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    Bill would require presidential candidates to release tax returns

    Ferry service between Marina Bay in Quincy and Boston resumes Monday.
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    Ferry service between Marina Bay in Quincy and Boston resumes Monday.

    We’re still waiting for Donald Trump to release his tax returns. In the meantime, state lawmakers have scheduled a hearing Thursday on a bill that would require presidential candidates to disclose their personal financial information in order to appear on a Massachusetts primary or general election ballot.

    State Senator Michael Barrett, a Democrat from Lexington, said his proposal was inspired by similar legislation filed this past December in New York — an effort that has spread to more than half the state houses in the nation.

    Barrett’s bill would require candidates for president and vice president to submit statements of financial interest and recent tax returns to the secretary of state, who would make them public. The hearing will be held at 11 a.m. by the Joint Committee on Election Laws.


    After debuting last August, the Marina Bay ferry is about to shove off from Quincy for its second summer season. Starting Monday , the 73-seat ferry will travel between Squantum Point Park, next to Marina Bay; Rowes Wharf and Fan Pier in Boston; and the Winthrop boat launch on Shirley Street. The ferry is owned and operated by the town of Winthrop. For ticket schedules and ticket information, go to

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    If you can’t make it to Stonehenge to welcome the summer solstice, celebrate with a guided tour through the Back Bay Fens. The National Park Service/Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site will hold “A Short Walk on a Long Day” on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The 2½-hour tour will explore how the Fens was transformed from “the foulest marsh and muddy flats to be found anywhere in Massachusetts” into an urban oasis. Meet at the John Boyle O’Reilly Statue, on the corner of the Boylston Street Bridge and the Fenway. (It’s almost directly across the Fenway from Boston Conservatory at Berklee, 8 Fenway.) No reservations necessary. For more information, call 617-566-1689, extension 216.

    Verrill Farm at 11 Wheeler Rd. in Concord will host its annual strawberry festival on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (You can pick your own, starting at 9 a.m.) Festivities include made-from-scratch strawberry shortcake, food, entertainment, activities and the popular Strawberry Dessert Contest. For more information, visit

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