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The Week's Top Stories: Ribbon Cutting, Flu Epidemic and a Former Teacher is Sentenced

A roundup of news from the last seven days in Newton.

  • Discussion of the city's trial snow shoveling ordinance started again this week as the Newton aldermen consider extending the trial another year. 
  • Aldermen have also started the process of finding a new police chief.
  •  in 2014. Donald Berwick, another 
  • A Newton rabbi is considering a run for the Senate seat that will likely be vacated by Sen. John Kerry when he is appointed Secretary of State.
  • A former Newton teacher who pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges was sentenced this week to 45 years in prison and a lifetime of supervision. 
  • The city celebrated the grand reopening of its Lower Falls Community Center, which recently underwent a "green" makeover. With new windows, better insulation and a new roof, the 60-year-old building is now the most energy efficient building in the city. 
  • The big word this week: flu. . The city will be holding a clinic next week where locals can make appointments to get flu shots. 
  • Middlesex County District Attorney Gerry Leone announced this week he will not seek a third term
  • Two of Newton's Roman Catholic churches were selected as part of the Archdiocese of Boston's reorganization plan, meaning the priests and "pastoral teams" will be reduced to one priest and team between the two churches. 
  • Gov. Deval Patrick has issued a proposal that would all but abolish the Newton Housing Authority
  • Shaw's and Star Market grocery store chains were sold this week

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