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October 2020
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Connie Braceland
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October 2020

Hello Everyone!

A very happy October to you!

I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe!

The weather has been outstanding, and I hope you are able to take advantage of it, and enjoy the outdoors.

Even if it is simply sitting on your porch or backyard, the sun feels glorious!

Our photo contest ended October 16th -- so results are coming next month, in time for our Birthday! Yes, Club 50's 25th Anniversary!

At our last virtual Advisory Board meeting, we decided to put together a Club 50 Cookbook, to celebrate our 25 years of being a Club!  So look through your files, and dig out that favorite recipe!  I imagine many of you have your recipes in your head.

Well now is the perfect time to write them down, so they can be enjoyed for generations to come!

On another note, as I am sure it will be of no surprise, we will NOT be hosting our annual, wonderful, fabulous Holiday Parties. We are so disappointed here at the Bank, and I know all of you are too.  But keeping you safe is our top priority, and that is what we will do.

So because you can’t come to the party, we are going to bring the party to you!

Stay tuned for details of what we are planning for our “Virtual Holiday Event!”

Keep the faith, and hope that a vaccine will be available next year, and that we will see each other again, soon!

Until we can be “On The Road Again,” be well.


WSB is the #1 Community Bank in the Region!
Thanks to You!

from the Watertown Savings Bank website
October 10, 2020

Watertown Savings Bank is pleased to announce that we have won in multiple categories in Wicked Local’s Annual Readers Choice Awards.

WSB has been voted as the Regional Gold Favorite for the eleventh year in a row. The Metro 2 and NW-1 regions represent 14 towns, including all five towns where WSB branches are located. WSB has been voted the Number One Community Bank in Arlington, Belmont, Lexington, Waltham, and Watertown once again.

Readers Choice Awards is an annual contest that invites readers of Gatehouse Media and Wicked Local newspapers, to vote for their favorite local businesses in a variety of categories.

“This is a great accomplishment of which we are particularly proud,” said Bank President & CEO Brett Dean. “We appreciate the recognition from the Wicked Local readers and do not take this honor for granted; and we thank our employees who put forth a great effort each day to make it happen.”

Voting in the Annual Readers Choice Awards takes place in January and February each year by visiting
Recent Scams Targeting the Community
Head to the Watertown Savings Bank website for Updates
The new coronavirus outbreak has definitely been a new avenue for scammer's to take. At WSB, we want to make sure you are up to date on what is happening in your community. Please visit the Watertown Savings Bank Website for updated information.

As reported by the BBB (Better Business Bureau), here is the newest wave of attempts to catch people off guard:

Celebrating our 25th Anniversary, November 1st!
Club 50 is celebrating a huge milestone next month, on November 1st! 25 Years!

At the beginning of the year, we had big plans...but to keep everyone safe and healthy, we have decided to make NEW plans to celebrate with you!

Please check the coming newsletter and the Watertown Savings Bank website for more information. We will be releasing a NEW logo, as well as the Top 3 winners of our Photo Contest!

Thank you again for being the great group that you make our jobs the best jobs in the world! We miss you so very much. And we look forward to celebrating with you when things are "back to normal."

All the best,
Connie & Arielle
Meet the Club 50 Advisory Board!
More details to come next month! Say hello to our newest Club 50 Advisory Board!
These members are a great contact to have, and have a lot of experience with travelling and with Club 50!

Ann Samarjian
Deborah Whitehead

Regina Pacitti
Jim Lauria
Sal Tulipano
Timothy Braceland 
NEW! Submit a Recipe to be a part of our 25th Anniversary Cook Book!
Enter for a Chance to Win!

Club 50 is seeking entries from our members in an effort to publish a collaborative cookbook, to commemorate our 25th Anniversary!

Deadline: Open from now, into 2021! We know your inspirations change as the seasons change!
Submissions: Enter up to a total of 3 recipes! Ideally we are looking for an Appetizer/Side Dish, an Entree, and a Dessert/Sweets.

Every entry entered into a raffle! Enter to win some great prizes!

We thought this would be a really fun way to showcase some of your favorite foods (and your talents)! It feels really personal, and really reminiscent of all the times we have shared a great meal together.

