Concert in Watertown Featuring the Sounds of the Andes

Sounds of the Andes will appear at Watertown’s First Parish Church. (Courtesy Photo)

The following announcement was provided by Spectacle Collective:

Spectacle Collective presents Sounds of the Andes, an evening of musical fusion featuring the Alturas Duo and Gonzalo Cortés, on Saturday, June 1, 2024, at 7:30 pm at First Parish of Watertown. Alturas Duo consists of Carlos Boltes on viola and charango and Scott Hill on guitar and voice. They will be joined by Gonzalo Cortés, Andean woodwinds, and Western flute for a seamless blend of Western classical music with South American folk music. The audience is invited to reimagine familiar classics while also being presented with a whole new world of sound.

MassDOT Holding Meeting on Parking Around Newton Corner & Transportation Alternatives

The following announcement was provided by MassDOT:

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing it will be hosting the first working group meeting for the Newton Corner Long Term Planning Study. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 22, at 10:30 a.m., in person at the Newton Free Library, at 330 Homer Street in Newton. At this meeting, the Study Team will present the background and review the study area, draft goals and objectives, and the evaluation criteria for the alternatives to be developed later. The Newton Corner Long-Term Planning Study will develop and analyze transportation alternatives to improve the Newton Corner I-90 Interchange, located at Exit 127. Building on the MassDOT Highway Division’s Newton Corner Improvements Project to implement short and mid-term improvements, this study will consider long-term means to improve safety, congestion, accessibility, mobility, connectivity, quality of life, and climate resilience in the area.

Watertown Police Complete Interactive, Scenario-Based Training with Support of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office

Middlesex Sheriff’s Officer Ryan Abrams and Watertown Police Sergeant Tom Dicker stand outside the MSO’s Mobile Training Center. Photo courtesy of Watertown Police Department

The following announcement was provided by the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office:

Watertown Police Chief Justin Hanrahan and Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian have announced that 43 Watertown police officers recently completed interactive, scenario-based training facilitated by the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO). Training was completed between April 22-26 in Watertown utilizing the MSO’s Mobile Training Center (MTC). During the training, officers were put through a series of video-based scenarios that replicated situations they may need to respond to on any shift. This included traffic stops and incidents in which individuals were in mental health crisis. These scenarios allowed officers to focus on the effective use of communication and de-escalation skills, with Watertown PD training staff able to provide immediate feedback.

Watertown Budget Hearings Begin This Week, See When Departments Will Speak to Council

The City Council will hold the first of three hearings on the Fiscal Year 2025 Budget on May 21. The dates of the meetings, and the departments which will be on the agenda are listed in the information provided by the City of Watertown, below. The annual City Budget is the single most important policy decision made each year by the City Council. All citizens of the City are invited and encouraged to participate in these meetings to express the opinions of this budget and the priorities it establishes. A copy of the proposed budget is available for examination at the City Clerk’s Office and available on the City’s website:

Small Saves Gets Creative in the Kitchen in This Week’s Cartoon

James DeMarco grew up in Watertown and became a goaltender at age 5. It’s his life’s passion to stand between the pipes and keep the puck out of the net. Combining this with the love of cartooning Small Saves emerged in 1991 and took on a life of his own. “To play goal – then come home and draw Small Saves — is my ideal definition of a good day.”

Watertown Police Seek Information About Missing Woman

Bogalech Gedore

The Watertown Police Department announced it is seeking information from the public on the whereabouts of 34 year-old Bogalech Gedore. Bogalech came from the United Arab Emirates eight months ago to serve as a nanny for a family in Watertown. She was last seen by the family on the evening of Friday, May 10th. Bogalech does not speak English well and she is not known to have friends or family in the area. If you have any information that could be helpful, please contact the Watertown Police Department at 617-972-6500.

Watertown Housing Hosting Community Meetings on Willow Park Redevelopment Project

An illustration of the proposed redevelopment of the Watertown Housing Authority’s Willow Park property. The Watertown Housing Authority will host a pair of community meetings about the planned redevelopment of the Willow Park property. One will be in-person and the second will be a virtual meeting. The Watertown Housing Authority provided the following information:

Notice of Project Community Meeting

The project applicant will be hosting Public Information Meeting(s) as required by the Watertown Zoning Ordinance. This notice is for the required community meeting that is required prior to formal application.

Group Seeking to Pass Nuclear Disarmament Resolution Showing Film at Next Meeting

The following announcement was provided by Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment:

The Peace and Security Working Group of Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment continues their efforts to petition the town to pass a nuclear disarmament resolution with an event this Saturday. On May 18 at 4 p.m. (Belmont-Watertown United Methodist Church, 80 Mt. Auburn St.) the group will hold an event entitled “How Watertown Can Build Community to End Nuclear Weapons.” Besides open discussion and reflections from the organizer, Lillian Koizumi, the meeting will feature music by Todd Gross and the film, “The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons.” The continuing quest follows the points outlined by the organization Prevent Nuclear War ( and comes three months after an online presentation entitled “Let’s Pass a Back from the Brink Resolution in Watertown!” The speakers were local leaders from such organizations as International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Pax Christi Massachusetts.