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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NDA grad Lexi Lenaghan had a record-setting finish for Babson lacrosse

The senior attack from Hanover set the program record for points — twice — after her transfer from Hofstra.


Matt Noone in the business of winning on Babson diamond

The Belmont native and St. Sebastian’s School grad has guided Beavers to school-record 38 wins and the Division 3 Super Regional.


GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

Wrentham’s Christian Thomas netted 4 goals and 2 assists for the Merrimack men’s lacrosse team in the NCAA Division 1 semifinals.

Mayor pitches affordable housing for West Newton armory

The proposal calls for the city to buy the West Newton Armory and lease it to a developer, which would convert and manage the property.

Planting cemetery flags a fitting memorial to veterans

“We’ve got 10,000 flags to put out,” said Kevin Jarvis, director of veterans’ services in Malden.

From community college to Harvard

James Casey, 24, of Natick graduated from vocational school, enlisted in the Marines, then earned an associate’s degree from MassBay Community College. Now he’s transferring to Harvard.


Chamber music, flying machines, and pastel lessons

Erik Lindgren and the Bespoke Consort will perform a crossover chamber music concert, including quirky musical novelties, neo-Baroque pieces, and Impressionistic tone poems.

A beer garden, dog park, and puppets

Mayflower Beer Garden at The Pinehills in Plymouth opens for the season on Thursday, May 30.


WWII letters, engravings, and folk favorites

The Wood Engravers’ Network Third Triennial Exhibition, featuring 64 engravings by 37 artists, is on view at the Museum of Printing in Haverhill.


A hoedown, local art, and plant auction

The Harvard Schools Trust announces its third annual Hootenanny Hoedown fund-raiser.

Rock and gospel, plant sales, and a bike to the sea

Take a musical trip with “Upstate” in Rockport on Friday, May 31, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church.


Caffe Paolina’s husband-wife team makes ‘everything with love’

Paolina and Vincenzo Lepore have worked seamlessly as one in Caffe Paolina, their 36-seat Swampscott restaurant, since 2003.


Tree stumps vanish, and a duck appears in a living room

Large tree stumps go missing in Wellesley, a duck shows up in someone’s living room in Wilmington, and other odd tales from local police blotters.


Scituate vote paves way for new senior center

Scituate will get a new senior center as part of a $12.2 million plan for the vacant Gates School complex.


Students give endangered turtles a head start

After being nurtured in captivity, the Northern Red-bellied Cooters are released into the wild.


A garden tour, political satire, and PorchFest

At the Concord Museum’s 30th Annual Garden Tour, visitors are invited to observe a wide variety of gardening styles and inspirations.


Roadmap created to revamp Arlington Heights

The newly completed plan includes recommendations focused on zoning, creating design standards, and working with the MBTA to improve an existing bus depot.


Study finds Framingham needs to diversify its municipal workforce

Mayor Yvonne Spicer has proposed hiring a chief diversity and inclusion officer.


Wellesley residents can apply for rebate on solar panels

The funding for the program in Wellesley is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Cardboard canoe race set for Middlesex Fells Reservation

Participants will create two-person canoes using a cardboard base and other materials.


Peabody program provides gardening resources for residents

The Peabody Institute Library, in collaboration with the Peabody Garden Club, recently opened The Peabody PeaPod.


Community-wide project launched to light up Lawrence

Iluminación Lawrence is aimed at improving public safety and creating artistic vibrancy throughout the city.


Norwood voters to decide on tax increase

Norwood voters will decide June 3 whether to increase their property taxes through a $5.95 million override, the bulk of it to support schools.


Hull cutting hours of some high school teachers

Those affected by the cutback hours include a popular high school woodshop teacher, as well as a social studies teacher and a Spanish teacher.


Here are some choices for your spring fling

Whether it’s hiking, yoga/meditation, or paddling, the great outdoors can make you feel great.


E-bikes are gaining traction, though some say not so fast

Even the staid Union Cycliste Internationale that governs professional bike racing has plans to hold its inaugural e-bike world championships this summer.


From millennials to boomers to the over-the-hill gang, everyone is teeing up

Whether you’re a scratch player or a rank amateur, golf has never been more popular, and public courses in the region welcome the surge.


Basketry, Memorial Day, and substance abuse prevention

Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton is rolling out new exhibitions for the summer.


Dementia guidance, commencement, and Czech films

Belmont World Film presents “Czech That Film,” a 21-city festival held throughout the United States and Canada.


Salvaged WWII letters, a host of bees, and 100 years of immigrants

Corrine Smith speaks about her quest to deliver WWII letters to the children of 16 servicemen at the Reading Public Library.

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