This Week at the Farmers Market: Blueberries, Microgreens & More

The Watertown Farmers Market provided the following information:

It’s that time of year – summer fun is in full swing! The weather is warm, lots of grilling and time outdoors. The market is filled with beautiful produce including sweet corn, summer squash, and other goodies to bring home to your table. This week we continue to enjoy our summer favorite: delicious blueberries! Loaded with antioxidants, blueberries can be used in both sweet and savory dishes.

Watertown’s First Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ready to Open, Awaits State’s OK

Natural Selections, Watertown’s first medical marijuana dispensary, will be opening soon. Inside a building tucked behind a retail building and next to a hotel, sits a bright, modern showroom with glass cases displaying products that has not been available in Watertown previously — marijuana and related items.

Watertown’s first medical marijuana dispensary is ready to open for business, it is just waiting for the OK from state officials, said Alex Hardy, Chief Operating Officer of Natural Selections. “We are 100 percent ready to rock and roll,” Hardy said, standing in the retail area of the dispensary at 23 Elm St. The dispensary is located in a building in the back of the property on Elm Street, just off Arsenal Street (and near the Residence Inn by Marriott). During discussions at the Town Council, Planning and Zoning Boards, the issue of parking was raised.

Police Log: Serial Shoplifters Spotted at Target, Resident Caught in Rent Deposit Scam

Arrests

None

Incidents

July 6, 6:02 p.m.: The manager of the General Market on Waverley Avenue discovered that someone paid with a counterfeit $100. A man came in to cashed in some lottery tickets and purchased new scratch tickets. He owed $10 and gave a $100 bill to the person at the register, who gave back $90. Later the manager realized it was a fake bill. The suspect is described as an African-American man, around 20 years old, wearing a black sweatshirt with “Air Jordan” on the front, a black baseball hat, dark pants and a white medical mask.

Five Homes Sold in Watertown This Week

Three single families and two condos were sold this week in Watertown. $880,000 – 176 Common St., Single Family – Detached Colonial, 1,880 Living Area Sq. Ft. 7 Room, 3 Bedroom, 1 Full & 1 Half Bathroom

$1,000,000 – 31 Merrill Road, Single Family – Detached Colonial, 1,956 Living Area Sq. Ft., 7 Room, 3 Bedroom, 2 Full & 1 Half Bathroom

$680,000 – 122 Winsor Ave.

Watertown Man Arrested in N.H. Child Pornography Investigation

The eight suspects arrested in a child pornography investigation in Nashua, N.H., including Juan Correa of Watertown (bottom, left)

A Watertown man faces charges of possession of a “Child Sexual Abuse Image” after being arrested by police in New Hampshire. Juan Correa, 31, of Ladd Street in Watertown, was arrested by Nashua Police on July 15 on a charge of Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Image, police announced. He was released on personal recognizance bail, and he will be arraigned in Hillsborough County Superior Court South on Aug. 20. The arrest was one of eight made in an investigation by the Nashua Police Department and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force focusing on child exploitation during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Nashua Police.

Watertown Residents Can Apply for Rental Assistance

Watertown residents struggling to cover their rent due to the COVID-19 outbreak can apply for rental assistance of up to $1,000. The Watertown Community Foundation has teamed with MetroWest Collaborative Development and Wayside Youth & Family Network to provide rental assistance for families who are behind (or arrear) in rent. The assistance will be awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis. The Watertown Community Foundation received funds from the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund, said Executive Director Jan Singer. “Our grants from MA COVID-19 Relief Fund have gone directly to MetroWest Collaborative Development, who is administering the program,” Singer said.

Check Out This Week’s Watertown Open Houses

Home buyers have dozens of open houses to visit in Watertown this week. $1,250,000 – 37 Langdon Ave, Single Family – Detached Colonial, 2,855 Living Area Sq. Ft., 9 Room, 6 Bedroom, 1 Full & 2 Half Bathroom. Open Houses: Saturday 12-1 Sunday 12-1

$724,900 – 24 Harrington St. Unit 1, Condo – Townhouse, 2,246 Living Area Sq.

Council Approves Host Community Agreement with 2nd Adult-Use Marijuana Dispensary

An adult-use marijuana dispensary planned for the Westside of Watertown entered into a Host Community with the Town after the Town Council approved the agreement on Tuesday night. Buds Goods & Provisions is applying to open a recreational marijuana dispensary in the new development at 330-350 Pleasant St. The company now must apply for a license from the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) before it can apply to the Watertown Zoning Board for a special permit. They can open when both are approved. The ballot measure that legalized adult-use marijuana prohibits communities from banning them, but allows them to limit the number to 10 percent of the number of liquor licenses.