Every Winter season I find myself getting creative in the kitchen, to beat the cold. This past week, I made my first ever Shephard's Pie with ground turkey meat! We managed to maintain that really great savory flavor (pictured above).

Please submit an original recipe! Although we know there are 100s of variations on dishes out there, we want YOUR variation. Something that you made to your tastes. For instance, I love making cranberry apple pie every season! My twist is that I like to add a little bit of molasses and dried Valencia orange peel to the apple/cranberry mixture. I also make my own pie crust, with unsalted butter and a splash of apple cider vinegar!

For more information on submitting a recipe (or 3!) please visit the forms section of our newsletter.

PS: If anyone knows how to make a great Saganaki dish, please let me know! It was one of my favorite dishes from a trip to Greece.

Club 50 Photo Contest
Submissions Are Closed! Results Coming Soon!


The photos are in! Thank you so much for participating!

We had invited all Club 50 members to celebrate our milestone anniversary by participating in our 25th Anniversary Photo Contest! And it was a success! We are so excited to share them with you.

We will be having our employees vote anonymously on the photos, and the photos will stay anonymous as they pick their Top 3.

Again, we are so excited to be celebrating this milestone with you, all of you who have made our days together so much fun!

While you're at it -- submit a recipe, too! Details above and in the forms section of our newsletter!
The Watertown Mall's Scarecrow Contest
Now on Display and Open for Voting! From Oct 16-31st.

From the Watertown MA News website.

The Watertown Mall is hosting their 29th Annual Scarecrow Contest!

During this difficult time of social distancing as we look for fun things to do, this is a great way to get ready for the Halloween season, show off creativity, get involved in your community and even advertise and promote your business! The scarecrows will be on display from October 16th through October 31st, 2020. During this time, shoppers will be able to vote for their favorite scarecrow & entrants will be eligible for great prizes.

Commander’s Mansion Seeks Businesses to Create Halloween Fun for Lil Monstah Joyride
A Socially-Distanced Alternative to the Usual Halloween Activities!

With Halloween coming up, the Commander’s Mansion will get once again get in the spirit. This year they will have the Lil’ Monstah Joyride — a drive-by Halloween celebration.

The Commander’s Mansion, the historic home owned by the Town of Watertown, and the Town of Watertown will team up for the no-contact event.

They area seeking local businesses to join in the fun and take on one of the scenes for Watertown families to drive through during the Oct. 24 event. Each sponsor will get a plot in the Watertown Arsenal area to create a spooky scene.

For more information call the Commander’s Mansion at 617-926-7755 or email
Annuities and Retirement Planning

You may have heard that IRAs and employer-sponsored plans [e.g., 401(k)s] are the best ways to invest for retirement. That's true for many people, but what if you've maxed out your contributions to those accounts and want to save more?...

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Reminiscing this Fall

Do you remember October 2019? We were in close quarters together, warming up with some friends, from the cold weather outside. And to top it off, we had live music from an Oktoberfest band!

Watertown Seeks Vets for Veterans Day Interview Series

The following information was provided by the Watertown Veterans’ Services Department:

Out of an abundance of caution, and in observance with existing COVID-19 safety measures, Watertown must make changes to their traditional Veterans’ Day Observance.

In keeping with the digital trends, the Veterans’ Services Department is looking to speak with residents of Watertown who would like participate in a Veterans’ Day Interview series: preference will be given to families with multi-generational military service (families with at least two Veterans). The goal is to speak about themes that may have led to a family’s continued military service.

Interested participants should contact Veterans’ Services Officer Patrick George at the following methods: Office (617-972-4614) Cell (781-645-9127) or email (
Early Voting for Massachusetts

Voting Early to Avoid the Crowds:

The IN-PERSON early voting period runs from Saturday, October 17th to Friday, October 30th 2020. Hours and dates may vary based on where you live!

To check where your polling location is, you can simply Google "where is my polling location Massachusetts" and the top result should be "My Election Info: Search" on the Secretary of State's website. From there, you can enter your information and find our where you are expected to vote, if you are registered, and if your mail-in-ballot has been accepted.

Stay updated on your local election dates for Early Voting! Beat the crowds!

