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Lisa Bradulina and her daughter, Sophia, of Norwood, walk under a Weeping Willow tree by the pond in Francis William Bird Park in Walpole.

Tranquil magic just a day trip away from Boston

These destinations in Groton, Walpole, and Newbury offer a chance for contemplation.By Hattie Bernstein

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Bill Nichols of Newton volunteers his business services in developing countries — and brings his camera along.

LOCAL FARE

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Two veteran chefs of the Worcester dining scene have opened Ko Sushi & Grill on Hayward Street in Hopkinton.

Latest Globe West headlines

Where to go west of Boston for the Fourth

A sampling of fireworks displays, concerts, road races, parades, and other happenings in the suburbs west of Boston during this Fourth of July weekend.

Tadpoles bring new life to Mount Auburn Cemetery

Toads, spring peepers, and gray tree frogs have been absent from Mount Auburn for 50 years or more.

Needham bride and groom literally ‘in it for the long run’

A couple will compete in the Charles River YMCA Independence Day 5k and tie the knot a few hours later.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

Ashland’s Carly Muscaro earned Capital One Division 2 Academic All-American honors as a junior sprinter at Merrimack College.

HIGH SCHOOL ROWING

Bromfield Acton-Boxborough crew leads wave of headliners at nationals

BAB men’s four and Brookline men’s double earn gold, underscoring rapid growth of area’s high school rowing programs.

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Photos depict Newton man’s journey off the corporate path

Bill Nichols of Newton volunteers his business services in developing countries — and brings his camera along.

CATCHING UP WITH

Catching Up With ... Nicole D’Argento, Ashland High/Boston College softball

After a dominant career in the circle, and one year as an assistant at West Point, she lands at Harvard as pitching coach.

Newton still bound by affordable housing law, state rules

The Massachusetts Housing Appeals Committee has rejected Newton’s assertion that it has met a threshold that put it outside the parameters of Chapter 40B affordable housing law.

INFORMER

Informer: preservation, retirement, art, and real estate

Happenings at the Shirley Meeting House, Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuar, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, and the Giroux Building.

SUBURBAN HANDBOOK: SUMMER ADVENTURES

Tranquil magic just a day trip away from Boston

These destinations in Groton, Walpole, and Newbury offer a chance for contemplation.

BEDFORD

Construction underway for veterans housing in Bedford

Bedford Green apartments, a new affordable 70-unit housing development, will provide permanent supportive housing for homeless veterans, primarily age 55 and older.

BUSINESS PLAN

For the ulimate pizza party: a mobile brick oven

VESTA Mobile Wood-Fired Pizza brings its 750-degree brick pizza oven on location for private parties, wedding receptions, and festivals.

Interactive Graphic

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