Women’s clubs endure despite challenges of changing times

“Most clubs are smaller,” said Lynne Stader, 67, a past president of the Westford club. “[But] all clubs remain focused on social and civic contributions.”

Medway school food pantry provides weekend sustenance

On Friday afternoons, a Medway elementary school will send 15 children home with a backpack full of food for over the weekend.

SUBURBAN DIARY

Can we stop tweeting during meals and start chewing the fat?

With everyone buried in social media, maybe it’s time for some old-fashioned table talk.

THE ARGUMENT

Should a citizenship question be included in the US Census?

Read two views and vote in our informal online poll.

Vivian cuddles with Oscar as she reads to him at the Epstein Hillel School in Marblehead.

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

In Marblehead, classroom welcomes a furry friend

Dogs don’t judge if you stumble over a word. They also help with stress, and teach kids empathy, compassion, and responsibility.

Nathan Klima for The Boston Globe

10,000 gather in Quincy to celebrate Year of the Golden Pig

Quincy’s annual Lunar New Year Festival continues to grow in popularity in the community, attracting more people every year.

Chicken and rice noodle soup has already proven popular at the new Newton Centre location.

Raymond Lien photos

LOCAL FARE

Pho Viet’s II expands to Newton Centre with soups, bánh mi, and more

The Vietnamese restaurant celebrates a second location in Newton Centre.

Lauren Poussard

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

A refurbished theater, Presidents’ Day, and collage

Venture out this week to enjoy the events and exhibits around Greater Boston.

Latest Globe Local headlines

Parkinson’s patients find the healing power of song

A new chorus at the South Shore YMCA helps patients improve muscles involved in swallowing and respiratory control.

This Lynn mom realized she wasn’t alone in her parenting struggles. So she started a support group

After struggling to live up to Instagram perfection, Jessica Luque started Real Talk Real Moms in Peabody to share struggles, lessons learned, and hard-won victories.

BEVERLY BECKHAM

With each paper crane, a child’s love takes flight

Soon my grandchildren will stop giving these hand-hewn gifts. Soon they will think that a jar full of sayings and a homemade card are not good enough.

BLOTTER TALES

This shopper skipped the checkout lane

A brazen shoplifting is reported in Westborough, a rocket club raises eyebrows in Stow, and other tales from local police blotters.

LOCAL FARE

At Ellis Square Social, changing menu passes the taste test

This is a place that’s serious about food and drink, but not so serious in other ways

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Gospel inspiration, a cappella, and Celtic music

Musical performances highlight the coming week around Greater Boston.

NORTH INFORMER

Women’s a cappella, aquaponics, and climate change

Women of the World, an internationally acclaimed a cappella quartet, will perform atSalem State University’s Recital Hall, 71 Loring Ave., on Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m.

HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMING

Silver Lake swimmer has the dedication of a champion

Alexa Connors won the 200- and 500-yard freestyle races at the MIAA Division 1 swimming & diving championships at Boston University.

THE ARGUMENT

Should the state rescind its ban on Sunday hunting?

Read two views and vote in our informal online poll.

CATCHING UP WITH

Lexington and Bentley grad Ross Curley still hitting the field

Now an account manager who is also starting his 12th season with the Lexington Blue Sox in the Intercity League, Curley says “athletics helped me deal with adversity.”

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

Medway’s Corinne Carbone won three individual events for the New Hampshire women’s swimming & diving team at the America East championships.

SOUTH INFORMER

A reluctant dragon, mystery gala, and charitable comedy

Americana Theatre Company’s Studio Americana youth program in Plymouth presents the musical “The Reluctant Dragon.”

WEYMOUTH

Authors of ‘Women of Southie’ to speak in Weymouth

The book tells the stories of six women who grew up in Bulger’s South Boston, survived everything from the murder and suicides of loved ones to addiction and abuse, and managed to thrive.

PEMBROKE

Pembroke marches on with mandatory band

The School Committee rejected a proposal from high school principal Marc Talbot to make the award-winning, 137-member marching band optional.

NEWTON

Newton city councilors consider anti-nuclear resolution

The proposal comes after President Trump said Feb. 1 the country would withdraw from a 1987 nuclear weapons agreement with Russia.

CHELMSFORD

Chelmsford trees face deadly foe: the emerald ash borer

Since first being reported in the United States in the early 2000s, the emerald ash borer has killed millions of ash trees in North America.

BEVERLY

Cabot Theater in Beverly reopens after renovations

The project involved replacing the 484 existing balcony seats with wider, more conformable seats. A high-end seating area with opera box seats also was added.

SOMERVILLE

Longtime resident is named Somerville’s third poet laureate

Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone recently named Lloyd Schwartz to serve as the city’s third poet laureate.

LITTLETON

Littleton Middle School hailed as ‘spotlight’

The New England League of Middle Schools recently renewed Littleon’s status as a Spotlight School for another three years.

FOXBOROUGH

Foxborough’s former police chief running for selectman

Former Foxborough police chief Edward O’Leary is running for selectman in the May 6 town election for one of two seats on the five-member board that will be on the ballot.

ASHLAND

Ashland police chief to retire in March

Police Chief Craig Davis is retiring after six years as chief and 34 years in municipal law enforcement.

SOUTH INFORMER

Theater, birding, and farm animals

Curtain Call Theatre in Braintree presents “Dancing at Lughnasa,” directed by Bill Gardiner.

HIGH SCHOOL NORDIC SKIING

For cross-country skiers, friendship comes with the competition

Because of the nature of Nordic skiing, and the necessity to often train together in search of a patch of snow, the friendship continues to evolve.

10,000 gather in Quincy to celebrate Year of the Golden Pig

Quincy’s annual Lunar New Year Festival continues to grow in popularity in the community, attracting more people every year.

NORTH INFORMER

Gamble for charity, take the cake, or sample a tech program

The Lynnfield Moms Group hosts a casino night that raises money for 7-year-old Sam Halpern.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

A refurbished theater, Presidents’ Day, and collage

Venture out this week to enjoy the events and exhibits around Greater Boston.

Medway school food pantry provides weekend sustenance

On Friday afternoons, a Medway elementary school will send 15 children home with a backpack full of food for over the weekend.

THE ARGUMENT

Should a citizenship question be included in the US Census?

Read two views and vote in our informal online poll.

In Marblehead, classroom welcomes a furry friend

Dogs don’t judge if you stumble over a word. They also help with stress, and teach kids empathy, compassion, and responsibility.

Women’s clubs endure despite challenges of changing times

“Most clubs are smaller,” said Lynne Stader, 67, a past president of the Westford club. “[But] all clubs remain focused on social and civic contributions.”

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