Town Signs Deal with Mohegan Sun Casino

May 29, 2014
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Mohegan Sun announced the completion of terms for a surrounding community agreement with the Town of Winthrop, marking its tenth surrounding community agreement and another critical step in its pursuit of a license to develop a world-class casino resort in Revere. The agreement will provide significant economic and community benefits along with an annual...

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EBSB to Go Public in Late June

May 29, 2014
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East Boston Savings Bank’s (EBSB) parent company Meridian Interstate Bancorp, Inc. has formed a new corporation and plans to go fully public by late June. The newly formed corporation, Meridian Bank Corp, Inc. is offering between 23,375,000 and 31,625,000 shares of common stock for sale at $10.00 per share, subject to increase to up...

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Winthrop Farmers Market to Start in Center June 15

May 29, 2014
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The Winthrop Farmers Market at French Square opens for the season, Sunday, June 15 from 11am to 3pm. The market will feature produce from local farms, craft vendors, live music and new for 2014 – food trucks. The volunteer committee organizing the market has worked throughout the winter to make the 2014 season the...

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Emblem Club Announces Essay Winner

May 29, 2014
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Winthrop Emblem Club #15 proudly announces the winners of their essay contest,” WHAT THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES MEANS TO ME.” Eighty three fifth grade students from the Cummings Elementary School participated. Pictured are Cody Bell , Rachel Farley , Adriana Hester , Principal Bobbie Finocchio, and Edie Raymond WEC#15. The Winthrop Elks...

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Healthy Eating Group to Meet

May 29, 2014
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“If you are interested in healthy eating – this is your group! We are Winthrop citizens working on improving our eating. We share recipes & work on our own goals. It’s fun. It’s motivating. Join us Winthrop Library June 3, Tues 6-7pm Adults, Teens, & Kids welcome”

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A Common-sense Approach to Gun Control

May 28, 2014
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The gun control bill announced this week by House Speaker Robert DeLeo represents one of the most (indeed in our view, THE most) comprehensive efforts in our nation to bring about sensible gun control legislation that both improves public safety while also safeguarding the rights of law-abiding citizens to purchase guns as enunciated in...

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Mitigation Pact

May 28, 2014
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The recently-announced mitigation package between the town and Mohegan Sun, which  just came out as were going to press, appears to be highly-favorable to Winthrop. We will have more to say about it in the weeks ahead, but at this time we wish to congratulate all of those who worked on the agreement on...

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Will Lisa Play in Alumni Game?

May 28, 2014
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The final basketball game at Winthrop High School will be played on Wednesday, June 18, when WHS girls head coach Ignacio Oyola has scheduled an Alumni Game versus his current Lady Vikings team. It’s great to hear that All-American Courtney Finn will be playing in the game. Finn is coming off a season in...

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Police Blotter 05-29-2014

May 28, 2014
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Monday, May 19 Caller reports an alarm at the Amvets. The bartender reports being on the scene. Units report all checked out, and the alarm was reset. 94 reports off with a party on a moped on Shirley Street. FIO issued. Caller on Governors Drive reports that their neighbor below them has been making...

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WHS Baseball Team Charges into Tourney; Hosts Matignon Today

May 28, 2014
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The Winthrop High baseball team concluded its regular season with a pair of decisive victories, including a must-win contest with Mystic Valley last Thursday evening, to qualify for the post-season MIAA state baseball tournament. The Vikings, the eighth seed in the nine-team Division 4 North Sectional, will host Matignon, the ninth seed in D-4 North, today (Thursday) at...

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Obituaries 05-29-2014

May 28, 2014
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The Honorable Domenic Russo Retired Presiding Justice of The East Boston District Court The Honorable Domenic J. F. Russo of Winthrop, formerly of the West End, died on May 25. The Retired Presiding Justice of the East Boston District Court and a Retired Lt. Commander US Navy Reserves, he was the beloved husband of 62...

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New Sand Arrives for Winthrop Beach Project

May 15, 2014
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New Sand Arrives for Winthrop Beach Project

Winthrop Town Council President Peter Gill (center) joined officials for the arrival of the first delivery trucks of sand at Winthrop Beach as part of the $25 million renourishment, restoration, and shore protection project at the beach. Also pictured, from left, are Gwen Simmons of ACRE, Coastal Engineers, Sean Kelley of ACRE, Coastal Engineers, Lisa Chandler, Parsons...

