Watertown Teens Tackle the Tough Issues at Recent Town Hall Meeting

Three of the Watertown Youth Peer Leaders act out a scene where the boy in the middle asks his friend for money so he can buy drugs from the student in front of him. The group spreads awareness of substance abuse and other issues facing teens. Showing that teens do care about more than video games and shopping, a group of Watertown High School students presented a Town Hall meeting about issues facing youth in Town: addiction, depression, racism, and sexual identity. The Watertown Youth Coalition’s Youth Peer Leaders helped organize the Well-Being of Watertown Youth Town Hall meeting, held at the Watertown Free Public Library on Wednesday. It was also sponsored by the Watertown Youth Coalition.

Registration Open for Watertown Rec’s Pequossette Summer Program

The Watertown Recreation Department provided the following information:

The Watertown Recreation Department is offering the Pequossette Summer Program to children who are entering grades one through eight in September 2019. The program consists of eight individual weeks from June 24 through August 16, 2019 at the Watertown Middle School, 68 Waverley Avenue in Watertown. The program will operate Monday through Friday from 8:45 am to 2:30 pm, except for Week 2 which will run Monday, July 1st through Wednesday, July 3rd. We offer an early drop off from 7:30 am to 8:45 am and an extended day program from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. The Watertown Middle School and Moxley Playground, which includes a large field space, playground area, basketball court, and tennis courts, has allowed the Recreation Department the opportunity to offer a wide range of activities to entertain the children.

8th Annual MusicFest Coming Friday, Raises Money for Watertown Schools Music Program

The following information was provided by Friends of Watertown Music:

Friends of Watertown Music (FoWM) presents its 8th annual MusicFest fundraiser, Friday, March 22, 5:30-9:30 p.m. at Watertown Middle School, 68 Waverly Avenue, Watertown, MA. The event features over fifty performances by musicians, students, community members, and professional musicians, as well as an instrument petting zoo. Proceeds benefit the Music Department of the Watertown Public Schools. Suggested donations are $8/person and $25/family. T-shirts and other merchandise, pizza, and baked goods will also be on sale.

Space Available for Watertown Youth in Sheriff’s Summer Public Safety Academy

The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office provided the following information:

Opportunities remain for youngsters ages 8-12 who want to register the Youth Public Safety Academy, Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian announced Wednesday, March 20. The Youth Public Safety Academy (YPSA) is a week-long experience designed to be a low-cost and educational option for Middlesex County families in the summer. Cadets who attend the camp can spend the week learning safety skills, completing team and confidence-building exercises, and meeting public safety officials from the MSO as well as their hometown. The Watertown week of camp runs from July 15-19 this year. “The response to YPSA this year has been astounding, with over 850 families signing up in our first week,” said Sheriff Koutoujian.  “Watertown cadets will have the opportunity to build relationships with the men and women of our office as well as the Watertown Police and Watertown Fire Departments, so it truly is a fun and educational experience for these children.”

Transportation to and from Watertown, as well as breakfast and lunch, are provided each day.

Watertown Library Invites Public to 150th Anniversary Gala

The following piece was provided by the Watertown Free Public Library:

Tucked away in the basement of Town Hall, Watertown Free Public Library first opened its doors on March 31, 1869 under founding director Solon Whitney. In those early years, the library was open two days a week, four hours a day. The library was well used, but there was intense disagreement over the value of fiction. In 1882, one trustee argued that “the modern story has no place in a town library.” Some worried that novels would corrupt the minds of Watertown youth. Much has changed in 150 years.

Paddle Down the Charles River in the Annual Run of the Charles River

The 37th annual Run of the Charles paddle race will take place on April 28. The following information was provided by the Charles River Watershed Association:

Paddlers from across New England have registered for the 37th Annual Run of the Charles: Boston’s Premier Paddling Race, taking place on Sunday, April 28, 2019. Kicking off the paddling season, the event is the largest flat-bottom boat race in New England and draws over a thousand racers and spectators each year with the help of nearly 150 volunteers. Run of the Charles is the signature event of Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA), the leading science and advocacy organization for the Charles River and its watershed. The work accomplished by CRWA over the past 50 years has significantly improved the health of the 80-mile long Charles River.

Program on Dealing with Changes Vision Coming to Watertown Senior Center

The Carroll Center provided the following announcement:

Carroll Center for the Blind will host an event about called “Dealing With Changes in Vision” on March 29 in Watertown. The Carroll Center for the Blind will host a presentation on changes in vision, featuring Robert McGillivray, a low vision therapist from the Carroll Center, on Friday, March 29, 2019, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., at the Watertown Senior Center located at 31 Marshall St. 

McGillivray will review the different causes and characteristics of visual change, and share what low vision devices and techniques can improve the quality of one’s performance at work, school or home.  

Registration is required by calling the Senior Center at 617-972-6490.  For more information, call the Carroll Center at 617-969-6200 or visit www.carroll.org.