Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe West.

BROOKLINE

Brookline bike lane test extended to a year

The plan originally called for a six-month test of the bicycle lane, but will instead run longer at the state’s request.

BROOKLINE

Brookline bike lane test extended to a year

Officials say the lane makes it easier for cyclists to travel from Kenmore Square to Newton Centre.

NEWTON

Newton public school enrollment, staff diversity rise

Nearly 1,400 students were added from 2004 to 2016, and and the number of educators and administrators of color hired increased from 11.59 percent last school year to 15.93 percent this year.

ACTON

South Acton commuter lot requires use of new meters

Under the new system, commuters will need to enter the parking space number into the meter prior to payment.

ARLINGTON

Consultant hired for Arlington zoning bylaw update

The town hired RKG Associates to help it update its zoning bylaw for land use.

BOXBOROUGH

Boxborough animal control gets full-service vehicle

The new vehicle is a 2016 Ford F-250 pickup truck with a protective cap over the bed for the safe transport of animals.

CONCORD

Informational meeting set for Concord’s polystyrene ban

Concord residents voted at the April 2016 Town meeting to enact a bylaw to take effect in 2017 that prohibits polystyrene, foam and rigid plastic.

REGION

Inauguration tickets available through lottery

The office of US Representative Niki Tsongas will distribute tickets based on a random lottery.

WAYLAND

Wayland libary welcomes new director

The Wayland Free Public Library will hold a holiday open house to welcome new library director Dana Mastroianni.

WELLESLEY

Wellesley holds community visioning forum

The forum is an opportunity for residents to give input about how to make the town a better place to live, work, and play.

NEWTON

Panel on transgender issues scheduled

The discussion will take place Monday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center in Newton.

FRANKLIN

Franklin’s ‘12 Days of Donating’ drive seeks contributions

The campaign will benefit the Franklin Food Pantry’s 500-plus client families through the winter.

BELLINGHAM

Bellingham seeks volunteers to help plan 300th birthday celebration

Interested residents can find an application form on the town’s website.

BROOKLINE

Brookline’s First Light set for Dec. 1

A town tradition returns this year, as a group of local businesses in Brookline are set to celebrate the holiday season.

UPTON

Upton hiring new recreation director

Completed applications and resumes must be sent to the personnel director in the Board of Selectmen’s office by Thursday, Dec. 15, at 5 p.m.

ARLINGTON

Arlington Center begins metered parking

Town officials say the new meters will help increase on-street parking availability by encouraging long-term parking in municipal lots.

BELMONT

Belmont seeks volunteers for Minuteman school committee

The Belmont representative will work to help ensure a smooth withdrawal from the district in 2020.

BEDFORD

Bedford’s Middlesex Community College holds free fall concert

Orlando Cela & Friends will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in the Bedford Campus Concert Hall.

BROOKLINE

New board to oversee Brookline school project

Officials hope to open a new kindergarten to Grade 8 school building in 2020.

CONCORD, CARLISLE

Concord-Carlisle district searches for new superindendent

Concord and Carlisle residents should take part in an online survey that will help guide them as they search for a new superintendent.

FRANKLIN

Apply for low-income fuel assistance programs in Franklin

Fuel assistance is now available via both state and local programs for low-income households in Franklin seeking help to pay home heating bills.

REGIONAL

Improved mental health services coming to 10 towns in Middlesex County

The Community Outreach Initiative Network assists those suffering from substance abuse and mental health disorders by connecting them to services and treatment options.

NEWTON

Newton Charter Commission affirms vote to shrink City Council

The commission will finalize its proposed charter by mid-2017, and the question will likely be put to voters next November.

ASHLAND

Deadline looms on Ashland’s invitational entries for Marathon

In exchange for such an entry, runners will be required to raise $3,000 for nonprofit organizations.

ARLINGTON

Arlington receives funds to restore Upper Mystic River

The $47,325 is meant for projects in an area damaged by a tanker-truck fuel oil spill in 2013.

CONCORD

Concord-based river advocacy group celebrates 30 years

OARS is particularly known for its work improving the water quality of the Assabet River.

CONCORD

Tree of Lights ceremony set for Concord hospital

The public is invited to donate a light on the tree for $20 in honor or in memory of a loved one, or to commemorate a special event.

FRAMINGHAM

Nov. 26 is Small Business Saturday in Framingham

Officials are encouraging residents to shop locally for the holidays.

FRANKLIN

Franklin Turkey Trot to benefit food pantry

The registration fee is $20 or 20 nonperishable food items, with all proceeds benefiting the Franklin Food Pantry.

WATERTOWN

Watertown DPW to discuss traffic issues

The Dec. 8 session at the Watertown Public Library will discuss plans for improving traffic flow and safety on Mount Auburn Street.

WELLESLEY

MassBay Community College receives grant for Wellesley program

A $10,000 grant will fund the school’s Leadership Ambassador’s Program.

WAYLAND

Construction begins on Wayland Rail Trail

The initial portion of the trail will stretch from the new town center development to the old Wayland Depot.

Maynard

‘Edge community’ board meets at touted Maynard site

Officials and the owner of a brewpub shared the town’s vision for the mill.

WRENTHAM

Wrentham Fall Town Meeting to take on alcohol licenses, water use bylaws

Wrentham’s Fall Town Meeting will be held Monday, Nov. 14, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Natick

As TEDx returns to Natick, volunteers sought

An informational meeting for those interested in volunteering for the January event will be held Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. Town Hall

Wayland

Parking tight at Wayland library during construction

As work on a flood mitigation project proceeds, patrons are strongly encouraged to use alternative parking sites.

