Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe West.

NATICK

Natick oficials to discuss design options for South Main Street

The town is exploring design options to balance the needs of people traveling by motor vehicle, on foot and by bicycle, as well as those living along South Main Street.

NEWTON

Meetings planned for Newton Centre, West Newton projects

The projects are aimed at supporting two local village centers.

FRANKLIN

Franklin police highlight local hunting rules

The Franklin Police Department is reminding residents about local hunting restrictions in light of recent inquiries.

WAYLAND

Wayland Library to discuss plans for new building

The library committee has recommended building a new library due to space constraints at the existing site at 5 Concord Road.

LEXINGTON

Forum on Lexington debt exclusion vote set

The League of Women Voters of Lexington will host an informational forum Friday, Dec. 1 at 9:30 a.m. about the upcoming debt exclusion vote to fund three town projects.

NEEDHAM

Needham Junction station loses 48 commuter parking spaces

There are now 131 spaces available for commuter rail parking, all of which are located on MBTA-owned property.

UPTON

Upton continues to test Glen Avenue well for contaminants

The town of Upton has notified residents that a water sample collected in early November from the Glen Avenue well field tested positive for E. coli.

WELLESLEY

Wellesley to host open house on upcoming town ‘unified plan’

Wellesley officials will host a Nov. 29 open house on a proposed “unified plan” intended to guide decision-making for the town.

WESTFORD

Emerson Hospital to host Westford talk on surgical weight loss

During the session, Emerson’s weight loss surgeons will provide an overview of the program, describe each type of weight loss surgery, and answer questions.

NATICK

Natick to participate in ‘Coats for Kids’ drive

Starting the week of Monday, Nov. 20, residents can drop off coats at donation bins around town.

CONCORD, LEXINGTON

Battle Road Trail undergoing extensive work

The project is expected to take place from Monday, Nov. 20 through Dec. 31.

ARLINGTON

Arlington police launches online community crime map

The Arlington Police Department has a new online community crime map that officials say will help prevent crime, improve public safety and enhance community-police partnerships.

BEDFORD

Bedford residents turned in 26 pounds of prescription medications

National Drug Take Back Day is a free and anonymous event coordinated by the DEA and police departments.

CONCORD

Concord’s Emerson Hospital to hold annual Tree of Lights ceremony

The Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital in Concord will hold its annual Tree of Lights ceremony Dec. 4 at 4:30 p.m.

GROTON

Indian Hill Music’s new Groton location under construction

Construction is now underway for Indian Hill Music’s new home in Groton.

BROOKLINE

Brookline First Light celebration set for Nov. 30

Brookline’s annual First Light celebration is set for Thursday, Nov. 30, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

FRANKLIN

Registration open for Franklin’s 5K Turkey Trot

The annual Franklin Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run will be held Thursday, Nov. 23, starting at 8 a.m.

PLAINVILLE

Deadline looms on Plainville open space, recreation survey

The deadline for completing the survey is Wednesday, Nov. 22.

WELLESLEY

Wellesley group seeks applicants for student scholarships

A Wellesley volunteer group is offering scholarships for local students who have been active in serving their community and need help to pay for higher education.

REGION

MassBay Community College holds open house at Wellesley campus

The event is set for Saturday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 50 Oakland St.

MAYNARD

Maynard reduces energy consumption by 22 percent

The town, which became a Green Community in December 2011, has implemented projects to reduce its energy costs and improve the local environment.

NEWTON

Newton officials consider helping fund restoration of historic cemetery fence

The cemetery corporation is seeking $60,000 in Community Preservation Act money to help cover the cost of restoration.

