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From the Desk of the Town Manager- September 27, 2012
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
                                                                        September 27, 2012

To date, there have been fifteen cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) and five cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in Massachusetts. The State Department of Public Health has placed Winthrop as a ‘high risk’ community, and has advised outdoor activities be rescheduled or cancelled till the first frost. Arrangements are being made with Northeast Mosquito Control Agency for preemptive spraying around the Winthrop High School Fields to reduce the mosquito burden in this area. Additional safety precautions are needed and include:
Avoid mosquito bites – ensure movement while outdoors
Apply insect repellant
Wear long sleeves, long pants and socks to protect skin from bites
Be aware of peak mosquito hours – hours between dusk and dawn
Drain stagnant water around the schools and homes
Install or repair screens in the schools and homes

More information, including all WNV and EEE positive results from 2012, can be found on the Arbovirus Surveillance Information web page at

We are pleased to announce the following students have been recognized as the 2012-2013 James Otis Scholars:  Carla Aravena, Leah Cautillo, Jeremiah Driscoll, Moriah Golblatt, Michael Mazzone, Frank Mazzuchelli, Brandi Noseworthy, Kelly Russo, Katelyn Tarrio and Mark Tracy.  Congratulations!
Jennie Maibor, a graduate of the Class of 2012 at Winthrop High School, was selected for the Mock Trial Traveling Team for American University.  Way to go Jennie!

The Winthrop School Committee approved the School Building Committee’s recommendation that if a combined middle/high school option was selected, it would be a 6-12 configuration.
The Winthrop Girls’ Varsity Volleyball Team had their first game on Thursday, September 20th and beat Revere, 3-0.  Go Lady Vikings!

We are pleased to announce that the William P. Gorman Fort Banks School and the Arthur T. Cummings School will be receiving a new phone system.  They should both be in place by the end of December.  Thank you Vincent Ruocco, MIS Director, for implementing this new system for our schools.  

We are thrilled to report that 35 students from the Class of 2013 have qualified to receive the John & Abigail Adams Scholarship, based on their performance on the Grade 10 MCAS English Language Arts and Mathematics tests.  Great job students, staff and parents!

4th Grade Teacher Warren MacPhail and 8th Grade student Shanel Turansky swam in the Five Sisters Swim held on Saturday, September 15th.  Mr. MacPhail and Ms. Turansky both participated in the 1.2 mile swim.  Mr. MacPhail came in 4th place with a time of 33:36, and Ms. Turansky came in 9th place with a time of 37:54.  Nice job!

The Town of Winthrop Board of Health
Seasonal Flu Clinic

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
4:00 to 6:30pm
Winthrop Senior Center
Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
4:00 to 6:30pm
A.T. Cummings School

Any questions, call the Board of Health- Room 5, Town Hall
617-846-1740 ext. 130

1.  Ages 5 years and older
2. Please bring all insurance cards, social security, medicare card, and Mass Health care cards with you.

*** Mass Health $10.00 fee ***

Gorman Fort Banks Elementary School
International Walk to School Day on October 3, 2012

WHAT:  William P. Gorman Fort Banks Elementary School in Winthrop, MA will be joining schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 3, 2012. Parents will walk with their children to school from home or a designated meet-up area nearby school.
WHERE:  Walks with designated group leaders will start from 3 locations:
Public Lot on George St./ Winthrop St.; 0.59 mi to school
Franklin St./ Payson St. along Veteran’s Field; 0.4 mi to school
Crest Ave public lot; 0.49 mi to school

WHEN: Groups will meet at these areas at 7:40 AM and walking will begin by 7:50 to be at the school by 8:05 AM. 

SIGNIFICANCE:     Approximately 200 students from the Fort Banks Community will walk to school on Wednesday October 3rd, along with parents, and community leaders, Superintendent John Macero, and other school committee members.

In the U.S., International Walk to School Day is expected to include more than 4,000 events across all 50 states. Walkers from the U.S. will join children and adults in 40 countries around the world.

Walk to School events work to create safer routes for walking and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, concern for the environment and building connections between families, schools and the broader community.

