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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Throwing out the First Pitch

May 8, 2014
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Throwing out the First Pitch

Winthrop’s Courtney Finn, All-American player for the NCAA National Champion Bentley University women’s basketball team, had the honor of throwing out the first pitch at the May 1 Boston Red Sox game versus the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park. Finn is pictured on the pitcher’s mound as her Bentley teammates, head coach Barbara Stevens, and Bentley...

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Town Is Heading Toward Arbitration on Casino Mitigation Funding

May 8, 2014
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The Town of Winthrop will enter the arbitration process with Mohegan Sun Casino officials to determine the financial mitigation package that the town would receive relating to the impacts of the proposed $1 billion resort/casino at Suffolk Downs. The town originally submitted a request for an annual payment of $5 million. Mohegan Sun/Suffolk Downs...

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Almost Here: Long Delayed Health Study Due to Come by Summer

May 8, 2014
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Winthrop residents have been long awaiting the results of a Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) study of the environmental impacts of Logan Airports on the health of residents. The study was to be released last spring but as the spring came and went, residents in Winthrop and environmental activists began scratching their heads...

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Youth Staff Positions at DA’s Office

May 8, 2014
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Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley is recruiting young leaders from Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop to help staff his Youth Advisory Council, a 21-member body drawn from across the region to provide input on policy, legislation, and crime-fighting strategies affecting young people. “Young people today are smarter and more sophisticated than ever before,”...

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Rotary Auction Is This Saturday

May 8, 2014
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Join The Winthrop Rotary Club at our Annual Chinese Auction, to be held at the Winthrop Yacht Club. Saturday, May 10th at 6:00 PM. Funds raised will be used for college scholarships to benefit Winthrop High School students along with other Winthrop charities. Door tickets: $12.00 includes all you can eat Chinese food from...

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Craig Mael and the Council

May 8, 2014
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We know that many regular Town Council meeting viewers on WCAT may have been watching the Bruins-Canadiens game Tuesday night, but those who stuck with the Council witnessed a great exhibition of being an effective town councilor submitted by Craig Mael, The first-term Precinct 1 councilor was at his best, offering his ideas on...

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Boyajian Wants on the Airport Hazards Committee

May 8, 2014
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That was an interest request made by new Councilor-at-Large Rick Boyajian, who asked to be appointed to the Winthrop Airport Hazards Committee.  Council President Peter Gill, who holds the power of appointments, was set to appoint Boyajian to the committee. But the appointment was delayed as the Council will review the Town Charter to...

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The Boncore Demand on Health Study

May 8, 2014
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Councilor-at-Large and Attorney Philip Boncore has much experience in law and town government, as well as a wealth of local knowledge. So when Phil is not pleased with the actions of public officials, he lets it be known. The long-time public official changed just one word in his motion seeking the release of the...

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Congratulations, Jordan

May 8, 2014
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Congratulations to Winthrop High football star Jordan Corbett-Frank, who received the prestigious Scholar-Athlete Award from the Eastern Mass. Chapter of the National Football Foundation at a banquet Sunday night. Corbett-Frank was a deserving choice for this award which recognized his academic excellence and his achievements on the football field where he rushed for more...

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Energy Grant a Key for Town

May 8, 2014
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The Town of Winthrop has received a $50,000 energy grant in collaboration with the City of Chelsea which will allow the town to hire an energy manager to determine how energy savings can be made in the town. We commend Town Manager James McKenna and our Grants Manager, Joseph Domelowicz, for securing this important...

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Police Blotter 05-08-2014

May 8, 2014
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Monday, April 28 Party on Golden Drive requesting EMS. Transferred to Action EMD. Caller on Crest Avenue is requesting EMS for his wife who isn’t feeling well. WFD and EMS notified. Motor vehicle stop on Pleasant Street for revoked insurance violation. G&J contacted and will tow. Manager of CVS called to report a male...

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Lady Vikings Win Three, Outscoring Rivals 30-2

May 8, 2014
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The Winthrop High softball team put it all together in its three games this past week, outscoring its rivals by a combined run total of 30-2, which included a win in the game of the year so far (from a Lady Viking perspective), a 3-0 triumph over a strong (8-3) Revere squad Monday, and...

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Obituaries 05-08-2014

May 8, 2014
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Frances Cuminale Member of Point Shirley Association; Dedicated Her Long Life to Family and Good Friends Frances E. (Dwyer) Cuminale of Winthrop passed away on May 3 at the age of 99. Frances dedicated her long life to her family and the endless love she had for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her many...

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The Right Fit: Judge John McDonald, Jr. Sworn in as Chief Justice for Eastie Court

April 30, 2014
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The Right Fit: Judge John McDonald, Jr. Sworn in as Chief Justice for Eastie Court

When looking for his replacement as First Chief Justice of the East Boston Municipal Court, Chief Justice Robert Ronquillo said he wanted someone with care and compassion that would take the court here to the next level. Ronquillo said he found these qualities in the Honorable John E. McDonald Jr. Judge McDonald was sworn...

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Macero Announces WHS Fine Arts Hall of Fame

April 30, 2014
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Superintendent of Schools John Macero has announced the formation of the Winthrop High School Fine Arts Hall of Fame that will honor alumni who have excelled or made contributions to the fine arts, visual arts, music, band, chorus or drama programs in the school system. The WHS Fine Arts Hall of Fame will be...

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