Arlington considers zoning changes to boost affordable housing

Developers would be allowed to build bigger units in smaller spaces in return for additional affordable housing.


Recount confirms results in Canton selectman’s race

Michael Loughran increased his margin — from one vote to three — to win a two-year vacant seat on the board in a busy election week that brought voters out in Avon, Dedham, Rockland, and Stoughton.


Bike sharing, a charity auction for ballet, and SustainaVille

Celebrating our environment can be possible even after Earth Day ends. Head to the SustainaVille in Somerville for ten packed days of environmental activities.


Should the state allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s’ licenses?

Read two views and vote in our informal online poll.

A Hull Zen garden with a custom-designed gate and granite posts.

Millicent Harvey

Retreat to a Zen garden steps from your door

Create an outdoor space to escape ever-present screens and the stressful 24-hour news cycle.

Peter Swanson

Start your garden from square one

This method works whether you have a suburban backyard or a porch in the city.

Ted Hirsch (above), an organizer of the initiative, says carrots pulled after the first frost are sweeter and crisper than usual.

Josie Hirsch

It might be time to put Carrot Day on your calendar

The point of the project is to promote locally sourced food and teach people to experience vegetables in a new way.

The beloved red maple outside Nancy Shohet West’s kitchen window — after it was cut down.

Nancy Shohet West for The Boston Globe


Karma and cutting down a favorite tree

What if the red maple really does contain the spirit of our household? What if pulling it down invokes a curse on us?

A lamb adana plate, the meat grilled and seasoned with spicy red bell peppers and served on a bed of bulgur and shepherd’s salad.

Ali Alkilinc photos


Turkish cuisine finds a home in Needham

The counter-service establishment, display cases filled with temptations, has only five small circular tables, so takeout might be the preferable option.

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Should Massachusetts restore the requirement of time-and-a-half pay for retail workers on Sundays and holidays?

Read two views and vote in our online poll.


North Informer: Jazz classes, summer tea party, and a kitchen tour

The International Sand Sculpting Festival at Revere Beach will feature a sand sculpting competition, a drone show, and a fireworks extravaganza.


West Calendar: What’s happening this week

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, the Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History presents “The Eagle Has Landed.”


Paddling through nature and into the past

Marlies Henderson started paddling along the Concord River in Billerica about two decades ago, when her family graduated from borrowed vessels to an Old Town canoe.


Field hockey emerges from soccer’s shadow

The MIAA’s annual participation survey shows field hockey numbers are back on the rise after more than a decade of slow decline.

Lowell Folk Festival offers a melting pot of cultures

The Lowell Folk Festival transcends the stereotype of a “folk festival” and showcases an array of world music, dance, and culture.


A lake so clear, you can watch the sunfish swim by

On a summer day trip to Mirror Lake in Devens, I’m surprised to discover that even without getting my feet wet, I can enjoy what the lake offers: peace, quiet, and an opportunity to reflect.

Quincy park a breath of fresh air for kids and parents

One of our favorite places is Caddy Memorial Park. It’s on Quincy Shore Drive, just north of Furnace Brook Parkway.

A coastal treasure chest awaits in Gloucester

A sunny July day just begs for a trip to the ocean. The North Shore offers many fine seaside communities, but Gloucester — “America’s Oldest Seaport” — was my choice.


Brookline parking lot may make way for senior housing

After several years of discussion, Brookline is seeking to move forward with a plan to create affordable apartments for seniors on a municipal parking lot.


Rochester voters say no to turf field

The $2 million new turf field, track, and renovated auditorium at Old Rochester Regional High School fell off track this month when Rochester voters turned down a tax increase.


Grove invites diners with an earthy, beachy vibe

The upscale but casual menu is “lean and mean” on purpose. Eight entrees hit all the points: fish, vegetarian, pork, pasta, chicken, beef.


South Informer: Bugs, bags, and backpacks

Derby Street Shops in Hingham is opening a Beau & Ro Bag Company pop-up.


At 90, biologist E.O. Wilson is still counting species

Wilson joined more than 100 scientists and naturalists, along with members of the public, for the Great Walden BioBlitz.


Armenian dances, kite flying, and the moon landing

The Armenian Museum of America in Watertown will host a workshop on Armenian dance on Sunday, July 28, from 2 to 4 p.m.


South Calendar: What’s happening this week

Camp Wind-in-the-Pines,operated by Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, will host camp alumnae, families, and friends in a celebration of its 90th birthday.


North Calendar: What’s happening this week

Join the Beverly downtown block party on Saturday, July 27, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., on one block of Cabot Street from Pond Street to Federal Street.


Going to the mat over a cat

A woman complains about her neighbor’s “obnoxious smelling” plants, a raccoon gets a soup can stuck on its head, and other odd tales from local police blotters.


Lowell environmental group is awarded $200,000 grant

A Lowell environmental organization will get some major funding help in carrying out its mission through a new grant from the nonprofit Cummings Foundation.


Salem invites residents to pick name for park

The park at 289 Derby St. is now open to the public and will be the venue for a variety of programs starting this summer.


Somerville invites young people to shape city’s future

The city is in the process of updating SomerVision, the comprehensive long-term plan adopted in 2012.


Warning issued on eating fish from four Plymouth ponds

The state Department of Public Health is warning some people not to eat largemouth bass and chain pickerel caught in four local ponds because of high mercury levels found in the fish.


Scituate-based support group hosts storytelling workshop

In a novel approach, a Scituate-based support group is offering a free workshop on how to use storytelling to help recover from substance abuse.


Flares to illuminate Hull coastline

More than 1,000 flares will light up the inner coastline of Hull the evening of July 28 for the Hull Harbor Illumination.


Steward Health Care acquires naming rights for sports center in Wellesley

Steward Health Care has acquired the naming rights for the Wellesley Sports Center, which will be called the Boston Sports Institute, a Steward Family Facility.


Framingham’s director of community and economic development resigns

Officials said that during his tenure, Robert led successful efforts to attract transit-oriented development in the downtown.


Construction firm chosen to manage Arlington High project

Consigli Construction Co. was selected by the High School Building Committee based in part on its expertise in constructing school buildings, according to town officials.


Out back, a honeysuckle by any other name

This morning I took a picture of something I have never seen in my backyard. It’s pale green and is growing in the shadows next to the lily of the valley.


Should Mass. pass legislation to allow physician-assisted suicide?

Read two views and vote in our online poll.


Summertime, and the games are evolving

In recent years, the Bay State Games has looked to stay relevant through increasing opportunities in swimming and other sports.

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