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The Suburbanite

An update on what's happening in our communities.

“River in Fall with Two Trees” by Suzanne Hodes . . . .

Globe West calendar

Ballet from the Romantic era, an Arlington writing festival, artists open up their studios to the public, and more.

Up Close

A children’s sanctuary takes root in Waltham

An award-winning landscape designer and horticulturist has created a children’s oasis at the Temple Beth Israel.

MediaBoss staffer Ian Barrett setting up a video project.

Business Plan

MediaBoss Television

MediaBoss Television combines the craft of storytelling with the technology to distribute clients’ messages.

The Informer

Openings and closings west of Boston

A library groundbreaking in Framingham, a granite swan appears in Arlington, a fall tour in Newton, and more.

Watertown and Adams streets in Newton’s Nonantum section is one intersection where improvements are planned.

Newton unveils $5.1m traffic improvement plan

Mayor Setti Warren outlined a plan to reduce backups at the worst traffic spots throughout town.

Milford restores morning kindergarten recess after parental outcry

The town’s public schools reversed an unpopular attempt to relace the 15-minute break with more classroom time.

Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff

Local Fare

Real Mexican in Ashland

The restaurant is intended to let suburban diners “taste a little bit of what we cook at home,” the taqueria’s manager said.

VOICES

 

The Argument

Should voters approve Ballot Question 2?

Two views on whether voters should expand the state bottle law to require a nickel deposit on bottles.

The Big Question

Do you vote along party lines?

Do you generally vote along party lines? Will you in this election?

Lauren Beckham at her home, celebrating her 10th birthday.

Beverly Beckham

Birthday cards may dazzle and sing, but they still fail me

I go to the Hallmark store and search through greeting cards seeking the perfect one. And I fail once again.

SPORTS

 

Campus Angle

Rachel Henderson, Ashland High/University of Alabama rowing

The freshman walk-on who had never rowed before made the first varsity fours boat as a sophomore last spring at Alabama.

Play of the Week

Tamar Bulka, Newton South soccer

The senior captain talks about her game-winning goal against Lincoln-Sudbury on Oct. 4, lifting the Lions to a 2-1 win.

Catching Up With

Bill Delaney, Marlborough High/Springfield College football

Today, he teaches special education in addition to his coaching duties.

Noteworthy performances from local athletes

A roundup of top players from across the region.

To our readers

Letter from the Regional Editor

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

Blotter tales

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Every day, police officers respond to reports of all sorts of events and non-events, most of which never make the news.

Cartoon Caption Contest

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

South

This used hypodermic syringe was spotted on New Bridge Street in Hingham and reported to police.

Hypodermic needles litter landscape south of Boston

Used, and often uncapped, syringes and needles are being found in public places throughout the region.

Interactive Graphic

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

Globe West Briefs

Plainville

King Philip parents group reaching out for new members

The King Philip Parents’ Network is holding a membership drive featuring a special prize raffle . The network, formed 22 years ago to improve the connection between parents and students at King Philip Regional High School, which serves Plainville, Norfolk and Wrentham, supports activities and events for students. All those who return membership forms and dues by Nov. 30 will be entered into a drawing to receive prizes, including two winners who will receive gift certificates to the East Coast Driving School in Franklin covering the 30 classroom instructional hours required in Massachusetts for new drivers younger than age 18. Another winner will receive a photo session with Gemini Photo Events, a Wrentham company specializing in portraits of individuals and groups, valued at $125. For more information, and to download membership forms, visit the network’s website, www.kpparentnetwork.org.

Holliston

Traffic lights on warrant Monday night

Residents are slated to consider a 14-article warrant, including a proposal related to installing traffic lights downtown, at the Special Town Meeting convening at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Holliston High School auditorium. The Finance Committee has recommended postponing a decision on Article 11, which seeks $275,000 to complete a traffic analysis and design covering the center of town. In its report on the warrant article, the advisory panel states that voters should decide on a “financial plan for the entire project amount, estimated to be approximately $1.5 million, before moving forward with the study.” McMahon Transportation Engineers & Planners, a traffic consultant hired by the town, earlier this year released a report that recommended the installation of traffic lights and other measures at three locations along the Washington Street-Route 16 corridor.

Littleton

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.

Carlisle

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 tinyurl.com/oomqcug.