Challenges for Town Council Term: School Projects, Charter Review, Development

Local Girl Scouts lead the Pledge of Allegiance during the 2019 Watertown Inauguration at the Mosesian Center for the Arts on Thursday night. The newly inaugurated Town Council has several challenges coming down the road over the next two years, including school building projects, the Town Charter review and the development in town that just keeps going. Town Council President Mark Sideris discussed the issues that will face Watertown in the upcoming Town Council term at Thursday night’s Inauguration Ceremony at the Mosesian Center for the Arts. Town Clerk John Flynn administered the oath of office to Town Council President Mark Sideris; Town Councilors Anthony Donato, Tony Palomba, Caroline Bays, John Gannon, Angeline Kounelis, Lisa Feltner, Vincent Piccirilli and Kenneth Woodland; School Committee members Kendra Foley, Lindsay Mosca and David Stokes; and Library Trustees Sheppard Ferguson and Teddy Kokoros. Coming Challanges

Town Council President Mark Sideris spoke about the priorities for the upcoming Town Council term at Thursday’s inauguration.

Several Open Houses to Visit in Watertown This Week

Check out the properties having open houses in Watertown this week. $679,000 – 6 Belknap Ter., Single Family – Detached Colonial 1,531 Living Area Sq. Ft., 7 Room, 3 Bedroom, 1 Full & 1 Half Bathroom, Open House: Sunday 12-1:30

$995,000 – 36 Church St. Unit 36, Condo – Townhouse, 2,244 Living Area Sq. Ft., 7 Room, 3 Bedroom, 2 Full & 1 Half Bathroom, Open House: Sunday 2:30-4

$995,000 – 30 Church St.

Town Officials Must Decide How to Fill Open Library Trustee Seat

Thursday night, the winners of the 2019 Watertown Election will be sworn in, but there will be one fewer elected official taking the oath following the resignation of one of the Library Trustee winners. Mara Dolan, one of three people elected as a Trustee to the Watertown Free Public Library, informed Watertown Town Clerk John Flynn in December that she will not be serving on the board. “Basically, she took another job in another community and moved outside Watertown,” Flynn said. Dolan could not be reached for comment, but she sent a letter to Flynn, which he received on Dec. 17, 2019.

Christmas Tree Disposal & Styrofoam Recycling Event

With the holidays over, it’s time to take down the tree and get rid of the styrofoam packaging. The Watertown Department of Public Works can help you with both of these tasks. Christmas trees will be picked up from the curbside on your regular trash collection day through the month of January. Please no ornaments or plastic bags. The trees will be chipped.

Community Preservation Committee Invites Public to Interactive Forum

The Community Preservation Committee invites the public to find out more about the Community Preservation Act during an interactive public forum. Attendees can share their ideas to help the CPC plan to spend the CPA funds on affordable housing, open space/recreation, and historic preservation. The event will be held Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020 from 7-9 p.m. at Tufts Health Plan, in the Mt. Auburn Rooms North & South, 705 Mt.

See What’s Opened & Closed on New Year’s Day 2020

See what is open and closed on New Year’s Day. Grocery Stores: Open

Pharmacies: Open

Liquor Stores: Open

Post Offices: Closed

Watertown Library: Closed

Watertown Senior Center: Closed

Town Government Offices: Closed

State Government Offices: Closed

Federal Government Offices: Closed

Buses/Subways/Trains: MBTA will operate on a Sunday Schedule on Jan. 1. There will be no ferry service.

Three Watertown Homes Sold This Week

A condo, a townhouse and a Colonial sold this week in Watertown. $717,500 – 35 Elitot St. Unit 35, Condo – 2/3 Family, 1,913 Living Area Sq. Ft., 5 Room, 3 Bedroom, 2 Full & 1 Half Bathroom

$785,000 – 39 Hillside Road Unit 39, Condo – Townhouse, 2,197 Living Area Sq. Ft.