Communities make changes to improve parking

Dedham Square improvements include pay stations that cater to people running quick errands.

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An increasing number of suburbs are turning to the parking study as the key to revitalizing struggling centers and addressing gridlock.

Lobster-bacon pancakes with scallions and ginger plum sauce.

Dining Out

Saloon brings home the bacon

Featuring America’s favorite artery-clogging food, Olde Magoun’s Saloon in Somerville is holding its fifth “Baconpalooza.”

Boston Children’s Theatre’s production of “Fame Jr.” has a cast of 47 youngsters.

Arts

Talented local teens find ‘Fame’ on stage

“Fame Jr.,” based on the award-winning movie and television series, is presented by Boston Children’s Theatre.

Developer considers GE land for waterfront project

General Electric is poised to sell a key Lynnway parcel for a potential multi-million dollar redevelopment.

Project adds housing, college, shops to Haverhill waterfront

Harbor Place, one of the largest development projects ever proposed for Haverhill, is poised to spark an urban renaissance along the Merrimack River.

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The findings are a revelation to those who study coral reefs.

Teens help aquarium remove invasive species

A group of students hit salt marshes from Essex to Newburyport, pulling out 24 traps filled with European green crabs.

Siblings Bill Brewry (class of 1947), Jean Cameron (class of 1940), and Margaret Jerome (class of 1950) enjoy Rockport’s first all-town reunion at Evans Field on July 5.

Rockport has its first reunion

Born of a Facebook group, the event was a celebration and gathering for anyone with a connection to the picturesque seaside community.

Cartoon Caption Contest

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Send us your submissions for this week’s cartoon, and see the winning caption and finalists from last week’s contest.

South

Using sprinklers or irrigation systems is banned now in three towns.

Watering by sprinkler banned in Hingham, Hull, and Cohasset

As dozens of Massachusetts communities try to reach state conservation benchmarks, a private water company is declaring an outright sprinkler ban this month.

Beverly Beckham

Beverly Beckham

Michelle Obama is not Jacqueline Kennedy, but Obama shows that equality, opportunity, and inclusion have happened, and that’s all for the better.

Comparing today with the ’60s

I loved the 1960s. I had parents who took care of me, a two-wheeler, a best friend, a steady baby-sitting job. But would I trade it for life today?

The Book Buzz

The Book Buzz

Beach novel offers rare emotional insights

“A Hundred Summers” by Beatriz Williams will reward the reader with its blend of history, romance, drama, and insights into the pyschology of betrayal.

Interactive Graphic

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See the number of concussions reported by area high schools with a sortable table.

Globe e-book

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I was the sun, the kids were my planets, and other reflections from the Globe columnist.