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Nonprofit helps pets and people alike

Arlene Parkhurst with her service dog, Cody.

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Phinney’s Friends is a local nonprofit dedicated to helping low-income people keep their pets.

Pepperell resident Norma Harrington plays with her newest adoptee, Sealy, a kitten born without hip joints.

partial to pets

Unwanted animals have place in Pepperell woman’s home

Norma Harrington isn’t like most people. When she goes to a shelter, she makes a beeline for the animals that, “have something special about them.”

Arthur Gerstenfeld and his wife, Susan Vernon-Gerstenfeld, with their cockapoos, Brandon and Tessa, at  their Newton home.

Owners say designer dogs mix the best of two breeds

Hybrids or “designer” dogs are a cross between two breeds that may cost 25 to 50 percent more than their purebred lineages.

Author Beryl Jupiter at home with English springer spaniels Harry and Tory.

‘Puppy Diet’ celebrates joy of pet dogs

After years of writing personal essays for local newspapers, Beryl Jupiter found the inspiration for her first full-length book at the foot of her bed.

A goodbye sign hangs on an empty cage at Newtonville Pets in the store’s final days last month.

Longtime Newtonville pet store bids adieu

More than 100 people showed up at the informal goodbye party for a business where everyone not only knew your name but also your pet’s.

Places to go, things to buy for pets

With summer coming to a close, we have drummed up a variety of events, products, and places for folks to enjoy with their four-legged friends this fall.

People

Lexington event hopes to stop the silence on dating violence

According to the American Psychological Association, about one in three teens and young adults reports being the victim of dating violence.

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Steven A. Rosenberg

Visit to Everett cemetery during Elul brings memories of family

In the late summer I drive to the Everett Jewish cemetery during the Hebrew month of Elul – a month of contemplation before the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashana.

Beverly Beckham

Beverly Beckham

Obsessed with singing, and loving it

My kids say that I have an obsessive personality, that once I get interested in something I don’t lose interest until I know all I can or until I am no longer interested.

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

Globe West Briefs

Bedford

Register now to be a Safe Home

The deadline for Bedford parents of teens to sign up as a designated Safe Home is Sept. 30. This program, run by Bedford Youth & Family Services, offers parents a pledge they can take to ensure that they will do their part to maintain a safe, supervised, alcohol- and drug-free home environment when gatherings of teenagers are taking place. For more information on the program, go to www.bedfordma.gov and click on the “Youth and Family” department link.

Carlisle

Learn about the Cold War

The Friends of the Council on Aging will present a three-part lecture series beginning Thursday. Historian Gary Hylander will discuss “Cold War, Hot Peace,” focusing on the trajectory that brought Americans from the optimism of the end of World War II to the discouraging era of the Cold War. The first segment is titled “An Iron Curtain.” The second segment, to be held Oct. 2, is “Better Dead Than Red.” The third segment, on Oct. 16, is “The Evil Empire.” All lectures will be held at 7 p.m. at the Gleason Public Library, 22 Bedford Rd. Admission is free but seating is limited; to reserve a space, call 978-369-4898.

Harvard

Seniors group seeking instructors

The Council on Aging would like to hear from retired teachers or those who are still teaching who would be interested in leading lifetime learning classes on subjects ranging from literature to foreign languages and the sciences. For more information, call the council at 978-456-4120.

Littleton

Housing committee to hold public forum about housing goals and development

The Littleton Housing Committee, in conjunction with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, invites residents to a public forum about local housing goals and development. The forum, entitled “Littleton Housing Production Plan: Goals & Strategies,” will begin Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Littleton Middle School cafeteria, 55 Russell St. The goal of the meeting is to help the town to develop a plan that will guide market-rate and affordable housing type and location in the community while also maintaining the state-mandated affordable housing target and gain access to state funding. Anyone who wishes to attend is encouraged to RSVP online at http://tinyurl.com/mtfbsyw. For more information or for special accommodations like language interpretation, assistive listening devices, or meeting materials in alternate formats, contact Karina Milchman, Housing Planner, at kmilchman@mapc.org or 617-933-0730 in advance of the meeting.