News Briefs

WIHA Classic Car Show

The Winthrop Improvement and Historial Association presents the WIHA Classic Car Show on  Saturday, Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Ingleside Park.


August Street Sweeping Starts Monday, August 27

Motorists are reminded that the Town of Winthrop conducts Street Sweeping operations on the last full week of the month (last week with a Friday) from April through October between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the day of a street’s trash collection.  If there is a holiday on the week sweeping would normally occur, sweeping is done a week early.

Town ordinance prohibits parking in a manner that impedes the street sweeper.  Violation of the street sweeping ordinance carries a $40 fine, and your vehicle can be towed.

The remaining 2018 street sweeping dates are:

Aug. 27 – 31

Sep. 24 – 28

Oct. 22 – 26

For a map of the street sweeping days, please go to….

For a downloadable calendar of the 2018 street sweeping schedule, please go to….

For the complete language of the street sweeping ordinance, please go to


Purple Heart Day is August 7

There are so many days of remembrance on the calendar its no wonder many can be forgotten. Our Auxiliary has chosen Purple Heart Day August 7th as our date of remembrance. Each year Auxiliary VFW Post 6712 shall try its best to Honor community recipients on this very day with a simple message of appreciation, a warm meal and a thank you. This by NO means compares to the sacrifices a veteran gives to our country.

The Beachmont Auxiliary/VFW 6712 shall honor local purple heart recipients on Purple Heart Day. We will host an Italian style dinner on August 7   at 6 p.m. Tuesday evening. The Purple Heart recipient and one invited guest are Free. Those who wish to attend please purchase tickets at the VFW at $10 each be sure to write your numbered tickets and your purple heart friends name in book for seating arrangements. Community Donations are also welcomed to Sponsor the cost of Purple Heart Recipient Dinner.

Do you know someone who has a Purple Heart medal?  The Purple Heart medal is awarded to military servicemen wounded while serving our country. Our VFW 6712 and Auxiliary and community recognizes these veterans as United States of America’s greatest Heroes.  If you know of a Purple Heart recipient, please contact the VFW so we can invite them. 781–284–9724.  To Sponsor a Purple Heart recipient payable to Aux/ VFW Post 6712 at 150 Bennington St. Revere, Ma. 02151                                                         The VFW and Auxiliary is a nonprofit organization.  Nobody does more for our Veterans.



The State Primary Election will be held the day after Labor Day, Tuesday, September 4th. Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.


Election Important Points

Deadline to register for September 4 election is August 15 – Do you need to register in Winthrop? Or your new address in Winthrop? Or update your name? Then click below

Do you want to know where you should go on election day to cast a ballot? Click below:

Do you want to know who will be on the ballot? Visit our office, or see Warrants posted in 18 locations all over Town beginning August 27th or click below:

Do you need an Absentee Ballot? You can visit us in office beginning July 30 or you can click below:

Do you want to know about election day procedures? Click below:

The Winthrop Town Clerk’s office is committed to best practice procedures to ensure our residents have a safe, easy and quick voting experience. If you would like to join our election administration team, please email [email protected] for a copy of our training manual, list of training dates and other information. The Town Clerk’s Office will be open on Aug.15 from 8 am to 8 pm for citizen convenience.

Please call our office with any questions!




Congresswoman Katherine Clark announced her candidacy for Democratic Caucus Vice Chair for the 116th Congress in the following letter to her colleagues.

Dear Colleague:

It is the privilege of my professional career to serve with you in our Democratic Caucus. To ensure that the American people have a Congress that stands for them, we must win a strong Democratic majority in November and be ready to implement a bold agenda. I would be honored to be part of the team to lead our caucus and to earn your support as I seek election to be Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus for the 116th Congress.

Across the country, we are witnessing unprecedented energy and enthusiasm to create opportunity and security for American families and protect our democracy. But this engagement can’t end with the election: we need accessible, inclusive leadership to help build a collaborative agenda that inspires our constituents and produces results. We can achieve this by ensuring that members have the tools to engage in direct, meaningful conversation with their constituents, and, in turn, empowering every member to share the needs and ideas of their communities to drive Democratic priorities.

Like you, I will spend the next months continuing to do everything in my power to secure a Democratic majority. My work with you, and with hundreds of our candidates in districts across the country, has solidified my belief that the diversity of our caucus is our greatest asset and that we are stronger as a caucus when every member has the chance to contribute. I want to hear your ideas about how we can best support every member of our caucus, create opportunities for members to grow and lead, and make bold progress on our shared values. I look forward to hearing your vision for our caucus, and thank you for your partnership.


Presentation on the Rise and Fall of an Israeli Electric Car Company

In the well-known book “Start-Up Nation” by Dan Senor and Saul Singer, which was devoted to enumerating the advanced technological achievements of a small nation by the name of Israel, the first eleven pages of the book are devoted to describing the birth of an Israeli hi-tech start-up company, under the entrepreneurial leadership of another boy-wonder by the name of Shai Agassi. Agassi, was another of the young geniuses who had made millions, if not billion, of dollars as a successful hi-tech entrepreneur.

In 2007, at a meeting between the young entrepreneur, Shai Agassi, Israel’s president, Shimon Peres, and the CEO of Renault and Nissan, Carlos Ghosn, a new company was born, “A Better Place”. The new company was going to revolutionize the global automotive industry by producing electric vehicles that would eliminate the practical problems of electric powered vehicles.

The company would be based in Israel and Agassi very quickly raised over $800 billion in investments – “A Better Place” was off to the races. Burton Figler,  Winthrop resident visited the “A Better Place” facilities in Tel Aviv in 2012 and enjoyed driving its Renault-built electric car around the company’s test track. He also witnessed the innovative technology that differentiated “A Better Place” from other electric car wannabees, such as Tesla – he watched as the car’s battery was swapped out and replaced with another fully charged battery in less than 5 minutes. The more conventional technology of fully recharging an electric car’s depleted battery could take six hours or more.

But, in 2013, “A Better Place”, declared bankruptcy and closed its foors! What went wrong?

If you want hear the story of the rise and fall of “A Better Place”, you are invited to a slide presentation by Burton Figler at which you can hear his interpretation of what happened. The presentation, titled, “A Better Place, the Rise and Fall of an Israeli Electric Car Company” will take place at Temple Tifereth Israel in Winthrop, on Tuesday evening, August 21, at 7:00 pm. All are invited to attend and there is no charge. Reservations are not required and light refreshments will be provided.

Temple Tifereth Israel is at 93 Veterans Road in Winthrop. For additional information, call 617-846-1390 or e-mail to [email protected]

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