A “bike box” was recently painted at the intersection of Beacon, Webster and Centre streets in Brookline, giving cyclists a head start atthe traffic lights.

Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

A “bike box” was recently painted at the intersection of Beacon, Webster and Centre streets in Brookline, giving cyclists a head start at the traffic lights.

Thinking outside the bike lane

From bike boxes to cycle tracks, communities west of Boston are trying new ways to make roadways safer for the region’s growing number of cyclists. By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/31/BostonGlobe.com/Regional/Images/08182011_18werace12-8015995-13330.jpg Proposed military museum is voted down in Stow

The Collings Foundation said it will contest the Planning Board’s rejection of its plans for an “American Heritage Museum.”

Mark your calendar

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Brandeis University’s Rose Art Museum offers new shows ranging from Lisa Yuskavage’s oil paintings to an exhibit of objects evoking the museum’s founding.

Latest Globe West headlines


Bellingham senior is making a healthy return to the gridiron

A year removed from shoulder surgery, Type 1 diabetic Brett Ryan taking on a significant role for Blackhawks.


GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

Boston College freshman soccer player Trevor Davock of Medway assisted on winning goals against Quinnipiac and BU.


Campus Angle: Becca Moore, Belmont High/Bentley University field hockey

Working on a double major in business management and liberal arts, the senior captain has made 38 consecutive starts for the Falcons.


Catching Up With . . . Scott Faessler: Milford High, Framingham State football, baseball

Now a corrections officer with the Essex County Sheriff’s department, the 44-year still holds single-season and career reception marks at FSU

Needham sculpture aims to foster mental health

The piece outside the town high school is meant to open a conversation about difficult issues.

Newton teachers agree to new contract

The deal will raise teachers’ pay between 7 and 8.5 percent over four years, according to the union president.


Informer: Greyhounds, pumpkins, and a 5k run

Local happenings in towns west of Boston.

Local Fare

Concord’s Saltbox Kitchen caps family farm revival

Owner and chef Ben Elliott serves locally sourced food — including from the farm built by his grandparents in the 1940s.


Shopping and dining converge in Littleton

Inside a rambling old farmhouse, you’ll find both the Gallery 529 Artists’ Cooperative and the Act III Restaurant.


Newton man to join inaugural Climate Ride Northeast

Dan Bakal, who has dedicated his career to addressing climate change, will ride 390 miles from Bar Harbor, Maine, to Boston.


Public hearing on Fernald site demolition plans in Waltham

The city says the buildings mush be demolished and a stream fully uncovered to prevent neighborhood flooding.

Judge grants temporary reprieve at Wayland intersection

The town was granted relief from the turning restrictions at Route 27 and Glezen Lane for up to 180 days so it can conduct a traffic study.

Blotter tales


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/25/BostonGlobe.com/Regional/Images/10042011_1004oped_weiss_jpg-8059271.jpg When your enemy lives next door

Neighbors war over everything from dirty diapers to domesticated chickens, in the Globe’s Blotter Tales.

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


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/17/BostonGlobe.com/Regional/Images/HAHL1099.jpg Ready for a big hit, and a bubble of fun? Try Knockerball

Arlington Recreation department just one of many area venues that has started to offer a game that is gaining traction.

Interactive Graphic

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