spending $9 million to build a new police station, and using another $1.3 million to design a new fire station and senior center.

Bridgewater

Panel proposes ‘major’ changes to Bridgewater’s town charter

Merging Town Council Districts 4 and 5, shrinking the Finance Committee, and making the job of town clerk an appointed position are among the changes recommended by the Bridgewater Charter Review Committee

Whitman

Town Meeting approves $31.7 million budget

Whitman Town Meeting voters recently approved a $31.7 million budget for next fiscal year.

Norwood

Norwood to pay for winter storm expenses over three years

Norwood overspent its snow and ice removal budget by $2.4 million and will be paying for it over three years.

Hanover

Two winners in only contested race in Hanover

Elizabeth R. Corbo and incumbent John T. Geary won the three-way race for two School Committee seats in the only contest on the ballot of Hanover’s annual town election May 9.

Cohasset

Cohasset selectwoman loses seat

Cohasset Selectwoman Martha Gjesteby lost her seat in last weekend’s election, in what’s becoming a local tradition.

Milton

Milton Town Meeting grants administrator hiring authority

Milton’s town administrator will have the authority to hire more than 100 municipal employees if the Legislature approves a proposal passed by Town Meeting earlier this month.

Foxborough

Foxborough voters reject incumbent selectwoman

The town’s voters also chose not to give permanent tenure to Town Clerk Robert Cutler Jr. in last week’s election.

Mansfield

Mansfield board to hear proposal to revamp North Common area

A proposal that would dramatically change the North Common area in Mansfield is slated to go before the Planning Board on Wednesday.

Marshfield

Marshfield adopts local meals tax, may review charter

Restaurant meals in Marshfield will soon get a bit more expensive.

Cohasset

Cohasset Town Meeting OK’s purchase of new senior center

With the overwhelming Town Meeting vote last week to buy a new senior center from the Social Service League of Cohasset, the town now has an unlimited capability to serve the growing number of seniors in the community, said the chairman of Cohasset’s Board of Elder Affairs.

Walpole

Opponents to Walpole Muslim cemetery insist religion not at issue

Opposition is growing to a proposal for a 3,400-plot Muslim cemetery that would be built on 3 acres off Route 1 and use “green” techniques that opponents worry could contaminate the town’s water supply.

Hanover

Norwell Town Meeting approves sidewalk path

Construction will start in Norwell this spring on a new sidewalk path along the south side of Main Street, from the town center to the Hanover line.

Hull

Hull nix proposal to allow dogs on town beach on summer nights

Dogs still can’t frolic on the town portion of Nantasket Beach on summer nights, as residents voted down a proposal to loosen the town’s canine beach restrictions.

East Bridgewater

East Bridgewater school budget woes may lead to cuts

A third-straight year of budget woes in the East Bridgewater schools has put teaching positions and art, music, and athletic programs in jeopardy for the coming year, according to the chairwoman of the School Committee.

Pembroke

Pembroke voters approve tax increases

Pembroke voters gave their approval to two proposed tax increases at the annual town election May 2.

Westwood

Westwood Town Meeting approves new fire station

Westwood Town Meeting unanimously voted last week to build a new fire station in Islington Center – adding $650,000 to the original $8 million cost to account for higher-than-anticipated bids for the project.

Hingham

Mass. Memories Road Show to stop in Hingham

Hingham is the next stop on the Mass. Memories Road Show.

Raynham

Raynham town election brings new faces

Raynham’s recent annual election brought several changes to town boards.

Sharon

Grants offered for Sharon school enrichment programs

Applications are due June 1 for the Sharon Education Foundation’s annual grants to fund enrichment programs that benefit students in the Sharon public schools.

Plymouth

Three townwide races to be decided May 9 in Plymouth

Three townwide races are on tap when Plymouth holds its annual election next Saturday, May 9.

Stoughton

Historic Stoughton home expected to be razed

The Glover House at 480 Summer St., one of the three oldest structures in Stoughton, is expected to be demolished soon despite the efforts of some town residents to preserve it, dismantle it, or move it to another site.

Westwood

Westwood Town Meeting to decide whether to build $8m fire station

Westwood Town Meeting will decide Monday whether to build an $8 million fire station in Islington Center.

Easton

Easton elects new town moderator

In an election that drew 10 percent of eligible voters last week, the town of Easton chose a new moderator but stuck with an incumbent selectman.

