The Suburbanite

An update on what's happening in our communities.

// Globe South calendar

Activities in the south suburbs include a film about life in Antarctica and ongoing exhibitions at local museums and galleries.

Business Plan

// Nurse practitioners make house calls their business

Doctors may not make house calls anymore, but nurse practitioners can.

Up Close

// History, gardening are seeds for book

Thomas J. Mickey’s book was recently named by The Spectator magazine in England as one of the year’s best gardening books.


// Openings and closings south of Boston

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations around the south suburbs.

An assortment of pies is available daily. On this day the choices were pecan, apple, blueberry/strawberry, and Key lime.

Johanna Seltz for the Boston Globe

Local Fare

In Marshfield, Acorn Canning Co. offers much more than pickles and jams

A review of the offerings at Acorn Canning Co. in Marshfield.


// Sharon in August 1990

State Police detective Mike Chervin follows a dog who sniffs for fire accelerants at the scene of a fire at the Salvation Army Camp in Sharon in 1990.


// Slopes close to home beckon

Ski enthusiasts in Eastern Massachusetts have a number of options within a short distance for after-school, mid-week, or night runs.



Two views on whether police should carry body cameras

Two residents share whether or not police should carry body cameras.

The Big Question

The worst holiday gift

What is the worst holiday gift you have ever received?


Christmas or holiday vacation?

Readers discuss issues and highlights of the holiday season.




// Offseason work pays off for Duxbury, Braintree

The AAU experience is emerging as a critical offseason component in the development of players’ games.


// Chris Calnan, Noble & Greenough/Boston College men’s hockey

Boston College sophomore Chris Calnan of Norwell is starting to showcase the scoring prowess his exhibited as Nobles and in junior hockey.


// Pete Kendall, Archbishop Williams/Boston College football

Pete Kendall played 13 years in the NFL, but the Weymouth native considers Boston College’s 41-39 win over Notre Dame in 1993 as his top memory as a player.

Noteworthy performances

A roundup of top performances from athletes in communities across the region.

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

// Smokey the Bear is kidnapped

Santa Claus falls into the harbor, Smokey the Bear is kidnapped, and shoplifters ransack stores in this holiday edition of “Blotter Tales.”

Cartoon Caption Contest

// Alternative Transportation

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


‘America’s most Irish road race’ to mark fifth anniversary

The Marshfield St. Patrick’s Day 5K, which bills itself as “America’s most Irish road race,” will mark its fifth anniversary in March. The race has raised more than $259,000 for special programs at the Marshfield public schools, and the town honored race volunteer Tom Miller on Dec. 8 for his dedication to the event. Last year nearly 4,000 people registered, according to Miller, who is business and finance director for the school district. Proceeds go the Marshfield Education Foundation, which offers grants to the schools. The Board of Selectmen presented Miller with a certificate celebrating the race’s anniversary and his work on the event. “I think it’s a phenomenal achievement,”said John Hall, selectmen chairman. The 2015 race takes place March 14. For more information, visit


Cohasset residents will be able to report issues to Town Hall using smart devices

Cohasset residents will soon be able to use their smart devices to report problems directly to Town Hall, and they are promised an immediate response. That’s because Cohasset has joined the Commonwealth Connect Program, a statewide program that allows residents to use their phones and computers to advise municipalities of nonemergency needs. Cohasset Town Manager Christopher Senior said he anticipates that the program will begin with the town’s Department of Public Works early in 2015, after the software is installed and staff is trained. ”Clearly it will work for things like potholes that need to be filled, trees down, or stree lights out, but it could be broader than that,” Senior said. The program started in Boston and has spread to at least 50 communities, including Braintree, Middleborough, Quincy, Randolph, and Whitman. According to the state’s website, the most frequent requests are for pothole repair, followed by requests to deal with fallen trees, trash, and graffiti.


State approves Raynham’s property tax rates for fiscal 2015

The state Department of Revenue has approved Raynham’s property tax rates for fiscal 2015, pegging the residential rate at $15.24 per $1,000, down slightly from last year’s $15.42 per $1,000. The commercial rate was set at $21.59 per $1,000, nearly unchanged from last year’s $21.63 per $1,000. The town had set the rates — subject to the state’s approval — after selectmen decided to maintain the town’s policy of having a split tax rate and the existing shift of the residential tax burden on to businesses. Under that shift, businesses pay 26 percent more than they would if there were a single rate. Based on the new residential rate approved on Dec. 15, the owner of a single-family home valued at $309,800 will pay $4,721 in taxes this year, which is $186, or 4.1 percent, more than what the owner of an average home valued at $294,100 would have paid last year, according to Maureen Monahan, the town’s assistant assessor.


Bids due on firehouse site in Foxborough

Several bidders have expressed interest in buying a former firehouse next to the Foxborough Town Common. Officials hope the sale of the town property, which includes three contiguous parcels, will spark the introduction of a mixed-use development. The deadline for development proposals is Monday. A site walk on Dec. 1 attracted several people, according to Town Manager William Keegan Jr. The two-story brick firehouse dates to 1925. Redevelopment plans do not have to incorporate the building. The properties have a combined assessed value of $1.1 million, according to the town’s development documents. If bidders do not submit offers that are acceptable, Keegan said, the town could withdraw the property from the market. But he said he is optimistic that several offers will be made.


Pottery by Bob Kulchuk and paintings by Laurie Miller are on sale at Gallery 529 in Littleton.

For buy-local fans, area shops are a gift

Buying local for Christmas has lots of advantages, from supporting the local economy to getting more personalized service, to limiting your gifts’ carbon footprint.

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