Winthrop Town Hall
1 Metcalf Square, Winthrop, MA 02152
ph: 617.846.1852
From the Desk of the Town Manager- May 17, 2012
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
May 17, 2012

The Winthrop Ferry is back!
Ferry service will resume on Saturday, May 26th.  The Ferry is a great way to get to and from Boston.  Whether your commuting to work or just  heading into Boston for dinner, the ferry is fast and easy.  In addition to daily trips to Boston, the Ferry will also offer service to Spectacle Island during the weekends of July and August!  For the complete schedule go to:

All plots have been assigned in the community garden and planting has begun. All the participants are very enthusiastic and are looking forward to a productive season. Many thanks to the Town Manager for his insight on this project. Thank you also to Grants Administrator Peter Lombardi, Anita Petricone, the DPW, Paul and Blaine O’Donnell, and members of the fire and police departments for helping to build the beds and clean up the area behind the Senior Center. Because of this cooperation this project has come to fruition. Many thanks -Nancy Williams

The Incoming (2012-2013) Kindergarten Parent Workshop will be held next Thursday, May 17th, in the Fort Banks multi purpose room from 6:30-8:00 p.m. It is an adult only event that will offer families strategies to avoid regression in skills over the summer, approaches to easing children's transition to kindergarten and general information useful to new kindergarten families.

Friday, MAY 18th 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
The Clock Tower Gallery
Open tonight 5/17 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

On Monday, May 28, 2012, we observe Memorial Day, a day that we honor and pay tribute to those who have given their lives in defense of this great country. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all.
Commander of the American Legion Post 146, Richard Honan, would like to invite you to the Memorial Day Services, which will be held Monday, May 28th at 10:00AM.
Following the services, American Legion Post 146 invites you to the Town of Winthrop 2012 Memorial Day Parade.
The parade will be held on Monday May 28, 2012 at 2:00PM. Beginning at the intersection of Pauline Street and Walden Street, the parade will go up Pauline Street, left on Pleasant Street and continue onto Washington Ave. The parade will then turn left at the Winthrop Lodge of Elks onto River Road, continuing on Cross Street and finish at the High School.

21st Century Afterschool Programs, in conjuction with Winthrop Parents Network, presents
The 5th Annual Spring Literacy Day
Friday, June 8th, 2012
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Cummings School Auditorium
Special Appearance by Rick Goldin
Children love his songs…Sing along with Rick and his Annimal Puppets!
Come and enjoy crafts, games and make your own bookmarker.
There will be free books given out to every child who attends!
Pizza and water will be served.
For more information, call 617-846-1711

Sign up Now for Town-Wide Yard Sale
Winthrop’s 4th annual Town-Wide Yard Sale is scheduled for Saturday, June 9th. 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 more shoppers. ~Dozens of 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.
The fee to participate is just $25, which includes a spot on the official map, advertising, newspaper listing, and balloons delivered to the home that morning. ~Over 2,000 printed maps will be distributed the week prior.
The deadline to sign-up is June 1, with the Town-Wide Yard Sale taking place June 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine. ~For more information call 617-846-9898.

“Ready, Set, Wear It!” Life Jacket World Record Day!
Saturday, May 19
10:30 am~- noon

Winthrop Public Landing-Town Pier
Residents of Winthrop will gather to set a world record for the most life jackets worn and inflatable life jackets inflated.
Learn how to properly wear, rearm and repack~inflatable life vests.
Inherently Buoyant PFD will also be demonstrated for Winthrop youth sailing groups~and paddle craft operators.

Free event hosted by~US Coast Guard Auxiliary

The Winthrop Catholic Woman's Club (WCWC) is holding its First Annual WCWC Education Scholarship Lottery.~~ Four (4)~Five hundred dollar ($500.00) Scholarships will be awarded, through the process of a blind lottery, to four (4) individuals going on to an Institute of Higher Learning.~ ~A Student/Applicant must be sponsored by a Member in Good Standing of the WCWC; and, may have only one (1) sponsor.~ A WCWC Member In Good Standing may sponsor more than one~Student/Applicant.~~ There is no residency or faith requirement for the Student/Applicant to qualify for sponsorship by a WCWC Member in Good Standing.~ WCWC Education Scholarship Lottery Applications for 2012 along with the Letter from the Institute of Higher Learning must be properly completed and appropriately signed and~returned, no later than Noon on Sunday, May 20, 2012,~to:~ Winthrop Catholic Woman's Club (WCWC) c/o Barbara A. Survilas, President, 139 Bowdoin Street, Winthrop, MA 02152-3104.~ Any questions please contact Barbara at WCWCPRESIDENT@AOL.COM~or call (617) 846-9321.~If applying, please know that either the Student/Applicant and/or the WCWC Sponsor must be present at the First Annual Scholarship Lottery Event on Monday Evening, May 21, 2012 @ 7PM in Winthrop.

