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Democrats in Winthrop will be holding a caucus on March 2, at 7 pm at the Robert A. DeLeo Senior Center, 35 Harvard Street to elect delegates and alternates to the 2017 Massachusetts Democratic Convention, where Democrats from across the state will gather at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell, Massachusetts 01852.

The caucus is open to all registered Democrats in Winthrop. Delegates will be divided  equally between men and women. Youth, minorities, and people with disabilities who  are not elected as delegates or alternates may apply to be “add-on” delegates The Robert A. DeLeo Senior Center building is handicapped accessible.

Details on the rules can be found at www For general information on the Convention or the Democratic Party please contact 617-939-0800 or [email protected].


MWRA to begin work on walkway

The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority will soon begin repairs on a section of the public access walkway that has eroded above the seawall on Deer Island.

Some areas have ruts as deep as two to three feet due to damage from Nor’easters. Runoff from this erosion has impacted some of the public access pathways with sand and dirt collecting on the pathways. Large rocks will be placed in the eroded area similar to some other areas around Deer Island. This work will also ensure protection of the wastewater treatment facilities and water tank.

The area is roughly 600 feet in length and ranges from 40 to 50 feet in width. Public access will remain open during this work, with occasional short-term (minutes) interruptions to access on the pathway. Construction activities will take place from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

If you have any questions, please call Len Cawley at (617) 305-5757.


Shuttle bus at MBTA blue line

Due to necessary track work, buses will replace Blue Line trains between Bowdoin and Airport Stations in both directions from start to end of service on the following weekend:

Saturday, February 25, 2017 and Sunday, February 26, 2017

Regular Blue Line train service will resume at the start of service on the following Monday.

All shuttle bus stops are accessible for persons with disabilities.

Shuttling the following stops:

Airport (busway)

Maverick (busway)

Aquarium (State Street @ Surface Artery)

State Street (State Street at Washington St bus berth)

Government Center


Customers looking to board shuttle bus service at Government Center and Bowdoin Stations must do so at the State Street bus stop.


Team Receives Alzheimer’s Supportive Home Care Training

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions.  Over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s today according to the Alzheimer’s Association. In the Home Healthcare field, agencies like ABC Home Healthcare Professionals providing care for people with Alzheimer’s require their Home Health Aides undergo specialized training in this area to ensure they provide the best possible care to these clients.

ABC is pleased to announce that we recently had nine more Home Health Aides complete the Alzheimer’s Supportive Home Care Aide training bringing our total to over 60 Home Health Aides on staff trained to work with clients living with this disease. The two-day intensive training was provided by Mystic Valley Elder Services, a non-profit agency which partners with elders, adults living with disabilities, and caregivers residing in Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Revere, Stoneham, Wakefield and Winthrop. Mystic Valley Elder Services provided this training opportunity to our Home Health Aides to support the growing need in the local communities.

This program provides our Home Care Aides with critical skills and knowledge about Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia Care. “We’re proud that our team continues to work hard to further their skills and knowledge,” said Jeannette Sheehan, founder and Nurse Practitioner of ABC Home Healthcare.

ABC Home Healthcare Professionals is a local family owned private home healthcare organization, managed by a Nurse Practitioner and Certified Case Managers. ABC provides personalized medical and non-medical care from 1 hour a week to 24 hours a day throughout Metro Boston, North Shore, Merrimack Valley and Cape Ann communities, as well as live-in care across the state. ABC in collaboration with elder service agencies and other community organizations assist seniors to maintain their independence within the comfort of their own home.  For more information call ABC Home Healthcare Professionals at 781-245-1880, email [email protected] or visit them on the web at


Wynn to meet with current, former Suffolk Downs employees

The Wynn Boston Harbor organization has scheduled a meeting in East Boston to begin talking with former and current Suffolk Downs workers about getting first-crack at job opportunities in the resort casino.

Bob DeSalvio, president of Wynn Boston Harbor, told the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) on Thursday, Feb. 16, that they have scheduled a follow-up meeting with track workers for April 24 in East Boston.

“We had a meeting some time ago with track workers who might be interested in working at Wynn Boston Harbor,” he said. “We’re going to do a follow up meeting and we’ll do that on April 24 in East Boston at the Hilton Garden Inn. We wanted to let you know we were continuing to meet with those folks.”

In 2014, Wynn announced that it would give job preference to hundreds of Suffolk Downs employees if granted a gaming license. After winning the license later that year, Wynn said it would honor that offer and it would also institute a comprehensive training program to those workers who choose to join Wynn. The Wynn Boston Harbor resort casino in Everett is currently under construction and is expected to open in June 2019.



Residents who are being disturbed by airplane noise are encouraged to call the MassPort Noise Hotline 24 hours a day. The phone number is (617) 561-3333.

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