An illustration of the biotech tower planned for Arsenal Yards. It appeared as part of an ad taken out by Boylston Properties defending Watertown as a biotech destination after a Boston Globe article that said Kendall Square is the place to be. The owners of Arsenal Yards leapt to the defense of Watertown after a Boston Globe published an article about biotech bigwigs snubbing the town as a place to set up business. The Jan. 26 Boston Globe article interviewed biotech execs and investors who said that Cambridge’s Kendall Square remains the place to be.
The Watertown boy’s hockey team looks to make the State Tournament for the second year in a row. Here, the Raiders celebrate after scoring in the Div. 3 North quarterfinal. Their improvement has been noticed by the Boston Globe. The Watertown High School boy’s hockey team has made big leaps in improvements since the varsity program was put on hold for a year in 2016-17, and the Boston Globe has taken notice.
A panel of journalists from the Boston Globe, NPR and investigative reporters will be in Watertown to discuss the role of the media in the United States today.
The April 2 event, called “What is the Role of Media in our Democracy,” is sponsored by Progressive Watertown and will take place from 2-4 p.m. in the Watertown Savings Bank room of the Watertown Library. We will be exploring questions related to the role of Media in light of the political attacks on the media by the President. We will ask questions such as how do we filter distortions in the news and how does the media fight false narratives, etc. David King will be the moderator. He is a Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at The Harvard Kennedy School and Faculty Chair of the Masters in Public Administration program.
The Boston Globe named Watertown’s Kourtney Kennedy the Div. 2 field hockey player of the year.
The junior has scored 69 goals and added 66 assists in her career, and helped the Raiders capture their seventh-straight State Championship and set the national record for consecutive games unbeaten (now 160). She has already committed to play field hockey at UConn. The Globe also named senior Ally McCall to their All-Scholastics list. The University of Vermont-bound player ended her career with 29 goals and 21 assists.
Looking for some take out with an Asian flare, check out one of Watertown’s newest restaurants – Cha Yen Thai Cookery. Located about midway between the Deluxe Town Diner and Sevan Bakery, the eatery opened in Coolidge Square over the summer, and features homestyle Thai cuisine. Cha Yen Thai Cookery and chef Manita Bunnagitkarn made the Boston Globe this week in the Cheap Eats column in the paper’s food section. Bunnagitkarn moved to Boston from Thailand in her teens and attended Johnson & Wales culinary school. The restaurant features a several Thai curries, grilled options, noodle dishes and a wide variety of appetizers.
Watertown had a successful fall season, and four athletes were honored for their play by the Boston Globe. Boy’s soccer player Rafael DeSouza earned the Div. 3 player of the year from the Boston Globe. In his senior year, DeSouza scored 11 goals and added 12 assists, grabbed the Middlesex MVP award and was named All-New England by the EMSCA. He scored 36 goals and had 26 assists in his career and is a two-time EMass All-Star, according to the Globe.
Watertown’s Rick Keilty recently spent four days venturing through 250 miles of woods in Maine by foot, bicycle and boat. The adventure racer was featured in a story in the Boston Globe. He and his teammate Eric Wyler of Brighton took part in the Untamed New England race near Moosehead Lake. Teams from around the world came out to take on the event, which showcases land preserved by the Boston-based Appalachian Mountain Club’s Maine Woods Initiative. Keilty and Wyler took 30th in the competition.
Watertown’s very own Hollywood star will be moving back to the area, so look for Eliza Dushku around her hometown! Dushku told the Boston Globe that she is heading back to Watertown after breaking up with her longtime beau and former NBA player Rick Fox. (See the Globe story here)
She has purchased a condo in the area and may be going back to school, Dushku told the Globe. Know for her roles in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Dollhouse,” Dushku is filming a movie at a former psychiatric hospital in Michigan this summer (find out more here). She graduated from Watertown High School and has family in the area still, including her mother, a former Suffolk University professor, and brother Aaron, who is on the Watertown Town Council.