Packets for the 21st Century Summer Learning Academy and Summer Juniorment and Mentoring packets can be picked up at the Cummings School or at Kathy's Place Youth Center.

Spring Fling!
On May 18th there will be a Spring Fling Dance at Kathy's Place Youth Center.  This is for kids in pre-k to 5th grade.  The dance will run from 6:00 to 8:30 PM.

This summer, Parks and Recreation will be hosting
Summer Concerts & Movie Nights
Thursdays at Ingleside Park Gazebo
The first one will be held June 7th
Senior Tones will perform at 7:30
This group entertains in the North Shore Area performing oldies
from the 50’s and 60’s
The other scheduled dates include: June 21st, June 28th, July 12th, July 19th, July 26th, August 2nd, August 9th, August 16th and August 23rd.

The 21st Century Afterschool Program is hosting a fundraiser at the
Dockside Restaurant
170 Everett Ave, Chelsea
Thursday, June 14th between 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Bring your “Dining for Dollars” Ticket and 21st Century Afterschool will receive 25% of sales.
They will also be having a huge raffle.
For tickets, please call 617-846-1711 or 617-642-0017

Parks and Recreation upcoming events:


Summer Park Program at Ingleside Park
Opening Day- Wednesday June 27th
Program runs June 27th – August 17th
If you register before June 22nd, the cost is $279.00 per child.
Registrations received after June 22nd- $299.00 per child.
Park playground will be staffed Monday through Friday from 8:30am – 1:00pm

Cheerleading Clinic- Get ready for the fall season!  Children in grades 2-7 (entering Grades 3-8 in the fall).  Clinic will run Monday through Friday, June 11-15 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at Winthrop High School gymnasium. Cost is $90.00.  Learn basic to intermediate skills & techniques, stunts, and tumbling. Learn choreographed cheers and dance to perform for family and friends on the last night of clinic.

Soccer Clinic- presented by British Soccer Camp/Challenger Sports – Clinic runs Monday through Friday, June 18 – June 22.  Ages 3-4 from 9:00am –10:00am for $80.00, Ages 5-8 from 10:00am – 11:30am for $95.00, and Ages 9-14 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm for $135.00.  Fee includes Ball and T-Shirt.


HeartSaver CPR Class  - Class is Saturday, May 19th from 9:00am – 12:30pm.
Cost is $75.00. Class will be held at Winthrop Parks & Recreation center.

Special Events & Trips:

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 8th 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 at  Cost is $25.00 and guaranteed t-shirt to 1st 200 Entrants. All proceeds are donated to Winthrop Parks and Recreation.

Red Sox Tickets Now Available!!!
Winthrop Parks and Recreation will be traveling to Fenway Park for 3 games this season. Price includes game ticket & bus transportation from Cummings School half circle.

Friday, June 22 vs. Atlanta Braves (right field roof box) $65, game at 7p, bus at 5:30p
Wednesday, July 18 vs. Chicago White Sox (rt field roof box) $65, game at 7p, bus 5:30p
Wednesday, August 8 vs. Texas Rangers (Grandstand 24) $69, game at 1pm bus at 12pm

All classes require pre-registration.
Register online at or at the Recreation office
Located in the rear of the middle school (entrance off of Brookfield Rd.)
Call 617 846-8243 for additional information.

Changing a few products on your shopping list may be your prevention against illness, nuerological disorders and obesity

Please Join Jenine Wright MA, Exercise Physiologist, Nutrition Educator Specialist

"Feeding Your Family Fit Winthrop"
When:  Thursday, May 24, 2012 @7:00-9:00 PM
Where: Fort Banks Elementary School, Winthrop
How Much: FREE

Do you think you are providing healthy options for your family?
Are you a slave to marketing and purchase a product because it makes you feel that you are providing your family with good nutrition?
Are you concerned with health issues, disciplinary issues and diseases that could be affected by the food that you are eating?

Come find out why products such as "Nutra Grain" bars and “Gogurts”~may not be providing your family with what you may think.

Eating habits are learned behaviors, so what you are teaching your children to eat early in life sticks with them well into adulthood.~ With~the obesity epidemic in children, high rates of childhood diseases, allergies, disciplinary problems~and developmental disorders~it is time to educate yourself on what may help to prevent these serious issues.

With a strong belief that "you are what you eat” Jenine will discuss what you should look for when reading labels of your favorite foods.
Tips on healthy snacks and lunch ideas and how to make even the not so good decisions a little better.

Adult Seminar, FREE EVENT
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