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Canton volleyball team finds inspiration in Molly’s story

Posted November 9, 2009 10:09 PM

One senior captain, outside hitter Allie Jones, left the match with an ankle injury. The other, setter Colleen Healey, was hobbling on her ankle too against Hockomock League rival North Attleborough in late September. The Canton High girls’ volleyball team left the court that day with their first loss of the season, 3-2, after a 5-0 start.

And feeling sorry for themselves.

The next day, however, coach Patricia Cawley provided a little perspective for her squad, sharing a story about former Lexington High standout Molly Eisenberg and her battle against ovarian cancer. Every player read the article at practice.


Family thanks community for support of Molly Eisenberg

Posted November 1, 2009 09:31 PM

Thank you seems inadequate to express our gratitude for the groundswell around the Volley for Molly event on Sept. 25 (Globe West, Oct. 1). However, we must recognize the people who made this benefit possible.

We wish to thank Lexington High School volleyball coach Jane Bergin and her coaching staff, Peter Amirault and Lindsay Randall, for their unflagging support and commitment to the fund-raiser, their team, and its individual players.

We particularly want to thank the LHS varsity team under the leadership of cocaptains Meaghan Murphy and Emily Wiederhold. We also extend appreciation to the Reading Memorial High coaches and team members and surrounding towns for participating in the amazing night, and Globe correspondent Connie Paige for a sensitive and accurate story. We recognize the generosity and efforts of all the local donors, the LHS sports department, the office staff and custodians, and the fire marshal - for not shutting down the packed gym.

We especially want to thank all the fans and friends who filled the stands and community members who continue to make contributions.

Lexington’s reaction to Molly’s diagnosis of ovarian cancer has brought awareness to the continued need for the fight against all kinds of cancer, and for that, we are thankful.

Karen Large, and Eric, Jill, and Molly Eisenberg
Walnut Creek, Calif.
(The Eisenberg family members are former residents of Skyview Road in Lexington.)

A memorial service for Molly Eisenberg will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at First Parish in Lexington, 7 Harrington Road, across from the Lexington Battle Green. A guestbook can be found here.

Boston school teacher from Natick to be honored at White House

Posted July 12, 2009 03:45 PM

A Boston public school teacher from Natick has received a prestigious presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

The teacher, Erin Flynn, is a science specialist at the John D. Philbrick Elementary School in Roslindale. She and other award recipients will be feted this fall at a White House ceremony.

According to the Boston Public Schools, the awards "represent the highest award a kindergarten – grade 12 math or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States."

“Ms. Flynn is a shining example of the great work happening every day in our schools. Her passion is bringing science to life for students and we congratulate her on this pestigious accomplishment,” Boston Superintendent Carol R. Johnson said in a statement.

BPS said in a release that Ms. Flynn has taught at the Philbrick for five years and in BPS for eight years. In 2008, she received the Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence for her innovative approach to helping students explore science topics through applied experiments. Ms. Flynn also published an article in the National Science Teachers Association journal Science and Children, featuring the work of the Philbrick Science Showcase. The family event celebrates students’ science learning and highlights the school’s ongoing partnership with the Boston Nature Center.

A release from the school system said "Ms. Flynn is the second BPS teacher in as many years to be selected as a state finalist for the PAEMST. Last year, Matthew Anthes-Washburn, a physics teacher at Boston International High School, was selected as the Massachusetts recipient of the award and joined teachers from across the country in Washington, D.C. for a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities."

Forecasters predict downpours of up to 4 inches of rain, warn of floods

Posted July 1, 2009 03:19 PM

By Globe Staff

The National Weather Service is warning this afternoon of possible flash flooding in areas in central and eastern Massachusetts, with some areas expected to get a drenching of as much as 4 inches of rain in a brief period.

With areas of showers and thunderstorms crossing through southern New England, some of the storms may produce rains that will bring the "threat for flash flooding," the weather service said as it issued a flash flood watch, effective through Thursday evening.

"Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation," the weather service said, warning that urban flooding is "of particular concern."

