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From the Desk of the Town Manager- July 5, 2012
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
                                                                           July 5, 2012

French Square Open-Air Market

Music, Crafts, Food Kick-Off Summer-Long Festivities
Tonight from 4 to 8PM, Winthrop Center will host its weekly Open Air market. 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!


Legislative Luncheon July 16
Speaker of the House Bob DeLeo and Senator Anthony Petruccelli will be speaking at the annual Legislative Luncheon put on by the Winthrop Elks, Rotary, and Chamber of Commerce.~ All are invited to meet with their state legislators for an update from Beacon Hill.~ The luncheon will be at the Winthrop Lodge of Elks, 191 Washington Ave. at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, July 16.~ It is $20 per person: call 617-846-9898, RSVP by July 12.

Fun & games in store at the Chamber’s “Family Day at the Beach” on July 21
Beautiful Yirrell Beach on Point Shirley will be the place to be for fun in the sun Saturday, July 21, for the 15th annual “Old Fashioned Family Day at the Beach.”~ In the event of rain, the event will be held Sunday, July 22.
There will be lots to do for both kids and adults, with activities running from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.~ Kids will enjoy taking a dip in the wave-runner and on the water-slide. Spinning the tunes throughout the day will be DJ Jeff Lyons with some awesome beach music.~ There will also be giveaways, games, raffles, a barbecue and much more.
Contests will take place all day.~ They are free to enter and always entertaining.~ The schedule for the day is as follows: 11:00 a.m. - Scavenger Hunt; 11:30 a.m. - Simon Says; 12:00 p.m. - Water Balloon Toss; 12:30 p.m. - Look-Alike Contest; 12:45 p.m. - Animal Imitation Contest; 1:00 p.m. - Adult Spelling Bee; 1:30 p.m. - Winthrop’s Got Talent; 2:00 p.m. - Hat Contest; 2:30 p.m. - Dance Contest; 3:00 p.m. - Hula Hoop Contest.
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This will be the 15th year the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce has sponsored this summertime event, and it keeps on getting bigger and better.~ There will be lots to do and enjoy, so be sure to bring a camera.~ Special thanks to For Kids Only After school program, Parks & Recreation, and the Winthrop Fire and Public Works departments for their assistance and to the Winthrop Marketplace for their great support.~ For more information call 617-846-9898.

The Viking Pride Foundation
The Deney Terrio Dance Party
With guest MC JJ Wright from 103.3
Saturday, August 4th
Winthrop High School’s Miller Field
Doors open at 6:00pm

Purchase them from the A. T. Cummings PTO
And a portion of the proceeds from the tickets will be donated directly to the A.T. Cummings PTO!
Interested? Contact
or connect with the PTO directly:
Jen Capone
Georgeane Tacelli Coleman
Kristen Fainga’a
Deb Farren
Kelly Parker
Cindy Silva
Christine Snow


Looking for a fun way to spend a summer evening?

Every Friday night, The Revolution departs from the Winthrop public landing and goes out for a sunset cruise around Boston Harbor from 7:00-10:00pm.   There is a cash bar and snacks available on board. The cost is $25 per person and tickets can be purchased at  

The Revolution, with Capt. Tim Gover at the wheel, cruises Boston Harbor and the Harbor Islands from May 1st through November 1st.~
Check out their Calendar for tickets and more information
or call 617.818.2773.

Parks and Recreation is having a Dog Training Course.
The 7-week course begins July 12th.  Thursdays from 6:30pm – 7:30pm at the Senior Center, located at 35 Harvard Street in Winthrop.  The cost is $125 per participant.  
  • Students attend orientation “without their dogs” for class overview and to learn clicker training basics.
  • All dogs must be friendly upon interaction with both dogs and people.
  • Class will be limited to 6 dogs
  • Proof of current rabies vaccine required.
Register online at or at the recreation office.
Call 617 846-8243 for more information.

Kathy’s Place Youth Center will be open on Wednesday and Friday nights from 6 to 8 PM for preK to 5th grade and from 8:30 to 10:30 PM for 6th to 8th graders. $10.00 for non-members and $8.00 for members. All proceeds will benefit the Youth Center Summer Camp Program.

The Winthrop Police have issued a traffic alert for the Belle Isle Bridge.  

