Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe South.

Westwood

Westwood girls leave school with fighting skills as well

Forty graduating senior girls are leaving Westwood High School with a basic knowledge of self-defense, courtesy of a grant from the Foundation for Westwood Education.

Foxborough

Group hopes to use Foxborough gas station site as medical marijuana dispensary

A group interested in opening a medical marijuana dispensary in Foxborough is meeting with selectmen in July to ask for a letter of “support or nonopposition,” according to Town Manager William Keegan.

Mansfield

Mansfield names principal as assistant schools chief

The Mansfield School Committee has again tapped an inside candidate as a top administrator with the selection of Teresa Murphy, the principal of the Jordan/Jackson Elementary School, as the new assistant school superintendent.

Plymouth

Plymouth to host annual fishing competition

Plymouth-area residents can join in an upcoming fishing competition and also hear from a noted expert on great white sharks.

Quincy

New park brings celebration in Quincy

Officials from Quincy and the Army Corps of Engineers recently celebrated the opening of Passanageset Park, located at Broad Meadows Marsh.

What’s happening south of Boston

Upcoming events in the communities south of Boston.

Quincy

Mrs. Bopp says goodbye

After 45 years of teaching in Quincy, popular kindergarten teacher Jane Bopp retires.

Hanover

Residents agree Hanover’s quality of life is ‘very good’

Hanover residents are generally happy about living in the town and satisfied with the services they are receiving, based on the results of a recent online citizens survey conducted by the town.

Middleborough

Middleborough superintendent follows in father’s footsteps

Brian Lynch will begin his job as Middleborough school superintendent on July 1, taking on a position his father held for years and continuing a family tradition of education leadership.

Holbrook breaks ground on new pre-k-12 school

Holbrook officials and parents celebrated Tuesday, June 23, at a groundbreaking ceremony for the community’s new school, which will be unusual in Massachusetts in that it will serve all of the district’s grades, from pre-kindergarten through Grade 12.

Stoughton

Stoughton’s historic Glover House demolished

The Glover House, believed to have been one of the three oldest structures in Stoughton, was razed last week.

Dedham

Dedham selectman arrested in protest against natural gas pipeline

In what he said was his first act of civil disobedience, Dedham selectmen chairman Mike Butler was charged with trespassing earlier this month for refusing to leave the area a natural gas pipeline is being installed..

Public forum to address Marshfield town charter

Marshfield is poised for a possible review of the town charter, which defines the structure of town government.

Hingham

Brothers will head Hingham’s police, fire departments

Starting Wednesday, July 1, the Hingham fire and police departments will be run by two brothers.

Hull

Hull volunteers babysit baby birds

A group of about 18 volunteers known as the “Piping Plover Ambassadors” are keeping watch in Hull over three nesting pairs of the endangered birds on the town beach near Coburn Street.

East Bridgewater

East Bridgewater moves forward on 9/11 memorial

East Bridgewater has found a new way to pay tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Plymouth

Plan to turn former Plymouth curtain factory into condos gets green light

A proposal to convert the former Ellis Curtain factory in north Plymouth into an 18-unit residential condominium recently earned approval from the local Zoning Board of Appeals.

Norwell

Appeals Court rules for Norwell business in property tax dispute

The state Appeals Court sided with a Norwell-based business last week and said the town must pay a property tax abatement of $90,178 in a dispute dating back to 2009.

Milton

Milton grappling with FAA’s plan to add new flight routes over the town

Local officials are grappling with how to influence the Federal Aviation Administration’s plan to add two new flight routes that will send planes arriving at Logan Airport over Milton.

Walpole

Walpole raises cigarette-buying age to 21

Starting July 1, it will be illegal in Walpole to sell cigarettes or e-cigarettes to anyone younger than 21.

Randolph

Randolph leaders argue over how to pay for proposed community center

While all Randolph town councilors say they support the construction of an intergenerational community center, tempers rose at their recent meeting over how the $10 million facility should be funded.

