Letters to the Editor

Winthrop Chamber of Commerce Family Day at the Beach 2015

Dear Editor:

This was the 18th Annual Family Day at the Beach which was originally spearheaded by the late Phyllis Fluet.  In honor of Phyllis, this year’s Family Day at the Beach was dedicated as the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce, Phyllis Fluet Family Day at the Beach.

Thank you to The Winthrop MarketPlace, and Marc Wallerce, our Family Day at The Beach, GRAND SPONSOR. As well as providing the fabulous refreshments, the grill chefs, Kevin Micchici, Jack Devlin, Joe Laurino and cashiers, Sophia Laurino and & Gina Lopresti, The MarketPlace sold Family Day at the Beach Raffle tickets at their store daily in support of this annual fundraiser.

The Family Day at the Beach Raffle 1st prize winner is Alice Macfarland, she won $550.00 in local restaurant Gift Certificates so generously donated by Antique Table, JW’S, Kasbah, Hong Kong Dragon, D’Parma, Blackstrap BBQ, Café Rossetti’s, Osaka Lucky Garden, Millie’s Kitchen, Belle Isle Seafood and La Siesta. Thank you for your donations. Your continuous support of the Winthrop Chamber helped make this raffle a success. The 2nd place prize, 2 tickets to A Sip of Winthrop, Fri. Nov. 6; was won by Maria Valentini Brito and the 3rd place winner of 2 tickets to A Taste of Winthrop, Wed. Sept. 16th; won by Pat Ayotte. The 4th prize, a Beach Bag courtesy of East Boston Savings Bank won by Chubba Carter. The Scratch Ticket Raffle, donated by Webster First Federal Credit Union, was won by Jack Devlin. The Split the Pot Raffle winner was Linda Donahue. Thank you the community for supporting the chamber through your raffle purchases and enjoying the festivities throughout Family Day at The Beach.

The Chamber would also like to spotlight Hallmark Health Assoc. Dr. Pransky’s office, for sponsoring the water slides. D. J. Cuzzi, Kurt Millar for donating his time as Master of Ceremonies and DJ services. For Kids Only Staff, Shannon Hughes and Emilie Dean, for volunteering to assist with our contests. Paul Leavy and staff of Woodside ACE Hardware for donating grills, propane, and the ACE truck to deliver Beach Day supplies. Richie Gay, Eagle Appliance, providing transportation of event supplies, break down & set up of the event.  Webster First Federal Credit Union, Scratch raffle sponsor.  Cervizzi’s Martial Arts prize donation. The Winthrop Arms, for a prize donation. Thank you to WCAT and the Winthrop Sun Transcript for coverage of the day.  The Department of Public Works, Winthrop Police Department, Winthrop Fire Department, Winthrop Parks & Recreation and WHS Boys Soccer Team for their contributions. The Chamber wishes to recognize our youth volunteers, Sean Alioto, Spencer Bosse, Riley Bosse, Colby Bosse, Julia Gallant, Jill Kelley, Jarred Laviguer, Gianna Massa, Jouliette Millar, Santo Morisini, Serena Page, Ian Page, Beth Swentik, for running the water rides and our games of chance as well as the many Chamber member volunteers who donated their time. Your volunteerism helped make this cherished community event possible.

This annual fundraising event was proudly hosted by the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce.

Winthrop Arms was wonderful

Dear Editor

Coming back home from overseas is nothing new to this veteran nor is it unusual to “standby to standby” for hours in an airport waiting for that final connection home.  Alas, this trip back was no different as I missed my flight out of Logan International to Saint Louis.  Staring down a fitful eight hours in an airport, the USO at Logan recommended several local hotels.  Little did I expect the open-arms-welcome I was to be given by the family owned Winthrop Arms Hotel and Restaurant.  In 1916, it opened as one of the North Shore›s largest hotels.  David Goll, purchased it in 1978 and his son Casey, and daughter, Kelsey, help him run it.  Casey went above and beyond to help me navigate the labyrinthine maze of Logan International and secure a timely and low cost taxi to his hotel.  As is done in a successful family business, he stayed way past his “shift” to personally welcome me home and ensure I had a wonderful room in a hotel full of charm, beauty, and elegance.  It is the kindness and generosity of my fellow Americans that contributes to the exceptional nature of America.  No amount of money can pay for that, and as for my money, the Goll family would have none of it that travel wearied night. “Get some sleep soldier; you need it, and thank you for your service.  This one is on us.” said Casey Goll.  God bless them and God bless the United States of America.

It truly was a very much needed respite on my part and a very kind deed on the Goll family’s part.  I hope you are able to publish this letter of thanks.  Please, do not hesitate to call me if you have any questions.

Dan Bruzzini

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