Dawn Oates with daughter Harper, 2, at Brookline Avenue Playground.

Brookline couple pushes to make playgrounds accessible

Dawn and Justin Oates are creating a nonprofit to make playgrounds more inclusive for those with physical limitations.

Milford pond dredging to start soon

The $5 million federal project will remove sediment, weeds, and other material from 17 acres of the pond.

Pepperell’s town administrator, John Moak.

Pepperell asking residents to reconsider $1.1m override

For the second time in three months, Pepperell may have a chance to approve a tax hike to stave off cuts in town services.

Newton teachers return without union contract

The city’s educators will be working without a contract, and with no sign yet of a meeting point between their union and the city.

Josh Desai held teams scoreless for 28 innings.


Desai makes winning pitch for Worcester Bravehearts

Shrewsbury’s Josh Desai this month fired seven shutout innings and allowed only three hits in the league championship series.

Lauren Lee disassembles a CD player, salvaging components to make a pin ball machine.

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At Natick camp, invention is the key

Club Invention is a weeklong summertime day club for students in grades 1 through 6 interested in hands-on problem-solving.

Campers (from left) Linnea Ericsson Slater, Julienne Crocker, and Lindsey Delbanco working on a salad at Camp Cedar Hill in Waltham.

Summer camps focus on healthy eating as life lesson

Camp food has evolved to become healthier, more gourmet, and increasingly hands-on, mirroring current culinary trends.


Newton electrician offers music

Those who admire electrician Joe Blanchard’s easy listening songs are equally surprised by his blue-collar day job.

Medway High School goalie Mike Bagnon during warm ups.

High School soccer

Medway boys’ soccer again targets Division 3 state title

With new head coach Neill Brandon, the team wants a shot at redemption after losing last year’s state final.

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Beverly Beckham

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

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Farmers market open on Saturdays

The Harvard Farmers Market has opened for the season, with a wide range of locally grown produce, bakery goods, meats, and other items for sale on Saturdays between 9 a.m. and noon in the parking lot at Hildreth Elementary School, off Massachusetts Avenue. It will return weekly through Oct. 25, with the exception of Oct. 11, on Columbus Day weekend.


Harvest Festival deadline Friday

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is seeking crafters, entertainers, vendors, volunteers, and sponsors for its 12th annual Harvest Festival, with registrations for booth space due by Friday. Organizers say they expect more than 6,000 visitors to attend this year’s festival, which is scheduled for Oct. 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will include food, music, arts and crafts displays, and a variety of activities, with special events at the fire station and the Franklin Historical Museum. Businesses and individuals interested in helping to sponsor the festival can contact the partnership at downtown.franklin@yahoo.com or 774-571-3109. For registration forms and more information, visit www.franklindowntownpartnership.org or e-mail Terri Frank at terrifrank1@gmail.com.


Report trouble spots through app

Residents can now report nonemergency problems to the town using the Commonwealth Connect app on their smartphone or other mobile device. The program can be used to notify local officials of such issues as abandoned vehicles, damaged curbs or sidewalks, graffiti, potholes, traffic- or street-light problems, and others. Users can upload a photo with each service request to illustrate the precise problem. Customer service requests are routed to town staff; once users have sent a report, they can check the status of the issue online and will receive an e-mail notification once it has been resolved. The app can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google Play websites. To use the service through the town’s website, visit www.ashlandmass.com/feedback.


Help form plans for new library

The Upton Town Library’s board of trustees is looking for residents to serve on a committee charged with investigating, planning, and designing a new facility. The board is specifically looking for volunteers with professional experience in architecture, interior design, real estate, and finance. The feasibility committee will conduct a two-year planning and design process, meeting approximately twice per month, and more frequently as necessary. The board is also planning to hold focus groups, surveys, and open meetings to solicit input from the community on a new library. For more information, visit the library’s website, www.uptonlibrary.org.