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Katheleen Conti

Conti is a reporter for the Globe North, where she has covered a range of regional issues, including immigration, environment, crime, schools, and government. She previously worked at the Eagle-Tribune, where she covered education and immigration issues, and was the editor of the Tribune’s Spanish-language newspaper, El Puente (The Bridge).

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Quincy police halt 300th overdose

By , Globe Staff

The department recently reached a bittersweet milestone by successfully reversing its 300th opiate overdose.

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Home takings proceed for $12M N.Quincy High expansion

By , Globe Staff

The city’s process of purchasing eight homes on Hunt Street and one on Newbury Avenue for the expansion of the North Quincy High School campus and flood mitigation is going well, but engineers have drafted an alternate plan in the event the city fails to take all the properties, said City Solicitor James Timmins. So far, the city has purchased four of the properties and has three others under agreement, Timmins said. Officials have been in contact with the owners of the remaining two properties at 30-32 and 42-44 Hunt St., who are being represented by lawyers, Timmins said. After the $12 million project was authorized in June, city officials began negotiations with the homeowners to purchase their homes, as opposed to pursuing the more aggressive option of eminent domain takings. Those under agreement must be out of their homes by the end of October, Timmins said. The duplex on 42-44 Hunt St. is being held up by an estate matter that could be straightened out soon, he said. The alternate project draft indicates that if officials cannot reach an agreement with the owners of 30-32 Hunt St., a proposed parking lot would still be viable and built around the perimeter of that home, Timmins said. The proposed project includes a new 157-spot parking lot, renovations to Teel Field and construction of two flood water-retention ponds.

Private school wants Quincy to pay $724,000 in damages

By , Globe Staff

Lawyers for the Woodward School want the city of Quincy damages awarded by a court that found the city mismanaged a trust.

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Enroll for school meals online

By , Globe Staff

Parents can now enroll and pay for school meals online. Parents and guardians of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals can now apply for the service online. The school department has partnered with HeartlandApps.com, a state-certified site that allows parents and guardians to apply once a year for all eligible students in their households, said Laura Owens, assistant to the superintendent for communications and operations. Approval is instantaneous, eliminating the wait that can come through the usual paper application, Owens said. Students who are eligible for reduced-price meals may also enroll in the district’s electronic meal payment system through MySchoolBucks.com, which allows parents and guardians to deposit money into students’ accounts, eliminating the need for them to carry cash. Students with electronic accounts give a five-digit pin at checkout to pay for their meals. The account also allows parents and guardians to keep track of what the students are eating. Currently MySchoolBucks is not available to students at Beechwood, Bernazzani, and Lincoln-Hancock elementary schools, but department officials expect to include those schools by the end of October, Owens said.