News & Announcements

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Vote By Mail Ballots

Check your mail for any requested ballots that are delivered, starting this week.

Residents who have not returned their 2024 census have been mailed Confirmation Cards to be signed and returned as proof of residency. Please complete and return them promptly!

If you have any questions, call the City Clerk’s Office at 617-972-6486 and they will assist you.

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Continued Joint Hearing Tonight at 6 PM

The Joint Hearing to discuss the Watertown Square Area Plan will continue tonight, July 16, 2024 at 6pm in the Watertown Middle School Auditorium at 68 Waverley Avenue in Watertown. Access the Agenda.

This Hearing will be a hybrid meeting, meaning you have the opportunity to join virtually on Zoom or in-person. You will also be able to watch the Hearing live online on WCA-TV

Response to City Council & Planning Board's Comments

Access the recommended amendments to the plan in response to the City Council and Planning Board's comments from the Hearing process to date. 

"Kids Space" is back for tonight's Hearing!

The Department of Recreation will be hosting a "kids space" again tonight, from 6pm-8:30pm in the Middle School Cafeteria for kids in grades K-5 to accommodate those attending the Hearing! 

Access all of the Project Documents and Materials!

We encourage everyone to visit the project website to get access to all of the project's documents and materials, including the plan document, the Q&A sheet developed by the City Staff, and the slide presentation from the June 13 hearing.

If you missed them, you can get caught up by watching the June 13 and June 27 Joint Hearings.

Printed copies of the Plan Document can be found at the Watertown Library and Senior Center. 

Questions? Feel free to reach out!

For more information about the project, or to ask a question about the Joint Hearing, please visit the project website.

You can also contact the City directly by dialing 311 in Watertown or by calling 617-715-8660.

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Watertown Chats

Join Tyler Cote, Watertown's Community Engagement Specialist, for the next installment of Watertown Chats! He will be near the spray pad at Filippello Park between Grove Street and Arlington Street on Wednesday, July 17, 2024 from 3:30pm-5pm. All are welcome to join and ask questions, raise concerns, and discuss all things Watertown – no appointments needed.

Tyler hopes to see you there!

Learn more and stay up to date on future Chats.

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Reminder: Continued Joint Hearing to Discuss the Watertown Square Area Plan on July 16 at 6PM

The Joint Hearing to discuss the Watertown Square Area Plan will continue on July 16, 2024 at 6pm in the Watertown Middle School Auditorium at 68 Waverley Avenue in Watertown. This is a continuation of the Joint Hearing held on June 13 and June 27 in the same location.

Access the meeting agenda.

This Hearing will be a hybrid meeting, meaning you will have the opportunity to participate virtually on Zoom or in-person. You will also be able to WCA-TV.

Response to City Council & Planning Board's Comments

Access the recommended amendments to the plan in response to the City Council and Planning Board's comments from the process to date.

Kids Space Offered by the Department of Recreation

The Department of Recreation will be hosting a kids space at the Middle School cafeteria for youth in grades K-5 from 6pm - 8:30pm to accommodate those attending the hearing.

Be Sure to Access All the Project's Materials!

We encourage everyone to access the project's materials on the project website, including the plan document, the Q&A sheet, and much more!

If you missed it, you can watch the recordings of the June 13 and June 27 Hearings.

Printed copies of the Plan Document can be found at the Library and Senior Center in Watertown.

For more information about the project, or to ask a question about the Joint Hearing, please visit the project website.

You can also contact the City by dialing 311 in Watertown or by calling 617-715-8660.

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Watertown's Faire on the Square

The 25th Anniversary of Watertown's Faire on the Square is scheduled for Saturday, September 21, 2024 from 12-5pm at Saltonstall Park.  Vendor registration is open through August 30, 2024. Visit www.faireonthesquare.com to learn more and register!

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Continued Joint City Council and Planning Board Hearing to Discuss the Watertown Square Area Plan

The Joint Hearing to discuss the Watertown Square Area Plan will continue on Tuesday, July 16, 2024 at 6pm in the Watertown Middle School Auditorium at 68 Waverley Avenue in Watertown. This is a continuation of the Joint Hearing held on June 13 and June 27 in the same location. Access the Agenda.

This Hearing will be a hybrid meeting, meaning you will have the opportunity to participate virtually on Zoom or in-person. You will also be able to watch the Hearing live online on WCA-TV

Access the Plan Document, Q+A Sheet, Hearing Recordings, and the June 13 Hearing's Presentation

We encourage everyone to visit the project website to learn more and to access the plan document. Printed copies of the Plan Document can be found at the Watertown Library and Senior Center.

The City of Watertown has also developed a packet of responses to questions about the Watertown Square Area Plan that have been collected from the previous Hearings.

If you missed it, we encourage all to watch the recordings of the June 13 and June 27 Hearings, as well as access the slide presentation given by the Project Team about the Plan Document.

