Winchester Star

  • Family of Lynch Elementary's namesake heroes rediscovering their story
    Thursday - 05/24/2018 - 03:20 PM

    Every now and then Bob Hart drives by the home in Grove Place in Winchester where he shared Sunday meals with his grandparents and heard tales of his two uncles Robert and Andrew Lynch,  who died in World War II shortly after Bob was born.Since the 1940s, the neighborhood has changed, the dirt road has became a well-paved street, but for Bob, the American Flag propped outside the home is a sign the spirit of patriotism so prevalent in the Lynch household remains.The legacy [...]

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  • Block party and a benefit concert: 5 things to do in Winchester
    Thursday - 05/24/2018 - 10:27 AM

    “Connecting with Music” benefit concert: 7-9 p.m. May 24, Sanborn House, 15 High St., Winchester. Cost: $40. For tickets: https://bit.ly/2KPs3Pj. Proceeds benefit the Winchester Multicultural Network. Winchester-based Stage Music Center is hosting the event, which will feature faculty members and advanced students performing on a variety of instruments, including a baby grand piano donated and delivered specifically for the event by Rogers [...]

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  • Senate plan targets new danger to firefighters - their own gear
    Wednesday - 05/23/2018 - 01:55 PM

    Sounding the alarm on cancer risks faced by firefighters, the Massachusetts Senate on Tuesday voted to set aside $420,000 to help municipalities buy equipment to remove deadly carcinogens from firefighters' gear.Under a budget amendment (1018) offered by Sen.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Family of the Lynch brothers keeps the story of Winchester heroes alive
    Tuesday - 05/22/2018 - 07:49 PM

    Every now and then Bob Hart drives by the home in Grove Place in Winchester where he shared Sunday meals with his grandparents and heard tales of his two uncles Robert and Andrew Lynch,  who died in World War II shortly after Bob was born.Since the 1940s, the neighborhood has changed, the dirt road has became a well-paved street, but for Bob, the American Flag propped outside the home is a sign the spirit of patriotism so prevalent in the Lynch household remains.The legacy [...]

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  • Going away? Winchester business will keep an eye on your home
    Tuesday - 05/22/2018 - 11:37 AM

    When Frank Fantasia was vacationing with his family in Nantucket, his son made an observation: if some of the large summer mansions there were occupied only a few weeks a year, there must be someone to keep an eye on them the rest of the time.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Around Winchester
    Tuesday - 05/22/2018 - 10:58 AM

    “Connecting with Music” benefit concert: 7-9 p.m. May 24, Sanborn House, 15 High St., Winchester. Cost: $40. For tickets: https://bit.ly/2KPs3Pj. Proceeds benifit the Winchester Multicultural Network. Winchester-based Stage Music Center is hosting the event, which will feature faculty members and advanced students performing on a variety of instruments, including a baby grand piano donated and delivered specifically for the event by Rogers Piano in Burlington.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • AAA: Rising gas prices not slowing Memorial Day weekend travel
    Monday - 05/21/2018 - 02:57 PM

    Close to 42 million expected to hit the road for the holiday.

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  • Driver distracted by text messaging causes a crash: Winchester police log
    Monday - 05/21/2018 - 01:15 PM

    The following are excerpts from the Winchester police log for Friday, May 11 through Monday, May 14, 2018. The log is public record and available for review. All persons are presumed innocent unless found guilty in a court of law.Friday, May 1110:50 a.m.: An officer responded to a car crash involving two vehicles at the intersection of Bacon Street and Everett Avenue.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Going away? Winchester's business will keep an eye on your home
    Thursday - 05/17/2018 - 05:21 PM

    When Frank Fantasia was vacationing with his family in Nantucket, his son made an observation: if some of the large summer mansions there were occupied only a few weeks a year, there must be someone to keep an eye on them the rest of the time.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • MEMA WEATHER ADVISORY: Tornado watch extended eastward through Worcester County until 9 p.m.
    Tuesday - 05/15/2018 - 04:36 PM

