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Cyclists to make ‘Black Lives Matter’ visible from space

Local cyclists are organizing an event on July 18 and 19 to spell out “Black Lives Matter” on a global heat map that can be seen from the moon. Calling this event Wheels of Change, this volunteer group is encouraging everyone to run, walk or ride one of the 16 routes they have created using Strava, a GPS-enabled fitness app. The routes extend from New York to Maine and cover more than 1,500 miles.“We hope to support social justice reform with visibility, encourage [...]


Winchester Alumni Association spotlight: Kerry Lynne McHugh

Kerry Lynne is only one of the 2100 Alumni members who have registered with the Winchester Alumni Association. Join the conversation and register today at to stay in touch with Kerry and other Alumni across the decades.What class did you graduate with?1995What are you up to personally and/or professionally now? Where are you living/working? [...]


Winchester students achieve academic honors

University of AlabamaThe following Winchester residents graduated from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in spring 2020: Brooke Carroll, Bachelor of Arts in communication and information sciences; Sydney Richardson, Bachelor of Science in commerce and business administration; Elizabeth Schipelliti, Bachelor of Arts in communication and information sciences.Bridgewater State UniversityKathryn G. Wankowicz, of Winchester, graduated [...]


July 15 is tax deadline day. Here are 4 tips for filing.

Millions of taxpayers took advantage of the IRS decision to push back the tax filing deadline due to the coronavirus pandemic. But with the tax filing deadline of July 15 upon us, those taxpayers need to take some important steps now to get their returns — and payments — to the IRS ASAP.Tax season is stressful for many consumers in the best of times, but 2020 has heightened those anxieties. Stay-at-home orders that stretched across the U.S. beginning in March made it [...]


Pandemic carves hole in state's cultural sector

JULY 15, 2020.....The arts and culture sector, a major piece of the Massachusetts economy, will need hundreds of millions of dollars and multiple years to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis, according to testimony delivered to state senators on Wednesday.Senators have been holding a series of listening sessions to gauge the pandemic's effects on different segments on the economy and check in on the gradual reopening of businesses.During Wednesday's session, [...]



Horoscope for July 20-26Mercury is direct and safely on its way forward, which should clear up communications considerably. It may be hard to fathom that this little planet can cause so much disruption, but all you need to do is glance backward to see what came undone or didn't follow through. With that out of the way we don't have to worry until the fall for that to occur again.Get your contracts in order and the paperwork completed while the times are right. [...]


GUEST COMMENTARY: Racist Sachem logo must change

My name is John Bellaire, and I am a rising senior at Winchester High School. I have played hundreds of games with the Sachem on my jersey, sold merchandise to the community with the Sachem on it, had a Sachem sticker on my water bottle, and I take immense pride in representing Winchester High School. However, I now acknowledge that the Sachem logo is, and always has been, racist and must change.The use of a Native American mascot is unethical. The red coloring; mispronunciation and [...]


Replacing state flag, seal on Senate agenda

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JULY 16, 2020.....In a moment that spoke to the political charge permeating throughout the state amid debate over racial justice and pandemic impacts, three distinct rallies entangled into a mass group of advocates on the State House steps Thursday with one group calling for a redesign of the state's flag and motto out of respect for Native Americans.The movement to replace the state's motto and images on the flag seems to be growing as conversations on [...]


N.H., Mass. moms hope viral photo of 3-year-old sons promotes love, equality

EXETER – Lifelong friends Rebecca Cherry and Nina Armata recall attending the old junior high school on Front Street in the mid-1990s and being shepherded into the cafeteria for movies, while their teachers drew the curtains facing the main road to shield students from the Ku Klux Klan marching by outside.After growing up and apart, and starting families of their own, Cherry, who is Black, and Armata, who is white, found themselves at the center of an adorable viral moment [...]


Baker undecided on evictions, clear on need for masks

JULY 16, 2020.....Gov. Charlie Baker acknowledged Thursday he needs to make a decision "soon" on whether to extend a temporary ban on evictions and foreclosures, but did not indicate which way he's leaning, as he announced another $20 million in funding for homelessness prevention and other community aid.During a midday press conference, Baker also reiterated his opposition to a bill that would limit local law enforcement interaction with federal immigration officials, voiced [...]


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