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Winthrop Forms Committee to Raise Awareness for 2020 Census

Town Manager Austin Faison and Town Clerk Carla Vitale are pleased to share that the Town of Winthrop has formed a Complete Count Committee to encourage resident participation in the 2020 Census.

The Town Council approved the formation of the committee on Tuesday, Aug. 13. The committee includes Vitale, who will serve as its chairwoman, as well as Assistant Town Clerk Joanne DeMato, School Committee Chair Tino Capobianco, Winthrop Chamber of Commerce Director Betsy Shane, Winthrop Public Library Director Diane Wallace, Winthrop Public Library Assistant Director Mary Lou Osborne, Winthrop High School Student Hijar Iaouf, Council on Aging Director Kathy Dixon and Founder of local nonprofit Mi Amore Jeff Carlson.

Over the coming months, the Complete Count Committee will disseminate 2020 Census information, provide support to census takers and raise awareness about the importance of participating in the 2020 Census.

“We encourage everyone to participate in the 2020 Census so that we can provide the most complete, accurate information about our town as possible,” Town Clerk Vitale said. “We’re excited to launch this new committee, and to work together to inform our residents about the importance of taking part in the census.”

According to Secretary of State William Galvin’s website dedicated to the Massachusetts 2020 Census, the census impacts how much federal and state funding is given to communities for various projects in areas including education, transportation and public health. The census also impacts the state’s representation in Congress and how many votes it has in the Electoral College, as well as representation in state and local government.

Honan of Winthrop Recognized for Academic Excellence

Worcester Academy proudly announces its Honor Roll and Headmaster’s List for Semester 2 of the 2018-2019 School Year. The honors represent the achievements that each of the Worcester Academy students has earned through academic excellence, challenge, and personal growth, including

Mary Honan of Winthrop, Grade 10, Second Honors.

Worcester Academy is an independent co-ed day and boarding community for Middle School (Grades 6 to 8) and for High School (Grades 9 to 12, and postgraduates). Our urban setting, diverse community, and innovative curriculum provide each student with unique opportunities for self-discovery, academic achievement, and personal empowerment. Visit us at

Learn to Skate Classes Offered at 11 Greater Boston Rinks

The 2019-2020 skating season is about to begin.  Bay State Skating School is one of Greater Boston’s most established and popular skating programs.  We are celebrating over 50 YEARS of teaching children in the Greater Boston area!

Professional Instructors teach Recreational, Figure and Hockey Skating Skills to the beginner, intermediate and advanced skaters.  Students can wear either figure, recreational or hockey skates.

New FALL lessons begin in September. Lessons are held at 11 Greater Boston Rink locations including;  Brookline-Cleveland Circle, Larz Anderson/Brookline, Cambridge, Medford, Newton-Brighton, Quincy, Somerville, Waltham, West Roxbury, and Weymouth.

Our emphasis is on having fun while learning to skate. Enjoy a fun filled series of lessons, where children learn the basic skills of ice skating.  We have taught over 90,000 students to ice skate.  Come skate and feel great!

For more information and to registration, visit or call Bay State Skating School (781) 890-8480.

13th Annual Revere Beach Memorial Sept. 15

The Annual Revere Beach Memorial is a candlelight vigil for families and friends who wish to remember a loved one that lost their life due to an overdose. The Revere CARES Coalition and the City of Revere are again organizing this touching event for Sunday, Sept. 15, at the DCR William G. Reinstein Bandstand on Revere Beach (rain or shine). The event begins at sunset, approximately 7 p.m., and will end around 8 p.m.. Individuals can register a name to be read by contacting Revere CARES at 781-485-6440 before 3 p.m. on Sunday Sept. 15, or arriving between 5:45 and 6:45 p.m. on the night of the event.

Participants are invited to bring a photo of their loved one to be placed on the remembrance table or boards.

The program of the memorial consists of an introduction, inspirational readings/poems, lighting of candles, reading of names of those being remembered with a fire bell after each name, closing remarks, the Serenity Prayer, and music on the beach.

The memorial arose due to the work of the former Revere CARES Coalition’s Opiates Task Force which in 2005 documented the depth and breadth of the Oxycontin and heroin problem in the community. The task force formed an action plan which City of Revere officials, Revere CARES staff, volunteers, and community partners have been working to fulfill. The Revere Beach Memorial event was developed by a group of family members who lost a loved one to a substance use disorder. These community members and coalition volunteers comprise the event’s planning committee.

Money raised by the planning committee for the Revere Beach Memorial Fund will be used to help cover the costs of this annual event, support local addiction treatment programs, and provide educational scholarships to Revere High School students impacted by substance use disorders. The first Revere Beach Memorial Scholarship was bestowed upon a graduating RHS student in 2012 and will be given to a graduating senior each year for the foreseeable future. Donations can be sent to Viviana Catano at the address below. Checks should be made payable to the Revere Beach Memorial Fund:

 Revere Beach Memorial Fund

c/o Revere CARES Coalition

300 Ocean Ave.

Revere, MA 02151

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