For more information about the project, or to ask a question about the Joint Hearing, please visit the project website.

You can also contact the City by dialing 311 in Watertown or by calling 617-715-8660.

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Human Rights Commission and the Traffic Commission

City Manager George J. Proakis is seeking Watertown residents interested in serving on the Human Rights Commission and the Traffic Commission.

Human Rights Commission

All applicants who previously applied will be considered. New applicants should complete and submit a Universal Application no later than Tuesday, July 23, 2024.

The Human Rights Commission works to ensure that all persons enjoy equal opportunity to participate in local affairs, including but not limited to housing, employment, education, public accommodation, access to City services regardless of race, color, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, citizenship, age, religion, disability, health status, marital or familial status, military or veteran status, socioeconomic status, ex-offender status, genetic and/or protected class status. The Commission promotes human rights in Watertown through outreach, dialogue, educational forums, the development of an Action Plan, serving as a resource to persons with concerns of discrimination within the City, recommending policies or resolutions for adoption by the City Council, City Manager or other City departments, boards, councils or commissions. The Commission provides an annual written report to the City Council and City Manager and holds an annual public forum.

Traffic Commission

Interested applicants should complete and submit a Universal Application.

The duties and responsibilities of the Traffic Commission includes studying the traffic situation in the City and suggesting and advising the City Manager in ways and means to regulate traffic in the City and recommending changes and amendments to the Traffic Rules and Orders of the City with a view towards reducing accidents and relieving traffic congestion.

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City Manager’s Watertown Square Area Plan Update

Read the City Manager’s Update on the Watertown Square Area Plan

This letter reproduces the introductory remarks given by the City Manager to the City Council and Planning Board at the Watertown Square Area Plan Joint Hearing on June 27, 2024, with modifications for publication.

As we embark on what I call the end of the beginning of the work on Watertown Square, I’d like to reflect on the progress we have made and the process we have taken to get to the publication of the Watertown Square Area Plan. Read the letter.

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Mount Auburn Street Project Update

Overhead Catenary Removal Work Begins Tuesday, July 9, 2024

In preparation for the beginning of roadway work on Mount Auburn Street, and after a delay from our last update, Dagle Electric is confirmed to start removing the Overhead Catenary System. The Overhead Catenary System includes the electrical lines previously being used to power MBTA route 71 and 73 buses.

This work is scheduled to take place during evening hours from 8:00 PM each night to 4:00 AM the following morning for approximately six weeks. The work is scheduled to occur on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, July 9 through Thursday, July 11
  • Tuesday, July 16 through Thursday, July 18
  • Sunday, July 21 through Thursday, July 25
  • Sunday, July 28 through Thursday, August 1
  • Sunday, August 4 through Thursday, August 8
  • Sunday, August 11 through Thursday, August 15

Work will start on Mount Auburn Street at Arlington Street and continue west toward Watertown Square. Lane closures will be required for crews to complete the work, but no road closures or detours will be required.

Sign up for Mount Auburn Street Email Updates.

Learn more about the project.

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New Senior Planners

We are thrilled to announce the hiring of two new Senior Planner positions in Watertown - Erin Rathe as the City’s Senior Planner for Economic Development and Michelle Moon as the City’s Senior Planner for Open Space.

Erin joins Watertown from Middlesex 3 Coalition, where she served as the Communications Director, bringing with her extensive experience working on collaborative community projects. In Watertown, Erin will be a leader in implementing the City’s economic development strategies focused on small businesses, corridors, squares, and our emerging industry clusters.

Michelle Moon will be joining the Watertown team in August after 6 years as the Principal and Founder of Civic Space Collaborative working on open space, greenways, placemaking, and public arts projects. As Watertown’s Senior Planner for Open Space, Michelle will be enhancing the character and quality of life in the city by ensuring we have high-quality streetscapes, parks, playgrounds, recreation, and open spaces.

Erin and Michelle will be key members of the City's new Community Design Team, along with Liz Helfer, Watertown's Public Arts and Culture Planner. The City is currently hiring for the new Director of Community Design position.

Join us in welcoming Erin and Michelle!

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Watertown Chats

Join Watertown Community Engagement Specialist, Tyler Cote for the first in a series of sit-down coffee hours, at Watertown Chats.

Tyler will be at Tresca’s Eating Place, at 25 Church Street on Wednesday, July 3, 2024 from 9:30am-11am for anyone to stop by and chat with him about Watertown. Whether you have a question, an idea, concern, or just looking to speak with a member of the City, you can stop by anytime between 9:30am and 11am and meet Tyler.

Learn more about the Chats and to keep up to date on the schedule.

Car show July 2024 update

Watertown Wheels

Watertown Wheels, the City's first Classic Car Show, is scheduled for Sunday, July 14, 2024 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. It will be held on grounds of the Commander's Mansion at 440 Talcott Avenue. The event is free to enter and open to the public.

