News Briefs

TOWN COUNCIL HEARS charity FOOD program

Jeff and Suzanne Carson moved to Winthrop six years ago and almost immediately embraced the idea of food recycling to help local residents struggling to get food – they call it Mi Amor.

Monday night Carson and his wife shared the concept with the Town Council during it regular meeting.

He explained how they started the program in this year after making connections with The Arbors, Stop and Shop and La Siesta restaurant. So far,  he has 12 recipients receiving food from the program. The Carsons pick up the unused food from their partners and deliver it right then to recipients. So far they have delivered 800 meals in five months, 300 pieces of fruit, 70 cartons of milk and 200 sandwiches.

“We keep the food donations local and we need advocates,” Carson said.

FALL FAIR AND CRAFT SHOW AT INGLESIDE PARK

The Fall Fair and Craft Show will be held at Ingleside Park on Saturday October 8 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

There will be rain rides, amusements, pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, pony rides, moon bounce, games, food, entertainment and craft ables. Spaces are available (tables not supplied) Vendor space is also available at $25 per table  and must provide own table. Register  at the recreation office.

The rain date Sunday, October 9.

EVENTS planned WITH THE DCR

All Programs are free and open to the public and are designed for adults and children ages eight and older and all levels of birding expertise. An adult must accompany children. Please apply sunscreen and wear a hat and sunglasses. Insect repellant is recommended for the marsh programs following the instructions on the label. Rain Cancels. For more information call (781) 485- 2804 Ext. 105 or email [email protected]

An Oasis for Wildlife
Saturdays October 15 8:00 a.m. (Stay for an hour or more) Belle Isle Marsh Reservation

Discover this oasis for wildlife on a pleasant walk for up to a mile and a half on level ground with DCR Park Supervisor Sean Riley. Some binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided but please bring these items if you are able to. Meet at: Main Parking lot near the bulletin board, located on Bennington Street, East Boston between address 173 Bennington St., Revere and 1236 Bennington St., East Boston. Accessible by public transportation: MBTA Blue line, Suffolk Downs Station, turn left onto Bennington Street and walk to the park entrance on the right.

Birding Delights at Daybreak 8:30 a.m.
Sunday October 23rd (Stay for an hour or more) Winthrop Shores Reservation-Winthrop Beach

We will watch for a variety of waterbirds. Some binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided but please bring these items if you are able to. Meet at: Winthrop Shore Reservation on Winthrop Shore Drive across from Sturgis Street and 60 Winthrop Shore Drive. Accessible by Public Transportation: MBTA Blue line, Orient Heights Station then transfer to bus 712/713 Point Shirley-Orient Heights (an additional fee may apply for the transfer), arrive at the Winthrop Beach stop then walk down Sturgis Street, Winthrop MA.

Be a Friend of Sea Animals-Beach
Be a Friend of Sea Animals-Beach Cleanup
Sunday October 30 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Revere Beach Reservation
Come volunteer to help marine animals by safely cleaning up the beach using litter grabbers. Please wear close toed shoes. Groups need to register in advance by contacting Matthew Nash at email [email protected] or at the phoning 781-485-2804 Ext. 105.

For more information about volunteering with the DCR including required forms, please visit http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/get-involved/volunteer- ops/dcr-volunteer-in-parks-program-guide.html Meet at: Bandstand Pavilion # 2 adjacent to the beach on Revere Beach Boulevard, across from 300 Ocean Avenue in Revere and the MBTA Blue line Revere Beach Station. Parking is available for a nominal fee at either the MBTA Wonderland Garage or in one of the public lots. There is limited free and metered on street parking.

EARLY VOTING BEGINS OCTOBER 24

There’s just more than a month until voters fill out their ballots for the state and presidential election, and you have until Oct. 19 to get registered in Massachusetts if you want to cast your vote.

Luckily, you can register to vote online. To register on the web, you need a valid driver’s license, learner’s permit, or non-driver ID issued by the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, and need to have a signature on file with the RMV.

This year, you can vote early in Massachusetts If you don’t have an ID with the RMV, you can fill out the form and mail or bring it to your local election official.

For more information, please contact the Town Clerk’s office at (617) 846-1742.

COFFEE WITH A COP

Join the Winthrop Police Department for the National Coffee with a Cop Day on October 7 at Adrianna’s on Main Street from 10 – 11:30 a.m. and again from 5 – 6:30 p.m. The program aims to connect police with the community they serve. Everyone is welcome.

