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From the Desk of the Town Manager- April 25, 2013
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
                                                                        April 25, 2013

Winthrop Art Association
“Spring Art Festival!”
Festival will include live music and a raffle. ~
Saturday April 27th 12AM-6PM
Sunday April 28th 11AM -4PM -~Reception at 2PM
EB Newton Cultural Center- 1st floor
45 Pauline St., Winthrop

The Airport Hazards Committee will be having a meeting on Thursday, May 16th at 7:00 PM in the DeLeo Senior Center. ~ They are hoping for a large turn-out from Court Road residents and Point Shirley residents, but of course all are invited.

The Gorman Fort Banks School will be offering "Camp Fort" this summer.
The program will be for incoming Kindergarten, first and second grade students.
It will be on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9am - 12pm.
The cost will be $300.00 for the session and run from July 6th to August 15th.
Program goal: to provide a stimulating, fun experience, that builds academic, social and emotional skillsets.
There will be four daily stations.... Physical, Art, Technology and Inquiry (general/innovative exposure to academic content).

The Registration for Camp Fort will be on May 14th 6:30-7:30pm in the Multipurpose Room at the Gorman Fort Banks.

Winthrop Cultural Council's Annual Reception
Tuesday, April 30, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.
Vocal Vikings
Guest Speaker:~ Helena Fruscio Creative Economy Director for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

William P. Gorman Fort Banks Elementary School PTO
Calendar Raffle Fundraiser to benefit the Classroom Grant Fund
Purchase a $10.00 Calendar for the month of May and have 30 chances to win! Names drawn daily for cash prizes up to $250.00.
Contact: for tickets and information.

Winthrop Parks Committee
Family Fun Night
May 11th 2013 5PM-9PM
Cottage Park Yacht Club
Entertainment, games, raffles, silent auction
Tickets to this event are $20.00 in advance/$25.00 at the door
Children under 12 are free
Each ticket is also a raffle ticket for a 5-burner stainless steel gas grill!!!!
You do not need to be present to win
Contact  or Parks and Recreation, (617) 846-8243 for tickets
Funds raised at this event will support the restoration and maintenance of Winthrop’s town parks

                A Streetcar Named Desire to open at The Winthrop Playhouse

The Winthrop Playmakers have collaborated with The Massasoit Theatre Company to bring Tennessee Williams' pulitzer prize winnning play A Streetcar Named Desire to The Winthrop Playhouse.
Playwright Tennessee Williams tells the feverish story of the mental and emotional demise of a determined, yet fragile, repressed and delicate Southern lady (Blanche) born to a once-wealthy family of Mississippi planters. Her impoverished, tragic downfall in the squalid, cramped and tawdry French Quarter one-bedroom apartment of her married sister (Stella) and animalistic brother-in-law (Stanley) is at the hands of savage, brutal forces in modern society. In her search for refuge, she finds that her sister lives with drunkenness, violence, lust, and ignorance.

Directed by: Benjamin Dixon Rush

Performances on April 26th & 27th and May 3rd & 4th at 8PM
with matinees on April 28th and May 5th at 3PM
Tickets can be purchased, in advance, on-line at for a discounted rate of $17 adult and $15 Student/Seniors.  Tickets at the door are $20 adult and $18 Student/Seniors.

The monthly informal networking event will be held Friday, May 3 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the E.B. Newton Cultural Center on the 1st floor. ~This event is free and open to everyone, so bring a friend or two, your other half or a co-worker. ~You don’t have to be from Winthrop. ~Please no children. ~If you have business cards or marketing materials, please bring those. ~Light refreshments will be served.

WinARC (Winthrop Advocacy Resources Community) will be hosting a Special Needs Resource Fair on Saturday, May 4th at the Fort Banks School, 101 Kennedy Drive, Winthrop. From 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The event is FREE and open to the public. There will be Information Tables, Door Prizes, Snacks & Drinks and a Children's Room with many activities.

