Drew B. Photography

In a touch of whimsy, a donkey briefly stole the spotlight during the ceremony of Giacomo Marchese and Dani Taylor at Winslow Farm in Norton.

Offbeat wedding venues grow in popularity

More couples are opting for personalized weddings in non-traditional venues, like public parks, museums, or their own homes.By Katheleen Conti

The Argument

Should Scituate continue with the project to build a new public safety facility on Route 3A?

Read two views on the question and vote in our online poll.

Suburban Diary

Don’t worry, neighbors, I have this in the bag

When dog and master are walking down the street at a brisk pace, you might ask the question: Who is walking whom?

Latest Globe South headlines

Plenty of incentive

Number of Tax Increment Financing agreements, or TIFs, awarded by municipalities in Massachusetts.

Some local tax exemptions since 2012

Some Tax Increment Financing agreements, or TIFs, granted in the south suburbs since 2012.

SUBURBAN HANDBOOK: ROMANCE

Single in the suburbs: the more, the merrier

While many eligible bachelors and bachelorettes rely on online dating services, some prefer to meet new people in group settings, doing activities they enjoy.

To land big corporate fish, some use tax baits

Mass. communities increasingly are using extensive local tax breaks to convince businesses to locate or expand.

BLOTTER TALES

That screaming in the woods? Not human

A woman finds her name crossed off her gravestone, a couple calls the cops over the thermostat, an intruder befriends a howling dog, and other odd tales from local police departments.

What do you think?

Is there a story you enjoyed reading in this section? An issue you’d like explored? Share your thoughts by e-mailing us at globesouth@globe.com with your name, hometown, and a daytime phone number.

Beverly Beckham

In the middle of winter, this little lie woos like a love song

Sometimes we lie to spare ourselves. Sometimes we lie to spare others. I like the sparing others lie.

SUBURBAN HANDBOOK: ROMANCE

Offbeat wedding venues grow in popularity

More couples are opting for personalized weddings in non-traditional venues, like public parks, museums, or their own homes.

Plymouth police rally around Big John the horse

The 7-year-old Clydesdale-Belgian cross was recently diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder.

The Argument

Should Scituate continue with the project to build a new public safety facility on Route 3A?

Read two views on the question and vote in our online poll.

HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASTICS

Club? High School? For gymnasts, it’s a balancing act necessary to excel

Notre Dame Adademy junior Kelsie Dwyer has been training with high school/club coach Nicole Johnson since 6th grade.

CAMPUS ANGLE Q&A

Olivia Murphy has aced the boards on the court at UMass Boston

The 6-foot senior forward from Canton has racked 1,000-plus points and rebounds for the Beacons.

Blotter tales

BLOTTER TALES

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A man causes a scene in a hotel lobby, a Donald Trump sign is set ablaze, police deal with a family feud at Toys “R” Us, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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.

On The Move

ON THE MOVE

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/01/13/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/IMG_3190A.jpg The magic of backyard hockey

For rink builders in Natick, Concord and Essex, it’s all about spontaneous, unstructured play.

Interactive Graphic

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