Milton

Selectman loses reelection bid

Milton voters turned out Selectman Denis Keohane last week, choosing David Burnes 3,037 to 1,742 in an election that echoed what happened three years ago.

Randolph

Randolph suspends local VFW post’s alcohol license

The Randolph Town Council voted 8 to 1 last week to block the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post from selling alcohol for 10 days and to place the organization’s two liquor licenses under probation for two years.

Hanson

Hanson to hold candidates’ forum

Hanson voters have a chance on May 3 to hear from the candidates running for town office this year.

Hingham

Hingham Town Meeting says ‘yes’ to all proposals

Hingham Town Meeting voters were in a generous mood Monday night, approving the more than three dozen articles that came before them.

Holbrook

Holbrook’s downtown zoning vote is Wednesday

Zoning to allow apartments over stores and offices, and to set design standards for buildings in downtown Holbrook, tops the agenda for the May 6 annual Town Meeting.

Brockton

Brockton to hold auction of abandoned property on May 7

Brockton will hold its fifth auction of abandoned property on Thursday, May 7, as part of the mayor’s campaign to get the problem sites back on the tax rolls.

Pembroke

Pembroke to consider property tax increases

Two proposed property tax increases are set to come before Pembroke voters in the next few days.

Marshfield

Marshfield fire captain suspended for two weeks

Marshfield Fire Captain Shaun Robinson has agreed to a two-week unpaid suspension in lieu of a hearing that would have detailed allegations against him.

West Bridgewater

Town of West Bridgewater to say goodbye to school

Alumni, residents, and their guests will say goodbye to the present West Bridgewater Middle-Senior High School with a “Farewell Celebration” at the school next Saturday.

Middleborough

Middleborough schools looking for new superintendent

Students and staff in the Middleborough schools will return from vacation to a new face in the superintendent’s office.

Scituate

Scituate Town Meeting approves shore-protection spending

Scituate Town Meeting voted this month to spend another $2 million to repair, rebuild, or maintain existing shore-protection structures.

Kingston

Kingston Town Meeting backs outside assessment of all local properties

Kingston Town Meeting voters have agreed to fund an outside townwide assessment of all properties in town, spend $30,000 to study the location for a new police station, and pursue the purchase of the Albertini property for passive recreation.

Sharon

Town of Sharon seeks public input on police chief search

The search for a new Sharon police chief to fill the shoes of retiring Chief Joseph Bernstein has begun, and the town is looking for residents’ suggestions about what to look for in a chief.

Norwood

Norwood police officer leading 5-mile run for veterans

Norwood Police Officer Diego Silva, an Afghanistan War veteran, is spearheading a 5-mile run on May 3 to raise money for veterans.

Cohasset

Cohasset to decide whether to move elder services into new facility

Cohasset Town Meeting could decide on Saturday, May 2, whether to move the town’s Elder Affairs Office into a new facility that was built for that purpose by a private charity with private money.

Westwood

Westwood Latin teacher wins state honor

Latin teacher Edward Zarrow has the distinction of being known as Massachusetts 2015 Foreign Language Teacher of the Year, an honor announced earlier this month by the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association.

Plymouth

Plymouth 400 launches traveling exhibit

Plymouth 400 has taken its first exhibit on the road, a look at the Wampanoag people.

Weymouth

Candidates for mayor gear up in Weymouth

The election is more than six months away, but the race for mayor of Weymouth heated up last week when School Committee chairman Sean Guilfoyle kicked off his campaign for the top spot.

Quincy

Quincy to install pump station to ease flooding near Furnace Brook

Quincy plans to install a new pump station to ease chronic flooding in a neighborhood near Furnace Brook with the help of a new grant.

Milton

Milton board seeking snow stories from residents

As memories of roof shoveling and hacking at ice dams fade, Milton selectmen are asking the public to think back and share their thoughts on how the town responded to the snows of 2015.

Rockland

Assistant town clerk defeats her boss in Rockland election

Donna M. Shortall unseated her boss, Town Clerk Randalin S. Ralston, in Rockland’s April 11 annual town election.

Avon

With low turnout, write-in candidates win in Avon election

The adage that every vote counts held true in Avon’s election last week – where two write-in candidates were successful with just a handful of votes.

Carver

Carver Town Meeting approves $35.8 million budget

Carver voters worked through 17 warrant articles in 3 1/2 hours on April 13, including approving a $35.8 million budget and $7.3 million in capital improvements.

