An Exciting Girls Basketball Season: Lady Vikings Played Courageously and Well

March 13, 2014
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The many Winthrop High fans who made the trek to the Tsongas Center in Lowell saw a thrilling high school basketball game between our Lady Vikings and St. Mary’s High School of Lynn. Though St. Mary’s held on for the victory, Winthrop’s performance showcased the tremendous skills of our players and how far the...

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A Good Decision: Change in Forum Format Makes Sense

March 13, 2014
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We commend Council President Peter Gill for his decision to alter the format of the Spring Forum that is scheduled for Tuesday night at the Robert A. DeLeo Senior Center. Rather than put the focus on the various town department heads and their presentations, Gill wants the residents to be featured and be given...

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High Marks for Manager McKenna: Council’s Evaluation Is Well-deserved

March 13, 2014
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May all of our Winthrop students receive a “report card” as outstanding as the one Town Manager James McKenna received from the Town Council in its annual evaluation of his performance. The Council gave McKenna strong commendations across all categories in their evaluation and it’s clear the Council is very pleased with his calls...

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Chief Flanagan Was Pro-active

March 13, 2014
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While other communities are beginning to see the benefits of having trained personnel in the administering of Narcan — which reverses the effects of a heroin overdose — Winthrop Fire Chief Paul Flanagan has had the personnel of his department equipped to help residents in distress for more than a year. Our chief recognized...

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Welcome Back, John Vitagliano

March 13, 2014
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It was nice to see John Vitagliano back at the last Council Meeting looking fit and fully recovered from his recent heart valve surgery. Vitagliano is back in full stride working on various issues and you can rest assured that he will be a part of the upcoming public meeting with MWRA Executive Director...

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Police Blotter 03-13-2014

March 13, 2014
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Monday, March 3 A call was received from Shirley Street regarding an alarm activation of a backdoor alarm. There is a cleaning person on site. Greater Boston Home Health Care called and reported a patient on Lincoln Terrace threatened to harm himself to the doctor. Doctor has pink slip and party was transported voluntarily....

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Mallios Gets the Call at the TD Garden

March 13, 2014
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Vasili Mallios is moving up the ladder quickly in the word of high school basketball officiating. Mallios earned the coveted assignment of serving as a referee in the Division 3 state semifinal game between Watertown and Cardinal Spellman Tuesday at the TD Garden. Mallios also refereed the St. Mary’s-Hamilton-Wenham North sectional semifinal before a...

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Obituaries 03-13-2014

March 13, 2014
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Florence “Flo” St. Pierre Worked as Assistant Secretary to J. Edgar Hoover and Later for State of Massachusetts Florence “Flo” St. Pierre passed away at the Ray Hickey Hospice House on Sunday, March 9 surrounded by her family and friends. She was 98 years old. She was born on November 13, 1915 to Theodore...

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Winthrop Girl’s Basketball Team Decidedly Won This Week Against Manchester-essex, 46-25

March 7, 2014
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Winthrop Girl’s Basketball Team Decidedly Won This Week Against Manchester-essex, 46-25

The Winthrop Girl’s Basketball team decidedly won this week against Manchester-Essex, 46-25. Here, the girls celebrate their win. They move on to play St. Mary’s of Lynn Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Congrats, Go Vikings! Photo by Bob Marra

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Brouhaha Swirls at Larsen Rink: Allegation of Drinking Party Following Tournament Loss by Hockey Team

March 5, 2014
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Brouhaha Swirls at Larsen Rink: Allegation of Drinking Party Following Tournament Loss by Hockey Team

An otherwise stellar hockey season has been sullied by allegations of an after hours drinking party at Winthrop’s town rink allegedly involving the team’s head coach, Dale Dunbar, and some players. In response to the allegations, Winthrop Town Manager James McKenna has placed Dunbar on paid administrative leave as manager of the rink pending...

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WHS Drama Society Competes at Festival

March 5, 2014
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WHS Drama Society Competes at Festival

The Winthrop High School (WHS) Drama Society participated in the Massachusetts Theater Guild Drama Festival on March 1, at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School. The cast performed FLYBOY, by Yvonne Adrian, about an eight-year-old boy, Zachary (played by Bobby Gioiosa) who strangely stops speaking. “Working on FLYBOY with such a talented cast and crew has...

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Woman Looking for Lost Cat

March 5, 2014
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Woman Looking for Lost Cat

Winthrop resident Eriel Benyishay Ofek is seeking to locate her lost cat, who went missing on Oct. 7 in the town. Ofek said that her two-year-old cat, Halissi, fell off the third floor porch and the cat disappeared soon after. “I have been searching for him all over town ever since and have even...

