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19soinformer -- (from left to right) CEO James Blake, Lurabeth Bombard, MaryAnn Hannigan, and Luba Levin of HarborOne Bank helped stuff bags with school supplies for local students on Aug. 2 (HarborOne Bank)

SOUTH INFORMER

Fashion history, Ride for Habitat, and ‘mapscapes’

The Mansfield Public Library will host lectures on the social, political, and cultural reforms during Queen Victoria’s reign.

19noinformer -- Over 200 kids from 36 towns made a racket on the tennis courts in Malden on Aug. 7, 2018 for the U.S. Tennis Association's Kids Day event. Here, some of them pose for a photo after the first session of the day. (USTA New England)

NORTH INFORMER

An eyesore turned garden, a church’s first female settled pastor, and city kids play tennis

A vacant lot in Lawrence has been turned into a garden to allow residents to grow fresh food in the city.

THE ARGUMENT

Is the state spending too little on public schools?

Read two views, then vote in our informal online poll.

SUBURBAN DIARY

A familiar journey takes a different turn

My instincts in recruiting my 19-year-old son as a travel partner turned out to be on target.

COHASSET

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

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.

PEABODY

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.

SALEM

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.

MILTON

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.

WALPOLE

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.”

15schbraintree -- Braintree catcher Alex Kennedy (center) was presented MVP Trophy for the Northeast Regional tournament from Dick Paster (left), American Legion district chairman. Braintree coach Cam Fox is on right. (Handout)

2018 AMERICAN LEGION WORLD SERIES

Braintree ‘town team’ bound for American Legion World Series

Featuring 18 Braintree teens, the Post 86 baseball squad took a 13-1 postseason record to Shelby, N.C. on Thursday.

STOUGHTON

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.

MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA

Dredging of Manchester-by-the-Sea harbor complete

The yearlong, $1.5 million project involved the removal of 4,676 cubic yards of underwater sedmient, restoring the depth of the harbor to a minimum of eight feet at low tide.

SALEM

Grant to help Salem treat stormwater at Winter Island Park

In partnership with Salem Sound Coastwatch, the city plans to construct three systems to capture and treat stormwater runoff at Winter Island Park.

MERRIMAC

Merrimac selectmen name new fire chief

First hired as a firefighter in 1980, newly appointed chief Larry Fisher worked his way up the ranks.

THE ARGUMENT

Should cities and towns ban plastic straws?

Read two views and vote in our informal online poll.

12soinformer -- Border Road, a local act, will perform at South Shore Peer Recovery's outdoor music festival,

SOUTH INFORMER

Ice princesses, ‘Recovery Rocks,’ and cycling for food

The Children’s Museum in Easton is keeping it chilly with a “Frozen”-themed event for kids on Tuesday, Aug. 14.

12noinformer -- The second Chef's Night Supper Club will serve up pizza, salad, and local beer at the Paula Estey Gallery in Newburyport on Aug. 23. (Kayleigh Dellbac/Paula Estes Gallery)

NORTH INFORMER

Citizenship ceremony, dinner in a gallery, and beach wildlife

A judge will administer the Naturalization Oath of Allegiance to 35 people at The House of the Seven Gables in Salen on Aug. 15.

AMESBURY

Uniform returned to Amesbury family of WWII veteran

Using information stamped inside the uniform, and online archives, a war memorabilia enthusiast determined whom it belonged to and how to track down his family.

NORTH INFORMER

Celebrating Italian traditions, a new apple orchard, and waterfront fun

Malden will celebrate Italian heritage at a weekend festival starting Friday, Aug. 10.

COHASSET

Demolished 225-year-old Cohasset home will be replaced

Cohasset residents expressed concern about the demolition, but town officials say it will be replaced by a building that looks essentially the same.

READING

Reading working to rebrand town’s image

Using a $15,000 state grant, officials last winter hired a consultant, Favermann Design, to help Reading create a “brand” for the town.

THE ARGUMENT

Should all communities ban smoking on their public beaches?

Read two views and vote in our informal online poll.

SOMERVILLE

Somerville launches curbside textile recycling program

Residents who receive the city’s regular trash and recycling service can also leave clothing or other household textiles at the curb on their regular pick-up days.

