Briefs

Recent headlines from Globe West.

CONCORD

Concord Museum to host its Annual Garden Tour June 2, 3

Visitors are invited to tour six private gardens, many of which are on historic properties.

BROOKLINE

Plaque honoring Brookline’s Hennessey added to playing fields

Tthe plaque features Hennessey in a football jersey and describes his contributions to the community, both on the field and off.

HOLLISTON

Holliston votes to ban recreational marijuana sales

By a more than a 2-1 ratio, voters in Holliston agreed to keep recreational marijuana shops from opening in the town.

ARLINGTON

New Mass. Ave crosswalk, traffic signal added in Arlington

Town officials say the new signal will help increase the visibility of pedestrians and cyclists crossing the street.

BEDFORD

Bedford Board of Selectmen to consider dog park

The task force will explore, discuss, and evaluate locations suitable for an off-leash, fenced dog park.

CONCORD

River advocacy group features author of Thoreau book

OARS will feature a presentation, “The Thoreau You Never Knew: Boatman and Science Activist,’’ by author Robert Thorson

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham’s Bowditch Complex to host MetroFest June 17

MetroFest, an annual art, music, and food truck festival, will be held June 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

FRANKLIN

First herbicide treatment June 7 for Franklin ponds

The treatment is part of the restoration and preservation of the area and is designed to eliminate invasive plant species.

MEDFIELD

Medfield to vote June 5 on $1m for affordable housing

If approved, the tax increase would last for the life of the bond and would not become a permanent part of the town’s tax levy.

NATICK

Plan for Natick interchange is focus of June 8 hearing

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing June 8 about the proposed improvements.

WELLESLEY

Wellesley Historical Commission seeking new members

Knowledge of architecture, construction, historic preservation, governmental affairs or political advocacy are encouraged, but not required.

SHREWSBURY

Bid to repeal bag rules fails in Shrewsbury

An effort to repeal Shrewsbury’s new rules on plastic shopping bags was shot down by Town Meeting on Wednesday.

BROOKLINE

Proposal calls on town to advance racial equity commitment

A proposed Town Meeting resolution calls on local officials to tap into the resources of a national organization promoting equality within state and local governments.

CONCORD

Concord officials seeking residents’ feedback on town’s future

Concord residents are invited to a kickoff event for “Envision Concord – Bridge to 2030’’ May 31.

ARLINGTON

Arlington’s arts and cultural assets are focus of June 6 meeting

The plan is the culmination of findings from a townwide survey, nine-focus groups, and input from an interactive public session in March.

BELMONT

Session planned to preview Belmont Town Meeting items

Financial-related warrant articles will be discussed and residents will have an opportunity to ask questions.

CONCORD/ACTON

Info session set on Concord Superfund site

The purpose of the meeting at Acton Town Hall is to update residents on the ground water removal action at the Nuclear Metals, Inc. Superfund site in Concord.

FRANKLIN

Franklin’s debt rating affirmed as strong

The AA+ long-term rating on its general obligation debt has been affirmed by S&P Global Ratings.

NORFOLK

Norfolk sets session to discuss town’s economic future

Officials are asking for information about what residents would change to stimulate Norfolk’s economy.

SUDBURY

Sudbury to hold hearing on Eversource’s proposed line along T right of way

Eversource will present an overview of the proposed project; public officials and members of the public are welcome to comment.

NEWTON

City of Newton, Newton-Wellesley Hospital partner in opioid fight

The newly created team to target drug abuse will consist of medical professionals, a social worker, and additional staff.

ARLINGTON AND BELMONT

Arlington and Belmont pass resolutions to help protect immigrants

Residents at Town Meetings in both towns approved measures this week that support existing police practicies.

NEWTON

Gas leaks the focus of May 13 Newton event

After the brief rally, those attending will be invited to join a team to tag leaks near Newton schools, parks, and village centers.

Newton

Could leaf blower restrictions make for a quieter Newton summer?

Thanks to a new set of rules, only one battery- or electrically-powered leaf blower can be used per lot from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

BELMONT

Meet the authors at Belmont’s Chenery Middle School book fair

Thirteen authors will be making presentations Thursday, May 11 at “Spring into Summer Reading: Author Festival & Book Fair.”

BROOKLINE

Brookline school committee picks new chairman; losing candidate won’t seek recount

The committee has voted for a new chairman, while a candidate for the board who fell three votes short said he will not seek a recount

Needham approves tax break for NBC/Universal

The tax increment financing package could pave the way for a new $125 million state-of-the-art multimedia complex.

FRANKLIN

Franklin coalition sets golf tournament fund-raiser

The tournament raises money to support programs, education, outreach, treatment options, and support for individuals affected by substance abuse in Norfolk County.

LEXINGTON

Lexington’s Minuteman High School’s “warning” status lifted

The vote came after Minuteman made progress on a new school building.

BELLINGHAM

Bellingham Annual Memorial Day parade set for May 21

The parade route will proceed down Route 126 to the town common.

NEWTON

Forum to present ‘13 reasons why Newton cares’ about teen mental health

In the wake of a controversial Netflix series, parents and other adults are invited to a community conversation May 24 about suicide prevention.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham Health Department to survey residents about tick and mosquito preventation

This survey will be the first CASPER model in Massachusetts to evaluate how prepared local residents are for potential disasters.

SOUTHBOROUGH

Southborough holding its annual town election Tuesday

Five candidates are competing for two seats on the Board of Selectmen.

LEXINGTON

Lexington to hold ‘Bike Walk ‘n Bus Week’

The fifth annual event starts Saturday, May 13, and promotes healthy and sustainable transportation options.

