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Jose Martinez and other cyclists ride cross the Waban Arches along an MWRA Aqueduct trail.

Coffee, wrong turns, and laughs mark back-road bike tour

The idea was to map out a fairly easy loop from Newton out through Wellesley into Dover, and back home through Needham. But we added a twist.By Jose Martinez

Danforth Art’s deal with Framingham State stalls

Framingham Town Meeting refused to act on the museum’s request to transfer its Jonathan Maynard Building to Framingham State University.


Should Holliston ban the sale of recreational marijuana?

Read two views and vote in our online poll.

Teachers say they were bullied at Marlborough school

An independent survey of employees at Advanced Math and Science Academy found a culture of fear and intimidation.


Medfield High student describes game-winning goal

Senior Keri Shortsleeve recounts her goal in the final seconds of a game against Westwood.

On the Move

Mountain bike destinations

Mountain bikers in the Greater Boston area are blessed with a bounty of trail networks.

Julia Malakie, Newton blogger, argues for a demolition moratorium

We need to stop the bleeding while we decide how to treat the patient. The administration touts “Zoning Reform” as the answer to concerns about development. But while zoning reform inches along, years behind schedule, we’re losing our moderately priced “starter” homes (many marketed as “development opportunities”), as well as historically significant ones like the recently demolished Wetherell House and the Gothic revival cottage at 111 Webster Park, whose demolition delay expires in July 2015.


High school teacher to accept STEM prize

Natick High science teacher Doug Scott will be honored as the 2014 Massachusetts STEM Teacher of the Year during an Oct. 22 ceremony at the DCU Center in Worcester. The Stow resident, who has taught at Natick High since 2003, will receive the award at the Massachusetts STEM Summit. Scott developed the school’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) curriculum, and last spring took a group of students to participate in the White House Science Fair. His citation, to be presented by the Hall at Patriot Place and Raytheon Corp., will be accompanied by a $5,000 award to be used to support STEM programs at the school. “I am honored to be selected for this award,” Scott said in a statement. “I know there were many worthy candidates and I want to thank the committee for their dedication to STEM education. As teachers, I think we all try to have a positive impact on our students, and that is certainly what I have tried to do with students of all levels and ability.”


Survey gauges views on cable service

The Board of Selectmen and town manager are asking residents to take an online survey about their satisfaction with the three local cable television service providers by Oct. 31. Town officials will be starting negotiations on renewing cable franchise licenses later this year, and the feedback from the 11-question survey will be used to help with the process, they said. The survey can be reached through a link on the municipal website,, or at


Recycling event slated for Oct. 25

The Department of Public Works is holding a recycling event Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the transfer station, 1130 Concord Ave. Residents will be able to drop off rigid and foam plastics, textiles, and electronics, and will also have access to a shredder to prepare documents for secure recycling. Call 617-993-2689 for more information.


Apply for Community Preservation Act funds

The deadline for applying for Community Preservation Act funding next year is Nov. 17. The funds can be used to help pay for projects that create or preserve open space for outdoor passive and active recreational sites, preserve historic sites, or create affordable housing. The town’s Community Preservation Committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the proposals on Nov. 20, and will then vote on which funding proposals to recommend for approval at Town Meeting next spring. The program, which is funded by a local property tax surcharge and matching grants from the state, has helped pay for a number of local projects, including the Fruit Street Athletic Complex and affordable housing at Mayhew Court.


Special Town Meeting convenes Oct. 8

Special Town Meeting will convene Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Bellingham High School auditorium. Warrant articles include proposals to authorize the Board of Selectmen to research, develop, and enter into contracts to aggregate the electricity load of residents and businesses in town, or to work jointly with other municipalities on such actions; to increase the limits of the Conservation Commission’s revolving fund from $5,000 to $15,000; to appropriate funds toward engineering plans and bid preparation for roadway, drainage, sidewalk, and pavement improvements on a section of South Main Street; to accept a series of public ways; to amend the town’s bylaws as they relate to the registration and maintenance of abandoned and/or foreclosed residential properties; and a series of budgetary items as needed. To review the full warrant, stop by the town clerk’s office at the Municipal Center during regular business hours or visit the town’s website,


Orchard House raising funds for documentary

Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House on Lexington Road is raising funds to make the first documentary about the landmark property’s 350-year history. The Orchard House has launched a campaign on the Kickstarter website seeking $150,000 for the production. The crowd-sourcing platform uses an all-or-nothing system with a deadline for reaching a funding goal. The Orchard House has until Oct. 22 to reach its target amount. As of midweek, 302 backers had pledged $53,125 toward the “Fund our Film!’’ campaign, according to its page at The Orchard’s House’s literary legacy includes Alcott writing “Little Women’’ at the family home. For more information, visit


No weekend commuter rail until Nov. 23

Commuter rail service along the full length of the MBTA’s Fitchburg/South Acton Line has been suspended on Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 23, allowing crews to complete track improvements. No substitute buses will be provided, according to an announcement on the change in weekend service posted at


Board to set Special Town Meeting warrant

The Board of Selectmen has scheduled Special Town Meeting for 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Littleton Middle School. There are 14 articles on the warrant, including proposals for a property tax deferral program for seniors, funds to design two new turf fields, and a tax increment financing program. Selectmen are slated to determine the order that the articles are listed on the warrant during their 7 p.m. meeting Monday. For a complete list of the articles, visit the town’s website,

Blotter tales


// Emergency? Only by kid standards

A scam artist meets his match in a Marblehead woman, those creepy clowns may be having a second wind, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

Cartoon Caption Contest


// Road test

Submit your own caption, along with your name, hometown and phone number, by e-mailing

On The Move


// New to these shores: beach soccer

Near Boston, the beach version of futbol is still relatively new but gaining popularity.

Globe West Sports


The onliness of the 100-meter runner

For Lexington senior Noah Shute and other 100-meter-dash runners, it’s all bout intense focus, repeated practice, and creating muscle memory.


Lynn, MA - 05/08/17 - The beach at Lynn Shores Reservation on the Lynn - Nahant border is littered with a noxious smelling collection of seaweed and dead marine animals. The Friends of Lynn & Nahant Beach are imploring Governor Charlie Baker to restore $150,000 in state funding that was cut for the removal of algae at those beaches. (Lane Turner/Globe Staff) Reporter: (John Laidler) Topic: (14nolynn)

Beach lovers cry foul

State budget cuts threatened the algae removal program in Lynn and Nahant, but now state crews will continue to clear the smelly stuff all summer.

Beverly Beckham

Beverly Beckham

// Enough of excuses for not seeing more of Boston

We have more sites in Beantown to see than we have days to see them. But we don’t because we live here.

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// High school concussions

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