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    Now that school’s here, let’s talk about recess

    Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe/File

    As students head back to school in Massachusetts, state lawmakers are getting back to work on Beacon Hill.

    The Joint Committee on Education is taking up 32 bills on subjects ranging from technology and digital textbooks to later school start times. But here’s one kids will particularly love: a proposal to mandate recess for elementary school children. The committee’s hearing begins Tuesday at 10 a.m.

    Seven candidates vying to become Framingham’s first mayor will face each other in a debate Wednesday evening. Joshua Paul Horrigan, Benjaman A. Neves-Grigg Sr., Dhruba P. Sen, Priscila Sousa, Yvonne M. Spicer, John A. Stefanini, and Mark S. Tilden will answer questions from local residents from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Heritage at Framingham Assisted Living, 747 Water St.


    Residents narrowly approved a ballot question in April changing Framingham’s government structure from a town to a city. The preliminary election will be held Sept. 26; the general election is Nov. 7.

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    The Melrose Symphony is celebrating 100 years of making music with a free outdoor pops concert on Saturday, starting at 7 p.m. The volunteer orchestra will play crowd favorites including music by John Williams, a tribute to Henry Mancini, and the “1812 Overture” complete with a fireworks grand finale. Bring your lawn chairs or picnic blankets to Morelli Field, 350 Lynn Fells Parkway. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. No ticket is required. For more details, go to

    The annual Native American Pow-Wow returns to Haverhill for the 29th year Saturday and Sunday at Plug Pond Recreational Area off Mill Street. Enjoy dancing, music, storytelling, food, crafts, and other traditions during the family-friendly event sponsored by the Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness and the Haverhill Recreation Department. Take a guided ride around the outer pond in a 328-foot war canoe led by members of the Penobscot Tribe in Maine. Entry is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, $3 for children 4 to 12, 3 and younger are free. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the grand entry taking place at 12:30 p.m. For more information, visit

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