Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe West.

FRANKLIN

Artists, performers sought for Franklin spring art event

The Art in Motion exhibition will showcase paintings and drawings of figures in motion.

MARLBOROUGH

Marlborough council weighs zoning restrictions for marijuana shops

A proposed amendment would limit medical and recreational marijuana dispensaries to two stretches of Route 20.

UPTON

Draft plan for North Upton land stewardship

The Upton Conservation Commission is making available for review a draft land stewardship plan.

REGION

MassBay Community College and Framingham State University receive state grant

The $10,000 grant will support students in Framingham and Milford Public Schools who may be eligible for early college programs.

NEWTON

Newton to hold hearing on affordable senior housing project

A public hearing on a proposed 55-unit affordable housing development for seniors in Nonantum will be held Feb. 27.

FRAMINGHAM

New mayor to give commencement at Framingham State graduation

Mayor Yvonne Spicer will give the undergraduate commencement address in May.

NATICK

Scholarships available to Natick high seniors

Applicants must commit to pursuing a degree in mathematics, engineering, science or related program at an accredited four-year college or university.

ARLINGTON

Arlington seeking residents to care for conservation land

The Arlington Conservation Commission is seeking residents to serve as members of the Arlington Conservation Land Stewards.

ACTON

Acton seeking residents for Recreation Commission

This advisory committee oversees long-range planning for the town’s recreational facilities.

BELLINGHAM

Bellingham looks to fill board, committee appointments

The town’s Board of Selectmen is seeking residents interested in volunteering for appointments to expiring terms on town boards and committees.

FRAMINGHAM

Two Framingham officals to hold office hours at café

All residents are welcome to stop by Feb. 26 to discuss issues or concerns.

FRANKLIN

Franklin library offers school vacation week options

The Franklin Public Libraryis planning a “superhero training camp” during school vacation week.

LEXINGTON

Panel discussion will focus on 2 Lexington groups

The panel will highlight he Community Endowment of Lexington and the Lexington Education Foundation.

WESTBOROUGH

Westborough holds contest for signs promoting diversity

The contest calls for original artwork that will “promote a positive tone for the community”

INFORMER

A comic book store, a documentary, and a Black History Month event

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

ARLINGTON

First phase of Arlington plastic bag ban starts March 1

The Plastic Bag Reduction Bylaw prohibits businesses from providing disposable plastic bags at checkout.

BROOKLINE

Brookline to host affordable housing presentation

The guest speaker Feb. 15 will offer a perspective on greater Boston’s “explosive real estate and jobs economy” and how that impacts housing affordability.

FRAMINGHAM

Rotary club gives $17,000 for shelter at Framingham park

The donation will be used to help purchase and install a shade shelter that will be located next to the accessible playground.

FRANKLIN

Speaker series kicks off at Franklin museum

The series is scheduled to commence with a presentation on saving the town’s historic homes from demolition.

MAYNARD

Maynard Fire Department gets first female captain

Angela Lawless replaces Captain Peter Morrison, who announced his retirement after 32 years of service.

NEWTON

Newton seeks volunteers for city boards

Newton residents who are interested in serving on a committee for their first time will need to submit a letter of interest and a current resume.

WRENTHAM

Wrentham to hold public meeting on Route 1 corridor study

The town’s consultants on the initiative will present findings from a corridor analysis.

WELLESLEY

Wellesley seeks 300 more households for food waste program

Residents in the program will drop off food waste at the Recycling and Disposal Facility.

WELLESLEY

Wellesley selectmen seek volunteer for Youth Commission

Residents with skills that address youth services, recreation, education, health, and diversity are encouraged to apply for the commission.

HARVARD

Information session slated on Hildreth school project in Harvard

This is an opportunity for residents to learn about the latest cost estimates and see designs and drawings for the proposed school.

PLAINVILLE

Special town meeting looks at sewers, drinking water

The Department of Public Works is seeking $150,000 toward the cleaning of a town water tank and an examination of drinking water treatment options.

BELMONT

Nomination papers available for Belmont Town Election

Nomination papers for Belmont’s Town Election are available now at the town clerk’s office.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham seeks residents to create city seal

An ad hoc committee will create a new seal to replace the town seal.

FRANKLIN

Franklin legislative forum on local education funding

Franklin school officials are seeking ways to maintain services while keeping per-pupil spending in line during challenging budget cycles.

MARLBOROUGH

Marlborough School Committee appoints new superintendent

Assistant superintendent Michael Bergeron will succeed superintendent Maureen Greulich.

NEWTON

Newton to hold public hearing on recreational marijuana shop rules, temporary moratorium

The proposed moratorium is intended to allow city officials additional time to craft rules governing where the shops could be located and other issues.

WELLESLEY

Wellesley replacing streetlights with energy efficient LEDs

The project will retrofit between 2,850 to 3,100 streetlights with light emitting diode fixtures.

WAYLAND

Wayland Library Planning Committee to hold forum on proposed library design

Members of the architectural team, and the board of library trustees, will also be on hand to answer questions.

NEEDHAM

First Needham Night keynote to be delivered by SharkNinja executive

The Wednesday, Jan. 31 event is intended to become an annual occurrence.

CONCORD

Concord sets forum on marijuana legislation

A temporary moratorium on marijuana establishments in May 2017 allowed the town time to consider the regulation of marijuana retail or distribution centers.

FRANKLIN

Franklin to hold open house for preschool programs

Children who live in Franklin and who will be at least 3 years old by Aug. 31 are eligible to enroll.

NORFOLK

Nutrition presentation set for Norfolksenior center

The Norfolk Senior Center is hosting a program on healthful eating Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 2 p.m.

