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Speaker of the House and Winthrop resident Robert DeLeo said, “I feel on top of my game” after having gastric sleeve surgery for weight reduction on Aug. 3. The surgery removed 80 percent of his stomach. Since then he has lost 40 pounds on a mostly liquid diet. DeLeo, 65, said he has battled his weight for years, losing and gaining back. As part of the battle he has canceled lunch and dinner meetings.


The Senior Center has a new, automated check-in system which will be installed in the foyer. It’s specifically designed to help the staff members manage the various sign- ups and sign-ins, and improve the way we report our services to town management, and county agencies. Moreover, by quickly and accurately detailing which services we’re providing, the system will increase chances of receiving additional funding in the future. Today My Senior Center is being used by over 800 senior centers across the U.S. and Canada- so it’s a proven tool. Nancy Williams, director of the senior center, said the system is similar to those used by the YMCA. Each visitor and volunteer will receive a small key tag. Instead of signing into our book, you’ll swipe your key tag at the scanner and then press the touchscreen to select the programs you’ll be participating in that day.


The Delvina Theatre Company presents “Meet Julia Child” at the Winthrop Public Library. This is a live performance features Lynne Moulton as Julia Child. After the performance there will be a discussion about Julia Child. The performance is Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 pm at the Winthrop Public Library. This is a free program sponsored by the Friends of the Winthrop Public Library. Registraton required. Call 617-846-1703.

Ferry arrives later this month

The The U.S. Coast Guard will be performing their stability certification on September 17 down in Maryland. The ferry vessel, Valkyrie, will begin its voyage up the coast to Winthrop the last week in September.

Free Car Seat Safety Check Inspections to be held in Winthrop

In cooperation with the Winthrop Police Department and East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, Elliot Whittier Insurance Services -Winthrop Office will sponsor a Free Infant and Child Car Seat Safety Check.

The proper use of car seats, booster seats and seatbelts save lives.

Officer Judy Racow and Officer Robert Carter from the Winthrop Police Department will be conducting the actual inspections in the parking lot of our Winthrop location at 12 Revere St. Both officers have been recently certified by the National Child Passenger Safety Board, a program of Safe Kids Worldwide. According to Racow, “The class deals with the basics of child car seat restraints and proper vehicle installation. The course work included hands-on activities in the classroom and outside in vehicles.”
We would like to thank Winthrop Police Chief Terence Delehanty, and also Mike Nicastro from East Boston Neighborhood Health Center for their cooperation and guidance with this event. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Admininstration, Child Passenger Safety Week is (September 13-19, 2015). You can visit Elliot Whittier online at, email [email protected], or call 800-696-3947

Flu Clinic

The Winthrop Health Department will hold a flu clinic on Saturday, September 19, O’Connell Hall (at Winthrop Housing). At this time there is no nasal vaccine available until October. Please bring Insurance Cards with you. If you have any questions, please call Health Dept. 617-846-1740

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