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Some officials worry that projects such as an Olympic Boulevard in Boston would divert needed resources from the suburbs.

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Some officials worry that projects such as an Olympic Boulevard in Boston (above) would divert needed resources from the suburbs.

Olympics could boost business, tourism west of Boston

As the debate heats up over Boston’s bid to host the Olympics, leaders are approaching the idea with optimism and wariness. By James H. Burnett III

The Suburbanite

An update on what's happening in our communities.

Historian Rob Velella performs as noted scary-story author Edgar Allan Poe at Gore Place in Waltham on Saturday.

Globe West calendar

A storytelling event in Groton, a reading of Edgar Allan Poe stories in Waltham, and more.

Joey Constantine (second from left) and his Downtown Crossing quartet offers singing valentines as a fund-raiser for the Lexington-based men’s chorus.

Up close

Men’s chorus delivers singing Valentines

Joey Constantine of Waltham fell in love with barbershop vocal harmony during a high school performance of “The Music Man.”

Glenn Johnson and a likeness made by Laura Chu Burke.

Business Plan

Handworks Gallery of American Crafts

Glenn Johnson, owner of the gallery, is a weaver and painter who has been making and selling artwork since 6-years-old.

The Menotomy Grill hosts live music every Thursday night.

The Informer

International Bicycle Centers has closed its stores in Newton Highlands and Brighton after 45 years of business.

Pad Thai is offered both in a sweeter version for American palates, or traditional-style.

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Local Fare

At Rice Theory in Natick, authentic and economical cuisine

Will Sripakdeevong, the 23-year-old owner of Rice Theory, wanted more healthy and quick-service Thai food in the area.

VOICES

 

The Argument

Should Boston host the Olympic games?

Should the city should host the 2024 games?

THE BIG QUESTION

What do you do to save money on heating in the winter?

We asked four people how they save on heating.

Euan Beckham has gone from just a few words to quite a few phrases in the past five weeks.

Beverly Beckham

Some he gets right, some wrong, but he never stops trying

Children practice, practice, practice. They pile those stacking toys again and again.

SPORTS

 

CAMPUS ANGLE

Madison Douglas, Concord-Carlisle/MIT fencing

The Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences major has a 121-59 career record as women’s sabre squad leader.

Play of the Week

Jack Golden, Algonquin Regional wrestling

Algonquin Regional freshman wrestler Jack Golden described his meet-clinching match against Nashoba Regional on Jan. 21.

Ana Maria Cardenas used a lead rope to climb a wall at MetroRock in Everett last week.

ON THE MOVE

Indoor rock climbs an inviting winter workout in greater Boston

Enthusiasts embrace physical and mental challenge at gyms, as well as social engagement and encouragement.

Natick High and BC grad Richie Smith

CATCHING UP WITH

Richie Smith, Natick High/Boston College hockey

The only player to lead BC in scoring all four seasons, he powered the Eagles to 1976 Beanpot title.

Noteworthy performances

Top performances from athletes residing in communities north, west, and south of Boston.

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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The Hopkinton Sergeant said, “His paws were propped on the ice, and he was sitting still, exhausted from trying to get out.”

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.

Globe West Briefs

WALTHAM

Waltham Council adds Feb. 9 hearing on apartment complex

Waltham city councilors will reconvene a hearing Feb. 9 on a proposed apartment complex on Cooper and Elm streets that would add 264 residential units to the city, according to the city clerk’s office. The 7:30 p.m. hearing comes after some residents said they did not receive a postcard notifying them of the initial Dec. 8 hearing on the matter, according to Thomas Curtin, assistant city clerk. “We wanted to make sure everyone has a chance to know about it,” Curtin said. During the hearing, developer Lincoln Cooper Street, LLC will make a presentation. Councilors can then ask about the project, and the public will be given the chance to speak in support or opposition. Councilor Robert Logan, chairman of the Ordinances and Rules Committee, said while the project is in its beginning phases, “there is a critical shortage of housing in Waltham, and this would go a long way in alleviating that.” Logan said the units would mostly be studios, one-bedrooms, and two-bedrooms.

NATICK

High school begins search for new principal

Natick school officials aren’t wasting any time filling the principal opening at Natick High. Applications for the job are due Monday, according to a School Department document — less than two weeks after sitting principal Rose Bertucci announced she will fill a newly created role as dean for instruction, data, and student initiatives at the high school. Finalists for her current job will be announced at the end of the month before they visit the school and attend a community forum in early March. A new principal will be chosen the week of March 16, according to the document. Both Bertucci and her replacement will assume their new roles July 1. In her new job, Bertucci will oversee the school’s one-to-one laptop program, as well as teacher evaluations and test data. She said she had looked forward to continuing to work with the school, but was leaving the principal’s office after five years to spend more time with her three young children. And she passed along some advice to her successor. “Take your time,’’ she said, “to examine everything that is going on — all the great things that are happening — and get a lot of input from the people that are here because they are quite good. And do what needs to be done to make it the best place that you can.”

FRANKLIN

Franklin to host talk on circuit breaker tax credit

Franklin’s senior center will host an informational program aimed at explaining the state circuit breaker tax credit on Feb. 27 at 1:30 p.m. Brian Lynch of the state’s Department of Revenue and state Senator Richard Ross, a Wrentham Republican, will discuss details of the program, which offers a refundable credit of up to $1,050 on 2014 state income taxes to taxpayers 65 or older who pay real estate taxes on or rent their principal residence. Total income cannot exceed $56,000 for a single filer who is not the head of the household, $70,000 for a head of household, or $84,000 for taxpayers filing jointly. To sign up for the program or learn more, call the senior center at 508-520-4945.

WRENTHAM

Wrentham hosts winter owl prowl

A winter owl prowl will be held at Wrentham’s Fiske Public Library Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. The program will start with a presentation in the library’s Sweatt meeting room by Marla Isaac, director of New England Reptile and Raptor Exhibits, focusing on native owls. The group will then move outside for a walk into the woods to listen and look for wild native owls. Participants should wear layers, boots, hats, and mittens, and are encouraged to bring binoculars and flashlights. Participation is free thanks to a grant from the Sweatt Fund. For more information, call Open Space Committee chairman Barry Kassler at 508-384-7733 or visit the town’s website at www.wrentham.ma.us

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