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From the Desk of the Town Manager- February 23, 2012
From the Desk of the Town Manager
Our weekly newsletter that highlights some of the positive things
happening around town.
                                                                          Febraury 23, 2012

Congratulations to the Winthrop High School Basketball team!
Under the leadership of Head Coach David Brown, and Assistant Coaches Poncho Bingham, Rich Bianchino and Daniel Mahoney, the WHS Boys Varsity Basketball Team clinched the 2012 Northeast Conference Championship! Congratulations to team members: Jeff Laguerre, Joshawa Babb, Adam Holden, Joe Levesque, Michael Lessard, Amar Zebic, Ervin DeJesus, Bobby Fisher, Curtis Lockett, Dan Feeley, Quinton Dale, Joe D'Amore, Jake Chiudina, Tory Uwagboe, and Cody Wasson.
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As Spring approaches and with warmer weather around the corner, the Town is happy to announce that our first Community Garden, located behind the Senior Center, is soon to open for the season. There are nine 4 ft by 4 ft plots available which will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Last year, the raised beds were constructed and the soil was prepared. This year, we look forward to the planting season and reaping what they sow! If you are interested in registering for a plot of your own, please contact Nancy Williams at 617-846-8538 for more information.
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This spring Parks and Recreation will expand on the Winthrop Youth Lacrosse program as they introduce a more competitive environment for developing players.~ Although the spring lacrosse program will remain at the beginner / developmental level, they will be forming age based teams that will practice regularly and play competitive games against other towns.~ The competition will be age based as most towns we will be playing against field teams in the following age brackets: U9, U11 & U13 (with the "U" meaning "under".~ Although we will try to field teams using similar age restrictions we will allow flexibility as needed.
  • The 2012 season will be offered to both boys and girls.
  • Full equipment will be required
  • Practices will be held 2x per week with at least one game per week
  • We will practice and play using the boys' lacrosse format
  • All players will play an equal amount of time regardless of skill level
  • The number of teams and age levels will be determined based on the level of participation.
  • Team uniforms will be issued
  • The season will run mid April through June
  • The cost of the of the program is TBD but expected to be in the range of $175.00-$225.00
  • Players must currently be in 8th grade OR under
  • Registration deadline is Friday March 9th.
Rich Cifini is heading up this program.  Although he is not looking for any firm commitments at this time, he would ask that any parent who feels their child or children would be interested in the spring lacrosse program send him an email expressing such interest.~ Please include the players age, gender, current grade and whether they have any lacrosse experience whatsoever (again, none required.)

He is coordinating with the Parks and Recreation Department to host an informational meeting about the program where we can discuss the lacrosse program in further detail and answer any questions you may have.
Rich Cifuni - Winthrop Youth Lacrosse - rac20@comcast
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Need an Absentee Ballot for the March 6, 2012 Presidential Primary Election?
Fill out your Absentee Ballot Application Now!!!

VOTERS MAY VOTE ABSENTEE OVER THE COUNTER BEGINNING MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2012
Voters who are unable to vote on election-day because of physical disability, religious beliefs or travel may vote by absentee ballot. If you will be absent from Winthrop for an extended period of time, you may submit a single application for all elections occurring within the year the application is filed.

Applications for absentee ballots may be obtained from the Town Clerk or downloaded from the Town Clerk’s Web Page at www.town.winthrop.ma.us then click Departments and Town Clerk. Applications may be submitted in person or by mail. The voter, or a "family member" (father, mother, sister, brother, son, daughter, grandparent, grandchild, a spouse or person residing in the same household, in-laws, adopting parent or adopted child, stepparent or stepchild, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew), may submit an application. All absentee ballot applications must be signed by the voter or a family member under the penalty of perjury before an absentee ballot will be made available.

Applications for absentee ballots must be received by the Town Clerk before 12:00 noon the day before an election. (A voter who is admitted to a health care facility after noon of the fifth day before an election may apply for a ballot up until the close of the polls and may request to have the ballot delivered.) Absentee ballots generally are available three weeks before an election.

