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From the Desk of the Town Manager- March 14, 2013
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
                                                                        March 14, 2013

Nancy Williams, director of the Council on Aging, has been selected by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Woman as one of the Commonwealth’s Unsung Heroines of 2013.  Annual Unsung Heroine honors go to incredible women who have been nominated by legislators from their districts and selected for their contributions to their community and the Commonwealth.  Unsung Heroines are women who don’t always make the news, but truly make a difference in their communities, businesses, or volunteer endeavors.  She was selected because she is a woman who, without fanfare or recognition, uses her time, talent, spirit, and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others.  Nancy will be honored and celebrated at the 2013 Unsung Heroines Ceremony on Monday, April 29 at the Massachusetts State House.  Congratulations!

Community Garden at the Deleo Senior Center
If you are interested in participating in the Community Garden, there are 4’x4’ plots available.  Applications are available at the senior center and a lottery will be held at the end of March.  This is not just for seniors, anyone can participate.  There is a $20.00 fee per year if you are chosen to cover the costs of maintaining the area and supplying water.  We are hopeful that this will be another successful planting season!

March Art Market at the Cultural Center
45 Pauline Street Winthrop, MA
March 24th from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Featuring handmade work from local artists, music, raffles, fun!

Call to Storytellers
Winthrop Tale Spinning Storytelling Event
Contact the Winthrop Cultural Council ( to
participate in the upcoming event
Share your story 5 – 10 minutes long

The Parks Committee is wrapping up their Memorial Brick Project fundraiser. Engraved bricks should be ordered by the end of March so that the full order can be delivered and installed at Pico Park by mid-June. The new playground equipment should be installed this spring and brand new asphalt surfacing for the street hockey court and basketball half-court will be coming as well. We need the community's help to complete the project and put the finishing touches on the new park. If you can help in any way, please email the parks committee at Winthrop and look us up on Facebook at Winthrop Parks Committee.

Parks and Recreation’s annual Character Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt will be held March 23rd from 8:30-11:30am in the Ft. Banks School cafeteria.  Enjoy breakfast with the Easter Bunny and many of your other favorite characters as well as music, dancing and of course the Easter Egg Hunt.
Tickets are available at Parks & Recreation or online @
Tickets ($8) can be bought online and picked up the day of event or can be purchased for $10 at the door.
Beacon Photography, located at 185 Winthrop Street, is hosting a "Spring Time" Art Exhibit as well as some cool art workshops over the next few weeks.
Let this collection of "Spring Time" art warm your heart and inspire your own creativity. See below for workshops.
- Exhibit Dates & Times: March 21-April 6, Mon-Sat 10-2 pm
- Grand Opening Weekend: Thursday & Friday, March 21-22, 7-9 pm Saturday Mar 23, 10-2
Featuring Four Award Winning Artists:
- Frank Costantino, Dawn Mahoney, Elaine Abrams & Roger Giger
Location: Beacon Photography, 185 Winthrop St., Winthrop, MA
Workshops and Demonstrations Available
- Pen & Ink Workshop by Dawn Mahoney - March 30, 10-1 pm
- Watercolor Demo by Frank Costantino - April 6, 10 am -12 pm
- Click here to learn more or register:

St. John's Episcopal Church Spring Craft Fair
~222 Bowdoin St., Winthrop~
St John's is welcoming the new season with its~SPRING CRAFT FAIR, featuring new and returning local artisans, over twenty-one sellers all under one roof. Expect to find one-of-a-kind Easter Baskets, hand-knit treasures, original paintings, whimsical gifts, unique jewelry, homemade chocolates, and more. Lunch available for purchase will include lobster rolls, hot dogs, chili and more! Always free

Be a Host Family for a Winthrop International Student.
Educatius International is Looking for Host Families in Winthrop:
Open your heart and your home...share our unique community! Invite an International student into your home.

Educatius is currently accepting Host Family applications for the September 2013 school year. Educatius is seeking families that want to open their home to an international student. Host families are to provide a warm and supportive home and family environment; students should become part of your family. Educatius offers a monthly stipend for each student placed in their home, each family can host up to 2 students. This can be a positive and rewarding experience for everyone in your family. Hosting a student can provide you with amazing opportunities and lifelong friendships.

To learn more and apply to become a host family, please contact Jodi Del Razo at
or call her at 617 543 8626

CAPIC’s 46th Anniversary Celebration & Fundraiser
Recognizing Achievement and Honoring Leadership
May 16, 2013
If you are interested in supporting CAPIC, make checks payable to:
100 Everett Avenue, Unit 14
Chelsea, MA 02150
Attention Cary Havey
Sponsorships can also be purchased at
*All donations are tax-deductible*
CAPIC is an IRS certified 501(c)(3)non-profit organization.

