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 judges should be subject to reappointment every seven years?

Read two views and vote in our online poll.

It’s time to pick your pleasure at local farms

Call it agrotourism or agritainment, farms have enhanced and expanded the total farm visit way beyond just filling a bag with fruit.

Farm stands thrive on branching out

Many farmstands overflow with fruits and vegetables grown in the region — if not right on site — providing the fixings for beautiful, healthful, home-cooked meals.


North Reading’s Kat Hassapis is all business in Bentley net

A hamstring injury curtailed her sophomore season, but she is off to a soaring start for the Falcons this fall.


Lincoln-Sudbury grad Scott Rynne front and center with Tufts football

Longtime assistant coach credits mentors Tom Lopez (L-S) and Dick Farley (Williams) for establishing his foothold in game.

‘Whiteout’ fund-raiser canceled in Weymouth

Weymouth school officials put the kibosh on plans for a sports “whiteout” fund-raiser, implying it was racially insensitive. Then they apologized.

No more tackling — Newton’s middle schools switch to flag football

As interest in youth football dwindles, the flag version is taking off at Newton’s four middle schools.


GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

Duxbury High grad Rufus Adams earned his third shutout of the season for the WPI men’s soccer team.

Policy over Pride flags causes flap in Chelmsford

A new policy in Chelmsford that will prevent flying the Pride flag on town property is drawing protests from the local LBGTQ community.


All things woolly, and democracy at the library

Alden House Historic Site in Duxbury invites people to celebrate all things woolly and explore historic foodways at Sheep and Shawl Day on Saturday, Sept. 28.

Belmont lawyer voices her support for immigrants

Susan Cohen’s most recent music video is “Looking for the Angels,” based on her original song telling about a teenage boy in Honduras who bids farewell to his grandmother.


What’s happening west of Boston

Mount Auburn Hospital, along with Terry Eagan/Patio Records and Last Chance Productions, presents Healing Garden Music Fest on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. at the Regent Theatre.


What’s happening south of Boston

To The Moon and Back, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting the smallest victims of the opioid epidemic and their caregivers will hold a benefit fund-raiser in Plymouth.


What’s happening north of Boston

The second annual Cape Ann Classic Cars on the Green takes place on Saturday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the grand allee of the Gloucester Meetinghouse.


Milton bans single-use plastic bags at checkout

Milton’s ban on single-use plastic checkout bags took effect on Sept. 14 and applies to all retail businesses in town.


Kokoros and Reynolds will face off in Braintree mayor’s race

Town Councilor Charles Kokoros and Electric Light Board Chair Thomas Reynolds eliminated two other candidates for mayor in the Sept. 17 preliminary election.


Brockton voters pick two finalists for mayor

Brockton voters narrowed the field of seven candidates for mayor to two: City Council President Robert Sullivan and second-time mayoral hopeful Jimmy Pereira.


Suddenly, time shifts into high gear

In the beginning time moseys. It’s so slow that sometimes you tell it to hurry up. But eventually it picks up speed.


Paintballers target a rescue donkey

A donkey is hit by a paintball, a porta potty gets tipped over, and other odd tales from local police blotters.


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.


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.


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 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 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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.

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