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From the Desk of the Town Manager- November 1, 2012
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
                                                                        November 1, 2012

As seen on
By Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff

HAVERHILL -- Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien, back behind a bench today at Haverhill Valley Forum, helped coach the Winthrop Squirt B hockey team to a 3-2 win over Watertown.
Julien was coaching to benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation and Massachusetts youth hockey. The Winthrop team won Julien's services via a raffle.
"It was a lot of fun to get behind the bench and deal with young hockey players again," Julien said. "They were having fun and enjoying the game. They were an excited group."
Winthrop coach Steve Indrisano led the Winthrop club. During the game, Julien offered tips to the coaches and players. Following each goal, Julien applauded his players. After each shift, Julien gave them taps on the helmets and fist bumps.

Great job Winthop!

The William P. Gorman Fort Banks School is having their first Annual Coat Swap.  It will take place from October 22, 2012 – October 31, 2012.  If your child has a coat to spare, simply send in the clean, used coats to school in a bag marked “coat swap”, or stop by and deposit your coats in the coat bin outside the school during pick-up and drop-off.  Does your child need a coat?  Stop by the school between Noon and 2:00pm on November 1st and look for a coat that is right for your child.  No coat donation is necessary to participate.  Any leftover coats after November 1st will be donated to a local charity.

We are thrilled to report that Winthrop High School has been selected as a 2012 Commendation School, in recognition of our school’s high achievement, high progress and/or narrowing proficiency gaps.  We were one of only 64 schools across the state of Massachusetts to receive this designation.  We received a commendation from Governor Deval L. Patrick.  Hats off to Principal Gail Conlon, Assistant Principal Robin Kostegan, and our dedicated staff and students who have worked so very hard to accomplish such a high honor.

Congratulations to the WHS Varsity Cheerleaders who competed at Braintree High School in an invitational on Saturday, October 20th.  The girls came in 2nd Place and achieved their highest “first competition score”, which is high enough to qualify them for the regionals.  Hats off to Head Coach Rachel Mustone and our Lady Vikings:  Alicia DelVento, Colleen O’Keefe, Nicole D’Andrea, Alana Farmer, Marissa Gullotti, Diandra Gillis, Kelly Swanson, Elizabeth DiBenedetto, Dakotahlynn Squire, Irene Saulnier, Jessica Vigliotta, Kelty Stafford, Emily McGovern, Paige McGovern and Angeleah Correale.

We are so proud of 4th Grade Teacher Warren MacPhail.  “Mr. Mac” recently traveled to Auckland, New Zealand to compete in the World Sprint Triathlon Age Group Championship.  Mr. MacPhail placed 62nd!   Mr. MacPhail also spent three days in a 4th grade classroom at the Kohimarama Primary School and exchanged a letter from his 4th grade class at the Arthur T. Cummings School. We are so proud of you Mr. Mac for representing the U.S.A., the Town of Winthrop, and Winthrop Public Schools!

The Winthrop Middle School will have a band this year!   Robert Mahoney will be the Band Director.  Mr. Mahoney has over 35 years of experience as a musician and a music instructor.  The position is being funded by the Music Matters Committee.  We are very excited about this program and the opportunities for our musically inclined students!

Congratulations to Winthrop Middle School October Elks Students of the Month!  Grade 6:  Ava Bertino and Patrick Sennott; Grade 7:  Giula Pimenta and Michael DelPriore; Grade 8:  Kaitlin Carter and Darcy Guerra.  Great job Vikings!  Keep up the good work!

The Winthrop Middle School Viking Valor Awards went to grade 6 student Faith Hunt last week, and grade 6 student Amber Shamhart this week.  Nice job!

Publish Your Travel Log

Have you thought about publishing your travel logs into
a book you can leave for your family?

This 4-week introductory course will help you put your pen to paper,
explore your creative voice, encourage you to experiment with
different writing styles in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere.

You'll learn:
-- Techniques to Quiet the Internal Critic
-- Non-Judgmental Feedback
-- Support through Sharing in Groups
-- A Variety of Prompts (music, props)

4 Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Begins Wednesday, November 7th
E.B. Newton School
Fee is $99.00.
To register or obtain more information contact
Robin G Coles at: or 339-532-8334
Class is limited to 10 people.

Please remember to prepare for the Presidential Election to be held on November 6th! The polls will open at 7am and remain open until 8pm. To prepare, read the Red Book that was mailed by the Commonwealth to households in late September or visit for more information. Unfortunately at this time, additional copies of the Red Book have still not been mailed from the State to the Town Clerk’s Office or the Library so online may be the only way to get this information.

