The following information was provided by The Plumbing Museum:
The Plumbing Museum is pleased to announce its first annual WATERtown Film Festival designed to increase the public awareness of environmental, social, and cultural importance of water. This two-day festival will kick off on Thursday, June 27 at 6 p.m. at the Plumbing Museum featuring an exciting line up of documentary, narrative, and experimental short films from around the world. The full program will screen 20 films in four screening blocks over two days. Highlights include a narrative film Haleema about two young children in a search for water in Sudan, a documentary film Bass by Kayak about an expedition party crossing from the Australian mainland to Tasmania in sea kayaks, a narrative film The Great Route about the effects of global warming in the west cost of Greenland, and an experimental film Plankton about the ideas and aspirations that float around at the bottom of the food chain. “We’re excited to bring such a great variety of unique films to Watertown,” said Sasha Parfenova, Festival Director.
Trucks and trailers being used by crews filming the TV show “City on a Hill” took over part of the parking lot at Filippello Park on Monday. Watertown residents got one degree of separation from Kevin Bacon Monday, when the actor came to town to film an episode of a new Showtime detective show. Evidence of the Hollywood production could be seen in the parking lot at Watertown’s Filippello Park, off Grove Street, which served as the staging area for about a dozen trucks, trailers and other items being used for the making of “City on a Hill.” However, the stars of the show — Bacon, Aldis Hodge and Jonathan Tucker — could not be seen at the park. “They are filming in Mount Auburn Cemetery,” said Watertown Assistant Town Manager Steve Magoon.
The following announcement was provided by the Watertown Mall:
Father’s Day is on Sunday, June 16. With it being just around the corner, the Watertown Mall is here to help if you don’t know what to get dad yet. Make your dad, grandfather, step-dad, or any other special guy in your life a card at the mall. The Watertown Mall will provide card templates as well as decorating and coloring supplies. While you’re here, look for dad’s gift at some of our stores such as Best Buy, Target, Work ‘N Gear or take him to lunch/dinner at Joyful Garden.
A Funeral Mass for Katherine M. (Broderick) McCourt, 102, of Londonderry N.H., formerly of Watertown, will be held on Tuesday, June 11, in the Church of Saint Patrick, 212 Main St., Watertown.
Mrs. McCourt, the only child of the late John and Catherine (Feeney) Broderick, was born in Everett days after the United States entered World War I. She soon moved to Watertown, where she attended Hosmer Elementary School, East Junior High School, and then Watertown High School, graduating in 1935. As a result of her parents’ hard work and savings, she was able to further her education at Bryant & Stratton Commercial School where she completed the Secretarial Program in 1936. Upon graduation, she took a job at the John McCourt Company, a construction firm started by its namesake in 1893. There she met the founder’s grandson, Frank McCourt, who soon after proposed to her during his active military service. After Pearl Harbor, the two moved up their wedding to Christmas Day 1941 so that he could fight in World War II without losing the love of his life.
Pick up some peaches this week at the Watertown Farmers’ Market. The Watertown Farmers Market will open for the season on June 12, and will be in a new spot, on a new day and have new vendors joining many of the favorites from prior years. The market will now be held on Wednesdays at Saltonstall Park, next to Town Hall, 149 Main St., Watertown. The market runs June 12 to Oct. 9, rain or shine, from 2:30-6:30 p.m. (closing at 6 p.m. in October).
Roads inside and outside of the Arsenal on the Charles will be repaved in early June. Some of the roads inside and outside Arsenal on the Charles will be repaved beginning June 10, 2019. Beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday, June 10, the area where North Beacon Street meets Charles River Road (near the Arsenal on the Charles driveway). Also starting that day is work on roadways inside the complex, including the area off the east entrance to the complex from Arsenal Street (Talcott Avenue). The top layer of the roadway will be ground, or milled, down 1.5 to 1.75 inches, and the manhole and other castings will be adjusted.
Buses like this one on the 71 bus have been given priority heading toward Harvard Square on Mt. Auburn Street in the new Cambridge-Watertown Bus Priority Pilot program. The following information was provided by the Town of Watertown:
Did you know that more than half of all commuters using Mt. Auburn Street during rush hour are riding the bus?
Watertown and Cambridge, working with the MBTA and DCR, created a bus priority lane on Mt. Auburn Street for the 71 and 73 buses, between Cottage Street in Watertown and Fresh Pond Parkway in Cambridge, to help move buses faster. Extensive data collection of the before and after conditions will be presented at a meeting on:
Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.46 Belmont St.
The Following information was provided by Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment:
Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment is turning 40, and invites the public to its annual meeting and celebration on Sunday featuring an improv comedy group. Fun at 40! Join us at our annual Meeting for an evening of fun, inspiration and community building as we celebrate 40 years of working for Peace, Justice and the Environment. Sunday, June 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the Belmont/Watertown United Methodist Church, 80 Mt. Auburn St., Watertown.
The Watertown Recreation Department will start a pickleball league in June. Pickleball is a sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. It is played on a court the size of a badminton court with a slightly adjusted tennis net. Players use large paddle and a plastic ball with holes in it. It can be played in singles or doubles format.