Jon and Kate Brophy, who both work in Boston, are at home in the century-old Cape they found in Framingham after experiencing sticker shock at the housing prices closer to the city.

Justin Saglio for the Boston globe

Jon and Kate Brophy, who both work in Boston, are at home in the century-old Cape they found in Framingham after experiencing sticker shock at the housing prices closer to the city.

As prices soar near Boston, more buyers look toward I-495

The suburbs west of Boston have skyrocketed in value, pushing everyone but the wealthiest buyers even farther from the city. By John Dyer

The Suburbanite

An update on what's happening in our communities.

This image by Edward Feather is among 42 works included in the juried exhibition “REFLECTED,” which is opening Tuesday at Gallery 7 in Maynard.

Globe West calendar

An exhibition of images being reflected, a folk performance, a flower show, and more.

Rose Doherty, left, has written a book on the life and career of Katharine Gibbs, and some of her  storied fellow  “Katie Gibbs” alumnae.

Up close

Needham author writes about secretarial school owner

Rose Doherty, a member of the Needham Historical Commission, recently published “Katharine Gibbs: Beyond White Gloves.”

An example of the scrapbooks that EverPresent digitizes.

Business Plan

Preserving family memories with EverPresent

The Newton-based media digitizing, organizing, and sharing business safely preserves family memories.

Moody’s Delicatessen will add seating, a dinner menu.

The Informer

Openings and closings of businesses and other organizations in the west suburbs.

An Isabella sandwich at the Linden Store has tomatoes, basil, mozzarella, and prosciutto.

John Blanding/Globe Staff

Local Fare

What’s old is new again at The Linden Store

“You could say it’s in our blood,” said co-owner Mark LeBrun. “It’s a labor of love.”

Katie and Mike Brandt celebrated Noah’s third birthday and Mike’s 32d birthday in March 2011.

Bella English

Single mother spreads awareness after her husband dies of rare disease

Katie Brandt is the New England volunteer coordinator for the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration.



The Argument

Is lengthening the school day or year a good strategy?

Two views on whether schools should have longer days or add days to the calendar.



We asked four people wHAT FEATURES they would like in newer smartphones.



Noble and Greenough’s Molly Slowe plans to play for Boston College.


For a decade, Boston College has been Molly Slowe’s dream

Stowe, Noble & Greenough’s senior captain, attended her first BC game at 8 years old, and has wanted to play for the Eagles since.


Blake Dietrick, Wellesley High/Princeton women’s basketball

The senior point guard is averaging a career-high 14.6 points and 5.0 assists per game for the 23-0 Tigers.


Owen Cappadona, Marlborough High basketball

The sophomore point guard drained a halfcourt shot at the buzzer to lift Marlborough to a 42-40 win over Nashoba Regional.

Catching Up With

Scott Watts, Wayland High/Dartmouth College lacrosse

Scott Watts was the first All-American lacrosse player at Wayland High and a three-year starter at Dartmouth.

Michele Grzenda (left) gives a lesson on nature conservation while leading a snowshoeing hike with the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Young Members group at Burchard Park in Weston.


Spontaneous outings a hit with Appalachian Mountain Club’s ‘young’ members

SOS program of convenience offers night hikes, snowshoeing, skiing, and skating in Greater 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

// Arlington woman attacks neighbor with snow blower

The police chief said in a statement that “Emotions may run high during a historic weather event... but that is no excuse for violence.”

Cartoon Caption Contest

// MIT Maze

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

Globe West Briefs


Sign up for preschool lottery by March 9

Medway’s school system will be offering a half-day preschool program in the fall. There will be both morning and afternoon sessions five days a week; the program cannot guarantee placement in a particular session. Those who wish to enroll a child — students must ages 3 to 5 as of Aug. 31 to be eligible — have until March 6 to pick up an information packet at the main office of the McGovern Elementary School on Lovering Street, with the completed forms due back by March 9. The district will conduct a lottery for spaces in the program at 9:30 a.m. March 10 in the McGovern School cafeteria. Parents whose children’s names are selected will be contacted; the district will retain a waiting list for the remaining names. Tuition for the program is expected to be $3,250, with the final cost to be set by the School Committee. For more information on the program, visit


Town manager leaving for state position

Sudbury Town Manager Maureen Valente will be leaving her position Friday to take a leadership role in state Treasurer Deborah Goldberg’s office. Goldberg announced last month that Valente will serve as a deputy treasurer, and will oversee the Massachusetts School Building Authority, the Clean Water Trust, and debt management. Valente has served as town manager in Sudbury for 15 years. She previously worked as a finance officer in the towns of Lexington and Concord. The Board of Selectmen is scheduled to vote on the appointment Maryanne Bilodeau as interim town manager during its meeting Tuesday. Bilodeau serves as the town’s assistant town manager and human resources director.


Registration open for spring adult education courses

Registration has started for the spring semester at the Center for Adult Education and Community Learning in Franklin. Course offerings include a series of winemaking seminars through the La Cantina Wine School, and floral-design classes with Hillside Nurseries. In addition, there are classes on knitting, cooking, career building, child care, marketing, forensics, yoga, sports, foreign languages, and photography, among many more topics. Classes will begin the week of March 8, with individual sessions starting at $20; participation is open to residents of Franklin and surrounding communities. To review the full catalogue of courses and prices, and to register online, visit . To register by mail, download a registration form and send it to the Center for Adult Education and Community Learning, 218 Oak St., Franklin, MA 02038. For more information, call the center at 508-613-1480 or e-mail


Town to host civic affairs academy

Natick is holding the first session of its new Citizen Leadership Academy on April 8. The academy is a 10-week program designed to advance understanding of civic affairs and participation in them, and to increase awareness of the challenges facing municipal government. Classes will be held on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at various locations around town. All sessions will be facilitated by town staff. The free program is open to anyone who lives or works in Natick. Space is limited, so early registration is suggested. For more information, contact Jemma Lambert, the town’s director of community services, at 508-647-6546 or via e-mail at Applications are available on the town’s website,

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