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21sobrfwalpole -- Shawna Sullivan, a kicker on the freshman football team at Walpole High School, is the first female football player at the school. (Olivia O'Connell)

WALPOLE

Walpole High has its first female football player

Former soccer player Shawna Sullivan is now a kicker on the freshman team.

QUINCY

Hearing planned for former Quincy Medical Center development

The owner of the former hospital site wants to build 598 housing units on the 15-acre property that is being rebranded “The Hill.”

HULL

Hull school officials promote town to realtors

Hull school officials met recently with 20 area realtors to sell them on the town as a good place for families to buy homes because of the schools.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham to purchase all-terrain vehicle for snow grooming

A $29,202 state grant will allow residents to have more fun in the winter.

CONCORD

Concord accepts donation of White Pond land

A Special Town Meeting in Concord voted to accept the donation to the town of a land parcel surrounding a portion of White Pond.

NEWTON

Newton City Council back resolution defending transgender rights

The City Council approved a resolution Monday defending transgender rights ahead of a critical statewide ballot vote that could decide the fate of an anti-discrimination law.

EVERETT

Everett launches campaign to reduce recycling contamination

According to officials, contamination is a growing concern for municipal recycling programs across the state.

SOMERVILLE

Somerville seeks innovators for Urban Lab Initiative

Somerville is offering creative thinkers a chance to test out their ideas while helping the city meet its challenges.

BOXFORD

Boxford voters to decide on building projects

The Community Center/Council on Aging addition would triple the size of the facility, while the library addition would double the space of the library portion of the town hall/library building.

Talking Points

Conn. senator aids push for submarine construction training

Manufacturing

ANDOVER

Child care center to anchor new Andover development

Nordlund Associates is currently seeking tenants for the remaining spaces of the planned development.

PLYMOUTH

Plymouth area will receive $1m to combat opioid crisis

The Plymouth area will be receiving just over $1 million in federal money over the next two years to help deal with the opioid crisis.

NATICK

Natick gets ready to showcase local artists

Natick Center will come alive next month with an array of outdoor art works.

LEXINGTON

New planning director named for Lexington

David Kucharsky of Marblehead was appointed by the Planning Board on the recommendation of then Acting Town Manager Kelly Axtell.

WEYMOUTH

Weymouth officials dedicate revamped Libby Field

“Weymouth has gone from [having] some of the worst playing fields to among the best on the South Shore,” said Mayor Robert Hedlund.

SALEM

Salem to restore salt marsh along Collins Cove

The state’s Office of Coastal Zone Management awarded the city $216,560 for the project through its Coastal Resilience program.

BROCKTON

Brockton High School to get new softball equipment

The cages and uniforms were funded by a grant from a program supported by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association.

METHUEN

Methuen officials mark completion of rotary reconstruction

“The Methuen Rotary and I-93 interchange project has been a long time coming and it is exciting to see it come to fruition,” US Representative Niki Tsongas said in a statement.

TALKING POINTS

Three stories you may have missed in business

ENTERTAINMENT

FILE - In this July 12, 2018 file photo, newly transplanted cannabis cuttings grow in soilless media in pots at Sira Naturals medical marijuana cultivation facility in Milford, Mass. Massachusetts marijuana regulators meet Thursday, Aug. 23 2018 to consider approving independent testing laboratories, which would clear the way to allow the first retail pot shops in state to open. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

NEWTON

In Newton, another voice in the marijuana debate

The head of a firm that seeks to set up a medical marijuana dispensary in the city has formed a committee opposing a proposed ban on recreational pot sales.

LYNN

Local vet funds student veterans’ center at Lynn campus

North Shore Community College recently opened a Student Veterans Center at the Lynn campus similar to the one on its Danvers campus for the past few years.

NEWTON

Newton’s plea to residents: Clean up your recycling

The city has paid over $65,000 in fines because of food, plastic bags, and other unacceptable waste in recycling carts.

EVERETT

Everett to crack down on illegal apartments

The city’s Code Enforcement Task Force recently created a unit dedicated to investigating the apartments and taking enforcement action when they are identified.

BRAINTREE

Braintree to hold groundbreaking for pool and rink complex

August J. Petersen’s 1963 gift of $65,000 grew into approximately $2 million in the years that the town debated where and how to build the pool.

NATICK

Natick Center is getting a new outdoor mosaic panel

The brightly colored work will be fabricated during a 60-hour Mosaic Marathon from Saturday, Oct. 13, through Friday, Oct. 19, inside Studio at Three Adams, on Adams Street.

ARLINGTON

‘Uncle Sam’ monument honoring Arlington native is restored

Samuel Wilson was the Arlington native whose name is said to have been the source of the Uncle Sam character personifying the United States.

