Here are the top New England regional stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com.

Here are the top New England regional stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com.

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GOOD IDEA

Editor gets a read on reader involvement: Marlborough (Mass.) Enterprise and Hudson Sun editor develops feature on local book clubs:
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/editor-gets-read-reader-involvement


AT GHNEWSROOM.COM

Best GateHouse photos of the week (July 22-28, 2009)
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/best-gatehouse-photos-week-july-22-28-2009

WebCube and your newsroom
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/webcube-and-your-newsroom


NEWS

FATHER BILL: Quincy rallies in support of Father Bill's homeless shelter -- The Rev. William McCarthy died Friday, and on Tuesday, hundreds of people poured into Food Fest, the annual marquee fundraiser for Father Bill’s Place, reinforcing a fact about which there was never much doubt: Although Father Bill is gone, his cause will continue.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x695083478/Video-Quincy-rallies-in-support-of-Father-Bills-homeless-shelter
- Art: photo gallery from event
- includes video

GATES 911 CALLER: Woman responds to criticism caused by Gates arrest -- Lucia Whalen was just going on her lunch break. Little did she know she would be making the 911 call heard around the world.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/x2141127248/911-caller-responds-to-criticism-caused-by-Gates-arrest
- Art: 3 photos

CAPE COD MARINE: Community mourns Marine killed in Afghanistan -- Cape Cod welcomed Cpl. Nicholas Xiarhos home Wednesday. Thousands turned out to line the streets as the hearse carrying the fallen Marine’s casket traveled from Barnstable Municipal Airport in Hyannis to Yarmouth.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x639780948/Community-mourns-Marine-killed-in-Afghanistan
- Art: photo gallery

PUBLIC TRANSIT DEBT: MBTA struggles to deal with massive debt -- Massachusetts' public transit agency is considering new measures in an effort to resolve the beleaguered organization’s $5.2 billion in debt and $275 million in revenue shortfalls since 2000.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1543605736/MBTA-struggles-to-deal-with-massive-debt

MOTORCYCLE CRASH: Driver in fatal Stoughton accident cited for incident, still has license -- Police cited Eric. J. Woelfel, 22, of Stoughton, for motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation after a July 6 crash that killed retired East Bridgewater police officer Mario “Duke” Moretti, said Stoughton police Sgt. Paul McCallum.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x639780598/Driver-in-Stoughton-fatal-motorcycle-crash-cited-for-incident-still-has-license
- Art: 2 photos

HISTORIC DISTRICTS: Easton officials consider historic district to preserve properties -- More than 100 communities in Massachusetts already have such districts, according to the Massachusetts Historical Commission, which calls them “the strongest form of protection that can be given to historic properties.”
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x639780663/Easton-officials-consider-historic-district-to-preserve-properties
- Art: 2 photos

DOING THE RIGHT THING: Lost, found, given back: Woman finds stack of money on street -- In this economic climate, many people who find $2,000 lying on the side of the street might be tempted to employ the age-old adage, “finders keepers.”  But a Melrose, Mass., woman who struck gold Thursday decided to “do the right thing” instead.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1543607036/Lost-found-given-back-Woman-finds-stack-of-money-on-street



BUSINESS

TAX INCREASE: Increase in sales, meals taxes aimed at making up for loss of state aid -- An increase in state and local meals taxes will have Boston diners digging deeper into their wallets Saturday.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1543607124/Increase-in-sales-meals-taxes-aimed-at-making-up-for-loss-of-state-aid
- Art: photo

WORK PROGRAM: Summer work program helps Asian immigrants get acclimated -- A summer work program called Youth Links is being held at Quincy High School to help Asian immigrants 16 to 23 years old as they try to adjust to American culture. The students learn English, are set up with summer jobs, learn interviewing skills and get help with creating résumés and setting up bank accounts.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x695083456/Summer-work-program-helps-Asian-immigrants-get-acclimated
- Art: 3 photos

RESTAURANT EVOLUTION: Taking cue from customers, Newport natural grocer adds nighttime dining -- White linen tablecloths, candles and inspired dinners like roasted cod in a carrot and cilantro broth are miles away from the owners’ original intention for Bliss Natural Grocer and Café in Newport.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x695083440/Taking-cue-from-customers-Newport-natural-grocer-adds-nighttime-dining
- Art: 3 photos



OPINIONS

GRANLUND CARTOON: Texting while driving
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x1641101360/Granlund-cartoon-Texting-while-driving

EDITORIAL: Father Bill a parish priest to the forgotten and unwanted -- The man known to many simply as “Father Bill” devoted the last quarter-century of his life mostly to an informal congregation – the men, women, youth and families who found themselves out on the street and in need of a warm bed and a decent meal.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x592701214/Editorial-Father-Bill-a-parish-priest-to-the-forgotten-and-unwanted
- From The Patriot Ledger

EDITORIAL: So what does Cambridge do now? -- It won’t be long before the national media moves on from “Gatesgate,” that otherwise uneventful July afternoon when a well-known, wealthy black professor met a working-class white police officer, creating a firestorm of debate throughout the country about race, class and police transparency and accountability. But none of this will disappear anytime soon for those who still live and work in Cambridge.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x695083922/Editorial-So-what-does-Cambridge-do-now

KENT BUSH: Issue of racism becomes more convoluted -- While President Barack Obama finishes plans for his first kegger since taking up residence in the White House, the real issue of racism in America becomes more and more convoluted. This new "Let's have a beer and hug it out" diplomacy could really catch on internationally.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x695083618/Kent-Bush-Issue-of-racism-becomes-more-convoluted
- Art: column mug