The event is being organized by Dawn Sullivan, please feel free to contact with questions or ideas at 

Parents must accompany their child/children to school. There is no dropping off of your child at the above locations.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Make a difference.  Make History.
Breast Cancer Walk- October 14th
DCR Hatch Shell, Charles River Esplanade

Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo will provide transportation for anyone who would like to take part in the Beast Cancer Walk on Sunday, October 14th in Boston.  The buses will leave the Beachmont School in Revere at 8:00am.  To join Team DeLeo or get more information, please call Anita Flintoff at 617-722-2500.  Sign-up online at
Kindly respond by October 9th to reserve your place on the bus.

Parks and Recreation’s Annual Fall Fair will be held on Saturday, October 6th from 11:00am- 3:00pm at Ingleside Park.  (Rain date is Sunday, October 7th)  There will be a pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, train rides, amusements, pony rides, moon bounce, games, food and entertainment.  Craft table spaces are available.  (Tables are not supplied.)  For more details, email

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 will be the last day to register to vote for the upcoming Presidential Election on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. The Town Clerk’s Office will be open on October 17th, from 8am to 8pm for citizen convenience.

The only requirements to register to vote are that you are a citizen of the United States, a resident of Winthrop and will be 18 years old on or before Election Day. You may register in the Town Clerk’s Office, or you may request a mail-in registration form by phone or log onto Those registering to vote using mail-in registration forms must have their forms postmarked no later than October 17th, 2012 in order to vote in the Election.

Precincts 3, 4 & 6 have had voting location and precinct changes in the last year. Please read the following to be sure you have the correct information or call the office at 617-846-1742

Pursuant to Massachusetts General Law chapter 54, section 6, the Town of Winthrop has changed voting precincts to reflect population changes as calculated by the most recent federal census.  These changes are reflective of the new maps drawn by the State.  The following is a listing of streets that have been changed


Banks Street
Bayou Street
Cliff Avenue
Cutler Street
Forrest Street
Highland Avenue
Main Street
Nevada Street
North Avenue
Paine Street
Revere Street
Shirley Street
South Avenue
Thornton Park
Washington Avenue
Washington Terrace
Winthrop Street

Please note for the November 2012 Election Precinct 3 &6 vote at the Senior Center on Harvard Street. Precinct 4 votes at Golden Drive. Precincts 1, 2 & 5 vote at the Middle School Gym.

Boy Scout Pack 75 will be holding a food drive on November 2 “under the lights” at Miller Field during the Viking vs. Triton football game.  In an effort to give back to the Community, this food drive will benefit the Citizens of Winthrop in need and will assist the food pantry just before Thanksgiving, a time of need for many Winthrop families.

Parks and Recreation is planning a Foxwoods Casino trip on Sunday, October 7th.  The cost is $25 and includes a $10 food coupon and $10 of free play.  Enjoy this exciting day trip- gaming, casual and fine dining, and retail shopping.  Call 617-846-8243 for tickets.  The bus leaves from the Cummings school half circle at 8:00am and returns at approximately 8:00pm.

Parks and Recreation is offering Dog Training Classes.

Adult Beginner: 7-week class for dogs 5 months and older covering basic skills.  Thursdays at 6:30pm starting October 4th
Intermediate:  7-week class for graduates of Adult Beginner or Puppy Kindergarten.  Class will fine tune behaviors and teach dogs to perform reliably with distractions.
Thursdays at 7:30pm starting October 4th
Puppy Kindergarten:  7 week class for puppies 20 weeks or younger provides a basic behavior and supervised socialization.
Tuesdays at 6:30 starting October 2nd

All classes are held at the Winthrop Senior Center, located at 35 Harvard Street.
The cost is $125 per participant and all classes are limited to 6 dogs.  Dogs must be friendly with other dogs and people.  Proof of current rabies vaccination required.
For more information or to register, call 617-846-8243 or email:

Commencement of the first phase of the Winthrop Beach Rehabilitation Project has been postponed.  No new date has been set yet.