    The National Weather Service forecast office in Norton has issued a tornado watch for Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire and Worcester Counties until 9 PM tonight. The tornado watch for Berkshire County remains in effect until 8 PM tonight.The NWS issues a tornado watch when conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Vacancies on the Finance Committee
    Thursday - 05/24/2018 - 12:50 PM

    The Finance Committee is looking for five registered voters who hold no other town office for a term to expire in 2021.The Finance Committee annually reviews the Town Manager’s proposed budget.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHS student artists displayed their work in Senior Honors Art Show
    Wednesday - 05/23/2018 - 03:42 PM

    This past week marked the annual Senior Honors Art Show at Winchester High School where 18 students displayed their best work from the year.The show, nicknamed the SHAg House as a play on words, ran from May 14 to May 21 at the high school.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • State Fire Marshal offers outdoor summer saftey tips
    Wednesday - 05/23/2018 - 01:00 PM

    "Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer," said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. "Many people are anticipating activities with family and friends, and getting their yards and grills ready for gatherings.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Background checks underway, Cannabis Commission may start awarding licenses next week
    Tuesday - 05/22/2018 - 04:38 PM

    With just more than a week until it can begin issuing business licenses, the Cannabis Control Commission is in the midst of conducting its first background checks for prospective legal marijuana businesses.Two entities representing five potential licenses have submitted all portions of the CCC's marijuana business license application and the regulatory agency has begun to comb through the applicants' backgrounds as it prepares to begin making decisions about which companies will [...]

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  • Winchester Public Library upcoming programs
    Tuesday - 05/22/2018 - 10:57 AM

    Memorial Day Closure: The Library will be closed on May 28 in observance of Memorial Day. Regular hours resume on May 29. Memorial Day Celebrates Service: While some form of commemorative day has been celebrated since the end of the Civil War, Memorial Day did not become a federal holiday until 1971.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Massachusetts teachers join national demand for better resources
    Monday - 05/21/2018 - 06:24 PM

    If you've noticed a pattern of your local teachers wearing red these days, it's no coincidence.Massachusetts teachers throughout the state are wearing the color in solidarity, as fellow educators go on strike across the country, demanding higher wages and better funding for classrooms.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • STATE HOUSE ROUNDUP -- Wanna bet what sports gambling will look like?
    Monday - 05/21/2018 - 01:00 PM

    A recap and analysis of the week in state government.In the wake of the May 14 court decision on sports betting, the only thing we can say for sure, ironically, is that all bets are off.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Winchester getting ready for 2018 Memorial Day Parade
    Monday - 05/21/2018 - 02:01 PM

    Winchester is gearing up for its annual Memorial Day parade and civic exercises. Sponsored by the Aberjona Post Veterans of Foreign Wars, the parade will assemble on Monday, May 28 at the Winchester High School campus at about 8:55 a.m.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • McCall officials to make school's dress code more inclusive
    Wednesday - 05/16/2018 - 05:56 PM

    Officials at Winchester's McCall Middle School are in the process of revising the school’s personal appearance policy after some students and parents raised concerns about the existing policy being outdated and gender-biased.While the review of the dress code policy comes up every year, this year’s conversation was spurred in part by an announcement made at McCall that mentioned “shifting garments,” a message some students perceived as offensive.On [...]

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  • Severe thunderstorm watch posted for eastern Mass.
    Tuesday - 05/15/2018 - 03:47 PM

    The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorms watch for eastern Massachusetts except Cape Cod and the Islands though 9 p.m.A tornado watch has been posted for Worcester County and western Massachusetts.Damaging gusts, large hail, heavy rain and street flooding are possible.WCVB-TVs latest forecast [...]

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  • Winchester School Committee requests to clarify dress code language
    Thursday - 05/24/2018 - 03:23 PM

    Winchester school officials are putting final tweaks on McCall Middle School's personal appearance policy to ensure that the updated language clearly communicates inclusivity and respect. After taking a close look at the proposed policy at the May 22 School Committee meeting, Superintendent Judy Evans suggested to continue working with McCall Principal Jorge Goncalves to polish the draft.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • AAA: Rising gas prices not slowing Memorial Day weekend travel
    Wednesday - 05/23/2018 - 04:01 PM

    Close to 42 million expected to hit the road for the holiday.

