WASTE NOT

Don’t toss that apple core

From composting to curbside pickup, more communities are offering alternatives to dumping food scraps in the trash.

WASTE NOT

Would you use this plastic bag 125 times?

More stores are offering “reusable” bags at checkout. The choice between paper and plastic just got more complicated.

THE ARGUMENT

Should the state allow regional transportation ballot initiatives?

Read two views and vote in our online poll.

Kelley McLaughlin, 13, and Ann Nigro, 14, of Hull, rode past the Giant Coaster at Paragon Park in Hull on their way home from school on March 24, 1984.

Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff/File

Suburban Diary

‘The Coaster’ lives, but our thrills are long gone

With Paragon Park a distant memory, my heart doesn’t start racing like it used to when I come around that final bend into Hull.

LOCAL FARE

Finding a matcha made only in teahouse heaven

Gen Sou En opened in February in Brookline’s Coolidge Corner.

MARK YOU CALENDAR

A folk festival, revolutionary history, and electric youth

The Lowell Folk Festival returns, Randolph hears about a barrier-breaking soldier, and Electric Youth dazzle in Franklin.

Latest Globe Local headlines

NEWTON

Bargaining talks in Newton to focus on health costs

City officials are preparing to negotiate new labor agreements with municipal and school workers later this summer.

CHELSEA

Chelsea senior living provider joins forces with western Mass. group

Chelsea Jewish Lifecare and Longmeadow-based JGS Lifecare recently announced their intention to affiliate.

PEABODY

Peabody breaks ground on dog park

The Stanton Foundation, through its grant program to help municipalities build dog parks, is paying 90 percent of the approximately $217,000 construction cost.

MALDEN

Malden senior rental community adds new units to accommodate more residents

The non profit Volunteers of America Massachusetts converted the former city-owned McFadden Manor Nursing Home into the senior residence in a $30 million project completed in March.

HULL

Flares in Hull bring back 1800s tradition

For the 10th year in a row, the Harbor Illumination will illuminate Hull’s inner shoreline.

BRAINTREE

Robots are making sidewalks in Braintree more accessible

The Streetscan devices are checking over 200 miles of sidewalks and curb ramps

WASTE NOT

Would you use this plastic bag 125 times?

More stores are offering “reusable” bags at checkout. The choice between paper and plastic just got more complicated.

LOCAL FARE

Finding a matcha made only in teahouse heaven

Gen Sou En opened in February in Brookline’s Coolidge Corner.

BOYS’ SOCCER

A local youth soccer club makes good on national stage

The Global Premier Soccer Massachusetts Elite 16-and-Under boys team has captured a national championship.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

Peabody’s Diego Alvarez-Segee of Bishop Fenwick High scored 13 goals in the the Bay State Games to help lead his Northeast lacrosse team to a bronze medal.

WEST INFORMER

A special museum event, a belated trail party, and a prayer vigil

The Discovery Museum in Acton will stage an evening for children who are hard of hearing.

SOUTH INFORMER

Tastings in Hingham, river protectors on wheels, and young performing artists win big

Forty restaurants, bakeries, and bars will offer tastings at the 24th FoodFest in Hingham July 31 to raise funds for the homeless.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

For young prospects, summer, too, is soccer time

Many local girls with college soccer in their future play club ball in the spring and summer to elevate their games.

BLOTTER TALES

The hotel guest had eight legs

A tarantula makes a guest appearance, raccoons scare the heck out of a homeowner, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

MARK YOU CALENDAR

A folk festival, revolutionary history, and electric youth

The Lowell Folk Festival returns, Randolph hears about a barrier-breaking soldier, and Electric Youth dazzle in Franklin.

WASTE NOT

Don’t toss that apple core

From composting to curbside pickup, more communities are offering alternatives to dumping food scraps in the trash.

COHASSET

After uproar, Cohasset Conservation Trust buys land for $547,000

The purchase ends a four-year neighborhood tussle over the scenic peninsula that sticks into exclusive Inner Little Harbor.

QUINCY

Quincy closes downtown parking lot

The closure makes way for construction to start on a 15-story apartment building and a 712-space municipal parking garage and surrounding outdoor courtyard.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Outdoor sculpture, concerts, and pirates

Here are upcoming happenings around Greater Boston.

THE ARGUMENT

Should Massachusetts allow cities and towns to create Community Benefit Districts?

Read two views and vote in our informal online poll.

SOUTH INFORMER

Tea by the sea, Korean peace medals, and $2,000 to fight hunger

The Duxbury Rural and Historical Society invites mothers and children to its first-ever Doll Tea by the Sea July 18.

BLOTTER TALES

The creatures of summer, from cows to Pokemon, hit the streets

Cows get loose and roam the streets, a woman finds a surprise in her mailbox, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

For local football prospects, summer camp is serious stuff

High schoolers attending summer football camps hope to impress college coaches and learn more about the college game.

WEST INFORMER

A sensory garden, a Beatles cover band, and a mentor program itself gets a boost

A sensory garden opens in Shrewsbury after a decade-long search for just the right spot.

NOTEWORTHY

Globe Local: Noteworthy performances

Phillips Academy Andover baseball coach Kevin Graber was named the American Baseball Coaches Association’s Northeast Coach of the Year.

TRACK & FIELD

A runners’ club for one and all

Since its creation in 1979 in Abington, the Colonial Road Runners has grown to a 700-member-strong club.

NORTH INFORMER

Curing the flu, wedding dresses for soldiers, and food for the elderly

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations in the suburbs north of Boston.

PLYMOUTH

Plymouth to increase water supply with new well

Officials will hold a public information session on July 18, at 7 p.m., at Plymouth South Middle School

MILTON

Milton Marketplace wins zoning approval for addition

The Board of Appeals voted in June to allow the 7,500-square-foot addition, but there are still outstanding issues

UP CLOSE

From stuntwoman to a role in ‘Chappaquiddick’

Andria Blackman, who grew up in East Bridgewater, landed the role of Joan Kennedy.