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Saturday, March 10, 2018
By Transcript Staff

Friends of Belle Isle Marsh meet March 11

The Friends of Belle Isle Marsh would like to announce our annual meeting, which is free and open to the public, on Sunday, March 11, from 2-4pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church Hall, 222 Bowdoin St. in Winthrop.  Our keynote speaker will be Harvey Leonard, Chief Meteorologist of WCVB-TV in Boston, who will talk about our weather.  Enjoy an early spring afternoon with old and new friends, refreshments, good conversation, and educational displays.  The Friends will elect our new slate of officers, present our Good Neighbor awards, and hear a weather presentation by Boston’s premier meteorologist!


Final days to take advantage of THE Solarize Winthrop PROGRAM


Our Solarize Winthrop program is entering the final days and with it, the last opportunity to take advantage of our competitive pricing where homeowners and businesses can save as much as 25 percent on their solar systems.

A solar tariff announced by the federal government will see an anticipated increase in the price of solar panels and a new solar program in the Commonwealth will reduce the incentive for renewable energy credits produced by solar systems. Our partner, ACE Solar, is able to provide the panels without the pricing impact by the tariff and under the current, more lucrative incentive program.

If you were thinking about going solar, don’t wait for these changes to impact what you can save. We encourage you to contact the friendly, knowledgeable solar experts at ACE Solar to get your free assessment today at


Treasurer Deb Goldberg Kicks off Re-Election Campaign

With the crowd overflowing from the room, State Treasurer Deb Goldberg kicked off her re-election campaign last night.  Goldberg, who was introduced by House Speaker Robert DeLeo, spoke of how her principles and values have guided her tenure as State Treasurer.

“Economic stability, economic opportunity, and economic empowerment are the values I was raised with and what guides my work as your state treasurer,” Goldberg told the crowd. “I am proud of what we have accomplished and am excited to continue to work for the people of Massachusetts as your Treasurer.”

In introducing Goldberg, DeLeo said, “Deb understands that the role of the treasurer’s office is not just about dollars and cents; it is about making people’s lives better.  The programs she has created have had a positive impact for our children, our families, our veterans and seniors across this Commonwealth. Deb Goldberg has made good on all the promises she made when she ran, and she has truly made a difference in people’s lives.”

DeLeo continued, “Massachusetts is lucky to have Deb Goldberg as our treasurer. I know she can and she will do even more for our Commonwealth and our residents in the future.”

Since taking office in January of 2015, Deb Goldberg has brought a commonsense business approach to the management of the treasury’s various offices.  Leading on initiatives that include wage equality, increasing diversity, and expanding access to financial education, she has also helped families save for college, protected the state’s pension fund and developed programs for veterans and seniors.  For more information, contact Treasurer Goldberg’s campaign at [email protected]


Winthrop Freedom Fighters 5K Road Race set for April 15

On the morning of April 15 at Winthrop High School, runners and walkers will take to the streets of Winthrop for a second annual year, to help raise funds for Richard Honan’s annual Holiday initiative in sending hundreds of care packages all over the world to our service men and women.

In 2017, thanks to the hard work of Mr. Honan, American Legion Post 146 and several dedicated volunteers more than 200 care packages were sent out to our military men & women all over the world. Last year’s event provided $2000 worth of supplies and goods and this year owners of High5EM are focused on increasing that donation this year, in hosting an even bigger race.

“Last year approximately 150 people participated in the 5K and this year we are forecasting reaching 200 participants. Registration, as of today, looks really good! Seeing so many registered this early is always a good sign! This year our focus, is reaching more youth. It’s important to us, to demonstrate to today’s youth, the importance of supporting our military servicemen & veterans.” said one of the organizers.
With even more outpouring support and involvement from community businesses already this year, we have no doubt this year will be even more successful than last year. If your business is interested in sponsoring the event please email High5EM at [email protected] or call 978-594-7050. They have several opportunities from “In Kind” donations to much larger corporate sponsorships.

The race starts on Franklin Street, right onto Revere Street, right onto Hutchinson Street, right onto Crest Avenue which becomes Winthrop Shore Dive, right onto Beacon Street, right onto Shirley Street, Left onto Cutler Street across Veterans Road to trail across Lewis Lake Park, right onto River Road, right onto Cross Street, finishing on the Winthrop High Foot Ball field/track.

A life long Winthrop resident, Richard Honan, is an active community member, family man, veteran, artist, boat builder, photographer and much more. Always working for the betterment of the community, he has devoted a large part of his life to this country and continues to work tirelessly for our service members and veterans. For the past 16 years, Honan has sent hand written letters and care packages filled with support to servicemen and women deployed overseas, far from family and friends. With the help of the Winthrop community, he has been able to pack and ship over 35,000 pounds of care packages.

To register or to learn more, please visit or email us at [email protected]

Donate Blood in Honor of Josh Cohen

On Saturday, March 17 at the Odd Fellows Lodge, 196 Winthrop St, Winthrop, MA. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pre-register at or call 1-800-733-2767

Only months ago Josh was a normal third-grade boy playing at the nearby park, and now he is fighting for his life against kidney cancer. Without his frequent blood transfusions, he would be gone already. Please donate blood and bring a friend to help him and others in need. To learn more about Josh Cohen, read the Transcript article by Kate Anslinger:

Josh and his family, hope to be at the blood drive at the Odd Fellows lodge on March 17. Feel free to come to the lodge to meet this brave and wonderful boy.

Donations can also be made out to the Cohen Family at the Odd Fellows lodge during the blood drive or by mailing a check to 82 Main Street, Winthrop, MA 02152.

They have already raised over a thousand dollars in donations to help this family handle unexpected expenses.

There will be pizza donated by Nick’s, and Odd Fellows members will be serving limited amounts of cabbage and corn beef.

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