Bill Belichick starts charitable foundation

The Patriots head coach will host his foundation’s first live event Aug. 20 to benefit a scholarship program.

Paul Yovino watching outside his Milton home as a jet passes.

Milton officials take on roar of Logan’s jets

In Milton, local officials are stepping in to see whether their voices can carry over the jet noise.

Edaville sets groundbreaking for its Thomas the Tank park

The 11.5-acre theme park is based on the popular children’s book and TV character.


Brockton mayor proposes buying water desalination plant

Buying the $88 million water plant would save big money in the long run, Mayor Bill Carpenter said.

Scituate Harbor gets set for free, public Wi-Fi

Along with its seaside views and boating access, Scituate Harbor will soon be able to boast free Wi-Fi for everyone.

Matt Bach, 22, fished for striped bass recently near the Fore River Bridge project. He caught and released a 30-incher.

Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff)

Fore River Bridge project to take a year longer

Officials recently revealed that problems with a mechanical part of the new span could add another year to the project, delaying its grand opening to 2017.

The Quarry co-owners Ron and Julie Leduc said they opened their Hingham restaurant to take the commute out of the Boston dining experience.

Dining Out

The Quarry brings big city dining to Hingham

The restaurant, which opened in May, aims to bring upscale American cuisine to the suburbs.

College students moved into a new apartment in Allston in 2007.

Beverly Beckham

I was the sun and the kids were my planets

Beverly Beckham’s noted 2006 column about kids heading off to college.

Low tire-pressure warning messages should be taken seriously to avoid damage to tires.

Who Taught You to Drive

Sensing a problem

With most modern tires, it is often difficult to tell a flat tire from one that is filled.

Cartoon Caption Contest

// Yelling loudly!

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

Interactive Graphic

// High school concussions

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

Globe South Briefs


Mother Brook center attracts funds

The Mother Brook Arts and Community Center, which opened last summer, will be the recipient of hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant money. State Representative Paul McMurtry and state Senator Michael Rush, members of the town’s delegation on Beacon Hill, helped secure $200,000 in state funding for the nonprofit facility, according to a recent posting on the center’s Facebook page. In addition, the center at 123 High St. is also getting a Massachusetts Cultural Council matching grant of $210,000, of which $145,000 has already been raised, the posting said. The Mother Brook center, which is home to dozens of artists, opened a new exhibition this weekend titled “Out of the Everywhere: Evolution of the Graffiti Artist.” The show will be on display through Oct. 18.


Making plans for the start of school

Students entering grades 1 to 12 will be heading back on classes on Aug. 26 while preschool and kindergarten students will get another week of summer vacation, with their first day on Sept. 2. According to district officials, the town’s schools have been opening before Labor Day for a number of years. Details about the fall semester, such as home room assignments and bus routes, will be posted on the district’s website,, starting this week. The first day of school also means that summer reading assignments will be due. Students going into grades 6 to 8 must complete a reading log for one book from the school’s list, have it signed by a parent, and hand it in to their English teacher on the first day of school. They must also answer discussion questions for a history reading assignment, and turn them in on the first day of class. Information about summer reading assignments is also available on the school website.


Former town consultant faces ethics charges

A former Conservation Commission consultant is facing allegations by the State Ethics Commission that he violated a conflict-of-interest law by working to secure town contracts for his own private business. Robert Murphy’s responsibilities as a consultant for the town board from 2010 to 2012 included reviewing all permit applications, according to a filing last month by the State Ethics Commission. During the same time period, Murphy was the president of M&M Engineering Inc., which worked on eight permits for the town, earning him $2,400, according to the state agency’s filing. The Board of Selectmen terminated Murphy’s consulting contract early in 2013, and the State Ethics Commission was reported to be investigating the matter last summer. A hearing on the allegations is expected to be held within the next two months, according to Ethics Commission spokeswoman Marisa Donelan. Murphy could face a fine of $10,000.


Special effort targets impaired drivers

The Police Department has joined more than 148 other law enforcement agencies statewide in sponsoring “Drive Sober or Pull Over,” a national crackdown on impaired driving that runs through Sept. 1. The initiative is funded by a federal grant administered through the state Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division, and the local effort will be overseen by Police Captain Bob DiBari. In a statement, DiBari said innocent, law-abiding people suffer tragic consequences and the loss of loved ones because of such “careless disregard for human life.” He said the department’s officers will be particularly vigilant at night and on weekends, when more of the incidents occur. “Our message is simple and unwavering: If we find you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions,” Dibari said.