Recent headlines from Globe West.


Olmsted Park tour will step off from Brookline

The two-hour July 7 walk will focus on invasive plants.


Acton Discovery Museums to open new outdoor play space

The opening celebration will be held July 16 and 17.


Acton seeks volunteers for new committee

The body will make recommendations on projects costing more than $100,000.


Belmont seeks to fill boards, commissions

Volunteers are needed to fill unpaid seats on many town boards.


Garden plots available for Boxborough residents

There are still spots available at the Flerra Meadows and Middle Road community gardens.


Brookline school district hires 2 deputy superintendents

Nicole Gittens begins July 1, Samuel Zimmerman a month later.


Framingham offices switch to summer hours

The new schedule begins Monday, June 27.


Franklin farmers market open for the season

The market will be open every Friday from July 8 through Oct. 28.


Three members sought for Medway Finance Committee

The deadline for applying is Tuesday, June 28.

Arlington applies for grant to test water in schools

A town official said drinking water testing results in Arlington schools have historically been below EPA action levels for lead.


Thoreau birthplace in Concord installs solar panels

Solar panels will be installed next to the building at Thoreau Farm where the Transcendentalist was born.


Framingham hires three new firefighters

Following an orientation period, the new firefighters will be assigned to a unit or station.


Wellesley holds forums on executive director search

Officials seek feedback about the type of skills, experience, and attributes needed for the job.


Sudbury to update residents on rail trail project

The Bruce Freeman Rail Trail is proposed to go from Lowell to Framingham.


Ashland farmers market open for summer

The market runs Saturdays through Oct. 8.


Interim principal named at Brookline High

Anthony Meyer will not be a candidate to permanently fill the position.


Franklin enters community compact agreement with state

Under the agreement, the town receives $25,000 to study public safety and civic engagement practices.


Transition to two-way downtown traffic imminent in Franklin

The precise date of the switchover this month has not been set.


Bellingham residents asked thoughts on open space, recreation

A survey will help the town create its next five-year plan.


Minute Man National Historical Park seeks grant

A $250,000 grant would restore features of the 1775 Concord battle landscape,


Littleton officer and police dog complete advanced training

Officer Brian Casey and K-9 Vojak were trained in narcotics searches.


Belmont reschedules Memorial Day ceremony

The event will be held Saturday, June 18 at 10 a.m.


Volunteers needed to pull invasive plants from Pepperell river

Targeted: water chestnuts, an invasive exotic weed.


Wellesley group selling milkweed to attract butterflies

Milkweed is an essential part of the monarch diet.


Arlington presents results of Senior Center feasibility study

The study examines the feasibility of using two floors of the building for both the senior center and town offices.


Framingham DPW hosts neighborhood meeting

Representatives will brief residents about construction planned in the Elmfield, Griffin, and Hemenway roads area.


Arlington police to hold gun buyback event

The program aims to get guns out of homes.


State officials visit downtown Maynard

Officials visited the Mill & Main redevelopment.


New visitors center dedicated at wildlife refuge in Devens

The center was named after Bill Ashe, a retired Fish and Wildlife Service employee.


State grants Minuteman more time for school project

Belmont was the only town in the district to reject plans to build a $144.9 million new school this spring.


Shrewsbury bans plastic bags

The town joins about 30 Massachusetts communities that have banned such bags.


Pan-Mass Challenge kids ride June 12

Funds raised by the rides will benefit cancer research and treatment.


Antiquarian book lecture, appraisals at senior center

Individuals can have two books or documents appraised by Ken Gloss, proprietor of Brattle Book Shop in Boston.


Acton selectmen seek advice on reusing property

A committee has been formed to study possible uses of the former Walker property.


Marlborough library to hold annual picnic, meeting

Efforts to raise funds for a new library will be discussed at the June 8 event.


