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Friday, May 19, 2017
By Transcript Staff

Belle Isle Marsh Festival May 21

The Friends of Belle Isle Marsh, Save the Harbor and DCR will sponsor “May in the Marsh” on Sunday, May 21 from 1 to 3 PM at Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, Bennington Street, East Boston. The Festival is free and the public is invited.

Come and see live animals from Reptile Circus and owls from the Blue Hills Trailside Museum, the band “Made in the Shade,” the DCR’s mounted unit horses , arts and crafts for children, information tables and more. Participants will include the Sierra Club, Harborkeepers, Bike to the Sea, Mass Audubon, Friends of Lynn and Nahant Beaches, the Mass Water Resource Authority, the Environmental Police, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and more.

The East Boston section of the Reservation features an observation tower, two boardwalks and a hiking trail. In May the meadow at the Reservation is bright yellow with flowering mustard.

The Friends of Belle Isle Marsh is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization whose mission is primarily educational. Belle Isle Marsh is a unique habitat with more than 275 species of birds that visit throughout the year


Free ferry trip to each resident in May

To celebrate the start of a new ferry season the Winthrop Town Council and Town Manager James McKenna are offering each adult resident in the Town of Winthrop, a single one-way ticket ferry ride on the Winthrop Ferry Valkyrie between May 15 and May 31, 2017.

Any resident who claims the free ferry ride will be entitled to bring along one child five or under for that free one-way ferry ride as well.

To participate, residents are asked to sign-up to receive the Town Manager’s weekly e-mail newsletter (The Town Manager Blog). Any resident who is registered or registers for the weekly blog post by May 15, will receive an email with a coupon for a single one-way ferry ride, for themselves and one child that is five and younger. Residents who already receive the Town Manager’s Blog can send a request to the Town Manager’s office to receive their free ferry ride coupon.

The coupons can be claimed when riders use the on-line electronic ferry ticketing system, where their fare will be deducted and their seat will be reserved, when they enter the coupon code. The coupon code will be emailed to you if you are subscribed to the Town Manager’s Blog or subscribe to the blog.

Each registered user will receive only one coupon code.

This promotion is only available through the end of May, so residents who would like the opportunity to use the ferry for a free one-way trip into Boston, should sign up soon.

Information about ferry ticketing and ferry schedules or to order tickets can be found on-line at  HYPERLINK “”


Future of flooding in Winthrop

Town Manager James McKenna and the town administration invite the public to attend a follow-up meeting on our Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment, being funded in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management.

A meeting to discuss the future of coastal flooding in Winthrop will be held Tuesday, May 23, from 6-8 PM in the Winthrop Public Library (Main Meeting Room), 2 Metcalf Square.

The first meeting, held on April 5, outlined the vulnerability assessment process and described coastal flood modeling. In the past month, the Town and consultant team have identified potential areas of future coastal flooding and prioritized vulnerable public infrastructure in our community. Please join us to see the results of the study as well as concept designs for potential adaptation measures.

Town department heads and our consultant team will be on hand for an open house between 6-7 PM. The presentation will begin at 7 PM, with a Q and A discussion to follow.

All information provided at the meeting will also be shared via the town website and Town Manager’s Blog.


School Pride Night

The Arthur T. Cummings Schools is preparing for School Pride Night on May 23. The night will start with a drama performance at 3:00 PM. Beginning at 5:00 PM, students will show off their displays of school and community pride in the gymnasium. Food will be served from 5 -6:30 PM and a variety show will begin at 6 PM.


St. John’s Fair Saturday

On Saturday, May 20, 9 AM to 1 PM, St John’s will be welcoming shoppers and browsers at 222 Bowdoin St. 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 is once again in full spring swing, browsing, baking, and blooming, preparing for its 10th 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.

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