CONCORD

Thoreau Club in Concord hosts healthy mind workshop

The club is hosting a “Brain Fitness: Tips for a Healthy Mind’’ workshop Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

BEDFORD

Bedford surveying residents 55 and older

The town is seeking feedback from older residents as officials look to assess the future needs of the town’s mature population and to evaluate existing programs and services.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham firefighters get $175,000 FEMA grant for portable radios

The town will also contribute $17,518, an amount equal to 10 percent of the grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

BELLINGHAM

Forum on opioid crisis at Bellingham library Nov. 14

The forum will begin at 7 p.m.

FRANKLIN

Franklin releases winter activities lineup

Options include basketball, volleyball, tennis, arts, robotics, and science courses, and a range of other activities.

ARLINGTON

Arlington to hold forum on driverless cars

An educational forum about driverless cars will be held on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at Arlington Town Hall.

ACTON

Acton appoints town manager search panel

The Acton Board of Selectmen has appointed a Town Manager Search Committee to search for the next town manager to succeed Steven Ledoux, who will be retiring in June 2018.

CONCORD

Public forum in Concord on gas leaks

The environmental advocacy group, Mothers Out Front, will hold a public forum in Concord about gas leaks as part of its Climate Solutions Speaker Series.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham residents to select first mayor and City Council Nov. 7

Framingham residents will head to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 7 to select the community’s first mayor and City Council.

FRANKLIN

Renovated Franklin public library reopening on Main Street

The library will hold a grand reopening open house Sunday, Nov. 5, from 12:30 to 5 p.m. at its 118 Main St. location.

NEWTON

Newton votes Tuesday on next mayor, proposed charter

Voters on Nov. 7 will decide on Newton’s next mayor, as well as a proposed charter that will change representation on the city council.

NATICK

Natick seeking volunteers for town boards

The Natick Board of Selectmen is seeking residents to volunteer on boards and committees.

NEWTON

Newton considers food truck ordinance

City leaders will hold a public hearing Nov. 13 on a proposal intended to allow food trucks to serve customers at a commercial office park on Wells Avenue.

SUDBURY

Sudbury to host winter coat drive

The Sudbury Board of Health is sponsoring a winter coat and accessory drive through Nov. 13.

WRENTHAM

Wrentham senior center’s annual veterans’ breakfast Nov. 9

The breakfast will begin at 8 a.m, at the center’s 400 Taunton St. location.

MEDWAY

Deadline looms on Medway survey on open space and recreation

The deadline on a survey being conducted by Medway’s Open Space and Recreation Plan Task Force is Monday, Oct. 30.

FRANKLIN

Council race draws crowd in Franklin’s town election

The election will be held Nov. 7.

ACTON

Acton seeking volunteers for master plan committee

The Acton Board of Selectmen is seeking volunteers to serve on the 53 River Street Master Plan Committee.

BELMONT

Belmont veterans’ breakfast set for Nov. 8

The 3d Annual Veterans’ Breakfast in Belmont will be will be held Nov. 8 at 9:30 a.m. at the Beech Street Center.

MAYNARD

Maynard seeking residents to help draft master plan

Maynard is seeking residents to serve on a new steering committee that will draft a master plan for the town.

WAYLAND

Wayland panel recommends building a new library

The Wayland Library Planning Committee is recommending that the town build a new library at 195 Main St., the site of the former highway department garage next to the Wayland Middle School.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham State receives $30k grant to fund after-school programs

The new sponsorship agreement will allow the center to offer more low-income and disadvantaged students after-school visits to both the Challenger Learning Center and the university’s planetarium.

CONCORD

Concord health panel will hold training on Narcan use Nov. 2

The forum will include a discussion about the opioid epidemic and how to recognize and respond to an overdose.

DOVER

Dover Board of Health holding vaccination clinic

The clinic wil run Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Dover Town Hall.

FRANKLIN

New Franklin schools superintendent to meet with parents

The new superintendent of Franklin’s schools, Sara Ahern, will hold a series of parent forums during the next several weeks

NORFOLK

Norfolk Medical Reserve Corps sets Oct. 23 kickoff for volunteers

The corps is made up of volunteers trained to prepare for and assist in public health emergencies.

