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Work is underway at the Northshore Mall in Peabody to create a patio and outdoor stage for community events and performances.

With upgrades and food, suburban malls take on e-retailers

Greater Boston’s shopping centers are offering new experiences from outdoor dining to grocery shopping to total village living.By Nancy Shohet West


Head into the woods with a sketchpad

Enjoy the woods in a new way — with a pencil and sketchpad — at the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge’s “Sketching in Nature” class.


Has the Plainridge Park Casino been a benefit to Plainville and surrounding towns?

Read two views and vote in our online poll.

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Concord creates PayByPhone parking zones

The town of Concord is implementing paid parking on Main Street between Sudbury Road and Thoreau Street by creating PayByPhone zones.


Sudbury preservation panel seeks project proposals

The Sudbury Community Preservation Committee is now accepting proposals for projects that may qualify for funding through the program. Proposals can be submitted under the topic areas of open space, historic resources, recreation, or community housing. Applications are due by Nov. 6. For more information about the CPA in Sudbury, visit the CPC website at: or by contacting Meagen Donoghue, director of Planning and Community Development, at 978-639-3387 or by e-mail: Public hearings about the proposals will be held during the late fall.


Artists needed for show, auction in Maynard

Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts and 6 Bridges Gallery in Maynard are seeking area artists interested in submitting pieces for an upcoming show and online auction.


Babson is building multiuse recreation and athletics center

Babson College in Wellesley is starting construction on a new 75,000-square foot multi-use recreation and athletics center.


Public invited to ‘Meet Belmont’ fair

Belmont residents and prospective residents are invited to learn more about town departments, local government, schools, nonprofits, and volunteer opportunities at the 15th annual Meet Belmont Community Information Fair.


Volunteers wanted for Acton panel

The Acton Board of Selectmen seek is seeking volunteers to serve on the 53 River Street Master Plan Committee


Greek festival coming to Marlborough

Labor Day weekend will take on a Greek flavor in Marlborough with a three-day festival beginning Saturday, Sept. 2.


Brookline seeks volunteers to serve on override study committee

Brookline’s selectmen are seeking volunteers to serve on a committee that will study whether a Proposition 2 1/2 tax increase will be needed to support the town’s budget in fiscal 2019.


Plainville’s annual vendor and craft fair Sept. 9

The Plainville United Methodist Church will host its annual fall vendor and craft fair Saturday, Sept. 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the church at 16 East Bacon St.


Franklin Police receive state grant to combat impaired driving

The Franklin Police Department has received a state grant to aid in its efforts to remove impaired drivers from the road.


Give Twyrl Pasta Bistro a whirl in Arlington

The bright, narrow dining room in Arlington is accented by an open kitchen, including a chalkboard sign with the name of the cook preparing fresh pasta that day


Newton Talks turns stories into history

Kimberly Hewitt is helping to conduct an oral history project for the city, creating records for future generations.

Blotter tales


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Pokémon Go results in calls to police, a police chief rescues a pet pig, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

Cartoon Caption Contest


// On the road

Submit your own caption, along with your name, hometown and phone number, by e-mailing

On The Move


// Cool charity rides, in every sense

In the wake of the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge staged every August, there are dozens of great charity rides in eastern Massachusetts, most after Labor Day.

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// High school concussions

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