Quincy con man, 20 pricey homes and top Rockland salaries

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Oh, winter.
Oh, winter.

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Now, for some news you may have missed this past week.

The many names by which authorities know Scott Wolas.
The many names by which authorities know Scott Wolas.

Quincy Beachcomber con man back in the news

Scott Wolas settled in Quincy in 2009. Or maybe you knew him as Eugene Grathwohl. And the pseudonyms don't end there. Now, Federal authorities have liquidated a retirement account of the former lawyer and real estate agent who bilked 24 investors out of nearly $2 million through real estate schemes in Quincy. Read the full story here.

South Shore Plaza shooting

See our SUBSCRIBER ONLY interviews with officials about the South Shore Plaza shooting and what can be changed to make it safer in the future. From more police officers to a K9. Read the story here. We also have a first-person account of the mall that day. "All I could think of was the worst; my heart was racing." Read the column here.

Barnes & Noble has a buyer

The Braintree bookstore closure is going to bring changes to the site. Read the latest here.

Good COVID news again

We have the latest South Shore COVID case numbers - town by town here. (Or see them earlier at Patriotledger.com every Friday morning.) We're also launching a Coronavirus Watch newsletter this week – to be delivered straight to your inbox each Friday morning. You can sign up here. In other COVID news this week:

Opening is near for Hull pot shop

The town is set to get its first medical marijuana store in a former coffee shop with approval of the state Cannabis Control Commission. Read the full story ONLY FOR SUBSCRIBERS here.

A story of kindness

The Weymouth Food Pantry and town are turning a school bus into a mobile food pantry. There are some stories that remind us how kind and thoughtful people are. This is one of them. It's a cool project. And the first bus in the state. Read the full story here.

Yummy stories

Buying a home can be a hard process.
Buying a home can be a hard process.

Double the fun in real estate this week

Each Thursday, FOR SUBSCRIBERS ONLY, we post the latest South Shore real estate transactions - residential and commercial. Some call it the nosey neighbor section. But it's also how you analyze your most precious investment - your home. When to sell, when to stay. And we round up the top five sales for you - with links to more photos inside the homes. And once a month, we also have a roundup of the latest, most expensive homes on the South Shore. See the latest top 20 priciest homes on the South Shore here.

Braintree goes Hollywood - again

A television crew set up shop at a South Braintree Square restaurant on Thursday to shoot a scene for the second – and final – season of the AMC dark comedy “Kevin Can F*** Himself.” Read the full story here. (And did you catch the story about '"Boston Strangler" filming at old Foster School in Braintree?) Looking for more entertainment news – a local blues concert or maybe a play? Go to patriotledger.com/entertainment.

Could an apartment building be coming to Rockland's 'unbuildable lot?'

A property that is hard to forget. This 320 Concord St. address was the subject of a decade-long legal battle even before being sold. Then, another battle ensued. Read the latest here.

Weymouth stories galore - development, food, dogs and more

We sure did have a lot of great Weymouth news this week and we want to be sure you didn't miss it. (And coming Monday - more on the plans to revitalize Jackson Square.)

Jackson Square: Residents concerned about proposed project's building height, parking

Turned on: Weymouth still battling controversial Route 3 billboard, says company violated agreement

'We have a sausage guy': Weymouth's Mad Hatter is more than just big Irish breakfasts

The sweet side: Colorful, whimsical desserts come from Weymouth's Tiny Kitchen Cookie Company

First in the state: Weymouth Food Pantry, town to turn school bus into mobile food pantry

Weymouth Landing: Developer says new apartment project will help boost local businesses - ONLY FOR SUBSCRIBERS

"'Imminent hazard": Lynch urges feds to close Weymouth compressor station

Do you drive on Weymouth's Sea Street?: The town wants to hear from you

Helping teen workers: Weymouth Youth Workforce Development gets grant

Doggone good project: Weymouth senior's capstone helps keep police dogs safe

At Weymouth library: Garden club to display floral arrangements based on book covers, stories

Who's earning the most in Rockland?

See our latest SUBSRIBER ONLY town payroll list - Rockland - here.

Did you miss the stories for other South Shore town payrolls? Here they are:

More South Shore women open their own businesses

Women were more than twice as likely as men to start a small business since the start of the pandemic in 2020, according to a study by Next Insurance Inc. And the South Shore is no exception. Read our story here.

High school gyms and Hull's Surf Nantasket: Aerosmith book chronicles band's early tours

There’s a new treasure for rock fans, a deep dive back into the earliest days of Aerosmith, the storied rock band with South Shore roots. Read the full story here.

Horrific death in Canton

Boston police officer John O'Keefe was found outside a Canton home this week and later pronounced dead at the hospital. A woman was charged with manslaughter and motor vehicle homicide. The community is responding very generously with funds to help his niece and nephew, who O'Keefe had custody of after their parents died. O'Keefe is a Braintree High School graduate.

Some South Shore high-profile cases go to trial this year. Here's where they stand.

ONLY FOR SUBSCRIBERS. From a Quincy woman charged with murder of her baby niece to a Weymouth man charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of police officer Michael Chesna and local woman Vera Adams, we have the updates. We have the latest on 10 big cases. Read the full story here.

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This article originally appeared on The Patriot Ledger: Your Week on the South Shore for Feb. 6, 2022: Quincy con man, 20 pricey homes and Rockland pay