South suburbs running out of cemetery space

 The only public cemetery in town is down to a handful of available gravesites. Town Meeting authorized $500,000 in the spring to expand the cemetery, which was first used in the 1600s and includes the grave of famed lifesaver Joshua James and opera singer Bernice James De Pasquali.

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From Dedham to Norwell, and Westwood to Plymouth, graveyards grapple with accommodating the needs of the dead.

A scene from the documentary that will be screened Sept. 5 shows a CGI depiction of migrating passenger pigeons.

Behind the scenes

Loss of passenger pigeon still echoes a century later

A documentary screening and discussion on the birds’ extinction will take place at Plimoth Plantation next week.

Duxbury High girls’ volleyball coach Pam Thomas is backed up by a core of seniors — (from left) Olivia Ivanof, Cara Vetsch, Catherine Harrison, Molly Quilty, Mackenzie Bright, Kitty Hunter, Rachel Tierney, and Samantha Chaisson — who are returning from last fall’s 20-1 squad.

Duxbury High volleyball seniors determined to leave mark

The Dragons are entering just their fourth season as a varsity program, and it’s been a fairly smooth and successful transition.

Peeling paint and cracked foundations on the Emery Estate’s pillars are just the starting point for repairs needed to restore the mansion.

3 years later, Emery Estate awaiting role for Weymouth

Three years after the town bought the century-old Emery Estate mansion, local officials still don’t know how they will use it.

SouthField, the former air station, will rescind its 2005 master plan.

A game change for SouthField’s future control

Huge changes in governance are underway in the redevelopment of the South Weymouth Naval Air Station.

Walpole trying to buy Sharon Country Day Camp

The town wants to buy the closed summer camp to protect the town’s water supply by preventing development.

As of Sunday, there were 24 positive samples of West Nile virus in mosquitoes and 13 positive samples of EEE, according to the state Department of Public Health.

Concerns grow as West Nile, EEE detected

Curfews and other restrictions of outdoor activities could soon be imposed in the suburbs south of Boston.

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Writer Peter H. Reynolds tells students his hobbies are thinking and dreaming.

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Finding inspiration from ‘The Dot’

I had no idea that the author and illustrator of “The Dot,” Peter H. Reynolds, is also co-owner of Blue Bunny Books and Toys.

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

Globe South Briefs


Memoir writing tips Sept. 18

Author Thatcher Freund will talk to aspiring memoir writers about “Why Your Story Matters” at the Paul Pratt Memorial Library at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 18. “Writing down the stories of our lives is one of the most important things we can do for those who follow us,” Freund says. “We live. We learn. In telling our stories we help our children and our children’s children remember who we were, and, from remembering us, to better know themselves.” Freund is the author of “Objects of Desire: The Lives of Antiques and Those Who Pursue Them,” which follows three pieces of American furniture from their creation to their sales at Sotheby’s some 250 years later. The library is located at 35 Ripley Road. More information is available at or by calling 781-383-1348.


Senior tax work-off program delayed

It will be another year before residents age 60 or older have the opportunity to participate in a program that would reduce a portion of their property taxes in exchange for working for the town. Town Coordinator Dale Pleau said the program, which would allow older residents to work for the town at minimum wage for up to $750 a year in tax abatements, is being hashed out by the Board of Selectmen, Board of Assessors, and Council on Aging. Even though an article supporting the creation of the program was approved at the annual Town Meeting in May, Pleau said another vote will need to be taken at next year’s Town Meeting to implement the property tax work-off program for fiscal 2016, which begins in July 2015. The money would come from the assessor’s overlay account, he said. “We need to come up with a figure, how much we’re going to allocate for this program,” Pleau said. “It’s a great idea because it gives seniors an opportunity to get involved in town government while at the same time reducing their property taxes. That will be especially helpful to people on fixed incomes.”


Anti-drug coalition to meet Sept. 10

The first Drug Free Communities Coalition meeting of the new school year will take place at the Avon Public Library from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. Sept. 10. Matt Ganem from Wicked Sober will talk about his organization’s work to help people struggling with drugs and alcohol, primarily by offering free assistance in finding treatment programs. Ganem, a former heroin addict and a poet, is Wicked Sober’s outreach coordinator. “I was once considered a lost cause; now I refuse to be a lost voice,” he said. “I want to do my part in helping people get into recovery, along with destroying the stigma attached to addiction.”


Tourneys benefit school programs, kids with cancer

On Sept. 15, golfers will take to the links south of Boston for two good causes. The fourth annual Kaylee Sullivan Memorial Golf Tournament will be held to help children with cancer, while supporters of the schools will tee off in the Abington Education Foundation’s 19th annual Charity Golf Tournament. The Kaylee Sullivan event, in memory of the 7-year-old who lost her battle with leukemia in April 2011, will be at the Crosswinds Golf Club in Plymouth. The cost is $125 per person; proceeds will benefit Cops for Kids with Cancer and the Boston Children’s Hospital transplant and oncology units. The registration deadline is Sept. 8. Those looking to do so can go to the tournament’s Facebook page or e-mail The Abington Education Foundation tournament will be at River Bend Country Club in West Bridgewater. There will be an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Cost is $135 for golfers, $540 per foursome. Proceeds benefit school programs.