Watertown Native Names New Whiskey After His Hometown & Got a Little Help from His Friends

Drink creator Mikey Bortone named his coconut whiskey after his hometown. (Courtesy of Watertown Whiskey)

Watertown native Mikey Bortone’s eureka moment came when he was enjoying a whiskey, while trying to hydrate at the same time. After perfecting his recipe, and with some help from a couple hometown buddies, Watertown Whiskey has become a reality. The liquor named for his hometown brings together rye whiskey and coconut. It debuted in California, where Bortone now lives, and he plans to bring it to his home state.

Drizzly Day Did Not Dampen the Fun at the 2023 Faire on the Square (See Photos!)

Faire goers check out one of the dozens of exhibitors on the field at Salonstall Park. (Photo by Charlie Breitrose)

Despite forecasts of downpours, hundreds of visitors came out to enjoy the 2023 Faire on the Square on Saturday. Organizers switched to the Rain Plan, which meant that the mechanical rides were cancelled, but the rest of the festivities went on. The live music and a farmers corner set up under some large tents in the parking lot of the Watertown Library. Some small children take a look at the Watertown High School Robotics Team robot.

UPDATED: This Week – Main Street Project WILL NOT be at ZBA, Council Making Multiple Votes, Snow Shoveling Ordinance & More

The latest rendering of the proposed project at 104 Main St. It now has five stories, after previously having half a dozen stories. (Courtesy of O’Connor Management)

(UPDATE: The project at 104 Main St. will not be heard by the Zoning Board of Appeals Wednesday night). The final week of September is a busy one for local government in Watertown, with the project at 104 Main St.

Watertown Receives Federal Grant to Plant Trees Around Town

The City of Watertown has been awarded a 2023 USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry – Inflation Reduction Act Grant for $100,000! The “Tree Planting in the City of Watertown, Massachusetts” grant is to help Watertown assist with new tree planting and focus planting efforts within the communities of Watertown, including Tree Planting & Maintenance, Restoration & Resilience, and Extreme Heat

The city is one of nine municipalities in Massachusetts that received a grant. The other communities in Massachusetts were Boston, Fall River, Haverhill, Holyoke, Lynn, Quincy, Southbridge, and Springfield. See all the cities around the nations to get the grant. Special thanks to Tree Warden Mike Micieli for preparing the successful grant application!

Library’s Collective Memory Project Preserves Watertown’s Past and Present

Courtesy of the Watertown Library

The following piece was provided by the Watertown Free Public Library:

In the fall of 2021, Watertown Free Public Library staff began asking community members to go through their albums, scroll through their phones, and share three personal photographs that represent “you, your family, or your connection to Watertown.” Each photograph was added to the Library’s online local history collection, preserved as a record of the community’s past and present. As of this month, the Watertown Collective Memory Project digital collection is now live on the Library’s website. The collection of 300+ photos and interviews represents two years of community submissions which document the people, events, and culture of Watertown in the last 80 years. “It’s my job to collect, preserve, and provide access to materials reflecting the history of Watertown.” says Watertown’s local history librarian, Caroline Littlewood. “But I can’t do it alone.

Watertown VFW Named Post of the Year in Massachusetts

A trolley from the Veterans Administration carries veterans in Watertown’s 2023 Memorial Day Parade. They trolley was purchased for the VA Hospital in Bedford by Watertown’s VFW Post 1105. (Photo Courtesy of Natalie Nigito Photography)

For the generosity of time and money by the members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1105, the Watertown veteran’s organization received the VFW Post of the Year award. VFW 1105 was chosen for the award from the 150 posts across the Bay State for recognition, said Michael Raymond, the immediate past Commander of the State VFW. He also serves as the Veterans Services Officer in Mansfield.

Artist Speaks About Inspiration for New Mural in Watertown Square During Celebration

Photo by Charlie BreitroseArtists Amir Tabatabaei (right) and Niloufar Keyhani spoke about the mural they created in Watertown Square during a celebration of the artwork. Tuesday night, nearly 100 people came out to celebrate a project by a pair of artists that was inspired by their new home: Watertown. Amir Tabatabaei and Niloufar Keyhani emigrated to Watertown from Iran seven years ago. Tabatabaei had created large murals in Iran, and decided he wanted to contribute one in his new hometown. About a year and a half ago, he reached out to Liz Helfer, Watertown’s Public Arts & Culture Planner, who helped him get in touch with the owners of the CVS building in Watertown Square, where the wall that now bears the mural is located.