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Reserve a place in community garden

The Southborough Community Garden is accepting reservations for plots on its Breakneck Hill Conservation Land site. To reserve an area for the growing season, e-mail coordinator Debbi Molinaro at Plots are available in two sizes, 10 feet by 10 feet and 10 feet by 20 feet. The cost is $15 or $25, though payment is optional for senior citizens. Participants must agree to use organic gardening methods.


Public safety groups to host fund-raising 5K

The Sherborn Fire and Rescue Association and Sherborn Police Association will be hosting their first 5K and Fun Run next Sunday, April 12. The race will start at 8:30 a.m. at Cemetery Lane near Sherborn Fire Station One on North Main Street, and will loop back around to Cemetery Lane. After the race, there will be family games, events, and refreshments on Jameson Field behind the fire station. Registration is $30 in advance, $40 on race day, and is open to all ages. Proceeds from the race will go to the two associations. For more information and to register, visit and search for Sherborn public safety.


Trieschman family to be honored by Walker group

On May 2, Concord resident Karl Trieschman will accept, on behalf of his family, the 2015 Distinguished Community Leadership Award from Walker, a Needham-based nonprofit organization that provides services for children with special behavioral needs. The recognition cites the work of his late father, Albert Trieschman, who founded the Walker Home facility in 1961. In 1969, the psychologist co-wrote “The Other 23 Hours,” which focused on the importance of a therapeutic environment in the lives of children who require treatment for complex behavioral issues. The leadership award is given annually to a person, family, or organization demonstrating a commitment to helping the lives of the children and their families. For more about the Walker organization, go to


Schools chief opts for interim principal at Newton North High

Superintendent David Fleishman has decided to take a pass on the two finalists recommended for the Newton North High School principal’s job, and instead will fill the position on an interim basis for next school year. In a letter last week to the Newton North community, Fleishman said he made his decision “after a thorough review and a careful examination of the needs of the school,” but offered no details on his rationale. The finalists, Geoff Walker, principal at the William Barton Rogers Middle School in Boston, and Bill Klements, assistant principal at Sharon High School, were named after a rigorous search process, according to Fleishman’s letter, which also described them as excellent school administrators. Both men recently spent a day at Newton North for a series of interviews with students, faculty, administrators, and community members. Fleishman said an announcement on the interim appointment will be made after the April school vacation.


Antiques appraisal event to benefit local history museum

Franklin’s Historical Commission will hold an antiques appraisal day April 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Franklin Historical Museum, 80 West Central St. Nancy Wyman, a certified appraiser from Coyle’s Auction Gallery in Bellingham, will appraise up to three items for participants, at a rate of $5 per item. Items that can be appraised include decorative stoneware and pottery; vintage clothing and costume jewelry; fine china and glassware; oriental rugs; paintings and prints; and furniture. There will be no appraisals offered for fine jewelry, coins, stamps, or weapons. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Franklin Historical Museum. For more information, including a full list of items eligible for appraisal, visit


Town offers details on lottery for affordable units

Bellingham is offering two affordable housing opportunities, one on South Main Street and the other on Benelli Street. Both units have 3 bedrooms, 1½ baths, and garage space. The town will hold a public information session April 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Municipal Center. A lottery for income-eligible applicants for the units is scheduled for May 14 at 6:30 p.m. An open house at the South Main Street property will be held April 11 from 10 a.m. to noon. To qualify for the affordable units, applicants must meet income limits, which range from $48,800 for a one-person household to $80,900 for six people, and they can have no more than $75,000 in assets. Applications are due May 9. For more information on eligibility and application requirements, visit the town’s website,


Deadline for register for election, Town Meeting

The deadline to register to vote in Ayer’s annual town election and Town Meeting is April 7. The election will be held from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 27 in Town Hall. The annual Town Meeting will convene at 7 p.m. May 11.


DPW schedules five neighborhood meetings

Framingham’s Department of Public Works has scheduled five neighborhood meetings for residents and business owners to meet with the staff, construction project managers, and consultants working on local projects. The first meeting will be with Coburn Street neighborhood residents at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at the DPW headquarters, 100 Western Ave. The Main Street neighborhood session will be held at the public works site at 7 p.m. April 6. Residents from the Riverpath Drive, Meadow Street, and Hillside Street neighborhoods will gather at 7 p.m. April 9 at Cameron Middle School, 215 Elm St. The Union Avenue neighborhood session will be held at 7 p.m. April 13 at the Memorial Building, 100 Concord St. An open house detailing downtown area construction projects will be held from noon to 7 p.m. April 23 at the project field office, 107 Concord St. For more information, visit


Lincoln election to be held March 30

Lincoln’s annual town election will be held Monday, March 30, when polls will be open in the Smith School gym from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. There are two contests on the ballot: one for the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional School Committee, with three candidates running for two seats, and a two-person race for a Planning Board position. For the school board, Robert Stein is vying with incumbents Nancy Marshall and Gerald Quirk, and Planning Board incumbent Robert Domnitz is facing a challenge from Gerald Taylor. There are also two school-related ballot questions. Residents will vote on a request to spend $750,000 on a feasibility study to develop building renovation or repair choices for the Lincoln School. The second question asks residents to approve $75,000 to pay for a new campus master plan for the Lincoln School complex on Ballfield Road.


