Find Out About Getting a Free Blood Pressure Screening

The following information was provided by the Watertown Mall:

Every first Friday of the month, the Watertown Mall hosts a free blood pressure screening from 10:00 am until 11:00 am. For this upcoming month, this will happen on August 2, 2019. The screenings are sponsored by the Watertown Health Department. Screenings take place in the back hallway of the mall, near Target & Carter’s. About the Watertown Mall:

The Watertown Mall is wheelchair accessible and accessible by MBTA Bus routes 70 and 70A.

Watertown Farmers Market Features New Vendors, Entertainment

The Watertown Farmers Market will have a couple of new vendors this week, and entertainment for shoppers. The Watertown Farmers’ Market is held Wednesdays 2:30-6:30 p.m.(Closing at 6:00 p.m. in October) from June 12-Oct. 9. Saltonstall Park (Corner of Main St. & Whites Ave. next to Town Hall, 149 Main Street).

Watertown for All Ages Non-Profit Group Launches Website

The following information was provided by Watertown for All Ages:

A website to connect people interested in improving life for Watertown residents of all ages and abilities was launched this week by Watertown for All Ages (WAA), a grassroots non-profit organization. “We hope people will visit www.watertownforallages.org to learn more about our group, find resources of interest to older people in Watertown, and sign up to receive occasional email updates about our work,” said Bob Shay, WAA’s President. Watertown for All Ages is part of an international movement, supported in the U.S. by the AARP, whose aim is to increase the livability of cities and enhance the quality of life for people of all ages. One of the long-term goals of Watertown for All Ages is to help the town achieve recognition as a member of the AARP Age-Friendly Communities Network. Details about the “age-friendly” movement are available on the WAA website.

OP-ED: Update on Repairs to the MBTA’s Red Line

The following information was provided by State Sen. Will Brownsberger of Belmont who also represents Watertown and parts of Boston:

Please see also 7/26 update further below. MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak called me this morning to brief me about the Red Line’s troubles and his response. Below is a summary of our conversation. The Timeline for Service Restoration

Normally during rush hour, there are approximately 14 trains per hour. Unfortunately, at least through Labor Day, there will only be 10 trains per hour.

Learn to Fish at Watertown Recreation’s Weeklong Camp

Teens and kids can learn to fish at the Watertown Recreation Department’s Fishing Academy. The Watertown Recreation Department provided the following information:

Watertown Recreation and the Fishing Academy are partnering to offer a learn to fish program. The objectives of the program are to give elementary, middle, and high school students the chance to learn the fundamentals of fishing and water safety. Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothes (shorts, t-shirts, and old athletic shoes). All fishing equipment will be provided by The Fishing Academy.

LETTER: Why Local Group Still Hosts Vigil for Hiroshima, Nagasaki

Candleboats float on the Charles River in Watertown in memory of those who died in the nuclear bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The following information was provided by Watertown Citizens for Peace Justice & the Environment. Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki 

Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019

7:30 PM – Silent Vigil – Watertown Square

8:00 PM – Music and Testimonials

8:30 PM – Launching of the Candle Boats – Watertown Dock

NEVER AGAIN – NO MORE HIROSHIMA and NAGASAKI –

NO MORE VICTIMS – ABOLISH NUCLEAR WEAPONS

“Why do we stand in silence and float candle boats”? To remember the more than 210,000 killed, and the many more injured, by the U.S. nuclear attack on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9 in 1945.

Senior Center in August: Senior Cookout, New Electricity Plan, Summer Bus Trips

Watertown Senior Center

The following information was provided by the Watertown Senior Center:

Greetings from the Director

Summer fun is in full swing at the Senior Center! This month, Ed Lewis, Watertown’s Energy Manager, will join us for a Lunch and Learn to help us understand what electricity choice is all about. It helps residents and the Town save money, but how does it work? Mr. Lewis will help us sort it all out. We will also bring back the dynamic Professor Gary Hylander for Part 2 of his June D-Day lecture that will focus on the Battle of the Bulge.

Watertown-based Company Named Best Place to Work for Those with Disabilities

The following information was provided by Tufts Health Plan:

Tufts Health Plan been rated a Best Place to Work by Disability: IN on its 2019 Disability Equality Index. This is the second year in a row Tufts Health Plan has been named to the list, with a score of 100 percent. “We aim to create a work environment that is inclusive, where people feel they are respected, their voices are heard, and they are given their best chance to succeed,” said Lydia Greene, Tufts Health Plan’s chief human resource officer. “Being named a Best Place to Work by Disability:IN is a wonderful honor, but it’s more than that.  In a competitive recruiting environment, we need to attract and retain talent of all backgrounds and abilities. We often hear from candidates, current and even former employees, that our inclusive work environment is a major reason why people choose to work with us.