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