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NEWTON

Mount Ida College to host student fashion show

More than 100 Mount Ida College students will put on “Fashion Features 2015” on Saturday, April 25, at 5 p.m. at Royale in downtown Boston.

NEWTON, NEEDHAM

‘Cash mob’ to descend on Newton Highlands

A “cash mob” — an organized group of shoppers — is set to flock to businesses in Newton Highlands on Saturday, May 2.

WELLESLEY

Sustainable living event during annual Wellesley weekend

An event focusing on new ways to live more sustainably will be held May 16 during Wellesley’s 17th annual Wonderful Weekend.

WATERTOWN

Watertown senior center plans yard sale

The Watertown Senior Center will hold its annual indoor yard sale Saturday, May 2.

NEWTON

Plans for Newton development expected next month

Formal plans for a mixed-use apartment and retail complex at the Austin Street municipal parking lot in Newtonville

BEDFORD

Middlesex Community College to host open house on Bedford campus

Middlesex Community College will host an open house Tuesday, April 28 at its Bedford campus.

FRAMINGHAM

Jewish school to move across Framingham

MetroWest Jewish Day School will move to a new Framingham location July 1.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham State University welcomes new president

Framingham State University has scheduled a full week of events to celebrate the inauguration of its 16th president, F. Javier Cevallos.

NEEDHAM

Work begins on rail trail in Needham

Work began Monday in Needham on the first phase of a rail trail.

ACTON, BOXBOROUGH

Foreign films screening at Acton Town Hall

Three foreign films will be screening at Acton Town Hall over the next few weeks.

NATICK

Natick receives grant to study downtown cultural assets

Natick has been awarded a $10,000 state grant to conduct an in-depth inventory and analysis of the town center’s cultural assets

ARLINGTON

Arlington police conduct alcohol compliance checks

Arlington police have conducted 31 compliance checks so far this year, with five violations documented.

MARLBOROUGH

Marlborough to hold spring cleanup

Marlborough will hold its spring cleanup Saturday, May 2

CONCORD

West Concord group to discuss open space

The West Concord Advisory Committee will address how to identify, acquire, create, and manage open space at an open house Tuesday, April 28.

MEDWAY

Medway plans workshop on updating design guidelines

Medway officials are holding a workshop Tuesday, May 5, on the town’s efforts to update its design guidelines.

FRANKLIN

Celebrate Horace Mann Day at Franklin Historical Museum

The Franklin Historical Commission will hold a celebration in honor of the education reformer and the town’s most famous son during a special Horace Mann Day on Sunday, May 3.

BOXBOROUGH

Town updates 911 to latest technology

Boxborough is the first community in Massachusetts to receive “next generation 911” equipment.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham State announces commencement speakers

Framingham State University recently announced that Boston Marathon bombing survivor Heather Abbott will be among the featured speakers at its May 17 commencement.

FRANKLIN

Memory Café for seniors, caregivers April 23

The Franklin Senior Center will host a Memory Café for those with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers Thursday, April 23, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Newton LigerBots team heading for St. Louis

Students scurry to find school department-authorized transportation to robot championships.

SUDBURY

Recount confirms Woodard’s seat as selectman

A recount in the Sudbury Board of Selectmen race confirmed the election of Susan Nicklaus Iuliano and Charles Woodard.

AYER

Annual townwide cleanup next weekend

Ayer’s townwide cleanup will take place Saturday, April 25, and Sunday, April 26.

PEPPERELL

An extra week to help ‘Green-Up’ town

Pepperell’s 19th annual spring cleanup has been extended to two weeks in the wake of the long winter, and will run from this weekend through May 3.

GROTON

Open house, meeting at Groton’s Prescott School

There will be an open house and meeting May 2 at Groton’s Prescott School as the town mulls its future use.

SOUTHBOROUGH

Meet candidates at library on April 29

The Southborough Library trustees will host the board’s annual candidates night at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, to give voters a chance to survey the field of aspirants in the May 11 town election.

ACTON

Meeting to discuss rail trail’s expansion

An information session about new sections of the Assabet River Rail Trail will be held April 30 in Acton.

