The Suburbanite

An update on what's happening in our communities.

Globe South calendar

A holiday a cappella show, a turkey trot, and a wreath-making workshop.

Christa Hagearty took the reins from her father in 1996.

Business Plan

Dependable Cleaners

Quincy-based Dependable Cleaners has been a dry-cleaning mainstay on the South Shore since 1944.

Sculptor Lloyd Lillie with a statue of Thomas Jefferson.

up close

A little-known sculptor of the great and famous

Lloyd Lillie has created the bronze statues of the presidential Adams family in Quincy, along with Mayor James Michael Curley in Boston.


Openings and closings south of Boston

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

Globe South Community Bulletin Board

Upcoming events in the communities south of Boston.

Shanklish at the Grape Leaf in Canton is based on a dish the owner enjoyed in Lebanon.

Photos by Jonathan Wiggs/Globe STaff

Local Fare

Mediterranean grill

The Grape Leaf offers many vegetarian or gluten-free options, and only about 10 percent of items being fried.

Rob Beckham, the night after he was born.

Beverly Beckham

So much to be thankful for, 45 years on

Forty-five years ago on Thanksgiving Day, I thought I couldn’t be more grateful.



The Argument

Should the state do away with Chapter 40B?

Two views on whether Massachusetts should dispose of the state’s affordable-housing law.

The Big Question

Do you shop on Black Friday?

We asked four people: Do you shop the day after Thanksgiving?


Readers sound off on issues south of Boston

Globe South readers responded to stories about female veterans, child homelessness, and legalizing marijuana.



Campus Angle

Andy Sukeforth, Middleboro cross-country

It has been a quite a month for Middleboro’s Andy Sukeforth.

Play of the Week

Taylor Kofton, Whitman-Hanson girls’ soccer

The Whitman-Hanson student describes her winning goal in the Division 1 South girls’ soccer final against Franklin.

GlobeSouth: Noteworthy performances

Noteworthy performances from athletes residing in communities south of Boston.

Catching Up With

Dan Gamache, Walpole High/Stonehill College football

Last month, the Walpole native was inducted into the college’s athletic hall of fame.

Goalie Jonathan Delauri has a laugh with teammates before a StinkySocks pickup game in Andover. StinkySocks has grown from 100 players when it started in 2008 to 5,000 today.


Bay State is booming with adult hockey leagues

The lure of the ice, and hockey, is undeniable. And age is no barrier.

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. Here is a sampling.

Cartoon Caption Contest

// Government turkeys

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


Live Nativity on Norwell Common Dec. 14

Mary, Joseph, and Jesus will take center stage on Norwell Common Dec. 14 from noon to 3 p.m. for the seventh annual Live Nativity, presented by New Hope Chapel. Norwell’s Board of Selectmen last month unanimously approved use of the town-owned Common for the event, as it has since 2008. “I’ve gotten an e-mail here or there over the years, but there isn’t any fuss,” said Town Administrator James Boudreau. Most living nativities occur on church or other private property, but Norwell officials have said they consider the event more of a family day than a religious ceremony and have no problem with it taking place on public land, Boudreau said.


Cohasset Town Meeting votes to reimburse selectwoman for legal fees

A Special Town Meeting in Cohasset voted 112 to 51 last week to reimburse a selectwoman for the $9,200 she spent in legal fees to successfully defend herself against an accusation of conflict of interest made by her colleagues. Selectwoman Martha Gjesteby was exonerated by the state Ethics Commission of the 2013 conflict charge, brought by board members at the time who alleged that she inappropriately e-mailed municipal personnel information to a private citizen. The Ethics Commission dismissed the accusation, and also upheld Gjesteby’s countercharge that the Board of Selectmen had violated the state’s Open Meeting Law when it discussed her situation in a closed session.


Hanover seeks manager for school project

Hanover is preparing to choose a project manager as the next step in its proposed Center/Sylvester Elementary School building project. The town is expected to seek proposals shortly from firms interested in doing the work, according to Town Manager Troy B.G. Clarkson. The Center/Sylvester Elementary School includes the third-to-fourth-grade Sylvester School building and the adjacent prekindergarten-to-second-grade Center School building. The town has proposed closing the Sylvester building — which has deficiencies in its mechanical systems and other facility issues — and constructing an addition to the Center building that would house the third and fourth grades. The Massachusetts School Building Authority in September invited the town to carry out a study examining all options for addressing the Sylvester building’s needs, including the town’s proposal. The project manager, when selected, will help the town choose an architect for the study. Town Meeting in May authorized $500,000 for the study. The school building authority may provide partial reimbursement for the costs.


Scituate Town Meeting votes to rebuild sections of sea wall

Scituate Town Meeting voted unanimously earlier this month to borrow $2 million toward rebuilding 760 feet of private sea wall along Oceanside Drive in the Sand Hills neighborhood. The state would lend the money over 20 years at 2 percent interest, and also provide a $2 million grant for the project, which will extend between Third and Sixth avenues. In exchange for the new sea wall, homeowners agreed to give an easement to the town, from between 10 feet inland of the new wall to the water’s edge. Town Meeting also defeated a proposal to sell the Pier 44 property, which the town bought in 2011 with $1.8 million provided by the MBTA. The property — now known as the Scituate Harbor Community Building — is currently used for public and private events and may serve as temporary quarters for the town library while a new library is built.

Globe South Sports

After a knee injury last year, Sam Malafonte has been a star for Abington head coach Jim Kelliher, who died his hair green last month.

Coming back ‘stronger and hungrier’

Sam Malafronte will step onto the field in Whitman Thursday morning, more than ready for a game that he was unable to suit up for last November.


The new parking garage at the Salem MBTA commuter rail station has 715 spaces and a bus terminal. It replaces an outdated outdoor parking lot that had space for just 460 vehicles.

All aboard Salem’s new $44.5 million train and bus station

For the first time in 16 months, passengers did not have to brace for a swift walk to nearby parking lots, or dash to a temporary drop-off/pickup area.