Winthrop’s Got Talent!
Friday, April 26
7:00 PM
WHS Auditorium
Tickets $10.00 on sale at the door

Winthrop Cultural Council presents
Rita Parisi performing “I am Zelda”, a one-act play about Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald, at the Winthrop Cultural Center, 45 Pauline Street, Winthrop, Massachusetts on Saturday May 4 at 7 PM. Donations benefitting future events at the Cultural Center will be accepted at the door.~ This original play sheds light on the mythical life of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, often known as the muse and infamous flapper wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby. It takes place in 1940 and covers Zelda’s childhood years until the death of her husband. This program is produced through by a grant from the Winthrop Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Check out I Am Zelda before the movie, Gatsby, comes out!

Rita Parisi has been entertaining audiences for over 17 years in the New England area. In 2002, she founded Waterfall Productions to create shows that highlight her passion for theatre, history, literature and costuming; these shows have been performed all over New England and beyond.
For more information or to confirm your attendance, please contact Pamela Racicot @ or visit

Winthrop Rotary Club’s Annual Chinese Auction
April 27th at 6:00 pm at Winthrop Yacht Club

Funds raised will be used for college scholarships to benefit Winthrop High School students along with other Winthrop charities.
Tickets are $12.00 which includes all you can eat Chinese food from Winthrop’s Osaka Lucky Garden Restaurant.  There will be gift items raffled off, a 50/50 cash raffle, a live auction for a fish bowl filled with cash, a door prize of a 32” flat screen HD TV and silent auctions including Rex Sox tickets, and much more!
Tickets are available through:
Brooks Dental, Dr. Howard Brooks 617-846-1811
54 Woodside Ave. (Winthrop Center)
East Boston Savings Bank: MaryAnn Russo 617-846-4960
Boyd and Turner Insurance: Paul Turner 617-846-9728

Town-Wide Yard Sale set for June 8

Winthrop’s 5th annual Town-Wide Yard Sale is scheduled for Saturday, June 8.~ Participants may sign up now at the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce.
By coordinating with fellow residents to hold yard sales at the same time, a larger event is created that will draw in large numbers of shoppers. ~Over 50 homes are expected to participate in this year’s Town-Wide Yard Sale which is sure to attract lots of deal-seekers from all over the region to Winthrop.
Winthrop residents are encouraged to clean out the attic, basement or garage and turn their used items into dollars.
The fee to participate is just $25 which includes a spot on the official map, advertising, internet listing, and balloons delivered to the home that morning.
The deadline to sign-up is May 31, with the Town-Wide Yard Sale taking place June 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine.~ For more information call 617-846-9898 or go to

Rabies Clinic
June 29, 2013 9am to 11am
Old DPW Building Across from Library
Cost is $10
No Residency Required
Rain or Shine
Please call Winthrop Health Department at 617-846-1740 with any questions.

Winthrop Parks~& Recreation

Dog Training - Basic Skills I - A seven week class for beginners of all ages. This class covers all of the basics including sit, down, come, stay, polite leash walking and leave it. Week one is a "no dog" orientation to provide handlers with an overview of class and to learn some basic clicker skills. Dogs attend week 2-7. Class is limited to 6 dogs.

Cummings School Running Club - Join Warren MacPhail for this very popular class for children in grades 3-5. An introduction to running with drills to correct running form and improve strength, endurance, and possible speed.~ Class is on Fridays for 5 weeks beginning April 26th from 2:30pm - 3:15pm.~ Cost is $55.00.~ Limited space so register in advance.

