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Stories coming this week:
Where to find some of the best cups of cocoa on the South Shore
Local vets are slammed
A Braintree restaurant people are going crazy over
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"Brad is a very private person and really has not been talking about it as much as I would have liked him to. But he's finally OK with us talking about it, for no reason other than we have three young kids, including a newborn baby. We need Brad to be alive and healthy." Read the full story here.
We're wrapping up our Lend a Hand giving campaign. Won't you consider giving? Every dollar counts. The Ledger donates all money to the agencies, taking nothing for overhead. You can assist this North Quincy man with mental health issues. You can help this grandmother raising kids with disabilities. Or this abused Quincy mom with unexpected bills to pay. The easiest way for many to give is here at Paypal. But there are other ways, too, detailed here. And if you've already given, thank you, thank you, thank you.
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:
The pandemic has been hard on medical professionals. This respiratory specialist from Rockland man relaxes flying ginormous kites.
As the state promises free at-home rapid tests, South Shore schools seek more student testing.
Hoping a virtual meeting will be allowed again due to the coronavirus, the Milton select board has postponed its special town meeting.
Weymouth councilor calls for public input on how to spend $30 million in federal COVID relief money.
They burst onto the scene last winter as wise-beyond-their-years freshmen. Now we are happy to report that Quincy's Orlagh Gormley and Daithi Quinn have proven to be much more than one-hit wonders on the court. Read the full story here.
Hopefully, you're staying inside this weekend as much possible. So, we'll just share a little of the cold outside with you. Nature is always pretty amazing. Patriot Ledger reporter Sue Scheible headed out with some photographers hoping to catch sight of snowy owls that have been back at Duxbury Beach. They weren't disappointed. Read the full story here.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
See our recap of the best of the best fall high school athletes. Plus, if you missed any of the stories highighting all of the great players, you'll find links to them in this story.
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