Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe West.

ARLINGTON

Arlington police to conduct alcohol compliance checks

The checks are intended to discourage the sale of alcohol to under-age residents.

MAYNARD

Maynard offering business enhancement grant

The town-funded grant is intended to improve the business district.

WALTHAM

Waltham event seeks to educate about Islam

The public forum is an opportunity for people to talk and learn about the Muslim faith.

MathWorks scholarships available to Natick residents

Two $10,000 scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors.

Bedford police to host Coffee with a Cop events

The first such event will coincide with the March 1 Massachusetts Presidential Primary.

Belmont Special Town Meeting postponed to Feb. 22

A snowstorm that threatened more than it delivered led to a meeting reset for Feb. 22.

FRANKLIN

Tax preparation service for senior citizens

Low- to moderate-income individuals should contact the Franklin Senior Center to sign up.

MEDWAY

Design a logo for Medway Pride Day

A public vote on Facebook will help choose the winner.

NEWTON

Newton event explores 19th-century gardening

The event at the Durant Kenrick House will challenge attendees to hone thier survival skills.

NEWTON

Meet the finalists for Newton North principal

Bedford High School Principal Henry Turner and Jeffrey Gaglione, dean and math department head at Cambridge, Rindge and Latin School, will answer questions on Monday, Feb. 8, and Tuesday, Feb. 9, as a final phase in the selection process.

BROOKLINE

Brookline High headmaster is a finalist for Marblehead post

“I will inform you immediately if I am going to accept another position,” Deborah Holman wrote to the school community.

BROOKLINE

Brookline selectmen update comment sign-up process

Residents will now be able to sign up at the door to comment at public meetings.

ARLINGTON

Arlington Veterans Council seeks donations for new burial lot and memorial

The council hopes to raise $8,000 by March 31.

ACTON

Acton library seeks pajama donations

The library is participating in the Boston Bruins Pajama Drive to help children in need.

BROOKLINE

Hearing set on Brookline leaf blower ban

The session is set for Monday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall..

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham officials to hold Town Meeting review

The town manager and school superintendent will be among those at the session.

NEWTON

Newton mayor highlights city’s sound finances

Setti Warren discussed his plans for Newton’s future in a speech before the City Council.

NATICK

Natick High speech team holds car wash fund-raiser

Half of each $10 ticket goes toward supporting the speech team.

BEDFORD

Bedford receives bicycle and pedestrian safety grant

The $3,000 grant will go toward safety supplies and initiatives.

LINCOLN

State awards construction grant to Minuteman High School

The 16 member towns will hold special Town Meetings to ratify a new Minuteman regional agreement.

FRANKLIN

Two affordable homes in Franklin lottery

The deadline to apply for the March 30 lottery is March 25.

UPTON

Warrant open for annual Town Meeting

Individuals and groups may submit drafts of articles by mid-March.

Needham High assistant principal picked to lead school

Aaron Sicotte will take the position left vacant by Jonathan Pizzi’s sudden departure last spring.

NEWTON

Newton schools to drop ‘headmaster’ title

The principals of Newton North and Newton South high schools announced the change in a joint e-mail.

Framingham names interim fire chief

Deputy Fire Chief Anthony Pillarella takes over until a permanent replacement is chosen

Arlington to hold meeting on medical marijuana regulations

The session is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 5:30 p.m.

‘Today’ show stars to co-host Middlesex Community College forum

Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb will be featured at the June event for the Bedford college.

Boxborough to hold forum on Minuteman High School issues

The Feb. 9 information session will preview issues at the Feb. 24 Town Meeting.

Mobile app to ease West Concord train parking

The service, an app called PayByPhone, will be available beginning Feb. 10.

Marlborough Youth Commission taking nominations for service award

The award recognizes a Marlborough student in grades 7 through 12 who has demonstrated exceptional volunteerism.

Technology leader to speak at Wayland Library

John Landry will address obstacles that suppress innovation and economic growth.

WATERTOWN

New police chief named in Watertown

New chief Michael P. Lawn beat out six others vying for the spot.

PLAINVILLE

Nomination papers available for Plainville’s town election

The election will include openings in 10 different boards and committees.

FRANKLIN

Seminar on circuit breaker tax credit at Franklin senior center

The seminar will help seniors apply for a possible tax credit.

