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State offered leftover vaccines to civilians at a clinic for first responders, prompting questions

State officials invited nearly 300 civilians on three separate days in January and February to receive a shot at the Massachusetts State Police headquarters in Framingham, where officials said they had extra doses. 2 hours ago

Councilor pushes for info about BPD probe of Capitol insurrection

A Boston city councilor is pushing for information about an investigation into reports that a Boston Police officer may have participated in the Jan. 6 insurrection in Washington, D.C.

Braintree, Winchester

Braintree superintendent will be interim leader in Winchester

School Superintendent Frank Hackett will leave the Braintree district at the end of the school year to become interim superintendent of the Winchester public schools.

CareWell clinics in Massachusetts plan to resume COVID-19 vaccinations next week

The Quincy company wouldn’t say how many appointments it was forced to scrap because the state had cut off its vaccine supply. But it said new shipments will enable it to reschedule those appointments.


Randolph police chief announces retirement

Randolph Police Chief William Pace is retiring in April after a 30-year career in law enforcement and 10 years as chief.


Incoming Governor McKee outlines early plans, appoints senior staffers

On a call with his transition team Tuesday, he said he’s aiming to open businesses and have a plan for schools as early as March 14.


McKee sworn in as Rhode Island’s 76th governor

The Senate voted 84-15 to confirm outgoing Raimondo on Tuesday afternoon, and her office issued a statement shortly after 6 p.m. to announce she had resigned as governor.

North of Boston

Essex County nonprofits receive grants for food assistance

Responding to the growing hunger crisis in Massachusetts during the COVID-19 pandemic, a philanthropic organization recently awarded funds to five Essex County nonprofits to support their food assistance programs.

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Bridgewater firefighters make a very special delivery

Someone playing Xbox accidentally calls police, a man at a laundromat accuses a woman of stealing his towels, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

With stones, fiber, and light, Cape Ann Museum will remember those lost to COVID-19

The three-part art installation combines a lighting display, cairns created with granite stones, and a memorial quilt.


What just swooped toward the bird feeder? Maybe a Cooper’s hawk

The hawks aren’t looking for birdseed. They’re hunting other birds.


Fixing a fire station, a new football decal, and what brought joy in 2020

The Stoneham Fire Department is teaming up with students from Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational School to renovate and update the 105-year-old fire station.


Newton mayor asks residents for help in reporting potholes

Newton’s Department of Public Works crews have repaired more than 500 potholes since the start of the year, according to Mayor Ruthanne Fuller, but the city needs assistance from residents to maintain city streets.


Wellesley celebrates 50 years of local recycling program

The town of Wellesley is celebrating 50 years of a local recycling program that officials say has grown into a “daily habit” for residents and a source of revenue for the community.

Newton officials investigate letter sent to school employee as hateful act

The recipient was a staff member of color whose job includes developing Black History Month lessons in the building.

Colorado woman injured after crashing snowmobile into N.H. river

A Colorado woman sustained a serious hip injury after she crashed a rented snowmobile into the Swift River in northern New Hampshire on Sunday afternoon, officials said.

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