Medfield coach reprimanded, but defends record

Posted April 21, 2009 05:00 AM

UPDATED, APRIL 21, 2009:

At the conclusion of a month-long investigation by Medfield school officials, George Maris received a written reprimand on February 22, 2008 for actions the administration deemed inappropriate and using "bad judgment," with the varsity boys' hockey team.

Maris did not return to the bench in 2008: the regular season had been completed by late February, and Medfield, with a losing record, did not qualify for the state tournament. He chose not to re-apply for the position.

"We didn't have the same coaching philosophies about coaching high school kids," said the 50-year-old Maris, who maintains that there was no negligence involved and that players' safety was never compromised. "I let kids be themselves, I let them do what they want, within reason. Most kids have common sense, and I think that you get more out of a student-athlete that way, than being a drill sergeant."

The Montreal native had previously served as an assistant boys' hockey coach at North Smithfield (R.I.) and Cranston East (R.I.) high schools, where those teams won state titles and sportsmanship awards. He was also the varsity boys' hockey coach at Foxborough High for the 2006-2007 season in a two-decade plus coaching career.

Maris is currently the head coach of the Rhode Island-based Canadian Hockey Club U-19 Midget team that plays its games at New England Sports Center in Marlborough and in Minnesota. His goal remains the same: coach at the high school or college level.

-- Craig Larson


Medfield High first-year varsity boys' hockey coach George Maris has been placed on paid administrative leave until "concerns and rumors" surrounding the program are addressed, according to School Superintendent Robert Maguire.

High school principal Judith Noble held meetings with players and parents on Friday to announce the decision.

"There's a whole series of things that have been brought to our attention," Maguire said on Monday. "This will give the principal time to look into the issues and determine what's substantiated and what's not."

He declined to be more specific.

"It would be inappropriate to comment on the nature of the rumors before the principal gets to the bottom of it," he said. "In case anybody's mind is running, it's our understanding that there's nothing we're dealing with that's criminal in nature."

In Maris' absence, assistants Toby Carlow and Tony Iafolla will direct the Warriors (2-9-1 overall), who are currently the last-place team in the Tri-Valley League. Carlow played at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, while Iafolla is a Medfield alum who graduated in 1999.

The two were on the bench on Saturday night, when Medfield registered its second win of the year, an 8-4 thrashing of Dover-Sherborn.

"I feel very confident in who we're leaving the kids to," said Medfield High athletic director Jon Kirby. "Toby's done a real good job and Tony's known these guys for a long time."

Maris replaced John Panciocco, who stepped down after guiding the Medfield program for eight seasons, including a pair of league titles.

-- Matt Porter

11 Mass. students win Achievement Scholarships

Posted April 8, 2009 07:59 AM

The National Achievement Scholarship Program announced Wednesday that 800 African American high school seniors have won Achievement Scholarship awards toward their college tuition.

The awards, totaling $2.6 million in scholarships include 11 students from Massachusetts.

Receiving scholarships of $2,500 include: Christopher H. Berg-Jones from Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, Kermshlise C. Picard from Boston Latin, Nehemiah M. Loury from Brookline High, Alyssa L. Kenney from Ursuline Academy, Alexander J. Johnson from Wachusett Regional, Lauren B. Paul from Holliston High, Ethel L. Hylton from Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High, Enobong N. Etteh from Natick High, Jasmine W. Reid from Milton Academy, Alex Cherenfant from Roxbury Latin, and Khalia T. Parish from Worcester academy.

These local students were honored from the 150,000 who applied nationally by taking exams last year as juniors.

The scholarships are funded by corporate grants and by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The program is a private academic competition established in 1964 specifically to honor scholastically talented Black American youths. To date, 29,500 students have received more than $93 million in scholarships.

School Building authority pledges to continue funding projects

Posted March 26, 2009 09:25 PM

Katherine Craven, the executive director of the Massachusetts School Building Authority, issued a statement in response to the Globe's article about the likelihood that the authority will get up to $100-million less than expected because of a drop in sales tax revenue. The article also said the governor's office will make up the difference this year.

