August 19, 2012 The Makeover Issue

Inside Marty Meehan’s campaign to remake UMass Lowell

The former congressman is remaking UMass Lowell with a little marketing savvy (and a lot of multimillion-dollar gifts). By Jon Marcus

Taking the Transition for a spin in driving mode.

Can a Woburn company’s flying car someday be a fix for traffic?

Firm looks to reinvent the weekend getaway. By Daniel McGinn

Beatrice Munyenyezi. Did Beatrice Munyenyezi lie to get into this country?

Munyenyezi says she fled Rwanda for her safety, but prosecutors say she was running from her own crimes. By Tom Haines

The Makeover Issue: Junk Mail

Consumer tips on conquering Mail Mountain

How to simplify your life in letters.

The Makeover Issue: Medicine

About face

If a prefab chin doesn’t suit you, try the ‘bespoke’ version. By Anne Vickman

The Makeover Issue: Candy

A candy taste test

How Unreal Brands’ new line of better-for-you candy compares with the competition, according to the kids of Globe Magazine staffers.

Soundtrack


The Charlestown Bridge hum

Traffic over steel grates sounds like the Indy 500. By Scott Helman

Miss Conduct


Advice on quieting a blowhard

What to do when one person dominates a conversation, plus money troubles between parents and their adult child. By Robin Abrahams

Globe magazine | Connections


A mom’s search for friends

Uninterrupted conversation is challenging when you have a toddler in tow. So how does a newcomer to town find soul mates? By Alison Lobron

Dinner With Cupid


Dinner With Cupid: A twisted blind date

Will his daring manscaping turn her on or off?

Perspective

Why Restaurant Week doesn’t work for me

Michael Leviton, of Lumiere and Area Four, on bowing out of the program after roughly a decade. By Michael Leviton (as told to Mark Pothier)

First Person

Leslie Condon holds the meter she uses to check sound levels of Harvard Square musicians. Watching over musicians in Harvard Square

As one of three street-performer monitors for the Cambridge Arts Council this summer, city resident Leslie Condon works to keep order on the sidewalks.

Style Watch

Ilana Katz, Julia Callaghan, and Lisa Scepkowski. Lovely in lace

Fashion-conscious locals show off new ways to wear an old-fashioned fabric. By Tina Sutton

Cooking


3 recipes for chopped salads

Three recipes for fresh, filling summertime salads. By Adam Ried

A Restaurant’s Take

A lineup of Greek salads. Greek salad at The Grillin’ Greek

In Natick, all you need for supper.

On the Block


For sale: Homes near downtown areas

These properties in Braintree, Melrose, and Norwood offer easy access to shopping and other amenities.

Your Week Ahead


5 things to do in and around Boston this week

Cliff diving off the ICA, kung fu films in Chinatown, longboarding with Cape Cod old-timers, and more.

Tales from the City

The mysteries of the 20th-century telephone

What’s a smartphone-wielding teenager in Worcester to make of it?

One-Liners

Musician Kay Hanley gripes about the Red Sox season

The Dorchester-bred former frontwoman for Letters to Cleo shares her views on Twitter.

Letters

Letters to the editor

Boston Globe Magazine readers weigh in on junk e-mail, garden pests, doctors overtreating, and catching a black bear.