News Briefs

Veterans food bank May 3

The next Veterans/Families Food Bank will take place Wednesday, May 3 at the American Legion (next to Town Hall). Pick-up is from 10:30-11:30 a.m. If you are new to our Food Bank, then you must pre-register with Veteran Services. For more information call the Veterans Service office at (617) 846-3065.

Marsh Clean Up

The Friends of Belle Isle Marsh will hold a cleanup on Saturday, April 29 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Meet at the Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, main parking lot, Bennington Street, East Boston.

NARFE to meet

The North Shore Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) will hold its free monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 3, at 1 p.m. at the Torigian Senior Center, 75R Central Street, Peabody.  The chapter will review the status of proposed legislation affecting the Federal community and will review NARFE’s advocacy tools to make our voices heard on these matters. For further information, please contact Mike Evers at 978 922-6932.


“WE ARE WINARC” will hold a Run, Walk, or Roll Fundraiser on Deer Island April 30 at 11A.M.

It will be held rain or shine.

Help support the current programs of Bowling, Special Olympics, Dances, Hip-hop Music and also the development of new programs.

Registration requested at or call Nancy Giuffre @ 617-640-4292.

The cost is $20 Individual $25 Family Registration includes T-shirt Registration also available on walk day (T-shirt not guaranteed).

When you have completed your lap around the island, there will be refreshments, music, and raffles in the registration area.


The water touches everyone’s lives in Winthrop and one can’t travel too far without seeing boats, beaches, marinas, and yacht clubs.  All you have to do is look onto the harbor and you will witness countless sailboats dotting the horizon.  You may wonder how all these people got into sailing.  Chances are that you wished you knew how to sail one of those boats. You might have even asked yourself ‘how can so many people afford to sail?’

There is a very common misconception surrounding the sport of sailing.  Sailing is often thought of an elitist activity, one whose doors are only open to the financially privileged and those who lead a life of leisure.  Yes, yachting can be expensive; but the truth is that sailing is open to everyone regardless of wealth, gender, race, physical stature or age.  In fact, the opportunity exists in Winthrop for your child to learn to sail at the Cottage Park YC and it is an opportunity of which every child should take advantage.

Sailing teaches youths valuable life lessons including confidence, independence, strategic thinking, both leadership and teamwork, and respect for the environment.  There are very few youth oriented sports that one can continue to pursue for their entire lives; but sailing can, and often does, become a life-time pursuit.  One of the most important gifts that you can give your child is introducing him or her to a life-long sport like sailing….it is an active and athletic sport and environmentally friendly.  For a child, the freedom and responsibility involved in steering and being in control of a sail boat before they can even drive is not only empowering but a leap toward personal maturity.

And local businesses recognize the community value in the CPYC Youth Sailing program. The generosity of so many of our community businesses like Shirley Hardware, the Meat Market, and Cenotech Solutions, CodFish Gear – as well as large regional and international companies like MassPort, Paul W. Marks Co, Ronstan International and New England Ropes- is instrumental in allowing the CPYC Youth Sailing to offer an affordable, quality, and safe learn to sail program for the past 56 years. It’s great to see such a diverse group of supporters and volunteers join forces in support of such a great community program.

Sailing is an invigorating sport that offers many rewards.  Youth sailing programs teach children valuable life skills and help forge strong friendships in a fun and exhilarating environment. Learning how to sail doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive.  At the Cottage Park YC Youth Sailing Program you don’t even have to join the Yacht Club to participate; all that is required the first year is that your child be entering the 3rd grade or higher this fall, the ability to swim, and the desire to sail and have fun.

So this summer teach your child how to sail and next time you look out onto the horizon at those sailboats…take pleasure in watching your child reveling in a freedom you may have thought was never possible.

2017 CPYC YS program runs from June 26th-August 17th.  Open registration starts Monday May 1st at 6:30pm at the Cottage Park YC and will continue until full.  For more information about youth sailing in Winthrop or the Cottage Park YC Youth Sailing Program please email [email protected].

