Hingham 11/02/2015: University of San Diego freshman Tom Noonan's family: (l-R) Meredith Noonan, 15, Jack, 18, mother Mal and father Phil with a picture of Tom. Photo by Debee Tlumacki for the Boston Globe (regional)

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The Noonan family, Meredith, 15, Jack, 18, mother Mal and father Phil can’t wait to welcome Tom home from San Diego.

A holiday with a twist: the freshman returns home

First-year students who attend school far from home will experience a heightened sense of gratitude and love.By Steven A. Rosenberg


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Father-son artist team Martin and Erik Demaine along with six other artists explore the wondrous potential of paper as medium in the Concord Center for the Visual Arts’ current exhibit.

The Argument: Should the state raise the cap on charter schools?

Read two views and vote in our online poll.

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The Argument: Should the MBTA consider increasing fares?

Should the MBTA consider increasing fares as one way to address its deficit issues?


Serving up Thai fusion in Newton Centre

At Four Spoons, “Chef Pop” offers a creative take on traditional cuisine.

Globe West Commentary

Notes to Globe West from readers commenting on a range of stories.


Stow teen marshals team to fight Crohn’s disease

“We came together because of this disease, but we don’t let it define us,” says Caroline Estey of their fund-raising efforts.


Jewelry that brings beauty and inspiration

A Newton cancer survivor and her aunt — both named Sally Jane — team up for an online business bearing their names.

Informer: Library passes, art exhibition, and a tree lighting

Local happenings in communities west of Boston.


Medfield’s new holiday stroll highlights the arts

The closing of Lord’s Department Store has shifted the emphasis of a beloved local tradition.


Minuteman board approves preliminary school design

The state authority, which is expected to pay about 40 percent of the construction cost, will now review the design.


Arlington Town Meeting Warrant to open

Residents interested in submitting articles for the warrant should download an article submission packet that is available on the town’s website.


Newton receives grant to restore burial ground

The grant will add to the $653,679 in Community Preservation Act funds the city will use for for the work preserving the historic tombs and grave markers in the city’s oldest burial ground dating back to 1668.


Waltham seeks opinion on zoning

Comments and suggestions can be e-mailed to zoningreview@city.waltham.ma.us, or mailed to the city clerk’s office.


Two Sudbury selectmen set office hour

This is not a public meeting but a casual time for general discussions with board members.


Carolyn DeMoranville, director of the Cranberry Experiment Station in Wareham, sorting cranberries. (Paul E. Kandarian for The Boston Globe)

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Cranberries are her life year round

Carolyn DeMoranville is director of the Cranberry Experiment Station in Wareham, part of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where all-things cranberry are studied.

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