In suburbs, rents soar as vacancy rates plummet

Phil Ragusa, the owner of Boston Premier Properties in Quincy, showed a rental unit to Sarah Dunphy, a UMass Boston student.

Katheleen Conti/Globe Staff

Landlords are charging record high rents from Chelsea to Needham to Cohasset as many eschew Boston’s rental landscape for suburban alternatives.

Concord’s Tyler Andrews at the Boston Marathon Monday.

Concord’s Andrews goes the distance in his first Marathon

During his first Boston Marathon, Tyler Andrews finished 29th in the men’s field and 35th overall with a time of 2:21:33.

Who taught YOU to drive?

Release the bicycles

Idaho cyclists have been allowed to proceed through intersections, even when a light is red, since 1982.

Globe West Best Bets

Things to do west of Boston April 26-27

Rafters hit a rapid along the Concord River during a white-water rafting trip put on by the Lowell Parks and Conversation Trust and Zoar Outdoor.

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Rafters hit a rapid along the Concord River during a white-water rafting trip put on by the Lowell Parks and Conversation Trust and Zoar Outdoor.

Guide Brian Pytko of Zoar Outdoor gives rafting instructions prior to launching in Lowell.

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Guide Brian Pytko of Zoar Outdoor gives rafting instructions prior to launching in Lowell.

Rafters wait while their rafts are unloaded. The trips run through Memorial Day.

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Rafters wait while their rafts are unloaded. The trips run through Memorial Day.

A group of rafters on the first trip of the season approach their first rapid.

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A group of rafters on the first trip of the season approach their first rapid.

The trips go down three sections of rapids and past Lowell's famous mills.

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The trips go down three sections of rapids and past Lowell's famous mills.

Staffers from Zoar Outdoor prepare to hit their first rapid.

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Staffers from Zoar Outdoor prepare to hit their first rapid.

Lowell's mayor and rafter for the day, Rodney Elliott, right, helps to carry a raft up a small cliff.

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Lowell's mayor and rafter for the day, Rodney Elliott, right, helps to carry a raft up a small cliff.

“This is one of the only urban white-water experiences out there and it’s only like this a short time of the year,

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“This is one of the only urban white-water experiences out there and it’s only like this a short time of the year," said Adriana Isaza, a Zoar rafting guide.

The Lowell rafting trips are 1.7 miles long. Proceeds from the trips go toward the completion of the Concord River Greenway.

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The Lowell rafting trips are 1.7 miles long. Proceeds from the trips go toward the completion of the Concord River Greenway.

In Lowell, rafters brave springtime rapids on Concord River

Lowell is not exactly synonymous with white-water rafting but every spring, the Concord River swells enough to carry thrill seekers.

“Variations on Make Way for Ducklings.”

Arts

Dance like a duckling

Dance Prism’s current production of “Variations on Make Way for Ducklings” takes place Saturday in Sudbury, and Sunday in Littleton.

Many parents believe the one upside of drawing carpool duty is getting to eavesdrop.

Suburban Diary

In spring a young man’s thoughts turn to — baseball

As one parent drove her 15-year-old and his friends home on a recent afternoon, the conversation topic was all about baseball.

Who taught YOU to Drive?

Who Taught You to Drive?

It may not always be apparent, but Massachusetts has laws for bicyclists as well as motorists.

Bicyclists return with spring thaw

It’s become a rite of spring, as regular as buds on trees and Red Sox games. I speak, of course, of the moment one realizes that bicyclists are back on the road.