Somerville mayor wants officials to disclose contacts

The new regulation would require elected officials to file disclosures of their communications with anyone seeking a permit or license in the city.

Wenham

After election, new selectwoman promises openness

The promise follows an election that closed with controversy about endorsements by appointed town officials.

Schools rethink Good Friday closing policies

A majority of public schools in the Greater Boston area will be closed on Good Friday, the most solemn of Christian holy days.

Schools, businesses share $12m state life science grants

The economically vital life sciences sector north of Boston got a huge boost with $12 million in grants.

Medford resident Donald Ferry had a place of honor during the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk’s recent awards brunch, where he was named its Walker of the Year.

People

Newburyport hosts its first Easter Hat Parade

Organizers hope the Easter Hat Parade will become an annual tradition.

Gloucester-based scientists  Michael Dodge (left) and Kara Dodge preparing to release a satellite-tagged adult leatherback sea turtle.

Connie Merigo

Gloucester scientists track migration of giant sea turtles

Marine scientists in Gloucester have published new findings from the first successful satellite tagging study of the largest living turtle.

Captain George McKay at the helm of Raw Faith on Penobscot Bay.  He built the ship himself and hoped it would host families whose members have disabilities.

‘Raw Faith’ film tells saga of a family bond lost at sea

The film chronicles a family’s ill-fated effort to build and launch a 300-ton galleon-style ship from the coastal town of Addison, Maine.

In a November 2012 photo provided by Sean Collier’s sister, Nicole Lynch, Collier prepares a turkey outside his Somerville home for his annual Thanksgiving gathering.

SUBURBAN DIARY

Fond memories of Sean Collier, a friend among the fallen

The Sean I knew had a warm charm. He was quick-witted and sincere. He smiled first with his eyes and then it grew bigger, favoring one side of his mouth.

It may not always be apparent, but Massachusetts has laws for bicyclists as well as motorists.

Who Taught You to Drive?

Bicyclists return with spring thaw

It’s become a rite of spring, as regular as buds on trees and Red Sox games. I speak, of course, of the moment one realizes that bicyclists are back on the road.

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.

Beverly Beckham

Beverly Beckham

Don’t let the book remain unwritten

I wanted to be like my grandmother. So I wrote out stories for my grandchildren, short, rhyming “Good Night” stories. Later, I decided to publish them.

Who taught YOU to Drive?

Who Taught You to Drive?

It may not always be apparent, but Massachusetts has laws for bicyclists as well as motorists.

Bicyclists return with spring thaw

It’s become a rite of spring, as regular as buds on trees and Red Sox games. I speak, of course, of the moment one realizes that bicyclists are back on the road.