Sign Ups Open for Watertown Recreation’s Pequossette Summer Program

Summer is around the corner and now is the time to sign up for the Watertown Recreation Department’s Pequossette Summer Program and Kindergarten Program. The Recreation Department sent out the following information:

PEQUOSSETTE SUMMER RECREATION PROGRAM

June 25 – August 17, 2018
Kindergarten through Grade 8

This is our 50th year of providing a fun, energetic summer for your children with the very best in recreational activities. Activities are scheduled on a rotating basis with flexibility for special events. The children will participate in arts & crafts, drama, music, sports, physical education as well as active and quiet games. The Watertown Recreation Department is offering the Pequossette Summer Program to children who are entering grades one through eight in September 2018.

Town Hosting Meetings on Mt. Auburn St. Corridor, Bus Priority Pilot Program

The Watertown Department of Public Works will host two meetings about potential changes to Mt. Auburn Street: one about the redesign of the roadway and one about a bus priority pilot project being worked on by Watertown and Cambridge. 

The following information was provided by the DPW:
Join Us at a Mount Auburn Street Corridor Open House
Date: Monday, May 14, 2018
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Hosmer Elementary School – Cafeteria
1 Concord Road, Watertown

The Town of Watertown Department of Public Works invites you to attend an interactive Open House presenting Complete Streets improvements recommended for Mount Auburn Street. Stop by any time between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to review the planned Complete Streets plan for the corridor. You can also discuss your questions with members of the team and Town staff on topics including traffic, safety, bicycle and pedestrian issues, parking and loading concerns, and transit operations on Mount Auburn Street. The updated plans will be posted on the project website and announced with a separate email prior to the Open House.

Representative from Congresswoman Clark’s Office to Visit Watertown

A representative from Congresswoman Katherine Clark’s office will be in Watertown three times in upcoming months to meet with the public, according to the Town of Watertown. The following information was sent out by Town officials:

Mr. Jay Higgins, Constituent Services Representative for U. S. Congresswoman Katherine Clark (MA-05), will be holding office hours at the Watertown Senior Center, 31 Marshall Street, on the following Thursdays: May 3, June 7, and July 5 from 10:30-11:30 AM. Please contact the Watertown Senior Center for details 617-972-6490.

Mount Auburn Hospital Named a LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Top Performer

Mount Auburn Hospital, announced their “LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Top Performer” designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization. The designation was reported in the 11th edition of the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI). A record 626 healthcare facilities actively participated in the HEI 2018 survey.  Among the HEI participants, 95 earned a “LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Top Performer” designation. “Mount Auburn Hospital strives to create an atmosphere of compassion, respect and commitment to all patients,” said Michael O’Connell, Vice President of Marketing at Mount Auburn Hospital. “Every patient is given appropriate and timely evaluation and treatment, without discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, language, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or socio-economic status.

MassBay Community College Hosting Open House for Prospective Students

MassBay Community College announced it will hold its annual Spring Open House on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 10 a.m. President David Podell along with faculty, staff and students will be on hand to greet and welcome prospective students and their families to the Wellesley Hills campus. The Spring Open House is an opportunity for prospective students to meet and talk with current students, faculty, and staff to learn about the 70 degree and certificate programs offered at MassBay and transfer opportunities after MassBay. Prospective students are encouraged to attend to learn more about student clubs and organizations, the admissions and financial aid process, and talk with academic divisions. The Open House will include a self-guided tour of campus, mock classes, information sessions, student and alumni panel discussions, information for veterans, on-the-spot admissions, and more. WHAT: MassBay Community College Spring Open House

WHERE: MassBay Community College, 50 Oakland St., Wellesley Hills, MA

WHEN: Saturday, April 28, 2018

TIME: 10 a.m. (registration starts at 9:15 a.m.)

Prospective students can learn more about the event and RSVP at www.MassBay.edu/OpenHouse or call the Office of Admissions at 781-239-2500.

Tickets Available for Watertown’s Dancing With the Stars, Benefiting the Schools

Watertown’s Dancing With the Stars, benefiting education in town, will be held on May 11, 2018 and features community members competing on the dance floor at the Hellenic Cultural Center. The Rotary Club of Watertown has taken over the event that was started by the Watertown Education Foundation. The Rotary Club sent out the following information:

Join the Rotary Club of Watertown for an evening of cheering on your favorite local stars as they strut their stuff in Dancing with the Watertown Stars! A portion of all proceeds will support education in Watertown. Have a great time AND support an amazing cause!

GUEST POST: School Committee Member’s Q&A With a WHS Senior

(The following Q&A was submitted by Watertown School Committee Vice Chair Kendra Foley)

I always feel so proud of Watertown High School after hearing from our two School Committee high school advisors, Emily Koufos and Lauren Petrillo. Each month at our School Committee meetings, they give an update on the happenings at the high school, from sports to theater productions, AP tests to college acceptances. I recently had the opportunity to ask Emily Koufos a few questions about her experience at Watertown High School. KF: Have you had a favorite class? EK: My favorite class has definitely been AP Psychology.

State Rep. Hecht Advocates for Electrical Vehicles at State House

On Tuesday at the State House, Representative Jonathan Hecht joined his colleagues, Representatives Smitty Pignatelli, Joan Meschino, Solomon Goldstein-Rose and Jack Lewis to host an Electric Vehicle Ride and Drive, Hecht’s office announced in a press release. The day began with a morning briefing, which highlighted the benefits of electric vehicles, showcased the enormous advancements made in electric vehicle technology over recent years, and addressed the future of electric vehicles in the Commonwealth. Attendees also learned about Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicles, which are expected to hit the Northeast car markets soon. The briefing brought in a diverse set of speakers, including Matthew Beaton, Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs; Alli Gold Roberts, State Policy Director at Ceres; Basim Motiwala, Government Relations at Honda; and Karsten Barde, New Customer Offerings at National Grid. After the briefing, legislators, State House staff and media were invited to test drive a host of electric vehicles, including a BMWi3, a Nissan Leaf, a Chevy Bolt, a Mini-Cooper Plug-In, a Hyundai Ioniq, a Tesla Model X, and a hydrogen fuel cell Honda Clarity.