Watertown Library Lending Out Laptops, Internet Hotspots

Laptops and internet hotspots are available to be borrowed from the Watertown Free Public Library. The following information was provided by the Watertown Library:

During the COVID-19 pandemic, a home internet connection has become more important than ever. That’s why the Watertown Free Public Library (WFPL) is now providing laptops and wifi hot spots for patrons to take home for two weeks at a time. Do you know someone that does not have access to the internet, or could benefit from borrowing a computer? Send them to the Library!

Bluebikes Offering Free Rides on Election Day

The Bluebikes station in Coolidge Square in East Watertown. Bluebikes will offer free rides for people on election day. The bicycle share company expanded into Watertown in August, and four of the seven planned stations have been installed. The most recent addition was the station on Arsenal Street next to Arsenal Yards and across from the Target in the Watertown Mall. The Town of Watertown provided the following information:

Bluebikes recently launched four new stations in Watertown, with three more to come. To provide a socially distant and easy transportation option for voters across metro Boston as they head to the polls, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts will offer free Bluebikes rides on Election Day, Tuesday Nov.

Watertown Student Group Holds Rally to Stop Climate Change at Town Hall

Watertown Sunrise member, Carolyn, reads the groups demands outside of town hall on Oct. 23. The following announcement was provided by Watertown Sunrise:

Last Friday, a group of over 30 teenagers, all a part of Watertown Sunrise, took to the streets for a late-night march. Their purpose was to wake up the community to the climate crisis through songs, chants, and speeches. Backed by concerned citizens, they read their demands of town council outside of town hall.

Hundreds Donate to Food Pantry During Drive-Thru Food Drive

The drive-thru food drive, organized by the Watertown Community Foundation, drew good traffic during the event on Oct. 17 at the food pantry. Watertown residents showed up in the hundreds to donate to the Watertown Food Pantry. The event was held on the afternoon of Oct. 17, and Watertown Food Pantry Coordinator Kathy Cunningham said the event got a good response.

Virtual Offerings from the Watertown Senior Center

Watertown Senior Center

The following information was provided by the Watertown Senior Center:

Programs for Week of October 26, 2020

Join us via Zoom for the following programs. Call for access info: (617) 972-6490. New participants always welcome in every program! We hope you’ll join us! Monday:      10:00 AM, Art with Dawn Scaltreto                     12:30 PM, Chair Yoga with DianeTuesday:     10:00 AM, Coffee with the Chiefs                     12:30 PM, Tai Chi and Meditation                       2:00 PM, Line Dancing with BradleyWednesday:   11:00 AM, Exercise with Joanna                        Thursday:         9:00 AM, Pilates                        10:30 AM, Talk with TomFriday:            10:00 AM, Cook with Us! Armenian Cuisine, Part 2                        12:00 PM, Seated Strength with Pearl                          1:30 PM, Mellowtones Chorus

Cook with Us, Part 2!

West Suburban YMCA Joins Effort to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

The West Suburban YMCA is participating in the Five Days of Action, October 26-30, 2020. The Five Days of Action is a week designed to raise awareness and inspire adults to take action to protect children from sexual abuse.   

The West Suburban YMCA encourages adults and organizations in the community to play a vital role in making Newton and the surrounding towns a safer place for children, especially during this ever-changing environment. As our communities continue to press pause and participate in social distancing, we know that protecting kids looks different this year. Not only is our community dealing with a pandemic that is separating kids in need from the safe adults in their lives, but there are spikes in domestic violence, cries for social justice for Black lives, and more concerns about the mental health of youth and adults.  

Five Days of Action will help communities and parents/caregivers take it One Day at a Time and will offer tips, tools, activities, and resources that are relevant to the current environment.  

When adults know how abuse happens, see the warning signs, and respond quickly to prevent abuse, they foster a culture of child abuse prevention. Together, we can bring awareness to the issue of child sexual abuse in our communities and have important conversations around how we can all work together to prevent it from happening.  

“Protecting children from sexual abuse must be the number one goal of every person who cares about the health and well-being of kids,” said Jack Fucci, West Suburban YMCA President and CEO. “Together, we can stand up to demand that children are protected and encourage adults to make it happen in our community.

Sen. Brownsberger’s Office Helping People Find Assistance to Pay Rent, Mortgage

State Sen. Will Brownsberger

The following message was sent out by State Sen. Will Brownsberger:

If you are experiencing difficulty making rent or mortgage payments — or if you know people who are — my office may be able to help.  

You can contact Alicia Brisson, my District Director, directly by email at Alicia.Brisson@MASenate.gov or by phone at 617-651-1516. RAFT and ERMA are programs that provide financial assistance to renters and homeowners who are unable to make housing payments due to COVID-19.   More information about RAFT, ERMA, and additional emergency housing resources and eviction diversions can be found here. Landlords can benefit from some of these resources. More information about the Massachusetts Housing Assistance Landscape can be found here. As a legislator, it is a top priority of mine to prevent a surge in homelessness in the time of COVID. I want to  make sure the programs are in place to help people stay housed and also to help people access those programs. We really want to help, so please do not hesitate to reach out. Will BrownsbergerState Senator, Back Bay, Fenway, Allston, Brighton, Watertown, Belmont

Nominations Wanted for Watertown’s Annual Unity Award

A mural created by Watertown High School students for the 20th annual Unity Breakfast. The Unity Award Committee seeks nominations for the honor handed out at Watertown’s Unity Breakfast, held each year on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The committee sent out the following letter:

Dear Members of the Watertown Community,

We are pleased to announce that we are actively seeking nominees for this year’s World in Watertown Unity Award. The Unity Award is given each year at Watertown’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Unity Breakfast to honor individuals or groups who are making significant contributions to civic life in Watertown. In the spirit of this year’s Unity Breakfast theme, “Beyond Diversity to Equity,” we seek to honor community members who are furthering Dr. King’s vision of racial, social and economic justice in concrete ways.