Field at East End Park to be Closed for Multiple Months

The City of Watertown announced that one of the fields at an East End Park will be closed to let it recover from high use. The City sent out the following announcement:

The Watertown Department of Public Works (DPW) and Recreation Department have concluded that the Filippello (Grove) Field should be shut down due to poor field conditions. Due to overuse and weather the turfgrass went into winter in rough condition and will not recover unless it is allowed to rest. There is extreme wear on the east end of 11 v 11 soccer layout caused by shading of trees, which prevents area from drying out after rain events. We will take an aggressive approach to renovation (aeration/seeding/fertilization/topdressing) over the next 3 months and expect the field to fully recover for Fall ’24 sports.

Councilor Feltner and City Manager Hosting Meet & Greet

District B City Councilor Lisa Feltner. District B City Councilor Lisa Feltner will be joined by City Manager George Proakis for a Meet & Greet. The City sent out the following announcement:

Join City Councilor Lisa Feltner for a District B Meet and Greet with City Manager George Proakis on Monday, April 29, 2024 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Parker Annex, Suite 2E, 124 Watertown Street.

LETTER: Reaction to the City Council’s Decision to Reject Short Term Rentals

Dear Editor and Residents,

Last week, a proposal to regulate Short Term Rentals (STRs) went before the City Council. It was rejected 6-3. 

Now, the city attorney has been asked to draft a proposal to ban STRs. So it would seem this is moot. I went to the meeting advocating for the regulation, hoping that the councilors would deliberate and amend the imperfections away. I advocated for the regulation because STRs serve a different market, and the supplier is different from other small service providers, such as landlords, bed & breakfasts or home offices. The supplier is a resident who needs a very low barrier to entry. He/she is trying to age in place, has a variable income or has experienced a sudden price hike or loss of income. The demand comes from those who need an affordable place to stay for less than 30 days. They come here to see a graduation or medical care professional, attend a wedding or funeral, to see off a deployed family member, to provide palliative care, or clear out the estate of a loved one. And yes, they come for the Marathon, the regatta, playoffs and concerts.

I understand why councilors voted against the regulation.

School Committee Wraps Up FY25 Budget, Approves 2024-25 School Calendar

By Kendra FoleyChair, Watertown School Committee

It has been a busy month for the Watertown School Committee as we wrap up the FY25 budget process. In the last three meetings, our board has heard a number of important presentations, voted on policy changes, and celebrated major accomplishments. We have come to an agreement with Superintendent Galdston on a 4-year contract extension through 2028. Dr. Galdston has been an excellent leader for Watertown, bringing expertise, commitment and stability. We are thrilled to have her leading the Watertown Public Schools for another four years.

Britain’s Got Talent Father-Son Duo Surprise April Break Students With Concert

Courtesy of Mosesian Center for the ArtsJack and Tim (center left and right) play for young artists and actors at the Mosesian Center on April 18. On April 25, the Mosesian Center for the Arts will welcome Jack & Tim, who were finalists in the Britain’s Got Talent TV show, but some youngsters attending programs at the Arts Center got a sneak peek performance this week. See the announcement from the MCA, below. Britain’s Got Talent finalists Jack & Tim surprised young artists and actors at the Mosesian Center for the Arts’ vacation-week program on Thursday (April 18) with a short performance in the art center’s lobby gallery. The father and son pair were there to promote an upcoming concert on Thursday, April 25, on the art center’s main stage, the Charles Mosesian Theater.

See the Latest Adventures of Small Saves in This Week’s Comic

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.”

MassBay Community College Hosting Spring Open House

The following announcement was provided by MassBay Community College:

MassBay Community College will hold its annual Spring Open House on Saturday, April 27, 2024, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on its Wellesley Hills campus. The Spring Open House is an opportunity for prospective students to talk with current students, faculty, and staff to learn about the 70 degree and certificate programs offered at MassBay. Participants will learn how to pay for college, including a financial aid session and discussion about available scholarships and the MassReconnect program (free community college for students who are 25 and older). Additional topics include how MassBay credits transfer to bachelor’s degree programs, free academic support services, information for veterans, free resources available on campus such as emergency grants and free food, information about free mental health counseling, and more. The Open House will feature a self-guided tour of campus and on-the-spot-admissions where staff will help you start the process of enrolling for college.

Chamber Events Include Visit From Transportation Secretary, Small Business Day on Beacon Hill & More

The Charles River Regional Chamber has plenty going on this spring, including a talk with the Transportation Secretary, a young professionals group, Small Business Day at the State House and an LGBTQIA+ Happy Hour. See the information provided by the Chamber below:

Addressing our transportation challenges: A conversation with MassDOT Secretary Monica Tibbits-Nutt

Tues. May 14, 9:30 to 11 a.m.Hampton Inn & Suites, 25 Bond Street, Watertown$10 for members, $15 for nonmembers

It’s not possible to meet our region’s housing, climate, and workforce challenges without a safe, reliable, and accessible transportation system that meets the needs of all users whether they walk, bike, take public transit, or drive.Join us for a conversation with Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation Monica Tibbits-Nutt for an overview of the Healey-Driscoll Administration’s plans for improving the state’s transportation system and the role we all must play in supporting this effort. 9:30 a.m.: Registration and Networking

10 a.m.: A Conversation with Secretary Tibbits-Nutt

Tickets are nonrefundable but may be transferred to another guest. 


LGBTQIA+ Happy Hour at Flora’s Wine Bar

Wed. April 17, 5:30 to 7 p.m.1284 Washington St, West NewtonFree, open to members & nonmembers

We’re returning for another evening of networking for LGBTQIA+ professionals!