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Katheleen Conti

Conti is a reporter for the Globe North, where she has covered a range of regional issues, including immigration, environment, crime, schools, and government. She previously worked at the Eagle-Tribune, where she covered education and immigration issues, and was the editor of the Tribune’s Spanish-language newspaper, El Puente (The Bridge).

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Quincy

New principal of Central Middle School announced

By Katheleen Conti , Globe Staff

School department administrators recently announced the appointment of Rick DeCristofaro Jr. as the new principal of Central Middle School, effective July 1. DeCristofaro has served as assistant principal of the school for the past 2½ years, and has worked in the district for 10 years, first as an elementary school teacher and then a guidance counselor at North Quincy High School. School officials designated Peter A. Kurzberg, a retired former superintendent of Braintree schools, to head the appointment process because DeCristofaro is the son of Quincy Superintendent Richard DeCristofaro, said Deputy Superintendent Kevin Mulvey. DeCristofaro, 33, was the only internal applicant out of 44 people who applied for the position, Mulvey said. A 12-person hiring committee made up of parents, Central Middle School teachers, and administrators selected DeCristofaro out of six finalists on June 27.

Quincy

Officials accept offer to sell former middle school

By Katheleen Conti , Globe Staff

City officials have accepted a $3 million offer for the sale of the former Central Middle School building at 1022 Hancock St., said Kathryn R. Hobin, the city’s purchasing agent. The winning bid, from Plainville developer Edgewood Development Co. LLC, was the highest of five proposals received by the city. The developer’s proposal calls for the building to be converted into 39 one- and two-bedroom condominium units with estimated sale prices ranging from $350,000 to $400,000. Edgewood estimates the project will net the city $188,500 in new annual revenue from property taxes, Hobin said.

Quincy

Playground work starts soon

By Katheleen Conti , Globe Satff

Construction at Faxon Park playground is scheduled to start the week of July 7, said Christopher Cassani, executive director of the city’s Park and Forestry Department. While the park, including its various playing fields, will remain open to the public, the playground is expected to be offline for six to eight weeks. The $400,000 project will focus on replacing outdated 15-year-old equipment with new slides, swings, and a large climbing boulder that will imitate the geographical formations around the park, he said. The city will be reimbursed $200,000 through a state grant, and will cover the rest of the cost through Community Preservation Act funds designated for open space preservation. Cassani said this will be the city’s first full-scale playground reconstruction in several years, and that it will give South Quincy “a destination-type playground in a very important area of the city.”

Program helps corner stores, bodegas offer healthier fare

By Katheleen Conti , Globe Staff

In Brockton, a lack of transportation often makes corner stores and bodegas the main source of food for many of the city’s low-income residents.