WALTHAM

Day center, Brandeis collaborate on homeless survey

The Community Day Center of Waltham and Brandeis University students are surveying the city’s homeless to determine their mental and physical health needs.

Newton

Aronson named interim principal at Newton North High

Mark Aronson has been named interim principal at Newton North High School by Superintendent David Fleishman, starting in the fall.

Brookline

Brookline reservoir and gatehouse named National Historic Landmark

The Brookline Reservoir of the Cochituate Aqueduct near Route 9 is one of four sites recognized in the US this week.

LEXINGTON

Town panel highlights restored walking trails

Lexington’s Greenways Corridor Committee has completed restoring two trail loops in the town’s network of recreational trails.

UPTON

Selectmen seeking to fill town positions

Upton’s Board of Selectmen is seeking residents to fill positions on various town boards and committees.

Concord

Town Meeting votes down artificial-turf moratorium

At a packed Town Meeting, Concord residents rejected a two-year moratorium on synthetic turf at public athletic fields.

SUDBURY

Recount on tap for selectmen’s race

A candidate who missed winning a seat on the Sudbury Board of Selectmen by a single vote in the March 30 town election filed papers Thursday formally asking for a recount. With two seats on the ballot and five candidates in the race, Bryan S. Semple came in third with 1,565 votes, one less than incumbent Charles C. Woodard. (Susan Nicklaus Iuliano topped the vote-getters with 1,688.) Semple filed the recount papers hours before the 5 p.m. deadline, said Town Clerk Rosemary Harvell. She said the town’s Board of Registrars will schedule the recount for the selectmen’s race, likely to be this week. The last recount in a Sudbury election was in 2001, and involved a Proposition 2½ debt-exclusion question. The proposal to raise taxes to pay for improvements to recreational areas and a Route 117 street light initially lost by one vote, but after the recount it was approved with a winning margin of seven votes.

FRAMINGHAM

Grant will help police tighten traffic enforcement

The Framingham Police Department was recently awarded $150,000 to supports its efforts to reduce injuries and fatalities through high-visibility enforcement of traffic laws. Officers will be out in force on streets and intersections with a history of traffic violations, including speeding; drunk or distracted driving; and crosswalk, stopping, and seat belt use infractions. The Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program began in December 2013 as a pilot project, and was expanded this year to additional communities including Framingham. The funds were made available to the state from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This campaign runs through September.

REGION

Weekend commuter trains to be suspended

Weekend train service along the entire Fitchburg/South Acton Line will be suspended from April 25 through Nov. 22 while construction continues. Substitute busing will not be provided. This third year of the project involves improvements to tracks, signals, bridges, and stations to reduce trip times and increase service reliability, according to the MBTA. Normal weekend service will operate on the Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving weekends.

HOPKINTON

Boards agree on site for new school

After 18 months of preparations, Hopkinton is moving forward with plans to build a new kindergarten and grade 1 elementary school on the Irvine property, just off Hayden Rowe Street and south of EMC Park. The Elementary School Building Committee on April 3 unanimously selected the Irvine site over using the current Center School location near the town common for its replacement, or another property off Hayden Rowe Street. The Board of Selectmen and School Committee unanimously endorsed the decision at a joint meeting Tuesday night; the site decision will now be reviewed by the Massachusetts School Building Authority as part of its funding process. Officials say the Center School, which they have been seeking to replace or renovate for a decade, is out of date, in need of repair, and too small for the town’s growing school population. The roughly 20-acre Irvine property was chosen because it has room for expansion, the estimated three-year construction process there would be the least disruptive for students, and it would cost the least, officials said. Preliminary estimates show a $40.7 million total, with the town paying $27.5 million after a $13.5 million state reimbursement.

