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From the Desk of the Town Manager- June 6, 2013
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
                                                                        June 6, 2013
Congratulations to 5th grade students Alexis Hester, Evan Fantasia and Tomi Byrd for their winning essays for the Flag Day Essay Contest. All of the students are from Ms. Mauro’s 5th grade classroom.

Congratulations to 7th grade student Nichole Reng who received 2nd Place in the Arson Awareness Poster Contest. Ms. Reng was recognized in Framingham at a special award presentation. Great job!

Congratulations to Coni Moore for receiving the Distinguished Visual Arts Educator Award in the 27th Annual Champions of Arts Education Advocacy Awards. Coni received this award in her current role as the President of the Massachusetts Art Education Association. It was given to her for her work in advocacy for Arts Education, the formation of a statewide Advocacy Team, and making supportive connections with other state organizations and the National Art Education Association. Nice work Coni!

Ferry service has begun! Currently the schedule is Monday through Friday with departures from Winthrop at 7:15am, 8:15am and 6:00pm.  Boston departures are at 7:45am, 5:30pm and 6:30pm.  More trips may be added as the season goes on.  Come park at the landing (for free!) and give the ferry a try!

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 can be found at Cost is $25.00 and guaranteed t-shirt to 1st 200 Entrants. In honor of those affected by the Boston Marathon tragedy, $5 of every race entry will be donated to The One Fund – Boston. All additional proceeds are donated to Winthrop Parks and Recreation.

87 Winthrop homes to participate in Town-Wide Yard Sale June 8

There will be a trove of hidden treasures to be found in Winthrop this Saturday, June 8.~ With 87 homes holding yard sales in just 1.6 square miles, bargain-hunters will be able to hit lots of locations quickly and easily.
The Winthrop Chamber of Commerce’s 5th annual Town-Wide Yard Sale runs that day from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine.~ The event is expected to attract shoppers from far and wide to come and experience all the charm that the Winthrop community has to offer.~ The day of the yard sale, homes will be adorned with balloons making it easy to find locations.

A map with all addresses can be found online at or picked up at the Winthrop MarketPlace, 35 Revere Street and the Chamber office, 207 Hagman Road.~ Also, several businesses will have specials and deals for the day.

In addition, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Planet Aid will have a truck collecting donations of clothes and shoes at Woodside Ace Hardware, 65 Main Street.~ Only clothing and footwear will be accepted; no other items will be taken.
“The Chamber is a proud sponsor of this event because it draws consumers from all over the region into town.~ We invite deal-seekers everywhere to come to Winthrop,” said Eric Gaynor, Executive Director of the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce.

Red Sox at Fenway Park
Join Winthrop Parks and Recreation on Thursday, July 25th against the Tampa Bay Rays. Tickets are located in Grandstand Section 31 Rows 15-18. Bus departs the Cummings School half circle at 5:30pm and game begins at 7:10pm. Cost for ticket and transportation is $65.00. Limited tickets available so register early!

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 Pat Milano at
or call her at 617 733 7073.


Join The Winthrop Playmakers as they present the hilarious musical comedy AVENUE Q.
AVENUE Q is the smash-hit Broadway musical about real life in New York City, as told by a cast of people and puppets through a hilariously irreverent, Tony-winning book and score. The three-time Tony Award winning musical will play The Winthrop Playhouse June 14-23!

AVENUE Q tells the story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who moves to NYC with big dreams and a tiny bank account. The only apartment he can afford is way out on Avenue Q, where everyone's looking for the same things he is: a decent job, a stable relationship, and a "purpose." Eventually, Princeton learns to embrace the ups and downs of city life and realizes that "the real world" isn't so bad, after all!

The New York Times hailed AVENUE Q as "a breakthrough musical of a very different stripe. Savvy, sassy and delicious!" and Entertainment Weekly claimed it was "one of the funniest shows you're ever likely to see!"

AVENUE Q features music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, book by Jeff Whitty, based on an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx; and is directed by Michael Lacey; musical direction by Emma Boroson and choreography by Jocelyn White. The Winthrop Production features a cast of puppets designed and built by hand for the production.

Due to adult situations (like full-puppet nudity), AVENUE Q may be inappropriate for kids. Parental guidance is advised.

AVENUE Q will play at The Winthrop Playhouse June 14-23, 2013:
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00PM, Sundays at 3:00pm. Tickets are $20 adult/$18 Students and Seniors. Tickets may be purchased by visiting our website or by calling 617-539-1175

Parks and Recreation:
Golf Lessons - This 6 week program will be held at Coughlin Park – Point Shirley on Wednesday evenings beginning July 10th. All levels welcome. Golf clubs, balls & mats are supplied or bring your own if you have them. Discounted rate applies if registered by July 3rd – Children 8-14 $95.00 and adults $105.00. Register after July 3rd and child rate is $115.00 and adult rate is $125.00. Class time for children is 5pm – 6pm and adults is 6pm – 7pm. Instructor is Assistant Golf Pro, Tim McGowan from the Winthrop Golf

Dog Training – Basic Skills I - A 7 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 1 is a “no dog” orientation to provide handlers with an overview of class & to learn basic clicker skills.
Dog Training Basic Skills II - A 7 week class for the graduates of Basic Skills I. This class will fine tune and link together the behaviors learned in Basic Skills I and will also teach dogs to perform reliably with distractions. Dogs attend every class. Classes are held at Winthrop Senior Center on Harvard St. and Cost is $125.00. Session is on Thursday evenings beginning July 11th through August 22nd. Basic skills I from 6:30pm – 7:30pm and Basic Skills II is from 7:45pm – 8:45pm. All classes limited to 7 dogs.

St. John’s Episcopal Church
222 Bowdoin St., Winthrop
Annual Indoor Yard Sale
Saturday June 15, 9am – 1pm
Hamburgers, Hot Dogs & more available for lunch
MANY sellers – ALL under one roof!

The Winthrop Improvement and Historical Association is having their annual Strawberry Festival on Tuesday, June 18th from 5:30 to 7:30PM at the Dean Winthrop House located at 40 Shirley Street.  Tickets are $5.00 and must be purchased in advance.  Tickets are available from WIHA Board Members or at: the Robert DeLeo Senior Center, Woodside Hardware, Brown’s Pharmacy and the Chamber of Commerce.  You can also call Kathy Guillory at 617-846-6267 for tickets.  Tours of the Dean Winthrop House will also be available that evening as well as a variety of raffles.  This tradition has been taking place for 103 years!  

Annual Father’s Day
Family Pancake Breakfast

Take Dad to Breakfast

Sunday, June 16, 2013
8:00 am – 12 noon
Winthrop High School Cafeteria
Donation: $6.00


12th Annual Peace in the Family Day
Games, face painting, food, music and much more!
Saturday, June 22
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Bossom Park- between Bellingham Street and Grove Street in Chelsea
Hosted by: Domestic Violence Task Force serving the communities of Revere, Winthrop, East Boston and Chelsea.

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