The MSBA also posted a response on its website. Here is Craven's statement:

"Many community leaders who have been working with the MSBA on school construction projects have called our office today, concerned about the security of their agreements with us. I would like to reassure those leaders that the MSBA was reporting to the Board of Directors yesterday that we have accommodated the recent trend of lagging sales tax revenues in our long term finance plan, and still has enough funding to continue developing and funding school building projects in at least 106 communities that are currently in MSBA's capital pipeline.

"Final budgets for these projects will depend upon agreements on mutually affordable and modestly scoped building projects between MSBA and the local community. But, to reiterate, and in spite of these trying fiscal times, the MSBA has set aside funds for every one of the 106 communities whose project is in our existing capital pipeline (details available at

At this time, the MSBA still anticipates being able to fund $2.5 billion for school projects in over 165 communities that have contacted us over the past few years and whom have filed statements outlining their local school facilities challenges. This means that we will continue to introduce projects into our capital pipeline which have yet to be approved by our Board, and keep our program going. MSBA, chaired by state treasurer Tim Cahill, has been extremely conservative with our expectations of future sales tax trends and has budgeted accordingly with our motto of "never over-promising and under-delivering." MSBA's program will continue to fund local public school construction grants as planned.''

A note to our readers in Wellesley and beyond

Posted March 3, 2009 03:08 AM

Today, Tuesday March 3, we are launching a new Wellesley website, the fourth in our growing network of Your Town sites designed to bring online readers even more local news and information.

If you have been coming to Globe West Updates for news about Wellesley, you should head over to our new Wellesley site. While you're at it, check out the three other Your Town websites:;; and

We will provide links to local blogs, a searchable database of events, a wikipedia-style service for Wellesley that provides information from town hall and local organizations, and news and blog items from our Globe correspondents and staffers. Our town correspondent for the new site is Ben Terris, who can be reached at

As for the many other cities and towns in the suburbs West of Boston, we'll continue to post items here at Globe West updates. And of course, we continue to publish Globe West, our twice a week print section that comes out on Thursday and Sunday.

Thanks for your interest. Feel free to reach me at

David Dahl
Regional Editor

Needham 35th in property taxes

Posted February 27, 2009 09:31 AM

Needham’s average property tax on a single-family home is nearly $7,000 -- $6,907 for 2009, according to the state Department of Revenue.

That ranks it 35th in the state.

This week's Your Town chart of average property taxes on single-family homes shows that the highest average taxes are paid for in a cluster MetroWest communities -- Weston, at $15,293, followed by Sherborn, Dover, Concord, and Carlisle.

The state median is $3,573.

Wayland to impose a bus fee next year

Posted February 26, 2009 06:28 PM

By John M. Guilfoil, Globe Correspondent

Wayland public schools will begin to charge a busing fee next year, the school committee announced Thursday.

”As part of its recommended budget, the School Committee voted to implement … $180 annual bus fee to students in grade K-6 who live 2 miles or less from their school and to all students in grades 7-12,” the school committee said in an email newsletter. “This fee structure is in line with most of our surrounding and peer districts. “

The bus fee addition means changes to the Wayland Student Transportation Policy. The full policy may be reviewed here .

Wayland residents and school parents are encouraged to provide spoken or written feedback to this new policy at meetings on March 12 and 23, which will be held at 7 p.m. in the town building.

John M. Guilfoil can be reached at

Elizabeth Mun funeral information

Posted February 21, 2009 12:41 PM

The funeral for Elizabeth Mun, the Wellesley teen who died after leaving an all night party in Andover, was held on Saturday.

Here is the link to Elizabeth's death notice on and here is a link to a guest book.

Remembering Elizabeth Mun of Wellesley

Posted February 16, 2009 01:54 PM

Investigators have identified the Concord Academy student who died yesterday after being found unconscious in an icy stream as Elizabeth Mun, a 16-year-old from Wellesley. Pam Safford, associate head of enrollment and planning at Concord Academy, described Mun as "an independent thinker with a finely tuned sense of humor."

