Openings and closings south of Boston

(Greg Richelew)

Holbrook recently completed work on an addition to its Town Hall. According to Town Administrator Bill Phelan, the project was done entirely by the Norfolk County Sheriff’s Department and its inmates, who renovated a formerly unusable fire station that is attached to the municipal office building and saved the town approximately $1 million in doing so. “The selectmen and [Sheriff] Michael Bellotti are the ones who deserve the credit,” said Phelan. “The workmanship is great, and the public space that was provided is going to benefit the town.” The old fire station now includes new office space and a meeting room for the Board of Selectmen.

Battelle Memorial Institute, a nonprofit science and technology development company, hosted a grand opening ceremony at its new research and development center at 141 Longwater Place in Norwell on Oct. 30. Battelle, which is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, is a multibillion-dollar organization with offices throughout the country. The Norwell facility is designed to accommodate Battelle’s expanding environmental services business.

Now you can enjoy your morning coffee with a view. On Oct. 18, a grand opening was held for the Lucky Finn Cafe, at 206 Front St. in Scituate. Lucky Finn offers coffee, espresso drinks, and a variety of local baked goods. From the back deck, customers can look out at the cafe’s sister business, Lucky Finn Schooners, a charter service sailing out of Scituate Harbor.


Brockton Day Nursery (243 Crescent St.) was recently awarded $20,000 by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to implement a science-oriented enrichment program within its existing after-school academic offerings. The goal of the enrichment program is to foster student interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. “STEM has been something we’ve wanted to focus on for some time,” said the facility’s executive director, Vanessa Leite. “We’re going to be building the background knowledge first and foremost, then we’ll move on to activities.”

State Representative Garrett J. Bradley recently announced that 20 parking spaces at the Cohasset commuter rail station will be designated exclusively for users of the Whitney Spur Rail Trail (top right), which runs between Route 3A and Wompatuck State Park. The recreational trail’s users will be allowed to park in the designated spaces at no charge for up to four hours at a time. “This complements work completed earlier this year by the Department of Conservation and Recreation,” said Bradley, citing the recent demolition of buildings at the old Hingham Naval Ammunition Depot to make room for cyclists and other trail users.


The food options in Pembroke will take a little longer than expected to expand. The openings of Panera Bread and Taco Bell restaurants in Pembroke Plaza on Route 139 have been be delayed until next month. Construction began in May, and initially was slated to be completed last month. “Panera is rolling out a new design, which is taking them longer,” said Ken Fries, a spokesman for RK Centers, the retail property’s owner.

Compiled by William Holt. He can be reached at