Banners in Watertown Square Feature Student Artwork, Tell Tales of Migration

One of the banners now hanging in Watertown Square. This one features the artwork of Hosmer School students and show their families’ migration story. The following information was provided by the creators of the Watertown Square Banners Project:

The next time you travel through Watertown Square take a few minutesto admire the colorful new banners hanging on poles throughout the square. They were the brainstorm of local graphic designer Carole Katz and feature works developed by students from the Hosmer School and the Watertown Middle School. Driving through the square one day Katz decided the square needed some colorful banners to replace the current historical banners (that she designed) that have been hanging for several years now.

Town Council Approves Lights for Fields at Filippello Park

Filippello Park’s two athletic fields, picnic area, playground and more draw lots of visitors. The biggest park on the Eastside of Watertown will receive new lighting at its two athletic fields after the Town Council approved funding for a project that has been in the works for more than a year. The $1.3 million project at Filippello Park replaces the lights on seven poles at the Grove Street Field with LED lights, and adds four poles with LED lighting at the Arlington Street Field, mostly used for soccer. The project also replaces the scoreboard at the Grove Street Field, which is used for softball and soccer, and replaces the backstop and infield fencing at that field. One of the impetuses for the project was the lack of lit field space in Town.

Town Council Discussing Filippello Park Lighting Tuesday, See How to Watch & Participate

The Town Council will likely vote Tuesday on the proposed lighting project at Filippello Park. The plan calls for installing new lights at the field near Arlington Street (on the left), and replacing the lights on the Grove Street Field (in the middle of the map, marked “Softball” and “Soccer”). The Town Council will meet virtually Tuesday night at 7 p.m. and are scheduled to have a public hearing and vote on the lighting project at Filippello Park. The Recreation Department has proposed putting up new lights at the Arlington Street Field at the park on the Eastside of town, and replace the lights at the softball field closer to the Grove Street side of the park. A new scoreboard will also be installed.

Nine Watertown High School Athletes Named Winter Middlesex League All-Stars

A belated look at the Watertown High School students who stood out during the winter season. Nine Raiders were selected as Middlesex League All-Stars. Boys Basketball: Devon Breen and Gevork Karapetyan

Girls Basketball: Taylor Lambo

Girls Ice Hockey: Elizabeth Loftus and Margaret Driscoll

Wrestling: Jason Santos and Leah Knipper-Davis

Indoor Track: Kai Landry and Rose Muldrew

Note: the boys ice hockey team did not play in the Middlesex League this year.

Watertown Police Reschedule Finish Strong 5K Road Race

The following announcement was provided by the Watertown Police Department:

Due to the ongoing and rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, we have rescheduled our annual 5k Finish Strong Road Race to Sunday, September 27, 2020. We are looking forward to once again commemorating the resiliency of the Watertown Community by running, walking, and celebrating together after overcoming yet another challenging situation. Please remember to stay healthy, stay home, and stay tuned to WPD social media for important information and updates.

Boston Marathon Organizers Offering Refunds to Entrants

The organizers of the Boston Marathon announced that refunds will be offered for those who decide not to participate in the rescheduled race in September. The deadline to accept or reject the refund is May 29, 2020. Also, the B.A.A. 5K has been postponed to Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. The following information was provided by the B.A.A.:

The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) has announced that participants in the 2020 Boston Marathon, which was originally scheduled for April 20, 2020 but postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, may elect to receive a refund for entry fees associated with the Boston Marathon.

Watertown Cheerleaders Qualify for State Championships

Watertown High School’s cheerleading team took second place in the Div. 4 North Regionals and qualified for States. Watertown High School’s cheerleaders reached heights that few squads from town have in the past, qualifying for the Winter Cheerleading State Championship. The team had two straight successful competitions and had hoped to continue that momentum with another award-winning performance at States, but on Thursday the MSAA announced the State Championships in Worcester have been cancelled. Two weeks ago, the Raiders took first place at the Shawsheen Invitational two weeks ago, and then finished in second place at the Div.

WHS Girls Basketball Seniors Helped Rebuild the Program

The five graduating seniors on the Watertown High School girls basketball team, from left, Ashley Shaughnessey, Milagros Ortiz, Brianna Williams, Brittany Catsoulis and Annabella Beck. The season ended miles from home for the Watertown High School girls basketball team when they fell at Amesbury in the State Tourney, and suddenly a long journey they had taken together ended. But the four year trek was a successful one. WHS girls basketball head coach Patrick Ferdinand said the end of the season is always hard, and this year’s group of five seniors helped reestablish Watertown as a team to reckon with. When they were sophomores, Watertown only won one game, but they not only qualified for the tournament in their junior and senior years, but won a game each year.