Kieran Kesner for the Boston globe

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held last weekend at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham.

Needham’s Temple Beth Shalom breaks ground on expansion

“We’re really not talking about bricks and mortar, but we’re talking about a home,” Rabbi Jay Perlman said of the $11.5 million project.By Steve Maas

The Argument: Should Mass. Ave. in East Lexington get new traffic lights and crosswalks?

Would Lexington benefit from the state plan to add traffic lights and bike lanes and improved crosswalks at three Massachusetts Avenue intersections in East Lexington?


// Should future income drive your college search?

How helpful is it to know that an engineering school produces highly paid graduates, if you want to study music?

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Informer: Openings, harvest fair, and a concert

Local happenings in towns west of Boston.


With billboards, he knows how to get his message across

“It’s location, location, location – and traffic,” says billboard company owner John Carroll of Wrentham.


CHILDREN’S book IS quest for calmness

The author of “Charlotte and the Quiet Place” is a clinical social worker specializing in mindfulness.


Painting icons the Russian way

In the workshops she teaches on the art of icon painting, Marina Forbes tries to instill a sense of inner inspiration for her students.


Candidate forums set for Watertown Town Council

Sustainable Watertown, a local citizens group, will hold its first series of candidate forums for Town Council hopefuls on Sunday, Oct. 18, and Monday, Oct. 19.


Newtonville’s Austin Street plans get support from business community

The controversial development at the Austin Street municipal parking lot in Newtonville is scheduled for a final vote on Nov. 16.


State breaks ground on new Walden Pond visitors center

The $5.2 million environmentally friendly project is a nod to naturalist Henry David Thoreau.

Newton moves to protect temple land as sale to BC nears

Congregation Mishkan Tefila will vote this month whether to sell the Chestnut Hill property to Boston College.


Rapscallion Table & Tap builds local following

This cozy brewpub in Acton offers farm-to-table fare inspired by craft beers.


New Center School in Hopkinton plans ready for final votes

Residents must approve spending money to build Hopkinton’s new elementary school at a special town meeting and special town election.


Wine reception to benefit Arlington Historical Society

This event will feature samples of four wines, finger foods, and a silent auction.


Coalition to host ‘Be Well Belmont’ forum

This event will be an opportunity for Belmont residents to explore ways to foster a healthier community.

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// High school concussions

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