Share your memories of Elizabeth Mun below.

Wellesley teen pulled from Andover creek

Posted February 15, 2009 05:57 PM

By John Drake, Globe Staff

A 16-year-old Wellesley girl was found alive but unresponsive in an Andover creek this morning, several hours after being reported missing from a house party, authorities said.

Andover officials said the girl, a junior at Concord Academy, an independent school in Concord, was in critical condition at a Boston hospital this afternoon.

Lieutenant James Hashem of the Andover Police Department said the girl was reported missing from a house in Andover at 6:50 a.m., nearly two hours after she told people at the party that she was leaving. The other partygoers initially tried to search for her, and called police after they could not find her, Hashem said.

"I think they were concerned because she wasn't from the area and she was leaving on foot," Hashem said.

Hashem said he did not know who was hosting the party or whether adults were present.

Officials from Andover, Methuen and the State Police used canines and a helicopter to search the area, about 20 miles north of Boston.

Officers found the girl submerged in a creek behind Warwick Circle in Andover, in the same neighborhood as the house party.

Officers performed CPR on the scene. She was taken by ambulance to Lawrence General Hospital and then by helicopter to an unspecified Boston hospital.

Authorities are investigating the circumstances of the party.

Globe correspondents Richard Thompson and John Forrester contributed to this report.

A $5.8-mil senior center for Wellesley proposed

Posted February 9, 2009 10:48 PM

By Lisa Keen, Globe Correspondent

When it comes to providing services to senior citizens, Wellesley’s in the “dark ages,” town Selectman Harriet Warshaw told an audience Monday night.

Her solution: a $5.8-million, stand-alone senior center.

A Senior Study Committee, which Warshaw led, is recommending that a senior center be built at 496 Washington Street, to provide one central location for seniors to meet and hold programs and other activities. The site, which is in the center of town and within walking distance of a number of senior housing clusters, currently holds what used to be the American Legion house. The Wellesley American Legion chapter turned the building over to the town last April.

Warshaw said a preliminary estimate suggests a stand-alone center would cost approximately $5.8 million. Paid for over 20 years, said Warshaw, the facility would, at its peak, cost taxpayers about $43 more in taxes per year.

According to Warshaw, Wellesley currently spends about $41 per senior for its population over 60, a population that comprises about 21 percent of the town’s population. Compared to other towns, she said, “We’re on the dark ages side for services.”

Warshaw noted that numerous surrounding communities –including Brookline, Newton, Needham, Waltham, and Watertown, —have stand-alone senior centers. Currently, programs for seniors in Wellesley are held in a variety of settings, including the public library, the community center, and the recreation center.

Selectmen did not take a formal vote on the senior study committee’s plan to ask town meeting this spring for $400,000 to produce a detailed design for the center. But Selectman Chair Gregory Mills said services to Wellesley seniors are “an underfunded activity” and that the proposal is an “exciting prospect for the town.”

Town Executive Director Hans Larsen said the Selectmen would be asked to weigh in with a formal vote after the Senior Study Committee presents its plan to the town’s Advisory and Permanent Building committees this week. (Wed and Thur, Feb. 11 and 12).

What do you think of the proposed senior center? Post your comment below.

What do school superintendents make?

Posted February 8, 2009 10:33 AM

With a new Framingham superintendent hired, and news that Newton's superintendent earns more than $247,000, what is the going rate for the job?

Check out this searchable database of 2006-07 salaries.

The Globe found that the average superintendent salary in eastern Massachusetts was $147,500 a year, swelled by perks and benefits that are often worth more than $10,000. A bulk of the highest paid were in Boston's western suburbs.

Ten superintendents received $23,000 in benefits.

In a unanimous vote Thursday night, the Framingham School Committee chose Steven Hiersche as the school district's new superintendent. Hiersche, who is superintendent for Watertown Public Schools, will begin work in Framingham on July 1.

