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Changes to Point Shirley Parking Restrictions

Changes to parking restrictions at Point Shirley are now in effect from through Monday, Sept. 7

Town Manager Austin Faison and Police Chief Terence Delehanty announce several changes are being made to the the Point Shirley resident parking as part of a pilot program for the area.

Starting Friday, July 10 until Monday, Sept. 7, a resident permit will be required at all times in order to park on the public roads in the Point Shirley area, beginning at the Southern end of the wall at Yirrell Beach. Resident permits are available for all Winthrop residents. Visitor placards are only valid in the vicinity of the address to which they are issued.

To apply for a resident permit or visitor placard, please click here..

This pilot program aims to provide more parking for Winthrop residents. The changes were approved by the Town Council at their Tuesday, July 7 meeting. The Town Council will evaluate the program in September to decide whether or not to make these restrictions permanent.

The impacted streets are:

• Bay View Avenue, excluding the angle parking adjacent to Coughlin Park, which will only require a permit from 1-5 a.m.

• Elliot Street

• Grand View Avenue

• Hale Avenue

• Maryland Avenue

• Otis Street

• Pebble Avenue

• Shirley Street heading south from the Petrel Street intersection.

• Siren Street

• Tafts Avenue

• Townsend Street

• Triton Avenue

• Undine Avenue

• Whittier Street

For a map of the affected area, please click here.

Areas posted as “No Parking except for Saturday and Sunday Church Services” are exempt from the permit requirement from one hour before scheduled church services to one hour after the services end.

All other parking regulations remain in effect.

New Pastor at First Church of Winthrop

Parishioners at First Church of Winthrop United Methodist welcomed their new pastor, Rev. John Melick on July 5th.

Rev.  Melick succeeds Pastor Sunjae Lee, who was reassigned to a full time ministry position in Vermont after a two-year part-time assignment at First Church.

Rev. Melick shared that he has a long connection to Methodism and spent his early years in United Methodist churches in North Carolina and Ohio. During his high school years he felt a call to vocational ministry  in the church so after graduating he studied music composition and voice at Belmont University in Nashville with the intention of working in music ministry.

He worked as a youth and music minister at a church in Georgia and at Calvary United Methodist in Nashville. 

He began to explore his call to ordained ministry during his eight years at Calvary and was certified for candidacy and attended Vanderbilt University Divinity School

Rev. Melick is married to Eveleigh Wagner, who works as an outpatient psychiatrist at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge. 

They are living in the church’s parsonage with their dog, Archie, and are looking forward to becoming part of the Winthrop community.

In light of the continuing concerns about the coronavirus, Rev. Melick will be broadcasting his weekly sermons on Winthrop cable at 9 a.m. on Sundays until further notice. Sermons will also be available on the church’s website.

Church members and friends will meet in the parking lot of the church at 10 a.m. for continued fellowship.

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