MBTA buses operating in Watertown Square. (Photo by Mark Pickering)
By Mark Pickering
When it comes to MBTA service, residents in numerous Boston neighborhoods and abutting communities would love to say they have the worst. They’d be wrong. Watertown “wins” hands down. A Boston Globe article (“Missed connections at Nubian,” Feb.
Watertown Democrats are invited to attend a caucus on Saturday, March 9, at 1 p.m. to elect 24 delegates and 5 alternates to the 2024 Massachusetts Democratic Convention. The caucus will be held in the Watertown Savings Bank Room of the Watertown Library, 123 Main St. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m., and participants are encouraged to arrive early. Everyone who arrives by 1:15 p.m. will be admitted. At this year’s state convention, planned for Saturday, June 1 at the DCU Center in Worcester, thousands of Democrats from across the state will come together to cast a vote for their preferred Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate.
I watched the Rules and Ordinances meeting on Monday night. Don’t bother, unless you’re a rule nerd. It’s what the expression “digging deep” was made for. But for some people, it’s exciting and provocative. This is not meant to offend these people.
The Department of Conservation and Recreation sent out the following announcement:
The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) today announced that reservations for camping at parks across Massachusetts will open to the public on March 6, 2024, at 9 a.m. Visitors can make reservations for one of DCR’s campgrounds up to four months in advance of their arrival date through ReserveAmerica. Reservations are available for DCR’s 25 campgrounds beginning in April and running through October.
“One of our goals at DCR is to get more families outside and exploring our state’s beautiful natural resources,” said DCR Commissioner Brian Arrigo. “We know fresh air and the outdoors play a critical role, not only for our physical health but our mental health. Camping in our DCR parks is a fantastic opportunity for people to experience nature, and we hope to see some new faces during the 2024 camping season.”
Over the past year, DCR has made significant investments in many of our campgrounds across the state. The campground at Mohawk Trail State Forest underwent a $1.4 million renovation following the discovery of algae in the water source feeding the bathhouses in February 2023, including installing a new water system, repaving the campground’s roads, replacing roofs on the cabins and administrative buildings, upgrading the bathroom facilities, and repairing and restoring the chimneys in the Civilian Conservation Corps-era (CCC) cabins.
Watertown voters can take part in early voting for the 2024 Presidential Primary during six days in late February and early March. Along with candidates for President, voters can vote for the party’s State Committee Man, State Committee Woman, and Town Committee. Polling places for the Presidential Primaries will be open on Tuesday, March 5, 2024 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The City of Watertown sent out the following information:
In-Person Early Voting for the Presidential Primaries Election will be held at City Hall located at 149 Main Street, Watertown in the Philip Pane Lower Hearing Room on the ground floor on the following dates and hours:
Saturday, February 24, 2024: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Sunday, February 25, 2024: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Monday, February 26, 2024: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Tuesday, February 27, 2024: 8:30am – 7:00pm
Wednesday, February 28, 2024: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Thursday, February 29, 2024: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Friday, March 1, 2024: 8:30am – 5:00pm
If you have any questions concerning the Election or where to go to vote, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 617-715-8686 or visit the Election and Voter Information page. Voters can also cast ballots by mail. The City Clerk’s Office said: “Massachusetts voters now have the option to vote early by mail in all Municipal, State and Federal Elections, with no excuse required.
The following announcement was provided by the Rotary Club of Watertown:
The Rotary Club of Watertown is delighted to announce the return of our most highly anticipated annual event! We humbly ask that your business or organization consider offering your support as we raise funds to support our keystone programs such as our High School Senior Scholarship program, Senior Cookout, support of local food pantries etc. Event Presenter & Exclusive Named Sponsor: VIP tickets for 10. All event advertising will have your name along with the Rotary Club . $5,000.00 (limit one at this level)
★ Table Centerpiece Sponsor★ Step & Repeat listing (top)★ Business name on 100 yard signs★ Receive at least 10 sponsor mentions on social media and Watertown Rotary website (2 uniquementions)★ Full-page Advertisement (color) in print and digital Program book★ Sponsor mention in print & digital Program Book★ 5-minute speech/spotlight during the event
The following announcement was provided by Gore Place:
On Friday, March 8, from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., book lovers can buy gently used books at bargain prices ($2 for paperbacks, $5 for most hardcovers) during the annual Gently Used Books sale. The event will be held in the Mansion at Gore Place in Waltham. You can donate books too! We can accept donated books from March 1 through March 7. No books will be accepted after March 7.
The annual Watertown Community Foundation Trivia Night will be coming to the Sons of Italy Hall on March 8. See more information provided by WCF below. Our annual Trivia Night fundraiser brings together teams of all ages for a night of fun and good cheer. Join us on Friday, March 8, from 7:00 -10:00 pm, at the Sons of Italy Hall in Watertown to support grants that help make a positive impact in our schools and in the lives of the people who live and work in Watertown. Tickets
Buy individual tickets ($45/ea) and you’ll be part of our team (click here)