Cyclist Falls Off Bike in Watertown Square, Backs Up Traffic

A man fell off his bicycle on Mt. Auburn Street near Watertown Square Saturday evening, causing traffic delays in the area. The cyclist appeared to have suffered minor injuries, and was taken to hospital by an ambulance, according to a witness. Another witness said the man fell without being touched by another vehicle. He also was described as acting strangely, possibly intoxicated.

Watertown Recreation Hosting Trip to Water Park

The Watertown Recreation Department will be taking children to the Water Wizz park on Thursday, Aug. 1. The water park in East Wareham features rides such as the Hurricane Hill, Harpoon Lagoon, Pirates Plunge and Herring River Run. Children must be at least 9 years old and be able to swim. The trip costs $30 for Watertown residents and will leave Victory Field at 9 a.m. and return there at 5 p.m.

Registration is required and will be one a first-come, first-serve basis.

Small Saves Cartoon: Beach Day

James DeMarco grew up in Watertown and became a goaltender at age 5. It’s his life’s passion to stand between the pipes and keep the puck out of the net. Combining this with the love of cartooning, Small Saves emerged in 1991 and took on a life of his own. “To play goal–then come home and draw Small Saves — is my ideal definition of a good day.”

Community Preservation Committee Looks to Get Process Rolling

The committee chosen to oversee the money raised by the Community Preservation Act in Watertown will be hiring a consultant and a part-time coordinator to educate the public and help figure out how the money will be distributed. Watertown voters approved the CPA in November 2016, and the property tax surcharge brings in about $2 million a year, plus the state will chip in matching funds (19 percent in Fiscal Year 2019). The money can be used on a variety projects, but they must relate to at least one of three areas: affordable housing, open space/recreation or historic preservation. At least 10 percent of the funds must be spent on, or saved in a fund for, each of the three areas. Elodia Thomas, chair of the Community Preservation Committee, said that she hopes that residents will become excited about the possibilities for the Community Preservation Act funds.

Busy Weekend of Open Houses in Watertown

See all the properties hosting open houses around Watertown. $429,000 – 61 Lexington St., 6 room, 1 bedroom, 1 full bathroom, single-family home, Open Houses: Saturday 10-12 Sunday 12-1

$589,900 – 2 Angela Lane Unit 2, 5 room, 2 bedroom, 2 full & 1 half bathroom, Townhouse condo/townhouse, Open House: Sunday 12-2

$699,000 – 52 Gleason, 7 room, 4 bedroom, 1 full bathroom, Cape single-family home, Open Houses: Saturday 11-2 Sunday 11-2

$749,900 – 56 Bartlett St. Unit 56, 7 room, 3 bedroom, 2 full & 1 half bathroom, Townhouse condo/townhouse, Open House: Saturday 1-3

$799,000 – 37 Bates Road Unit 37, 7 room, 3 bedroom, 2 full & 1 half bathroom, Townhouse condo/townhouse, Open House: Saturday 11:30-1

$719,000 – 31 Harrington St. Unit 31, 6 room, 3 bedroom, 3 full & 1 half bathroom, Townhouse condo/townhouse, Open House: Saturday 11-1

$369,000 – 5 Repton Cir. Unit 5405, 2 room, 1 bedroom, 1 full bathroom, Mid-Rise condo/townhouse, Open Houses: Saturday 11-12:30 Sunday 12-2

$589,000 – 23 Boyd Unit 1, 5 room, 3 bedroom, 1 full & 1 half bathroom, Half-Duplex condo/townhouse, Open Houses: Saturday 11:30-1 Sunday 11:30-1

$649,000 – 23 Boyd Unit 2, 6 room, 3 bedroom, 2 full bathroom, Half-Duplex condo/townhouse, Open Houses: Saturday 11:30-1 Sunday 11:30-1

$679,000 – 44 Gilbert, 6 room, 3 bedroom, 1 full & 1 half bathroom, Colonial single-family home, Open Houses: Saturday 1:30-3 Sunday 1:30-1

$660,000 – 55 Buick St., 7 room, 3 bedroom, 1 full & 1 half bathroom, single-family home, Open Houses: Saturday 11-12:30 Sunday 1:30-3

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$569,900 – 7 Yukon Ave., 7 room, 4 bedroom, 2 full bathroom, Colonial single-family home, Open Houses: Saturday 1:30-3 Sunday 1:30-3

$835,000 – 9 Chandler St.

Design of Watertown’s Elementary Schools Taking Shape

A view of the approved addition to Lowell School, seen on the right, which has tall windows, including on the corners. The designs of Watertown’s three elementary school projects solidified Wednesday night, with the School Building Committee selecting its preferred options for Lowell School, and they got previews of the two new schools at Hosmer and Cunniff. While the Hosmer and Cunniff schools will get brand new schools, Lowell School will undergo a major renovation, plus a large addition will be made to the east side of the building. This area will include the library/media center. The look of the addition to the Lowell School was the big sticking point at the Committee’s previous meeting, with members splitting evenly over the two choices.

Police Looking to ID Suspect Seen Looking into Watertown Home

The young man suspected of peering into the backdoor of a Watertown home. He was chased by the homeowners, whom he threatened. Watertown Police seek a suspect who was spotted looking into the back door of a home on Edward Road, and was chased to a nearby store. On July 18, 2019 at about 3:30 p.m., a resident pulled into his driveway and saw a young man standing at his backdoor. The resident yelled at the suspect, who jumped about 6 feet off the back step.

School Committee Gives Superintendent Good Evaluation

Dede Galdston, current assistant superintendent in Billerica, interviewed for the Watertown Superintendent’s job Monday night. Superintendent Dede Galdston received good marks from the School Committee in the evaluation of her second year as the head of the Watertown Public Schools. The School Committee gave Galdston ratings of “proficient” across the board for her overall rating from the seven School Committee members. The ratings required by the state have four levels, from “unsatisfactory” to “exemplary” with proficient second highest. Galdston was also measured on how well she met the six goals agreed to by the School Committee and herself earlier this year.