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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.


Arlington to update its online payment system

Invoice Cloud, a web-based electronic invoice and payment company, is providing the new system, which can be used on mobile devices.


Bedford seeking residents to fill town committee vacancies

Members are needed to serve on the Bedford Housing Authority, Cable Television Committee, Conservation Commission, and Recreation Commission, among others.


Proposals sought for former Macy School property in Bellingham

The town has issued requests for proposal for the sale and development of town-owned property at 60 Monique Drive.


Ceremony celebrates next phase of rail trail project

Representatives from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the town of Concord, and the Friends of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail recently held a groundbreaking ceremony.


FSU stockroom clerk receives 2017 Heroes of Everyday Life award

The honor was presented at the annual Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Dinner held in Washington, D.C. in June.


CPA funds sought for senior rental housing in Newton

Newton residents are invited to file comments on a proposal to help fund a senior rental housing development with Community Preservation Act funds.


Wellesley seeks input on recreational space

The Town of Wellesley is seeking input from residents about recreational open space as officials start preparing a unified plan.


First ‘drop-in’ session on zoning proposals July 19

The summertime sessions are part of an effort by the city to update its zoning rules.


Waltham Boys and Girls Club to receive $2,500 grant

The students who recently participated in the Summer Institute for Youth Leadership Program selected the club after reviewing grant applications and conducting site visits to four nonprofits.


Data collector to visit Arlington properties

The collector will be wearing an identification badge issued by the town, and will be registered with the assessor’s office and Arlington Police Department.


Lexington seeking residents to serve on town planning committee

Lexington is looking for residents interested in serving on its Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee.


Acton to host state consumer information session July 18

Topics include insurance policies, cable and phone bills, renter’s rights, and professional licenses.


Newton, Needham forum to focus on transit developments

Transit-oriented developments, walkability and design will be the focus of the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber’s third annual Regional Real Estate Forum Sept. 12.


Framingham State, MassBay streamline process for nursing students

MassBay Community College and Framingham State University have formed a new partnership designed to make it easier for nursing students to earn a bachelor’s degree.


Belmont to observe National Purple Heart Day

Belmont will celebrate National Purple Heart Day Aug. 7 with an observance and recognition ceremony.


New Franklin schools chief takes over

Sara Ahern officially joined the Franklin Public Schools as the district’s new superintendent July 1.


Workshop set on future of Wrentham Route 1 corridor

An open house about the future of the Route 1 corridor will be held July 25, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Town Hall.


Interim principal to remain at Arlington’s Ottoson Middle School

The interim principal of Arlington’s Ottoson Middle School will continue in her job for the coming academic year, the district’s superintendent announced June 30.


Newton officials propose erecting 33 traffic video cameras

The proposal will be aired at the next meeting of the City Council Monday, July 10 at 7:45 p.m. at City Hall..


New recycling bins arriving in Ashland

The town of Ashland will be distributing new wheeled recycling carts to residents starting Monday, July 10.


Arlington park restoration has begun

Improvements to Robbins Farm Park are underway and most will be done by the fall.


Concord board considering leash restrictions on dogs

Recent increases in dog activity and conflicts between dogs and other trail users have prompted the town’s Natural Resources Commission to consider implementing leash restrictions.


First phase of Framingham path project completed

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Thursday, July 13, at 10 a.m. at Farm Pond.


Franklin’s summer concert series starts July 12

Franklin’s annual Concerts on the Common summer series kicks off Wednesday, July 12, with a classic rock-and-roll and pop performance by The Leeds Band.


Natick Community Center looks to improve outdoor space

Public meetings will be held on Wednesday, July 12 at 3 p.m. and also 7 p.m. at the Natick Community Center, 117 East Central St.


Appliances firm moves headquarters to N-Squared district on Newton-Needham line

The facility includes a restaurant that is open to the public for breakfast and lunch, as well as a health club, bike parking, and other amenities for tenants.


State distributes grants for renewable energy projects

Several communities west of Boston received grants up to $250,000 from the Department of Energy Resources Green Communities Division for projects using renewable energy or to improve energy efficiency.


Wayland library director resigns after eight months

Wayland Free Public Library director Dana Mastroianni has submitted a letter of resignation effective June 27.

Watertown joins ranks of towns banning plastic bags

Single-use plastic shopping bags at market checkouts were banned as of July 1.


Concord’s Emerson Hospital opens new infusion center

The center is named in memory of Patricia Neilon Naka, a local resident.


Public forum set on Mystic River restoration work

The project site is located along the river at the end of Park Street in the area impacted by oil released from an overturned tanker truck in May of 2013.


Western Mass. residents get certificates for firefighter training classes

There were 36 graduates from 23 fire departments including those from Ayer, Boylston, Carlisle, Dover, Groton, and more.


Bellingham July 4th festivities at Memorial Middle School

The celebration will be musical performances, fireworks, food, refreshments, and more.


