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Roseann Sdoia speaking at UMass Lowell. Tory Germann

Boston Marathon survivor and University of Massachusetts Lowell graduate Roseann Sdoia recently spoke to members of the campus and community about her challenges. Sdoia, who grew up in Dracut, sustained serious injuries that resulted in her losing her right leg from the knee down. For more on Sdoia’s message of strength, visit uml.edu.

The city of Lynn , North Shore Community College , and nine other partners have been awarded a $15,000 design grant through the Boston Federal Reserve’s Working Cities Challenge . The program is designed to support collaboration and improve the lives of low-income people. Lynn’s proposal is based the college’s CommUniverCity, “an urban education-workforce development collaboration” that creates an affordable educational pathway from preschool to graduate school to the work world. Haverhill, Lowell, Revere, and Salem also were selected to receive design grants.


Burlington’s Papa Razzi Metro has received official certification by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana , making it the only restaurant in the Boston area that serves authentic certified Neopolitan pizza. Papa Razzi Metro’s culinary arts director, Kevin DiLibero, underwent intense training in California to become an official Neapolitan pizzaiolo.

C.P. Berry Homes broke ground on Patton Ridge, the first 55+ community in Hamilton. The development will consist of 12 condominiums and is designed to have the feel of a traditional new England village. The community was made possible by a 27-acre donation to the town in 2011 by Joanne Patton, the wife of late Major General George S. Patton. The condos are expected to be completed by late 2016.

The Cottages at River Hill in West Newbury has unveiled the new neighborhood Pocket Park to commemorate the first anniversary of the residential community. The park features a stone fire pit, custom-made pergola, and new flower beds.

Alexandra Malloy can be reached at alexandra.malloy@globe.com.