Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe West.

Acton

Acton selectmen seek advice on reusing property

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

Marlborough

Marlborough library to hold annual picnic, meeting

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

Bedford

Bedford recycling options up for discussion

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

Framingham

Several openings on Framingham boards

Applications are due by Friday, June 3

Sudbury

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.

Wayland

Local birder to lead Wayland walk

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

FRANKLIN

Annual Memorial Day parade steps off Monday

A ceremony at the Town Common will follow the parade.

WRENTHAM

Arts on Wrentham Common celebration is June 4

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

NEWTON

Newton’s Lasell College celebrates academic complex groundbreaking

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

WALTHAM

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

Belmont solar program extended

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

WAYLAND

Wayland library seeks input from residents

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

ACTON

Acton libraries to hold book sale

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

BEDFORD

Bicycle safety event to be held in Bedford

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

Lexington

Minuteman High in Lexington to offer college credit courses

Eligible students can take Middlesex Community College courses.

BELLINGHAM

Bellingham Town Meeting takes on mill demolition, school site sale

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

FRANKLIN

Performers sought for Franklin cultural festival

Applications are due Monday, May 23.

ARLINGTON

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

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

Framingham seeks developers for downtown properties

About 20 developers took part in a tour.

FRANKLIN

Franklin officials to address responsible disposal of drugs

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

LEXINGTON

Tremont School to relocate to Lexington

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

MAYNARD

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.

NATICK

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.

NEWTON

Historic Newton to host 34th Newton house tour

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

WALTHAM

Waltham mosque holding open house

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

NEWTON

Newton officials to break ground on new school

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

PLAINVILLE

Plainville library accepting US passport applications

Four staff members have been trained to handle such applications.

WELLESLEY

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.

NEWTON

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

Newton Fire Department earns top designation

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

BEDFORD

Informational session on ticks and mosquitoes to be held in Bedford

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

FRANKLIN

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

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

FRAMINGHAM

Tickets on sale for Framingham house tour

The tour will visit homes spanning four centuries.

MEDWAY

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.

MARLBOROUGH

Volunteers needed for cancer fund-raiser in Marlborough

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

WATERTOWN

Watertown Administration Building soon changing to summer schedule

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

WELLESLEY

New president named at MassBay in Wellesley

David Podell, the vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Marymount Manhattan College, will take over at MassBay.

WAYLAND

Wayland seeks input for new library space

The Board of Library Trustees and the Library Planning Committee will hold meetings on May 17 and June 8.

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.