Hearing will preview warrant articles March 30

Wayland’s Board of Selectmen will hold a hearing on this spring’s annual Town Meeting warrant articles Monday, March 30, at 7 p.m. in the Town Building, 41 Cochituate Road. Copies of the warrant are being mailed to every household. Town Meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. April 6 in the Wayland High School field house.


United Way offers survey to gauge community needs

The Acton-Boxborough United Way is encouraging residents to fill out a survey as a part of its Community Needs Assessment. The brief and confidential online survey is designed to identify the most pressing human service needs and trends in area communities. The survey is available on the nonprofit social services organization’s website,, in Mandarin, Portuguese, and Spanish as well as English. Its Community Needs Assessment will also involve focus groups and interviews. A final report is expected in the late spring.


Boston 2024 head to speak at chamber breakfast

John Fish, the driving force behind Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, will speak at the Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce’s annual Green Business Awards Breakfast on May 6 at the Boston Marriott Newton hotel, 2345 Commonwealth Ave. “Business leaders here have reasons to be both skeptical and optimistic about the impact bringing the Olympics to Boston would have on our region,” said chamber president Greg Reibman. “Many people are anxious to hear what John has to say.” Fish, CEO and chairman of Suffolk Construction Co., also serves as chairman of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce; vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; and founder and chairman of Scholar Athletes. The awards breakfast honors local organizations on the forefront of creating sustainable and environmentally friendly businesses. Advance tickets for the 7:30 a.m. gathering are $40, or $35 for Newton-Needham chamber members, and can be purchased by calling 617-244-5300 or online at The fee at the door will be $50.


Selectmen to get update on commuter rail project

Belmont’s Board of Selectmen at its April 8 meeting will host an MBTA representative who will provide an update on the local impacts of the Fitchburg/South Acton commuter rail project. The meeting, rescheduled from March 16, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. For more information, contact the selectmen’s office at 617-993-2610.


Southborough seeks residents for Conservation Commission

Southborough is seeking two residents to fill vacancies on the town’s Conservation Committee. The applicants should have an interest in open space, wetlands and rivers protection, the environment, and storm-water management. Meetings are typically held on Thursday evenings every 21 days. Interested residents should submit a volunteer form, resume, and letter of interest to the Board of Selectmen’s office at the Town House. For details, visit


Developers to discuss plans for Verizon site

Developers of a proposed office building on the Verizon site at 480 Arsenal St. in Watertown will hold host a community meeting on the property at 6:30 p.m. April 1. Renovation plans include turning the existing building into an 185,000-square-foot office building with a parking deck and an entrance onto Nichols Avenue, town officials said. Verizon uses the space for offices and a warehouse, as well as storage for equipment and trucks, but will be moving out when its lease ends, officials said. During the meeting, developers will focus on the proposed car entrance onto Nichols Avenue. Town Council member Angeline Kounelis previously told the Globe that she is opposed to opening access to Nichols Avenue, citing the impact at local intersections and car trips through the neighborhood. For more information, visit


Survivor to speak on child sex trafficking

Dover Town Library is hosting a free lecture, “Collapsing This Hushed House: My Escape and Healing from Child Sex Trafficking,” at 7 p.m. Monday, March 23. The featured speaker is Kate Price, a survivor of child sex trafficking who is a project associate at the Wellesley Center for Women at Wellesley College. Voluntary donations will be accepted to support Price’s crowdfunding campaign for her doctorate in sociology at the University of Massachusetts Boston.


Author to discuss book exploring race, racism

Author Debby Irving will speak at the Needham Free Public Library on Thursday, March 26, about her book, “Waking Up White,’’ which she says recounts her “sometimes cringe-worthy journey to understand racism and racial tensions.” The free presentation, sponsored by the Needham Diversity Committee, starts at 7 p.m. In the book, Irving, who worked as a community organizer and classroom teacher for more than 25 years, tells of going from “well-meaning to well-doing,” and coming to terms with her own identity and white privilege. The sponsors hope the talk can help open a community dialogue about topics of race and racism.


Wrentham Stars to kick up heels Friday

The third annual Dancing with the Wrentham Stars event will be held Friday, March 27, from 7 p.m. to midnight at Lake Pearl Luciano’s, 299 Creek St. Six local participants, a mix of residents and teachers, are pairing up with professional dance instructors to compete in the fund-raiser. The proceeds will support local charities, including the Wrentham Elementary Schools Trust, Holly Club of Wrentham, Wrentham American Legion Post 225, Wrentham Senior Center, Hockomock Area YMCA, Wrentham Food Pantry, and Friends of Wrentham. Tickets are $50; to order, e-mail For more information, or to support a star and the charity he or she is representing, visit the Wrentham Community Events website,


Contests for school, planning seats on March 31 ballot

The annual town election in Natick will be held March 31. Absentee ballot applications are available in the town clerk’s office. The only contests involve positions on the School Committee and the Planning Board. For School Committee, three candidates are running for two seats, with incumbent Firkins Reed joined on the ballot by Richard Sidney and Lisa Tabenkin. For the Planning Board, incumbent Glen Glater and William Trudell are vying for one position. For more information, visit


Public hearing on replacing West Central Street bridge

The state Department of Transportation’s Highway Division will hold a public hearing regarding the proposed replacement of Franklin’s long-closed West Central Street bridge on April 6 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers on the second floor of the Municipal Building. The project would replace the original bridge, which was constructed in 1922 and rebuilt in 1967 , and crosses above freight and commuter railroad tracks. The two-lane span has been closed to all traffic since 2008. The new bridge would be limited to pedestrian and nonvehicular travel, although emergency and maintenance vehicles would be allowed access as needed. Written statements on the shared-use proposal can be submitted within 10 days of the hearing to Patricia A. Leavenworth, chief engineer, Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Highway Division, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116. For more information on the proposal, visit the town’s website,


Annual Town Meeting to begin Monday

Annual Town Meeting will open at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 23, at Lexington High School, and then convene at the same time on subsequent Wednesdays and Mondays until all articles have been addressed. The articles are grouped into three categories: financial, general, and zoning. For more information, including details on the warrant articles, visit the town’s website,, and click on Annual Town Meeting.


