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21soinformer -- Amelia Wilson, a Senior at Norwood High School, performs as the Black Swan. (Norwood Parents Music Association)

SOUTH INFORMER

Community center grows, band takes top prizes, and youths perform ‘Frankenstein’

In the last decade, the number of families seeking assistance from Interfaith Social Services has nearly doubled, leading the group to seek funding to expand services.

21noinformer -- The 2018 Stride for Healthy Communities in Wakefield raised over $40,000 for MelroseWakefield Healthcare programs after the Sept. 29 road race around Lake Quannapowitt. (MelroseWakefield Healthcare)

NORTH INFORMER

Art classes for veterans, decluttering workshops, and a grant to help women

The Newburyport Art Association is hosting a series of classes for veterans.

21nodine -- A light, garlicky sautŽed blanket of red and yellow grape tomatoes topped a tender, moist cod, paired with a swoon-worthy classic cheese risotto. (Kathy Shiels Tully)

LOCAL FARE

Gogo eat at this seaside treasure in Winthrop

Recreations of classic Italian dishes — freshly made pasta, arancini, red sauce — all come from recipes stored in Roseann Jaworski’s memory.

21sostem - Chelsey Skeete, of the Brockton NAACP, won a gold medal at the National Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) in 2016, one of the way the local NAACP branch encourages students to pursue careers in science. (Pat Monteith/Brockton NAACP)

SOUTH OF BOSTON

Brockton NAACP to participate in statewide STEM Week

The Brockton NAACP will host two events at the Brockton Public Library on Oct. 23 and 24 to connect K-12 students with more than 50 STEM organizations and programs.

THE ARGUMENT

Should Massachusetts support a Constitutional change limiting election spending and establishing that corporations do not have the same rights as humans?

Read two views and vote in our informal online poll.

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, MA--5/29/2018-- Somerville's Davis Square. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: 0601018LocationPics Reporter:

SOMERVILLE

Somerville seeks innovators for Urban Lab Initiative

City officials are offering creative thinkers a chance to test out their ideas while helping Somerville 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.

WEST INFORMER

CPR certification, walking for cancer patients, and recognition for stroke care

The Discovery Gala: The Art of Science will help raise funds for the Discovery Museum’s accessible programs on Oct. 20.

SOUTH INFORMER

Actor advocacy classes, homes for vets, and a $30k bike ride

The nonprofit Talking Information Center, which provides reading services to 30,000 people with visually impairments, will host its 40th Anniversary Gala on Nov. 1.

NORTH INFORMER

Rent your backyard to a farmer, and garden at the library

The Somerville Public Library will introduce a community gardening and cooking initiative starting this winter.

The traditional short-rib-and-ale pie at The James.

LOCAL FARE

The James elevates the Irish bar experience

Henry and Dowling looked at more than a dozen potential spots for their pub. Then they heard about the location tucked just off Great Plain Avenue in Needham.

THE ARGUMENT

Should Massachusetts proceed with the deal to import hydro electricity from Quebec?

Read two views and vote in our informal online poll.

Benjamin Selecky (left) and Alexis Abare added a brick-and-mortar Vampfangs store this past summer.

HALLOWEEN HAUNTS

Werewolf or not, Vampfangs offers a bite of Halloween

After 25 years as an online retailer of custom-fit fangs, special effects makeup, and cryptic fragrances, Vampfangs has opened a brick-and-mortar store in Salem.

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.

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.

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.

07noinformer -- Northern Essex Community College's Karen Hruska, director of counseling, and Janel DÕAgata-Lynch, coordinator of community resources, with donated bread and peanut butter. PB & J popup stations will be available to NECC students. (NECC)

NORTH INFORMER

A home that works, a chowderfest, and clear recycling containers

O’Neil Fine Builders announced a fund-raising drive for JD Martz, a 29-year-old who was paralyzed last year.

Brockton, MA 09/14/18 real estate at 93 Centre St (downtown) that city wants to take by eminent domain..owner John Monem.......for REGIONAL...(George Rizer for the Globe)....

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.

07weinformer - The Rams Resource Center in Framingham State University held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 24. The center offers students, staff, and faculty in need non-perishable food items and toiletries. (Framingham State University)

WEST INFORMER

Food pantry for students, a talk on free press, and grants for internships

Framingham State University held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of Rams Resource Center, a food pantry for the university community.

07soinformer -- Early members of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society dip candles in the Harlow House, ca. 1930 (Plymouth Antiquarian Society Collection)

SOUTH INFORMER

Digging into history, entrepreneurial workshops, and homes for the needy

Visitors can participate in hands-on archaeology activities while they explore the everyday life of Plymouth Colony at the Harlow House.

Gallery Nantasket is host to a vast array of fine arts and artisan crafts on display and for sale in Hull.

AROUND TOWN

Artists bring new creations to Hull seaside gallery

Gallery Nantasket will hold its grand reopening on Oct. 19 from 6 to 8 p.m.

THE ARGUMENT

Have cities and towns moved too quickly to ban recreational marijuana?

Read two views and vote in our informal online poll.

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.

27socarrot -- Jon Belber will be a modern

COHASSET

Cohasset man goes the distance to raise awareness for fresh produce

Jonny “Carrotseed” Belber rode 50 miles from Scituate to Boston and back to raise awareness of the need for organic produce in food pantries.

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.

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.