Beverly Beckham’s granddaughter Charlotte on a beach outing.

Beverly Beckham

Beverly Beckham’s granddaughter Charlotte on a beach outing.

Planning children’s summer vacation? Start in Feb.

It’s tempting to diss all this preparedness, to tell them all to take a chill pill. But parents today cannot be laid back.By Beverly Beckham

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Carolyn Parsley, Braintree High/Bridgewater State basketball

A two-time Division 3 track All-American, she graduated in 1986 as the career scoring leader for the Bridgewater State women’s basketball program.

Artists talk shop in Brockton’s Fuller Craft Museum

Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton hosts “Make Speak,” a series of seven presentations lasting seven minutes each by artists on their craft. “Make Speak,” based on the Japanese phrase meaning “chit chat,” features local craft artists, arts administrators, a Hasbro toy designer, and a hip-hop activist. Also this week, an author speaks on his book about Jewish gangsters in Dedham, a nun suffers doubts in a play at Quincy’s Eastern Nazarene College, and musicians perform on traditional Chinese instruments in Norwood.

Whitman’s Munk Duane a music man heard, not seen

Whitman resident Munk Duane is a successful musician whose name you’re not likely to recognize. For over a decade now, he’s made his mark scoring TV productions, including episodes of “The Sopranos” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” in addition to creating music for CBS Sports for Super Bowls, the NFL, the NCAA, and golf.

Hingham High senior stares down the 400-meter hurdles

After an apprehensive debut as a freshman, Kate Freda conquered her fears, and foes to win All-State title as a junior.

Charity runners are inspired by causes, families, each other

Siobhan Daly of Weymouth, who started jogging only last May as she fought postpartum depression, says she will be running the Boston Marathon primarily for her children, especially her 4-year-old daughter, diagnosed last year with autism. Daly is one of many marathoners who will be running April 20 to raise money for a charity.

If it’s noisy, it’s ‘Big Night’ in the woods

The event in the Blue Hills Reservation actually occurs over several nights between March 1 and April 30 when amphibians migrate to vernal pools to breed.

Kidney donation to a stranger triggers a three-way chain

Heather Cox Smith downplays the enormity of her donation to a perfect stranger, but the good turn carried forward.

PLAY OF THE WEEK

Play of the Week: Maddie Dickson, Thayer Academy softball

The senior from Carver gave the Thayer Academy girls’ softball team a 9-8 win over The Rivers School with a cbase hit in the bottom of the ninth.

Rockland

Assistant town clerk defeats her boss in Rockland election

Donna M. Shortall unseated her boss, Town Clerk Randalin S. Ralston, in Rockland’s April 11 annual town election.

Avon

With low turnout, write-in candidates win in Avon election

The adage that every vote counts held true in Avon’s election last week – where two write-in candidates were successful with just a handful of votes.

Carver

Carver Town Meeting approves $35.8 million budget

Carver voters worked through 17 warrant articles in 3 1/2 hours on April 13, including approving a $35.8 million budget and $7.3 million in capital improvements.

Canton

Winners join Canton Board of Selectmen after five-way race

Kevin Feeney and Mark Porter won election to the Canton Board of Selectmen April 7 from a field of five candidates.

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Blotter tales

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Swans sightings cause a ruckus at the Liberty Tree Mall, Santa Claus gets grilled at a sports bar, and more tales from local police blotters.

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.

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