Event Planned to Honor Former City Manager Driscoll’s 45 Years of Service

An event will be held to celebrate former City Manager Michael J. Driscoll’s 45 years of service to the City of Watertown on Saturday May 21, 2022 at the Commander’s Mansion. The event runs from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. and the Commander’s Mansion is located at 440 Talcott Ave., Watertown. There will be a cash bar (cash and card will be accepted). Tickets cost $50 and include cocktail style dinner reception. Program

5 p.m. Cocktail hour begins

6 p.m. Food Stations open

7-8 p.m. Remarks

8 p.m. Dessert

9 p.m. Farewell

For tickets click here.

Watertown Restaurant a Finalist in National Contest for “Serving Their Community”

Watertown’s Ritcey East has chosen as one of five finalists in a contest run by Toast for restaurants who make a difference in their communities. The winner will received $10,000, and voting is now open. The restaurant on Waverley Avenue, is “serving up a safe place for the LGBTQ+ community and a fresh take on comfort food,” according to Toast. Ritcey East was nominated by a fan of the restaurant because it is “a small, queer-owned biz that kept all their staff during the pandemic and continues to partner with local charities.” Say hello to our Built for You $10k Contest Finalist, Ritcey East!

Catch Basin Cleaning in Watertown; Rain Barrels Available from DPW

The Watertown Department of Public Works provided the following information:

Beginning the week of May 9, 2022, the City will be cleaning stormwater catch basins throughout the City, utilizing a contractor, BMC Corp. There are about 3,600 catch basins in the City and it will take about a month to clean them all. Catch basins carry stormwater off the streets and into the City’s drainage system, which ultimately flows to the Charles River. The purpose of this work is to remove sediment and oils that accumulate in the catch basins to reduce the risk of flooding and so that these pollutants don’t go into the river. Rain Barrels

DPW has partnered with the Great American Rain Barrel Company in Hyde Park, MA to offerrecycled rain barrels at a discounted price to residents as part of its water conservation and stormwater management programs.

“We are thrilled to be offering this simple and inexpensive device to our residents to bring down their water costs and help us protect the Charles River,” says Matthew Shuman, P.E., Watertown City Engineer.

Free Health Fair to be Hosted by Mount Auburn Hospital Open to All

A free health fair will be presented by the Armenian American Medical Association, Mount Auburn Hospital, and The City of Watertown. The event is open to all. The heath fair will be held Saturday, May 21 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Armenian Cultural and Educational Center, 47 Nichols Ave., Watertown. “Join us for an afternoon of healthy living information for all ages and members of the community!” the announcement said.

Freedom Garden to Break Ground at Watertown’s 2nd Annual Poppy Picnic

The City of Watertown invites the public to come to the Commander’s Mansion on May 27 for the Second Annual Poppy Picnic! Grab your picnic blanket and join us on May 27th, 2022, to kick off the Memorial Day Weekend! There will be music, food trucks, kids’ games, crafts, story time, adaptive game demos, military vehicles, a donation station, and the groundbreaking for The Freedom Garden. At the picnic, Operation American Soldier will be accepting donations of non-perishable goods to send to our troops. With each donation, you will be entered for a chance to receive an engraved memorial brick to dedicate to a friend or family member for no additional charge.

OBIT: Carmine Camerato Jr., 83, Navy Veteran, Worked at Arsenal, Polaroid

Carmine Camerato Jr.

Carmine Camerato Jr., 83, after a long illness, died peacefully at home surrounded by family, on May 7, 2022. Born and raised in Watertown, Mass., along with sisters, Mary, Annina, Jennie and Eleanor, Carmine was the only son of the late Carmine Camerato Sr. and the late Antonia (DiDonato) Camerato. As a teen, he spent much of his time in Boy Scouts and Sea Scouts, earning the BSA’s highest honor, Eagle Scout. After graduating from St Patrick’s High School, Carmine entered the US Navy in 1957. Stationed in Norfolk, VA he served as a hospital corpsman aboard the USS Ross and the USS English.

Watertown Company Cleans Up Section Along Charles River

WiTricityEmployees from Watertown-based WiTricity cleaned up the area along the Charles River near the Watertown Bridge. Volunteers from Watertown-based WiTricity spent an afternoon cleaning up a section of the Charles River near Watertown Square. A team of 25 employees from the company located on Water Street in Watertown cleaned the river bank near the bridge over Galen Street on May 5. The clean-up was done under the guidance of the Charles River Conservancy. WiTricityTwenty-five employees from WiTricity picked up trash along the Charles River in Watertown.

Watertown Group to Hear About City’s Climate Action Plan at Annual Meeting & Potluck

Watertown Citizens for Peace Justice & the Environment will host its annual meeting in person for the first time in two years. The group sent out the following information:

WHEN: Sunday, May 15th, 2022

WHERE: Belmont/Watertown United Methodist Church, 80 Mt. Auburn St. WHAT Potluck Dinner 5:30 p.m. and Meeting & Program 6:15 p.m.

Special Presentation:

Watertown’s Climate Action Plan: Addressing the Climate Emergency

Ed Lewis, Watertown’s Energy/Project Manager

Laurel Schwab, Watertown’s Senior Environmental Planner

Come learn about the Plan’s creation, its importance, potential impact, and what we can do to get it adopted and implemented 

This will be our first in-person gathering in two years! Please bring a main dish, salad, side or dessert!