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From the Desk of the Town Manager- May 9, 2013
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
                                                                        May 9, 2013

Winthrop ferry service for 2013
In order to accomplish the goal of providing water transportation on a schedule to local residents, commuters and outside visitors, the town has agreed to sign a licensing agreement with a private business owner, who is willing to operate without a subsidy and manage a scheduled service between Winthrop and the city of Boston on a commuter schedule basis. This agreement could be expanded to allow the operator to provide other service such as to Boston Harbor Islands, as the operator is able to determine the demand and his needs for staffing and operating the vessel.

This is not the ideal situation. The town of Winthrop continues to believe that long-term sustainable and reliable water ferry service to Boston and the islands is a realistic goal. The plan outlined above is a stopgap for the coming ferry season while the town continues to work on procurement of its own boat, which can be operated by a private vendor under contract to the town. Until we are able to complete the procurement process for a town owned ferry vessel, our only option for providing service this year is to allow a private vendor the opportunity to serve our ferry passengers during the upcoming season.

The town of Winthrop is working diligently on providing a long-term sustainable ferry service for residents, commuters and to offer visitors to the town a reliable option for getting to and from Winthrop and the Boston Harbor Islands.

As most people know, the town has been fortunate to have state and federal funding in each of the past three seasons to help us provide ferry service to and from Boston. Last year, we were able to further expand that service to include access to the Boston Harbor Islands. The service in the first year was a pilot service managed and operated by Boston Harbor Cruises (BHC), and in each of the last two years BHC was able to again provide ferry service for the town with the assistance of subsidies from the state and federal government. The subsidy was important because without it, BHC would not have been able to operate the service even as a break-even operation. The costs for operating the vessel are too high.

Entering this year, the town of Winthrop does not have a subsidy to offer to a ferry operator. BHC had indicated to us that they would not be able to operate the Winthrop service without a subsidy.

With no subsidy to offer, and no other assistance from the state or federal government, the town has been left to find a way to provide water borne transportation service to Boston without being able to provide financial support to that service.

More information about this years’ service, the provider and other related issues will be available in the coming weeks. The town will be hosting a Ferry Open House at the Ferry Terminal on Thursday, May 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. At that time ferry riders, residents and business owners will be able to come down, ask questions about the service meet the vendor and see the boat that will be providing service this year. We appreciate input from all residents and ferry users in the community. Your comments and continued use of the service that is available will be critical to proving that long-term ferry service in the town is sustainable.

Congratulations to our Middle School Drama Club. They took home the Gold for their performance of "Rainbow Fight" at the State competition over the weekend. Emily Nichols and Kalyani Kortright received Acting Awards and Nicole Lerner won an All Star Stage Manager Award.  Great job to all students who participated in this wonderful production!

Winthrop High School’s Mock Trial participated in the annual East Boston Law Day Mock Trial Competition on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at East Boston District Court.  The case involved a juvenile assault and the students had to prepare both prosecution and defense.  Defense lawyers were Dominic DeRocco and Michael Mazzone; prosecution lawyers were Caitlin Egan and Mark Tracy; Moriah Goldblatt was the judge and witnesses were Ana Aravena, Julia Ford and Julia Tracy.  Excellent job!

Congratulations to 4th grade students Katerina Done and Rachel Farley who placed 1st and 2nd respectively in the Annual Law Day Poster Contest.  Nice work!

The Arthur T. Cummings School has received many generous donations.  In honor of Arbor Day, the DPW presented every 5th grade student with a tree to plant.  The Chamber of Commerce donated coloring books, pencils, and bookmarks to every 3rd and 4th grade student.  The East Boston Neighborhood Health Center donated 128 flat screen computer monitors for the school.  Thank you all for your generosity and support!

A group of 8th Grade Middle School students are having a bake sale for the family of Martin Richard on Saturday, May 11th from 9:00am to 1:00pm at French Square, Winthrop Center.  There will also be a raffle for a girls bicycle and boys bicycle.  Raffle tickets will be $5 a chance.  All proceeds will go to the family of Martin Richard, through a fund set up for the Richard family with Salem Five Bank.~ Please stop by and support this family. If you cannot come to the bake sale, you can send contributions to the Richard Family Fund, Salem Five Bank, 210 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970. Checks can also be dropped off at any Salem Five branch.

Get a jump on your Spring Cleaning
The A. T. Cummings PTO will be hosting its
3rd Annual
Electronics and Clothing
Recycle Drive
May 11, 2013
8 a.m. – Noon in the Cummings School Loop

ALL ELECTRONICS at discounted disposal rates
*Stuffed animals will be donated to Happy Faces and/or Holi charities
For a complete list of items and electronics prices, visit
Look under “PTO Recycle Drive” in the Important Dates section

Winthrop Beach Nourishment Project
Phase One – Southern Section
April 26, 2013 – May 10, 2013

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is working to revitalize areas of Winthrop Beach to make it safe and user-friendly to its nearby residents. The project is aimed at shore protection, intended to reduce flooding from coastal storms. As a result of the beach nourishment to date, the damage of the winter storms was mitigated. Due to the winter storms and beach season approaching, the project could take a little longer than was expected.

