Local leaders denounce growing inequities in school funding

An outdated school funding formula in Massachusetts is putting a severe strain on district budgets, a panel of school and municipal leaders warned Tuesday.

Suburban Diary

Talking turkey: Big birds can be peckish neighbors

I have a decidedly thorny relationship with the dozen or so wild turkeys who have made my Braintree neighborhood their home for close to two years.

THE ARGUMENT

Should the state Lottery be allowed to offer online sales?

Read two views and vote in our informal online poll.

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Blue grass, violin, and winter pops

There are concerts, exhibits, and events gallore around Greater Boston to shake you out of your winter doldrums.

Somerville, MA - 12/6/18 Elaine Shannon (cq), center, kicks up her heels with the rest of the class. Intermediate and advanced tap students take a 90-minute class, at the Deborah Mason Performing Arts Center (cq), with instructor Julia Boynton (cq), left. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: ZoExerciseRegional Reporter: Brion O'Connor

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Fun ways to get fit when it’s frigid outside

Have you thought of tap dancing? Indoor rock climbing? Fat biking through the snow?

06zofood - Pictured, left to right, are Bearco Bites co-owners Heather Reynolds and Melanie Thurston (Nick Cosky Photography)

Turning food into a guilt-free pleasure

Three local businesses strive to offer a delicious solution to the healthy eating conundrum.

Nancy Shohet West says not only is it all right to slow down — it’s fortifying.

GET FIT

For an over-50 runner, moderation is a revelation

I did not imagine the many minor aches and pains that have befallen me over the past year.

Buono Bistro’s Gnocchi features a healthy serving of potato dumplings in a gorgonzola cream sauce perfectly balanced with sautéed mushrooms and spinach.

LOCAL FARE

There’s a taste of the North End in North Andover

“The location is not like on a main street, but I believe when you have good food, and good quality, it makes for a beautiful place,” said Faisal Bazarto, the owner of Buono Bistro.

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CATCHING UP WITH ...

Wellesley’s Ben Cluff was on point on the court and in classroom

The Raiders’ first 1,000-point career scorer, he is now a principal of an equity firm after earning Harvard degree.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

Lynn’s Marnelle Garraud is averaging 10.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game as a freshman guard at Boston College.

CAMPUS ANGLE

At Northeastern, Milton’s Ryan Shea all business on defense

A Chicago Blackhawks draftee, the 21-year-old is a swift puck-moving defenseman with a team-leading 37 blocked shots.

Lawrence has an art show to crow about

The Essex Art Center has dedicated its galleries to the thousands of crows that roost in the city each winter.

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Women’s work, four-handed piano, and CATpella

“A Woman’s Work . . . Interior/Exterior Exploration” is on exhibit at The Brush Art Gallery and Studios in Lowell.

LOCAL FARE

Take a shot with this espresso bar cafe in Dedham

Big Bear Cafe + Espresso Bar offers carefully crafted espresso drinks, teas, and something good to eat.

WEST INFORMER

Concert series kickoff, used book sale, and a day of service

The fourth annual TEDxNatick will include 11 speakers hailing from a wide range of professions, such as nonprofit work, medicine, and science.

SOUTH INFORMER

Legos, virtual-reality zombies, and spirit awards

Gamers are invited to vanquish as many zombies as possible in a new virtual-reality arcade game in Kingston.

NORTH INFORMER

Robot art, bird-watching, and MLK celebration

The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. will be honored in Somerville during a celebration Monday, Jan. 21, beginning at 10 a.m.

Brockton apartments give new hope to those who have been homeless

Montello Welcome Home Again was built by Father Bill’s & MainSpring, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending homelessness.

Closing college enrollment gaps, one young man at a time

100 Males to College works with local communities to increase college access, enrollment, and retention for low-income students and students of color.

FRAMINGHAM

Danforth’s new home is ready for art classes

The Danforth at Framingham State University is set to begin holding art classes on Tuesday, Jan. 22, in newly renovated space.

WELLESLEY

Draft master plan for Elm Bank up for discussion

The Massachusetts Horticultural Society will hold a meeting Jan. 23 with Elm Bank Reservation users and neighbors to discuss a draft master plan.

NATICK

TEDxNatick boasts an array of speakers

Eleven speakers — from a Nobel Laureate in physics to a domestic violence advocate — will be featured at the annual TEDxNatick.

NAHANT

State grants fund fire safety initiatives in Nahant

The Massachusetts Department of Fire Services awarded the Nahant Fire Department a pair of grants to fund fire safety programs for children and seniors.

BEVERLY

Restoration begins on Beverly’s historic GAR Hall

The work, expected to take five months, involves restoring the front and side facades of the 19th-century building.

DEDHAM

Dedham gears up for second Martin Luther King celebration

Nearly 500 people came to Dedham’s first Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration last year, and organizers are hoping for a similar turnout for the second on Monday, Jan. 21.

DUXBURY

$2.6 million addition opening at Duxbury Senior Center

The new addition is scheduled to open on Jan. 25 — in time for the annual “black tie bingo” fund-raiser for those who need fuel assistance that will be held on Saturday, Jan 26.

WELLESLEY

Wellesley’s food waste recycling program is now permanent

The program began with 300 participating households and expanded to 600 by the spring of 2018.

ARLINGTON

Arlington forum to focus on proposed $308 million high school

Residents are invited to hear an update on the proposed high school building project at a community forum on Jan. 14.

Turning food into a guilt-free pleasure

Three local businesses strive to offer a delicious solution to the healthy eating conundrum.

BLOTTER TALES

Buyer’s remorse, and a mysterious grenade

A grenade is found in a backyard, shampoo is thrown in a road rage incident, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

LOCAL FARE

There’s a taste of the North End in North Andover

“The location is not like on a main street, but I believe when you have good food, and good quality, it makes for a beautiful place,” said Faisal Bazarto, the owner of Buono Bistro.

Fun ways to get fit when it’s frigid outside

Have you thought of tap dancing? Indoor rock climbing? Fat biking through the snow?

CATCHING UP WITH...Mike McLaughlin

Woburn High football star now strives to serve

Mike McLaughlin, 31, lives in Portland, Maine, where he is managing partner at Southern Maine Rentals and an elder at the Pauper’s Chapel.

HIGH SCHOOL INDOOR TRACK

No hurdle is too high for Jada Johnson

The Sharon High junior won the All-State outdoor title in the pentathlon last June at Fitchburg State University.

Suburban Diary

Talking turkey: Big birds can be peckish neighbors

I have a decidedly thorny relationship with the dozen or so wild turkeys who have made my Braintree neighborhood their home for close to two years.

WEST INFORMER

A fund-raiser, zoning changes, and Edgar Allan Poe

A fund-raiser will take place in support of the daughter of Worcester firefighter Christopher Roy, who died of injuries he sustained while fighting a fire in December.

SOUTH INFORMER

Choir auditions, a piano concert, and a cookbook club

The Pilgrim Festival Chorus in Plymouth is hosting open auditions on Mondays, Jan. 14, and Jan. 21.

NORTH INFORMER

A new hospitality school, backyard bird research, and an extra hand from AmeriCorps

The Lupoli Family School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts is expected to open in downtown Haverhill in 2019.

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