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From the Desk of the Town Manager- June 14, 2012
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
                                                                           June 14, 2012

French Square Open-Air Market

Music, Crafts, Food Kick-Off Summer-Long Festivities
Tonight from 4 to 8PM, Winthrop Center will host the second of 13 weekly Open Air markets. Everyone is invited down to the Center for this family-friendly event, to be held each Thursday throughout June, July, and August. Help make French Square Market a community success!

June 16, 2012
Sponsored by The Boston Harbor Association's
Emerging Professionals Committee

Where & When
Date: Saturday, June 16th
Time: 9 - 11AM, Rain or Shine
Location: Corner of Winthrop Shore Drive and Dolphin Avenue

Lend a hand, then head out to the Islands for free!
The Boston Harbor Association's Emerging Professionals Committee invites you to join us in helping to clean up Winthrop and Yirrell Beaches. In partnership with Speaker Robert DeLeo and the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce, we will be tackling the coastline from the southern end of Yirrell Beach to the northern end of Winthrop Beach. The Department of Conservation and Recreation will provide all of the necessary equipment. Come meet new friends, join your neighbors, and do a little good for our community!
Boston Harbor Cruises is offering complimentary round trip tickets aboard the Winthrop ferry for the first 50 participants in the cleanup effort - so make sure to get there early! We will be providing light snacks and beverages to all volunteers as well.
For more information, email Peter Lombardi at

Congratulations to the Class of 2012!  
110 seniors received their diplomas at the Class of 2012 Graduation on Friday, June 1st, 2012.  Class Marshall Rachel DelSolio led the procession.  Class Valedictorian and Treasurer Catherine Loomis sang the National Anthem.  Class President Leo Haskell made remarks and presented the class gift to Junior Class President Joseph Gobiel.  Nicole Black delivered the salutatory address.  The other Senior Class Officers were Vice President Mairead McCarthy, Janelle Gillespie, and Videographer Lauren Kostegan (daughter of HS Vice Principal Robin Kostegan).  
We are so proud of the Class of 2012 and wish them all the best!

The Girls’ Varsity Softball Team made it to the State Tournament.  
Go Lady Vikings!

Congratulations to all out teachers who are retiring this year:  
Patricia Burke, 37 years of service; Mary Cawthorne, 15 years of service; Cynthia Dantzig, 43 years of service; John Donohue, 7 years of service; Judith Eccles, 15 years of service; Paulette O’Brien, 14 years of service; Karen Previte, 13 years of service; Mala Strassfeld, 34 years of service; Mary Watson, 18 years of service; Eileen Wickham, 14 years of service.  Congratulations and best wishes to all!

WHS Senior pitcher Alex Ferri was named the NEC South Division Player of the Year.  Congratulations Alex!

107 8th Grade students and 14 chaperones, including Superintendent John Macero, Vice Principal Jim Burke, and School Committee Vice Chairman Brian Perrin, arrived safely in Washington, DC and enjoyed the sites.  They arrived back home this Saturday evening.

Two Winthrop High School alumni are touring with National Tour Shows.  WHS graduate Emily Kramer is touring with Mary Poppins and Stephanie Moskel is touring with Beauty and The Beast.  Congratulations and break a leg!

For information on the Winthrop Beach Nourishment presentation from the Conservation Commission on June 13th, 2012, go to:


11th Annual Peace in the Family Day
This is a free event on Saturday, June 16th from 12:00pm- 3:00pm
at Ingleside Park
Games, facepainting, food, music, moonbounce and much more!
Sponsored by Domestic Violence Task Force serving the communities of Winthrop, Revere, Chelsea and East Boston

The Winthrop Cultural Council and the Clock Tower Gallery
Showing three individual styles of art together for the first time.
Matthew, Debra and Max

Artists' Reception
Saturday, June 16th 2012
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
The Winthrop Cultural Center
The Clock Tower Gallery
45 Pauline Street, Winthrop

Gallery hours: June 2nd through July 7th
Thursdays 6-8pm and Saturdays 2-5pm

Annual Father’s Day Family Panacake Breakfast

Sunday, June 17, 2012
8:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Winthrop High School Cafeteria
Donation: $6.00


This summer, Parks and Recreation will be hosting
Summer Concerts & Movie Nights
Thursdays at Ingleside Park Gazebo
The next one will be held June 21st  
Just Kill Me Rico will perform at 7:30
Local performers present classic rock, R&B and hits from the 60’s through the 80’s.

The other scheduled dates include: June 28th, July 12th, July 19th, July 26th, August 2nd, August 9th, August 16th and August 23rd.

Upcoming Parks and Recreation programs:

Lego Camp
Monday June 18th thru Friday June 22nd
Recreation Center (Middle School Rear Entrance)
Engineering Fundamentals: Ages 8 to 11- 9:00am – 12:00pm
Pre-Engineering with LEGOS: Ages 5 to 7- 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Any returning students will be presented with new projects and challenges.
Cost is $165.00

Tennis Lessons
For ages 13 and up
6-week program on Tuesdays
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Winthrop High School Tennis Courts
Program begins July 10th
Fee is $90 per participant

Summer Golf for Adults
6 week Adult program begins July 11th
Tuesday Classes at Coughlin Park
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Fee: $105 if registered by July 3rd, $125 After July 3rd

Summer Golf for Kids
6 week kids program (Ages 8-14)
Begins July 11th
Tuesday classes at Coughlin Park
5:00pm – 6:00pm
Fee: $95 if registered by July 3rd, $115 after July 3rd

Classes limited, all levels welcome, golf clubs, ball and mats are supplied

St. John’s Episcopal Church
222 Bowdoin St., Winthrop
Annual Indoor Yard Sale
Saturday June 16,~9am – 1pm
Lobster Lunches~ & more available for lunch
MANY sellers – ALL under one roof!

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