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From the Desk of the Town Manager- January 24, 2013
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
                                                                        January 24, 2013

The Winthrop Middle School Student Council and 8th grade Volunteer Vikings have joined forces to collect pairs of jeans for the campaign “TEENS FOR JEANS” sponsored by “DoSomething Org” and “Aeropostale”.  The donated jeans will support homeless teens, children and adults.  A pair of jeans is the #1 clothing item that teens in shelters request.  The school that collects the most jeans will win $10,000 for their school.  We are looking for used jeans, in good condition, for all sizes.  For your donation you will receive a 25% coupon off your next pair of jeans from Aeropostale.  Coupons will be provided after Feburary 10th for jeans donated at school. Please spread the word to family and friends.  Students can bring jeans to school and drop off in boxes in the lobby until Friday, February 1, 2013.  Family and friends, in state or out of state, can drop off jeans at their local Aeropostale and name WINTHROP MIDDLE SCHOOL as the team support.  Thank you in advance for your support!

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.  The Sunday show has already sold out!  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 at

Peter Gobiel, Athletic Director, has obtained a middle school 7th and 8th grade waiver for all spring sports.  Our varsity athletic teams are doing quite well so far!  Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball both beat Revere last week.  The girls won 58-31 and boys won 61-57.  Boys’ Hockey beat Lynnfield this last 3-0.  The Gymnastics team is now 2-2 after beating Gloucester and Marblehead last weekend.  Their next meet is Saturday, January 19th at Winthrop Gymnastics Academy.  As the Varsity Cheerleaders are preparing for their winter season, they are donating their time to support blood donors this Sunday afternoon at the TD Garden.  This is the third year in a row they have been asked to come back.  Their first competition is Friday, February 17th, time and place TBD.  Great job Vikings!  Keep up the great work & team spirit!

The Winthrop Middle School Geography Bee Final took place on Friday, January 11th.  The finalists were Grade 6:  Patrick Sennott, Ali Ferhani, Jack Silva; Grade 7:  Stephen Tracy, Raymond Borden, Devin Pulsifer; Grade 8:  Amelia Fantasia, Anna Reidster, Meg Mahoney, Danielle Bocchio.  First Place winner was Stephen Tracy, Second Place went to Patrick Sennott and Third Place went to Jack Silva.  Congratulations to all our winners and finalists.  Special thanks to Grade 6 teacher Brynn Crockett for organizing this event.  Stephen Tracy will take the written test to qualify to compete in the State Geography Bee!

Congratulations to the following students who received Honorable Mention in the National Geography Bee competition:  Grade 6:  Ava Bertino, Adela Hozhaj, Victoria Donhue, Jake Hogan, Eric Gillis, Katerina Thano, Randy Lawlor, Kalyani Kortright; Grade 7:  Paul Mattarese, Robert Carillo, Lindsay Millar, Nick DiMartino; Grade 8:  John Rengifo, Jack Wallace, Bruna Coelho, Alex Pesiri, Aaliya Rouzky.  Great job!

The Winthrop Lodge of Elks honored students that participated in this year’s Drug Awareness Contest.  Congratulations to elementary students Leo Robertson and Isabel Skomro who were winners in the poster contest, and middle school students Hunter Gillis and Derek Wasson for their winning essays!  Keep up the great work!

The Winthrop Middle School 8th Grade Science Fair was held on December 18th.  Congratulations to the following winners:  Charles Darwin Award:  Timothy Duyon and Paris Mihali; Most Creative Board:  Hunter Gillis and Jenna DiSpirito; Most Knowledgeable:  Robert D’Avella and Christa Vaccaro; Best Question & Hypothesis:  Aaliya Rouzky and Nathan Rich; Favorite Overall Project:  Max DeMarco and Regina Garufo.  Excellent work!

The School Building Assistance Committee voted to move Option B, which is a new Middle/High School complex, as the preferred choice for review by the Massachusetts School Building Association.  This is a momentous step towards our goal of a new middle/high school facility for our students and staff.  There are still many steps to follow; however, we are pleased to be moving forward into the next phase.  You can find information on our website at under School Building Assistance Committee.

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 Traffic Safety Advisory Committee meeting will be holding a hearing on February 20, 2013 at 8:00 am in the Harvey Hearing Room to discuss the possibility of restricting the parking on Sturgis and Irwin Street to residential parking only. All are welcome to attend.

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

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Phone: 617.846.1852
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