Watertown Photographer Seeks to Capture Beauty, Emotion in Her Work

This photo of a lamb standing on a llama was taken by Watertown photographer Alice Solorow at the Gore Place farm. The poet John Keats once wrote that “Beauty is truth, truth beauty,” and many photographers spend entire lifetimes trying to find all the truth and beauty they can in the world, through the lenses of their cameras. Watertown resident Alice Solorow has dedicated much of her life to capturing moments of beauty in nature and in people’s lives. As a professional photographer and photography teacher at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall in Waltham, she finds joy in showing details that people don’t always notice. “I tend to like things that, well, make me laugh, which is hard to do, or make me cry, or somehow have an emotional outward reaction,” Solorow said, “or just that are so incredibly beautiful.”

For the month of January, the Watertown Free Public Library has been hosting an exhibit of Solorow’s nature photographs entitled “The Nuances of Nature.” Profoundly affected by the violent barrage of natural disasters, the hurricanes and wildfires, Solorow sees the exhibit as a conversation about the environment; she hopes that people who appreciate a photo of a beautiful tulip, or a quirky animal, will pause to consider the climate’s fragility.

Mother Shares Her Mission of Ending the Cycle of Violence After Losing Her Son in a Shooting

Tina Chéry shared the story of how she became dedicated to peace after her son was gunned down in his Boston neighborhood with an audience at Watertown MIddle School. In the early 1990s, Tina Chéry thought she had found her place in the world as a stay-at-home mom and good citizen, as someone who attended church and donated to people in need, even if she felt removed from the problems that affected her Dorchester neighborhood. The mother of three and her husband had cut back on spending so she could be there when her 15-year-old son Louis Brown came home from school every day. Theirs was the family who welcomed in the neighborhood children, with hotdogs and hamburgers, and lemonade and popsicles in the summer. “That was my house.

Funds Available for Groups Working to Make Watertown a Place Where Older Adults Can Thrive

The following announcement was provided by the Marshall Home Fund:

The Marshall Home Fund is encouraging public and non-profit organizations to submit innovative proposals to support Watertown’s efforts to be an Age-Friendly Community — a place where older adults can live, thrive, and contribute. While proposals addressing various topics are welcomed, the fund is particularly interested in projects addressing unmet needs in housing, transportation, and communication about services available to older people. The Request for Proposals will be available on February 8, 2019 and proposals will be due March 15. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the Program Grant Information Session on February 8, 12:30-2:00 p.m. at the WSB Room in the Watertown Public Library and to visit marshallhomefund.org. To RSVP to the Information Session and for additional information, contact info@marshallhomefund.org

A Unity Breakfast Full of Goodbyes & Challenges to Fight for MLK’s Vision

Rahsaan Hall gave the keynote address at the 2019 Unity Breakfast. He is the director of the ACLU of Massachusetts’ Racial Justice Program. The 19th annual Watertown Unity Breakfast not only celebrated the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., on Monday, but also paid tribute to two people who have been regulars at the event as they say farewell. Despite the frigid and icy conditions on MLK Day 2019, the Hellenic Cultural Center was packed for the event presented by World in Watertown. Those in attendance heard from a member of the ACLU of Massachusetts about how the fight against racisms not over, and also were addressed — perhaps for the last time — by Rev. Mark Harris, minister of First Parish of Watertown, and Watertown Police Officer Harold “Tony” Physic.

Recreation Department Offering Sports, Crafts, Snowshoeing & More This Winter

The Watertown Recreation Department announced that residents can register for the Winter Program II, including sports for youth and adults, music, snowshoeing, crafts and Bruins tickets. Links are available

Wrestling Program: Grades 1-8, ongoing to February 14, Wednesdays or Thursdays, 6:00 pm-7:00 pm

Music Instrument Lessons: Grades K-12, ongoing to June 14, Mondays – Fridays, 2:30 pm-7:00 pm

Middle School Fun & Game Night: Grades, 6-8 ongoing to April 5, Fridays, 6:30 pm-9:00 pm

Men’s Basketball Open Gym: Adults over 30, ongoing to May 19, Sundays 8:30 am-10:30 am

Community Sports and Games: Ages 5 – Adult, January 6 – April 7, Sundays, 2:00 pm-7:00 pm

Wachusett Mountain Ski-Board Program: Grades 6-12, January 12 – February 16, Saturdays, 4:00 pm-11:00 pm

