Hatch Maker Space Reopening, Watertown Library Featured in Globe

The following information was provided by the Watertown Library:

Big news for makers: Hatch Makerspace is reopening for appointments next week. Beginning on Monday, August 17, you will have the option to use our sewing machine, vinyl cutter, or laser cutter. Workstations will be cleaned between each use. Review our new safety policies and schedule your appointment here: watertownlib.org/hatchbooking (See more info below)Since we can’t host gatherings at the Library right now, virtual programs continue. We hope to see you online! This week via Zoom, watch and discuss the sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, learn how to assemble wire armature for sculpting, and explore 3D modeling with Fusion 360. A full list of virtual programs for this week is included below.

Developer Defends Watertown After Globe Article Poo Poos Town as Biotech Destination

An illustration of the biotech tower planned for Arsenal Yards. It appeared as part of an ad taken out by Boylston Properties defending Watertown as a biotech destination after a Boston Globe article that said Kendall Square is the place to be. The owners of Arsenal Yards leapt to the defense of Watertown after a Boston Globe published an article about biotech bigwigs snubbing the town as a place to set up business. The Jan. 26 Boston Globe article interviewed biotech execs and investors who said that Cambridge’s Kendall Square remains the place to be.

Prominent Boston Journalists to Discuss the Role of Media in Democracy

A panel of journalists from the Boston Globe, NPR and investigative reporters will be in Watertown to discuss the role of the media in the United States today. 

The April 2 event, called “What is the Role of Media in our Democracy,” is sponsored by Progressive Watertown and will take place from 2-4 p.m. in the Watertown Savings Bank room of the Watertown Library. We will be exploring questions related to the role of Media in light of the political attacks on the media by the President. We will ask questions such as how do we filter distortions in the news and how does the media fight false narratives, etc. David King will be the moderator. He is a  Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at The Harvard Kennedy School and Faculty Chair of the Masters in Public Administration program.

Watertown’s Kennedy Named Field Hockey Player of the Year, 2 Others All-Scholastic

The Boston Globe named Watertown’s Kourtney Kennedy the Div. 2 field hockey player of the year. 

The junior has scored 69 goals and added 66 assists in her career, and helped the Raiders capture their seventh-straight State Championship and set the national record for consecutive games unbeaten (now 160). She has already committed to play field hockey at UConn. The Globe also named senior Ally McCall to their All-Scholastics list. The University of Vermont-bound player ended her career with 29 goals and 21 assists.

Watertown Eatery Featured in Boston Globe’s Cheap Eats

Looking for some take out with an Asian flare, check out one of Watertown’s newest restaurants – Cha Yen Thai Cookery. Located about midway between the Deluxe Town Diner and Sevan Bakery, the eatery opened in Coolidge Square over the summer, and features homestyle Thai cuisine. Cha Yen Thai Cookery and chef Manita Bunnagitkarn made the Boston Globe this week in the Cheap Eats column in the paper’s food section. Bunnagitkarn moved to Boston from Thailand in her teens and attended Johnson & Wales culinary school. The restaurant features a several Thai curries, grilled options, noodle dishes and a wide variety of appetizers.

See Which Watertown Athletes Made the Globe’s All-Stars

Watertown had a successful fall season, and four athletes were honored for their play by the Boston Globe. Boy’s soccer player Rafael DeSouza earned the Div. 3 player of the year from the Boston Globe. In his senior year, DeSouza scored 11 goals and added 12 assists, grabbed the Middlesex MVP award and was named All-New England by the EMSCA. He scored 36 goals and had 26 assists in his career and is a two-time EMass All-Star, according to the Globe.

Watertown Resident Featured in Globe Story on Adventure Racing

Watertown’s Rick Keilty recently spent four days venturing through 250 miles of woods in Maine by foot, bicycle and boat. The adventure racer was featured in a story in the Boston Globe. He and his teammate Eric Wyler of Brighton took part in the Untamed New England race near Moosehead Lake. Teams from around the world came out to take on the event, which showcases land preserved by the Boston-based Appalachian Mountain Club’s Maine Woods Initiative. Keilty and Wyler took 30th in the competition.