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Reminder - the Watertown Department of Community Development and Planning is hold a community meeting this evening to discuss short-term rentals in Watertown. Please see below for more information.

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Congratulations to the Watertown Free Public Library for having been chosen by the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) to receive an Outstanding Organization of the Year Award during the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Constituents’ Day at the State House on March 8, 2018.

The Watertown Free Public Library was nominated for advancements towards becoming accessible for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. In particular, the MCDHH’s Statewide Advisory Council wished to recognize the library’s work to improve access through installing a looping system in the Watertown Saving Room (WSB) Community Room.

http://www.watertownlib.org/

Members of Watertown Community Conversations spoke at the Town Council meeting last night.

Watertown Community Conversations promotes the use of successful, proven techniques, tools, and technologies to engage our community in thoughtful and productive public dialogue about issues and concerns affecting the Watertown.

Watertown Community Conversation will host an event at the Watertown Free Public Library on March 14, 2018 at 6:00 PM.

The Rotary Club of Watertown had a wonderful guest speaker at our weekly meeting, Andy Short from the Improbable Players.

Improbable Players uses theater performances & workshops to address addiction, alcoholism, and the opioid epidemic and has been located in Watertown for over 30 years.

Andy is a great ambassador for this wonderful group and I would encourage you to check out the Improbable Players' website to learn about the important work they are doing.

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The Town Council will meet tonight at 7:15 P.M. in the Richard E. Mastrangelo Council Chamber. Please see below for tonight's Agenda.

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The Watertown Fire Department has been awarded 2 different
SAFE Grants.

The first grant is in the amount of $5,407.00 for Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.), which is a
program that brings fire education into the elementary schools.

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The second grant is in the amount $2,813.00 for Senior SAFE Grants, which is a program which allows us to install Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors into the homes of seniors.

Many thanks to Captain Ryan Nicholson for his work in securing these grants for the Watertown Fire Department for the second consecutive year.

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I had the privilege to attend the Unity Breakfast hosted by World in Watertown and its partners on Martin Luther King Day.

Although this was the first time I had attended, this event has become a Watertown tradition that brings together hundreds of people representing Watertown’s diverse population to remember the man who led the fight to end prejudice, racism, and economic injustice.

The program was truly inspiring and I would encourage as many people as possible to attend i...n the future.

It was especially meaningful for me as the keynote speaker, Dr. William Smith, is a fellow Demon Deacon and I had the chance to speak to him about his experiences as one of first to integrate division one football in the old Confederate South at Wake Forest College.

The other highlight was witnessing Renee Gaudette be presented with the 2018 Unity Award. As Executive Director of the Watertown Boys and Girls Club, Renee has done so much for the youth of Watertown and it was a well deserved award.

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The first Town Council meeting of the new year will be held on Tuesday, January 9 at 7:15 P.M. in the Richard E. Mastrangelo Council Chamber.

The Agenda for Tuesday's meeting can be found at:
http://ma-watertown2.civicplus.com/ArchiveCenter/…/Item/3819

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The Department of Public Works has declared a snow emergency and an on street parking ban to be effective 12:00 AM January 4, 2018. The snow emergency shall remain in effect until further notice.

Watertown is expecting between 8 to 16 inches of snow. Any motor vehicle left on the street will be subject to towing.
Throwing or plowing snow on the street or public sidewalk is an ordinance violation and subject to a fine.

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Trash and Recycling collection will take place as scheduled. Please place your toters out this evening to ensure crews are able to collect in the morning. If the crews are unable to collect the entire route on Thursday, the collection will be completed on Friday.

Additional updates will be posted on the Town of Watertown’s website at www.watertown-ma.gov and www.watertowndpw.org

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