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.

Walk, Snowshoe & Beat the Winter Blues with Live Well Watertown

Live Well Watertown announced a slate of winter activities, including a walking group, snowshoeing, beating the winter blues and the annual Soup Fest. The group sent out the following details:

Get a jumpstart on your 2020 goals & enroll in one of our FREE Winter Wellness Programs, in collaboration with the Watertown Free Public Library! 

Circle Walking

(new class series)

January 8 through February 26Wednesdays, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.Watertown Public Library, Savings Bank Room

The Wednesday Walks are moving indoors for the winter months! Circle Walking is a Chinese martial art and meditation in motion that can help reduce stress and improve balance. It is easy to learn and focuses on movement changes while walking around the edge of a circle in various stances. This class is suitable for all ages and a great way to get moving during the colder months!NOTE: By registering for this event, you are committing to attend eight (8) Wednesday sessions of this class. Register  HERE. Email address required to register online.If you do not have an email address, visit or call the WFPL Reference Desk to register (617-972-6436).

See the MBTA Schedules for New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day

An MBTA bus in Watertown. The MBTA will be running special service on New Year’s Eve, including free service in the evening. Find out more details below. The following information came from the MBTA:

New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 2019

Fares will not be collected after 8 p.m.

All modes will run on a weekday schedule. 

Subway will have additional, late-night service.

Residents Invited to Free Training to be a Small Group Dialogue Facilitator

The following information was provided by Watertown Community Conversation:

Watertown Community Conversations will host facilitator training For small group dialogue. New and experienced facilitators are welcome. There is no cost for this 2-session training, but space is limited If you are interested in attending, please send an email by Friday, Jan. 10 to wcc@watertownconversations.org

Become part of Watertown Community Conversations cadre of facilitators who can facilitate small group community dialogue. In this training you will learn:

The purpose and methods of community dialogue The role of facilitators in strengthening public discussionsSkills to facilitate small group conversations around our community

When: Friday, Jan.

Ice Skate on New Year’s Day, Help the Watertown Food Pantry

Join a Watertown New Year’s Day tradition by skating at John A. Ryan Arena and help the Watertown Food Pantry. The New Year’s Day Family Skate will be from 2-4 p.m. on Jan. 1, 2020. The event is organized by the Venezia family, and donations will be collected to support the Watertown Food Pantry. Skate rentals will be free that day.

Small Saves Goes to the Doctor

Cartoon by James DeMarco

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.”

OBIT: Gertrude Broderick, 93, Retired School Administrator

Gertrude Broderick

A Funeral Mass for Gertrude Catherine (Creedon) Broderick will be celebrated on Monday December 30, 2019 in the Church of Saint Patrick – Watertown at 12:30 p.m.

Mrs. Broderick, a daughter of the late William J. and Gertrude C. (Boylen) Broderick, passed away at the Meadow Green Nursing Facility, Waltham, on Christmas Eve, December 24 after many years of declining health. She was 93. Gertrude was born in Boston and graduated from Girls Latin School, Boston. She went on to graduate from Emmanuel College, class of 1948 and received her Master of Arts in Teaching from Harvard/Radcliffe in 1949. She taught at Newton High School and became the Principal of Newton South until 1968.

Jobs Available for 2020 U.S. Census Workers

The 2020 Census is approaching, and there are job opportunities available. The Census Bureau needs thousands of temporary employees to help complete the count. State Sen. Will Brownsberger, who represents Watertown, provided information for those seeking work with the Census. “Massachusetts needs 54,000 applicants for 2020 Census efforts, but only has received about 17,000 applications so far. Census takers must be hired from all communities across the Commonwealth to ensure a complete count,” Brownsberger wrote on his website.