Find Out About the Microenterprise Grants, Deadline Approaching

Businesses with five or fewer employees can apply for microenterprise grants. The following information was provided by the Watertown Department of Community Development & Planning:

Building on its commitment to supporting Watertown residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Watertown has established a $175,000 emergency rental assistance program. The program will allow income-eligible tenants to apply for up to three months assistance if they have lost income and are having trouble paying rent as a result of the pandemic. The deadline to complete the application is Thursday, September 24. “During this difficult time, it is important that we help Watertown residents stay in their homes and help ensure their health and safety,” said Assistant Town Manager Steven Magoon.

Watertown Firefighter Graduates from Mass. Fire Academy

Firefighter Michael Lanzo recently graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy. Fire Chief Bob Quinn announced that a Watertown firefighter graduated from the Massachusetts Fire Academy. Michael Lanzo completed the 10 week training program in Stow.  Due to the COVID-19 situation the graduation ceremony was limited to the graduates only. “Lanzo has returned to the firehouse to serve the citizens of Watertown,” Quinn said.

Photography Exhibit Library Features Images from the New England Coast

One of the photos that will be in Joseph Weiler’s exhibit at the Watertown Library, “Bluenose II.” The work of Watertown photographer Joseph Weiler will on display at the Watertown Free Public Library in October. The exhibition features photos from around the New England Coast. Weiler sent out the following information about the exhibition:

My exhibit will be at the Watertown Public Library’s Art Gallery from October 2 thru 30, 2020. The 21-framed photographs explore our coastline from Monhegan Island’s artists to Cape Cod’s lovely beaches.

LETTER: Resident Petition Asks Town to Hire Outside Group to Help with Charter Review

Watertown’s Town Hall. Dear Watertown Citizens,

This year, our city will have the opportunity to review how our government works and make constructive changes to our Town Charter, a chance that comes only once every 10 years. As a city in Massachusetts (we are legally “the city of the town of Watertown”), we have two basic choices of government: mayor/council or town manager/council. Within those two forms, however, there are many ways to set the governing details. Whether we want it to or not, Watertown will become a very different town in the next 10 years.

Virtual Event on Paths to Recovery from Substance Use Disorder, Even During COVID-19

The following announcement was provided by the WATERtown Task Force:

On Sunday, Sept. 13th at 4 PM the* Task Force for Substance Use Disorder will  host a virtual event to recognize National Recovery Month. It will include nationally recognized experts, as well as a panel of local residents speaking about the stigma of substance use disorder and paths to recovery–especially during this time of Covid-19. For more information, see the link to flyer below. To join the zoom webinar event, register through this link

Small Saves Gets a New Teammate in This Week’s Comic Strip

Cartoon by James Demarco

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.”

Watertown Resident Tests Positive for West Nile Virus, Tips for Avoiding Mosquitos

The following announcement was provided by the Watertown Health Department:

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced today a human case of West Nile virus (WNV) in Watertown. This case represents the second human case of West Nile Virus in our community. This raisesthe risk level to HIGH in our Watertown. Although serious illness caused by WNV is uncommon, there have been 206 cases of WNV in Massachusetts between 2001 and 2019. There were five human cases of WNV in 2019, and 49 human cases in 2018.

Moving Plays to be Presented by New Rep, Library & Historical Society

The following information came from New Rep Theatre:

Watertown Historical Moving Plays: The Charles W. Lenox Experience — an immersive and educational theatrical experience. Script by Ken Green, directed by Michael Ofori. Sept. 26 to Nov. 8, 2020

Outdoors in Watertown, 60 minutes

New Rep Theatre has partnered with the Watertown Free Public Library and the Historical Society of Watertown to bring to you Watertown Historical Moving Plays, an immersive and educational theatrical experience that leads participants on a stroll through historical sites in Watertown.