Town will host workshop for local homeowners

Weston officials will hold a homeowner’s workshop, “Spring Into Action,” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, March 23, in the Community Center. Municipal staff will be on hand to give homeowners tips about home safety, proper maintenance, and permitting projects involving the house, septic system, drainage features, and yard work. Staff members will give a brief presentation and take questions. Representatives from the Weston Emergency Reserve Corps, Board of Health, and Conservation Committee, as well as public works and public safety personnel will be on hand. For more information, contact the Board of Health at 781-786-5030.


Historian to discuss town’s famous figures Sunday

On Sunday, March 22, the Wayland Historical Society and the Wayland Free Public Library will host “Wayland People in the World,” from 3 to 5 p.m at the library, 5 Concord Road. The program, led by resident and Pulitzer Prize winner David Hackett Fischer, will focus on people from the town who have had an effect on the country as a whole, such as abolitionist Lydia Maria Child and landscape designer Robert Patterson, among others. Fischer, the Earl Warren Professor of History at Brandeis University, was awarded the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in history for his book, “Washington’s Crossing.’’


Town offers grants for minor home repairs

The Sudbury Housing Trust’s Small Grant Program is accepting applications for its next funding round. The town program provides assistance to moderate-income residents needing to make repairs or alterations to their homes for health and safety reasons. The process is designed to be simple and quick, with grants available for up to $5,000. Applications must be submitted by March 30; the funds will be awarded in May. For more information, contact Jim Kupfer, the program’s administrator, at 978-639-3387, or visit the Housing Trust’s page at


Voting hours reduced for annual election

Concord’s annual town election will be held March 31, when the polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m. According to the town clerk’s office, the reduced hours are being held for this election only since there are no contested races on the ballot. However, the town clerk is urging residents to take part in the election to show their thanks for the candidates serving in the volunteer roles. Absentee ballots are available at the Town House during normal business hours, or can be mailed to a resident’s home. For more information, call the town clerk’s office at 978-318-3080, or e-mail .


Warren reminds Newton ‘we are all in this together’

In his annual state of the city address, Mayor Setti Warren on Monday highlighted Newton’s sound finances and the steps his administration has taken to cut carbon emissions and save money, increase the commercial tax base, and lay out a clear program to repair municipal buildings and infrastructure. “We are building a sustainable financial model for the city longterm,” he said shortly before giving his speech at City Hall to an audience of elected officials, city employees, and residents. While highlighting his economic achievements, Warren also asked residents to take a look back at the city’s first mayor, James F.C. Hyde, who held the post in 1874 and 1875. “He wasn’t afraid to think about the long term, and to think big,” Warren said. “We owe it to those who came before us to do the same.” The mayor also asked “colleagues in government, residents, employees, and businesses” to assume the best intentions in others, and not the worst, and remember “that we are all in this together.”


Thomas Stanley announces bid for mayor’s office

The Waltham city councilor and state Representative has thrown his hat into the ring.


Apply for affordable housing lottery by April 1

Four new affordable housing units at the Villages at Oak Hill, an age-55-plus community on Innsbruck Way in Franklin, will be made available through a lottery early next month. The two-bedroom, 2½-bathroom town houses are approximately 1,700 square feet and include two-car garages. The deadline to apply for the lottery is April 1. To quality for the affordable units, applicants must meet income limits, which range from $47,450 for a one-person household to $67,750 for four people, and at least one member must be 55 or older. There are also limits on assets. The lottery is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. April 7 in Town Hall. For more information on the program or properties, call Karen Morand at 978-235-5595 or e-mail, or visit


Discussion Tuesday on school building project

Members of several Lincoln boards will be on hand for a public forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Lincoln School’s Reed Gym to discuss four Town Meeting warrant articles related to the school building project and the Ballfield Road campus. Residents are encouraged to attend to learn more about the articles, which include a request for a feasibility study looking at potential options for renovating the school. Town Meeting will be held March 28.


Panel to explore ideas for new community center

A public forum will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 26 in the Sudbury Grange Hall for residents to learn about design ideas for a new community center. The town’s Permanent Building Committee, in partnership with the Fairbank Community Task Force, has been working with a design firm to develop conceptual plans for a multigenerational center. Residents will have an opportunity to give their feedback to committee members about the design options during the forum.


File papers for Town Meeting role by Tuesday

There are several openings for Town Meeting members on the ballot in Shrewsbury’s annual election, which will be held May 5. Members are needed in precincts 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. Nomination papers are available in the town clerk’s office and are due back by 5 p.m. Tuesday. Candidates must submit a minimum of 10 signatures from voters within their precinct.


Forum to offer details on solar-power project

Wayland’s Energy Initiatives Advisory Committee is holding a public forum at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Town Building, 41 Cochituate Road, for residents to learn more about a proposal to have a contractor build solar-power arrays on four town sites. The project calls for installing canopies of photovoltaic panels in the parking lots at Wayland High School, Wayland Middle School, and the Town Building, and on the roof of the new public works building. Residents will be voting on the proposal at annual Town Meeting, which starts April 6.


