Olivia Craig, 7, right, on the Buddy Bench near the playground area at the Thomas W. Hamilton School in Weymouth. Children can sit on the bench when they feel left out and want a friend to play with.

Debee Tlumacki for The Boston Globe

Olivia Craig, 7, right, on the Buddy Bench near the playground area at the Thomas W. Hamilton School in Weymouth. Children can sit on the bench when they feel left out and want a friend to play with.

In efforts against bullying, some school districts stand out

Experts point to Newton, Danvers, Weymouth, Brockton, Reading, and Waltham as places that have taken on bullying in effective ways.By Johanna Seltz

After calls for ouster, review is postponed for Watertown schools chief

Supporters praise Superintendent Jean Fitzgerald’s leadership, but critics fault her management and communication skills.

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Meditate mindfully down at the farm

Along with growing crops and tending livestock, Dover’s Powisset Farm holds weekly mindfulness meditation sessions.

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Forget tricorn hats. These reenactors prefer olive drab

At the Fort Devens Museum, history buffs honor the men and women who served in World War II.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham to decide whether to buy golf course

A Special Town Meeting in Framingham will decide whether the town should purchase Millwood Farms Golf Course or let the land be sold to a developer.

Teachers contract pact may be near in Brookline

Both sides cite “substantial preogress on the important issue of workload and pay” as schools prepare to open in the coming week.

Should Framingham buy a golf course?

A Special Town Meeting will decide whether the town should purchase Millwood Farms Golf Course or let the land be sold to a developer.

SUDBURY

Sudbury to hold 9/11 remembrance

The Sudbury community is invited to visit the Sept. 11 Memorial Garden on the fifteenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

BEDFORD

Bedford police to issue ‘tickets’ to children for good behavior

Police officers will hand out tickets for a free kid-sized ice cream cone to students who are “caught” doing the right thing.

LEXINGTON

Officials from California school district to visit Lexington

Representatives will meet with town, school, and Asian community organizations about cultural inclusion and citizen involvement.

Brookline

Country Club tourney raises funds to aid Brookline youths

Donors at this year’s charity event raised over $66,000, bringing the total value of the Brookline Youth Fund to over $1 million.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham receives grant for stream restoration project

This $23,825 grant will fund workshops at Mary Dennison Park.

FRANKLIN

Open house at children’s center in Franklin

Applications are currently being accepted for preschool programs and pre-kindergarten programs at the Children’s Center at Dean College.

NEEDHAM

New I-95 exit open along Needham/Newton line

The exit allows direct access from I-95 directly onto Kendrick Street to head into Needham Crossing and the Wells Avenue office park in Newton.

NEWTON

Newton community policing event set for next month

The first annual “BBQ, Badges, and Ball” will be held in Newton on Sunday, Sept. 18.

South

New pedestrian signals in Quincy Center with orange signs telling motorists what the different light configurations mean.

Quincy hopes new traffic signals will do the trick

As part of a $12 million traffic overhaul around a new park in Quincy Center, the city has installed new signals at two places where many pedestrians cross the street but there is no intersection.

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See the number of concussions reported by area high schools with a sortable table.