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    The Informer: a new pizza parlor and fitness club debut

    Merli V. Guerra, Luminarium Dance Company’s artistic director, rehearses on the grounds of Longfellow’s Wayside Inn for the free performances rescheduled there for Sunday, July 24 (Photo: Kimberleigh A. Holman)

    OTTO, a pizzeria based in Portland, Maine, has expanded its Massachusetts footprint into Arlington opening a new restaurant at 202 Massachusetts Ave. in the space formerly occupied by Comella’s restaurant. OTTO is known for its thin-crust pizza with both traditional and unique toppings, including a three-cheese tortellini variety and one with mashed potato, bacon, and scallion. The restaurant also serves beer and wine. It features dine-in service, takeout, and delivery. Currently there are five locations in Maine and five in Massachusetts.

    Due to bad weather earlier this month, Boston’s Luminarium Dance Company’s free outdoor performances at Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Sudbury have been rescheduled for Sunday, July 24, at 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. Each of the three musical and dance performances relates to the history of the inn and pays tribute to all that have lived and worked there.

    Crosspoint Associates, Inc. began work on its Newton Nexus project, a 143,000-square-foot mixed-used development. The currently vacant office building will be transformed into a community-oriented retail destination. Newton Nexus will be a place for shopping, dining, and community activities. The complex, which is part of the N2 Innovation Corridor, is almost 75 percent leased after its transformation. A neighborhood grocer, a restaurant, and various apparel retail stores have been selected. Crosspoint and Atlantic Retail Properties are still looking for the right retail and dining options to complete the group. Boston Ski & Tennis has confirmed its expansion to the site and will be one of the first to open in fall of this year. The project is expected to be completed in 12 months.

    Students at the New England Center for Children try out some new technology coming to the center.
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    Updated technology infrastructure is coming to the New England Center for Children in Southborough, which specializes in education, research, and technology for children with autism. A $3.4 million donation from Microsoft will enable the center to improve the data storage, communications, and reliability of its technology. It will upgrade to newer versions of Exchange, SQL, and Windows server. Staff and student computers will also be upgraded to Windows 10. This will provide the students with an alternative way to interact with the technology, through the upgrade’s intuitive touch functions. A large percentage of the center’s students are non-verbal but can use technology to communicate.

    One of the workout facilities at Life Time Athletic MetroWest.

    A new fitness club has arrived in Framingham. Life Time Athletic Boston MetroWest opened its doors bright and early — as in 4 a.m. — July 15. The club provides a variety of fitness facilities, including an indoor and outdoor aquatic center, complete with lap pools, hot tubs, and water slides, group fitness studios, personal training, and basketball and squash courts. The club also offers weight loss services, a healthy foods cafe, and a full-service spa. Children can also take part through the Life Time Kids Academy. The academy is for kids ranging from three months to 11 years old. Activies available include music and Spanish immersion classes. For more information, call 774-777-2100 or visit lifetimeathletic.com/bostonmetrowest-boston-ma/your-lt.html.

    Debora Almeida can be reached at debora.almeida@globe.com.