CONCORD

Concord’s Emerson Hospital’s plans annual cancer run

The walk and run begin at 9 a.m. June 10.

BEDFORD

Film on opioid crisis to be screened at Bedford High

“If Only,” created by James Wahlberg and the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation, tells the stories of two families whose lives were impacted by substance abuse.

ACTON

Acton selectmen seeking volunteers for new panel

Those with expertise in civil engineering or a related field are sought to serve on a new West Acton Sewer Action Advisory Committee.

ARLINGTON

Arlington residents invited to place flags on veterans’ graves

There will be two opportunities to do so – Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to noon, and again on May 20.

HUDSON

Tsongas to introduce Hudson event on helping others

US Representative Niki Tsongas will introduce “Take Action in Your Community: Get Informed. Get Involved” May 20.

FRANKLIN

Franklin to unveil statue honoring Horace Mann

The statue is intended as a tribute to Mann’s work and to those whose efforts have marked the progress of US education over the years.

UPTON

Deadline approaches for discounted solar electricity installation in Upton

A local solar energy provider is providing discounts of up to 30 percent through the Solarize Mass program.

ACTON

Discovery Museums to hold fund-raising auction

The catalog will have over 200 items, including a VIP Red Sox game package, a vacation rental in Wellfleet, and more.

BOXBOROUGH

Boxborough’s Hidden Treasures event to take place during May

Residents will be able to peek into the 1784 Farmhouse, see an icehouse demonstration, and more.

FRANKLIN

Franklin Culinary Cabaret to benefit Electric Youth

The evening highlights local chefs and restaurants serving an array of dishes, as well as wines to complement the evening’s food.

LEXINGTON

Lexington League of Women Voters to hold meeting

The informational meeting for potential new members will be on May 5 at 9:30 a.m. at the Cary Memorial Library.

MARLBOROUGH

Marlborough Democratic City Committee to host forum

US Representative Niki Tsongas will be there and the forum is free and open to the public.

NEWTON

Newton scrutinizes boarding houses

City officials are seeking input from residents on how to make boarding houses safer.

PLAINVILLE

Plainville’s household hazardous waste collection day May 6

Each vehicle may drop off a limit of 5 gallons or 25 pounds of waste.

ASHLAND

Ashland’s Emergency Fund auction to benefit community members

The evening will include a buffet dinner for $10, shopping, an auction, and raffles.

ARLINGTON

Arlington’s speed limit to go from 30 miles per hour to 25

Town officials say the change is to improve public safety for all travelers in Arlington.

BROOKLINE

Brookline to hold candidates night before upcoming election

Three candidates are vying for two open positions on the Board of Selectmen, and four candidates are competing for three seats on the School Committee.

BEDFORD

Bedford Police Department to conduct alcohol compliance checks

The Bedford Police Department will be conducting these checks at local establishments licensed to sell alcohol in the upcoming months.

BEDFORD

Middlesex Community College to host open house

The open house will allow students to explore specific areas of academic interest, meet with faculty, and more.

BELMONT

Belmont’s Cushing Village developers to hold meeting

Officials from Toll Brothers will talk about the status of the project and construction schedule.

BROOKLINE

Zvi A. Sesling named Brookline’s third poet laureate

Sesling is the author of two volumes of poetry, “King of the Jungle” and “Fire Tongue.”

CONCORD

Concord officials release form to increase safety of special needs students

The form is designed to give Concord’s first responders important information so police and fire are best prepared to assist.

FRANKLIN

Franklin’s Community Earth Day clean-up April 29

Participants are asked to meet at the Beaver Pond parking lot to receive their assignments to clean up targeted areas around town.

SUDBURY

Sudbury Board of Selectmen steps up fight against transmission line

The new line is proposed to be constructed between the Eversource substation in Sudbury, and the Hudson Light and Power substation in Hudson.

WAYLAND

Wayland resident earns award for outstanding citizenship

The Wayland Public Ceremonies Committee has named Anne Becker as the recipient of the 2017 Lydia Maria Child Award.

LINCOLN-SUDBURY

Lincoln-Sudbury Regional School extends contact for principal

Bella Wong’s contract will go through June 30, 2020.

FRANKLIN

Franklin man charged with manufacturing, possession of drugs

A Stewart Street man was charged with multiple counts of manufacturing and possessing drugs with the intent to distribute them.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham receives $500k to replace Beaver Street bridge

Framingham is one of 36 communities receiving funds through the state’s Small Bridge Program.

BEDFORD

Bedford’s Unitarian Universalist parish now an immigrant sanctuary

The resolution to become a sanctuary was overwhelmingly approved, with just one vote against.

ARLINGTON

Arlington to celebrate its Community Development Block Grant program

Officials and grant recipients will talk about the impact the program has had on the community for the past 42 years.

MAYNARD

Maynard seeks ideas for its 150th anniversary

The celebration will kick off with the April 19, 2020 opening of a time capsule that its residents created in 1971.

NORFOLK

Boardwalk replacement underway at state reservation in Norfolk

Construction is projected to be completed between late May and late June.

WAYLAND

Wayland’s solar arrays saving money, energy

The four arrays are now fully operational and saving taxpayers over $100,000 annually, officials say.

Newton OK’s accessory apartments for single- and two-family homes

The goal of the ordinance is to diversify housing choices in Newton while respecting the city’s residential character.

SUDBURY

Sudbury to hold hearing on tobacco regulations

The Board of Health is seeking to modify the definition of tobacco products to include e-cigarettes, raise the age of tobacco sales, and more.

STOW

Stow march to honor 1775 patriots

The company will march in step to its own colonial fife and drum music.