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From the desk of the Town Manager - August 22, 2013
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.

                                                                        August 22, 2013

The Neil Shapiro Memorial Committee proudly presents the 3rd Annual Neil Shapiro 5K Walk/Run
Join us on Saturday, September 14 at Deer island as well come together to raise money for the WHS Drama Department. The 5K walk/Run event begins at 10 a.m., with registration beginning at 8 a.m.
The registration fee is $25 if registered before September 14 and $30 on September 14. Students pay just $10 with a valid school ID.
You can pre-register for the race at or download a form off the website at
Also, on Thursday, September 12, please join us for an evening at Paesan’s in Michael’s Mall, where 20% of the proceeds from the evening (between 6 and 11 p.m.) will benefit the Neil Shapiro 5K Fundraiser. Enjoy dining, drinks and great raffles throughout the evening and make sure to tell your server that you would like to support the Neil Shapiro 5K Fundraiser.
For full event details or information on how to register for the race or other ways to donate, please visit us at

Falling Into Place
September 8, 2013 (Opening Reception 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.) through October 20, 2013
Gallery Hours: Thurs. 6-8 p.m., Sat. 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
The Clock Tower Gallery 

The Memorial Brick Project was a huge success at Pico Park as a fundraiser to purchase the playground equipment. The park looks great! Please come take a look at the bricks. We are continuing the Memorial Brick Project through our second year as a committee as we move on to renovations of Coughlin Playground and Pond Street Playground. For information on ordering a memorial brick, please contact, or the Parks and Recreation Department.

Tickets for the Pizza Party to benefit the Capobianco-Dalton Family will be on sale at three locations on Saturday, August 17th. French Square from 9 to noon; Michael’s Mall from 10 to 1; The Senior Center from 9 to 2. Neighbor2Neighbor is sponsoring the Pizza Party on August 25th from 4 to 7 PM at the Robert A/ DeLeo Senior Center. 35 Harvard Street, Winthrop, to benefit the family who lost their home in a fire. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children. The Vocal Viking will provide entertainment. Monetary donations can also be made to the Capobianco-Dalton Family Fund at any branch of East Boston Savings Bank.

HarborCOV offers services to survivors of domestic violence in Winthrop and other communities. Their major fundraiser, “A Taste of Chelsea”, will be held Monday, September 23rd at the new waterfront park at 99 Marginal Street in Chelsea, near Eastern Salt. Tickets are $35, 10 tickets for $30 each, or $40 at the door. More than thirty vendors will participate this year as we celebrate the 10th annual Taste of Chelsea! For tickets and information, please call Barbara at 617-846-7418 or visit the website . Thanks for your support.

GHOST Lecture/FUNDRAISER for the Deane Winthrop House(1637)

S.P.I.R.I.T.S. of New England Paranormal Investigations from Winthrop, will be back for their second annual fundraiser to raise money for needed repairs for the Deane Winthrop House on Saturday, September 14th from 2:00-4:00. Lecture includes a Meet and Greet with the Team, Question and Answer segment, Refreshments (including ghost cookies!), Audio and Video evidence from recent investigations including the Deane Winthrop house, the Fairbanks House (also built in 1637) and the USS CONSTITUTION! The team has also investigated the Winthrop Public Library, a few homes in town and the Winthrop Playmakers! Tours of the House will be after the Lecture and SPIRITS will be doing a private investigation of the DWH that evening. Curious? Please join us at the Lecture!! The Barn can only hold 99 people so NO tickets will be sold at the door! Please call Ellen Macneil at 617-846-0282 for cash and checks or order by PayPal on our website

Tickets are only $10.25 each! Can’t go? Even a $5.00 donation will help with repairs! Hope you can join us!!! Let the SPIRITS move you!!!


Winthrop’s Biennial Town Election will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.

The following races will be on the ballot:
Race                                                    Term                    # of Seats

Council President                                       For two years   1
Councilor At-Large                                      For four years  1
School Committee                                        For four years  3
Library Trustee                                 For four years  3       
Housing Authority                                       For four years  2               
Housing Authority                                       For four years  1
Precinct One Councilor                          For four years  1               
Precinct Three Councilor                                For four years  1
Precinct Five Councilor                         For four years  1

Nomination papers are now available in the Town Clerk’s Office. Papers must be returned to the Town Clerk’s office no later than September 17th at 4pm. Town-wide offices need at least 150 certified signatures. Precinct races need at least 50 certified signatures. Please return papers to the Clerk’s office as soon as possible to be processed. Please call 617-846-1742 with any questions.

