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Newton will vote in November on cutting size of council

Newton voters in November will decide on a proposed charter that would shrink the size of their city council and put the election of every board member to a citywide ballot.


Franklin to sell affordable housing unit

The town of Franklin is offering an affordable housing opportunity at 47 Leanne Way in the Franklin Heights development off Lincoln Street.


Arlington updates website on its spending

The town has updated its Open Checkbook Web service that tracks its financial matters.


Deadline for Wayland grant applications Oct. 16

The deadline for organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants that supports arts and cultural activities in Wayland is Oct. 16.


Wellesley trying new lighting options this fall

The Wellesley Municipal Light Plant will be trying out new lighting options for neighborhood street lights this fall.


Team to look at Upton police reaccreditation

Assessors from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission will arrive Wednesday, Sept. 27.


Arlington Community Preservation Committee to host public meeting on Sept. 19

This meeting will include a public information session for prospective applicants for the next round of CPA project funding.


West Nile virus detected in south Franklin

The virus was found in mosquitoes collected in south Franklin Aug. 30.


Columbus Day Harvard flea market to be on Oct. 7

The League of Women Voters of Harvard and the Harvard Schools Trust will hold its annual Columbus Day Weekend Harvard Flea Market.


Medway’s townwide yard sale Saturday, Sept. 23

A$10 donation is required to participate, while space at the Medway Plaza shopping center is available for $25.


Wayland residents can now order records online

Death, birth and marriage records as well as dog licenses can now be ordered online and paid for by credit card or e-check, according to Town Clerk Beth R. Klein.


Acton seeking volunteers to serve on Cable Advisory Committee

The committee is charged with advising the Board of Selectmen on issues pertaining to cable television.


Food pantry opens new facility in downtown Maynard

Open Table, a food pantry and meal resource for families and individuals in need, has opened its new headquarters at 33 Main St. in downtown Maynard.

Newton preliminary vote in mayor’s race set for Tuesday

Newton voters will have their first chance to cast their ballots in a seven-way race for mayor during a city preliminary election set for Tuesday, Sept. 12.


Wellesley seeking feedback on number of bar seats in town establishments

The Wellesley Board of Selectmen is seeking public feedback on a proposal to remove the cap of allowing only 10 bar seats per establishment in town.


Newton to launch series on zoning topics starting Sept. 27

The discussions come as the city is in the midst of revising a zoning code last updated 30 years ago.


Sustainable Belmont hosts garden tour Sept. 10

This free, self-guided tour highlights a variety of safe and healthy organic garden practices, including how gardeners in Belmont have changed after last year’s drought.


Annual river cleanup will be Sept. 16

Volunteers for the OARS watershed protection and preservation organization will walk along the banks or wade into the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord rivers and tributaries.


Arlington area granted cultural district status

The Arlington Cultural District extends 1.3 miles from Milton Street in East Arlington to Mill Street in Arlington Center.


Car show set to benefit good works in Franklin

The Franklin Rotary Club and Dean College are teaming up to host a car show for charity and community Sunday, Sept. 17, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the college’s campus center.


Northborough seeking help on town master plan

Town Administrator John Coderre put out a statement Aug. 28 soliciting proposals from those qualified to help develop a policy-based, townwide plan.


Wrentham race to raise funds for developmental center

The 37th annual Crackerbarrel Classic 5K Road Race and Walk will be held Saturday, Sept. 16.


Lexington league invites speaker from ACLU

Carol Rose, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, and a Lexington resident, will be the guest speaker at the Lexington League of Women Voters annual meeting


New police chief named in Shirley

Samuel Santiago has been named the new police chief in Shirley. Santiago, who had been serving as acting chief since February, was officially named chief in July.


Minuteman High site preparation on schedule

Site preparation for construction of the new $144.9 million Minuteman High School is on schedule.


It’s time to request street trees in Arlington

A limited number of trees are available for planting in Arlington this fall.


Proposal calls for 130-room hotel in Bedford

The Bedford Planning Board will hold a public hearing on a proposal for a new five-story, 130-room hotel near Crosby Drive.


Bellingham to celebrate common’s 20th anniversary

The Bellingham Town Common Trustees Committee will host a celebration marking the 20th anniversary of the town’s central gathering space Saturday, Sept. 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Franklin Public Library prepares for closure, return to Main Street

The Franklin Public Library’s temporary location at 25 Kenwood Circle will close Saturday, Sept. 16, in preparation for its move back to its 118 Main St. location.


Marlborough debuts two-year bike-sharing pilot program

The system went live Aug. 28 with 30 bikes at five locations, according to a statement from the Marlborough Economic Development Corporation.


Learn more about ‘walkable’ neighborhoods at Newton-Needham chamber event

The Newton-Needham Regional Chamber will host a talk with development and planning experts about what makes for a “truly walkable neighborhood” during a Sept. 12 real estate forum.


Concord creates PayByPhone parking zones

The town of Concord is implementing paid parking on Main Street between Sudbury Road and Thoreau Street by creating PayByPhone zones.


Sudbury preservation panel seeks project proposals

The Sudbury Community Preservation Committee is now accepting proposals for projects that may qualify for funding through the program.


Artists needed for show, auction in Maynard

Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts and 6 Bridges Gallery in Maynard are seeking area artists interested in submitting pieces for an upcoming show and online auction.


Babson is building multiuse recreation and athletics center

Babson College in Wellesley is starting construction on a new 75,000-square foot multi-use recreation and athletics center.


