Students Traveling Out-of-State for Thanksgiving Must be Tested or Quarantine

Watertown students who travel outside of Massachusetts to a high-risk area must either get a negative test for COVID-19 or quarantine for 14 days before returning to school for in-person learning, Superintendent Dede Galdston announced Wednesday. Most states have been put on the the Massachusetts Restricted Travel list, but three of the lower risk ones are in New England — Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont — along with Hawaii. When returning from a high-risk state, students must get a negative PCR test prior to returning to school according to the Massachusetts regulations, Galdston wrote. Students must quarantine while waiting for test results. Galdston also wrote that the schools will have two remote days after the Thanksgiving break, on Nov.

Former Detective Suing Watertown Police Department, Police Union for Sexual Discrimination

A former Watertown Police officer has sued the Watertown Police Department and the Police union for “gender discrimination and retaliation” after she was forced to leave the department. The suit also alleged that it was due in part to an intimate relationship she was having with a superior officer. A copy of the civil suit filed in Middlesex Superior Court was obtained by the Boston Herald, which ran a story and a column on Tuesday evening. See the story here. The suit said that former WPD detective Kathleen Donohue faced “sexually charged comments,” and “dangerous rumors” about false affairs, the Herald reports.

Petitions Seeks Improvements to How Park Dog Area

A group of Watertown dog owners who use the dog area of Howe Park have started a petition asking for improvements to the facility. Rebeca Kerr, who posted the petition on Change.org, said “We are proposing a few simple solutions to help us have a better area, including expansion of the dog off-leash area, proper maintenance of the facilities, some lights and hopefully a water source.” The petition cites a number of issues that those supporting the petition would like the Town of Watertown to address:

1. The park gets very crowded during peak hours, as the enclosedarea is on the very small side for a city dog park.2. The current surface has not been properly maintained since itsinstallation in 2018, and it is unsanitary and unhealthy for our dogs inthe current state.3. There are no lights in the park, and when it gets dark by 4-5pm,people that normally get there at that time, are having difficultiesnavigating.

Watertown High Drama Presenting Virtual Version of “The Crucible”

The Watertown High School Dramatic Arts Department has taken the saying, “The show must go on,” to heart, and will be presenting the fall play, The Crucible, in a remote format. The play will be recorded remotely, and will be available for people to watch online on Nov. 20-22 on the Watertown High School website. When the school year began, all the schools in Watertown operated remotely, and performances indoors were not allowed under the Massachusetts COVID-19 regulations. WHS student Ryan Leonard, who is the stage director for The Crucible, said it wasn’t clear whether there would even be a play.

Forum Planned After Racist Incidents Reported by Watertown Middle School Student

A Watertown Middle School student reported being harassed online and by phone after putting up posts supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. The incidents were reported by a Boston news station, and the Watertown Public Schools response includes a virtual public forum to address the issue. A 13-year-old African-American girl told her experiences to Boston Fox 25 last week, including being harassed online and receiving threatening phone calls after she put up some BLM messages on her social media accounts. She also reported being called the “N-word” by another student at school after giving a speech about racism in February. The student reported the incidents to Watertown Middle School officials, but said that she is not aware of anything being done about it.

Four Watertown Homes Sold This Week

Two condos and two single family homes were purchased this week. $1,200,000 – 136 Russell Ave., Single Family – Detached Colonial, 2,228 Living Area Sq. Ft., 8 Room, 3 Bedroom, 1 Full & 2 Half Bathroom

$559,000 – 31 Nyack St., Single Family – Detached Cape, 900 Living Area Sq. Ft. 5 Room, 3 Bedroom, 1 Full Bathroom

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$580,000 – 6 Hilltop Road Unit B, Condo – 2/3 Family, 1,663 Living Area Sq.