Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe West.

Northborough votes to purchase White Cliffs

Northborough residents voted Monday night to save the White Cliffs mansion from demolition. By a vote of 218 to 67, Town Meeting approved spending $2.4 million from its Community Preservation Fund to buy the building and seven acres of land. A two-thirds vote was needed. The money will also be used to maintain the building for the next three years while the town assesses its condition, conducts a code compliance, and researches options for long-term preservation. The fate of the property, built by Daniel Wesson of Smith & Wesson fame, has been in limbo after the function facility was put on the market and closed in 2014. Without a new buyer, the current owners planned to demolish the mansion.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham names new fire chief

Framingham Deputy Chief Joseph Hicks has been named the town’s new fire chief.

WESTON

Regis College in Weston opens new laboratory

Regis College in Weston recently celebrated the opening of a new laboratory that officials said will strengthen science learning on campus.

FRANKLIN

Temporary library opens doors in Franklin

Those looking to use the library’s amenities can visit the temporary location on Kenwood Circle.

ASHLAND

Ashland Town Meeting to tackle budget, override questions

The meeting will be held Wednesday, May 4, at 7 p.m. Ashland High School.

BROOKLINE

Incumbents run unopposed in Brookline elections

The only contested seats are for Town Meeting member positions.

Group fighting airplane noise to hold meeting in Belmont

Boston West Fair Skies will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 5 at the Belmont Public Library.

Concord committee to study tree clearing

Concord’s Tree Preservation Subcommittee is encouraging residents to take a short survey on the topic of tree removal in the community.

DUNSTABLE

Discussion on opioids to be held in Dunstable

A discussion about heroin use will be held at the Dunstable Public Library at 6 p.m. on May 17.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham Charter Commission to hold hearing

The Framingham Charter Commission is holding a public hearing at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 9 in the Memorial Building.

NEWTON

Charter Commission creates buzz with proposed City Council reduction

The proposal to reduce the number of council members by almost half met opposition from some councilors.

NEEDHAM

Needham Center ‘cash mob’ set to invade local businesses

The Saturday, April 30 shopping event will start at 10 a.m. at the Town Common.

BROOKLINE

Brookline hazardous waste center changing schedule

From May through October, residents can drop off household hazardous waste Tuesdays instead of Thursdays.

CONCORD

Concord’s Emerson Hospital to host forum about opioid crisis

The event will be held May 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Concord-Carlisle High School auditorium.

CONCORD

West Concord group to hold annual open house

The West Concord Advisory Committee will hold the event at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham Earth Day festival on tap

The Saturday, April 30 event will showcase eco-friendly products and businesses.

FRANKLIN

Road race benefiting trail runs through Franklin

Proceeds from the race will help develop the Southern New England Trunkline Trail.

MEDFIELD

Deadline looms for Medfield affordable-housing lottery

First-time homebuyers who meet the requirements can apply for a chance to buy a Joseph Pace Road home.

WELLESLEY

Spilka to speak at MassBay graduation in Wellesley

The Ashland Democrat will also receive the school’s Distinguished Service Award.

ARLINGTON

Arlington to dedicate new veterans’ memorial

The dedication is set for Memorial Day at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

NEWTON

Rhode Island official picked for Newton planning post

Barney Heath will take over Newton’s Planning and Development Department.

WELLESLEY

Wellesley to vote on new senior center

Residents will decide May 10 whether to approve a debt exclusion to fund the project.

BELMONT

Coalition to hold Belmont program on homelessness

“Housing the Homeless: From Crisis to Shelter to Home’’ will be held at St. Joseph Parish Hall April 24.

NATICK

Natick receives grant to plant trees

The US Department of Agriculture Forest Service and the Massachusetts ReLeaf Trust Fund provided a $15,000 grant to Natrick.

WELLESLEY

Wellesley’s Bates School pledges to reduce food waste

The K-12 school pledged to to improve its sustainable food management practices and report its results.

CONCORD

Concord-Carlisle group sets Holocaust remembrance event

Author Helen Epstein will speak at the May 1 event.

NEWTON

GE executive to speak at Newton breakfast

Maryrose Sylvester was picked as the feature speaker at the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual event.

FRANKLIN

In Franklin, a cleanup at recreation area

Mass. Audubon’s Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary director Doug Williams will also give a talk about local wildlife at the cleanup.

NORFOLK

Norfolk panel to discuss local gardens

The April 21 event will provide information about local community and victory gardens.

BROOKLINE

Brookline diversity board clarifies charge selectmen allowed racism

The Commission for Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations said its January statement was not based on a formal investigation.

NEWTON

Newton creates new demolition policy on older houses

A gap in the Newton permitting process that allowed some older homes to be quickly torn down has been closed.

Volunteers needed for Sudbury’s townwide cleanup

The annual event to beautify the town’s roads, public areas, and parks is planned for April 23.

ACTON

Dukakis to lead Acton talk about North-South Rail Link

The presentation at Acton Town Hall is set for Tuesday, April 12 from 7 to 9 p.m.

