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PEMBROKE

Pembroke marches on with mandatory band

The School Committee rejected a proposal from high school principal Marc Talbot to make the award-winning, 137-member marching band optional.

BEVERLY

Cabot Theater in Beverly reopens after renovations

The project involved replacing the 484 existing balcony seats with wider, more conformable seats. A high-end seating area with opera box seats also was added.

ASHLAND

Ashland police chief to retire in March

Police Chief Craig Davis is retiring after six years as chief and 34 years in municipal law enforcement.

10,000 gather in Quincy to celebrate Year of the Golden Pig

Quincy’s annual Lunar New Year Festival continues to grow in popularity in the community, attracting more people every year.

Chicken and rice noodle soup has already proven popular at the new Newton Centre location.

LOCAL FARE

Pho Viet’s II expands to Newton Centre with soups, bánh mi, and more

The Vietnamese restaurant celebrates a second location in Newton Centre.

THE ARGUMENT

Should a citizenship question be included in the US Census?

Read two views and vote in our informal online poll.

REGION

State funding will help restore Great Salt Marsh

The 300 acres targeted for restoration serve as a key environmental buffer, protecting neighboring communities and valuable habitat, according to the Trustees of Reservations.

MARBLEHEAD

Voters to consider tax increase for Fort Sewall upgrades

The Board of Selectmen recently agreed to seek an estimated $750,000 from Town Meeting in May for the $1.1 million project.

ASHLAND

Developer donates land for new Y branch in Ashland

The Metrowest YMCA’s plans to build a new regional full-service branch took a major step forward when a local developer gifted land in Ashland for the facility.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

Andover’s John Rex swept the weight throws for Bates at the Maine State Men’s Indoor Track and Field Championships.

The counter at Pembroke’s Gather.

LOCAL FARE

A gathering place to slow down and share a meal

Gather is on Route 27 in the Bryantville area of Pembroke with its many large lakes and rural feel.

NEWTON

Newton to hold open house on Riverside plans

Newton officials will hold an open house Sunday, Feb. 10, to kick off a planning effort for the MBTA’s Riverside Station.

03zoinformer -- Atwater-Donnelly Trio (Russell Gusetti)

NORTH INFORMER

Folk music, quilts, and community artists

Traditional Celtic and American folk music will fill the Old Sloop Coffeehouse at First Congregational Church in Rockport on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m.

NEWTON

Furloughed workers in Newton get bill extensions

The city of Newton will offer federal workers who were furloughed by the recent partial shutdown of the federal government an extension to pay their water, sewer, and storm-water bills.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham State to offer online MBA program

Framingham State University recently announced plans to offer a fully online Master of Business Administration program aimed at working professionals who cannot easily travel to campus.

EVERETT

Everett switches to energy efficient street lights

The project involves removing the existing high pressure sodium lamps in street lights throughout the city and replacing them with longer-lasting LED lamps.

SOMERVILLE

Proposed innovation school clears hurdle in Somerville

The proposed creation of a new Innovation School in Somerville cleared another major hurdle when the Somerville Teachers Association last month voted to ratify an agreement regarding the plan.

Delphin Gomes, former director of the pastry program at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, is the head chocolate chef at Kakawa Chocolate House in Salem.

New chocolate shop brings sweet history to Salem

Kakawa Chocolate House promotes the history and anthropology of chocolate through its “explosive” flavors.

Twin tenors Will and Anthony Nunziata will perform at Plymouth’s Memorial Hall on Feb. 2 in a benefit show.

SOUTH INFORMER

Valentine songs and a barbershop quartet

Get your jam on at the “Valentines on Broadway” benefit concert for the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra.

A scene from “Mnemophrenia,” part of the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival.

NORTH INFORMER

Sci-fi film fest and a library book sale

The 44th annual Boston Science Fiction Film Festival kicks off Feb. 8 and runs through Feb. 18 at the historic Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square.

LINCOLN

Plan to prevent homelessness launched in Lincoln

Lincoln’s Council on Aging, in partnership with a local senior housing facility, is undertaking a new initiative to prevent homelessness in town.

LYNNFIELD

Lynnfield water superintendent retires after 44 years

A familiar face in Lynnfield is moving on. After 44 years as superintendent of the Lynnfield Center Water District, Kenneth Burnham retired Jan. 2.

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.

Big Bear Cafe has a 14-seat space, a big chalkboard menu, a community bulletin board, and plenty of light.

LOCAL FARE

Take a shot with this espresso bar cafe in Dedham

Big Bear Cafe + Espresso Bar offers carefully crafted espresso drinks, teas, and something good to eat.

20soinformer -- Rich and Sophie Lyons fend off hordes of the virtual undead at Reality Zombies. (Reality Zombies)

SOUTH INFORMER

Legos, virtual-reality zombies, and spirit awards

Gamers are invited to vanquish as many zombies as possible in a new virtual-reality arcade game in Kingston.

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.

Robin Wechsler disposed of food at Wellesley’s recycling and disposal facility in 2018. What was a pilot program is now permanent.

WELLESLEY

Wellesley’s food waste recycling program is now permanent

The program began with 300 participating households and expanded to 600 by the spring of 2018.

The current plan calls for building a $308 million school on the site of the current high school, shown above.

ARLINGTON

Arlington forum to focus on proposed $308 million high school

Residents are invited to hear an update on the proposed high school building project at a community forum on Jan. 14.

