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).

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.”

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.

Library Announces 2020 One Book, One Watertown Selection

The Watertown Free Public Library is pleased to announce Lara Prescott’s debut novel, The Secrets They Kept as our selection for One Book, One Watertown 2020. Copies of the book, including large print, playaway, ebooks, and e-audiobooks will be available at the Library in January, across from the Reference Desk. A full schedule of March programs will follow. “A gorgeous and romantic feast of a novel anchored by a cast of indelible secretaries.” – The New York Times

“Enthralling… This is the rare page-turner with prose that’s as wily as its plot.” – Vogue

During the cold war, the CIA pursued an initiative known as “cultural diplomacy.” Operating on the premise that “great art comes from true freedom”, the agency seized on painting, music, and literature as powerful tools for promoting the western world’s values behind the Iron Curtain. In 1955, the CIA recruited secretaries from the typing pool, and charged them with acquiring the manuscript for Boris Pasternak’s controversial Doctor Zhivago, ensuring it was published in the West, and then translated into Russian and leaked back into the Soviet Union.  

The Secrets We Kept is the thrilling tale of secretaries turned spies, of love and duty, and of sacrifice–inspired by the true story of the CIA plot to infiltrate the hearts and minds of Soviet Russia, not with traditional propaganda, but with a timeless love story: Doctor Zhivago.

January at the Senior Center: Tax Tips, Transportation, Hearing Loss & More

Watertown Senior Center

The Watertown Senior Center has a wide variety of events and activities happening in January, including tax information, a program about hearing loss, a group where you can discuss death with no agenda, and ways to get around town. The following are highlights from the Watertown Senior News:

Letter from the Director

Another year has come and gone and we look forward to continuing our good times together in 2020! We begin the year by welcoming our new Case Worker to the Senior Center team. Jenya Kruglyansky comes to us with a wealth of experience in elder services and is eager to meet you. She is available for assistance with housing, food stamps, fuel assistance, MassHealth and other emergency needs.