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BELMONT

Longtime firefighter named as community liaison

Captain David DeMarco, who has been with the department for 28 years, will serve in the position.

The keys to success

Second Chance Cars provides automobiles to low-income recipients who can demonstrate that owning a car would help them get a job, keep a job, or advance within their field.

Brookline health officials to study impacts of retail marijuana on community, youth

The study will examine the legalization of retail marijuana and its impact on the community, particularly the town’s youth, officials said.

FIELD GUIDE

Poking around the lives of prickly porcupines among us

Contrary to folklore, porcupines cannot shoot their quills — they turn their back toward a potential predator when threatened and raise their quills.

BLOTTER TALES

Firefighters rescue a toy doll that fell into a storm drain

Firefighters save the day when a girl drops a doll down a sewer drain, a man finds a shard of a kitchen knife in his sandwich, and other odd tales from local police departments.

Genocide education grants distributed to local schools

An Act concerning genocide education, a law passed in December 2021, requires all Massachusetts school districts to include genocide education in middle and high schools.

SOUTH OF BOSTON

Local orchestras, bands heat up the winter music scene

The Bailey Street Brass, a South Shore-based brass quintet composed of Brockton Symphony Orchestra players, consists of two trumpets, a horn, trombone, and tuba.

INFORMER

A behind-the-scenes food tour, a jazz concert, and a nature sketching workshop

Foodies looking to try local eateries can join the Union Square Somerville Food Tour in Somerville.