Watertown Business Coalition Hosting Event at Gore Place

The Watertown Business Coalition announced its latest networking event at one of Watertown’s (and Waltham’s) hidden gems. See the announcement below. Join us at our next WBC Coffee Connect as we give a warm welcome to the new Executive Director at Gore Place, Gavin Kleespies!  Gore Place, you say?  Isn’t that in Waltham?  Technically…a large swath of the Estate is in Watertown – – so we are taking it upon ourselves to welcome Gavin to the community and showcase some of the prettiest landscape in Town.  So, come meet Gavin & staff and enjoy coffee and pastries in the restored 1793 Carriage House. Join Us for a WBC Coffee Connect at Gore Place

52 Gore Street, Waltham, MA

Wednesday, February 28th

8:30 am to 9:30 am

RSVP HERE

If you have yet to check out Gore Place, now is your chance!  Thank you to Gavin for being our host for the morning! This event is FREE and open to:

WBC MEMBERS

Watertown Residents

Watertown Businesspeople

Employees of local companies or non-profits

Our programming aims to help connect our community and residents to the City’s issues and initiatives.  Our morning Coffee Connects, After Hours get-togethers and Civic Events will continue to give you the opportunity to visit places of business in town, meet people, learn something, chat with city government … and maybe even have a laugh along the way.

OP-ED: MBTA Service in Watertown Takes the Cake: Worst Service Ever!

MBTA buses operating in Watertown Square. (Photo by Mark Pickering)

By Mark Pickering

When it comes to MBTA service, residents in numerous Boston neighborhoods and abutting communities would love to say they have the worst. They’d be wrong. Watertown “wins” hands down. A Boston Globe article (“Missed connections at Nubian,” Feb.

See When DCR Camp Sites Can be Reserved

The Department of Conservation and Recreation sent out the following announcement:

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) today announced that reservations for camping at parks across Massachusetts will open to the public on March 6, 2024, at 9 a.m. Visitors can make reservations for one of DCR’s campgrounds up to four months in advance of their arrival date through ReserveAmerica. Reservations are available for DCR’s 25 campgrounds beginning in April and running through October.  

“One of our goals at DCR is to get more families outside and exploring our state’s beautiful natural resources,” said DCR Commissioner Brian Arrigo. “We know fresh air and the outdoors play a critical role, not only for our physical health but our mental health. Camping in our DCR parks is a fantastic opportunity for people to experience nature, and we hope to see some new faces during the 2024 camping season.” 

Over the past year, DCR has made significant investments in many of our campgrounds across the state. The campground at Mohawk Trail State Forest underwent a $1.4 million renovation following the discovery of algae in the water source feeding the bathhouses in February 2023, including installing a new water system, repaving the campground’s roads, replacing roofs on the cabins and administrative buildings, upgrading the bathroom facilities, and repairing and restoring the chimneys in the Civilian Conservation Corps-era (CCC) cabins.

Watertown Rotary Dancing With the Stars is Back — See Ticket & Sponsorship Options

The following announcement was provided by the Rotary Club of Watertown:

The Rotary Club of Watertown is delighted to announce the return of our most highly anticipated annual event! We humbly ask that your business or organization consider offering your support as we raise funds to support our keystone programs such as our High School Senior Scholarship program, Senior Cookout, support of local food pantries etc. Event Presenter & Exclusive Named Sponsor: VIP tickets for 10. All event advertising will have your name along with the Rotary Club . $5,000.00 (limit one at this level)

★ Table Centerpiece Sponsor★ Step & Repeat listing (top)★ Business name on 100 yard signs★ Receive at least 10 sponsor mentions on social media and Watertown Rotary website (2 uniquementions)★ Full-page Advertisement (color) in print and digital Program book★ Sponsor mention in print & digital Program Book★ 5-minute speech/spotlight during the event

Gold: VIP tickets for 5.

Tickets, Tables & Sponsorships Available for Watertown Community Foundation Trivia Night

The annual Watertown Community Foundation Trivia Night will be coming to the Sons of Italy Hall on March 8. See more information provided by WCF below. Our annual Trivia Night fundraiser brings together teams of all ages for a night of fun and good cheer. Join us on Friday, March 8, from 7:00 -10:00 pm, at the Sons of Italy Hall in Watertown to support grants that help make a positive impact in our schools and in the lives of the people who live and work in Watertown. Tickets

Buy individual tickets ($45/ea) and you’ll be part of our team (click here)

Have a team together?

DPW Update on Waste Reduction, Recycling & Re-use

The Department of Public Works provided the following update on trash, recycling, and re-use efforts in Watertown:

Happy New Year! 2023 was a strong continuation of the big push that was started in 2022 to help achieve our Resilient Watertown action items, as well as the City Council established goal of reducing the amount of waste sent for disposal by 30% by 2030. Watertown’s tonnage reduction is being tracked based on the City’s 2019 baseline of 8,760 tons of waste sent for disposal. Watertown sent 8,581 tons of solid waste for incineration in 2022 and reduced that amount to 8,327 tons in calendar year 2023. This decrease shows that as a city we are continuing our trajectory of reducing our trash tonnage every year, which is critical to hitting our goal.