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Watertown Housing Authority celebrates its tenants

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The Watertown Housing Authority just wants to make its tenants happy.

To show its appreciation for residents of its family complexes at East Hills, Meadowbrook and Maywood Terrace, the agency hosted its annual Summer Bash on Thursday at East Hills, just off Eastern Boulevard.

“It’s nice to see the staff know all what we’re working for,” said Melissa Snyder, tenant relations coordinator. “It’s hard to plan family events because they all have lives and jobs, but for this, it’s something they count on.”

The Summer Bash was rescheduled from last Friday when it rained, and although the agency considered scaling down the events into a few smaller ones, Ms. Snyder said the Watertown Housing Authority decided to stick with tradition.

That made tenants happy, including 7-year-old Caitlin E. Young, who also celebrated her birthday Thursday.

“I love the hula hoops,” she said, referring to one of the dozen activity stations for children.

She was accompanied by her sister, Kelcee N. Steele, 3, and mother, Kristi E. Young.

“We love it here,” Ms. Young said. “They’re always so good to the kids. They’re not bored.”

The Summer Bash offered face painting and glitter tattoos, a barbecue-style lunch, bounce houses, water activities, Clayton-based disc jockey service Timeline Music Co., ring toss, United Healthcare Community Plan, Jefferson County Dairy princess, Watertown Housing Authority Tenant Association, homemade hula hoops, rubber duck pond for babies, water activities, games and a petting zoo.

All children won small prizes, and some were selected for certificates for free bowling games at Pla-Mor Lanes, State Street, and a $25 gift card to the Fairgrounds Inn, Coffeen Street.

While many activities entertained children Thursday, Ms. Snyder said she tried to engage residents and network with other community agencies to offer other programs and events for all residents.

“We try to make the quality of life for our residents better,” said Michael C. Robare, executive director. “We house a large population of the city of Watertown.”

Watertown Housing Authority holds about 1,500 people within 700 individual family or single apartments among seven housing communities. More than 300 people are on the agency’s waiting list.

Mr. Robare said the agency will continue to make improvements to accommodate residents’ needs and some of their desires. Next year, he said, the agency plans to put in a new playground at Maywood Terrace.

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