Gentle Yoga with a Chair at Artemis Studio: Adults Over 55, January 16 – March 6, Wednesdays, 11:00 am-12:00 pm

Kids’ Yoga & Mindfulness at Artemis Studio: Grades K-2, January 23 – March 20, Wednesdays, 3:30 pm-4:15 pm

Kids’ Yoga & Mindfulness at Artemis Studio: Grades 3-5, January 23 – March 20, Wednesdays, 4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Yoga & Mindfulness for Middle Schoolers at Artemis Studio: Grades 6-8, January 24, Thursdays, 4:00 pm-5:00 pm

All Sports Program: Grades 3-5, January 28 – March 29, Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays, 2:30 pm-3:30 pm

Junior Creative Crafts: Grades PreK-2, January 28 – March 29, Mondays – Fridays, 2:30 pm-3:30 pm

Cops & Rec Girls Futsal Soccer: Grades 6-8, January 29 – March 26, Tuesdays, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm 

Pre-Kindergarten Indoor Sports: Ages 3-5, January 29 – March 27, Tuesdays or Wednesdays, 10:00 am-11:00 am

Junior All Sports Program: Grades K-2, January 29 – March 28, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, 2:30 pm-3:30 pm

Cops & Rec Boys Futsal Soccer: Grades 6-8, January 31 – March 28, Thursdays, 3:00 pm-4:30 pm

Open Forum Meeting: February 5, Tuesday, 7:00pm-8:00pm; Permit & Facilities Meeting at 8:00 pm-9:00 pm

Trampoline Dodgeball: Grades 3-12, February 5 – April 2, Tuesdays, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Launch Laser Tag: Grades 3-8, February 6 – April 4, Wednesdays, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Launch Laser Tag for Adults: Adults & High School, February 7 – April 4, Thursdays, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Boston Bruins vs. Colorado: February 10t, Sunday, 3:00 pm

February Vacation Program: Grades 1-8, February 19 – February 22, Tuesday-Friday, 7:30 am-5:30 pm

Community Snowshoeing: Watertown residents only, February 23, 1:00 pm–3:00 pm

Mini Creative Crafts: Grade PreK-2, March 2 – April 6, Saturdays, 9:00 am-11:15 am

Super Saturday Sports: Grade Pre K-5, March 2 – April 6, Saturdays, 9:00 am-1:45 pm

Boston Bruins vs. New Jersey: March 2, Saturday, 7:00 pm

Open Forum Meeting: March 5, Tuesday, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm; Permit & Facilities at 8:00 pm-9:00 pm

Open Forum Meeting: April 2, Tuesday, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm

April Vacation Program: Grades 1-8, April 16 – April 19, Tuesday-Friday, 7:30 am-5:30 pm

Middlesex DA Marian Ryan Visiting Senior Center to Warn About Winter Scams

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan will speak at the Watertown Senior Center about avoiding scams.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan will spread awareness about winter scams when she visits the Watertown Senior Center this month. The event will be on Jan. 30, 2019, at 10 a.m. at the Senior Center, 31 Marshall St., Watertown. This forum will educate participants about common scams that target senior citizens during the winter months. Scam-related topics include:

Home HeatingSnow RemovalRoof ServiceChimney CleaningFurnace CleaningVehicle MaintenanceTree Service

Please call to register, 617-972-6490.

Event at Library Focuses on African Americans’ Experience in Mass. in the Past and Today

The latest event in the Watertown Free Public Library’s Democracy Talks series will focus on The African American Trail Project. The event will be held Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, at 7 p.m. in the Watertown Savings Bank Room. The Library provided the following information:

The African American Trail Project is a city-wide organizational network and community-based archive that maps African American and African-descended public history sites across greater Boston. Housed at Tufts University, the project aims to develop African American historical memory and intergenerational connections through research, exhibits, and community engagement.

Get Out Your Skates, Watertown’s Outdoor Ice Rink is Open

A family enjoys some skating at Watertown’s Outdoor Ice Rink at Casey Park. Watertown’s outdoor skating rink has opened for the winter and has already been popular with residents young and old. The ice rink is located at Casey Park, on Watertown Street south of the Charles River. Recreation Director Peter Centola announced that the rink is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., unless the ice is being resurfaced. “We are on to day 6 of the Casey Ice Rink and the conditions are the best ever thanks to the great work of our DPW and Recreation staff,” said Centola, who also took some videos at the rink on opening day (see below).