Additional event details:

 - A rain date is set for the following Sunday, July 21, 2024.

- Lunch will be available on site to purchase.

- Guest parking is free and available in the East Parking Garage in the complex (on Kingsbury Avenue off of Arsenal Street).

- Cars entering the show can arrive beginning at 8:30am and will be given a registration form and assigned a spot upon arrival.

- Guests will be invited to vote for the Best in Show award!

See more information.

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Cable Access Corporation – Board of Directors

City Manager George J. Proakis is seeking Watertown residents interested in serving on the Cable Access Corporation – Board of Directors. Interested applicants should complete and submit a Universal Application.

Board/Commission/Committee:  Cable Access Corporation – Board of Directors

Description:  The Watertown Cable Access Corporation (WCA-TV) is a non-profit corporation established to ensure access to cable television channels and facilities; provide public education and training regarding the use of facilities and channels; assist in the development of educational, cultural, and informational programming, including working with local institutions and organizations to share their resources; and to operate channels and programming space. The WCA-TV mission is to provide coverage of local events, City meetings, and news, as well as access to our equipment and facility to engage our community and amplify their voices. City Manager George J. Proakis is seeking Watertown residents interested in serving on the Cable Access Corporation – Board of Directors. Interested applicants should complete and submit a Universal Application.
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Summer 2024 Newsletter

Read the City of Watertown’s Summer 2024 Newsletter and learn about 311, Mount Auburn Street Complete Streets Project Updates, how to sign up for Emergency Alerts, what to do if you have an estimated water bill, revaluation year in Watertown, how to stay up to date with the Watertown Square Area Plan, how to save energy and money with Mass Save, Community Preservation Act (CPA) News, how Veterans’ Services Supports Veterans and their Families, Free Wellness Programs, how to keep Critters at Bay, Call for Artists: 100 Years of Arshile Gorky, Call for Artists and Scientists: Expert Pairings, the Library's Summer Reading Challenges for Children, Teens, and Adults, how to volunteer with the Library’s Project Literacy, City job openings, and more.

Independence Day 2024

Closed on Independence Day

Watertown City Hall, Parker Annex, Department of Public Works Offices, Senior Center and the Watertown Free Public Library are closed on Thursday, July 4, 2024 in observance of Independence Day.

Please be aware that due to the Independence Day holiday on Thursday, July 4, 2024, trash and recycling pickup will be delayed one day. The pickup schedule is Monday, July 1-Wednesday, July 3, 2024 and Friday, July 5-Saturday, July 6, 2024. A holiday postpones pickup by one day.

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Continued Joint City Council and Planning Board Hearing to Discuss the Watertown Square Area Plan

The Joint Hearing to discuss the Watertown Square Area Plan will continue on June 27, 2024 at 6pm in the Watertown Middle School Auditorium at 68 Waverley Avenue in Watertown. This is a continuation of the Joint Hearing held on June 13 in the same location.

This Hearing will be a hybrid meeting, meaning you have the opportunity to join virtually on Zoom or in-person. You will also be able to watch the Hearing live online on WCA-TV

We encourage everyone to visit the project website to learn more, and to access the plan document.  Printed copies of the Plan Document can be found at the Watertown Library and Senior Center.

If you missed it, you're encouraged to watch the June 13 Joint Hearing and access the slide presentation (PDF).

The City of Watertown has also developed a packet of responses to questions about the Watertown Square Area Plan (PDF) that you can access prior to the upcoming Joint Hearing.


"Kids Space" hosted by the Department of Recreation in the Middle School Cafeteria during the Hearing

The Department of Recreation will be hosting a "kids space" again, from 6pm-8:30pm on June 27 in the Middle School Cafeteria for kids in grades K-5 to accommodate those attending the Hearing! 

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Watertown Arts Market 2024

Save the date: the Watertown Arts Market 2024, an outdoor celebration of Watertown Artists and Cultural Organizations, will be on Saturday, August 17, 2024 from noon-5pm at Filipello Park at 191 Grove Street.

Artists, Writers, and Cultural Organizations who would like to participate can sign up for a table by July 15, 2024. See more information at watertownartsmarket.com.

Weather Center June 18-23 2024

Watertown Weather Center

Summer is here, and the weather forecast is making it clear. Get ready to bust out those dusty AC units... The city of Watertown will be experiencing higher than normal temperatures throughout this week, with a heatwave stretching across the commonwealth and temperatures reaching into the 90s. High temperatures and muggy weather will continue past dusk throughout the nighttime so please keep yourself and your loved ones safe by doing the following:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Limit strenuous activity and time spent outside
  • Avoid walking dogs on hot asphalt surfaces
  • Check in on elderly family and neighbors
  • Call 2-1-1 to find a cooling center near you

Please be sure to visit the Watertown Weather Center for local locations to stay cool, relevant information regarding extreme weather, and how you can stay informed.