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  • Buddy bench, Zen garden, and coding robotics: WFEE announces over $100,000 in grants
    Wednesday - 05/23/2018 - 02:15 PM

    The Winchester Foundation for Educational Excellence announced $100,700 in educational and professional development grants for a wide range of projects in the district. Hands-on tools to teach science and math, support for students' social-emotional needs and major funding for innovative ways to teach literacy are just a few of the projects being supported next year by the WFEE.“The WFEE Grants Committee and Board were really excited to see both the range and breadth of [...]

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  • New numbers from DPH shed more light on prevalence of opioid overdose deaths
    Tuesday - 05/22/2018 - 04:55 PM

    At least 201 Massachusetts residents died of opioid overdoses in the first three months of 2018, according to new Department of Public Health data, which shows the death toll for the quarter could rise to more than 500.In its latest quarterly report on opioid overdoses, the department said deaths declined by an estimated 5 percent over the first quarter of 2017.There were 201 confirmed fatal opioid-related overdoses from January through March of this year, according to [...]

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  • Will legal marijuana put an end to Massachusetts’ black market?
    Tuesday - 05/22/2018 - 10:45 AM

    Retail shops that start legally selling cannabis products this summer in Massachusetts will likely find themselves going head-to-head with a formidable and long-established competitor -- the black market.Advocates of adult-use marijuana, known also as recreational marijuana, have long argued legalization could help eradicate the illicit trade.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Markey says reinstate oil export ban to address rising gas prices
    Monday - 05/21/2018 - 02:48 PM

    After exporting more crude oil per day than ever before last week, U.S. Sen. Edward Markey on Monday called on Congress to reinstate the ban on exporting American crude oil, pointing to the outbound fuel as a reason gas prices are rising.AAA reported Monday that the average price of a gallon of gas in Massachusetts climbed six cents to $2.87 this week, 59 cents more expensive than a year ago.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • MBTA cuts Commuter Rail summer weekend fares to $10
    Monday - 05/21/2018 - 03:10 PM

    The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is cutting the price of weekend fares on the Commuter Rail system this summer as part of what officials describe as a test of the market.On Saturdays and Sundays from June 9 through Sept.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Winchester High seniors share what they will take away
    Friday - 05/18/2018 - 02:10 PM

    On their last day of class on May 18, Winchester High School seniors gathered in the cafeteria to enjoy pancakes and sign their yearbooks. We asked a few of them what they have learned during their time at WHS and what advice they may have for the next generation of freshmen starting in the fall.Nisha Goel"I learned a lot of soft skills, like speaking and communicating with people.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • On 14th anniversary, same-sex marriage seen as 'same-old, same-old'
    Thursday - 05/17/2018 - 01:16 PM

    Today (May 17) marks the 14th anniversary of the first same-sex marriages in the United States, which took place here in Massachusetts.According to data obtained by the News Service, there have been 32,469 same-sex marriages performed in Massachusetts since May 17, 2004, based on numbers that run through 2016.That day in 2004 began for more than 260 couples at Cambridge City Hall, where the doors opened at midnight for same-sex couples to begin filing paperwork for [...]

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  • Retail shops likely not ready to sell marijuana in Massachusetts July 1
    Tuesday - 05/15/2018 - 04:04 PM

    BOSTON -- Although commercial sales of marijuana will be allowed beginning July 1, most Massachusetts residents will find it difficult to find a retail shop open for business that day.That's in part because, as of May 8, nearly two-thirds of the 351 Massachusetts cities and towns had either banned or implemented a moratorium on the local retail sales of adult-use marijuana, also known as recreational marijuana, according to data compiled by GateHouse Media, the Massachusetts Municipal [...]

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