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A Dominican Republic primer

The shooting of Red Sox great David Ortiz this month in his native Dominican Republic has cast a spotlight on the Caribbean nation. Here are some fast facts about the island nation.

FIELD GUIDE

Ecological services, courtesy of your local vultures

“If you see vultures on a carcass on the highway, slow down and give them a break,” said Joan Walsh, the Bertrand Chair of Ornithology at Mass Audubon.

BLOTTER TALES

Raccoons, muskrats, and bears — oh my!

A muskrat won’t leave a liquor store, a raccoon guards a dumpster, and other tales from local police blotters.

MALDEN

Malden Catholic receives $500,000 gift to expand scholarships

Malden Catholic officials said a significant portion of the donation will be dedicated to providing scholarships for deserving students with demonstrated academic ability and high financial need.

WOBURN

New Woburn center will serve those on probation

The 11,000-square-foot facility is the newest of 17 facilities in Massachusetts designed to serve as a one-stop service location for probationers considered at high risk for reoffending.

REGION

Grant will provide work experiences for Essex North Shore students

Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School in Danvers will be able to provide its students with work experiences after receiving a $100,000 Cummings Foundation grant.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham anti-poverty agency gets money for new facility

MassDevelopment issued a $17.9 million tax exempt bond to support several projects by the South Middlesex Opportunity Council.

ACTON

State to fund costs of designing upgrade at Kelley’s Corner

Town Meeting in April had authorized the town to spend $475,000 to complete the design. But MassDOT officials recently notified Acton that the agency will pick up that cost.