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.

Watertown Health Department Running COVID Booster Clinic

The Watertown Health Department announced it will be hosting a Moderna Booster Clinic on May 10, 2022 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Watertown Public Library, First floor; Watertown Savings Bank Meeting Room, 123 Main St., Watertown, MA 02472

Click here to register. 2nd Booster Eligibility

Anyone age 50 and older may get a second booster at least 4 months after their first boosterAnyone age 12 and older with certain medical conditions may get a second booster at least 4 months after their first boosterAnyone age 18-49 years with certain medical conditions, and who received Janssen/J&J COVID-19 Vaccine as both their primary series dose and their booster dose, at least 4 months after the first Janssen booster dose

The CDC recommends everyone ages 12 years and older receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster after completing their primary COVID-19 vaccination series. Some people can receive two boosters. You can mix and match vaccines. Your booster does not need to be the same vaccine brand as your original COVID-19 vaccination.

Local Restaurants Delivering Meals to Community Fridge as Part of Nourishing Program

Watertown Community FridgeThe Watertown Community Fridge is being filled with meals from Watertown restaurants participating in the Charles River Regional Chamber’s Nourishing program. It is located near the church at 80 Mt. Auburn St. The following information was provided by the Charles River Regional Chamber:

Over the past two years our chamber’s food assistance program has purchased more than 15,000 meals from independent restaurants in Newton, Wellesley and Needham and delivered them to families and individuals in need. This morning we’re making our first meal deliveries in Watertown as we expand our Nourishing program yet again.

Route Change for Watertown’s Memorial Day Parade, Volunteers Wanted

Charlie BreitroseWatertown Girl Scouts joined in the parade on Monday. The Watertown Memorial Day Parade is back in 2022! The route has been changed, but it will take place on Monday, May 30 starting at noon. Parade Route

Due to ongoing construction, Watertown Veterans’ Services had to make the decision to change the route in the interest of safety.The parade will begin right in front of City Hall and conclude at Victory Field. We will take a right on Waverley Avenue, and another right on Orchard Street to complete the route.

Watertown Church Looking to Fill Part-Time Position

Charlie BreitroseFirst Parish Church of Watertown. First Parish of Watertown Unitarian Universalist sent out the following announcement about an opening for a part-time job. The church seeks a reliable, conscientious Sexton for 12 hours/week position at the church. The sexton is responsible for the cleaning, maintenance, and oversight of the overall condition and appearance of the church building and its grounds. The Sexton’s primary supervisor is the Minister, and the role works in conjunction with the Building and Grounds Committee. Applicants must be able to work independently with limited day-to-day guidance and have strong organizational skills.

City Wants to Hear from Public on Changes to Watertown’s Major Planning Document

The City of Watertown will be updating its Comprehensive Plan. This document guides what the City will look like in future, and covers topics such as economic development, land use, and transportation. The review will be an 18-month process that will be led by the Department of Community Development and Planning and a consultant team from Stantec in partnership with the Planning Advisory Committee. 

The first public meeting will be in the Hosmer School Cafeteria, 1 Concord Road, on Thursday, May 19 from 7-8:30 p.m. It will be held live and on Zoom. “This year, we are updating the city’s comprehensive plan which means that we want your feedback to plan for Watertown’s future,” said the announcement from the City. City officials want to hear from Watertown residents, property owners, business owners, and workers.