Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe South.

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.

WALPOLE

Walpole company gives 2,500 toys to charity

A local business collected about 2,500 toys for children in Norfolk and Suffolk counties this holiday season, working through the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program.

HULL

Hull gets $143,575 from state for LEDs

Hull is among 29 Massachusetts communities to receive a share of $11.4 million in state money to replace their street lights with LED lighting.

WEST BRIDGEWATER

West Bridgewater OK’s $2.2m deal with solar developer

West Bridgewater’s special Town Meeting recently approved a $2.2 million payment in lieu of taxes agreement with a solar developer.

QUINCY

Quincy hoping to see a single corrected flood map

Quincy’s long struggle with federal flood maps remains mired in confusion, but it appears to be nearing a conclusion.

SHARON

Sharon panel to hear marijuana dispensary proposal

Sharon’s Zoning Board of Appeals is scheduled to discuss on Jan. 11 a proposal by Four Daughters Compassionate Care to open a medical marijuana dispensary on Route 1.

STOUGHTON

Stoughton manager’s contract not renewed

The Stoughton Board of Selectmen recently voted not to renew the contract of Town Manager Michael J. Hartman when it expires June 30, 2017.

RANDOLPH

Randolph sets new tax rates and hires a new accountant

To keep taxes for homeowners as low as possible, the Randolph Town Council has approved a tax classification shift that asks businesses to continue to pay a greater burden of the property tax next year.

EASTON

Easton’s energy use down 18 percent compared with 2009

The town used 18 percent less energy in its buildings, vehicles, street lighting, and water and sewer facilities compared with 2009, the year it became a “green community,” according to the town administrator.

DUXBURY

Duxbury taps Westwood superintendent to head schools

The Duxbury School Committee has voted unanimously in favor of tapping Westwood Superintendent John Antonucci as the next superintendent of schools in Duxbury.

PLYMOUTH

Property taxes set to go up in Plymouth

Homeowners in Plymouth will see their property tax bills rise about $250 on average this year under the new tax rate set by the town.

MILTON

Marijuana dispensary proposed for historic Milton building

The former Swift Hat Shop, the town’s oldest commercial building, is being targeted for a medical marijuana facility.

NORWELL

Historic Norwell farmhouse closed after accessibility complaint

Norwell’s Jacobs Farmhouse is closed to the public -- and won’t open for the traditional holiday celebration there -- while officials work on a plan to make the historic spot handicapped accessible.

MANSFIELD

Mansfield municipal complex said to be on time and under budget

Progress is continuing on the construction of the new municipal building complex in Mansfield that is currently $1.9 million under budget and on schedule.

DUXBURY

Duxbury communication center looking to expand

The Duxbury fire and police dispatch center is changing its name and looking to expand.

PEMBROKE

Solar array coming soon to Pembroke’s former landfill

Pembroke has agreed to buy all of the power produced by the facility, which will supply about 80 percent of the town’s municipal electricity needs.

HANOVER

Hanover gets major upgrade to DPW building

Hanover recently completed a major upgrade to a building at its Department of Public Works yard on Winter Street.

EAST BRIDGEWATER

East Bridgewater OK’s sewer line for town center

East Bridgewater is planning to build a sewer line serving its town center, after voters gave the project a green light on Monday, Dec. 12.

CANTON

Canton advances plans for Paul Revere site

The town of Canton is moving forward with plans for new attractions at the Paul Revere heritage site on Revere Street, and brought in consultants for a kickoff meeting last week.

QUINCY

Quincy council considers Chestnut Place proposal

A public hearing will be held in Quincy Monday, Dec. 19, on developer Peter O’Connell’s proposal for a 15-story residential tower on the site of a downtown city parking lot.

FOXBOROUGH

Foxborough, Walpole split on Gillette rail plan

Foxborough’s selectmen have voted 4-1 to endorse the MBTA’s plan for an 11-month trial of daily commuter rail service between Gillette Stadium and Boston, while the Walpole board has voted unanimously to withhold its support.

Brockton mayor to pay $8,000 to city for expenses

Mayor Bill Carpenter used public funds to buy flowers, burial suits for two murder victims, and a college course for himself in Cape Verdean Creole.

Heavily Irish Scituate now has a sister in Ireland

Visiting officials from the West Cork region of Ireland have signed a “sister city” agreement with Scituate, promising to promote cultural exchange between the two coastal communities.

NORWOOD

Norwood’s student magazine show wins coveted award

Norwood High School’s student Mustang Magazine television program has won a 2016 NSPA Pacemaker Award, a first for the school.

