News Briefs

Art show this weekend

The Winthrop Arts Association Spring Art Festival will be held Saturday, April 28 from noon -6 p.m. and Sunday, April 29 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a reception from 2-4 p.m. The festival will be held at the EB Newton School, 45 Pauline St. For more info contact Dawn at 617-846-2644.


Mammograms available

On Thursday, May 10, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dana Farber’s Mammography van will be in the Larsen Rink parking lot, 45 Pauline St., To schedule your mammogram contact the public health nurse Deanna Faretra at 617-846-1077 ext. 1061.


MBTA to Present Better Bus Project in Winthrop May 2

Representatives from the MBTA will attend next week’s Winthrop Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting to present on the upcoming Better Bus Project which seeks to improve service and accessibility of all MBTA bus routes starting this summer. All are welcome to come and learn about this opportunity to improve the schedules & routes of the local 712 and 713 buses in Winthrop. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 2, at 7 p.m. in the Harvey Hearing Room at Town Hall. For more information, see



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 a.m. and 4 p.m. 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 $40.00 fine, and your vehicle can be towed.

The 2018 street sweeping dates are:

April (week of the 23)
May (week of the 21)
June (week of the 25)
July week of the 23
Aug. (week of the 27)
Sep. (week of the 24)
Oct. (week of the 22)


Precinct 4 meeting May 2

A Precinct 4 meeting will be held on May 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the EB Newton Center, 45 Pauline Street, Winthrop, MA. All residents of Precinct 4 are invited to attend.



The North Shore Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) is hosting this year’s Massachusetts Federation Convention at the Devens Common Center in Devens on Thursday and Friday,  May 3-4. All NARFE members from the Massachusetts chapters are invited. Events include a Thursday presentation by the Deputy Director of the NARFE Benefits Institute, a banquet on Thursday night, and Friday talks by Massachusetts State Senator James B. Eldridge and a spokesperson for Congressional  Representative Seth Moulton. In addition, the results of the Federation officer elections will be announced.  Thursday evening banquet is $40. For additional information contact Stella Piece, 978 969 1761


Walk, Run or Roll with WINARC

WINARC holds its Third Annual Run, Walk, or Roll starts at 11 a.m. at Deer Island on April 29. To register please visit  All are invited.


What’s Happening at the Winthrop Public Library

As a reminder, library hours until June 2018 are:

Monday 10-6

Tuesday 11-8

Wednesday 10-8

Thursday 11-8

Friday 10-5

Saturday 10-5


For Adults

Wednesday, May 2, 10 a.m. : Mystery Book Club

WPL&M Mystery Book Club continues its medical mysteries theme with Bloodstream by Tess Gerritsen.  View the full 2017-2018 list here.

Wednesday, May 2, 6:30 p.m. : Traditional African Drumming

This spring, the award-winning ArtWeek festival will be held April 27 – May 6, and will include “Traditional African Drumming” by Cathy Stacy.

Thursday, May 3 & 10, 11:30 a.m. : Portrait Drawing

Learn the basics of portrait drawing in a popular class by Gerard Leary.

Thursday, May 3 & 10, 1:30 p.m. : Creative Writing

If you can tell a story, write a letter or compose an email, you’re already an accomplished writer. This course will encourage you to ignite your fertile imagination, create characters and formulate a story line. No worries about spelling, punctuation or grammar. Gerard is your editor! No registration required, only that you promise to write 30 minutes a day, 4 days a week. Oh, and, practice writing your signature. You’ll need it at your first book signing.

Tuesday, May 8, 6:30 p.m.: Knitting Book Club

Discuss May’s book, Coastliners by Joanne Harris, while working on your current craft project. New to crafts? Join in to get some tips from others while enjoying a great book chat.

Thursday, May 17, 6:30 p.m.: AUTHOR TALK – Audrey Schulman

The author of five novels, her latest, Theory of Bastards, is receiving rave reviews from a variety of sources.  It’s described as “compelling and readable”, “beguiling, irreverent, and full of heart” and “the most absorbing novel I’ve read all year.  Join us to meet and chat with Audrey Schulman.  Refreshments compliments of the Friends of the Winthrop Public Library.

Tuesday, May 22, 6:30 p.m.: AUTHOR TALK – Clea Simon

Simon will discuss her work which includes her latest, World Enough, and several mystery series. This event was originally rescheduled due to snow.


For Teens

Monday, May 7, 3:15 p.m.: Teen Library Council Meeting

Join us for our monthly meeting to discuss teen issues at the library and plan programs for teens!

Wednesday, May 2, 6:30 p.m. : Traditional African Drumming

This spring, the award-winning ArtWeek festival will be held April 27 – May 6, and will include “Traditional African Drumming on a Dejembe” by Cathy Stacy, a Winthrop musician. Hear her describe the drum’s history and culture as well as trying it out!


For Kids

Tuesday, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 3:00 p.m. : Kids Create Club

A hands-on activity time for children on Tuesdays after-school. Open to grades 3-5.

Wednesday, May 2 & 16, 3 p.m.: Lego Club

Lego Club is on the first and third Wednesday of every month in the Hazlett Room.

Friday, May 4, 11, 18, 25, 10:30 a.m. : Storytime – Infants & Toddlers


Friday, May 4, 11, 18, 25, 11:30 a.m. : Storytime – Preschoolers

Storytime is every Friday in the Children’s Room.

Saturday, May 5, 1:30 p.m. : Curious Creatures

Come to the library for your chance to see and touch mammals, insects and reptiles!

Monday, May 6, 13, 20, 27, 10:30 a.m.: Toddler Craft Time

Toddlers can join us every Monday for a craft project.

Wednesday, May 9 and 23, 3 p.m.: Pokémon Club

Pokémon Club meets the second and fourth Wednesday in the Hazlett Room. Trading is optional.


Library Announcements

Next Trustees Board Meeting:

Tuesday, May 8, 5:30 p.m.

(Open to the Public)


The library will be CLOSED Monday, May 28 for Memorial Day.

You can always find more information about library programs on our calendar, on Facebook, or by calling 617-846-1703. The Library is located at 1 Metcalf Square.


Stay tuned for more information about another visit from the Delvina Theatre Company – Tuesday, June 5th to present Salem Witch Hysteria.  If you haven’t seen them yet, don’t miss out.

The Paul Speidel Jazz Trio will return for another concert on the lawn on Thursday, June 28.  They were terrific last year so we expect nothing less this year.  Bring a seat or blanket, perhaps a picnic, and enjoy the music!

Sponsorship of some events comes from the Winthrop Cultural Council and the Friends of the Winthrop Public Library.

Winthrop Public Library is located at I Metcalf Square, Winthrop.

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