Watertown residents lobby for better MBTA services

Chronic overcrowding and spotty scheduling have pervaded the system, according to riders.

The Brooksmont Farm house  and barn on Concord Street in Holliston, where local officials are considering efforts to save the structures from demolition. , and the barn in particular is a testament to the town’s agricultural past

Kim Sullivan

Possible demolition delay for Holliston barn

The town’s historical commission may try to save a 19th-century barn and farmhouse from demolition.

Milford resident Harold Rhodes says that he and his wife have a new appreciation of larger needs in the community.

Milford couple gives court case money back to the community

Following a catastrophic accident, the Rhodes have donated to local causes that focus on health care and disabilities.

First-graders Roy Kanyike (left) and Amirah Sembatya use iPads for a classroom project at Francis Wyman Elementary in Burlington, where for the first time all of the district’s students have been provided a computing device.

Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff

Schools push to offer 21st-century technology

Many area schools are upgrading technology for students, but these improvements can come at a price.

Holliston High School quarterback Nick Athy (12) eludes Hopkinton defenders in the first half of Friday’s game. Athy and fellow captains  (above left) Joe Bellomo (30) and Zach Elkinson (3) are all about the game.

Football Thursday

Athy and Elkinson connect for unbeaten Holliston

From the first series on Friday night, it was evident that quarterback Nick Athy and Zach Elkinson had a magnetic connection.

Framingham’s Mike Stearns stepping up for Tufts football

As a freshman, Mike Stearns showed that he belonged in the starting lineup for the Tufts football team.

Singer/songwriter Linda Marks and friends will present “Heart to Heart,”  a concert of cabaret-style music, on Sunday afternoon at the Amazing Things space in Framingham.


Newtonville singer aims to bring cabaret back into the spotlight

Linda Marks is on a mission: to make cabaret singing hot again. But she isn’t in this alone.

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.

Who taught YOU to Drive?

Peter DeMarco and Laura Levis made it safely across the northern US border for their honeymoon in Quebec City.

Who taught you to drive?

Back and forth to Canada, Part 2

You don’t want to carry any weapons across the US-Canada border, of course, but what about liquor or food? And does the wool in that suit come from Israel?

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

Globe West Briefs


Town offering deal on compost bins

Through a collaboration of the town’s Sustainability Committee and the Highway Department, compost bins are available for purchase by residents at a subsidized rate of $50. Proceeds will be used to provide bins for school programs. To purchase a bin, call the Highway Department at 978-540-2670.


Training on suicide prevention

Concord-Carlisle Youth Services is partnering with several community agencies to host a free training session on suicide-awareness issues Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gleason Public Library, 22 Bedford Road. Designed for those age 15 and over, the three-hour safeTALK program is being presented by the regional chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. It offers a comprehensive overview of how to identify individuals considering suicide, and how to connect them with aid resources. To register, go to tinyurl.com/oomqcug.


Help local seniors with tax returns

The Council on Aging is seeking recent retirees to serve as volunteers for its AARP Tax Aid program, which helps seniors to fill out their income tax returns. Professional experience is not required; training will be provided. Hours are flexible during weekdays from February through April. To volunteer or for more information, call 781-275-6825.


Two seats open on parks board

The Board of Selectmen is seeking two volunteers to serve on the Parks and Recreation Commission, following the recent resignations of Joseph Schmidt and Patricia Nelson. Schmidt cited the role’s workload in his decision to step down, while Nelson referred to pressing work responsibilities. Both had been serving their first term on the panel.