Arlington considers zoning changes to boost affordable housing

Developers would be allowed to build bigger units in smaller spaces in return for additional affordable housing.

SOUTH

Recount confirms results in Canton selectman’s race

Michael Loughran increased his margin — from one vote to three — to win a two-year vacant seat on the board in a busy election week that brought voters out in Avon, Dedham, Rockland, and Stoughton.

NORTH INFORMER

Bike sharing, a charity auction for ballet, and SustainaVille

Celebrating our environment can be possible even after Earth Day ends. Head to the SustainaVille in Somerville for ten packed days of environmental activities.

THE ARGUMENT

Should the state allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s’ licenses?

Read two views and vote in our informal online poll.

A Hull Zen garden with a custom-designed gate and granite posts.

Millicent Harvey

Retreat to a Zen garden steps from your door

Create an outdoor space to escape ever-present screens and the stressful 24-hour news cycle.

Peter Swanson

Start your garden from square one

This method works whether you have a suburban backyard or a porch in the city.

Ted Hirsch (above), an organizer of the initiative, says carrots pulled after the first frost are sweeter and crisper than usual.

Josie Hirsch

It might be time to put Carrot Day on your calendar

The point of the project is to promote locally sourced food and teach people to experience vegetables in a new way.

The beloved red maple outside Nancy Shohet West’s kitchen window — after it was cut down.

Nancy Shohet West for The Boston Globe

SUBURBAN DIARY

Karma and cutting down a favorite tree

What if the red maple really does contain the spirit of our household? What if pulling it down invokes a curse on us?

A lamb adana plate, the meat grilled and seasoned with spicy red bell peppers and served on a bed of bulgur and shepherd’s salad.

Ali Alkilinc photos

LOCAL FARE

Turkish cuisine finds a home in Needham

The counter-service establishment, display cases filled with temptations, has only five small circular tables, so takeout might be the preferable option.

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WELLESLEY

Wellesley debates replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day

Wellesley’s Board of Selectmen will hold a public forum Monday, April 29, on a proposal by the community organization World of Wellesley to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.

ARLINGTON

Arlington police implement SafeWatch

The Arlington Police Department has begun a new initiative to help its officers locate elderly and other residents who wander from home and become lost.

CARLISLE

Carlisle gets $250,000 grant to improve pedestrian safety

Carlisle plans a series of measures to improve pedestrian safety at various roadways in town through new state funding.

Lesley University taps Janet Steinmayer as its seventh president

Steinmayer, the former president of Mitchell College, said she hopes to use her varied professional experience to build upon the school’s recent progress.

PEABODY

Community Holocaust remembrance May 1 in Peabody

Holocaust survivor Janet Applefield joins other speakers at a community Holocaust commemoration Wednesday, May 1, in Peabody.

SOMERVILLE

Somerville forum to discuss welcoming immigrants

Somerville residents are invited to join in a conversation about how the city can become a more welcoming and safe community for migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees on Wednesday, May 1.

MEDFORD

Medford plans ‘microgrid’ solar energy system

Medford will be able to expand its ability to generate and store solar power with the help of state funding.

HINGHAM

Hingham votes to buy private water company

Aquarion Water Co. had fought what it described as a hostile takeover, but an 1879 state law allowed the town to buy the water system if two-thirds of Town Meeting agreed.

ROCKLAND

McKinley Community Center to close temporarily

The town-owned McKinley Community Center will close mid-June while officials figure out how to deal with its faulty fire protection sprinkler system, but they said all programs located there will remain open at other locations.

MILTON

Milton celebrates Artweek with festival

The town’s cultural organizations have banded together to present a week’s worth of events through May 5 as part of the state’s Artweek celebration.

PEMBROKE

Sound the alarm — this food pantry is having a craft sale fund-raiser

All proceeds from the table rentals will go to Pembroke’s Firehouse Pantry, which serves about 700 local families in need.

SUBURBAN DIARY

Karma and cutting down a favorite tree

What if the red maple really does contain the spirit of our household? What if pulling it down invokes a curse on us?

It might be time to put Carrot Day on your calendar

The point of the project is to promote locally sourced food and teach people to experience vegetables in a new way.

NORTH INFORMER

Bike sharing, a charity auction for ballet, and SustainaVille

Celebrating our environment can be possible even after Earth Day ends. Head to the SustainaVille in Somerville for ten packed days of environmental activities.

Arlington considers zoning changes to boost affordable housing

Developers would be allowed to build bigger units in smaller spaces in return for additional affordable housing.

LOCAL FARE

Turkish cuisine finds a home in Needham

The counter-service establishment, display cases filled with temptations, has only five small circular tables, so takeout might be the preferable option.

BLOTTER TALES

Sorry, but sidewalks are for pedestrians

A motorist tries to drive on the sidewalk, a woman calls police on a snake, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

BEVERLY BECKHAM

Dancing to remember the music of the past

Her feet remember. They know the language of the music. And they are like wings, giving her light and flight.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Norwood grad Erin Garczynski’s passion for softball likely to continue beyond college years

After finishing her final spring on the diamond for SNHU, she’s set to be drafted by the American Softball Association.

GLOBE WEST CALENDAR

Sheepshearing and dragons top this week’s calendar

Gore Place’s annual Sheepshearing Festival takes place Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.

GLOBE NORTH CALENDAR

Singing trooper and ReFashion show top this week’s calendar

The eighth annual Rubbish to Runway ReFashion Show is a display by local artists of more than four dozen outfits of wearable art created from repurposed and recycled materials.

GLOBE SOUTH CALENDAR

Road races and Mozart top this week’s calendar

Interfaith Social Services’ 45th annual “Stop the Stigma 5K” road race in Quincy raises funds for the human service organization’s new counseling center.

SOUTH INFORMER

A hike for toddlers, Hope Floats Memory Walk, and ArtWeek

The Marion Art Center designed a week full of art and cultural activities for people of all ages to enjoy.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

Bridgewater State junior Jayci Andrews won the 100-meter and the 400-meter hurdles at the Jerry Gravel Classic with times of 14.52 and 1:03.18, respectively, both season bests.

HIGH SCHOOL GOLF

Hopkinton golfer Abby Jaye strikes out on her own

Abby Jaye was a captain of Hopkinton’s Division 2 state champion coed golf team last fall. This spring, she’s competing as an individual.

Retreat to a Zen garden steps from your door

Create an outdoor space to escape ever-present screens and the stressful 24-hour news cycle.

Start your garden from square one

This method works whether you have a suburban backyard or a porch in the city.

WEST INFORMER

Bike shares, concerts, and a delicious book sale

It’s that time of year — Acton’s Zagster Minuteman Bike Share is open for the season.

THE ARGUMENT

Should the state allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s’ licenses?

Read two views and vote in our informal online poll.

SOUTH

Recount confirms results in Canton selectman’s race

Michael Loughran increased his margin — from one vote to three — to win a two-year vacant seat on the board in a busy election week that brought voters out in Avon, Dedham, Rockland, and Stoughton.

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