Group Advocating for Removal of Watertown Dam Hosting Virtual Meeting

Charlie BreitroseThe Watertown Dam near Watertown Square slows the flow of the Charles River. A group is advocating removing the dam. The following announcement was provided by the Charles River Watershed Association:

The Dam Removal Movement Why Watertown Dam Should Be Next Virtual Event Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, at 7 p.m.

Across Massachusetts, there is a growing movement to remove aging, defunct mill dams and restore free-flowing, climate-resilient rivers. There are numerous benefits and considerations to dam removal, including reinstating migratory fish passage, restoring the ecosystem, and protecting downstream communities from catastrophic flooding.

Watertown-Based Pathfinder International Adds Two Board Members

The following announcement was provided by Pathfinder International:

Pathfinder International is pleased to welcome two new members to its Board of Directors, Daniel Lamaute and Jameela Pedicini. Daniel Lamaute is an entrepreneur with a background in finance, investments, and international development. Jameela Pedicini is the executive director of Climate Finance Initiatives at Bloomberg. Together they bring a fresh perspective to sustainable international investments. In the 1990s, Daniel founded Lamaute Capital, an investment company focused on small and medium-sized enterprises, pioneering in B2B financial platforms, where he served as the CEO for over 15 years.

More Than 1,000 Come Out for 16th Annual Donohue’s Turkey Trot, See Photos from the Race

Charlie BreitroseRunners head off on the 5K course during the 2021 Donohue’s Turkey Trot. More than 1,000 people joined in the 16th annual Donohue’s Bar & Grill Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, an event that raised money for the Watertown Boys & Girls Club. Charlie BreitroseMany of the more than 1,000 participants dressed up for the Donohue’s Turkey Trot. Some serious runners came suited up in their running gear, while others donned turkey headwear or costumes. Charlie BreitroseA hat fitting for the occasion worn by one of the runners.

Toyota of Watertown Hosting Toy Drive to Help Local Children Have Christmas Gifts

Toyota of Watertown announced it will be collecting toys for children during the holidays. The dealership put out the following information:

We have teamed up with the Watertown police department and the Whooley Foundation for our 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. We are collecting donations of new unwrapped toys, gift cards, and monetary donations to assist with 100 different family’s in our community.

Thanksgiving Holiday Road and Air Travel Info from MassDOT

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is reminding members of the public to plan ahead for the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday week, use available technology tools and resources to make informed decisions, and pack essential items such as face coverings that maybe required for certain travel.  

During this holiday season, individuals should be aware that there may be a higher number of travelers on Commonwealth roadways and on public transportation as post-pandemic travel increases. “The Thanksgiving holiday period will be a very busy travel time so members of the public should plan ahead, travel off-peak hours, and consider taking public transportation,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Jamey Tesler. “We want everyone to reach their destinations safely and that means travel at or below the speed limit, drive sober, limit distractions, and be patient knowing that when roadways and public transportation are crowded, trips will simply take longer.”

“We’re excited to welcome passengers back to Logan this holiday season,” said Massport CEO Lisa Wieland. “Travel has changed and we are urging passengers to have some patience and download FlyLogan app. As always, we recommend passengers use HOV modes to get to and from the airport, such as MBTA and Logan Express.”

The High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane on I-93 between Boston and Quincy will extend its hours to be open from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, November 23, and from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, November 24. The HOV lane will be closed on Thursday, November 25, and Friday, November 26, and will resume normal operations on Monday, November 29.  The Sumner Tunnel swing lane will not be deployed on Thursday, November 25, or on Friday, November 26, and will resume normal operations on Monday, November 29.

New Restaurant on Arsenal Street Packs Flavors from Around the Globe into Takeout Dishes

Flavor Boom!Six of the 10 entrees served up at Flavor Boom!, which opened recently on Arsenal Street. A pair of foodies have opened up their own restaurant in Watertown that serves up bold dishes from around the world which are designed to be taken out and enjoyed at home or work. Flavor Boom! began about three months ago in a space in a commercial block on Arsenal Street, and now has a menu with 10 entrees inspired by the cooking of places like China, Spain, Indonesia, France and Thailand. Owner Jim Tao said he came up with about half of the dishes and the others were the creation of his cooking partner Harry Liao, or “Chef Harry.”

Shop Watertown Week Features Special Offers From More Than 25 Stores, Businesses

Starting Nov. 26, you can shop locally and take advantage of special offers from stores, dance studios, restaurants and other businesses during Shop Watertown Week. As of Nov. 22, 27 businesses have joined Shop Watertown. The first such event is sponsored by the Watertown Business Coalition in an effort to promote local businesses during the holiday season, the WBC announcement said.

Visit the Whoville Jubilee and the Watertown Tree Lighting at the Commander’s Mansion

The City of Watertown and its sponsors presents The Whoville Jubilee and Official Watertown Tree Lighting! Come visit the grounds of the Commander’s Mansion for a jolly night of holiday fun on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.! This will be an indoor and outdoor walking experience. Your Whoville Passport will make sure you don’t miss a moment of merrymaking!