Find Out Your Blood Pressure at a Free Screening

The following piece was provided by the Watertown Mall:

Every first Friday of the month, the Watertown Mall hosts a free blood pressure screening from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. For this upcoming month, this will happen on September 6, 2019. The screenings are sponsored by the Watertown Health Department. Screenings take place in the back hallway of the mall, near Target & Carter’s. About the Watertown Mall:

The Watertown Mall is wheelchair accessible and accessible by MBTA Bus routes 70 and 70A. Hours are Monday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 AM – 6:00 p.m. For more information about this event and other Watertown Mall programs, such as our weekly Walking Club, please visit or contact the management office at 617-926-4968 x21.

UPS Foundation Helping Group That Sends Care Packages to Troops

The UPS Foundation recently presented a donation to Operation American Soldier, which packs and sends care packages to American servicemen and women. The group’s base is at the Marine Corps League Shutt Detachment. The following announcement was provided by the UPS Foundation:

Operation American Soldier received a $10,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, which drives global corporate citizenship and philanthropic programs for UPS (NYSE:UPS). The grant will be used towards building repairs for our facility. We will especially be focused on repairing our front walkway and steps.

Roadwork Causing Detours on Arsenal Street This Week

Drivers on Arsenal Street will be detoured in one direction beginning this week, and the Watertown Department of Public Works provided the following announcement:

Emergency work to replace the collapsed culvert on Arsenal Street, near #275 Arsenal Street and Louise Street, will recommence tomorrow, Tuesday, August 27. The next phase of work includes performing a test pit over the Cambridge water main to determine its depth and then completing removal of the collapsed stone-laid culvert and replacing with 15-inch PVC pipe. To facilitate the work, Arsenal Street WESTBOUND thru traffic will be detoured at School Street during the working hours of 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Local traffic will continue to have access to the businesses abutting Arsenal Street up to Tile Showcase (#285 Arsenal Street) and Lexus (#314 Arsenal Street).  MBTA buses will be allowed through the work zone. Arsenal Street EASTBOUND will remain open to thru traffic through the work area, but intermittent delays should be expected. We appreciate the community’s patience and understanding during this necessary work. This phase of work will complete the emergency repairs, with the old stone culvert having been removed from Arsenal Street and replaced with upgraded infrastructure

Historical Society Delves Into Architecture of Charles Brigham

The following information was provided by the Historical Society of Watertown:

On Wednesday, September 11, 2019, the Historical Society of Watertown will present a slideshow lecture by David J. Russo, “Going Places: Charles Brigham’s Architecture of Travel,” at 7 p.m. in the Watertown Savings Bank Meeting Room of the Watertown Free Public Library, 123 Main Street, Watertown, MA 02472. Come join us as David Russo, avid chronicler of the architectural work of Watertown’s own Charles Brigham, tells us about the vast array of buildings the renowned architect designed from churches to seashore cottages, city townhouses, cemetery monuments, carriage houses and barns. Not to be missed. You may read more information on Charles Brigham’s designs at David Russo is on the Board of the Watertown Historical Commission and is a volunteer for the Historical Society of Watertown.

Watertown Cultural Council Accepting Grant Applications

The following information was provided by the Watertown Cultural Commission:

The Watertown Cultural Council (WCC), a program of the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), announces the 2020 Call for Grant Proposals for community-oriented Arts, Humanities and Science programming. 

Online applications will be available on September 1 at and the deadline for proposals is October 15, 2019. Guidelines for WCC proposals can be found at . 

An informal grant information session with Watertown Council Members will be held September 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Mastrangelo Room of the Watertown Public Library. Organizations, schools and individuals may apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community. Examples of artistic projects and cultural activities include exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, workshops, lectures and performances in schools, community centers and other public places.  Last year, WCC awarded $10,680 in grants to 21 grant recipients. Grants ranged from $300 to $1,000, averaging $500 per grantee. About WCC: The Watertown Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year.

See the Age-Friendly Events Around Watertown in September

The following announcement was provided by the Marshall Home Fund:

Throughout September, Watertown’s older residents can attend a series of workshops on affordable housing; learn about services the Fire Department offers; visit the Farmer’s Market; and celebrate Grandparents’ Day at Brigham House. These events are supported in part by the Marshall Home Fund, a local foundation that gives grants to non-profit organizations to make Watertown an Age-Friendly Community. All the events are free and open to the public. See details below. Affordable Housing How-Tos.

Weather Cancels Watertown Farmers Market

The following information was provided by the Watertown Farmers Market:

Watertown Farmers’ Market Market Closed Today! Wednesday, August 21st Due to the forecast of severe weather today and the threat of thunderstorms, today’s market is cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to seeing everyone next Wednesday for our Back to School Celebration.

This Month at the Senior Center: Rideshare, Improve Balance, State Sen. Brownsberger and More

Watertown Senior Center

The Watertown Senior Center is jumping with activities in September, including classes to improve balance, meet your state senator and find out about using rideshares like Uber and Lyft. The Watertown Senior Center sent out its monthly newsletter. See the highlights below:

GREETINGS FROM THE DIRECTORSeptember is busy at the Senior Center! A Matter of Balance returns with 8 weeks of falls prevention and strength exercises; the Watertown Fire Department will begin a 3week series on fire and life safety; we will be hosting a Senior Charlie Card day; and we will be holding different presentations on Housing Options, Dental Health, and what Rideshare is all about. Keep Fit with Joanna returns on Thursdays and Tai Chi with Marie and Strength and Balance with Pearl return on Fridays.