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Free tax prep from CAPIC

CAPIC’s VITA Free Tax Preparation Program starts on Jan. 25. This program offers free tax help for qualified taxpayers. CAPIC’s trained staff will assist with special credits, such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled.  CAPIC will offer three ways to file:

  • By appointment (scheduling appointments starting 1/21/16)
  • FSA: Facilitated Self-Service with for walk-in clients -Mondays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays from 2pm-9pm.
  • Virtual VITA – drop off your paperwork & pickup completed return, up to ten days later.  Drop-offs accepted on Mondays from 1pm-5pm.

The Program will take place at CAPIC’s Main Office, located at 100 Everett Avenue, Unit 14, Chelsea, on  Mondays and Tuesdays from 4pm-9pm (doors close at 8:30pm). No appointment necessary.   Walk-ins are welcome.

For more information please contact Shelly Thimmer, VITA Program Coordinator, at 617-884-6130, ext. 116.


Two Winthrop students will be taking the stage at Stoneham Theatre during the young company Winter Festival 2016. The Winter Festival is the culmination of eight weeks of rehearsals by the students and their professional directors, music directors, choreographers, stage managers, and design team. The Young Company Winter Festival includes four fully staged productions: family-friendly Dear Edwina, Jr. for ages four and up, old favorite Pippi Longstocking for ages five and up, a new musical version of Alice for ages 8 and up (written by young company alum Andrew Barbato), and the classic Wonderful Town for ages 12 and up.

Kaylin Barry will appear in Pippi Longstocking. Pippi Longstocking is an independent girl who loves life and having fun while her father, a pirate captain, is out at sea. She and her friends Tommy and Annika play pretend all the time, but some adults, like Mrs. Prysselius, the head of the Child Welfare Board, try to change her unconventional ways. The red pigtails. The mismatched socks. The monkey perched on her shoulder. The well-known adventures of Pippi Longstocking come to life in this musical adaptation. By Astrid Lindgren, adapted for the stage in a translation by Thomas W. Olson, music by Roberta Carlson, lyrics by Roberta Carlson and Thomas W. Olson. Directed by Sarah Elizabeth Bedard, choreographed by Liza Nagle, and music direction by Taylor Kirkwood.

Heather Buccini will appear in Wonderful Town. Two sisters from Ohio move to Greenwich Village, New York City to follow their dreams. Ruth, an average girl who can’t get a man’s attention, and her opposite, Eileen, an actress with men falling at her feet, navigate their new lives in the big city in this true classic filled with incredible dance numbers. Book by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Directed by Kate Paulsen, choreographed by Ceit Zweil, and music direction by Bethany Aiken.

Performance Schedule:

Wonderful Town—Friday, January 29th at 7:30pm; Saturday, January 30th at 7:30pm; Wednesday, February 3rd at 2pm; Friday, February 5th at 7:30pm; and Saturday, February 6th at 7:30pm.

Pippi Longstocking—Saturday, January 30th at 1pm; Sunday, January 31st at 1pm; Saturday, February 6th at 1pm; and Sunday, February 7th at 1pm.

Alice—Saturday, January 30th at 4pm; Sunday, January 31st at 4pm; Thursday, February 4th at 7:30pm; and Saturday, February 6th at 4pm.

Dear Edwina, Jr.—Saturday, February 6th at 11am; Sunday, February 7th at 11am.

Tickets are $15. For more information, call Stoneham Theatre’s Box Office at (781) 279-2200, or visit

Winthrop’s Annual Town Census and Dog Licensing 2016

The 2016 Annual Town Census will be mailed to all households in early January. Winthrop residents should verify or correct any information, sign, and return the census within 10 days of receipt.

The data from the census is used to compile the Winthrop voter list, Winthrop school planning, and other reports required by Massachusetts General Law, therefore all members of the household should be included. If a resident does not receive a census form by the end of January, the Town Clerk’s Office should be contacted at 617-846-1742 to have a duplicate form sent.

Failure to respond to the Annual Town Census will result in the removal from Winthrop’s active voting list and removal from the resident list for any non- registered voters.

A completed census can be returned by mail or hand-delivered to drop-off boxes located in the Town Hall lobby, the Senior Center and the Administrative Office on Golden Drive and the Library.

The bottom of the census form includes a Dog Registration Form or Dogs can be registered online by visiting the Town Clerk’s webpage at Dogs must be licensed by March 1, 2016 to avoid a late fee. Proof of current rabies vaccination is required for licensing. The census and the dog license form can be mailed into the Town Clerk’s Office in the same envelope.

Please call our office with any questions, 617-846-1742.


First 100 days of merger with Mystic Valley is smooth

In the 100 days since the agency’s Oct. 1, 2015 merger with Chelsea, Revere, Winthrop Elder Services, Mystic Valley Elder Services has succeeded in smoothly transitioning services for 1,000 community members in its newly expanded region with no interruption to critical daily programming.

Over the past three months, a merger transition team composed of agency management has been on site, working side-by-side with Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop staff to ensure that services are being delivered and improved upon for the benefit of older adults, adults living with disabilities and caregivers. The agency now provides home care services to 6,000 older adults and adults living with disabilities in Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Revere, Stoneham, Wakefield, Winthrop, in addition to home delivered meals to 2,500 residents through the Meals on Wheels program.

Mystic Valley has also begun expanding some of its trademark supplementary programming in Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop, such as the unique TRIP program that assists older adults and adults with disabilities in solving transportation challenges, providing stipends to volunteers who share rides to the doctor, pharmacy or grocery.

Nancy Williams, COA director of the Robert A. DeLeo Senior Center in Winthrop, stated that the transition has been smooth and the staff at Mystic Valley have been extremely helpful.

“Full integration of our new community members into the Mystic Valley family is our primary goal,” said Daniel O’Leary, executive director of the agency.

For more information about the many programs available to support older adults, adults living with disabilities and caregivers in Mystic Valley’s expanded service area, visit mves or call 781-324-7705 or 617-884-2500.


Winthrop resident Marissa A. Rosati, a member of the Class of 2017 at Stonehill College, earned Dean’s List honors for the Fall 2015 semester.

Rosati is a Criminology major at the College.

Stonehill is a selective Catholic college located near Boston on a beautiful 384-acre campus in Easton, Massachusetts. With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, the College engages over 2,500 students in 80+ rigorous academic programs in the liberal arts, sciences, and pre-professional fields. The Stonehill community helps students to develop the knowledge, skills, and character to meet their professional goals and to live lives of purpose and integrity.


Lasell College has released the Dean’s List for outstanding academic achievement during the Fall semester of the 2015-16 academic year. A student must be full-time, carrying 12 or more graded credits for the semester with a grade point average of 3.5 or above to receive Dean’s List recognition.

Among the 726 students honored in the Fall 2015 semester were:

Garbriella Giangregorio of Winthrop , who is studying Hospitality and Event Management and is a member of the class of 2016

Daniel Lopera of East Boston, who is studying Communication and is a member of the class of 2016

Vanessa Petersen of Winthrop, who is studying Criminal Justice and is a member of the class of 2017

David Sobradelo of Winthrop, who is studying Sport Management and is a member of the class of 2017

Alexa Amato of East Boston, who is studying Communication and is a member of the class of 2018

An innovative educational institution for more than 160 years, Lasell is an independent coeducational college emphasizing the integration of professional and liberal arts programs leading to bachelor’s and master

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