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From the Desk of The Town Manager- October 11, 2012
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
October 11, 2012

Winthrop Cares is sponsoring a Fall Clean Up
this Saturday, October 13th at 1:00 PM.

Center of Winthrop-Meet at French Square
Coughlin Park
Massa Playground
Lewis Lake
Crest Ave Park
Yirrell Beach
High School Baseball Field
Cummings School
Gorman School
Middle School
Ingleside Park

-Pizza Party at Ingleside after the clean up is done!

Please join our trash clean up this Saturday- Winthrop Cares will provide gloves and bags - just show up!

The 2nd Annual Neil Shapiro 5K Walk/Run was a success.  156 people participated in the run/walk.  Winthrop Middle School teacher Adam Crombie came in First Place with a time of 17:58.  7th Grade student Isabella Kennedy came in First Place in Women’s with a time of 21:16.  Great job!  Thank you to all who participated in the event, and those who coordinated it as well.  A special thank you also to Martin Vasquez, Owner of La Siesta Restaurant, who sponsored and paid for the WHS Soccer Team to run.  It was a great event, honoring and remembering someone so very dear to all of us.

This weekend marks the end of the season for the Winthrop Ferry.  If you haven’t had a chance to ride the Ferry into Boston yet, this is your chance!  The schedule is as follows:

      Depart Winthrop                   Departs Rowes Wharf
7:00 AM                                        7:30 AM
 8:00 AM                                       11:00 AM
11:30 AM                                         4:45 PM
5:15 PM                                        5:45 PM
6:15 PM                                       6:45 PM
                                                                                                7:15 PM                                     9:00 PM

Saturday and Sunday
      Depart Winthrop                       Depart Rowes Wharf
9:00 AM                                       12:30 PM
2:00 PM                                2:30 PM
4:00 PM                              6:00 PM
                    7:15 PM                                    8:00 PM (Sunday Only)
                                                       9:00 PM (Saturday Only)

Adults: $8/one way
Seniors (65+)/Disabled: $4
Children, 11 and under: $4
Blind persons w/ID: FREE
The 11 Foundation’s 2nd Annual Tailgating Event will be held on Friday, October 19th at the Winthrop Golf Club.  Tickets are $50.00 and can be purchased at  The 11 Foundation was formed in memory of Michael J. Mason.  The event will include food, raffles, silent auctions, door prizes, music and a cash bar.

A ceremony was held on Friday, September 28th at Winthrop Middle School to honor Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo for his commitment to Winthrop youth and human services.  The award was presented by Michael Weeks of  The Providers Council along with North Suffolk Mental Health CEO Jackie Moore.  Speeches were given by MassSTART students Alex Gomes (grade 8), Rickie Townes (grade 7) and Michael DelPrriore (grade 7).

High school senior Katelyn Tarrio received a letter and certificate from the Ancient Order of Hibemians according her the rank of “Apprentice Bard by virtue of her knowledge of Irish History” as demonstrated at the 2012 National History Day finals.  Congratulations Katelyn!

Winthrop High School has been chosen as one of the Massachusetts schools to compete in the November 4th WGBH Super Sunday Quiz Bowl.  The following students will be participating:  Michael Lessard, Nicole O’Brien, Mark Tracy, Eric Wadkins, Rachel Wadkins (alternate), and Elizabeth Anderson (alternate).  Good luck!

On Wednesday, October 3rd, the William P. Gorman Fort Banks School participated in the 2nd Annual International Walk To School Day.   Superintendent John Macero, Town Council President Peter Gill, School Committee members Todd Sacco and Maryalice Sharkey, and Ron Merryman from Move Fitness participated.  Hats off to Dawn Sullivan for organizing this event.

Congratulations to the following Seniors who have received the John & Abigail Adams Scholarship, based on their 10th grade MCAS Scores:  Carla Aravena, Janelle Babcock, Margaret Beadle, Scott Bocchio, Leah Cautillo, Jeremiah Driscoll, Guilherme Dutra, Michael Ferrino, Nicholas Floyd, David Gallo, Angelica Giardina, Gina Giuliano, Brikena Gjeci, Joseph Gobiel, Jordan Griffiths, Ashlyn Howard, Michael Lessard, Alyssa Mackey, Mario Mazzone, Jr., Frank Mazzuchelli, Temisan Meggison, Rigen Mehilli, Ashley Moore, Brandi Noseworthy, Nicole O’Brien, Alanna O’Connell, Erin O’Leary, Alessandra Scorzella, Jessica Serino, Ariana Shea, Zachary Sullivan, Katelyn Tarrio, David Tracy, Julia Wallace and Erin Walsh.  We are very proud of these students and their accomplishments.

