Agency cites role in state’s economy

In the 10 years since the Massachusetts School Building Authority was created, the agency has spent $10.5 billion.

Hudson pins hopes on OK for extra liquor licenses

Town officials are hopeful state lawmakers will grant their request for 10 new liquor licenses before the Legislature breaks for the summer on July 31.

Winslow Homer’s 1861 Harper’s Weekly illustration, “The Songs of the War,” is on exhibit at Belmont’s Homer House.


Winslow Homer’s Civil War illustrations on exhibit in Belmont

The young artist sat in his uncle’s home in Belmont, re-creating the battlefield scenes he had witnessed in the Civil War.

The state had crews using mechanical harvesters to uproot invasive water chestnuts from the Charles River in Waltham last month.

Photos by Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff

Volunteers pitch in to clear Charles River of invasive weeds

The Charles in recent years has been increasingly plagued with invasive aquatic weeds such as water chestnuts and milfoil.

T.J. Hourigan (right) in the clubhouse with reporter Gary Striewski.

Millis youth a clubhouse natural

T.J. Hourigan, 12, began cohosting New England Sports Network’s new kid’s show which airs live before Red Sox games played on Sundays.

Interactive Graphic

// High school concussions

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

Globe West Briefs


Town launches new website

The town rolled out an updated website Thursday that includes a number of new interactive features, such as an “I Want To” tab on the home page that helps residents figure out how to do such things as contact Town Hall, pay a bill, or get a permit. The website, at , also provides easily downloadable calendars, improved navigation, and an interface that adjusts for tablets and smartphones, according to an announcement from the town. The website was developed in partnership with Vision Internet, a California-based company that specializes in developing government, nonprofit, and education websites.


Nominations sought for Citizen of the Year

Nominations for this year’s Citizen of the Year honor are being accepted, with the winner to be cited during Bedford Day festivities in September. The annual award is given to someone with a proven track record of service to the town, whether in an official capacity, as a volunteer, or as a private citizen. Nominations should cite the individual’s participation in efforts that support the community as a whole, or specific beneficiaries. Nomination forms can be downloaded at or picked up at the town manager’s office, and must be returned by Aug. 1.


Town has openings in weekday camps

The town Recreation Department’s full-day summer day camp programs are in high gear, but most of them still have openings for children who want to have adventures, learn something new, and make new friends. Programs, which also welcome nonresidents, run the gamut from sports, games and water play to crafts, science and cooking, with campers placed in groups by age and interests. The next three weekly sessions, through Aug. 8, are being held at the Melican Middle School; the summer’s final two sessions will be held at the Zeh School, with the last date Aug. 22. Camp hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and field trips are held on Wednesdays. The cost is $230 per week, with discounts for siblings enrolled during the same week. For more information, browse the department’s website at


New program gives preschoolers a night out

The big kids aren’t the only ones who get a night out this summer. If your younger children have been asking when it’s their turn, here’s some good news: On July 25, Aug. 8, and Aug. 22, the town’s Recreation Department is holding Preschoolers Summer Night Out programs for ages 3 to 7. Preregistration ends Friday at noon for the sessions, which will run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Town Hall gym and recreation center, 63 Main St. The cost is $30 per night for the first child and $15 per night for siblings. A minimum of eight children is required; there is room for a maximum of 20, and the youngsters must be toilet trained. Activities include games, time outside on the playground (weather permitting), art projects, a G-rated movie, and a pizza dinner. Instructors are Beth McShane and recreation staff members. For more information or to register, visit