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.

SOUTH

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.

NORTH INFORMER

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.

THE ARGUMENT

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

SUBURBAN DIARY

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

LOCAL FARE

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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MELROSE

Melrose residents to get an update on school spending

Nearly six months after Melrose voters approved a $5.18 million tax increase to provide added funding for the public schools, residents have an opportunity to hear how the money is being used.

SALEM

North Shore Medical celebrates Salem Hospital expansion

North Shore Medical Center recently joined with state and local officials and area lawmakers to celebrate the completion of a $207 million expansion of its Salem Hospital campus.

BURLINGTON

Forum in Burlington to tackle climate change crisis

Area residents have an opportunity to learn more about the climate change crisis and how they can help in the fight for solutions to it at a forum at the Burlington Public Library on Tuesday, Sept. 24.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham to hold meeting on public infrastructure

The state of Framingham’s public buildings and other facilities is the subject of a public meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 24.

WRENTHAM

Wrentham appoints director of facilities and capital planning

Wrentham recently chose its first director of facilities and capital planning. Town Administrator Kevin Sweet announced the appointment of Chad Lovett to the position.

BROCKTON

Massasoit dedicates baseball complex to coach

Massasoit Community College dedicated its baseball complex to longtime coach Thomas Frizzell, who retired after the 2018 baseball season.

THE ARGUMENT

Should Massachusetts allow safe injection sites for addicts?

Read two views and vote in our online poll.

Peabody Essex ready to spread its wings

Opening this month, the Salem museum’s $125 million addition was built to be engaging.

HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMING

Acton-Boxborough girls’ swimmers remember beloved coach Jeff Johnson in season-opening win

“He was a man of few words. But you knew he still loved you so much. We were his kids” — A-B senior captain Sydney Antes

CAMPUS ANGLE

Coby Tippett taking his game to the next level level for Towson football

The former Xaverian Brothers standout has two interceptions for the eighth-ranked program in FCS.

CATCHING UP WITH . . .

At Masconomet and Salem State, Marcy Maglio Colinet set up her soccer teams for success

A two-time Division 3 All-American midfielder in college, Colinet is now a sales manager for an athletic apparel company in Newburyport.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

Weymouth’s Kristin McCrea racked up nine points in three victories for the WPI women’s soccer team.

Proposed gun shop sparks outcry in Dedham

More than 6,000 people signed an online petition against J & J Arms’ plan to open at 224 Bussey St.

SOUTH INFORMER

Safari matinees, aviation history, and a delicious book club

Mass Audubon South Shore Sanctuaries presents Free Saturday Safari Matinees at the North River Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield through November.

LOCAL FARE

Chef Mike’s old-world Italian classics are a winner

If chef Mike Fucci looks familiar, you might recognize him from his winning appearance on a cooking-competition show on Food Network.

WEST INFORMER

Doing good, dementia strategies, and textile recycling

More than 40 nonprofits, community groups, and town departments will convene at the Goodnow Library for the Sudbury Doing Good Community Info Fair.

NORTH INFORMER

A fair celebrates printing, and a boardwalk reopens

The Museum of Printing in Haverhill is hosting its annual Printing Arts Fair on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m..

A cultural exchange becomes a bond

The enduring friendship between a North Andover student and a Malaysian family is portrayed in a multimedia installation at Merrimack College.

RightSize Newton endorses candidates for City Council

A slate of eight candidates was endorsed by RightSize Newton, a local organization that has been critical of the scale and pace of development in the city.

Newton residents sound off on Washington Street zoning plans

Critics say taller buildings and denser development would harm their neighborhoods.

BLOTTER TALES

Police are called when tempers flare over fantasy football

Police are called to break up an argument about football, a driving lesson behind a supermarket ends badly, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

The irreverent reverend writes books that make people ponder

The Rev. Judith Campbell has published 12 books in the Olympia Brown mystery series, named for the first woman ordained to Universalist ministry in 1863.

QUINCY

Mayor Koch will face off against political newcomer

Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch will face political neophyte Brenda Ryan in the Nov. 5 election, after winning 65 percent of the vote in the Sept. 10 preliminary election.

FIELD GUIDE

Stuck in traffic? Try spotting a fox on the Mystic River Mural

Every summer since 1996, high school students from Somerville have explored the Mystic River Watershed and painted what they saw.

SOUTH CALENDAR

South Calendar: What’s happening this week

The public is invited to stand in harmony with town, state, and regional religious leaders at the Holocaust Memorial Courtyard Dedication at B’nai Tikvah in Canton.

WEST CALENDAR

What’s happening west of Boston

The 25th season of Newton’s New Philharmonia Orchestra opens with a gala concert and reception on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Newton Centre.

NORTH CALENDAR

North Calendar: What’s happening this week

The inaugural Lowell Irish Festival takes place on Saturday, Sept. 21, on the grounds of Lowell Memorial Auditorium.

NEWTON

Humphrey, Winters win preliminary election in Newton’s Ward 5 City Council race

William Humphrey and Kathryn K. Winters will face off in the city’s upcoming municipal election in November.

EASTON

Learning about Oakes Ames and his legacy

Stonehill College will host “The Enigma of Oakes Ames” to discuss his place in history.

BRAINTREE

Volunteers needed to clean up Braintree’s Smith Beach

The town of Braintree is looking for volunteers to help clean up Smith Beach on the Fore River.

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