Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe West.

NEWTON

Measures seek to slow development in Newton

One calls for a moratorium on zoning changes and construction along the city’s Washington Street corridor.

ARLINGTON

Arlington to hold public forum on historic preservation

The event will feature a general discussion about local historic preservation-based groups and how residents can get more involved.

BEDFORD

Bedford to hold a ‘listening session”’

Members of town boards and committees, and all residents, are invited to attend to share their input on the issues facing Bedford in the next few years.

BELLINGHAM

Aquatic vegetation treatment scheduled in Bellingham

Silver Lake and Jenks Reservoir in Bellingham will be chemically treated to control the presence of nuisance aquatic vegetation.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham police work to increase awareness of proper drug disposal

Bilingual teams of police officers and Framingham Housing Authority staff will be going door-to-door to explain its “Knock, Talk and Toss’’ initiative.

FRANKLIN

Franklin to kick off farmers market

The market, held on the town common, features an array of local growers and food purveyors.

WELLESLEY

Wellesley seeks volunteers for town boards

Residents interested in applying for a committee position can fill out an application and send it, along with a resume, to the Board of Selectmen.

HALIFAX

Town employees to get 2 percent pay hike

The increase is the same as voters in 2017 had approved for this year.

ARLINGTON

Forum to discuss revitalization plan for Arlington Heights

This is the first public meeting for the Arlington Heights planning project, which launched in late 2017.

GROTON

Groton Democratic Town Committee to meet

The guests this month will be Bill Martin and John Drinkwater, both candidates for the First Middlesex State Senate seat.

BELMONT

Learn about bees in photos and music

“The Birds and the Bees: How We Love Them, Why We Need Them,’’ a photographic and musical presentation by Watertown wildlife photographer Carole Smith Berney, will be held on Tuesday, May 22, at the Belmont Library Assembly Room.

WELLESLEY

Wellesley residents sought to serve on town panels

The Wellesley Board of Selectmen is seeking residents interested in serving on town boards and committees.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham seeks volunteers for mayoral by-law panel

The new committee will suggest recommendations needed to bring town bylaws into conformity with the new city charter.

BEDFORD

Bedford police modernize 911 system

The Bedford Police Department has implemented a more modern system that will send all wireless 911 calls dialed in town directly to the department’s dispatch center.

BROOKLINE

Brookline Town Meeting to start May 22

Brookline Town Meeting members will decide on proposals that include the renaming of a public school and new oversight measures for marijuana sales.

FRANKLIN

Learn more about stormwater runoff management

Franklin is holding a public forum to discuss what residents can do to help prevent polluted stormwater from running into local waterways.

NEWTON

Newton Mayor’s Community Prayer Breakfast set for May 23

Ticket sales for the 44th Annual Theodore D. Mann Newton Mayor’s Community Prayer Breakfast will benefit the Foundation for Racial, Ethnic and Religious Harmony.

NORFOLK

Five affordable town homes up for lottery

The units are each 1,867 square feet and include two bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms across three floors.

NEWTON

Newton Festival of the Arts announces events throughout May

Each event is open to the public and will be held at the Newton Free Library’s Druker Auditorium.

LEXINGTON

Bike Walk ‘n Bus Week returns May 12

Events include a number of walks along town conservation lands, a guided bike ride, free Lexpress rides, a bike maintenance workshop, a bike safety program for children.

WELLESLEY

Nonprofit to host symposium on risks of hereditary cancer among Jewish communities

Oneinforty raises awareness of the one-in-forty risk to Ashkenazi Jews of inheriting BRCA gene mutations.

ARLINGTON

Bike Arlington Tour set for May 20

The tour will pass on both the Minuteman Bikeway and local roadways, featuring informational stops along the way.

GROTON

Groton Democratic Town Committee to hold candidates’ night

The public is invited to ask questions of the candidates during the event.

NEWTON

N2 Innovation District seeking donation for outdoor sculpture exhibition

The exhibit will feature up to 15 sculptures and conceptual art located along the 1-mile rail trail, which runs parallel to Needham Street in Newton.

WELLESLEY

Wellesley honors environmentalist Rachel Carson

The town has designated May 2 as Rachel Carson Day in honor of her birthday.

FRANKLIN

Franklin offers affordable housing opportunity

The unit at 96 Grey Wolf Drive has two bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms and a one-car garage, and is priced at $178,241.

MEDWAY

Medway launches renovations at Choate, Oakland Park

The renovations will include newly designed recreational areas at both parks.

BROOKLINE

Tax hikes on the ballot in Brookline’s May 8 town election

Voters will decide on a pair of property tax increases: one to help pay for a high school expansion and another to raise more money for the town and schools.

ARLINGTON

Volunteers needed to place Memorial Day flags

Volunteers are needed to place flags on the graves of Arlington veterans prior to Memorial Day.

BELLINGHAM

Bellingham to hold Memorial Day parade May 20

The grand marshal will be Gerard Dubois, a Bellingham native who served in the armed services.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham selects design for Fuller Middle School project

The city can now submit plans to the Massachusetts School Building Authority for approval and funding.

FRANKLIN

Session in Franklin on community preparedness for emergencies

The program addresses steps people can take to be ready for different emergency situations.

NEEDHAM

Needham summer food truck program expands

Seven trucks a week, up from just one last year, will visit the area from Tuesday through Friday.

