DCR Holding Walk Through of Proposed Re-striping of Charles River Road

The following information was provided by State Sen. Will Brownsberger’s Office:

Senator Will Brownsberger and Representative Jon Hecht have arranged a walkthrough of Charles River Road with DCR to review the agency’s proposed plans for re-striping the newly paved road. DCR’s Deputy Chief Engineer, Jeff Parenti, will be on-site to answer questions and take input. The event is open to the public. WHEN: Wednesday, June 27 at 8:30 a.m.

WHERE: Meet at Charles River Road opposite of Irving Street (red star on map above)

Please don’t hesitate to follow-up directly, at 617-722-1280, with any questions or concerns you may have. Hope to see you there!

Puppet Shows and Whale Day Event Coming to Watertown Mall

The Watertown Mall has a couple of events for the whole family in July, including puppets and a visit from the New England Aquarium. The following information was provided by the Watertown Mall:
Wayne Martin Puppets Visits the Mall
The Watertown Mall, located at 550 Arsenal St., Watertown, will be hosting Wayne Martin Puppets on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. Wayne will be putting on three shows that day – one at 11:00 a.m., one at 1:00 p.m., and another at 3:00 p.m.

Visit the Watertown Mall to see Wayne Martin perform with his posse of hand puppets and
marionettes. Wayne will be using parody, mime, dance, masks, and musical theatre in his amazing new show, “Lazy Crazy Dayz of Summer.” So join Buford T. Dog and his friends, Slider Bullfrog, Man with a Bird on His Head, Zealand the Juggling Dog, Dancing Rag Mops, and more as you gasp in amazement at this musical revue for the entire family! Don’t wait; mark your calendars today!

Watertown Boys & Girls Club Receives Grants from True Value, Lowe’s to Improve Club

The Watertown Boys & Girls Club received a pair of grants to help improve the Clubhouse on Whites Avenue, Club representatives announced. True Value Grant Provides Paint

As students across Watertown get ready to go back to school, Watertown Boys & Girls Club is getting a fresh coat of paint thanks to a partnership with Waltham True Value. The Club is one of many across the nation selected to receive a “Painting a Brighter Future” grant. Every day, 11 million kids are left unsupervised after school. Boys & Girls Clubs are there to provide kids with quality after-school programming to keep them on track to academic success and a great future.

Watertown Grecian Festival Features Food, Music, Dancing and More

Watertown’s Taxiarchae-Archangels Greek Orthodox Church announced it is hosting its annual Grecian Festival on June 22, 23, and 24. 
Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23, and Noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 24. The Festival features homemade Greek cuisine (including its famous gyros), pastries, Greek frappé coffee, Greek music and dancing, Greek imports and souvenirs, a bookstore, children’s games, Church tours, and a raffle. Music will be provided by Orfeas Band (Friday and Saturday, 7-11 p.m.) and Greek Music and Video (Sunday, Noon-8 p.m.). The Festival will be held in the Church’s Hellenic Cultural Center and under the tent in its parking lot, both located at 25 Bigelow Ave. For further information, please call the Church office at 617-924-8182.

OP-ED: State Senate’s Letter to President on Separating Children from Parents Seeking Asylum

{The following letter was provided by State Sen. Will Brownsberger, and was sent on behalf of the Massachusetts State Senate}

June 20, 2018

President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Trump,

We write to you as a united and bipartisan group of Massachusetts State Senators, to denounce the immoral policy of separating children from their parents when they seek asylum at the United States border with Mexico. We believe this policy is toxic to our reputation as a country and, most importantly, damaging to the families it impacts. This policy has already separated over 2,300 children from their families; the federal government has an affirmative duty to reunite every family that was separated by this policy. Further, rising public knowledge of this new un-American practice by your administration has created outrage and deep sorrow across our country. In a time when politics regarding immigration policy has become more divisive than ever, response to these actions has united Republicans, Democrats, independents, family advocates, and business groups – all calling for the common sense practice to keep families united.

Watertown Basketball Coach Hosting Basketball Camp in July

Watertown High School girl’s basketball coach Pat Ferdinand will host Mass. Hoop Academy, a basketball camp for boys and girls in grades 4 to 12. The camp will be held July 2, 3, 5 and 6, 2018 at Watertown High School. The camp staff will be Ferdinand as director, New Mission High School girls varsity coach Mitchell Hercule as high school division camp director, and counselors Nicole Lanzo (WHS alum), Katelyn Rourke (WHS alum) and Maggie Mulligan (UMass Amherst alum). For more information and to register go to: http://masshoopsacademycamps.myonlinecamp.com/

Watertown Group Raises Money to Help Families Impacted by Violence

A group from Watertown raised $1,600 during the 22nd annual Louis D. Brown Peace Institute Mother’s Day March for Peace. The organization which helps families who have lost loved ones to violence. The group is named after a teen from Boston who was committed to ending gang violence, but in 1993 he was killed by crossfire during a shootout. The march takes place in Dorchester each Mother’s Day. The group from Watertown included Town Councilors Tony Palomba and Caroline Bays.

Register Now Open for Watertown Belmont Youth Football and Cheerleading

The following information was provided by Watertown-Belmont Youth Football and Cheerleading:

Watertown-Belmont Youth Football and Cheerleading is now accepting registrations for the fall 2018 season with a deadline of July 15th. Practices begin on Monday, August 6th, 2018 at Moxley Field in Watertown. Our program offers two different divisions: flag football for first and second graders, tackle football for third through eighth grade and cheerleading for all grades. Our program is open to all Watertown & Belmont residents. Registration and more information can be found on our website:  http://watertown-belmont-youth-football.siplay.com/site/.