Volunteers Wanted to Help With 40th Annual Run of the Charles Race

The following information was provided by the Run of the Charles:

Nearly 150 volunteers are needed to help set up the race, check in paddlers, direct boat traffic through portages, check boat numbers, post results and take care of all the other details that make the Run of the Charles such a success each year! We are most in need of volunteers for:

Moody Street Dam, Waltham (Approx. 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM) check-in for Relay leg 2 and portage 1

Bleachery Dam, Waltham (Approx. 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM) portage 2

Watertown Dam, Watertown (Approx. 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM) portage 3, check-in for Relay leg 3

Watertown Bridge, Watertown (Approx.

City Seeks Input on Watertown’s New 311 Service Center

The following information came from the City of Watertown:

The launch of the 311 Service Center is approaching. Your assistance is invaluable in gathering feedback on our non-emergency report system and understanding where you’re accessing this system. We invite you to participate in the City of Watertown 311 Focus Group and contribute to this initiative. Focus groups will be on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 from 6-7:30 p.m. and Tuesday, April 23, 2024 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Watertown Savings Bank Room in the Watertown Free Public Library at 123 Main Street in Watertown. Throughout these sessions, we’ll make use of both the mobile app and web app editions of SeeClickFix.

Watertown Square Housing & Intersections Proposals Revealed – Deadline to Submit Input is April 13

A large crowd listened to the presentation at the Watertown Square Area Plan Meeting on April 4 at 66 Galen St. (Photo by Rachel Kay)

The proposed design of Watertown Square will look similar to the current intersection, with one leg removed and larger open space. Designers also revealed a new plan to meet the MBTA Communities Law on Thursday, showing a plan with areas for by-right housing around Watertown Square, and south of the Charles River. The design team and City officials have gathered input from the public at previous meetings, City Manager George Proakis said, and there were strong agreement on some areas, such as that the Watertown Square intersection needed improvement and the downtown area has some nice historic architecture, but much of the area lacks character and is not friendly to shoppers and pedestrians. Other matters were more mixed.

Free T-Shirt Days at the Watertown Library

The Watertown Library will be giving away T-shirts in April. (Courtesy of the Watertown Library)

The Watertown Free Public Library will be giving away T-shirts. Find out more information in the announcement provided by the Library, below. On April 12 and April 13, 2024, the first 100 children and first 100 teens & adults to stop by our table in front of the Library will receive a free T-shirt. Come and meet Library Director Kim Hewitt, pick up a free button, sticker, or T-shirt (while supplies last) and learn about everything your library has to offer.

2024 Watertown Pride Events Include Parade & Tipsy Tea Party

The following information was provided by the City of Watertown:

Plans are underway for Pride Month in Watertown! Please visit the city’s official Pride website at WatertownPride.com for upcoming event details and sponsorship opportunities. More community events will be added as they are announced.  

Watertown Pride 2024: Loud, Proud, Island-Bound will be held on Sunday, June 2 from 12 to 5 p.m. It is an inclusive, all-ages event that celebrates our LGBTQIA+ communities. The event will kick off with a parade at noon beginning at the Moxley parking lot leading to a festival at Saltonstall Park. 

Watertown Pride 2024: A Tipsy Tea Party is scheduled for Sunday, June 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Commander’s Mansion (440 Talcott Avenue). This is a ticketed event for guests ages 21 and up. Head to the Watertown Pride website to purchase your ticket today!  Tickets must be purchased in advance and will be capped at 200 guests. We are also seeking local eateries to provide “brunch bites” during this event.  

More information on both events can be found on the Watertown Pride website. Contact info@watertownpride.com if you have details to share on this website about Pride community events in Watertown.