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Framingham’s public works director to retire
Peter Sellers, executive director of public works for the past 18 years, recently announced his plans to retire from his position on March 17, ending a 47-year career in public service.
Needham hearing to focus on former missile site and reservation
Needham is inviting residents to a public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 11, on the future of the former Nike missile site and part of the Ridge Hill Reservation.
Smart resigns as Weymouth Town Councilor
Weymouth Town Councilor Michael Smart has resigned, for health reasons, from the position he held for 18 years.
Once again, Emanuel Gomes leading Brockton police
Emanuel Gomes is Brockton’s new acting police chief — his second time leading the department.
Bridgewater police to offer training on active shooter situations
Bridgewater police will teach local residents how to react to violent intruders in their homes, or to any active shooter situation, in a free, two-evening training session in March.
Somerville trees to get preventive care
Somerville has begun a new initiative to promote the health of trees in its parks.
Want to check road maintenance? Salem has an online tool for that
Salem recently provided residents with a new online tool that will allow them to search online for information on the condition of roads in the city.
Medford may reorganize human resources operations
Medford is studying the possibility of reorganizing its human resources operations with the help of new state funding.
Electrical box serves as canvas for Natick artist
An electrical box in Natick now doubles as a work of art through the efforts of the town’s Cultural Council and a young resident.
Child care offered during Weymouth School Committee meetings
The Weymouth Public Schools are providing child care during School Committee meetings to make it easier for parents to attend.
Marblehead invites public to meeting on coastal flooding risks
Local residents have a chance to hear more about the coastal flooding risk that Marblehead faces in the future due to global climate change.
West Newbury farm to be protected from development
A West Newbury farm will be permanently protected from development through a collaborative effort involving Greenbelt, the town, and Essex resident and farmer Chris Grant.
Somerville embarking on Spring Hill sewer, streetscape project
Somerville officials are offering residents a chance to learn more about a sewer and streetscape project the city will be carrying out in the Spring Hill area at a community meeting on Monday, Feb. 3.
League of Women Voters to hold climate change forum in Newton
The League of Women Voters of Newton will hold a Feb. 26 forum focused on steps communities can take to help address the global problem.
Framingham to rebuild intersection in Nobscot Village
Framingham plans to reconstruct an intersection in its Nobscot Village area with the help of new state funding.
Lecture to focus on history of slavery in New England
Author Jared Hardesty will talk about the history of slavery in New England in an evening lecture sponsored by the Abigail Adams Historical Society and the Hingham Historical Society.
Grant aims to boost new restaurants in downtown Brockton
The city of Brockton is getting $1.5 million in federal money to lend to restaurants that want to open downtown in the urban revitalization district.
Pilot snow-clearing program coming to downtown Needham
Needham recently announced a pilot snow-clearing program in the downtown business district aimed at helping customers and employees better access local businesses during and immediately after snow and ice storms.
Arlington drafts hazard mitigation plan
Arlington residents have a chance to hear more about a plan outlining how the town would respond to future natural disasters, and offer their feedback.
Hingham selectmen pick new name for water system
Say goodbye to Aquarion and hello to the “Weir River Water System.”
Free events will address mental health, bullying
Two regional school districts are jointly hosting a series of six events for parents and other community members on mental health and bullying.
Drowned Hogs to return to Nantasket Beach
Hardy souls affectionately known as “drowned hogs” will jump into the ocean at Nantasket Beach in Hull on Feb. 1 to raise money for Wellspring Multi-Service Center.
New zoning could apply retroactively to Dedham gun shop
The future of a gun shop that opened in mid-November in East Dedham is up in the air, according to local officials.
Marblehead to hold municipal boot camp
Marblehead is offering residents an opportunity to learn more about the workings of their town government.
Medford’s new mayor announces chief of staff
Newly inaugurated Medford Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn has announced a key appointment, the hiring of David Rodrigues to serve as her chief of staff.
Volunteers sought to pack meals for needy on Jan. 20
The Hingham Hull Religious Leaders Association plans to pack 50,000 meals for local food pantries and homeless shelters on Jan. 20, the national Martin Luther King Day of Service.
Acton to hold forum on housing production plan
Acton is inviting residents to discuss the town’s housing needs and how to address them.