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Members of the Belmont Fire Department helped rescue several ducklings from a storm drain on June 13.

More ducklings are saved

Ducklings are rescued in Belmont, food gets thrown at a house in Watertown, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

Pembroke-05/05/2019 A ruby-throated hummingbird hovers near a backyard feeder at a Pembroke home. They are the only birds that can fly backwards and have started to arrive back despite a cool, wet spring. Hummingbirds are usually found in New England from May to September. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(metro)

Hummingbird, don’t fly away

With beautiful jewel-like iridescent colors, wings that beat in a blur, and amazing maneuverability, hummingbirds seem almost magical.

Michael Mullen works in the garden planted by his wife, Rebecca Sears, the gardening guru for Green Garden Products of Norton.

Norton seed company helps America’s new gardeners grow

Judged an essential business because of its role in food production, Green Garden’s Norton office and order-filling facility remained open throughout the pandemic.

Kayla Mangan and Dom Washington in the Everett LGBTQ+ Youth Space and Resource Center.

Everett center provides a safe space for LGBTQ youths

The Everett LGBTQ+ Youth Space and Resource Center is located within the city-owned former Pope John High School building.

Amy Mah Sangiolo, a veteran of Newton government and former city councilor, announced she is running for mayor,

Former Newton city councilor Amy Mah Sangiolo declares campaign for mayor

Sangiolo, a longtime veteran of Newton government, will challenge Mayor Ruthanne Fuller in the fall election, according to a statement Wednesday night.

Newton officials are considering whether to ban gun shops from the city after recently passing new zoning rules to regulate the businesses.

Newton’s proposed gun store ban could invite Second Amendment court challenge, experts say

A controversial proposed ban on gun stores and other firearms businesses in Newton has divided local gun control advocates and raised concerns that the measure may draw the city into a court fight over the constitutional right to bear arms.

The Harry Gath Memorial Pool in Newton.

Newton to reopen Gath Pool, Crystal Lake

Newton will reopen the Gath Pool and Crystal Lake later this month, allowing swimmers to finally return after being closed for a year due to the pandemic.


Easton offering PFAS-free water at a self-service station

Easton’s Water Division is offering residents PFAS-free water at a self-service filling station on the side of the municipal department’s building.