Residents Wanted to Serve on Multiple City Boards & Committees

The following information was provided by the City of Watertown:

Are you interested in serving on a City of Watertown Board, Commission or Committee? Apply to serve on City of Watertown Boards, Commissions and Committees

City Manager George J. Proakis is seeking Watertown citizens interested in serving on the following City Boards, Commissions and Committees with appointment dates in February 2023 in accordance with Ordinance # 2007-46, an Ordinance on the Timing and Process of Appointments to City Boards, Commissions and Committees. Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest accompanied by a resume or other information concerning background or experience by email to or City Manager’s Office, 149 Main Street, Watertown, Massachusetts 02472. Board/Commission: Board of Health

Vacancy/Term: One Member, Three Year Term.  Description: Provide for fulfillment of its duties under M.G.L. 111:5, 26-33 and other sections including enforcement of the state Sanitary and Environmental Codes, reporting diseases dangerous to the public health, and enforcement of other applicable state and local laws and regulations.

Toyota of Watertown Collecting Toys for Whooley Foundation

The following announcement was provided by Toyota of Watertown:

Toyota of Watertown has teamed up with the Watertown Police Department and the Whooley Foundation for the annual toy drive. Former Sergeant John “Sonny” Whooley began the tradition over 30 years ago. After he died, the Police Department decided to keep his spirit of giving alive and established the Whooley Foundation in Sonny’s honor. Toyota of Watertown is collecting donations of new unwrapped toys, gift cards, and monetary donations to assist with 100 different family’s in our community. Unwrapped toys can be dropped off at Toyota of Watertown at 149 Arsenal St., Watertown.

Watertown Families Invited to Get Photos with Santa, Enjoy the Season

sChurch of the Good Shepherd. The following information was provided by Watertown Families Together:

Watertown Families Together and Church of the Good Shepherd invites the public to Share the JOY of the Season. Photos with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 10, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.:

Outside from 10:30 to 11:00 (for those who have worries about viruses)


Santa will move inside from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Church of the Good Shepherd (corner of Russell Avenue and Mt. Auburn Street – Watertown)

Children can pick up easy keepsake craft kits (complete with supplies and directions) to make gifts for those they love during the holiday season.

Watertown’s Greek Church Hosting Christmas Concert

Taxiarchae/Archangels Greek Orthodox Church in Watertown. The following information came from the Taxiarchae/Archangels Greek Orthodox Church:

A Christmas Journey concert takes place on Sunday, December 18, 4 PM, at Taxiarchae / Archangels Greek Orthodox Church, 25 Bigelow Avenue in Watertown. Hosted by the Taxiarchae Greek Orthodox Church Choir with Director Cynthia Mitaras Alex, Guest Director Monty Hill, Director and Accompanist Sophia Argeros, and Accompanist Jim Speros. Donations to the Choir graciously accepted. More information is available by phone: 617-924-8182 and online:

Watertown Community Foundation Introduces New Executive Director

The following announcement was provided by the Watertown Community Foundation:

The Board of Directors of Watertown Community Foundation (WCF) proudly announces the appointment of Athelia A. Tilson (Tia) as its next Executive Director. Tia is a seasoned, strategic leader, community activist, and fundraiser with over 20 years’ experience identifying and developing partnerships to strengthen non-profits, and deep work in the city’s community organizations.  

Tia has managed significant development efforts for major health, scientific, educational, and human services organizations, including Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Ariadne Labs, Pathfinder International, MIT, The Home for Little Wanderers, and the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review. “Tia brings extraordinary knowledge and understanding of how life sciences and research entities can collaborate with community partners to create opportunities for both to thrive, and we are thrilled she will be our next Executive Director,” said David Siegel, former WCF Co-President who chaired the Search Committee. 

Tia will formally join WCF in her new role on Jan. 2, 2023.

Midwinter Revels Holiday Show Shares Traditions from Ellis Island

Shep FergusonMidwinter Revels returns to the Saunders Theatre in Cambridge, with production, “Midwinter Revels: A
Solstice Celebration – Tales from Ellis Island.” From Left to Right: William Forchion, Carolyn Saxon, and the cast of The Christmas Revels

The following announcement was provided by Watertown-based Revels:

Revels is back in Sanders Theatre for its 52nd annual December production, Midwinter Revels: A Solstice Celebration – Tales from Ellis Island, which explores the unique dynamics between Irish, Jewish, and Mexican cultures at 1920s Ellis Island. One of Greater Boston’s most cherished holiday productions, Midwinter Revels’ multi-generational cast joyously brings traditions to life through music, dance, and song. Midwinter Revels: A Solstice Celebration takes place on Christmas Eve in the 1920s on Ellis Island, where a delay in processing requires new arrivals from Ireland and Jewish immigrants from Russia and Germany to spend an extended period of time together. Inspired by their children and by the Mexican nurses in charge of their care, the families slowly transcend their differences and build a rapport through music, dance and puppetry.

Perkins School’s Holiday Concert Available Live & Remotely

Perkins School for the BlindPerkins School for the Blind students will perform two holiday concerts in 2022. The following announcement was provided by Perkins School for the Blind:

As the holiday season approaches, we are excited to invite you and your families to attend one or both of our upcoming holiday concerts this December in person and virtually. Sunday, December 11 at 4:30 p.m. (In person)Tuesday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m. (In person and virtual)No RSVP is required.Please note that guests are asked to wear a mask and ensure they are not experiencing any of these symptoms before arriving on campus. You can view the full guidelines on our website. We’re delighted to welcome our community back to campus to what’s always been a highly-anticipated and simply awesome annual performance by our students.

Small Saves Gets a Lesson 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.”