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En Ka Society membership information session

On Wednesday, Jan. 10, the En Ka Society Membership Committee is hosting an informational session at the Winchester Public Library, 80 Washington St., at 7 p.m., Wednesday,

Anyone interested in learning more about En Ka and/or being a member, is encouraged to come by to chat.


Ripley Chapel presents chamber concert on Jan. 19

On Friday, Jan. 19, “Contemporaneous Kaleidoscope: Music of our time,” featuring strings, oboe, flute, bassoon and piano in a stirring chamber concert will be life and live streamed, beginning at 7:30 p.m., from Ripley Chapel at First Congregational Church, 21 Church St.

Tickets are $20 (in-person or live stream):

For more information about the concert, visit

Town focus groups to improve public communication

The Town of Winchester is continuing its work with the Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management on the development of a Communication Plan.

The online survey, which wrapped up Dec. 8, 2023, elicited more than 1,000 survey responses. Staff from the Collins Center has also completed stakeholder interviews and will be holding a series of focus groups in January as noted below:

Jan. 16, 5:30 p.m., (Virtual) – How the Town Can Improve Communications

Jan. 18, 5:30 p.m., (Virtual) – Town Website Improvements

Jan. 23, 1 p.m. (In-person at the Jenks Center) – Town Website Improvements

Jan. 23, 5:30 p.m., (In-person at Town Hall) – How the Town Can Improve Communications

Visit the Town’s website to sign-up for one of these events. Spaces are limited.

 Schools Integrated Preschool Lottery applications due Jan. 26

The Winchester Integrated Preschool is now accepting applications for the lottery through Jan. 26 for the 2024-2025 school year. 

Visit Winchester Preschool's website to learn more about the preschool program and the application process, as well as to complete and submit an application form for the lottery. 

Please email Sarah Casey,, with any questions.

WFFE Trivia Bee

On Wednesday, Feb. 7, the Winchester Foundation for Educational Excellence will hold its 21st Annual Trivia Bee, beginning at 7 p.m. at Winchester Town Hall, 71 Mount Vernon St.

Gather a team of three and complete in one of Winchester’s favorite traditions.

“Bee” in costume. There is a prize for the “Best Dressed” team.

Queen Bee sponsors for the event are PDA Dental Group, Barrett, Sotheby’s International Realty and Moriarty.

To register for the event, log on at or email

Grieving in the Community

First Congregational Church will hold Grieving in Community, a support group for the spectrum of loss, on the third Tuesday and second and fourth Wednesdays at the church, 21 Church St., beginning at 6 p.m.

All sessions are in person.

Sessions will be held on the following dates: Jan. 16, Jan. 24, Feb. 14, Feb. 20, Feb. 28, March 13, March 19, March 27, April 10, April 16, April 24, May 8, May 14 and May 22.

To attend a gathering or to meet one-on-one, email Rev. Maeve Hammond at


Death notice for Dr. Dennis Markovitz

Death notice for Dr. Dennis Markovitz

Dr. Dennis Markovitz (3/17/53-07/18/24) died in a fluke swimming accident doing what he loved, being outdoors in the waves after a morning of sailing, with all of his family about to join him, at age 71. He was the adored dad of Netana and Raviv Markovitz

Sen. Jason Lewis applauds passage of major economic development legislation

Sen. Jason Lewis applauds passage of major economic development legislation

The following was submitted by the Office of Sen. Jason Lewis: State Sen. Jason Lewis joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts Senate to unanimously pass a comprehensive economic development bill intended to extend Massachusetts’ global leadership in life sciences and biotech, climate technology, and other sectors of the economy. An

Wright-Locke Farm looking for Fast Forest weeders on July 20

Wright-Locke Farm looking for Fast Forest weeders on July 20

The following was submitted by Prassede Calabi: On Saturday, July 20, Wright-Locke Farm will hold a weeding event, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the farm, 82 Ridge St. Come join the folks at the farm in weeding Winchester’s own “Miyawaki” or Fast Forest. Volunteers will