Video Series Will Give Inside Look at Watertown Police, Features Dozens of Officers

A series of videos debuting this week will give people an inside look at the Watertown Police Department, and allow them to get to know some of the officers and others working for the WPD. Behind the Badge, which will be available on the Watertown Police social media accounts, has been more than a year in the making, said Dan McCarthy, who co-produced the series with Mark Chambers. McCarthy and his production team spoke with more than 20 officers, and conducted more than 30 interviews, including civilian employees, McCarthy said. The 10 episodes will be about 7 to 10 minutes long, and each has two features along with a mini feature. “Some of the features include an in depth look at the dispatch for police and fire, the canine, the (Student Resource Officer), we go out on the road with Don Pham and the motorcycle unit” McCarthy said.

Don’t Miss the Final Watertown Farmers Market of the Year

The season is almost over for the Watertown Famers Market, so don’t miss out on a chance to purchase fresh produce, meat, fish and other items on Wednesday. Market organizers sent out the following infomration:

Tomorrow is our LAST market of the season. It’s a bittersweet end to the season, knowing that we’ve had such a great summer together in Saltonstall Park. Tomorrow, look forward to music from A&W Ukulele Players from 4 pm to 6 pm on the green, opportunities to sign up for Fall CSAs, and a guest chocolate vendor, Sotto Chocolate! Please note that we will close at 6 p.m. tomorrow, due to the much earlier fall sunset. 

Don’t forget to give our Instagram and Facebook pages a follow and like to keep up with any additions or adaptions to the market day!

Historic House Reopens to the Public, Features New Sign & Labels for Pieces Inside

Charlie BreitroseMembers of the Historical Society of Watertown celebrate the official unveiling of the new sign at the Edmund Fowle House. On Sunday, the public got a chance to look inside one of Watertown’s oldest homes for the first time since the COVID-19 shutdown in 2020, and the Historical Society celebrated the debut of a couple of new features. A new sign sits next to the Edmund Fowle House on Marshall Street. The home is the second oldest in Watertown, after the Browne House in West Watertown, and it was the site of the signing of the first treaty signed by the United States with a foreign power, the St. John’s (a.k.a. Maliseet) and Mi’kmaq Tribes of Nova Scotia, the Treaty of Watertown, in 1776.

UPDATE: Watertown Police & Watertown Schools Hosting First Listening Session on Thursday

UPDATE: Superintendent Dede Galdston announced Wednesday that the Oct. 21 Listening Session has been postponed, and the new date is to be determined. The Watertown Police Department and Watertown Public Schools will host the first of a series of listening sessions to allow people to share their experiences and speak with department leaders. The event will be held Thursday, Oct. 21, from 6:30-8 p.m, at the Watertown Boys & Girls Club, 25 Whites Ave., Watertown.

Watertown Connector Shuttle Links Pleasant Street to Harvard Square, Serves Residents & Employees

Charlie BreitroseThe Watertown Connector’s Pleasant Street shuttle pulls into Watertown Mews, the first stop during morning runs to Harvard Square. Watertown’s newest public transportation option made a special run on Wednesday to show Town officials and residents what it is like to ride the Watertown Connector Pleasant Street Shuttle. The Watertown Connector began running on Pleasant Street the day after Labor Day, and has given more than 150 rides on the route that goes down the westside corridor, to Watertown Square and on to Harvard Square. The shuttle makes four runs in the morning and four in the afternoon and evening. Rides are free for residents of apartment complexes and employees of businesses that contribute to the Watertown Transportation Management Association (TMA).

Watertown Girl Scouts’ Project to Protect the Charles River Earns a Bronze Award

Girl Scout Troop 82131Watertown Girl Scouts from Troop 82131 earned the Bronze Award for their project to protect the Charles River. The following piece was provided by the leaders of Girl Scout Troop 82131:

Earlier this year, Girl Scout Troop 82131, made up of 12 Watertown girls (then fifth graders), teamed up to make a difference in Watertown, learn important leadership skills, and see how their seemingly small actions can make a big difference to their community. All their work together over a period of 18 months helped the girls earn the Girl Scout Bronze Award — the highest award a Junior can achieve. In thinking about what project they wanted to take on to earn their Bronze Award, the girls discovered a shared interest in protection of water resources, and taking care of the Charles River, an important recreation and nature area in our town. The girls started by working with an all-female team of water resources engineers from VHB, a local engineering firm, to learn about water pollution and how difficult it is to “depollute” water. They collected almost 30 pounds of trash along the Charles River, recruiting family and friends to help them in this effort. Next, they worked with the VHB engineers to learn about the science behind water filtration and built their own mini filters at home over zoom using materials provided by VHB. The troop then met with VHB in person to inspect the large-scale water filtration systems in place on the Charles River in Brighton. Finally, they worked with WCA-TV to produce a public service announcement educating the community and their peers about the importance of taking care of our natural water resources in town. 

Girl Scout Troop 82131The local Girl Scouts removed trash from a section of the Charles River.

LETTER: Two Parents Back Candidate for Watertown School Committee

We are supporting Rachel Kay for School Committee. Rachel Kay is a passionate parent and caregiver advocate who wants the best for all Watertown families. We like that Rachel is not running to push the agenda of special interest groups or a political ideology. Instead, she cares about fostering a united Watertown and representing the values and priorities of its collective residents. She has consistently held neighborhood gatherings and listening sessions in the community to find out what matters to other Watertown residents, and she has intentionally sought out the thoughts and opinions of people she has never met or might not otherwise hear from.