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Candidate forums set for Watertown Town Council

Sustainable Watertown, a local citizens group, will hold its first series of candidate forums for Town Council hopefuls on Sunday, Oct. 18, and Monday, Oct. 19.


New Center School in Hopkinton plans ready for final votes

Residents must approve spending money to build Hopkinton’s new elementary school at a special town meeting and special town election.


Medfield selling backyard composting units

In addition to the main composting bins, which can hold 10 to 15 cubic feet of waste, the purchase price of $47.81 includes a 1.9-gallon kitchen scrap bucket and 50 biodegradable bags that can be used to line the scrap bucket.


Free flu clinic for all ages in Franklin

Franklin residents, 6 months and older, can receive free flu shots on Tuesday, Oct. 13.


Starting Jan. 1, it’s the Newton City Council

Changes will also be made to the text of the city charter to make it gender-neutral as well.


Fall festival in Plainville on Sunday

The event will feature crafts, games, music, food, and other amusements.


Candidates night will set stage for Franklin town election

There are four contested races, with candidates vying for the Town Council, School Committee, and Board of Health, as well as for town clerk.


Candidate forums coming up in Newton

The League of Women Voters of Newton and NewTV are cosponsoring candidate forums that will be held in the local-access station’s studios at 23 Needham St., Newton Highlands.


Program on teenagers and mental health in Bellingham

“The Secret Life of a Massachusetts Teen” will discuss teenagers and depression, suicide, and stress.


Franklin replacing residential water meters

Residents will receive a postcard with instructions to set up an appointment to replace their home’s water meter.


First ‘progressive dinner’ in downtown Franklin Sept. 27

The event will visit several restaurants in downtown Franklin.


Flu clinics at Wrentham’s senior center

Flu clinics will be held on successive Wednesdays.


Framingham group looks to move to city form of government

Framingham First has launched a website to promote its campaign to change the town to a city form of government.


Discussion set on banning plastic bags in Wellesley

The evening will begin with a 45-minute version of the film “Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?”


Concord library to hold discussion about Revolutionary War battle

The Oct. 3 event will focus on the lesser-known Parker’s Revenge encounter on April 19, 1775.


Sudbury library to hold fund-raiser

The Goodnow Library Foundation fund-raiser will feature high-tech demonstrations and gadgets.


Annual flea market set in Harvard

The 44th Annual Harvard Flea Market will feature more than 170 booths, with items such as antiques, collectibles, clothing, and more.


Wayland forum planned about teens and sleep patterns

The Walden Forum will explore the importance of sleep for teenagers on Sept. 25 at Wayland High.


Ayer police to hold citizens’ academy

The weekly sessions will cover topics ranging from court proceedings to use of force to criminal investigations.


Newton’s preliminary election will trim field, by one

The Sept. 17 polling will slightly reduce the number of at-large candidates from Ward 2.


Annual expo at Franklin Senior Center

The event will feature information about senior programs and services, health screenings, flu and pneumonia vaccines, and a free lunch.


Public hearing on Medway’s proposed design review guidelines

Residents are invited to share their comments and ask questions at a 7 p.m. public hearing Tuesday, Sept. 15.


New Franklin deputy police chief appointed

Thomas J. Lynch started as a patrol officer there in 1996.


Medfield’s Planning Board seeks new associate member

Members are charged with reviewing and approving subdivisions, site plans for new construction or significant changes to existing structures.


Franklin Garden Club welcomes new members

The Franklin Garden Club will hold its first meeting of the 2015-2016 season Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Franklin Senior Center.


Wrentham Day on the town common

The 34th annual Wrentham Day will be held Saturday, Sept. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the town common.


Behavioral health treatment center set to go in at Devens

A Winchester company specializing in behavioral health care has purchased 7.5 acres of land from MassDevelopment at 85 Patton Road in Devens and plans to build a 104-bed treatment center there.


Invasive plant found in river near wildlife refuge in Devens

Patches of an invasive aquatic plant have been found in a stretch of the Nashua River that runs through the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge in Devens.


Scanning party at the Plainville Public Library

The Plainville Public Library and the Plainville Historical Commission are teaming up to hold a “scanning party” at the library Monday, Aug. 17, from 4 to 7:30 p.m.


