This used hypodermic syringe was spotted on New Bridge Street in Hingham and reported to police.

Steven Dearth/Hingham Police Department

This used hypodermic syringe was spotted on New Bridge Street in Hingham and reported to police.

Hypodermic needles litter landscape south of Boston

Used, and often uncapped, syringes and needles are being found in public places throughout the region. By Emily Sweeney

The Suburbanite

An update on what's happening in our communities.

Globe South calendar

A teen fashion show, a gourmet “harvest” dinner, a free concert by the Quincy Symphony Orchestra, and more.

Alley Theatre owner Lorna Brunelle (left) with her late mother, Wanda Howard, one of the inspirations behind Saturday’s “Laugh for a Cause’’ benefit  in Middleborough.

Up Close

Lorna Brunelle honors mom by organizing cancer fund-raisers

The Middleborough resident says her charitable bent comes from her late mother, who went out of her way to help people.

The company’s leadership includes family members (from left) Peter Racicot, Normand Racicot, and Timothy Fallon.

Business Plan

Fallon Ambulance Service

The Quincy-based company marked its 90th anniversary last year, and has grown into a firm employing nearly 650 people.

The Informer

Openings and closings south of Boston

Plimoth Plantation gives museum goers the chance to taste bread made with 17th-century baking techniques.

Kathy O’Connor (left) and Susan Wilson, both of Hyannis, participated in an antinuclear demonstration outside Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth in 1979.

South View

Plymouth in 1979

A demonstration outside Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in 1979.

Local Fare

Getting creative with pub fare

Brew Fish Bar and Eatery is a vast improvement over what preceded it at a newly renovated spot in Marion.

Cohasset Harbor needs emergency dredging

The main channel to Cohasset Harbor is dangerously shallow at low tide, according to the town’s selectmen.

Conservation scientist Jacob Kubel with the blue leopard frog, rare compared with green and beige specimens.

Photos by Jacob Kubel

Mass. biologist finds rare blue leopard frog

A conservation scientist was slogging through a Sudbury wetland when he found an extremely rare (as in one in 300,000) blue leopard frog.



The Argument

Should voters support Ballot Question 3?

Two views on whether voters should support ballot question 3, which repeals the 2011 state expanded gambling law.

The Big Question

What do you say when pollsters ask for your political views?

Do you disclose your opinions, or hang up the phone?


Readers sound off on issues south of Boston

Readers comment on drug addiction, texting while driving, and raising the tobacco purchase age.

Lauren Beckham at her home, celebrating her 10th birthday.

Beverly Beckham

Birthday cards may dazzle and sing, but they still fail me

I go to the Hallmark store and search through greeting cards seeking the perfect one. And I fail once again.



Cohasset’s Teddy Craven (left) at practice.

Proof is in the penalty kick

Pat Federle does not watch his team take penalty kicks. The four-year starter in goal at Cohasset High focuses on his next stop.

Campus Angle

Paige Radomski, Silver Lake Regional/Assumption College soccer

The women’s soccer player is assembling one of the finest seasons ever recorded at Assumption College.

Play of the Week

Courtney Campo, North Quincy girls’ soccer

The senior describes her game-winning goal with 39 seconds left in Monday’s soccer match against host Middleboro.

The stark granite structures at Quincy Quarries offer plenty of spots for climbers such as Jeff Los of Providence (left) to test their skills.

On the move

The right time for a climb

As a native of Georgia, Grant Farmer loves climbing outside in New England during the fall.

To our readers

Letter from the Regional Editor

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

Blotter tales

// Tales from the blotter

Every day, police officers respond to reports of all sorts of events and non-events, most of which never make the news.

Cartoon Caption Contest

// Political monsters

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


Dedham Greenway a focus for town planners

The Dedham Greenway, a 1.5-mile stretch of a former railroad corridor, has become a focus for town planners, who held a “visioning session” last week to collect comments from residents and neighbors on how to improve the pathway.


Sharon bike network plan could be ready in November

A bicycle network plan for Lake Massapoag could be complete by the end of November, according to Christine Madore, associate planner with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the agency working with Sharon officials on the plan. The plan will identify the most popular bike routes around the lake and discuss residents’ preferences for the scale and design of signs, in hopes of helping the town build an identity for the route and draw more tourism, she said in an interview. The area is popular for cycling; a triathalon already uses the lake route, she said. The project was funded by a state planning grant to Sharon of about $12,000 because it lay along a potential corridor for the proposed South Coast Rail service, she said. The grant covers planning but not design or fabrication of signs, which would be up to the town to fund, she said. The selected train route, through Stoughton, does not pass through Sharon.


Lakeville aims to discuss shared police station with Middleborough

The Board of Selectmen hopes to talk to officials in Middleborough about sharing a new police facility, according to Lakeville selectwoman Mitzi Hollenbeck. Both towns need a better police station, she said in an interview, and a joint facility could be eligible for the state’s Community Innovation Challenge grant program, which awards money to encourage regionalization. Hollenbeck said that Middleborough selectmen “seemed receptive to opening up talks.” The partnership could start by moving some functions to a shared facility without necessarily regionalizing the police departments at first, she said. Both communities have talked about renovating or replacing their police stations for years. In June, Middleborough voters rejected a $12 million plan to renovate and build an addition to the town’s police station, located in the historic Peirce General Store building.


Wareham Free Library facing state decertification

Town officials say they believe the state Board of Library Commissioners will decertify the Wareham Free Library, possibly as soon as the board’s next meeting on Nov. 1 but almost certainly by the end of December.