Towns pass tax hikes to fund local projects

Voters approved funding a $295 million high school in Belmont, a $90 million elementary school in Wareham, and a $70 million police and fire station plan in Needham.

FIELD GUIDE

Autumn is a berry good time for the birds

The wild fruits of fall are as colorful as the changing leaves — the better to attract migrating thrushes, catbirds, and other species.

THE ARGUMENT

Should composting be mandatory in Massachusetts?

Read two views and vote in our informal online poll.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Artisans, Thanksgiving town, and music

Concerts, exhibits, and family events abound around Greater Boston.

Somerville, MA - 10/25/18 - Stubblebine begins a repair. Bob Stubblebine (cq) is one of the area's top guitar luthiers, people who not only keep guitars playable but form a small community of craftsmen who help, teach, and learn from each other in the ages-old, hands-on tradition. He is the owner of Stubblebine Lutherie near Davis Square. (Lane Turner/Globe Staff) Reporter: (Jose Martinez) Topic: (25zoluthier)

Lane Turner/Globe Staff

Get thy electric guitar to a luthier

This small band of guitar heroes plays an instrumental role in the local music scene.

The baked stuffed scallops lunch special.

LOCAL FARE

Tavern echoes Marblehead’s seafaring past

The reputation of a seafood restaurant rests on its fish, and the Three Cod Tavern in Marblehead passes with flying colors.

Sally Hoyt with former president Jimmy Carter in 1979.

At 96, this advocate still fights on seniors’ behalf

Sally Hoyt of Reading has plenty of advice — but no platitudes — about aging well.

The Duxbury Rural and Historical Society purchased the King Caesar House — which was built in 1809 — in 1965.

SOUTH OF BOSTON

Preserving Duxbury since 1883

The Duxbury Rural and Historical Society will hold a champagne toast to commemorate its 135th anniversary.

Latest Globe Local headlines

Needham’s Cullen aims higher at Georgetown University

The three-season running star at Needham High earned first-team Big East cross-country honors this fall.

CATCHING UP WITH ...

Cohasset grad Linc Marsac has taken his passion to the Hudson River

Linc Marsac starred on the soccer field and basketball court at Cohasset High. These days, he has found a new home in the Adirondacks.

BEDFORD

Bedford police offer a way to destroy unwanted meds

Bedford is offering residents a convenient way to safely dispose of their opioid and other prescription drugs.

NEWTON

New home sought for Newton Innovation Center

State development officials issued grants to two local organizations as part of an effort to help support local innovation and entrepreneurship.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham to upgrade downtown drainage system

Framingham plans to upgrade drainage in a portion of the downtown with the help of a state grant.

SALEM

Salem creates website to serve elders

Salem recently made it easier for its older residents to find local services and activities geared to their needs.

GROVELAND

Groveland taps Methuen official as first town planner

Rebecca Oldham, an Amesbury resident, had previously served as the senior planner in Methuen.

SOMERVILLE

Former Somerville school to be transformed into ‘inclusive urban village’

The redevelopment of Somerville’s former Powder House Community School will include residential units, a nonprofit high school, and a maker space.

HULL

Hull seaside restaurant changing hands

Brian Houlihan, who owns successful restaurants in Cohasset, Hingham, Norwell. and Scituate and trained as a chef in Ireland, said he expects to take it over by the end of the year.

Braintree

Braintree and Weymouth to open joint dog pound

Both communities closed their dog pounds several years ago because the buildings were in disrepair, and have been using shelters in other towns to take care of abandoned and lost animals.

HINGHAM

Hingham gets more time to match state library grant

The state has given the town of Hingham until April 30 to keep a $9.15 million grant toward an estimated $26 million renovation and addition to the Hingham Public Library.

LOCAL FARE

Tavern echoes Marblehead’s seafaring past

The reputation of a seafood restaurant rests on its fish, and the Three Cod Tavern in Marblehead passes with flying colors.

SOUTH OF BOSTON

Preserving Duxbury since 1883

The Duxbury Rural and Historical Society will hold a champagne toast to commemorate its 135th anniversary.

