The Suburbanite

An update on what's happening in our communities.

Detail of “Lemons” by artist Susan Ahearn, going on display in Norwell.

Globe South calendar

Women’s History Month at the Abigail Adams Historical Society, classical symphony programs, and more.

BIC Sport’s Chris Decerbo said the company is preparing for its busy spring and summer seasons.

Business Plan

BIC Sport in Wareham

BIC Sport makes its gear in France, but since 2003, Wareham has been home to a major distributor.

In last year’s nationals, Lindsay Resca took third place.

Up Close

In Sharon, a yoga master at age 12

Lindsay Resca was the overall New England youth champion earlier this year at the New England Regional Yoga Asana Championship.

The Informer

Openings and closings of businesses and other organizations in the south suburbs.

Apple-cinnamon French toast with bits of soft apple is one of a variety of breakfast items.

Jessica Bartlett for The Boston Globe

Local Fare

Uncle Charlie’s Finer Diner

“The trick is don’t try to fool anybody. Give people good food, good service,” said Charlie Wilson, who runs the diner.



The Argument

Should Massachusetts repeal its mandatory minimum drug sentences?

Two views on whether Massachusetts should repeal its mandatory minimum drug sentences.

The Big Question

Should Massachusetts school districts eliminate February vacation?

Four views on whether schools should just have one spring break instead.

Globe South commentary

Notes to Globe South from readers commenting on a range of stories.

A hat and hat stand from the old Foxboro Hat Shop, one of the last of its kind to close.

Beverly Beckham

Still enchanted by hats and the memories they hold

I miss the totally superfluous, wide-brimmed beauties designed solely for sitting on top of a head.



Campus Angle: Kenzie Kent

An interview with Kenzie Kent, the Boston College hockey and lacrosse star who played for Dedham’s Noble & Greenough School.

Play of the Week

Plymouth North senior Justin Freyermuth takes wrestling championship

Freyermuth discussed the Feb. 21 pin that locked up the 160-pound Division 2 State Championship.

Catching Up with

Peter Ambrose, Cardinal Spellman High School

Ambrose was affiliated with the school for 51 years, serving as a teacher, coach, athletic director, and a mentor.

Noteworthy performances

Top performances from athletes in the west, north, and south suburbs.

To our readers

Letter from the Regional Editor

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

Blotter tales

// Marblehead man accused of blowing snow all over his neighbor

Police said a man turned his snowblower in the direction of his neighbor, and covered him with snow.

Cartoon Caption Contest

// Citgo Snow

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

Mixed-use zoning to go before Rochester Town Meeting

Rochester officials aim to avoid a traditional strip-mall development in the town center.


Norwood lawmaker, fire chief among dancing stars in April 17 fund-raiser

State Representative John Rogers, a Norwood Democrat, and Norwood Fire Chief Anthony Greeley are among the contestants in this year’s “Dancing with the Stars” to benefit the Norwood Circle of Hope Foundation. This year’s event will take place April 17 at 7 p.m. at the Four Points Sheraton. Satellite viewing sites include the Olde Colonial Cafe, Lewis Restaurant and Grill, and The Colonial House Restaurant. The other contestants this year include Maura Belanger, an elementary school teacher and breast cancer survivor; Diane Costello-Fruci, who along with her husband runs Norwood Wines and Liquors; Gus Eldayaa of Gus & Donna’s Barber Shop; and real estate agent Julie DiSangro Gross. Contestants last year helped raise $107,000 for the foundation, which helps local residents dealing with catastrophic illness. Kathy St. Cyr, organizer of the event, said this is the fund-raiser’s sixth year. “Every year it seems to get bigger and better,” she said. “It’s exciting.” She praised the dancers, who take lessons and hold fund-raisers in preparation for the big night.


Online survey to help determine funding for Norwell library, town hall

Officials in Norwell want residents to fill out an online survey about how much they’d be willing to pay for a new library and town hall, and where they’d like them located. The 12-question survey is available at and was prepared by the Norwell Library-Town Hall Study Committee to gauge community support for the building projects. The committee expects to present a preliminary proposal to the spring Town Meeting. The current library on South Street was built in 1973. Norwell Town Hall was built in 1955, and was used as an elementary school until 1984; town offices moved in two years later. Discussion about the need for new library and municipal facilities began in 2002. Among the options being considered are renovating the current town hall to include the library, or building new structures at various sites in town. The study committee is asking residents to fill out the survey by this Friday.


Holbrook schools reopen after snow-clearing accidents

Holbrook parents got a break Tuesday when the public schools reopened after a Monday closure that resulted from snow-related problems at Holbrook Junior-Senior High School. A wall was damaged during snow removal and a front-end loader damaged gas equipment, Superintendent Patricia Lally said in an interview. Initially, she did not know how long the schools would be closed, because officials were concerned about a possible structural problem, she said. But workers repaired the gas equipment, and an inspection cleared the building to reopen. “We’re just fortunate that it’s not worse,” she said. The day off was Holbrook’s seventh snow day this year, pushing the last day of the school year from a Friday to Monday, June 22. Lally said it would have been nice to end on a Friday, but she was glad the district started school before Labor Day, so it could avoid going later into the summer. The school is expected to be occupied for about two more years; Holbrook has voted to build a $103 million pre-K-through-12 school, projected to be ready in December 2017.

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