Hearing Thursday on Milton 40B project

A proposal to construct a five-story, 57-unit affordable-housing complex at the run-down Hendrie’s Ice Cream site in Milton will receive its first public hearing.

Agency cites role in state’s economy

In the 10 years since the Massachusetts School Building Authority was created, the agency has spent $10.5 billion.

Brockton radio station format changes

Brockton’s AM radio station WXBR-AM (1460) has switched to an international format geared toward Haitian listeners.

Artistic Director Zoe Bradford (left) and actor and designer, James A. Valentin (right), on the set of Les Miserables at The Company Theatre Centre for the Arts in Norwell.

Debee Tlumacki for the Boston Globe

The making of an epic ‘Les Misérables’ in Norwell

After years of waiting and months of preparation, the epic musical will be open there Thursday.

The Hedge House exhibition includes this sampler adorned with flowers.

Behind the Scenes

Museums offer a summer sampler of handmade arts

It’s a summer of fiber arts and other handmade media at area museums and art spaces.

Cartoon Caption Contest

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Send us your submissions for this week’s cartoon, and see the winning caption and finalists from last week’s contest.

Interactive Graphic

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See the number of concussions reported by area high schools with a sortable table.

Globe South Briefs


Full-day preschool comes to private school

Sacred Heart School, located on Route 80 in Kingston, has announced it will expand its preschool program to cover the full school day, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A private Catholic, coeducational school for students in preschool through Grade 12, Sacred Heart operates its preschool in a state-of-the-art Early Childhood Center, a bright, colorful setting designed and constructed with the preschool age group in mind. The center includes classrooms for this age group, an expansive outdoor play area, and music programs for preschoolers. School president Pamela Desmarais said that increasing interest in an expanded program led the school to extend the hours. For more information, contact the admissions office at 781-585-7511, ext. 338.


New animal control officer has history as educator

The Dedham Police Department has a new animal control officer, Jayson Tracy, who began work in May. He has already responded to more than 120 calls concerning dogs, cats, ducklings, ducks, opossums, groundhogs, turtles, raccoons, snakes, and bats, according to a recently released statement. Tracy began teaching environmental education courses at the South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell beginning in high school, and received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Bridgewater State College. Starting out as a science teacher, Tracy sought out hands-on work and joined the animal control departments of two Massachusetts communities, according to the statement. He did this for 10 years before being hired in Dedham


Residents will soon see visual budget

With the next budget season, residents will be on the cutting edge of data visualization as the town launches a visual budget system that was piloted by the town of Arlington last year. “It’s much more transparent and somewhat interactive,” said Town Manager William R. Ross. Ross said the software will present revenues and expenditures in clear, simple graphs that can be updated and make the information more accessible to interested residents. “We’re part of a second wave of communities that are looking at the implementation of this,” Ross said. The town hopes to have it ready for public viewing starting in January when the Board of Selectmen is presented with the budget. The visual budget system was created by Involution Studios of Arlington, in conjunction with the town of Arlington and members of its Finance Committee. It also allows users to give feedback and provides a glossary for some budget terminology.


Local student wins national skills contest

Hanover’s South Shore Vocational Technical High School won its first-ever gold medal in the national Skills USA championships, an annual competition hosting the nation’s best technical students. James Aiguier, who just completed his senior year at South Shore Vo-Tech, took home the gold in the nurse assisting contest, which involves moving patients, knowing infection control procedures, performing CPR, and checking vital signs. “James is the first student who’s taken the gold ever in the school’s history,” said Bob Mello, faculty advisor to the skills program, and a South Shore Vo-Tech alumn. “Having been a competitor myself, I know how much stress and anxiety goes into this. Seeing one of our kids get the gold, it’s just really exciting.”