The former library branch on Centre Street in Newton, where a proposed rent-free deal with MassChallenge has been dropped.

Ian Rendell

The former library branch on Centre Street in Newton, where a proposed rent-free deal with MassChallenge has been dropped.

Newton mayor seeks other sites for MassChallenge

Setti Warren is optimistic he can bring the start-up accelerator to the city, despite scrapping the plan to house it on Centre Street. By Ellen Ishkanian

The Suburbanite

An update on what's happening in our communities.

A scene from “Dryden: The Small Town that Changed the Fracking Game,” is scheduled to screen Wednesday in Maynard.

Globe West calendar

A maple sugar making event, an evening of environmental films, a Beatles cover band, and more.

Up Close

Concord photographer serves grieving parents

James E. Coutre donates photos to parents of a baby who is stillborn or at risk of dying.

Louise Mawhinney went from a long-time fan to a new owner of Duck Soup last fall.

Business Plan

Sundry offerings at Sudbury’s Duck Soup

Louise Mawhinney was a loyal customer of Duck Soup before she bought the specialty foods and housewares store.

The Informer

Openings and closings of businesses and other organizations in the west suburbs.

A slice of spinach-ricotta pie at Panelli’s Pizza & Parm.

Justin Saglio for the boston Globe

Local Fare

Practice makes perfect at Panelli’s Pizza and Parm in Brookline

David Iknaian started his career at home cooking pizzas — thousands of them.

Samantha Troiano climbed an ice wall in a mountaineering skills event held last weekend at Camp Sayre in Milton.

On the Move

A Boy Scouts’ camp for all seasons

On the verge of being sold off, the Boy Scouts’ Camp Sayre in the Blue Hills in Milton has been reinvented as a year-round camp.

VOICES

 

The Argument

Should the Austin Street redevelopment in Newtonville go forward?

A Ward 2 Alderman and the founder of Newtonville Neighborhood Association discuss their views on the proposed plan.

The Big Question

What are you doing with the snow on your roof?

We asked four people about how they are clearing their roofs.

A hat and hat stand from the old Foxboro Hat Shop, one of the last of its kind to close.

Beverly Beckham

Still enchanted by hats and the memories they hold

I miss the totally superfluous, wide-brimmed beauties designed solely for sitting on top of a head.

SPORTS

 

CAMPUS ANGLE

Emily Field, Lawrence Academy/Boston College women’s hockey

The senior left wing has collected seven goals and 16 assists for the 30-1-2 BC women’s hockey team.

Myles Holt, right, ran the anchor leg for Natick High in the 4x400 at the state meet.

Play of the Week

Natick junior Myles Holt and the boys’ 4x400 meter relay team

Holt described his role in helping the boys’ 4x400 meter relay team win first place at the MIAA All-State meet.

Mark Ivanov back at Bentley, with track coach Barry Harwick.

CATCHING UP WITH

Mark Ivanov, Acton-Boxborough/Bentley University track

Ivanov was a four-time NCAA Division 2 All-American and set nine existing program records in track.

Noteworthy performances

Top performances from athletes in the west, north, and south suburbs.

To our readers

Letter from the Regional Editor

Welcome to our new and expanded weekly Globe West, Globe North, and Globe South.

Blotter tales

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Police said a man turned his snowblower in the direction of his neighbor, and covered him with snow.

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.

Globe West Briefs

ARLINGTON

EcoFest will return Saturday in Town Hall

Arlington’s 2015 EcoFest will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Town Hall. The annual celebration of the environment will focus on energy — how it’s made, used, measured, and conserved. The free community event will feature activities and displays for all ages, including art created out of recyclable materials. Residents will also have an opportunity to fill their own container with free, locally generated compost.

WATERTOWN

Historical group will unveil new exhibitions Saturday

The Historical Society of Watertown will unveil two exhibitions, on the Civil War and a Native American artisan, next weekend. They are being made possible in part by a Watertown Community Foundation grant that is paying for a display screen and materials for rotating exhibitions at the society’s Edmund Fowle House on Marshall Street. “Watertown and the Civil War” will feature letters written by a local woman’s great-uncle serving in the Union Army, newspaper interviews with Civil War veterans who lived in town, and information on other notable era figures and sites with connections to the community. The other exhibition, “A Mi’Kmaw Woman’s Award-Winning Legacy,” will feature the arts and crafts of Madeline “Joe” Knockwood as well as information about her culture and traditions. The Mi’Kmaqs were one of the parties to sign the Treaty of Watertown at the Edmund Fowle House in 1776; the document was the first to recognize the United States as an independent nation, according to the society. The exhibitions’ grand opening will run from 11 a.m. through 2 p.m. Saturday. In the event of a storm, it will be rescheduled to next Sunday. For more information, visit www.historicalsocietyofwatertownma.org.

LEXINGTON

School board contest on ballot Monday

Lexington is holding its annual town election Monday, when polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The only townwide contested race is for School Committee, with three candidates vying for two seats on the panel. Incumbents William Hurley and Jessie Steigerwald are joined by Thomas Diaz on the ballot. Also, some precincts have several candidates for Town Meeting member positions.

BELMONT

Selectmen vote to seek tax increase this spring

Belmont’s Board of Selectmen recently voted unanimously to place a $4.5 million Proposition 2½ override request on the ballot in the April 7 town election. Town Administrator David Kale said the board decided to seek the property tax increase based on feedback and recommendations from the Financial Task Force and other town committees. Kale said the money would be used to close a deficit in the school system’s budget for this year, and cover expected expenses next year related to special education and increased enrollment. Kale said funds from the override would also be used for road and sidewalk repairs and capital improvements. Without the override, Kale said, the schools would have a shortfall of about $1.6 million for next fiscal year. He said the override would add about $675 to the property taxes for the town’s average single-family home.

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