Watertown Police Department Welcomes Six New Officers

The Watertown Police Department has half a dozen new police officers patrolling the streets after the WPD’s latest recruits were sworn in on Thursday afternoon. Police Chief Michael Lawn welcomed the new officers: Megan Murphy, Kyle Rooney, Don Pham, Lauren Giordano, Michael Del Russo and Colin Geaghan. All six made it through the WPD’s vetting process, including numerous interviews, a background investigation, physical and psychological testing. Then they attended a 24-week Police Academy. The new officers have already experienced an intense situation.

Watertown Doctor Honored for Work with Watertown Opioid Task Force

Watertown’s Laura Kehoe received an award from the Harvard Medical School for her work to fight the opioid epidemic in town. 

Kehoe, a physician and assistant professor of medicine at Mass. General Hospital, received the Dean’s Community Service Award for her work with W.A.T.E.R.town – Watertown Access To Education Resources and Treatment. The medical school also presented $1,000 to the organization. W.A.T.E.R.town uses local and regional data to develop a wide range of initiatives aimed at prevention, education, treatment, and support for anyone in the community affected by substance use. The award was established in 1999 by theHarvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine to recognize individuals whose dedication and commitment to community service have made a positive impact on the local, national, or international community.

Many, Many Open Houses to Visit in Watertown This Week

Home seekers have dozens of open houses to check out this weekend in Watertown. $525,000 – 16-18 School Lane Unit 16-1, 6 room, 4 bed, 2 bath, Open Houses: Saturday 12:30-2 Sunday 12:30-2

$1,414,995 – 20-22 Hillcrest Cir., 2 unit, 10 total room, 6 total bedroom 2 family, Open Houses: Friday 6-7 Saturday 12-2 Sunday 12-2

$714,995 – 22 Hillcrest Cir. Unit 22, 5 room, 3 bed, 2 bath low-rise, Open Houses: Friday 6-7 Saturday 12-2 Sunday 12-2

$699,995 – 20 Hillcrest Cir. Unit 20, 5 room, 3 bed, 2 bath low-rise, Open Houses: Friday 6-7 Saturday 12-2 Sunday 12-2

$499,000 – 9 Fifield St., 5 room, 2 bed, 1 bath gambrel/dutch, Open House: Sunday 11-12:30

$649,900 – 95-97 Spring St., 2 unit, 10 total room, 4 total bedroom, Open House: Sunday 12-1:30

$569,000 – 11 Adams Unit 1, 5 room, 3 bed, 2 bath 2/3 family, Open Houses: Saturday 11-12:30 Sunday 1-2:30

$979,000 – 113 Watertown St. Unit 113, 10 room, 4 bed, 6f 1h bath townhouse, Open Houses: Saturday 12:30-2 Sunday 12:30-2

$649,900 – 113 Winsor Ave.

Man Charged With Stabbing Tow Truck Driver Held Without Bail

Phillip Horner held without bail accused of attempting to stab to death tow truck driver who hit and killed his mother Benita in Watertown. #wbz pic.twitter.com/XsD0nqo9HE
— Beth Germano (@BethWBZ) September 20, 2018

The man who allegedly stabbed a tow truck driver, who hit and killed the man’s mother, was held without bail after his arraignment on a charge of armed assault with intent to murder on Thursday afternoon. Philip Horner, 38, of Quincy, faces charges after the incident that took place at the intersection of Nonantum Road and Galen Street late Wednesday morning. The tow truck struck Benita Horner, 68, of Belmont, who died at the scene. Thursday afternoon, Waltham District Court Judge Gregory Flynn ordered Horner to be held without bail.

Pedestrian Struck, Killed by Tow Truck in Watertown, Driver Stabbed Multiple Times

A woman crossing the road was struck by a tow truck and killed in the intersection of Galen and Nonantum streets, then a man known to the woman attacked the driver of the truck, who was taken to hospital with injuries. The incident in the major intersection across the Charles River from Watertown Square occurred about 11:20 a.m., according to a press release from the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. The accident remains under investigation and the man who allegedly stabbed the driver was taken into custody. An investigation of the incident continues this afternoon in the intersection, and drivers are encouraged to avoid the area. The Middlesex DA’s office sent out the following press release:
Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Watertown Chief of Police Michael Lawn have confirmed that an investigation is underway in Watertown today following a fatal pedestrian collision and an apparent non-fatal stabbing.

Watertown Community Foundation Kicks off 15th Anniversary Celebration at Faire on the Square

For 15 years the Watertown Community Foundation has given money and organized volunteer events to help the community, and Saturday the group will hold a celebration at the Town’s biggest gathering of the year — the Faire on the Square. As in the past, the Foundation will have a booth at the Faire, but this year there will be even more activities, and prizes for lucky raffle winners, said WCF Executive Director Jan Singer. She hopes to see some familiar faces, and hopefully some new ones. “We’ve been around for 15 years and for some we are still a well kept secret. We don’t want to be,” Singer said.

Arlington-Watertown Girls Swimming Team Splits First Two Dual Meets

Now in its second year, the Arlington-Watertown Coop girls swimming team had a successful start to the season against Woburn, and then fell short against Belmont in the second meet of the year. The team includes athletes from both Watertown and Arlington high schools. Watertown has only four swimmers on the squad, but they made some contributions. Arlington-Watertown beat Woburn 87-83 on Sept. 7 in Woburn. In the meet, sophomore Niamh Murphy was on the first place 200 medley relay which finished in 2:07.89, and she also placed third in the 100 breaststroke (1:28.79) and fourth in the 5o0 freestyle (6:57.37).

Town Council to Consider Zoning Changes for Recreational Marijuana, Solar & More

The Town Council will consider whether to start the process to change the Watertown Zoning Ordinance for four areas, including recreational marijuana facilities and solar requirements for new buildings. On Sept. 25, 2018, the Council will consider whether to refer amendments to four areas of the Zoning Ordinance to the Planning Board. After the Planning Board makes recommendations on an amendment it would come back to the Town Council for final approval. The Council will meet at 7:15 p.m. in Town Hall.