Residents Invited to Free Training to be a Small Group Dialogue Facilitator

The following information was provided by Watertown Community Conversation:

Watertown Community Conversations will host facilitator training For small group dialogue. New and experienced facilitators are welcome. There is no cost for this 2-session training, but space is limited If you are interested in attending, please send an email by Friday, Jan. 10 to

Become part of Watertown Community Conversations cadre of facilitators who can facilitate small group community dialogue. In this training you will learn:

The purpose and methods of community dialogue The role of facilitators in strengthening public discussionsSkills to facilitate small group conversations around our community

When: Friday, Jan.

Ice Skate on New Year’s Day, Help the Watertown Food Pantry

Join a Watertown New Year’s Day tradition by skating at John A. Ryan Arena and help the Watertown Food Pantry. The New Year’s Day Family Skate will be from 2-4 p.m. on Jan. 1, 2020. The event is organized by the Venezia family, and donations will be collected to support the Watertown Food Pantry. Skate rentals will be free that day.

Small Saves Goes to the Doctor

Cartoon by James DeMarco

James DeMarco grew up in Watertown and became a goaltender at age 5. It’s his life’s passion to stand between the pipes and keep the puck out of the net. Combining this with the love of cartooning, Small Saves emerged in 1991 and took on a life of his own. “To play goal–then come home and draw Small Saves — is my ideal definition of a good day.”

OBIT: Gertrude Broderick, 93, Retired School Administrator

Gertrude Broderick

A Funeral Mass for Gertrude Catherine (Creedon) Broderick will be celebrated on Monday December 30, 2019 in the Church of Saint Patrick – Watertown at 12:30 p.m.

Mrs. Broderick, a daughter of the late William J. and Gertrude C. (Boylen) Broderick, passed away at the Meadow Green Nursing Facility, Waltham, on Christmas Eve, December 24 after many years of declining health. She was 93. Gertrude was born in Boston and graduated from Girls Latin School, Boston. She went on to graduate from Emmanuel College, class of 1948 and received her Master of Arts in Teaching from Harvard/Radcliffe in 1949. She taught at Newton High School and became the Principal of Newton South until 1968.

Voting Ends Soon for Which Local Non-Profit Will Win $15,000

Watertown Savings Bank customers can help their favorite non-profit receive $15,000 in honor of its 150th anniversary, but the deadline to vote is approaching. The bank will give away $150,000, and the top vote getter receives $15,000. Votes for the Customer Choice Awards must be cast by Dec. 31, 2019. The bank sent out the following information:

Watertown Savings Bank (WSB) President and CEO Brett Dean is pleased to announce that $150,000 will be distributed among local non-profits in the Bank’s 24th Annual Customer Choice Awards.

Library Announces 2020 One Book, One Watertown Selection

The Watertown Free Public Library is pleased to announce Lara Prescott’s debut novel, The Secrets They Kept as our selection for One Book, One Watertown 2020. Copies of the book, including large print, playaway, ebooks, and e-audiobooks will be available at the Library in January, across from the Reference Desk. A full schedule of March programs will follow. “A gorgeous and romantic feast of a novel anchored by a cast of indelible secretaries.” – The New York Times

“Enthralling… This is the rare page-turner with prose that’s as wily as its plot.” – Vogue

During the cold war, the CIA pursued an initiative known as “cultural diplomacy.” Operating on the premise that “great art comes from true freedom”, the agency seized on painting, music, and literature as powerful tools for promoting the western world’s values behind the Iron Curtain. In 1955, the CIA recruited secretaries from the typing pool, and charged them with acquiring the manuscript for Boris Pasternak’s controversial Doctor Zhivago, ensuring it was published in the West, and then translated into Russian and leaked back into the Soviet Union.  

The Secrets We Kept is the thrilling tale of secretaries turned spies, of love and duty, and of sacrifice–inspired by the true story of the CIA plot to infiltrate the hearts and minds of Soviet Russia, not with traditional propaganda, but with a timeless love story: Doctor Zhivago.

January at the Senior Center: Tax Tips, Transportation, Hearing Loss & More

Watertown Senior Center

The Watertown Senior Center has a wide variety of events and activities happening in January, including tax information, a program about hearing loss, a group where you can discuss death with no agenda, and ways to get around town. The following are highlights from the Watertown Senior News:

Letter from the Director

Another year has come and gone and we look forward to continuing our good times together in 2020! We begin the year by welcoming our new Case Worker to the Senior Center team. Jenya Kruglyansky comes to us with a wealth of experience in elder services and is eager to meet you. She is available for assistance with housing, food stamps, fuel assistance, MassHealth and other emergency needs.

Holiday Hours for Area Post Offices

The U.S. Postal Service sent out the following announcement:

Post Offices across the commonwealth will be open for business on Tuesday, December 24, however most will close at noon so that our employees can enjoy the holidays with loved ones. Post Offices in Everett, Falmouth, Framingham, Haverhill, Hyannis, Lexington, Mattapan, Medford, Needham, Norwood, Plymouth, Quincy, Roxbury, Waltham, West Roxbury, Woburn and Worcester will remain open until 3 p.m. and Fort Point Station at 25 Dorchester Ave. in Boston will be open until 5 p.m. Post Offices will be closed on Wednesday, December 25, with the exception of our Fort Point Station, which will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

While only Priority Express and other overnight committed packages will be delivered on Wednesday, full retail and delivery operations will resume on Thursday, December 26. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.