Time to take out papers for annual election

The final day to obtain nomination papers from the town clerk’s office to run in Medway’s annual town election is March 30. Prospective candidates must obtain the signatures of 50 registered voters in town in order to appear on the ballot. Positions up for election include two seats on the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Library Trustees; one seat on the Board of Health, School Committee, Parks Commission, Water and Sewer Commission, Housing Authority, and Planning and Economic Development Board; and town clerk. The completed nomination papers and signatures are due April 2; the election will be held May 19. For more information, visit the town clerk’s office or call 508-533-3204.


Make town trash-free in time for Earth Day

Organizers are seeking volunteers for the first Natick Green-Up Week, being held next month in collaboration with the town’s Department of Public Works as part of the Trash-Free Natick Project. Groups will meet from 9 a.m. to noon April 21 through April 24 at various locations around town to clean up trash, and then join the local Earth Day celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26 on Natick Common. For a list of the cleanup locations, visit


Watershed group seeks volunteers for projects

The Nashua River Watershed Association will be expanding its water monitoring efforts in Harvard and at the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge this summer, and is seeking local volunteers to assist with the project. The nonprofit group will deliver a presentation on the town’s waterways from 7 to 8 p.m. March 26 in Volunteers Hall at the Harvard Public Library. In addition to increasing the number of sites it monitors, the association will also be undertaking a survey of invasive aquatic plants and removing water chestnuts. Volunteers are needed to assist with stream monitoring once a week in July and August, as well as to assist with the surveying and removal of invasive plants. For more information, contact the association’s water programs director, Martha Morgan, at 978-448-0299, or e-mail


Voters OK new taxes to buy North 40

Wellesley voters in the March 3 annual election approved a temporary property tax increase to help pay for purchasing 46 acres of open space from Wellesley College. The vote was 2,107 to 509 in favor of the Proposition 2½ debt-exclusion override to buy the so-called North 40 property. The town will also use Community Preservation Act funds to cover part of the roughly $35.6 million in acquisition costs; the tax impact for the average homeowner is expected to be about $141 a year. The town and Wellesley College signed a purchase and sales agreement for the property in December.


Brain Awareness Week lecture at library

Brain Awareness Week 2015 is being observed at the Public Library of Brookline with a lecture on “Memory and the Brain: Improving Cognition’’ at 1 p.m. Friday in Hunneman Hall at the main library branch, 361 Washington St. It is being presented by Boston College’s Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory, one of several entities at the Chestnut Hill school taking part in the global campaign to increase public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research. The lecture will include a discussion of tips for improving brain health and adapting to change. More information about the research lab is available at


Trivia bee to benefit schools will be held March 22

The annual Arlington Trivia Bee to benefit public school programs will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. next Sunday at Town Hall. Teams representing schools and local organizations will face questions about history, sports, science, literature, art, and the town. There will also be special activities and prizes for kids and audience members. The free event is sponsored by the Arlington Education Foundation, which provides grants to support projects that enhance the school system’s educational offerings. For more information, visit


High school to host violence-prevention summit

About 200 student leaders from 13 high schools across the state are expected to participate in a summit Friday at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School on promoting healthy relationships and reducing dating violence. The Mentors in Violence Prevention program is hosting “Courage to Care: Healthy Relationships Summit” from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the high school, 390 Lincoln Road in Sudbury. The free public event was created to raise awareness about relationship violence and to provide leadership opportunities for student groups with shared missions to reduce dating violence in their school communities. Wayland resident Malcolm Astley , who founded the Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund after his daughter was killed by a former boyfriend in 2011, will give the welcoming remarks. Edward Walker, a rapper, athlete, inspirational speaker, educator, and father and husband, will give the keynote address.


Selectmen seek to fill Planning Board vacancy

Belmont’s selectmen are seeking residents interested in filling a vacancy on the Planning Board. The board is involved in drafting zoning proposals, studying land-use patterns, reviewing traffic concerns, and evaluating development projects. It typically meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Applicants with professional experience or training in a related field are preferred. Interested residents should complete a Community Volunteer Interest Form, which is available in the selectmen’s office or online at Applications should be submitted to Bob Reardon Jr. in the selectmen’s office, or via e-mail to, Applications will be accepted through Wednesday.


Town caucus to put names on ballot Monday

Weston will hold its annual town caucus at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Sears Auditorium at Town Hall. At the caucus, prospective candidates for local offices are nominated to be placed on the ballot at annual election. The two candidates for each position receiving the largest number of votes are designated as “caucus nominees” on the ballot; other residents can get their names on the ballot by turning in nomination papers at the town clerk’s office. The town election is May 9. For more information, visit


Seminar on children’s food allergies March 18

A specialist in pediatric allergies, Dr. Michael Pistiner will lead a free seminar on children’s food allergies March 18 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Black Box theater at 15 West Central St. Pistiner will discuss what it takes to manage food allergies, explain policies aimed at keeping students safe in school, and provide advice for handling parties, play dates, and other social occasions. The program is designed for parents, teachers, family members, friends, and caregivers of children with food allergies, as well as others interested in learning more about the topic. To register, visit


Clergy to host community forum on race

The Framingham Interfaith Clergy Association invites residents to attend “Framingham Coming Together — A Community Forum’’ March 18 at 7 p.m. to discuss issues surrounding race. The forum will be an opportunity for sharing stories around incidents of violence and the deaths last year of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Mo., New York City, and elsewhere in the United States. The event will be held in the Memorial Building’s Nevins Hall, at 150 Concord St.