Canton

Winners join Canton Board of Selectmen after five-way race

Kevin Feeney and Mark Porter won election to the Canton Board of Selectmen April 7 from a field of five candidates.

Marshfield

Former Marshfield fire chief addresses conflict allegations

Former Marshfield fire chief Kevin Robinson, who retired in March amid conflict-of-interest allegations, issued a written statement April 3 saying the situation stemmed from how he handled disciplinary and other employment matters and grievances. “I am confident that a hearing officer would not uphold the allegations,” Robinson wrote.

Duxbury

Steele memorial run is May 2 in Duxbury

The final Lieutenant Timothy Steele Memorial 5k Run and Walk will take place on May 2, beginning at 9 a.m. at Duxbury Middle School.

Dedham

Brendan Keogh wins seat on Dedham Board of Selectmen

Second time was the charm for Brendan Keogh, who won a seat on the Dedham Board of Selectmen in last weekend’s election.

Quincy church to install first settled female minister

Rebecca Froom is set to be installed as the first settled female minister in the 375-year history of the United First Parish Church in Quincy at a ceremony on Sunday, April 12.

Scituate to decide whether to use ‘rainy day fund’

Town Meeting will vote Monday whether to tap the “rainy day fund” to pay for more than $1.5 million spent during the blizzards of 2015

Low voter turnout in Middleborough

A total of 312 voters cast ballots in last weekend’s annual election – a paltry 1.9 percent of eligible voters, according to Town Clerk Allison Ferreira.

Survivors to speak at regional Holocaust observance in Sharon

Holocaust survivors Doris Edwards and Aron Greenfield will share their testimonies of perseverance and survival at an observance Thursday, April 16, in Sharon.

In Easton, a rare glimpse of historic buildings

Two privately owned buildings designed by famed architect H.H. Richardson will open to the public for the first time in tours provided by the Easton Historical Society on April 26.

Braintree

Braintree resumes search for superintendent

It’s back to square one for the search for a new school superintendent in Braintree. The School Committee voted unanimously earlier this month to start over, deciding that neither of two finalists for the position fit the bill. The committee had hoped to name a new superintendent by the end of April to replace Maureen Murray, who plans to retire at the end of June after two years in the job. Instead, the committee will discuss finding an interim superintendent at its April 27 meeting. The two finalists, who were recommended by a nine-person search committee, were Dedham High School principal Ron McCarthy and former Southbridge superintendent Patricia Gardner. The original advertisement for Braintree superintendent said the district would award a three-year contract and pay between $158,000 and $172,500 annually. “With no disrespect to the two candidates, it seemed like the community wanted to see [more] strong candidates that we could compare and contrast,” said School Committee chairman David Ringius. “We’ll open up the full search again in the fall, and hopefully, if we are the first out of the gate, we’ll see a deeper pool. We’re very proud of our school system. We have a very high level of expectations.”

Hanover

School Committee seats contested in Hanover

A race for two seats on the School Committee will be the only contests on the ballot in Hanover’s annual town election May 9. Incumbent John T. Geary and Elizabeth R. Corbo are vying with Steven J. Santacroce for the seats, one of which is open because incumbent Will Marriner is not seeking another term. Corbo is a former School Committee member who is now on the School Building Committee. Santacroce is a first-time candidate who is founder and owner of the South Shore Chiefs semi-professional football team and a new board member of the South Shore Children’s Museum, according to Town Clerk Catherine Harder-Bernier. Eight other candidates are running unopposed. They include the only candidates for two seats on the Board of Selectmen: incumbent Brian E. Barthelmes and David R. Delaney, a member of the Board of Assessors and the Zoning Board of Appeals. No one filed nomination papers for a seat on the Housing Authority. Tuesday, April 14, is the last day to register to vote in the town election and the May 4 Annual Town Meeting.

Whitman

Whitman-Hanson budget increase request set at 4.5 percent

The Whitman-Hanson Regional School Committee has voted to support a proposed 4.5 percent increase in the amount assessed to its two towns, but that increase is unlikely to receive support from budget officials in Whitman, according to Town Administrator Frank Lynam. “We’re probably going to be supporting 3 percent,’’ said Lynam. “There is just not enough money.’’ Lynam said the Finance Committee is still working on the budget, but the town’s tax levy has historically divided roughly equally between money it supplies for town services and that used to support schools, he said. This year the total allowable tax levy is just under $21.28 million for Whitman, and the Whitman-Hanson district has requested roughly $11 million and another $1.45 million is slated for vocational schools, Lynam said. Meanwhile, Whitman-Hanson Superintendent Ruth Gilbert-Whitner, in her weekly newsletter to parents March 27, decried the minimal increase in state aid in the proposed state budget, and urged parents to contact their state elected officials. Voters in both towns will have the final say on the schools budget at town meetings May 4. Voters will also decide on a one-year debt exclusion to Proposition 2½ that would allow the regional school district to spend about $1.4 million to improve technology.

