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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NOTEWORTHY

GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

Concord’s Alex Zafaonte stopped 72 of 73 shots in a pair of wins for the Bowdoin men’s hockey team.

BLOTTER TALES

Feathered fugitive is taken into custody

A lost hen is reunited with her owner, a man dressed like Santa Claus is charged with drunk driving, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

INFORMER

Crime lab cases, auditions, and music mashup

Massachusetts State Police Crime Lab forensic scientist Paul Zambella will host “Crime Lab Case Files” on Feb. 1 at the Boxford Town Library.

SUBURBAN DIARY

A year preserved in pictures, but where’s the rest of the story?

Yes, these are good pictures — but this doesn’t seem like everything that happened to us this year.

LOWELL

Grant boosts job training and GED program for struggling youths

A Lowell-based organization will be able to continue and expand its work helping troubled young people continue their education and prepare for jobs, as a result of new federal funding.

LOCAL FARE

Spice Box in Lexington hits all the right notes

In some respects, the menu features a what’s what of better-known Indian cuisine. Yet not every dish is quite so familiar — and there’s pizza.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

What’s happening west of Boston

Joseph Flack Weiler’s photo essay, “Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience,” is on exhibit now through March 30 at the Walden Pond Visitor Center in Concord.

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What’s happening south of Boston

Finalists on “America’s Got Talent,” Sons of Serendip will perform a benefit concert for the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra.

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What’s happening north of Boston

Grammy Award winner Patti Austin is donating her time for a fund-raising concert on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 p.m., at the Cabot in Beverly.

Tracing Salem’s history through its immigrants

For half a century, French Canadian immigrants lived and worked in the Point. A professor aims to tell their story and link it to immigration today.

THE ARGUMENT

Should Massachusetts ban billboards advertising marijuana products?

Read two views and vote in our online poll.

Getting personal, former Waltham track star Ivy Watts talks mental health

In the past two years on stage, the former Division 2 All-American has spoken to 10,000-plus athletes, coaches, and administrators on personal well being.

HINGHAM

Volunteers sought to pack meals for needy on Jan. 20

The Hingham Hull Religious Leaders Association plans to pack 50,000 meals for local food pantries and homeless shelters on Jan. 20, the national Martin Luther King Day of Service.

CATCHING UP WITH . . .

Drive carried Melrose grad Zeke Vainer to the finish line in soccer

A three-time all-Minnesota goalie at Macalester College, 25-year Vainer now resides in Boston’s North End.

BRION O’CONNOR | ON THE MOVE

Want to share a snow adventure with your dog? Try skijoring

“It’s an incredible sport and something that you and your dog will rapidly become addicted to.” — Sarah Capello, skijor instructor at Gunstock Mountain.

Your play: Board games are making a comeback

You can face off against competitors at a gaming store — and even play over beer and burgers at one of a growing number of board game restaurants.

Mayor has big plans for Quincy College and City Hall

Mayor Thomas P. Koch envisions building a permanent home for Quincy College, and tearing down the 1970s portion of Quincy City Hall to make way for a performing arts center.

Acton

Acton to hold forum on housing production plan

Acton is inviting residents to discuss the town’s housing needs and how to address them.

ARLINGTON

Arlington names coordinator for diversity, equity, and inclusion

Arlington recently named its first Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator, selecting Jillian Harvey for the position.

SCITUATE

Scituate schools chief to depart in July

Scituate School Superintendent Ron Griffin announced in December that he would not ask to renew his three-year contract when it expires in July.

Plymouth

Plymouth volunteers give haircuts to homeless people

The haircuts take place the second Sunday of every month at St. Peter’s Parish Hall, 10 Memorial Drive, Plymouth.

NEWBURY

Governor’s Academy to expand student center

The Governor’s Academy will shortly break ground on the renovation and expansion of its Peter Marshall French Student Center, according to an announcement.

LOWELL

Mile-based exit signs coming to major highways

Area residents have an opportunity to learn more about the state’s plans to install mile-based exit signs on major highways to replace the existing signs.

BEVERLY

Beverly gets grant to boost recycling

Beverly will be able to enhance its recycling program with the help of new state funding.

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What’s happening south of Boston this week

Traditional singer-songwriter Chuck Williams performs folk music that draws on the “rural poetry” of the forests, roads, farmlands and prairie.

Gloucester’s industrial parks to get a boost

Steps spurred by a recent study include seeking a shuttle bus service to take workers to and from commuter rail stations.

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What’s happening north of Boston

Temple Emanu-El hosts its annual Shabbat service honoring Martin Luther King Jr. on Friday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m., at 514 Main St. in Haverhill.

BLOTTER TALES

Look, in Burlington, a flying mouse!

A computer mouse prompts a call to police, a scam over Facebook, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

BEVERLY BECKHAM

Loving the people who make us feel special

Adam doesn’t mind that Euan wriggles or that he cheats at Monopoly. Or that Euan is his shadow. I see the love between the two of them.

How it looks out west: Four mayors size up 2020

As the New Year dawns, mayors of Framingham, Marlborough, Waltham, and Newton outline the problems and opportunities facing them this coming year.

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