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Local Air Quality and Health Summit

On Thursday, March 9, from 5 to 8 pm at East Boston High School, 86 White St, East Boston. an air quality and health Summitt is planned by Mothers Out Front.

Research has shown that exposure to extreme air pollution – like in East Boston, Chelsea, and Winthrop – is linked to an extensive number of health conditions for kids and adults. Neighborhood of Affordable Housing Inc., Mothers Out Front East Boston and Winthrop, GreenRoots, East Boston Social Centers, and Airport Impact Relief Inc. have organized a community summit where residents can learn how to protect themselves and loved ones from these impacts, what community groups and legislators are doing to address the problem, and what still needs to happen to see lasting change.

“Environmental Justice is part of civil rights,” said Liliana Arteaga of Mothers Out Front East Boston, “We have the right to breathe safe [and clean] air.”

Attendees will hear the latest findings in local air quality research from field leaders, including environmental scientists, as well as recent gains made by partner organizations in a fun and easily digestible way. The event is family-friendly and accessible. Spanish and English interpretation will be provided, as well as food, child care, breakout groups with experts, and supplies to assemble your own home air purifier. The summit is free to the public.

“The problem of pollution is daunting,” said Sonja Tengblad of Mothers Out Front East Boston. “But I am excited by all the data we now have that links pollution sources to many health impacts. This is what drives change. We also have proven strategies that can protect our kids. We just need to implement these on a systematic level and fast. This summit is a real opportunity for community members and major stakeholders to share our stories and information and change our communities for the better.”

WPD To Raise Funds for Doug Flutie, Jr Foundation

Winthrop Police will once again take part in Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation Autism Awareness Police Patch Fundraiser for the month of April. Starting March 15, 2023 we will be selling t-shirts and patches. This year’s t-shirts (the gray t-shirts seen in picture below) will sell for $20. Last year’s black t-shirts are $15 each and patches are $10. 100% of all monies raised are donated to the Dough Flutie Jr. Autism Awareness Foundation.

On Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 6:30PM we will also be having a hockey game to celebrate the month and raise awareness. The Winthrop Police/Fire Departments will take on The Winthrop All Stars at Larsen Rink Mike Eruzione Center.

You can purchase t-shirts and patches at the game or contact Lt. Steve Rogers, Lt. Mary Crisafi, Detective Samantha Ferrino or Officer Anthony Sorrentino at the police station to purchase t-shirts or patches prior to the game.

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