Kathy McCabe

McCabe is a staff reporter at Globe North. She joined the staff in 2002, after working as a Globe correspondent. She writes on a variety of subjects, including local government, community development, religion, and small businesses.

Latest stories

Some closed churches sold to other denominations

By Kathy McCabe , Globe Staff

For some people, the sale to another religious group has eased the pain of saying goodbye to their beloved parish.

Housing projects sprout where local parishes closed

By Kathy McCabe , Globe Staff

Three former Catholic churches — St. Mary in Marlborough, St. George in Norwood, and St. Joseph in Salem — have been reborn.

Walmart on Route 1 in Saugus to begin hiring for October opening

By Kathy McCabe , Globe Staff

Walmart is hiring on Route 1 north in Saugus, where the mass discounter is building a new two-story supercenter.


City rallies for Chris Traverse with ALS fund-raisers

By Kathy McCabe , Globe Staff

Chris Traverse, the longtime head of youth sailing at the Medford Boat Club, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, in 2011. Family and friends are rallying to raise money for Traverse, 60, a former heating-ventilation technician who can no longer work. They are taking the Ice Bucket Challenge, a social-media phenomenon that requires people to dump ice water over their head or make a donation to an ALS charity. The challenge was started locally by Pete Frates of Beverly, a former Boston College baseball captain diagnosed with ALS in 2012. Traverse on July 26 hosted a fund-raising regatta on the Mystic Lakes. About 70 sailboats raced on the upper and lower lakes, helping to raise $25,000 for the ALS Therapy Development Institute in Cambridge. Traverse is a 1972 graduate of Medford High School, where he played hockey and soccer. On Sept. 6, a fund-raising brunch will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Carroll’s restaurant in Medford Square. Tickets cost $50. Proceeds will be used to help pay Traverse’s medical costs not covered by insurance. Checks made out to Traverse can be sent to Teammates For Trav, c/o The Mustang Hall of Fame, PO Box 551, Medford, MA 02155.