Proposal seeks more restaurant liquor licenses

The Bedford Board of Selectmen is seeking approval for eight more liquor licenses in town. An article on the annual Town Meeting warrant would allow selectmen to seek Beacon Hill’s permission for the additional licenses for restaurants. The town has already allotted the 14 on-premises alcohol sales licenses that are available based on its population, which was 13,765 in the 2010 Census. The warrant article states that employees of local businesses and institutions increase Bedford’s daytime population to roughly twice its residential figure, and having more liquor licenses would boost its economy . Town Meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. March 23. A copy of the warrant is available on the town’s website,


Grange to celebrate 129th anniversary

The Boxborough Grange will celebrate its 129th anniversary during a 7:30 p.m. meeting Friday in the Grange Room at Town Hall. The agricultural organization’s local chapter was founded on March 4, 1886. The public gathering will feature the presentation of the annual Grange Community Service Award to a deserving citizen or group in town. Entertainment and refreshments will follow.


Lecture series on nature starts March 18

The King Philip Science National Honor Society will present a free three-part cultural lecture series this month. “Nature Talks . . . Are You Listening?” will feature naturalist Brent Nixon in talks aimed at all ages. On March 18 at 7 p.m. in the King Philip Regional Middle School auditorium in Norfolk, the focus will be Alaska, including the people and animals one encounters there. On March 19 at 7 p.m. in the King Philip Regional High School auditorium in Wrentham, the topic is brown and black bears of North America, including their behaviors and how they communicate. Finally, on March 21 at 10 a.m. at Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Norfolk, the presentation will focus on coastal bald eagles. Preregistration is required for the final talk; visit the sanctuary’s page at, or call 508-528-3140. For more information, visit the school district’s website,


State fines company over hazardous waste

The state Department of Environmental Protection announced that J&J Machine Co. on Brigham Street in Marlborough was fined $2,262 for violating a number of hazardous waste regulations. Agency officials inspected the company’s facility in September, and found that it had failed to register its hazardous-waste generation activity, did not make a hazardous waste determination, stored hazardous waste longer than allowed without a license, and did not manage the waste properly, according to the announcement. The company has corrected the violations and agreed to pay the penalty, officials said.


Annual food, wine festival set for March 26

This year’s Waltham Food and Wine Festival will take place March 26 from 6 to 8:30 p.m., organizers announced. The festival, in its 23d year, benefits the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation. It will be held in the Westin Waltham Boston hotel, at 70 Third Ave., and tickets are $50. In additional to a selection of wine and craft beer, more than 30 local restaurants and groups will distribute tastings of their fare, organizers said. Participants will include Solea Restaurant and Tapas Bar, Charcoal Guido’s, Chateau Restaurant, Lizzy’s Homemade Ice Cream, and Fiorella’s Italian Restaurant, among others. For more information on the event, visit


Selectmen to discuss combining departments

The Needham Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall, 1471 Highland Ave., to discuss consolidating the Community Development and Planning departments. The merged agency would allow for more flexibility and a more efficient use of funds, said Town Manager Kate Fitzpatrick. Residents can e-mail their comments before the meeting to the board at


Swimming clinic will focus on basic strokes

The Milford Community School Use Program will host two sessions of a swimming development clinic this spring. The four-week course, which is open to ages 6 to 19, will cover four basic strokes: the freestyle or crawl stroke, the backstroke, the breast stroke, and the butterfly stroke. It will meet twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m., in the Milford High School pool at 31 West Fountain St. The first session will begin on March 24, and continue through April 16; the second one runs from April 28 to May 21. Registration is $100 for residents, $110 for nonresidents; the signup deadline for the first session is March 19. For more information and to register, click on the link for spring kids programs at


Registry of Deeds staff will visit town Thursday

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell will hold local office hours Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon in the Bellingham Municipal Center. O’Donnell and his staff will be available to help answer questions or concerns related to any Registry of Deeds matters. Information on the Massachusetts Homestead Act will be available, and residents can print registry-recorded deeds, confirm the status of a mortgage discharge, or check any other registry filing. No appointment is necessary. For more information on Registry of Deeds events, call 781-461-6104 or visit its website,


Town launches official app for mobile devices

The town has launched a mobile application called “My Framingham.” Among the features of the software are official local news updates, a community calendar for event registrations, notifications, and changes, and emergency alerts geared toward street closures, road conditions, and the latest information available. Links to download the app for Apple and Android devices are available on the municipal website,


Town, developer settle lawsuit over sewer access

Wayland officials recently announced the settlement a 10-year-long legal dispute between Twenty Wayland and the town’s Wastewater Management District Commission over sewer capacity for the developer’s Town Center project. The dispute arose in 2005 and led to a judgment against the town in a 2011 Superior Court case, which was appealed to the Massachusetts Appeals Court. The recent settlement, the result of nearly a year of negotiations, modifies the monetary part of the judgment issued against the town, reducing it from $1.2 million to $895,000. Payment will have no financial impact on taxpayers or waste-water rate payers, according to an announcement by the town, with the funds coming from the town’s development agreement with Twenty Wayland . The Town Center is a mixed-use development on the 54-acre former Raytheon property, and is designed to have a village-like environment with wide sidewalks, accessible store fronts, a town green, and commercial offices and residences.


