Women’s clubs endure despite challenges of changing times

“Most clubs are smaller,” said Lynne Stader, 67, a past president of the Westford club. “[But] all clubs remain focused on social and civic contributions.”

Medway school food pantry provides weekend sustenance

On Friday afternoons, a Medway elementary school will send 15 children home with a backpack full of food for over the weekend.

SUBURBAN DIARY

Can we stop tweeting during meals and start chewing the fat?

With everyone buried in social media, maybe it’s time for some old-fashioned table talk.

THE ARGUMENT

Should a citizenship question be included in the US Census?

Read two views and vote in our informal online poll.

Vivian cuddles with Oscar as she reads to him at the Epstein Hillel School in Marblehead.

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In Marblehead, classroom welcomes a furry friend

Dogs don’t judge if you stumble over a word. They also help with stress, and teach kids empathy, compassion, and responsibility.

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10,000 gather in Quincy to celebrate Year of the Golden Pig

Quincy’s annual Lunar New Year Festival continues to grow in popularity in the community, attracting more people every year.

Chicken and rice noodle soup has already proven popular at the new Newton Centre location.

Raymond Lien photos

LOCAL FARE

Pho Viet’s II expands to Newton Centre with soups, bánh mi, and more

The Vietnamese restaurant celebrates a second location in Newton Centre.

Lauren Poussard

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

A refurbished theater, Presidents’ Day, and collage

Venture out this week to enjoy the events and exhibits around Greater Boston.

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SOUTH INFORMER

Theater, birding, and farm animals

Curtain Call Theatre in Braintree presents “Dancing at Lughnasa,” directed by Bill Gardiner.

HIGH SCHOOL NORDIC SKIING

For cross-country skiers, friendship comes with the competition

Because of the nature of Nordic skiing, and the necessity to often train together in search of a patch of snow, the friendship continues to evolve.

10,000 gather in Quincy to celebrate Year of the Golden Pig

Quincy’s annual Lunar New Year Festival continues to grow in popularity in the community, attracting more people every year.

NORTH INFORMER

Gamble for charity, take the cake, or sample a tech program

The Lynnfield Moms Group hosts a casino night that raises money for 7-year-old Sam Halpern.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

A refurbished theater, Presidents’ Day, and collage

Venture out this week to enjoy the events and exhibits around Greater Boston.

Medway school food pantry provides weekend sustenance

On Friday afternoons, a Medway elementary school will send 15 children home with a backpack full of food for over the weekend.

THE ARGUMENT

Should a citizenship question be included in the US Census?

Read two views and vote in our informal online poll.

In Marblehead, classroom welcomes a furry friend

Dogs don’t judge if you stumble over a word. They also help with stress, and teach kids empathy, compassion, and responsibility.

Women’s clubs endure despite challenges of changing times

“Most clubs are smaller,” said Lynne Stader, 67, a past president of the Westford club. “[But] all clubs remain focused on social and civic contributions.”

CATCHING UP WITH ...

Former North Reading runner Lizzie Short in pursuit of acting roles

The 2007 Division 4 state champion in the 2-mile now working as an actress and as a tour guide on the Freedom Trail.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

Assumption senior Shannon Quirk of Wakefield became the first swimmer in Northeast-10 Conference history to win one event four years running in the conference final.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Like her sister, Dedham’s Kate Kaduboski set the pace in Bentley pool

The senior put the finishing touch on a record-setting swimming career at the Northeast-10 Championship.

BLOTTER TALES

Quincy’s owl whisperer to the rescue

An owl is rescued in Quincy, a mail mystery stumps investigators in Brookline, and other tales from local police blotters.

REGION

State funding will help restore Great Salt Marsh

The 300 acres targeted for restoration serve as a key environmental buffer, protecting neighboring communities and valuable habitat, according to the Trustees of Reservations.

MARBLEHEAD

Voters to consider tax increase for Fort Sewall upgrades

The Board of Selectmen recently agreed to seek an estimated $750,000 from Town Meeting in May for the $1.1 million project.

BURLINGTON

Burlington police hires mental health clinician

The Burlington Police Department now has a dedicated employee to help support residents with mental illness.

NEWTON

Newton considers tightening shopping bag regulations

Disposable plastic bags would be eliminated at city retail establishments, and customers would be charged a fee to use a paper or reusable bag.

ASHLAND

Developer donates land for new Y branch in Ashland

The Metrowest YMCA’s plans to build a new regional full-service branch took a major step forward when a local developer gifted land in Ashland for the facility.

HULL

Nantasket resort changes hands in Hull

A Rhode Island hotel chain has bought the Nantasket Beach Resort on Hull Shore Drive.

ARLINGTON

Estimated cost of new Arlington High School lowered to $291 million

An Arlington panel recently agreed to a $291 million estimated price for the town’s proposed new high school, a $17 million reduction from the original estimate.

BRAINTREE

Braintree mayor pushes for zoning updates, housing for millennials and seniors

In his State of the Town address, Mayor Joseph Sullivan also said Braintree should work with other communities to fight a gas compression station proposed to be sited at the Fore River Bridge.

STOUGHTON

Stoughton chooses new school superintendent

The School Committee unanimously chose John Marcus as the next school superintendent, replacing Marguerite Rizzi when she retires at the end of the school year.

Historic buildings across the state face challenges. This organization is sounding the alarm on them

Preservation Massachusetts hopes to call attention to 11 endangered structures across the state.

Get swept away by a whirlwind romance (novel)

A romance pop-up shop will be open Feb. 12-18 at Bow Market in Somerville’s Union Square.

BLOTTER TALES

With a boost, injured hawk takes wing

A hawk is rescued from an MBTA station, an alleged thief leaves behind an important clue, a lost cat is reunited with its family, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

Beverly Beckham

A mysterious love story written in the sand

Did his shoulders slump because he was an old man remembering a Margaret he had loved long ago for 60 perfect days?

At a theater in Beverly, love takes center stage

The Larcom Theatre is seeking couples that have been together 50 years or more to be honored during the Sunday, Feb. 17, performance of the romantic comedy “First Night.”

THE ARGUMENT

Should a new education funding bill tie increased aid to new requirements?

Read two views and vote in our informal online poll.

LOCAL FARE

A gathering place to slow down and share a meal

Gather is on Route 27 in the Bryantville area of Pembroke with its many large lakes and rural feel.

LOCAL FARE

Allie’s Beach Street Cafe is a welcome spot for all seasons

For years, Glenn and Allie Varga searched locations for a new restaurant idea. They found the perfect place in Manchester-by-the-Sea.

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