FRAMINGHAM, NATICK

Open house in Framingham on ‘Golden Triangle’ study

The Golden Triangle is the area around Exit 13 on the Mass Pike and includes the Natick Mall, Shoppers World, and routes 9 and 30.

REGION

MassBay Community College launches drive to fight hunger on campus

More than half of the MassBay Community College students who participated in an online survey reported “low” or “very low” food security.

REGION

Foundation launches new family philanthropy program

10 parent/child teams each donate $500 and grant their collective contributions to a local nonprofit at the end of the semester-long program, which will begin in January 2018.

NEWTON

Warren offers last five-year capital plan as Newton mayor

Newton Mayor Setti Warren told the city council that continuing to fund retiree expenses over the coming years is critical to maintaining the city’s finances.

WALTHAM, NEWTON

Deadline to register before Newton, Waltham elections

Residents of Waltham and Newton intending to cast ballots in their cities’ local municipal elections have until Oct. 18 to register to vote.

ACTON

Acton seeks volunteers for Sidewalk Committee

This committee is charged with advising the board on issues related to sidewalks and improving the walkability of town.

BEDFORD

Bedford to hold citizen’s police academy

The Bedford Police Department will hold a six-week citizen’s police academy this fall to give residents a chance to meet officers and get a better understanding of their work.

CONCORD

Author Katherine Paterson to speak at Concord library

Author Katherine Paterson is the next speaker in the Leslie Riedel Memorial Lecture series at the Concord Free Public Library.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham superintendent to lead community forums

Framingham Superintendent of Schools Robert Tremblay will be leading a series of forums to get feedback from the community about the future of the school district.

FRANKLIN

Franklin holding forum to address teen sexting

A forum on teen sexting will be held Monday, Oct. 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Frankln High School.

LEXINGTON

League of Women Voters Lexington to host Marian Cohen

The League of Women Voters Lexington will host Marian Cohen of the 20/20 Vision Committee at its First Friday Forum on Nov. 3 at 9:30 a.m.

STOW

Stow Cultural Council seeking propsals

The Stow Cultural Council is seeking proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs.

WRENTHAM

Deadline for Wrentham’s Volunteer of the Year nominees

Nominations for Wrentham’s 10th annual Volunteer of the Year award are due Tuesday, Oct. 17, at noon.

WAYLAND

Register to vote in time for Wayland town meeting

The last day to register to vote in Wayland’s upcoming special Town Meeting is Nov. 4.

NEWTON

Newton-Wellesley Hospital to host student-centered support programs

Newton-Wellesley Hospital will host a pair of community events aimed at addressing substance abuse on college campuses and educational issues among high schoolers later this month.

BELMONT

Belmont considers expanding number of selectmen

Belmont is considering the idea of expanding the number of members on the Board of Selectmen.

ACTON, BOXBOROUGH

Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council is seeking proposals

The Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council is seeking proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs.

ARLINGTON

Arlington plans to install traffic signal at Lake Street intersection

Arlington is planning to install a traffic signal and make improvements to the intersection at Lake Street and the Minuteman Bikeway.

FRAMINGHAM

Cambridge architecture firm to design Framingham middle school

The Framingham School Building Committee has selected the firm of Jonathan Levi Architects of Cambridge as the designer for the Fuller Middle School building project.

BROOKLINE

Brookline seeks input on economic development

Brookline’s Economic Development Advisory Board is asking residents to share their vision for the town’s commercial areas in advance of a public meeting next month.

FRANKLIN

Franklin Harvest Festival returns to downtown Oct. 14

The Franklin Downtown Partnership’s annual Harvest Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 14, from 11 a..m. to 4 p.m.

MEDWAY

Medway program on tackling adolescent anxiety Oct. 11

Medway T.H.R.I.V.E. will hold a free program focused on adolescent emotional wellness Wednesday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. in the Medway High School auditorium.