Voting By Mail:

Voter Registration and Vote by Mail Applications:
Many Massachusetts residents are receiving or have received vote-by-mail applications for the 2020 Presidential Primary. If you are not currently registered to vote, you would not have received a vote-by-mail application. However, you can download and print your own application!

How To Download the Vote-by-Mail Application:
1. Google "Vote by mail Massachusetts" and this should bring you to a results page, which should look like this:

2. Click on the "mail ballot application" to view the PDF form that you can download and print.
 If you need to register to vote, and you also want to apply to vote by mail, you can mail in both forms at the same time. 

How to Download the Voter Registration Form OR Register to Vote Online:
1. Google "Register to Vote by mail Massachusetts" and this should bring you to a results page, which should look like this:

2. If you want to update your Voter Registration by mail, click on the "Massachusetts voter registration form" and it will bring you to a PDF that you can download and print. If you want to update your Voter Registration online, click on the "online voter registration" and it will bring you to the Secretary of State's website, where it will walk you through the registration process online. If you need to register to vote, and you also want to apply to vote by mail, you can mail in both forms at the same time. 

Deadline for the November General Election:
Your application for a vote-by-mail ballot for the November general election must be received by 5:00pm on Wednesday, October 28th. It is recommended to send this application as soon as possible! Once again, you can find this in the Forms section of our newsletter. Remember that this deadline is "received by" and not "postmarked by," so it is important you send it in about 2 weeks prior to the deadline. If you are running short on time, you can deliver your application in person to the local election office at your town or city hall.

Take note that the U.S. Postal Service recommends you allow at least a week for application to get to your local election office, a week for your ballot to be delivered to you, and a week for your completed ballot to get from you, back to your local election office.

Who Pays for Postage?
Once you receive your ballot, the package already has a return envelope addressed to your local election office that is already paid for. So, all you need to do is fill it out and drop it in the mail! Federal funds will cover the cost of postage for ballots!

Massachusetts organization looking for full-time puppy raisers!

by Frank O'Laughlin for 7 News

PRINCETON, MASS. (WHDH) - A Massachusetts-based organization announced Tuesday that it is recruiting volunteer full-time puppy raisers to help train future service dogs.

NEADS World Class Service Dogs, of Princeton, is looking for puppy raisers in Massachusetts, southern New Hampshire, and Rhode Island due to a growing demand for service dogs amid the coronavirus pandemic, officials said in a news release.

Puppy raiser candidates must be willing and able to do the following:

  • Take Service Dogs in Training into their homes and look after them for 12 to 16 months, working on critical socialization and basic obedience
  • Physically manage a young and energetic dog
  • Attend one weekly training session with a NEADS trainer. Classes are held virtually, at the NEADS campus and at locations mutually convenient to the Raisers and Trainers
  • Care for the NEADS dog 24 hours a day, seven days a week, providing a safe, healthy and loving environment (NEADS dogs can only be left alone for a maximum of two hours at a time as puppies and no longer than three to four hours as they get older)
  • Provide daily training, socialization and physical exercising
  • Handle the puppy and teach them crate training, house training and other appropriate behaviors in the home
  • Be financially responsible for certain supplies, namely a crate, chew toys, dog bowls, appropriate training toys and a long leash line; NEADS provides all food and medical care
“While we realize the commitment that we ask our Full-Time Puppy Raisers to make is a major one, we also cannot reinforce enough how meaningful this process is for the Raisers,” NEADS CEO Gerry DeRoche said. “Our volunteers have the once-in-a-lifetime experience (or hopefully more!) of preparing these amazing dogs for a career of helping others with disabilities, including those who are deaf or physically disabled, children who have autism, or veterans who have PTSD; or providing therapeutic assistance in a variety of professional settings. And the added stressors and isolation created by the COVID-19 pandemic has made the need for our highly-trained service dogs more critical than ever before.”

Ideal candidates to become a puppy raiser range from families to couples to retirees, but need to devote time, energy, and love to successfully socialize and train the dogs.

Socializing consists of following outlined field trip levels to expose the dog to everyday life in public settings, including malls, restaurants, and grocery stores to familiarize with various sounds, sights, and people, according to NEADS.
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