Hingham study lowers water system’s value

A new assessment has clarified the outlines of the impending court fight over Hingham’s effort to buy the local water distribution system from the Aquarion Water Co.

Easton officials consider end to Town Meeting

Easton officials have begun to explore a 2009 charter study report that recommends trading in the community’s almost 300-year-old Town Meeting tradition.

Dan Rocha’s sculpture “Laurel Arch,” at Milton Cemetery.

North area artists contribute to show in Milton Cemetery

A sculpture garden comprises half a dozen artworks exploring the idea of an opening “into a changed world, another space, another life.”

Photos by John Blanding/Globe Staff

Volunteers gleaning fresh produce for those in need

A local group has spearheaded a surge in the practice of harvesting excess crops for the poor.

Globe South

A list of those who contribute to Boston Area Gleaners

The following farms, distributors and recipients participate in the Boston Area Gleaners program.

A Duxbury Music Festival venue offers scenic vistas to accompany musical performances.

Behind the scenes

Duxbury, Middleborough fests offer a feast for all the senses

You can hear the sounds of summer this month on the farm in Middleborough or over the bay in Duxbury.

The entrance to Faxon Park in Quincy, where state funds will help replace a playground.

Playgrounds, parks in five communities get boost from state

Braintree, Brockton, Quincy, Randolph, and Weymouth were each recently awarded funds under a one-time state program to help cities build or renovate playgrounds.

Cartoon Caption Contest

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.

Beverly Beckham

Beverly Beckham

The sign for Pfeiffer Beach in California.

Beach visit turns out to be a little trip of horrors

Helpful people, a hidden road, an old man playing traffic cop, “No Trespassing” signs, no electricity, and a woman with cuckoo clock eyes.

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.