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Past articles by Tom:

In Brockton, life and loss in the shadow of the addiction crisis

Matty Pariseau became deeply entangled in the drug addiction crisis that has swept the region and his overdose death devastated his Brockton family, but now his legacy is a source of strength as his family seeks to help others affected by the scourge of drugs. → Read More

After dad died from an overdose, Brockton family charted new course

Matty Pariseau became deeply entangled in the drug addiction crisis that has swept the region and his overdose death devastated his Brockton family, but now his legacy is a source of strength as his family seeks to help others affected by the scourge of drugs. → Read More

Facing scarcity of guardians, bill seeks to bolster ranks

A nonprofit group that seeks to expand the availability of public guardians, the Guardian Community Trust, says the state is facing a crisis of scarcity, → Read More

A healthy half-century: Brockton's Good Samaritan hospital marks anniversary

The hospital will celebrate its 50th anniversary next Thursday, April 26, with the private unveiling of a large illuminated sign in the main lobby detailing the medical center’s half-century of history since its opening as the Cardinal Cushing Hospital, according to spokeswoman Nicki Draves. The facility was renamed Good Samaritan Medical Center in 1994 when it merged with the Goddard Memorial… → Read More

and eating -- while driving equals tickets in West Bridgewater

Police stopped 126 violators in a matter of three hours on Tuesday, bringing the week's total to 222 violations issued. → Read More

Plymouth County has some of state's best air, report says

The American Lung Association recently released its annual State of the Air report, which measures air quality in different locations based on high ozone days and levels of particle pollution, caused by car exhaust and power generation, and Plymouth County near the top of all counties statewide. The county received a B for high ozone days and an A for particle pollution. → Read More

Plymouth DA’s drug forfeiture money fuels Kid’s Road Races in Brockton

“It’s people who are selling drugs and poison on our streets, and when we’re able to arrest and convict them, we take those monies every year and we give them back to the community,” Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz said. Cruz on Friday donated $4,000 to David Gorman's annual Kids Road Races, which kick off on April 28. → Read More

Stoughton police: armed invasion was "swatting" hoax

STOUGHTON - A heavy police response that saw a Pearl Street home in Stoughton surrounded by heavily armed police and helicopters for about two hours on → Read More

Stoughton police: Armed invasion was 'swatting' hoax

Police dressed in olive-colored fatigues and armed with heavy weapons could be seen gathering behind large armored vehicles while three helicopters circled overhead. At one point, a small drone was deployed to survey the perimeter of the house while teams of SWAT members made entry to the lower floor of the building. A converted Bobcat front loader equipped with a platform surrounded by… → Read More

Good Samaritan Medical Center to celebrate 50th anniversary

Do you have a fond memory or photo of the hospital and would like to share it with our readers? → Read More

Forum to clear the air on retail pot in Abington

Town officials, school department personnel and members of the state’s Cannabis Control Commission, which oversees the fledgling industry, the addiction recovery community, public health experts and the marijuana industry will all be on hand to provide some answers, said Planning Board member Rick Collins, who is organizing the event. → Read More

From the worst of times to the best? Brockton, Worcester join forces on new education funding lawsuit

“Painfully slow progress is not progress, and progress is not likely to take place unless there’s a significant change and a strong vigorous effort on the part of all of us," said Worcester School Committee member Brian O'Connell. "It is the worst of times, but perhaps because it is the worst of times, we can make the change and force this issue, to bring it to the Supreme Court and have the… → Read More

Brockton science teacher donates kidney to friend's son

Davis science teacher Jake O’Neill last month offered up part of his own life to save that of another: he gave an old friend’s 20-year-old son Nick Jarvis one of his kidneys, hopefully rectifying Jarvis’s life-long struggle with kidney disease and hours of daily dialysis since October. → Read More

Brockton man to run Boston Marathon to benefit inner city kids

“(Tenacity Inc.) is a youth organization out of Brockton that gets kids from high school to college,” said Brockton's Ed Cabellon, who will run his second Boston Marathon on Monday. “These kids come from nothing, and having afterschool programs like tennis and other things, it’s something to find mentorship. It gets adults to care about them and their development. For me, it was a no-brainer.” → Read More

Berkley woman who embezzled from brother violated probation, appeals court rules

Maria Pereira, 58, was sentenced to probation in 2015 and ordered to pay back $103,753 of the $1.6 million that she admitted she stole from her brother, → Read More

Run to End Addiction 5K set for May 19 at Bridgewater State

Race to End Addiction 5k organizer Sean Merrill of Teen Challenge, a faith-based recovery organization with a chapter in Brockton, said the second annual road race will be held May 19 on the Bridgewater State University campus. The event will feature the 5k, a cook-out, addiction awareness presentations and a section for attendees to receive information about addiction and recovery. → Read More

From the Bahamas to Brockton, a bishop hears again

Paul Beckner, the owner of Miracle Ear on Belmont Street, recently treated and fitted new, state-of-the-art hearing aids for the Rev. Joseph Zonicle, a founding member and bishop of the Central Baptist Church in Nassau and a leader in the Bahamian independence movement, according to his daughter Marilyn Zonicle. → Read More

SJC: Middleboro power co. is public employer for purposes of lawsuit

The court ruled last week that the utility is a “public employer” under the definition in the Massachusetts Tort Claims Act, under which the lawsuit is being brought. The law limits liability for public employers under torts claims. The plaintiffs argued that the department is an independent commercial business and thus subject to the act. → Read More

Deer in the hall lights -- doe makes surprise visit to Brockton VA

BROCKTON – Massachusetts Environmental Police officers responded to the Brockton Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Tuesday morning after a deer jumped through a window and began running through the hallways. Maj. Patrick Moran of the Environmental Police said officers were called to the Belmont Street hospital about 8:30 a.m. for reports of the deer inside the facility. By the time they… → Read More

Money, fame may have been motive behind mom's brutal killing of her sons, prosecutors say

A perverse quest for fame and fortune may have led a mother to brutally murder her two young sons, stabbing one of them 76 times, prosecutors say. → Read More