From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
December 13, 2012
Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources designates
Winthrop a Green Community
Town is eligible for up to $169,000 in energy efficiency funding
Winthrop, MA,(December 13, 2012) – Town Manager James McKenna announced today that the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has designated Winthrop a Massachusetts Green Community, making the town eligible for up to $169,000 of one time, non-competitive energy efficiency funding grants to help the town achieve a higher level of energy efficiency and promote renewable energy alternatives. In subsequent years the town will be able to compete for additional funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.
“We are very excited to have received the Green Communities designation for the town of Winthrop,” said McKenna. “As a coastal community with limited financial resources, this designation will help us make our operations more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Savings from energy efficiency is good for both our budget and the environment.”
“I am proud to say that our beautiful town of Winthrop is officially a Green Community,” said Speaker Robert A. DeLeo. “Thanks to the Patrick-Murray Administration and to the Department of Energy Resources’ leadership and support, the town of Winthrop will now be able to fund more energy-efficient projects throughout the community.”
“I personally want to thank our staff and department heads and those in the school department for working together with the Town Manager’s office to ensure that our application for designation as a Green Community was submitted to DOER this fall,” added McKenna. “In addition, the Town Council and School Committee were instrumental in the success of our application and I would like to thank them for their leadership on this issue.”
The next step for utilizing the Green Communities funding will be for town staff to meet with representatives of DOER to prioritize the energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that will best benefit the community and submit an application for the release of those funds to undertake specific projects.
About Winthrop: Located in Suffolk County, East of Boston’s Logan Airport and the city of Revere, the Town of Winthrop (pop. 18,360) is a coastal residential community, which although it is located within five miles of downtown Boston, has retained its reputation for being a safe and pleasant place to live. Winthrop is a family-oriented, built-out urban community of 1.6 square miles, with a public bus route which travels throughout the town and connects to the Orient Heights stop on the Blue Line of the MBTA. The town is on the Atlantic Ocean, with five beaches and ferry access to Boston Harbor.
High school teacher Maria Flanagan is the recipient of the Educational Excellence Award by the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce. High school students Jordan Corbett-Frank and Kelly Russo are the recipients of the Youth Leadership Award. The Awards Night will be held on Friday, February 1, 2013 at the Hyatt Harborside, Logan Airport. Reception is at 6:30pm and dinner is at 8:00pm. Tickets are $45.00 per person.
Winthrop Middle School is collecting toys for Toys for Tots and Toys for Winthrop Children. They will be splitting the toys between the two charities. There is a box in the front foyer if you would like to bring in a new unwrapped toy. Winthrop High School is also collecting new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots.
Winthrop Middle School Drama is presenting “18 Ways to Annoy Your Teacher & II & Zippy” on Wednesday, December 12th at 7:00pm and Thursday, December 13th at 1:00pm. Tickets are $5.00 for students and $7.00 for adults – at the door.
Winthrop Middle School is hosting the Grade 8 Science Fair on Tuesday, December 18th, 8:30am to 9:30am in the cafeteria. Students have been working on their assignments since September. Please come and view the outstanding work our “scientists” have completed.
On Thursday, November 29th, the Winthrop Middle School Student Council attended the “Stand Up to Bullying 2012” event at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, MA. Students watched performances by local celebrity Jillian Jenson (The X-Factor) and listened to speakers, including Lizzie Velasquez. Students also participated in both small and large group discussions, and were able to interact directly with all of the conference participants. Those who attended were Sofie LaFratta, Russell Nichols, Dino Tsiotis, Mary Teixeira, McKayla Norris, Stephen Tracy, Michael DelPriore, Elizabeth Carsley, Rachel McInnis, Hunter Gillis, and Danielle Bocchio.
Congratulations to Middle School Elk Student of the Months for November! Grade 6: Ali Ferhani and Sofie LaFratta; Grade 7: Tyler Chiudina & Nouhaila Nadef; Grade 8: David Barry and Jonathan Gonzalez. Keep up the great work!
Skate with Santa!
This Sunday night, December 16th from 4:30-6PM, you can skate with Santa at the Larsen rink! The cost is $1.00 per child and $4.00 per adult. There will be holiday music, pictures with Santa and the concession stand will be open for delicious treats. Come down and enjoy this family friendly event!
CAPIC Satellite Site in Winthrop
CAPIC’s Emergency Assistance/Crisis Intervention Program has changed its schedule at the Winthrop Senior Center. Representatives from this program will be available to meet with clients on Fridays from 11am-12pm. If you have any questions regarding this change or would like to make an appointment please contact Lee Nugent or Silvia Frometa at 617-884-6130.