Walpole

Plans for Walpole solar plant advance

A Chicago-based company wants to cover about 22 acres of the former Bird Machine property in Walpole with solar panels for an electrical generating plant. Urban Green Technologies is proposing an array of about 20,000 solar panels that would produce about 6 million kilowatt hours annually, according to spokesman Nikola Krneta. The Walpole Conservation Commission approved the plan late last month, imposing conditions to protect nearby wetlands. The Planning Board currently is reviewing the proposal, which ultimately would need Town Meeting approval, according to Town Administrator James Johnson. “We are still in very preliminary talks,” Johnson said. The town probably would get a payment in lieu of taxes, but specifics have yet to be worked out, he said. Urban Green Technologies already has several solar facilities in Massachusetts, including one on a former contaminated landfill in Billerica. Krneta said the company specializes in turning contaminated areas into “productive renewable energy sites.” The Walpole site, at 100 Neponset St., is part of 147 acres owned by Baker Hughes Inc. that was contaminated with toxic chemicals after centuries of industrial use and has undergone extensive cleanup. Johnson said the proposal would probably come before the fall Town Meeting.

Marshfield

Death camp survivor’s granddaughter to speak at interfaith service in Marshfield

Lisa Einstein, whose grandmother survived the Auschwitz death camp, will speak Thursday, April 16, at an interfaith service for Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, hosted by Congregation Shirat Hayam in Marshfield. The community is invited, including youth groups, high school history classes, religious school classes, and synagogue and church groups. Einstein will tell the story of her grandmother’s survival and how being the grandchild of a survivor has affected her life. Harry Katz, chairman of the event, said in an interview that the congregation is committed to making sure the Holocaust is remembered, especially in light of the hatred and violence in the world today. “Unless we continue to tell the story, it will be forgotten, and we can’t let that happen,” he said. Between 80 and 150 people attend the service each year, he said. The service starts at 7 p.m. at Congregation Shirat Hayam, 185 Plain St. (in the Sanctuary Church building).To arrange for large groups or for more information, contact the congregation at info@shirathayam.net or 781-582-2700.

Milton

Student summer archeology program in Milton

High school students with an interest in local history will be sifting through trash dating back to the 1800s as part of a summer archeology program at the Wakefield Estate in Milton. Participants will work alongside doctoral students from Boston University’s Department of Archeology in an excavation at the estate that has already unearthed more than 3,000 artifacts, according to spokesman Mark Smith, executive director of the Mary M. B. Wakefield Charitable Trust that runs the Wakefield Estate. Smith said this summer’s program will focus on a trash pit found near a farmhouse at the site. The goal is “to uncover and interpret the historical, cultural, social, and economic life story of the estate,” he said. This summer’s sixth annual Summer Archeology Institute will take place in two-week sessions in July. More information is available by calling 617-333-0924 or going to “programs” at www.wakefieldtrust.org.

Pembroke

Outside use of local water bodies subject of Pembroke meeting

Concerns that water bodies in the Pembroke area are being potentially overburdened as a result of their use by outside communities will be a focus of discussion at the Pembroke Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Monday, April 13. “The town of Pembroke and the surrounding region is the Quabbin Reservoir of the South Shore,” said Dan Trabucco, the board chairman. He said that Silver Lake, located in Pembroke and Kingston, is a drinking water source for Brockton, and that Little Sandy Bottom Pond in Pembroke supplies water to Abington and Rockland’s joint water system. He also noted that Brockton sells some of its Silver Lake water to Whitman and that the Abington and Rockland district could potentially seek to provide some of its water from Little Sandy Bottom Pond to the SouthField development in Abington, Rockland, and Weymouth. Trabucco said Pembroke wants to make sure the health of those water bodies and the overall aquifer in the area is not being put at risk by those current or potential future uses. He said the discussion at Monday’s meeting is intended to raise public awareness of the issue and generate ideas for how to address it further. Area legislators as well as water officials from Brockton and the Abington-Rockland district have been invited.

