Connections: A Newsletter from the Somerville Public Schools – September 12, 2014

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We’re off to a great school year! Help your child get a healthy start to the school day with a
free breakfast at their school. Visit your school website for breakfast times.
Remember to stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest, and by visiting our website.
News & Notes
Cradles to Crayons, Genzyme Donate 1,200 Backpacks to Somerville Continue reading Connections: A Newsletter from the Somerville Public Schools – September 12, 2014

The Somerville News Weekly Favorite Photos of the Day

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An earlier day photo of Somerville’s own Jimmy Del Ponte in a jaw lock squeeze by the late great Richard “Jaws” Kiel from the James Bond films! “He was a big man with a big heart!”

Sent in by our readers!

Send us your favorite photos to Wmtauro@bostonnewsgroup.com to be posted here live on Thesomervillenewsweekly.com as well as in our print edition for the world to see!

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Annual American Rendezvous Weekend (September 26 – 28th, 2014)

An event hosted by Parkour Generations Americas in Somerville

American Rendezvous (ARDV) is an annual weekend gathering of parkour practitioners from around the country. Parkour was born in the banlieues (suburbs) of Paris in the 1980s and is now one of the world’s fastest-growing sports. While often recognized in the fantastic images seen on YouTube or television, the sport is actually a form of movement with roots from a variety of physical disciplines, including gymnastics, martial arts, climbing, breakdancing, and track. The sport is growing rapidly in the Boston metropolitan area, and this year ARDV is returning to the Somerville/Boston Continue reading Annual American Rendezvous Weekend (September 26 – 28th, 2014)

FALLON GETS SWORN IN AS SOMERVILLE’S NEW POLICE CHIEF

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By William Tauro

This past Thursday evening, Somerville Police Deputy Chief David Fallon was sworn in as the City’s new Chief of Police at the Board of Aldermen meeting at city hall.

Dozens of friends, relatives, elected officials and co-workers packed the alderman chambers at city hall to support Fallon’s confirmation into office.
Continue reading FALLON GETS SWORN IN AS SOMERVILLE’S NEW POLICE CHIEF

The Somerville Foundation for Animals proudly presents the 5th annual Somerville Dog Festival

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Once again, it will feature an exciting array of dog sports demonstrations as well as a one-of-a-kind opportunity for the public to try these activities with their dogs. Admission is free but monetary donations as well as pet care items (including pet food, collars, leashes, carriers) will be accepted at the gate. We hope you enjoy the day with us!
Continue reading The Somerville Foundation for Animals proudly presents the 5th annual Somerville Dog Festival

Help hire the next Somerville Public Schools Superintendent

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After a decade of service Superintendent Tony Pierantozzi has decided to retire in July 2015. The School Committee is kicking off a search for the next superintendent with three public forums next week and an online survey to get your feedback on what to look for in candidates.

More information on the three public forums, which will be held on Sept. 15 and 16. See More

Superintendent Search
www.somerville.k12.ma.us
Completing this short survey regarding key characteristics of an effective superintendent (http://ecrasurvey.com/Somerville),…

2014 Somerville Riverfest by the Mystic River

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Come enjoy a day by the Mystic River. Riverfest is this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Assembly Row at Assembly Square and Baxter Park. Enjoy the music of the Zac Mac Band, Pink Talking Fish, Oldjack, Richard James and The Name Changers, and Bloco AfroBrazil. Check out the new stores and restaurants that have opened in the neighborhood, participate in children’s activities, and make sure to stick around for the fireworks.

And don’t forget: The Assembly MBTA stop is open and ready for passengers!

Riverfest 2014
www.assemblyrow.com

Somerville’s annual bike and pedestrian count

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Can you spare an hour or two for pedestrian and bike safety?

Somerville’s annual bike and pedestrian count is right around the corner and we need volunteer counters to help make it a success. The annual counts help inform decisions around infrastructure and safety improvements, so your help will make a difference.

The count starts next week and there are many options for times and locations. See the full list and sign up to volunteer here: http://bit.ly/WNwSOT.