The Suburbanite

An update on what's happening in our communities.

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The Cohasset Historical Society exhibits clothing from its own collection to highlight changing fashions in the era of television’s “Downton Abbey” and more.

Business Plan

// A throwback with modern touches at the Marion General Store

The store is a throwback with well-worn plank floors, old wooden shelves, and a creaky screen door; it was built as a church in 1794 and became a store in 1841.

Up Close

// Versatility comes easily for young musician Maria D’Ambrosio

Maria D’Ambrosio, a Plymouth North High School senior, now plays nine instruments, and in June will travel to Iceland to play in three concerts.

// The Informer

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

Baby back ribs with collard greens and sweet potato fries is one of the popular dishes at the Little Red Smokehouse, which offers several variations on “authentic Southern barbecue.’’

Photos by Barry Chin/Globe Staff

Local Fare

In Carver, the Little Red Smokehouse packs a mouth-watering punch

Ashley DiSesa manages the operation, while her husband, Brian, creates the mouth-watering barbecue the Smokehouse is known for.



The Argument

Two views on whether Massachusetts should repeal its prevailing wage law

Should Massachusetts repeal its prevailing wage law?

The Big Question

Do you think blocking traffic is a reasonable way to protest for or against a cause?

Readers discuss whether or not blocking traffic is a reasonable way to protest for or against a cause.

// Commentary

Notes to Globe South from readers commenting on our stories.




// Pembroke/Silver Lake program vaults into contention

The co-op gymnastics program is on the rise under the direction of Silver Lake alum Cristy Schimmel.


Michela North, Duxbury High/Tufts University women’s basketball

Sophomore center from Duxbury is leading the 14-1 Jumbos in scoring and rebounding.


// Mike Reale, Cardinal Spellman basketball

Cardinal Spellman guard Mike Reale (No. 15) describes his winning basket against Arlington Catholic.


// Katie Lord Naples, Cohasset/Skidmore skiing and soccer

The Cohasset High Hall of Famer has run three marathons: Washington, New York, and Boston.

Noteworthy performances

Noteworthy performances from athletes residing in communities 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

// Hot lobsters go on the lam

Lobsters are shoplifted from a supermarket, fireworks go off inside a porta-potty, and more in this week’s edition of “Blotter Tales.”

Cartoon Caption Contest

// Pats Penguins

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


Quincy planning long-term capital upgrades

Quincy is developing some long-term plans to upgrade the city’s buildings, roads, and equipment. In his recent State of the City address, Mayor Thomas P. Koch announced that in the coming months, he plans to propose to the City Council a five-year capital improvement plan to address some of Quincy’s biggest infrastructure needs. He said it would mean “increased investment in our streets and sidewalks, sewer, water, and drainage projects, and a focus on our public buildings that need serious attention.” Quincy has not previously had a long-term capital investment plan, according to Christopher Walker, the mayor’s spokesman. He said the plan would be a “rolling” document that the city would update annually. Koch said that as part of the plan, he intends to propose major improvements to the city’s neighborhood firehouses, and that he is forming a committee to begin studying the feasibility of building a public safety headquarters. The public safety headquarters, if constructed, would be a combined facility replacing the existing police and fire headquarters buildings, both of which Koch noted are “showing the serious strains of age.” The planning study will be carried out through $1 million the city secured from the Legislature for that purpose. In conjunction with the effort, a separate committee will be studying the need for a new city animal shelter.


Sharon’s 250th anniversary celebration begins

2015 marks Sharon’s 250th anniversary, and the town is celebrating with a year of events. Festivities were set to kick off New Year’s Day with the raising of an illuminated anniversary ball, and this week when Sharon schools reopen after the holiday break, all students and faculty will receive an anniversary wristband, according to David Clifton, co-chairman of the 250th Anniversary Celebration Committee. “We’re hoping this is a year when the community can come together to celebrate the history and diversity that the town has,” he said in an interview. The next event, an arts and music festival hosted by the Sharon Creative Arts Association, is scheduled for April 12 at the Sharon Community Center. Arts festival details will be announced as the time draws closer, he said. Other events throughout the year will include walking and bike tours, concerts, a black-tie-optional ball in June, a parade in September, and a talent show in October.


Mansfield agrees to negotiate with solar developer

Negotiations will begin soon between Mansfield Municipal Electric Department officials and a development company that wants to put a solar power farm on a former hazardous waste site on Branch Street.


‘Greenest of Easton’ awards given to six

Easton and state officials recognized six organizations, businesses, and residents this month with the inaugural Greenest of Easton awards, acknowledging their efforts to improve environmental awareness and education. The town was the first in Bristol County to be designated by the state Department of Energy Resources as a Green Community, which promotes renewable energy initiatives. The certificates were awarded to the Southeastern Regional Green Team, a student group that has organized projects including a green roof at Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School; Christopher Getchell, principal at Parkview Elementary School; town resident Karen Cacciapuoti, who promotes agricultural literacy and outdoor education; the Olmsted School Green Team, for its efforts in areas including recycling; Langwater Farm, for the greenest business; and Sheila Dever-David, a kindergarten teacher at Parkview Elementary, as the greenest teacher. For more information on the Green Community program, visit

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