See the Winners of the Watertown Mall’s Scarecrow Contest

The winner of the 2020 Watertown Mall Scarecrow Contest, the Waltham YMCA’s “Fred Haymaker Playmaker.” The Watertown Mall announced the winners of the 2020 Scarecrow Contest. “We would like to thank all of this year’s Scarecrow Contest participants,” Mall management said. The Third Place Scarecrow Contest winner, “Essential Workers” from Four Seasons Preschool. The Watertown Mall is proud to announce the winners this year:

First Place – Waltham Family YMCA, “Fred Haymaker Playmaker”

Second Place – Watertown Boys & Girls Club, “The Godfather”

Third Place – Four Seasons Preschool, “Essential Workers”

Hoping to see more creative entries next year!”

The entries in the 2020 Watertown Mall Scarecrow Contest.

Life of Charles Lenox, Black Man from Watertown Who Served in Civil War, Detailed by Historical Society

Charles Lenox, a Watertown barber, joined the all-Black 54th Massachusetts Infantry in the Civil War. The name of Charles Lenox, an African-American man from Watertown who fought in the Civil War, has become more well known this fall after his life was the focus of New Rep Theatre’s first Moving Play. Lenox served in the famous 54th Massachusetts Infantry. In the play, the same streets on which Lenox lived his life were used as the stage. (Read more about the play here).

Small Saves Faces his Former Team This Week

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 Scouts Collecting Food Donations from Doorsteps

Deion Howe and David Kinnear of Watertown Pack 30 and Troop 30 lift bins of sorted canned goods destined for the Watertown Food Pantry. This year they will pick up donations from people’s doorsteps. Pack 30 and Troop 30 are supporting the Watertown Food Pantry again this year, but as with everything in 2020, Scouting for Food will be different

Scouting for Food is a nationwide service challenge taken on by Boy Scouts of America, targeting food insecurity. In Watertown, the two BSA organizations have come together every November to get grocery lists in the hands of shoppers so they can help fill the shelves of the town-run food pantry. This year, with COVID-19 precautions in place, Scouting for Food will look a little different.

Thanksgiving Food Drive Donations Being Accepted Items at Watertown Mall

The following information was provided by the Watertown Mall:

The Watertown Mall will be hosting a Food Drive every Friday in November before Thanksgiving. On Fridays, between the hours of 10 AM – 11 AM and 3 PM – 4 PM the collection table will be set up inside the mall’s back hallway across from Carter’s and Target. The collected food will be donated to the Watertown Food Pantry. Items needed include, but are not limited to: canned goods, pasta/rice, coffee/tea, cooking oil, cold cereal/old fashioned oatmeal, non-perishable snacks for kids, etc. If you’d like to see a full list of the items needed please visit or also visit one of our mall informational pushcarts.

LETTER: Watertown High Group’s Climate Demands

The following information was provided by members of the Watertown High School student group, Watertown Sunrise, which advocates to stop Climate Change. The demands were presented during a march and rally on the evening of Oct. 23, 2020. WATERTOWN SUNRISE DEMANDS

We demand that the Watertown town council declare a climate emergency. We’re also asking our town government, to help call on other town leaders and to sign onto the Green New Deal pledge to fight for our futures.

Eat Well Watertown Hosting Virtual Fall Harvest Fest

The following information was provided by Eat Well Watertown, a program of the Watertown Department of Health:

Join us for our first Eat Well Watertown virtual class via Zoom! Tuesday, November 17 6:30 – 8:00 PM. Registration Required (See Below). Join the Watertown Farmers’ Market Culinary Corner Chefs in celebrating the fall harvest and the end of the 2020 Watertown Farmers’ Market season! This year’s Virtual Fall Harvest Fest will feature versatile vegetarian dishes for your Thanksgiving table including a short demonstration on preparing a delicious Roasted Apple and Winter Squash Soup.

Plans for Biotech Building in East Watertown to be Discussed at Public Meeting

A map showing the proposed location for a three-story biotech building at 23 Elm St. in Watertown. The following information was provided by the Town of Watertown regarding a project at 23 Elm Street, just off Arsenal Street in East Watertown. Elm Street Partners will be hosting a virtual community meeting on November 23rd at 6:30 PM for the review and discussion of conceptual plans and specifics of the redevelopment of the site known as 23-29 Elm Street. The use of the site will be transitioned to research & development/lab-life sciences and ancillary office space with on-site parking.