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS

St. John the Evangelist Parish celebrates the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with the blessing of the animals on Sat. October 8 at 11 a.m. (weather permitting) in the Oceanview Street parking lot.

Whether your best friend is furry, feathered, or even slithery, all pets are invited to receive God’s blessing at this very special event. All ages and types of pets are welcome! Pets should be in a pet carrier or on a leash.

S.P.I.R.I.T.S. of New England

Ellen MacNeil is bringing back her S.P.I.R.I.T.S. of New England Paranormal Investigations Program  Friday, October 21 7 to 10 p.m.
Tickets are $10 each and must be ordered in advance by calling Ellen at (617) 846-0282. Seating is limited to 99 persons. Reserve ASAP to attend this “spirited” event.

WINARC HOLDS EVENTS

WINARC was founded over fifty years ago by a group of parents and
young adults with disabilities. This grassroots organization of families recognized the need for social and recreational participation in the community for their children, and they committed their efforts
to creating those opportunities.

Through the tremendous support of Winthrop and its surrounding communities, WINARC’s community partnerships with businesses and families have ensured the successful operation of its current programs, as well as the development of new programming to fulfill the ever growing needs of children and adults with disabilities.

WINARC welcomes new members and volunteers in all our programs. Our volunteers are the backbone of our organization, and can be credited with the success of our programs.

Bowling every Saturday  through May with a $50 annual fee.

Special Olympics every Sunday starting in October through June. Cost is $100 for the year.
Saturday night dances every other month at the Senior Center $5

Six-week Adaptive Hip Hop Lessons held on Wednesdays in October $5

Halloween Dance October 22 at the Senior Center 6:30 – 8:30 $5

For more information on any other events or about WINARC, please contact Nancy Giuffre at (617) 640-4292 or email [email protected]ail.com with WINARC in the subject line.

A TWO-WEEK LOOK AHEAD WITH DCR

The following construction activities will be occurring over the next two weeks.

Winthrop Beach

– Construction activities have been completed for this phase of the project. The next phase of the project, Reconstruction of Winthrop Shore Drive, is planned to begin in the spring of 2017.

Design for Phase 4 – Winthrop Shore Drive Improvements

– A meeting is planned for October (date, time and venue TBD) to present the latest design plans for the Winthrop Shore Drive reconstruction project.

Please note that street sweeping has resumed on Winthrop Shore Drive. It occurs every 3rd Thursday of the month. Please remove cars from Shore Drive in advance of street sweeping or else they will be towed.

In case of an emergency, contact 911 or DCR’s 24/7 emergency hotline at the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency at 508-820-1428.

Join us on Twitter @MassDCR

NO CASH IN CLERK’S OFFICE

Beginning Nov. 14, 2016 the Town Clerk’s Office will be cash free.

In keeping with safety and financial reporting best practices, the Town Clerk’s Office will no longer be accepting cash beginning November 14, 2016.

Credit, debit and checks are all acceptable forms of payment in our office.

The Town Clerk’s office strongly encourages all business to be conducted online or via the mail. All transactions done online are fulfilled immediately and without delay. Use the link below to purchase a vital record or a dog license.

FLU VACCINE CLINIC INFORMATION

A Flu Vaccine Clinic will be held on October 15 from  9 a.m. – 12 p.m., at Winthrop Senior Center.  The restrictions are as follows:

-No one under the age of 5 years old

-No High Dose vaccine available for 65 years old+

-Insurance Card Needed

-Does not need to be from Winthrop

– No intranasal vaccine available this flu season (shown to be ineffective)

Any questions please call 617-846-1740

Early Voting Winthrop Town Hall Oct. 24-Nov. 3

All registered voters will be able to vote before Election Day for the first time ever in Massachusetts. Early voting will begin on October 24 and continue through November 3. Prior to the enactment of this new law, the only way a registered voter was allowed to vote prior to Election Day was through absentee voting. Although absentee voting will still be available for registered voters who qualify, only those who will be absent from their city or town on Election Day, or have a disability that prevents them from going to the polls, or have a religious belief preventing the same, are legally allowed to vote by absentee ballot.

Unlike absentee voting, early voting is for every registered voter. Registered voters do not need an excuse or reason to vote early.

Early voting can be done in person or by mail. In Winthrop, early voting can be done in person at Winthrop Town Hall, voting will take place in front hall of building the following dates and times Oct. 24  through Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be a volunteer available to assist with Early Voting. Otherwise during normal business hours the staff in the Town Clerk’s Office will be managing early voting during our regular business at the counter.

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