School Committee Seeks Raise, Would be First Increase Since 2008

A lot of money was raised and spent on the 2015 Watertown Election. The Watertown School Committee voted to request a pay raise for its members on Monday night, and the increase would not take effect until the next term. The pay hike would be from $3,200 a year to $4,500 a year, but the request must first be approved by the Town Council. The request came because School Committee members who have to find childcare during meetings say the pay does not cover that cost. “After everything is taken out, we get less than $200 a month,” said School Committee member Lily Rayman-Read.

Watertown Police Arrest 16-Year Old for School Threat Made on Social Media

Watertown Police arrested a 16-year-old Watertown boy for allegedly making threats toward a school on Friday, May 31 after the teen sent a Snapchat message that was received by students at Watertown High School and Watertown Middle School. Watertown Police received word of the threat from Watertown Public School officials Friday morning, said Watertown Police Lt. James O’Connor. The message was sent via the Snapchat social media app, and contained a list of emojis, O’Connor said. “From what police could tell, the Snapchat message went to over 100 students at Watertown Middle School and Watertown High School,” O’Connor said. “It contained emojis of a picture of a school, a bomb, an explosion, a gun and an emoji of someone running.”

See Who Won the 51st Lt. Paul J. Sullivan Scholarships

The recipients of the 51st Lt. Paul J Sullivan Scholarship recipients, from left to right, Nicolas McDermott, Bryan Ferreira. Gabriella Venezia, Catherine Connors, Christopher Iannetta, Patrick Gulledge, Katherine Garside, Nicholas Fiacco and Caroline Whalen. The organizers of the Lt. Paul J. Sullivan Scholarship announced the 51st annual award winners. Congratulations to the 51st Lt. Paul J Sullivan Scholarship recipients. A total of $22,500 was presented to these nine wonderful young men and women.

Watertown Resident will be Honored by Carroll Center for the Blind

Waterown’s Kate Katulak, who works at Perkins School for the Blind, will be honored by The Carroll Center for the Blind. The following information was provided by Carroll Center for the Blind:

The Carroll Center for the Blind, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, will honor four outstanding individuals who are blind or visually impaired during the 35th annual Carroll Society Awards on June 6, 2019. The Carroll Society Awards recognize blind and visually impaired employees who have made significant contributions to their companies or nonprofit organizations by their outstanding ability and job performance.  Individuals are chosen because, despite vision loss, they are exemplary employees and contribute to the overall culture of both their business and community. The following individuals will be inducted into the Carroll Society:

Daniela Depina, of Boston, Independent Living Advocate, Boston Center for Independent Living (BCIL);Kate Katulak, of Watertown, Assistant Director of College Success, Perkins School for the Blind; andPauline Dowell, of Charlestown, Administrative Assistant, Human Resources, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Carroll Center will also recognize Carla Burke of Harwich Port as the “Blind Employee of the Year” for her work as an assistive technology coordinator at the Brooks Free Library in Harwich. “These individuals have made an immense impact on their organizations, despite vision loss, and we are proud to recognize their achievements,” said Gregory J. Donnelly, president and CEO of the Carroll Center for the Blind.

Watertown High School Students Got Up Close and Personal with a Presidential Candidate

Presidential candidate Wayne Messam, mayor of Mirimar, Fla., stopped by Watertown High School on Wednesday to speak with some students. On Wednesday morning, a group of Watertown High School students got to have their questions answered by someone who could become the Commander in Chief and Leader of the Free World. The WHS students took time away from their normal lessons to hear from presidential hopeful Mayor Wayne Messam. The Florida Democrat stopped by between campaigning in New Hampshire and an interview with a Boston Public Radio station. Messam shared his story of how he went from humble beginnings to being a football player at Florida State University, then started his own environmentally conscious construction company, become mayor of Mirmar, Fla., and now is running for the highest office in the land.

14th Annual Perkins Gala Raises More than $1 Million

The Perkins Chorus joined Grammy award-winning group, the Blind Boys of Alabama, for a few songs. The 14th annual Perkins Possibilities Gala was held earlier this month, and raised more than $1 million for the Watertown-based school for the blind. Perkins serves not just the blind and visually impaired in the Boston area, but worldwide, said Perkins President and CEO Dave Power. “I’m always moved by the outpouring of support our friends and partners show to Perkins on this particular night. Simply put, we would not be able to positively impact so many children and young adults who are blind without it,” Power said.

Council Approves Funds for Design of Elementary School Projects

An illustration of what the new Hosmer School will likely look like when completed, The view is from the east looking at the new main entrance. The Town Council approved the first major funding piece for the $170 million reconstruction of Watertown’s three elementary schools on Tuesday night. The project will be paid for within the Town’s budget, without requiring a debt exclusion to pay for the work, Town Manager Michael Driscoll said. The Council approved a loan order for $12.441 million for design services. Town Council President Mark Sideris noted that the project, and the price tag has changes significantly.

Free Celebration of Spring Concert Features Revels, Perkins School Students

Revels and Perkins School for the Blind students do the Circle Dance as part of the “Celebration of Spring” concert. The following information was provided by Revels:

Join us for a joyful and inspirational concert of traditional music, dance and song as Revels celebrates spring with the talented students from Perkins School for the Blind. A Celebration of Spring, Directed by Patrick Swanson;  Music Direction by Megan Henderson, will be held Thursday, May 23, 2019, 7:30 p.m.Perkins School for the Blind, Dwight Hall, 175 No. Beacon Street, Watertown. Admission is FREE

Revels directors Megan Henderson and Paddy Swanson lead this special one-hour program featuring Perkins’ talented singers with Revels’ adult and children’s choruses, a children’s morris team, and a great band of musicians.