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Emily Sweeney

Sweeney is a staff reporter and member of the Globe’s speakers bureau. She frequently gives talks at schools, universities, and industry events. She also serves as president of the New England chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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Hingham monastery Glastonbury Abbey turns 60

By Emily Sweeney , Globe Staff

The Benedictine retreat house offers a wide array of lectures, classes, workshops, movie screenings, and even yoga classes.

Glastonbury Abbey, by the numbers

By Emily Sweeney , Globe Staff

Facts and figures about Glastonbury Abbey. The Hingham monastery is celebrating its 60th anniverary this year.

Plymouth

Bridge work will close part of Water Street

By Emily Sweeney , Globe Staff

The Water Street Bridge over Town Brook is being replaced, so the section of Water Street between Union and Leyden streets will be closed to traffic during construction. Officials from the town’s Department of Public Works said that portion of Water Street will be closed to all traffic beginning Tuesday, when Northern Construction Service LLC starts working on the bridge, and they expect the road to reopen by the middle of November. . The exact age of the bridge is unknown, but the bridge is an old one, no question. DPW director Jonathan Beder said a utility pipe that penetrates both walls dates back to 1891, and the bridge has most likely been rebuilt and modified over the years. According to Beder, the estimated cost of the project is $1.435 million.

Wareham

Weigh in on Wareham Village parking

By Emily Sweeney , Globe Staff

A public meeting to discuss the parking in Wareham Village will be held Sept. 29 at 5 p.m. at the Town Hall auditorium at 54 Marion Road. Representatives of Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, which has been hired by the town, will talk about ways to improve parking in the village center, and the public is welcome to weigh in with opinions and suggestions. The Wareham Community and Economic Development Authority is also asking people to fill out this online parking survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/warehamvillage. There are 10 questions, including “How long did/does it take you to find a spot?” and “In the last three months, have you ever failed to find parking and just left?” Parking has become a hot topic in Wareham lately, as many residents aren’t happy with the new parking permit system that was recently implemented in Onset; some have even claimed it’s illegal. Currently parking is free in Wareham Village, according to Salvador Pina, director of the Wareham Community and Economic Development Authority, and he expects a good turnout at the Sept. 29 meeting. “Oh yeah. Given the controversial stuff going on in Onset, I’m sure we’ll see lots of people,” said Pina.