Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe West.

MAYNARD

Maynard gets OK on cultural district

The Massachusetts Cultural Council has voted to accept Maynard’s application for such an area.

BELMONT

Forum set on Belmont High project, educational plan

The first community forum will be held on Thursday, April 6 at the Beech Street Center.

FRANKLIN

Franklin special ed parents’ group to host fund-raiser

The April 8 event will feature a set by comedian Ray Harrington, as well as raffles and silent and live auctions.

LEXINGTON

Lexington to host free training session for elder-care professionals

The Nature Connection, a Concord-based nonprofit, will share practices for incorporating sensory activities using natural materials.

MEDWAY

Medway’s cleanup day set for April 8

Participants will meet at Medway High School to pick up litter and beautify locations around town.

NATICK

Natick’s Earth Day fest set for late April

There will be kids’ activities, live music, vendors, food, wildlife demonstrations, and more.

SUDBURY

Sudbury candidates’ night is April 5

The forum will be held at Town Hall, and will begin with an opportunity for residents to meet the candidates at 7:15 p.m.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham residents approve two transit-oriented developments

Proposed developments at 266 Waverly St. and 75 Concord St. will add about 470 new residential housing units downtown.

ARLINGTON

Arlington’s Patriots Day Parade rescheduled

Due to the Easter holiday, the parade will be held April 23 at 2 p.m.

ACTON

Acton Citizens Police Academy begins April 6

The academy is an opportunity for residents to find out what the department and dispatch center do on a daily basis.

BELMONT

Belmont Center to receive brand new parking meters

The meters will help increase on-street parking turn-over and availability for shoppers, diners and visitors.

CONCORD

Concord’s annual cleanup of litter and trash arrives

Public works crews will pick up the bags along the roadside and at intersections beginning April 3.

BEDFORD

Middlesex Community College wins $490k grant for science, technology programs

The grant will help provide updated equipment, including new computers, work stations, projectors, and more.

BELLINGHAM

Bellingham’s 5K Road Race to benefit girls lacrosse team

The April 2 run/walk is open to all ages; medals will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers.

FRANKLIN

Franklin’s deadline to license dogs is April 1

The town clerk’s office is running a pilot initiative to allow residents to license their dogs online.

THE INFORMER

A new blood donor center, a student STEM workshop, a jewelry class, and a concert

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations in the suburbs west of Boston.

ACTON/BOXBOROUGH

Acton-Boxborough schools seek input on plans

The regional school district has focused on a planning process, particularly around the elementary schools.

CONCORD

Concord police offer academy for second year

Participants in the 10-week session will learn about what officers and dispatchers do on a day-to-day basis.

MAYNARD

Environmental film fest coming to Maynard

The 9th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival will be held March 29 at 7 p.m. at the Fine Arts Theatre Place in Maynard.

WAYLAND

Two forums set for new Wayland library plans

In January, the trustees submitted an application for a state-funded library construction grant to build a new library.

ACTON

Acton seeks volunteers for boards

There are currently vacancies on at least 11 boards and committees

MARLBOROUGH

Marlborough Democrats gather to pick their delegates

The Marlborough Democratic City Committee will meet Saturday, March 25 to elect new City Committee officers and delegates to the Democratic State Convention.

BELMONT

Meet the candidates in Belmont

The Belmont League of Women Voters is hosting a candidates’ night Monday, March 20 at 7 p.m. at the Chenery Middle School.

FRAMINGHAM

MetroWest’s EMass Senior Softball seeking players

Players over 50 of all skill levels are invited to join one of the five divisions.

ASHLAND

Ashland workshop focuses on parents of special-needs children

The Wednesday, March 22 workshop will be led by Kate J. Stone, a clinical psychologist who has a special-needs child of her own.

FRANKLIN

Meet the candidates for Franklin schools superintendent

The Franklin School Committee will introduce its finalists for Superintendent of Schools Monday, March 20.

STOW

Stow lawmaker aims to protect family farms

The proposed legislation offers a person inheriting farmland options for how their estate is taxed.

ARLINGTON

League of Women Voters of Arlington to hold forum

The forum will be in collaboration with Vision 2020 at Town Hall for candidates running for town-wide offices in this year’s election.

LINCOLN-SUDBURY

Lincoln-Sudbury’s Environmental Club to host plastics awareness night

The event will feature a film and slide show about the importance of bringing reusable bags to the grocery store and refilling a water bottle.

WESTWOOD

Westwood’s Education Cooperative to host spring college fair

This is an opportunity for students to network with higher education representatives to discuss college life.

BROOKLINE

Brookline schools to offer greater support for transgender students

Brookline officials said in a statement that a school leadership group is developing protocols for staff to support transgender students.

BEDFORD

Middlesex Community College to offer high school students college credit

The Middlesex Dual Enrollment Academy will allow qualified high school and home-schooled students to earn college credit.

FRANKLIN

Applications due for Franklin Cultural Festival

The deadline for groups, individuals and businesses interested in applying to participate is Friday, March 17, at 5 p.m.

MEDWAY

Two members sought for Medway’s Design Review Committee

Individuals with experience in architecture, community planning and various design-related professions are encouraged to apply.

