Franklin-01/31/2017 Alan Earls took officials on a tour of the Charles River Meadowlands. Mine Brook in Franklin, where a trolly used to cross the body of water over a small bridge. John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe(regional)

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At one time, a trolley crossed Mine Brook in Franklin via a small bridge.

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This land is protected, but can people reach it?

The Charles River Meadowlands Initiative hopes to increase access and create a network of trails linking open space in Franklin, Bellingham, and Medway.By Hattie Bernstein

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Snow and ice outside, beautiful flowers inside

Escape the depths of winter with “Winter in Bloom” at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden, which offers special exhibits and events to counter the gloom of winter with fresh blooms.

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BROOKLINE

Turnover continues in Brookline principal positions

Town education officials announced new hires who will lead the Runkle and Heath schools.

National politics spark local activism

Since Trump’s election, the League of Women Voters has seen a jump in new members who want to make a difference in their communities and beyond.

ARLINGTON

Study to look at rebuilding, renovating Arlington High School

The Massachusetts School Building Authority has invited the school district to look at the best way to improve the school.

ACTON

Acton’s Discovery Museums annouces special-needs events schedule

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BEDFORD

Bedford officials to hold forum about business area

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BELMONT

Belmont event to focus on civil rights

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CONCORD

Resident named Concord’s 2017 Honored Citizen

Jeffrey W. Adams will honored at a March 26 reception at the Concord Town House.

CONCORD

Concord’s Emerson Hospital opens new urgent care center

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FRAMINGHAM

Framingham Public Works to hold neighborhood meetings

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FRANKLIN

Franklin museum to celebrate town’s birthday

All residents are invited to attend the March 5 event, which will include cake and coffee.

MEDWAY

Medway’s affordable housing proposal under review

Town officials are seeking residents’ feedback on a potential affordable housing project.

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Stow craftsman uncovers wood’s inner light

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South

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