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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BIG IDEAS SERIES: A review of 8 projects class members implemented
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/big-ideas-series-review-8-projects-class-members-implemented

FRONT PAGES: Front page gallery for March 1, 2010
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/front-page-gallery-march-1-2010

READER CALLOUT: Ask for readers' St. Pat's photos
http://ghnewsroom.com/article/reader-callout-ask-readers-st-pats-photos

READER CALLOUT: SPRING GARDENING TIPS.
http://www.ghnewsroom.com/article/reader-callout-ask-readers-spring-gardening-tips


ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

EXCITING EXHIBITS: Students, visitors welcome new director to Wellesley College's Davis Museum -- Two exciting new exhibits welcome new museum director to the Davis Museum at Wellesley College. By Chris Bergeron of the MetroWest Daily News.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1589982340/Students-visitors-welcome-new-director-to-Wellesley-Colleges-Davis-Museum

ART COLLABORATION: Boston Athenaeum exhibit pairs 'Artist + Poet' -- Charles Simic writes poems like a watchmaker constructs a timepiece, combining words like precision jewels to measure moments and record the passage of our lives. George Nama expresses inchoate feelings through abstract images in prints and etchings that seem bursting with barely restrained impulses. By Chris Bergeron of the MetroWest Daily News.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1589982303/Boston-Athenaeum-exhibit-pairs-Artist-Poet


LIFESTYLES

SIGNS OF SPRING: Flower show blooms at South Shore Natural Science Center -- It will be months before you can plant the enticing seeds showcased in gardening catalogs. But now is a good time to learn how to make them thrive. By Jody Feinberg of The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x661205895/Flower-show-blooms-at-South-Shore-Natural-Science-Center

SOUL-SEARCHING: Former nun writes book about leaving church, finding path to happiness -- We all have choices, as Linda Lambert Pestana knows only too well. At a young age she joined the Sisters of St. Joseph, and throughout her 40-plus-year journey she faced soul-searching, difficult decisions that would ultimately lead to happiness and fulfillment. By Linda Murphy of The Herald News.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1017219198/Former-nun-writes-book-about-leaving-church-finding-path-to-happiness

SOLDIER HONORED: Hanson woman wins recognition for brother who died in Vietnam -- Marine Pfc. Belmiro Tavares, was killed Oct. 2, 1966, while serving in the war in Vietnam. His sister, Vangelina Sampson, will see her efforts to have him recognized in town realized during a June 5 dedication ceremony. The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x958822848/Audio-slideshow-Hanson-woman-wins-recognition-for-brother-who-died-in-Vietnam

SACRED SPACES: Glastonbury Abbey welcomes visitors -- Set on 60 acres of woodland in Hingham, Glastonbury Abbey provides a peaceful place for private reflection. A community of Benedictine monks lives at the monastery, founded in 1954 by the Abbey of St. Benedict of Benet Lake, Wis. The monastic life revolves around prayer and hospitality, and visitors to Glastonbury are always welcome. The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x958822791/Sacred-Spaces-Glastonbury-Abbey-welcomes-visitors


LIFESTYLE COLUMNS

LORETTA LAROCHE: Dress to de-stress -- In all the reams of literature written on stress, there is nothing that addresses clothing or personal grooming aids as being stressful. Yet I’m sure many of you have fallen victim to buying fashions, products, or gadgets to enhance your looks that ended up being an incredibly frustrating experience.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1062732770/Loretta-LaRoche-Dress-to-de-stress


OPINIONS: TOONS, EDITORIALS & NEWS COLUMNS

GRANLUND CARTOON: President Obama’s checkup.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x570009655/Granlund-cartoon-President-Obamas-checkup

GRANLUND CARTOON: Snowstorms and power outages.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/opinions/cartoons/x661206049/Granlund-cartoon-Snowstorms-and-power-outages

EDITORIAL: Firing the teachers at a failed school -- Push has come to shove in Central Falls, R.I. A school committee and superintendent committed to turning around a chronically failing school have run into a group of teachers equally committed to resisting change. The result: Every teacher and administrator at Central Falls High School will be fired at the end of the school year. It is a sign of things to come. From the MetroWest Daily News.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1589982093/Editorial-Firing-the-teachers-at-a-failed-school

RICK HOLMES: Habitat of the Gerrymander -- The practical effect of the redistricting process is to make incumbents even more entrenched, to marginalize the power of voters who don't support the majority party and to elect lawmakers more representative of their parties' extremes than of the broad center of the electorate. Nowhere is this more true than here in Massachusetts, where the Gerrymander was born.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1589982145/Rick-Holmes-Habitat-of-the-Gerrymander

REP. DAVID P. LINSKY: When it comes to the issue of funding for our public school children, there is a fact that often goes unnoticed: The number of severely disabled children in Massachusetts is increasing, and these children require more intensive education and treatment. If Massachusetts is to truly "Leave no Child Behind," then we must ensure that all children, no matter their abilities, have access to an appropriate education.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1017219356/Rep-David-P-Linsky-Special-ed-funding-is-critical


