Unity Breakfast Features Youthful Voices, Calls for Racial Justice Locally & Nationally

Michael Bobbitt served as Honorary Host of the 2021 Watertown Unity Breakfast. He has been artistic director at New Rep Theatre and will be the executive director of the Mass. Cultural Council. The 2020 Watertown Unity Breakfast had a different feel from years past, with the calls for action to fight for equity and against racism were more urgent and closer to home. The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day event hosted by World in Watertown was held virtually instead of the typical gathering at the Hellenic Cultural Center.

Watertown Back in Yellow COVID Category, Cases Continue to Rise

After moving into the state’s “Red,” or high-risk of COVID-19 transmission, group for a week, Watertown went back into the “Yellow,” or moderate-risk group. The latest Mass. Department of Public Health report (released on Jan. 15), showed that the Town’s positive test rate dropped to 4.91 percent. The previous report had Watertown at 5.14 percent, and any positivity rate over 5 percent for a town of Watertown’s size is one of the thresholds to put it in the Red.

Watertown Group Hosting Community Scavenger Hunt to Celebrate MLK’s Teachings

The following announcement was provided by the Kingian Response Team:

As part of honoring the legacy of Dr. King, the Kingian Response Team is highlighting his six principles of non-violence as a community-wide scavenger hunt. The principles provide a framework for achieving a more just world and guide us to a more “beloved community.” Our goal is to include the wider Watertown community in learning about these principles and in engaging in productive and courageous conversations. There are three sets with each of the six principles displayed on yard signs in different public places throughout Watertown from January 18th through February 21st. The challenge for families and community members will be to find all six – a unique kind of a scavenger hunt! There is also a QR code that provides you with information about the principles and our pledge to “Listen, Learn, Grow and Act,” to end racism in our community, and additional activities for all. Enjoy your walking search and good luck!

Watertown Rec Survivor Series Headed to Casey Park for Some Futsal

Casey Park’s outdoor rink will be used for futsal this week in the Recreation Department’s Survivor Series. The Watertown Recreation Departments is running a series of activities for a range of ages. This week the action moves to Casey Park on Watertown Street. The Watertown Recreation Department sent out the following information:

Look for the next Survivor Series upcoming this week. We are moving locations to our Casey Outdoor Rink for some Futsal.

New Parking Meters in Town Lots Will Take Credit Cards

New parking meters, like this one, will be installed in Watertown’s Municipal Parking Lots. They will accept credit cards as well as coins. The Town of Watertown provided the following announcement:

During the week of January 19-22, installation of new parking meters will begin, replacing all of the existing meters, both on-street and in municipal parking lots—the Watertown Square Municipal Lot and the Wells Avenue Lot in Coolidge Square. Credit cards can now be used to pay for parking. In the near future, mobile payment by cell phone will also be accepted.

Additional Free COVID Testing Times for Watertown Residents

The following announcement was provided by the Town of Watertown:

The Town of Watertown is offering, by appointment only, one – free COVID-19 Test for Watertown residents. Testing is free, does not require a medical referral and you do not need to have COVID-19 symptoms to get tested. Pre-registration is required to receive a test (preregistration details below) and we ask that you only sign up for one test to allow other residents access to testing. Testing will be held inside the Commander’s Mansion 440 Talcott Avenue on the following dates and times:

Tuesday, January 19, 1:00 PM to 7:00 PMWednesday, January 20, 8:00 AM to 2:00 PMTuesday, January 26, 1:00 PM to 7:00 PMWednesday, January 27, 8:00 AM to 2:00 PMTuesday, February 2, 1:00 PM to 7:00 PMWednesday, February 3, 8:00 AM to 2:00 PMTuesday, February 9, 1:00 PM to 7:00 PMWednesday, February 10, 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

In order to obtain an appointment a Watertown resident must pre-register by clicking on the following link: https://proemscovidtesting.as.me/watertown

This is not a drive up test. Watertown residents who have an appointment will enter into the Commander’s Mansion and with the assistance of Pro Ambulance employees will conduct a selfadministering nasal swab (PCR test).

Watertown Musician Uses Pandemic to Record First Solo Album

Watertown’s Daniel Radin recorded his debut solo album, “Good Things” in his home basement. He used the name Lake Saint Daniel for his latest project. Watertown’s Daniel Radin usually spends a lot of time on the road touring with his rock band, but his performance schedule was cut short by the Pandemic. He made the most of his time at home by recording his first solo album. Recently, Radin received a grant from Passim’s Iguana Music Awards to help pay to put out his new album, Good Things, which he put out under the name used for his most recent project — Lake Saint Daniel.

Watertown Citizens Meeting Focuses on What Biden Will Mean for Peace Movement

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

Please join us for the January Monthly Meeting of Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment as we explore the issue of peace and what we can expect from the new Biden Administration. What campaign promises will be easy to fulfill and which ones will not be?  What are the changes of reducing military spending and increasing funds for education, healthcare and the environment? Will the longest war in U.S. history end? Will troops in Iraq, Somalia, and Yeman come home? How will the Palestinians fare under a Biden administration?