Biotech Companies, Educators Talk About How They Can Collaborate at Life Science Panel

Natalie Nigito PhotographyKatie Sherburne, human resources manager at Forma Therapeutics speaks during the Life Sciences Panel at Hosmer School. Looking on, from right to left, are: Chris Nasveschuk, senior vice president of chemistry at C4 Therapeutics, Mark Bamforth, CEO of Arranta Bio, Watertown Superintendent Dede Galdston, and Watertown K-7 Math and Science Coordinator Elizabeth Kaplan

The life science industry has discovered Watertown, with the city becoming home to a growing number of pharmaceutical, medical and other biotech companies. Recently, representatives from a few of these companies joined Watertown educators at a forum hosted by the Watertown Business Coalition. The event took place at the new Hosmer Elementary School on April 27. The groups spoke about how they collaborate, and opportunities for the future.

City Wants to Hear from Public on Changes to Watertown’s Major Planning Document

The City of Watertown will be updating its Comprehensive Plan. This document guides what the City will look like in future, and covers topics such as economic development, land use, and transportation. The review will be an 18-month process that will be led by the Department of Community Development and Planning and a consultant team from Stantec in partnership with the Planning Advisory Committee. 

The first public meeting will be in the Hosmer School Cafeteria, 1 Concord Road, on Thursday, May 19 from 7-8:30 p.m. It will be held live and on Zoom. “This year, we are updating the city’s comprehensive plan which means that we want your feedback to plan for Watertown’s future,” said the announcement from the City. City officials want to hear from Watertown residents, property owners, business owners, and workers.

Workers at Starbucks in Watertown Votes to Unionize

Employees at the Starbucks on Mt. Auburn Street voted to unionize. The store was the 50th in the coffee chain to join the Workers United. The vote in the Watertown Starbucks was 10-1, according to a report in the Boston Globe which also said that Starbucks challenged two of the ballots at the Watertown store. The Mt.

Sweet Treat Raising Proceeds for Ukrainian Relief at Watertown Restaurant

City Works in Watertown is serving Syrnyk, a Ukrainian cheesecake, to raise money for World Central Kitchen. The following announcement was provide by City Works:

To support relief efforts in Ukraine, City Works Eatery & Pour House, located in Arsenal Yards, will offer guests Syrnyk, a sweet and rich Ukrainian cheesecake, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting World Central Kitchen (WCK). The cultural dessert staple will be offered beginning May 4. The support for WCK comes at a time when an affiliated relief kitchen came under fire in Kharkiv just last week. Currently, WCK with their local partners prepare about 320,000 meals per day to feed people in Ukraine.

Mighty Squirrel Brewing Opening Beer Garden in Watertown

Mighty SquirrelMighty Squirrel Brewing will be serving its creations at the new biergarten at Arsenal Yards. Beer lovers will enjoy the latest addition to Arsenal Yards: a biergarten. Local craft brewer Mighty Squirrel Brewing will be running the beer garden, that will be located in the center of Arsenal Yards. Arsenal Yards provided the following information:

Just in time for warm weather and patio drinking season, Arsenal Yards, the thriving new neighborhood located along the Charles River in Watertown, announces the addition of a brand–new Mighty Squirrel Biergarten opening this Saturday, April 30th at 11 a.m.! Mighty Squirrel Brewing Co.A view of Mighty Squirrel Brewing Co.’s biergarten located at its Waltham brewery.

Watertown Travel Specialist Joins National Group Classic Cruises & Tours

Watertown’s Mena Tuccinardi has joined Classic Cruises & Tours. The following announcement was provide by Cruise & Travel Experts:

Local Travel Expert Mena Tuccinardi has joined a new national travel affiliation called Cruise & Travel Experts. Tuccinardi has served the New England communities for over 30 years as a Business Development Manager by helping travel agents plan memorable family vacations, cruises, honeymoons and tours. “Classic Cruises and Tours is pleased to be part of an organization of travel specialists who are expertly-trained, customer-focused, and who work side-by-side with a collection of the industry’s leading brands and boutique travel suppliers to deliver exclusive values and special privileges to our clients,” said Mena, new Cruise & Travel Experts member. “In addition to my extremely personalized service, my clients can expect to receive exclusive travel amenities ranging from discounts, shipboard credits, cruise escorts, spa credits, airport transfers, complimentary shore experiences, cocktail parties and gifts.”

The partnership will provide clients of Classic Cruise and Tours with a number of exclusive travel perks and services, many of which are only available from a Cruise & Travel Experts affiliated agency.