Newton, MA., 11/06/17, Siva Koumar, owner of Walnut Grille, holds his vegan Thanksgiving meal. Siva Koumar, who is from India, opened the Walnut Grille, a vegan and vegetarian restaurant, in Newton Highlands five years ago; he also began a family tradition back then, a vegan Thanksgiving for family and friends, held at his home. This year, he'll be preparing a vegan Thanksgiving meal at his restaurant the day before the holiday and repeating the drill the next day at home. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff)

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Siva Koumar holds a plate of vegan seitan — also called “wheat meat” — at his Newton restaurant.

The many flavors of Turkey Day

From vegan to food from around the world, tables will be filled with the spice of life this Thanksgiving.By Hattie Bernstein

Newton’s mayor-elect focuses on outreach

Ruthanne Fuller has been organizing neighborhood meetings across the city to talk to residents.


Family trees return to Concord Museum

The Concord Museum’s perennially popular “Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature,” opens on Wednesday, Nov. 22, and runs through New Year’s Day.

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Franklin police highlight local hunting rules

The Franklin Police Department is reminding residents about local hunting restrictions in light of recent inquiries.


Wayland Library to discuss plans for new building

The library committee has recommended building a new library due to space constraints at the existing site at 5 Concord Road.


Forum on Lexington debt exclusion vote set

The League of Women Voters of Lexington will host an informational forum Friday, Dec. 1 at 9:30 a.m. about the upcoming debt exclusion vote to fund three town projects.


Needham Junction station loses 48 commuter parking spaces

There are now 131 spaces available for commuter rail parking, all of which are located on MBTA-owned property.


Upton continues to test Glen Avenue well for contaminants

The town of Upton has notified residents that a water sample collected in early November from the Glen Avenue well field tested positive for E. coli.


Wellesley to host open house on upcoming town ‘unified plan’

Wellesley officials will host a Nov. 29 open house on a proposed “unified plan” intended to guide decision-making for the town.


Emerson Hospital to host Westford talk on surgical weight loss

During the session, Emerson’s weight loss surgeons will provide an overview of the program, describe each type of weight loss surgery, and answer questions.


Helping East African artisans find a market for their products

Ritah Nakandi of Newton launced Afri-root Collective to help East African women support their families through artisanal skills passed down for generations.


Teen becomes ambassador for diabetes awareness

Now a junior at Belmont Hill School, Francis Selldorff acts as a spokesperson for Joslin Diabetes Center.

In Natick, a chapter closes on a family football tradition

The Ramstrom family’s link to Natick football will end, at least for a while, Thanksgiving Day against longtime rival Framingham when Tim Ramstrom, a senior, plays his last game.

SJC shuts the door on Newton housing complex

The state’s highest court ruled against a developer’s bid to build a 334-unit housing development on Wells Avenue.


Family trees return to Concord Museum

The Concord Museum’s perennially popular “Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature,” opens on Wednesday, Nov. 22, and runs through New Year’s Day.

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For top Wayland pair, a newfound row, row, row

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xxsohouse - Hillside, the Gothic Revival house built in Plymouth in 1845 by Benjamin Marston Watson, a friend of Thoreau and the Transcendentalists. (Sheri Eubanks/Tarantino Real Estate)

Plymouth house frequented by Thoreau is for sale

The question is whether a public entity, such as the town of Plymouth or a nonprofit historical preservation group, would acquire Hillside for the sake of preserving the town’s connection to the Concord Transcendentalists.

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