Sunday, November 25, 2012
Also this week, Watertown Police foil shoplifter, plans for cleaning up former Army site and holiday dinner for veterans.
The Watertown High School football team ended years of frustration by beating archrival Belmont on Thanksgiving Day. Read highlights and see images from the game here. Town Council President Mark Sideris said he wants to take steps to prevent a medical marijuana dispensary from opening in Watertown. Read the story and share your thoughts here. A shoplifter tried to steal sweaters and other items from Marshall's but he was caught by Watertown Police as he fled the Arsenal Mall. See where they caught the suspect. The first details of plans to clean up the former Army site on Greenough Boulevard were unveiled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this week. Plans include creating a new wetland and a recreation area. See more information here…
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Also this week, a Town Councilor wants to have free Wi-Fi for residents, woman arrested for stealing car and the winter parking ban dates have been set.
The Presidential Election drew a huge numbers of Watertown voters. People voted on local races for state representative, state senate and Governor's Council, as well as local non-binding ballot measures. A Watertown man advertised on Craigslist that he would trade drugs to "party with a woman." He was arrested when he gave the drugs to an undercover police officer. Town Councilor Angeline Kounelis suggested that the town start a pilot program to explore offering free Wi-Fi to Watertown residents. What do you think about the idea? Watertown Police tracked down a woman who stole a car from Super Fitness, and used credit cards left inside the vehicle. She was arrested in Allston. The dates of the Watertown winter parking ban were announced…
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Also this week, a thief stole two chalices from a church and the Raiders earn the top seed in the field hockey tournament.
Hurricane Sandy blew into town, causing damage by knocking over trees and taking out power to areas around Watertown. A few hairy moments occured during the storm, including the woman trapped in her apartment as a burning tree leaned on her home. An Allston man refused to leave Old Country Buffet after three hours, even though he had not ordered. Watertown Police were called and placed him under arrest. A thief went into St. James Armenian Church and took two silver chalices from behind the altar. Watertown High School's field hockey team continues to roll over the competition, and finished the regular season undefeated and earned top seed in the Div. 2 North state tournament.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Also this week, Town Council take step to protect Whitney Hill, Watertown's newest liquor store and man upset by price of pizza assaults police.
Sen. Scott Brown brought Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey to Watertown for a campaign stop during his re-election campaign against Democrat Elizabeth Warren. The Jersey governor called Brown a "problem solver." Watertown Police tracked down a couple who stole laptops from Best Buy in Watertown. The couple also is suspected in a string of similar thefts from around the Boston area. A Town Council subcommittee took the first step toward putting extra protection on the land on Whitney Hill. Part of the property is not currently designated park land, but instead belongs to the Department of Public Works. Meet the couple who started Watertown's newest wine and beer store, Arsenal Wine and Spirits. A man upset by the price of a …
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Also this week, a Belmont man faces numerous a car break in charges, and the Licensing Board has questions about a storage shed at Donohue's Bar and Grill.
A school van driver who carried a student from Perkins School for the Blind to his home in Clinton faces kidnapping and drunken driving charges after he showed up hours late to drop the child off. The RMV said he did not have the proper license to drive students due and they denied his application because of a bad driving record and his criminal record. A 4.0 earthquake in Maine shook Watertown and the Boston area. While some felt the shock waves, others missed it completely. Here's why you might have missed it. An alert resident caught a man going through a car and chased him down.Watertown Police believe the suspect was behind numerous break insaround town. The Licensing Board has questions about a storage shed at Donohue's Bar and …
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Also this week, a thief steals a burl from a tree at Mount Auburn Cemetery, a couple steals electronics from Best Buy and Watertown Local First celebrates its first anniversary.
The Town Council welcomed community groups and non-profit organizations when it handed out $50,000 in grants from the Harvard/O'Neil Commmunity Enrichment Fund. A couple of clowns from Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey taught students at Cunniff Elementary School about presidential debates. Watertown Local First, a group that supports locally-owned businesses,celebrated its first anniversary with an event at the Mount Auburn Club. A thief removed a 100-pound burl from the side of a tree in the Mount Auburn Cemetery. This is the second such incident in Watertown this year. A couple was stopped at Best Buy after security spotted them repeatedly going in and out of the store, taking merchandise each time. See what the stole, here.
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Also this week, Gus Bailey was back in Federal Court, the town will save millions in energy costs and a small blaze could have been much worse.
A Watertown man is being hailed as a "genius" for his work developing ways to make bows for string instruments, such as violins and cellos. Benoit Rolland was named one of the 2012 MacArthur Fellowships, known as genius grants. The state lowered the Watertown schools' accountability ranking because one subgroup of students on one test failed to reach the recommended participation rate. Former Town Councilor Gus Bailey was back in Federal Court to change his bail conditions due to an assault charge brought against him by his ex-girlfriend and co-defendant in his drug case. It turns out, however, that the assault charges were dropped in Chelsea District Court. The Town Council approved plan to spend $7 million on nearly 100 projects that …
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Also this week, a firefighter is suing the town for being passed over for promotion, the Faire on the Square and the Superintendent defends the Watertown Schools.
The Town Council learned that Whitney Hill is made up of two parcels - one set aside for a preserve and the other falls under the Department of Public Works. Members said they want to put protection on the whole area. A Watertown man and four others were indicted by a Suffolk County grand jury for allegedly beating a mentally disabled man at a T subway station. A Watertown firefighter claims the town improperly passed him over for promotion, and has filed suit in federal court. Town officials said the case has been going for some time and a commission sided with the town in the case. Superintendent Jean Fitzgerald said she takes exception to a study calling Watertown an unattractive school district, and said the district is attracting …
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Also, Watertown's MCAS scores look better, town continues effort to protect historic home and flower shop gets a new look.
Catch up on the week's top headlines from Watertown Patch: A two-alarm fire destroyed the roof of a two-family home on Madison Avenue, and caused other damage to the house. Watertown Fire officials determined that the blaze was caused by a plumber's torch. See video from the fire here. Lock you car doors, Watertown residents! Police have been searching for a thief who has been targeting cars left unlocked overnight. Fourteen cars were broken ins last week. Watertown students fared better on MCAS exam in 2012, generally, especially when it counts - in the 10th grade. The Watertown Historic District Commission will press on with efforts to make the Orchard House propetrty into a historic district. The decision came after officials from …
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Also this week, bicycle lanes are coming to Main Street, and more.
Parts of the East End of Watertown have had problems with rodents. Police arrested a Watertown man after he allegedly pulled a knife on three men and then followed them into the Ridgelawn Cemetery to confront them again. A large portion of Main Street will be relined to create bicycle lanes. The beginning of the school year had a new feel this year, with no labor dispute and top jobs in the district filled. Watertown officials rededicated Victory Field after the renovation, and marked the National Day of Service and Remembrance in honor of Sept. 11, 2001.