REGION

Democratic congressional candidates’ forum set for Feb. 6 in Hudson

The Hudson and Maynard Democratic Town Committees, and the Marlborough Democratic City Committee are sponsoring a candidates’ forum for the Democratic candidates for the Third Congressional District.

WELLELSEY

Wellesley seeks descendants of local World War I veterans for annual parade

The parade, part of the town’s annual Wonderful Weekend celebration, held in the spring, has in past years honored veterans and recognized historic events, including the ending of the Vietnam War and the Korean War.

WELLESLEY

Wellesley board seeking feedback on tree removals

In 2011, Wellesley Town Meeting passed the bylaw to encourage the protection of large trees on private property where houses are being demolished or developed.

ASHLAND

Ashland community theater collaborative Jan. 30

The collaborative will feature theater group members discussing their latest production, “Nearly News,” a comedy focusing on the happenings at a local news station in Massachusetts.

ARLINGTON

Arlington to hold meeting on revitalization of Wellington Park, Mill Brook

This will be an opportunity for residents to learn more about the project and to share thoughts, ideas and concerns.

ACTON

Acton Recreation Commission seeks volunteers

This advisory committee is charged with overseeing long-range planning for recreational facilities.

FRANKLIN

Franklin Arts and culture roundtable at historical museum

The subject of the roundtable is community partnerships, with a discussion led by the executive director of the Natick Center Cultural District and a member of the team at ArtWeek.

LEXINGTON

Lexington school to undergo reviews by state agency

The review, which will cover the areas of special education, civil rights, career and technical education, and English language learning, is conducted by the department once every six years.

LEXINGTON

Lexington’s League of Women Voters to highlight local organizations

The league will be highlighting several town organizations that provide private grants for local programs at its upcoming First Friday Forum.

NEWTON

Newton board developing Needham Street plan sets two meetings

The Community Engagement Group is working to design a strategy for the area to guide decision-making by city officials and be included in Newton’s Comprehensive Plan for development.

WELLESLEY

Wellesley’s MassBay Community College receives endowment for single-parent students

This is the biggest single endowment gift the college has ever received to support single-parent students.

ACTON

Discovery Museum renews partnership with MathWorks

Discovery Museum in Acton has renewed its partnership with MathWorks to bring its Traveling Science Workshops hands-on STEM program to pre-K through grade 8 classrooms.

ARLINGTON

Arlington holds 30th annual Martin Luther King Jr. birthday observance

The program will begin at 7:30 p.m., featuring Rev. Debora Jackson of Yale Divinity School as guest speaker.

BELMONT

Belmont to host annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Breakfast

The Human Rights Commission of Belmont will host its annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 15 at 9 a.m. at Belmont High School.

CONCORD

Concord holds caucus to nominate candidates for town election

In order for a candidate’s name to appear on the ballot, the individual must either be nominated at the caucus or have filed nomination papers with the town clerk by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham mayor releases transition report

The report includes a series of recommendations to help guide Yvonne Spicer, who recently took office as Framingham’s first mayor.

FRANKLIN

Franklin achieves Green Community status

The town of Franklin has received Green Community designation from the state’s Department of Energy Resources and is now eligible for grant money to further its environmental efforts.

LINCOLN

DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum receives $5,000 grant

This funding will support deCordova’s interactive spaces and opportunities, including The Lab, a new gallery where visitors can explore art, nature, and science.

MEDWAY

Medway campaign encourages local shopping

The Medway Business Council has launched a #ShopMedway campaign to support businesses in town.

NEEDHAM

Needham’s First Parish becomes a level two sanctuary congregation

First Parish in Needham Unitarian Universalist will provide volunteer support and services to a Level 1 congregation — those that house an immigrant or immigrant family.

NEWTON

Newton to hold 50th celebration honoring MLK Jr.

Newton officials will mark the city’s 50th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. community celebration on Jan. 15 with performances by students and a collection to support local pantries.

WELLESLEY

Wellesley looking for living descendants of WWI veterans

The theme for the 2018 Wellesley’s Wonderful Weekend celebration is the 100th anniversary of World War I.

NEWTON

Newton mayor will hold meetings with public in first 100 days

Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller has said she would prioritize community engagement as mayor.

NEWTON

Newton mayor spells out priorities for first year

Ruthanne Fuller pledged to launch master planning for the city’s villages and complete ongoing efforts to overhaul local zoning.

ACTON

Acton Design Review Board seeks volunteers

The Acton Board of Selectmen seeks volunteers for Design Review Board. Residents who serve will have input about the appearance of new commercial development.

BELLINGHAM

Bellingham surveying residents on economic development

Bellingham is conducting an economic development survey in preparation for a visioning workshop aimed at promoting new development and redevelopment in strategic growth locations.

FRANKLIN

Franklin’s agricultural panel seeks members

The town of Franklin is seeking volunteers to serve on its new Agricultural Commission.

LEXINGTON

Lexington panel to focus on tax policy

The Ad Hoc Residential Exemption Policy Study Committee will continue the work of identifying tax policy recommendations to selectmen regarding adoption of the residential exemption.

WELLESLEY

Wellesley is declared a Green Community

The Green Communities Division of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources has designated the town of Wellesley as a Green Community.

CONCORD

Concord offers loans to offset costs of failed sewage disposal systems

The town of Concord is offering homeowners loans of up to $30,000 to help offset some of the costs associated with the replacement of a failed on-site sewage disposal system.

FRANKLIN

Franklin schools pilot homework-free vacation

The Franklin Public Schools are piloting a homework-free holiday break for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham’s plastic bag ban to take effect

Framingham’s ban on thin, single-use plastic bags at checkout will take effect Jan. 1.

MARLBOROUGH

Marlborough schools superintendent announces retirement

The superintendent of Marlborough Public Schools, Maureen Greulich, has announced that she is retiring after a 25-year career in the city’s schools.