Presentation on Fire Department at library

The Franklin Odd Fellows will host a presentation about the town’s Fire Department at 7 p.m. March 11 in the Franklin Public Library’s community room. Fire Chief Gary McCarraher will kick off the evening with an introduction to the department and its history. Firefighter and paramedic Keith Darling will then provide an overview on its staffing, hazard responses, fire prevention, and arson investigation work. He will also outline its Student Awareness of Fire Education and its home-visit programs. For more information on the host service organization, visit


Committee to discuss plans for Springdale property Tuesday

Dover’s Springdale Study Committee will hold a meeting Tuesday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Dover Town Library community room at which residents will have another opportunity to make suggestions about possible uses for the recently acquired Springdale property. Voters last fall approved funding the purchase of the 27.2-acre property, most of it classified as agricultural, off 46 Springdale Ave. The $5.55 million sale prevented plans for a 40-plus-unit Chapter 40B affordable housing complex to be built on the site. The study panel is considering a range of uses for the property, including passive recreation and open space, playing fields and trails, sale of part of the property, development of senior or affordable housing, a solar farm, holding it as it is for future use, and other options. The committee is expected to have its recommendation ready for the annual Town Meeting in May.


Recreation officials seek input on fields, parks

Natick’s Recreation and Parks Department is seeking input from residents about the community’s playing fields and parks. The department, working with a consultant, is holding a series of public forums through mid-April, with the sessions divided into six focus areas to allow residents to discuss recreational facilities in their neighborhood. The next session is slated for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Community-Senior Center, 117 East Central St. Details on the meetings and a map of the focus areas have been posted on the town’s website,, under “news flash.’’ Residents can also e-mail comments to the department at , or drop them off at the Cole Center, 179 Boden Lane.


EcoFest will return Saturday in Town Hall

Arlington’s 2015 EcoFest will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Town Hall. The annual celebration of the environment will focus on energy — how it’s made, used, measured, and conserved. The free community event will feature activities and displays for all ages, including art created out of recyclable materials. Residents will also have an opportunity to fill their own container with free, locally generated compost.


Historical group will unveil new exhibitions Saturday

The Historical Society of Watertown will unveil two exhibitions, on the Civil War and a Native American artisan, next weekend. They are being made possible in part by a Watertown Community Foundation grant that is paying for a display screen and materials for rotating exhibitions at the society’s Edmund Fowle House on Marshall Street. “Watertown and the Civil War” will feature letters written by a local woman’s great-uncle serving in the Union Army, newspaper interviews with Civil War veterans who lived in town, and information on other notable era figures and sites with connections to the community. The other exhibition, “A Mi’Kmaw Woman’s Award-Winning Legacy,” will feature the arts and crafts of Madeline “Joe” Knockwood as well as information about her culture and traditions. The Mi’Kmaqs were one of the parties to sign the Treaty of Watertown at the Edmund Fowle House in 1776; the document was the first to recognize the United States as an independent nation, according to the society. The exhibitions’ grand opening will run from 11 a.m. through 2 p.m. Saturday. In the event of a storm, it will be rescheduled to next Sunday. For more information, visit


School board contest on ballot Monday

Lexington is holding its annual town election Monday, when polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The only townwide contested race is for School Committee, with three candidates vying for two seats on the panel. Incumbents William Hurley and Jessie Steigerwald are joined by Thomas Diaz on the ballot. Also, some precincts have several candidates for Town Meeting member positions.


Selectmen vote to seek tax increase this spring

Belmont’s Board of Selectmen recently voted unanimously to place a $4.5 million Proposition 2½ override request on the ballot in the April 7 town election. Town Administrator David Kale said the board decided to seek the property tax increase based on feedback and recommendations from the Financial Task Force and other town committees. Kale said the money would be used to close a deficit in the school system’s budget for this year, and cover expected expenses next year related to special education and increased enrollment. Kale said funds from the override would also be used for road and sidewalk repairs and capital improvements. Without the override, Kale said, the schools would have a shortfall of about $1.6 million for next fiscal year. He said the override would add about $675 to the property taxes for the town’s average single-family home.


Tour will take senators to Framingham, Lexington, Newton, Plainville, Westborough

Kicking off the next leg of a statewide tour of Senate districts Monday, state Senator Jamie Eldridge, an Acton Democrat, will lead the MetroWest delegation on a tour of businesses, universities, and local organizations to listen to the concerns of residents. Joining Eldridge will be Senate President Stan Rosenberg, Democrat of Amherst; Senate minority leader Bruce Tarr, Republican of Gloucester; Karen Spilka, Democrat of Ashland; Mike Barrett, Democrat of Lexington; assistant majority leader Cynthia Stone Creem, Democrat of Newton; Eileen Donoghue, Democrat of Lowell; and Richard Ross, Republican of Wrentham. The tour will begin with a stop at the Plainridge Park Casino grounds in Plainville to discuss issues impacting economic development in the region, and continue to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington to discuss technology and national security. The senators will also stop at the United Teen Equality Center in Lowell, the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife field headquarters in Westborough, and the planetarium at the Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University, where they will discuss STEM education issues. The tour will conclude with an open public forum in the Newton North High School cafeteria from 7 to 8:30 p.m.


