Sen. Brownsberger Hosts Discussion on the Future of Energy, Environmental Policy

The following announcement was provided by Sen. Will Brownsberger’s office:

Senator Will Brownsberger will host – alongside Senator Michael Barrett (D-Lexington), Transportation for Massachusetts‘ Executive Director Chris Dempsey, and the Environmental League of Massachusetts‘ Legislative Director Casey Bowers – a town hall discussion on the future of energy and environmental policy in Massachusetts. WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 8 from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Watertown Free Public Library, 123 Main St., Watertown, MA

This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend to learn more and ask questions. For more information, contact Quinn Diaz at 617-722-1280 or quinn.diaz@masenate.gov

Watertown Car Dealership Collecting Gifts for Toys for Tots Drive

The following information was provided by Toyota of Watertown:

“tis the season for giving”

Please come join our Toyota of Watertown family in our annual Toys for Tots drive, sponsored by the US Marine Corp Reserve. Stop by our Dealership and donate an unwrapped present and bring a smile to a young child’s face. Let’s all take a moment out of our busy lives to make this holiday season a joyful one for all! We are located at 149 Arsenal Street, Watertown MA.

See When the Free Gift Wrapping Station Setting Up at Watertown Mall

The Watertown Mall provided the following information:

Free Gift Wrapping! Join us for a day of complementary gift wrapping at the Watertown Mall courtesy of Antioch Community Church! We will have Antioch Community Church here on Saturday, December 15 from
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Complete all of your holidays needs in one stop! Our wrapping station will be located outside of Carter’s. Let us lend you a helping hand during this busy holiday season!

Town Council Subcommittee Seeks Ideas from Residents on Affordable Housing

The Committee on Human Services will hold its seventh meeting on the topic of Affordable Housing in Watertown on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7:15 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of Town Hall. At the meeting will discuss what the Committee has learned at its previous meetings and what possible programs Watertown might implement. In addition, the Committee is hoping to hear from residents about their thoughts and suggestion on how Watertown can increases its stock of affordable housing. Please consider dropping by Thursday night to share your ideas in an informal setting.

See Who Got Health Watertown Grants from the Community Foundation

The Watertown Community Foundation sent the following announcement:

From indoor gym equipment for Watertown Head Start Program to keep pre-schoolers moving all year long to healthy lunches for vacation camps at the Boys and Girls Club leveling the field for all, The Watertown Community Foundation has announced the recipients of this year’s Healthy Watertown grants.  

“We are THRILLED to have received the Healthy Watertown Grant for the Watertown Boys and Girls Club. We have been hoping to do this initiative for years, and finally we will be able to offer healthy lunches during our vacation camps.” — Mary Kern WBGC

Seniors will have a chance to take Zen Art classes plus attend a summer supper club.  Firefighters will get Mental Health First Aid training through Wayside Youth & Multi Service Center. “Thanks so much for this award. We are very excited to be able to offer MHFA to the firefighters!” — Laura Kurman

Lt. Dan Unsworth will continue to help community members and their families cope with opioid addiction and challenges facing their families with the Free Community Narcan Program. Watertown For All Ages will begin their study on transportation needs for seniors and every senior in town will get a chance to find out how to cook and eat healthy with Seasoned, a new magazine from CHOP CHOP Magazine.

Wartertown Mall Hosting a Variety of Holiday Entertainment This Month

The Watertown Mall provided the following announcement:

The Watertown Mall is proud to present holiday performances by local elementary and high school bands, choral and string groups as well as professional music groups from the Greater Boston area throughout the month of December! The following is an entertainment list for December. Please visit our website at
www.watertown-mall.com for updates on December events and entertainment. Holiday Entertainment Calendar:
December 2 @ 2:00 pm: Neighborhood Children’s Theatre. December 5 @ TBA: Boston University Academy Swamp Cats Jazz Band.

Newton-Wellesley Hosts Discussion on Strategies for Comping with Stress for the Holidays

The following information came from the National Alliance on Mental Illness:

An educational presentation on “Strategies for Coping with Stress for the Holidays” will be presented by Riverside Trauma team member Nanci Ginty Butler in Drucker Auditorium at the Newton Library at 330 Homer Street in Newton 02459, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11.  

While there, you can see the monthly display cases by NAMI Newton Wellesley and Riverside.  This free program is offered by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). There is no NAMI Family Support Group at Newton Wellesley Hospital on Dec.

LETTER: New Federal Rules Threaten Watertown Cable’s Funding, Station Seeks Support

Good Afternoon,

On behalf of WCATV, I am reaching out to you today in regards to a policy proposed by the FCC. This policy will eliminate a major source of funding from Comcast and RCN and could result in Watertown Cable and other community media centers closing their doors in every community across the country. The policy will change the “franchise fee” structure that has been in place since the 1980s, and would allow the cable companies to charge cities for access to historically “in-kind” resources such as cable channels, I-net services, and access to their system to deliver content to people’s homes. The current franchise fee structure is the lifeblood of community media centers across the country and without that funding, it would be nearly impossible for stations to continue the important work they provide for all communities. This would cost our local governments millions of dollars, and would force them to choose whether supporting community media is more valuable than the millions of dollars of lost revenue.