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A lamb adana plate, the meat grilled and seasoned with spicy red bell peppers and served on a bed of bulgur and shepherd’s salad.

LOCAL FARE

Turkish cuisine finds a home in Needham

The counter-service establishment, display cases filled with temptations, has only five small circular tables, so takeout might be the preferable option.

An array of nonperishable and perishable foods line the aisles of Pembroke’s Firehouse Pantry, which will benefit from the annual Spring Fling and Craft Fair on April 27.

PEMBROKE

Sound the alarm — this food pantry is having a craft sale fund-raiser

All proceeds from the table rentals will go to Pembroke’s Firehouse Pantry, which serves about 700 local families in need.

Merida, a pet therapy collie, taking a break from teaching dog safety for the Plymouth County 4-H.

SOUTH INFORMER

Spring cleanup, summer history, and stargazing

Spring just sprung, but summer will be here before you know it. It’s about that time to sign up kids for summer camp — why not dabble in some local history with the Plymouth Historical Society?

NORTH INFORMER

Pet vacations, eating together, and artisan treasures

Kids and teenagers across the region have been helping out in a multitude of ways recently. “No One Eats Alone” Day held by middle schoolers in Andover was just one of the examples.

PLYMOUTH

Plymouth votes to impose fee on Airbnb rentals

Town Meeting voted to impose a 3 percent community impact fee on short-term rentals such as those rented through Airbnb.

NORTH INFORMER

Charity basketball, plastic bags, and ‘Green Book’

A Tyngsborough High School junior earned a Girl Scout Gold Award for her environmental efforts in the town.

ABINGTON

Abington High is named ‘Blue Ribbon School’

Abington High School will celebrate its designation as a Blue Ribbon School on April 12 with a visit from local legislators and the state’s education commissioner.

LEXINGTON

Lexington announces new director of human services

Melissa Interess, who had been the town’s assistant director of senior services, succeeds Charlotte Rodgers, who retired last November.

DEVENS

MassDevelopment announces new leader at Devens

MassDevelopment announced that Jessica Strunkin has joined the agency as senior vice president of Devens.

REGION

Forum to provide updates on Route 3 region transportation plans

State officials will be providing an update on their transportation plans for the Route 3 region in Middlesex County at a forum in Burlington on Thursday, April 11.

BEVERLY

Beverly Pier slated for repairs using $15,000 grant

The work, set to be carried out this spring, is part of an ongoing project to improve the pier and maintain public access to the facility.

Floral arrangements at last year’s Duxbury Daffodil Festival.

SOUTH INFORMER

Daffodils, the Appalachian Trail, and flagging veterans’ graves

Celebrate spring at the Duxbury Daffodil Festival on Friday, April 5, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement, will deliver the commencement speech for Graduate Studies at Salem State University.

NORTH INFORMER

Commencement speakers, teaching awards, and slow art

Salem State University has announced its 2019 commencement speakers, including Tarana Burke, the activist behind the #MeToo movement.

Chicken tandoori is marinated in spices and yogurt and then cooked in a clay oven.

LOCAL FARE

House of Tandoor delights with tastes of India, Nepal

Newton is surprisingly light on Indian restaurants, so House of Tandoor fills a definite void in the city’s dining scene.

THE ARGUMENT

Should the state allow cities and towns to use automated traffic enforcement?

Read two views and vote in our informal online poll.

Sacred Heart students will have access to the $13.5 million, 30,000-square-foot STEM building on the St. Mary’s campus, set to open in the fall of 2020.

LYNN

Catholic schools will merge in Lynn

St. Mary’s, which now has a high school and a middle school on Tremont Street, is combining with Sacred Heart, a kindergarten-to-eighth-grade school on Boston Street.

SCITUATE

Scituate to hold forum on dangers of vaping

Learn more about vaping and e-cigarettes at a presentation held at Gates Middle School on April 3. Students in fifth grade and above are welcome with their parents.

HINGHAM

Kindness rewarded with visit to the State House

Foster Elementary School’s first-grade Kindness Club and Hingham High School’s Kindness Club were honored at the State House and led the pledge of allegiance earlier this month.

REGION

$1.3 million initiative aims to reduce income inequality

An Essex County charitable foundation recently announced plans to invest $1.3 million over the next three years on strategies to reduce income inequality in the region.

THE ARGUMENT

Should Massachusetts cap the number of ride-sharing drivers?

Read two views and vote in our informal online poll.

