October Drive Collecting Items for Food Pantries in Watertown

Items collected for the Watertown Community Foundation’s food drive in January. The Foundation is organizing another one in the month of October. The Watertown Community Foundation will once again organize a food drive to collect items for the two food pantries in town at a time when donations are typically down. Items are being collected at the Watertown Public Schools, as well as the Watertown Police Station and Watertown Free Public Library and several local businesses. As always, items will also be accepted at the Watertown Food Pantry (80 Mt.

October at the Senior Center: Harvest Party, Dental Screenings & Senior Living Options

Watertown Senior Center

See what’s going on at the Watertown Senior Center in October. Here are highlights from the Watertown Senior News. Greetings from the Director

We look forward to seeing you at the Senior Center this month! We will be learning about the music of Tony Bennet and Peggy Lee, hostng a Flu Clinic, creating a unique Fall centerpiece with Ernie, offering free dental screenings with the Regis College Dental Program, celebrating the season at the annual Harvest Party, and learning about Senior Living op ons. As we welcome a new Fall season, we also welcome two new members to the Council on Aging Board, Tom Lewis and Araxie Poladian.

See Which Issues Concerned People Most in the 2019 Watertown News Poll

Traffic and transportation is the biggest concern, according to the unscientific Watertown News poll given at the 2019 Faire on the Square. Traffic and transportation are the biggest concern, according to a poll of attendees of the 2019 Watertown Faire on the Square, followed closely by development. At the 20th Faire on the Square, 25 people took the Watertown News Poll asking people about “what concerns you most in Watertown today?” People could check as many of the five categories as they wish, and could write in their own issue. The categories were: Schools, Development, Traffic/Transportation, Heroin/Opioids and Property Taxes.

See Photos from the 2019 Watertown Faire on the Square

The sun shines down on the 2019 Faire on the Square, held behind Watertown’s Town Hall on Saturday. Hundreds of people joined the festivities at Watertown’s Faire on the Square on Saturday. Under sunny skies, the 2019 Faire on the Square featured entertainment from singers, acrobats and dance troupes. Dancers perform at Saturday’s Faire on the Square. Kids had plenty of activities, with several inflatable play structures, pony rides, face painting and clowns.

Watertown Senior Center to Close During Carpet Replacement

Watertown Senior Center

The Watertown Senior Center will be closed for a few days while carpeting in the building is replaced. During the work the Senior Center staff will be available by phone and the Senior Shuttle will still be running. The following information was provided by the Senior Center:

The Watertown Senior Center is getting new carpeting! Senior Center schedule changes for carpet repair

Monday, September 30, 2019 Senior Center Closes at 12:00 p.m. NO BRIDGE NO CHESS

TUESDAY, October 1, 2019SENIOR CENTER CLOSED TO PUBLICFor Carpet Replacement

WEDNESDAY, October 2, 2019SENIOR CENTER CLOSED TO PUBLICFor Carpet Replacement

Staff will be available to take phone calls. Senior Shuttle will still run.

Library Hosting Event on Talking With Your Kids About Racism

Watertown Free Public Library

The following information was provided by the Watertown Free Public Library:

How do you talk to kids about racism? Racism has always been aggressively present in the United States, but in today‚Äôs heated political moment, it is especially vital that caregivers and educators feel prepared to discuss race and racism with the children in their lives. 

On Sunday, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m., the Watertown Free Public Library invites area caregivers and educators to participate in a workshop led by Boston-area nonprofit Wee The People. Many adults find it daunting to broach discussing racism with children, but this workshop is specifically designed to develop strategies and tools to begin the conversation about the complexities of race, racism, and racial difference. This workshop is open to all caregivers and educators and does not require registration. 

Wee The People is a social justice project offering dynamic race and equity programming for kids, parents, caregivers, and educators.

Rotary Club Invites Seniors to Annual Cookout at Sons of Italy

The Watertown Rotary Club will hosts its annual Senior Citizen Cookout on Oct. 6, 2019. The free event features food, music and entertainment and will be held at the Sons of Italy Hall, 520 Pleasant St., Watertown from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.

Food includes hamburgers, hot dogs and pizza. There will be prizes, give aways and more. Entertainment will be provided by Disc Jockey “Rock’n'” Richard Picceri and Miss Maria’s School of Dance.

Watertown Youth Coalition Seeks Community’s Input

The following information was provided by Watertown Youth Coalition:

WYC would like to hear from all Watertown residents about how we can best support you in taking responsibility for the wellness of our youth and community. Youth wellness is at the heart of community wellness. Please come share with us about your passions, concerns and ideas for welcoming, educating and supporting our wonderfully diverse community! Hot topics these days are vaping, youth substance misuse prevention, mental health, acceptance, racial justice and equity, LGBTQIA+ and social justice, intersectionality, legalization of marijuana, underage drinking, screen time, managing stress and supporting overall wellness. Which are most important to you?