Proposals Wanted for Uses for Watertown’s APRA Funds

Watertown City Hall

The following information was provided by the City of Watertown:

The City of Watertown received $10.5 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding and is seeking project proposals. Proposals may be submitted between 9 p.m. on March 27, 2023, and 5 p.m. on May 26, 2023. Visit for more information. Submitted applications will be posted online here for public review. Before submitting a proposal, please read the guidelines and criteria outlined in these two documents:

Guidelines for Submitting ARPA Proposals February 28, 2023

Criteria for Assessing ARPA Proposals February 28, 2023

Apply Online. Submit your ARPA Project Proposal online here when ready

Residents Discussed How Watertown Should Spend ARPA Money

Four Watertown Students Make Dean’s List at Simmons University

The following announcement was provided by Simmons University:

The following local students were named to the 2022 fall semester dean’s list at Simmons University in Boston. * Eileen Coleman, Watertown

* Niamh Murphy, Watertown

* Krishna Patel, Watertown

* Paria Reich, Watertown

To qualify for dean’s list status, undergraduate students must obtain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, based on 12 or more credit hours of work in classes using the letter grade system. About Simmons University

Located in the heart of Boston, Simmons is a respected private university offering more than 50 majors and programs for undergraduate women and graduate programs open to all on campus, in blended formats, or entirely online in nursing and health sciences, liberal arts, business, communications, social work, public health, and library and information science. Founded in 1899, Simmons has established a model of higher education that other colleges and universities are only recently beginning to adapt: the combination of education for leadership in high-demand professional fields with the intellectual foundation of the liberal arts. The result is a Simmons graduate prepared not only to work, but to lead in professional, civic, and personal life – a vision of empowerment that Simmons calls preparation for life’s work.

Watertown’s Yard Waste Pickup Begins in April, See the Schedule

Yard waste pick up will begin in Watertown on April 3, and there will be two a month, except in September when there are four pick ups. Department of Public Works provided the following announcement:

Here is the Yard Waste Pick-Up Schedule for Spring 2023. Yard waste will be picked up on your scheduled trash day during the weeks of April 3, 17, May 1, 15, June 5, 26, July 10, 24, August 7, 21, 28, Sept 4, 11, 18, 25. For more information, call: 617-972-6420, email:, or visit:

Our History: The Formation of the Historical Society of Watertown

Dr. Alfred Hosmer (Courtesy of the Watertown Free Public Library)

The following article is part of a series on local history provided by the Historical Society of Watertown. It was written by Joyce Kelly, Board member of the Historical Society of Watertown. Joyce writes articles for the newsletter and is the newsletter editor. This was published in our February 1999 newsletter, “The Town Crier.” THE FORMING OF THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF WATERTOWN

Many of you have been members of the Historical Society for years, and several of you are new members.

See the Chamber’s Virtual Watertown Business Community Town Hall, Take the City’s Survey

Charles River Regional ChamberA screenshot from the Charles River Regional Chamber’s video featuring Watertown. The Charles River Chamber recently hosted a virtual gathering of the Watertown business community where attendees learned about the Comprehensive Plan update. The City’s survey about the update ends Friday, March 24, so now is your chance to be heard about Watertown’s future. The Charles River Chamber sent out the following information:

Finally this week, my thanks to Watertown Senior Planner Larry Field for joining us at our virtual Watertown Business Community Town Hall for a presentation explaining the city’s draft Comprehensive Plan (as well as his unsolicited “PSA” about this newsletter). No idea what a Comprehensive Plan is?

Gore Place Hosting Used Book Sale This Weekend

Annual Gently Used Book Sale – Saturday and Sunday, March 25 and 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

During this sale, book lovers can buy gently-used books at bargain prices ($1 for most paperbacks, $2 for most hardcovers) Interested in donating? Gore Place is accepting donated books from March 10 to March 24! To arrange a drop-off time, please email No CDs or DVDs, please. The event will be held in the Mansion at Gore Place. Masks or facial coverings are required. See our current COVID-19 policies at this link. Cost: Free

Gore Place is just down the street from the Watertown DPW’s big recycling event taking place Saturday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Click below to see more.

Two Watertown Residents Running Marathon on Dana-Farber Team

The following announcement was provided by Dana-Farber:

On April 17, the following Watertown residents are running to defy cancer as a member of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team in the 127th Boston Marathon®:

Emily Schario

Kathryn Healy

Along with more than 500 Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge teammates from across the United States and around the world, they will run Massachusetts’ historic marathon route from Hopkinton to Boston to collectively raise $6.5 million for cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. This year marks the 34th annual running of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge (DFMC). One hundred percent of the money raised by the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team benefits Dana-Farber’s Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research, which supports promising science research in its earliest stages. The Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge has raised more than $115 million for the Barr Program to date. In 1990, Dana-Farber was among the first charity organizations to be recognized by the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A), which organizes the Boston Marathon.