Front page

Police shoot more often in Mass., cite rise in threats

Civil libertarians say an upward trend in shootings by police is alarming at a time when overall crime is down across the state.

The town of Mattawa’s social hub is the Catholic church, where Spanish-language Mass is standing-room-only, even on a Thursday night.

JESSICA RINALDI FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

Immigration puts small town on cultural divide

America’s immigration impasse is a daily, dispiriting fact of life in Mattawa, Wash., and many places where noncitizens abound.

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino paused after calling Martin J. Walsh after his victory in November’s mayoral election.

Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff

Letting go is hard for Menino as memories pour in

Everywhere he looks, Thomas Menino sees the imprint of his 20-year mayoralty. He leaves with many points of pride and precious few regrets.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel expressed relief at the budget deal, telling reporters in late December that reversing some of the automatic cuts will end a “prolonged period of uncertainty.”

Some fear budget deal will reopen Pentagon spigot

Lawmakers in December reversed $32 billion in defense sequester cuts that would have taken hold over the next two years.

The Nation

Some fear budget deal will reopen Pentagon spigot

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel expressed relief at the budget deal, telling reporters in late December that reversing some of the automatic cuts will end a “prolonged period of uncertainty.”

By Bryan Bender

Lawmakers in December reversed $32 billion in defense sequester cuts that would have taken hold over the next two years.

Immigration puts small town on cultural divide

The town of Mattawa’s social hub is the Catholic church, where Spanish-language Mass is standing-room-only, even on a Thursday night.

By Maria Sacchetti

America’s immigration impasse is a daily, dispiriting fact of life in Mattawa, Wash., and many places where noncitizens abound.

Historic report on smoking marks 50th anniversary

A 1949 advertisement for Chesterfield cigarettes showed future President Ronald Reagan promoting cigarettes as gifts.

By Mike Stobbe

In 1964, US Surgeon General Luther Terry released an authoritative report that said smoking causes illness and death.

The World

Power vacuum in Mideast lifts Al Qaeda

By Ben Hubbard, Robert F. Worth and Michael R. Gordon

Fanatical Islamists have flourished in Iraq and Syria under the banner of Al Qaeda.

Al Qaeda offshoot claims responsibility in Beirut blast

An Al Qaeda-linked group said it was behind the bombing, which killed five in Lebanon.

By Bassem Mroue

An Al Qaeda-linked group claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing last week in a Shi’ite-dominated neighborhood in Lebanon.

Russia will allow protests at Olympic Games

By Steven Lee Myers

President Vladimir Putin on Saturday eased a sweeping ban on public protests in Sochi, Russia, starting Tuesday.

Editorial & Opinion

opinion | Hugh Kelleher

Martin Walsh’s sensible kind of unionism

Mayor-elect Martin Walsh was formerly the head of the Boston Building Trades.

By Hugh Kelleher

The mayor-elect in no way fits the stereotype of a construction union leader as a table-banger or bully.

JOAN VENNOCHI

DCF needs accountability, oversight

By Joan Vennochi

After the case of a missing Fitchburg boy, an independent review of Massachusetts policy and its systemwide implementation is more than warranted.

JEFF JACOBY

Buffering out the right to hear

By Jeff Jacoby

Massachusetts’ abortion-clinic “buffer zone” law stifles a listener’s freedom to hear ideas from pro-life advocates.

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opinion | Paula A. Johnson

‘Every cell has a sex’

By Paula A. Johnson

TOM KEANE

You don’t need a vacation

By Tom Keane

opinion | Simon Waxman

Boston’s bluegrass

By Simon Waxman

opinion | Robert Pozen

Boston must rein in retiree health plans

By Robert Pozen

letters | cars vs. guns

Extending flawed logic on guns

letters | cars vs. guns

The true purpose of a gun

letters | Jeff Jacoby’s media resolutions

White-on-black violence is often racist

letters | jeff jacoby’s media resolutions

Two words to watch

Metro

Police shoot more often in Mass., cite rise in threats

The family of Wilfredo Justiniano, who was shot and killed by a state trooper in June, has hired a lawyer and is questioning State Police policies for dealing with the mentally ill.