Fundraiser for American Cancer Society Relay For Life

Community members are invited to join the Relay For Life of East Boston for a night of Metaphysical Messages with Linnea Star on April 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Suffolk Downs Topsider Room. Linnea Star can converse with the spirit world in many ways. She is clairvoyant (hearing the messages that are being conveyed), as well as precognition (the prediction of the future). Tickets are on sale for $40 per person by purchase of online sales at Please note there are no guaranteed readings as this is an audience wide fundraiser, Linnea will do her best to reach as many people as possible. Funds raised through this event will go to the Relay For Life of East Boston held on June 9 at East Boston Memorial Stadium to help the American Cancer Society provide free information and support for people facing the disease today, and fund cancer research that will help protect future generations.

For more information contact Megan Walsh at 508-270-4730 or [email protected]


Participate in Sail Boston

The Town of Winthrop is seeking vendors to participate in the Tall Ships Parade of Sail event on Saturday June 17.

There are opportunities to have a booth on Yirrell Beach during the Parade of Sail. Interested vendors must contact Joseph Domelowicz in the Town Manager’s office by Thursday, May 11 at 5 p.m. to secure a location at Yirrell Beach to sell food, soft drinks and other merchandise. The town will provide health inspection for food vendors free of charge.

Vendors are responsible for providing their own tables and tents and must provide at least 2 trash cans to remove their trash.

Help Winthrop celebrate the return of the Tall Ships to Boston Harbor in style.

For more information or to register today contact Assistant to the Town Manager Joseph Domelowicz Jr. at 617-846-1852 ext. 1013 or at [email protected].


Meet the Artist

Meet artist Bren Bataclan on Saturday, May 13 from 12-1:30 p.m. at the Winthrop Public Library. He spreads kindness and beauty world-wide by leaving his paintings for others to find. each artwork has a note attached saying, “This painting is yours if you promise to smile at random people more often.”


Table Top Day

Celebrate International Tabletop Day at the Winthrop Public Library on Saturday, April 29 from 2-4 p.m. Come play some of our favorite card games, dice games and board games.


Housing Authority seeks member


The town of Winthrop is seeking qualified applicants from Winthrop to serve as an Interim Board Member to the Winthrop Housing Authority. A resident may apply by submitting a Committee Application found at   , and will be chosen during a joint meeting of the Town Council and Housing Authority.

The term expires December 31, 2017.  This seat will be filled after certification of  the Town Election in November 2017.

Meetings are held on the 4th Monday of each month at 7 PM

The Board as a whole is responsible for establishing and monitoring goals, establishing policy, ensuring the integrity of the authority, advocating for low-income housing and preserving Winthrop’s public housing inventory.

Training by the State is provided. Please forward completed applications to the Town Clerk’s Office as soon as possible.


Spring Arts Festival Planned

The Winthrop Art Association presents its Spring Arts Festival at the EB Newton Cultural Center the weekend of April 29 and April 30, 12-6 p.m. and 11 am to 4 p.m.. A special reception will be held Friday, April 28 from 7-9 p.m.

Street sweeping information

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 AM and 4 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. Town ordinance prohibits parking in a manner that impedes the street sweeper. Violation of the street sweeping ordinance carries a $40 fine, and your vehicle can be towed.

The 2017 street sweeping dates are:

April 24-28,  May 22-26,  June 26-30, July 24-28,  Aug. 21-25,  Sep. 25-39 and Oct. 23-27

The DCR has announced that street sweeping operations on DCR roadways has begun. Both Winthrop Shore Drive and Winthrop Parkway are DCR roadways. These sweeping operations are conducted by the DCR independently of the Town of Winthrop. DCR states that both of their roadways in Winthrop conduct sweeping operations on the third Thursday of the month between 8 AM and 12 PM from April through November. Vehicles parked on Winthrop Shore Drive or Winthrop Parkway during their designated sweeping times may be ticketed and towed. If your vehicle is towed from either of these roadways, please contact the Massachusetts State Police, Revere Barracks at 781-284-0038.



St. John the Evangelist Parish has a Saint Vincent
de Paul Society Chapter. The mission of the Society is to give temporary support to parishioners and other Winthrop residents who find themselves in need. Please call 617-846-7400 if you or someone you know is in need of assistance.



The Town of Winthrop will conduct its annual Rabies Clinic Saturday, May 13 from 9– 11 am. Bring your dog down to the old DPW parking lot behind the Methodist Church to get them vaccinated.

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