Beginning Friday, June 29th at 1:00am or shortly thereafter, MIG (the company working on the Belle Isle Bridge) will be swapping the usable side of the Belle Isle Bridge from the Southern side to the Northern (Dunkin Donut) side.

Speed limit will be reduced to 25MPH for 24 hours a day due to the construction.  Please have patience and expect delays until the motoring public is used to the traffic flow changes due to this construction.

Winthrop Ferry's weekend service to Spectacle Island has begun!

Spectacle Island offers some of the best amenities of the Harbor Islands:
Spectacle Island is ideal for hiking, swimming, boating, and learning. The Snack Shack is open 7 days a week! Stop in at a “green” visitor center with exhibits about the history and evolution of the island.  Go swimming on a sandy beach (one of the few on the islands) supervised by trained lifeguards in the summer. Take in panoramic views of the harbor and city from the tallest hill on the Boston Harbor Islands.

The Winthrop Ferry leaves the Town Landing for Spectacle Island at 10am, 1pm, and 3pm every Saturday and Sunday. It returns to Winthrop from Spectacle Island at 10:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm –
Don't miss that last boat!

And this Sunday, enjoy this special event:  
1:00 pm; Length: 3 Hrs (If you're taking the Ferry, you’ll have to leave early!!)

Celebrate the Tall Ships and enjoy views of the Boston Harbor as Rick Spencer performs music from one of America's earliest wars.

Rick is recognized internationally as a scholar, researcher and presenter of music programs based on historic themes. The focus is on entertainment. They have been enthusiastically received at historical societies, museums, libraries and other academic settings from New England to California. Songs are presented acapella or accompanied on guitar and 5-~string banjo. These programs are designed to run for one hour, but can be adapted for longer or shorter presentations. Time is always allotted for questions and discussions.

And, of course, the WINTHROP FERRY also has weekend departures to Rowes Wharf - with a late night 9pm ferry coming back to Winthrop on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and a 8pm late departure from Boston on Sunday. Go to for Winthrop Schedule! Or pick up a schedule at the Chamber office, any of the Town's businesses, or Library.
Happy Sailing!

Adults: $8/one way
Seniors (65+)/Disabled: $4
Children, 11 and under: $4
Blind persons w/ID: FREE
10-ride ticket: $60
10-ride ticket Seniors/Child: $30

And check out this promo for the Ferry:


WEDNESDAY, JULY 18th at 6:30pm
Winthrop High School
Main Street, Winthrop

The School Building Committee welcomes your questions and input in pursuing plans around the high school.
What are your thoughts, concerns and questions?
Invite your friends and family to attend.
Save the date and plan to come participate in
this open community forum.

CAPIC is pleased to announce the Tenant’s Rights & Responsibilities Workshop!

Community Action Programs Inter-City, Inc. (CAPIC) will be hosting a workshop on “Tenants Rights and Responsibilities”.  Staff from CAPIC’s Emergency Services Program in conjunction with Suffolk Legal Services of Chelsea, will be conducting a workshop to assist clients with any questions regarding the eviction process and to educate clients about their rights and responsibilities as a tenant.

Date:  Wednesday, July 11, 2012 from 10:00am – 12:00pm
100 Everett Avenue, Unit 14
Chelsea, MA
Contact person:  Silvia Frometa (617) 884-6130 ext. 134

Please call and let us know if you will be attending.

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

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

The monthly informal networking event will be held Friday, July 6th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the E.B. Newton Cultural Center on the 1st floor. ~This event is free and open to everyone, so bring a friend or two, your other half or a co-worker. ~You don’t have to be from Winthrop. ~Please no children. ~If you have business cards or marketing materials, please bring those. ~Light refreshments will be served.

Upcoming Parks and Recreation programs:

PLEASE~BE AWARE GOLF LESSONS WILL~BE ON WEDNESDAYS,~BEGINNING JULY 11TH.~ There was a misprint in the brochure stating Tuesdays as the day of the lessons.  

Summer Golf for Adults
6 week Adult program begins July 11th
Wednesday Classes at Coughlin Park
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Fee: $125

Summer Golf for Kids
6 week kids program (Ages 8-14)
Begins July 11th
Wednesday classes at Coughlin Park
5:00pm – 6:00pm
Fee: $115

Classes limited, all levels welcome, golf clubs, ball and mats are supplied
Register online at or at the recreation office.
Call 617 846-8243 for more information.

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