In Concord, dance therapist takes on Parkinson’s Disease

Photos by Zara Tzanev for The Boston Globe

To a soundtrack of Patti Page singing about old Cape Cod, Susanne Liebich leads a group of seniors through a series of gentle dance moves.

Hearing-impaired linebacker shows his grit at Brown

Dan Giovacchini relies on his superb athleticism, sense of anticipation, and visual communication skills to excel on the field.

Zacharia Combs and Crocodile River Music will perform in Natick on Sunday.


In Natick, musician shares passion for African drumming

Zachariah Combs doesn’t like the kind of audience that sits silently at attention, listening to his music and holding applause until the end of the piece.

Armenian 13-year-old Diana Atabekyan is being treated at Shriners Hospital in Boston.

Burned in fire, Armenian girl recovers with local help

In 2007. Diana Atabekyan was badly burned when her costume caught fire as she participated in a Christmas play in her village outside Yerevan, Armenia.

Offer from Belmont Savings aids pool push

The Underwood Pool’s fate for next year was uncertain after the contractor slated to reconstruct the aging facility withdrew its bid in late August.

Vote set for later Natick high school start

A proposal designed to give high school students a little extra shuteye by starting classes later has been the talk of the town since last spring.

Annie Davis, education specialist at the National Archives in Waltham, stands in the Research Room.  At right, Davis assists Anna Romano of Waltham at the archives. Below, Mary Swansburg, 76, of Winthrop, traces her mother’s family.

Tracing family roots at the National Archives in Waltham

It’s a typical Tuesday morning at the National Archives in Waltham, and Mary Swansburg is trying to find her family.

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Globe West Briefs


Town festival, road races Saturday

The Medfield Employers & Merchants Organization will host its 35th annual Discover Medfield Day on Saturday starting at 9 a.m. There will be more than 150 booths representing local businesses and organizations, and a stage featuring entertainment until 3 p.m., along with a “kids’ alley’’ of rides that will be open until 4 p.m. Also, the Medfield Day 5K Road Race and 1K Fun Run, organized by the town’s Parks & Recreation Department, will begin on North Street, with same-day registration starting at 7:30 a.m. The fun run will start at 8:30 a.m., and the 5-kilometer race will step off at 9 a.m. If there is severe weather, Discover Medfield Day events will be postponed to Sept. 27. More information is available at and


Mizzoni gets interim seat on school board

At a joint meeting last week, the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee voted to appoint Michael Mizzoni to fill a vacancy on the school board created by the resignation of Paul Avella in June. Mizzoni will hold the interim position until the town election next spring.


Sing with the Intergenerational Community Chorus

Area residents age 12 and older who like to sing are encouraged to learn about the Carlisle Intergenerational Community Chorus at open rehearsals on the next two Monday evenings. The regional ensemble does not require auditions; youths and adults at any level of skill or experience who enjoy choral music are welcome, organizers say. Rehearsals are held Mondays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Robbins Building on the Carlisle Public School campus (park and enter on the School Street side). The group will be preparing for its next public performance, which is in January. E-mail with any questions.


Community celebration Saturday

The annual community celebration known as Bedford Day takes place Saturday at locations throughout the center of town. Featured events include the Danny Oates Memorial 5K Race, a parade, a crafts fair, food vendors, and recognition of Alma Pomponi as the Citizen of the Year. New this year will be a special celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Citizens Scholarship Foundation program, with prior recipients honored in the parade. For more information on Bedford Day, go to and click on the Recreation link.