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From the Desk of the Town Manager- August 23, 2012
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
                                                                           August 23, 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!

The Friends of Belle Isle Marsh and the Kilmartin family invite the public to celebrate the naming of the "John Kilmartin Walkway" on Saturday, August 25th at noon with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new DCR Park at Short Beach in Winthrop. John was a member of the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh who visited the Winthrop section of Belle Isle frequently. He observed that material from the former dump at Fort Banks was leaching into the marsh. John convinced residents and town officials to stop the erosion and funds were approved at the final town meeting. Belle Isle Marsh is now cleaner and safer for recreation and fishing. The Kilmartin Walkway is one part of a larger plan for a Winthrop Greenway, which will connect a route along Morton and Banks streets, the Belle Isle Cemetery, the Bayou and Argyle Street Marsh, over the new pedestrian bridge and on to Short Beach. The Winthrop Greenway will connect to the East Boston Greenway from the Belle Isle Bridge to Piers Park on the East Boston waterfront.

Belle Isle Marsh Reservation at Short Beach
Saturday, August 25th 2012
12:00 pm

RSVP to Gail Miller by August 22

The new park at Short Beach in Winthrop will officially become part of Belle Isle Marsh Reservation at a ceremony at the park on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 10 AM. You are invited to the dedication ceremony to celebrate the completion of the seawall project and the addition of the beautiful park and pedestrian bridge for the Winthrop and Beachmont communities. The seawall will offer flood protection and the park will be a great place to enjoy the scenic beauty of Belle Isle. There are new benches and lighting along the parkway, a new parking lot and additional parking along Winthrop Parkway for beach-goers. This area has already become a destination for walkers. We hope that someday it will be part of a spectacular Greenway system that connects Piers Park on Boston Harbor on the East Boston waterfront to the Atlantic Ocean at Short Beach in Winthrop.
Thanks to Speaker of the House Bob DeLeo, Senator Anthony Petruccelli and former Senate President Robert Travaglini for securing the funding for this project. Thanks to DCR for their years of work to design the project and oversee the construction. And thanks to DCR for the commitment to maintain the park in the future.

Taste of Winthrop
Prepare your taste buds for an incredible selection of food from around the world at the 7th annual “Taste of Winthrop”. Savor an array of cuisines, including Italian, American, Greek, Chinese, Moroccan, Spanish, Mexican, Mediterranean, Colombian, seafood, and more. Over 30 of the finest eating establishments will be participating in this year’s event, which is happening on September 19th at the Winthrop Yacht Club.
Call the Chamber of Commerce at 617-846-9898 for tickets or visit Winthrop MarketPlace, Woodside Hardware or the senior center to get your tickets. All proceeds will go to the beautification of Winthrop! There will be delicious food, specialty cocktails and live entertainment.  

The 2012 Neil Shapiro Memorial 5K Walk/Run and Party

On September 29th 2012, celebrate Neil Shapiro’s life and raise money for the Viking Pride Foundation benefiting Winthrop High's Arts and Media Departments.

For full details, please visit our website
Some details are below.

We hope to see you in September for a beautiful day and evening celebrating Neil Shaprio's life and raising money for the Arts and Media Programs!

2012 5K INFO
When: Saturday September 29th, 2012
Where: Deer Island, Winthrop, MA (see directions below)
Time : 11am walk/run begins
(Race will be officially timed)
9am Registration for walkers + runners begins
(You need to check in to get your bibs)

Registration fees:
By September 26 ~- $25
After September 26 - ~$30
High School Students (with id) ~$10

You can register online at by searching “Neil Shapiro 5K”, or visit our website to download a registration form.

When: Saturday September 29th, 2012
Where: Winthrop Yacht Club
Time: 7pm-Midnight
Tickets available in advance for $15 on or at the door for $20

Come for a great night of pasta dinner, drinks and dancing along to DJ Craig Matarazzo of Spotlight Entertainment. There will be tons of fantastic gift baskets and gift certificates raffled off and of course 50/50!

The 2011 Neil Shapiro Memorial 5K Walk/Run and Party events were a great success!~Together we raised over $14,000, which funded new sound and lighting equipment for Winthrop High School's Dramatic Arts Department!


Coming August 1st to The Clock Tower Gallery:

Featuring Faces and Figures from Patricia Bruen Tacelli
And To Asia and Back from Elaine Abrams
August 1st through September 15th, 2012


The North Shore Rovers Special Olympics Youth Soccer team gets ready to kick off the second season!!!

This fun and free of cost youth soccer program is open to all Special Olympics Athletes ages 3-15!  In addition to the Rovers program for ages 8-15, we are excited to add the new Junior Rovers program, for Special Athlete Sports Stars aged 3-7 for a non-competitive introduction to soccer and playing as a member of a team.  NO SOCCER EXPERIENCE NEEDED!!  Some of our best players last year had never touched a soccer ball before they began to play with us and others were seasoned goal makers when they arrived at the field for the first time.

Both programs will have Sunday morning practices, 9-10:00 from September 9 through the end of October.  There are two tournaments for the older group, one mid-season and one which caps off what promises to be another awesome season!!  All coaches and volunteers are CORI checked, receive Special Olympics training and are overseen by the well trained head coaches.  Each player will “buddy” up with a partner, typically a High School soccer player who will be there every week so your child knows what, and who, to expect at each practice.  Jack Steele, head coach, has played soccer since he could kick the ball, has coached for many years and is current President of Swampscott Youth Soccer Association.

Our team last year included players with a wide range of capabilities and every single one played, high fived, laughed, became a true team player, cheered on their friends, and improved their soccer skills.  For more information or questions about getting involved, please contact Gail or Jack Steele at  Come on out and have a blast with the Rovers!!!

And here's more good news!
Winthrop Ferry Riders get discounts at the following eateries, when they show their Ferry Ticket Stub:

Galleria 33 - Swank Italian Dining in the North End: ~Free Dessert with Dinner! 125 Salem Street; call 617-723-7233 for reservations

Twist & Shake, Shirley Street: ~Buy one; Get One Free - your choice

Osaka Lucky Garden, Shirley Street; 10% off your entire meal    

Quick Foodmart, Shirley Street: Buy 1 large coffee, get 1 FREE muffin

Thompson's Town Liquor, Washington Ave.: 10% off any wine purchase

And this Sunday, August 26th on Spectacle Island, starting at NOON: ~Jazz on the Porch with guitarist David Ehle.  Relax on the Spectacle Island porch to the sounds of big bands, folk music, swing, and jazz ensembles.

Take the 10am Ferry to Spectacle Island to enjoy the music!

Boat Departs from the Public Landing for Spectacle Island on
Saturday and Sunday at:
10am, 1pm, and 3pm

Boats depart Spectacle Island both days at: ~
10:30AM, 1:30AM, 3:30PM

The 2012 Greater Boston Walk to End Alzheimer’s is on Sunday, September 23rd at Canal Park in Cambridge.
Register today at
Questions? Call 800-272-3900 or email
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research. Help our grandparents, parents, spouses, partners, brothers, sisters and friends living with the disease, and unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions.
Each participant that raises $150 by walk day receives a free T-shirt!

Chelsea is hosting a community meeting on Thursday, September 13th at the Williams School, which is located at 180 Walnut Street in Chelsea at 6:00pm.  Global Petroleum wants to bring a mile long train filled with 1,800,000 gallons of ethanol, twice a week through neighborhoods in Everett, Chelsea, Revere and East Boston.  Learn about Global’s plan and how it could affect your family.  For more information, call 617-889-6080.

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