Knuckle Bones Athletic Games (Ages 2-4) - This Knuckle Bones program teaches children the fundamentals of sports, builds confidence and develops a passion for athletics and fitness. Games such as Wheel Steal, Castle Ball, Kinball, Flag Wag and Guards brings a plethora of unique development, physical fitness and fun! Traditional games are also played, such as baseball, soccer and basketball, but with a twist to make sure children are challenged, learn new skills and strategies. Course runs for 6 weeks on Thursdays evenings beginning May 9th at Ingleside Park from 5:30pm - 6:30p and cost is $95.00.~ Registration cannot be done online.~ Register at the Recreation office in the rear of the middle school or mail a check to Winthrop Parks and Recreation 151 Pauline Street, Winthrop, MA 02152. Check is payable to Knucklebones.
Dodge Ball - Children in Grades 3-5 come enjoy a fun game of dodge ball.~ Class is held at the Cummings school gymnasium from 2:30pm - 3:30pm on Thursdays for 6 weeks beginning~May 2nd.~ Cost is $45.00

Cheerleading Clinic - Join the Winthrop High School cheerleaders and Coaches for this exciting activity.~ Children entering grades 3-8 in the fall will learn basic to intermediate skills, techniques, stunts and tumbling as well as choreographed cheers & dances.~ All participants will perform their newly learned skills and routines on the last night of the clinic for family and friends. Class will be held at the WHS gymnasium from 5:30pm - 7:30pm, Monday through Thursday, June 17, 18, 19, & 20.~ Cost is $90.00.

Winthrop Seaside Striders 5k Foot Race - Winthrop Seaside Striders have a mission to promote health and fitness in Winthrop through running and other endurance sports. Join us on Friday, June 14th at the Winthrop High School. Number pick up on Race Day is 4:30pm - 6:00pm and race begins at 6:30pm. Race details and online registration .~ Cost is $25.00 and guaranteed t-shirt to 1st 200 Entrants. All proceeds are donated to

Summer Activities
Summer Park Program - Now available for registration. Program runs at Ingleside Park from Monday, July 1st through Friday, August 16th ~ between 8:30am - 1:00pm.~ Closed July 4th and 5th.~ Program includes arts & crafts, games, special event days, basketball, tennis, street hockey and many fun activities.~ Discounted Registration of $279 if registered by June 25th.~ After June 25th fee is $299.00.~ Program is for children ages 5 -14, however children under 6 must be accompanied by an adult. Program runs indoors at middle school gym and cafeteria in the event of inclement weather.

Extended Day Summer Camp - Program is for children entering K in the fall through 6th Grade and runs from July 1st through Sept 5th (closed July 4th, 5th, and Sept 2nd ). Children meet at the Recreation center in the rear of the middle school and hours are from 7:30am -5:30pm.~ Each child must first be registered for the Park Program since Extended Day participates in the morning park program each day. Registration must be at the Recreation office, however a packet may be downloaded from before you come in.
Challenger Sports - British S occer Camp - Participants will love this week-long soccer camp which focuses on basic skills and having fun!~ Fee includes Ball & T-Shirt! Camp runs August 19 through August 23rd at Cellucci Field on Kennedy Road.~ Ages 3-4 from 9:00am - 10:00am with a cost of $87.00, ages 5-8 from 10:00am -11:30am with a cost of $100.00 and ages~~~~~ 9-14 from 12pm - 3pm for $135.00.

Legos Engineering Camp -
Engineering Fundamentals with Legos (Ages 8 - 11) - Power up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and over 100,000 pieces of LEGO®! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as arch bridges, skyscrapers, motorized cars, and the Battletrack! Challenging for new and returning students.~ Pre-Engineering with Legos (Ages 5-7) - Build enigineer-designed projects such as boats, bridges, mazes, and motorized cars.~ Explore the endless creative possibilities of the Lego building system with the guidance of an experienced Play-well instructor.~ Class is Monday through Friday August 26 -August 30 at the Recreation Center in the middle school.~ Ages 8-11 is from 9:00am - 12:00pm and ages 5-7 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Cost is $165.00.

Register online at or at the recreation office located in the rear of the middle school. Entrance to office is off of Brookfield Road.~ Call 617 846 - 8243 for more info.

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