Youth hockey carnival at Franklin’s Fletcher Field

The inaugural Franklin Youth Hockey Association carnival will be held at the Fletcher Field tennis courts Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.


Park & Pedal arrives in Watertown

Commuters can park their cars at several locations and ride their bikes from there.


Legislature restores $500K to address Ashland schools overcrowding

The state Legislature restored $500,000 in funding to the fiscal 2016 state budget that will be used to help mitigate overcrowding in Ashland’s schools.


Franklin community presentation on opioids, heroin use

A presentation and discussion on prescription opioid abuse and heroin use will be held Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. in Franklin High’s auditorium.


Openings at Franklin’s Early Childhood Development Center

There are a limited number of openings at Franklin’s O’Regan Early Childhood Development Center for the 2015-2016 school year.


Framingham may create corporate innovation district

Framingham town officials are seeking comment on a proposal to create a Corporate Innovation District near the Southborough line that includes the 9/90 Corporate Center.


Newton’s plastic bag ban takes effect

Purchases from the city’s largest stores can no longer be packed in thin plastic check-out bags, under a citywide ban that starts Thursday, July 30.


Watertown zoning officials approve ‘Linx’ project

Watertown’s Zoning Board of Appeals approved a developer’s request to turn the current Verizon site at 480 Arsenal St. into a 185,000-square-foot office complex.


Hopkinton planning for natural disaster

Hopkinton’s Emergency Management Team is hosting a presentation on its hazard mitigation plan Aug. 11 at 5 p.m. in Town Hall.


Farmers market coupons available for income-eligible seniors in Upton

A limited number of farmers’ market coupons will be distributed at the Upton Center on Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 10 a.m.


Plainville real estate reevaluation underway

The town of Plainville has contracted with Northeast Revaluation Group LLC to reevaluate all real estate in town as required by law.


Concert, ice cream social at the Franklin senior center

The Southeastern Massachusetts Community Concert Band will perform at the Franklin Senior Center on Monday, July 27, at 6:30 p.m.

Stow resident publishes volunteering directory for children

With summer in full swing, Janet Hamilton’s guide explores organizations throughout Greater Boston where young children and teens can volunteer.


Pension restored to former Watertown sergeant

Former Watertown police sergeant Joseph Deignan, whose pension was taken away by local officials after he pleaded guilty to federal drug charges in 2013, had it restored by a Framingham District Court judge in June.


Upton police offer personal safety course for children

The Upton Police Department will offer personal safety courses for children ages 5 to 10 from Aug. 24 to 28.


Franklin cultural fest to bring music, theater downtown

The first Franklin Cultural Festival will be held July 29 through Aug. 2 in various locations in downtown Franklin.


Wellesley Planning Board seeks associate member

Wellesley’s Planning Board is seeking candidates for its vacant associate-member position.


Framingham autism alliance increases outreach to Latino families

The Framingham-based Autism Alliance of MetroWest has received a Foundation for MetroWest grant to hire a bilingual staff member to assist Spanish-speaking families.


Construction underway for veterans housing in Bedford

Bedford Green apartments, a new affordable 70-unit housing development, will provide permanent supportive housing for homeless veterans, primarily age 55 and older.


Mosquito inspections in Holliston throughout July

Holliston residents worried about too many mosquitoes on their property can call the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project office to request an investigation and possible spraying to alleviate the problem.


Ashland summer concert series and family films at Stone Park

The Ashland Day Committee is holding a series of free concerts and family-film screenings at Stone Park this summer.


Wellesley announces summer hours at Town Hall

Summer hours for Wellesley Town Hall will start July 8 and run through Sept. 1.


Lincoln seeks transfer station volunteer coordinator

The Lincoln Recycling Committee is looking for a coordinator to oversee transfer station volunteers.


Applications available in Sudbury for senior and veteran tax relief program

Applications are available at the Sudbury Senior Center for the town’s senior andveterans tax work-off program.


Groton seeks park commissioner

Groton is seeking a resident to serve on the Park Commission.


