Mary Schwalm for The Boston Globe

Garbage bags at the Groton transfer station are emblazoned with the town seal.

Unsealing the history behind town seals

Images of bibles, swords, and early residents tell fascinating — if not totally accurate — stories about Massachusetts cities and towns. By Lucas Phillips

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

The many stamps of JFK

The Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History marks the centennial of President John F. Kennedy’s birth with an exhibit featuring hundreds of stamps picturing the 35th president.

Latest Globe West headlines

Austin Street project to move forward in Newtonville

The long-delayed housing and retail development will begin construction next year, after a settlement was reached with residents who sued to block the project.

Unsealing the history behind town seals

Images of bibles, swords, and early residents tell fascinating — if not totally accurate — stories about Massachusetts cities and towns.

Sherborn’s new fire chief was once in the NFL

Erron Kinney, who played six years for the Titans, is looking forward to settling in Mass., where his wife grew up.

UP CLOSE

Choosing a different path to happiness

In “The Do-Over: A Memoir of Work and Love,” a Belmont High graduate chronicles her unexpected journey after leaving her marriage and the ministry.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

The many stamps of JFK

The Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History marks the centennial of President John F. Kennedy’s birth with an exhibit featuring hundreds of stamps picturing the 35th president.

FRANKLIN

Franklin to celebrate the 4th over 6 days

Activities will kick off Thursday, June 29, and Friday, June 30, with rides and food booths opening at 6 p.m. and live music starting at 7 p.m.

THE INFORMER

A new eye care facility, some tips on how to volunteer, and a historical presentation

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations in the suburbs west of Boston.

HIGH SCHOOL RUGBY

In Belmont, a rapid rugby rise to the top

In only its third year of existence, Belmont High School’s girls’ rugby team has taken the state title.

THE ARGUMENT

Should cable companies be required to offer high-definition channels for local access programming?

Read two views and vote in our online poll.

LOCAL FARE

Stone L’oven Pizza Co. brings creative pies to Waban

“I love the warmth and community setting,” said owner Scott Lopes, “where people walk by with dogs and you leave a bowl of water out for them, and people come inside to talk to you.”

ARLINGTON

Arlington police dog passes away

Dasty responded to more than 600 calls for service, assisted in more than 40 felony arrests, and was involved in 117 narcotic and evidence seizures.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham hires firm to locate leaks in water system

The town is hoping to locate any leaks within the distribution system to reduce unaccounted water loss and to minimize lost revenue.

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See the number of concussions reported by area high schools with a sortable table.