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From the Desk of the Town Manager- January 9, 2014
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
January 9, 2014

Census Information

Winthrop’s Annual Town Census and Dog Licensing 2014

The 2014 Annual Town Census will be mailed to all households this week.~Winthrop residents should verify or correct any information, sign, and return the census within 10 days of receipt.
The data from the census is used to compile the Winthrop voter list, Winthrop school planning, and other reports required by Massachusetts General Law, therefore all members of the household should be included.~ If a resident does not receive a census form by the end of January, the Town Clerk’s Office should be contacted at 617-846-1742 to have a duplicate form sent.
Failure to respond to the Annual Town Census will result in the removal from Winthrop’s active voting list and removal from the resident list for any non-registered voters.
A completed census can be returned by mail or hand-delivered to drop-off boxes located outside the Town Clerk’s Office, the Senior Center and the Administrative Office on Golden Drive.
The bottom of the census form includes a Dog Registration Form or click the link to print form:
Dogs must be licensed by February 1, 2014 to avoid a late fee. Proof of current rabies vaccination is required for licensing.

“Winthrop High School Drama Society Presents the 2014 Dinner Theatre Production “Boston Strong” at Prince Restaurant on Route One in Saugus. Performances begin this Sunday, January 12th~at 7:00 pm and run through Wednesday, January 15th. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased in advance by calling 781-656-5890, or
Hope to see you there!!!!”

Please join us for an evening of
Metaphysical Messages with Linnea Star- Psychic Medium

Thursday, February 6, 2014
Winthrop High School Auditorium

Complimentary Hors D’Oeuvres
Doors open at 5:45pm
Readings/Show at 6:30pm
$25.00 for adults
$20.00 for students

Please call 617-846-5505 x128 for tickets or email
Proceeds to benefit the Winthrop High School Life Skills Classrooms

Time to register now for Parks and Recreation’s winter classes


New Basketball Program - presented by Anthony Taylor of “Visionary Basketball Group”. Visionary Basketball Group has a proven track record resulting from years of experience in youth basketball development and leverages this success into all skills & drills clinics. “VBG” is considered to be one of the top year round athlete development organizations in Massachusetts offering skills programs, camps & clinics and a team component for athletes of all levels.~ This program begins on Saturday, January 11 and runs for 8 weeks. Boys K-1 from 9:00am -10:15am, Girls K-1 from 10:15am -11:30am,
and Boys and Girls Grades 2 – 4 from 12:00pm - 1:15pm.~ Cost is $105.00.

Guitar Lessons – Children in Grades 3, 4, & 5 (grades 6-8~ welcome) on Thursdays at the Cummings School from 2:30PM – 3:30PM begins Jan 23 rd . ~~Session runs for 8 weeks and cost is $55.00.

Jedi Engineering with Legos (Grades K -2) – Young Jedi will explore worlds far, far away and engineering principles right in front of them. Imagination and engineering combine to create motorized and architectural projects such as energy catapults, shield generators and defense turrets. Register now, class begins on Wednesday, January 15 th for 5 weeks from 2:05pm – 3:05pm.~ Cost is $99.00.


Mohegan Sun Casino - Join us Sunday, January 19 th for gaming, fine and casual dining and retail shopping.~ We depart the Cummings school half circle at 9am and return at 9pm.~ Cost is $25.00 and includes a $10.00 free play and $10.00 food coupon.

Heart saver – CPR courses – Certification courses available for individuals or groups. ~Next class to be held Saturday, February 8 th 9:00am –12:30pm or Wednesday March 12 th from 6pm – 9:30pm. ~Class takes place at the Recreation Center in the rear of the middle school. No written test.~ Enter through rear parking lot.~ Cost is $65.00.

Conversational ~Italian for Adults – Learn basic phrases, questions, and basic responses. There will be activities at the end of each class to practice what was learned. Each student should bring a one subject notebook, a pocket folder, pen, pencil and eraser to each class. Class will be held at the Winthrop High School, Room 116. Conversational Italian 1 on Tuesdays and Conversational Italian II on Wednesdays from 6:30pm to 8:00pm for six weeks beginning January 21 st and 22 nd . ~~Cost is $75.00.

Adult Guitar Lessons – Playing guitar can be fun at all ages! We’ll get you started with basic chords, basic theory and establishment of good playing habits.~ 6 classes on Tuesday evenings at the Winthrop Senior Center, 35 Harvard Street from 7:00pm -8:30pm beginning January 21st.~ Cost is $65.00.

Watch for February Vacation Special Events.

All classes require pre-registration.
Register online at or at the Recreation office
Located at 151 Pauline St. (the rear of the middle school).
Call 617 846-8243 for additional information.

The Winthrop High School cheerleaders are having a fundraising event to support their trip to Nationals at Walt Disney World.
Winthrop Yacht Club
Saturday, January 18th 6:00-10:00pm
Tickets $20.00
Come out and support the cheerleaders!
There will be music, raffles and food.

In 2007, the Metropolitan Beaches Commission and Save the Harbor/Save the Bay conducted eight public hearings in nine beachfront communities to help identify opportunities and obstacles on the beaches. More than 1,000 people took the time to tell us what they enjoyed most about their favorite beach as well as what they believed needed improvement. The Metropolitan Beaches Commission reported findings from the public hearings in “Beaches We Can Be Proud Of.”

Since that time, the Patrick Administration, the Legislature, and the Boston Globe have endorsed the findings and recommendations in the report on how to improve the region’s beaches. The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has made considerable investments in the region’s beaches to address your concerns.

In 2013, we were asked by the Legislature to reconvene the Metropolitan Beaches Commission. This year we conducted two hearings at the State House and 8 public hearings in Lynn and Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy and Hull.

Over the course of these hearings we have heard from nearly 1000 participants who told us what is working well and what needs improvement on their beach.

We want your input as well. Please take 10 minutes to fill out this survey and share your thoughts with us as we work to turn these beaches from good to great.  To take the survey, go to:

Flu shots are still available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00-3:00pm in the health office.  Bring all insurance cards. For more information, call 617-846-1852 ext. 1062

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