What Watertown is Doing to Fight Hunger, What More Can be Done — See the Panel Discussion

A live roundtable discussion about how hunger impacts Watertown took place on Feb. 12 at the Mosesian Center for the Arts. (Courtesy of Watertown Cable)

Nearly one-in-seven Watertown residents qualify for government food programs, but only about half have signed up for the assistance. Many more people living in town do not qualify for the programs, for one reason or another, despite being in a low-income household. And putting more stress on the situation is the increasing cost of housing in town.

2024 Watertown Memorial Day Parade Registration Now Open

A girl waves the Stars & Stripes as Watertown Fire Department’s mascot rolls by. (Photo Courtesy of Natalie Nigito Photography)

Watertown’s Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 27, 2024, and organizations can now register to take part in the annual procession. The Watertown Veterans Services Office wrote: “Join with members of your company, organization, neighborhood, friends, and family to participate in the parade!” Those interested in participating must fill out the registration (see below), which must be submitted no later than April 29, 2024. Fill out the registration form and return it marked ‘Memorial Day Parade Registration’ to: The City of Watertown, Veteran’s Services, 149 Main Street, Watertown, MA 02472 or email it to: Pgeorge@watertown-ma.gov

Registration for Watertown Rec’s Pequossette Summer & Kindergarten Programs Open

Courtesy of Watertown Recreaion

The following information was provided by the Watertown Recreation Department:

The Pequossette Summer Recreation Program will begin registration for our 55th season on Tuesday, February 13. PEQUOSSETTE SUMMER PROGRAM

The Watertown Recreation Department is offering the Pequossette Summer Program to children who are entering grades one through eight in September 2024. The program consists of eight individual weeks from June 24 through August 16, 2024, at the Cunniff School, 246 Warren Street in Watertown. The program will operate Monday through Friday from 8:45 am to 2:30 pm, except for Week 2 which will run Monday, July 1st through Wednesday, July 3rd. We offer an early drop off from 7:30 am to 8:45 am and an extended day program from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

Watertown Group Hosting Discussion of Passing a “Back from the Brink” Resolution in Town

The following announcement was provided by Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice & the Environment:

Join us at Watertown Citizens’ Monthly Membership Meeting for “Let’s Pass a Back from the Brink Resolution in Watertown.” This will be an opportunity to hear from peace activists who have successfully passed nuclear abolition resolutions in Marshfield, Cambridge, Needham, and Newton as we embark on a similar effort in Watertown. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 21, from 7:00 PM until 8:30 PMvia ZOOM. All are welcome. Zoom link – tinyurl.com/feb21watertown

February Vacation Activities Available at DCR Properties

The following information was provided by the Department of Conservation and Conservation:

The Department of Recreation and Conservation (DCR) announced its plans today to help make February school vacation week a walk in the park for parents. From guided hikes to animal tracking, craft making, and maple sugaring, the agency is offering 81 free or low-cost engaging and educational activities for kids and families across the state from Saturday, February 17, through Sunday, February 25. The programming is part of DCR’s commitment to expanding access to Massachusetts’ State Park system, while also inspiring kids to get outdoors and fostering a connection with the environment.  

“School may be out, but the learning doesn’t have to stop. Our February break programming is a tremendous way to connect kids and nature and help us grow the next generation of environmental stewards,” said DCR Commissioner Brian Arrigo.

Arsenal Park Improvements Approved, Project Cost Significantly Higher Than Expected

Photo by Charlie BreitroseArsenal Park will be getting a major overhaul. Here it is set up for the Watertown Arts Market. The second phase of renovations at Arsenal Park was approved by the City Council, which will include improvements to the recreation areas, but came in more than $4 million higher than originally budgeted. On Tuesday night, the City Council unanimously approved borrowing $10.35 million to cover the cost of the project. The project will make significant improvements to the park in the East End, said City Manager George Proakis.

Concert Featuring Pianist Guy Urban Will Benefit Helen Robinson Wright Fund

The following announcement was provided by the Helen Robinson Wright Fund:

A concert featuring Guy Urban will benefit the The Helen Robinson Wright Fund at First Parish of Watertown. The concert will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 7:30 p.m. at First Parish of Watertown, 35 Church St., Watertown. Urban will perform some of his favorite piano pieces and share with the audience why these are favorites of his. The Helen Robinson Wright Fund, named for a Watertown native, assists Watertown neighbors with short-term financial help for housing, food, and utility bills.