Hingham

Hingham quiz bowl team still in running

Hingham will face Acton-Boxborough on April 25 as high school teams continue to battle it out in the High School Quiz Show tournament sponsored by WGBH. Hingham defeated Oliver Ames High School of Easton in the first round of the tournament to move on. Among the others still in the running, according to WGBH’s website, are Arlington, Newton North, and Framingham, which knocked North Quincy out of the running. More than 100 teams competed for one of the 16 spots in the tournament bracket. Among the questions asked by host Billy Costa and answered correctly by Hingham last month was “The European Union and NATO are headquartered in what capital city?” The correct answer was Brussels.

Wareham

With low turnout, familiar faces win in Wareham election

The low turnout favored better-known candidates and incumbents in the annual Wareham town election last Tuesday. The town clerk’s office reported that only 1,246 of 14,445 registered voters participated -- a turnout of just 8.6 percent. Selectmen chairman Alan Slavin easily won reelection to a three-year term, beating challenger Michael Frates, 869-353. The two three-year terms on the School Committee went to Judith Caporiccio, president of the Swifts Beach Improvement Association, and incumbent Geoff Swett, with 763 and 749 votes, respectively, with Julianne Cummings third with 478. In the only contested race for the new Board of Sewer Commissioners, approved by Town Meeting in 2013, schoolteacher Susan Sweeney topped Finance Committee member Dominic Cammarano 623 to 467 for a three-year term. Uncontested races saw James Giberti win the three-year non-sewer user seat, Donna Bronk the two-year sewer user seat, Malcolm White the at-large sewer commissioner seat, and Marilyn Jordan the one-year sewer user seat. Voters also overwhelmingly endorsed by wide margins two ballot questions that together mandate that the School Committee submit a proposed budget to the town administrator no later than Jan. 25.

Weymouth

Weymouth herring run cleanup is April 11

Volunteers are needed to help herring make their way to their Weymouth spawning ground in Whitman’s Pond by clearing their path from the sea. Herring spend most of their lives in the ocean, but return to fresh water once a year to breed. The Weymouth Herring Run Committee will hold its annual cleanup of parts of the route on Saturday, April 11, with plans to pick up trash, cut brush, remove large debris, and repair herring ladders that were damaged by the severe winter, according to organizer George Loring. “Due to the efforts of those who have helped over the years, the Weymouth herring run continues to be one of the biggest in the state,” Loring said. “Last year was one of the best in recent history, in which we saw about 455,000 herring make it into Whitman’s Pond and its tributaries.” Loring said about 120 volunteers showed up last year, and he hoped as many would be there again. Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. — rain, shine or snow — at Herring Run Park in Lower Jackson Square, on the corner of Broad and Commercial streets.

Stoughton

Stoughton Town Meeting slots go begging

Stoughton voters will go to the polls Tuesday, April 7 in the annual town election to fill two spots on the Board of Selectmen and School Committee, but the town is still looking for people to fill dozens of open Town Meeting slots. Town Clerk Amy Summers said that only 29 candidates are on the ballot for the 97 available seats for terms of one, two, or three years. In Precinct 8, only two residents have come forward for 19 available slots. Voters can write in names for open Town Meeting seats on Election Day, and if not enough people come forward, precinct caucuses will be held prior to the May 4 Meeting, and interested voters can attend to be considered for open seats. The number of Town Meeting sessions and their length in recent years have hurt attendance, but reforms limiting the length and curtailing the number of articles on the warrant have helped. The two main contested races will see incumbent Selectmen Robert O’Regan and Cynthia Walsh challenged by Peter Brown and Robert Cohn for two three-year terms on the board, and challenger Molly Cochran taking on incumbent School Committee chairman Erdem Ural.

Bridgewater

Bridgewater lodging tax vote likely Tuesday

With a new hotel now in development, the Bridgewater Town Council is getting ready to vote on a proposed local lodging tax of 6 percent. The council is likely to address the issue Tuesday, April 7, at its regular meeting, Town Manager Michael Dutton said in an interview. William Wood, president of the council, told the Globe he supports the measure. Although he did not officially sponsor it, he said in an e-mail that he would have if necessary, “so you can guess how I will vote.’’ Massachusetts has a state room tax of 5.7 percent and allows a local-option tax of up to 6 percent (6.5 percent in Boston). The Claremont Companies is in the permitting process for a hotel to be located near the intersection of routes 24 and 104, Dutton said. It will be run by a chain, he said, but the company has not been disclosed.