Schools push to offer 21st-century technology

First-graders Roy Kanyike (left) and Amirah Sembatya use iPads for a classroom project at Francis Wyman Elementary in Burlington, where for the first time all of the district’s students have been provided a computing device.

Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff

Many area schools are upgrading technology for students, but these improvements can come at a price.

“By the end of the year,’’ says Middleborough coach Pat Kingman of junior quarterback Brendan Chipman, running the ball (above), “everyone will know his name.” Below, Paul Sances trips up Scituate’s Fran Donovan.

High School Football

Chipman has Middleborough in position to make run

Middleborough finally took on a Patriot League foe, defending champion Scituate, on Saturday. And they did so after a bye week.

Mike Rando has helped put the Tufts team on the path to victory.


Walpole’s Mike Rando helps fuel turnaround for Tufts football

When Mike Rando arrived at Tufts University last year as a freshman, the Walpole High graduate was unaccustomed to losing.

The cast of  “The Glass Menagerie” (from left): Sam Lathrop as Tom, Jacob Plummer as The Gentleman Caller, Carol Stearns as Amanda, and Erica Morris as Laura.

Behind The Scenes

‘The Glass Menagerie’ an American tale of family tension

The action in the classic American play is all in the characters, according to Joe Walsh, the guest director with an international resume.

$30m Walpole project up for vote

Voters in Walpole will decide this month whether to spend close to $30 million for a slew of new public buildings.

Alexandra Boothby, with her mother, Mary Bergeron (left),  was recently diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, a neurological illness.

Debee Tlumacki for the Boston Globe

Abington teacher blogs about living with Huntington’s disease

When Alexandra Boothby was diagnosed with the disease in April, she refused to cower.

Anyone interested in digging in the designated area needs to obtain a permit from the town clerk’s office.

After 40 years, shellfishing to resume in Plymouth harbor

The sight of families digging for soft shell clams and quahogs could soon become a familiar one in Plymouth.

Bridgewater ponders ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’

Lacks, a woman who was poor and black in mid-century Maryland, remained largely unknown for decades.

Cartoon Caption Contest

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Beverly Beckham

Obsessed with singing, and loving it

My kids say that I have an obsessive personality, that once I get interested in something I don’t lose interest until I know all I can or until I am no longer interested.

Who taught YOU to Drive?

Peter DeMarco and Laura Levis made it safely across the northern US border for their honeymoon in Quebec City.

Who taught you to drive?

Back and forth to Canada, Part 2

You don’t want to carry any weapons across the US-Canada border, of course, but what about liquor or food? And does the wool in that suit come from Israel?

Interactive Graphic

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

Globe South Briefs


League to host forum before election day

The Plymouth Area League of Women Voters plans to hold a fall candidates’ forum Oct. 23. Candidates running for First Plymouth District State Representative (Democrat Stephen Michael Palmer and Republican Mathew J. Muratore), Plymouth and Barnstable District Senator (Democrat Matthew C. Patrick, Republican Vinny M. deMacedo, and Libertarian Party candidate Heather M. Mullins), and Plymouth County Commissioner (Democrat Scott M. Vecchi and Republican Sandra M. Wright) will be invited to attend and answer questions. The forum is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. at Plymouth Town Hall, and it will be broadcast live on Plymouth Area Community Television. Questions for the candidates can be submitted to The league is also reminding people that Oct. 15 is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 4 election.

West Bridgewater

Cultural Council seeks proposals

The West Bridgewater Cultural Council has set an Oct. 15 deadline for organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community. Council member Joan McAndrew said grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in town, including exhibits, festivals, short-term residencies by artists or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures. The council will also consider proposals from schools and youth groups through the PASS Program, which provides subsidies for school-age children to attend cultural field trips. For grant guidelines and more information on the council, contact Joan McAndrew at Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at Application forms are also available at the West Bridgewater Library and Town Hall.


Crafts fair at library

The Friends of the Avon Library will sponsor the fourth annual Craft and Vendor Fair at the library next Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. “This is our biggest, and right now, our only fund-raiser,” said organizer Ann Fogg, assistant to the library director. Fogg said money raised from the fair would go toward buying more passes for museums, zoos, and historic sites, which library cardholders can borrow. Items for sale at the fair will include handmade jewelry, knit and crocheted goods, artwork, and soaps, she said. The library is located at 280 West Main St.


Community TV to show off studios

Marshfield Community Television welcomes the public to visit its new studios, located at the new Marshfield High School, during a November open house. Postponed from an earlier date, the event will be held Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to Jonathan Grabowski, executive director. Although the school built the space, MCTV has funded installation of new sets, cameras, and editing equipment, he said in an interview. He said the studios have “all the neat bells and whistles” and are high-tech and easy to use. “We are going from the Stone Age into the space age,” he said. Students use the studios until 4 p.m. each day, and then they are open for MCTV members to produce their own programming or help with coverage of government meetings and education.