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Continued Joint City Council and Planning Board Hearing

Save the Date: The Joint Hearing to discuss the Watertown Square Area Plan will continue on June 27, 2024 at 6pm in the Watertown Middle School Auditorium at 68 Waverley Avenue in Watertown. This is a continuation of the Joint Hearing held on June 13 in the same location.

We encourage everyone to visit the project website to learn more, and to access the plan document (PDF).

This Hearing will be a hybrid meeting, meaning you have the opportunity to join virtually on Zoom or in-person. You will also be able to watch the Hearing live online on WCA-TV.

Printed copies of the Plan Document can be found at the Watertown Library and Senior Center. You can learn more about the project at the Watertown Square Area Plan website, where you can also reach out with any questions about the Joint Hearing.

We look forward to seeing you on June 27!

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911 Outage Restored

UPDATE: The Massachusetts 911 system has been restored.
The public may now resume calling 911 for emergencies.
Thank you for your patience + cooperation. 
The State 911 Department continues to investigate the cause of the disruption.

Earlier this afternoon we reported:

The 911 system is experiencing problems statewide in Massachusetts, you may experience difficulties reaching an operator, officials are working on the issue at this time - If you need to reach Watertown PD, call 617-972-6500. You can also pull a fixed fire box if fire services are needed. DO NOT CALL 911 just to test. Thank you.

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A Tipsy Tea Party

The ticket sale window for "A Tipsy Tea Party" has been extended until Friday, June 21, 2024 at 5pm. Only 25 tickets for guests 21+ are left! Each ticket includes brunch bites from eight local eateries, tea station, tarot card reading, live drag entertainment, and gin tasting (plus cash bar). Visit www.WatertownPride.com to purchase tickets and learn more!
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Places to Stay Cool!

As the first heat wave of the season approaches, here are some places to help you stay cool through Sunday, 23, 2024:

The Filippello Park Spray Pad, located between Arlington and Grove Streets, is open daily from 9:15am-8:15pm all summer.

The Watertown Free Public Library, at 123 Main Street, is open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9am-9pm, Friday from 9am-7 pm, Saturday from 9am-5pm, and Sunday from 1pm-5pm. The Library will be closed on Wednesday, June 19, 2024.

The DCR Pool, located at 138 Pleasant Street, is scheduled to be open on Saturday, June 22, 2024 from 11:15am - 6:45pm. It will be open daily through Sunday, August 18, 2024. See information about the pool.

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Closed on Junteenth

City Hall, the Parker Annex, Department of Public Works Offices, the Senior Center and the Watertown Free Public Library are closed on Wednesday, June 19, 2024 in observance of Junteenth.

Please be aware that due to the Juneteeth holiday on Wednesday, trash and recycling pickup will be delayed one day after the holiday. The pickup schedule is Monday, June 17-Tuesday, June 18, 2024 and Thursday, June 20-Saturday, June 22, 2024. A holiday postpones pickup by one day.
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Summer Concert Series

Join us at the 2024 Summer Concert Series at Saltonstall Park, located at 149 Main Street next door to City Hall.

June 26: Non-Conformists

July 3: HYE Fusion

July 10: Southern Rail

July 17: Squeezebox Stompers

July 24: Fun with Ukulele - bring your uke or borrow one!

July 31: 90-Mile Portage

August 7: Phil and the Flying Leap

August 14: The Love Dogs and The Puppeteers Cooperative

August 21: The Sandy Ridge Boys

August 28: The Fatal Flaw

Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the concerts!

See more information.

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Joint City Council and Planning Board Hearing Tonight

Tonight, Thursday, June 13, 2024 at 6 PM is the Joint City Council and Planning Board Hearing to discuss the Watertown Square Area Plan. The Hearing takes place in the Watertown Middle School Auditorium at 68 Waverley Ave in Watertown.

The Hearing will include a presentation from the Project Team, followed by an opportunity for public comment. You can access the full agenda for the Joint Hearing. You can access the plan document on the project's website or in the agenda packet to learn about the Draft Plan.

This Hearing is a hybrid meeting, meaning you can give public comment either in-person or virtually! To join virtually, you can access the Hearing by using this Zoom link, which can also be found on the project's website and in the agenda.

You can also watch the event live online on WCA-TV.

The City of Watertown's Recreation Department will be hosting a "kids-space" during the Hearing for kids ages 5-12 in the Middle School Cafeteria to accommodate those attending!

Printed copies of the Plan Document can be found at the Watertown Library and Senior Center. You can learn more about the project at the Watertown Square Area Plan website, where you can also reach out with any questions about the Joint Hearing.

We look forward to seeing you tonight!

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