From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
April 18, 2013
We are happy to announce that Ryan Heraty has been selected as the Assistant Principal at Winthrop Middle School. Mr. Heraty will replace Jim Burke, who is retiring at the end of the school year. We welcome Ryan and look forward to having him join our Leadership Team!
The following is from the MGH Blood Donor Center regarding blood donations in response to the Boston Marathon tragedy:
Hospitals have been finding themselves overwhelmed by people donating blood. The key message is that the outpouring of support and blood donation is great but resources are over taxed and hospitals are asking that blood donations wait until next week, April 22nd to ensure that quality control measures can be maintained.
IMPORTANT: The current blood needs for those who were injured in yesterday's tragic events have been met. To best assist the patients in need, donors should continue to come in through the next few weeks. Spreading the donations out over the next weeks will help continue to ensure a safe and adequate blood supply for those in need. Please consider coming in to donate the weeks of April 22 and April 29 (whole blood donations are Tuesday-Friday).
The outpouring of support for those who were injured in the marathon has been absolutely breathtaking at the Mass General Hospital Blood Donor Center today. From runners showing support for their fellow runners and teammates, to those who pushed back their flights home to be here and donate blood: you are each an inspiration and you are all heroes today.
Winthrop’s Got Talent!
Friday, April 26
Tickets $10.00 on sale at the door
We are excited to announce that the William P. Gorman Fort Banks School is launching a summer program. Camp Fort will provide a stimulating, fun experience that builds academic, social and emotional skill sets. The program is scheduled to run July 9th to August 9th and is open to all incoming kindergarten, first and second grade students. A registration night will be held on May 14th at 6:30pm at the William P. Gorman Fort Banks School. For more information please call 617-846-5509.
This is the last weekend of The Clock Tower Gallery’s:
Award Winning Photographs
Boston Press Photographers Association
Thursday 6-8pm and Saturday 2-5pm
The Clock Tower Gallery
E.B. Newton School & Cultural Center
45 Pauline St., 1st Floor
Winthrop Cultural Council presents
Rita Parisi performing “I am Zelda”, a one-act play about Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald, at the Winthrop Cultural Center, 45 Pauline Street, Winthrop, Massachusetts on Saturday May 4 at 7 PM. Donations benefitting future events at the Cultural Center will be accepted at the door.~ This original play sheds light on the mythical life of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, often known as the muse and infamous flapper wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby. It takes place in 1940 and covers Zelda’s childhood years until the death of her husband. This program is produced through by a grant from the Winthrop Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Check out I Am Zelda before the movie, Gatsby, comes out!
Rita Parisi has been entertaining audiences for over 17 years in the New England area. In 2002, she founded Waterfall Productions to create shows that highlight her passion for theatre, history, literature and costuming; these shows have been performed all over New England and beyond.
Winthrop Rotary Club’s Annual Chinese Auction
April 27th at 6:00 pm at Winthrop Yacht Club
Funds raised will be used for college scholarships to benefit Winthrop High School students along with other Winthrop charities.
Tickets are $12.00 which includes all you can eat Chinese food from Winthrop’s Osaka Lucky Garden Restaurant. There will be gift items raffled off, a 50/50 cash raffle, a live auction for a fish bowl filled with cash, a door prize of a 32” flat screen HD TV and silent auctions including Rex Sox tickets, and much more!
Tickets are available through:
Brooks Dental, Dr. Howard Brooks 617-846-1811
54 Woodside Ave. (Winthrop Center)
East Boston Savings Bank: MaryAnn Russo 617-846-4960
Boyd and Turner Insurance: Paul Turner 617-846-9728
Town-Wide Yard Sale set for June 8
Winthrop’s 5th annual Town-Wide Yard Sale is scheduled for Saturday, June 8.~ Participants may sign up now at the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce.
By coordinating with fellow residents to hold yard sales at the same time, a larger event is created that will draw in large numbers of shoppers. ~Over 50 homes are expected to participate in this year’s Town-Wide Yard Sale which is sure to attract lots of deal-seekers from all over the region to Winthrop.
Winthrop residents are encouraged to clean out the attic, basement or garage and turn their used items into dollars.
The fee to participate is just $25 which includes a spot on the official map, advertising, internet listing, and balloons delivered to the home that morning.
The deadline to sign-up is May 31, with the Town-Wide Yard Sale taking place June 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine.~ For more information call 617-846-9898 or go to www.winthropchamber.com.
June 29, 2013 9am to 11am
Old DPW Building Across from Library
Cost is $10
No Residency Required
Rain or Shine
Please call Winthrop Health Department at 617-846-1740 with any questions.
