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Kids buckle up on school buses (Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe)Siblings Alberto Villegas, 7, (left) and Carmen Villegas, 9, practice buckling in.

Kids buckle up on school buses

Waltham has installed lap-shoulder safety belts in all its buses. Here are some scenes of students trying them out. 8/29/11
Photos: Waltham studio teaches the circus arts

Photos: Waltham studio teaches the circus arts

Melinda “Melina” Pavlota is a a belly dancer, aerial artist, and circus entertainer. Along with her husband, Sacha, she runs the Waltham-based Moody Street Circus, which combines a belly dance studio, called Daughters of Rhea, with a circus arts school, Cirque Passion. 10/13/11

Islands of silt plague Charles

Islands of silt plague Charles
Officials said the massive hump in the waterway, across from the IHOP restaurant in Brighton, is the result of sand, applied to roadways to keep cars from slipping and washed into the river over decades. Boston Globe, 7/22/11
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Summer music fun

Summer music fun

The summer concert series at Saltonstall Park will take place Thursday evenings through Aug. 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The rain venue is the Watertown Public Library. Here, a couple dance to the Love Dogs. 7/19/11
Charles River by moonlight offers a magical ride for suburban canoeists

Charles River by moonlight offers a magical ride for suburban canoeists

My husband, Jimmy, and I had been meaning for years to sign up for a moonlight canoe ride on the Charles River. It sounded adventurous and magical. Yet for some crazy reason we never did. We always seemed wedded to some “must attend’’ event, and before I knew it summer would morph into fall. Boston Globe, 5/21/11
Graduates look back with fondness

Graduates look back with fondness

Many speakers touched on the same theme at the recent Waltham High School graduation: Although each graduate has different plans for their next life steps, they all earned diplomas together. 6/6/11
Lyman Estate going green

Lyman Estate going green

PHOTO GALLERY: This year, the Lyman Estate will be closed as the mansion undergoes about $500,000 in renovations that Historic New England officials hope will reduce the building's energy consumption by half. Boston Globe, 3/21/11