WELLESLEY

Wellesley selectmen to hold public forum on natural gas leaks

According to the town, there are nearly 200 gas leaks from pipelines in the street.

NEWTON

Have a zoning idea for Newton? Text it to city

A new program will ask residents to weigh in on questions about zoning issues across the city.

ACTON

Acton’s Discovery Museums launches final phase in building campaign

“Ready, Set, Build’’ calls for the expansion and complete renovation of the Science Discovery Museum building.

SUDBURY

Sudbury’s League of Women Voters to hold candidates’ night

The program will be held in the auditorium at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

NATICK

Natick seeking new restaurants in town center

The town of Natick and Natick Center Associates are looking to bring more restaurants to Natick Center.

LEXINGTON

Grant awarded to Lexington’s Minuteman biotechnology program

The $108,172 grant is from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham seeking comments on bicycle and pedestrian plan

This is the first time the town has attempted to address bicycle and pedestrian facilities in a comprehensive manner.

BEDFORD

Only one contest in Bedford election

Three candidates are running for two seats on the library trustees March 11.

CONCORD

Photos sought for Concord visitors’ center

The town is seeking photos from around Concord that can be framed and displayed.

PLAINVILLE

Details online about Plainville town hall, public safety projects

A new website provides details about projects currently under design review.

FRANKLIN

Franklin library conducting survey

The library hopes to gather ideas to better serve residents and library patrons.

NEWTON

Newton’s charter commission seeks feedback on proposed changes

Proposed changes include a smaller city council and term limits for the mayor and city councilors.

BROOKLINE

Turnover continues in Brookline principal positions

Town education officials announced new hires who will lead the Runkle and Heath schools.

ARLINGTON

Study to look at rebuilding, renovating Arlington High School

The Massachusetts School Building Authority has invited the school district to look at the best way to improve the school.

ACTON

Acton’s Discovery Museums annouces special-needs events schedule

The schedule of free events for families with children with an autism spectrum disorder or with hearing or vision loss is now available.

BEDFORD

Bedford officials to hold forum about business area

This public forum will help the town develop a common vision for the businesses areas along the Great Road corridor.

BELMONT

Belmont event to focus on civil rights

The Belmont Human Rights Commission and Belmont Against Racism will meet Thursday, March 2 at 7 p.m. at the Belmont Public Library.

CONCORD

Resident named Concord’s 2017 Honored Citizen

Jeffrey W. Adams will honored at a March 26 reception at the Concord Town House.

CONCORD

Concord’s Emerson Hospital opens new urgent care center

Emerson Urgent Care at Hudson is located in the Shops at Highland Commons, 38 Highland Commons East on the Hudson/Berlin line.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham Public Works to hold neighborhood meetings

There will be four neighborhood meetings in March to update residents about upcoming construction projects.

FRANKLIN

Franklin museum to celebrate town’s birthday

All residents are invited to attend the March 5 event, which will include cake and coffee.

MEDWAY

Medway’s affordable housing proposal under review

Town officials are seeking residents’ feedback on a potential affordable housing project.

ARLINGTON

Arlington arts, culture group plans townwide event

The March 1 event will be an opportunity for residents to weigh in on recommendations for strengthening the town’s arts and cultural scene.

ACTON

Acton sets session to upgrade Town Meetings

The moderator is seeking recommendations about ways to improve participation in Town Meetings.

CONCORD

Concord police set up tip line

The line was created in response to resident requests, said Chief Joseph O’Connor.

FRANKLIN

Franklin’s School Committee reopening superintendent search

The district has been working with an outside consulting firm to develop a desired profile for the role.

UPTON

Upton’s annual town election nomination papers available

The last day to register to vote in the town election is April 11.

WESTON

Weston-based watershed group seeks help on Charles River cleanup

The 18th Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup event is one of the largest such efforts in the region.

Brookline selectmen ask state to block proposed 21-story Coolidge Corner tower

Brookline’s selectmen say the development “fails miserably” because of its “inappropriate size, massing and scale.”

NEWTON

Swastikas, ‘offensive posts’ reported at Newton North

The principal has asked the Anti-Defamation League for assistance in addressing the incidents.

AYER

Ayer to hold workshop for proposed community rail parking

The public information and design workshop for the facility will be held in Ayer on Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. at Town Hall.

ACTON

Former NBA player Chris Herren to speak at Acton-Boxborough High School

Herren, a Fall River native, will discuss his substance abuse addition and recovery after being traded to the Boston Celtics.

BEDFORD

Bedford to consider banning plastic bags

If approved at Town Meeting on March 27, the bylaw would become effective Oct. 1.

BELMONT

Belmont’s Community Path Implementation Advisory Committee to hold meeting

The series of meetings aims to get public input about a feasibility study for the path.

FRANKLIN

Franklin’s SAFE Coalition to offer training sessions

The coalition is holding a training session on administering opioid treatment and CPR.

WELLESLEY

Wellesley’s Planning Committee to hold public forum

Wellesley’s Hardy, Hunnewell, Upham Master Planning Committee is preparing to make its formal recommendation to the School Committee.