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


Westwood school to hold its annual STEM Fair on Thursday

Ever wonder what food red wiggler worms like best? Or how a floor surface affects the bounce of a basketball? What about whether freezing an onion before you cut it leads to fewer tears? Those questions, and more, will be answered at the Martha Jones School’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Fair in Westwood on Thursday, March 26, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The second annual fair will feature exhibits from about 100 kindergarten through fifth-grade students, according to parent organizer Mike Jud, who said the purpose is “to give kids a chance to show their enthusiasm for science.” The fair doesn’t award prizes, but parents and Westwood High School student advisers provide comments to the participants – in person, on paper, and by Twitter at #mjstem. More information about the fair, which is open to the public, is available at https://sites.google.com/site/mjsstemfair/home.


Marshfield hires Canton school superintendent

Jeffrey Granatino, superintendent of schools in Canton since 2010, will take over the top job in Marshfield on July 1. The Marshfield School Committee voted unanimously on March 10 to select Granatino from among three finalists. He stood out, committee chairwoman Marti Morrison said in an interview, because he is a current superintendent with more than five years’ experience and he comes from a district similar to Marshfield, with many of the same goals. Before becoming superintendent in Canton, he worked as interim superintendent in Norwood. He is a past principal of Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School, and he has completed part of the coursework toward a doctorate degree at Northeastern University, Morrison said.


Kingston’s select board to have at least one new member after April 25 election

At least one new member will be elected to the Kingston Board of Selectmen at town elections on April 25 as two challengers and one incumbent vie for two seats on the board. The three candidates seeking three-year terms are Selectwoman Susan Munford and Peter Boncek and R. Lindsay Wilson, both of whom have run for office in the past and are active in the town, according to Town Clerk Paul M. Gallagher. Gallagher said that seven people had indicated an interest in running but only three returned nomination papers with the required signatures. Gallagher said the snowy weather combined with a tough economy has left some people reluctant to run. Another contested race is for a spot on the Board of Health with incumbent Joe Casna facing challenger David Kennedy, a former Finance Committee member. A post that could see a write-in candidate is the one on the Kingston Elementary School Board, which had drawn no candidates by the deadline.


Freetown-Lakeville Regional School Committee member resigns

Freetown-Lakeville Regional School Committee member Robert Nogueira, who represented Freetown on the board, has resigned, citing personal reasons in a letter to committee chairman David Goodfellow. He did not elaborate on the reasons for his departure. Nogueira was elected in 2009 and served on the committee during the transition from a partially regionalized school district, which had separate governance of each town’s elementary school, to a fully regional district. He said in the March 2 letter that he “truly enjoyed” serving Freetown and Lakeville during his time on the committee. He could not be reached for comment.

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