Winthrop Through the Years

10 years ago

June 23, 2005


General Ambulance will become the town’s E-911 ambulance service starting July 1, bringing to an end the town’s 20-year relationship with Cataldo Ambulance. Winthrop’s ambulance service is provided by the MWRA and General was the low bidder.

Town Accountant Michael Bertino reported this week that Winthrop’s retirement funds showed a return of 12.6 percent for the past year, one of the highest returns in the state. Winthrop’s return the year before was 20.4 percent.

The town has begun negotiations with Massport for a new in-lieu-of-tax agreement.

A major water main break at the intersection of Pauline St. and Woodside Ave. Sunday has caused major headaches for the Water Dept. and residents. Every time the crews repair the old pipe, it breaks in another section.

The Winthrop Improvement and Historical Association held its annual Strawberry Festival this past week at the Deane Winthrop House.

The WHS football team held its annual Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast this past Sunday.

Batman Begins, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and Cinderella Man are playing at the Revere Showcase Cinemas.

20 years ago

June 29, 1995

Spencer Police Chief Thomas Shamshak appears to be the obvious choice of the Board of Selectmen to become the next Chief of Police after a public interview with Shamshak in which the board members unanimously praised him, and given that they have scheduled no other interviews of finalists for the post.

Bad weather Sunday forced postponement to this Sunday of the annual Sandcastle and Beach Day at Yirrell Beach by the Parks and Rec. Dept.

The newly-renovated Scarpa Bridge at Orient Heights reopened this week, bringing to an end years of torturous commuting for local residents.

Pocahontas, Batman Forever, and Crimson Tide are playing at the Revere Showcase Cinemas.

30 years ago

July 3, 1985

The town has fired the first salvo in the sewage treatment plant war with the MWRA by filing a lawsuit in U.S. District Court seeking the court to order the MWRA to locate the plant on Long Island instead of Deer Island.

Gov. Michael Dukakis will bring his 1986 re-election campaign to this area when he makes an appearance at the Ramada Inn in East Boston July 30.

A View to a Kill, Prizzi’s Honor, and Cocoon are playing at the Revere Showcase Cinemas.

40 years ago

July 2,1975

Heavy traffic and parking conditions at Winthrop Beach thus far this summer have led to all-out traffic enforcement by local police ad fire units to keep intersections and fire hydrants clear. Police towed 37 motor vehicles this weekend.

Resident Marvin Taub angrily complained to the School Committee last week that ongoing violations of the rules by the Tennis Committee have caused a breakdown in stability over the use of the town’s tennis courts. Taub charged that some members of the committee are writing in the names of their friends on the sign-up time sheets, thereby depriving others of time on the courts.

The Jaycees will sponsor a five mile road race starting at Town Hall on July 4.

The Jefferson Professional Building announces its grand opening this week.

John Pedoto has been named the Little League Man of the Year.

The Towering Inferno is playing at the Kincade Theatre.

50 years ago

July 1, 1965

Town Counsel Joseph Harvey has informed the selectmen that despite the lawsuit brought by Frederic B. Smith, owner of the buildings at 511-527 Shirley St., the town may proceed with the razing of the buildings. Building Inspector wilfred Bennett has declared the structures unfit for use because of rot and termite infestation.

The annual Fourth of July program on Pt. Shirley once again promises to be a highlight of the summer season for local youngsters. Willard Turner is chairman of the event, which is being sponsored by the Pt. Shirley Association.

The American Legion’s annual carnival at Ingleside Park is set for July 6-10. The grand prize for the event will be a new, 21-inch color TV to be awarded following the fireworks on the final day.Walt Disney’s Cinderella is playing at the Winthrop Theatre.

60 years ago

June 30, 1955

According to an engineering report from the Mass. Dept. of Public Works, the Belle Isle Bridge is obsolete, is incapable of supporting the present day traffic situation, and should be replaced as soon as possible. The estimated cost of a new bridge is $300,000, with the state paying half and Winthrop and Boston each paying $75,000.

Thieves made off with a haul of $1000 worth of watches and jewelry from the G.R. Rand Jewelry store in the Centre Sunday night.

Arthur G. Sullivan of 106 Washington Ave. is the new President of the Winthrop Rotary Club. He succeeds Bob Remer as head of the 41-member organization

A new, 150-car parking lot opened for business at the Beachmont MTA station yesterday.

John Wayne and Lana Turner star in The Sea Chase at the Winthrop Theatre.

70 years ago

June 28, 1945

A well-balanced, fast-moving program of fun for all ages is the offering to the public for the annual American Legion Carnival July 2-4 at  Ingleside Park to be climaxed by a brilliant display of fireworks for the first time since the war began.

The Board of Park Commissioners has announced the opening of the summer playground season Monday, July 2. Mr. Timothy Sheehan once again will be program director. Two new playgrounds at Miller Field and on Pt. Shirley will be open for the first time this summer.

Jack Benny and Alexis Smith star in The Horn Blows at Midnight at the Winthrop and State Theatres.

80 years ago

June 29, 1935

The annual carnival of the American Legion is set for July 3-6 at Ingleside Park and is sure to provide four days of real fun for all.

Robert Perry, the Supervisor of Playgrounds, will inaugurate the 1935 program of events and classes, including a baseball league, at Ingleside Park and on the grounds of the E.B. Newton School starting July 1.

Lionel Barrymore and Bela Lugosi star in Mark of the Vampire and Mae West stars with seven leading men in Goin’ to Town at the Winthrop and State Theatres.

90 years ago

July 3, 1925

The annual Legion Carnival and Field Day is set for July 4 at Ingleside Park.

Walter A. Marsh, P.E.R., has begun his long trip to Portland, Oregon as the local representative to the Elks Grand Lodge national convention July 11.

Will Rogers stars in Going to Congress at the Orient Gardens Theatre at Orient Heights.

100 years ago

July 3, 1915

The ninth annual Fourth of July celebration to be held by the people of Pt. Shirley will take place Monday, starting with a torchlight parade at 12:01 a.m., followed by a mammoth bonfire. During the day on the Point, there will be games and contests for the children with prizes awarded for the best decorated cottages. The rest of the town  will celebrate the Fourth starting at 6 a.m. with the ringing of bells at the local churches, followed by water sports, baseball games, and a concert throughout the day.

The petition of the Winthrop Highlands Yacht Club for a float 75 feet in length was held over by the Harbor and Land Commission until the commissioners can conduct a personal investigation.

The largest crowd of the season at Revere Beach, fully 100,000 people coming by automobile, street car, and train, passed through the turnstiles of the State Bath House last week.

110 years ago

June 30, 1905

Town Hall was well-filled Monday evening when Moderator Churchill called the adjourned Town Meeting to order. Among the articles approved were appropriations for $6270 to purchase land to expand the town cemetery and $3000 to fight the brown-tail and gypsy moths.

A reception was given by the alumni of Winthrop High School for the WHS class of 1905.

130 years

July 3, 1885

The fourth grand hop of the season is set for July 8 at the Ocean Spray Skating Rink and promises to be a grand affair. A new forward deck on the Emita, the steamer running between Pt. Shirley and Boston this summer season, almost is finished. The annual graduation exercises of the Winthrop High School took place last week at Town Hall.

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