Posh pools, new Rockland eats and girls hockey rankings

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  • Local vets are slammed

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South Shore COVID-19 cases still increasing, latest report says

We've started our weekly COVID-19 story on the local numbers of cases again. See the town-by-town numbers on the South Shore here. (Or see them earlier at Patriotledger.com every Friday morning.) In other COVID news this week:

No sophomore slumps for North Quincy basketball stars Gormley, Quinn

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Snowy owl sightings

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How a scammer made off with $459,000 from an Abington pot shop

After losing more than $459,000 to a scammer who hacked his email and pretended to be a contractor, a Worcester and Abington pot shop owner is suing the bank he says made it all possible. Read the full story here.

HGTV is seeking South Shore homes for 'Houses with History'

HGTV is on the hunt for several historical homes on the South Shore to feature in the second season of its hit series, “Houses with History.”

The series follows Plympton a couple – designer Jen MacDonald and historian Mike Lemieux, owners of Full Circle Homes – and carpenter Rich Soares as they refurbish historic – but dilapidated – homes on the South Shore. Last season’s oldest was built in 1666. Read the full story here.

South Shore businesses struggled through 2021. Will this year be better?

Many business owners say they feel optimistic about the next six months, but the latest monthly survey by the National Federation of Independent Business showed that high inflation and a lack of qualified workers are the biggest issues facing small businesses. Read the full story here.

South Shore stars: 2022 will be a big year for entertainers with local connections

Lights, camera, South Shore! From Chris Cooper to Jennifer Coolidge to the Christmas movie 'Spirited,' there is a lot of popular entertainment coming this year with local ties. Read the full story here.

Petersen Pool has its third developer. Will cash left in 1963 really lead to water this time?

The builder of the Thayer Sports Complex is the third developer to score the contract to construct the long-awaited Petersen Pool/Rink complex in Braintree. ESG Associates, doing business as Edge Sports Group, has been selected for the public-private partnership, Mayor Charles Kokoros announced Tuesday. ESG was the sole bidder on the project. Read the full story here.

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