Women’s clubs endure despite challenges of changing times

“Most clubs are smaller,” said Lynne Stader, 67, a past president of the Westford club. “[But] all clubs remain focused on social and civic contributions.”

Medway school food pantry provides weekend sustenance

On Friday afternoons, a Medway elementary school will send 15 children home with a backpack full of food for over the weekend.

SUBURBAN DIARY

Can we stop tweeting during meals and start chewing the fat?

With everyone buried in social media, maybe it’s time for some old-fashioned table talk.

THE ARGUMENT

Should a citizenship question be included in the US Census?

Read two views and vote in our informal online poll.

Vivian cuddles with Oscar as she reads to him at the Epstein Hillel School in Marblehead.

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In Marblehead, classroom welcomes a furry friend

Dogs don’t judge if you stumble over a word. They also help with stress, and teach kids empathy, compassion, and responsibility.

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10,000 gather in Quincy to celebrate Year of the Golden Pig

Quincy’s annual Lunar New Year Festival continues to grow in popularity in the community, attracting more people every year.

Chicken and rice noodle soup has already proven popular at the new Newton Centre location.

Raymond Lien photos

LOCAL FARE

Pho Viet’s II expands to Newton Centre with soups, bánh mi, and more

The Vietnamese restaurant celebrates a second location in Newton Centre.

Lauren Poussard

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A refurbished theater, Presidents’ Day, and collage

Venture out this week to enjoy the events and exhibits around Greater Boston.

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SOUTH INFORMER

A reluctant dragon, mystery gala, and charitable comedy

Americana Theatre Company’s Studio Americana youth program in Plymouth presents the musical “The Reluctant Dragon.”

WEYMOUTH

Authors of ‘Women of Southie’ to speak in Weymouth

The book tells the stories of six women who grew up in Bulger’s South Boston, survived everything from the murder and suicides of loved ones to addiction and abuse, and managed to thrive.

PEMBROKE

Pembroke marches on with mandatory band

The School Committee rejected a proposal from high school principal Marc Talbot to make the award-winning, 137-member marching band optional.

NEWTON

Newton city councilors consider anti-nuclear resolution

The proposal comes after President Trump said Feb. 1 the country would withdraw from a 1987 nuclear weapons agreement with Russia.

CHELMSFORD

Chelmsford trees face deadly foe: the emerald ash borer

Since first being reported in the United States in the early 2000s, the emerald ash borer has killed millions of ash trees in North America.

BEVERLY

Cabot Theater in Beverly reopens after renovations

The project involved replacing the 484 existing balcony seats with wider, more conformable seats. A high-end seating area with opera box seats also was added.

SOMERVILLE

Longtime resident is named Somerville’s third poet laureate

Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone recently named Lloyd Schwartz to serve as the city’s third poet laureate.

LITTLETON

Littleton Middle School hailed as ‘spotlight’

The New England League of Middle Schools recently renewed Littleon’s status as a Spotlight School for another three years.

FOXBOROUGH

Foxborough’s former police chief running for selectman

Former Foxborough police chief Edward O’Leary is running for selectman in the May 6 town election for one of two seats on the five-member board that will be on the ballot.

ASHLAND

Ashland police chief to retire in March

Police Chief Craig Davis is retiring after six years as chief and 34 years in municipal law enforcement.

SOUTH INFORMER

Theater, birding, and farm animals

Curtain Call Theatre in Braintree presents “Dancing at Lughnasa,” directed by Bill Gardiner.

HIGH SCHOOL NORDIC SKIING

For cross-country skiers, friendship comes with the competition

Because of the nature of Nordic skiing, and the necessity to often train together in search of a patch of snow, the friendship continues to evolve.

10,000 gather in Quincy to celebrate Year of the Golden Pig

Quincy’s annual Lunar New Year Festival continues to grow in popularity in the community, attracting more people every year.

NORTH INFORMER

Gamble for charity, take the cake, or sample a tech program

The Lynnfield Moms Group hosts a casino night that raises money for 7-year-old Sam Halpern.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

A refurbished theater, Presidents’ Day, and collage

Venture out this week to enjoy the events and exhibits around Greater Boston.

Medway school food pantry provides weekend sustenance

On Friday afternoons, a Medway elementary school will send 15 children home with a backpack full of food for over the weekend.

THE ARGUMENT

Should a citizenship question be included in the US Census?

Read two views and vote in our informal online poll.

In Marblehead, classroom welcomes a furry friend

Dogs don’t judge if you stumble over a word. They also help with stress, and teach kids empathy, compassion, and responsibility.

Women’s clubs endure despite challenges of changing times

“Most clubs are smaller,” said Lynne Stader, 67, a past president of the Westford club. “[But] all clubs remain focused on social and civic contributions.”

CATCHING UP WITH ...

Former North Reading runner Lizzie Short in pursuit of acting roles

The 2007 Division 4 state champion in the 2-mile now working as an actress and as a tour guide on the Freedom Trail.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

Assumption senior Shannon Quirk of Wakefield became the first swimmer in Northeast-10 Conference history to win one event four years running in the conference final.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Like her sister, Dedham’s Kate Kaduboski set the pace in Bentley pool

The senior put the finishing touch on a record-setting swimming career at the Northeast-10 Championship.

BLOTTER TALES

Quincy’s owl whisperer to the rescue

An owl is rescued in Quincy, a mail mystery stumps investigators in Brookline, and other tales from local police blotters.

REGION

State funding will help restore Great Salt Marsh

The 300 acres targeted for restoration serve as a key environmental buffer, protecting neighboring communities and valuable habitat, according to the Trustees of Reservations.

MARBLEHEAD

Voters to consider tax increase for Fort Sewall upgrades

The Board of Selectmen recently agreed to seek an estimated $750,000 from Town Meeting in May for the $1.1 million project.

BURLINGTON

Burlington police hires mental health clinician

The Burlington Police Department now has a dedicated employee to help support residents with mental illness.

NEWTON

Newton considers tightening shopping bag regulations

Disposable plastic bags would be eliminated at city retail establishments, and customers would be charged a fee to use a paper or reusable bag.

ASHLAND

Developer donates land for new Y branch in Ashland

The Metrowest YMCA’s plans to build a new regional full-service branch took a major step forward when a local developer gifted land in Ashland for the facility.

HULL

Nantasket resort changes hands in Hull

A Rhode Island hotel chain has bought the Nantasket Beach Resort on Hull Shore Drive.

ARLINGTON

Estimated cost of new Arlington High School lowered to $291 million

An Arlington panel recently agreed to a $291 million estimated price for the town’s proposed new high school, a $17 million reduction from the original estimate.

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Governor Charlie Baker (left) and MEMA director Kurt Schwartz surved damaged caused by tornado in Concord.

State emergency management director to leave after nine years

MEMA is responsible for ensuring the state is prepared to withstand, respond to, and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters, according to its website.

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