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Gilbane Is Leading Contender for SBAC

March 5, 2014
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Winthrop’s School Building Assistance Committee (SBAC) has narrowed the field of construction managers for the school building project down from four to one. The Construction subcommittee of the SBAC conducted interviews with four pre-qualified construction management firms on Saturday, March 1 for the school building project. The full SBAC, after hearing a description of...

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Kim Garbarino Set to Swim 24 Hours Non Stop

March 5, 2014
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Winthrop resident Kim Garbarino will be doing something on Saturday that he’s been doing his whole life: swimming. But it’s the length of his swim that has people taking notice. Beginning at 1 p.m. at the Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA of the North Shore, Garbarino will swim for 24 hours in the pool to raise...

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A Sad Situation: Zero-tolerance Is the Only Policy for Underage Drinking

March 5, 2014
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The allegation that members of the Winthrop High hockey team were consuming alcoholic beverages with members of the coaching staff in the locker room at Larsen Rink last Friday evening after returning from their 2-1 loss in a state tournament game is upsetting (for lack of a better word) on many levels. First and...

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Police Blotter 03-06-2014

March 5, 2014
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Monday, February 24 Party came in to the police station to report that an indecent exposure took place. Tow driver reports that he responded to Ocean Avenue and Shirley Street to assist a motorist. He was informed that a minor accident took place, but the other driver has not returned. Officer reports the party...

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Lady Vikings Coast in Holland Gym Finale: Bartlette Scores 16 in Tourney Opener

March 5, 2014
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The Winthrop High School girls basketball team made sure the last game played at the Holland Gymnasium would be a memorable one, racing past North Reading, 48-27, in a Division 3 North quarterfinal round game Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Nina Bartlette had 16 points while senior Theresa Jones and junior Kristen Siscamanis each scored nine...

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Obituaries 03-06-2014

March 5, 2014
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Mary DiFinizio Longtime Montilio’s Bakery Salesperson Mary DiFinizio of Almont Street, Winthrop passed away suddenly at home on March 1. She was 96 years old. Born in Boston, she was the beloved daughter of the late Benigna (Piscopo) and Raymond Mercuri. A resident of the North End of Boston for many years, she has...

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The Comeback Kid: Gretchen Howard Overcomes Adversity to Become the League’s Best Goaltender

February 27, 2014
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The Comeback Kid: Gretchen Howard Overcomes Adversity to Become the League’s Best Goaltender

When Gretchen Howard underwent reconstructive surgery on her left hip, the road to recovery and a return to the Winthrop girls hockey team seemed like an awfully steep challenge for the talented goaltender. But after seven months of extensive rehabilitation and physical therapy with trainer Fallon Cadigan, Howard not only returned to the ice,...

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Quest for the Gold

February 27, 2014
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Quest for the Gold

Ashelyn Babb fights her way toward a loose ball through Somerville Highlanders Lovetaline Lenueus, Melissa Baptista, and Adrianna Keefe in a game last week.

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Open Campus for WHS Seniors to Start next Year

February 27, 2014
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The Winthrop School Committee has voted to allow seniors at the High School to have open campus beginning next school year–a development that has Principal Eileen Belastock excited “I didn’t think it was going to happen but I’m excited that the school committee decided to give our seniors this privilege,” said Belastock. “It will...

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DeLeo Leads Effort to Pass Anti-bullying Legislation Bill

February 27, 2014
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House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop) joined his colleagues in the House to pass legislation that builds on the 2010 landmark anti-bullying legislation by creating new reporting measures and recognizing certain populations as more vulnerable to bullying. The updates are designed to increase the efficacy of the original legislation which prohibited bullying and cyber-bullying,...

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Communities Organize to Provide Free Training

February 27, 2014
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The Winnisimmet Regional Opioid Collaborative (WROC), which was formed in early 2013, works to reduce fatal and non-fatal opioid overdoses as well as the misuse of prescription medication and over the counter drugs. As part of a pilot strategy, the group is organizing free opioid overdose prevention and reversal trainings within the four communities...

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Winthrop Residents Watch Casino Vote

February 27, 2014
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The big news in the region and the state this week was Revere residents’ overwhelming support (63 to 37 percent) for the proposed $1.3 billion Mohegan Sun resort/casino for the Suffolk Downs site. It’s evident that the majority of Revere residents want the casino and enthusiastically anticipate the funds (a $33 million pre-opening payment...

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