Chef Brett Williams’s Bolognes, at Orta in Pembroke.

LOCAL FARE

A dedicated chef comes full circle at Orta

The Pembroke restaurant was where Chef Jimmy Burke got his start in cooking, and now he owns it.

NORTH INFORMER

Wrestling, block printing, and therapy dogs

A Lowell art exhibit held at the Brush and Art Gallery and Studios showcases pieces with a 4-inch by 4-inch dimension. Enjoy a raffle and take home a piece of art!

SUDBURY

Coyotes and coywolves are focus of Sudbury presentation

The event will focus on coyote ecology and behavior, and the interbreeding of eastern coyotes with western coyotes and wolves.

BROCKTON

Thomas to become Brockton’s interim schools chief

Deputy Superintendent Michael P. Thomas will become Brockton’s interim superintendent on July 1, replacing Superintendent Kathleen Smith when she retires.

Girls in grades 3-12 can meet every Tuesday at Acera School in Winchester for free instruction in computer coding.

NORTH INFORMER

Dragons, girls who code, and radioactivity

The Acera School in Winchester is hosting a free afterschool club where girls learn to code.

The vehicle detour map north and south of the Broadway Bridge at Ball Square.

Somerville braces for detours

Three bridges are set to close in Somerville in the coming months as the next phase of the Green Line Extension swings into gear.

REGION

Pentucket launches website for school building project

PentucketProject.com will act as an official source of information for residents of Groveland, Merrimac, and West Newbury as they prepare to vote on the $146.3 million project.

WELLESLEY

Former official named Wellesley’s executive director

Meghan Jop, who spent the past six months as deputy town manager in North Andover, will start as Wellesley’s executive director on Monday, March 18.

WEYMOUTH

Weymouth weighs tax hike to build middle school

Weymouth voters will decide in April whether to increase property taxes to build a new Maria Weston Chapman Middle School that would house all sixth through eighth graders in town.

The doragon ramen’s fiery miso-based broth is accented with roasted Thai chilis, chili paste, and bright red chili threads.

LOCAL FARE

With Noodle City, Ashland finally gets its own ramen spot

The menu allows diners to build their own bowl, selecting their preferred broth, protein, and extras ranging from wood ear mushrooms to Thai roast pork.

NEWTON

Newton to provide seniors a lift starting this summer

The new senior ride share transportation program will help seniors reach medical appointments, the city’s village hubs, and the Newton Senior Center.

BEVERLY

Beverly to develop plans for train station area

Beverly will be developing plans for an upgrade of its downtown train station area as a result of a new $150,000 capital grant awarded through the state’s Housing Choice Communities program.

MILTON

Milton approves design funds for fire stations

Milton’s Town Meeting approved spending $2.7 million to design a new headquarters for the Fire Department and two new substations.

SALEM

Salem Hospital offers recovery coaches to overdose patients

The launch of the service in Salem marks an extension of a program that has been offered to patients at Union Hospital in Lynn since 2017.

MEDFORD

Herb Chambers Infiniti of Boston moves to Medford

The dealership, formerly located on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, opened in January in a much larger, newly renovated space at 60 Mystic Ave. in Medford.

ANDOVER

Government officials invite Andover students to forum

Andover High School students have the chance to meet with local and state government officials serving their community at a forum on Tuesday, March 5.

SUDBURY

Sudbury gets a new director of planning and development

Sudbury Town Manager Melissa Rodrigues recently named Adam Duchesneau as the town’s new director of planning and community development.

WELLESLEY

Wellesley Council on Aging launches survey

Wellesley’s Council on Aging is surveying residents and patrons on whether they would use the agency’s services and programs outside of its usual operating hours.

HINGHAM

Hingham officials withdraw proposal to renovate library

Selectmen said the $26 million project was too expensive, especially in light of other more necessary capital needs in town.

NORTH INFORMER

Women’s a cappella, aquaponics, and climate change

Women of the World, an internationally acclaimed a cappella quartet, will perform atSalem State University’s Recital Hall, 71 Loring Ave., on Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m.

LOCAL FARE

At Ellis Square Social, changing menu passes the taste test

This is a place that’s serious about food and drink, but not so serious in other ways

THE ARGUMENT

Should the state rescind its ban on Sunday hunting?

Read two views and vote in our informal online poll.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

THE ARGUMENT

Should a citizenship question be included in the US Census?

Read two views and vote in our informal online poll.

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.