Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Athena Health workers were told Friday at 5:30 a.m. not to come to work.
Though the news arrived in a 5:30 a.m. phone call, the nearly 1,000 workers at Watertown's Athena Health were likely happy hear that they didn't have to travel into work amidst a lockdown and manhunt last Friday. An article in the Boston Busines Journal notes the electronic health records company put its emergency plan into place when news surfaced of last Friday's shootout with police and subsequent manhunt in Watertown for a Boston Marathon bombing suspect. The majority of the 980 employees at the Watertown office were told around 5:30 a.m. via a "NotiFind" automatic call not to come to the 311 Arsenal St. office and instead work from home. The call was received by all but two employees who already had left for work, and who worked …
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Also this week, home foreclosures went down in 2012, town home to two of top places to work and a woman's wallet was stolen and her credit cards were used.
A Watertown man received a prison sentence of more than three years for stealing more than $1 million from his former employer. Read more here. Watertown ice skater Ross Miner used a quad jump to earn second place in the U.S. Figure Skating Nationals. See more here. Foreclosures were down in Watertown in 2012, but the news is not all good. See more details by clicking here. According to a national survey, Watertown is home to two of the top 150 places to work in America. Find out more by clicking here. A woman found out how quickly someone can use a stolen credit card after leaving her wallet on the counter at Marshall's. See more here.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Also this week, bad week for garbage trucks, MLK Day speaker urges focus on human rights and residents oppose changes proposed for park.
A man walking down Arsenal Street was attacked by two men and his iPhone was stolen. Gov. Patrick stopped by Perkins School for the Blind, where he read from his book to the school's Elder Book Group. Garbage trucks had a bad week around Watertown. First one caught on fire, then another one struck a pole in Watertown Square and caused major traffic problems. Robert Lewis Jr., the keynote speaker at this year's Unity Breakfast on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, asked Watertown residents to think beyond Civil Rights and work to improve Human Rights. Some residents who live near the park behind the new Police Station complained that the park will be ruined by new features planned for the park, including a hard court area.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Also this week, Charles River improvements lack state funds, man tried to pay court fees with counterfeit cash and Eliza Dushku talks about social justice in Uganda.
A man was attacked by two strangers as he walked down Main Street. He told police he did not get a good look at his attackers because they pulled his hood over his head. Developers of proposed condo complex on Pleasant Street must redraw their building. Neighbors oppose the project, and say a redesign won't fix it. Watertown officials want to rejuvinate as section of the bank of the Charles River, but found out that the state would not have the funding this year for the project. They have not given up hope of getting the money, however. A Watertown man found himself in legal hot water at the Brighton Court House when he tried to pay court fees with counterfeit cash. Eliza Dushku and her mother, Judy, will be speaking about social …
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Also this week, Joe Kennedy III marriage suit made in Watertown, road work may be delayed and foreign language could be coming to the elementary schools.
School security has been a priority for the Watertown schools — both before and after the Connecticut school shootings, school officials say. Read more about how the town schools prepare for emergencies. The flu has hit Watertown, and the whole region, hard this year but the town Health Department still has some shots available for those looking to get vaccinated. See how to get your shot here. When Joe Kennedy III walked down the aisle last month, he wore a suit custom made for him in Watertown. See more here. A plan to start road repairs in town by April may have hit a road block. The work may still be able to start earlier than in 2012, when it began in September. Watertown's elementary school students may soon have the chance to …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
The New Year will bring plenty of challenges - old and new - to Watertown. Which on tops your list?
The fiscal cliff was avoided, and we survived the Mayan apocolypse but 2013 will surly have its share of challenges. What is the biggest issue in Watertown for you this year? What will they be? Well, some that appear to be coming down the road include the town budget, development and potential renovation projects. The Budget: The town's finances will likely be a challenging one, as the economy has not bounced back as fast as state officials anticipated. Gov. Patrick already made a mid-year cut. Where will the limited dollars go, or if things get worse, where will they be cut from? Development: Over the past couple years new housing complexes have been built, or approved around town - particularly on the Westside of town. The Waltham …
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Also this week, Watertown skater performs at First Night celebration and man caught trying to steal DVDs.
A worker in a Mt. Auburn Street left her desk for a few minutes and came back to discover that someone stole her Mac laptop. Watertown's Ross Miner will compete at the US Figure Skating Nationals later this month, but he welcomed the new year at the First Night Skating Spectacular on Boston's Frog Pond. A mattress fire at a home on Howard Street was caused by a faulty space heater. Security at Best Buy caught a man trying to steal DVDs from the store. He allegedly put three movies down his pants. Residents can come learn about proposed changes and renovations of Casey Park, including an outdoor street/ice hockey rink and improvements to the little league baseball field.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
The next year promises to have plenty in store for Watertown, here are some things to keep an eye on.
1. You thought election time was over with the end of the presidential race, but 2013 already has some biggies on the card. The annual town election will be held in November, with Town Council and School Committee seats up for the vote. We may have another senate race again soon if John Kerry is confirmed as the next Secretary of State. 2. New construction has begun to spring up in town, particularly along Pleasant Street. This is likely to continue, and the town is in the midst of creating a comprehensive plan to guide the new development. One idea to lure businesses to Watertown is to add more restaurants by increasing the number of alcohol licenses. 3. The budget, the budget, the budget. Government budgets from the federal level to …
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Also this week, company receives big defense contract, man arrested for stealing pickup truck and a mattress fire.
A man working at Victoria's Secret faces larceny charges after running a scam to sell items below cost. Mt. Auburn Street sandwich shop Maximo's Takeout closed its doors, reported blogger Renee Hirschberg. The restaurant had a number of fans, and appeared in local media outlets, including the Boston Phoenix. Watertown-based Arsenal Medical received a multi-million federal contract to develop a product that will help save soldiers suffering internal bleeding on the battlefield. State Police stopped a man suspected of stealing a pickup truck out of the driveway of a Watertown home. He was stopped in Harvard, Mass., and will face charges in Watertown. Watertown Firefighters doused a fire that started on a mattress in the bedroom of a home …
Friday, December 28, 2012
Look through the finalists in the Patch Deck the House Contest and choose your favorite.