DCR Closing Little Greenough to Traffic Through End of November

A stretch of roadway along the Charles River, known as Little Greenough, has been closed to traffic by the Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the closure will run through late November. The DCR closed the area last year during the Pandemic to make the stretch of Greenough Boulevard from Arsenal Street to North Beacon Street available for recreational uses, such as walking, biking, and rollerblading. Once again in 2021, the roadway was closed beginning April 10, according to the DCR’s notice. Cones block off the mouth of the roadway on either end and orange barrels have been placed on on North Beacon Street westbound to stop vehicles from using the right-turn-only lane. The Town Council had endorsed a request made by the Watertown Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee to close the roadway again in 2021.

Watertown’s New Rep Receives Grant from Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation

The following announcement was provided by the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation:

Rockland Trust’s affiliated charitable foundations have announced the recipients of their Racial Equity Grant Program, providing 45 local nonprofits with over $200,000 in grants to support activities that advance racial equity within their organizations and communities, including Watertown-based New Repertory Theatre. Over 80 percent of the funded projects were for internal/organizational diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work, such as Board, staff or volunteer training, policy reviews and audits. The remaining funds supported community-based DEI activities, or hybrid proposals that focused on both organizational and community-focused DEI work. “We were extremely impressed by the thoughtful nature of the applications we received,” said Edward H. Seksay, President and Chair of the Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation and Rockland Trust-Blue Hills Charitable Foundation. “These grants exemplify our steadfast DEI commitment and our ongoing support of local nonprofits.

Watertown Veterans Gather In-Person to Commemorate Memorial Day

Charlie BreitroseWatertown veterans salute the Flag during the playing of the National Anthem at the Memorial Day Observance. Memorial Day 2021 in Watertown had more of a normal feeling than last year, with veterans able to gather in person and pay tribute to those who gave their lives serving their country. While the parade was cancelled for the second straight year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Town’s Memorial Day Observance took place under a tent next to the Commander’s Mansion. “I think the community and everyone else has learned a crash course in what veterans call improvise, adapt and overcome,” said Watertown Veterans Services Officer Patrick George. Last year, members of the Shutt Detachment of the Marine Corps League, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and AmVets organized the place flags on graves of veterans and place wreaths at memorials around Watertown despite the COVID-19 restrictions.

Historical Society of Watertown Seeks a Treasurer

The following information was provided by the Historical Society of Watertown:

The Historical Society of Watertown is looking for a Treasurer. The role of the Treasurer is vital to all organizations. We are looking to fill this position and hope that you or someone you know would be interested in joining our Board and taking this role. The Treasurer is the person who oversees the management and reporting of the Historical Society’s finances. The Treasurer receives and disperses all funds, pays the bills and reports on the transactions at our monthly meetings.

Watertown Marine Whose Name is on a Westside Park Died in Vietnam 53 Years Ago

PFC Richard Moxley, of Watertown, who was killed in Vietnam in 1968. The field next to Watertown Middle School was dedicated to him. Richard Moxley, for whom the field and park next to Watertown Middle School is named, was a quick-witted young man who enjoyed interacting with interesting characters, and decided to forego college to serve his country in the Marines in 1967. He died in Vietnam nearly 53 years ago. Moxley was born on Sept.

Opening of Watertown Farmers Market Just Weeks Away, New Market Coordinator

The following announcement came from the Watertown Farmers Market:

Opening Day ~ Wednesday, June 16 2:30 – 6:30 PM

We’re getting ready for the 2021 season ~ opening day is just a few weeks away! Watch for news about our vendor lineup and modified layout for this season. We thank you in advance for your patience and support as we continue to create a safe, efficient, and enjoyable shopping experience! Introducing our New Market Coordinator Lillian Baptist! Hi everyone!

Watertown’s Headliners in Education a Finalist for Mass. Nonprofit Network Award

Headliners in EducationWatertown’s John Vitti, founder of Headliners in Education. The non-profit is a finalist for an award from the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network. The following announcement was provided by the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network:

The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN) announced today, Headliners in Education (HIE) of Watertown, has been selected as a finalist for the 2021 Nonprofit Excellence Award for Small Nonprofits. The winners of the Nonprofit Excellence Awards will be announced at a virtual awards ceremony, MNN’s 2021 Nonprofit Excellence Awards: Celebrating Idealism and Achievement presented by Citizens, on Wednesday, June 23 at 10 a.m.

“We are excited to recognize Headliners in Education for their invaluable contributions to the Commonwealth,” said Jim Klocke, CEO of MNN. “We look forward to recognizing them and the other Excellence Award finalists and announcing the six winners on June 23.”

Watertown Memorial Day Ceremony Moving to Commander’s Mansion

Charlie BreitroseThe Watertown Police and Fire honor guards stand at attention during the Memorial Day Ceremony. For 2021, Watertown will commemorate Memorial Day at the Commander’s Mansion, starting at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 31. The annual parade was cancelled due to concerns with COVID-19, but the ceremony held afterward will take place, said Watertown Veterans Services Officer Patrick George. The weather prompted a change of venues for the ceremony. “It was going to be at Victory Field, because the bleachers would allow people to space out,” George said.