Canton

Canton voters to decide spending $4.1 million to add 8 rooms to Hansen School

Canton voters will head to the polls June 23 to decide whether to spend $4.1 million to add eight rooms to the Lieutenant Peter M. Hansen Elementary School.

Weymouth

Weymouth 9/11 memorial will feature steel beam from World Trade Center

An 11-foot-long, 2,000-pound twisted steel beam from one of the felled World Trade Center towers in New York City will be the centerpiece of a 9-11 memorial in Weymouth, according to Weymouth Firefighter Brad Flannery.

Scituate

Scituate Library in temporary quarters during rebuilding project

The Scituate Town Library reopened last week in temporary quarters at the town-owned Scituate Harbor Community Building overlooking the water at 44 Jericho Road.

Rockland

Rockland aims to make hydrants easier to find

Rockland is enlisting the help of the community in ensuring that the town’s fire hydrants can be easily located during heavy snow episodes like the ones this past winter.

West Bridgewater

West Bridgewater deputy fire chief retires

A familiar face will soon be moving on from West Bridgewater’s Fire Department: Deputy Chief Paul Golder will be retiring July 17 after 40 years with the department and nearly four years as its second-ranking officer.

Hanson

Hanson residents invited to hear about potential uses for shuttered hospital site

Hanson’s residents are invited to hear more about potential future uses of the former Plymouth County Hospital site at a public hearing on June 23 at town hall.

Rochester

Shellfish planting in Rochester links landlocked town to the sea

It may be small money, but the $300 that Rochester contributes each year to shellfish planting in waters off the town of Marion helps sustain the now-landlocked community’s historic relationship to the water.

Norwood

Norwood to share $300,000 grant against substance abuse

Norwood will share a $300,000 grant with three neighboring towns to combat substance abuse.

Sharon

Sharon Community Center fees put on hold following outcry

New fees for use of the Sharon Community Center have been put on hold following an outcry from local organizations.

Hull

Hull’s Wellspring Multi-Service Center expanding

Faced with a growing need for its services, Hull’s Wellspring Multi-Service Center is expanding its programs and space.

Avon

Avon Town Meeting supports public safety building project

Avon Town Meeting overwhelmingly approved overriding Proposition 2½ last week to borrow $11.3 million to build a new police station and renovate and expand the current fire station.

Walpole

Walpole teen wins Town Meeting seat

Challengers upset two incumbents, and an 18-year-old won a seat as a Town Meeting representative Town Meeting in the June 6 town election in Walpole.

Holbrook

Retired Holbrook fire chief named interim town administrator

Former Holbrook fire chief Edward O’Brien, who retired last year, will serve as interim town administrator while the Board of Selectmen looks for a permanent replacement for William Phelan.

Hingham

Hingham seeking input on trails plan

Hingham officials are inviting people to give input on a comprehensive trails plan at a meeting June 16 at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.

Brockton

New candidate in Brockton mayoral race

Jacob L. Tagger Jr., an unsuccessful candidate for Brockton City Council in 2013, has announced his candidacy for mayor.

Pembroke

Pembroke seeking first fire chief in 20 years

Pembroke is preparing to hire its first new fire chief in 20 years, and is seeking applicants through June 22.

Foxborough

Foxborough mourns its town planner

Foxborough Town Hall is mourning the unexpected death of Town Planner Sharon Wason.

East Bridgewater

Givebacks in East Bridgewater save school sports, programs

A vote by the teachers union termed “unprecedented” by East Bridgewater’s new superintendent of schools, combined with a decision by town officials to pick up some costs previously borne by the schools, has apparently rescued school personnel and programs on the chopping block.

Plympton

Plympton moving ahead with construction plans, including building new police station

Plympton officials will soon be hiring a project manager to oversee the construction of a new police station, renovations around the town building campus on Palmer Road, and, a little later, the construction of a new fire station.

