OP-ED: Improving Rail Service Can Reduce Congestion at Rush Hour

The following piece was provided by State Sen. Will Brownsberger, D – Belmont, who also represents Watertown and parts of Boston:

A closer look at recently-reported traffic numbers offers hope that expansions of rail service can make a real difference in rush hour congestion. I was discouraged by two analyses that came out over the summer. MassDOT’s report, Congestion in the Commonwealth, showed that daily vehicle volume dwarfs daily commuter rail ridership along the major radial commuting paths into the core of the Boston area. Around the same time, preliminary results from the Rail Vision model showed that even major expansions of commuter rail service outside 128 would garner ridership increases apparently too small to make a dent in vehicle volume. For example, the Congestion report shows at page 89 that on I-90 (the Massachusetts Turnpike), there are roughly 150,000 vehicles per day as compared to only 18,000 daily riders on the parallel Worcester line.

Final Week of Watertown Farmers Market: See Who Will Be There

The season will end for the Watertown Farmers Market on Wednesday, but there are plenty of vendors to visit and special guests, including the Fire Department, the Watertown Library and a musician. The Watertown Farmers Market sent out the following announcement:

Last Week of the Season – Time to Stock Up!Wednesday, October 9th2:30 – 6:00 PMSaltonstall Park [next to Town Hall, 149 Main St.]Come celebrate the end of the season with us, stock up for the next several weeks, and thank the vendors who make it all happen! Thank you all for coming to the market this year — What a wonderful season. We had some tough weather days and appreciate all who continued to come out and support all of our amazing farmers and vendors. Please join us this week for the last market of the season packed with delicious, local food and Autumn harvests, tunes from Kali-Stoddard Imari, and storage tips available at the market manager’s tent to keep your market haul fresh in the week’s ahead.

Construction at Watertown Library to Impact One Entrance

Watertown Free Public Library

The Watertown Free Public Library announced that the rear entrance will be closed for several weeks due to a construction project. The Library provided the following announcement:

Beginning Tuesday, October 15 the rear entrance of the Watertown Free Public Library will be under construction. The library will remain open regular hours for the duration of the project, but the parking lot entrance will be closed for an estimated six weeks. During that time, patrons can enter the side door on Thaxter Street between the library and Town Hall, or use the Main St. entrance.

South End Restaurant Opening New Location in Watertown

The Gallows and the developers of Arsenal Yards announced that the South End eatery will be opening a new location in the remodeled Arsenal Mall in Watertown. Diners can enjoy modern American cuisine with a French flair in the new location at Arsenal Yards, which will feature a patio dining area. The Gallows is part of a group of restaurants and eateries, that also includes Blackbird Doughnuts, Banyan and Sally’s Sandwiches. The following announcement was provided by Boylston Properties:

Boylston Properties and Wilder proudly announced today that The Gallows restaurant, which has been a popular South End favorite since 2010, will open its second location in Watertown’s Arsenal Yards neighborhood. The 4,000-square-foot space will be The Gallows’ very first hybrid restaurant featuring cult-favorite doughnuts from Blackbird Doughnuts, new food and beverage concepts, and outdoor dining on its patio overlooking Arsenal Park on the Charles River.

Upstage Lung Cancer Presenting Musical Tribute to Disney in Watertown

Members of the cast of A Musical Tribute to Walt Disney (L to R) Paula Markowicz, Michael Hammond, Hildy Grossman, Brian De Lorenzo and Candy O’Terry, image by David Fox. The following announcement was provided by Upstage Lung Cancer:

Kicking off its 11th year utilizing the performing arts to raise awareness in the fight against lung cancer, Upstage Lung Cancer (ULC) presents a one-night-only cabaret concert, A Musical Tribute To Walt Disney: When you Wish Upon A Star, on Tuesday, October 29, 7:30 pm at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown.  The event is open to the public, a pre-concert silent auction begins at 6 pm. Presented in partnership with the LUNGevity Foundation, all proceeds from the performance support the cause of early lung cancer detection research. 

A high-spirited evening of music making and storytelling, A Musical Tribute to Walt Disney honors the imaginative genius who brought all of the joys and fantasies of childhood to life. In 1966, at the age of 65, Walt Disney died of lung cancer. In that year and the many that have followed, millions have watched a Disney movie or the Walt Disney television show, visited Disneyland or Walt Disney World and have brought this icon’s life work into their homes. Few creative individuals have made such a long-lasting and indelible mark on American life and culture.

Watertown Fire Department Teams with Domino’s During Fire Prevention Week

The following announcement was provided by Domino’s:

Watertown Domino’s, located at 111 Arsenal St., and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are teaming up with Watertown Fire Department to promote fire safety during Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 6-12). On Oct. 9 from 5-7 p.m.

Anyone who orders a Domino’s pizza may be randomly selected and surprised at the door when their pizza arrives aboard a fire engine. If the smoke alarms in the home are working, the pizza is free.

What It Would Take For Watertown to Have Net Zero Energy Schools

An example of a solar array canopy with a timber frame in a parking lot. They can be made of other materials, including metal. Architects showed the School Building Committee what it would take to make Watertown’s new elementary schools net zero — so the campus would generate enough energy to cover the electricity used to run the building. Watertown will be building two new elementary schools — at Cunniff and Hosmer — and school officials seek to make them not only green schools, but are looking at possibly making them net zero schools. Wednesday night, architect Scott Dunlap of Ai3 Architects, told the committee overseeing the project that the energy would be generated by photovoltaic (PV) solar panels.