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Newtonville’s Austin Street development complete, developer says

Monthly rents for the 28 Austin’s apartments range from $2,445 to $5,855, depending on the size of the unit and number of bedrooms and baths, according to the development’s website.

WALPOLE

Walpole’s Bird Park to hold tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 6

Visitors can get into the holiday spirit by sipping hot chocolate and listening to music at Bird Park’s tree lighting ceremony in Walpole on Dec. 6.

NATICK

Natick Center commuter rail station to get $36.2 million in improvements

The MBTA recently awarded a $36.2 million contract for improvements to the Natick Center commuter rail station.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham State names veterans’ center for alumnus

Framingham State University recently found a way to pay tribute to an alumnus who died serving his country in the military.

MILTON

Milton town meeting to address budget shortfall

A Special Town Meeting in Milton on Dec. 2 will address a budget shortfall caused by an unanticipated increase of almost $820,000 in the town’s contract for solid waste disposal and recycling.

HANOVER

Hanover Mall donates furnishings ahead of demolition

Pieces of the Hanover Mall are going to school and nonprofit groups across the region as the shopping center prepares for demolition early in 2020.

SOMERVILLE

Somerville’s update on Conway Park contamination rescheduled

Somerville residents will now have an opportunity to hear an update on plans for cleaning up soil contamination at Conway Park at a community meeting Monday, Dec. 16.

MEDFORD

Medford invites applications for grants funded by Encore

Medford is inviting local organizations to apply for grants it will be awarding this coming year with funds provided by the Encore Boston Harbor casino.

HAMILTON / WENHAM

Hamilton and Wenham businesses to hold holiday festival

Hamilton and Wenham residents can join in a community celebration of the holidays while supporting their local businesses on Saturday, Nov. 30.

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Scituate residents reject moratorium on new water connections

A lightly attended Special Town Meeting in Scituate rejected a proposal to ban new water connections for a year to give the town time to study its water system problems.

EASTON

Easton approves tax increase to build new elementary school

Easton residents overwhelmingly agreed Tuesday to raise their property taxes to pay for construction of a new elementary school.

LYNN

Lynn residents, businesses invited to ‘city summit’

Lynn residents and business owners will have a chance to voice their thoughts on a variety of city issues.

HULL

Hull weighs changing paramedic rule for firefighters

Hull’s Town Meeting will decide whether to change the rule requiring new Hull firefighters to be certified paramedics.

GLOUCESTER

Gloucester symposium will address affordable housing

Gloucester’s pressing need for more affordable housing and possible solutions are the focus of a community symposium presented by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation.

MALDEN

Malden’s Trafton Park will be upgraded with grant

Malden plans to carry out improvements to Trafton Park as a result of a new $400,000 grant awarded by the state’s Executive Office of Environmental Affairs.

WESTBOROUGH

Forums to address hate-related speech and violence

The prevalence of hate-related speech and violence in the United States today and in Europe in the 1930s will be the focus of forums at Congregation B’nai Shalom in Westborough.

MEDWAY

Medway elementary school upgrades safety with new grant

The project involves replacing the door knobs of all the classroom doors with levered handles that can be locked from the inside.

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SOMERVILLE

Somerville officials to meet with residents about flooding issues

Somerville’s Engineering Department is holding community meetings with residents of two areas of the city this month to discuss flooding issues.

FRAMINGHAM

$5.1 million in upgrades proposed for Framingham schools

Framingham would spend $5.1 million to upgrade its school buildings and equipment next fiscal year under a proposed plan recently endorsed by the School Committee.

RANDOLPH

Work starts in Randolph on apartments for homeless veterans

Governor Charlie Baker was among officials helping to break ground on a vacant lot in downtown Randolph for the Envision Bank Home for Veterans — 10 apartments for homeless veterans.

SUDBURY

What do Sudbury residents want in a new town manager?

Sudbury residents are invited to provide their input into the selection of a new town manager.

HULL

Hull police charge juveniles with spray-painting racist graffiti at fort

Police reported that they charged several juveniles with spray-painting anti-Semitic and racist graffiti at Fort Revere in Hull over the Labor Day weekend.

WALPOLE

Walpole’s Bird Park to host annual pumpkin contest

Pumpkin carvers and decorators of all ages are invited to submit their handiwork to the annual pumpkin contest at Bird Park in Walpole on Oct. 26.

WINCHESTER

Winchester invites young people to discuss what’s important to them

What issues are important to teens and young adults in Winchester and how their voices might be strengthened is the subject of a civic gathering in town on Thursday, Sept. 17.

LOWELL

UMass Lowell celebrates 125th anniversary

University of Massachusetts Lowell this month kicks off a yearlong observance of its 125th anniversary.

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Deadline placed on loan claims for students defrauded by colleges

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FRAMINGHAM

Framingham launches a ‘government academy’ for residents

It’s a six-week series of workshops to educate residents about a variety of municipal functions and expand their overall knowledge of the community.

ARLINGTON

Arlington begins $8 million upgrade to Central School building

The project will mark the first major renovation to the 19th-century Maple Street building, which was discontinued as a school and now houses town agencies and community organizations.

SOMERVILLE

Somerville striving to count everyone in 2020 Census

Somerville is seeking members for a new committee that is being formed to help ensure an accurate count of the city in the 2020 federal Census.

PEABODY

Boston digital printing business relocates to Peabody

Spire Printing, a Boston digital printing business, sold its facilities in Dorchester and is moving to a newly refurbished space in Peabody.

MEDFORD

Medford bans cut-through traffic on 10 streets

Cut-through traffic by out-of-town motorists has been banned during weekday morning hours on 10 North Medford streets in a pilot program aimed at enhancing the safety of children traveling to school.

MARSHFIELD

Marshfield residents ‘all clear’ to drink tap water

Due to contamination of the pubic water supply in Marshfield, residents had to boil or drink bottled water for almost a week.

RANDOLPH

Free meal program in Randolph Public Schools

All students in the Randolph Public Schools can eat breakfast and lunch at school for free this year.

HULL

Former ferryman named executive director of Hull museum

Michael McGurl, who ran the Hingham/Hull-Boston ferry for years, is the new executive director of the Hull Lifesaving Museum.

British Airways said it canceled scores of flights in September because of a threatened pilots’ strike, but some cancellations were in error.

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British Airways mistakenly cancels some flights

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