SOUTH OF BOSTON

Siemens unveils $300 million facility in Walpole

Siemens Healthineers has cut the ribbon on a new factory and research and development facility for laboratory diagnostic devices at its East Walpole campus.

Final phase of Cambridge-Watertown Greenway begins

Located on an inactive B&M Railroad corridor, the greenway is intended as a safe off-road route for bicyclists, pedestrians, and others.

Deal keeps Cape wildlife center aloft

The facility is being transferred to the Weymouth-based New England Wildlife Center, and will be known as the Birdsey Cape Wildlife Center.

THE ARGUMENT

Should electric scooters be allowed on local streets?

Read two views and vote in our informal online poll.

, this one decorated for Halloween, wait at a dock on Washington Street in Salem. A Salem city councilor wants to ban the bike share company Zagster because he doesn't want the city to have a formal deal with them. (Lane Turner/Globe Staff) Reporter: (John Hilliard) Topic: (11zobikeshare)

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Bike-sharing hits a few bumps in the road

As more cities and towns adopt programs, there are growing pains amid the glowing reviews.

FIELD GUIDE

The world’s fastest animal lives right here in Boston area

Peregrine falcons are able to reach speeds of over 200 miles per hour when in a full dive, or stoop, as it’s called.

Rewild in Quincy draws a young crowd.

LOCAL FARE

Meet me at the vegan beer hall and café

If you’re tired of explaining to people that no, even (most) pizza is not vegan, then I’ve got a place in Quincy for you: Rewild.

09nocalendar -- William Gardiner plays Clarence in the Greater Boston Stage CompanyÕs production of ÒItÕs a Wonderful LifeÓ through Dec. 23 at its theater located at 395 Main St., Stoneham. For tickets and more information, call 781-279-2200 or visit greaterbostonstage.org. (Carla Donaghey)

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Angels, ballads, and solstice music

There are plenty of exhibits and events to keep you and your family busy in the coming week.

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Ellana’s Kitchen brings Venezuelan cuisine to Newton Centre

A husband and wife team brings family and heritage to their Venezuelan and Middle-Eastern restaurant.

WEST INFORMER

Education grants, outstanding businesses, and physician leaders

The Needham Education Fund recently announced the recipients of 16 grants totaling $67,553.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Burlington’s Paul Hogan races to the top at UMass Lowell

The fifth-year graduate student began his tour of excellence when he took home late-season honors in cross country.

CATCHING UP WITH ... Chris Kane

Ashland High honors shining star from the ‘70s

Chris Kane, athletic director at Keefe Vocational Technical High School in Framingham the past 14 years, has been honored by his alma mater, Ashland High.

BLOTTER TALES

A holiday edition movie call-out

Christmas lights are cut, inflatable decorations are damaged, and other holiday-related tales from local police blotters.

BEVERLY BECKHAM

Memory of a Christmas gift is a grand gift itself

Every Christmas, my mother always had extra things for me, a scarf, gloves, a record, something little to go along with something big.

HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY

‘We are family’ is the team spirit at Notre Dame Academy

John Findley is taking over as head coach, assisted by his daughter, Martha, who recently graduated from St. Anselm’s as an All-American.

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Holiday marketplace, solstice walks, and Christmas at Pemberley

NORTH OF BOSTON

Wanted: Someone to make something out of old station

The iconic Swampscott train depot, built in 1868 for the B&M Railroad and designed by George W. Cram, has been vacant for years.

THE ARGUMENT

Should cities and towns ban the small liquor bottles commonly referred to as ‘nips?’

Read two views and vote in our informal online poll.

NORTH INFORMER

Vocational school honors, art sale, and a new police officer

Three of the five US Presidential Scholar nominees for career and technical education student come from north of Boston.

NEWTON

Newton public schools to launch full-day kindergarten in September

The change will mean that all the city’s kindergartners will follow the same school schedule as elementary students in grades 1 to 5.

KINGSTON

Go for an indoor skate at the Kingston Collection

The Kingston Collection breaks away from conventional ice skating this winter with the opening of its synthetic ice rink.

