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Overlooking Route 128, the Westin is the largest of Waltham’s 11 hotels.

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Business travelers checking in at Waltham hotels

The city ranks third — behind Boston and Cambridge — in the number of rooms it offers, and more hotels are in the works.By Steve Maas


A new blood donor center, a student STEM workshop, a jewelry class, and a concert

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations in the suburbs west of Boston.


Should Shrewsbury oppose the proposed natural gas pipeline?

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Framingham residents approve two transit-oriented developments

Proposed developments at 266 Waverly St. and 75 Concord St. will add about 470 new residential housing units downtown.

More towns calling timeout on marijuana stores

Westborough voters approved a ban blocking retailers from selling recreational pot, and at least a dozen other communities could have temporary moratoriums by later this spring.


Arlington’s Patriots Day Parade rescheduled

Due to the Easter holiday, the parade will be held April 23 at 2 p.m.


Acton Citizens Police Academy begins April 6

The academy is an opportunity for residents to find out what the department and dispatch center do on a daily basis.


Belmont Center to receive brand new parking meters

The meters will help increase on-street parking turn-over and availability for shoppers, diners and visitors.


Concord’s annual cleanup of litter and trash arrives

Public works crews will pick up the bags along the roadside and at intersections beginning April 3.


Middlesex Community College wins $490k grant for science, technology programs

The grant will help provide updated equipment, including new computers, work stations, projectors, and more.


Bellingham’s 5K Road Race to benefit girls lacrosse team

The April 2 run/walk is open to all ages; medals will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers.


Franklin’s deadline to license dogs is April 1

The town clerk’s office is running a pilot initiative to allow residents to license their dogs online.


Spellman Museum brings postal history to life

Located on the grounds of Regis College in Weston, it serves as a philatelic trust, promotes the hobby of stamp collecting, and acts as a resource for researchers and the public.


At 90, Bedford substitute teacher still imparting wisdom

“I tell them that learning is like packing a suitcase for life’s journey,” says Marion Bryan, referring to her students.

Blotter tales


// Move over! Runaway cow!

A runaway cow wanders the streets of Stow, a woman is accused of playing darts too aggressively, an officer discovers a giant roll of bubble wrap, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

Cartoon Caption Contest

// Maple Eden

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On The Move


// Real maple-sugaring, here and now

It’s Massachusetts Maple Month, with many operations in Eastern Mass. providing up-close looks at the sweet science of syrup production.

Interactive Graphic

// High school concussions

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