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.

SOUTH

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.

NORTH INFORMER

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.

THE ARGUMENT

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

SUBURBAN DIARY

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

LOCAL FARE

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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BRION O’CONNOR | ON THE MOVE

Preparing for the outdoors? Go to ‘school’ in Saugus

Outdoor enthusiast Eliot Goodwin offering classes on skills needed at DCR’s Camp Nihan Education Center.

HIGH SCHOOL SKIING

Concord-Carlisle skiers have competition on the Nordic track

The defending state boys’ and girls’ champions will be challenged on the Prospect Mountain course at Tuesday’s state final.

THE ARGUMENT

Should Massachusetts require HIV testing of people who might have infected first responders?

Read two views and vote in our online poll.

INFORMER

K-9 retirement, wildflowers, and living well

urlingtonPolice K-9 Havoc served his last shift on Feb. 15 after 10 years with the department.

CATCHING UP WITH . . .

Hull’s Ashleigh Condon developed her leadership skills on the court at Clark

The former three-year captain lives in South Boston, still plays ball, and is an international consultant for Explorica.

Humor writing wins Tracy McArdle Brady a hotel room of her own

Last November, the Carlisle resident learned that she was one of two winners of a national humor writing contest.

In Kim McLarin’s essays on ‘tough’ subjects, readers see themselves

“People say to me, ‘Thank you for writing this, because I cannot talk about it myself,’” said the author of “Womanish: A Grown Black Woman Speaks on Life and Love.”

Musician and mother, Monica Duncan is now a novelist, too

The Newburyport author’s first novel, “Twine,” is “a social commentary on the places I call subrural, characterized by strip malls and Walmarts.”

Somerville helps tenants fight eviction with information

As many area families struggle with the high cost of housing, Somerville has taken a new step to stem the tide of evictions.

Soon-to-be demolished Hanover Mall becomes training ground for firefighters

More than 120 firefighters from 11 fire departments practiced training drills in the closed mall early this month.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

Senior guard Packy Witkowski of Melrose averaged 28.5 points per game in a pair of wins for the Coast Guard Academy men’s basketball team.

Acton church, Salvadoran village pray and grow together

Their almost 20-year-long relationship focuses on raising scholarship to help young adults in El Ocotillo attain a bachelor’s degree.

BEVERLY BECKHAM

At a bar straddling states, music that unites

A kind of magic happens in this tourist place where young and old, northerners and southerners, Democrats and Republicans, conservatives and liberals meet.

BLOTTER TALES

An owl is saved, and a priest gets hacked

An owl is rescued in Burlington, a priest says someone hacked into his payroll checks, an employee in Wellesley is mistaken for a robber, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

LOCAL FARE

Sit by the fire, and savor Liv Creative Cuisine

Marshfield’s Liv Creative Cuisine has a very homey, enclosed 30-seat patio with a large wood fireplace and owners who like to use it.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

What’s happening south of Boston

Patty Levasseur will speak on “The Life History and Conservation of the Diamondback Terrapin,” a once abundant turtle species.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

What’s happening west of Boston

Brady Rymer and the Little Band that Could will perform two shows at the Concord Conservatory of Music on Saturday, Feb. 29, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

What’s happening north of Boston

Giving Glamorously, the second annual charitable evening benefiting the Lowell Transitional Living Center, will be held on Thursday, Feb. 27.

REGION

Endicott College to hold intergenerational forum for women

Elizabeth “Libby” Moore, former chief of staff to Oprah Winfrey, will be the keynote speaker at an intergenerational forum for women at Endicott College on Saturday, Feb. 29.

GLOUCESTER

Gloucester library eliminates overdue fines on most books

Officials said the new policy was prompted by a recognition that for some people, overdue fines are not simply an inconvenience but a financial barrier to using the library.

BEVERLY

North Shore Shelter Fest to feature rock and jazz

Area residents have a chance to hear live performances from nine Boston area rock and jazz bands when the annual North Shore Shelter Fest takes place on Saturday, Feb. 29.

HOLBROOK

Patrol dog joins the Holbrook Police Department

Jan, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois, recently joined the Holbrook Police Department as its youngest, and furriest, member.

HINGHAM

Hingham picks firm to run local water company

Town Administrator Tom Mayo told selectmen at their Feb. 11 meeting that he would award the 10-year operating contract to SUEZ.

DEDHAM

Dedham board ‘not giving up’ on proposed recreation complex

Despite its rejection by Town Meeting, Dedham’s recreation director said his board will continue to look for ways to build a recreation complex on town-owned land known as Manor Fields.

ARLINGTON

Juliann Flaherty appointed police chief in Arlington

Flaherty, who had been acting chief since Frederick Ryan retired in January 2019, was appointed to the permanent position by Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine.

FRAMINGHAM

Framingham fire chief to retire in March

Joseph C. Hicks, who has served as chief for nearly four years, recently announced his plan to retire on March 8.

No guest too big, or small, for Groton’s own talk show host

From a former governor to a local music star to a police dog, Jane Alpert Bouvier has interviewed them all.

A Founding Fathers fight on the North Shore

On the North Shore, four communities claim to be a nexus where brave citizens first organized into fighting units that later evolved into branches of the US military.

CATCHING UP WITH . . .

Tom Haggerty took his game to new heights at Brandeis

The 6-foot-9 Watertown native remains the only Brandeis player to net 1,000 career points and rebounds.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Lynn’s Jalen Echevarria has been an energizing freshman on Endicott court

The St. Mary’s grad is a five-time conference Rookie of the Week for the Gulls, ranked 21st in Division 3.

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