Sign up for preschool lottery by March 9

Medway’s school system will be offering a half-day preschool program in the fall. There will be both morning and afternoon sessions five days a week; the program cannot guarantee placement in a particular session. Those who wish to enroll a child — students must ages 3 to 5 as of Aug. 31 to be eligible — have until March 6 to pick up an information packet at the main office of the McGovern Elementary School on Lovering Street, with the completed forms due back by March 9. The district will conduct a lottery for spaces in the program at 9:30 a.m. March 10 in the McGovern School cafeteria. Parents whose children’s names are selected will be contacted; the district will retain a waiting list for the remaining names. Tuition for the program is expected to be $3,250, with the final cost to be set by the School Committee. For more information on the program, visit


Session to focus on two MBTA bus routes

While the overall performance of the MBTA has been much in the news this winter, there will be a much more local focus about T reliability at a meeting Monday from 7 to 9 p.m on the third floor at 321 Arsenal St.. The Watertown Task Force on Public Transit, formed last spring by the civic organization Sustainable Watertown, will host the discussion on possible improvements to the No. 70 and 70A bus routes. MBTA official Melissa Dullea will attend the session, which will tackle “service and reliability issues” surrounding the two routes, said T spokesman Joe Pesaturo. The agency has also started studying the No. 70’s reliability, Pesaturo said; he did not say when officials expect to complete the study.


Town to host civic affairs academy

Natick is holding the first session of its new Citizen Leadership Academy on April 8. The academy is a 10-week program designed to advance understanding of civic affairs and participation in them, and to increase awareness of the challenges facing municipal government. Classes will be held on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at various locations around town. All sessions will be facilitated by town staff. The free program is open to anyone who lives or works in Natick. Space is limited, so early registration is suggested. For more information, contact Jemma Lambert, the town’s director of community services, at 508-647-6546 or via e-mail at Applications are available on the town’s website,


Town manager leaving for state position

Sudbury Town Manager Maureen Valente will be leaving her position Friday to take a leadership role in state Treasurer Deborah Goldberg’s office. Goldberg announced last month that Valente will serve as a deputy treasurer, and will oversee the Massachusetts School Building Authority, the Clean Water Trust, and debt management. Valente has served as town manager in Sudbury for 15 years. She previously worked as a finance officer in the towns of Lexington and Concord. The Board of Selectmen is scheduled to vote on the appointment Maryanne Bilodeau as interim town manager during its meeting Tuesday. Bilodeau serves as the town’s assistant town manager and human resources director.


Registration open for spring adult education courses

Registration has started for the spring semester at the Center for Adult Education and Community Learning in Franklin. Course offerings include a series of winemaking seminars through the La Cantina Wine School, and floral-design classes with Hillside Nurseries. In addition, there are classes on knitting, cooking, career building, child care, marketing, forensics, yoga, sports, foreign languages, and photography, among many more topics. Classes will begin the week of March 8, with individual sessions starting at $20; participation is open to residents of Franklin and surrounding communities. To review the full catalogue of courses and prices, and to register online, visit . To register by mail, download a registration form and send it to the Center for Adult Education and Community Learning, 218 Oak St., Franklin, MA 02038. For more information, call the center at 508-613-1480 or e-mail


Hopkinton’s Colella’s Market to close next month

After nearly 70 years, the family-owned Colella’s Supermarket is closing, with tentative plans for the final day to be in mid-March. A fixture in downtown Hopkinton at 61 Main St., Colella’s is owned by three sisters — Dale Danahy, Sandy Varnum, and Diane McGrath — who took over the store their mother and father opened on Oct. 6, 1945. “It’s very hard, and it’s very sad. There’s been a lot of tears,” Varnum said. “But there is no third generation to take over, we work a lot of hours, and it’s hard to find help.” Varnum said they have no plans for the property once the store is closed. “Right now we are concentrating on our customers and on our employees, and trying to get them transitioned,” she said. All gift cards and certificates will be honored, but the owners are asking that they be redeemed as soon as possible.


State to provide update on replacing Route 2 bridges

The state Department of Transportation will be discussing its ongoing project to replace the Route 2 bridges over Interstate 95 during a 6:30 p.m. meeting Tuesday at the Jonas Clarke Middle School. Agency officials will present updated design and construction plans for the project, and take public comments. The work is aimed at addressing the bridges’ current structural deficiencies, expanding their capacity, meeting current seismic criteria, and improving safety while protecting the environment and reducing annual maintenance costs, officials said. Plans also call for improving I-95 in the vicinity with new paving and guardrails, median upgrades, storm-water drainage, and other enhancements. To learn more about the project and sign up for e-mail advisories and updates, visit


Deadline for opting out of mosquito spraying

It seems hardly the season to think about it, but Framingham residents who would like to exclude their property from mosquito-control spraying this summer should send a certified letter to the town clerk by March 1. The letter should include the property owner’s name, address, telephone number, and the spray program for which the exclusion is requested. In addition, the boundaries of the property should be marked every 50 feet. The type of markings should be stated in the certified letter. For more information about pesticide applications by the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project or the process to exclude properties from spraying, contact the organization at 781-899-5730.


Needham library to hold AWEsome Day for kids

The organizers call it AWEsome Day, but whatever the handle, there’ll be lots of special stuff for kids to do Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Needham Free Public Library, at 1139 Highland Ave. “Motion Man” Jody Scalise will interweave juggling, comedy, and precision movement with giant bubbles, a ukulele, and 8-foot streamers at 11 a.m., and Sesame Street’s Elmo is scheduled to drop by. The event will also give visitors the opportunity to try out the library’s new AWE computers, which help kids from preschool to grade 3 learn math, reading, science, writing skills, music, geography, social studies, and art through games. Also, children’s librarian Paula Dugan, who started as the department’s supervisor in December, will be on the scene to meet families. There is no registration required and children do not need a library card for computer access.


