Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe West.

FRANKLIN

Donations sought for Franklin veterans fund

All money received for the newly established fund goes directly to town veterans.

DOVER

Dover school has plans for new building

The independent Charles River has raised $7.5 million in six months to build the new space and also grow its endowment.

BROOKLINE

For MLK day, Brookline to discuss how town confronts bias

Local officials plan to describe the steps the town is taking to confront bias locally, as part of a public celebration Monday of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

LEXINGTON

Lexington will host February science, math camp for girls

The camp is free for seventh- and eighth-grade girls from communities in the Minuteman school district.

ARLINGTON

‘Sunset Boulevard’ to hit Arlington big screen

The movie is a prelude to a production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, which is based on the film.

CONCORD

Concord’s Emerson Hospital to host party for its cancer center

The event will be held at Rapscallion, 5 Strawberry Hill Road in Acton, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m.

WAYLAND

Wayland Historical Commission sets forum on demolition delay

The Wayland Historical Commission is holding a forum Thursday, Jan. 19 about a proposed demolition delay bylaw.

FRANKLIN

Meeting set on proposed Franklin downtown cultural district

The Jan. 19 meeting will update the community on plans for a downtown cultural district.

MEDWAY

Deadline extended for comments on Medway’s energy aggregation plan

The plan would allow officials to negotiate rates for electric power supply on behalf of thousands of consumers in town.

CONCORD

Residents’ views sought on Concord LED street lights

The plant has now installed new fixtures to exhibit different color temperatures for side-by-side comparison.

FRAMINGHAM

Designs for Framingham skate park to be aired

The park is expected to be constructed along Dudley Road near Farm Pond.

MAYNARD

Maynard Fire Department has new website

The new site, www.maynardfd.com, includes downloadable forms and other resources for residents.

SUDBURY

Sudbury public forum will discuss town’s future

The meeting will kick off with an overview of the town’s budget and process for developing the spending plan.

FRANKLIN

Registration open for Franklin winter classes

Registration is open for winter session classes run by the Center for Adult Education and Community Learning.

ASHLAND

Ashland holds session on 5 affordable homes

The Jan. 9 discussion will detail affordable housing opportunities for first-time homebuyers.

Concord

Grants being offered for Concord home repairs

The program provides grants of up to $5,000 to Concord residents who need to complete various home repairs.

Framingham

Plans for Framingham shopping center to be aired

The latest ideas for the Nobscot Shopping Center include a CVS retail store and a 165-unit multifamily residential development with 8,000 square feet of retail soace.

Ashland

College shines spotlight on Ashland auto training center

Students will learn about the training center, its four sponsored major automotive brands, and its degree and certificate programs. Students

Natick

Donation made to honor late Natick boy

A $6,000 donation was made recently to Cops for Kids with Cancer on behalf of 11-year-old Connor Heffler, who passed away in November.

Wellesley

Nomination papers available for Wellesley town election

The town will have seats open on 11 different boards and committees during the annual election in March.

Wrentham

Wrentham Holly Club plans Jan. 21 gala

The club is seeking raffle and silent auction donation items for its second annual Snowflake Gala.

Franklin

New Year brings new Franklin structure on fees, discounts

The new bylaw also redesigns the program assisting qualifying residents of certain incomes to apply for discounts on their town bills

BELLINGHAM

Old Mill Dam in Bellingham to be removed

Demolishing the dam will increase public safety while improving river habitat and water quality.

ARLINGTON

Preservation study to be conducted on Jason Russell House in Arlington

The Massachusetts Historical Commission is providing some funds, along with the town’s Community Preservation Fund.

BELMONT

Registration open for Belmont MLK breakfast

This year’s event will feature Dorothy Stoneman, founder of YouthBuild, a civil rights activist and graduate of Belmont High School.

REGIONAL

Ceremony to honor Vietnam veterans

The ceremony will take place near the Vietnam Memorial Statue, located at the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority headquarters.

WELLESLEY

Wellesley adopts tolerance pledge

In support of efforts in town to promote a welcoming environment for all, the Wellesley Board approved the pledge on Dec. 12.

FRANKLIN

Weigh in on Franklin’s 2017 community reading program

The Franklin Public Library is seeking community input for its One Book, One Community 2017 initiative.

MEDWAY

Vacancies on Medway’s Conservation Commission

Commission members are appointed by the Board of Selectmen for three-year terms.

FRAMINGHAM

Safe driving campaign starts in Framingham

The #HeadsUpFramingham public safety awareness campaign spotlights unsafe behavior by reminding drivers, pedestrians and cyclists to obey the rules of the road.

HARVARD

Presentation on anxiety and depression at Harvard school

“A Life Unfulfilled: Losing My Son to Suicide,” will be presented by Steve Boczenowski.

LEXINGTON

Lexington business awarded EPA grant

The grant is to develop a technology to decontaminate railway and subway cards to protect workers.

LEXINGTON

Panel on senior and veteran resources in Lexington

This is the fourth in a series of forums hosted by the League of Women Voters of Lexington on public policy issues.

SUDBURY

Sudbury students can attend Assabet Valley starting next fall

Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School representatives will be visiting Sudbury middle schools to introduce its programs.

FRANKLIN

Average Franklin residential tax bill up $229

The town council approved a residential tax rate of $14.58 per $1,000 assessed value of property.

BELLINGHAM

Bellingham sets up board to regulate livestock

At its first session, the Livestock Regulation Committee agreed to conduct research on neighboring towns’ bylaws and regulations.

Snail-mail season’s greetings find new life

Card shops are making a comeback as millennials discover the joys of paper, pen, and postage stamps.

MAYNARD

Groundbreaking for crowdfunded park in Maynard

The goal is to create a bee sanctuary, educate residents about threats to honeybees, and construct a green space for people to visit.

ARLINGTON

Arlington receives donation for fuel assistance program

Steve McKenna and the Home Advantage Team donated $1,000 to benefit the town’s fuel program.

BEDFORD

Bedford Police increases security at shopping areas for holiday season

Established in 2014, Operation P.A.C.E. works to curb retail theft, shoplifting, breaking and entering into motor vehicles.

LITTLETON

Littleton Town Meeting approves various new projects

The town will use funds from within its levy limit to pay for the projects so taxes will not go up to support them.

STOW

Streetscape grant issued to Stow’s Lower Village

Stow will use the money to improving traffic circulation, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and drainage in the area.

PLAINVILLE

Plainville Special Town Meeting to consider Bergh property purchase

The Board of Selectmen will ask Town Meeting voters to authorize the purchase of 103 acres of land known as the Bergh property.

BROOKLINE

Brookline eyes pay-as-you-throw trash pickup

Brookline selectmen will hold a public hearing Tuesday on pay-as-you-throw trash disposal, a plan would reduce town expenses but could mean higher prices for some residents.

FRANKLIN

Affordable housing opportunity on Mark’s Way in Franklin

The renovated Colonial has three bedrooms and one-and-a-half bathrooms, and is priced at $228,378.

NEWTON

Newton City Councilor Rick Lipof will not run for Mayor

Now is not the right time to seek the office, Lipof said, but he will run for reelection to the City Council.

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.