By Maria Cramer

Civil libertarians say an upward trend in shootings by police is alarming at a time when overall crime is down across the state.

Letting go is hard for Menino as memories pour in

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino paused after calling Martin J. Walsh after his victory in November’s mayoral election.

By Andrew Ryan

Everywhere he looks, Thomas Menino sees the imprint of his 20-year mayoralty. He leaves with many points of pride and precious few regrets.

Pressley prepares bid to run for Council president

“I’m someone who has had to be able to bridge build and form coalitions and to find common ground,” City Councilor at-large Ayanna Pressley said.

By Wesley Lowery

The City Council presidency is now a showdown between Ayanna Pressley and Bill Linehan.

Money & Careers

Ben Bernanke’s legacy at Fed still uncertain

Ben Bernanke steps down as Fed chairman on Jan. 31. He took office in 2006. Instead of  speaking in the vague manner of Alan Greenspan, Bernanke has offered explicit targets for inflation and straight-forward details on interest rates.

By Megan Woolhouse

Ultimately, analysts said, the Federal Reserve chairman will best be remembered for taking decisive action in the heat of a crisis.

Innovation Economy

Finding willing venture firm can feel like dating

CO Everywhere’s cofounder Tony Longo (right) with Melki Ko and other employees.

By Scott Kirsner

Making more than a hundred pitches to investors isn’t something most entrepreneurs boast about.

Product Reviews

Get winter out of the way with a snow blower

A December storm last year in in Wilmington, Del.,  put snow blowers to the test.

By Consumer Reports

Bigger, better, and friendlier are the terms that best describe the latest snow blowers.

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On the Job

All over the world, she’s all business

By Cindy Atoji Keene

Job Doc

Public relations jobs require varied skills

By Patricia Hunt Sinacole

Etiquette at Work

Keep networking even when you have a job

By Peter Post

CONSUMER ALERT

At impasse with Best Buy over purchase gone awry

By Mitch Lipka

HOME OF THE WEEK

Expanded Garrison Colonial in Natick

By John R. Ellement

Boston real estate now | Scott Van Voorhis

Long-term affordability should be priority

By Scott Van Voorhis

Fasting your way to financial fitness

By Michelle Singletary

Roth conversion tax break popular among wealthy

By Richard Rubin and Margaret Collins

handyman on call

Humidifier on new furnace is leaking water

By Peter Hotton

|Peter Hotton

Handyman on Call

By Peter Hotton

Sports

Bruins 4, Jets 1

Torey Krug central to Bruins’ win over Jets

Happy Bruins swarm defenseman Torey Krug after a goal, a scene seen twice during the second period.

By Amalie Benjamin

The Bruins defenseman scored twice and had an assist in a game that went Boston’s way.

Christopher L. Gasper

Andrew Luck creates his own place in Colts history

The Colts, on the wings of quarterback Andrew Luck, soared past Kansas City with 35 second-half points for their wild-card win.

By Christopher L. Gasper

Luck emerged from Peyton Manning’s shadow in helping the Colts stage the second-largest comeback in NFL playoff history.

Tom Brady talks about Patriots’ challenging season

This season has been challenging for Tom Brady, who lost his favorite target to free agency and also two tight ends (one to injury, another to incarceration), and dealt with a mostly green receiving corps.

By Shalise Manza Young

In a one-on-one interview at his locker after the Patriots wound down their bye week of work, Brady touched on a number of topics.

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Leigh Montville

Aaron Hernandez remains story of Patriots’ season

By Leigh Montville

On Second Thought

Pegulas putting plans into motion in Buffalo

By Kevin Paul Dupont

Sunday Baseball Notes

Blue Jays have lot of making up to do after last season

By Nick Cafardo

Sunday Hockey Notes

USA Hockey made bad call omitting Bobby Ryan

By Fluto Shinzawa

Sunday Football Notes

Is NFL’s Rooney Rule getting the job done?