SUDBURY

New Sudbury police station holds open house

Sudbury police and other town officials will hold a ribbon-cutting and open house at the new police headquarters from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 30.

WELLESLEY

Draft report on Route 9 corridor to be presented in Wellesley

A group studying ways to improve the will seek feedback from the public during a meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27,

ARLINGTON

New town planner hired in Arlington

Jennifer Raitt will take her post Feb. 16.

ACTON

Acton Chinese Language School sets New Year party

The event will feature Chinese art, food, and music.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham State to mark 30th anniversary of Challenger tragedy

Framingham State alumna Christa Corrigan McAuliffe was one of seven crew members killed in the explosion.

MARLBOROUGH

Marlborough now has a Boston shuttle bus

The bus makes two round trips every weekday to four locations in downtown Boston.

WELLESLEY

Wellesley to host US Navy Concert Band

The premier wind ensemble will perform for free at Wellesley High.

WELLESLEY

MassBay expands partnership with local high schools

The partnership will offer free college-level courses to Framingham and Natick high schoolers.

WATERTOWN

Watertown wins grant to fight storm water pollution

The grant will help manage storm water runoff before it reaches the Charles River.

ASHLAND

Ashland selectmen seek volunteers for town boards

Ashland residents are urged to apply to vacancies on various municipal boards.

FRANKLIN

In Franklin, a talk for parents on cyberbullying

The presentation will focus on how parents can monitor their children’s Internet use.

NEWTON

Newton seeking investment advisers

The City Council needs four volunteerss to help invest idle money in the Newton treasury.

ARLINGTON

Mental health awareness event set for Arlington

The forum will screen a documentary and open up discussion about suicide prevention.

ACTON

Acton area police chiefs to discuss challenges

The public discussion will tackle issues regarding policing in Acton and its surrounding communities.

BELMONT

Session on solar panels set in Belmont

Residents interested could receive a discount on panel installation.

CONCORD

MBTA to hold meetings in Concord, Natick

The meetings will address commuter rail fare hikes and schedule changes.

NORTHBOROUGH

Northborough names new fire chief

David L. Parenti brings 35 years of experience as a firefighter.

SUDBURY

Sudbury officials to hold community meeting

The former police station and Sudbury’s status within the Minuteman High School district will be discussed.

WATERTOWN

6th annual Unity Breakfast in Watertown​

Families for Justice as Healing founder Andrea James will speak.

FRANKLIN

Franklin officials release five-year fiscal forecast

According to the report, Franklin is in good shape.

MEDWAY

Forum on extension of Medway Link Trail

The public meeting will discus options for the approved extension and possibilities for future ones.

NEWTON

Newton schools eye benefits of later school days

Newton Public Schools will hold a forum to discuss the benefits of moving the start of the school day back.

NEWTON

Newton police chief sworn in

David MacDonald officially took over Jan. 6.

NEWTON

Newton elementary school opens

Elementary students rang in the new year at their new home: the Angier Elementary School in Waban.

CONCORD

Nominations being taken for Concord honor

The winner will lead the Patriots Day parade.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham will vote on charter commission

Framingham First garnered enough support to get a charter commission question on the ballot.

LEXINGTON

Lexington sets meeting on Mass. Ave. Center project

The public will have a chance to look and comment on the plans.

PEPPERELL

Winter’s here, but Pepperell a green community

The town also received a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

WESTBOROUGH

Volunteers needed for Westborough boards

Nine vacancies need to be filled.

WAYLAND

Talking trash in Wayland

The event will peer into the ways the town has disposed of its trash over the years

ARLINGTON

Committee to meet on Arlington preservation projects

The discussion will concern the Community Preservation Act.

BELLINGHAM

Opening on Bellingham disability commission

The individual should be interested in matters affecting the disabled.

FRANKLIN

State programs for seniors topic of Franklin session

The session will focus on programs funded by the state.

WALTHAM

Survey underway in Waltham

The online questionnaire is open to anyone who interacts within the downtown area

ARLINGTON

Arlington to test alert system

Arlington Alerrt subscribers can expect a test call Monday, Jan. 4.

AYER, LITTLETON

Ayer, Littleton officials to discuss intersection improvements

The boards of selectmen from both towns will come together to discuss improvement plans for a dangerous intersection on Route 2A in Littleton.