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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.


Summer concerts at Kiwanis Beach in Upton

The summer concert series at Kiwanis Beach is underway. Performances will take place at 6 p.m. most Thursdays through July.


Farmers market convenes Fridays on Franklin Common

The Franklin Farmers Market will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Fridays through Oct. 30 on the downtown common.


Free trolley to run in downtown Waltham

On June 18, Waltham will begin operating a free trolley on Thursday to Saturday evenings to shuttle downtown visitors between parking lots and popular destinations, according to Mayor Jeannette McCarthy’s office.


Free fencing class in Natick for Olympic Day

In honor of Olympic Day, Zeta Fencing in Natick will offer a free class on the sport Friday, June 19, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.


Newton summer reading challenge kicks off

The Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge will officially kick off at the Street Chestnut Hill on Route 9 at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 16.


Volunteers needed to pull weeds from river in Pepperell

Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to noon June 27 in Pepperell to help scout and pull water chestnuts, an invasive exotic weed, from the Nashua River.


Maynard police receive state certification

The Maynard Police Department has achieved state certification from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission.


Concord to hold traffic study meeting

A public forum to go over details of a recent traffic study for the Main Street and Harrington Avenue intersection in Concord will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, June 15 at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center.


Volunteer needed for Westborough Board of Health

Westborough is seeking a qualified resident to fill a vacancy on the town’s three-member Board of Health.


Framingham chief to hold coffee

Framingham residents have an opportunity to learn more about the town’s police detectives during an upcoming “Coffee with the Chief.’’


Routes 2/16 roadwork in Arlington/Cambridge focus of meeting

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is holding a public information meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 16 to update residents on the Cambridge-Arlington improvements at routes 2 and 16.

Agreement creates housing for homeless in Newton

The plan resolves a federal complaint filed by the Supporters of Engine 6, which supported a 2013 proposal to build similar housing in Waban.


Interim principal named at Needham High School

Retired Pollard Middle School principal and current School Committee member Joseph P. Barnes takes over after the sudden resignation of former principal Jonathan Pizzi.


What’s next for the ‘North 40’ in Wellesley?

Wellesley College’s sale of a parcel of land to the town has been completed and officials will now focus on determining future uses for the so-called North 40 property off Weston Road.


Register for 5-mile run in Medway to benefit student scholarship

A pair of local American Legion posts will hold their annual 5-mile scholarship run Saturday, June 20, starting at 8 a.m. at Medway High School.


Learn about volunteer opportunities with veterans in Franklin

The Franklin Senior Center will host an information session on volunteer opportunities to aid veterans and active-duty military personnel Wednesday, June 17, at 1 p.m.


18 MetroWest groups to share $1.1m in health grants

The MetroWest Health Foundation recently announced its approval of $1.1 million in health-related grants to 18 organizations west of Boston.


Former Evergreen Solar building again sold at Devens

The former Evergreen Solar manufacturing facility in the Devens area has been sold to an undisclosed buyer for about $36 million.


Hearing to discuss rezoning for athenahealth campus in Watertown

A public hearing will be held before the Watertown Town Council on Monday, June 8, about proposed zoning changes sought by athenahealth Inc.


Shatner landing in Lowell at college forum

Tickets are still available for the 17th annual Middlesex Community College Celebrity Forum featuring actor, director, and philanthropist William Shatner at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 11, in the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.


Boxborough, Littleton sessions shine light on solar panels

The Boxborough Littleton Solar Initiative will be hold two “meet the installer’’ events for community residents in June.


Framingham clergy to hold community forum

The Framingham Interfaith Clergy Association, working with several local community partners, is holding a community forum, “Framingham Coming Together,’’ to affirm that black lives and all lives matter.


Arlington Youth Counseling Center receives grant

The Arlington Youth Counseling Center has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Cummings Foundation to support school-based counseling and mental health consultation for children in Arlington’s elementary schools.


Belmont’s Winter Street to be closed days during PGA event

Winter Street in Belmont will be closed for several hours Tuesday, June 9, through Sunday, June 14, during the PGA Tour’s Constellation Senior Players Championship at the Belmont Country Club.


Wrentham Town Meeting to start June 8

Wrentham’s Annual Town Meeting will begin Monday, June 8, at 7:30 p.m. at King Philip Regional High School.


Pan-Mass Challenge Franklin Kids Ride June 14

The Pan-Mass Challenge Franklin Kids Ride will be held Sunday, June 14, from 8 a.m. to noon starting at the Jefferson Elementary School.


Public swimming sessions start at Milford High pool

As of June 1, the Milford Community School Use Program opened the Milford High School pool for public swimming sessions.


Bossa nova at the Brookline main library

The husband and wife performers Sonny & Perley will bring the sultry romance and mesmerizing rhythm of Brazilian bossa nova music to Brookline’s public library Wednesday, June 10.


Newton leaf blower ban to be discussed June 10

Newton residents will get a chance to have their say about a proposal to limit the use of leaf blowers in the city at a public hearing scheduled for Wednesday, June 10, at 7 p.m. in City Hall.


Wellesley Theatre Project to hold third annual ‘Cone Crawl’

With the official start of summer on the horizon, the Wellesley Theatre Project will host its third annual “Cone Crawl” Sunday, June 7.


Needham High students to perform ‘Avenue Q: School Edition’

Needham High School Theater Arts will perform “Avenue Q: School Edition” at the school on Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m.


Natick arts shop to host open studio

Full Circle Arts Shop in Natick will host an open studio on Friday, June 5 from 1 to 6 p.m. to show off products for sale.


Spring fest coming to Dover’s Powisset Farm

The Trustees of Reservations will be welcoming the warm weather with the “Powisset Farm Spring Fest” at the farm in Dover on Saturday, May 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.