MARLBOROUGH

Conference for seniors to be held in Marlborough

The free event will feature food, entertainment, and services for seniors.

WELLESLEY

Volunteers needed for board openings in Wellesley

Residents interested should submit a letter to Planning Department Secretary/Technical Administrator, Lynda Schelling.

WELLESLEY

New principal named for Wellesley’s Fiske Elementary School

Former head of literacy for the Wellesley Public Schools Rachel McGregor will take over.

FRANKLIN

Art association spring show April 30, May 1

The free event will feature a gala reception, a judged competition, and the sale of art.

MEDWAY

Application deadline for affordable town house lottery

Those interested in affordable retirement community properties must apply by April 22.

ARLINGTON

Arlington seeks input on Mass. Ave. redesign

Officials want to hear the public’s ideas on how to make Arlington Center more pedestrian-friendly.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham library to host discussion about Islam

Shaheen Akhtar, interfaith liaison with the Islamic Center of Boston in Wayland, will lead the talk.

NATICK

Conservation land expands in Natick, Dover

The Trustees of Reservations acquired land in Natick next to its Pegan Hill Reservation.

WAYLAND

Mainstone Farm tours precede Wayland vote

The Wayland Community Preservation Committee hopes to preserve the land with a conservation restriction at this year’s Town Meeting.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham State to honor six female leaders

The recognition coincides with the university’s Women’s History Month celebrations.

HARVARD

Fruitlands in Harvard to open for the season

The museum is kicking off the spring season with two new exhibitions.

WELLESLEY

Wellesley to hold fire safety training

Fire Lt. Paul Delaney will teach fire extinguisher training and general fire safety tips.

NEWTON

Concert will support creative arts in Newton schools

Crocodile River Music will play at Newton South High School April 8.

BROOKLINE

Brookline panel will discuss race, education

The session is a part of a forum series about race and community.

NEWTON

Newton to test temporary traffic improvements

Washington and Walnut streets will both get a temporary facelift April 8 and 9.

FRANKLIN

Franklin library to close for work; temporary space coming

A temporary space will open at 25 Kenwood Circle May 2.

WRENTHAM

Presentation on Zika virus at Wrentham Town Hall

An entomoligist from Norfolk County Mosquito Control will discuss the threat of mosquito-borne diseases.

FRAMINGHAM

Benefit concert for refugees to be held in Framingham

Jazz musicians will perform April 3 to raise funds for refugees escaping Syria.

Newton

Newton mayor asks legislators to keep solar incentives

Setti Warren said proposals under consideration at the state House threaten to halt local progress on solar power.

BROOKLINE

Diversity commission likely to modify, but not retract, statement

The group had charged the Board of Selectmen with allowing a “culture of institutional racism to exist through its past hiring practices.”

ARLINGTON

Arlington seeks Massachusetts Cultural District designation

A public meeting will be held Wednesday, March 30 to discuss the pending application.

CONCORD

Concord holds annual spring cleanup

Volunteers can help the town’s Division of Natural Resources clean up roadsides and intersections.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham State, MassBay join forces to help foster youths

The schools are teaming up with Wayside Youth & Family Support Network’s Estrella Program to help guide youths through the college process.

MAYNARD

Maynard to hold final design workshop on Veterans’ Memorial Park

The project goal is to improve pedestrian walkways between downtown destinations.

NATICK

Natick to hold outdoor resource fair

The event will be held Wednesday, March 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Wilson Middle School gym.

NORFOLK

Norfolk offers spring rabies clinic for dogs, cats

The clinic will be held Saturday, April 2, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the town’s Department of Public Works garage, 33 Medway Branch Road.

WATERTOWN

Civil rights activist to speak in Watertown

Bernard LaFayette will discuss the current state of race relations in the US.

WELLESLEY

Wellesley Farmers Market gearing up for season

The market is seeking vendors, sponsorships and entertainers.

FRANKLIN

Antibullying session for parents at Franklin High

A local attorney will discuss resources parents and students can use to deal with bullying.

Region

Towns to vote on funds for new Minuteman school

The plan calls for a 257,745-square-foot school to be built in Lincoln.

WELLESLEY

Wellesley rejects change in form of government

The town voted to keep the position of an executive director of general government services.

BROOKLINE

Brookline panel balks at using golf course for a new school

The Park and Recreation Commission reiterated that parts of a South Brookline golf course would not be handed over to make room for an elementary school.

FRANKLIN

Fund-raiser to benefit Franklin special education council

The comedy show will help fund monthly workshops on special-needs topics.

ARLINGTON

Civic groups sponsor candidates’ night in Arlington

The March 22 forum will give the community an opportunity to learn more about candidates running for town office.

ACTON

Acton’s Robert Creeley Foundation honors poet Tracy K. Smith

Smith will perform a free reading of her work at at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School March 29.

BEDFORD

Middlesex Community College to hold wellness expo at Bedford campus

Various health-care providers and organizations will provide information on nutrition, fitness, mental health, and more.

BELMONT

Belmont to study short-term lodging rentals

The planning board is creating a group to review regulations in response to increased Airbnb usage in Belmont.