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Tax hikes spur worries for older homeowners

Costly new projects in Belmont, Needham, and other towns could price some elderly out of their homes. Are there ways to ease the burden?

Officer Amanda Santos, in her UMass Amherst police uniform, has joined the Burlington Police Department.

NORTH INFORMER

Vocational school honors, art sale, and a new police officer

Three of the five US Presidential Scholar nominees for career and technical education student come from north of Boston.

Bernice Boateng, a nursing student at Regis College, practices delivering patient care in one of the university’s simulation labs.

WEST INFORMER

Education grants, outstanding businesses, and physician leaders

The Needham Education Fund recently announced the recipients of 16 grants totaling $67,553.

The Venezuelan sampler is the most popular dish, loaded with shredded beef and chicken, plantains and other Venezuelan delicacies.

LOCAL FARE

Ellana’s Kitchen brings Venezuelan cuisine to Newton Centre

A husband and wife team brings family and heritage to their Venezuelan and Middle-Eastern restaurant.

THE ARGUMENT

Should cities and towns ban the small liquor bottles commonly referred to as ‘nips?’

Read two views and vote in our informal online poll.

NEWTON

Newton public schools to launch full-day kindergarten in September

The change will mean that all the city’s kindergartners will follow the same school schedule as elementary students in grades 1 to 5.

Cohasset....Estate by the Harbor....Peter Roy home

Vegas couple buys Cohasset estate for $12.5 million

The property, built in 1932, includes 9.4 acres and has 10 bedrooms, 11 baths, 13 fireplaces, and a private beach on 1,800 feet of waterfront.

WEYMOUTH

Residents can give views on Weymouth-Braintree dog park

The public hearing is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, in Weymouth Town Hall.

STOUGHTON

Stoughton selectmen not giving up on public safety building

Stoughton selectmen will explain their plans for paying for a new public safety building at their Dec. 18 meeting, and they also hope to convince the public of the pressing need for the project.

BEDFORD

Mixed-use development approved in Bedford

The Bedford Planning Board recently gave a green light to a developer to construct a mixed-use commercial development.

WELLESLEY

Nomination papers available in Wellesley

Wellesley residents interested in running for a local office or as a Town Meeting member may take out nomination papers for the annual town election next spring, the town said in a statement.

BOXBOROUGH

Boxborough police recognized for best practices

The Boxborough Police Department recently was accredited by the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission.

SALEM

An ‘Ouchless ER’ for children in Salem

A local hospital has found a way to relieve some of the stress children can experience going to the emergency room.

SOMERVILLE

Somerville to give update on Lincoln Park

Somerville is holding a community meeting on Monday, Dec. 17, to tell residents about the remaining work that is set to be done at Lincoln Park.

LYNN

Study aims to improve public transit in Lynn

The state Department of Transportation is preparing to launch a study into ways to improve public transportation in Lynn.

Interfaith Social Services distributes Thanksgiving meals.

SOUTH INFORMER

Meals for families, youth rugby teams, and ‘The Nutcracker’

More than 1,000 Thanksgiving meal packages were distributed by Interfaith Social Services to families in Quincy, Weymouth, and Randolph over two days.

Six Lawrence High School Girl Scouts (with chaperones) heard Michelle Obama speak.

NORTH INFORMER

Girl Scouts hear Michelle Obama, free concerts, and making hummus

More than 30 Girl Scouts from Eastern Massachusetts were chosen to attend Michelle Obama’s book tour stop at TD Garden, including six from Lawrence.

The new renovations and expansion in Walpole include about 300,000 square feet of manufacturing, warehouse, office, and labratory space.

SOUTH OF BOSTON

Siemens unveils $300 million facility in Walpole

Siemens Healthineers has cut the ribbon on a new factory and research and development facility for laboratory diagnostic devices at its East Walpole campus.

THE ARGUMENT

Should electric scooters be allowed on local streets?

Read two views and vote in our informal online poll.

NEWTON

Newton signs green energy contract

Newton electric customers will have the option to get some or all of their power from renewable sources through a green energy contract signed by the mayor.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham voters to weigh tax increase for new middle school

Framingham residents head to the polls on Tuesday, Dec. 11, to take up a proposed tax increase for the construction of a new Fuller Middle School.

ASHLAND

Vote lets Ashland buy 95 acres of Rail Transit District

Ashland voters approved a land purchase that officials said will give the town control over much of the remaining portion of its Rail Transit District.

STONEHAM

Grant will allow Stoneham to add four firefighters

Stoneham will add four new firefighters with the help of new funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

New Manchester-by-the-Sea police officers Andrea Locke (left) and Jennifer Gilson.

MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA

Manchester-by-the-Sea’s first 2 women police officers report for duty

Andrea Locke and Jennifer Gilson recently graduated from the Municipal Police Training Committee’s Reading Police Academy.

MEDFORD

Malden YMCA acquires Boys & Girls Club of Medford

The agreement also will include the Medford Recreation Department and expand programming at the Gene Mack Gym.

COHASSET

South Shore forum to tackle substance abuse

Safe Harbor Cohasset Coalition invites the public to a Dec. 13 forum in Cohasset that will zero in on the opioid epidemic on the South Shore and its impact on local families.

DEDHAM

Dedham’s governing board gets gender-neutral name

The Board of Selectmen is no more; moving forward, the elected officials will be known as the “Select Board.”

