Swiss chard is harvested by Erinn Roberts, manager of the Lexington Community Farm, which has signed up 212 active shareholders.

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Swiss chard is harvested by Erinn Roberts, manager of the Lexington Community Farm, which has signed up 212 active shareholders.

Local-food movement puts all hands to work

The Lexington Community Farm is among the latest examples of a resurgence in local agriculture.

The Suburbanite

An update on what's happening in our communities.

“Avenue Q’’ performer Ruth Fontella and her puppet character.

Globe West calendar

A musical for puppets and humans, experts evaluate the worth of comic books, and more.

Up Close

Meeting people, magically

According to Gil Stubbs, a magician who is 87, no one is too old to learn new tricks.

Business Plan

A store that likes loitering

A store has existed on the site of Ferns Country Store in Carlisle since 1844.

The Informer

Openings and closings west of Boston

A shoutout for MBA volunteers, an outdoor classroom in Needham, and foot golf in Acton.

Who Taught You to Drive?

Massachusetts ban on driver texting is only sporadically enforced

While more tickets are being handed out since the state banned texting, statistics show that police have not made significant headway.

Major General Harold J. Greene, who was killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 5, was the Natick Soldier Systems Center’s top officer from 2009 to 2011.

Fallen general may be honored

A street in Natick might be named for Army Major General Harold Greene, who was killed in August by an Afghan soldier.

Newton residents pack hearing on teardown moratorium

Residents divided over a proposed moratorium on tear-downs spent more than three hours Wednesday night debating.

Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff

Local Fare

A fresh corner in Holliston

Make it fresh using quality ingredients is the cooking mantra of John Tracy, owner of Jasper Hill Café & Bistro.



The Argument

Should voters approve Ballot Question 4?

Should voters in November approve Ballot Question 4, which would entitle employees in Massachusetts to earn and use sick time under certain conditions?

The Big Question

How often do you take public transportation?

We asked four people: how frequently do you use public transportation?


Readers sound off on issues west of Boston

Readers comment on the hazards of bicycling, and a debate over limiting teardowns in Newton.



Sharon Whalen of Franklin (left) leads a hike in Upton State Forest.

On the move

The beauty, physical benefits of a fall hike

Fall is the ideal time for a day hike. The days are shorter and temperatures drop, but Mother Nature treats us to a riot of color.

Campus Angle

Jose Silva, Algonquin Regional/Merrimack College soccer

His first season in the soccer net at Merrimack College, as a redshirt freshman in 2012, was historic.

Catching Up With

Maura and Julie LeClair, Waltham High/Holy Cross

The sisters were senior captains on the 1980 and 1981 girls’ cross-country teams, both of which were inducted into the Waltham High Hall of Fame.

Play of the Week

Eric Hart, Algonquin Regional football

The Algonquin Regional player describes his game-winning field goal against Groton-Dunstable.

Noteworthy performances from local athletes

A USA Junior Nationals swimmer, a sophomore on the women’s soccer team at Boston College, and more.

To our readers

Letter from the Regional Editor

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

Blotter tales

Tales from the blotter

Every day, police respond to reports of all sorts of events and non-events. Here’s a sampling of lesser-known incidents from the suburbs.

Cartoon Caption Contest

// Extra income

Send us your submissions for this week’s cartoon, and see the winning caption and finalists from last week’s contest.

Who taught YOU to Drive?

Peter DeMarco and Laura Levis made it safely across the northern US border for their honeymoon in Quebec City.

Who taught you to drive?

Back and forth to Canada, Part 2

You don’t want to carry any weapons across the US-Canada border, of course, but what about liquor or food? And does the wool in that suit come from Israel?

Interactive Graphic

// High school concussions

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

Globe West Briefs


Town offering deal on compost bins

Through a collaboration of the town’s Sustainability Committee and the Highway Department, compost bins are available for purchase by residents at a subsidized rate of $50. Proceeds will be used to provide bins for school programs. To purchase a bin, call the Highway Department at 978-540-2670.


Training on suicide prevention

Concord-Carlisle Youth Services is partnering with several community agencies to host a free training session on suicide-awareness issues Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gleason Public Library, 22 Bedford Road. Designed for those age 15 and over, the three-hour safeTALK program is being presented by the regional chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. It offers a comprehensive overview of how to identify individuals considering suicide, and how to connect them with aid resources. To register, go to


Help local seniors with tax returns

The Council on Aging is seeking recent retirees to serve as volunteers for its AARP Tax Aid program, which helps seniors to fill out their income tax returns. Professional experience is not required; training will be provided. Hours are flexible during weekdays from February through April. To volunteer or for more information, call 781-275-6825.


Two seats open on parks board

The Board of Selectmen is seeking two volunteers to serve on the Parks and Recreation Commission, following the recent resignations of Joseph Schmidt and Patricia Nelson. Schmidt cited the role’s workload in his decision to step down, while Nelson referred to pressing work responsibilities. Both had been serving their first term on the panel.