Family & Friends Celebrate Memory of Girl Who Built Strong Friendships, Inspired People in Her Lifetime

Charlie BreitroseFriends of Lora Karaguesian sit on the Buddy Bench at Hosmer School dedicated in her memory. Watertown’s Lora Karaguesian’s life was cut short, but in her 11 years she made many close friendships and lasting memories. Recently, her family and friends gathered to remember her big smile and bright personality, and leave a lasting memorial at her old elementary school. On Sept. 18, a bench with a plaque in Lora’s memory was dedicated by more than 30 family members and friends.

The Faire on the Square is Back! New Additions Include Line Dancing, Mini Golf, Karaoke

Charlie BreitroseChildren will have many fun activities to choose from at the 2021 Faire on the Square. After a year off due to the pandemic, the Watertown Faire on the Square is back in 2021 with some new activities, new performers along with some favorites from previous editions. The Faire takes place Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 from 11 a.m. 4 p.m. at Saltonstall Park (next to Town Hall, 149 Main St., Watertown). There is no cost to attend, but there will be many food vendors, booths and others with items for sale.

The End of An Era: Russo’s Closes for the Last Time, Thanks for the Memories

Charlie BreitroseShoppers enjoyed the last days of Russo’s before it closed for good on Sept. 18. Several years ago, when my wife and I had dinner with some of our friends, we discussed one of the hypothetical situations: would you want to know that you are about to eat the best meal in your life, with the catch that no other meal would ever rise to that level. That question came to mind for me recently as I realized that the last days of Russo’s market were approaching. Tucked away on one end of town, I used to think of the store as one of those hidden gems that make Watertown so special.

New Cafe in Watertown Square Serves Coffee from Local Roasters, A Variety of Teas and House Made Baked Goods

Coffee and tea lovers have a new option in Watertown, O’Some Cafe, where you can also grab a freshly baked treat. Owner Ricci Cheng has turned a former vape shop into a cafe right in Watertown Square (100 Main St.) across from the Fire Station. O’Some Cafe opened in mid-August. Before that, Cheng worked at Cupcake City in Reading for about five years. She moved the the United States from Hong Kong a dozen years ago.

New School Director Begins Work to Make Watertown Schools More Equitable and Inclusive

Dr. Kimberlee Henry, the Watertown Public School’s Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. In her first few months in the Watertown Public Schools, the new Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has met with a wide range of people in town to become familiar with the school district and the community, and to build relationships with other departments and organizations in Watertown. The district created the new position in response to reports of students who had experienced racial bias and/or bullying in the Watertown Schools. One such incident was reported on by a local TV news station. The Watertown Schools have hired an outside group to conduct an equity audit, and hired Dr. Kimberlee Henry as the first Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.