Bedford recycling options up for discussion

Two options will be outlined at a Tuesday, May 31 meeting


Several openings on Framingham boards

Applications are due by Friday, June 3


Sudbury forms committee to study new vocational school options

The Board of Selectmen is seeking two town residents to help search for a new vocational school.


Local birder to lead Wayland walk

The walk at Heard Farm Conservation Area will be held Saturday, June 4.


Annual Memorial Day parade steps off Monday

A ceremony at the Town Common will follow the parade.


Arts on Wrentham Common celebration is June 4

The event will feature arts and crafts, dance performances, and live music.


Newton’s Lasell College celebrates academic complex groundbreaking

The mixed-use science and athletic training complex is slated to be finsihed in December 2017.


Electrical outage planned for Waltham’s Moody Street area

The outage will be conducted Monday, May 23, so that Eversource can make electrical upgrades.


Belmont solar program extended

Residents can sign up for rooftop solar systems until June 30.


Wayland library seeks input from residents

The survey is open until May 31, and an open forum will be held June 8.


Acton libraries to hold book sale

Thousands of books for children and adults will be on sale June 4 and 5.


Bicycle safety event to be held in Bedford

The Rotary Club will give out free helmets at the Police Department.


Minuteman High in Lexington to offer college credit courses

Eligible students can take Middlesex Community College courses.


Bellingham Town Meeting takes on mill demolition, school site sale

Voters will also have their say on electric and sewage projects.


Performers sought for Franklin cultural festival

Applications are due Monday, May 23.


Arlington to hold community discussion about inclusion

The Arlington Human Rights Commission and Facing History and Ourselves are teaming up to lead a Tuesday, May 17 talk.


Concord Chorus to hold 70th anniversary concert

The chorus will perform Mozart’s “Requiem’’ and the world premiere of Michael Schachter’s “Uriel’’ Saturday, May 21.


Framingham seeks developers for downtown properties

About 20 developers took part in a tour.


Franklin officials to address responsible disposal of drugs

The town has also scheduled a drug take-back day for May 24.


Tremont School to relocate to Lexington

The school is moving from its Weston location to a 16,000-square-foot facility in Lexington.


Maynard police to hold summer youth academy

The free academy July 18-22 will give kids a hands-on look into the world of law enforcement.


Interactive Natick exhibit flags warning signs of teen substance abuse

“Tour guides” will lead parents through an interactive exhibit of a teen’s room to point out signs of substance abuse.


Historic Newton to host 34th Newton house tour

The tour features seven properties dating back to the mid-19th century.


Waltham mosque holding open house

Mosque leaders have planned activities Sunday, May 15 to teach the public about the Muslim faith and community.


Newton officials to break ground on new school

The new Zervas School is scheduled to open in September 2017.


Plainville library accepting US passport applications

Four staff members have been trained to handle such applications.


Wellesley voters to decide Tuesday on funding for new senior center

Wellesley residents will head to the polls Tuesday to vote on a debt exclusion for the construction of a new senior center on Washington Street.


Work set to begin on Elliot Street bridge connecting Newton and Needham

The first phase of reconstruction will start on May 9 and last through July 14.


Newton Fire Department earns top designation

The top protection rating is given to fewer than 1 percent of fire departments across the country.


Informational session on ticks and mosquitoes to be held in Bedford

Attendees will learn protection methods about tick- and mosquito-borne diseases.


5K run, walk and fun runs to benefit disabilities programs

Proceeds from the day of family activities will benefit Horace Mann Educational Associates programs.


Tickets on sale for Framingham house tour

The tour will visit homes spanning four centuries.


Dedication ceremony for Maddie Lamson Field in Medway

The field will be dedicated to a three-sport student-athlete who died in a car crash last year.


Volunteers needed for cancer fund-raiser in Marlborough

Bicycles Battling Cancer is looking for everything from messsage therapists to finish-line cheerleaders.


Watertown Administration Building soon changing to summer schedule

The Administration Building will operate extended hours on Tuesdays and shortened hours on Fridays.