THE ARGUMENT

Should Massachusetts move to a single payer health care system?

Read two views and vote in our informal online poll.

02noinformer -- Visitor kiosks for the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway were ready to be shipped around the North Shore from the DCL workshop in Avon, where they were fabricated, on Nov. 16, 2018. (Brian Pearce)

NORTH INFORMER

Teaching manners, a toy drive, and a literary magazine

At the Ipswich Public Library, a manner magistrate from the New England School of Protocol will teach manners and social confidence to children in grades 3 to 5.

02soinformer -- Steven Hatch (far right, in brown vest), trains a new group at the Bong County Ebola Treatment Unit, Liberia, in 2015. (Steven Hatch)

SOUTH INFORMER

A doctor’s story, an opera lecturer, and holiday songs

A doctor who treated Ebola in Liberia will read from his book on Sunday, Dec. 2, in Cohasset.

PEABODY

Peabody to update walkways around middle school

The city was awarded a $399,820 state Complete Streets grant to fund the construction near its new J. Henry Higgins Middle School.

NEWBURY

Officials celebrate completion of Newbury bridge repairs

Work began in May and was completed three weeks ahead of schedule in July.

REGIONAL

Grant will fund new firefighter safety gear

The Georgetown, Groveland, and Newbury fire departments will split a $629,254 regional grant for new breathing apparatus.

BROOKLINE

Brookline to hold vote on Driscoll, Baldwin school plans

Brookline Town Meeting members are scheduled to cast their votes Dec. 13 on proposals to fund design work for projects at the Driscoll and Baldwin schools.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham asks prospective marijuana businesses to apply online

Framingham recently invited recreational and medical marijuana businesses interested in locating in the city to apply for host agreements through a newly launched web page.

WELLESLEY

Wellesley park gets a landscape labyrinth

Members of the Hills Garden Club of Wellesley and town officials recently celebrated the completion of a project to build a landscape labyrinth at Elm Park.

HULL

Hull resumes battle over building turf field

Officials will try again to get town approval to build an artificial turf field at Hull High School at an estimated cost of $1.8 million.

EASTON

Easton library offers fine forgiveness for food

Each nonperishable food item will erase $1 in fines, and all the goods will be donated to the Easton Food Pantry.

MIDDLEBOROUGH

Middleborough to open new $9.5 million police station

The old police station operated out of a 200-year-old building renovated in the 1930s, sharing the space with the Plymouth County Fourth District Court.

THE ARGUMENT

Should Massachusetts institute a tax on vehicle miles traveled?

Read two views and vote in our informal online poll.

25noinformer -- Oprah Winfrey is shown with the first six UMass Lowell Oprah Winfrey Scholarship winners at the Chancellor's Speaker Series on Thursday, Nov. 15, from left, Coral Gonzalez Diana, Daphne Shakira Naut, Flore StŽcie NorcŽide, Ashlie Grasa, Oprah Winfrey, Jaime Waldron and Nicholas Abourizk. (Tory Wesnofske for UMass Lowell)

NORTH INFORMER

Oprah in Lowell, a nighttime stroll, and a dog bowl fund-raiser

The University of Massachusetts Lowell was one-upped in true Oprah style.

25soinformer -- Janice McPhillips sifts compost with third graders on a field trip at Holly Hill Farm. (Janice McPhillips/Holly Hill Farm)

SOUTH INFORMER

Help for homeless, a (one-man) ‘Christmas Carol,’ and planting healthy living

A nonprofit committed to preventing homelessness in southern Massachusetts unveiled “Montello Welcome Home Again.”

An array of appetizers, including tzatziki, hummus, melitzanosalata, and spanakopita, at Peter’s Greek Kitchen in Waltham.

LOCAL FARE

At Peter’s Greek Kitchen, Mediterranean dishes soar

Fotis’s passion for his homeland’s food is infectious: “I love to cook and spent my whole life in kitchens of many kinds,” he said.

Through Dec. 9, visitors can view more than 65 decorated trees and more at the Massachusetts Horticulture Society’s 10th annual Festival of Trees in Wellesley.

WEST INFORMER

Model trains, beer for a cause, and handmade gifts

Through Dec. 9, visitors can view over 65 decorated trees and a model train and holiday village collection at the 10th Annual Festival of Trees in Wellesley.

COHASSET

Hospitality group takes over three Cohasset landmarks

Within the next few weeks, the group will open a new restaurant – named Cove - at the Cohasset Harbor Inn.

WALPOLE

Bird Park to host reindeer hide-and-seek

Bird Park in Walpole is hosting a wintry hide-and-seek — the Bird Park Reindeer Quest, from Dec. 1 to Jan. 6 — when four wooden reindeer sculptures will hide in the 89-acre park.

SCITUATE

Scituate votes to ban single-use plastic bags

Starting March 1, stores in Scituate will no longer be allowed to provide plastic bags at checkout.

FRAMINGHAM

Bike sharing service heading to Framingham

Framingham recently granted Zagster a license to bring its Pace bike sharing service on a pilot basis to the city.

ARLINGTON

Project aims to reduce Alewife Brook pollution

The project involved diverting storm-water runoff into two new retension basins at the intersection of Egerton and Herbert roads.

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 photo a humidity indicator rests in a bowl of a strain of cannabis called

NEWTON

Newton forum to address health effects of marijuana

Residents who want to know more about marijuana can attend a public session with experts on the subject.