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 require diaper changing stations in all new and renovated public buildings?

Read two views and vote in our online survey.

For UMass Lowell professor, math and culture are intertwined

As an ethnomathematician, Iman Chahine studies the way basic math concepts are embedded in every culture.


What’s happening west of Boston

New Repertory Theatre presents the beloved and iconic 1968 musical “Hair” now through Feb. 23 at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal St.


What’s happening south of Boston

Producers of a documentary film about the opioid crisis, “In Their Shoes,” will screen the film and also lead a question and answer session afterward at Quincy College.


What’s happening north of Boston

The Sixties Show is bringing its multi-media concert experience featuring former members of The Who, Bob Dylan’s band, and Saturday Night Live bands to the Cabot Theater.


Card-making, ballroom dance, and wine tasting

Make Valentine’s Day cards for your loved ones with watercolor, paper, ink, glue, sparkles, and cutouts at the Newburyport Public Library.


Phat Cats Bistro knows its neighborhood

Located on Amesbury’s Market Street as it points toward the New Hampshire border, Phat Cats is housed in a building with its own history.

How do animals survive long winters?

In all kinds of ways, it turns out. Birds switch their diets, coyotes grow thicker fur, and turtles bury into mud.


Emergency! There’s somebody else’s cardboard box in my recycling bin!

A Bruins sweat shirt goes missing, an officer stops a driverless car, and other odd tales from local police blotters.


Back to the future, where I definitely belong

I’ve been in the thick of these years, immersed in the day-to-day. If I had fallen asleep in 1960 would I recognize the world today?


Shelter’s new line: kangaroo pouches

The Scituate Animal Shelter has gone global, adding orphaned kangaroos and wallabies to its list of critters that need help.


In Essex, a museum strives to save historic barn

The Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum is nearing its goal of raising the funds required to save an 18th-century barn.


Globe Local: Noteworthy performances

Methuen’s Dante Rivera was the MASCAC’s Player of the Week after averaging 28.5 points in two wins for the Plymouth State men’s basketball team.


From Lincoln to Lisbon, Eva George at home on the court and in the classroom

The Lincoln-Sudbury graduate is a teacher/basketball coach at the Carlucci American International School in Portugal.


Quincy’s Nicole Jorgensen is now a center of attention at Rhode Island

Under the direction of first-year coach Tammi Reiss, the 6-foot-5 senior is posting career highs in points and rebounds for the 10-7 Rams.


At Masconomet Regional, girls’ gymnasts team is a level above

Junior Gracy Mowers and teammates successfully sticking the balancing act behind club and high school teams.


Pilot snow-clearing program coming to downtown Needham

Needham recently announced a pilot snow-clearing program in the downtown business district aimed at helping customers and employees better access local businesses during and immediately after snow and ice storms.


Arlington drafts hazard mitigation plan

Arlington residents have a chance to hear more about a plan outlining how the town would respond to future natural disasters, and offer their feedback.


Hingham selectmen pick new name for water system

Say goodbye to Aquarion and hello to the “Weir River Water System.”


Free events will address mental health, bullying

Two regional school districts are jointly hosting a series of six events for parents and other community members on mental health and bullying.


Drowned Hogs to return to Nantasket Beach

Hardy souls affectionately known as “drowned hogs” will jump into the ocean at Nantasket Beach in Hull on Feb. 1 to raise money for Wellspring Multi-Service Center.


New zoning could apply retroactively to Dedham gun shop

The future of a gun shop that opened in mid-November in East Dedham is up in the air, according to local officials.


Marblehead to hold municipal boot camp

Marblehead is offering residents an opportunity to learn more about the workings of their town government.


Medford’s new mayor announces chief of staff

Newly inaugurated Medford Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn has announced a key appointment, the hiring of David Rodrigues to serve as her chief of staff.


GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

Concord’s Alex Zafaonte stopped 72 of 73 shots in a pair of wins for the Bowdoin men’s hockey team.


Feathered fugitive is taken into custody

A lost hen is reunited with her owner, a man dressed like Santa Claus is charged with drunk driving, and other odd tales from local police blotters.


Crime lab cases, auditions, and music mashup

Massachusetts State Police Crime Lab forensic scientist Paul Zambella will host “Crime Lab Case Files” on Feb. 1 at the Boxford Town Library.


A year preserved in pictures, but where’s the rest of the story?

Yes, these are good pictures — but this doesn’t seem like everything that happened to us this year.


Grant boosts job training and GED program for struggling youths

A Lowell-based organization will be able to continue and expand its work helping troubled young people continue their education and prepare for jobs, as a result of new federal funding.


Spice Box in Lexington hits all the right notes

In some respects, the menu features a what’s what of better-known Indian cuisine. Yet not every dish is quite so familiar — and there’s pizza.

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