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Saint Michael’s Parish to Host Picnic Sunday, Sept. 24

All are welcome at the second annual Saint Michael the Archangel Parish Mass and Picnic on Sunday, September 24, in place of the 11:00 and 12:00 Masses. St. Michael’s will have a special 11:30 Mass, which will be followed by festivities, including: live music by John Polino, face painting, crafts, games and a bouncy house. Enjoy a barbecue with cold drinks, fresh popcorn, desserts, and a slush cart.  Tickets are just $5 per person or $20 a family.  

The picnic will take place in the main parking lot at 320 Winthrop Street, but will be moved inside to the gym if it rains. Entrance is at Ocean View Steet. Donations are gratefully accepted for drinks, such as water, soda, or juice boxes, which can be dropped off at the parish center cafeteria (Saint John the Evangelist school) in advance.

Tickets may be purchased at the door, at the parish office during the week, or by Venmo.  The picnic is an opportunity to gather together, seeing old faces and meeting new ones.

Residents to Participate in Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk

Ten residents from Winthrop will participate in the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai on Sunday, October 1.

Kelly Adamson, Jennifer Wolter, Anne Drogin, Jonathan Tardif, Jim Nelson, Mike Griffiths, Kathi Wyatt, Thomas Westmoreland, Katherine Heinichen, and Leighanne Strangie, along with thousands of other walkers, will participate in the iconic annual event that will unite the community to raise funds to support all forms of adult and pediatric care and cancer research at the nation’s premier cancer center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The Jimmy Fund Walk has raised more than $167 million for Dana-Farber Cancer in its 34-year history, raising a record-breaking more than $8.8 million in 2022.

“Throughout the past 34 years, the Jimmy Fund Walk has continuously supported life-saving research and cancer care at Dana-Farber. The 2023 Walk will be held during the Jimmy Fund’s 75th anniversary year and will aim to raise $9 million in the effort to prevent, treat, and defy cancer,” said Zack Blackburn, Director of the Jimmy Fund Walk. “This year also marks the 35th annual Jimmy Fund Walk. We are eager to get out on the course and see all our outstanding walkers and teams come together to support this great cause.”

The Jimmy Fund Walk is the only organized walk permitted on the famed Boston Marathon® course, and participants have the flexibility to choose from four distance options: 5K walk (from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Longwood Medical Campus), 10K walk (from Newton), Half Marathon walk (from Wellesley), and Marathon walk (from Hopkinton).

Whatever route walkers choose, participants will be treated to 10 refueling stations as well as poster-sized photographs of patients – Jimmy Fund Walk Heroes – displayed at each mile and half-mile marker as inspiration. All four routes of the Jimmy Fund Walk will culminate at the Jimmy Fund Walk Finish Line Powered by Schneider Electric. Due to construction in Copley Square, the Jimmy Fund Walk Finish Line location has been moved to the Fenway neighborhood for 2023. Walkers should know that distances may be slightly shorter as we finish the walk in front of Fenway Park. The finish line will include a celebration complete with food, music, and a speaking program.

If walkers wish to participate a bit closer to home, the Jimmy Fund Walk has flexible opportunities. Participants can also join the event virtually by “walking their way” from wherever they are most comfortable—in their neighborhood, on a favorite hiking trail, or on a treadmill at home. Materials to support Virtual Walkers are available.

To register to walk or volunteer (#JimmyFundWalk) or to support a walker, visit or call (866) 531-9255. Registrants can enter the promo code NEWS for $5 off the registration fee. All registered walkers will receive a bib, medal, and a Jimmy Fund Walk T-shirt.

Health Officials Announce Third Human Case of WNV In State

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH)  last week announced the third human case of West Nile virus (WNV) in a Massachusetts resident this year. The individual is a male in his 50s who was exposed in Hampden County.

The risk of human infection with WNV is moderate in the Greater Boston area (Middlesex, Norfolk, and Suffolk counties), and in parts of Berkshire, Bristol, Hampden, Hampshire, Plymouth, and Worcester counties. There are no additional risk level changes indicated at this time.

This is the third person with West Nile virus infection identified in Massachusetts this year,” said Public Health Commissioner Robert Goldstein, MD, PhD. “It continues to be important for people to take steps to prevent mosquito bites, including by using a mosquito repellent with an EPA-registered active ingredient, draining standing water around their homes, and repairing window screens. Risk from mosquito-borne disease will continue until the first hard frost.”

Trying to Find Your Unclaimed Property? Visit FindMassMoney.Gov

 Massachusetts State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg has announced the latest grouping of names added to the state’s list of unclaimed property owners.

Over 50,000 new properties worth millions of dollars belong to individuals and businesses throughout the Commonwealth including West Newbury native, John Cena.

“We currently have over $3.4 billion in unclaimed property at Treasury, and it could be yours,” said State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg. “Unclaimed property’s time is up; your time is now. So call our office today to begin the claims process.”

Unclaimed property includes forgotten savings and checking accounts, un-cashed checks, insurance policy proceeds, stocks, dividends, and the contents of unattended safe deposit boxes. These accounts are turned over to the state after three years of inactivity. This newly released list includes only individuals and businesses with unclaimed property over $100.

Treasurer Goldberg urges all citizens to check the comprehensive list for all amounts at or call our live call center at 888-344-MASS (6277).

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