Sampling a slice of foodie heaven in East Somerville

Participants in the East Somerville Foodie Crawl lined up (top) outside Vinny’s Ristorante earlier this month, then eyed the options (right). At left, Renee Polcaro and Evelyn Yamauchi danced the mambo.

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The bustling, polyglot neighborhood of East Somerville is the city’s most internationally flavored precinct.

Program coordinator Linda Anderson checks in with  volunteer Jack Kupelnick.

Social calls provide lift for elders living on their own

A Catholic Charities program matches companions with elderly clients in the Greater Lynn area.

Peter DeMarco and Laura Levis made it safely across the northern US border for their honeymoon in Quebec City.

Who taught you to drive?

Back and forth to Canada, Part 2

You don’t want to carry any weapons across the US-Canada border, of course, but what about liquor or food? And does the wool in that suit come from Israel?

Captain Michael Rincon and his squad hope to bring home  Merrimack College’s first men’s soccer title since 1997.

Notebook

Senior David Rincon, Merrimack men’s soccer have high goals

The Merrimack College men’s soccer team is right back at it, vying for national rankings and eyeing its fourth league championship.

Somerville ready to enforce ban on polystyrene foam

The ban on the commercial use of “expanded polystyrene” affects restaurants, delis, food trucks, and other food-related businesses.

Newburyport asks governor to release $3m to close noxious landfill

Officials are requesting funds for maintenance of a privately owned landfill whose foul odor, residents say, has plagued them for about a decade.

Arts

Celtic music fills the Firehouse in Newburyport

The Crossing presents an afternoon of Celtic music at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport next Sunday.

Globe North Best Bets

Things to do north of Boston.

Cartoon Caption Contest

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Send us your submissions for this week’s cartoon, and see the winning caption and finalists from last week’s contest.

Beverly Beckham

Beverly Beckham

Obsessed with singing, and loving it

My kids say that I have an obsessive personality, that once I get interested in something I don’t lose interest until I know all I can or until I am no longer interested.

Who taught YOU to Drive?

Peter DeMarco and Laura Levis made it safely across the northern US border for their honeymoon in Quebec City.

Who taught you to drive?

Back and forth to Canada, Part 2

You don’t want to carry any weapons across the US-Canada border, of course, but what about liquor or food? And does the wool in that suit come from Israel?

Interactive Graphic

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

Globe e-book

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I was the sun, the kids were my planets, and other reflections from the Globe columnist.

Globe North Briefs

Lowell

Two-year-old law could help make parking garage happen

A new city parking garage in the Hamilton Canal District is one step closer to becoming a reality, thanks to a bill that became law almost two years ago. US Representative Niki Tsongas filed the bill seeking to allow the National Park Service to exchange land with the city, state, or the UMass Building Authority. Now that such a deal is possible, plans are in the works for a land swap that would use park land for a 950-space garage on Dutton Street. The structure would include first-floor retail space and high ceilings able to accommodate National Park Service buses.

Somerville

Former acting police chief retiring from Somerville force

The former acting chief of police, Charles Femino, has announced his retirement from the Somerville Police Department, according to a statement from the city. Femino has accepted a position as the chief of the Campus Safety Division at Endicott College, and will serve the Beverly, Gloucester, and Boston campuses. He was the acting chief from December 2013 to September 2014 while the city conducted a search for a permanent police chief. Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone said in the statement: “Charlie has been a tremendous asset to our police force, and a true leader in every sense. He has served this city with pride and professionalism, most notably during his 10-month tenure as acting chief, and we are fortunate to have had Charlie as a member of our team for the past 30 years.” Femino has also served as sergeant, lieutenant, captain, and deputy chief.

Wakefield

Students read enough books, win ‘Superintendent’s Challenge’

School Superintendent Steven Zrike and Town Administrator Stephen Maio recently took a joint plunge into the waters of Lake Quannapowitt to celebrate a reading accomplishment by Wakefield students. This past spring, Zrike issued a “Superintendent’s Challenge,” in which he pledged that if Wakefield students read a combined 10,000 books during the summer he would have his head shaved and dive into the lake alongside Maio. The students met the goal and the two officials made good on the pledge. Before a crowd of students, school staff, and parents at Colonel Connolly Beach Park, Zrike had his head shaved by students and then he and Maio plunged into the lake. About 1,500 students from six schools participated in the challenge, reading more than the targeted number of 10,000 books. “We are so proud of the Wakefield students who accepted this challenge,” Zrike said in a prepared statement.

Winthrop

Forum on women’s health

House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, a Winthrop Democrat, is inviting the public to his annual Women’s Health Forum, scheduled for Oct. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cummings Elementary School, 40 Hermon St. This year’s keynote speaker will be Leslie Gaydos, a morning anchorwoman on New England Cable News and host of the NECN show “Does It Work?” The forum will also feature free flu shots, blood pressure testing, and a raffle. A number of local health providers will also be present to provide information, and light refreshments will be served. The event is free, with no reservations required.