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December 2011 Issue

Top Docs 2011

From face transplants to computerized glasses that help blind people “see” to a groundbreaking development in the fight against Lou Gehrig’s disease, here are 14 stunning medical breakthroughs.


City Life

Welcome to the Age of Overparenting

See Jane. See Jane walk downstairs. Clap, Mom and Dad, clap! See Mom and Dad clap, clap, clap. For everything Jane does. Welcome to the age of overparenting.

Game Over?

For a brief moment, Guitar Hero and Rock Band were just about the biggest video games ever. But now that the fad has crashed and burned, can the Cambridge company behind these hits prove it’s more than just a flash in the pan?

The Big Gamble

The Mashpee Wampanoag and their leader Cedric Cromwell are in a race against time to open a casino in Massachusetts, and survive the whole ordeal.


Death with Dignity?

Cardinal Sean O’Malley and the Catholic Church need to stop the fear-mongering so Massachusetts can have an honest debate about physician-assisted suicide.

Search Results

Google dramatically expands its Kendall Square footprint, and the Boston tech scene is looking hotter than ever.

Arts + Entertainment

Overparenting Archetypes

The six different overparenting archetypes.

Arts Beat: A Beat of her Own

After decades of trying, a Berklee jazz professor finds her sound.

Hubbub: Tom Ashbrook

For the past 10 years Tom Ashbrook has remained firmly in place as the host of WBUR’s nationally syndicated talk show, On Point.

Fashion + Style

Living Large

Rachel Slade’s off-kilter take on hub dwellings.

The Perfect 10

Great gifts to delight everyone on your list.

Wild Time

t’s a style jungle out there — and this oversize faux-tortoise-shell timepiece by Nixon fits right in with the menagerie.

Thoroughly Modern J.P.

There’s a new furniture and décor store in town, and—surprise—it’s not in the South End.

Haute Headlines

What’s happening in Boston style.

The Big Tease

Giving saucy, glamorous burlesque a go-go.



Dining out: Legal Harborside

The seafood chain has debuted a flashy fine-dining concept on the waterfront—and despite a few early hiccups, things are going swimmingly.


Small Bite: Veggie Galaxy

The idea of an all-vegetarian restaurant tends to make meat eaters shudder. But it’s not all about tempeh, seitan, and tofu at new Central Square diner Veggie Galaxy.


First Bite: Five Horses Tavern

When it comes to brews—and bites to accompany them—this new haunt comes out ahead of the pack.

Table Talk

What’s heating up the city’s food scene.

Fresh Idea: The Devil Inside

Deviled eggs aren’t just for cookouts anymore — they’ve gone high-brow big time.

Charting the Course

Before they’re cooked up in a restaurant kitchen, the prettiest plates are created in ink.


Lights, Santa, Action!

At dusk on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, John Ragno stands by a switch with the power to completely change the look of Otis Street in East Somerville. 10…9…8…7…

Person of Interest: Ashley Stanley

Making grocery runs with the founder of Boston’s largest food-rescue organization.

Dawn of the Dad

Sick of being portrayed as half-witted dunces, local dads are out to take back their image.