State considering measure to cull Blue Hills deer population

State officials and local legislators are considering a measure to cull the swelling population of deer in the 7,000-acre Blue Hills Reservation.

The Gebler family — at rear, Ze’ev, Claire, David, and Akiva, with Meirav Avishai in front — has rallied around Claire, who is working to raise awareness about gastric cancer.

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Sharon woman devotes her time to cancer awareness

Claire Gebler knows what her odds are. She has gastric cancer, which was recently included in “the eight deadliest cancers” by a congressional caucus.

Kyle Gendron with his wife, Kerry, and their children.

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Looking for a silver lining as a friend prepares for death

Kyle Gendron, a good man in the middle of his life, has a wife and three young children he would give anything not to leave.

Sharon Williams  of Possibilties Ministries, at a Tent City in Brockton. Her group serves the homeless by bringing clothes and food.

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Ministering to the homeless in Brockton’s ‘Tent City’

For a group of homeless people and society dropouts inhabiting a sprawling camp within sight of Brockton City Hall, the attacks come from all sides.

Paul Crimi of Pembroke works on a painting in his studio in Rockland.  “My art is the best way to express my appreciation for the joy and happiness . . .  in my life,” he says.

Pembroke artist Paul Crimi sharing the art of expression

For decades, Paul Crimi, a prolific, energetic, 70-year-old Pembroke artist, has hosted the area cable access show, “Expressions in Painting.”

Chef Marc Swierkowski bakes a prosciutto and fig pizza. Top right, fried squash blossoms, and above, chicken ballontine.

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In Wareham, stage is set for eclectic Italian cuisine

Ella’s Wood Burning Oven’s Italian-influenced menu manages to be both eclectic and familiar.

Summer campers  explore the salt marsh at Scituate’s Driftway Conservation Park.

Young ‘citizen-scientists’ soak in a day at salt marsh in Scituate

Campers between ages 9 and 12 stood on the boardwalk at Scituate’s Driftway Conservation Park and quietly took in their surroundings.

Raising the rafters of Cooke House, at Plimouth Plantation.


Delano name lives on through plantation donation

In 1621, Philippe de Lanoy came to what would later be called Plymouth aboard the Fortune, one year after the Mayflower.

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Delano name lives on through plantation donation

In 1621, Philippe de Lanoy came to what would later be called Plymouth aboard the Fortune, one year after the Mayflower.


Church asks public money for preservation

The First Church in Weymouth, whose congregation dates to the early 1600s and had ties to Abigail Adams, is asking the town to spend $71,000 to preserve a historic Bible and repair the 19th century building. The money would come from the town’s Community Preservation fund, which has about $200,000 available for historic preservation purposes, according to town planning director James Clarke. He said the project was eligible for the public funds because the building — built in 1833 on the site of earlier church structures — had been used as the town’s meetinghouse for about 100 years and has historical value. The money would pay for replacing three front doors, re-gilding the weathervane, restoring the church steeple, preserving the pulpit and pews, and constructing an argon-filled case to help preserve an 18th-century Bible.


Meter reader has electric wheels

What’s white, quiet, and runs entirely on electricity? It’s the new electric car being used by the town’s water meter reader, who previously drove a diesel pickup truck. Scituate bought the car with money from a $37,500 grant from the state Electrical Vehicle Incentive Program, according to Al Bangert, the town’s director of special projects. Bangert said the grant also will be used to install two public charging stations for electric cars. He said $15,000 of the grant can be used to subsidize the purchase of three hybrid vehicles, and officials plan to ask Town Meeting to appropriate the approximately $90,000 more needed. “It’s another step in the strategy of the Board of Selectmen and Town Administrator to improve energy efficiency and reduce the town’s carbon footprint,” said Bangert.


Town readies SouthField options

Rockland officials held a public hearing on Monday on the fate of the SouthField project at the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station. A bill written by developer Starwood Land Ventures and the town of Weymouth and filed by House Majority Leader Ronald Mariano would strip the powers of the South Shore Tri-Town Development Corporation, the semi-governmental body composed of delegates from Rockland, Abington, and Weymouth that oversees the project. Due to scheduling restrictions set out in the town charter, Rockland cannot hold a Town Meeting at which residents will vote on the legislation until Aug. 11. Legislators will likely try to push the bill through before the end of the formal legislative session Thursday. The town has drafted two articles related to SouthField for next month’s meeting. One will determine whether the town endorses the legislation, and the second will raise $200,000 for a legal defense fund in the event the town does not approve the bill and it passes anyway. In a phone interview, Town Administrator Allan Chiocca pointed out that any changes to Tri-Town are supposed to receive prior approval from all three towns represented on the board. “If they make the legislation palatable to Rockland, then it passes Town Meeting. We’re hoping that the whole process doesn’t end up in litigation,” he said.