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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Are HOV lanes still useful on Greater Boston roads?

Chris Dempsey

Andy Laub

For many, the commuter rail is no easy ride

Riders complain about delays, crowded trains, not enough parking, the high cost of fares, and the lack of fare collection.


Net success for Canton’s Elizabeth Hamilton on and off court at Johnson & Wales

The former Globe All-Scholastic has played on four NCAA Division 3 tournament teams and is All-Great Northeast Athletic Conference Academic selection.


Sarah (Kent) Testo’s journey started as a four-sport athlete at Newburyport

The perennial Cape Ann League all-star is now a strength and assistant soccer coach at Keene State, her alma mater.


GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

Billerica’s Shawna Crowley was the MVP of the MASCAC Women’s Volleyball Tournament for champion Westfield State.


On Natick football field, 70-year volunteer assistant is a voice of reason

Vietnam vet Scott Dixon is now in a good place, connecting and coaching kids at his alma mater with passion and purpose.


Japanese and Thai noodle styles come to Maynard

Why noodles for Harit Kongnakorn’s new venture? “I started with what I like, and I think other people like them just as much as I do.”


Winter wonderlights, outdoor sculpture, and holiday marketplace

In time for the holiday season, Burlington Mall is decorated to the theme of Santa’s Winter Wonderlights.

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What’s happening south of Boston

The women’s chorus Persephone’s Daughters will perform its fall concert in Plymouth.

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What’s happening north of Boston

The UMass Lowell Innovation Hub will host the panel discussion “Crowdfunding, Investing, or Both?” for entrepreneurs on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

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What’s happening west of Boston

The Ayer Shirley High School Drama Club presents the Noel Coward comedy “Blithe Spirit” on Friday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m., and on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 2 and 7 p.m.


Cherishing a family photo, with all its flaws

Vanity. It used to be a sin. Now it’s an app that measures how attractive a face is.


Firefighters save dog while battling house fire

A dog is saved from a burning building, a woman tries to trade jewelry for gas, and other odd tales from local police blotters.


Salem Winter Market returns for two weekends

Area residents have a chance to buy fresh foods and other locally produced goods when the annual Salem Winter Market returns for two upcoming weekends this season.


Dredging of Gloucester’s Annisquam River to get underway

A federal project to dredge Gloucester’s Annisquam River will be able to move forward after the state recently awarded a $2.4 million grant to support the work.


Whittier Voke-Tech opens early education center

Whittier for the first time is able to offer students in its Early Education and Care program the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with children on campus.


Shrewsbury’s fire department receives $585,000 in grants

Shrewsbury’s fire department will be able to bolster its staffing and enhance safety programs with the help of nearly $585,000 in new federal assistance.


Sidewalk improvement plans will be subject of Arlington meeting

Arlington officials are inviting local residents and businesses to hear more about planned sidewalk improvements in the town center.


Popular preschool program in Westwood to close

Mother’s Morning Out, a popular pre-school program in Islington Center, is closing at the end of the current school year.


Braintree Council confirms mayor’s choice for police chief

The board unanimously confirmed the mayor’s choice for the next police chief — current Maynard Police Chief Mark Dubois.


New turf field in Hull open to the public

The track around Hull High School’s new turf field — with its dramatic view of Boston Harbor — is now open to the public.

Newton residents pack public hearing on Webster Woods

About 100 residents attended the only public hearing following the city’s request for $15.7 million of Community Preservation funds for the Boston College-owned property.


Should the MBTA develop a high-frequency rapid-transit urban rail service?

Read two views and vote in our online poll.


Agility, athleticism, and strength add up to cheer

It’s the mental aspect of the sport that can be most daunting when months of preparation comes down to the 150-second routine packed with extreme energy.


GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

Apponequet grad Abby Carchio converted the winning penalty kick to help the Brown women’s soccer team win their first Ivy title since 1994.


From Duxbury to Harvard, basketball taught Pat Magnarelli perseverance and perspective

Now a director of business development in Chicago, he credits athletics for learning how to best reach a common goal.


Watertown’s Kourtney Kennedy at the center of success for UConn field hockey

The Globe’s former D2 Player of the Year fuels the attack for coach Nancy Stevens and the third-ranked Huskies.

100 years in, American Legion faces a changing world

“It’s different today. Younger veterans are busy with their jobs, their families, and their lives. They socialize differently today.”

Marshfield voters weigh tax increase for capital projects

The funds would be used to build a new police station and public works facility, add on to the town’s senior center, and repair and replace some seawalls.


As holidays approach, wild turkeys here doing quite well, thank you

It seems like I see them everywhere. On the median strip on the highway, next to the drive-through at McDonald’s, and crossing roads all over the place — even in the city.

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