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Framingham’s inclusion policy offers athletes ‘acceptance and safety’

The policy expressly respects the gender identity and sexual orientation of all students.

THE ARGUMENT

Is the state spending too little on public schools?

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A boat festival, traveling reptiles, and a stone-carving symposium

Vintage motor yachts, schooners, and other vessels from the 1900s to the 1960s will be displayed during the 36th annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival in Salem.

Scituate 07/09/2018: Lisa Blake, a professional organizer, looks at the schedule in the Command Central space of her Scituate home. The space was created to organize and post her three boys schedules for upcoming events. Photo by Debee Tlumacki for the Boston Globe (regional)

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Get organized. For your kids’ sake.

The countdown before school has begun. Do you know where the lunch boxes are?

May 01, 2017-- 2017_ BEDFORD, MA - The Bedford Campus of Middlesex Community College. for Address section. These photos are for the Location, Location, Location column (Joanne Rathe/ Globe Staff )

COLLEGE BOUND

Transferring from community college is now a lot easier

The Mass Transfer website allows students to map out their college educations and see the most affordable options.

19zoscouts - Maria Huang, a Sudbury Brownie, participated in the Space Science Badge pilot program this past year. (Helen Huang)

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Girl Scouts will explore the science frontier

Girl Scouts can earn 30 new badges this year in fields ranging from space science and cyber security to environmental stewardship and robotics.

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The best learning tool? A bag of groceries

Saugus will join more then 30 other Massachusetts communities that provide take-home weekend meals to students.

19nodine -- Torta Cubano at Chimichurris Mexican Taqueria in West Medford. (Stephanie Schorow)

LOCAL FARE

In West Medford, tantalizing tastes of Mexico

Chimichurris offers tacos, burritos, tortas, quesadillas, and other dishes based on tried-and-true recipes.

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SUBURBAN DIARY

A familiar journey takes a different turn

My instincts in recruiting my 19-year-old son as a travel partner turned out to be on target.

LOCAL FARE

In West Medford, tantalizing tastes of Mexico

Chimichurris offers tacos, burritos, tortas, quesadillas, and other dishes based on tried-and-true recipes.

NEWTON

Newton to hold hearing on Upper Falls development Sept. 25

Developers are proposing 822 apartments, including 123 affordable units, plus 193,000 square feet of office space and 237,000 square feet of retail space.

SOUTH INFORMER

Fashion history, Ride for Habitat, and ‘mapscapes’

The Mansfield Public Library will host lectures on the social, political, and cultural reforms during Queen Victoria’s reign.

BACK TO SCHOOL

Girl Scouts will explore the science frontier

Girl Scouts can earn 30 new badges this year in fields ranging from space science and cyber security to environmental stewardship and robotics.

WEST INFORMER

A gardening guide, firefly data, and a Lexington captain’s revenge

The Perennial Plant Symposium will show how to group together perennials plants, and how to turn your garden into a habitat for wildlife.

NORTH INFORMER

An eyesore turned garden, a church’s first female settled pastor, and city kids play tennis

A vacant lot in Lawrence has been turned into a garden to allow residents to grow fresh food in the city.

COLLEGE BOUND

Transferring from community college is now a lot easier

The Mass Transfer website allows students to map out their college educations and see the most affordable options.

THE ARGUMENT

Is the state spending too little on public schools?

Read two views, then vote in our informal online poll.

From humble beginnings to Leonard Bernstein the legend

As Bernstein’s immigrant parents ascended the economic ladder, their musical son chased a dream of his own.

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A boat festival, traveling reptiles, and a stone-carving symposium

Vintage motor yachts, schooners, and other vessels from the 1900s to the 1960s will be displayed during the 36th annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival in Salem.

COHASSET

Cohasset group to hold vigil for victims of addiction

Organizers hope the Aug. 30 event will celebrate the perseverance of those in recovery, and provide hope to those seeking it.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

Brookline High senior James Imai won the 100th Massachusetts Junior Amateur title, defeating Needham’s David Rogers in 22 holes.

BEVERLY

Beverly launches app to report problems

MyBeverly will allow community members to alert city departments about non-emergency problems ranging from broken street lights to graffiti, potholes, and missed trash pickup.

BLOTTER TALES

‘Driving’ toddler gets out of a ticket with ‘cuteness warning’

An officer makes an interesting traffic stop, a Kmart shopper allegedly does some drug dealing as he shops, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

PEABODY

Eat pizza for a good cause in Peabody

In collaboration with Peabody Main Streets, the city is holding Pizza Fest 2018 on Railroad Avenue on Aug. 19 at 4 p.m. to benefit Northeast Arc’s Black Box Theater.

SALEM

Housing for young homeless funded in Salem

MassDevelopment issued a $3.45 million bond to support the purchase and renovation of what will become 27 single-occupancy units in Salem Point.

MILTON

Old Milton ice cream plant finally coming down

Demolition began Monday on the long-vacant Hendries Ice Cream plant at 131 Eliot St. to make way for a new mixed-use building with commercial space and 38 condominiums.

NATICK

Natick celebrates Multicultural Day Aug. 25

The event on the Natick Common will highlight the food, music, dress, and dance of many cultures.

CONCORD

Concord to use grant to provide increased access to river

The National Park Foundation awarded $42,000 to create boat launches, picnic areas, and parking around the Assabet River.

WALPOLE

Walpole student files lawsuit over bullying claims

According to the lawsuit, one of the alleged bullies attacked the girl at Walpole High on June 1, leaving her with a concussion and ongoing symptoms that have left her “isolated, depressed, alone and afraid.”

PLYMOUTH

Groundbreaking set for Plymouth apartment complex

The 303-unit apartment complex at Cordage Park is the first phase of a planned large development designed to revitalize the North Plymouth area.

STOUGHTON

Stoughton receives $586,000 for downtown makeover

Four businesses in Stoughton will get full facelifts to their signage and facades, and 10 businesses will get sign-only projects.

NATICK

Natick wins state approval to build rail trail

Construction could start as early as spring 2019 and should take about two years.

ARLINGTON

Arlington receives grant to curb energy use

The $210,290 grant, awarded through the state’s Green Communities program, will go toward four different initiatives to be undertaken in the coming year.

MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA

Dredging of Manchester-by-the-Sea harbor complete

The yearlong, $1.5 million project involved the removal of 4,676 cubic yards of underwater sedmient, restoring the depth of the harbor to a minimum of eight feet at low tide.

SALEM

Grant to help Salem treat stormwater at Winter Island Park

In partnership with Salem Sound Coastwatch, the city plans to construct three systems to capture and treat stormwater runoff at Winter Island Park.

MERRIMAC

Merrimac selectmen name new fire chief

First hired as a firefighter in 1980, newly appointed chief Larry Fisher worked his way up the ranks.

NEWTON

Newton seeks poll workers for upcoming election season

Poll workers need to be enthusiastic, energetic, and “passionate about civic involvement,” according to a statement on the city’s website.

GIRLS’ HOCKEY

Hockey Night is the showcase for aspiring girls’ skaters

The 24th annual tourney at Essex Sports Center attracted 300 players from the Bay State and beyond.