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SCITUATE

Scituate vote paves way for new senior center

Scituate will get a new senior center as part of a $12.2 million plan for the vacant Gates School complex.

FRAMINGHAM

Study finds Framingham needs to diversify its municipal workforce

Mayor Yvonne Spicer has proposed hiring a chief diversity and inclusion officer.

WELLESLEY

Wellesley residents can apply for rebate on solar panels

The funding for the program in Wellesley is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

MEDFORD

Cardboard canoe race set for Middlesex Fells Reservation

Participants will create two-person canoes using a cardboard base and other materials.

PEABODY

Peabody program provides gardening resources for residents

The Peabody Institute Library, in collaboration with the Peabody Garden Club, recently opened The Peabody PeaPod.

LAWRENCE

Community-wide project launched to light up Lawrence

Iluminación Lawrence is aimed at improving public safety and creating artistic vibrancy throughout the city.

NORWOOD

Norwood voters to decide on tax increase

Norwood voters will decide June 3 whether to increase their property taxes through a $5.95 million override, the bulk of it to support schools.

HULL

Hull cutting hours of some high school teachers

Those affected by the cutback hours include a popular high school woodshop teacher, as well as a social studies teacher and a Spanish teacher.

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CANTON

Pool project clears hurdle at Canton Town Meeting

The measure, which passed by a voice vote, now needs approval from a townwide ballot question at a May 28 special election.The existing Bolivar Pool is about 40 years old and in poor shape.

ROCKLAND

Rockland names new town administrator

Douglas Lapp will start work as Rockland’s town administrator on July 8, promising to help lead Rockland “to a more stable and professional future.”

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham residents to help city create new downtown park

The park, within a block of about 93 senior affordable apartments, is intended for use by residents of all ages.

ACTON

Acton relaunches bike share program

Last fall, Acton joined Minuteman Bike Share, a program that includes Concord, Lexington, and Maynard.

SOMERVILLE

Somerville celebrates start of library renovation

Somerville formally celebrated the start of renovations to its historic West Branch Library at a recent groundbreaking ceremony.

HANOVER

Hanover takes steps toward limiting demand for water

Town Meeting voted to ban any new automatic irrigation sprinklers that connect to the town’s water supply.

BROOKLINE

Repairs underway at Brookline Reservoir Park and Gatehouse

Construction is underway on the $3.1 million Brookline Reservoir Park and Gatehouse improvement project.

FILE - In this Thursday, April 4, 2019 photo a cannabis worker displays fresh cannabis flower buds that have been trimmed for market in Gardena, Calif. When California voters broadly legalized marijuana, they were promised that a vast computer platform would closely monitor products moving through the new market. Sixteen months after the start of broad legal sales, just a few hundred operators are entering data into the track-and-trace system. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel,File)

MALDEN

Malden begins licensing process for recreational marijuana businesses

The Malden Cannabis Licensing and Enforcement Commission is accepting applications from companies interested in operating a marijuana establishment.

BOXFORD

Boxford post office temporarily closed

Letter carriers for Boxford will work out of the Danvers office so there will be no impact to street delivery for homes and businesses.

LEXINGTON

Lexington hires another planning director

Julie Mercier, the former community development director in Reading, will be the third person in the post in the last year.

MERRIMACK VALLEY

Pentucket school project gets voter approval

Voters in Groveland, Merrimack, and West Newbury agreed to debt exclusions that will allow the regional school district to proceed with plans for a $146.3 million middle and high school building project.

WINCHESTER

Winchester to hold May 14 public forum on master plan

Local officials are seeking resident input into the plan, which will outline how the town would evolve in areas such as the quality of neighborhoods to traffic and safety issues, and the local environment.

HINGHAM

No July Fourth fireworks in Hingham this year

Lions Club President Mark Casale said the Lions Club has not only dwindled in size but also aged, and only two people are doing all the work required to organize the event.

HULL

Hull approves turf field project at high school

By a vote of 868 to 336, a Special Town Meeting on May 6 approved borrowing the money for the $2.1 million project.

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 23, 2019, file photo, a motorist fills gas up in his vehicle at a Shell gasoline station in Sacramento, Calif. The average national average in the U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline jumped 5 cents a gallon (3.8 liters) over the past two weeks, to $2.97. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

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The average US price of regular-grade gasoline jumped 5 cents a gallon over the past two weeks, to $2.97.

NEWTON

Newton to launch ‘NewMo’ senior ride share program this summer

The city’s NewMo program will allow people age 60 and older to book a ride through an app on their phone or with a phone call.

