Candidate Q&A: School Committee

Charlie BreitroseThe public gathered outside the new Cunniff Elementary School before open house on Tuesday. Three spots on the Watertown School Committee are up for grabs, and half a dozen candidates have put their name forward. The School Committee has four-year terms, and two incumbents seek another term. Longtime School Committee member, and current chair, John Portz announced in June that he would not be running for re-election in 2021. Amy Donohue and Lily Rayman-Read seek re-election, and four challengers are running for spots on the Committee: Jessica Middlebrook, Jennifer Nicholson, Colleeen Mahoney Farherty and Rachel Kay.

Candidate Q&As: Library Trustees

Watertown Free Public LibraryThe Watertown Free Public Library. Watertown voters will be selecting the Trustees for the Watertown Free Public Library on Nov. 2. There are three spots available in the 2021 election. The Board of Library Trustees oversees the budget for the Watertown Library and works with the Library staff on how to spend the budget, as well as working on special projects and initiatives at the library.

Town of Watertown Starts New Cell Phone App, Place to Get Info, Ask Questions, Request Services

The following announcement was provided by the Town of Watertown:

Watertown has partnered with SeeClickFix for a new Watertown MA app that allows citizens to ask questions, make suggestions, request services, and get information. With the free SeeClickFix mobile app and web tools, Watertown residents are able to provide Watertown staff with pictures, specific descriptions, and more valuable information needed to get the job done efficiently. 

The new Watertown MA app is part of our new website launch and 311 customer service, which are both coming soon. Here are some features you can to access directly on the app:

Emergency AlertsReport ItNews FlashTrash & RecyclingOnline Bill PayTown CalendarTown WebsiteContact UsSocial MediaWCA-TVTown Job OpeningsProperty and MapseCode 360 Town Charter Ordinances

Get the Watertown MA app in the App and Play store. Then create an account under the Profile tab. Apple: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/watertown-ma/id1547838092

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.watertownma.cpmobile

Note: if you already have the app on your phone, you may need to delete it and then reload it on your device.

LETTER: Resident Endorses School Committee Candidate

To the editor:

This election day I am casting my vote for Amy Donohue for School Committee.  

Amy’s credentials as a dedicated public servant and involved parent have been well-documented over the past several years. 

Her commitment to our Public Schools goes far beyond the interests of her own children, as she cares deeply about the quality of education for all students. She has advocated fairly and passionately for students, families, teachers, and administrators during her first term. I have had the good fortune to be friends with Amy for well over 10 years, we also served as co-presidents of the Watertown Education Foundation. Having spent many years fundraising for the school-wide Educational Grant Program either at the Spelling Bee or Trivia Night or Dancing with the Stars, I have seen first-hand the time, effort, and energy Amy has dedicated to our town. I have found her to be a caring, compassionate, intelligent person, willing to listen to all sides of an issue and fully considers all options before making important decisions.  

Her tireless involvement in the community, through The Ed Foundation, teaching in our public schools, and as a local business owner, to name just a few, shows that she is a person of service and integrity, who truly wants the best for Watertown. I know she will continue to serve the school committee with the same passion she exhibits in all of her endeavors.