BOSTON — It's Monday, Oct. 26. Here's what Patch has been covering in greater Boston and across Massachusetts today.
Just about a week before Election Day, Boston police arrested a man accused of starting a ballot box fire downtown. The fire destroyed about 35 ballots, according to the Secretary of the Commonwealth's office.
The fire prompted Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin to tell local election officials to improve security around ballot boxes, including making sure the ballot boxes are empty and locked on Halloween.
In Framingham, police officers have been stationed at the city's drop boxes.
Elsewhere in greater Boston
The cities and towns that have been high-risk for three straight weeks are moving back to Phase 3, Step 1.
One Waltham teacher lost her son in a tragedy, now she is hoping to raise awareness about mental health issues.
A state official said they have found no cause for concern regarding voting in Waltham this election, despite a few hiccups.
The committee wants to honor the family of the two servicemen with the Medal of Liberty but needs help tracking them down.
Five residents died and several more tested positive for the coronavirus at a Chelmsford nursing home.
During Westford's Town Meeting a proposal to change Columbus Day to honor indigenous people fell short of the votes the town needed to make a change that a number of communities from Cambridge to Brookline have made recently.
And finally today:
Looking for some inspiration on turning that pumpkin into art in the name of Halloween? Check this gallery out. And then here are some beauties from Brookline, too.
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