News Briefs

Free skin cancer screenings

The Winthrop Health Department and Dana Farber will be conducting a skin cancer prevention screenings on Friday, June 2 from 11AM to 3 PM. The Dana Farber van will be parked at the bottom of the EB Newton, Pauline Street. The screening takes an estimated 15-30 minutes to do. Pre-registration is required. Contact Public Health Nurse Deanna Faretra at 617-846-1077 x1061 or by email to [email protected]

Digital Camera of skin mapping with photo scan of skin damage. Education on skin cancer signs and treatments, prevention, skin checks, resources, sun safety practices and “freebies”


Democrats to meet

The Winthrop Democratic Town Committee will meet on Wednesday, May 17th at 7:00 PM at the Robert A. DeLeo Senior Center, 35 Harvard Street. The agenda will include planning a summer event and a discussion of the State Party’s updated platform in anticipation of the 2017 Massachusetts Democratic State Convention.


DeLeo hosts office house

On Friday, May 19, a representative from House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s office will be hosting office hours in Winthrop and Revere. Anyone who has a question or concern is encouraged to stop by. For those who cannot attend and need assistance, please call Speaker DeLeo’s office at 617-722-2500.

The following are the locations:

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. – Robert A. DeLeo Senior Center, 35 Harvard Street, Winthrop

11:00 a.m. to noon – Revere Public Library, Beach St., Revere


The National Postal Food Drive Serves Winthrop Locals

Over the years, the Town of Winthrop has actively participated in the National Postal Food Drive, which occurs this year on Saturday May 13. The food drive is a collaborative effort between the Winthrop postal workers, the Winthrop Community Food Pantry, and, importantly, the residents of Winthrop.

Each year Winthrop’s postal workers thoughtfully take considerable efforts to collect non-perishable food along their routes, and deliver their collections to the Winthrop Community Food Pantry.

On Saturday, May 13, Winthrop residents and businesses are encouraged to set aside non-expired and non-perishable foods in sturdy bags next to mail slots or mail boxes. The food will then be retrieved by letter carriers as they work their routes between 11 AM to 5 PM.

This food drive is a vitally-needed supplement ensuring the pantry’s survival and success during the year. The pantry currently supports approximately seventy-five Winthrop families throughout the year. The pantry also relies substantively on Boston Food Bank distributions as well as other donations. As an added plus, the national food drive introduces a crucial variety of food choices to assist in nourishing the client families that the food pantry serves.

The Winthrop Community Food Pantry wishes to express particular thanks in appreciation of the tireless efforts by the Winthrop branch of the United States Postal Service, and to the caring community of Winthrop.

As an added note, the pantry also welcomes community participation throughout the year to assist in sorting and packaging, as a way of giving back to the community. To donate your time, please contact Dona at 617-846-6884 . The Winthrop Community Food Pantry is located at 222 Bowdoin Street, at the St John’s Parish Hall.



Come experience “Shorebird Surprises” from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Tuesday May 16 and 30 at Winthrop Shores Reservation

Come explore beautiful Winthrop Shores to look for shorebird specialties of Piping Plover, Sanderling, and American Oystercatcher and learn how these birds are adapted for survival. Some binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided but please bring these items if you are able to. Meet at: Winthrop Beach on Winthrop Shore Drive across from Sturgis Street and 62 Winthrop Shore Drive, Winthrop, MA. On street parking is available free of charge. Co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh.


Book, Cookie and Plant Sale at St John’s Episcopal Church

St John’s is once again in full spring swing, browsing, baking, and blooming, preparing for its tenth annual Book, Cookie and Plant Sale, another event that has shaped the Winthrop community by welcoming readers, cookie connoisseurs, and gardeners alike to join interests and conviviality. What started many years before as the already vastly popular Book and Cookie Fair has “blossomed” since 2008 to become the Book, Cookie and Plant Sale.

On Saturday May 20, 9am to 1pm, St John’s will be welcoming shoppers and browsers at 222 Bowdoin Street. The aroma of an irresistible assortment of cookies, including some that are gluten free, all lovingly home baked by parishioners, will guide patrons to the entrance. Tea and coffee are complimentary. Shoppers will enjoy sampling their book purchases, along with their baked selections, at comfortable indoor seating.

St John’s parishioners are actively plundering their gardens for a sizable array of plants, splitting perennials and culling seedlings from their private plots. There will be knowledgeable fellow gardeners on hand to offer planting advice and share horticulture tips, making this an optimal event for gardeners of all skill levels. In the May spirit, shoppers will also find various garden-inspired gift items.