Concord library to showcase Polish polka concert

Lenny Gomulka and Chicago Push will perform on the front lawn of the Concord Free Public Library July 12


Franklin library raising funds with engraved patio bricks

Proceeds from the sales will be used to pay for new furniture and fund library programs.


Lexington Fire Department promotes four, adds new firefighter

Three firefighters were recently promoted to lieutenant, one to captain, and one new member was sworn in.


Natick broadens recycling options with new program

The free program is run by Simple Recycling, an Ohio-based firm, in cooperation with Natick’s Department of Public Works.


Sudbury offices switch to summer work hours

The change will begin July 10 and extend through Aug. 25.


Franklin to celebrate the 4th over 6 days

Activities will kick off Thursday, June 29, and Friday, June 30, with rides and food booths opening at 6 p.m. and live music starting at 7 p.m.


Arlington police dog passes away

Dasty responded to more than 600 calls for service, assisted in more than 40 felony arrests, and was involved in 117 narcotic and evidence seizures.


Framingham hires firm to locate leaks in water system

The town is hoping to locate any leaks within the distribution system to reduce unaccounted water loss and to minimize lost revenue.


Bedford transportation service seeking feedback from residents

DASH, the town’s pilot on-demand transportation service, is looking for feedback about how the program is working.

Welcome center planned for Concord’s Old Manse

The project seeks to improve visitor services with new community and programming space and accessible restrooms.


Acton to hold info session on Kelley’s Corner plans

The Monday, June 26 session will focus on proposed infrastructure improvements at the intersection of Routes 111 and 27.


New middle school building unveiled in Dover

The Charles River School’s new building will house grades 6 through 8 and its middle school science program.


Interim principal named for Brookline’s Driscoll School

The head of Brookline schools’ METCO program will take over as the interim principal at the Michael Driscoll School for the coming school year.


Ground broken in Lexington for new Minuteman High

The new facility, scheduled to open in the fall of 2019, will include 16 career and technical education programs.


Ashland Corner Spot incubator space to open June 28

The site was created to help improve the overall look of downtown, increase foot traffic, and bring attention to new businesses.


Acton housing group to discuss 8-unit development

The June 21 meeting will present conceptual plans for a new affordable housing development.


Concord Public Works to host bicycle giveaway

The giveaway for Concord residents will include bicycles that were collected at the spring and fall drop-off events.


Framingham’s public health nurse will hold summer Tuesday clinics

Services include blood lead screening for children through age 6, blood pressure screening, vaccinations, reproductive health information, and TB screening and testing.


Franklin offers affordable home in lottery

There is a four-bedroom housing opportunity at 32 Brandywine Road in Franklin.


Natick to host state hearing on Route 27 upgrade

The June 22 session will cover the design for proposed improvements between Northern Avenue and the Wayland town line.


Newton seeks to eliminate water pipes containing lead

As part of an MWRA program, Newton was awarded $4 million to cover the cost of replacing affected service lines.


Volunteers needed for Concord’s July 4 Picnic in the Park

The all-day celebration takes place in the center of Concord at the Emerson Field and at the Hunt Gym on Stow Street.


Public hearing for proposed West Newton historic district

The proposal was partly spurred by knockdowns of old buildings, including a century-old home on Valentine Street last year.


Newton mayor appoints city’s first LGBTQ liaison

Newton native Holly Ryan has been named the liaison to the city’s local lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community.


Riverfest returns to Waltham with music, food, activities

The festival — taking place Friday, June 16, and Saturday, June 17 — offers walking tours, a pet parade, a moonlight canoe ride, and more.


Natick selectmen set meeting about medical marijuana dispensaries

The public meeting is set for June 21 at 7 p.m. at Natick High School.


Sudbury Board of Selectmen chooses new leaders

Robert Haarde is the board’s new chairman and Len Simon was selected as vice chairman for the next year.


Harvard golf tournament for housing group open for signups

All proceeds from the event will benefit the work of Habitat for Humanity, bringing affordable housing to those in need.


Public comments due on plan for Charles watershed, including Franklin area

A draft master plan proposal is available for public review through Thursday, June 15.


Wrentham high school to host presentation on treating opioids abuse

A presentation on substance abuse and addiction and the effect on teenagers’ brain development will be held in the King Philip Regional High School auditorium Thursday, June 15.


Brookline’s Jewish community to rally for refugees

More than 40 members of Temple Sinai and other faith communities will assemble in Coolidge Corner on Tuesday, June 6.


Concord’s tree management plan has begun

The management program will also incorporate advanced software that will allow public works to monitor all tree-related activities.


Franklin PMC Kids Ride set for June 11

The ride, which raises money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is open to children ages 3 to 14.


Bemis Hall in Lincoln to host a fathers’ appreciation event

Author Andre Dubus III will be headlining The Fatherhood Project’s “A Celebration of Fatherhood: Strengthening Family Connections,’’ on June 16.


Littleton welcomes new Emerson Urgent Care center

The new urgent care center is located at The Point shopping center behind Tavern in the Square restaurant.