A landscaper at work in Arlington, which has some limits on blowers.

Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff/File 2012

A landscaper at work in Arlington, which has some limits on blowers.

In the war vs. loud leaf blowers, a strategic retreat

Leaf blower opponents have shifted from seeking bans to educating the public about the issue and encouraging landscapers to try alternatives.By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

The Suburbanite

An update on what's happening in our communities.

An item from the collection of historic clothing at the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society’s  Nathaniel Windsor Jr. House (right) provides the subject for an April 3 talk at the Duxbury Free Library.

Globe South calendar

A 150-year-old garment on display in Duxbury, Boston-based singer-songwriter Patty Larkin performs in Plymouth, and more.

Up Close

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/02/25/BostonGlobe.com/Regional/Images/JenAndruzziA.jpg Joe Andruzzi Foundation growing to help more people

Since its inception in 2007, the foundation’s endowment has grown from $200,000 to $4.5 million with Jennifer Andruzzi as its executive director.

Business Plan

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/12/BostonGlobe.com/Regional/Images/ryan_act1_so.jpg Rockland’s Advanced Communication Technologies ties it together with mobile apps

The company designs home theaters, audio systems, lighting control, and surveillance systems that enable users to control it all with mobile apps.

Insect photos are on view in Norwell through May 3.

The Informer

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations in the suburbs south of Boston.

Kristin’s fluffy, cinnamon-scented coffee cake pancake is one of the most popular items at the Braintree restaurant.

Photos by Jessica Bartlett for the Boston Globe

Local Fare

At Kristin’s in Braintree, the pancakes rule

Kristin Son, whose name now graces the small, inconspicuous breakfast place, seemed to find her way there much the way her customers do — serendipitously.



The Argument

Should state advocate for closure of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station?

Two views on whether the state should advocate for closure of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.

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Readers sound off on issues south of Boston.

Beverly Beckham

Depression an oft invisible affliction

From all appearances, writes Beverly Beckham, Kathy May of Scituate is leading a picture-perfect suburban life.



Braintree High volleyball captain Greg Zacharakis, soaring for a spike at practice last week, credits the coach for keeping the team focused.

Braintree High boys’ volleyball on a roll

The team has followed lead of enthusiastic second-year coach Roberta Stannard.


Mary Parker, Noble & Greenough/Harvard women’s hockey

The junior forward from Milton led the Crimson (27-6-3) with 39 points in their march to the NCAA Division 1 national championship game.

Former Georgetown athlete Ashley Hubbard of Marshfield.


Ashley Hubbard, Marshfield High/Georgetown University track

The four-time state champion from Marshfield now works as an ER nurse at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Noteworthy performances

Noteworthy performances from athletes residing in communities north, west, and south of Boston.

To our readers

Letter from the Regional Editor

Welcome to our new and expanded weekly Globe West, Globe North, and Globe South.

Blotter tales

Blotter Tales

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/19/BostonGlobe.com/Regional/Images/iStock_000005241994Medium-6818549-1606.jpg An abandoned car holds a big surprise

Police are surprised at what they find in abandoned car, a bank robber tries to flee in a taxi cab, and more tales from the region’s police blotters.

Cartoon Caption Contest

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/03/26/BostonGlobe.com/Regional/Images/Cartoon%20N13.jpg Snowbirds

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

Globe South Community News


Braintree superintendent finalists announced

The Braintree School Committee last week named Dedham High School’s principal and a former Southbridge superintendent as the two finalists for the top job at Braintree’s public schools. Superintendent Maureen Murray has announced she will retire at the end of June after two years in the job. The district has said it will award a three-year contract and pay a new superintendent between $158,000 and $172,500. The schedule calls for public interviews the week of April 6 and an appointment by the School Committee by the end of April. Finalist Ron McCarthy is in his fifth year as principal of the 700-student Dedham High School and has been an educator for more than 30 years. Finalist Patricia Gardner stepped down as head of the Southbridge schools in January, citing “philosophical differences on how the school district should move forward,” after less than a year on the job. She was Southbridge’s third superintendent since 2013. The nine-person Braintree superintendent search committee worked with the Massachusetts Association of School Committees before recommending McCarthy and Gardner. “They have selected two excellent finalists and are in a very good position,” association executive director Glenn Koocher said.


Middleborough vote will include ballot on farm taxes

Middleborough voters will soon decide whether to continue taxing farm animals and equipment. The Saturday, April 4 annual town election includes a ballot question submitted by the town assessor to eliminate the current excise tax imposed on individuals and small businesses that own farm animals, machinery, and equipment. Assessor Barbara Erickson said the town collects “just shy of $2,500” from the tax, and spends more to process and mail the 33 bills. “I am recommending we get rid of it,” she said. “It won’t make a big impact on the town’s financials, and it’s not really a fair tax because it’s very hard to determine if someone [should be] considered a farmer.’’ The measure needs a majority vote to pass, with a “yes” leading to its elimination of the tax and a “no” preserving it, according to Town Clerk Allison J. Ferreira. Ferreira said a lack of contested races also on the ballot is not unusual. “Last year we had no contested races, as well,” she said. “Nobody is being compensated in any way, and [the elected positions] take up a lot of time. We’d love to see more people run, though.”


Fresh faces to join regional school committee

Sherrill Barron and Stephen Owen, both running unopposed in the April 6 election, are expected to be among a group of new faces joining the Freetown-Lakeville Regional School Committee this spring. Up to half of the eight-member committee could soon consist of new members. Barron, a retired teacher, told the Globe in an interview that she opposes replacing the state’s current standardized tests with a new set based on the national Common Core standards. She said Common Core is a push to take local control away from cities and towns, and comes with unfunded mandates that edge school budgets higher. Lakeville voting runs from noon until 8 p.m. at the Ted Williams Camp. The town has two contested races. Laura Graber, Richard LaCamera, and Patrick Marshall are running for one open seat on the Library Board of Trustees, and Michael Levrault is challenging incumbent Barry Evans for Park Commission.


Duxbury spends nearly $2 million on open land

Duxbury Town Meeting voters overwhelming agreed to spend nearly $2 million of Community Preservation Act money to purchase 267 acres of mostly unbuildable land. The 17 parcels, several of which are bogs, will be purchased by the town from owner Stanley Merry and may be leased to bog farmers, as is done elsewhere in town. The vote was 212-12 in favor of the purchase. Town Meeting voters approved the measure on March 14. Proponents argued it was important for open space, conservation, agriculture, and water supply.

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