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WEYMOUTH

Authors of ‘Women of Southie’ to speak in Weymouth

The book tells the stories of six women who grew up in Bulger’s South Boston, survived everything from the murder and suicides of loved ones to addiction and abuse, and managed to thrive.

NEWTON

Newton city councilors consider anti-nuclear resolution

The proposal comes after President Trump said Feb. 1 the country would withdraw from a 1987 nuclear weapons agreement with Russia.

CHELMSFORD

Chelmsford trees face deadly foe: the emerald ash borer

Since first being reported in the United States in the early 2000s, the emerald ash borer has killed millions of ash trees in North America.

SOMERVILLE

Longtime resident is named Somerville’s third poet laureate

Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone recently named Lloyd Schwartz to serve as the city’s third poet laureate.

LITTLETON

Littleton Middle School hailed as ‘spotlight’

The New England League of Middle Schools recently renewed Littleon’s status as a Spotlight School for another three years.

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BURLINGTON

Burlington police hires mental health clinician

The Burlington Police Department now has a dedicated employee to help support residents with mental illness.

NEWTON

Newton considers tightening shopping bag regulations

Disposable plastic bags would be eliminated at city retail establishments, and customers would be charged a fee to use a paper or reusable bag.

HULL

Nantasket resort changes hands in Hull

A Rhode Island hotel chain has bought the Nantasket Beach Resort on Hull Shore Drive.

The estimated cost of building a new Arlington High School is now $291 million, according to a town panel.

ARLINGTON

Estimated cost of new Arlington High School lowered to $291 million

An Arlington panel recently agreed to a $291 million estimated price for the town’s proposed new high school, a $17 million reduction from the original estimate.

BRAINTREE

Braintree mayor pushes for zoning updates, housing for millennials and seniors

In his State of the Town address, Mayor Joseph Sullivan also said Braintree should work with other communities to fight a gas compression station proposed to be sited at the Fore River Bridge.

STOUGHTON

Stoughton chooses new school superintendent

The School Committee unanimously chose John Marcus as the next school superintendent, replacing Marguerite Rizzi when she retires at the end of the school year.

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EDUCATION

Navajo, a female llama from New Hampshire, is taking over sheep-protecting duties at the Wakefield Estate in Milton.

MILTON

Milton’s Wakefield Estate to welcome a new llama

After the death of the beloved guard-llama Jack, the estate is welcoming Navajo.

Walpole

Walpole signs contract with new school superintendent

The Walpole School Committee signed a three-year contract with Bridget Gough, making her the new school superintendent effective July 1, when Lincoln Lynch III retires after 12 years in the job.

SALEM

Grant pays for solar installations at Salem State

Salem State University is installing three rooftop solar arrays with the help of new state funding.

MALDEN

Malden officials celebrate completion of $25m development

Mayor Gary Christenson and other Malden officials recently joined the builders of The Residences at Malden Station 138 to celebrate the recent completion of the $25 million mixed-use development.

CHELSEA

MBTA works to boost CharlieCard use in Chelsea

The MBTA recently launched an initiative with Chelsea to increase the availability of CharlieCards to local residents who rely on public transportation.

FRAMINGHAM

Upgrades set to begin at Framingham YMCA branch

The MetroWest YMCA is carrying out a renovation and expansion of its Framingham branch with the help of a $7 million tax exempt bond recently issued by MassDevelopment.

ARLINGTON

Arlington eyes ways to increase accessibility for the disabled

Arlington is taking a comprehensive look at how to make its buildings and programs more accessible to people with disabilities, with the help of state and federal funding.

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ECONOMY

ARLINGTON

Arlington town manager appoints acting police chief

Arlington Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine recently announced his appointment of Juliann Flaherty as the town’s acting police chief.

STOUGHTON

New Stoughton library is a community attraction

The new Stoughton Public Library has been open for seven weeks, and the public response has been overwhelming, according to librarians.

COHASSET

Cohasset superintendent announces retirement

Cohasset school Superintendent Louise Demas will retire at the end of the school year to spend more time with her family.

LYNN

Lynn road projects eligible for $59 million in federal funding

Lynn is planning for three major roadway and traffic safety upgrades after state officials recently determined the three projects are eligible for a combined $59 million in federal highway funding.