By Ben Volin

Sunday Basketball Notes

Dennis Schroder being patient with Hawks

By Gary Washburn

Bruins Notebook

Now healthy, Daniel Paille has been producing

By Amalie Benjamin

Saints 26, Eagles 24

Saints find kick in their step in win over Eagles

By Barry Wilner

AFC Playoffs: Colts 45, Chiefs 44

Colts rally in second half to beat Chiefs

By Michael Marot

NFC Wild Card game: San Francisco at Green Bay, 4:40 p.m. Sunday (Fox)

Niners’ LB Aldon Smith has healthy outlook

By Janie McCauley

AFC Wild Card Game: San Diego at Cincinnati, 1:05 p.m. Sunday (CBS)

Bengals learned a lot in last year’s loss

By Joe Kay

US Figure Skating Championships

US figure skaters aren’t expected to be forces in Sochi

By John Powers

Clemson 62, BC 60

BC misses out after rallying late

By Julian Benbow

UMass 73, Miami of Ohio 65

Sluggish victory for UMass

By Jeff Wagenheim

Harvard 69, Rice 54

Harvard wins ninth straight

By Richard Dean

BC 4, Notre Dame 3

BC outlasts Notre Dame at Frozen Fenway

By Nancy Marrapese-Burrell

What They Were Thinking

A warrior dance on the beach

By Stan Grossfeld

Ideas

Boston Common, now cigarette-free, was once a smokers’ haven

Mayor John Bigelow announced in 1851 that a “smoker’s circle” would be established in the southwest end of Boston Common.€

By Marilynn S. Johnson

The rise and fall of smoking in the Common says a lot about evolving social mores and attitudes toward health over the last two centuries.

Uncommon Knowledge

Bad deeds? You better be making a lot

By Kevin Lewis

And more surprising insights from the social sciences.

Brainiac

Introducing the remote science lab

By Kevin Hartnett

And more recent highlights from the Ideas blog.

Obituaries

Betty Singer, 87; social worker at Children’s Hospital

Betty Singer held a variety of positions in  four decades at Children’s Hospital.

By Bryan Marquard

Mrs. Singer spent years leading the child protection team at Children’s Hospital Boston, and also volunteered at the Carroll Center for the Blind.

Saul Zaentz, 92; producer of Oscar-winning movies

“The English Patient,” with Ralph Fiennes (above) dominated the major awards and eventually grossed $231 million. Mr Zaentz (below, left) had his first box office blockbuster in 1975 with “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” starring Jack Nicholson.

By Robert D. McFadden

Mr. Zaentz had already made a fortune in the music business when he started making movies in his 50s.

Donald Forst, 81; former Boston Herald editor

After Newsday folded, Mr. Forst guided the Village Voice.

Mr. Forst’s journalism career also included stints at The New York Times, the New York Post, New York Newsday, and Boston Magazine.

Sunday Arts

Theater

Diane Paulus, center stage

“Being a director . . .  is so much to me about being present in the moment,” said Diane Paulus (pictured in a shoot for Boston magazine).

By Laura Collins-Hughes

With her first directing Tony in her pocket for “Pippin,” the American Repertory Theater artistic director shows no sign of slowing down.

Art Review

Seeing ‘Photorealism’ in a new light

“ ’64 Valiant” by Robert Bechtle.

By Sebastian Smee

Yale University Art Gallery’s thought-provoking show “Still Life: 1970s Photorealism” brings the style into sharper focus.

movies

When Roberts got the jump on Streep

“I wished I would have known the difference between good manners and still maintaining what I felt personally belonged to me. . .” said Julia Roberts, on advice she would give her younger self.

By Joyce Kulhawik

Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts is packing serious movie-star wattage for her performance in “August: Osage County.”

