State rethinking model school designs

Whitman-Hanson Regional High School

cost $41 million, opened in 2005, and served as the model for a total of nine schools, including the three shown above

Bruce T. Martin

After aggressively promoting model schools as a way to save on costs, the state agency overseeing the construction process is reevaluating the approach.

Foxborough native Justin Sulham does a one-handed dead lift during a workout in Revere.

Strongman Justin Sulham moves very heavy objects for causes

Sulham, a North American Strongman Inc. member, formed an informal local group called The 50 with some of his well-muscled friends two years ago.



South Shore Conservatory musicians to rock the weekend

The conservatory is hosting the inaugural Cedar Hill JRP Festival Friday through Sunday, featuring jazz, pop and rock music.

Tom Strom, a graduate of Johnson & Wales University, bought Kool Kone 10 years ago. He  is committed to keeping prices affordable while diversifying the menu.

Dining Out

Kool Kone keeps summer alive in Wareham

Kool Kone has been serving up clam shack fare to locals and vacationers for more than 50 years.

Film crew apologizes for stirring up Cohasset neighborhood

Town officials say a real-life drama began almost immediately after a production came to the 1960s-era housing development on Sept. 3.

Quincy holds vigil for drug overdose victims as epidemic grows

The names of those who succumbed to overdoses will be read aloud, a ship bell rung after every name.

Classic New England church in Westwood looks to modernize

First Parish of Westwood, a classic colonial New England church and beloved landmark in the region, is moving in a modern direction.

Rockland High aims to boost AP participation, performance

Town and state officials joined students and teachers at a kickoff rally to celebrate the school’s new partnership with the Mass Math + Science Initiative.

Just like this collage of recovered Beckham family photos,  memories don’t necessarily pop up in chronological order.

Beverly Beckham

Access to my random memory

An unexpected lesson about how computer memories are not so different from human ones.

Cartoon Caption Contest

// Pilgrim tears

Send us your submissions for this week’s cartoon, and see the winning caption and finalists from last week’s contest.

Interactive Graphic

// High school concussions

See the number of concussions reported by area high schools with a sortable table.

Globe South Briefs


Hazardous waste drop-off scheduled for Sept. 27

The town has scheduled a household hazardous waste and electronics drop-off for Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Recycling Center, 257 Ivory St. Small items such as cellphones, thermometers, and batteries can be dropped off free of charge. For larger items, residents are asked to pay $5 in cash for every 5 gallons or 5 pounds of material they bring. The drop-off is for Braintree residents only. For a full list of acceptable items, visit or call 781-794-8088.


Town plans to auction 2 houses

The town is holding an auction for the sale of two homes on Sept. 23 at noon at Town Hall. The properties are at 21 Furnace Road and 11 Beach Road. Both were acquired by the town for non-payment of taxes, according to Town Administrator Edwin Thorne. The 21 Furnace Road home is a single-family ranch, located on a dead end road fronting Furnace Pond. The 11 Beach Road house is a bungalow-style single-family home near Furnace Pond. The auction is being conducted for the town by the Zekos Group, of Boston. For more information, call the firm at 508-842-9000.


Community steps up for Lightning McRead

A fleet-footed robber stole a jug full of money earmarked for the care of Lightning McRead, the Russian tortoise that lives in the children’ room at Tufts Library. Library worker Chris Nault said the thief grabbed the jug — which had probably between $50 to $100 in mostly coins and some bills — and dashed out the door, and then into a waiting vehicle. “It was very discouraging when it happened,” Nault said. But she said the community’s response has been overwhelmingly positive. “People are coming in with real bills, saying this is for the poor turtle,” she said. “Kids are coming in with money from their piggy banks in little plastic bags. We’ve been stunned.” In addition, the Friends of Weymouth Libraries has promised to help with Lightning’s expenses, which are primarily for lettuce, bedding, and light bulbs for his heat lamp. The tortoise-money thief was described as a tall white man, wearing a Red Sox hat, white shirt, blue jeans, and white sneakers. Lightning is about 6 inches wide and has lived in the library for about six years, Nault said. “He’s our little pet.”


Townwide cookout on Sept. 23

The town is holding its second community cookout to recognize its employees and volunteers for their efforts and achievements, on Sept. 23 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. on the grounds of Town Hall. Town residents and members of the business community are invited to join in the cookout, which is free. As part of the event, the town also will be recognizing and honoring Hanover’s World War II veterans. In addition to hot dogs and hamburgers, the cookout will feature activities for children and information tables about town departments. In case of rain, the event will be held inside Town Hall. The cookout is organized by the Board of Selectmen’s office with the help of other town departments. For more information, contact Audrey Barresi or Ann Lee at the selectmen’s office, at 781-826-5000, ext. 1084.