NORWELL

Climate change symposium slated in Norwell

Climate change talks heat up in Norwell at the South Shore Climate Change Symposium on Thursday, May 9.

GROVELAND

Groveland awarded $25,000 grant to develop climate change plan

The state grant provides technical support, data, and planning tools to identify hazards associated with the changing climate and to be better prepared to mitigate those risks.

COHASSET

Land in Cohasset Harbor rezoned for mixed-use

The new harbor village overlay district includes the Cohasset Harbor Inn — formerly Kimball’s By the Sea — and would allow residential and commercial development by special permit.

SUDBURY

Sudbury to vote on proposed purchase of summer camp site

The town has signed an agreement with Liberty Ledge LLC to purchase the 44-acre Camp Sewataro property.

NEWTON

Newton mayor makes pick for city’s next fire chief

The mayor’s recommendation to appoint Acting Fire Chief Gino P. Lucchetti will go to City Council and can be voted on as early as May 20.

ARLINGTON

Two Arlington parks to be revitalized

The projects — a $640,000 upgrade at Spy Pond and $370,000 in improvements to Wellington Park and Mill Brook — are being undertaken by separate contractors.

READING

Reading police to hold second workshop on teen dating violence

The department scheduled the event after a previous workshop in February attracted significant public interest.

SALEM

Salem seeks requests to redevelop two historic court buildings

The buildings are available for reuse because their operations were transferred to the J. Michael Ruane Judicial Center on Federal Street when it opened in 2011.

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Moore defends record, but has some regrets

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WELLESLEY

Wellesley debates replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day

Wellesley’s Board of Selectmen will hold a public forum Monday, April 29, on a proposal by the community organization World of Wellesley to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.

ARLINGTON

Arlington police implement SafeWatch

The Arlington Police Department has begun a new initiative to help its officers locate elderly and other residents who wander from home and become lost.

CARLISLE

Carlisle gets $250,000 grant to improve pedestrian safety

Carlisle plans a series of measures to improve pedestrian safety at various roadways in town through new state funding.

PEABODY

Community Holocaust remembrance May 1 in Peabody

Holocaust survivor Janet Applefield joins other speakers at a community Holocaust commemoration Wednesday, May 1, in Peabody.

SOMERVILLE

Somerville forum to discuss welcoming immigrants

Somerville residents are invited to join in a conversation about how the city can become a more welcoming and safe community for migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees on Wednesday, May 1.

MEDFORD

Medford plans ‘microgrid’ solar energy system

Medford will be able to expand its ability to generate and store solar power with the help of state funding.

HINGHAM

Hingham votes to buy private water company

Aquarion Water Co. had fought what it described as a hostile takeover, but an 1879 state law allowed the town to buy the water system if two-thirds of Town Meeting agreed.

ROCKLAND

McKinley Community Center to close temporarily

The town-owned McKinley Community Center will close mid-June while officials figure out how to deal with its faulty fire protection sprinkler system, but they said all programs located there will remain open at other locations.

MILTON

Milton celebrates Artweek with festival

The town’s cultural organizations have banded together to present a week’s worth of events through May 5 as part of the state’s Artweek celebration.

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Nica Mele (standing) and Alex Berg dance at the North Shore Civic Ballet. The spring auction, which supports the ballet, is accepting donations and volunteers now.

NORTH INFORMER

Bike sharing, a charity auction for ballet, and SustainaVille

Celebrating our environment can be possible even after Earth Day ends. Head to the SustainaVille in Somerville for ten packed days of environmental activities.

SOUTH

Recount confirms results in Canton selectman’s race

Michael Loughran increased his margin — from one vote to three — to win a two-year vacant seat on the board in a busy election week that brought voters out in Avon, Dedham, Rockland, and Stoughton.

PEABODY

Clean up and celebrate Earth Day in Peabody

The Peabody Pride Spring Volunteer Community Cleanup and Greenfest will be held on Saturday, April 27.

ACTON

Acton works to boost pedestrian and bicyclist safety

The town plans to use the $8,000 grant to fund overtime shifts for police officers specially geared toward enforcing traffic rules for all road users.

LEXINGTON

24-year veteran named Lexington’s fire chief

Town Manager James Malloy recently named Derek Sencabaugh to serve as the town’s new fire chief.

SOMERVILLE

Sound off on making Somerville’s roads safer

Residents are invited to give input at a community meeting on April 24 at East Somerville Community School.