Charles River Food Co-op Marks Firsts, Looking for Locations for Store

Nick Quaranto, president of the Charles River Food Co-op board, updates members at the first annual meeting. (Photo by Charlie Breitrose)

The effort to open a food cooperative in the Watertown area reached some firsts recently, and progress toward opening a store is moving faster than other local co-ops. The Charles River Food Co-op was incorporated in April 2022, with a goal of opening a store primarily serving Watertown, Newton, and Waltham. On Nov. 14, the Charles River Food Co-op held its first annual meeting, and the organization recently held its first board election.

Watertown Church Seeks Singers for Advent & Christmas Choir

Good Shepherd Church choir. The following announcement was provided by Church of the Good Shepherd:

Do you love to sing with others? Do you enjoy singing seasonal church music? If so, you’re warmly invited to join the Advent and Christmas choir at Church of the Good Shepherd. We rehearse every Sunday in Advent at 9 a.m. and then sing at the 10 a.m. service.  This year Advent Sundays are on December 3, 10, 17, and 24.

LETTER: Council to Consider Allowing Short Term Rentals, Resident Opposes Them

For three + years residents have been attending City Council meetings and calling City Councilors to address concerns about allowing short-term rentals (STRs) in our city. STRs are rental periods of 31 days or less in various types of properties. We are grateful that the topic is coming up on the agenda finally, but could the timing be any worse? With the Watertown Square Charrette meetings occurring this next week, the Council meeting is now on Monday, November 27, when typically Council meetings are held on Tuesdays. How many people are going to pay attention to the day change, especially right after a long holiday weekend?

Gore Place Appoints New Executive Director, Succeeds Longtime Head

Photo by Gore PlaceThe mansion at Gore Place, can be seen during the annual Sheepshearing Festival. The following announcement was provided by Gore Place:

Gore Place, the historic house museum and farm in Waltham and Watertown announced on Nov. 20 the selection of Gavin Kleespies as its next Executive Director, effective January 2, 2024. Most recently, Mr. Kleespies served as the Director of Programs at the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) in Boston, Massachusetts. In this role, he specialized in public history programs and won two Leadership in History awards from the American Association of State and Local History.

See How Small Saves Deals with Injuries in This Week’s 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.”

More Than 1,100 Take Part in 2023 Donohue’s Turkey Trot – See Photos!

A runner wearing a turkey balloon runs down Nichols Avenue in the Donohue’s Turkey Trot 2023. (Photo by Charlie Breitrose)

People donning turkey hats, turkey balloons, even turkey costumes took to the streets of Watertown early on Thanksgiving day for the 2023 Donohue’s Turkey Trot. The runners sprint off the line at the start of the 2023 Donohue’s Turkey Trot. (Photo by Charlie Breitrose)

More than 1,100 people took part in the 18th annual 5K run and walk. Money raised by the event is donated to the Watertown Boy & Girls Club.

Watertown Church Co-Sponsoring Virtual Interfaith Reparation Gathering

Church of the Good Shepherd. The following announcement was provided by the Church of the Good Shepherd:

On Sunday, Dec. 3, 2-4 PM, The Reparations Interfaith Coalition will host Call to Repair: Justice, Healing and Reparations in Massachusetts. This virtual Interfaith Reparations Gathering will bring together organizations, communities and congregations across Massachusetts to discuss how the reparations movement is progressing locally and how we can move it forward. At this event national and local Black leaders in the reparations movement will explain why reparations are not a transaction but rather a spiritual and ethical practice.