Diverging opinions on lane-reduction proposal

A rendering of a refurbished bike and hiking trail along the Charles River in Watertown and Cambridge.

Department of Conservation and Recreation

A $1.3 million proposal would renovate a 1-mile strip of Charles River walkways and green space along Greenough Boulevard in Watertown and Cambridge.

Tow trucks may not tow a vehicle containing a passenger. But they could also call police to have a person removed.

Who taught you to drive?

Answering tricky questions from the readers’ mail bag

Three readers offered the same advice on how to thwart a tow truck driver, but was it good advice?

Kale is served with many things, here with egg, orecchiette, and summer squash, but not with M&Ms.

Beverly Beckham

From M&Ms to kale, but not liking it

In 2013, The New York Times declared kale “veggie chic.” Last week, I finally tried it.

A garden created by volunteers and sponsors of the nonprofit Hope in Bloom Inc., which provides the healing spaces for about 25 breast cancer patients across the state each year.


Acton author writes of his wife’s recovery for Chicken Soup for the Soul

In 2006, Larry and Joanie Kerpelman were returning from their daily trek to a coffee shop near their Acton home when Joanie, tripped over tangled shoelaces.

Globe West best bets

Things to do west of Boston.

Ghislaine Alvarez grilling a meal at Cochituate State Park.

Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

Grilling at the lake is all about family

According to the 25th annual Weber GrillWatch Survey, 50 percent of Americans prefer grilling food outdoors to cooking inside . . . regardless of what’s on the menu.

 Jody Feeney (left) of Needham and Kathy Farrell (right) of Cambridge sample hors d’oeuvres at a recent Dinner in the Field at  Volante Farms.

taste of summer

Farm dining brings customers close to the source

All are gathered at Volante Farms in Needham for the farm’s first Dinner in the Field of 2014, one of a series of dinners the farm hosts during the growing season.

Diners inside Rosaria Steakhouse in Saugus look out at the patio and rock garden.

Al fresco dining in Boston’s suburbs

Al fresco dining spots are popping up all over, and most of them can’t boast scenic waterfront or mountaintop views.

Outdoor dining west of Boston

Outdoor dining in the western suburbs.

Globe West Sports

Interactive Graphic

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

Globe West Briefs


Town launches new website

The town rolled out an updated website Thursday that includes a number of new interactive features, such as an “I Want To” tab on the home page that helps residents figure out how to do such things as contact Town Hall, pay a bill, or get a permit. The website, at www.arlingtonma.gov , also provides easily downloadable calendars, improved navigation, and an interface that adjusts for tablets and smartphones, according to an announcement from the town. The website was developed in partnership with Vision Internet, a California-based company that specializes in developing government, nonprofit, and education websites.


Nominations sought for Citizen of the Year

Nominations for this year’s Citizen of the Year honor are being accepted, with the winner to be cited during Bedford Day festivities in September. The annual award is given to someone with a proven track record of service to the town, whether in an official capacity, as a volunteer, or as a private citizen. Nominations should cite the individual’s participation in efforts that support the community as a whole, or specific beneficiaries. Nomination forms can be downloaded at www.bedfordma.gov or picked up at the town manager’s office, and must be returned by Aug. 1.


Town has openings in weekday camps

The town Recreation Department’s full-day summer day camp programs are in high gear, but most of them still have openings for children who want to have adventures, learn something new, and make new friends. Programs, which also welcome nonresidents, run the gamut from sports, games and water play to crafts, science and cooking, with campers placed in groups by age and interests. The next three weekly sessions, through Aug. 8, are being held at the Melican Middle School; the summer’s final two sessions will be held at the Zeh School, with the last date Aug. 22. Camp hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and field trips are held on Wednesdays. The cost is $230 per week, with discounts for siblings enrolled during the same week. For more information, browse the department’s website at www.northboroughrecreation.com.


New program gives preschoolers a night out

The big kids aren’t the only ones who get a night out this summer. If your younger children have been asking when it’s their turn, here’s some good news: On July 25, Aug. 8, and Aug. 22, the town’s Recreation Department is holding Preschoolers Summer Night Out programs for ages 3 to 7. Preregistration ends Friday at noon for the sessions, which will run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Town Hall gym and recreation center, 63 Main St. The cost is $30 per night for the first child and $15 per night for siblings. A minimum of eight children is required; there is room for a maximum of 20, and the youngsters must be toilet trained. Activities include games, time outside on the playground (weather permitting), art projects, a G-rated movie, and a pizza dinner. Instructors are Beth McShane and recreation staff members. For more information or to register, visit www.northboroughrecreation.com.