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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

Enroll for school meals online

By Katheleen Conti , 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.

partial to pets

Unwanted animals have place in Pepperell woman’s home

By Katheleen Conti , Globe Staff

Norma Harrington isn’t like most people. When she goes to a shelter, she makes a beeline for the animals that, “have something special about them.”

Partial to pets

Quincy couple adopt parrots discarded by prior owners

By Katheleen Conti , Globe Staff

Stephen Coady and James Hahn share their two-story Quincy home with six loud housemates, who sometimes break stuff and can have a bit of an attitude problem.

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Neglected elderly Chihuahua gets a second chance in Winthrop

By Katheleen Conti , Globe Staff

Gigi, a 12-year-old Chihuahua, has discovered the different smells coming from the marsh grass, taken walks along Winthrop Beach, and barked at the mailman.