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From the Desk of the Town Manger- June 13, 2013
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
                                                                        June 13, 2013

Most Winthrop water/sewer bills are going down starting in July. Assuming your usage is consistent with prior years and has not increased, you should see an overall reduction in water/sewer expense over last year.  This is due to the fact that the Town Council has approved Enterprise Budgets that will only modestly increase rates over last year, and further that the Town does not have to reserve as much funding as it needed last year to account for non-paying or late paying customers.  Thus, the combined sewer/water rate will adjust down by approximately $2.10/100 cubic feet ($18 combined rate to $15.90 combined rate).

As much as 70% of the Town’s water and sewer bill is fixed due to an MWRA assessment for water/sewer expense.  The Town of Winthrop does not produce water, we only distribute it.  However, the MWRA assessment has and will continue to rise each fiscal year by approximately 3.4%.  This year however, the Town Council made several adjustments in personnel and capital improvements to reduce actual rates to just under 2%.

Winthrop will continue their tradition of the 4th of July fireworks!  
Donations are needed.  If you would like to make a donation towards this annual family event, you can mail them to the Winthrop Fire Department, 40 Pauline Street, Winthrop MA 02152.  Checks can be made payable to: Town of Winthrop Fireworks.  Thank you for your support.

Congratulations to the Winthrop High School Class of 2013!  
100% of the 124 students graduated last Friday evening.  96.7% of the class will be attending a four year college.  Very impressive!  We wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo will sponsor the annual Winthrop Beach Cleanup on Saturday, June 22nd.~ ~Volunteers are needed. ~We will meet at the corner of Shore Drive and Dolphin Avenue at 9 AM.~ This year’s cleanup of Winthrop Beach is co-sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

“The Wall that Heals” – the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial and Museum, a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be on display at the Beachmont VFW Post 6712 in Revere.~ The Wall That Heals will be hosted by the VFW Post for 4 days of events and activities dedicated to honoring and remembering Revere area~veterans.~ TWTH is open to the public from Thursday, June 13th through Sunday, June 16th.

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.

The Community Action Programs Inter-City, Inc., (CAPIC) Board of Directors will conduct their 45th annual meeting of the corporation on Thursday, June 20, 2013. The meeting will be held at the Robert A. DeLeo Senior Center, 35 Harvard Street, Winthrop, MA. The meeting will begin at noon and the public is invited to attend the business portion of the meeting at which time the 2013-2014 officers will be elected. For more information contact CAPIC’s Executive Director at 617-884-6130.

Old Fashioned Family Day at the Beach July 13

Join the Chamber for fun in the sun at Yirrell Beach on Point Shirley! The 16th annual “Old Fashioned Family Day at the Beach” takes place Saturday, July 13 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, put on by the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce & Winthrop MarketPlace. The rain date is Sunday, July 14.

The summertime tradition features rides, games, contests, raffles, DJ, and a cookout. Kids will especially enjoy the wave-runner and water slide. Wristbands for the rides are just $5 and are good all day.

No need to pack a lunch as hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hotdogs, and sausages will be grilled on the barbeque. There will also be pizzas and ice cold drinks for sale. Many businesses will also have giveaways, do temporary tattoos, and much more.

Spinning the tunes, DJ Crazy Jeff will be playing great beach music throughout the day. Kids can also play the ball toss and win neat prizes.  Several contests will take place throughout the day, highlighted by the Adult Spelling Bee at 1:00, “Winthrop’s Got Talent” at 1:30, the Hat Contest at 2:00, and the Hula Hoop Competition at 3:00.

The Public Landing at 707 Shirley Street offers free parking, though carpooling and public transportation is strongly encouraged.
There will be lots to do and enjoy, so be sure to bring a camera. ~See you at the beach!

Please join us for a discussion on open space and recreation in Winthrop
Thursday, June 20th 7:00pm-9:00pm
Gorman-Fort Banks Elementary School
101 Kennedy Drive

The Town of Winthrop is in the process of preparing a new open space and recreation plan.  The Town wants to hear your views on:

  • Goals for open space and recreation for the next seven years
  • Connecting points of interest with trails and paths
  • Conservation and open lands
  • Parks, playing fields and playgrounds
  • Beaches and boating
The meeting is being sponsored by the Town of Winthrop and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC).  For more information on this meeting or if you need any special accommodations such as language interpretation, assistive listening devices, or meeting materials in alternative formats or other assistance during the meeting, please contact Joan Blaustein, MAPC, at 617-933-0755 or
We would appreciate notice at least one week in advance.

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


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!  

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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