Marshfield

Food truck nights proposed in Marshfield

Food truck fans, set your GPS for Brant Rock: A Marshfield restaurant owner plans to host about 10 food trucks this summer in the beachfront neighborhood.

Scituate

Low turnout for Scituate election

Only 331 people turned out for last weekend’s local election – less than 2.5 percent of the 14,077 registered voters in town, according to Town Clerk Kathleen Curran.

Cohasset

Cohasset’s town manager says he’ll stay, despite conflict with selectmen

Cohasset Town Manager Christopher Senior said he can live with the selectmen’s rejection last month of his choice for police chief, and has no intention of leaving over the conflict.

Bridgewater

Bridgewater State offers free tuition for top transfer students

In-state students who transfer to Bridgewater State University with an associate’s degree from a Massachusetts community college and have a grade point average of at least 3.0 will be offered a full-tuition scholarship starting this fall.

Abington

Abington Town Meeting to consider $44.6 million budget

Voters at Abington’s Town Meeting will be asked on Monday to approve a $44.6 million budget, adopt the Community Preservation Act, and amend zoning bylaws, including those related to signs.

Quincy

Quincy nonprofit buys headquarters building

Bay State Community Services has become the proud owner of its headquarters building near downtown Quincy, with the help of a bond issued by a state agency.

Dedham

Dedham School Committee chairwoman resigns at start of second term

The chairwoman of the Dedham School Committee resigned last week, just two months into her second term on the board.

Rockland

Rockland adds evening Town Hall hours

Starting this fall, Rockland residents will have a chance to take care of their town business in the evenings.

Lakeville

Proposed Lakeville Town Hall annex would use former bank building

Voters at Lakeville Town Meeting June 15 will be asked to buy the former Eastern Bank building, immediately south of Town Hall, to make more space for town offices.

Hanson

Hanson exploring building new facility for Highway Department

Hanson is forming a committee to explore the potential construction of a new Highway Department facility at the former Litecontrol property on Hawks Avenue.

Plymouth

Plymouth 400 donates shark beacon

Plymouth will have added protection from shark attacks in the town’s waters as a result of a recent donation by Plymouth 400.

East Bridgwater

School budget hangs over East Bridgewater Town Meeting

The ongoing school budget crisis in East Bridgewater overshadows everything else on the plate when Special Town Meeting and Annual Town Meeting convene Monday night at East Bridgewater Junior-Senior High School.

Braintree

Apartments, retail proposed in Braintree Landing

A developer wants to build a $45 million structure in Braintree Landing with 172 apartments and more than 12,000 square feet of retail space.

Duxbury

Duxbury restricts parts of beach due to piping plovers

Duxbury Beach is home to about a dozen piping plover nests this year, and so far the endangered birds haven’t caused any interruption to beachgoers.

Sharon

Sharon’s 250th Anniversary Ball is just around the corner

The town of Sharon’s 250th Anniversary Ball, a black-tie-optional affair with gourmet dinner and live music, is June 20.

Cohasset

Cohasset farm to offer summer movie nights

Drive-ins are disappearing, but moviegoers can take in a walk-in movie in Cohasset every other Wednesday night at Holly Hill Farm.

Avon

Avon Town Meeting to reconvene on June 9

Avon Town Meeting met for minutes earlier this month, only to vote to reconvene on June 9.

Walpole

Walpole rejects proposed Muslim cemetery

Walpole’s Board of Health has rejected a proposal to build a 3,400-plot Muslim cemetery off Route 1, citing concerns about potential pollution of the town’s water supply.

Stoughton

Clock is on for Stoughton to get a new or renovated high school

It will be at least four years before Stoughton has a new or renovated high school, but the clock is already ticking on an aggressive timeline for the town to get approval and begin construction in June 2016.

Cohasset

Cohasset selectmen to decide on police chief candidate

Cohasset’s selectmen are scheduled to decide Tuesday, May 26, whether to accept the town manager’s decision to hire Weymouth’s deputy police chief, Joseph Comperchio, as the new Cohasset police chief.

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.