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In a touch of whimsy, a donkey briefly stole the spotlight during the ceremony of Giacomo Marchese and Dani Taylor at Winslow Farm in Norton.

Offbeat wedding venues grow in popularity

More couples are opting for personalized weddings in non-traditional venues, like public parks, museums, or their own homes.By Katheleen Conti

MEDFIELD

Senior living plan sparks opposition in Medfield

Dozens of residents packed Town Hall to debate the proposed complex near historic Peak House.

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LOCAL FARE

Newton restaurant a haven for dumpling devotees

Dumpling House co-owner and head chef Xuehua Gong also owns eateries in Boston’s Chinatown and Cambridge.

NEWTON

Meet the finalists for Newton North principal

Bedford High School Principal Henry Turner and Jeffrey Gaglione, dean and math department head at Cambridge, Rindge and Latin School, will answer questions on Monday, Feb. 8, and Tuesday, Feb. 9, as a final phase in the selection process.

MEDFIELD

Senior living plan sparks opposition in Medfield

Dozens of residents packed Town Hall to debate the proposed complex near historic Peak House.

BROOKLINE

Brookline High headmaster is a finalist for Marblehead post

“I will inform you immediately if I am going to accept another position,” Deborah Holman wrote to the school community.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Lexington salon combines hair styling, studio art

Salon Marcello showcases works by local artists for the enjoyment of clients, stylists and passers-by alike

The Informer: gardening, pop-up menus, and Valentine’s day events

Local happenings in communities west of Boston.

The Argument: Should higher taxes be off the table in state budget talks?

Read two views and vote in our online poll.

CAMPUS ANGLE Q&A

Southborough’s Zach Marcoulier has pinned down academics, wrestling at Roger Williams

Senior from Southborough has racked up a 14-3 mark at 157 pounds for perennial Division 3 power.

CATCHING UP WITH ...

As a player (BU) and coach (Northeastern), Gary Fay has hoisted the Beanpont

A former high-scoring defenseman for Jack Parker, the Brookline High grad now flies in from Zurich to watch the tourney.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

Merrimack College junior Carly Muscaro of Ashland set the New England indoor college record in the 400 meters.

HIGH SCHOOL NORDIC SKIING

Heat is on Mass. Bay skiers to schedule Nordic training

With unseasonably warms temps and a lack of natural snow, Weston Ski Track one of few options for high school programs

BROOKLINE

Brookline selectmen update comment sign-up process

Residents will now be able to sign up at the door to comment at public meetings.

Blotter tales

BLOTTER TALES

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A man causes a scene in a hotel lobby, a Donald Trump sign is set ablaze, police deal with a family feud at Toys “R” Us, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

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.

On The Move

ON THE MOVE

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2016/01/13/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/IMG_3190A.jpg The magic of backyard hockey

For rink builders in Natick, Concord and Essex, it’s all about spontaneous, unstructured play.

Interactive Graphic

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