Recent headlines from Globe West.


Pepperell collects back taxes

Town officials have worked hard to bring in back taxes and become more efficient in the tax collections process.


Two redwoods will be cut down to expand Arlington community garden

The Arlington Conservation Commission has voted to allow the removal of two dawn redwood trees to make way for an expanded community garden at Magnolia Park.


Historical banners added to Watertown Square

Historical figures from Watertown will be featured on pole banners around town.


Ayer offering water and sewer discounts to eligible seniors

The 10 percent discount is available on the quarterly bill for water and sewer use for the first 3,000 cubic feet.


Acton-based Habitat for Humanity to hold golf fund-raiser in Harvard

The Acton-based organization is reaching out to the community for participants in the event and event sponsors to help support the tournament.


Concord testing out LED street lights

After viewing the sample lights, residents are encouraged to fill out a survey.


Framingham forms new school building committee

The committee will oversee the construction of an elementary/middle school in town.


Franklin superintendent of schools announces impending retirement

Maureen Sabolinski will retire at the end of the coming school year, after 32 years in education.


Maynard seeking members for zoning board

The board is responsible for the administration of zoning laws within the town, including the granting of variances and special permits.


Newton releases corrected lead test results

All of the plumbing fixtures where the elevated lead levels were found will be replaced and retested.


Phase II water restrictions in effect to conserve water in Plainville

According to these restrictions, residents and businesses that use the municipal water system are reminded that outside watering can only occur one day per week.


Arlington group receives grant for street-art installation

The New England Foundation for the Arts recently awarded a $5,000 grant to Arlington Public Art.


West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes found in South Brookline

Local health officials say the virus is present across town.


Community celebration to debut new Brookline park

The town initiated project converted 10 acres of the former Massachusetts Water Resources Authority reservoir into a new park.


Framingham receives state energy grant

The grants provide financial support for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that further the designated communities’ clean energy goals.


Four-day Franklin Cultural Festival coming up

Franklin’s second annual Cultural Festival will be held this Wednesday through Saturday, July 27 to 30.


Survey about arts and culture at former Medfield state hospital property

The town received a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund toward studying the cultural reuse of the some buildings at the former mental hospital.


Mobile parking payment comes to Newton

The new mobile parking app, PassportParking, which started in Newton Centre on June 15, is now available in every village.


Old friends, new dishes at The Spoon in Hopkinton

The Spoon is the reboot of The Golden Spoon, which left a void in Hopkinton when it closed in March 2015.


Bedford seeking nominations for Citizen of the Year

The award has been an annual tradition since 1979.


Natick officials to hold discussion of opioid crisis

The event will be held Monday, July 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Morse Institute Library.


Concord’s Thoreau Club to host workshop on skin health

The free workshop, called Skin Sense, aims to help educate residents about summer sun protection and keeping skin healthy.


Some Sudbury offices to close Fridays

Several town offices in Sudbury will be following a summer schedule of a four-day work week from now through Aug. 26.


Groundbreaking to be held for rail trail in Maynard, Acton

The rail trail will link the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge with the downtown Maynard business district and the South Acton commuter rail station.


Electric Youth to perform two free concerts in Franklin, Norfolk

Returning from its 13th European tour, the band will put on the local shows Thursday, July 21, and July 27.


Medway prepares for Route 109 construction work

Project crews are expected to clear trees, move utilities, and install drainage and culverts.


Registration open for Wellesley Turkey Trot

Organizers encourage runners to sign up early as the race sold out last year.


New activities coming to Brookline parks

The Brookline Parks and Open Space Division has joined the National Park Service Initiative, “Healthy Parks Healthy People.”


College essay writing workshop in Newton

Summer is a great time for rising high school seniors to get a jump start on writing their college essay.


New mailing address for Franklin tax payments

Franklin residents who submit remittances to the town via the mail for processing should send their payments to a new address effective this month.


Arlington seeks residents for high school building committee

The committee is seeking volunteers with experience in engineering and architecture, construction, and green design.


Ayer receives grant for energy improvements

The town of Ayer was recently awarded a Green Community Grant for $217,046.


Concerts on the Lawn series starts

Kicking off the season will be Newpoli on Wednesday, July 13.


Residents can chat with Sudbury selectman, selectwoman

Residents have the option of attending one of the board’s monthly office hours to discuss issues with board members.


New curbside trash and recycling collection in Wrentham

All households eligible should have already received new trash and recycling carts last month free of charge.


Plumbing to be replaced at Newton’s Burr School

Significant work needs to be done over the summer to eliminate lead from the elementary school’s water supply, according to Superintendent David Fleishman.


Framingham seeks two new members for Board of Health

The board has increased in size from three to five members.


Sanofi Genzyme donates to MassBay’s mentor program in Wellesley

The STEM Mentor Program offers students one-on-one career mentoring by professionals.


Newton mayor honored for creating innovation center

A $150,000 grant has been awarded to MassChallenge and the Newton Innovation Center.


Natick selectmen to hold hearing about land for Cochituate Rail Trail

The board will hold a public hearing July 11 on environmental testing and legal matters.


Arlington seeks input on senior center

The study seeks to determine if the current facility will meet future needs.


In Bellingham, music, fireworks celebrate Independence Day

The annual Independence Day celebration will start Monday, July 4, at 5:30 p.m.


Acton summer reading program to offer prizes

“Exercise Your Mind” is intended for anyone entering ninth grade in September and older.


Free refresher courses at Middlesex Community College’s Bedford campus

Workshops in various subjects are offered all summer for students taking college placement tests.


New Franklin police chief sworn in

Thomas Lynch was sworn in at the Town Council meeting June 22.


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.