Wellesley town election set for March 3

Wellesley’s annual town election will be held March 3. The list of candidates running for townwide offices has been posted by the town clerk’s office on the municipal website, Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The deadline for absentee voting is noon March 2. For more information, contact the town clerk’s office at 781-431-1019, ext. 2250.


Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council seeks short films for festival

The Acton-Boxborough Cultural Council is sponsoring a night of short films as part of its 2015 World Film series, and is looking to feature new works from local residents and students. A free public screening will take place at 7 p.m. April 24 in Acton’s Town Hall. Select films will also be placed in the permanent collection of Sargent Memorial Library. There is no entry fee, but submissions must be received by March 31. For more information, e-mail the council at


New principal named for Marlborough High School

Charles D. Caliri has been named the next principal of Marlborough High School, and will take over the position July 1 pending successful contract negotiations. Superintendent Richard Langlois announced that Caliri, the principal at Chelmsford High School, was his choice from three finalists for the position. Langlois made his decision following a monthslong process that included preliminary interviews by a search committee, a site visit at the high school, and candidates being interviewed by several groups, including the school district’s leadership team, parents, staff, students, and community members. “As the process evolved, it became clear that Mr. Caliri was the right person for the position,” Langlois stated in the district’s Feb. 13 announcement, citing Caliri’s “background as a building leader as well as his extensive experience in curriculum.’’ Caliri will take over for Wendy Jack, who has been serving as interim principal since Craig Hardimon resigned last year to take over as human resources director for the Watertown school system. Prior to being hired in Chelmsford, Caliri worked in Revere, Hopkinton, and Lexington.


Town clerk has nomination papers for April election

Nomination papers are available for Pepperell residents interested in running for elected office this spring. The last day to take out papers from the town clerk’s office is March 5, and they must be returned no later than 5 p.m. March 9. The town election is April 27. For a list of seats on the ballot, visit the town’s website,


Bicycle committee to host winter social

The Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee will hold its annual indoor Winter Bicycling Social from 7 to 9 p.m. March 5 at the Common Ground Bar & Grill, 319 Broadway in Arlington Center. This year’s event will feature a forum on transportation-related issues related to cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists sharing roadways and multiuse paths such as the Minuteman Bikeway. The forum will include discussions on common courtesy, community safety, and traffic laws. Representatives from the LivableStreets Alliance, WalkBoston, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the local bicycling community, and the Police Department plan to participate in the discussion, which will be moderated by Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine. For more information, visit


Forum will open door to discussion on race

Residents are invited to attend a “Community Conversation About Race’’ from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Wellesley Community Center, 219 Washington St. The event will provide a safe place to explore issues related to race and diversity, including how to talk with children about the topics. The discussion will be facilitated by Michelle Chalmers, a Wellesley resident and author of “The Skin on My Chin,’’ a picture book that aims to teach children ages 2 to 12 about the benefits of diversity. For more information, contact Chalmers at


Open house Sunday at Hockomock Y branch

The Hockomock Area YMCA facility at 45 Forge Hill Road in Franklin is holding a free open house Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. to introduce community members to its children’s programs and offerings. The Bernon Family Branch event, aimed at ages 2 to 12, will offer classes in sports, gymnastics, dance, cooking, expressive arts, and other activities. There will also be an open swim, including free swimming evaluations, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., as well as open gym time for children. A sign-up sheet for participants will be available starting at 12:30 p.m. For more information, visit the YMCA’s website,


Forum to tackle causes, solutions to stress among youths

Healthy Concord, in collaboration with the Center for Parents and Teachers and Concord Carlisle Youth Services, will hold a discussion about youths and stress from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Trinitarian Congregational Church, 24 Walden St. Youths and leaders from Concord schools and community organizations will hold a discussion to identify the causes of stress and explore ways to address them. A recent youth behavior survey sponsored by Emerson Hospital found that stress is a major issue for local students, with 56 percent in grades 6 and 8 through 12 reporting stress due to academic workloads. Participants must register by Feb. 23. To register, click on “youth and stress program’’ under News & Notices on the town’s website,

Preschool to hold lottery for fall session

The Franklin school district’s F.X. O’Regan Early Childhood Development Center is accepting applications and scheduling tours in advance of its Feb. 27 lottery for spaces in this fall’s program. The preschool is for Franklin children who turn 3 years old as of Aug. 31, and up to age 5. Applications and information can be obtained through the O’Regan center’s page on the district website,, or at the facility, 224 Oak St. For more details or to schedule a tour, call Laura Flanagan at 508-541-8166 or e-mail


Medway author to discuss local Civil War history

Hopkinton’s 300th Anniversary Celebration Committee and the Hopkinton Historical Society will host a lecture and book discussion by Civil War historian Alden “Tom” Ellis Jr. on Wednesday at the society’s headquarters, 98 Hayden Rowe St. Ellis, a Medway resident, will be speaking about his latest book, “Hopkinton’s Civil War Service,” starting at 7 p.m. Ellis has participated in Civil War reenactments, and served as an adviser for a Civil War movie, “Lady In Black.” His latest project involves researching the Civil War history of area towns, spending a year studying each one before writing. For more information on local anniversary plans, visit