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From the Desk of the Town Manager- January 17, 2013
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
                                                                        January 17, 2013

Looking for some weekend family fun?  Don’t forget public skating at the Larsen Rink.  Join us every Saturday from 12:00-1:15pm and Sunday from 12:40-2:00pm.  The cost is $3.00 per person.

The Town Clerk's Office will be moving to Room 2 of Town Hall beginning Tuesday, January 22, 2013. It may be best to contact our office via email for the next week for all your inquiries. Thank you!

The Council on Aging is pleased to congratulate board member, Judie VanKooiman for being chosen to receive the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce award as Chamber Member of the Year. Judie is a committee member with several organizations in Winthrop, and through her involvement, has helped many in need. Great job Judie!

Congratulations to the Girls’ Varsity Basketball team who have been on a winning streak!  They are currently 7-1.  Keep up the great work lady Vikings!

Congratulations to the Winthrop Middle School Elks Students of the Month for December:  Grade 6:  Olivia Holmes and Christopher Finn; Grade 7:  Serena Painter and Stephen Tracy; Grade 8:  Christina Aravena and Uajda Musaku.  Good job!

Congratulations to the Winthrop Middle School Good Citizenship Students of the Month for November:  Grade 8:  Haley Holden and Hunter Gillis; for December:  Grade 7:  McKayla Norris and Michael DelPriore.  Good job!

The 2013 WMS Quiz Bowl Team members are Elizabeth Carsley, John Dolan, Haley Holden, Santo Morosini, Stephen Tracy and Ysabelle Regis.  Good luck!
High school student David Tracy will represent Winthrop High School at the English Speaking Union’s High School Shakespeare Competition on January 26th.  David will present a monologue from Coriolanus and Sonnet 29.  David won the school competition which took place on January 7th as part of the Advanced Drama class.  Anastasia Thano took second place and Alanna O’Connell came in third.  Break a leg David!

The First Church of Winthrop United Methodist generously donated hats and mittens for children in need.  We thank them for their generosity and kindness.

CAPIC’s HomeCorps Borrower Recovery Program
Through a grant from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, CAPIC is offering the HomeCorps Borrower Recovery Initiative. This program provides services to individuals and/or families who are facing imminent foreclosure and those who have already been foreclosed on. Services include: basic housing search assistance, referrals for home loan modification, budget counseling, and referrals to other programs and services.  If you are facing foreclosure or have lost your home to foreclosure, please contact CAPIC to set up an appointment.

Contact: Silvia Frometa, Program Case Manager (617) 884-6130, ext. 134
Lee Nugent, Program Case Manager (617) 884-6130, ext. 104


In 2013 the Town of Winthrop Parks Committee is looking forward to completing their 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.

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