The Suburbanite

An update on what's happening in our communities.

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Fun with ukeleles and more.

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// Typing out a tune — the hard way

Brendan Emmett Quigley of Brookline is a professional puzzle maker whose crosswords have appeared in every major market.

Business Plan

// Evening Sun Fly Shop makes fly fishing accessible

Former teacher Charlie Shadan of Groton has loved fly fishing for nearly a half century.


Openings and closings west of Boston.

The Sienna pizza is topped with  crumbled, house-made pork sausage woven with fennel, coriander, and paprika.

Photos by Mark Lorenz for the Boston Globe

Local Fare

Anzio’s Brick Oven Pizza a slice of something nice

Todd Harrington and his wife, Kathleen, opened Anzio’s in North Grafton in 2012.

West View

// Winter romp

A gallop through the Globe archives found this image of Paula Jean O’Neill and Mary Ann Smith riding at Wild Wind Stables in Marlborough in January 1977.



The Argument

Should the state adopt a graduated income tax?

Two views on whether or not the state should adopt a graduated income tax.

The Big Question

What business or businesses do you wish would open in your community?

We asked what type of businesses residents would like to see in the community.

// Patriots fan comes out of his shell

Many people say that losing builds character. That could be true for people who run businesses, but for sports fans the opposite is true.




// For Lexington’s 4x800 relay, it’s all about teamwork

The relay was an extreme example of the teamwork that makes all the difference in the events.


// Ben List, Bedford High/WPI swimming

The Bedford High graduate holds school records in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle at WPI.


// Jared Simmons, Ayer-Shirley hockey

Ayer-Shirley freshman Jared Simmons describes his game-winning goal against Grafton/Blackstone Valley Tech on Jan. 14.


// Jessica Tuck, Middlesex School/Yale University

Actress Jessica Tuck looks back on her days as a cross-country star at the Middlesex School in Concord.

Noteworthy performances

Noteworthy performances from athletes residing in communities west 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 West Briefs


Town Meeting approves North 40 purchase

Wellesley Town Meeting members voted overwhelmingly Tuesday night to support the proposed acquisition of 46 acres of undeveloped land from Wellesley College. The Board of Selectmen negotiated the purchase of the so-called North 40 property for $35.6 million, including related costs, to be covered through a temporary tax increase and Community Preservation Act funds. The Proposition 2½ debt-exclusion override, which the town Advisory Committee expects to cause a median increase of about $141 to annual tax bills, goes before voters in the annual election on March 3. The town and Wellesley College signed a purchase-and-sales agreement for the property last month.


Weigh in on town’s open space, recreation priorities

Norfolk’s Community Preservation Committee is asking residents to participate in a survey as part of its efforts to update the town’s open space and recreation plan. The survey asks residents to evaluate the overall quality of the local recreational facilities; which playgrounds, parks, fields, town and nonprofit open spaces they’ve used in the past year, as well as private facilities or sites in nearby towns; how frequently they’ve participated in various recreational activities; what priorities for recreational facilities and open space the town should pursue; and how town funds should be spent toward those goals. Upon state approval of the new open space and recreation plan, the town would become eligible for certain state grants that can be used toward local projects. Paper copies of the survey are available in the offices of the Planning Board and Recreation Department, and it can also be completed through a link on the town’s website,


New genealogy club to meet at library

The first monthly meeting of the Franklin Library Genealogy Club will be held Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the library, 118 Main St. The club has been established to promote genealogical research and to connect people who are interested in their family histories. The inaugural meeting will include an overview of the genealogy research materials available at the library, as well as proposed topics and programs for the club in the months ahead. Participation is free. For more information, call the library at 508-520-4940, or visit its page on the town’s website,


League forum will focus on community vision

The League of Women Voters of Lexington will focus on “A Community Vision: Where We Are, Where We Would Like to Be’’ in its next First Friday Forum, slated for 9:30 a.m. Feb. 6 at Cary Memorial Library, 1875 Massachusetts Ave. The presentation will be led by Marian A.O. Cohen, who as a member of the town’s 20/20 Vision Committee helped conduct a survey to investigate residents’ opinions on a range of issues, including diversity; economic development; education; environment; physical character of the community; and town government and services. The results of the 2013 survey will be shared at the forum. For more information, contact the League at, or visit

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