Latest Globe South headlines

The latest stories from south of Boston.

THE ARGUMENT

Should the Legislature adopt the Safe Communities Act?

Read two views on the question and vote in our informal online poll.

QUINCY

Brad Croall to lead Quincy City Council

Quincy’s city councilors unanimously chose Brad Croall, who represents Ward 2, to be their president, during a swearing-in ceremony for the 80th council.

RANDOLPH

Randolph bans recreational marijuana facilities

The Town Council upheld the voter-approved ban that was on a ballot question last fall.

DEDHAM

Meetings scheduled for proposed rail trail

Advocates for the proposed Dedham Heritage Rail Trail are holding three information sessions before the May Town Meeting vote on whether to begin design and engineering for the project.

Hingham man sues town over speed limits

Nicholas Belezos is suing the town after his insurer dropped him following a speeding ticket he received in town.

Mark Your Calendar

Alternative rocker to play at Walpole library

Singer-songwriter-guitarist Chris Trapper, front man of the alternative-rock band The Push Stars, performs at Walpole Public Library.

INFORMER

Openings, closings, and more in the south suburbs

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations in the suburbs south of Boston.

Canton rejects medical detox facility

The applicant has not decided whether it will appeal the decision, according to a lawyer.

MIDDLEBOROUGH

Town receives grant to repair Oliver Mill Park

The park overlooks the Nemasket River and is often used for picnics and viewing the annual herring run.

ABINGTON

Proposed budget includes free full-day kindergarten

School officials in Abington are looking to move from a fee-based kindergarten to a free full-day one next year.

ROCKLAND

Town will seek US funds for home renovations

Officials said they plan to apply for a share of the $19.1 million in federal Community Development Block Grant funds that the state will be disbursing to communities this year.

INDOOR TRACK

Small team, big heart

With just 16 athletes, Norwell High’s girls’ indoor track team is intent on making the all-state meet in February.

Beverly Beckham

I was Beverly Theresa Curtin 50 years ago

That’s the name on my college degree. My father insisted. But Beverly Beckham is who I am.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeSouth: Noteworthy performances

Plymouth’s Rayshon Ward, a sophomore forward on Bridgewater State men’s basketball team, scored 25 points in a 101-67 win over Newbury College Jan. 6.

COMMENTARY

Globe South Commentary

Readers’ views via e-mail, snail mail, Twitter, online comments on our stories.

EAST BRIDGEWATER

Town to vote on recreational marijuana ban

East Bridgewater residents will decide this spring whether to join other communities that have banned the sale of recreational marijuana.

Seek and you’ll find quirky museums in our ’burbs

Granite mill memorabilia, odd animals, and bad art among offbeat museum offerings.

Community Bulletin Board

Community Bulletin Board

Upcoming events in the communities south of Boston.

COHASSET

Cohasset will hold annual MLK Jr. breakfast

The keynote speaker for the Jan. 15 event is Clementina Chery, founder and head of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute in Boston.

South Shore Conservatory to open third campus in Hanover

The Hanover property, which previously housed medical offices, will be retrofitted by the summer of 2020 to house multiuse classrooms, a state-of-the-art Creative Arts Therapy Center, and administrative offices.

BLOTTER TALES

Airing out their dirty laundry

A goose is rescued from a river, a fight breaks out over a puzzle, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

In Hull, a bald eagle sighting creates a stir

Sue MacCallum, director of Mass Audubon’s South Shore sanctuaries, confirmed that the bird was an adult bald eagle – a creature she said is “definitely becoming more common on the South Shore.”

For homeless mothers, a dream coming true

While working at a Florida shelter three years ago, Sondra Watson began thinking she’d one day open her own program for homeless mothers, a plan that should become reality this summer.

Blotter Tales

How to get your car stolen, in two easy steps

A BMW is borrowed without permission, a guy gets head-butted inside a bar, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

THE ARGUMENT

Will the Republican tax overhaul benefit the country?

Read two views on the question and vote in our informal online poll.

Community Bulletin Bored

Community Bulletin Board

Upcoming events in the communities south of Boston.

