Apple Pie Contest Returns to Faire on the Square After Hiatus

The following information was provided by the Faire on the Square organizers:

The Faire on the Square was founded by local Watertown resident Mike Donham back in 1999. A committee of about 12 volunteers was formed, one member of who was Joyce Munger. It was her idea to include an apple pie contest, she handled all aspects of the contest, including being the MC. The contest grew over the years, it was very successful with locals trying to outdo each other for bragging rights, not to mention prizes. At the first wrap-up meeting, it was discussed whether another type of pie, such as pumpkin should be included but that was met with a clear NO!

LETTER: Resident Supports Signage at Arsenal Yards, Praises Impact of Development

Much has changed in Watertown over the past 10 years, that is for sure, and one area we should be proud of is the transformation of the East End and the revitalization of the Arsenal Street corridor – specifically turning the older and declining Arsenal Mall into a delightful destination for our community, and surrounding communities and neighbors.  

This development and the ripple effects of its success have afforded and will continue to afford our little City quite a bit. There are the surface benefits – dozens of new restaurants and shops, hundreds of thousands of square feet of outdoor space, adding to a renovated Arsenal Park, andweekly community events that frequently benefit local charitable organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club and the Food Pantry. 

And there are the less obvious but glaringly important benefits – thousands of new local jobs, millions in real estate tax revenue which resulted in three new public schools that did not require a tax increase for residents, and not to mention the nearly 2,500 new life science employees and residents who will undoubtedly shop and eat in businesses ALL over Watertown, not just at Arsenal Yards. Yes, we should be proud of this development. We should be proud of our City Government, which had the vision to include a development like Arsenal Yards in their last Comprehensive Plan from a decade ago. Further, as taxpayers and voters, we should encourage our City Government to support the economic success of the development, which is closely tied to the success of many aspects, including the revenue, of this City.

Watertown Group to Discuss Fair Share Ballot Question

Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 6:45 until 8:30 p.m. via Zoom. The group provided the following announcement:

The November Fair Share Ballot Question is more than just a millionaire’s tax. It’s a vision for the future. Come hear about the state of transportation and education and how we will benefit from this initiative. 

Our State Rep. Steve Owens will share his legislative perspective and thinking about transportation and related climate initiatives 

Local school teachers will share the broad range of public education benefits and a local school perspective.  

Ask your questions and learn how you can help get this ballot question passed in November.

LETTER: Group Encourages Older Residents to Participate in Comprehensive Plan Process

Submitted by Bob Shay of Watertown for All Ages

Watertown for All Ages, a grassroots community organization, encourages older adults and their children to make their voices heard in the city’s Comprehensive Planning process that will shape the future of Watertown for years to come. Watertown for All Ages has submitted recommendations for improved programs and services for older residents. To learn more and read the recommendations visit the Watertown for All Ages website (www.watertownforallages.org) or email: info@watertownforallages.org. The City is holding workshops for the public to participate in the Comprehensive Plan process on September 20 and 29. For details: https://engagestantec.mysocialpinpoint.com/watertown-plan/watertown-plan-events/ 

“We hope the ideas we have offered for the Comprehensive Plan will be the basis for a broader community discussion, and we encourage everyone to get involved,” said Bob Shay, President of Watertown for All Ages. Watertown for All Ages’ list of opportunities that the City planners should consider includes suggestions to increase transportation and affordable housing options, identify innovative ways to decrease social isolation, support intergenerational programs, and offer a broader range programs and recreational opportunities that will be of interest to a more diverse population of older residents.

Find Out About Local Services for Alcohol & Drug Use Prevention, Treatment & Recovery

The following information was provided by the City of Watertown:

If you or someone you love is struggling with alcohol or drug use, please come to a special evening of talks from people in the recovery community and experts on substance use disorders. The event, Watertown: A Community of Caring, will be held on Thursday evening, Sept 22, 2022 at the Watertown Library starting at 6 p.m. It will also be available via a zoom link. The program will highlight local services available for prevention, treatment and recovery for substance use disorders (SUD). The free, in-person event will kick off with a light supper, followed by a performance by Second Act, an improv group, whose members are in recovery. A panel of speakers will address local services available to people with SUD and their families.

Spots Still Available for Most Watertown Recreation Fall Programs

The Watertown Recreation Department’s fall programs have started, but there are still spaces available in most of the programs. Activities range from age 3 to adult.

Kids sports programs include PreK Outdoor sports for ages 3-5, youth tennis (grades 1-8), Junior All Sports (grades K-2), and All Sports (grades 3-5). This fall there will be Jr. Creative Arts for grades K-2 and Lego BricQ Motion 1 for grades 2-5. The Recreation Department has teamed with the Watertown Police Department to present multiple Cops ‘n’ Rec activities, including: flag football, racket sports, dodgeball, and volleyball. There is also a flag football program for grades 3-5. Artemis Yoga will run classes for kids 6-10 and girls empowerment classes for ages 10 to 14.

Planning Board to Hear Proposals for Former Russo’s, Sterritt Lumber Sites

JacobsThe proposed life science lab building that would go on the former Russo’s site at 560 Pleasant St. Two major projects will be heard by the Planning Board on Wednesday: a proposal to build a four-story lab and office building on the former Russo’s property, and a two-story lab and office building on the former Sterritt Lumber site. 560 Pleasant St. BDPF Pleasant St. Owner, LLC.