Specimen Ballots will be posted next week at 18 locations in Town and also have been posted at Town Hall, please call the Town Clerk’s Office for exact locations. The voting locations are as follows:

Precincts 1, 2 & 5 will vote at the Middle School Gym

Precincts 3 & 6 at the Senior Center on Harvard Street

Precinct 4 at O’Connell Hall on Golden Drive

Please be sure when you arrive at the polling location you get in the correct line for your precinct. Students from Winthrop High School will be at each location to guide and assist the voters. Please remember to bring identification that shows you live at your voting address. Lastly, drive with caution in and around the polling locations, look carefully for children!

There will be a casino presentation by Suffolk Downs on November 15th at 7:00pm at the Robert DeLeo Senior Center.

Join For Kids Only Afterschool at their 5th Annual Helping Families fundraiser! This year's event is being held on Saturday, November 10th from 7:00-11:00pm at the Holiday Inn in Peabody, MA. There will be dinner, music and dancing, silent/live auctions, and over 300 community leaders and supporters coming together to support children and families. 100% of Helping Families proceeds will be used to provide scholarships for children of low-income families to attend FKO afterschool and/or summer programs. If you are interested in attending or donating, contact Briana Kneeland at 978-740-5437 or

Fuel Assistance Program
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.

Also, CAPIC is pleased to announce that it is extending its regular hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) to include weekend hours.  Beginning on November 3rd, the Fuel Assistance Program will be open Saturdays from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. It is important to note that no appointment is necessary during these hours. Interested individuals residing in Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop are encouraged to apply. CAPIC’s Fuel Assistance Program is located at 100 Everett Avenue, Unit 14, Chelsea, MA. If you have questions regarding eligibility for the Program, please call 617-884-6130.

The School Building Assistance Committee is sponsoring an open forum on Wednesday, November 14th at 6:30pm at Winthrop High School.  There will be a presentation that will include all of our available options and their costs.  This is a very important issue and will be decided upon by the voters next fall for the benefit of our kids, schools and the Town. There will be a discussion as well as a question and answer period.

The Town of Winthrop cordially invites you to
Attend the dedication of the

Richard D. Dimes Public Services Facility
100 Kennedy Drive
Winthrop, Massachusetts

The ceremony will be held on
Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 11:00 AM

The Historical Association will be hosting a reception following the dedication at the Barn at the Dean Winthrop House.

Winthrop family members in United States Military?
Do you have a Winthrop family member in United States Military? Whether they're stationed in Fort Dix NJ, Pensacola Florida, Afghanistan, Japan, Germany, San Diego CA or aboard a NAVY ship in the Pacific, Richard Honan and Winthrop's American Legion Post 146 wants to make sure they receive a Christmas gift or Holiday present from Winthrop. The Holidays are approaching; let's make sure all of our Winthrop residents in the military receive a nice thank you for their military service.

If you have a family member from Winthrop in the US Military, please forward me there their name and military address. If they are married with a family, please forward their home address and maybe we can help with presents for the children. Please contact Richard Honan at 617-846-5972, FaceBook message or email me at

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.

The monthly informal networking event will be held Friday, November 2 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.

Have a Doggone Good Time at
SYLVIA by A.R. Gurney
The Winthrop Playmakers present this 1995 comedy by A.R. Gurney (Love Letters, The Dining Room). Greg and Kate are empty-nesters in the big city. On a walk in the park, Greg is adopted by Sylvia, a bouncy, frisky poodle mix. Soon, Kate feels that she is losing Greg to his adoring new friend. This imaginative take on midlife crisis leads to lots of laughs and thoughtful insights on love, marriage and jealousy.

Directed by longtime Playmaker Ed Racicot, Sylvia is a show you don’t want to miss.

Sylvia runs November 9-18, 2012, Friday and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm.  Reviews are allowed for this production.  For a press kit, please contact Nathan Fogg ( Tickets are $20/Adults and $15/Students and Seniors. For tickets or more information, please visit

WHAT:  Sylvia by A.R. Gurney

WHEN:  November 9, 10, 16 & 17 at 8pm   November 11 & 18 at 3pm

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

WHO:  The Winthrop Playmakers

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
Gallery Hours:
Thursday 6-8 PM
Saturday 2-5 PM
Sunday 1-4 PM

The DPW along with Capital Waster Services will provide limited curbside collection of grass clippings and leaves.  Pick up will occur on Saturday, November 17th and Saturday, December 1st.  Leaves may be put out on the curb (by 7:00 am) in barrels or compostable /paper bags, weighing no more than 50 pounds.  Plastic bags are not acceptable and will not be picked up.  At this time the program can only accept grass and leaves, no brush or branches.  If you have any questions, please contact the DPW at 617-846-1341.

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