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Scene here

A diverse lineup from The DocYard

By Loren King

history repeating

The impact of Poitier’s 1964 Oscar win

By Peter Keough

feedback

Boston-area arts letters

By June Wulff

My Instagram: Chris Tolley

By Christopher Muther

fashion

Gear up for a new year

By Marni Elyse Katz

quick bite

Ostra is a pearl in the Theatre District

By Devra First

Critic’s picks: Visual art

By Sebastian Smee

Critic’s picks: Dance

By Karen Campbell

Names

Eighth ‘Wimpy Kid’ book is 2013’s bestseller

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Dig editor sues NYPD for unlawful arrest

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Names

Fashionable Cameron Russell is a cover girl

By Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein

Commentary

‘Fresh Prince’ fans mourn loss

By Glenn Yoder

Book review

‘On Such a Full Sea’ by Chang-Rae Lee

By John Freeman

Artist, treasures books on art, cooking

Ann Pibal

By Amy Sutherland

Book Review

‘My Age of Anxiety’ by Scott Stossel

By Matthew Gilbert

‘Why I Read’ by Wendy Lesser

By Priscilla Gilman

the story behind the book | kate tuttle

Ishmael Beah’s ‘Radiance’

By Kate Tuttle

new england literary news

The art of Corita Kent

By Jan Gardner

Bookings

Local author readings

By Nicole Lamy

seven books about . . .

The good, the bad, the mayors

By Katharine Whittemore

Local bestsellers

By Alex Stills

Travel

The List

Five fabulous US scenic drives

Overseas Highway in Florida.

By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright

From North Carolina’s Outer Banks to California’s Pacific Coast Highway, five roads worth taking.

On View

Museum buildings take center stage

African and pre-Columbian art has moved to the north gallery of the new Piano Pavilion at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth.

By Mark Feeney

Museums as visually striking as the art they hold, as near as New York and as far as Tokyo.

Here, There, and Everywhere

Train to Maine to 5 Zicasso trips of a lifetime

Overnight heli skiing in Durango, Colo.

By Necee Regis

Hop on a train Down East, enjoy yoga and music in Hawaii, and more news, apps, deals, and gear from New England and beyond.

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Check in

Ink48 marking New York’s West Side

By Clea Simon

The tip

Blister-free vacation

By David Lyon

Magazine

The Weddings Issue

Charmed, I’m sure

Amanda and David Senft at Race Brook Lodge in Sheffield.

By Jessica Teich

Sweetness, romance, and miles of style make a storybook Berkshires celebration.

The Weddings Issue

Radically normal

By Michael Andor Brodeur

A view from the front lines (a.k.a. the couch) of a same-sex marriage.

Weddings/Your Style

City chic

By Rachel Raczka

You prefer the old-fashioned glamour of sweeping gowns (and views) and adore a black-tie cocktail.

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Weddings/Your Style

Anything goes

By Rachel Raczka

Weddings/Your Style

Seaside elegance

By Rachel Raczka

Perspective

The American accountability crisis

By Jim Braude

First Person

All the right keys

Examiner

Welcome, Hizzoner

By Elizabeth Gehrman

Miss Conduct

Her brother’s keeper

By Robin Abrahams

Cooking

Drink your vegetables

By Adam Ried

A Restaurant’s Take

On tap at Blue Shirt Cafe

Dinner With Cupid

Gentleman’s code

Connections

Malkoviched

By Elizabeth Bastos

Globe North

globe north

Giving a new life to Peabody Square

Dan Bandar in front of the O’Shea building at 9 Main St. Dan and his brother Hany plan to spend $10 million to build a new hotel.

By Steven A. Rosenberg

Peabody Mayor Ted Bettencourt has lured a major anchor: a planned $10 million hotel, including a restaurant replete with a martini lounge, just yards from City Hall.

When the rain came

A motorist takes a chance on Howley Street near downtown Peabody in 2006.

Chart of last five major floods in Peabody Square

LYNN

Board opposes charter projects

By John Laidler

A pair of proposals that could raise charter school enrollment in Lynn by nearly 1,250 students is facing sharp objections from city school leaders.

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Beverly

$25.5m project stirs up a fight

By David Rattigan

billerica

Expansion of prison resumes

By Christian M. Wade

Who taught you to drive

Readers, how well have you been paying attention?

By Peter DeMarco

Who taught you to drive

Readers, how well have you been paying attention?