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Peg Bailey Serves as Assistant Coach of Team for Visually Impaired Players

May 15, 2014
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Peg Bailey Serves as Assistant Coach of Team for Visually Impaired Players

Winthrop resident Peg Bailey is well known to Viking sports fans as the long-time manager of the Winthrop High girls basketball team. Bailey is currently assisting another sports team – the Boston Renegades – as an assistant coach. The Renegades are a ‘beep ball” team consisting of visually impaired players who play a modified...

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MWRA Holds Tour of Deer Island Facility

May 15, 2014
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MWRA Holds Tour of Deer Island Facility

The MWRA hosted Winthrop residents Saturday for a presentation and tour of the Deer Island Treatment Facility. Among those pictured are residents Krittiya Veeravisan, Ynai Li, Bill Stafford, Nok Stasio; (back row) Nadia Caines-Thomas of the MWRA, Therese Ockenden, Bob Ockenden, John Stasio, and Len Cawley, Pat Costigan, and Michael Strangie of the MWRA.

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Updating Runways: Residents Told of Improvement Project

May 15, 2014
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Massport officials have briefed residents on the Boston Logan International Airport Runway Safety Area (RSA) Improvements Project. Massport is planning to begin a final RSA project on the smallest of its runway, 15L/33R, used primarily for smaller general aviation aircraft. Massport’s Flavio Leo said the plan is to move the runway 200 feet east...

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New Grade Configuration Plan for WPS

May 15, 2014
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The Winthrop School Department has finalized the new Winthrop Public Schools grade configurations for the 2014-2015 school year while construction on a new Middle/High School commences. The plan was discussed at the last Winthrop School Committee meeting and approved. Superintendent of Schools John Mancero said the final plan will locate grades PK through 3rd...

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Deer Island Tour Well Done

May 15, 2014
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More than 80 residents enjoyed a presentation and guided tour of the MWRA Deer Island Treatment plant Saturday. It was an informative and interesting event and we’re pleased that so many Winthropites accepted the MWRA’s invitation to visit the plant. Tafts Avenue resident Bill Stafford was among those who took part in the presentation...

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Winthrop Beach Renourishment and Sand Installation Begins

May 15, 2014
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Town Council President Peter Gill was on hand as the first trucks unloaded the sand that will help renourish Winthrop Beach and provide much-needed shoreline protection and mitigation of flood conditions during severe weather. There will be many trucks carrying sand for the beach over the next year or so, but in the end...

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Massport Authority’s Michael Vatalaro in Community Relations

May 15, 2014
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We’ve known Michael Vatalaro since his days as a basketball and baseball captain at Winthrop High School and his years as a shortstop for the Salem State University baseball team — and actually even in his days as a Winthrop Little Leaguer where we believed he played for Speaker of the House and former...

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Police Blotter 05-15-2014

May 15, 2014
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Monday, May 5 Caller on Summit Avenue reports hearing someone walking around upstairs. Officers checked the third floor and nothing there. Motor vehicle stopped for violation at Main and Pleasant Street. Traffic citation issued to the operator. W92 stopped motor vehicle for a red light violation at Main and Pleasant Street. Written warning issued....

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Softball Team Wins, Three, Now at 11-5

May 15, 2014
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The Winthrop High softball team won three of its four games this past week to make it 10 victories in their last 11 outings and improve their season’s mark to 11-5. The lone bump in the road for the Lady Vikings came at Marblehead in a 4-1 loss last Wednesday. Marblehead scored two runs...

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Obituaries 05-15-2014

May 15, 2014
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Deamonto ‘Thelma’ Georgopoulos Continental Insurance Co. Retiree Deamonto “Thelma” (Bakopoulos) Georgopoulos of Winthrop entered into rest on May 11 surrounded by her loving family. She was 91 years old. Thelma enjoyed her early years growing up in West Lynn. Shortly after graduating from high school in 1940, with World War II about to start,...

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High-tech Training Tool

May 8, 2014
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High-tech Training Tool

Thanks to funds provided by four local non-profit organizations, the Winthrop High School (WHS) Basketball Program now has a high-tech training tool to call its own. Representatives from three of those non-profits are shown surrounding “The Gun 8000 Series Shooting Machine with Shot-tracker”: from left to right, Al Petrilli, Viking Pride Foundation, Board of Directors; Joseph Mason, Sr.,...

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Runway Safety Area Improved

May 8, 2014
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Runway Safety Area Improved

Flavio Leo, deputy director of aviation planning and strategy at Massport, gave a presentation at the Town Council meeting, explaining that Massport is improving the Runway Safety Area (RSA) at Runway 15L and 33R at Logan Airport. He noted the project would not extend the runway or have any effect on normal runway operations, runway capacity, or...

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