05soinformer -- Dakota, a formerly homeless dog from the Scituate Animal Shelter, greets diners at The Galley in Scituate at last yearÕs Dine Out for Dogs and Cats event. Some of the proceeds from participating restaurants were donated to the shelter. (Richard McSweeney/Scituate Animal Shelter)

SOUTH INFORMER

Shelter dogs with a new calling, ‘crafternoons,’ and historical cemetery tours

The Scituate Animal Shelter will employ formerly homeless dogs to greet diners as they arrive outside of some South Shore restaurants on Aug. 14.

HULL

Hull may reverse town beach dog ban

The proposed rule change would allow leashed and licensed dogs on local beaches June 1 to September 15 from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m.

MEDFORD

New Medford superintendent is on the job

“As a Medford native, the opportunity to return and serve this great city has been a dream fulfilled,” Superintendent Marice Edouard-Vincent said.

BROCKTON

Brockton firefighters get new safety equipment with FEMA grant

The grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency is one of five — totaling nearly $1.4 million — awarded to Massachusetts communities in July.

NORTH INFORMER

Head start on college, ‘Tales 4 Tails,’ and running (again) for Children’s Hospital

Salem High School students can now earn high school and college credit at the same time with Salem State University.

THE ARGUMENT

Should the state build the North South Rail Link?

Read two views and vote in our informal online poll.

29soscituatedays -- Boaters get ready to race kayaks in Scituate Harbor at the 2017 Scituate Heritage Days festival. (Scituate Chamber of Commerce)

RITES OF SUMMER

Making a splash at Scituate Heritage Days

The 50th annual Scituate Heritage Days festival will underscore the waterfront town’s rich maritime history and Irish roots.

CHELSEA

Chelsea senior living provider joins forces with western Mass. group

Chelsea Jewish Lifecare and Longmeadow-based JGS Lifecare recently announced their intention to affiliate.

PEABODY

Peabody breaks ground on dog park

The Stanton Foundation, through its grant program to help municipalities build dog parks, is paying 90 percent of the approximately $217,000 construction cost.

MALDEN

Malden senior rental community adds new units to accommodate more residents

The non profit Volunteers of America Massachusetts converted the former city-owned McFadden Manor Nursing Home into the senior residence in a $30 million project completed in March.

BOYS’ SOCCER

A local youth soccer club makes good on national stage

The Global Premier Soccer Massachusetts Elite 16-and-Under boys team has captured a national championship.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

Peabody’s Diego Alvarez-Segee of Bishop Fenwick High scored 13 goals in the the Bay State Games to help lead his Northeast lacrosse team to a bronze medal.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

For young prospects, summer, too, is soccer time

Many local girls with college soccer in their future play club ball in the spring and summer to elevate their games.

SOUTH INFORMER

Tastings in Hingham, river protectors on wheels, and young performing artists win big

Forty restaurants, bakeries, and bars will offer tastings at the 24th FoodFest in Hingham July 31 to raise funds for the homeless.

QUINCY

Quincy closes downtown parking lot

The closure makes way for construction to start on a 15-story apartment building and a 712-space municipal parking garage and surrounding outdoor courtyard.

THE ARGUMENT

Should Massachusetts allow cities and towns to create Community Benefit Districts?

Read two views and vote in our informal online poll.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

For local football prospects, summer camp is serious stuff

High schoolers attending summer football camps hope to impress college coaches and learn more about the college game.

NOTEWORTHY

Globe Local: Noteworthy performances

Phillips Academy Andover baseball coach Kevin Graber was named the American Baseball Coaches Association’s Northeast Coach of the Year.

TRACK & FIELD

A runners’ club for one and all

Since its creation in 1979 in Abington, the Colonial Road Runners has grown to a 700-member-strong club.

NORTH INFORMER

Curing the flu, wedding dresses for soldiers, and food for the elderly

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations in the suburbs north of Boston.

PLYMOUTH

Plymouth to increase water supply with new well

Officials will hold a public information session on July 18, at 7 p.m., at Plymouth South Middle School

NEWTON

Newton schools chief to receive evaluation

The School Committee will meet on Thursday, July 19 at 5 p.m. to publicly evaluate the superintendent’s performance.

Burlington

$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.

MEDFORD

Forum slated on childhood trauma in separated families

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan is holding a forum about the trauma faced by children who have been separated from their families at the Southern border.

SOMERVILLE

Ribbon cutting for Somerville’s Lincoln Park renovation

Renovations to Lincoln Park include a playground, skate park, basketball courts, rain gardens, and a fitness station.

BLOTTER TALES

In Wareham, a case of SUV-dipping

An SUV is found in Buzzards Bay, a man flipping tables offers police a unique rationale, and other odd tales from local police blotters.