The Watertown Community Foundation will help three local organizations with grants over $100,000 after the foundation received the largest grant in its history. The money will go to Metro West Collaborative Development, Watertown Boys & Girls Club, and Wayside Youth and Family Support Network. The funds came to the Watertown Community Foundation in a grant from the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development Community Foundations Grant Program for COVID-19 Relief. “This $400,000 grant is the largest single grant that our foundation has ever received,” said WCF co-president Darshna Varia. “We have been able to distribute the funds quickly and directly to where they are needed most.
See How to Join the Watertown Library’s Knit Graffiti Project, Decorate the Tree in Front of the Library
Watertown LibraryIn 2020, the tree in front of the Watertown Free Public Library was decorated by the participants in the Watertown Strong Knitting Graffiti Project. The Watertown Library provided the following information:
Based on the success of the Watertown Strong Knit Graffiti Project in Fall 2020, WFPL has decided to again collect donations of knitted, crochet, sewed, and other crafted items to decorate the Maple Tree — and more — in front of the Library on Main Street. Are you a crafter? We will be collecting items that are crafted with the fall theme, Watertown Woodland Wonderland, in mind! Sew a leaf, crochet a fairy, carve a toadstool, knit with fall harvest colors, or whatever your crafter hands can think up.
Gore Place sent out the following information:
Nature Identification Workshop, Saturday, August 21
Visit Gore Place and learn about our new project on iNaturalist. iNaturalist is an online platform that allows users to record observations, identify living things, and contribute to a body of data used by scientists and researchers around the world. We are launching a project to record as many of the living things as we can find on our grounds. Join us for this in-person program to learn more about our iNaturalist project and start making observations. Click or tap the button below for more details. JOIN THE PROJECT
Young Naturalists Classes Begin September 25
Come explore with us at Gore Place!
Town of WatertownWatertown Senior Center
The Watertown Senior Center provided the following information:
Programs for Week of July 19, 2021
Changes to Our Programs
As we slowly return to in-person activities at the Council on Aging/Senior Center (COA), some July programs continue to be offered on Zoom and some are now offered at the COA in the afternoons including Knitting, Whist, Chair Volleyball, Bridge, Rummikub, and Canasta. Please review the newsletter for details, and call to register your spot: (617) 972-6490. New participants are always welcome in every program. We hope you’ll join us! Greetings! Many Watertown Senior Center Programs via Zoom. Call (617) 972-6490 for details.
The Watertown Department of Health sent out the following announcement:
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced today that West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Watertown, Massachusetts. WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. The mosquitoes that carry this virus are common throughout the state and are found in urban as well as more rural areas. While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe infection. By taking a few, common sense precautions, people can help to protect themselves and their loved ones:
Avoid Mosquito Bites
• Apply Insect Repellent when you go outdoors.
Vitality BowlsVitality Bowls will be coming to Arsenal Yards in Watertown. Vitality Bowls provided the following announcement:
Vitality Bowls, the leading health-food restaurant concept which specializes in açaí bowls and smoothies, has signed a lease with local entrepreneur Tim Johnson to open two new superfood cafés in Watertown and Cambridge. Johnson is planning for a 2021 opening at 425 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge and 113 Bond Street in Watertown’s Arsenal Yards. The health-focused fast casual restaurant will grant local residents, professionals and visitors access to an assortment of nutrient-dense foods not found elsewhere. “I’m thrilled to open my cafés in Central Square in Cambridge and at Arsenal Yards in Watertown, and to bring healthy and delicious food options to the community,” said Johnson, a seasoned professional with a wealth of sales and operations experience.
Watertown Town Hall
The Town of Watertown provided the following announcement:
Town Manager Michael J. Driscoll is seeking eight (8) Watertown citizens interested in servingon the Public Arts and Culture Committee. The Town of Watertown has established a Public Arts Master Plan that was created through the efforts of a steering committee that included a number of representatives of stakeholder organizations in the community that deal with arts and culture, as well as Town departments and the Town’s consultant, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. The Honorable Town Council adopted the Watertown Public Arts Master Plan at its meeting on February 23, 2021. The Watertown Public Arts Master Plan includes a number of implementation strategies, including Implementation Item 1A, a recommendation for the creation of an appointed Public Arts and Culture Committee (PACC) that acts as a permanent, standing advisory body to the Town of Watertown, to make recommendations over two core program areas:
1) Art in Public Places: Permanent, semi-permanent, temporary, and ephemeral artworks and activations that create a vibrant, welcoming, inclusive, and connected public realm. This may include semi-permanent projects as well as temporary artworks and installations funded through a variety of funding sources.
NOAAA satellite image of the 2014’s Hurricane Arthur. The Town of Watertown provided the following announcement:
Tropical Storm Elsa was a reminder that Massachusetts is at risk for tropical storm and hurricane impacts. It was even more timely because this week, July 11-17, 2021, has been proclaimed Hurricane Preparedness Week by Governor Baker. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) reminds all residents to prepare themselves, their families, and their homes for tropical storms and hurricanes.
Hurricane season runs from June1st through November 30th each year. Download this Hurricane Preparedness Tips flyer
Charlie BreitroseFaire on the Square visitors check out some of the many booths at the 2018 celebration at Saltonstall Park. The Faire on the Square is back in 2021, and attendees can look forward to some new acts during the celebration. Watertown’s Faire was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, but it will be held on Sept. 25, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Saltonstall Park (next to Town Hall). The 2021 Faire will feature some new acts, including magician Darren Yong, juggler/comedian Robert Clarke, a Frank Sinatra tribute band featuring Rich DiMare, and ’80s rock band Fast Times.