Watertown Veterans Service Officer Patrick George, center, gets help from a Watertown Cub Scout to fold the flag during the flag retirement ceremony. After flying outside for several months atop a flag pole, the American Flag from Watertown’s Town Hall had become worn and was due for retirement. On Friday, it was retired along with a few other Star Spangled Banners during a ceremony at Ridgelawn Cemetery. The event was hosted by Watertown’s veterans groups and Watertown Veterans Service Officer Patrick George as part of the town’s Flag Day observance. “Three weeks ago we celebrated Memorial Day and paid tribute to the people who served their country in the military,” George said.
On Saturday, June 15, the eighth annual Hope Lap will be held at Victory Field as part of the Longest Day. The event is just one that day in Watertown to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s Disease. For the past several years, Watertown’s Judith Johanson has dedicated her time to spread awareness about Alzheimer’s Disease, raise money to find a cure and advocate for more research. The effort started after her husband Steve was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s just before he turned 59. One of the annual events held in Watertown is the Longest Day walk at Victory Field, which the Johanson’s started eight years ago in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association.
The Town Council wants to improve the way the town communicates to the public and a subcommittee in charge of the issue will begin a series of listening meetings with an informational meeting in June. The Council’s Committee on Media and Public Outreach will be hosting a series of “kitchen table conversations” around town, but first it is recruiting people to host these events, said Town Councilor Tony Palomba. “Being host is easy,” Palomba said. “You organize a meeting at your home or in a public location for 6-8 neighbors and friends at some point in July, August or early September to discuss a series of questions related to public engagement.” In particular, the effort is aimed at people who do not ordinarily participate in town government, Palomba said.
Trees for Watertown President Libby Shaw and Meghan O’Connell chat at the fundraiser for Teens for Trees at Branch Line. The following piece was provided by Trees for Watertown:
On Saturday, June 8th, local residents gathered at Branch Line restaurant to support Trees for Watertown’s youth summer program, Teens for Trees (tfwteensfortrees.org). Supporters enjoyed refreshments donated by Branch Line and coffee donated by Intelligentsia. They learned about the Teens for Trees program’s past successes and its goals for the 2019 summer.
For the past two years the program has provided over a dozen Watertown youth with opportunities to learn, work, and give back to the community. For some, this program is their first job, providing them with leadership skills in local environmental issues and teaching them how to advocate and care for the urban greenery around them.
This year the program will be hiring six to eight teens to care for trees through watering, pruning, and other basic maintenance. They’ll also be engaging with residents to teach them about the important role of trees in creating healthy environments. “We’re thrilled for the continued support and enthusiasm shown by community leaders and local businesses,” said David Meshoulam, Teens for Trees Program Director.
The Commander’s Mansion in Watertown. The Following information was provided by the Commander’s Mansion:
The Commander’s Mansion is excited to announce a series of networking events geared towards local Watertown businesses. We will be kicking off the Summer series on Thursday, June 27th with guest speaker Steve Magoon, Director: Community Development and Planning/Assistant Town Manager. Meet us in the Grape Arbor, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – rain plan is in the tent. Join us for lite bites provided by Catering with Distinction and beverages provided by Donahue’s Bar & Grill.
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.
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).