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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Newton residents pack public hearing on Webster Woods

About 100 residents attended the only public hearing following the city’s request for $15.7 million of Community Preservation funds for the Boston College-owned property.


Should the MBTA develop a high-frequency rapid-transit urban rail service?

Read two views and vote in our online poll.


Agility, athleticism, and strength add up to cheer

It’s the mental aspect of the sport that can be most daunting when months of preparation comes down to the 150-second routine packed with extreme energy.


GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

Apponequet grad Abby Carchio converted the winning penalty kick to help the Brown women’s soccer team win their first Ivy title since 1994.


From Duxbury to Harvard, basketball taught Pat Magnarelli perseverance and perspective

Now a director of business development in Chicago, he credits athletics for learning how to best reach a common goal.


Watertown’s Kourtney Kennedy at the center of success for UConn field hockey

The Globe’s former D2 Player of the Year fuels the attack for coach Nancy Stevens and the third-ranked Huskies.

100 years in, American Legion faces a changing world

“It’s different today. Younger veterans are busy with their jobs, their families, and their lives. They socialize differently today.”

Marshfield voters weigh tax increase for capital projects

The funds would be used to build a new police station and public works facility, add on to the town’s senior center, and repair and replace some seawalls.


As holidays approach, wild turkeys here doing quite well, thank you

It seems like I see them everywhere. On the median strip on the highway, next to the drive-through at McDonald’s, and crossing roads all over the place — even in the city.

Lions and tigers and bears? No, but coyote, goat, and gorillas

A coyote causes concern in Peabody, men wearing gorilla masks create a stir in Hingham, and other odd tales from local police blotters.


Free Santa family photos, grief workshop, and a food truck festival

A sampling of upcoming events in Boston’s suburbs.


What’s happening west of Boston

The Belmont Woman’s Club invites the public to a lecture called “Celebrating the Centennial Voting Rights for Women” on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.


What’s happening south of Boston

Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton hosts a reception for the exhibit “Stitch by Stitch: Activist Quilts from the Social Justice Sewing Academy.”


A Winthrop mainstay still draws a crowd

The secret to Winthrop mainstay Cafe Rossetti’s may be the warm atmosphere created by a staff that welcomes you like family — plus generously sized, comforting dishes.


What’s happening north of Boston

The Massachusetts Orchid Society is presenting World of Orchids: Asia on Sunday, Nov. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Sons of Italy, 117 Swanton St., Winchester.


Scituate residents reject moratorium on new water connections

A lightly attended Special Town Meeting in Scituate rejected a proposal to ban new water connections for a year to give the town time to study its water system problems.


Easton approves tax increase to build new elementary school

Easton residents overwhelmingly agreed Tuesday to raise their property taxes to pay for construction of a new elementary school.

Amesbury’s hockey tradition will live on in new rink

At the groundbreaking for Maples Crossing, dignitaries spoke about the history of the Maples and Amesbury’s longtime love of hockey.


Lynn residents, businesses invited to ‘city summit’

Lynn residents and business owners will have a chance to voice their thoughts on a variety of city issues.


Hull weighs changing paramedic rule for firefighters

Hull’s Town Meeting will decide whether to change the rule requiring new Hull firefighters to be certified paramedics.


Gloucester symposium will address affordable housing

Gloucester’s pressing need for more affordable housing and possible solutions are the focus of a community symposium presented by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation.


Malden’s Trafton Park will be upgraded with grant

Malden plans to carry out improvements to Trafton Park as a result of a new $400,000 grant awarded by the state’s Executive Office of Environmental Affairs.

Mayor announces closing of Newton Innovation Center

The city-supported program aimed to spur local entrepreneurship by providing office space to small businesses inside the former Newton Corner library building.


Forums to address hate-related speech and violence

The prevalence of hate-related speech and violence in the United States today and in Europe in the 1930s will be the focus of forums at Congregation B’nai Shalom in Westborough.


Medway elementary school upgrades safety with new grant

The project involves replacing the door knobs of all the classroom doors with levered handles that can be locked from the inside.

Should the state double the exemption taxpayers can claim for dependents?

Read two views and vote in our online poll.


Reading’s Jackson Conroy seizes a leading role for WPI men’s soccer

“Jackson is our most complete player and he showcases his wide range of talent in the central midfield,” said WPI coach Brian Kelley.


Former Olympian Karen Thatcher now making a difference off ice as a physical therapist

The former Noble & Greenough and Providence hockey star still lives by the same credo, “work harder.”


GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances


And now, we’ll tour the rest of Concord’s history

The Concord Museum’s new galleries recognize the Native Americans, African-Americans, and women of the town who had been overlooked for far too long.

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