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From the Desk of the Town Manager- January 31, 2013
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
                                                                        January 31, 2013

Music Matters is sponsoring 2nd Annual Music Matters Festival on Saturday, February 2nd at Winthrop Lodge of Elks. Doors open at 7:00pm. Bands performing include Tangerine, Somerset, and The Last of the Independents. Tickets are $20.00 in advance, $25.00 at the door. To purchase tickets you can call 302-468-7421 or email  
Please join us and show your support!

Two middle school students’ names were omitted from last week’s list of people who won the Winthrop Lodge of Elks girls’ essay contest in this year’s Drug Awareness Contest.  Kayla Yarrow and Anissa Petrone won the essay contest.  Congratulations Kayla and Anissa!

Congratulations to our High School Students of the Month for December - Marie Williams, Kim West, Maghen Donahue, Samantha Capone, Holly Benson, Allie August, Cara Hoey, Jacqueline West, Chiara Powers, Daniel Manning, Theresa Jones, Mayomi Meggison, Chris Pfeiffer, Loran Shuka and Alicia DelVento. Great job! Keep up the good work!

WHS Varsity Cheerleaders volunteered at the TD Garden last weekend by entertaining blood donors, staff and volunteers at the Red Cross Blood Drive.    This is the third year they have been invited.  The cheerleaders talked to the famous author/athlete Brian Boyle, and they were allowed to make it down to the ice to watch the Boston Bruins practice.  For their constant service with the Red Cross, they have put us in a raffle to get a scholarship for Winthrop High School from Bob’s Discount Store.  Nice job Lady Vikings!

Lt. Frank Scarpa is participating in a Polar Plunge for Charity (Rotary Club International).  It will be on February 9, 2013 at Long Beach in Gloucester at 11:30AM.  The charity is to help eliminate polio worldwide.  If anyone would like to make a donation, you can go to:

Valentine Gift Sale
St. John’s Episcopal Parish Hall
222 Bowdoin St., Winthrop

Saturday, February 9th
10 AM  Noon

Homemade chocolates, fudge, candies, fresh baked goods, flowers, jewelry, accessories and more! All are festively packaged and ready to give!
Enjoy coffee, tea or hot chocolate while you shop!
Don’t Miss Out!
All proceeds benefit St. John’s Episcopal Parish. Visit us at

The "First Friday" Informal Networking is canceled for February. See you on the "First Friday" in March!

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!

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

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