Latest Globe West headlines

The latest stories from west of Boston.

Make way for electric mountain bikes?

A new generation of the pedal-assisted e-bikes is designed for off-road use — but some cycling advocates say they don’t belong on trails.


At Dover-Sherborn, a tennis perfectionist leads the way

Tennis standout Max Schuermann, 19, believes there’s always room for improvement on the courts, and it shows.


Newton developer proposes retail and residential to replace police headquarters

Robert Korff has proposed 85 residential units and about 4,400 square feet of ground floor retail space.


A film festival, tree planting, and vintage video games

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


Celebrate the wonderful world of Legos

An all-ages Lego building event takes place in Concord on Saturday, June 16.


Chandler found the strength to bounce back for BC

Hopkinton’s Tess Chandler, a women’s lacrosse attacker Boston College, had her finest season a year after suffering a devastating injury.


GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

A hot stretch at the plate by Sudbury’s Scott Holzwasser helped Northeastern qualify for the Division 1 NCAA Tournament.


Speechwriter helps veteran share his story

The speech recently earned Jacqueline Fearer a 2018 Cicero Speechwriting Award in the military category.


Arlington Cultural District calls for ideas, proposals

The Call For Ideas is open to anyone over the age of 10 who lives, works, or plays in Arlington.


Boxborough celebrates Fifer Day June 16

The fair will kick off at noon and will include food, children’s games and activities, a craft fair, music, an ALS ice bucket challenge, a volleyball tournament, and booths representing town organizations.


Town to hold workshops on CPA funding applications

Any individuals or groups interested in submitting an application are encouraged attend one of the workshops.


School officals holding community forum June 11

This is the fifth forum to be held for residents to learn about new middle school, the selected design, and next steps.


Water conservation measures in effect in Franklin

The measures are meant to ensure that adequate water is available to meet the public health and safety needs of the town.

Deadline for scholarship awards June 15

To be eligible for one of this year’s $1,000 awards, applicants must live in Plainville and have successfully completed at least one year of academic study.

How one local high school teacher got his students to actually put away their phones

A Marlborough High teacher discovered an old-school solution to a modern distraction.


Hydroponic baby greens are ‘clean from the start’

Little Leaf Farms in Devens grows hydroponic baby greens that are sold to grocery stores, food service institutions, and restaurants.


After 38 years, a college degree at last

Arlington’s David D’Antonio received his long-awaited diploma from WPI — and praise from the college’s president.


At Concord-Carlisle, a young golfer leads the way

By the age of seven, Gabrielle Shieh was playing in local Massachusetts tournaments; by nine, she was on the New England PGA junior circuit. Now 16, she is preparing for numerous national tournaments this summer,


GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

Wayland’s Nick Barber of the MassBay men’s golf team finished first in the NCAA Men’s Golf Regional Championship May 25.


Arlington to hold public forum on climate change

This forum will give the public an opportunity to review key information about climate change resilience.


Brookline to hold June 6 public hearing on potential K-8 school sites

Officials are considering potential locations for a new school, as well as expansions of existing schools, to handle the growth in public school student enrollment.


Framingham’s first skatepark opens June 21

The city of Framingham will hold a grand opening of the Farm Pond Skatepark off Dudley Road on Thursday, June 21, from 4 to 6 p.m.


Franklin to hold ‘kids ride’ on June 10

The Franklin PMC Kids Ride for children ages 3 to 14 will begin at Jefferson Middle School.


Solstice potluck at Medway community farm

The party for friends and neighbors will also celebrate the arrival of summer community agriculture shares at the farm.


Maynard makes temporary changes to downtown parking enforcement

The pilot program will help assess the need and style of the future of downtown parking, according to a town notice.


Should Massachusetts drop tuition and fees for in-state students at its public colleges and universities?

Read two views and vote in our online poll.


Newton to hold ‘public design week’ for Washington Street starting June 5

The public outreach effort, branded “Hello Washington Street!” will include focused discussions on topics such as housing diversity and affordability.


A porch festival, a Disney concert, and cycling for cancer

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


Needham sisters fight type 1 diabetes together

Since Mia Allen was diagnosed in 2016, her big sister Olivia has been an important source of support.


Measures seek to slow development in Newton

One calls for a moratorium on zoning changes and construction along the city’s Washington Street corridor.


A cross-country road trip for the love of the game

At age 85, Dick Mount, the longtime tennis pro and former Brookline girls’ varsity coach, has just completed a 17,410-mile trip to raise money for youth tennis.


Weston’s Conor Harrity a force on the water for Harvard

The Harvard senior rower has been invited to tryouts this summer in Oakland, Ca. for the US national team.

When duty called in WWII, women answered

A new exhibit in Natick shows how women broke the mold — from working in factories to risking their lives as resistance fighters.


Museums blossom with spring exhibits

Art exhibits this spring portray everything from nature to dogs to country fairs.


GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

Arlington’s Mike Samko had a stellar year for Bentley’s baseball team.


A play for veterans, a car show, and a concert picnic

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


Arlington to hold public forum on historic preservation

The event will feature a general discussion about local historic preservation-based groups and how residents can get more involved.


Bedford to hold a ‘listening session”’

Members of town boards and committees, and all residents, are invited to attend to share their input on the issues facing Bedford in the next few years.


Aquatic vegetation treatment scheduled in Bellingham

Silver Lake and Jenks Reservoir in Bellingham will be chemically treated to control the presence of nuisance aquatic vegetation.


Framingham police work to increase awareness of proper drug disposal

Bilingual teams of police officers and Framingham Housing Authority staff will be going door-to-door to explain its “Knock, Talk and Toss’’ initiative.


Franklin to kick off farmers market

The market, held on the town common, features an array of local growers and food purveyors.


Wellesley seeks volunteers for town boards

Residents interested in applying for a committee position can fill out an application and send it, along with a resume, to the Board of Selectmen.

Newton seeks a deal (or maybe a swap) for police headquarters land

Mayor Ruthanne Fuller is hoping to make a deal that could land a new home for the Police Department -- and help draw more vitality to West Newton Square.


The birth of leisure as seen through fashion – now at Fruitlands Museum

A new exhibit at Fruitlands Museum explores the burgeoning of leisure and recreation at the turn of the 20th century.


Boston Ability Center helps kids aim high

Jan Wade founded the pediatric wellness center in Wellesley Hills in 2010. In February, she opened a second location in Natick.


Listening to millennials

Jill Ebstein’s book “At My Pace: Twenty-Somethings Finding Their Way” features heartfelt and thoughtful essays by 29 contributors worldwide.


Forum to discuss revitalization plan for Arlington Heights

This is the first public meeting for the Arlington Heights planning project, which launched in late 2017.


Cybersecurity, teacher of the year, and a historical inn

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


Groton Democratic Town Committee to meet

The guests this month will be Bill Martin and John Drinkwater, both candidates for the First Middlesex State Senate seat.


Learn about bees in photos and music

“The Birds and the Bees: How We Love Them, Why We Need Them,’’ a photographic and musical presentation by Watertown wildlife photographer Carole Smith Berney, will be held on Tuesday, May 22, at the Belmont Library Assembly Room.

Blotter tales


// He drove his ride . . . right off the tow truck

A man refuses to let his vehicle get towed, a stolen pizza van is recovered, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

Cartoon Caption Contest


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