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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High hopes (and price tags) for new schools

Nearly a dozen years after the $197.5 million Newton North High School broke the state record for most expensive school, some of the latest projects make that figure pale in comparison.

Other school projects in the works

Brookline is getting a $206 million renovation and expansion of its high school, but there will be no funding from the Massachusetts School Building Authority for the project.


When it comes to football, kids rallying ’round the flag

As the fall season approaches and concern about head trauma grows, parents are looking for non-contact sports that are just as fun.


A nursery school that lets the children play

There’s a price to pay for hurrying the wonder years. And the Milldam Nursery School community in Concord isn’t willing to pay it.


Should Massachusetts eliminate religious exemptions for vaccines required of children?

Read two views and vote in our online poll.

Trip to Little League World Series a home run for Malden Challenger program

When the District 12 Challenger team from Malden was invited to play at the Little League World series this weekend, a farflung team of supporters swung into action.


The agony, and ecstasy, of cyclocross

“Cyclocross is a miserable experience,” says one devoted enthusiast. Yet the sport continues to enjoy an almost cult-like status in Eastern Massachusetts.

Rockland pushing plan for townwide elementary school

The new Jefferson Elementary School would house all first- through fourth-graders on a central campus near the high school and middle school.

Four Lynn girls design a jewelry collection worth thousands

Four girls from Girls Inc., Lynn got the rare opportunity to see their sketches transformed into expensive, high-end jewelry.


The fight for women’s suffrage, barn sale, and free music classes

The Framingham History Center presents “‘In a Good Cause,’ Framingham and the Fight for Woman’s Suffrage,” on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 2 p.m. at Village Hall on the Common.


Hot tempers, a possible mailbox peeper, and a wild chase

People fight about random things, a woman with green fingernails appears to scope out mailboxes, and other odd tales from local police blotters.


A quilt show, new fitness studio, and a book event

Sweat Fixx, a fitness studio specializing in low-impact, high-intensity full body workouts is opening a location in downtown Amesbury.


A new gallery manager, adult prom night, and a search for playwrights

To the Moon and Back, an advocacy nonprofit focused on children exposed to opioids before birth, is hosting its Second Annual Adult Prom Night benefit fund-raiser.

Beverly Beckham

If only we could reshuffle the days of our lives

It would be impossible to hold a grudge if you woke up a different age every day. You’d forget who you were mad at.


Pho O-Sha is a sure winner in Watertown

A 1½-year-old Watertown restaurant serves authentic Vietnamese and Thai cuisine.


Constellation art, a community chorus, and artistic pairings

A sampling of things to do and see in communities west of Boston.


Renaissance fest, jazz, and a spoonful of sugar

King Richards’s Faire, a Renaissance festival, features rides, games, knights battling on horseback, sword-making, glass-blowing, portrait and face painting, and psychic readings.


Jersey boys, Hopper’s houses, and lanterns

“Jersey Boys,” the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, is being performed through Sunday, Sept. 1 at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly.

Newton teachers union frustrated over pace of contract talks

The Newton teachers union likely will start the academic year without a new contract in place, much to teachers’ frustration.


Go camping right in Wellesley with the family

The third annual Family Campout is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, at Kelly Field.


Mosquitoes carrying EEE virus found west of Boston

A cluster of seven towns including Hopkinton have been deemed to be at critical risk for Eastern equine encephalitis after the latest round of mosquito pool testing in the area.


MBTA extends bus service to Arlington Center

Starting on Sunday, Sept. 1, the Route 95 bus will add stops on High Street in Medford and Medford Street in Arlington Center.


Land trust celebrates 20 years with hiking

The next hike is scheduled for Sept. 15, and will cover 2 miles through Clapboardtree Meadow and the adjacent 23 acres of mature woods.


After park vandalism, Stoughton toasts tolerance

About 150 people drank lemonade and chalked pro-tolerance messages on the sidewalks at Halloran Park where chalked swastikas had been found four days earlier.


Fire chief disciplined for causing accident while texting

T. Andrew Reardon said he “may have been distracted by reaching for his reading glasses to read an incoming text” when he caused a four-car accident that sent him and three others to the hospital.


EEE samples discovered in Andover, Boxford, Lowell

The first two samples of Eastern equine encephalitis in Essex County this year were detected Aug. 16 in Andover, according to state officials.


Somerville to hold ceremony remembering those lost to overdoses

Somerville is inviting residents to participate in a citywide effort in September to remember those lost to the opiate epidemic and support families affected by it.


Salem to name new park after local abolitionist

As a result of an informal vote by city residents, Salem is set to name its newest park at 289 Derby St. after local 19th century abolitionist Charlotte Forten.


Medford plans new Fire Department headquarters

The City Council recently authorized borrowing $1.5 million for planning and design of the station, which would replace the existing headquarters on Main Street.

Where to eat in Hull

New restaurants are helping to transform Hull from a sleepy town known mostly for an amusement park that closed in 1984 into a foodie destination.

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