April 20, 2013
Statement from Town Council President Mark Sideris
Spontaneous "Watertown Strong" art at Victory Field on Orchard Street
On belhalf of the entire Town Council, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Watertown Police and Fire Departments for their extraordinary efforts on a very difficult day in Watertown yesterday.
I also want to recognize the Public works Department for their efforts as well.
The efforts of these departments did not get enough recognition during the day yesterday for their, at times, heroic efforts to protect our community and its citizens. I think I speak for everyone when I say they truly made Watertown proud!
I also want to thank the people of our town for listening and following through on the Police Department's request to stay home and keep their doors locked which allowed them to do their work. I am also very proud of all the people that came out last night and were applauding the efforts of all the law enforcement people who also did a great job helping put an end to Monday's tragic events at the Marathon.
I'm glad I live in Watertown.
Town Council President
April 1, 2013 Post
Dear Neighbors and Friends,
Susan and Ernesta Kracakiewicz were guests on Renata von Tscharner's radio program about the Charles RIver, talking about the cleanup of Watertown's GSA site. You Tube link and local screening info will be posted soon.
Susan's next "office hours" will be held on April 5 from 7:30-9 am at the East Watertown Dunkin Donuts, 635 Mount Auburn Street. Come by, have a cup of coffee and share your thoughts and concerns with Susan.
November 3, 2012 Post
Dear Neighbors and Friends,
Matt Damon called yesterday to remind me to Vote for Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday. As though I'd forget! I am very happy, no, make that elated, to have candidates up and down the ballot who I can support with pride. This is no "lesser of two evils" or "hold your nose" kind of election! I hope you agree and will be sure to vote Tuesday.
When you go to the polls, don't overlook the ballot questions which, in addition to the well-publicized questions on medical marijuana and the right-to-die, include the opportunity to support a Constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and establish fair elections; and a request to our state Senator and Representatives to call on Congress and the President to pass a Budget for All that would
- prevent cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Veterans benefits, or to housing, food and unemployment assistance;
- create and protect jobs by investing in manufacturing, schools, housing, renewable energy, transportation and other public services;
- provide new revenues for these purposes and to reduce the long-term federal deficit by closing corporate tax loopholes, ending offshore tax havens, and raising taxes on incomes over $250,000; and
- redirect military spending to these domestic needs by reducing the military budget, ending the war in Afghanistan and bringing U.S. troops home safely now.
It seems hard to believe now but after the election, life will go on. Therefore, I will be holding Office Hours at Tresca's on Church Street, next Friday, November 9, from 8-9:30 am. Come by and let's talk about the election results or discuss any concerns you have about the town.
I'm feeling especially appreciative of town services this week. Hurricane Sandy knocked over a tree that damaged my roof, pretty much blocked my front door, and disconnected the phone line. Fire, Police, and Public Works were there within minutes to assess the safety issues. Between them and a bevy of concerned neighbors, I felt protected and well cared for during the storm. Fortunately, I didn't lose electrical power but I know that not everyone in town was so lucky. If you had an outage i sincerely hope that your service was restored with a bare minimum of disruption and that your neighbors were as kind as mine.
Looking ahead, on November 19, the Army Corps of Engineers is hosting a public meeting at Town Hall at 7 PM to talk about the plans to (finally!) clean up the contaminated land on Greenough Blvd and create a passive recreation area. This is a project I've worked on for years. Finally, someone figured out how to authorize demolishing the crumbling buildings before the land reverts to the state. Come to the meeting and learn the true story of how this came to be!
All the best,
Photos from this year's Faire on the Square
Elizabeth Warren and Susan at the Faire
Susan, Will, Elizabeth, and Richard
Susan and Will Brownsberger
At the September 25 meeting, the Town Council will discuss designating Whitney Hill as a conservation area. Whitney Hill is an 11-acre wooded area behind the Public Works building that is much beloved of bird-lovers and dog-walkers. Placing it under the care and custody of custody of the Conservation Commission will offer a higher level of oversight and protection than it has previously enjoyed. If you've never visited before, you can check it out via entrances on Oliver or Malden Street.
Photos from Town Council Inauguration January 2012
Susan with Town Manager Mike Driscoll, and State Representative Jon Hecht
Susan with Will Pennington
Susan with State Senator Will Brownsberger
Susan with Town Council President, Mark Sideris
THANK YOU FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS
Susan was the highest at-large vote-getter overall and the
top vote getter in every precinct! Thanks
for demonstrating your confidence in Susan’s work by turning out to vote in
such large numbers. Susan is looking
forward to continuing to work with the other incumbent councilors on many issues in the term ahead.