Public Works Project Status Update- August

Walden Street:  
  • New sidewalks and final pavement at Read Street between Lincoln and Main Streets
  • New sidewalks and final pavement on Walden Street between Lincoln and Main Streets
  • Final pavement on Lincoln Street between Read and Walden
  • Final pavement on Short Street and Walden Place
  • Water main and new pavement on Governor’s Drive and Seaview Avenue
Governor’s Drive and Revere Street:  
  • Sidewalk and curbing work at Read Street and Walden Street, August 5- August 30
  • Water main at Governor’s Drive and Seaview Avenue, August 12-August 30
  • Paving at Read, Walden, Lincoln, Governor’s Drive and Seaview Avenue is scheduled to be completed by September 13th.

FEMA is currently re-mapping the Town of Winthrop for a new flood map. Over the past few years, Councilor Craig Mael has been watching this development as it creates an issue for many of Winthrop’s residents.  According to his information, the new flood map review process is underway. It will take some time but in mid to late 2014 the new maps could be in effect.

The real issue for homeowners is the cost of the new insurance, which your mortgage company may require you to obtain.  This can be expensive. According to Mr. Mael’s insurance contacts, if you presently have flood insurance you are grandfathered into the lower rate. If you are placed in a flood zone and you are not covered, the rate can be much higher. The time to react and educate yourself is now.

Reach out immediately to your insurance agent and become involved in this process. The cost can be as much as several thousand per year. Be wise, be aware and get educated today!  For more information, you can visit

Craig Mael has challenged all citizens to help the Town by cleaning up the weeds that have grown around sidewalks, curbs and tree's. If you have or are willing to plant the area around the tree's or tree cutouts that are on or near your property and send a picture to Craig, he will give a $25.00 cash award to the best one. The photos need to be submitted by August 31st. The award will be given at the first Town Council Meeting in September. More information will be available on his web site

Winthrop Restaurant Week
August 18-22 & 25-29
The event restaurant-goers have been salivating for is coming! The Winthrop Chamber of Commerce is proud to put on the 2013 “Winthrop Restaurant Week”. Running for two weeks, from Sunday, August 18 through Thursday, August 22 and Sunday, August 25 to Thursday, August 29, diners will enjoy three-course dinner specials for $20.13 at Winthrop’s finest restaurants.
“Our goal in putting on this event is to let patrons know what excellent restaurants Winthrop has to offer,” said Eric Gaynor, executive director of the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce. “Our event will coincide with Boston’s Restaurant Week. However, we believe ours is a much better value with no tolls, ease of parking, friendly service, and excellent food.”
Restaurant Week is an easy and economical way to sample new restaurants and visit old favorites as chefs prepare delectable meals. The three-course prix fixe dinners include an appetizer, entrée, and dessert. This cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion and does not include tax, gratuity, or beverages.
“Winthrop’s dining scene has been getting a lot of attention lately,” said Gaynor. “The town was profiled as a ‘Delicious Destination’ by TV Diner and the Phantom Gourmet has several favorites here.”
“We think that Restaurant Week will be an opportunity for everyone to enjoy what Winthrop has to offer. They will be delighted at the variety of cuisine and the talented chefs we have here.”
Participating in the event are the Winthrop Arms, 130 Grovers Avenue; Café Rossetti’s, 115 Winthrop Shore Drive; D’Parma Ristorante, 467 Shirley Street; Alia Ristorante, 495 Shirley Street; Rustic Table, 503 Shirley Street; Osaka Lucky Garden, 522 Shirley Street; Kasbah, 59 Putnam Street; La Siesta, 70 Woodside Avenue; and Hong Kong Dragon, 68 Woodside Aveneue. Restaurant Week menus will be posted soon.

Neighbor2Neighbor will sponsor a Pizza Party Fundraiser for the Capobianco-Dalton Family on Sunday, August 25th from 4 – 7 PM at the Robert A. DeLeo Senior Center.~ Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.~~ Tickets are on sale at the Winthrop Book Depot, the Senior Center and Kathy’s Place Youth Center.~ ~Tickets will also be sold at Michael’s Mall on Saturday, August 10th and August 17th from 10 AM to 1 PM.~ Come to the Pizza Party and make a contribution and buy some raffle tickets.~ For more information, please call Judie at 617-462-5719 or Mary Lou at 617-846-8838.

Winthrop Art Association
Fall Day Trip to Mystic, Connecticut
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Cost is $45.00

Mystic Art Association Art Center
Old Mystic Village (many unique shops)
Lunch on your own at the many restaurants in the area
B.F. Clydes Cider Mill (oldest working steam cider mill in the country)

For more information, contact Dawn at 617-846-2644

The Viking Pride Foundation
Proudly presents
The Summer Chiller
Winthrop’s biggest party will benefit the new Summer Recreation Center at the Larsen Rink at the Eruzione Center.

Saturday, August 24th
Larsen Rink at the Mike Eruzione Center
70’s to Today’s Music by Guilty Pleasure – 7 piece band!
$30.00 donation

Mark your calendar!~ Local historian Jeremy D'Entremont will talk about "Haunted Lighthouses of New England" on October 21st at the Orient Heights Yacht Club.~ Sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh.
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