MARSHFIELD

Expansion of Marshfield club to start in March

Construction on a major expansion at The Boys & Girls Club of Marshfield featuring an outdoor pool and splash pad is expected to begin in March and be finished in time for summer campers about four months later.

QUINCY

Quincy approves property tax hikes

Property taxes in Quincy are going up, but not by as much as originally proposed by Mayor Thomas Koch.

RANDOLPH

Randolph council expects to hear proposal for medical marijuana dispensary

A proposal in Randolph to open a medical marijuana dispensary in the Pacella Park industrial area is expected to come before the Randolph Town Council soon.

RAYNHAM

Raynham may create pet-friendly walking path

Raynham residents -- and their dogs -- may soon have a new place to enjoy the outdoors.

ROCKLAND

Rockland making improvements to its rail trail

The town last week began paving the approximately half-mile trail section and readying to install an informational kiosk, according to Town Administrator Allan Chiocca.

FOXBOROUGH

Foxborough meeting OK’s non-guest functions at campgrounds

Foxborough’s special Town Meeting has approved a zoning change to allow more functions at commercial campgrounds in town, but rejected a proposal to sell and allow development on a piece of the former Foxborough State Hospital campus.

WALPOLE

Walpole asks for parents’ help in search for special ed director

Specifically, parents are invited to be part of a focus group meeting Dec. 20 at Walpole High School to discuss the qualities needed to succeed in the role.

WEYMOUTH

Weymouth approves 20-year tax break for Dutch company

Prodrive Technologies promises to create 330 jobs in the next five years, giving preference to Weymouth residents.

WEST BRIDGEWATER

West Bridgewater eyes moratorium on marijuana businesses

Voters will be asked at a special Town Meeting to consider a temporary moratorium on recreational marijuana businesses.

QUINCY

Quincy mulling tax break for telecoms firm

The Quincy City Council is considering a 20-year tax break package for Quincy-based Granite Telecommunications, which is expanding and adding 250 local full-time jobs.

PLYMOUTH

Cape Cod real estate agency expands to Plymouth

Kinlin Grover Real Estate recently celebrated the opening of the office in newly-renovated space at 45 Court St.

WHITMAN

Whitman mulls fate of marijuana growing facility

Whitman selectmen are expected to decide at their Dec. 13 meeting whether to greenlight a medical marijuana growing facility proposed by Fresh Meadow Farm of Carver.

State overrules Dedham’s denial of liquor license for Hooters

The town’s board of selectmen had cited overwhelming public opposition and disapproval of the company’s hiring practices.

WEST BRIDGEWATER

West Bridgewater has 2 BSU students working in town hall

Under a new program it launched in partnership with Bridgewater State University, the town hired two students from the university to work through next May as paid interns at town hall.

BRIDGEWATER

Revamped Bridgewater Academy building to be unveiled

The historic structure has been updated to accommodate more of the town’s administrative offices.

HINGHAM

Hingham pact lauded for raising funds for school sports complex

The Hingham Sports Partnership was recognized at halftime of the Thanksgiving Day football game between Hingham and Scituate for helping to raise $1 million for the high school athletic complex.

STOUGHTON

Stoughton library makeover to be focus of meetings

The estimated $14 million project is in final design with construction targeted to begin next spring, according to Pat Basler, Stoughton’s library director.

WEYMOUTH

Weymouth gets $1.6m to uncover Smelt Brook

The town is getting $1.6 million in state money to uncover Smelt Brook in Weymouth Landing and create a walkway along the water and nearby pedestrian plaza.

Sea turtle rescued off Hull recuperating in Quincy hospital

A highly endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle has a good chance of surviving its ordeal.

Foxborough mulls changing zoning rule to help campground

A special Town Meeting will decide whether to allow commercial campgrounds to hold weddings or other functions for people who are not staying on the grounds.

COHASSET

Cohasset meeting to take up funding matters

Cohasset’s special Town Meeting will vote on setting aside money for future expenses -- including $250,000 for any unexpected special education bills -- when it convenes on Nov. 28.

NORWOOD

Norwood police train to work with mentally ill

Police Chief William Brooks said his department has joined a campaign that aims to ensure successful interactions between police and people affected by mental illness.

MARION

Tabor Academy students get $10,000 to help build a robot

Tabor Academy was recently awarded $10,000 by the Lemelson-MIT program that will allow students at the private high school in Marion to help create a robot.

HANOVER

Hanover Mall changes owners

PECO Real Estate Partners announced recently that it has acquired the mall from CW Capital.