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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No matter their ability, they learn the joy of song

For an hour every Wednesday evening, Eve Montague coaxes a symphony of sound from Community Voices in Duxbury.

CURLING

Lowell and Boston Latin teens curling their way to Switzerland for World Games

Ethan Hebert and Alina Tschumakow will represent US as part of four-person mixed format squad in January.

CATCHING UP WITH . . .

McGinn showcased her versatility at Classical, Endicott

Paula McGinn is the only student-athlete in Endicott history to play on a combined eight conference championship soccer and softball teams.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

On Saturday, Xaverian High grad John Gurkis will be the first former Saint Michael’s hockey player to have his number (9) retired by the college.

THE INFORMER

Autism-friendly family brunch with Santa, new fitness gym, and ‘family trees’

An annual autism-friendly family brunch with Santa is being hosted at Salvatore’s Restaurant in Lawrence.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

What’s happening south of Boston

The 48th annual “Christmas at King Caesar” supports the educational and preservation mission of the Duxbury Rural & Historical Society.

LOCAL FARE

Gantetsu-Ya elevates Japanese street food in Brookline

Gantetsu-Ya is located directly across from Ganko Ittetsu Ramen within Coolidge Corner’s Arcade building.

FIELD GUIDE

Deck the halls with boughs of Ilex

Holly is a part of forests and other ecosystems in the United States and around the world.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

What’s happening west of Boston

Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, coauthors of the picture book “Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship,” will speak on Saturday, Dec. 14, in Lexington.

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What’s happening north of Boston

Judge for yourself which home has the most festive display of lights and illuminated ornaments during the Illuminations Tour in Somerville on Saturday, Dec. 14.

A nibble of Somerville’s international cuisine

The Somerville Arts Council recently opened Nibble Kitchen, a Union Square restaurant offering an array of international dishes served up by local immigrants.

Runaway horses caught in Foxborough

Runaway horses are caught in Foxborough, an elaborate Bitcoin scam is reported in Milton, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

WELLESLEY

Wellesley seeks community input on future transportation projects

The town recently received a $35,000 grant to participate in the state Department of Transportation’s Complete Streets Funding Program.

SUDBURY

Sudbury forum addresses youth vaping, prevention

Sudbury parents and other community members are invited to learn more about youth vaping and how to prevent it, at a public information session on Monday, Dec. 9.

CONCORD

Concord celebrates release of new ‘Little Women’ movie

With the new “Little Women” movie set to be released on Christmas Day, Concord is preparing for a weeklong celebration of Louisa May Alcott, her classic book, and the new film.

GLOUCESTER

Gloucester residents invited to forum on guns

Gloucester residents are invited to learn more about the issues surrounding guns and hear an exchange of views on the subject at a forum on Saturday, Dec. 14.

DANVERS

Danvers High to host forum on vaping risks

At a time of growing concern nationally about the health risks of vaping, parents of teenagers and other community members are invited to a free seminar on the subject in Danvers.

SOMERVILLE

Somerville seeks feedback on bus and bicycle lanes

Somerville residents have a chance to offer their feedback on the newly-installed bus and bicycle lanes on Broadway in Winter Hill.

REVERE

$1m grant will fund Ocean Avenue improvements in Revere

Revere plans to carry out public improvements to Ocean Avenue as a result of a recent $1 million state funding award.

WESTWOOD

New town administrator takes helm in Westwood

Christopher Coleman took over as Westwood’s town administrator during Thanksgiving week.

KINGSTON

South Shore Children’s Museum moves to Kingston

The South Shore Children’s Museum has moved to the Kingston Collection — vacating its space in the soon-to-be-demolished Hanover Mall.

MILTON

$820,000 budget gap closed at Milton Town Meeting

Milton’s Town Meeting voted to close an almost $820,000 budget shortfall caused by unanticipated increases in the contracts for solid waste disposal and recycling.

Sudbury Savoyards carry on a ‘Christmas Carol’ tradition

After Al LePage ended his one-man show of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol,” the Savoyards will continue the tradition at Longfellow’s Wayside Inn and Omni Parker House.

THE INFORMER

A fund-raiser for sprinklers, how to get kids off screens, and candlelight vespers

The Rashi School in Dedham is hosting a talk about “Reclaiming Childhood from the River of Electronic Screen.”

THE ARGUMENT

Should Massachusetts exempt police body camera footage from state public records law?

Read two views and vote in our online poll.

HIGH SCHOOOLS

‘Game on’ for Hasselbeck sisters at the Rivers School

Following in the footsteps of both their mother (Sarah) and father (Matt), Boston College-bound Annabelle and Mallory excelling as three-sport athletes.

BRION O’CONNOR | ON THE MOVE

Hardiest hikers, campers don’t come in from the cold

“Must-have gear” includes clothing and a sleeping bag with sufficient insulation, a rugged tent that can withstands high winds, and equipment to make food and water.

CATCHING UP WITH . . .

Avon’s Maggie Hoffman has a new field: studying chimps in Uganda

The former Globe Foundation/Phelps scholar and Tufts softball standout is now working as a primatologist.

Get crafty with your holiday shopping at local fairs

The many fairs that pop up during the holiday season offer something no mall or online algorithm can match: serendipity.

Battle over land in Waltham heads to mediation

Waltham and the Trustees of the Stigmatine Fathers will seek a mediated settlement of a legal dispute that stands in the way of the city’s efforts to build a new high school.

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