News Briefs

We Are Winarc readies for annual walk, run or roll fundraiser

Winarc will hold its annual walk, run or roll on Sunday, April 29 at 11 a.m. on Deer Island. Funds raised will support local activities such as bowling, Special Olympics, dances, hip-hop, music and development for new programs. The event will be held rain or shine.
Register online at or in person. After your lap around the island, please join us for refreshments, music, and raffles in the registration area!


MBTA offering special pass on Patriots’ Day

For Patriots’ Day, Monday, April 16, the MBTA is again this year offering a special $20 all-day pass for the Framingham/Worcester Commuter Rail Line, which runs parallel to the Boston Marathon route. Unlimited travel up and down the Marathon route for one flat rate is available for purchase beginning Monday, April 9, through April 15 from ticket offices at North, South, and Back Bay Stations, and onboard-only on April 16 on Worcester Line trains. This special commuter rail pass is also available for purchase now through April 16 on the mTicket app.

CharlieCards preloaded with roundtrip subway fare will also be easily available for purchase at Riverside Station on the MBTA Green Line on April 16 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Customers travelling around Boston on Marathon Monday are also encouraged to purchase a $12 one-Day Link pass valid for unlimited subway and bus travel, which is available from any station fare vending machine and valid for 24 hours after purchase.

Due to safety concerns, Copley Station will be closed for the entire day on April 16. Customers are instead encouraged to use Arlington Station (serving all Green Line branches) Prudential Station (Green Line E branch), Hynes Convention Center Station (Green Line B, C, and D branches), or Back Bay Station on the Orange Line. From approximately 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., above-ground Green Line stations at South Street (B branch), Kent Street (C branch), and St. Mary’s Street (C branch) will be closed.

The Red, Orange, Blue, and Silver lines will operate a regular weekday schedule with rush-hour levels of service before and after the race.

Buses and trackless trolleys will operate a regular weekday schedule on April 16, though some bus routes will be detoured to accommodate the Marathon and other festivities. Pre-marathon events are also scheduled the weekend prior, resulting in route adjustments to various bus routes in and around Copley Square. Customers are encouraged to subscribe to T-Alerts and check the MBTA website for more information on these changes.


Free Parents Forum Workshop April 28

Parents and interested community leaders are invited to a free Parents Forum workshop on Saturday, April 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Winthrop Public Library, 2 Metcalf Square, Winthrop. The workshop, with a light lunch provided, is presented with support from DeMoulas Market Basket and Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation. Cosponsors are Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, Those Who Can for Those In Need, Winthrop Family Network, Winthrop Police Department and Winthrop School Department.

Winthrop resident Therese Ockenden, who has taken the lead in organizing Parents Forum in the community, explains that this positive and preventive program “can help all families by giving parents a chance to reflect on the values they want to transmit to their children.” Parents Forum founder Eve Sullivan, Cambridge resident and co-leader for the April 28 workshop, appreciates the enthusiasm that local residents have given the program, saying, “It is truly is the realization of a long-held dream to see individuals and local agencies come together to support parents with our simple peer support model.”

Space is limited and registration is required for the April 28 workshop. Contact: [email protected] or call 617-864-3802.



April School Vacation Week Program Schedule with the DCR

The following programs are being offered by Matthew Nash, Visitor Services Supervisor, North Region Coastal District 781-485-2804 ext. 105

For program cancellations phone 978-937-2094 ext. 121, one hour before start time. Inclement weather cancels.


Revere Beach


Spring Beach Safari

Thursday,  April 19,

9-10 a.m.

Did you know that razor clams can rapidly burrow deeper into the sand when disturbed by predators?  Join us to learn about the fascinating lives of animals of the seashore and to discover the new treasures of animal shells that have washed up on the beach.  Meet at: One Eliot Circle, Revere (The tan DCR building at the corner of Dolphin Avenue).  Accessible by Public Transportation:  MBTA Blue line Revere Beach Station, turn right on Revere Beach Boulevard and walk to Eliot Circle, Revere, MA; Visit


Nahant Beach


Spring  Beach Safari

Friday,  April  20

9 a.m. -10 a.m.

Did you know that the moon snail uses its radula (a tongue-like rasping organ) to bore a small hole in a clam shell and then sucks out the flesh of its victim?  Join us to learn about the fascinating lives of animals of the seashore and to discover the new treasures of animal shells that have washed up on the beach.    Meet at: The James J. Ward Bath House ocean side near the outdoor showers located on the Don John Aliferis Memorial Rotary aka Lynnway Rotary, Lynn.   For a map with parking locations and information about parking fees visit  Please note that the entrance to the parking lot along Nahant Beach is at the South end of the beach.


Belle Isle Marsh


An Oasis for Birds

Saturday, April  21

8 a.m.-9 a.m.

Discover the abundant birdlife at Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, a restored wildlife sanctuary. We will walk while birding for a distance of a mile on easy level terrain. Some binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided but please bring these items if you have them.  Reasonable accommodations available upon request.  Co-sponsored by the Friends of  Belle Isle Marsh.   Meet at: Main Parking lot near the bulletin board, located on Bennington Street, East Boston between address 1236 Bennington St., East Boston, and 173 Bennington St., Revere. Parking is on a paved lot and is free of charge.   Accessible by public transportation: MBTA Blue line, Beachmont Station. Exit station, turn right, at intersection, cross State Road/Bennington Street, travel right along Bennington Street to park entrance on the left. Visit for bus and train information.


Winthrop Beach

Avian Delights

April   21

3 -4 p.m. (Afternoon)

Observe water birds and learn about their adaptations for survival as we walk on the beach sand for a distance of up to one mile.  Terrain can be uneven.  Some binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided but please bring these items if you have them.    Co-sponsored by the Friends of  Belle Isle Marsh.   Meet at: Winthrop Beach on Winthrop Shore Drive across from Sturgis Street and 62 Winthrop Shore Drive, Winthrop.  On street parking is available free of charge.  Accessible by Public Transportation:  Paul Revere Transportation bus 712 or 713 Point Shirley-Orient Heights, arrive at the Winthrop Beach stop then walk down Sturgis Street, Winthrop  (If traveling from outside Winthrop, board the bus at the MBTA Orient Heights station on the blue line). for bus and train information (schedule, route and fees).


children’s author and magician at the East Boston Library

On April 17, former East Boston resident Jed Doherty, known throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico as the magician Jedlie, will return to the East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library to present a free magic show. The show will begin at 2 p.m. and is open to the public. Admission is free.

Jedlie has entertained over a million children and parents at performances at thousands of schools, churches, libraries and special events. Jedlie is best known for using his comedy and amazing illusions to inspire kids to be caring, kind and respectful.

Jedlie has also become an award winning children’s author. His debut book, “The Great Maritini,” was named one of the “Top Seven Books To Teach Kids Kindness” by The Great Maritini has also earned the respected Story Monsters Approval by Story Monsters Magazine.

Jedlie will be using his April 17 show at the East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library to introduce his new book “REAL Magic.” This is the first in a series of books that tell of the many amazing experiences Jedlie has had on stage. The book reminds kids that when we help someone feel loved we help them do amazing, magical things.

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