BELMONT

Voters OK tax increase for schools

Belmont voters in the town’s annual election Tuesday approved a $4.5 million override of Proposition 2½ that will be used to close a school budget deficit, pay for road and sidewalk repairs, and bolster a stabilization fund. They also elected a new member to the Board of Selectmen, with initial results showing James R. Williams outpolling incumbent Andres T. Rojas by 53 percent to 46 percent. The Prop. 2½ measure, which will raise the annual tax bill on a home valued at $750,000 by $569, is the first general override passed by town voters since 2002, when $2.4 million was approved, in part to fund the schools. Since then, operating overrides were turned down in 2006, 2008, and 2010, while voters approved temporary tax increases to pay for the senior center, two new fire stations, renovations at Wellington Elementary School, and replacing the Underwood Pool, according to records provided by Town Clerk Ellen O’Brien Cushman. Last week’s unofficial results show slightly more than 51 percent of the town’s registered voters cast ballots; the tax increase’s tally was 4,728 to 3,836.

WATERTOWN

Calling on MBTA to improve local system

In the aftermath of a bludgeoning winter and with Watertown’s economy growing, local officials are imploring the MBTA to improve public transportation options in the area. In a letter to a panel of experts convened by Governor Charlie Baker to diagnose the struggling agency’s problems, Town Council President Mark Sideris said the community is willing to work with the T to help find long-term funding options to fix and expand service. “The bus lines that serve our community are already overcrowded, and the T is unable to meet the demand,” Sideris wrote. He said that any blanket moratorium on expanding service “will cost Watertown economic growth and jobs and impact our quality of life.” In the April 2 missive, Sideris also wrote that the “critical situation will only worsen over time if solutions are not found.” Complaints of poor service led to the formation last spring of a citizens group, the Watertown Task Force on Public Transit, to lobby the state to make sweeping improvements. However, a draft of the MBTA panel’s report, which was set to be released last week, called for the agency to rein in costs and did not urge the Legislature to invest more money in the beleaguered system.

WELLESLEY

Farmers market sets opening date

The Wellesley Farmers Market will open for the season May 9, and convene every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 309 Washington St. until Oct. 17. There will be a greater number and wider variety of food growers, producers, and vendors this season, organizers said, with the list including Brookford Farm, which will have vegetables, milk, butter, cheese, beef, bacon, and flour. Other vendors will be Hackleboro Orchards, 2 Dogs Treats, 23 Soap Co., Town Farm Garden, the Crumby Baker, and Golden Rule Honey. There are also online ordering and delivery options. For more information, visit its website, www.wellesleyfarmersmarket.com.

ARLINGTON

Town opens window into its spending

Town officials are launching “Arlington Open Checkbook,’’ a new initiative to improve and increase transparency about municipal spending. Open Checkbook provides up-to-date financial information about expenditures to help residents better understand how officials allocate resources. The new online service provides detailed information, including vendor and payroll data, by linking directly to the town’s accounting software. “The town is committed to continually increasing its level of transparency, and the Open Checkbook initiative is an example of meeting that commitment,” said Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine. Arlington is part of a group of municipalities that received a state Community Innovation Challenge grant to develop their own version of the Commonwealth’s Open Checkbook that was launched in 2011.

MARLBOROUGH

City Hall offers paid summer internships

Mayor Arthur Vigeant recently announced that Marlborough will offer summer internships to college students for the fourth year in a row. The city’s “Public Service Internship Program” allows students to work in different city departments, depending on what they are studying, for 30 hours a week for $9 per hour. Preference is given to current or former city residents. Vigeant first proposed the program in 2012, and it has been approved for funding by the City Council each year. Applications are available at the city’s website, www.marlborough-ma.gov, under the “Quick Links” section, as well as at the Marlborough Public Library and the mayor’s office in City Hall. The application deadline is May 15.

ASHLAND

Ashland business group offers $1,000 scholarships

The Ashland Business Association is offering at least two $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors residing in Ashland who have been accepted by an accredited school of higher education. Applicants should demonstrate good work ethic, motivation, creativity, and an interest in business and the community. Applications are available on the association’s website, www.ashlandfirst.com , and must be completed and submitted via e-mail to scholarship@ashlandbusinessassociation.com by midnight April 24 ; applicants must also submit two letters of recommendation, which can be e-mailed with the form or mailed to the Ashland Business Association, PO Box 510, Ashland, MA 01721. For more information, visit the association’s website or call 508-231-4566.

