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From the Desk of the Town Manager- November 29, 2012
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
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                                                                                                                        November 29, 2012

Join the Department of Conservation & Recreation, the Friends of Winthrop Beach, and Save the Harbor/Save the Bay for a campfire on Winthrop Beach this Friday, November 30th.

This will take place at Dolphin Avenue from 5:30PM- 7:00PM.  There will be mask-making, story-telling and star-gazing, s’mores and free family fun!
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The MAPC DLTA Planning project has been making good progress through meetings with members of the Winthrop Planning Board and other members of the community over the last six weeks. The objective of this effort is to provide the town with a strategy for targeted development and redevelopment in the community in the coming years.
The next step in this process will be to solicit input and feedback from the community at a public forum that will be hosted jointly by the town and MAPC on December 11 at 7 p.m. at the Cummings School multi-purpose room.
The purpose of this forum will be to provide a short presentation by MAPC, in which they will frame the discussion for the evening. We will concentrate on developing guiding principles and a vision for future development and redevelopment of Winthrop.
MAPC will take the input and feedback from this forum, along with the information they have already received from members of the Planning Board, local developers and real estate professionals and produce a report outlining some strategies the town can use in developing a plan for redevelopment and new development in Winthrop in the years ahead.
This public forum is open to all and we encourage participation of any local residents, as well as any interested local board members, business owners or town employees.
For more information, please contact Grants Manager Joseph Domelowicz at 617-846-1077.
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Congratulations to the Winthrop High Football Cheerleaders!  On November 4th, the team competed at the NEC championship and their score qualified them to move onto the regional tournament. The best teams from each section of the state were asked to nominate a team they felt showed superior sportsmanship and hard work that season. On November 18th at the State Championship competition, the cheerleaders were awarded the Gerald H. Silverman award. This is a very prestigious state award that Winthrop High cheerleading had yet to win until this year. The MSSAA feels that teams who promote hard work and superior sportsmanship should be rewarded in hopes that other teams will follow in their footsteps. Being a very young team, this group of girls was very pleased with this award and for placing fifth in Massachusetts. Their captains Alicia DelVento and Colleen O'Keefe did an amazing job at leading by example.  The rest of the team includes:
Nicole D’Andrea, Alana Farmer, Marissa Gullotti, Diandra Gillis, Ashley Jurovich, Ashley Patti, Ashley Singarella, Elizabeth DiBenedetto, Irene Saulnier, Rachel Rogowicz, Cara Hoey, Kelly Swanson, Jessica Vigliotta, Emily McGovern, Kelty Stafford, Angeleah Correale, Acacia Lynch, Haley Curtis, Paige McGovern and Rachel McInnis.  Great job!
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Congratulations to Winthrop High School Students of the Month for October:  Nicole Pucillo, Flora English, Robert Ascolillo, Robert Fisher, Joe Marden, Erostin Lushka, Kianah Godfrey, Irene Saulnier, Mariah Ussia, Elizabeth Anderson, James Forster, Bruna DosSantos, and Gina Giuliano.  Great job!
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The National Honor Society Induction Ceremony was held on Monday, November 19th at Winthrop High School.  NHS Members are:  President Michael Lessard, Vice President Alessandra Scorzella, Secretary Erin Walsh, Treasurers Erin O’Leary and Katelyn Tarrio, Public Relations Alyssa Mackey, Carla Aravena, Leah Cautillo, David Gallo, Joseph Gobiel, Moriah Goldblatt, Mario Mazzone, Jr., Ashley Moore, Nicole O’Brien, Alanna O’Connell, Zachary Sullivan, David Tracy, and Erin Walsh.  Students inducted Monday evening, based on their positive attributes of scholarship, leadership, character, and service are:  Maria Rago, Julia Wallace, Alexandra Alioto, Carly Corbett-Frank, Jordan Corbett-Frank, Jacob Lloyd, Erostin Lushka, Taylor McCormack, Mayomi Meggison, Stephanie O’Brien, Jesse Rosenthal, Libybet Rueda Gynn, Mark Tracy, Alexis Vaccaro, Erin Wadkins and Rachel Wadkins.
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Thank to Mark Wallerce, Owner of Winthrop Marketplace for generously donating 14 turkeys to families in need for Thanksgiving Day.  Mark’s support and generosity is greatly appreciated.
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The Town Clerk’s Office is now licensing dogs for the 2013 calendar year. Please download a form online at
and mail it in with proof of rabies, SASE and check made payable to the Town of Winthrop in the amount of $10 and your tag will be mailed to you. You can also pick up a form at the Library, Winthrop Housing Authority, Senior Center or local groomers. Also a License Form will be included in your annual Census this winter. Tags must be purchased before February 1, 2013 to avoid fines. Please check our website for additional information.
Citizens can subscribe to Dog Notices to be sent to their email address.
Please visit the Town Clerk’s page at
and click on Subscribe On Dog Notices. You will receive a
confirmation email and in the future receive emails from the Town Clerk
regarding Dog Licensing and Rabies Clinic information.
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One Stop Holiday Shopping Event
Saturday - December 1, 2012
10:00am - 2:00pm
Robert A. DeLeo Senior Center
35 Harvard St., Winthrop