BUSINESS

AFFORDABLE HOUSING: Economic downturn slams door on affordable housing projects -- At a time when demand for affordable housing is greater than ever, fewer such units are being built around the South Shore – stymied by tepid banks, anxious neighbors and a still sluggish real estate market. By Steve Adams of The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1062732842/Economic-downturn-slams-door-on-affordable-housing-projects

SCALLOP LIMITS: Fishermen decry new scallop quotas -- Those fishing federal waters more than three miles out will see a change from their 400-pound-per-day limit as general category scallopers to an individual fishing quota based on their catch from 2000-2004. By Rich Eldred of The Cape Codder.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x203403331/Fishermen-decry-new-scallop-quotas

BIZ AND CHARITY: Charity campaigns increasingly important to companies’ marketing efforts -- Campaigns built around charitable efforts have become a staple of marketing strategies for many companies, tying sales to benefits to everything from Hurricane Katrina victims and breast cancer research to veterinary care for homeless pets. By Steve Adams of The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x325705470/Charity-campaigns-increasingly-important-to-companies-marketing-efforts

MAKING CENTS: Planning for financial independence -- Financial independence means different things to different people. For some, it means getting past living from paycheck to paycheck. For others, it means being debt-free. But for my clients, it means that they've saved enough to live their desired lifestyle without having to work every day. By John P. Napolitano of The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x782680494/Making-Cents-Planning-for-financial-independence

CHECKOUT LANE: Tips for a great getaway -- During the winter months, a trip to warm climates can be a relatively affordable escape. Warm islands such as the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and other close Caribbean islands can be inexpensive getaways, says Arnold Greenblatt, owner of Atlas Travel Agency.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/news/business/x1276025927/Checkout-Lane-Tips-for-a-great-getaway

FINE PRINT: Verizon vs. Comcast and package deals -- The raging battle between Verizon and Comcast is heating up yet again, this time with Verizon attempting to undercut its rival with a new "triple-bundle" service for $90-a-month price that's guaranteed for two years. By Jon Chesto of The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1017219344/Fine-Print-Verizon-vs-Comcast-and-package-deals

MASS. MARKET: Bumps in the road for ‘Right to Repair’ bill -- The long road on Beacon Hill for the “Right to Repair” bill that would give independent garages access to repair codes seems to be nearing its end. But it’s still too early to know if this vehicle crosses the finish line or crashes and burns. By Jon Chesto of The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x661205700/Mass-Market-Bumps-in-the-road-for-Right-to-Repair-bill

CARDIOROBOTICS: Medical robotics coming to Raynham center -- A medical robotics company will be expanding into Raynham Woods Commerce Center. Rhode Island-based Cardiorobotics is developing robots for minimally invasive surgery, including cardiac surgery, electrophysiology, laparoscopy, colonoscopy, and arthroscopy. Raynham Call.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x285348577/Medical-robotics-coming-to-Raynham-center


NEWS

STOUGHTON SLAYING: Randolph man arrested in slaying of elderly Stoughton man -- John M. Rooney of Randolph has been arrested in the stabbing of a 78-year-old man after a break-in at the victim's Stoughton home, District Attorney William Keating said Sunday night. Georgios Kontsas, 78, a retired businessman, was attacked in the foyer of his home and stabbed to death as he tried to protect his wife. By Dennis Tatz and Fred Hanson of The Patriot Ledger.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x661205764/Randolph-man-arrested-in-slaying-of-elderly-Stoughton-man

CAMPAIGN HOTBED: In governor's race, all roads go through Holliston -- Nothing about Holliston, a town of 6,086 registered voters, screams "political powerhouse," but the suburb is quietly turning into a campaign hotbed in the state's gubernatorial race. By Dan McDonald of the MetroWest Daily News.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1589982369/In-governors-race-all-roads-go-through-Holliston

LANDSLIDES: Communities show solidarity with Portuguese island struck by landslides -- As last weekend’s torrential rains and landslides leave scars on the Portuguese island of Madeira, the pain is felt in Massachusetts communities with family and friends in the country. The heavy rains resulted in flash flooding and landslides that as of Thursday have caused 42 confirmed deaths, 29 missing and more than 100 wounded. By Melissa Costa of O Journal.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/x593979920/Communities-show-solidarity-with-Portuguese-island-struck-by-landslides

CLIMATE CONTROL: How schools determine when to keep graduations indoors -- It’s a tough call that high school officials make each year – whether to hold graduation in the great outdoors, where seating is usually unlimited, or in the confines of a gymnasium or auditorium, where rain won’t fall but fewer loved ones will fit. By Erik Potter of the Enterprise.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x1262082700/Climate-control-How-schools-determine-when-to-keep-graduations-indoors
- To localize: What are school districts in your town planning for graduation? What are their reasons for holding ceremonies inside/outside?

LAUNDROMAT BAR: Laundry center seeking beer and wine license will stay dry -- The Bud flowed with the Tide in one Iowan laundry center but the owner of a struggling laundromat in Massachusetts will stay dry -- for now. By Susan Parkou Weinstein of the Raynham Call.
http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/regional_news/east/massachusetts/x958822701/Laundry-center-seeking-beer-and-wine-license-will-stay-dry-for-now


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