By Peter DeMarco

In Uniform

In Uniform

By Alice C. Elwell

High School Basketball

Burlington’s Farley takes leadership seriously

By Joe Saade

Notebook

Minter, Needham rejoin at Salem State

By Anthony Gulizia

Everett

High school to host inaugural ceremony

By John Laidler

Melrose

Aldermen to elect new board president

By Jarret Bencks

Reading

Scam targets utility customers

By Brenda J. Buote

Andover

Officials accepting dog license renewals

By Brenda J. Buote

Beverly

Cahill inauguration slated for Monday

By Steven A. Rosenberg

Boxford

Three arrests made after home burglaries

By David Rattigan

Haverhill

Mayor reminds residents about parking bans

By Brenda J. Buote

Manchester

Town named one of 13 green communities

By David Rattigan

Marblehead

Selectmen declare van as surplus equipment

By Steven A. Rosenberg

Newburyport

Harbor repairs expected to begin this month

By Brenda J. Buote

Peabody

New mayoral term to begin Jan. 6

By John Laidler

Globe South

Quincy in a hole

The view last month of excavation for the Merchants Row construction site near Cottage Avenue.

By Jessica Bartlett

More than a month has passed since construction on the $1.6 billion Quincy Center revitalization came to a halt, and Neil Kiley is feeling the pinch.

Hull

Homeowners fight ruling that bans rentals

By Johanna Seltz

Two homeowners in Hull are appealing a town board’s ruling that local zoning rules prohibit seasonal rentals in residential neighborhoods.

Gubernatorial candidates stump for votes

By Cara Bayles

Though the gubernatorial primaries are still eight months away, it’s already stumping season in Massachusetts.

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Dedham

At nearly 90, she is a woman

By Dave Eisenstadter

Beverly Beckham

This musician plays songs from the heart

By Beverly Beckham

Dining out

New year, new focus on getting fit

By Stacey Shipman

In Uniform

In Uniform

High school basketball

Roach gets the point for Cardinal Spellman team

By Paul Lazdowski

Abington

Regional veterans offices

By Jean Lang

Cohasset

Dates set for Town Meeting and election

By Johanna Seltz

Hanover

Hanover wins town website award

By Cara Bayles

Holbrook

Town to seek development grant

By Jennette Barnes

Hingham

Grandparents targeted in scam

By Jessica Bartlett

Marshfield

Town Meeting warrant open

By Jennette Barnes

Milton

Cellist to perform at Milton library

By Jessica Bartlett

Kingston

Fines increased for unlicensed dogs

By Robert Knox

Quincy

Flood map revision could affect project

By Jessica Bartlett

Pembroke

Town census

By John Laidler

Rockland

Senior center to be completed

By Cara Bayles

Scituate

Town planners win award

By Jessica Bartlett

Randolph

Superintendent search committee meeting

By Elaine Cushman Carroll

Norwell

Full-day kindergarten could be full program

By Juliet Pennington

Duxbury

Area bands gather Wednesday

By Jean Lang

Bridgewater

Three new firefighters sworn in

By Jennette Barnes

Brockton

Honoring memory of Martin Luther King Jr.

By Michele Morgan Bolton

Canton

Local firefighter graduates from Fire Academy

By Dave Eisenstadter

Carver

Makepeace goes solar

By Robert Knox

Dedham

Dedham plans 50 Days of Fitness event

By Dave Eisenstadter

Easton

Massworks grant will fund improvements

By Michele Morgan Bolton

Foxborough

Agreement with Penn National

By Michele Morgan Bolton

Hanson

Crackdown on unpaid taxes, fees

By John Laidler

Lakeville

Police sergeant promoted to lieutenant

By Paul Kandarian

Marion

New EMS service successful

By Paul Kandarian

Middleborough

Support for High Point facility

By Michele Morgan Bolton

Mattapoisett

Mooring inspections need updating

By Paul Kandarian

Halifax

Hearing on playground renovation

By Elaine Cushman Carroll

Mansfield

Police promotions

By Elaine Cushman Carroll

Raynham

2014 transfer station stickers required

By John Laidler

Norton

Special permit request

By John Laidler

Sharon

New winter recreation programs

By Jennette Barnes

Norwood

Tobacco hearing Tuesday

By Jean Lang

Freetown

Hearing Tuesday on recycling facility

By Juliet Pennington

Plympton

Plympton fire truck finds new home

By Juliet Pennington

Globe West

An Abbey’s path to fiscal salvation

Sister Alice Chau checks on a solar panel in the power- (and revenue-) generating array set up by Mount Saint Mary’s Abbey in Franklin.

