Recycle Styrofoam, Shred Paper and Get Rid of Tires at DPW Event

Watertown’s Department of Public Works will host a special recycling event where styrofoam will be collected, paper will be shredded and tires will be taken. The recycle event will be on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is for Watertown residents only, ID will be required. Also, no commercial or business items.

Clean, white styrofoam will be accepted, including cups and trays, but no foam peanuts or colored styrofoam. Paper will also be shredded and tires will be accepted, but no rims.

The event will be at the DPW’s Recycling Center on Green River Way, off Waltham Street. Directions: West from Watertown Square on Pleasant Street, North (right) on Bridge Street, West (left) on Waltham Street and South (left) on Green River Way.

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.

Red Cross’ Watertown Strong Blood Drive Coming to WHS Soon

The Watertown Strong Blood Drive will be held on April 21, 2018 at Watertown High School, the American Red Cross announced. The American Red Cross will run the blood drive on Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at WHS, 50 Columbia St., Watertown. To book an appointment call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or got to redcrossblood.org and enter “Strong” to make an appointment. You can streamline your donation visit by up to 15 minutes by completing the pre-donation reading and health history questions on redcrossblood.org/rapidpass.

Rabies Vaccination, Microchip Clinic Coming Up This Weekend

Belmont-Watertown Animal Control announced it will host a rabies vaccination and Microchip Clinic on Saturday, April 14, 2018. The clinic will be at Chenery Middle School, 95 Washington St., Belmont (Rear of Building). CATS in Carriers from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

DOGS and CATS 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

DOGS 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Fee: $10.00 per Vaccine, $10.00 per Microchip

Watertown Group Hosting Panel Discussion on How “Dark Money” Influences American Democracy

ProgressiveWatertown will host an event about how “Dark Money” is influencing democracy in the United States. 

The group will has assembled a panel that will explore “Dark Money” during a free event open to the public at the Watertown Free Public Library on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 2 p.m. The event will be in the Watertown Savings Bank Room. The panel includes Boston Globe Columnist Joan Vennochi, Harvard Kennedy School Senior Lecturer on Public Policy Marshall Ganz, and Theda Skocpol of Harvard, the author of the The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism.

Tickets Available for Watertown Boys & Girls Club Annual Auction

Watertown Boys & Girls Club will host their Annual Spring Auction this year on Thursday, April 26 at 6:00 p.m. This yearly event raises crucial funds for the organization, including over $10,000 for summer camp scholarships. The event will be held at the Oakley Country Club and will include a silent and live auction, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and a performance by Club members! Tickets can be purchased online at http://events.eventzilla.net/e/2018-annual-spring-auction-2138943105. Those interested in donating an auction item or sponsoring the event are encouraged to reach out to the Club’s Director of Marketing and Special Events, Kristina Norris at knorris@watertownbgc.org.

Deadline Approaching to Sign Up for the 2018 Town Wide Yard Sale

The annual Town Wide Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018, but the deadline to register is Thursday, April 19th. The money raised from registration fees benefits Watertown Community Education. The group sent out the following information:

Join us for the annual Town Wide Yard Sale. Schedule your yard sale on Saturday, May 19. For a fee of $10, we’ll do the advertising, provide a list of addresses to buyers and make it a community event for all to enjoy!!!

Watertown Resident Named Chief Marketing Officer for National Brain Tumor Society

Michael Antonellis – a life-long Watertown native and resident – has been named Chief Marketing Officer at Newton, MA-based National Brain Tumor Society, the largest nonprofit in the U.S. dedicated to the brain tumor and brain cancer cause, according to a press release from the National Brain Tumor Society. Mr. Antonellis is Watertown High School, class of 1987, graduate. He is a former president of the Watertown High School Football Gridiron Club and former president of Watertown/Belmont Pop Warner. Additionally, he’s served as a youth coach for basketball, football, baseball, hockey, and soccer in the town. He continues to live in town with his wife and two children.