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Playing for Haiti in Abington

March 21, 2010

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The Abington Youth Basketball Association had a slam dunk with its Hoops for Haiti tournament, raising $6,175 for the Salvation Army’s Haitian relief fund. Most of the money came from pledges for baskets made, but $500 was also donated by Abington Bank. Other local sponsors include Printing Sources Inc., PizZing’s, Rockland Athletic Supplies, and Unyk Signs and Printing. “The kids have been watching the devastation on the news, so they understand that Haiti is rebuilding from rubble and they wanted to contribute to this cause,” said Steve Porter, the event’s organizer and an Abington Youth Basketball board member.

— Constance Lindner

TEENS FACE DRUG CHARGES — Four local teens, ages 14 to 17, face charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute after police allegedly caught them with about 100 bags of marijuana and $53 in cash near the parking lot of a McDonald’s restaurant in South Braintree. The officers were conducting a surveillance after receiving reports of drug sales when they saw what appeared to be a transaction involving passengers in a car and two passing youths. The car left the parking lot but parked nearby, where the driver was seen counting a bundle of money, police reported, and officers said they smelled marijuana when they opened the car door. One passenger allegedly had a sandwich bag containing marijuana, a second suspect was allegedly found with about 100 bags, and more marijuana was found in the glove compartment, police said. — Matt Carroll

ORGANIC GARDENING WORKSHOPS — Holly Hill Farm is holding a spring organic gardening workshop on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. The session will focus on how to organize a garden and where to find compost, seeds, tools, and organic fertilizer. The staff at Holly Hill Farm, at 236 Jerusalem Road, also will give directions for building raised growing beds and cold frames. Three other workshops are scheduled for April 10, May 15, and June 12. The cost for each workshop is $15, or $12 for members of Friends of Holly Hills Farm. — Johanna Seltz

FOR TOWN, CURE IS THE ANSWER — Growing up in the shadows of the New York City skyline, Joanne Cure felt about as unique as a blade of grass in the outfield of nearby Shea Stadium. It wasn’t until her move to Hanover 40 years ago that Cure, now 80, sensed she could serve a purpose. “I’ve loved Hanover,” she said, “from the start.” The feeling is mutual, as Cure last week was selected to receive the ninth annual Spirit of Hanover Award, which is given to the resident who best exemplifies commitment to the community. Since settling in Hanover with her late husband, Arnold, an insurance agency manager, Cure has driven town school buses, taught Sunday school, organized art festivals, helped pull together bicentennial celebrations and, most notably, devoted two decades to the town’s Council on Aging and the local Visiting Nurses Association. “Since moving here I’ve always been involved in something,” said the mother of Gregg Cure of Arizona and Lisa Ryan of Marlborough. “I’ve never wanted to leave.” However, Cure will be moving from her spacious home to a more manageable apartment in Marshfield, just days before she’s scheduled to accept the award on April 11. “I love this town,” said Cure. “I have the most wonderful neighbors in the world.” — Robert Carroll

SOUNDTRACK FOR THE BARD — Shakespeare in Song, a concert of early, classical, and modern music showcasing the settings of William Shakespeare’s works, will take place at Hingham’s Lutheran House of Prayer at 916 Main St. Saturday, at 8 p.m. and next Sunday at 4 p.m. Performed by the Unicorn Singers, a 25-person vocal group of men and women from the South Shore, the concert will feature works by George Shearing, John Rutter, and Matthew Harris. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door, and are available at Noble’s in Hingham Square, the Hingham Public Library, Buttonwood Books in Cohasset, or by calling 781-749-1062. For more information, visit — Molly A.K. Connors

OPENING IN SCHOOL DISTRICT — A screening committee has started looking for a director of pupil personnel services for the town’s school district, after Beth Tolson announced she is retiring from her post, Superintendent Joseph Baeta said. The administrative director reports to the superintendent, and the job is combined with the position of director of special education. Responsibilities include the oversight of all student services, from individualized education plans to psychological services, nursing, and specialists such as speech pathologists. Baeta said the committee is looking both inside and outside the district to fill the position. It will offer a number of candidates for Baeta to review, and the superintendent will make a recommendation to the School Committee, which will make the ultimate appointment. Baeta said he hopes to have Tolson’s replacement chosen by May 1, while the job will start July 1. — Kate Augusto

TALK OF MONORAIL TO BEACH — Selectmen want more details about a proposal to run a monorail with dangling “pod cars’’ between the MBTA’s Greenbush Station in Scituate and Nantasket Beach. Bill James of JPods Inc. made his pitch to the board by speakerphone this month. So far, his company, based in Santa Clara, Calif., hasn’t built any of the transportation systems, which would be powered by electricity and feature small “pods” hanging from an elevated track. “He’ll submit more information,” said Town Manager Philip Lemnios. — Johanna Seltz

MOORINGS FLOATING BACK INTO PLACE — All the moorings should be back in Green Harbor by the first of next month, according to the town’s harbormaster, Michael DiMeo. The moorings were pulled while the harbor was dredged. The $2 million project is finished and a redesigned mooring plan will help define the channel that leads into the harbor and make it easier for boats to navigate, DiMeo said. There are 86 moorings in the harbor, more than half of them for fishing vessels, he said. “We tried to put people relatively back to where they were,” he said of the new plan. “Some moved 100 feet, some 400 feet. Some of them are unhappy, but the harbor has to be safe and navigable to all.” — Johanna Seltz

NOMINATIONS FOR HALL OF FAME — Remember those great high school athletes back in the day? Don’t let those memories be forgotten. The Milton High School Athletic Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for this year’s class of inductees, with the ceremony slated for Oct. 23 at Lantana’s in Randolph. Nomination forms are available in the lobby of Town Hall, at the Radio Coffeehouse on Central Avenue, in the main offices of all town schools, and on the school district’s website,, according to the committee. Nominations should be returned to Michael Goodless at Milton High by April 16.