TWO WEEK LOOK-AHEAD
April 4, 2013 – April 18, 2013
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is working to revitalize areas of Winthrop Beach to make it safe and user-friendly to its nearby residents. The project is aimed at shore protection, intended to reduce flooding from coastal storms. As a result of the beach nourishment to date, the damage of the winter storms was mitigated. The DCR and McCourt Construction are in their thirteenth week of actual site work on the beach.
McCourt Construction will continue to move forward with its daily excavation on Winthrop Beach. The excavation of the beach should be complete at the end of next week, which will allow the fence to be taken down. The boat ramp demolition is complete, and McCourt will begin forming and reconstructing the ramp in the coming weeks. The new stop logs will be installed in the next few
weeks as well. Repairs and upgrades to the seawall will begin in 2-3 weeks, and a rolling no parking setup will be necessary. Please keep a look out for No Parking signs and message boards on Winthrop Shore Drive in the coming weeks.
General questions or concerns should be directed to DCR Resident Engineer Steve Colometo, at the DCR trailer
behind the DCR bathhouse on Winthrop Shore Drive, by visit or phone
(617-539-4957) during regular business
hours: 7AM-3:30PM. Outside of business hours, a voicemail can be left on the DCR trailer phone line.
In case of a storm event or construction-related emergencies, contact McCourt Construction at their trailer onsite,
behind the DCR trailer, or call:
Mike Cedrone 617-908-2633
Trevor McCourt 617-594-5103
Winthrop Cultural Council – Annual Reception
April 30, 2013 @6:30 p.m.
E.B. Newton Cultural Center
Guest speaker:~ Helena Fruscio, Creative Economy Industry Director for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Volunteers wanted to assist with new Farmer’s Market
French Square Market organizers also needed.
In an effort to build on last summer’s French Square Market nights, the French Square Market committee is asking for volunteers to come out to help us plan, organize, set up and manage our market nights, and launch a new Farmer’s Market concept.
The committee is a volunteer organization that is in need of people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and do the work necessary to bring a true Farmer’s market to town and at the same time work to improve on the experience of the French Square Market nights that started last summer.
An organizational meeting is currently scheduled for Tuesday, April 23 at the EB Newton Cultural Center in the Lyceum Room at 6 p.m.
The committee will outline its plans for the coming year, assign volunteers to specific duties and begin the process of promoting the plans for the coming summer and fall.
No matter what your talents are, we can find a way to utilize your skills to bring a fun, successful market back to Winthrop for the summer-fall seasons of 2013.
CAPIC is hosting its first fundraiser event on May 16, 2013 at the Casa Lucia in Revere, from 5pm-8pm.~ The event will celebrate CAPIC’s 46th anniversary.~ The Guest of Honor is Robert DeLeo, Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and Chelsea City Manager, Jay Ash will serve as the emcee for the night.~ For more information about tickets, program book advertisements, and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Cary Havey, at 617-884-6130, ext. 142 or visit CAPIC’s web-site at www.capicinc.org to make an on-line donation.
St. John the Evangelist Church
MIDDLE SCHOOL DROP-IN
St. John the Evangelist School
Ocean View St. Entrance
Friday, April 19th, 2013 – 7:15pm – 9:30pm
Kick Ball Night – Music – Games – Pizza
Winthrop Art Association
“Spring Art Festival!”
Festival will include live music and a raffle. ~
Saturday April 27th 12AM-6PM
Sunday April 28th 11AM -4PM -~Reception at 2PM
EB Newton Cultural Center- 1st floor
45 Pauline St., Winthrop
Winthrop Parks & Recreation
Coupon Training Class - We all know that coupons can save money but have you ever wondered how some people can save so much more!!! Come meet the Winthrop mom, Bettie, the Queen of Coupons, who has perfected the art of using coupons to reduce her family food bill and more.~ Attendees will come away with the tools to save at least the cost of the course off their first grocery trip after applying the lessons learned at the class. Class is Thursday,~~~ April 25, 2013 from 7:00pm - 8:00pm at the E.B. Newton School Cultural Center. Cost is $20.00.
Dog Training - Basic Skills I - A seven week class for beginners of all ages. This class covers all of the basics including sit, down, come, stay, polite leash walking and leave it. Week one is a "no dog" orientation to provide handlers with an overview of class and to learn some basic clicker skills. Dogs attend week 2-7. Class is limited to 6 dogs.
Basic Skills II - A seven week class for the graduates of Basic Skills I. This class will fine tune and link together the behaviors learned in Basic Skills I and will also teach dogs to perform reliably with distractions. NO orientation does attend every class. Class is limited to 6 dogs.~ Class is held at the Winthrop Senior Center on Harvard Street and Cost is $125.00.~ Session is on Thursday evenings beginning April 25th through June 6th.~ Basic skills I from 6:30pm - 7:30pm and Basic Skills II is from 7:45pm - 8:45pm.