FRANKLIN

Art group to hold spring show next weekend

The Franklin Art Association will hold its annual spring show next weekend at the Black Box Theater at 15 West Central St. It will run Saturday, April 18, from noon to 8 p.m., and Sunday, April 19, from noon to 3 p.m., and will be capped by a gala wine reception and artist awards ceremony Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. The free exhibition will feature works for sale by local artists. The Franklin Art Association was established in 1971 and meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month, September through June, at the Franklin Senior Center. For more information on the group, visit its website, www.franklinart.org.

HARVARD

Town offices to close during shift

The construction phase of Harvard’s Town Hall renovation project is about to begin. To make way for the work, the town offices will be temporarily moving to the old library building at 7 Fairbank St. The shift will take place this week, starting Monday, April 13, when the offices will be closed and local officials will have no access to their phone system, computers, or files. The offices will reopen in their new quarters on April 21.

WAYLAND

Anderson, Antes win seats on Board of Selectmen

There were two contested races in the Wayland town election on Tuesday. Selectwoman Mary Antes and Lea Anderson won the two board seats on the ballot, finishing ahead of George Harris. Anderson received 1,386 votes, Antes received 1,328, and Harris, 1,211. In the race for two seats on the Recreation Commission, Thruston (Brud) Wright III and Heidi Seaborg defeated Bruce Cummings. Wright received 1,096 votes; Seaborg, 1,094; and Cummings, 734. According to unofficial results from the town clerk’s office, 27 percent of the town’s registered voters turned out for the election.

Framingham

Planning Board OK’s Chick-fil-A restaurant

The Framingham Planning Board recently approved a proposal for Chick fil-A, a national fast-food chain known for its chicken sandwiches and its management’s vocal opposition to same-sex marriage, to open an outlet on Route 9 adjacent to the Shoppers World mall. The restaurant is expected to open early next year, according to a company spokeswoman. Founded in Atlanta in 1967 , the company has expanded into 41 states, including locations in Burlington, Chicopee, Peabody, and Westborough. President Dan Cathy’s denunciation of same-sex marriage in 2012 touched off widespread protests, and helped doom the company’s bid to open a Boston location.

NATICK

Reed, Tabenkin win School Committee seats

In last week’s race for two seats on the Natick School Committee, incumbent Firkins Reed and Lisa Tabenkin were the top vote-getters, defeating Richard Sidney. Reed received 1,006 votes; Tabenkin, 990; and Sidney, 762. For one seat on the Planning Board, incumbent Glen Glater defeated William Trudell, with 845 votes to 470. In Precinct 4, Jeanette Szretter, Jonathan Freedman, Dirk Coburn Jr., Moire Balsam, C. Schellenberg and Daniel Sohl were voted in as Town Meeting members. In the contest for Town Meeting seats in Precinct 8, Glen Glater, Glynn Hawley, Sara Hanna, Richard Sidney, Thomas Hubbard and Tass Filledes were voted in. According to unofficial results from the town clerk’s office, 8 percent of the town’s registered voters turned out on Tuesday.

Forum on family’s role in addiction fight

A public forum on how families can help individuals addicted to heroin will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, at the Hampton Inn on Speen Street in Natick. Cosponsored by Advocates, a personal issues solutions group, the SSTAR addiction treatment agency, and the state Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, the program will feature Dr. Judith Landau and her presentation, “Addiction and the Family: How Families Can Help.” Landau will discuss information about the disease and tools to combat it. Also, Advocates and SSTAR staff will highlight treatment resources. For more information, visit www.advocates.org/events.

