Assistant Metro Editor

Tom Coakley

Coakley is the assistant editor of Globe West. He joined the Globe in 1988 after working for newspapers in Torrington, Conn., Annapolis, Md., Baltimore, Denver, and Sacramento, Calif. He previously worked as an editor in Globe South and Globe Northwest and on the City Desk.

Latest stories


Firefighters to host Veterans Day dinner

By Tom Coakley , Globe Staff

The annual Natick Veterans Appreciation Dinner will be held at the Fire Department’s headquarters, at 22 East Central St., at 6 p.m. Nov. 11. Sponsored by local firefighters, the town, and the Natick Veterans Council, the event is an expression of appreciation to veterans, their families, and families of active-duty service members. To RSVP or for more information about the free event, contact the town’s director of veterans services, Paul Carew, at 508-647-6545 or e-mail by Nov. 4.

For the record

Correction to Milford casino rendering

By Tom Coakley , Globe Staff

Because of an editing error, a story in the July 21 Globe West on a proposal to build a casino in Milford was illustrated by an outdated rendering. The rendering above is current.


Update on bike campaign Monday

By Tom Coakley , Globe Staff

The city’s Bicycle Advisory Committee will sponsor the second annual Newton Bike Update on Monday, from 6 to 7 p.m., at the War Memorial Auditorium in City Hall. The League of American Bicyclists has just given Newton a bronze award for its efforts to become a Bicycle Friendly Community — up from an honorable mention last year. Newton bicycle coordinator Lois Levin will be joined at the update by Mayor Setti Warren, city transportation director Bill Paille, and members of the Board of Aldermen, the Police Department, and the Bicycle Advisory Committee. They will explain the bronze award, highlight Newton’s new bicycle lanes, show where the next lanes will go, and discuss bicycling education, safety, and enforcement. For details, contact Levin at 617-527-1237.

A month of fear and bullets

By Kevin Cullen and Tom Coakley , Globe Staff

A few weeks ago, minutes before the faithful would leave, a loud crackle sounded and wisps of smoke hung in the air. Two bullets had pierced the sanctuary of the Blue Hill Revival Center in Mattapan.