Recent headlines from Globe South.


Weymouth councilor resigns after 18 years

The Town Council will appoint a replacement to serve the remainder of Thomas “TJ” Lacey’s term, which runs until the end of 2019.


Town plans e-permitting system

Wareham plans to install a new electronic system to improve the efficiency of its permitting and licensing system using a recent $66,900 state grant.


City to begin working with new trash hauler July 1

Trash collection days won’t change for residents, though the new hauler, Capitol Waste Services, may change collection routes within each day.


Town may consider seeking a tax-limit override

Town Meeting voters passed a $187 million budget during its five nights of meeting last month, but some say more money is needed.


Islington Center redevelopment moving forward

The multimillion-dollar, public-private development project features new shops and housing as well as more parking and a renovated library and community center.


School breakfast program expands

The program, supported by the EOS Foundation, now serves 76 percent of students in four elementary schools, up from 21 percent last year.


Town Meeting OK’s recreational marijuana sales

Residents also voted in favor of allowing the Planning Board to grant special permits for marijuana-related businesses.


Town begins installing LED street lights

The new fixtures are expected to cut Rockland’s street light energy consumption by approximately 64 percent.


Free weekend trolley will start July 4

The vehicle will run Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., make seven loops a day, and stop for people who flag it down along the route.


Town to buy former bank property

The Randolph Savings Bank, now known as Envision Savings Bank, closed the Pleasant Street facility when it opened a new branch at 497 Washington St. last September.


Incumbets win in town elections

The town clerk’s office reported a 20 percent voter turnout.


Quincy College can offer refunds for students

The college’s board of governors authorized Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch, who has been put in charge of the college, to negotiate with affected students and has given him access to $4.5 million to do so.


Town Meeting to tackle recreational marijuana

Lakeville voters will decide at the June 4 Town Meeting whether the town should allow retail sales, cultivation, testing facilities, and other activities associated with recreational marijuana.


Angelo School remembers murdered 8-year-old

Edson Brito and his 5-year-old brother were fatally stabbed in their home in February, and their mother is accused of murdering them in a ritual killing.


State delays demolition of Hendries plant

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection stopped the work to get additional documentation from the demolition contractor.


Wareham teen charged with break-ins

Police charged the 17-year-old from Wareham with breaking into two cars in downtown Middleborough and said he was “a person of interest” in more than a dozen other vehicle break-ins.


Meeting OK’s removing residency requirement

Residents will be asked in the fall to endorse votes taken by Town Meeting that would eliminate the residency requirement for the town manager and allow the cultivation and sale of marijuana in town.


Schools to adopt new security protocol

The Abington schools will hold a meeting on June 13 to give parents information about the schools’ plan to adopt “ALICE,” a nationally recognized program in promoting security and safety.


Town gets 1,145 requests for help via phone app

Since launching the smartphone application “Commonwealth Connect” a year ago, Braintree has received 1,145 requests for help with specific things that need to be fixed, according to Mayor Joseph Sullivan.


Tavares retains selectman seat

Kenneth Tavares earned another term on the Plymouth Board of Selectmen when he handily turned back a challenge from Kevin F. Lynch in the May 19 annual town election.


Water treatment plant plan gets a boost

Abington and Rockland were jointly awarded a $130,000 state planning grant.


Voters agree to temporary tax hike for roads

By a vote of 173 to 55, residents approved a Proposition 2 ½ debt exclusion to repay $250,000 in debt for the eighth phase of a multiyear project to upgrade the town’s road infrastructure.

Hingham official pays conflict-of-interest fine

The executive director of the Hingham Housing Authority has paid a $2,500 civil penalty for violating the state’s conflict of interest law by approving and cosigning Housing Authority payments to a friend’s company, which she cofounded.


Town Meeting rejects plan for rail trail

During a long discussion, opponents expressed concerns about the cost and maintenance of the trail, as well as privacy and security issues.


Voters reject ban on recreational marijuana shops

At Town Meeting, 543 residents voted in favor of the ban, and 553 were opposed.


Voters hike own taxes for road repairs

The revenue over the next 15 years will pay for $10 million in road improvements.


