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Emily Sweeney

Sweeney is a staff reporter and member of the Globe’s speakers bureau. She frequently gives talks at schools, universities, and industry events. She also serves as president of the New England chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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Plymouth

Affordable condos up for grabs

By Emily Sweeney , Globe Staff

The Plymouth Redevelopment Authority is offering three affordable condominium units to first-time homebuyers. The latest one to become available is a two-bedroom condo at The Highlands at Ocean Point. Located at 4 Highland Terrace, a 42-unit townhouse complex that was built in 2000, it’spriced at $139,570. There are also two-bedroom condo units available at The Armory at 76 Court St. in Plymouth and at 248 Center St. in Bridgewater. Interested homebuyers must meet income-limit requirements, and applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. As of Tuesday, all three units were still available, according to Laura L. Schaefer, executive director of the Plymouth Redevelopment Authority. Application forms can be downloaded at www.plymouthredevelopment.org. For more information, call 508-747-1620, ext. 147.

Brockton radio station format changes

By Emily Sweeney , Globe Staff

Brockton’s AM radio station WXBR-AM (1460) has switched to an international format geared toward Haitian listeners.

Wareham

New parking rules for Onset

By Emily Sweeney , Globe Staff

A new resident parking permit program in Onset Village took effect July 1. The new regulations seek to prohibit out-of-towners from parking on residential streets for extended periods of time, and require Onset residents to purchase on-street parking permits. Permits cost $30 per year, or $15 per year for residents age 65 or older, and they also provide access to trash transfer stations and beach parking lots. People who are visiting Onset homes in residential zones are now required to obtain a guest or visitor permit. Guest permits are free and valid for 24 hours; visitor permits are valid for up to two weeks and cost $5 per vehicle. Business parking permits are available to Onset Village business owners and employees for $10. Non-resident parking permits, which provide access to certain designated parking areas and beach parking lots, cost $50. The permits expire Dec. 31 and will be issued yearly by the Wareham harbormaster’s office, which is in the Multi-Service Center at 48 Marion Road. For more information about the parking program, visit the town’s website at www.wareham.ma.us. or call the the town administrator’s office at 508-291-3100, ext. 3110.

Plymouth

State aids Mayflower II fixup

By Emily Sweeney , Globe Staff

Plimoth Plantation officials are pleased that the state has budgeted $2 million to restore the 57-year-old Mayflower II. The state funding will help pay for new sails, hemp-line rigging, and fresh coats of paint, as well as other repairs. Plans include replacing several planks, frames, and knees of the ship with rare white oak, rebuilding the topside half-deck, repairing the transom, poop deck, and starboard half-deck, and improving the gangway that leads tourists aboard the wooden ship, which is a full-scale reproduction of the original vessel that sailed across the Atlantic in 1620. Mayflower II was built in Devon, England, and given to the United States as a gift from the English as a token of appreciation for America’s assistance in World War II. It set sail from Plymouth, England, in April of 1957 and arrived in Massachusetts 55 days later. Since then, it has been under the stewardship of Plimoth Plantation and stands as a famous landmark on Plymouth’s waterfront. “Not only does Mayflower tell the remarkable story of the Pilgrims’ voyage, but she is a living memorial to our WWII veterans and a tangible symbol of the special relationship that exists between the US and the UK,” said Ellie Donovan, executive director of Plimoth Plantation, in a press release. The restoration is scheduled to be finished by 2020, in time for the town’s 400th anniversary celebration of the Pilgrims’ arrival.