Please do not hesitate to call the Town Clerk’s office at 617-846-1742 with questions.
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BULLYING PREVENTION:
A PARENT-SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP
Location: Winthrop High School Auditorium
Date: Monday Feb. 27th
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
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This interactive training provides parents with the knowledge, tools and resources to effectively recognize and respond to bullying, whether the child is the aggressor, the target or a witness to bullying. ~Topics include:
• How to prevent, recognize and respond to bullying and cyber-bullying
• Effective parent strategies if a child is an aggressor, target or witness to bullying
• Approaches parents can use at home to reinforce the school curricula ~~
• Resources for additional help and information
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There will be a free informal networking meeting on Friday, March 2nd at 7:00pm at the E.B. Newton Cultural Center.  This is open to everyone, so bring a friend or two, your other half or a co-worker.  No children please.  If you have business cards or marketing materials, please bring those.  Light refreshments will be served.  Going forward, there will be a meeting on the first Friday of each month.
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Please join the Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) for their annual
fundraiser and FUN-raiser along the beautiful Mystic River.

The Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle consists of a 5K Run/Walk (USATF certified course) along the Mystic River Bike Path at 9a.m.; a 3, 9 or 12 mile Paddling Race up the Mystic River beginning at 11:00a.m. Compete in both races and be eligible for the Iron Herring Award for the male and female with the fastest overall time in the 5K-road race and the 12-mile paddle.
When: Sunday, May 20th.
Where: Blessing of the Bay Boathouse
32 Shore Drive, Somerville, MA

For more information, contact Mystic River Watershed Association at
(781) 316.3438
Volunteers Needed.  It’s a busy day and they could use your help.
 Need a boat? Do you want to paddle but don't have a canoe, kayak, or stand up paddleboard? Charles River Canoe & Kayak will deliver the boat or board to the race for you. Call Mark at 617-965-5110 or click here for details and to reserve a boat.
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On Saturday, March 24th, 2012 Save the Harbor / Save the Bay will hold their 2nd Annual “Cupid Splash,” cold weather plunge and pledge fundraiser. We hope you will join us on your favorite public beach from Nahant to Nantasket as we dash and splash into the icy waters of Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay for a very good cause.

Last year the Cupid Splash was tons of fun, and raised more than $20,000 to support 30 free events and programs on the region's public beaches, including sand sculpture competitions, beach parties and family reading and movie nights.

This year the Cupid Splash will once again include eight simultaneous cold-water plunges on area beaches. With the addition of a "Center Stage" event at the BCYF Curley Community Center at M Street Beach in South Boston, hosted by our partners at "Harpoon Helps”, we are confident that we can reach our new fundraising goal of $30,000.

Though we understand that Valentine's Day is in February, we are holding the Cupid Splash in March again this year to avoid schedule conflicts with other swims. But don't worry, he water will be cold enough to get your blood flowing on the first weekend of spring this year - about 40 degrees. Creativity counts – so sport your finest Cupid themed attire – inflatable water wings, feather boas, arrows and other outrageous costumes!

On the morning of the Splash, Splashers will gather on their favorite public beach for hot coffee and photographs and then dash and splash into the icy ocean water at noon. There will be hot chowder and a warming Harpoon beer awaiting all Cupids when we get out of the water. Following the Splash, Save the Harbor and Harpoon Brewery will host “warm up” parties at a local pub in each community.
Online registration is free and easy. Simply visit www.cupidsplash.com to register and make a pledge. This year, you and your friends can sign up as a team and have even more fun! The website has tools that make it easy for you to register, donate, contact your friends to encourage them to give. The funds raised will support Save the Harbor / Save the Bay and free events and programs on the region's great public beaches.

There are lots of great prizes this year for the biggest fundraisers and best costumes, including round-trip tickets on JetBlue Airways to any non-stop destination. To sweeten the deal, anyone who raises or gives $100 or more will also have a chance to win JetBlue Airways tickets and some really awesome gifts from Harpoon. Of course all registered participants will receive a swag bag with great gifts and a temporary tattoo commemorating their participation.

We know that you support our work, and that you love your beach.
So go all the way for Save the Harbor / Save the Bay this year, and register for the Cupid Splash today. With your help we can make a really big splash on March 24th.
PS. To register, donate or learn more about the Cupid Splash, visit our website at www.cupidsplash.com, or contact Michelle Palermino at (617) 451-2860 or Palermino@savetheharbor.org


 
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