Meeting rejects moratorium on care facilities

The proposed moratorium was intended to give the town time to decide where hospitals, nursing homes, and convalescent homes should be zoned, its proponent said.


Town Meeting fails to ban marijuana sales

Retail sale of marijuana will be allowed in Abington after Town Meeting failed on Monday to take steps to ban it.


Voters seek to revise town’s recall process

The town established the existing recall rules through a successful petition to the Legislature in 1986.


Town Meeting OK’s 6 percent tax on rooms

The town is “exploring the viability of bringing a hotel to Easton and wishes to be proactive,” according to the May 21 Town Meeting warrant.


Delaney and Barry elected as Hanover selectmen

The two seats were contested in a five-way race, with incumbent Brian E. Barthelmes narrowly defeated.


Voters reject proposal to renovate Town House

At the annual Town Meeting, residents voted 214 to 120 to reject a proposal to spend $7.8 million to design and construct the upgrade to the 1876 building.


Two incumbents lose in town election

Two incumbents lost their seats -- one by only five votes -- in last weekend’s town election in Norwell that featured four contested races.


Town Meeting to consider changes to town charter

The proposed changes include increasing the number of selectmen from three to five, creating a finance director position, and changing the town administrator job to a town manager’s.


Nursing home settles discrimination case

The settlement resolved allegations that Charlwell House Health and Rehabilitation Center in Norwood refused to accept a patient who was taking Suboxone, which is used to treat opioid use disorder.


Dog walkers must now pick up after their pets

Violators face a fine of $50 per incident, although the rules don’t apply to blind people or those with physical disabilities that prevent them from picking up after their canine companions.


Voters reject tax-limit override

The funding would have been used to hire two new police officers and two new firefighters, and for road paving.


Voters to decide whether to hike taxes for roads

Hull voters will decide in the May 21 election whether to temporarily raise their taxes to borrow $10 million to pay for road repairs.


School Committee seats go to Maroney, Mills

A recount confirmed that incumbent Thomas F. Mills Jr. won the second of the two seats.


Voters reject plan for renovating town hall

The May 12 election also had no contested races and a write-in candidate who won a seat on the Planning Board with 16 votes.


New trash and recycling program begins July 1

Starting then, the yellow trash bags currently in use will be replaced with new portable 64-gallon plastic trash toters, similar to the recycling bins already in use.


Town seeks resident input on potential park

A public meeting will be held on May 30 to seek input for the design of a potential town park on part of the site of the former Plymouth County Hospital.


Council raises bid to stop bridge to Long Island

City councilors voted 8-0 in favor of two ordinance measures aimed at stopping Boston’s plan to rebuild the span.

Foxborough to allow more businesses on Route 1

Hotels, self-storage buildings, brew pubs, retail shops, athletic facilities, and others can now open without special permission from the Planning Board.


Marion Town Meeting will consider funds to renovate Town House

The $8.7 million would pay for design and construction of the upgrade to the 1877 Town House, Marion’s town hall.


Next Quincy budget could exceed this year’s by $11.4 million

Members of the public can offer their input on the budget during a public hearing at 7 p.m.


Marshfield housing development back on planning table

Residents brought their concerns about Christmas Cove, an eight-lot open space development near Nelson Memorial Forest, during a May 7 meeting.


Incumbent selectwomen voted out in Foxborough

In a three-way race for two seats, Virginia Coppola Coppola came in last with 1,022 votes.


Norwell Town Meeting approves purchase of 124-acre open space

The May 7 meeting approved spending $3.9 million to buy the Carleton Property.


Norton Town Meeting will consider funds for elementary school repairs

A proposal that the town authorize funding for the estimated $8.4 million project to repair windows and exit doors at three elementary schools will come before the Annual Town Meeting.


Abington voters select several newcomers

Town Clerk Leanne Adams said voting went smoothly at the new voting location at the high school, though she was disappointed in the 12 percent turnout.


ACLU to offer lobbying training in Randolph

Participants will learn who their state legislators are and where to find them; how a bill becomes law in Massachusetts; and when to set up a lobbying visit.