Cummings School Running Club - Join Warren MacPhail for this very popular class for children in grades 3-5. An introduction to running with drills to correct running form and improve strength, endurance, and possible speed.~ Class is on Fridays for 5 weeks beginning April 26th from 2:30pm - 3:15pm.~ Cost is $55.00.~ Limited space so register in advance.
Knuckle Bones Athletic Games (Ages 2-4) - This Knuckle Bones program teaches children the fundamentals of sports, builds confidence and develops a passion for athletics and fitness. Games such as Wheel Steal, Castle Ball, Kinball, Flag Wag and Guards brings a plethora of unique development, physical fitness and fun! Traditional games are also played, such as baseball, soccer and basketball, but with a twist to make sure children are challenged, learn new skills and strategies. Course runs for 6 weeks on Thursdays evenings beginning May 9th at Ingleside Park from 5:30pm - 6:30p and cost is $95.00.~ Registration cannot be done online.~ Register at the Recreation office in the rear of the middle school or mail a check to Winthrop Parks and Recreation 151 Pauline Street, Winthrop, MA 02152. Check is payable to
Dodge Ball - Children in Grades 3-5 come enjoy a fun game of dodge ball.~ Class is held at the Cummings school gymnasium from 2:30pm - 3:30pm on Thursdays for 6 weeks beginning~May 2nd.~ Cost is $45.00
Cheerleading Clinic - Join the Winthrop High School cheerleaders and Coaches for this exciting activity.~ Children entering grades 3-8 in the fall will learn basic to intermediate skills, techniques, stunts and tumbling as well as choreographed cheers & dances.~ All participants will perform their newly learned skills and routines on the last night of the clinic for family and friends. Class will be held at the WHS gymnasium from 5:30pm - 7:30pm, Monday through Thursday, June 17, 18, 19, & 20.~ Cost is $90.00.
Winthrop Seaside Striders 5k Foot Race - Winthrop Seaside Striders have a mission to promote health and fitness in Winthrop through running and other endurance sports. Join us on Friday, June 14th at the Winthrop High School. Number pick up on Race Day is 4:30pm - 6:00pm and race begins at 6:30pm. Race details and online registration www.pointshirleyathleticclub.com .~ Cost is $25.00 and guaranteed t-shirt to 1st 200 Entrants. All proceeds are donated to
Summer Park Program - Now available for registration. Program runs at Ingleside Park from Monday, July 1st through Friday, August 16th ~ between 8:30am - 1:00pm.~ Closed July 4th and 5th.~ Program includes arts & crafts, games, special event days, basketball, tennis, street hockey and many fun activities.~ Discounted Registration of $279 if registered by June 25th.~ After June 25th fee is $299.00.~ Program is for children ages 5 -14, however children under 6 must be accompanied by an adult. Program runs indoors at middle school gym and cafeteria in the event of inclement weather.
Extended Day Summer Camp - Program is for children entering K in the fall through 6th Grade and runs from July 1st through Sept 5th (closed July 4th, 5th, and Sept 2nd ). Children meet at the Recreation center in the rear of the middle school and hours are from 7:30am -5:30pm.~ Each child must first be registered for the Park Program since Extended Day participates in the morning park program each day. Registration must be at the Recreation office, however a packet may be downloaded from www.winthroprec.com before you come in.
Challenger Sports - British Soccer Camp - Participants will love this week-long soccer camp which focuses on basic skills and having fun!~ Fee includes Ball & T-Shirt! Camp runs August 19 through August 23rd at Cellucci Field on Kennedy Road.~ Ages 3-4 from 9:00am - 10:00am with a cost of $87.00, ages 5-8 from 10:00am -11:30am with a cost of $100.00 and ages 9-14 from 12pm - 3pm for $135.00.
Legos Engineering Camp -
Engineering Fundamentals with Legos (Ages 8 - 11) - Power up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and over 100,000 pieces of LEGO®! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as arch bridges, skyscrapers, motorized cars, and the Battletrack! Challenging for new and returning students.~ Pre-Engineering with Legos (Ages 5-7) - Build enigineer-designed projects such as boats, bridges, mazes, and motorized cars.~ Explore the endless creative possibilities of the Lego building system with the guidance of an experienced Play-well instructor.~ Class is Monday through Friday August 26 -August 30 at the Recreation Center in the middle school.~ Ages 8-11 is from 9:00am - 12:00pm and ages 5-7 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Cost is $165.00.
Register online at www.winthroprec.com or at the recreation office located in the rear of the middle school. Entrance to office is off of Brookfield Road.~ Call 617 846 - 8243 for more info.