By Kathleen Burge

The nuns of Mount Saint Mary’s Abbey have been working the land for more than six decades, so they see their latest venture as another way of working with nature.

Framingham

Officer, force welcome reprieve

A successful home-rule petition is allowing Officer Robert Tibor to serve past age 65.

By Jaclyn Reiss

Framingham police Officer Robert Tibor now has more than one reason to celebrate his 65th birthday.

Newton’s mayor outlines ambitions for his second term

By Calvin Hennick

Setti Warren says he wants to continue “building a 21st century, sustainable, livable community” by improving the city’s infrastructure and services.

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Marlborough

No word on meal plan for families

By Calvin Hennick

In Uniform

By Alice C. Elwell

High school basketball

Senior captain’s grit sparks Franklin squad

By Phil Perry

Berlin

Lottery will place preschool students

By Matt Gunderson

Arlington

Leave Christmas trees at curb this week

By Emily Cataneo

Littleton

Tips on emergency preparedness

By Nancy Shohet West

Arlington

Town seeks emergency-response volunteers

By Emily Cataneo

Acton

ActonTV offers production lessons

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Belmont

Forum on bike path set for Jan. 22

By Emily Cataneo

Brookline

Rev.Walker to speak at MLK event

By Brock Parker

Boylston

McNamara gets positive job review

By Matt Gunderson

Lexington

Clerk cites interest in selectmen’s race

By Emily Cataneo

Boxborough

Therapy dog to visit library

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Sudbury

Deadline to seek tax abatement

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Carlisle

Badminton, table tennis start this week

By Nancy Shohet West

Bedford

Town Hall renovations hit a snag

By Nancy Shohet West

Wellesley

Family game nights begin Friday

By Jaclyn Reiss

Maynard

Forum on new Parker Street plans

By Calvin Hennick

Wellesley

Chat with Senator Ross on Jan. 9

By Jaclyn Reiss

Harvard

Asbestos work to close Town Hall room

By Davis Bushnell

Weston

Talk for seniors on new tax laws

By Andrew Clark

Groton

Christmas tree bonfire on Friday

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Wayland

Drama teacher offers storytelling workshop

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Ayer

Transfer station to shift hours

By Davis Bushnell

Marlborough

City Council to fill leadership roles

By Calvin Hennick

Concord

Night road work on Route 2

By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

Bolton

Library celebrates local ‘geeks’

By Matt Gunderson

Shrewsbury

Town has opening for office role

By Abby Jordan

Hudson

Forums to discuss liquor licenses

By Calvin Hennick

Northborough

Advice for seeking jobs online

By Jennifer Roach

Southborough

Heritage Crossing on agenda Monday

By Jennifer Roach

Westborough

Scouts crew collecting Christmas trees

By Jennifer Roach

Shirley

Fitness class for preschoolers

By Rachel Lebeaux

Ashland

Tips for submitting Town Meeting articles

By Rachel Lebeaux

Bellingham

Open house on science, technology offerings

By Rachel Lebeaux

Franklin

Workshops offer path to positive changes

By Rachel Lebeaux

Medfield

Forum to cover plans for hospital site

By Abby Jordan

Medway

Farm offers cooking, gardening classes

By Rachel Lebeaux

Norfolk

Memorial blood drive Saturday

By Abby Jordan

Plainville

Special election Tuesday for House seat

By Rachel Lebeaux

Upton

Open-recreation nights for youths

By Rachel Lebeaux

Wrentham

Scouts will collect Christmas trees

By Abby Jordan

Dover

Deadline for town report photos

By Ellen Ishkanian

Framingham

Danforth offers ‘Art and Healing’

By Megan McKee

Holliston

Free introduction to tai chi

By Ellen Ishkanian

Plainville

Neighbor OK’s mitigation pact on casino

By Ellen Ishkanian