The DCR and McCourt Construction are finished with their excavation on the beach. The fence has been taken down, except for a small area around the Tewksbury Street Ramp, due to ongoing work there. The beach fence is being installed this week. United Stone is currently grouting the seawall along Winthrop Shore Drive.

McCourt will begin forming and reconstructing the ramp in the coming weeks. The stop logs will also be installed in the next few weeks. Repairs and upgrades to the seawall will begin next week, and a temporary no parking setup will be necessary. Please keep a look out for No Parking signs and message boards on Winthrop Shore Drive in the coming weeks.

General questions or concerns should be directed to DCR Resident Engineer Steve Colometo, at the DCR trailer behind the DCR bathhouse on Winthrop Shore Drive, by visit or phone (617-539-4957) during regular business hours: 7AM-3:30PM. Outside of business hours, a voicemail can be left on the DCR trailer phone line.

In case of a storm event or construction-related emergencies, contact McCourt Construction at their trailer on-site, behind the DCR trailer, or call:

Mike Cedrone 617-908-2633

Trevor McCourt 617-594-5103

Board of Directors
will conduct a

The forum presents an opportunity for the residents and public to bring matters to the attention of the elected and appointed officials of the Housing Authority.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013  3:00 PM
The Chairman of the Board of Directors will preside over the forum,
and provide a brief overview of the Authority and its role in providing
safe, affordable housing in compliance with State regulations.

The remainder of the meeting will be left in the hands of the public
who are encouraged to ask questions

Meeting will be held in O’Connell Hall, 9 Golden Drive, Winthrop

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.

The Winthrop Art Association Winners Circle exhibit is being held on Friday, May 10 from 7-10pm at the EB Newton Cultural Center- 45 Pauline Street. Come and view the winning Pieces and Meet the Artists.  Art is for sale. We are excited to announce that "The Last of the Independents" back~from tour, will provide some great rock and roll from 8:30-10 PM. Our award winning artist Max Martelli is a member of this group!!! Join us!

The Winthrop High School Girl’s Tennis team is having a bake sale on Saturday, May 18th from 12:00PM to 2:00Pm at French Square.  (Rain date is Saturday, May 25th).  Come down and support the team!

Plans are underway for the 5th annual High School All Night Celebration for the graduating Winthrop High School seniors, Class of 2013.  The Senior Class Advisors and CASA (Community Against Substance Abuse, Inc.) are hosting an all-night, drug and alcohol free party.  The party will be run by volunteers from our community from 10:00pm until 5:00am beginning on May 31, 2013. Each student receives and incredible gift selected by raffle during the evening.

They need your help to continue this fun and safe celebration.  Monetary gift donations are greatly appreciated and all proceeds go directly to the Class of 2013.  All gifts are tax deductible.  If you have any questions, contact Karen Perrin at 617-642-0017.  Checks may be made payable to: CASA, Inc. 64 Putnam Street, Winthrop, MA 02152.  Gift certificates or gifts for the students may also be dropped off at this location.

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.

Winthrop Parks Committee
Family Fun Night
May 11th 2013 5PM-9PM
Cottage Park Yacht Club
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
Additional acution items include:
Red Sox tickets, Autographed Bruins Memorabilia, backyard toys, and handmade crafts!!!
Tickets available at Winthrop Pro Shop, Book Depot, Parks and Recreation
Funds raised at this event will support the restoration and maintenance of Winthrop’s town parks


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.

Please help spread the word about living with Piping Plovers!
Living with Rare Species~

Each spring, Piping Plovers return to Massachusetts’ coastal beaches to nest and raise their young. This species is so rare that it is listed under both~the Massachusetts and Federal Endangered Species Acts to receive special protection and prevent their extinction. The Department of Conservation and Recreation and Mass Audubon work together to protect and conserve these rare birds on our state beaches.

Why Rare?
In the past, Piping Plovers were~hunted for their feathers, used as an accessory for hats and dresses. Wearing many feathers from rare birds became a fashionable status symbol, although hunting these birds is now illegal. Hunting led to the decline of many bird species, including Piping Plovers. More recent factors impacting these birds are increased predation and the degradation and loss of nesting habitat, including beach development.~

Piping Plovers’ eggs and chicks are very small and blend in with the sand; thus the nests and young are highly vulnerable to people and dogs.

Legislation makes it illegal to kill, harm, or harass the birds, chicks, or eggs. String and post fencing with signs have been erected to protect nesting habitat.

Staying away from these fenced areas will aid in successful early nesting, encouraging Piping Plovers to leave beaches earlier in the season.

If nests are disturbed or destroyed, Piping Plovers may renest or lay eggs again, extending the nesting season late into the summer.

If you would like to be added to an email list to receive DCR announcements, or if you have questions or wish to report a concern, please contact: or Dept. of Conservation & Recreation, Office of Community Outreach, 251 Causeway Street, Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114; Tel:(617) 626-4973.

For more information on coastal bird conservation, please see or contact Mass Audubon’s Coastal Waterbird Program, at

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