WALTHAM

MWRA grant aids sewer repair projects

Waltham has received $3.6 million under a Massachusetts Water Resources Authority program to help communities repair local sewer lines, according to the agency. Mayor Jeannette McCarthy said the money will help improve sewer infrastructure in the Cedarwood neighborhood and surrounding areas. “This program has been extremely helpful in addressing Waltham’s challenges with infiltration and inflow,” the mayor said in a statement. Waltham has benefited from the MWRA program in the past: Since 2008, McCarthy said, “the city has reduced extraneous sewer flow by almost 4 million gallons per day — 1.4 billion gallons each year — saving the city millions of dollars through reduced MWRA assessments.” Since the MWRA program began in 1993, more than $261 million has been made available to communities to fund 459 local projects, according to MWRA representatives. “There is no better example of a program that is good for the environment and great for our communities,” said Fred Laskey, MWRA’s executive director.

NEEDHAM

Diversity group presents ‘The Forgotten Four’ on April 8

The Needham Diversity Committee is hosting a special screening of a documentary, “The Forgotten Four,” on Wednesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. at Broadmeadow Elementary School, 120 Broad Meadow Road. The film tells the story of four African-American men who integrated the National Football League in 1946, the year before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball. It follows their careers from college through the pros during a time when America was still segregated. Wes Smith, the film’s director and one of its producers, will be on hand to answer questions during the free event, and light refreshments will be served.

ACTON, SUDBURY

Two races decided by 1-vote margin

Races for School Committee in Acton and the Board of Selectmen in Sudbury were both decided by just one vote in last week’s town elections. In the only contested race for Acton residents, Deanne W. O’Sullivan and Diane M. Baum were elected to the Acton-Boxborough Regional School Committee. With two seats on the ballot, O’Sullivan received 358 votes while Baum received 326, narrowly edging Frances Cook, who finished third with 325 votes. The town clerk’s office said about 4 percent of Acton’s registered voters turned out Tuesday. In Sudbury, five candidates were vying for two seats on the Board of Selectmen. Susan Nicklaus Iuliano received the most votes with 1,688, while incumbent Charles Woodard received 1,566 votes to take the second seat. Bryan Semple finished third with 1,565 votes, while Michael Ensley received 1,419, and Robert Stein, 106. About 28 percent of Sudbury’s registered voters took part in Monday’s election. Officials in both communities said that no requests for a recount had been received by Wednesday; candidates have 10 days after an election to seek a recount.

BEDFORD

Multicultural Festival will debut next Sunday

The nonprofit organization Bedford Embraces Diversity will host the first Bedford Multicultural Festival next Sunday, April 12, from noon to 5:30 p.m. at Bedford High School, 9 Mudge Way. There will be international food and craft vendors, Armenian and Indian dancing, and other performances during the free celebration. Holocaust survivor Leon Rubinstein will be the keynote speaker, with other workshops and programs focusing on inclusion and learning from diversity issues in world history. Chairwoman Marilou Barsam said the group’s mission is to raise awareness and promote understanding about the community’s diverse cultures. For more information, visit www.bedfordembracesdiversity.org.

WATERTOWN

Winter parking ban ends on schedule

The annual winter ban on overnight street parking in Watertown that began on Dec. 1 was lifted as scheduled on April 1, according to police. However, department officials said that keeping the streets clear makes it easier for road repairs and cleaning, and provides better access for public safety vehicles, and they urge residents to use off-street parking when available. For more information, visit www.watertownpd.org.

WESTBOROUGH

Help plan town’s 300th anniversary party

Westborough’s 300th Committee is looking for ideas and volunteers to help plan events celebrating the tricentennial of the town’s founding on Nov. 18, 1717. The Board of Selectmen recently appointed the committee to line up and oversee a slate of events throughout 2017. The committee is considering a parade, fireworks, field day, and a gala ball. Students, residents and businesses interested in getting involved should contact the committee cochairs, Deb Schradieck at deb.schradieck@gmail.com or Ed Newton Jr. at ejnjen@msn.com , or via mail sent to 34 West Main St., Westborough, MA 01581.

MEDWAY

Volunteer for annual post-winter cleanup

The town will hold its third annual communitywide Medway Clean Sweep from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 11. Volunteers will be picking up roadside litter that has accumulated during the winter at a number of locations around town, including on Milford Street, Holliston Street, Lovering Street, Winthrop Street, and Oakland Street . The cleanup will be held rain or shine; volunteers are asked to meet at Medway Middle School on Saturday for assignments and instructions. To sign up in advance, call 508-533-3264 or e-mail cleansweep@townofmedway.org.