CAPIC’s Fuel Assistance Program Opens its 2012-2013 Season
CAPIC’s Fuel Assistance Program is taking applications for the 2012-2013 Season.  Residents of the communities of Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop may apply for help with their home heating from November 2012 thru April 2013.  Eligibility is based on household size and income and tenants and homeowners can apply.  Households may heat with a deliverable fuel as well as with gas or electric.  Assistance is also available for households whose heat is included in their rent.  For additional information, please call 617-884-6130 x125.

The Winthrop Art Association is having their first demonstration of the season on Tuesday, October 2nd.  The demo will be the art of Henna painting as it is done in India.  The demonstrator is MME Indira Daya.  It will start at 7:30pm at the E.B. Newton Cultural Center on the 1st floor.

This Saturday!

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!

Today and Days Gone By
Roberta Will works on paper
Jerome DiStefano oil paintings

45 Pauline Street
Winthrop, MA 02152
Sept. 29th thru Nov. 10th
Meet the Artists Reception - Sunday October 7th 2-5 o’clock
Gallery Hours:
Thursday 6-8 PM
Saturday 2-5 PM
Sunday 1-4 PM

The monthly informal networking event will be held Friday, October 5th 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.

The Winthrop Cultural Council has set an October 15 postmark deadline for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community.

This year, the Winthrop Cultural Council will distribute approximately $5450.00 in grants.   The Winthrop Cultural Council has set an October 15 postmark deadline for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community.

Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at Winthrop Cultural Council,  Completed applications should be mailed to Winthrop Cultural Council, 45 Pauline St., #6, Winthrop, MA 02152.

The Winthrop Playmakers are set to open their 2012-2013 Season with William Shakespeare’s beloved comedy As You Like It, directed by Parker Reed & Steavie Hergenrader.

Shakespeare's comedy about kissing courtiers and country copulatives transports us all into the inspiring Forest of Arden. We follow a motley mix of wondering wanderers to find "tongues in trees" and "books in the running brooks," and through great debates concerning realism vs. romanticism, mirth vs. melancholy, and grasping gadgets vs. nurturing Nature, we are invited to weave a way toward happiness.

This production comments on modern day corporate America and is sure to intrigue and delight audiences of all ages!

Come one, Come All… As You Like It runs October 5-14, 2012. Reviews are allowed for this production.  For a press kit, please contact Nathan Fogg ( Tickets are $20/Adults  $15/Students and Seniors. For tickets or more information, please visit 

WHAT: William Shakespeare’s As You Like It

WHEN: October 5, 6, 12 & 13 at 8pm   
October 7 & 14 at 3pm

WHERE: The Winthrop Playhouse
       60 Hermon St.
Winthrop, MA 02152

WHO: The Winthrop Playmakers

CAPIC’s Satellite Site in Winthrop
Winthrop residents have the opportunity to access all CAPIC services at the Winthrop Senior Center, 35 Harvard Street. CAPIC has representatives from each program on-site throughout the week (each program has a specific time) to meet with clients. Programs include: Head Start, Workforce Development, Child Development Center, After School & Summer Camp, Emergency Services, Crisis Intervention (including domestic violence), and Weatherization. In addition, starting on October 24th, people will have the opportunity to apply for CAPIC’s Fuel Assistance Program. Anyone interested in applying for fuel assistance should contact CAPIC’s main office at 617-884-6130 to find out what documentation is required to apply. The schedule is as follows:

9am-10am – Head Start Program
8:30am-10:30am – Fuel Assistance/Weatherization Program
1pm-2pm – Workforce Development
10am-11am Emergency Services/Crisis Intervention
10:30am -11:30am- Child Development Center
11am-12pm – Emergency Services/Crisis Intervention
12pm-1pm – After School Program/Summer Camp

Notice to residents:
The Department of Conservation and Recreation is beginning work on the Winthrop Beach Project.  The rodent control program is now underway on Winthrop Shore Drive from Beacon Circle to Underhill Street.  Keeps pets off and away from seawall in that area until further notice.  For more information, call Steve Colometo at DCR 617-539-4957.  Thank you for your cooperation.

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