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In Weymouth, the ‘Odd Pet Vet’ takes an exotic approach

Cameron Leonard, 5, of Rockland, and his 3-year-old sister, Sarah, brought in a baby squirrel they found.

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The Odd Pet Vet is a place where creatures of all kinds — from boas to bunny rabbits, turtles to tarantulas — can receive medical care.

Stephen Coady with Kendi, one of the six birds that share his and partner’s home in Quincy.

Partial to pets

Quincy couple adopt parrots discarded by prior owners

Stephen Coady and James Hahn share their two-story Quincy home with six loud housemates, who sometimes break stuff and can have a bit of an attitude problem.

Arthur Gerstenfeld and his wife, Susan Vernon-Gerstenfeld, with their cockapoos, Brandon and Tessa, at  their Newton home.

Owners say designer dogs mix the best of two breeds

Hybrids or “designer” dogs are a cross between two breeds that may cost 25 to 50 percent more than their purebred lineages.

Dr. Stephanie Kube with Sophia, undergoing treatment for an open wound. Her  owners found her as a stray.

Walpole vet specializes in treating neurological problems in pets

Dr. Stephanie Kube’s patients have brain tumors, disc problems, balance issues, seizures, odd behavior, chronic pain – and generally four legs and a tail.

Places to go, things to buy for pets

With summer coming to a close, we have drummed up a variety of events, products, and places for folks to enjoy with their four-legged friends this fall.

More than 350 gathered at St. Albert the Great for a prayer service celebrating the church’s 54th anniversary in 2004. Parishioners had been holding vigil at the church.

Bella English

In Weymouth, parishioners celebrate vigil’s 10th anniversary

Could it really be 10 years since parishioners at St. Albert the Great refused to leave the church after the archdiocese pronounced it closed?

Rose Rocque shows off a tray of her Elixir Confections chocolates, all made in her licensed home kitchen in Plymouth.

Dining Out

Elixir Confections of Plymouth combines sweets with spirits

The company was launched in February of this year, and all the confections are made in Rose Rocque’s licensed home kitchen in Plymouth.

Deanna Abrams with her daughter, Tatyana.

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Avon mom taking part in Jimmy Fund Walk to give back

Tatyana Abrams was never sick as a child. But in 2008, when the 10-year-old came down with a bad sore throat, the family was worried when the symptoms worsened.

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.

Cartoon Caption Contest

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

Beverly Beckham

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.

Interactive Graphic

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

Globe South Briefs

Cohasset

Board sets Oct. vote on fluoride

The Board of Health is scheduled to decide at its Oct. 14 meeting whether or not to recommend reducing the amount of fluoride added to the town’s drinking water supplied by Aquarion Water Company, according to town Health Agent Felix Zemel. Aquarion suggested lowering the fluoride level two years ago, and the towns of Hingham and Hull agreed, Zemel said. But Cohasset’s Board of Health decided to study the matter and Aquarion has held off making any changes, he said. A graduate student from Tufts University School of Medicine recently completed his research for the town and is recommending that the fluoride level remain the same until the federal government issues new standards. The government had indicated it would lower the recommended level of fluoride in drinking water, but appears to be backing away from that stand, Zemel said. Fluoride is added to the water to help combat tooth decay, but excessive amounts can discolor teeth.

Norwell

Grove Street ‘shed,’ or not?

Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines a shed as “a slight structure built for shelter or storage, especially a single-storied building with one or more sides unenclosed.” But what about a 20-foot by 8-foot metal structure that looks more like a shipping container? Norwell Building Inspector Tim FitzGerald recently issued a building permit for what he said is a shed behind the house at 31 Grove St. Neighbor Ramona Caruso disagreed with FitzGerald’s interpretation and is considering trying to get the Zoning Board of Appeals to overturn his decision. “It’s not a shed. It’s an old, rusty shipping cargo container that can be seen from the street and is an eyesore,” said Caruso, who is trying to sell her house across the street. “It devalues everyone’s property in the neighborhood.” FitzGerald said a shed is not limited to a wooden structure, and that the metal edifice does meet the building code requirements regarding size and setbacks. He said the homeowner is planning to put a fence around the structure to decrease its visibility.

Randolph

Amazing Race, Randolph-style

Those who can muster at least a mite of mental strength or a touch of physical toughness and who harbor a love for the town are invited to join The Randolph Amazing Race Scavenger Hunt Oct. 11 at noon. Teams of four will follow clues to locations around town, sometimes driving and sometimes facing physical challenges to get there. The captain of last year’s winning quartet, Town Clerk Brian P. Howard, said he plans to be back and ready to face all challengers this year armed with his “vast and broad” knowledge of the town and his teammates’ physical strength. “It was such a fun, festive atmosphere,” Howard said. “There were things I even learned about the town. You were getting an education and you didn’t know it,” said Howard. “Fortunately, my other team members are in much better physical condition that I.” The event is sponsored by the town’s Ownership and Pride Committee, several local companies, and the Randolph Historical Society. A registration fee of $25 a person covers the cost of the event, which ends with a celebration at Memorial Field. Committee member Keith Wortzman, who is also on the School Committee, said intergenerational teams and those sponsored by companies are encouraged. “We hope this will be a growing tradition. It’s a good way to become involved in the community. It’s also a great way to learn about the town.” For more information, e-mail randolphamazingrace@gmail.com.

Quincy

Enroll for school meals online

Parents can now enroll and pay for school meals online. Parents and guardians of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals can now apply for the service online. The school department has partnered with HeartlandApps.com, a state-certified site that allows parents and guardians to apply once a year for all eligible students in their households, said Laura Owens, assistant to the superintendent for communications and operations. Approval is instantaneous, eliminating the wait that can come through the usual paper application, Owens said. Students who are eligible for reduced-price meals may also enroll in the district’s electronic meal payment system through MySchoolBucks.com, which allows parents and guardians to deposit money into students’ accounts, eliminating the need for them to carry cash. Students with electronic accounts give a five-digit pin at checkout to pay for their meals. The account also allows parents and guardians to keep track of what the students are eating. Currently MySchoolBucks is not available to students at Beechwood, Bernazzani, and Lincoln-Hancock elementary schools, but department officials expect to include those schools by the end of October, Owens said.