New trash collection to start in Framingham

Starting the week of July 6, Framingham will be collecting trash using an automated cart system similar to how recycling has been collected.


Concord bans public swimming at White Pond

Public swimming is no longer allowed at White Pond in Concord.


Franklin Food Pantry receives awards for community work

The Franklin Food Pantry has been applauded for addressing the causes of hunger in the community and promoting better nutrition.


Groundbreaking held in Acton for next phase of Bruce Freeman Rail Trail

This section of the rail trail will go 4.9 miles through Westford, Carlisle and Acton.


‘Right to dry’ legislation would back clothesline use

State Senator Mike Barrett, a Lexington Democrat, is backing a new “right to dry” measure that would allow Massachusetts residents to hang laundry on clotheslines.


Framingham’s Fuller Middle School receives grant

The Fuller Middle School in Framingham is one of 15 schools throughout the state that will receive 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants.


Wellesley starts fund-raising campaign for new track and field

A public-private initiative to help raise money for the rehabilitation of the track and field at Wellesley High School is underway.


Arlington raises age for tobacco purchases to 21

Arlington will raise the minimum legal age to purchase tobacco and nicotine delivery products to 21 on July 1, the final phase in a three-year step-up plan.


Westborough seeks candidate for Veterans Advisory Board

Westborough’s Veterans Advisory Board is seeking a qualified resident to fill a vacancy on the five-member board.


Maynard seeks input on housing at July 1 meeting

Maynard is holding a forum at 7 p.m. July 1 to collect opinions on the town’s housing needs.


Thoreau Society in Concord planning annual gathering

Registration is open for the Thoreau Society’s annual gathering, which will take place July 9 to 12 in Concord.


Medway community meeting on design review guidelines

Medway officials will hold a July 8 community meeting to inform residents and members of the local business community of the progress being made on its design review guidelines.


Newton mayor calling community together for Charleston vigil

A community vigil for the people of Charleston, S.C., will be held on the steps outside the War Memorial at Newton City Hall on Tuesday, June 30, at 6 p.m..


Volunteers sought for Franklin town boards and committees

Franklin is looking for residents to serve on a variety of town boards and committees.


Boston 2024 meeting for residents of Brookline, Newton, surrounding towns

Boston 2024 is holding a community meeting at Boston College Wednesday, July 1, at 6:30 p.m. to get feedback from area residents about plans to bring the Olympic and Paralympic Games to Boston.


Brookline, school offer outdoor meditation sessions

Once a month throughout the summer, Brookline is teaming with the Boston School of Boabom to offer free guided meditation sessions at town parks.


Watertown zoning board to hear large development proposals

Watertown’s Zoning Board of Appeals will consider two large-scale developments at its 7 p.m. meeting on June 24.


Natick to dedicate street in honor of former center commander

Natick will hold a ceremony next month renaming Kansas Street in honor of the late Major General Harold J. Greene.


Lexington to hold citizens academy in the fall

The seventh annual Lexington Citizens’ Academy will begin Sept. 15 and will feature 11 evening sessions.


Newton-produced ‘Folklorist’ picks up four Emmys

“The Folklorist,’’ an acclaimed history show locally produced at NewTV and seen on cable networks across the country, won four Boston/New England Emmy awards handed out by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at a May 30 ceremony in Boston.


Minuteman High names new assistant principal

George M. Clement has been named assistant principal for admissions at Minuteman High School in Lexington.


Acton library announces summer hours

New summer hours have started at the Acton Memorial Library, which will be closed on Sundays until early September.


Lincoln-based Food Project seeks cyclists for fund-raiser

The Lincoln-based Food Project will again host a team for the Ride for Food, to be held Sept. 20.


Sudbury selectmen to hold office hour

Two members of the Sudbury Board of Selectmen will be available to meet with the public between 7 and 8 p.m. June 30 at the Flynn Building.


Mass. Cultural Council awards grant for Old Manse visitors center in Concord

The Massachusetts Cultural Council awarded a $500,000 matching grant for a new visitors center at the Old Manse in Concord.


Hospice group works towards a facility in Waltham

The nonprofit Care Dimensions is working to gain support in Waltham for a hospice facility it wants to build there.