New school superintendent appointed in Framingham

Posted February 6, 2009 02:03 PM

By Tanya Perez-Brennan, Globe Correspondent

In a unanimous vote Thursday night, the Framingham School Committee chose Steven Hiersche as the school district's new superintendent.

Hiersche, who is superintendent for Watertown Public Schools, will begin work in Framingham on July 1.

"It was a very difficult decision," said school committee chairman Phil Dinsky.

"The three candidates were all qualified and in the end, we tried to pick the one that we thought had the best fit for our community."


Do you use Route 9 in Wellesley?

Posted February 4, 2009 10:45 PM

If so, your long wait is over.

The ramp from Route 9 west to Route 16 has been re-opened, Wellesley police report.

"Workers have also temporarily repaved the bridge itself and removed a majority of the barriers,'' Wellesley police said in a statement. "This has made the bridge much wider for travel. Temporary pavement markings are also in place. The traffic lights at the ramp have been reactivated as well and will regulate the intersection. These lights were shut off when the ramp was first closed.''

"Work on the bridge has not been completed, however, and the bridge will again be paved when the project is completed sometime this spring.''

Last summer, the state predicted the bridge would be done in the fall.

Laid off in Boston's 'burbs? Tell us your story

Posted January 31, 2009 08:15 AM

Marlborough-based drug manufacturer Sepracor Corp. became the latest company in Boston's western suburbs to announce layoffs, saying that it would cut 530 jobs, roughly 20 percent of its workforce.

The news follows an announcement in January EMC Corp., headquartered in Hopkinton, would be laying off 2,400 employees, 600 in Massachusetts. Retail outlets such as Linens 'n Things and Starbucks are also closing in the western suburbs.

How are these layoffs and closures in Boston's western suburbs affecting you? You're welcome to post a comment below or, if you are willing to be interviewed for a future story, email us at

According to this Globe article, Sepracor said it would reduce its corporate staff by 180 positions and its field staff by 350, though it didn't specify how many jobs would be eliminated overall in its home state of Massachusetts. The company said it would also cut 410 contract sales employees.

A tax incentive for Sepracor in Marlborough caused a stir late last year, according to this article.

Hopkinton, other towns, brace for EMC layoffs

Posted January 15, 2009 09:31 AM

EMC spokesman Dave Farmer said it is a "safe assumption" that some of the employees laid off would come from the Hopkinton headquarters, but he wouldn't go into further detail. The layoffs are slated to take place over the next 18 months.

While the company continues to pursue permitting for the complex in Southborough and Westborough, Farmer said, EMC has "no immediate plans for a specific development."

"It's an option for the future," Farmer said. "It's safe to say we're more likely to consolidate rather than expand real estate in the near term."

Read more here.

Hopkinton town manager left because of pornography incident

Posted January 7, 2009 11:54 AM

By Calvin Hennick, Globe Correspondent

Hopkinton’s former town manager, who resigned in October, left his post because of an incident in which he viewed pornography on a town computer and not because of his nearly simultaneous conviction for motor vehicle homicide, town records show.

Anthony Troiano admitted to visiting a pornographic website at home on a town laptop, according to the minutes of three closed-door meetings that took place in late September and early October. Following a complaint by an unnamed town employee, Personnel Committee chairwoman Kathleen Laflash determined that Troiano had violated the town’s Internet use policy and had created a hostile work environment by viewing the material.

Reached at his East Sandwich home today, Troiano refused to address the documents, which Hopkinton selectmen voted to make public last night.

“I resigned for personal and professional reasons,” Troiano said. “That’s my only comment.”

Troiano was placed on paid administrative leave on Sept. 19, following the Sept. 5 incident. He resigned on Oct. 2, receiving two months of salary and health insurance costs and reimbursement for unpaid vacation.

According to the meeting minutes, Troiano said through his attorney that he was “embarrassed” by the situation and did not dispute that he had used the town computer to access pornographic material. However, he said, he wasn’t aware that he was using the town’s network at the time.

Troiano argued to the board that his conduct did not create a hostile work environment.

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