Five Things: Scholarships and Community Notes

News from some community organizations.

1) CPCU Credit Union Scholarship
Jacqueline Homsi, of Somerville, was one of four students to receive the Carlos Faria and Victor Da Silva Memorial Scholarship from CPCU Credit Union, according to an announcement from the credit union. Each student received $1000. The other students to win were Leandra Furtado of Peabody, Kevin Ngan of Natick and Michaela Clare Peterson of Cambridge. Congratulations.

2) Somerville police chief at State House
Thomas Pasquarello, chief of the Somerville Police Department, recently visited Somerville's Beacon Hill representatives at the annual legislative breakfast for the Massachusetts Major City Chief's Association. (See photo.)

3) Combating obesity in Somerville
A number of organizations are participating in the "Collaborate for Healthy Weight" initiative in an effort to address the problem of obesity, and Somerville is one of 50 communities across the country participating, according to an announcement from the . The heath alliance's Broadway and Union Square health centers, along with the city of Somerville, /Head Start, the Early Childhood Advisory Council, Cambridge/Somerville WIC and the Institute for Community Health are all part of the initiative here in Somerville. The program will focus on targeting obesity problems among the 200 Somerville children in the Head Start program and their families, "where rates of overweight or obesity average 46 percent, with Latino children at 55 percent," according to the announcement. More here: www.collaborateforhealthyweight.org.

4) RESPOND head gets scholarship to Harvard program
Jessica Brayden, executive director of RESPOND, Inc., a Somerville-based domestic violence agency, received a scholarship the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program at the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative Program, which is taking place in July, according to an announcement from RESPOND.

5) Weather
Today, sunny with a high of around 50.


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