A Sip of Winthrop- November 2

The 5th annual Wine Fest, “A Sip of Winthrop”, will feature wines from around the world, along with beer & cider from local microbreweries. ~There will also be lots of delicious hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment by a jazz trio.
With the guidance of experts, exquisite wines will be tasted from the finest vineyards in France, Italy, Argentina, Chile, Germany, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, and Napa Valley. ~Connoisseurs and neophytes alike will enjoy sampling such a vast array of wines.
“A Sip of Winthrop” takes place on Friday, November 2 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the Cottage Park Yacht Club, 76 Orlando Ave., Winthrop. All are welcome.  Tickets are $35.00 and include a commemorative wine glass. Jacket required. Tickets are on sale now at Swett’s Liquors, Thompson's Liquors, Winthrop Chamber of Commerce, by phone at 617-846-9898, and online at No one under 21 years of age will be admitted. All proceeds benefit the Chamber’s beautification program.

Life Line Screening will be holding Stroke and Aneurysm Prevention screenings in Winthrop this month. It will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church on Friday, October 26th.

These fast, non-invasive screenings can potentially detect and help prevent you from having a stroke or aneurysm.

Has anyone suffered from a stroke and aneurysm in your family? Do you know if you are in line for a stroke or aneurysm?

Call 800-690-6313 to schedule your appointment. Please feel free to send this information to your friends and family as well!

Need an Absentee Ballot for the November 6, 2012
Fill out your Absentee Ballot Application Now!!!



Voters who are unable to vote on election-day because of physical disability, religious beliefs or travel may vote by absentee ballot. If you will be absent from Winthrop for an extended period of time, you may submit a single application for all elections occurring within the year the application is filed.

Applications for absentee ballots may be obtained from the Town Clerk or downloaded from the Town Clerk’s Web Page at then click Departments and Town Clerk. Applications may be submitted in person or by mail. The voter, or a "family member" (father, mother, sister, brother, son, daughter, grandparent, grandchild, a spouse or person residing in the same household, in-laws, adopting parent or adopted child, stepparent or stepchild, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew), may submit an application. All absentee ballot applications must be signed by the voter or a family member under the penalty of perjury before an absentee ballot will be made available.

Applications for absentee ballots must be received by the Town Clerk before 12:00 noon the day before an election. (A voter who is admitted to a health care facility after noon of the fifth day before an election may apply for a ballot up until the close of the polls and may request to have the ballot delivered.) Absentee ballots generally are available three weeks before an election.

Please do not hesitate to call the Town Clerk’s office at 617-846-1742 with questions.
The 11 Foundation’s 2nd Annual Tailgating Event will be held on Friday, October 19th at the Winthrop Golf Club.  Tickets are $50.00 and can be purchased at  The 11 Foundation was formed in memory of Michael J. Mason.  The event will include food, raffles, silent auctions, door prizes, music and a cash bar.

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 Breast Cancer Walk on Sunday, October 14th in Boston.  The buses will leave Michael's Mall parking lot at 7:45am the day of the Breast Cancer Walk.  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.

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.

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 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.

ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE INAS YOU LIKE IT 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 12 & 13 at 8pm   October 14 at 3pm
WHERE: The Winthrop Playhouse   
60 Hermon St.Winthrop, MA 02152
WHO: The Winthrop Playmakers            

St. John’s Episcopal Church’s AnnualFall Craft Fair

Saturday, October 20th 9:00am- 1:00pm
St. John’s Parish Hall
222 Bowdoin Street, Winthrop

Quilts * Artwork * Jewelry * Unique Wreaths * Photos and Prints * Christmas and Halloween Décor * Country Crafts and Homemade Goodies*

Lobster Rolls, Hot Dogs, Burgers and Chili for Lunch

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