REGION

Next phase of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail to begin

The new section begins at the intersection of routes 27 and 225 in Westford, through Carlisle, and ends in east Acton.

WELLESLEY

Wellesley Conservation Council to host Sunday bird walks throughout May

Participants should bring binoculars, guide books, and waterproof footwear.

ASHLAND

Town Meeting to look at Mindess School, preservation items

The Annual Town Meeting Wednesday, May 2.

ARLINGTON

Arlington holding forum on bus priority pilot project

The pilot aims to create a faster and more reliable commute for nearly 5,000 bus riders.

BROOKLINE

Brookline’s Coolidge Corner library to close for renovation in June

Informational meetings will be held this month to give residents an overview of the project.

FRAMINGHAM

Annual paper shredding event returns

The event is open to all Framingham residents with a Recycling Center permit.

FRANKLIN

Fund-raiser for Franklin Dog Park May 6

Proceeds will benefit the purchase of benches and equipment for the dog park.

NATICK

Natick joins regionwide food and household goods collection

Natick’s Fill-A-Public Works Truck Food Drive will be held from May 19 through May 26.

WELLESLEY

Wellesley Planning Board looking for new members

The term of the vacant regular position would expire in March 2019.

Arlington

Arlington home repair program adds rental units

The Home Rehabilitation Loan Program now includes rental properties for one to four families.

ACTON

Acton seeks volunteers for sidewalk committee

The committee maintains the priority list of potential new sidewalk locations in town.

FRANKLIN

Franklin road race to benefit rail trail

Proceeds will benefit efforts to develop the Southern New England Trunkline Trail.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham receives grant for conservation of 50-acre tract

The city is working with the Sudbury Valley Trustees to protect Wayside Forest.

MEDWAY

Pitch in and help clean up the town

Medway’s sixth annual Clean Sweep event will be held Saturday, April 28.

NEWTON

Volunteers sought for NewtonSERVES community service day April 29

NewtonSERVES is a community service day that brings together volunteers to complete more than 50 community projects.

WAYLAND

Wayland seeks help on picking next Town Administrator

Members of the committee will work with the town’s consultant to identify finalists to present to the Board of Selectmen.

ASHLAND

Ashland Color Splash Run set for April 29

The run is organized by the Ashland High School Make-a-Wish Club, the student council, and the K-12 PTO.

ARLINGTON

Arlington police to shorten safety response time with new system

Wireless 911 calls dialed in town will now go to the town’s dispatch center instead of a regional dispatch center.

CONCORD

Register for 5k event for cancer care at Emerson Hospital

The event will be held on Saturday, June 9, and will take place rain or shine at The Thoreau Center, 275 Forest Ridge Road, in Concord.

REGION

Draft Golden Triangle study is available for public review

The Golden Triangle in Framingham and Natick includes small businesses, regional retail, and corporate campuses as well as residents.

FRAMINGHAM

Residents asked for input on Nobscot neighborhood

Nobscot has been the recent focus of planning and infrastructure improvement efforts.

FRANKLIN

Empty Bowls dinner to benefit Franklin food pantry

Food will be served as it would in a soup kitchen to help community members learn more about the effects of hunger on struggling families.

WELLESLEY

Wellesley groups partner to host presentation on trees

The presentation will take place as the town considers a stewardship plan its Town Forest.

ARLINGTON

Arlington offers fire and home safety program for seniors

The program is sponsored by the Arlington Fire Department and Council on Aging.

FRANKLIN

Franklin juried art show and sale set for April 21-22

Artists interested in entering a piece must postmark their entries by Monday, April 9.

LEXINGTON

Lexington to hold housing forum April 23

The forum is part of an educational series for residents as officials put together an updated planning guide.

NEWTON

Newton officials approve $500,000 Washington Street study

Mayor Ruthanne Fuller has said the study is needed to help guide future growth in the area.

REGION

New section of Freeman rail trail opens

When completed, the proposed trail will extend 25 miles from Lowell to Framingham.

UPTON

Upton scholarships application deadline April 12

The Board of Selectmen will award up to six $500 scholarships to Upton students.

ARLINGTON

Arlington High building panel to hold community forum

This is an opportunity for the public to learn more about preliminary designs for the proposed renovation/new high school.

BEDFORD

Bedford panel to screen Town Manager candidates

The Bedford Board of Selectmen is seeking residents to serve on the seven-member Town Manager Search Screening Committee.

CONCORD

Concord’s annual trash cleanup to start

The Division of Natural Resources will supply yellow bags for miscellaneous litter and clear bags for recyclable bottles and cans.

LINCOLN, SUDBURY

Lincoln-Sudbury talk to focus on healthy living

The Foundation for Educators at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School will present its annual FELS Talk on Thursday, April 12, at 7 p.m.

MARLBOROUGH

Marlborough to improve downtown thanks to state grant

The grant is designed to fund consulting on a “branding and wayfinding strategy” in the historic city center.

WELLESLEY

Wellesley appoints new assistant school superintendent

Cindy Mahr has been appointed the new assistant superintendent of finance and operations for the Wellesley Public Schools effective July 1.

FRANKLIN

40th anniversary celebration, benefit for regional high school

Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School serves more than 1,000 students from 11 towns and offers adult education classes as well.

PLAINVILLE

Plainville holds its annual town election April 2

Plainville residents will cast their votes in contested races for a number of seats, including for Board if Selectmen