Watertown Food Pantries Seek Donations, Drive Ends Soon

The Watertown Community Foundation had joined with other organizations and businesses around town to collect food during a time of need for local food pantries. The WCF sent out the following announcement:

Watertown’s two food pantries are still in need. The town wide food drive continues through February 7th. There are special drop off locations all over town-including both pantries, schools, Watertown Police Department, Eastern Clothing, Library, Boston Floor Covering and more. Most needed items:

Watertown Food Pantry: Cans of Coffee, Smaller bottles of cooking oil

St. Patrick -St.Vincent de Paul’s at Sacred Heart Church: Coffee; Tea; Jelly and Jam; Pasta Sauce; Canned meats and fish — clams, sardines, anchovies, salmon, chicken; Cereal; Oatmeal; Salad Dressing; Shelf stable milk; Ramen

All donations with this designation received by February 7 will be divided equally between Watertown’s two food pantries.

Patriots Parade: MBTA Announces Service for Super Bowl Festivities

The following information was provided by the MTBA:

On Tuesday, February 5, 2019, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to join regular weekday commuters as the City of Boston celebrates another Patriots’ championship. Parade-goers travelling on the MBTA are encouraged to visit mbta.com/patriots for full information on service, service adjustments, and purchasing fares. All customers are strongly urged to purchase roundtrip fare in advance. Parking availability can be checked at some of the busiest MBTA stations on Twitter @MBTA_Parking. Daily parking rates are $2 – $15 with cash, credit, or mobile phone.

See What’s Happening at the Hatch Makerspace in February

The following information was provided by the Watertown Free Public Library’s Hatch Makerspace:

Art 150: Intro to Sculpture

In celebration of the WFPL’s 150th birthday, Hatch is running a workshop series titled “Art 150.” Each workshop will focus on a different artistic medium and invites you to reflect, create, and connect through a look at WFPL history and visual expression. All workshop participants will have the opportunity to showcase their artwork at the WFPL’s 150th celebration gala. Upcoming Workshops & Events*

2/4, Laser Cutter 1012/9, Sewing Basics: Double Drawstring Gift Bag2/12, Tools for Makers2/13, 3D Printing 1012/15, Intro to Soldering2/16, Intro to the Sewing Machine2/21, Laser Cutter 1012/21, Art 150: Intro to Sculpture2/22, Duct Tape Network: Green Team!2/22, Arduino 101: For Novices2/25, Vinyl Cutter 101*There will be no Intro to 3D Modeling for Adults or Inkscape 101 this month. Visit Meetup.com to register »


Mondays 3-6 p.m., Fiber Arts

Tuesdays 6:30-9 p.m., Electronics for Music

Wednesdays 6:30-9 p.m., Mechatronics

Thursdays 6-9 p.m., Open Code

Hatch is currently seeking fabric yardage and yarn donations for upcoming projects.

LETTER: State Legislature Should Pass Rep. Hecht’s Transparency Amendments

To the Editor:

Please note, this is my personal position not that of the Library Board of Trustees. The Massachusetts Legislature is the second oldest deliberative body in the world (after the U.K. Parliament). But far too often, no deliberation actually happens there. 

Thursday, Watertown State Rep. Jon Hecht fought to change this by filing three common sense transparency amendments to the House rules. His amendments focused on insuring that legislators have time to read what they’re voting on, and insuring that testimony at hearings and recorded votes in closed-door committee meetings are available to the public. They would have made a more democratic and transparent House — good government principles that Watertown residents like myself expect.

Watertown Artist’s Work Appearing in New England Watercolor Society Show

Watercolor painter Dawn Evans Scaltreto’s “Orca Odyssey” is an example of her work. She will be in the New England Watercolor Society’s Signature Members Show. The New England Watercolor Society will host its annual Signature Members Show featuring, among others, Watertown artist Dawn Evans Scaltreto. Scaltreto is not only a Signature Member of the Watercolor Society, but is a, past president and current serves as the Society’s recording secretary and awards chair. In addition, she currently serves as president of the Watertown Art Association, is a founding artist member of the of the Mosesian Center for the Arts (formerly the Arsenal Center for the Arts), and she is well known for teaching around Watertown and the area.

OBIT: Robert McElroy, 71, Retired Watertown Police Lieutenant, Air Force Veteran

Robert “Bob” McElroy

Robert J. “Bob” McElroy of Millis, formerly of Watertown died on January 26, 2019 at the age of 71. McElroy retired as a lieutenant in the Watertown Police Department. He served in the U.S. Air Force during Vietnam. Beloved husband of Virginia “Ginger” (Burgess) McElroy. Loving & devoted father of Ashley M. Bailey & her husband Brent H. of San Diego, Madeline “Maddie” A. McElroy of Millis, and the late Brendan J. McElroy.

OBIT: Ethlyn Bleiler, 96, of Watertown, Mother of 3, Grand Mother & Great Grand Mother

Ethlyn Bleiler

Ethlyn Irene Bleiler of Watertown died on January 26, 2019 at the age of 96. Beloved wife of the late Joseph J. Bleiler. Devoted mother of Joseph J. Bleiler, Jr. & his wife Yvonne of Hudson, Stephen J. Bleiler & his wife Diane of Watertown, and the late Gayle Marie Bleiler. Loving grandmother of Joseph S. & James J. Bleiler and Meghan E. Lutz. Dear sister of Alice Richard of Duxbury, Dorothy L. Leslie of Stoughton, Nancy Lund of Billerica and the late Mildred MacLeod, George R., and Frederick Lund.

February is Full of Activities at the Watertown Senior Center

February may be the shortest month, but the Watertown Senior Center has a long list of activities for the month. The Watertown Council on Aging provided the following information:

HEART HEALTH MONTHHelp us to celebrate Heart Health Month! This year Marie McCune, RN from Mt. Auburn Hospital, will speak to us about how to keep your heart healthy. After, we will enjoy a light brunch. 

WHEN: Tuesday February 19 TIME: 10:30 – 12:30 PM COST: $ 7.00Pre-registration is required and seating is limited.