MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Circus Smirkus’ talented teens will amaze you

Circus Smirkus, the international youth circus based in Vermont, makes a weekend stop in Waltham on its 2017 tour.

Waltham mayor says she won’t run for a fifth term

Jeannette McCarthy will not seek reelection when her term ends in 2020, she wrote in a letter to city officials.

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SUBURBAN DIARY

My son likes farmwork — will he get into college?

A suburban mom worries whether summers driving a tractor provide enough fodder for the all-important college essay.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Circus Smirkus’ talented teens will amaze you

Circus Smirkus, the international youth circus based in Vermont, makes a weekend stop in Waltham on its 2017 tour.

Natick teen spreads his love of baseball to Ireland

Aidan Mehigan helped the Irish National 18-under squad snag a gold medal at the European Junior Championship

LOCAL FARE

Art House Grille rewards with Eastern European specialties

By day, the Framingham restaurant is a breakfast and lunch spot. In the evenings, it often serves private banquet-style meals

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

MATT COWGILL

FRANKLIN

Franklin Cultural Festival July 26 to 29

The festivities kick off Wednesday evening with an opening ceremony, children’s activities, and a performance by the Franklin School for the Performing Arts’ Electric Youth musical group.

ARLINGTON

Arlington adds parking spaces for disabled

Twenty-seven new spaces bring the total on-street handicap spaces in the business districts to 50.

ARLINGTON

Arlington to update its online payment system

Invoice Cloud, a web-based electronic invoice and payment company, is providing the new system, which can be used on mobile devices.

BEDFORD

Bedford seeking residents to fill town committee vacancies

Members are needed to serve on the Bedford Housing Authority, Cable Television Committee, Conservation Commission, and Recreation Commission, among others.

BELLINGHAM

Proposals sought for former Macy School property in Bellingham

The town has issued requests for proposal for the sale and development of town-owned property at 60 Monique Drive.

CONCORD

Ceremony celebrates next phase of rail trail project

Representatives from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the town of Concord, and the Friends of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail recently held a groundbreaking ceremony.

FRAMINGHAM

FSU stockroom clerk receives 2017 Heroes of Everyday Life award

The honor was presented at the annual Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Dinner held in Washington, D.C. in June.

Blotter tales

Blotter Tales

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A false overdose alarm, an Uber driver accused of drinking on the job, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

Cartoon Caption Contest

CARTOON CAPTION

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Submit your own caption, along with your name, hometown and phone number, by e-mailing cartooncaption@globe.com.

On The Move

BRION O’CONNOR | ON THE MOVE

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/07/17/BostonGlobe.com/Regional/Images/Campbell_23zorec11_zo.jpg ‘It’s like NASCAR, but on bikes’

“Crit” racing is a madcap road competition that features multiple laps around a relatively short (usually about a mile), closed-loop course with dozens of racers jostling for position.

South

23so40B - A rendering of the 270-apartment Modera Marshfield development proposed by Mill Creek Residential under the state's Chapter 40B affordable-housing law. (Mill Creek Residential)

To manage affordable housing, cities and towns shoot to meet state thresholds

Hitting at least one of those thresholds -- and getting out from under the yoke of Chapter 40B -- is a key goal now for many cities and towns as they grapple with escalating demand for housing and developers eager to capitalize by putting up large-scale projects.

Interactive Graphic

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