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From the Desk of the Town Manager- January 10, 2013
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
                                                                        January 10, 2013

Happy New Year from the Town of Winthrop Parks Committee! In 2013 we are looking forward to completing our first major renovation, Pico Park.  The new playground equipment and finishing touches to the street hockey court and the basketball half court should be completed in the Spring of 2013. Memorial bricks are being sold which will be placed near the playground. If you are interested having your family’s name on a fundraising brick please contact the Parks Committee for an order form at The bricks may include your family name, the names of your parents, children, or even pets! Both 4”x 8” and 8”x 8” are available with a discount for multiple bricks. The brick fundraiser will be ongoing as the Parks Committee looks forward to completing necessary and overdue renovations to all the neighborhood parks in Winthrop. Show your support for your neighborhood park by purchasing a brick today!

The Works of Alfred Ramage In All Media
January 19th (Opening Reception 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.) through March 2nd
Gallery Hours:~ Thurs. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Sat. 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Clock Tower Gallery
E.B. Newton School & Cultural Center
45 Pauline St., 1st Floor

Winthrop High School Drama Society proudly presents this year’s Dinner Theatre production, “Life is a Highway” at Prince Pizzeria in Saugus, beginning January 27 at 6:00, and running four consecutive nights until
January 30 at 7:00.
Come join Winthrop High School’s finest performers as they take us on a musical journey featuring songs such as “Ride Sally Ride”, “Life is a Highway” and “The Long and Winding Road.” ~ Winthrop High School seniors Maggie Beadle, Moriah Goldblatt, Alanna O’Connell, David Tracy, Jess Hickey, Emilie Dean, Allisyn Dernier and Nicole Woodside lead the cast of 37, under the direction of choreographer Jamie Montesano and music director David Limina.
Tickets are $15 per person, and can be purchased in advanced or at the door. ~Proceeds of this year’s production will help defray the costs of WHS’s participation in the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild’s High School Drama Festival, and will also go toward the WHS drama scholarships offered to graduating seniors.
For more information, or to purchase tickets please call 617-329-5042 or email us


2013 Community Awards Night

As a way to recognize those who work for the betterment of our community, and to launch the year with their new leadership team, the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce will hold its 22nd annual Kick-Off Dinner & Awards Night on Friday, February 1.~ The Hyatt Harborside at Logan Airport will be the host for this event.~ The 2013 award recipients include many deserving honorees.
Maria Flanagan will receive the 2013 Educational Excellence award.~ She is a history teacher at Winthrop High School and advisor for the mock trial team.
Students Jordan Corbett-Frank and Kelly Russo have been named recipients of the Youth Leadership award.~ Both are juniors at Winthrop High School.
Judie VanKooiman will receive the 2013 Chamber Member of the Year award for her active participation in many events throughout the year.
Receiving the Visual Achievement award will be Chris Young and MSA Mortgage for their work in renovating the Wadsworth Building.~ Both inside and out, the building has received much needed TLC.
Celebrating their 75th anniversary, the Winthrop Rotary Club will receive the Community Service award. This honor recognizes the organization’s impact both locally and globally.
The Town Service award will go to Steve Calla, director of the Department of Public Works, for his fine job.
Receiving the 2013 Coach of the Year Award will be Jack Trainor, who has been involved with many youth sports for a number of years.
Longtime member of the Winthrop Cultural Council, Joanne Hillman has been named recipient of the Excellence in the Arts award.
Receiving the Lifetime Achievement award will be Diane Davis who has taught dance at her own studio for 29 years and before that with Dorothy Kincade for 24 years.
This year’s Patriot Award recipient is Richard Duval in recognition of his commitment and service to town and country.
Paesan’s will receive the 2013 Business of the Year award.~ Owner Robert Pisani and his restaurant at Michael’s Mall are being recognized for all their many contributions to the community.
The Winthrop Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to a wonderful evening at the Hyatt Harborside at Logan Airport on February 1.~ Reception is at 6:30, dinner is at 8:00 p.m.
All are invited to come and enjoy a wonderful evening honoring those making a difference in our community.~ Dinners are $45.00 per person.~ RSVP by January 25 to the Chamber of Commerce at 617-846-9898.

There will be a “Pink the Rink” fundraiser at the Larsen Rink at the Mike Eruzione Center.  There will be a High School doubleheader as follows:
5:00pm- Lady Dawgs vs. Marblehead
7:00pm- Winthrop Vikings vs. Marblehead
This fundraiser is in support of Leanne Silverman and her battle with breast cancer.  All proceeds benefit the Marie C. Petrilli Cancer Research and Treatment Memorial Fund.  This 501(c)3 fund will help support cancer patients and their families with their daily struggles.  Please come support your teams and Leanne!

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