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Bill Scatchard is president of the Dover-Sherborn Boosters, which raised $1 million for  the high school athletic department over the past decade, plus $1 million for a new field.

Gretchen Ertl for The Boston Globe

Bill Scatchard is president of the Dover-Sherborn Boosters, which raised $1 million for the high school athletic department over the past decade, plus $1 million for a new field.

Dover-Sherborn Boosters determined to make a difference

In a time of shrinking school budgets, booster clubs often provide an essential fundraising arm for athletic departments. By Tim Healey

The Suburbanite

An update on what's happening in our communities.

// Globe West calendar

Take a winter walk at Fruitlands, watch a show and more.

Business Plan

// Red House Irons

The shop offers tattooing, piercing, body jewelry, artwork and commission pieces, and curiosities such as animal bones.

Up Close

// Changing the world through journalism

In 2004, Gerald and Elaine Schuster established the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University with a $5 million grant.


// Openings and closings west of Boston

Openings and closings of restaurants, businesses, parks, etc.

You can “murder’’ the Quoth burger by adding an Ameraucana egg, bacon and foie gras.

Kieran Kesner

Local Fare

Red Raven takes flight in Acton

Red Raven focuses on higher-quality food served in a traditional pub.



The Argument

Should police officers carry body cameras

Two views on the idea of police officers wearing cameras.

The Big Question

Worst holiday gift

What’s the worst holiday gift you’ve ever received?

Beverly Beckham

// Sadly, there’s no innocence outside the gates of childhood

The author thinks about the children who were murdered in Pakistan, Sandy Hook ,and Dunblane; and how peace on earth fails to come.




// Newton North’s Tommy Mobley still treasures high school ball

Switching from AAU to high school ball requires an adjustment period.

Campus Angle

// Nathalie Gruet, Acton-Boxborough/Wellesley College field hockey

Gruet is also the 2013 and 2014 New England East Region and New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Player of the Year.


// Jim Averill, Wayland High/Northeastern University

Wayland High graduate Jim Averill recalls his days as an All-American defenseman for the Northeastern men’s hockey team.

Noteworthy performances

A roundup of top performances from athletes in communities across the region.

To our readers

Letter from the Regional Editor

Welcome to our new and expanded weekly Globe West, Globe North, and Globe South.

Blotter tales

Blotter Tales

// Smokey the Bear is kidnapped

Santa Claus falls into the harbor, Smokey the Bear is kidnapped, and shoplifters ransack stores in this holiday edition of “Blotter Tales.”

Cartoon Caption Contest

// Alternative Transportation

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

Globe West Briefs


Selectmen postpone vote on big-box liquor store

The Natick Board of Selectmen on Monday night tabled a vote on a proposal to open a big-box chain liquor store in the Cloverleaf Mall on Speen Street. The board’s chairman, Joshua Ostroff, said its members want to review legal opinions involving Total Wine & More in New Jersey and Minnesota before deciding on the company’s application to acquire the package store license held by Cloverleaf Wine & Spirits. The new vote is slated for Jan. 5. In New Jersey, Total Wine allegedly exceeded the state’s cap on liquor licenses; the matter was resolved in 2005 when Total Wine agreed, without admitting guilt, to pay $1 million over five years to cover the state’s investigation costs. The Minnesota matter was settled in September when a judge recommended that a license be granted to Total Wine in Bloomington, Minn. Alleged violations in other states were either dismissed or not proven, according to Minnesota court documents. The Maryland-based chain hopes to triple the size of the Cloverleaf package store by expanding into an adjacent storefront and creating a 23,000-square-foot superstore. A vote on the proposal was initially slated for Dec. 1, but the board rescheduled the hearing for last week to obtain the results of an independent traffic study; Ostroff said the review anticipated no significant traffic impact from the larger store. Total Wine co-owner David Trone said he has applied for and received 113 licenses in the last 23 years, including 25 in just the last two years. “We’ve never been denied a license,” he said during an interview, “and we’re hopeful that the city of Natick will issue the license.”


Regional hospital nears fund-raising goal

A fund-raising campaign to support an expansion of Milford Regional Medical Center is nearing its $25 million goal, assisted by slightly more than $1 million in employee contributions. The $54 million building project will provide expanded space in the hospital’s emergency department and intensive care unit, and also will allow the regional facility to convert shared patient rooms to private rooms. The capital campaign had raised nearly $22 million as of Dec. 8, according to Martin Richman, executive director of the Milford Regional Healthcare Foundation, which is overseeing the fund-raising effort. Almost 400 full-time employees, about 32 percent, have contributed to the campaign, he said, with gift amounts ranging from $5 up to $50,000, and an average contribution of $2,500. Although voluntary, the contributions from staff are important in a public campaign, he said, because they show the employees are committed to the hospital expansion. Construction began earlier this year and is expected to be completed next fall. The two-story addition will double the size of the emergency department, from 30 to 50 private treatment rooms, increase the number of patient rooms in the intensive care unit from 10 to 16, and add a 24-bed private room unit with the intention of converting all patient rooms to private, according to hospital officials.


Upton seeks new public works director

With Jeffrey Thompson off to take a position in Florida, Upton is seeking to hire a new director to oversee its Department of Public Works. The position reports to the town manager and is responsible for managing the administration and operations of the department’s highway, water, sewer, parks, and cemeteries divisions, including their personnel and physical facilities, and their training, technology, and equipment programs. The director also develops and manages the annual operating and capital budgets and the water and sewer enterprise funds, among other duties. Completed applications and resumes are due to the Board of Selectmen’s office by Jan. 8 at 5 p.m. They can be mailed to Board of Selectmen, 1 Main St., Box 1, Upton, MA 01568, or e-mailed to For more information and a full job description, visit the town’s website,


Town closes on former state hospital site

The town has officially purchased the Medfield State Hospital property, with the Board of Selectmen signing the land disposition agreement Dec. 2.


Andre Tippett and his wife, Rhonda (right) of Sharon light a menorah with son Coby, 16, and Rhonda’s parents, Chuck and Myrna Kenney.

Patriots’ Hall of Famer Andre Tippett lights the menorah

Tippett is a towering man with a gentle voice. When he starts to speak about the meaning of Hanukkah, his voice grows even softer.

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