Full Program Schedule:
8:30am-10:30am – Fuel Assistance/Weatherization Program
9am-10am – Head Start Program
10am-11am – Weatherization Program
1pm-2pm – Workforce Development
10:30am -11:30am- Child Development Center
11am-12pm – Emergency Services/Crisis Intervention
12pm-1pm – After School Program/Summer Camp
Please contact CAPIC’s main office at 617-884-6130 for more information regarding programming and services.
Town of Winthrop
Celtics Tickets Raffle
2 chances to win a pair of Celtics tickets
January 11th, Celtics vs. Houston Rockets
March 26th, Celtics vs NY Knicks
1 raffle ticket for $5.00
Book of 5 raffle tickets for $20.00
****all proceeds will go towards purchasing playground equipment for
Pico Park as well as park maintenance****
Drawing is 12/14/12
Winter Solstice Celebration
Music, art, inspiration
December 21, 2012 7:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m.
Join us for an evening of entertainment and inspiration.
Poetry readings by:~ Winthrop Waterfront Crew Poets
Music Performances:~ ~Vocal Vikings Choral Group
Ralph Tufo on Concertina
Jacques Dorier on Mandolin
Cookies, hot chocolate and hot apple cider J
E.B. Newton School & Cultural Center
Hosted by:~ Winthrop Cultural Council, Winthrop Art Association
More information call: Joanne Hillman 617.721.4162
The School Building Assistance Committee is conducting a survey. Your input is needed. Our goal is for the community to have input. This is a link to the survey:
You can also participate by going online to either the Town or school web site and click the link to the survey.
WINTHROP YOUTH LACROSSE
WINTHROP YOUTH LACROSSE REGISTRATION - SPRING 2013
This spring we will be taking another step forward as our Winthrop Youth Lacrosse Program will be joining the Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse League (MBYLL); The MBYLL promotes the growth of the game of lacrosse throughout Massachusetts by providing leadership, guidance, training and structure to anyone interested in lacrosse. ALL TEAMS BEING ENTERED INTO THIS LEAGUE ARE TO BE ENTERED BY THE END OF DECEMBER SO IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU REGISTER THIS MONTH IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PLAYING. Registration is now open and you can register through the Winthrop Parks and Recreation Department. Players will be placed on teams based on grade and age with the following guidelines:
U 15 - 8th and 7th grades – must be under 15 on January 1st prior to the start of the season
U 13 - 6th and 5th grades - must be under 13 on January 1st prior to the start of the season
U 11 - 4th and 3rd grades - must be under 11 on January 1st prior to the start of the season
U 9 - 1st and 2nd grades - must be under 9 on January 1st prior to the start of the season
*If a player is age eligible to play at the middle or high school level they are encouraged to participate in that program.
Additional Program Information:
· 8 Game Schedule starting in April with all games being played on Sundays
· Practices will be held 2x per week
· Teams will be capped to promote max playing time (We may have two U-11 Teams)
· Registration is $150.00 per player which includes mandatory enrollment in US Lacrosse
· Our goal is to have an all-GIRLS U-11 & U-13 team if the numbers allow
Please contact Rich Cifuni with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-680-0839. He will also be holding registrations at the Larry Larsen Rink at the Mike Eruzione Center on Tuesday December 11th from 5pm-7:00pm and Wednesday December 12th from 6pm to 7pm.
The Winthrop Improvement and Historical Association are having a
Holiday Open House
Saturday, December 15th 10:00AM- 2:00PM
Baked goods, handmade items, white elephant table, raffles, crafts, tours and more
Lunch 11:00AM- 1:00PM
Dean Winthrop Barn
40 Shirley Street, Winthrop
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.
The Eleventh Annual Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols
sung by the All Saints Choir of Men and Boys
Saturday, December 15th at 1:00pm
St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop Street, Winthrop
The service will be sung by the choir of men and boys from All Saints Parish in Dorchester, MA. Begun in 1918, one month after the armistice which ended WWI, lessons and carols has been sung at Kings College, Cambridge England ever since. Because of its growing popularity, it is now broadcast worldwide by the BBC from Kings College. The service of lessons and carols proclaim the great narrative of the human story from the mystery of the fall in the Garden of Eden to the greater mystery of the incarnation of the child Jesus in a stable shed in Bethlehem. This beautiful service of music and scripture is a great way to put Christ back into Christmas. All are welcome.
Seek him that maketh the seven stars - Jonathan Dove
O little town of Bethlehem - Walford Davies
Lux aurumque - Eric Whitacre
Bogoroditse devo - Sergei Rachmaninoff
Lo, how a rose e'er blooming - Jan Sandstrom
Ave Maria- Robert Parsons
Manger Carol - Leo Sowerby
Gaude Virgo - Josquin des Prez
In the bleak midwinter – Harold Darke
Joys Seven- arr. Stephen Cleobury
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.