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Newton to hold hearing on Upper Falls development Sept. 25

Developers are proposing 822 apartments, including 123 affordable units, plus 193,000 square feet of office space and 237,000 square feet of retail space.


Cohasset group to hold vigil for victims of addiction

Organizers hope the Aug. 30 event will celebrate the perseverance of those in recovery, and provide hope to those seeking it.


Beverly launches app to report problems

MyBeverly will allow community members to alert city departments about non-emergency problems ranging from broken street lights to graffiti, potholes, and missed trash pickup.


Eat pizza for a good cause in Peabody

In collaboration with Peabody Main Streets, the city is holding Pizza Fest 2018 on Railroad Avenue on Aug. 19 at 4 p.m. to benefit Northeast Arc’s Black Box Theater.


Housing for young homeless funded in Salem

MassDevelopment issued a $3.45 million bond to support the purchase and renovation of what will become 27 single-occupancy units in Salem Point.


Old Milton ice cream plant finally coming down

Demolition began Monday on the long-vacant Hendries Ice Cream plant at 131 Eliot St. to make way for a new mixed-use building with commercial space and 38 condominiums.


Natick celebrates Multicultural Day Aug. 25

The event on the Natick Common will highlight the food, music, dress, and dance of many cultures.


Concord to use grant to provide increased access to river

The National Park Foundation awarded $42,000 to create boat launches, picnic areas, and parking around the Assabet River.


Walpole student files lawsuit over bullying claims

According to the lawsuit, one of the alleged bullies attacked the girl at Walpole High on June 1, leaving her with a concussion and ongoing symptoms that have left her “isolated, depressed, alone and afraid.”

Action plan ready to ease Turkish currency markets



Groundbreaking set for Plymouth apartment complex

The 303-unit apartment complex at Cordage Park is the first phase of a planned large development designed to revitalize the North Plymouth area.


Stoughton receives $586,000 for downtown makeover

Four businesses in Stoughton will get full facelifts to their signage and facades, and 10 businesses will get sign-only projects.


Natick wins state approval to build rail trail

Construction could start as early as spring 2019 and should take about two years.


Arlington receives grant to curb energy use

The $210,290 grant, awarded through the state’s Green Communities program, will go toward four different initiatives to be undertaken in the coming year.

The scene at the Motel 6 after the 2017 shooting.


Police activity declines after closure of Motel 6 in Braintree

The Board of Health revoked the motel’s operating license last year after a local police officer was shot in the head by a motel guest who then fatally shot himself.

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Tariff relief blocked by steel giants



Concord awarded grant for green energy

The state Department of Energy Resources awarded the town a $116,557 grant through its Green Communities program.


Bond bill provides funds for MassBay health center

The new center would provide the college with a permanent presence in Framingham.


Arlington to launch pilot plan to improve bus transit

Arlington residents have a chance to learn about a pilot plan to improve bus service on the town’s stretch of Massachusetts Avenue at a public hearing Aug. 15.


Weymouth receives grant to go green

The town is getting $250,000 from the state to improve energy efficiency in several municipal buildings.


Pembroke puts hold on bag ban proposal

Instead, the board has voted to form a subcommittee to study the issue.


Derby Academy receives $4.75 million bond to buy properties

The school is looking at several potential uses for the two homes, including administrative offices, academic programs and faculty housing.


Job position opens in Framingham to connect politicians to locals

The Citizen Participation Officer’s specific duties will include working with city departments, boards, and commissions to use communication and outreach to enhance public engagement, process citizen complaints and inquiries, and comply with public notice requirements


Arlington moves to make town greener

The selectmen voted to establish a Clean Energy Future Committee with the goal of having zero net emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases by 2050.


Lynn health care provider dedicated to founder

William Mantzoukas co-founded the center as a 25-year-old in 1971. Today it is the largest primary care provider in Lynn, serving more than 40,000 patients annually.


Urban planning milestone reached in Natick

Launched in 2016, Natick 2030+ is a public process to create a new comprehensive master plan detailing how the town hopes to evolve.


Affordable housing in Bedford gets a facelift

Two Bedford rental housing communities will undergo major renovations and their affordable units will remain low cost for another 30 years as a result of state and local funding support.


Flares in Hull bring back 1800s tradition

For the 10th year in a row, the Harbor Illumination will illuminate Hull’s inner shoreline.


Robots are making sidewalks in Braintree more accessible

The Streetscan devices are checking over 200 miles of sidewalks and curb ramps


After uproar, Cohasset Conservation Trust buys land for $547,000

The purchase ends a four-year neighborhood tussle over the scenic peninsula that sticks into exclusive Inner Little Harbor.

Vacationing tourists strolled along the edge of the Atlantic Ocean near The Pier in Old Orchard, Beach, Maine, late last month. Canadians may be angry about President Donald Trump's insults and tariffs, but it doesn't seem to be taking a toll on tourism.

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Trade dispute has yet to cut into Canadian tourism



Milton Marketplace wins zoning approval for addition

The Board of Appeals voted in June to allow the 7,500-square-foot addition, but there are still outstanding issues


Artists showcase work in Natick’s 11th ArtWalk festival

On Thursday, July 19, Natick’s downtown will showcase the work of more than 74 artists at the 11th ArtWalk


Quincy College students can complete nursing degrees at Devens

Up to 30 qualified Quincy College students will be able to complete their nursing degrees at Mount Wachusetts Community College’s Devens campus, under a new agreement between the two institutions.


$100,000 grant helps Burlington police respond to mental illness calls

With the award from the Cummings Foundation, the department will train and certify its officers in mental crisis interventions.

Daimler halted deliveries of a type of diesel engine for trucks as a precautionary measure, after it found issues that could lead to emissions “slightly” exceeding nitrogen oxide limits

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Emissions issues plague Daimler truck engines


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GE’s Latin America CEO arrested in Brazil health care fraud probe



Concord to increase electricity rates

The current residential electric rate varies from 14.4 to 18.7 cents per kilowatt hour. Starting in September, it will rise to a range of 15.4 to 19.7 cents.

Brockton biology teacher named best in the state

A former research scientist who teaches biotechnology at Brockton High School has been named the state’s most outstanding biology teacher by a national teacher group.


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.


Consulting firm hired to help find new Lexington town manager

Carl Valente, who has held the position the past 13 years, announced in May that he is retiring effective Aug. 3.


Newton considers shared parking plan

The pilot program would allow property owners in commercial areas to rent out unused or underutilized parking spaces to drivers as a way to help boost economic activity in the city.

Ranchers have been forced to sell cattle to feedlots early, boosting meat supplies and lowering prices across the United States.

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Beef glut lowers prices ahead of Fourth of July holiday



The plastic bag ban begins in Melrose

Under the ban, which was adopted as an ordinance unanimously approved by the Board of Aldermen last December, only reusable bags and recyclable paper bags will be allowed at check-out.


Marblehead voters agree to tax increases for town repairs

The two debt exclusion will add a combined $97.68 to the annual tax bill of an average single family home valued at $781,000.


Somerville celebrates start of high school construction project

The new 1,590-student school is expected to be open in the fall of 2020.


Avon selectmen choose new town administrator

The job was posted with a salary of $145,000.


Substance recovery facility opens in Scituate

The goal, according to the nonprofit agency, is to “bridge the gap between formal treatment and a full life of recovery in the community.”


Pond Meadow bike paths have undergone $150,000 in repairs

Money for the project came from the federal government, which provided a $100,000 grant and from the towns of Braintree and Weymouth.


Arlington receives state grant to ease chronic flooding

The town was among 34 Massachusetts cities and towns awarded funding to design and build projects to improve resilience to climate change.