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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Raccoons, muskrats, and bears — oh my!

A muskrat won’t leave a liquor store, a raccoon guards a dumpster, and other tales from local police blotters.


Malden Catholic receives $500,000 gift to expand scholarships

Malden Catholic officials said a significant portion of the donation will be dedicated to providing scholarships for deserving students with demonstrated academic ability and high financial need.


New Woburn center will serve those on probation

The 11,000-square-foot facility is the newest of 17 facilities in Massachusetts designed to serve as a one-stop service location for probationers considered at high risk for reoffending.


Grant will provide work experiences for Essex North Shore students

Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School in Danvers will be able to provide its students with work experiences after receiving a $100,000 Cummings Foundation grant.


Framingham anti-poverty agency gets money for new facility

MassDevelopment issued a $17.9 million tax exempt bond to support several projects by the South Middlesex Opportunity Council.


State to fund costs of designing upgrade at Kelley’s Corner

Town Meeting in April had authorized the town to spend $475,000 to complete the design. But MassDOT officials recently notified Acton that the agency will pick up that cost.


Newton surveys residents for arts and cultural plan

As the city of Newton works to create a Comprehensive Arts & Cultural Plan, residents are asked to help by completing an online survey as part of the process.


Free summer lunches available to Weymouth kids

Local families also can pick up bags of free groceries once a month at a market at Weymouth High School.


Four take out papers to run for Braintree mayor

They’re hoping to replace Mayor Joseph Sullivan, who has announced he won’t seek reelection after 12 years in office.


This year, Flockathon won’t take flight

The colorful flotilla of manned inflatable swans, interspersed with occasional flamingos, unicorns and rubber duckies, won’t be floating down the South River on July 3 this year.


Gardening lessons, free fitness, and marker holders

Head to the Summer Moon Pow-Wow in Danvers on June 29 and 30 in Endicott Park on 57 Forest St.

Beverly Beckham

He was my hero. He was my father.

About cancer and pain and life and death, he was philosophical. “I’ve been lucky,” he’d tell you.


How Chelsea High students took graduation back

Students lobbied to move the ceremony from a crowded gym to Chelsea Memorial Stadium, where they received their diplomas under sunny skies and surrounded by family.


Lowell’s David Ajama keeps clearing the bar

After starting the sport just 15 months ago, he’s headed for the University of Connecticut on a track scholarship as one of the top jumpers in the country.


Is Suffolk County District Attorney Rollins right in her policy not to prosecute certain crimes?

Read two views and vote in our informal online poll.


Garden parties, parades, and Pride Month

Come celebrate teen Pride at the Turner Free Library in Randolph.


College tennis in her Wake, Cohasset’s Emma Davis game for going pro

The four-time Division 3 state champion racked up 191 career wins for the Wake Forest women’s program.


From the court to CEO, former Holliston star Dave Caligaris has stayed on point

A high-scoring guard in the Tri-Valley League and later at Northeastern, he is now president of the Newton-based Green Company.

These authors create stories from their own lives

Veterinary surgery, artwork, and a bustling triple-decker served as inspiration for these local authors.


Old radio magic will come alive in Marshfield

The Talking Information Center will stage a live production of “Rebecca,” a taut psychological mystery penned by Daphne du Maurier, on Thursday, June 27, at 7 p.m.


GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

Medford’s Kyle Boudrias hit a team-leading .361 for the UMass Boston baseball team in its drive to the Division 3 College World Series.


Students shine light on Waltham cemetery for the disabled

The secrets of their lives are becoming public, due to a project led by teachers and 11th-grade students at Gann Academy.


Hull camp marks a century of welcoming low-income children

“What a kid wants and needs is what we try to give them,” said Beth Chambers, administrator at Catholic Charities, which runs Sunset Point.


Cohasset’s Olympus Grille is an ode to family

Olympus serves the dishes Anastasia Karavasilis grew up eating with her mother and grandmother in Katerini, Greece.


Theater, music lessons, and an art contest

Arlington Community Education is accepting art submissions for its cover art contest.

Lynn teens explore new world, and share stories of their past

At Lynn English High School, bicultural students shared their stories of hardship, strength, and growth.


Eclectic art and Father’s Day at the zoo

In honor of Father’s Day, dads enjoy free admission on Sunday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Stone Zoo.


Oh, deer! A doe in the water

A deer is rescued from a canal in Lowell, bees swarm a boat in Marion, and other odd tales from local police blotters.


Touchable art and old home day

The Mosesian Center for the Arts offers a multi-sensory, tactile, visual art exhibit called “Please Touch the Art” now through Sept. 6.


Folk music and a musical whodunit

The Norton Singers will perform musical whodunit “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” a musical theater piece based on the unfinished novel by Charles Dickens.

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