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BROCKTON

Brockton on track to take landmark building

John Monem, who has owned the Furniture Building since 1993, has challenged the taking, filing suit in Plymouth Superior Court on Sept. 28.

HANSON

Hanson takes first step to ban retail pot shops

A Special Town Meeting voted 50 to 45 to prohibit recreational marijuana businesses through the municipality’s general bylaws. The ban still needs to be approved by voters in a Nov. 6 ballot question.

SOMERVILLE

Somerville schools launch new recycling initiative

Recycling cafeteria waste is a challenge at the city’s K-8 schools because no matter how well children sort their materials, leftover milk, juice, and food scraps find their way into the recycling bins.

Mass. noncompete law takes effect Monday

LABOR

Investigators were on the scene at Motel 6 on Union Street in Braintree the day after a police officer was shot in May 2017.

BRAINTREE

Motel 6 drops fight to reopen in Braintree

The motel was closed by the town’s Board of Health more than a year ago after a shooting.

East Bridgewater

East Bridgewater firefighters get new apparatus

The department will replace 27 self-contained breathing apparatus with $185,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s 2017 Assistance to Firefighters Grant.

ARLINGTON

Arlington seeks comments on Heights revitalization plan

The town will hold a community forum on Thursday, Oct. 4, to seek public feedback on a draft plan for Arlington Heights.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham residents help reimagine Nobscot

City officials have been conducting a community outreach effort to gauge public views regarding possible land use, regulation, and zoning changes to the area.

Burlington, Wilmington, Woburn

P.A.A.R.I. grant extended to Wilmington, Woburn

P.A.A.R.I. was awarded funding to help the Burlington, Wilmington, and Woburn police departments bolster their efforts to combat the opiate epidemic.

NEWBURYPORT

Newburyport commits to cutting waste

The city signed C40 Cities’ Advancing Towards Zero Waste Declaration, a pledge to cut by 2030 the amount of waste generated by each citizen and being sent to landfills and incineration.

LOWELL

Lowell nonprofit to turn ashes into opportunity for recovery

The new apartment building on the site of a fire-ravaged building will serve as a sober affordable rental housing facility.

BROOKLINE

Brookline schools plan Indigenous Peoples Day with new lessons

Brookline will recognize its first official Indigenous Peoples Day next month, and the town’s school department announced it will roll out new educational materials for students.

WEYMOUTH

Weymouth libraries eliminate fines for late books

Library Director Robert MacLean said the amount of money collected in fines has been decreasing as more people download e-books.

Khalid Al-Falih, minister of energy, industry, and mineral resources of Saudi Arabia, spoke to journalists during OPEC’s 10th meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee in Algiers on Sunday.

Talking Points

OPEC foresees stable oil production

Oil

The Environmental Police took the snake that bit a man in Braintree into custody. (Braintree Police)

BRAINTREE

Braintree police offer tips against slithering out of dangerous encounters

Twice in less than three weeks, Braintree police have responded to poisonous snake calls from Wood Road.

WELLESLEY

Wellesley forum to focus on greenhouse gas reductions

Wellesley officials are seeking public feedback during a Sept. 24 forum to discuss potential measures for the town’s Municipal Light Plant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Minuteman Bikeway has been a hit since its 1993 opening.

Arlington, Bedford, Lexington

Minuteman Bikeway to celebrate 25th year

Residents from Arlington, Bedford, and Lexington will celebrate the rail trail on Sept. 29.

WALPOLE

Walpole superintendent announces retirement

After 12 years as the district’s superintendent, Lincoln Lynch III will retire at the end of the school year

DEDHAM, NORWOOD, WESTWOOD

Religious, civic groups to hold forum on transgender equality

The forum is an effort to humanize the issue and protect a state law that prohibits discrimination against transgender people.

CONCORD

Concord to consider accepting land donation

A Special Town Meeting will consider whether the town will accept the donation of a parcel of land surrounding a portion of White Pond.

SOMERVILLE

Somerville to hold forum on transgender issues

Through dialogue and firsthand stories, speakers from SpeakOUT Boston will share their perspectives and experiences.

MELROSE

Melrose mayor asks for input on potential override

Mayor Gail Infurna has scheduled two “listening sessions” on the potential override, on Wednesday, Sept. 26, and on Oct. 2.

Time magazine has been sold for the second time in eight months.

Talking Points

Salesforce cofounder buys Time magazine

Media

REGION

Mussels were ‘planted’ in North and South rivers. How are they doing now?

The sowing of blue mussels in 2015 in an effort to improve water quality is yielding mixed results.