News Briefs


The Winthrop High School PTC is once again hosting its Election “Day” Clothing Drive! Start bagging your unwanted (in good condition) adult and children’s clothing, coats, bedding, curtains, towels, blankets, handbags and shoes (laces tied together please), stuffed animals, small hard toys, belts and pocketbooks. Drop bags at the trailer at Larsen Rink on April 7 – 13. This is a fundraiser that the whole community can take part in! It is an easy way to donate to the High School students, while making some extra room in our closets. Everything must be free of wetness, moisture, grease, mold, food. Please NO rugs, pillows, electric blankets, industrial uniforms, hospital garments, diapers, etc.  Please no junk.



Beginning April 1 dogs can be fined by the Animal Control Officer if not properly licensed. The town clerk’s office has made this known through several avenues. Therefore, any dog found not to be properly licensed will be subject to a citation fee as well as a late fee. Please license dogs immediately online or via regular mail only. Licenses cannot be renewed in the office at this time. The online link is:


Saturday, April 2 at the Pleasant Park Yacht Club, 562 Pleasant St., will host Uplift Yourself with Laughter, to benefit Those Who Can for Those in Need, at 8 p.m. doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are not available at the door and must be purchased by March 28 by calling Judie VanKooiman at 617-462-5719 or purchasing them at The Winthrop Book Depot, the Winthrop Senior Center or the Winthrop Marketplace.


On Sunday, April 3 at 11 a.m. the Cottage Park Yacht Club, 76 Orlando Ave., is sponsoring a talk on how to keep our heart healthy. Find out what are the warning signs and symptoms of heart disease. Ginger Verge, a certified cardiac rehabilitation nurse at Hallmark health, will discuss how to modify risk factors for heart disease. The talk is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.


WINARC (Winthrop Advocacy Resources and Community) will hold its “We are WINARC” run, walk or roll fundraiser on April 10, rain or shine starting at 10 a.m. at Deer Island. Founded over 50 years ago by a group of parents of children and young adults with disabilities. The grassroots organization of families recognized the need for their children to participate in the community. To register call Nancy Giuffre, WINARC VP, at 913 Shirley St. or calling 617-640-4292. Refreshments and door prizes will be available afterwards at the Point Shirley Association Hall.


On Sunday, April 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. several organizations will hold a Flea Market for a Cause, at the Mottola Post, 10 Garofola St., Revere. The event benefits Keep Your Memories, MGH Cancer Center, Paws and Play Dog Park, Just a Little Help Burial Funds, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Inspire Help Foundation, Helping Hand to a Child with Autism, 22 Until None and Hope & Faith Cure.


Fire Chief Paul Flanagan has announced that the town fireworks in Winthrop will go off on July 3. Flanagan said they are looking to raise $30,000. T-shirts for the celebration will be available for sale soon.

Donations for the fireworks can be mailed to: Winthrop Fireworks, 40 Pauline St., Winthrop, MA 02152


Attention Photographers or Anyone with a Camera! You are invited to participate in a project that will result in a collection of photos representing the Winthrop community. Interested residents of all ages should contact the library to register to take part in this fun project. Please register by Friday, April 8.

There are a few guidelines to follow:

  • All photos are to include at least one person as the main

focus. But, any number of people may appear in a photo.

  • All photos should be taken in Winthrop during the month

of April 2016. See

if you need inspiration.

  • Each photographer may submit up to 10 photos.
  • All submissions may be exhibited or included in a

published book, and will be added to the Library’s

historical archive on the Noble Digital Heritage, with

proper artist credit.

  • All entries will be judged by a panel whose decisions are


  • Have fun!!

Winthrop Public Library

2 Metcalf Square

Winthrop, MA 02152


Paying the College Bill Seminar

Once you have received your acceptance letters, the next step is to select a school and figure out how to pay for it. And while this is an exciting time, it can also be overwhelming. This seminar is designed to help you examine and compare financial aid awards, calculate the balance due at each school, and develop a plan to pay the bill at your selected college.

Separate seminars in English and Spanish will be presented at the same time by the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority. For more information, visit

Thursday, April 14, 2016

6 p.m., Chelsea High School – Blue Gym, 299 Everett Avenue, Chelsea, MA, 02150

Mental Illness Support Group Meeting

National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater North Shore Family & Friends Middleton Support Group is meeting Wednesday April 13 from 7 – 8:30 pm at the Middleton Senior Center/Council on Aging, 38 Maple Street, Middleton MA. The group is for family and friends of those dealing with mental health challenges. For more information call Sheila Girard at 978-304-0146 or e-mail [email protected] Also visit


CAPIC’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo and Chelsea City Councilor Luis Tejada as its newest members. Both Mayor Arrigo and City Councilor Tejada will represent the public sectors of Revere and Chelsea. Mayor Arrigo has appointed Lanre Olusekun as his permanent representative to the Board.

CAPIC also welcomes Gladys Valentin-Agneta to the Agency, as the Housing & Basic Services Program Director. In this position Ms. Valentin-Agneta will identify and coordinate the placement of homeless individuals in Chelsea who are experiencing alcohol and opioid addictions in emergency and temporary housing, as well as provide comprehensive support services and resources, including the coordination of recovery resources for these individuals.  In January 2016, CAPIC was awarded Housing & Basic Support funding from the City of Chelsea and is working with Chelsea Navigators, Bay Cove/Chelsea ASAP, and city officials to reduce alcohol and opioid use within the community.

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