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From the Desk of the Town Manager- May 2, 2013
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
                                                                        May 2, 2013

We are happy to announce that Eileen Belastock has been selected as the new Principal for Winthrop High School. Ms. Belastock will replace Gail Conlon, who is retiring in August. We welcome Eileen and look forward to having her join our Leadership Team!

We are happy to announce that Matthew Crombie has been selected as the new Assistant Principal for Winthrop High School. Mr. Crombie will replace Robin Kostegan, who is retiring at the end of the school year. We are excited to have Matt join our Leadership Team!

We are very proud to announce that The Washington Post has released its Annual Ranking of High Schools and Winthrop High School has ranked #14 in the State of Massachusetts and #845 in the Nation. You can view the entire list at

A group of 8th Grade Middle School students are having a bake sale for the family of Martin Richard on Saturday, May 11th from 9:00am to 1:00pm at French Square, Winthrop Centre. There will also be a raffle for a girls’ bicycle and boys’ bicycle. All proceeds will go to the family of Martin Richard, through a fund set up for the Richard family with Salem Five Bank. Please stop by and support this family. If you cannot come to the bake sale, you can send contributions to the Richard Family Fund, Salem Five Bank, 210 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970. Checks can also be dropped off at any Salem Five branch.

MTV’s Made is back at Winthrop High School! The popular reality show is featuring a group of 10th grade students who want to be “made” into an acapella singing group. The students are Maura Lanza, Annie Mahoney, Carly O’Keefe, Jessica Vigliotta, Poli & Niki Tsiotis, and Michael Mazzone.

Over April vacation week, Winthrop High School students Katie Beadle, Jianna Balian, Kathryn Fraher, Sabrina Hitaffer, Emilie Dean and Chiara Powers traveled with Ms. Benvenuto to Costa Rica! They had a very active and tropical trip zip lining and horseback riding through the rain forest, hiking to the top of an active volcano, and kayaking in Lake Arenal. During the trip students saw sloths, crocodiles, iguanas, end even had monkeys stealing their snacks on the beach! They visited an elementary school in Monteverde and had a chance to experience traditional Cost Rican folklore and culture.

Congratulations to our WHS March Students of the Month: Juan Rojas-Gomez, Nick Rizzuti, Eric Fabrizio, Davis Beers, Sean Gillis, Erostin Lushka, Jennifer Adamson, Elizabeth DiBenedetto, Christine Haskell, Janelle Tritto, Christina Catherine Leone, Kristen Ford, Sam Capone, Mike Ferrino, Anastasia Thano, Brianna Bocchio, Katelyn Tarrio, Marina Huenchunir, and Sela Zalwango. Keep up the great work!

Get a jump on your Spring Cleaning
The A. T. Cummings PTO will be hosting it’s
3rd Annual
Electronics and Clothing
Recycle Drive
May 11, 2013
8 a.m. – Noon in the Cummings School Loop

ALL ELECTRONICS at discounted disposal rates
*Stuffed animals will be donated to Happy Faces and/or Holi charities
For a complete list of items and electronics prices, visit
Look under “PTO Recycle Drive” in the Important Dates section

The Friends of Belle Isle Marsh invite you to:
May in the Marsh
Saturday, May 4, 10am-noon
Horse-drawn wagon rides
Creature Teachers' exotic animals
The Coast Guard teaches boating safety
Arts and crafts, nature walks, refreshments and more!

Plans are underway for the 5th annual High School All Night Celebration for the graduating Winthrop High School seniors, Class of 2013.  The Senior Class Advisors and CASA (Community Against Substance Abuse, Inc.) are hosting an all-night, drug and alcohol free party.  The party will be run by volunteers from our community from 10:00pm until 5:00am beginning on May 31, 2013. Each student receives and incredible gift selected by raffle during the evening.

They need your help to continue this fun and safe celebration.  Monetary gift donations are greatly appreciated and all proceeds go directly to the Class of 2013.  All gifts are tax deductible.  If you have any questions, contact Karen Perrin at 617-642-0017.  Checks may be made payable to: CASA, Inc. 64 Putnam Street, Winthrop, MA 02152.  Gift certificates or gifts for the students may also be dropped off at this location.

The Airport Hazards Committee will be having a meeting on Thursday, May 16th at 7:00 PM in the DeLeo Senior Center. ~ They are hoping for a large turn-out from Court Road residents and Point Shirley residents, but of course all are invited.

William P. Gorman Fort Banks Elementary School PTO
Calendar Raffle Fundraiser to benefit the Classroom Grant Fund
Purchase a $10.00 Calendar for the month of May and have 30 chances to win! Names drawn daily for cash prizes up to $250.00.
Contact: for tickets and information.

Winthrop Parks Committee
Family Fun Night
May 11th 2013 5PM-9PM
Cottage Park Yacht Club
Entertainment, games, raffles, silent auction
Tickets to this event are $20.00 in advance/$25.00 at the door
Children under 12 are free
Each ticket is also a raffle ticket for a 5-burner stainless steel gas grill!!!!
You do not need to be present to win
Contact  or Parks and Recreation, (617) 846-8243 for tickets
Funds raised at this event will support the restoration and maintenance of Winthrop’s town parks

A Streetcar Named Desire to open at The Winthrop Playhouse

The Winthrop Playmakers have collaborated with The Massasoit Theatre Company to bring Tennessee Williams' pulitzer prize winnning play A Streetcar Named Desire to The Winthrop Playhouse.
Playwright Tennessee Williams tells the feverish story of the mental and emotional demise of a determined, yet fragile, repressed and delicate Southern lady (Blanche) born to a once-wealthy family of Mississippi planters. Her impoverished, tragic downfall in the squalid, cramped and tawdry French Quarter one-bedroom apartment of her married sister (Stella) and animalistic brother-in-law (Stanley) is at the hands of savage, brutal forces in modern society. In her search for refuge, she finds that her sister lives with drunkenness, violence, lust, and ignorance.

Directed by: Benjamin Dixon Rush

Performances on May 3rd & 4th at 8PM
with matinees on May 5th at 3PM
Tickets can be purchased, in advance, on-line at for a discounted rate of $17 adult and $15 Student/Seniors.  Tickets at the door are $20 adult and $18 Student/Seniors.

The monthly informal networking event will be held Friday, May 3 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the E.B. Newton Cultural Center on the 1st floor. ~This event is free and open to everyone, so bring a friend or two, your other half or a co-worker. ~You don’t have to be from Winthrop. ~Please no children. ~If you have business cards or marketing materials, please bring those. ~Light refreshments will be served.

WinARC (Winthrop Advocacy Resources Community) will be hosting a Special Needs Resource Fair on Saturday, May 4th at the Fort Banks School, 101 Kennedy Drive, Winthrop. From 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The event is FREE and open to the public. There will be Information Tables, Door Prizes, Snacks & Drinks and a Children's Room with many activities.

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.
For more information or to confirm your attendance, please contact Pamela Racicot @ or visit

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

Rabies Clinic
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.

Winthrop Town Hall 1 Metcalf Square, Winthrop, MA 02152
Phone: 617.846.1852
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