Winthrop Town Hall
1 Metcalf Square, Winthrop, MA 02152
ph: 617.846.1852
From the Desk of the Town Manager- September 6, 2012
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
September 6, 2012

The first day of school is Friday, September 7th.  
We want to wish all our students and teachers a happy and successful school year!

Winthrop Playmakers Presents

A Magical Musical Extravaganza


One Man....One Voice.....and A Multitude of Magic!

Show dates:
Friday September 14 the at 7pm
Saturday September 15th at 2pm and 7pm
Sunday September 16th at 2pm
For more information go to or call 617-539-1175 to reserve your seats

Tickets are $10.00

Friends Helping Friends
3rd Annual 5K Walk

Saturday, September 22nd
Walk starts at 10:00am
Miller Field
$20 entry fee

From 9:00am- 1:00pm there will be live music and face painting!
Money raised from this event goes to education and assistance for families and individuals struggling with drug and alcohol addiction in our community. Friends Helping Friends also supports youth groups and community based organizations that serve families in need.

Winthrop Parks and Recreation’s After School Program begins on Monday, September 10th.  They offer complimentary pick-up at the Gorman Fort Banks and the Cummings School to their location in the rear of the Middle School.  They offer extended hours on vacation and half days, homework help, snacks, outdoor activities, crafts, Wii, sports and much more!  Visit them at the rear of the Middle School (151 Pauline Street) for a registration form or download one from their website at
The hours are after school until 6:00pm and they offer care for grades K-7.  Call 617-846-8243 for more information.

September 8th and 9th is food pantry weekend. The Winthrop Food Pantry serves those in need in our community.  They rely on our help. Any non-perishable food or monetary donations are gratefully accepted.
The Winthrop Food Pantry is located at 222 Bowdoin Street.  They can be reached at 617-846-6884.


WHO: Any Winthrop resident 13 years old or younger

DATE: Friday, September 7, 2012
(Rain or Shine)

TIME: Registration is at 2:30 pm

PLACE: Ingleside Park (Behind Winthrop Middle School)

It’s a kick, and it’s free!

"Those who can, for those in need"

On Saturday, September 8th from 10:00 to 2:00pm, there will be a Resource-Volunteer fair at Ingleside Park in Winthrop. The resource categories will be SENIORS, LOSING A LOVED ONE, CHILDREN, LOW INCOME and HOMELESS ISSUES. The organizations will be from the North Shore and Boston area. And if you are looking for volunteer opportunities, this is the place. Many organizations that will be participating are looking for volunteers. Also at the fair will be live entertainment, family and children activities and food. This is a FREE event for everyone. For more information, please contact Judie at 617-462-5719.

The monthly informal networking event will be held Friday, September 7th 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.

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!