Vegas couple buys Cohasset estate for $12.5 million

The property, built in 1932, includes 9.4 acres and has 10 bedrooms, 11 baths, 13 fireplaces, and a private beach on 1,800 feet of waterfront.

WEYMOUTH

Residents can give views on Weymouth-Braintree dog park

The public hearing is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, in Weymouth Town Hall.

STOUGHTON

Stoughton selectmen not giving up on public safety building

Stoughton selectmen will explain their plans for paying for a new public safety building at their Dec. 18 meeting, and they also hope to convince the public of the pressing need for the project.

BEDFORD

Mixed-use development approved in Bedford

The Bedford Planning Board recently gave a green light to a developer to construct a mixed-use commercial development.

WELLESLEY

Nomination papers available in Wellesley

Wellesley residents interested in running for a local office or as a Town Meeting member may take out nomination papers for the annual town election next spring, the town said in a statement.

BOXBOROUGH

Boxborough police recognized for best practices

The Boxborough Police Department recently was accredited by the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission.

SALEM

An ‘Ouchless ER’ for children in Salem

A local hospital has found a way to relieve some of the stress children can experience going to the emergency room.

SOMERVILLE

Somerville to give update on Lincoln Park

Somerville is holding a community meeting on Monday, Dec. 17, to tell residents about the remaining work that is set to be done at Lincoln Park.

LYNN

Study aims to improve public transit in Lynn

The state Department of Transportation is preparing to launch a study into ways to improve public transportation in Lynn.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Walpole’s Kaitlin Brown has locked down goal for Stonehill

In 19 starts, the junior keeper posted a sparkling 1.26 GAA, recorded eight shutouts, and backstopped the Skyhawks to a 13-7 record.

CATCHING UP WITH ...

Catching Up With … Shelly Lyons

The basketball star from Braintree High and Brown University is now an administrator at Northeastern University.

Bike-sharing hits a few bumps in the road

As more cities and towns adopt programs, there are growing pains amid the glowing reviews.

LOCAL FARE

Meet me at the vegan beer hall and café

If you’re tired of explaining to people that no, even (most) pizza is not vegan, then I’ve got a place in Quincy for you: Rewild.

FIELD GUIDE

The world’s fastest animal lives right here in Boston area

Peregrine falcons are able to reach speeds of over 200 miles per hour when in a full dive, or stoop, as it’s called.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Angels, ballads, and solstice music

There are plenty of exhibits and events to keep you and your family busy in the coming week.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

Marlborough’s Leo Fanning received the George Carens Award Thursday night for his lifetime contribution to New England college football.

BLOTTER TALES

A smart speaker leads to a scare

Alexa draws the attention of the police, officers get into a snowball fight with students, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

Somerville, MA - 10/25/18 - Stubblebine begins a repair. Bob Stubblebine (cq) is one of the area's top guitar luthiers, people who not only keep guitars playable but form a small community of craftsmen who help, teach, and learn from each other in the ages-old, hands-on tradition. He is the owner of Stubblebine Lutherie near Davis Square. (Lane Turner/Globe Staff) Reporter: (Jose Martinez) Topic: (25zoluthier)

Get thy electric guitar to a luthier

This small band of guitar heroes plays an instrumental role in the local music scene.

The baked stuffed scallops lunch special.

LOCAL FARE

Tavern echoes Marblehead’s seafaring past

The reputation of a seafood restaurant rests on its fish, and the Three Cod Tavern in Marblehead passes with flying colors.

Sally Hoyt with former president Jimmy Carter in 1979.

At 96, this advocate still fights on seniors’ behalf

Sally Hoyt of Reading has plenty of advice — but no platitudes — about aging well.

The Duxbury Rural and Historical Society purchased the King Caesar House — which was built in 1809 — in 1965.

SOUTH OF BOSTON

Preserving Duxbury since 1883

The Duxbury Rural and Historical Society will hold a champagne toast to commemorate its 135th anniversary.

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