James H. Burnett III

Burnett is a culture writer on the Living/Arts team. He previously was a columnist and culture writer for the Miami Herald, where he contributed to award-winning projects on juvenile crime and the deadly 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Burnett has appeared on NPR and CNN.

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Public invited to weigh in on downtown Framingham’s future

By , Globe Staff

Town, regional, and state officials are exploring how to build downtown Framingham into a public transit destination.

Brookline’s school leader calmly navigates change

By , Globe Staff

Those who’ve closely watched the 54-year-old superintendent say they hope he sticks around another 10 years.

Town names charities for Marathon fund-raiser

By James H. Burnett III , Globe Staff

Framingham is gearing up for next spring’s Boston Marathon. With just over five months to go until the big race, Assistant Town Manager Jennifer Thompson and the Board of Selectmen’s vice chairman, Michael J. Bower, announced last week that six local organizations have been chosen to benefit from fund-raising efforts by Team Framingham. The six groups are a mental and emotional support help line, Call2Talk; Framingham Adult ESL Plus; the Framingham History Center; Friends of the Callahan Senior Center; academic intervention and dropout prevention program Resiliency for Life; and Voices Against Violence. The Boston Athletic Association will be giving 22 invitational race entries to the town, which in turn provides them to runners who agree to raise funds for the local charities. Applications for the official entries and additional details are available on the town’s website, The application deadline is 4 p.m. Dec. 1, and a drawing to select the 22 runners will be held on Dec. 8.

Teen Grantmakers program taking applications

By , Globe Staff

The Brookline Community Foundation is looking for a few good charity-minded teenagers. The foundation is accepting applications from local students in grades 9 through 12 for its Teen Grantmakers program, which teaches the basics of philanthropic work and the process of awarding funds to support charitable causes. Students in the program are also taught critical thinking, leadership, and team-building skills, according to the foundation’s announcement. Since the local program’s launch in 2011, participants have distributed $34,000 to nonprofits whose work focuses on education, job training, and the environment. Benjamin Doughty, a Brookline High student who took part in last year’s Teen Grantmakers session, told the foundation that it helped him find direction and channel his desire to give back. “I learned about the needs in Brookline and what I can do to help. I liked the program because it was a chance to work with a diverse group of committed students,” Doughty said. The program will meet on Tuesday evenings from Jan. 13 to June 3. Students interested in applying should contact Jennifer Lemire, the foundation’s associate director of programs and grants, at or 617-566-4442. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Dec. 12.