MEREDITH O’BRIEN: My hero wears glasses and has wizardly charm -- In preparation for the release of the new movie "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" this summer, the twins and I simultaneously re-read the sixth book in the series. (I claimed the house copy while they borrowed copies from the library.)
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x639780794/Meredith-OBrien-My-hero-wears-glasses-and-has-wizardly-charm
- Art: column mug




LIFESTYLES/ENTERTAINMENT

BURGER INSPIRATION: Restaurant adds 'Sgt. Crowley burger' to join 'Skip Gates burger' already on menu -- While Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley enjoy a beer in the White House with President Barack Obama, hungry meat-lovers can enjoy burgers named after the two men.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x695083656/Restaurant-adds-Sgt-Crowley-burger-to-join-Skip-Gates-burger-already-on-menu
- Art: Skip Gates burger

CIVIL WAR HERO: Part 1: From Orphan Trains to war -- Pvt. Frederick C. Anderson won the nation’s highest battlefield honor. In Part 1, we examine what can be found about his childhood.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x592700158/Civil-War-hero-Part-1-From-Orphan-Trains-to-war
- Art: 7 photos

CIVIL WAR HERO: Part 2: Action on the battlefield -- Pvt. Frederick C. Anderson won nation’s highest battlefield honor. In this second part, we trace his military service.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1543605566/Civil-War-hero-Part-2-Action-on-the-battlefield
- Art: 9 photos

TAMSON W. BURGESS: Hometown hunts for photo of Marine who died in Vietnam -- After more than 40 years, those eyes still stare back at you, connecting with an icy fire that pierces straight through your head and sends a tingle shooting down your spine.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/features/x1543606519/Tamson-W-Burgess-Hometown-hunts-for-photo-of-Marine-who-died-in-Vietnam
- Art: photo of Marine

DIRTY DOZEN: Women's fun and friendship has lasted 40 years and counting -- Ages 65 to 82, they call themselves the “Dirty Dozen.” The chic and vivacious bunch has been meeting every other week for nearly 40 years, bonding over a regular schedule of tennis, bridge, drinks and lunch – in that order.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x695082369/Video-Womens-fun-and-friendship-has-lasted-40-years-and-counting
- Art: photo gallery
- includes video

BEER NUT: The Beer Nut: 'King of beers' toppled in taste test - Is the "King of beers" really the king? Or is the "Champagne of bottled beers" the better choice? Or could it be something "Brewed with pure Rocky Mountain spring water" that is best?
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/lifestyle/food/beverages/x695082711/The-Beer-Nut-King-of-beers-toppled-in-taste-test
- Art: Photo
- With video

BONUS BEER NUT: What should they drink at the White House? – Norman Miller will suggest some appropriate American beers that might be suitable for the White House meeting of Obama, Gates and Crowley on Thursday.
Will post to news service this evening.

BLUEBERRY SEASON: Time is ripe for picking your own blueberries -- Blueberries are plentiful, affordable and can be eaten year-round. Picking your own is an easy, fun way to entertain the kids.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1543606769/Time-is-ripe-for-picking-your-own-blueberries
- Art: 4 photos

NATURE ON THE CAPE: Nature’s classroom grows young learners -- In many ways the image of a child holding up a hermit crab, pointing at a soaring osprey, or looking closely at a turtle is just as much a feature of Cape Cod as is ice cream and salt water taffy.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x592701283/Nature-s-classroom-grows-young-learners
- Art: photo

CELEBRATING THE BARD: There's much to do at 'Much Ado About Shakespeare' festival in Concord -- For four centuries, they have moved and mystified readers. The second annual Shakespeare Festival in Concord, “Much Ado About Shakespeareth anniversary of their publication in 1609.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x592700347/Theres-much-to-do-at-Much-Ado-About-Shakespeare-festival-in-Concord
- Art: 2 photos

INDIAN DANCE: Dancers to stage classical Indian show in Littleton -- It is a timeless story of love, tragedy and triumph. Dance performer, choreographer and instructor Jothi Raghavan of Westford will present “Bhavayami Raghu Ramam,” in Bharata Natyam – classical dance from southern India – to interpret “Ramayanam."
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x592700100/Dancers-to-stage-classical-Indian-show-in-Littleton
- Art: photo

THEATER PREVIEW: Gloucester Stage breathes life into David Hare play -- Two award-winning actresses are breathing life into David Hare’s stylishly written “The Breath of Life,” which finishes its two-week run at Gloucester Stage this weekend. In it, Nancy E. Carroll and Paula Plum engage in a verbal tour de force.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x2141125624/Gloucester-Stage-breathes-life-into-David-Hare-play
- Art: 3 photos

SENIOR SAVVY: No pattern to progression of Alzheimer's disease -- Alzheimer's disease can progress rapidly or progress slowly. There is no pattern to the way the disease progresses. It is unpredictable.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1543606733/Senior-Savvy-No-pattern-to-progression-of-Alzheimers-disease#
- Art: column mug

DR. MURRAY FEINGOLD: How to care for a fingernail injury -- A subungual hematoma is the presence of blood under the nail.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1543606690/Dr-Murray-Feingold-How-to-care-for-a-fingernail-injury
- Art: column mug

DARIN ST. GEORGE: Let's make some magic -- In the world of fitness, like the world of magic, "It's never the want, it's the wizard." In other words, it's not the equipment you use, it's the effort you put into your workouts.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x2141126628/Darin-St-George-Lets-make-some-magic
- Art: column mug


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