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FOOTWEAR

Northland Investment Corp. wants to build a mixed-use development that would include 13 buildings on about 22.6 acres at the corner of Needham and Oak streets.

Newton developer pitches shuttle to help ease traffic

Northland Investment Corp. says the service would connect its proposed mixed use development to area transit stops.

BROOKLINE

Brookline to unveil bronze bust of Martin Luther King Jr.

Brookline residents will gather Jan. 27 to unveil a bronze bust of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. created by the late John Wilson, a nationally renowned artist and longtime Brookline resident.

HINGHAM

New school superintendent is named in Hingham

The Hingham School Committee unanimously chose Paul Austin Jr. as the next superintendent of schools, replacing Dorothy Galo when she retires at the end of July.

EASTON

Easton invites residents to ‘eat with strangers’

The Easton Human Rights Committee is sponsoring an opportunity to sign up to eat at a local restaurant with people you don’t know.

27zobriefsphotos -- From left, State Representative Sean Garballey, Mayor Stephanie M. Burke, and state Representative Paul Donato at the new Lyft Hub in Medford. (Allie Fiske/City of Medford)

MEDFORD

12th Lyft hub in the nation opens in Medford

Lyft recently unveiled a new hub in Medford for its Boston area drivers and customers.

CHELMSFORD

MassHousing provides tax-exempt loan for affordable housing in Chelmsford

MassHousing provided Princeton Properties with a tax-exempt $23.6 million low-interest loan.

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WEYMOUTH

Weymouth overdose deaths decreased in 2018

Overdose deaths are down in Weymouth — to 11 in 2018, from 38 the year before — thanks in part to a collaborative effort by the police, fire, school and public health departments, officials say.

FRAMINGHAM

Danforth’s new home is ready for art classes

The Danforth at Framingham State University is set to begin holding art classes on Tuesday, Jan. 22, in newly renovated space.

WELLESLEY

Draft master plan for Elm Bank up for discussion

The Massachusetts Horticultural Society will hold a meeting Jan. 23 with Elm Bank Reservation users and neighbors to discuss a draft master plan.

NATICK

TEDxNatick boasts an array of speakers

Eleven speakers — from a Nobel Laureate in physics to a domestic violence advocate — will be featured at the annual TEDxNatick.

BEVERLY

Restoration begins on Beverly’s historic GAR Hall

The work, expected to take five months, involves restoring the front and side facades of the 19th-century building.

DEDHAM

Dedham gears up for second Martin Luther King celebration

Nearly 500 people came to Dedham’s first Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration last year, and organizers are hoping for a similar turnout for the second on Monday, Jan. 21.

DUXBURY

$2.6 million addition opening at Duxbury Senior Center

The new addition is scheduled to open on Jan. 25 — in time for the annual “black tie bingo” fund-raiser for those who need fuel assistance that will be held on Saturday, Jan 26.

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FedEx may offer full-service home delivery of bulky goods

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WEYMOUTH

Raises weighed for Weymouth Town Council, mayor, School Committee

A study by the mayor’s office found that Weymouth’s mayor is paid “substantially” less than the average — $143,777 — paid to mayors or town administrators in 21 other Massachusetts communities.

FOXBOROUGH

New fire chief set to take reins in Foxborough

Michael Kelleher starts work on Jan. 18, when Chief Roger Hatfield retires.

SOMERVILLE

New library director appointed in Somerville

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone recently announced Cathy Piantigini as the new director.

MEDFORD

Medford has first new police chief in decades

Mayor Stephanie M. Burke named Detective Lieutenant John D. “Jack” Buckley as Medford’s new police chief.

ANDOVER

Andover public health nurse retires with award

Jane Morrissey, who concluded her 20-year tenure on Dec. 12, was honored by the Massachusetts Health Officers Association with its Public Health Nursing Award.

HULL

Hull receives grant for opioid abuse prevention program

The police and school departments are sharing a $20,000 grant that will be spent on an opioid abuse prevention program at the town’s elementary and middle schools.

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Sears prepares for possible liquidation as ESL bid fails

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NEWTON

Newton North hosting event to help teens make ‘Smart Choices’

Community organizations are joining together to help teens in Newton learn how to navigate life’s tough choices during the Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices Expo.