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Rene Rancourt sang both the US and Canadian national anthems before the Second Annual Weymouth Winter Classic Charity Hockey Game in January.

A farewell fist pump from Rene Rancourt

For over 40 years, he’s belted out the national anthem at Boston Bruins games. In April, he’ll retire.By Lenny Megliola

Metrowest needs more housing, better transportation

The region west of Boston is economically vital but faces challenges to its long-term growth, according to two new reports.

THE ARGUMENT

Should Concord ban gas-powered leaf blowers?

Read two views and vote in our online poll.

Latest Globe West headlines

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Passion for basketball drives Bedford teen to succeed

Malachi Hazelton has blossomed on and off the court with the help of his family and the Bedford community.

A farewell fist pump from Rene Rancourt

For over 40 years, he’s belted out the national anthem at Boston Bruins games. In April, he’ll retire.

THE ARGUMENT

Should Concord ban gas-powered leaf blowers?

Read two views and vote in our online poll.

Metrowest needs more housing, better transportation

The region west of Boston is economically vital but faces challenges to its long-term growth, according to two new reports.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Newton’s Ryan Kim helps Northeastern to title

The 22-year-old had battled significant injuries his first three seasons in college track and field.

INFORMER

Interfaith discussion, local history, and a blood drive

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations in the suburbs west of Boston.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

Brookline’s Michal Alge has established a new career rebounding mark for Yeshiva University’s womens’ basketball team.

REGION

MassBay Community College and Framingham State University receive state grant

The $10,000 grant will support students in Framingham and Milford Public Schools who may be eligible for early college programs.

Young workers love cities. So what’s a suburban company to do?

For some companies west of Boston, the future lies in enticing this new generation.

NEWTON

Newton to hold hearing on affordable senior housing project

A public hearing on a proposed 55-unit affordable housing development for seniors in Nonantum will be held Feb. 27.

FRAMINGHAM

New mayor to give commencement at Framingham State graduation

Mayor Yvonne Spicer will give the undergraduate commencement address in May.

Change catches up with West Groton general store

With customers aging and foot traffic down, the owner says Clover Farm General Store may have to close.

Blotter tales

BLOTTER TALES

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A couch is tossed off a balcony, boom boxes rule the streets, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

Cartoon Caption Contest

CAPTION CONTEST

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Submit your own caption, along with your name, hometown, and phone number, by e-mailing cartooncaption@globe.com.

On The Move

ON THE MOVE / BRION O’CONNOR

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If you’re thinking of attempting Climb to the Top Boston, the March 3 National Multiple Sclerosis Society fund-raiser at the 200 Clarendon Tower, or a similar event, here’s some concrete advice.

Interactive Graphic

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