Raffles and lunch (hotdog, chips, dessert & beverage - $6.00)

Cash for gold will also be at the vendor sale; bring old gold to sell and a rep will be available to speak too. Sell your gold, and shop with the cash!

Over 25 vendors and products included:
Ornaments & gifts, Tastefully Simple Foods, Pampered Chef, Mary Kay Skin Care, Wildtree, Personalized cars, Avon products, pocket books, purses & scarves, baby & cross stitch items, Tupperware, knitted items,
Candi feather hair-lets, Part Lite candles, photography, shell ornaments & painted driftwood, holiday lollipops, glass, bow & hair accessories, gift items and much, MORE!
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The next Clock Tower Gallery Show
Very Fabulous Fibers - Amazing Textile Creations
by Gail Dwyer and Irene Dwyer
November 18 - December 22, 2012
Meet the Artists' Reception November 18th 2-6 p.m.
Gallery Hours:~ Thurs. 6-8 p.m., Sat. 2-5 p.m. Sun. 1-4 p.m.
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ST. JOHN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
SNOWFLAKE FAIR
Saturday, December 1, 2012
10:00 AM—2:00 PM
222 Bowdoin Street, Winthrop

Handmade Crafts...Food...Gifts...Raffles...Something for
Everyone on Your List!
Lunch menu includes: Lobster Rolls, Hot Dogs, Chowder and much more!
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The DPW along with Capital Waster Services will provide limited curbside collection of grass clippings and leaves.  Pick up will occur on 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.
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There will be a Holiday Shopping Bazaar on Sunday, December 2nd from 2:00-6:00pm at the Cottage Park Yacht Club.  
Visit https://seasideshopping2012.eventbrite.com/ to be a vendor or to purchase tickets.
A day filled with shopping, photos with Santa (4-6pm) desserts, cocoa bar and coffee, signature holiday cocktails!
Open House! Many great vendors to get your Holiday shopping done!
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The monthly informal networking event will be held Friday, December 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.
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Holiday Concert
Sunday, December 9th at 3:00pm
Swampscott High School Auditorium
200 Essex Street, Swampscott

Featuring the Hillyer Festival Orchestra
A time to get in the spirit of the holiday season.  Come and enjoy an afternoon of festive music that offers a concert experience that you will not soon forget!

Admission: Adults $30, Children under 16 $15
Tickets available online at Eventbee.com or call 781-593-9059
For more information, call 617-593-1690 or go to www.listeningplace.org
Benefits the Listening Place, a private non-profit organization that offers counseling to people of all beliefs.
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Join us at Harpoon Brewery on Tuesday, December 11th from 5:30-7:00 for the 3rd Annual Cupid Splash kick-off party!
We are thrilled to announce that Harpoon Helps will once again be presenting this year’s Cupid Splash, which will take place on Saturday, March 23rd. Why in March? Because we love our beaches all year long, and because last year was so successful. So, the air will be a little warmer...though the water will still be plenty cold!
Last year we raised $34,000 that went directly to you and your communities to support free events and activities on your beaches such as sand sculpture contests, family reading nights, art festivals and much more. We have been working with our partners at Harpoon and our sponsors, and we have some exciting plans to make this year's Splash bigger and better! With your help, we can crush last year’s goal and have even more fun while we meet our new goal of $50,000 to support our Better Beaches Program.
We hope you can join us on December 11th at Harpoon Brewery to enjoy a cold beer or two, and talk about our plans!
Space is limited, so please RSVP to Megan Rawson at info@savetheharbor.org or (617) 451-2860 x1001 ~ (Please note you must be 21 to attend this event at Harpoon Brewery).

Your friends at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay & Harpoon
* REFFRESHMENTS * HORS D'OEUVRES * PRIZES *
LIVE REGISTRATION AVAILABLE AT KICKOFF EVENT
RAFFLE PRIZES FOR EARLY REGISTRANTS

Click here for directions to the brewery LOCATED AT 306 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210
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