Dedham considers $14 million recreation complex

A special Town Meeting in Dedham will decide in February whether to borrow money to build a new $14 million recreation complex on almost 25 acres of town-owned land.

INFORMER

Openings, closings, and more in the south suburbs

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations in the suburbs south of Boston.

Mark Your Calendar

Middleborough theater takes a crooked look at love

Theatre One offers Michael Jacob’s wild and crazy romantic comedy “Cheaters” in its Middleborough theater.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Babson’s Hall getting offensive on the ice

Westwood’s Bobby Hall matched his entire offensive output from last year for Babson’s hockey team in just 60 minutes early this season.

QUINCY

Schoolmates welcome back girl who battled cancer

Students and their parents held signs and lined the streets for 8-year-old Bridget Kelley, who returned to Merrymount Elementary School after receiving a stem cell transplant from her younger sister in March.

WAREHAM

Tesla station coming to Wareham Crossing

Wareham Crossing shopping center will soon be the site of an electric car charging station.

ROCKLAND/ABINGTON

Rail trail work moving along

Work was recently completed on the latest phase of a project to develop a recreational trail along the former Hanover Branch Railroad corridor in Rockland and Abington.

RAYNHAM

Property tax bills to rise by $287 for average home

Average single-family homeowners in Raynham will see their annual property tax bills rise by $287 this year under the new tax rates set by the town and approved by the state Department of Revenue.

HALIFAX

Town set to begin expansion of senior center

Halifax officials have named a project manager for the $2 million expansion of the senior center at Pope’s Tavern that is set to begin in the spring.

DUXBURY

Town begins banning plastic checkout bags

Thin plastic checkout bags are now banned in Duxbury, after the measure approved by voters at the 2017 March Town Meeting went into effect on Jan. 1.

CANTON

Students plan day of events to engage peers

Students in Canton are encouraging their peers to think about community service, their future careers, and substance-abuse prevention.

Up Close

Writer focuses on those who fight back

In the two books he’s co-authored since leaving the Boston Herald, Dave Wedge of Milton has zeroed in on people confronting adversity.

Braintree

Police broke up several fights at South Shore Plaza

It took police from four departments to restore order at South Shore Plaza after “numerous large-scale fights” broke out at the mall the evening after Christmas, authorities said.

COMMENTARY

Globe South Commentary

Notes to Globe South from readers commenting on a range of stories.

HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMING

Driven to excel, and to serve

Kingston’s Madison Milbert came late to swimming and to the military, but now she’s all in on both.

WALPOLE

Friends group gives last donation to town

The Friends of the Walpole Community Athletic Complex is ending with a bang: a final donation of $121,750 to the town toward the replacement of the artificial turf at TurcoField.

WEYMOUTH

Weymouth to start holding winter markets

The Weymouth Farmer’s Market will hold its first-ever winter market, starting on Jan. 27, and will continue the summer market’s practice of subsidizing low-income families.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeSouth: Noteworthy performances

Stonehill College junior Kacie Smith of Norwood was named the Division 2 Player of the Year in field hockey.

THE ARGUMENT

Should Massachusetts ban commercial striped bass fishing?

Read two views on the question and vote in our informal online poll.

GIRLS’ HOCKEY

Things are looking up again for the comeback kids

The Plymouth co-op girls’ hockey team did not win a single game it played last season (0-19-1) but now, on the cusp of the New Year, the squad is already fulfilling its resolution -- to never let that happen again.

Riding the ups and downs of 2017

A look back at what happened in our cities and towns in 2017.

DUXBURY

Police looking to get new K-9

Duxbury police have chosen a new canine officer and are hoping the public can help with the costs of acquiring and training a new dog.

CANTON

Officials mull options for improving intersection

Canton town officials are working to determine how to best improve the intersection of Washington and Randolph streets, following an analysis by a team from the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization.

PEMBROKE

Town may seek to hike local taxes

Pembroke voters may be asked to raise taxes next year to help fund town services and potential building projects.

Blotter tales

BLOTTER TALES

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A goose is rescued from a river, a fight breaks out over a puzzle, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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