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Rotted doors front Howe Hall at the former Fernald Walter E. Fernald Developmental Center.

Waltham’s mayor sketches a future for Fernald

Little has been done since the city bought the former institution for people with developmental disabilities.By Jennifer Fenn Lefferts


What’s a British panto? Find out in Franklin.

Franklin Performing Arts Company offers a glimpse of the tradition in “Alice in a Winter Wonderland.”


Should Needham ban the retail use of plastic bags?

Read two views and vote in our online poll.

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GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

Wellesley’s Katie Benzan helped pace Harvard to a 79-69 basketball win over Northeastern Dec. 6.


For Framingham coach, skaters, it’s about ‘controlling the controllable’

Led by coach Will Ortiz, a local product of Puerto Rican descent, the Framigham High boys’ hockey team is all about controlling what it can.


Should Needham ban the retail use of plastic bags?

Read two views and vote in our online poll.


A gingerbread farm, a holiday gift wrap-athon, and a pop-up shop

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


Wellesley schools to donate food to people in need

Food For Free is repackaging the rescued food into single-serve meals.

Trustees drop bid for Old Manse welcome center

Critics feared the $1.8 million plan would detract from the spirit of the Concord landmark.


Framingham State names new dean of students

Meg Nowak, who previously worked at the school from 1997 to 2000, starts Jan. 16.


Harvard event to benefit local seniors

The town of Harvard is holding its first First Night celebration Dec. 31.


Two community groups to step forward at Lexington event

Panel members will include Nancy White, co-chair of the Community Endowment of Lexington, and Karen Orf, co-president of the Lexington Education Foundation.


King Philip school community surveyed

The survey is aimed at supporting and improving the schools as part of the district’s larger strategic planning process.


Newton-Needham Regional Chamber names a chairman

The board of directors has elected Chris Teachout as its new chairman.


Franklin library program on raising grateful children

A parents discussion group will be held at the Franklin Public Library Wednesday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m.


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David Wright could get life in prison for his conviction on five terror-related charges.

With her son facing life in prison, mother of terror plotter says he was ‘brainwashed’ by ISIS

The mother of the Everett man convicted of plotting to kill Americans in support of the terror group asked for leniency in his sentencing, saying he had been “brainwashed.”

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