Latest Details for Mt. Auburn St. Redesign Include “Road Diet,” Moving Bus Stops; Public Input Wanted

MassDOTCross sections of Mt. Auburn Street with the “road diet” that removes one lane of traffic each way and ads turn lanes and bike lanes. The redesign of one of Watertown’s major roadways will include some significant changes to the look of the road, as well as improvements that state officials said would improve the road for motorists, transit users, bicyclists and pedestrians. The repaving and improvement of Mt. Auburn Street has been discussed for many years and officially got started by Watertown officials in 2009.

Recreation Department Running December Vacation, Sports for Kids & Adults, Skiing & More

Sign ups have started for Watertown Recreation Department’s Winter Programs, which include a variety of programs for children and adults. The Rec Department will run a December Vacation program from Dec. 27-30 at Watertown Middle School for students in grades K-8. Sports programs are available for children and teens beginning at age 3 and running through high school. Some sports include basketball, floor hockey, volleyball, wrestling, as well as programs with a variety of sports.

Nominations Sought for the Watertown Unity Award to be Presented at MLK Day Breakfast

Charlie BreitroseA mural created by Watertown High School students for the 20th annual Unity Breakfast. Dear Members of the Watertown Community,

We are pleased to announce that we are seeking nominees for this year’s Unity Award. The Unity Award is given each year at Watertown’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Unity Breakfast to honor individuals or groups who are making significant contributions to civic life in Watertown. We seek to honor community members who are furthering Dr. King’s vision of racial, social and economic justice in our community in concrete ways. We particularly encourage nominations of individuals and groups who identify as people of color or are led by people of color.

Works of Watertown Quilters on Display at Library, Hear from Speakers on Nov. 16

Quilters’ Connection presents “Connected Threads” at the Watertown Library, featuring traditional quilting to modern mayhem. Join three members of Quilters’ Connection as they share the diversity of modern quiltingand invite you to become part of the fun. The speakers will be RoseMary Bilezikian GabonlyianKoch on traditional quilting, Susan V. Polansky on pictorial collage quilts, and Julie Fei-Fan Balzer on playful surface design. Watertown Free Public LibraryWatertown Savings Bank Meeting Room123 Main Street, WatertownTuesday November 16, 20217:00 pm – 8:45 pm

The lecture is free but registration is required. Visit this website for more information: by a grant from the Watertown Community Foundation to Quilters’ Connection( and in collaboration with the Watertown Free Library.

Watertown Salutes Veterans at Annual Breakfast, Veteran’s Agent Encourages Use of VA Benefits

Charlie BreitroseVeteran John Pagan speaks with State Rep. Steve Owens at the 2021 Veteran’s Day Breakfast. Pagan, a Vietnam era veteran, is dressed in the Army infantry jungle fatigues worn during the Vietnam War. A group of veterans celebrated Veteran’s Day on Thursday at the annual breakfast, where Watertown Veterans Services Officer (VSO) Patrick George encouraged them to take advantage of the benefits they earned by serving their country. The event was held at the Charles Shutt Detachment, which is now home to both the Marine Corps League and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1105. “It’s good to see everyone again in person as we transition back to events where we can actually see each other again,” George said.

LETTER: East End Resident Urges Alternatives to New Gas Lines

Over the last half year or so, my East End neighborhood has been torn up by National Grid in an epic quest to replace our 100-year-old leaky gas lines. The local contractors have been doing a great job and overall I don’t have any immediate complaints about their work. However, I wonder if all this upheaval is a huge waste? Our old gas lines have been in the ground for 100 years, and are very leaky. The methane that leaks from these lines is a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change and I definitely agree that these leaks need to stop.

Dates of Watertown Winter Parking Ban Announced, See When it Begins

Charlie BreitroseA street empty of parked cars due to Watertown’s winter parking ban. The following announcement was provided by the Watertown Police Department:


Watertown Chief of Police Michael P. Lawn has announced the 2021-2022 Winter Parking Ban dates. Effective Monday November 29, 2021 and continuing to April 1, 2022 the Winter Parking Ban will be in effect and strictly enforced. The regulation reads in part; “No vehicle may remain on any public way for more than one hour between the hours of 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. all days of the week.” For residents who lack sufficient off-street parking, the Town allows for temporary parking at any municipal parking lot and other locations noted:

• The police station at 552 Main Street (visitor’s parking lot only)

• Any public school parking lot

• Marion Road parking lot at Victory Field

• O’Connell Park, (lot at the corner of Boylston Street and Mt Auburn Street)

• Grove Street parking lot at Filippello Park (No parking in the spaces along the driveway)

• 101 Morse Street – 14 spaces at the rear of the parking lot (currently being constructed, available once completed)

Please note that these locations may be used free of charge, however vehicles may only use available spaces after 7 p.m. and must be removed by 7 a.m. the following day.

Donohue’s Turkey Trot Run & Walk Returns on Thanksgiving Morning

Donohue’s Bar & Grill will host the 16th annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Morning starting at 8:30 a.m. Find out more about the 5K run and walk and how to register in the following announcement from Donohue’s. Join us at Donohue’s Bar & Grill (87 Bigelow Ave., Watertown) for our 16th Annual Turkey Trot. Proceeds benefit the Watertown Boys & Girls Club. It’s the best way to start Thanksgiving day! Like 2019, we’ll once again have a team competition with prizes for the fastest team and largest team.