Newton Public Discovers a Star, Guilherme (Gilly) Assuncao!

The story of  Guilherme (Gilly) Assuncao is a magical story of a grocery store employee whose talent is discovered. With four months of the public recognition of his astounding singing talent, Gilly is on his way to Berkley School of Music on scholarship yet! Read the story on

I was there and I have been following Gilly and his career with eager anticipation. See the original video I took last December at Russo’s in Watertown. Follow Gilly on Facebook!

Navigating around the store can be a little precarious especially during the holiday season yet there is something I love about the community experience. Rushing to get my groceries at Russo’s in Watertown, I heard a beautiful voice from outside. Rushed over leaving my cart to find a man singing, Guilherme Assunção, a Russo’s employee. Many stopped what they were doing and listened in awe! This was an extraordinary moment, a gift, a lesson for every day life.

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Janet Porcaro, a realtor who stumbled upon Assuncao singing while shopping Saturday, said the performance took her breath away. Boston Globe

Janet Porcaro, a real estate agent who stumbled upon Assuncao singing while shopping Saturday, said the performance took her breath away.

“I heard the music and I thought, ‘That seems louder than just a record,'” she said. “And then I walked in and I could hear this incredible voice. I left my cart and left my bag, and people were circling around. Everybody just stopped. It was just so beautiful.”

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560 Pleasant Street
Watertown, MA 02472-2408
(617) 923-1500

A visit to Russo’s Market is a treat where you will find produce from all over the world, a fantastic representation of global agriculture. Beautiful colors and aroma’s from the food, the flowers, and  the bakery or prepared food department. You may also enjoy great people watching.

Asparagus at Russo's

Produce at Russo's




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I am a Realtor with Keller Williams Realty in Chestnut Hill, and a wife, mother, #adoringgrandmother, and a #secretgeek. I have helped people buy and sell homes in Greater Boston neighborhoods for over 13 years and counting. As native Bostonian, I am experienced in the local real estate market and the neighborhoods. I have won multiple awards including 2012 Good Neighbor Award from the Greater Boston Association of Realtors and the 2013 Keeper of the Culture Service Award from Keller Williams Chestnut Hill Market Center. Part of staying engaged with my community, I help run, a volunteer website that promotes community events in Newton. Real estate is local, community is the thread of social fabric.