A green crab is seen, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Portland, Maine. Food scientists have gathered in Portland to find a way to monetize invasive green crabs, which are a major pest in shellfish harvesting communities. (AP Photos/Robert F. Bukaty)

SOUTH INFORMER

Choir auditions, a piano concert, and a cookbook club

The Pilgrim Festival Chorus in Plymouth is hosting open auditions on Mondays, Jan. 14, and Jan. 21.

13noinformer -- From left, Eastern Bank Chair and CEO Bob Rivers; Community Advocacy Award Recipient Deb Ansourlian; and Victoria Aboagye-Adinkra, who spoke at the event honoring Ansourlian. (Marilyn Humphries)

NORTH INFORMER

A new hospitality school, backyard bird research, and an extra hand from AmeriCorps

The Lupoli Family School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts is expected to open in downtown Haverhill in 2019.

WATERTOWN

Watertown residents can weigh in on parking

Watertown residents are invited to offer their ideas on how to improve parking in the town’s two primary retail centers.

FOXBOROUGH

New fire chief set to take reins in Foxborough

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

The Rocky Marciano statue stands outside Brockton High School’s football stadium.

From the mayors’ offices, a full agenda for 2019

Six mayors who took office last January described their cities’ challenges, some first-year surprises, and their goals for the future. Meanwhile, what do more seasoned mayors foresee in 2019? We asked two of them as well.

The Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton will open the exhibit “Elizabeth Potenza: ‘Look up,’ she said, ‘there is more color than you ever imagined,’ ” from Jan. 12 through Nov. 17.

SOUTH INFORMER

Donated coats, a new exhibit, and grief workshops

The United Way of Greater Plymouth County distributed more than $12,000 in winterwear to children through its Warmer Winters Fund.

Best Friends Pet Hotel recently opened in Tyngsborough.

NORTH INFORMER

A pet hotel, and a new chance to sing

Luxury suites at Tyngsborough’s new Best Friends Pet Hotel include “Pet Chatz,” so that pet parents can Facetime their furry friends and give out treats through a mobile application.

From left, Salem State University president John Keenan, Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education Carlos Santiago, and North Shore Community College president Patricia Gentile signing the transfer agreement.

NORTH OF BOSTON

Salem State and North Shore agree to create transfer student pipeline

Salem State University and North Shore Community College are working to ease the associate’s-to-bachelor’s transfer process.

THE ARGUMENT

Should Massachusetts repeal the law requiring parental consent for a minor to have an abortion?

Read two views and vote in our informal online poll.

WELLESLEY

Bond helps Wellesley College expand science center

MassDevelopment issued a $96.5 million bond to support the construction project that is being undertaken by the private liberal arts college for women.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham swears in new police chief

Steven D. Trask formally assumed his role as Framingham’s new police chief in a ceremony on Dec. 17.

WESTWOOD

Learn about the Great Molasses Flood of 1919

The Westwood Public Library is diving into the 1919 Boston Molasses Flood disaster with a series of free public events in January.

QUINCY

New fire chief takes the reins in Quincy

The Fire Department started the new year with a new fire chief: former deputy chief John Cadegan.

REGION

Public forum tackles public school funding

Claiming there are “grave inequities,” the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents is inviting area residents to hear more at a public forum in Malden on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

LAWRENCE

Hospital to aid pregnant women addicted to opiates

With the help of new funding, Lawrence General Hospital will be able to provide added assistance to pregnant women who are addicted to opiates.

BEVERLY

Boat will help Beverly patrol coastline

The US Department of Homeland Security is providing the city with a $76,465 grant to help fund the purchase a shallow water patrol craft.

THE ARGUMENT

Should municipalities be able to adopt housing-related zoning changes by simple majority?

Read two views and vote in our informal online poll.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts will continue to support Salem’s bike share program

NORTH INFORMER

Rallying around a family, asthma audits, and more bikes for Salem

Cops for Kids with Cancer donated $5,000 to the Latorella family to help with medical expenses.

Marking the opening of Stop & Shop’s Newton store were (from left) Paula Besso, Susan Sanville, Jim Boucher, Katie Sullivan, Mayor Ruthanne Fuller, Tom Marshall, Christy Vaicius, Stacy Wiggins, Patricia Davenport, and Leo Bracken.

WEST INFORMER

Social justice, a grocery store, and networking

The president of Wellesley College was honored with the 2018 Social Justice Award by Eastern Bank earlier this month.

The Company Theatre will host auditions for a production of “Evita” in January. The last production (pictured), in 1989, featured Michael Hammond and Melinda Joseph.

SOUTH INFORMER

Lectures, artists, and auditions

Renowned authors, scientists, and historians will lead presentations on the natural and human history of New England waters in an eight-part lecture series in Norwell.

Lakeville artist Daniel Cooney painted his son’s first striper catch as a part of “The Home Town Series,” on display at the Lakeville Public Library until Feb. 7.

SOUTH OF BOSTON

Paintings reflecting life in Lakeville

“The Home Town Series” will be on display at the Great Ponds Gallery in the Lakeville Public Library from Jan. 3 until Feb. 7.

Deborah Jeffers, nutrition director for Salem Public Schools, received the 2018 Root Community Leadership Award.

NORTH OF BOSTON

Unsung food service hero in Salem receives award

Deborah Jeffers, school nutrition director for the city of Salem, was presented the Community Leadership award by Root.