New Saugus High School sport develops a popular following in two short years

It all starts at the top. If a coach has that dynamic to attract youngsters to a sport like volleyball who many have played only in gym class, it has a chance to succeed on the high school varsity level. Pat Bemis has been an Algebra II and Integrated Math teacher at Saugus High School the last five years after graduating from Emmanuel College with degrees in Mathematics and Secondary Education. He grew up in western Pennsylvania, and started playing volleyball in the seventh grade. He continued his pursuit of the sport at Baldwin High School, just outside Pittsburgh, and then played it on Continue reading >>>

Wellesley-based hospice to host Tree of Lights ceremony

 Hospice of the North Shore Greater Boston will hold its first annual Tree of Lights ceremony on Tuesday, Dec.13 at 5 p.m. at their offices at 70 Walnut St., Wellesley. The Tree of Lights is an event that invites members of the MetroWest and Greater Boston communities to sponsor a light in memory or in honor of a loved one with a donation to support the mission of Hospice of the North Shore Greater Boston.   Immediately following the tree lighting ceremony, there will be a reception where guests will be able to view the Honor Roll Book inscribed with the names of those memorialized on Continue reading >>>

Donate Canned Goods, Get a Big Discount at the YMCA

The Charlestown YMCA is teaming up with the Greater Boston Food Bank to support healthy living and fight hunger this fall through the “Get Fit, Give Back” campaign. From Nov. 7-11, new members who bring in five non-perishable food items will have their $50 YMCA joiner fee waived and receive three free sessions of health and wellness coaching, valued at $150. Current members who donate will be entered into a raffle for great prizes. As a cause-driven organization, the Y is committed to youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. For more information, visit Continue reading >>>

Legendary Boxer Mickey Ward Is Fed Up With Cancer

Legendary boxer Micky Ward will be making an appearance at the second annual Fed Up With Cancer fundraiser, tomorrow at the Danversport Yacht Club. Hosted by Bridget Blythe, co-anchor of NECN’s Morning Show, the event will feature a silent auction, food and drink, live music and autograph signings and photo opportunities with Ward. All proceeds will be benefitting programs and services for cancer patients at the NSMC Salem Hospital and the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center in Danvers. Local North Shore restaurants showcased at the fundraiser include: Capt’s Waterfront Premium Steak and Continue reading >>>

When it comes to high home prices, Greater Boston still near the top

For the price of one home here, you could buy nearly three houses in Orlando, where prices have more than 60 percent from their peak to $115,000.

At $319,000, we are back at 2002 levels. And that, frankly, was hardly a bargain year, with prices already spiraling upward.

If the Great Recession and its aftershocks can’t bring prices down here, what will?

DOMA and the High Cost of Government-Mandated Discrimination

Conservatives frequently talk about the cost of regulations. For instance, Freedomworks, a well-known conservative organization, published a piece called The Hidden Cost of Regulation. It said, "Complying with regulations is not cheap," noting that regulations aren't paid for by just corporations, but by "the entire economy." It notes that consumers pay higher prices as well, due to these regulations, and that they "act as a drag on economic growth." Allow me to add two other points Freedomworks did not mention, but which I believe they would agree with: 1) motives of the regulators do Continue reading >>>

When is a merger-of-equals really a takeover?

By Rob CoxThe author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. When is a merger-of-equals really a takeover? One easy way to tell is when the top brass get rich and undeserved paydays. There’s probably no better live example than the just-delayed sale of Massachusetts electric utility NSTAR. Its top five executives could feast on as much as $50 million in severance and change-of-control payments despite labeling their deal as one of mutual control for both sets of shareholders. As regulators probe the union more deeply, investors may want to do the same. It’s Continue reading >>>

A Black Woman’s Guide To Networking

A Black Woman's Guide To Networking -- Award Winning Business Executive and Networking Guru, Juliette Mayers, Shares Secrets to Success with New Book -- Bookcover and author, Juliette Mayers Boston, MA (November 7, 2011) -- A Black Woman's Guide to Networking, written by Juliette Mayers, author, award winning business executive and networking Guru, will be available for purchase on Friday, November 4th, 2011 on her website: and on This inspirational book is for black professional women and others who Continue reading >>>