Matt Carroll

SLITHER ON BY — A show featuring four types of reptiles, including a lizard, a tortoise, a snake, and a small alligator, will take place at the Norwell Public Library on Tuesday from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. The program will be run by experts from the ZooQuarium in Yarmouth. Admission is free, but registration is required. To register or for more information, visit

Molly A.K. Connors

HELP PLAN 300TH PARTY — A committee is seeking residents who would like to help with planning for the town’s tercentenary celebrations in 2012. The Pembroke 300th Anniversary Committee has developed a list of events to be held throughout the year, including a kick-off ceremony, fireworks, Colonial costume ball, aviation weekend, road race, parade, Colonial encampment featuring a mock battle, historic house tours, canoe race, and monthly cable show. Plans are also under way to sell anniversary memorabilia. In particular, volunteers are needed for committees planning the parade and fund-raising. To volunteer, e-mail Janet Fahey at, or call her at 781-709-1429. For more information, go to

John Laidler

SPRINGTIME FOR SENIORS — The fifth annual Springtime Social for Seniors will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. March 30 at the Plymouth Public Library. Seniors are invited to play games, win prizes, and enjoy light refreshments in the library’s Otto Fehlow Meeting Room. The event is free, but registration is requested. RSVP by calling Sharon LaRosa, the senior services librarian, at 508-830-4250 ext. 219, or TTY at 508-747-5882. Guests can also register online at, under the “Calendar of Events’’ link. The library at 132 South St. is handicapped accessible. — Emily Sweeney

CITY AWARDS PARKWAY CONTRACT — The city has awarded a contract of slightly more than $5 million to a Brockton company for the final construction phase of the Quincy Center Concourse. Groundbreaking is expected this spring, according to city officials. J. Derenzo Co. will perform the work for a key section of the project that will create a new road through downtown connecting Burgin Parkway and Southern Artery. Derenzo is working on the reconstruction of McGrath Highway in Somerville. Money for the work comes the federal stimulus program. A separate contract on demolition work is expected to be awarded within the next few weeks. — Matt Carroll

STETSON EARNS GREEN AWARD — Two decades after landmark state environmental legislation was passed, a Randolph company has been recognized for its environmental leadership. M.D. Stetson, a third-generation, family-owned and -operated cleaning and building maintenance supplies distributor, was one of 17 companies in the state to be named TURA 20th Anniversary Leaders. The Toxics Use Reduction Act, passed in 1989, requires companies to evaluate toxic chemical use, submit usage reports, and assess the financial implications of switching to safer alternatives. M.D. Stetson started in 1938 and employs 45 people at its York Avenue site. Fifteen years ago it reformulated a line of janitorial cleaning products without hazardous chemicals. “I’ve always been proud of our company for doing what’s right, and manufacturing and selling our products here in Massachusetts,’’ company president Michael Glass said in a statement. — Wendy Chow

BOARD ACCEPTS DA’S FINDING — A dispute over how the search for a town accountant was conducted appears to have ended, with a finding that the Board of Selectmen violated the state’s Open Meeting Law read into the record at the board’s meeting last week. Plymouth Assistant District Attorney Laurie Yeshulas found two violations by the board last June 1, when it discussed in executive session the possible return of former town accountant Eric Hart, and then created a search committee that included two of the selectmen. The search committee was found in violation twice as well, first by presenting only one of four applicants yet maintaining it never met, and second by not posting the June 15 meeting at which the applicant, Hart, was submitted to the Board of Selectmen. Town Counsel John J. Clifford disagreed with the findings, noting that the June 15 meeting was posted as a selectmen’s meeting, but recommended that the town accept the finding and comply with the required reading, “without reservation,” into the record. The complaint to the Plymouth district attorney’s office was made by Selectman Michael E. Zupkofska, who attended the original executive session. — Steve Hatch

THE COLUMBIA COMES ROUND AGAIN — A screening of the first two episodes of a documentary about the Columbia, the first American ship to circumnavigate the world, and its commander, John Kendrick, will take place today at 2:30 p.m. at the Scituate Public Library. The episodes cover the expedition’s departure from Boston in 1787 and the crew’s travels in Cape Verde. The event is free, and the filmmakers will be available to take questions from the audience. after the screening. For more information about the filmmakers, visit — Molly A.K. Connors

GALLAGHER AT HELM TEMPORARILY — Mayor Sue Kay has named Michael Gallagher to fill in for her when she goes into the hospital next week for surgery. Gallagher is the town’s director of administrative services and has previously served as acting mayor, when Kay was out of town or on vacation. The town charter allows an acting mayor to sit for 10 consecutive working days, and Kay said she anticipates being back before the time runs out. “I expect everything to be just fine,” she said of her March 24 surgery. “I have lots of people praying for me, and I’m too cantankerous to get me down and out. I expect to be back fully functioning and making decisions’’ before the deadline expires. — Johanna Seltz

EXHIBIT ON HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS — The Lakeside Gallery at the Sharon Adult Center recently opened an exhibit entitled “Survivors of the Holocaust,” featuring photographs taken by Sharon photographer Marcia Dolgin. The black-and-white photos portray images of the survivors in later life. The gallery, at the lower level of the Sharon Community Center on Massapoag Avenue, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or evenings by appointment. — Kate Augusto