COVID-19 Vaccine Info for Seniors, Virtual Events from the Senior Center

Watertown Senior Center

The Watertown Senior Center provided the following information:

Programs for Week of February 22, 2021

Join us via Zoom for the following programs. Call for access info: (617) 972-6490. New participants always welcome in every program! We hope you’ll join us! Monday:   10:00 AM, Art Class with Dawn Scaltreto12:30 PM, Chair Yoga with Diane2:00 PM, Zoom KNITTING Group!Tuesday:     10:00 AM, Public Safety Coffee12:30 PM, Tai Chi & Meditation with Marie2:00 PM, Line Dancing with Bradley                                     Wednesday: 10:00 AM, Pet Lovers Group – Zoom with your furry friend!11:00 AM, Exercise with Joanna2:00 PM, Coffee with Director Anne-Marie: Looking to Spring.Thursday:        9:00 AM, Pilates with Marina Z.10:30 AM, Talk with Tom: Coffee & Casual Conversation2:00 PM, Zoom to the Peabody Essex Museum!Friday:            10:00 AM, Exercise with Shannon Lee Jones     12:00 PM, Seated Strength & Balance with Pearl1:00 PM, New! Weight Management with Pearl ~ see the newsletter for details.NEW TIME! 2:45 PM, Mellowtones Chorus with Anne Silverman

Senior Shuttle Bus Update

The Watertown Senior Shuttle Bus is back on the road for grocery 

shopping. Due to COVID-19, the bus is limited to 4 riders plus the driver.

The Power of Visualization in This Week’s Small Saves Comic

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.”

Applications Being Taken for 53rd Lt. Paul Sullivan Scholarship

Lt. Paul Sullivan of Watertown, killed in Vietnam in 1968, will be remembered during the 50th Annual Scholarship Awards in June. Each year, the Lt. Paul Sullivan Scholarship and other awards go out in memory of a Watertown native who was killed serving in Vietnam in 1968. The following information was provided by the Lt. Paul Sullivan Scholarship Committee:

Announcing the 53rd Lt. Paul Sullivan Scholarship

The Lt. Paul Sullivan Scholarship is now on line:

The application deadline is April 16, 2021. The top scholarship is $5,000. Additional scholarships will be awarded.

Watertown Student Makes UMaine’s Fall 2020 Dean’s List

The following information was provided by the University of Maine:

The University of Maine recognized 4,133 students for achieving Dean’s List honors in the fall 2020 semester. Of the students who made the Dean’s List, 2,670 are from Maine, 1,366 are from 38 other states and 97 are from 35 countries other than the U.S.

Due to the unusual and challenging circumstances faced this semester amid the global pandemic, the university has modified its Dean’s List policy for the fall 2020 term. The requirement that students earn 12 calculable credits to be eligible for Dean’s List has been waived. Instead, students will be eligible 1) if they earned Dean’s List recognition in spring 2020 and have placed all of their fall 2020 courses on pass/fail; or 2) if they have earned a minimum GPA of a 3.5, regardless of the number of credits taken, in fall 2020. Please note that some students have requested that their information not be released; therefore, their names are not included.

New Rep Theatre Receives Grant from National Endowment for the Arts

The following information was provided by New Rep Theatre:

New Repertory Theatre is thrilled to announce that they have receivedfunding through the Grants for Arts Project Fund from the National Endowment for the Arts in the amount of $25,000. These funds will be used to help support New Rep’s newly commissioned Indigenous Moving Play, our upcoming 2-person production of Romeo & Juliet, as well as other programming to come. The Grants for Arts Projects (GAP) awards range from $10,000 to $100,000 and cover these artistic disciplines: Artist Communities, Arts Education, Dance, Design, Folk & Traditional Arts, Literary Arts, Local Arts Agencies, Media Arts, Museums, Music, Musical Theater, Opera, Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works, Theater, and Visual Arts. In February 2020, the agency received 1,674 eligible GAP applications requesting more than $82.4 million in FY 2021 support. Approved for funding are 1,073 projects totaling nearly $25 million, with grants recommended to 64% of all applicants and an average grant amount of $23,190.

New Hotel Opens at Watertown’s Arsenal Yards

The following announcement was provided by Arsenal Yards:

Boylston Properties and Stonebridge Companies announced that the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton™ Watertown Boston is now open and welcoming guests at the brand new hotel in the heart of Arsenal Yards. The property is operating as a Hilton franchise, owned by a joint venture of Boylston Properties and the Stonebridge Companies, and managed by Stonebridge Companies. The hotel staff and development team will invite a small group of constituents to a private “virtual ribbon-cutting” on March 1, and encourages all interested guests and visitors to contact or stop by the hotel for a socially-distanced tour of the beautifully designed property. The development team expects that the growing number of life sciences companies that call Watertown home, the easy access to the region’s medical community, and the town’s proximity to Boston and Cambridge, will contribute to an increase in demand from business and leisure travel to Watertown. Located directly on Arsenal Street, the hotel is well positioned to meet the area’s demand for extended stay lodging.

Business Parking Passes for Watertown Square Available for Purchase

The Town of Watertown sent out the following announcement:

The purchase of the quarterly parking permits for the Watertown Square Municipal Lot for March-May 2021 will be available on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 9:00am to 4:00pm. To purchase, please enter the Town Administration Building at 149 Main Street and proceed to lower hearing room. Please be advised that we are following social distancing guidelines requiring a face covering and limiting the number of people, which may require a wait outside the building. ALL permits will require business information and vehicle registrations to obtain a permit. Please complete Business-Parking-Permit-Form in advance if possible.

Watertown-Based Non-Profit Seeks to Include Media Literacy in School Curriculum

The following information was provided by Watertown-based non-profit Media Literacy Now:

Teaching students to effectively process, define and understand wide-ranging messages displayed across media platforms is more critical than ever with increased screen time due to the global pandemic and a volatile news cycle filled with political and racial division. National nonprofit Media Literacy Now aims to make media literacy universally understood and accepted as a vital component in public school education across the country. Students of all ages are bombarded with images, words and messages through social media, news, TV, music, video games and other media outlets. They are often left on their own to make sense of all they hear and 21st century media literacy skills are vital for their health, well-being, economic participation, and citizenship.  Media Literacy Now is inspiring action in states across the country through public awareness campaigns, policymaker education, research, coalition building and efforts to influence regulations and legislation. The nonprofit successfully advocates for equal access to education and reform of education system policies and priorities to ensure media literacy skills are integrated across subject areas within public schools.