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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Light, latkes, and love at a favorite Peabody deli

During Hanukkah, one of the best places to find latkes is Larry Levine’s Kosher Meats and Deli in Peabody.

Winter solstice in Concord is a time to reflect

The event takes place Saturday, Dec. 21, on the banks of the Concord River, on the back lawn of the historic Old Manse.

Across generations, Edaville is a family tradition

The train ride through the decorated and illuminated amusement park built around cranberry bogs in Carver is a holiday tradition for thousands of South Shore families.

‘Christmas Carol’ on a trolley? Bah, humbug, and fun

Now in its 33rd season, “A Christmas Carol,” presented by Salem Trolley and Gallows Hill Theatre, brings the classic tale to life in a “completely unexpected way.”

HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING

Wrestling to the top in the Hockomock League

While the sport sways in popularity in some areas, the competition in the southeastern part of the state only seems to be getting stronger.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Methuen’s Amanda Conway netting great success for Norwich hockey

The 5-foot-4-inch senior forward is the program’s career scoring leader (94 goals) and ranks ninth all-time in NCAA history.

CATCHING UP WITH . . .

Winning was the point for Jeff Hines at Waltham and Babson

The former basketball stalwart still resides in the Watch City with his wife, Nicole, and their four sons.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

Concord’s Gavin Tasker was tabbed Most Outstanding Offensive Player of the NCAA Division 3 final four as Tufts repeated as men’s soccer champion.

Hingham not quite ready to own water utility

The town still has work to do before the state Department of Environmental Protection approves the transfer from a private company.

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What’s happening south of Boston

The Quincy park department’s “Environmental Treasures Program” will host a guided winter solstice stroll on the shortest day, and longest night, of the year.

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What’s happening north of Boston

The Christmas in New England concert tour in Newburyport features a seasonal blend of traditional, contemporary, and original music performed with acoustic instruments and vocals.

BLOTTER TALES

Reminder: Clean the snow off your car

A car gets pulled over in West Bridgewater for having snow on its windows, a funny political sign disappears in Wellesley, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

Beverly Beckham

At Christmas time, poinsettias for everyone who mattered

“It just seems like people forget,” Fred says. “I made up my mind that as long as I live, I won’t forget.”

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What’s happening west of Boston

New Repertory Theatre in Watertown presents “Oliver!,” the classic, intergenerational musical by Lionel Bart and based on Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist.”

WEYMOUTH

Weymouth updating plans for open space and recreation

Weymouth officials are looking for public input into a proposed update of the town’s plans for its open space and recreation facilities.

GLOUCESTER

Gloucester will help seniors get healthy food and exercise

Gloucester recently launched a new program to help the city’s seniors access healthy food and exercise opportunities.

SOMERVILLE

Somerville considers future of vacant Star Market site

The future of the Star Market site on Broadway is the subject of a community meeting in Somerville on Tuesday, Dec. 17.

Manchester-by-the-Sea

28-year veteran picked as Manchester-by-the-Sea’s police chief

Manchester-by-the-Sea recently tapped a familiar face to become the new leader of its police department.

NEEDHAM

Needham is applying to become a Green Community

Needham is seeking to earn state recognition for its efforts to curb its energy use and rely more on renewable sources, a move that could position it to earn new grant funding.

LEXINGTON

Lexington to offer tours on Revolutionary War in Mandarin

Mandarin Chinese-speaking visitors will soon have the opportunity to learn about Lexington’s role in the Revolutionary War in their native language.

WELLESLEY

Wellesley to hold public hearing on Morses Pond improvements

Wellesley town officials considering improvements for the Morses Pond beach area and bathhouse will hold a public hearing on Monday.

QUINCY

Planning Board approves 465-unit development at site of old Quincy Hospital

The Quincy Planning Board has approved a developer’s plan to build 465 residential units in seven buildings at the site of the old Quincy Hospital.

EASTON

Photographers invited to celebrate Easton’s history through photos

The Easton Historical Commission invites local photographers to submit photos that highlight the historic and natural beauty of the town.

What is hypothyroidism? Elizabeth Warren and many others have it

Warren recently released a medical report from her doctor that disclosed that she takes medication to treat the condition.

THE ARGUMENT

Should Massachusetts lift its ban on coupons for beer, wine, and liquor?

Read two views and vote in our online poll.

A place where all are welcome to lift up their voices in joy

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.

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