The Playmakers are excited to bring to the stage a tribute to Old Time Radio Shows. Shows like Duffy's Tavern and The Bickersons entertained the world and now you can see the magic behind the radio.

Performances will be May 17, 18 and 19.

This project is being directed by Nathan Fogg

Girls Scout Troop 6670 will be selling Girl Scout Cookies in French Square on Saturday March 23rd at 10:00am.  They will also be collecting pet supplies to donate to the North East Animal Shelter.  Toys, food and blankets are much appreciated.  For more information or to make a donation, contact Jennifer Powell at

On March 16th at 7:00pm, local talent Maxwell McGee will take to The Playhouse stage in his one man show Max McGee Live!

This multifaceted performer offers an extensive repertoire that includes Magic, Dancing, Impersonations, Standup Comedy and even a light show!!!  We've never seen anything like it... and neither have you! The show offers something for everyone in the family - so bring the kids!

Tickets to this event are only $15.

Catch his act now, before he hits the big-time... and you can say "I saw him at The Winthrop Playhouse!”

The Playmakers have made the exciting decision to replace our final musical of the 2012-2013 Season, All Shook Up, with the hilarious Broadway hit Avenue Q.  This show will be directed by Michael Lacey, music direction by Emma Boroson and choreography by Jocelyn White.

Auditions will be held April 1 and 2 from 7-10 at The Playhouse.~

There are three timeslots each night; 7, 8, and 9. Please send audition requests preferred audition time. Requests will be accommodated on a first come, first serve basis.~

Audition Requirements:
1. Please prepare 32 bars of a vocal selection which best showcases your vocal range. Please bring sheet music in the proper key. An accompanist will be provided. Please DO NOT sing material from Avenue Q.

2. Please prepare a monologue in any character style, no less than one minute in length.

3. All those auditioning will be given a movement audition. Please consider this when choosing clothing/footwear.

If necessary, we will hold Callbacks on Thursday April 4 at 7pm.

WHS Lacrosse Team is holding their first annual Mattress Sale Fundraiser on Saturday, March 16, 2013.  Name brand (Restonic and Therapedic) mattress sets will be sold at 30-60% below retail prices.  All sizes and price ranges.  Delivery is available.  Floor models will be displayed at the High School on Saturday, March 16th from 10:00am-5:00pm.  The Sale is one day only.  Proceeds go directly to the teams.  Please support our kids.  For additional information please contact Jack Isaacs of Custom Fundraising Solutions at

The Clock Tower Gallery will be presenting:

Award Winning Photographs
Boston Press Photographers Association
March 9- April 20, 2013
Thursdays 6-8pm and Saturdays 2-5pm
Opening Reception- Saturday, March 9th

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

Congratulations to the Boys’ Hockey Team, and the Girls’ Hockey Team!  Both have made it to the Tournament!  Way to go!

Join us on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Noon (registration begins – then splash time is 12:30) for the 3rd Annual Cupid Splash~to benefit Save the Harbor / Save the Bay at Winthrop Beach – at the top of Dolphin Ave!
ALL participants who raise $100 will be entered for a chance to win a roundtrip JetBlue Airways ticket. To sweeten the deal, you will be entered again for every additional $100 raised.
ANY contributor who supports Cupid Splash, by participating or pledging, is entered into a raffle for a roundtrip JetBlue Airways ticket.  We are asking all kids who participate to bring pennies to fill the penny jar! (Any amount will do)
Highest Overall Fundraiser wins a roundtrip JetBlue Airways ticket.
Overall best costume amongst all the beaches who participate wins a roundtrip JetBlue Airways ticket.

If you register before March 1, the registration fee is $20. After March 1, it is $25.~All proceeds go directly to support Save the Harbor and our local public beaches.~ Please go to and click on “Winthrop Wonders” – that’s Winthrop’s page. This is a fund-raiser so we can have free events at our beach!!!

We hope that you will go "All the Way for Save the Harbor Save the Bay,”~but if you just want to come to the party, just register before the event pay the regular registration fee.  If you don’t want to win any prizes, but, just come and have fun, then you won’t have to pay!  For Kids under 18, at Winthrop Beach we will have prizes for the best costumes – whether or not you pay!  We are also providing coffee, hot cocoa and chowder at our beach!

Brave the frigid waters, if you dare, or just hang out and have a great time. Let's crush last year’s goal of $30,000!
For more information, call Rose @ 617-823-5267!

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