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Virginia and Bill Robinson created a caregiver suite in their Newton home.

Why sell that ‘happy old house’?

Accessory apartments are gaining traction as a way to keep elders in their homes — and create more options for tenants.By Allison Pohle

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Decorated trees, miniature villages and more on Lexington tour

Get into the holiday spirit with a look inside six Lexington homes uniquely decorated for the season on the Lexington Field and Garden Club’s first-ever holiday house tour.

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NOTEWORTHY

GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

Alicia Kutil of Franklin was named Little East Player of the Week while playing for UMass-Dartmouth women’s basketball.

BROOKLINE

Brookline bike lane test extended to a year

The plan originally called for a six-month test of the bicycle lane, but will instead run longer at the state’s request.

Meet the farmer who raised your pork chop

The Trustees are launching a community supported agricultural program for meat and poultry at four farms the organization owns west and south of Boston.

GlobeWest Commentary

Notes to Globe West from readers commenting on recent stories.

Should Waltham build its new high school at a religious retreat?

The mayor wants to buy land owned by the Stigmatine Fathers, but some residents want the retreat left alone.

The Informer: An animal shelter fund-raiser, photo critique, and a holiday open house

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations in the suburbs west of Boston.

UP CLOSE

What's your number? This Boy Scout has an answer

In cooperation with Acton Public Safety, Jason Lucas has launched a campaign to educate residents about the importance of maintaining clearly visible house numbers.

BUSINESS PLAN

Brookline yarn shop knits it all together

Uncommon Yarn offers free trade and American yarns — and the space for customers to practice their needlework.

Facade redesigned at planned Newtonville complex

The three-building complex proposed by Mark Development would replace eight buildings that now house several businesses including Karoun Restaurant, Boston Ballet School, and Newtonville Camera.

BROOKLINE

Brookline bike lane test extended to a year

Officials say the lane makes it easier for cyclists to travel from Kenmore Square to Newton Centre.

NEWTON

Newton public school enrollment, staff diversity rise

Nearly 1,400 students were added from 2004 to 2016, and and the number of educators and administrators of color hired increased from 11.59 percent last school year to 15.93 percent this year.

ACTON

South Acton commuter lot requires use of new meters

Under the new system, commuters will need to enter the parking space number into the meter prior to payment.

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See the number of concussions reported by area high schools with a sortable table.