Lane Closures on Charles River Road Overnight Through Mid Next Week

The Town of Watertown released the announcement from the Department of Conservation and Recreation:

Starting tonight, Thursday, August 9, 2018, and continuing through Wednesday, August 15, 2018, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will implement some lane closures along Charles River Road in the Town of Watertown from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. to accommodate pavement markings operations. Work is dependent on weather, and is not likely to occur on all seven days. While pavement markings are being placed, some noise will be generated as it is applied to the roadway surface. Traffic patterns will be clearly visible and a police detail will be on site. WHERE: Charles River Road in the Town of Watertown

WHEN: Thursday, August 9, 2018 – Wednesday, August 15, 2018 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

Changes Coming to Charles River Road, Including New Crosswalks, Re-striping of Road

MBTA Closing Alewife Garage Over the Weekend

The MBTA sent out this message about the repairs on the Alewife Garage. NOTE, this story was updated at 4 p.m. on Aug. 10: 
The safety of its customers and employees is the MBTA’s highest priority. Today, the MBTA is announcing that out of an abundance of caution, the Alewife garage will be closed through the weekend to allow for continued repairs and a comprehensive engineering assessment. 
Through ongoing assessments and repair work, additional areas of deteriorated concrete that need to be addressed have been discovered. As such, the garage will be closed over the weekend to address these areas and to expedite the repair plan.

Queue Jump Lanes Added to Mt. Auburn Street in Effort to Improve Bus Service

The following information was provided by the Department of Public Works:

Following days of initial testing, the Town of Watertown has debuted two “queue jump” lanes at School Street and Walnut Street. Queue jump lanes allow buses to move more quickly through intersections by “jumping” to the front of a line of traffic. Bus rapid transit (BRT) systems around the world use queue jump lanes to create a faster and more reliable bus ride and improve overall traffic flow. “Roughly 5,000 bus trips are made each day in Watertown in this corridor, and the Route 71 bus is an important asset to the community,” said Matthew Shuman, Town Engineer for the Town of Watertown. “We also know from research in other places that moving Watertown closer to BRT with queue jump lanes has the potential to speed up the commute for everyone by separating buses from cars at intersections.

Watertown’s Adrianne Faggas Named President of Mass. Funeral Directors Association

The following information was provided by the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association:

Massachusetts Funeral Directors recently installed Adrianne F. Faggas, of Watertown, as president of the association for the 2018-19 term. Adrianne and her brother, George Faggas, are second-generation funeral directors, and Adrianne’s daughter, Nicole M. Faggas, is a third-generation director at Faggas Funeral Home in Watertown. She is the daughter of Nick and Ann Faggas. Nick celebrated his 60th year of licensure at the event. A longtime board member of the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association, Faggas is also a member of the NFDA and an active member of her community.

Watertown Scouts Preparing for First Meeting of the Year

For youth looking to have fun in the outdoors, Troop 30 is holding its first meeting of the year Sept. 6. BSA in Watertown, the Boy Scouts of America program serving youth from Watertown, Allston and Brighton, is for kids in fifth grade through high school. Troop 30 raises funds for its own activities, which includes camping trips, summer camp, winter hikes and earning merit badges in everything from archery to woodcarving. The troop meets Thursday nights, from 7:15 – 8:30 p.m., at 80 Mt.

Family Movie Night This Friday Hosted by the Watertown Police, Recreation Departments

This week’s Family Movie Night, hosted by the Watertown Police & Recreation Departments, features Peter Rabbit. The Town sent out the following announcement:

Please join us… Friday, August 10
6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

The festivities will be held outside in the park at 552 Main St, behind the police station

6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.: Games, Face Painting, Balloons, Popcorn, Pizza, Snow Cone Bus & Refreshments

6:45 p.m.-7:45 p.m.: Live Music Lenka Zbruz
8:15 p.m.: The Movie Peter Rabbit will begin! Watertown Elementary students, bring your friends and family for a night of fun and excitement! Please park in the front lot of the police station!

Watertown Campers Complete Sheriff’s Youth Public Safety Academy

Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian recognized 189 Youth Public Safety Academy (YPSA) cadets from Watertown, Acton, Malden, Maynard and Newton during a graduation ceremony Friday, Aug. 3 at Chelmsford High School. Thirty-five of the graduating cadets were from Watertown. During the course of the week, the cadets participated in team building exercises, learned fire and personal safety skills and enjoyed educational games.  They also spent time with members of the MSO staff and their local police and fire departments. “Year after year, YPSA is one of the most well-received community outreach programs we run,” said Sheriff Koutoujian.  “It’s a great opportunity to build relationships between youngsters, the MSO and our public safety colleagues in fun-filled, educational settings.”

“YPSA is a great program, and a fantastic way to connect our youth and public safety professionals in a safe and positive atmosphere,” said Police Chief Michael Lawn.

LETTER: Resident Supporting Diehl in Massachusetts Senate Race

To the Editor,

Last March the Watertown Republican Town Committee endorsed Geoff Diehl for United States Senate. So I was thrilled to read that our Republican State Committeeman Steve Aylward, is personally endorsing Geoff Diehl. Steve is a longtime respected Watertown resident, who has served community for decades in many capacities. His opinion on these matters should weigh heavy on us as we select our nominee to run against Elizabeth Warren. Geoff has done more for Massachusetts than Senator Warren has done in her time in the Senate.