Hull Town Meeting takes pass on study of declining student enrollment

The district has 892 students in kindergarten through high school. The number has fallen steadily for decades.


Hanson eyes park for part of old hospital site

Town Meeting in October 2017 agreed to explore the concept of converting a portion of the long-idle 55-acre former Plymouth County Hospital site to a public park.


Avon Town Meeting pushed back to June 4

The date is changing because of big changes in town government leadership.


Work underway at Norton Public Library

The library is updating its heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system.


Nonbinding West Bridgewater vote goes against recreational marijuana shops

The results of the voting are intended to help give selectmen direction in deciding what actions if any to take in regulating recreational marijuana.


Walpole special-needs school names new COO

The Walpole-based League School of Greater Boston has named Lawrence Sauer as its new chief operating officer.


Five-way race for 2 Selectmen seats tops Hanover ticket

A five-way race for two seats on the Board of Selectmen is claiming the most attention in the Hanover Annual Town Election Saturday, May 12.


Kingston voters pick newcomers over selectwoman

Voters in Kingston April 28 opted for Tammy Murray and Joshua Warren over incumbent Susan Munford.


As 7 percent of Marshfield voters go to polls, a race won by 7 votes

Just seven votes separated two candidates for a seat on Marshfield’s Board of Public Works during a town election.


Cohasset Town Meeting bans recreational marijuana shops, plastic bags

With the April 30 vote, Cohasset joined a small but growing number of communities that have banned single-use plastic bags.


Hingham chooses two new faces for School Committee

Elizabeth “Libby” Emerson Lewiecki and Kerry Ni edged out incumbent Aylene Calnan.


Voters choose new town moderator

Westwood’s voters selected a new moderator and School Committee member, voted out a member of the Planning Board, and returned an incumbent selectwoman to the board.


Town Meeting to mull moratorium on med facilities

Town officials and residents are engaged in a debate over a proposed medical detox facility, which has raised questions about where such facilities can and should be located in town.


Finance Committee co-chairman loses seat

Just over 8 percent of Easton’s voters cast ballots in the April 24 town election.


Town Meeting OK’s in-law apartments

Voters said no to the sale of non-medical marijuana, but yes to in-law apartments.


City seeking residents’ input on land taking

Quincy city officials are soliciting input from residents on the matter of taking land needed for the construction of a new bridge in Quincy Center.


Voters unseat Planning Board chairman

Richard Boehler, a former Warrant Committee member who is active in the East Milton Neighborhood Association, defeated board chairman Alexander Whiteside.


Volunteers asked to bring rakes for Beautification Day

They should also call the mayor’s office ahead of time at 781-794-8100.


Stretch of Route 3A to go to two lanes in summer

A section of Summer and Rockland streets will go from four lanes to two for a couple of months this summer.


Voter turnout for election ‘highest in decades’

Almost 30 percent of registered voters participated in the April 14 town election, according to the town clerk.


Intergenerational center serves more than 7,000

More than 20 percent of the town’s residents have become members.


Town Meeting to tackle recreational pot questions

Mansfield voters will be asked at the May 15 Town Meeting to decide on several proposals.


Koch to discuss pedestrian access to T station

A closed gate on Independence Avenue has long restricted pedestrian access to the eastern side of the Quincy Adams Red Line station.


Incumbent keeps select board seat

Incumbent Alan Slavin turned back a challenge from Marc Bianco in a two-way race for Board of Selectmen in Wareham’s annual town election on April 3.


Incumbents win seats on select board

Stephen Cavey and Robert O’Regan defeated two others in the race for two seats on the Board of Selectmen in Stoughton’s annual town election on April 10.


Town Meeting to consider buying YWCA site

The YWCA is selling the 9.2-acre property on Ferry Hill Road where it once hosted summer campers, and the town is considering it for open space and recreational purposes.


Group gets aid to help downtown economy

The state Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development awarded Rockland a $15,000 grant.


Water restrictions take effect in town

The rules prohibit the use of irrigation systems or sprinklers after 10 a.m. and before 6 p.m. through mid-October.