News Briefs

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

On Saturday May 18, 9am to 1 p.m., St John’s will be welcoming shoppers and browsers at 222 Bowdoin St.

St John’s is once again in full spring swing, preparing for its eleventh 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.

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 18, all manner of books, with the exception of encyclopedias, may be donated by the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the St John’s Parish Hall, located at 222 Bowdoin St. (corner of Bowdoin and Buchanan streets) in Winthrop.  Boxed or bagged books may also be dropped off on the Rectory porch at 231 Bowdoin St.

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

Northeast Metro Tech Invites Community to Open House for Class of 2022

Superintendent David DiBarri would like to invite freshmen interested in attending Northeast Metro Tech to come to an open house later this month onWednesday, May 22 from 6-7:30 p.m.

The Northeast Metro Tech, is located at 100 Hemlock Road Northeast currently has available spots for the class of 2022 in several technical areas of study, including:Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing

Business Technology


Culinary Arts

Metal Fabrication

Robotics and Automation

Tours will be available for students to visit the six shops and faculty will be available to answer questions on academics, sports clubs and admissions.

“For students in ninth grade who are thinking about making a change, we encourage you to attend and learn more about the great opportunities here at Northeast,” Superintendent DiBarri said.

Those who have already submitted an application for 10th grade do not need to submit a second application. Contact Wanda DeLeon in the admissions office for any changes at 781-246-0810, ext.1302.

Metropolitan Beaches Comm. To Hold Regional Review

The Metropolitan Beaches Commission (MBC) will hold a public hearing on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. – noon at the UMass Boston Campus Center third-floor Ballroom C to review the preliminary results of the Commission’s public hearings held in Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull.

The MBC was created by the Legislature in 2007. It was made a permanent legislative commission in 2014, charged with making findings and recommendations to improve management and maintenance on the region’s public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket owned by the Commonwealth and managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).  The Commission is co-chaired by Senator Brendan Crighton of Lynn and Representative RoseLee Vincent of Revere, and has been led and managed since its inception in partnership with Save the Harbor/Save the Bay.

This hearing is open to the public, and will give the nearly 500 people who took part in local MBC hearings in 2018 and 2019 the opportunity to make sure that the Commission accurately captured their hopes and concerns for their beach. 

On June 4th, the MBC will hold a public hearing at the State House to hear from the DCR on their plans for the metropolitan region’s public beaches in 2019.  The Commission also will take expert testimony on best practice for managing beach parking, marine mammal disposal, and the importance of free events and programs to the region’s waterfront neighborhoods and beachfront communities.

Following the State House Hearing, the MBC will prepare a final report on their findings and recommendations which they will release to the Legislature, DCR and the public in late June or early July.

For more information on this hearing or the Metropolitan Beaches Commission, please contact Bruce Berman at [email protected] or on his cell at 617-293-6243 or Andrea Patton at 617-451-2860 ext. 1006 or by email to [email protected]

Care Dimensions Celebrates Nurses

Care Dimensions, the largest provider of hospice and palliative care services in Massachusetts, celebrated National Nurses Week by honoring its 251 nurses, many of whom are board certified in hospice and palliative care. 

The following Care Dimensions nurses from Winthrop were recognized for their professionalism, leadership and commitment to excellence in patient care at Care Dimensions: Pamela DesJardins, RN; Megan Gomes, RN; and Barbara Murphy.

Care Dimensions’ President and CEO Patricia Ahern, a 42-year veteran in the field of nursing, said, “The capacity to explain complicated medical information is something that everyone values about nurses and the confidence that people have in the technical skills of nurses is remarkable. More importantly, nurses are gifted with the ability to discern the worry and apprehension that folks can’t quite get into words when they are feeling vulnerable and isolated.”

Since our founding in 1978, our nurses have helped to make the time of advanced illness dignified and meaningful for patients and their families. We welcome new members to our team of caring, compassionate nurses. Visit to learn more.

WINARC Fundraiser At Winthrop Marketplace

Purchase a WPD / WINARC Badge at the Winthrop Marketplace for $1.00.  Proceeds to benefit our local WINARC (Winthrop Advocacy, Resources, Community) in honor of WPD Detective Michael Delehanty.  Add your name on the front and phone number on the back for a chance to win a $100 gift card courtesy of Marc Wallerce and the Winthrop Marketplace.  Drawing date: Friday, June 7, 2019.    

WINARC and Winthrop Police invite all to Driscoll Mahegan Invitational Special Olympics MEET at Miller Field on Saturday, June 8, 2019.  Come cheer on athletes as they go for the gold!  Enjoy a free barbeque, music and community! For more info, visit

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