At 96, this advocate still fights on seniors’ behalf

Sally Hoyt of Reading has plenty of advice — but no platitudes — about aging well.

FIELD GUIDE

Autumn is a berry good time for the birds

The wild fruits of fall are as colorful as the changing leaves — the better to attract migrating thrushes, catbirds, and other species.

Get thy electric guitar to a luthier

This small band of guitar heroes plays an instrumental role in the local music scene.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Fall captains reflect on their final season

With state tournament time comes the end of the season for every team, some sooner than others.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Artisans, Thanksgiving town, and music

Concerts, exhibits, and family events abound around Greater Boston.

WEST INFORMER

A museum celebrates, marching bands compete, and a chamber meets

The Concord Museum held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Anna and Neil Rasmussen Education Center.

NORTH INFORMER

Jeans for puppies, climate change, and tree-planting pizza parties

UMass Lowell held a flag ceremony on Nov. 2, inducting three UMass Lowell alumni into its Military Alumni Veterans Hall of Fame.

SOUTH INFORMER

Economic empowerment, fund-raising for orphans, and a comedy audition

The state treasurer’s office will host a workshop in Brockton to provide women with information to be successful in today’s economy.

BLOTTER TALES

Adding insult to injury is such a drag

A professional dog-walker has a very bad day in Stow, a customer throws ice at a McDonald’s in Norwood, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

THE ARGUMENT

Should composting be mandatory in Massachusetts?

Read two views and vote in our informal online poll.

Towns pass tax hikes to fund local projects

Voters approved funding a $295 million high school in Belmont, a $90 million elementary school in Wareham, and a $70 million police and fire station plan in Needham.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Marshfield’s Derek Holmes going the distance for UMass Lowell cross-country

Sophomore runner helped propel River Hawks to the America East title.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

Duxbury’s Ally Hammel was the Outstanding Player of the Patriot League tourney for the BU women’s field hockey team.

CATCHING UP WITH ... AMANDA (WALSH) POTTER

From Salem High to program manager at Mass. General

As a three-sport captain at Salem High on the soccer field, for the swim team, and in track and field, Amanda (Walsh) Potter had aspirations of being a teacher/coach.

ROCKLAND

Rockland elects two selectmen to fill vacancies

Richard Penney and Kara Nyman will fill the seats vacated in July by two board members who resigned.

NEWTON

MBTA plans upgrades at Newton Highlands station

MBTA officials will hold a public meeting Thursday, Nov. 15, to discuss proposed upgrades designed to improve pedestrian access to the station.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham to vote on tax increase for new school

At a Dec. 11 special election, residents will be asked to approve a debt exclusion to pay for the city’s share of the estimated $98.3 million cost of a new Fuller Middle School.

Somerville, MA - 10/25/18 - Stubblebine begins a repair. Bob Stubblebine (cq) is one of the area's top guitar luthiers, people who not only keep guitars playable but form a small community of craftsmen who help, teach, and learn from each other in the ages-old, hands-on tradition. He is the owner of Stubblebine Lutherie near Davis Square. (Lane Turner/Globe Staff) Reporter: (Jose Martinez) Topic: (25zoluthier)

Get thy electric guitar to a luthier

This small band of guitar heroes plays an instrumental role in the local music scene.

The baked stuffed scallops lunch special.

LOCAL FARE

Tavern echoes Marblehead’s seafaring past

The reputation of a seafood restaurant rests on its fish, and the Three Cod Tavern in Marblehead passes with flying colors.

Sally Hoyt with former president Jimmy Carter in 1979.

At 96, this advocate still fights on seniors’ behalf

Sally Hoyt of Reading has plenty of advice — but no platitudes — about aging well.

The Duxbury Rural and Historical Society purchased the King Caesar House — which was built in 1809 — in 1965.

SOUTH OF BOSTON

Preserving Duxbury since 1883

The Duxbury Rural and Historical Society will hold a champagne toast to commemorate its 135th anniversary.

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