A veritable sea of books, priced to sell, will be arranged by category, to be relished by readers of all interests and ages. Parishioners are clearing off their bookshelves to make way for even more books, and St John’s invites the public to do the same. Prior to May 20, all manner of books, with the exception of encyclopedias, may be donated by the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am to 2pm at the St John’s Parish Hall, located at 222 Bowdoin Street (corner of Bowdoin and Buchanan) in Winthrop.  Books may also be dropped off on the Rectory porch at 231 Bowdoin Street.

Breaking news, packaged Lobster Lunches will be available at the fair, for as long as the supply lasts, so reservations are encouraged. For those who wish to reserve a Lobster Lunch, please call or text Carol Belcher at at 617-913-5182 by Thursday May 18 8pm. Lunch includes a generous lobster roll, triple chocolate brownie and bag of chips.

The St John’s Episcopal Church website is at, where upcoming events and observances are posted in detail.



Qualified applicants from Winthropare being sought to serve as an Interim Board Member to the Winthrop Housing Authority. A resident may apply by submitting a Committee Application found here and will be chosen during a joint meeting of the Town Council and Housing Authority.

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 7:00 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.


Honan run planned

On the morning of July 9 at Winthrop High School, runners and walkers will take to the streets of Winthrop to help raise funds for Richard Honan’s annual initiative for sending hundreds of care packages all over the world to our service men and women.

The 5k run or walk is managed by High5EM, a management company headquartered in Danvers, which hosts several types of athletic events all year long, throughout New England. This event has a little more meaning to Ashley Steeves and Caren Napolitano, owners of the management company.

Ashley’s brother Michael Steeves, a Sargent in the United States Marine Core, whose family resides in Winthrop, has been a recipient of a few generous care packages sent from Mr. Honan over the years.

“Hosting this event is our way of giving back, and helping to make sure Mr. Honan continues to greatly impact the lives of so many of our local service members, whether they are serving at home or overseas. It is important they know, we are always thinking of them, even if it is just a small care package full of toiletries, it makes the world of difference, says Ashley.”

Sgt. Steeves and his family had breakfast with Mr. Honan over the Holiday season at the Center Café, who has become a sponsor or the event, which is where the idea came to life. The support from the Town of Winthrop, the Police Department and local businesses has been overwhelming.

There are several opportunities for local corporate and small businesses to become involved in the event, whether it be through a race sponsorship or putting together a team to participate in the run or walk. A special thank you to the following sponsors: Highland Real Estate, Center Café, Swetts Liquors, Elliott Whittier Insurance, Harrington House Bed & Breakfast, Balloon City and the Winthrop Market Place. For sponsorship opportunities, email [email protected] or call 978-594-7050.

Course: Race starts on Franklin Street, right onto Revere Street, right onto Hutchinson Street, right onto Crest Avenue which becomes Winthrop Shore Drive, right onto Beacon Street, right onto Shirley Street, Left onto: Cutler Street across Veterans Road to trail across Lewis Lake Park, right onto River Road, right onto Cross Street, finishing on the Winthrop High Football field/track.

To register or to learn more information about the event or how to get involved, please visit or email us at [email protected]



The American Legion Post 146 is pleased to sponsor the Town of Winthrop 2017 Memorial Day events.

Sunday, May 28th

Schedule of Events

8:00 am Marine Memorial Service at the Winthrop Elks

10:00 am Mass at St. John the Evangelist Church

11:30 am Memorial Dedication for Libero Laura – Corner of Buchanan and Freemont Street

12:15 pm Memorial Dedication for Robert Sloane – Corner of Somerset and Woodside Avenue


Monday, May 29th

Schedule of Events

10:00 am Memorial Day Ceremony at the Winthrop Cemetery

1:00 pm Line-up for the Parade

2:00 pm Memorial Day Parade

If your civic organization is interested in participating in the parade or you would like more information on any of the events, please contact William Brown at (617) 846-3604, Richard Gay at (617)997-9149 or Roseann Trionfi-Mazzuchelli at Winthrop Veteran Services.



Saturday, June 10 from 9 am – 1pm there will be a town-wide yard sale the $25 registration fee includes: Internet and Print Advertising, balloons delivered to your door and be included in the Town Wide Yard Sale Permit. Registration ends on May 31. Contact the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce to register at (617) 846-9898 or email [email protected]

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