LEXINGTON

Minuteman officials to discuss building plans

Officials representing Minuteman High School will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, at the Sargent Memorial Library in Boxborough to update residents on school renovation and construction plans and seek public input. Minuteman’s School Building Committee is reviewing options for updating the regional facility in Lexington, and plans to submit a proposal to the Massachusetts School Building Authority seeking approval for funding. The committee launched community outreach events last month in Acton and will be holding them in each community in the Minuteman district. For more information about the proposed options, visit the committee’s website, www.minutemanschoolbuilding.org, and click on Latest Updates.

FRANKLIN

Sign up for road race to benefit Trunkline Trail

Registration is open for the fifth annual road race to benefit the Southern New England Trunkline Trail. The event, to be hosted on May 2 by the Franklin & Bellingham Rail Trail Committee, will offer a 5-mile run plus 1.5- and 3.5-mile walks, and proceeds will go toward the development of the multiuse recreational trail. The race starts at the Remington Middle School at 628 Washington St. in Franklin. Same-day registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.; the walkers will step off at 9:45 a.m., and the runners at 10 a.m. The entry fee is $25 in advance, or $30 that day, and $15 for students. Prizes will be awarded to top finishers; T-shirts will be given to the first 100 entrants. To register or for more information, visit the committee’s website, www.franklinbellinghamrailtrail.org.

WESTON

Chat with selectman, state lawmaker

Weston residents will have an opportunity to meet with a member of the Board of Selectmen and their House delegate in separate events. Selectman Ed Coburn will take his turn with the board’s monthly Saturday office hours from 9 to 11 a.m. on April 11. Selectmen can also be contacted via e-mail at selectmen@westonmass.org. Also, state Representative Alice Peisch will meet with constituents in Town Hall from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. on April 13. Residents can also contact Peisch’s office at 617-722-2070 to set up another appointment.

ACTON

Police will open citizens academy April 14

The Acton Police Department will be hosting a Citizens Police Academy from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays starting April 14 and ending June 2. Last year topics included a tour of the facility, history of the department, criminal and constitutional law, patrol procedures, use of force, drugs, domestic violence, mental health, investigations, and dispatch operations. Residents interested in signing up should call Deputy Chief Richard Burrows at 978-929-7512 or e-mail him at rburrows@acton-ma.gov.

BELMONT

Selectmen’s race, taxes on ballot Tuesday

Belmont residents will vote on a selectmen’s race and a proposed property tax increase in the town election Tuesday, April 7. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Andres T. Rojas and James R. Williams are vying for one seat on the Board of Selectmen. Also, residents will vote on a $4.5 million Proposition 2½ override that would be used to close a deficit in the school district’s budget for this year, and cover expected expenses next year related to special education and increased enrollment. Funds from the override would also be used for road and sidewalk repairs and capital improvements. Officials say the override would increase property taxes on the average single-family home by about $675 a year.

SOUTHBOROUGH

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 southboro.garden@yahoo.com. 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.

SHERBORN

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 www.active.com and search for Sherborn public safety.

CONCORD

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 www.walkercares.org.

NEWTON

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.

FRANKLIN

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.franklin.ma.us.

BELLINGHAM

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, www.bellinghamma.org.

AYER

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.

FRAMINGHAM

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 www.buildingframingham.com.

LINCOLN

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.

WAYLAND

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.

ACTON, BOXBOROUGH

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, www.abuw.org, 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.

NEWTON, NEEDHAM

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 www.nnchamber.com. The fee at the door will be $50.

BELMONT

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

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 www.southboroughtown.com.

WATERTOWN

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 www.watertown-ma.gov.

DOVER

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.

NEEDHAM

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

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 wrenthamcommunityevents@gmail.com. For more information, or to support a star and the charity he or she is representing, visit the Wrentham Community Events website, www.wce02093.org.

NATICK

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 www.natickma.gov.

FRANKLIN

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, www.franklin.ma.us.