Public invited to ‘Meet Belmont’ fair

Belmont residents and prospective residents are invited to learn more about town departments, local government, schools, nonprofits, and volunteer opportunities at the 15th annual Meet Belmont Community Information Fair.


Greek festival coming to Marlborough

Labor Day weekend will take on a Greek flavor in Marlborough with a three-day festival beginning Saturday, Sept. 2.


Brookline seeks volunteers to serve on override study committee

Brookline’s selectmen are seeking volunteers to serve on a committee that will study whether a Proposition 2 1/2 tax increase will be needed to support the town’s budget in fiscal 2019.


Plainville’s annual vendor and craft fair Sept. 9

The Plainville United Methodist Church will host its annual fall vendor and craft fair Saturday, Sept. 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the church at 16 East Bacon St.


Franklin Police receive state grant to combat impaired driving

The Franklin Police Department has received a state grant to aid in its efforts to remove impaired drivers from the road.


Wayland pond fund-raising race set for Sept. 24

Proceeds benefit the Dudley Pond Association’s efforts to preserve the quality of the pond and fight invasive weeds.


Wrentham Day race is Sept. 2

The town’s annual Wrentham Day and Wrentham Wroad Wrace will be held Sept. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Town Common.


Lexington offers end of summer party

An end of summer party for Lexington residents will be held at the Community Center on Aug. 25 at 5:30 p.m.


Arlington parking lot gets EV charging station

A new EV charging station has been installed at the Russell Common parking lot in Arlington Center.


Bedford seeks two to fill board vacancies

Bedford is seeking two residents to serve on the Bedford Housing Authority Board of Commissioners to fill recent vacancies.


Franklin innovation center developer seeks to add parking, modify drainage

The town’s planning board will hold a public hearing on the matter Monday, Aug. 21, at 7:10 p.m.


Wellesley commission to identify hundreds of historic homes

Wellesley officials are working to find more homes to add to a local historic plaque program intended to recognize the importance of preserving the town’s older residences.


Watertown to hold meeting on Arsenal Park design

Watertown’s Department of Community Development and Planning is holding the first meeting this month on the potential redesign of some parts of Arsenal Park.


Memorial service set for Arlington Police K9

A public memorial service for lifelong Arlington Police K9 Dasty will be held Aug. 17 at 10 a.m.


Dedication ceremony for new boardwalk in Norfolk

The newly constructed boardwalk at Norfolk’s Bristol Blake State Reservation, adjacent to the Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, is scheduled to open Saturday, Aug. 26.


Franklin’s citizen police academy to begin Sept. 13

The Franklin Public Schools Lifelong Learning Institute and the town’s police department are teaming up to present a citizen police academy, which will begin Sept. 13.


Acton committees seek residents to fill vacancies

There are vacancies on committees including the Volunteer Coordinating Committee, the Cable Advisory Committee and the Historic District Commission.


Wayland Police to hold Citizen Police Academy this fall

The academy will be held on Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. starting Sept. 14 and running through Nov. 2.


Lexington Citizens’ Academy to begin ninth year

The Lexington Citizens’ Academy begins its ninth year in September and runs through early December.


Concord’s Emerson Hospital opens human milk depot

Emerson Hospital in Concord has opened a human milk depot in partnership with Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast of Newton.


Traffic signal planned for bikeway intersection

Arlington is planning to install a traffic signal and make improvements to the intersection at Lake Street and the Minuteman Bikeway for all modes of travel -- bicycle, car, and pedestrian.


Applications sought for Bedford affordable housing

Applications are now being accepted for a new affordable housing opportunity at Cottages at Depot Crossing in Bedford.


Volunteers sought for Bellingham’s Economic Development Committee

Bellingham’s Board of Selectmen is seeking resident volunteers to serve on the town’s Economic Development Committee.


Lawnmower swap scheduled in Concord

Concord’s Comprehensive Sustainable Energy Committee is holding a Lawnmower “Swap Plus” event for Concord residents on Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Concord Public Works, 133 Keyes Road.


Nomination papers available for Franklin’s town election

Nomination papers are now available in the town clerk’s office for residents interested in running for positions in Franklin’s biennial town election, which is scheduled to occur Nov. 7.


State grants $10m for new Wayland library

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners has awarded the Wayland Free Public Library a construction grant of $10,137,980.


Networking social and open house set for new Ashland design center

The evening will feature live musical performances, refreshments, a wine-tasting station, a scavenger hunt, and prizes for participants.


Arlington police now using app to pinpoint drug overdose trends

Arlington police have been using the app since June 26.


Bedford’s plastic bag ban to go into effect Oct. 1

Town Meeting approved a proposal to eliminate the use of thin film, single-use plastic bags by all businesses in town.


Franklin seeks members for new Cultural District Committee

The group will strive to attract artists and cultural enterprises to town.


Maynard prepares for 150th anniversary in 2020

Town officials are seeking residents interested in serving on the Sesquicentennial Steering Committee.


Natick seeking residents to review new town administrator applicants

Anyone interested in serving on the screening committee is asked to submit a letter by Tuesday, Aug. 1.


Wellesley Farmers Market to reopen Sept. 7

The market will be reopening on a new day and time: Thursdays from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.


Franklin Cultural Festival July 26 to 29

The festivities kick off Wednesday evening with an opening ceremony, children’s activities, and a performance by the Franklin School for the Performing Arts’ Electric Youth musical group.


Arlington adds parking spaces for disabled

Twenty-seven new spaces bring the total on-street handicap spaces in the business districts to 50.