ARLINGTON

Arlington police offer replacement Narcan devices

The Arlington Police Department will be holding walk-in hours every week for those in need of a replacement Narcan device following a recent recall.

ACTON, CONCORD

Hearing set on rail trail connecting Acton to Concord

State transportation officials will hold a public hearing on Thursday, Nov. 17, on the preliminary design for a section of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail that will connect the path in Acton to Concord.

HUDSON

Free van service comes to Hudson

Hudson officials recently moved forward with an initiative that will allow the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority to provide van service to the town free of charge for riders.

FRANKLIN

Feedback sought in search for new Franklin schools superintendent

The Franklin School Committee is conducting an online survey to gather feedback to aid its search for a new superintendent of schools.

DOVER

‘Wetlands Laboratory’ opens at Dover’s Charles River School

The outdoor classroom features nature trails, boardwalks, bridges, and platforms for water sampling and viewing.

BEDFORD

Bedford Police collects 300 pounds of drugs in six months

The collection was part of a program giving the public an opportunity to dispose of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs.

BROOKLINE

Brookline seeks volunteers for transportation advisory panels

The two boards are the Pedestrian Advisory Committee and the Public Transportation Advisory Committee.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham library to host finance exhibition for young adults

“Thinking Money’’ is a new traveling interactive exhibition designed to teach young people and their families about money.

BROOKLINE

Trial nears on Brookline development dispute

A settlement could end years of wrangling over a proposal to build hundreds of new units at Hancock Village.

ARLINGTON

Arlington hires new economic coordinator

Ali Carter, who had served as executive director of Brighton Main Streets since 2014, started her new position in November.

FRANKLIN

Franklin Downtown Partnership anniversary gala set for Nov. 12

The gala will celebrate the partnership’s 15 years of service to the town’s residents and businesses.

SOUTHBOROUGH

Informational meeting Nov. 9 on proposed Southborough historic district

The Massachusetts Historical Commission will conduct a presentation at the Southborough Town House at 7:15 p.m. that evening

Brookline

Brookline High senior wants Town Meeting to take a stand on tobacco products

Makena Binker-Cosen, 17, said her warrant article is designed to discourage young people from smoking.

WELLESLEY

Wellesley practices for its annual spelling bee

The 27th annual Wellesley Spelling Bee will take place at Sprague Elementary School on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.

FRANKLIN

43rd annual Franklin Newcomers craft fair Nov. 5

Dozens of crafters are expected to be on hand to showcase their wares.

MEDWAY

Forum to review proposed amendments to Medway’s zoning bylaws

The town’s Planning and Economic Development Board has set the community event for Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m.

Housing planned for former Newton Centre library

The long-vacant building will be repurposed to include retail, community space, and five to 10 housing units, Mayor Setti Warren announced Thursday.

CONCORD

In Concord, the smart parking meters are coming

The installation of the meters has started in Concord Center and West Concord.

FRAMINGHAM

Six Framingham charities chosen for ’17 Marathon fund-raising

Town officials have selected six organizations to participate in the Team Framingham fund-raising program for the 2017 Boston Marathon.

WAYLAND

Wayland to hold public forum on new library plans

The forum will be held Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Senior Center at the Wayland Town Building.

ASHLAND

Candidates’ forum at Ashland Public Library Oct. 25

The forum will be streamed live and recorded by local television for viewers at home.

ARLINGTON

Former Obama adviser is keynote speaker at Arlington gala

David Axelrod will be the keynote speaker at this year’s annual gala to benefit the Arlington Youth Counseling Center.

FRANKLIN

Garden clubs hosting Franklin workshop on designing potting containers

The event, jointly hosted by the Franklin, Norfolk, and Millis garden clubs, will be held Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Remington Middle School cafeteria in Franklin.

WELLESLEY

Forum set on repair options for Wellesley elementary schools

A committee studying options for three of Wellesley’s elementary schools is holding a public forum on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Sprague School gymnasium.

ARLINGTON

Parking meters coming to Arlington Center

Single-space parking meters are being installed in Arlington Center this month from Franklin Street to Jason Street, and in the parking lot at the Robbins Library.

NEEDHAM, WELLESLEY

New trail opens along Sudbury Aqueduct in Needham, Wellesley

The new trail is part of the MWRA’s Aqueduct Trails Program, in which the authority partners with towns to create off-road pedestrian trails.

BELMONT

Minuteman school district to hold forum in Belmont

The presentation on Thursday, Oct. 13, will provide information before the town’s upcoming vote to leave the district.

BELMONT

Belmont residents are invited to test drive electric cars

The new community-run program aims to promote the use of electric vehicles in Belmont.

FRANKLIN

Franklin cultural council seeks funding proposals

This year, the council expects it may distribute up to $11,000 in grants.

PLAINVILLE

Pumpkin-decorating contest to benefit Plainville food pantry

Participants are invited to decorate pumpkins to resemble their favorite book characters.

GROTON

Indian Hill Music to build new space in Groton

The Littleton-based non-profit organization has submitted plans to the Groton Planning Board that call for a new building at 122 Old Ayer Road.

ASHLAND

Volunteers sought for Ashland committees

The Nyanza Advisory Committee will be charged with reviewing state and federal reports related to the Nyanza Superfund site.

FRANKLIN

Franklin Harvest Stroll and downtown revitalization celebration Oct. 6

The ceremony will celebrate downtown Franklin’s recent roadway and streetscape improvement project.

WELLESLEY

MassBay Community College president to be inaugurated

David Podell will be inaugurated on Thursday, Oct. 6, during an event that will also honor and celebrate student work and faculty achievements.