The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes in Winthrop. The Winthrop Health Department has made arrangements with the Northeast Massachusetts Mosquito Control District for a town wide truck spraying to be done onMonday, July 26, 2010 between 10:00PM to 12:00AM.
There are no significant risks to truck spraying. Safety precautions include:
Avoid mosquito bites
Apply insect repellent when outdoors
Shut all open windows facing the street during the hours of truck spraying
Avoid walking pets during truck spraying
Remove areas of standing water around your home which can serve as breeding sites for mosquitoes
Empty containers around your home that might collect water
Swimming pools should be kept clean and properly chlorinated
Please call the Northeast Massachusetts Mosquito Control District at 978-463-6630 if you do not want your house sprayed, leave your name and address.
For more information on West Nile Virus, please check the Mass DPH website at www.mass.gov/dph
For more information on truck spraying, please contact the Northeast Massachusetts Mosquito Control & Wetlands Management District at 978-463-6630 and the Winthrop Board of Health at 617-846-1740.
To download and print our Public Health Fact Sheet regarding West Nile Virus, click here.
The Chamber of Commerce 13th annual "Old Fashioned Family Day at the Beach" takes place Saturday, July 24 from 11 am to 4 pm. Yirrell Beach on Point Shirley will be the place for fun in the sun: see flier. In the event of rain, the event will be held on Sunday, July 25.
No need to pack a lunch as there will be hot dogs, sausages, and hamburgers on the grill, along with pizza and cold drinks.
Schedule for the day is as follows: 11:00 – Scavenger Hunt, 11:30 – Simon Says, 12:00 – Water Balloon Toss, 12:30 – Look Alike Contest, 1:00 – Adult Spelling Bee, 1:30 – Winthrop’s Got Talent, 2:00 – Hat Contest, 2:30 – Dance Contest, 3:00 – Hula Hoop Contest. There is free parking at the Town Landing, 651 Shirley Street; however public transportation & carpooling is strongly encouraged.
The "Revolution" will be doing boat tours of Boston Harbor at 10 am, 12 pm, and 2 pm for just $10 (first 100 people). Meet at the Town Pier at the Public Landing.
DJ Jeff Lyons will be playing music, kids can jump on the moonbounce or go down the water slide, along with raffles, games, and other activities. Special thanks to the Winthrop MarketPlace for their support.