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Hazardous Waste Disposal

Department of Public Works will be holding a  hazardous waste disposal event on Saturday, October 2 at  Winthrop Recycling Center, 100 Kennedy Drive from 9 a.m. – Noon


·Motor Oil-FREE    ·Oil Filters-FREE   ·Cell Phones-FREE   ·All Batteries (household and car)-FREE             ·Post-consumer mercury products such as thermometers, thermostats, weight/counterweight (in grandfather clocks)  button batteries, and some chemistry sets-FREE   ·Propane tanks-$6.00 ea       ·Rimless tires-$6.00 ea      ·Oil Based Paint-$4.00 per gallon     *CRT’s and TV’s -$30.00 ea

 *PLEASE NOTE: The following items may also be picked up curbside on the third Tuesday of the month (year-round) by purchasing a sticker available at the DPW during normal business hours. ·TV’s, computer monitors (CRT’s) -$30 each ·All other appliances-$25.00 each ·Refrigerators, freezers & air conditioners-$35.00 each

 If you have questions call DPW Solid Waste & Recycling 617-846-1341 x2609

Community BBQ for Fire Chief Flanagan

After 43 years of service to the Town of Winthrop and the residents, Winthrop Fire Chief Paul Flanagan will be retiring.

A community barbecue is being planned for September 30 from noon to 2 p.m. on the Town Hall Green.

Happy Birthday Forever Stamps Now on Sale

Across the country and around the world, a birthday is a welcome occasion for celebration and fun. Featuring the U.S. Postal Service’s first new Happy Birthday design in more than a decade, this stamp offers a chance to give envelopes and cards an additional touch of good cheer. It goes on sale today at Post Office locations nationwide and at the online Postal Store.

The celebration of birthdays in the United States has its origins in a wide array of cultural traditions. Some ancient civilizations observed the birthdays of prominent figures or celebrated rites of passage, and well-wishes and gifts have long been associated with bringing about good fortune. Folklorists and historians claim to see the origins of birthday parties in older practices that resemble our customs, such as candles on a cake, which existed in some form in both ancient Greece and early modern Germany. When we gather to sing, brighten our spirits with candles, and make a wish, these deeply rooted rituals connect us to loved ones and invite everyone to share in the birthday fun.

The U.S. Postal Service issued its first Happy Birthday stamp in 1987, when a stamp showing a candle on a slice of cake was part of a Special Occasions booklet that reflected a variety of greetings and well-wishes. In 1988, a second Special Occasions booklet included a Happy Birthday stamp that depicted a colorful row of candles. Birthdays reappeared as a subject on U.S. postage in 2002 with the issuance of a stamp featuring the words “Happy Birthday” amid a smattering of festive confetti.

In the years since, the Postal Service has issued several stamps on the theme of celebration. This new Happy Birthday stamp provides another way for the mailing public to convey good wishes on the recipient’s special day.

The word “HAPPY” appears most prominently in capital letters, with each of the five letters inspired by a different party decoration: a red and green piñata, an orange and yellow striped birthday hat, a red piece of frosted cake, a green birthday candle, and an orange balloon sculpture. The word “BIRTHDAY” appears below it in blue, with “Forever” and “USA” centered in smaller red lettering at the bottom. Surrounding all the design elements is a flurry of multicolored ribbons and confetti.

This stamp was designed by Lisa Catalone Castro and Rodolfo Castro, with artwork by Rodolfo Castro. Ethel Kessler served as art director.

The Happy Birthday stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp, which is always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

ustomers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through the Postal Store, by calling 844-737-7826, by mail through USA Philatelic, or at Post Office locations nationwide.

The Postal Service generally receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

September Street Sweeping continues through September 24

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 7:00 AM and 4:00 PM 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. (Please note, there are no holiday weeks in the 2021 schedule.)

Town ordinance prohibits parking in a manner that impedes the street sweeper.  Violation of the street sweeping ordinance carries a $40.00 fine, and your vehicle can be towed.

The remaining 2021 street sweeping dates are:

Sep. 20-24 (week of the 20th)
Oct. 25-29 (week of the 25th)

WCC Seeking Grant Requests

The Winthrop Cultural Council (WCC) is seeking grant requests from local community-oriented programs in arts, humanities and sciences.  The FY2022 grant application deadline is Friday, October 15, 2021.  Organizations, schools and individuals may apply for grants that provide cultural activities for the Winthrop community.  These grants can support exhibits, festivals, short-term artist residencies or performances in the schools, workshops, lectures or historical interpretation.  In addition, the Winthrop Cultural Council will give priority to artists seeking grants for public mural projects; the WCC that we will assist in obtaining venues, and priority will also be given to music performances.  This year the WCC has approximately $12,000 to grant.

Beginning in early September, applications for the FY2022 Massachusetts Cultural Council grant cycle will be accepted online at

The Winthrop Cultural Council is a Local Cultural Council (LCC) of the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), a state agency providing funds to participating cities and towns to be administered and regranted by an all-volunteer council.  This is the largest program of its kind in the United States.  Visit the Massachusetts Cultural Council on-line to learn more about the LCC and other grant programs.  Contact [email protected] or call 617.721.4162 with questions.

Learn to Skate Classes Offered at 10 Greater Boston Rinks

The 2021-2022 skating season is about to begin.  Bay State Skating School is one of Greater Boston’s most established and popular skating programs.  We have taught Learn-To-Skate classes to children ages 4-18 in the Greater Boston area for over 50 YEARS.

Bay State Skating School is compliant with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Covid-19 guidelines. The number of students allowed on the ice will be limited.

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 September, October and November. Lessons are held at 10 Greater Boston Rink locations including: Brookline-Cleveland Circle, Cambridge, Medford, Newton-Brighton, Quincy, Somerville, Waltham, West Roxbury, and Weymouth.

Our emphasis is on having fun while learning to skate.  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.

Goldberg Announces Latest Release of Unclaimed Property

Massachusetts State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg announced the latest grouping of names that have been added to the state’s list of unclaimed property owners. Over 49,000 new properties worth millions of dollars are owed to individuals and businesses throughout the Commonwealth.

“We currently hold over $3.4 billion in unclaimed property at Treasury and it could be yours,” said State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg. “One in ten Massachusetts residents are owed money. Call our office today to begin the claims process.”

Unclaimed property includes forgotten savings and checking accounts, un-cashed checks, insurance policy proceeds, stocks, dividends, and the contents of unattended safe deposit boxes. Most accounts are considered abandoned and are turned over to the state after three years of inactivity. Last year, Treasury processed over 120,000 claims and returned over $139 million in property to its rightful owners.

This newly released list includes only individuals and businesses with unclaimed property over $100. Treasurer Goldberg urged all citizens to check the comprehensive list for all amounts at or call our live call center at 888-344-MASS (6277).

The full list of the new individuals and businesses added to the unclaimed property list was published in the Boston Globe on September 12th and will be published in the Herald on September 19th. In addition, the list of names will be published in regional and local papers.

The Treasury releases an updated list of unclaimed property assets every six months as the new accounts are turned over to the Commonwealth. There is no time limit for a person to claim this property and, in many cases, claimants will receive interest.

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