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    Quincy

    Cardinal O’Malley takes part in service week

    Cardinal Seán O’Malley, armed with a leaf blower and a spirit of giving, was one of several clergy members participating this week in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston’s eighth annual service week at two Quincy churches. More than 100 volunteers showed up Monday to help paint, clean, and landscape all week at Our Lady of Good Counsel on Sea Street, archdiocese spokesman Terry Donilon said. O’Malley joined in Tuesday, as he does every year, Donilon said. This continues the Braintree Pastoral Center’s annual tradition to reach out to local parishes and give back through community service, Donilon said. This year, they’re working with Holy Trinity Parish, which includes two churches — Our Lady of Good Counsel and Most Blessed Sacrament.

    Boston

    Dog stolen from animal shelter safely returned

    Nick, the 2-year-old white and gray pit bull mix that was stolen from a Boston animal shelter more than a month ago, was finally returned safe onTuesday evening, officials said. “He’s healthy and doing great! A Good Samaritan reported Nick last night and we couldn’t be happier!” Boston’s Animal Rescue League tweeted on Wednesday. A “concerned citizen” contacted the MSPCA-Angell call center with a tip about Nick and his location Tuesday night, the league said in a Facebook post. MSPCA immediately alerted league officials, who picked the dog up and brought him back to the Boston center. Nick went missing from the league’s Boston Animal Care and Adoption Center on April 15, when a potential adopter did not return to the shelter after taking Nick for a walk, the league said.

    Easton

    Firefighters help deliver baby who couldn’t wait

    Easton firefighters were on their way to the hospital to transport a woman in labor Wednesday morning, but the baby couldn’t wait — the woman gave birth to the healthy newborn girl seconds after getting in the ambulance, officials said. Fire officials responded to 12 Victory Lane at 8:43 a.m. to find the woman in labor, and they immediately guided her into the ambulance, according to a statement from the Easton Fire Department. “Just as they placed the expectant mother inside the ambulance, the mother entered the final stages of labor,” the statement said. Less than a minute later, the baby was born. The mother and her newborn daughter were transported to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton. Both are healthy and doing well, the statement said.

    Stockbridge

    Disputed Rockwell work back on display

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    A Norman Rockwell painting at the center of a contentious legal dispute over a Massachusetts museum’s decision to sell it will soon be available to the public again. The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge announced Wednesday that ‘‘Shuffleton’s Barbershop’’ will go on display there beginning June 9. The painting was one of two Rockwell works the Berkshire Museum in nearby Pittsfield said it needed to sell to stay afloat. The sale was challenged in court, and in a deal reached with the help of the state attorney general’s office, it was sold to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles for an undisclosed price. (AP)