Residents object to EPA plan for polluted site

Framingham and Ashland residents near a polluted Sudbury River site want a less intrusive solution to sand capping.

Pat Conaway won the town’s Shining Light award last year for his environmental work.

Natick man seeks town plastic-bag ban

Pat Conaway, 68, is asking Town Meeting in October to prevent stores from using single-use plastic bags.

Judge blocks arbitrator’s award for ex-Newton police chief

The city has won the latest round in the nearly two-year legal fight over the firing of former Police Chief Matthew Cummings.

Mendon-Upton district changes iPad policy

A parent said the former policy put some students at a disadvantage because they could not take the devices home.

Fred Brown, curator of the Boylston Historical Society, works on the transcription of a diary started by Simon Davis in 1796.

Ellen Harasimowicz for The Boston Globe

Diary offers a glimpse of 1796 Boylston life

Boylston Historical Society’s curator has been transcribing the historic leather-bound book over the past year.

Michael O’Neil, 15, right, has been teaching Mimi Clark, 24, how to swim.

Coach and swimmer match up perfectly

Michael O’Neil, a former Special Olympics swimmer, now coaches other Special Olympians in the pool.

Wifredo Lam’s “Composición, I” is among his works in a Boston College show.


BC’s McMullen Museum of Art exhibits Wifredo Lam

“Wifredo Lam: Imagining New Worlds” opens Saturday with more than 40 pieces by the Surrealist painter.

Northeastern senior Bianca Calderone puts her repaired knee to the test in the team’s season-opening win last week.

Calderone prepped for final Northeastern soccer run

After tearing her left ACL as a freshman, Wellesley’s Bianca Calderone has proved herself a leader on the field.

Beverly Beckham

Writer Peter H. Reynolds tells students his hobbies are thinking and dreaming.

Beverly Beckham

Finding inspiration from ‘The Dot’

I had no idea that the author and illustrator of “The Dot,” Peter H. Reynolds, is also co-owner of Blue Bunny Books and Toys.

Interactive Graphic

// High school concussions

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

Globe West Briefs


Health Department asks residents to take survey

The town’s Health Department has asked residents to participate in a brief, anonymous online survey about potential community health education resources. The survey asks questions about topics including which education materials the Health Department should provide; how the department should disseminate information to residents; and whether residents would be interested in a tick-testing program for Lyme disease next year. A link to the survey is posted on the Health Department’s page on the town website,


CNBC producer to discuss book

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a special networking event Monday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Robbins Library, 700 Massachusetts Ave. The event will feature a presentation by Lori Ann LaRocco, an author and CNBC producer who will discuss her book “Opportunity Knocking: Lessons from Business Leaders.’’ Light refreshments will be served, and LaRocco’s book will be on sale, with proceeds benefiting the library. The event is free, but registration is required. Visit for more information or to register.


Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus

The state’s Department of Public Health announced on Aug. 14 that a test of mosquitoes trapped in town showed the presence of the West Nile virus. The disease can be transmitted to humans through a mosquito bite, and people over age 50 are at a greater risk of complications from the illness. The town’s Department of Health and Human Services has asked residents to reduce the risk of mosquito bites by draining standing water around homes, ensuring that window and door screens are tightly fitted, and using insect repellent and wearing long pants and sleeves when outdoors, particularly during peak activity times for mosquitoes, from dusk to dawn. For more information, visit


Final summer concert to feature Irish music

The Lexington Chamber of Commerce series of free summer concerts wraps up Friday with a performance by Boston Blackthorne, a group that plays traditional Irish music. The 6:30 p.m. concert takes place on the Lexington Visitors Center lawn, at 1875 Massachusetts Ave., and audience members are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs. Visit for more information or for updates on weather cancellations.