After 10 years, crews to restore Wellesley park

Fuller Brook Park, a popular 25-acre green space of streamside paths, will receive a $5.4 million facelift.

‘Green’ towns land state grants for energy-saving projects

The towns will receive funding from the Department of Energy Resources’ Green Communities Competitive Grants program.

Dover exercises right to buy 27 acres near town center

The land on Springdale Avenue was the proposed site of a 40-unit townhouse development that was to have included a mix of affordable and market-rate units.


// Curt Schilling’s son Gehrig, family overcome obstacles

Gehrig Schilling conquered an eating disorder as his family endured illness and financial troubles.

Jeff and Kate Sjoberg, outside their home at 11 Gilbert St. in Framingham, have played a role in the neighborhood’s rebound.

Joanne Rathe/Globe staff

Framingham’s Gilbert Street turns around

The Framingham street is the very picture of real estate-related economic recovery, with every home occupied.

Natick resident Joani Geltman says her book, published this spring, is based on years of experience as a parenting coach.

Natick woman offers advice to the parents of teens

Joani Geltman has published a “how-to” book on raising teens in which parents can read about how how to motivate teenagers, or what to do if they are throwing a party.

Brie Hurd (right), buyer at the Concord Cheese Shop, with cheesemaker Jamie Montgomery in Somerset, England.


At Concord Cheese Shop, buyer Brie Hurd samples, vouches

Lincoln native Brie Hurd’s name seems fortuitous given her career as a cheese buyer.

Interactive Graphic

// High school concussions

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

Globe West Briefs


Beat the heat at free events

Residents have several options for beating the heat for free, including one last summer concert, summer movies, and a “splash day’’ at Town Park. The It Is What It Is band will play at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the historic Millis Bandstand, behind the Veterans Memorial Building, in the final installment of the summer concert series. Family-friendly movies will be shown from 4 to 6 p.m. every Wednesday until Aug. 27 in the Roche Bros. Community Room at the Millis Public Library at 961 Main St. Free matinees for adults will also be shown at the library at 1 p.m. on Fridays through September. For more information, call 508-376-8282 or visit . Finally, there’s the Summer Splash Day from 1 to 3 p.m. on Aug. 6 at Town Park (the rain date is Aug. 13). The event is free, but donations of canned goods will be collected for the Millis Food Pantry.


Donate food and avoid library fines

The Millis Public Library is conducting its semiannual “Food for Fines” amnesty program through Thursday. The program allows patrons to donate nonperishable food items and household supplies to the Millis Food Pantry to erase late fees. The library is asking participants to alert a staff member before they place donations in collection boxes at the parking lot entrance. Only unexpired items will be accepted, and food donations will not cover the replacement costs of lost or damaged materials. The pantry’s organizers report that the greatest need for donations is in the summer, when families in need of assistance cannot rely on free or reduced-price school meals. Approximately 22 percent of middle and high school students participate in the school lunch program, and 90 families are enrolled in the food pantry, officials said. For more information, call library director Tricia Perry at 508-376-8282.


Library seeks student volunteers

The Marlborough Public Library is looking for students in grades 6 through 12 who are organized, neat, and creative. The volunteer roles include keeping things in order, making spaces look pleasing to the eye, replacing books in the stacks, adding genre stickers to book spines, and tracking down series books, officials said. Interested youths should fill out a teen volunteer form, available at the library and on its website,, to sign up for training sessions being held on the next two Mondays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact teen librarian Jess Bacon at 508-624-6903 or


Work begins on riverside park, “Braille trail”

State and local leaders broke ground last week on a nearly $1.4 million project to restore a riverside park and create a “Braille trail” for the visually impaired. The mile-long greenway extends along Charles River Road between Watertown Square and the Watertown Yacht Club, and the work will include improvements to the riverbank, nearby pathways and landscaping, according to state officials. The state’s Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs has teamed up with the Perkins School for the Blind to install a guide wire, and visual text and graphic descriptions in Braille along the trail. There will also be a sensory garden featuring benches, stone walls, and a canoe-like boat. Pedestrian signals will be erected to aid safe crossing at Charles River Road and Irving Street. For more information on the project, visit