Berlin, Boylston

Further merger eyed on schools

Berlin and Boylston school officials incorporated sixth grade into the Tahanto regional district, reflecting an increase in shared school arrangements across the state.

Framingham

Pact sets rules for toxic-site cleanup

The state has issued a consent order to clean up toxic chemicals released by its now-shuttered hazardous waste storage facility on Leland Street.

Newton

Project on illegal footing, city says

Albert Pinkhasov and the $240,000, three-tiered retaining wall he built in his backyard on Lovett Street in Newton could be where the line in the sand is drawn.

Natick’s Hank’s Tanks teammates gird their robot for the next round.

Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

Creating their machine dreams

Bridgewater State University felt more like it was hosting a state basketball tournament than the state high school robotics competition.

Amy Sorkin of Marblehead shops for chocolates from a large display of kosher foods for Passover at Stop & Shop in Swampscott.

Kosher food business is soaring at Passover

Despite a drop in overall affiliation to nearly all things Jewish, seven out 10 Jews plan to attend a seder on Passover, which begins Monday night.

 A recent view of the former Polaroid site shows progress on 1265 Main’s first phase.

Forever 128

Progress, at long last, lifts profile of Waltham’s 1265 Main

The redevelopment of the sprawling Polaroid site along Route 128 is poised to gain wider attention.

Stephen and Alexis Broderick

People

Sherborn siblings honored for cancer fight

After three years and four months of treatment, 13-year-old Stephen Broderick is scheduled to undergo his last chemotherapy treatment on July 26.

Globe West Sports

High School Softball

Newton North pitcher Liv Sloane, backed up by Gabby Vachon at third base, fields a tapper during their 12-1 win against Braintree last week.

Putting competition to good use

For Newton North junior Liv Sloane and sophomore Gabby Vachon, the competition begins well before the first pitch is thrown in any game.

North

Amy Sorkin of Marblehead shops for chocolates from a large display of kosher foods for Passover at Stop & Shop in Swampscott.

Kosher food business is soaring at Passover

Despite a drop in overall affiliation to nearly all things Jewish, seven out 10 Jews plan to attend a seder on Passover, which begins Monday night.

South

A crowd gathered for a vigil against substance abuse last month observes a moment of silence at the end of the program.

Religious leaders join in fight against addiction

Religious leaders are tackling the issue of opiate addiction head on, saying it’s their responsibility to be their troubled brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.

Beverly Beckham

Beverly Beckham

Don’t let the book remain unwritten

I wanted to be like my grandmother. So I wrote out stories for my grandchildren, short, rhyming “Good Night” stories. Later, I decided to publish them.