Charlie BreitroseAn MBTA bus in Watertown. The MBTA has proposed some major changes to its bus service, including more frequent runs for the 70 Bus and the addition of two routes: one serving Newton and Waltham, and another that goes from Riverside Station in Newton to Arlington and includes Belmont. The changes are part of the Better Bus Program, the MBTA’s proposal to revamp parts of the bus system to meet the changing needs of the Greater Boston area due to shifting demographics, new employment centers, increased traffic congestion and changing travel patterns, according to the MBTA’s website. Recently, the MBTA released a proposed map of the new bus routes (click here to see an interactive map). The changes impacting Watertown include increasing the frequency of the 70 Bus from the current service, every 30 minutes or less during midday and on weekdays, to every 15 minutes or less seven days a week under the proposed plan.
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’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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!