From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
July 3, 2013
We hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July!
Town of Winthrop
July Fourth Information for 2013
The annual Winthrop fireworks display is scheduled for Thursday July 4 at 9:00 PM. The fireworks will be launched from Coughlin Playground in Point Shirley.
The annual Horribles Parade will begin at 9:00 AM. The parade will start at the Public Landing and end at Coughlin Playground. The parade will take its traditional route, and there will be events at Coughlin Playground at the conclusion.
No outdoor fires will be tolerated. All fires will be extinguished by the Fire Department. There is no sanctioned Bonfire. There will be no consumption of alcohol in any public area. Public intoxication will be dealt with
accordingly. All Point Shirley residents hosting parties are asked to have their guests arrive early and park off the street or in public lots.
The Viking Pride Foundation, along with The Larry Larsen Rink at the Mike Eruzione Center and Winthrop Parks and Recreation, are joining efforts to create a new spring/summer recreation center. The rink facility is not utilized between mid-April through mid-August, and it is the goal of the Viking Pride Foundation to create a venue for our kids to go and participate in organized recreational activities during the spring and summer months. Creating a fun and safe place for our kids is a top priority, so we ask you to join us in supporting this very important initiative.
To help support this effort, defray the costs of the floor and equipment needed to get the recreation center up and running, and to further our Foundation's mission, the Viking Pride Foundation is sponsoring "The Summer Chiller" event on Saturday, August 24th from 7-11PM at The Larry Larsen Rink at the Mike Eruzione Center. The Summer Chiller will include entertainment by "Guilty Pleasure", New England's premiere dance band, as well as food, drinks, raffles, and other fun activities. "Guilty Pleasure" performs across New England, including recent performances at Foxwoods, Twin River Casino and the Hard Rock Café. This event will also give you the opportunity to check out the new floor purchased by the Viking Pride Foundation which was the key first step in getting this recreation center started. Most
importantly, it once again gives Winthrop a forum to come together as a community for a great night of music and dancing, with the continued goal of ensuring the youth of Winthrop have the best co-curricular experiences available to them. All proceeds from this event will be going exclusively to the new recreation center.
If you're feeling lucky, there will be a “High Rollers Raffle” with only 100 raffle tickets being sold for $100 apiece. At the night of the event, the winner will be pulled for a $5,000 prize. There will also be many silent auction items, including the featured “Grand Silent Auction Prize,” which is a one week stay at the Christmas Tree Inn in Vermont. The Christmas Tree Inn sleeps 40 people and is one mile from Sugarbush Resort. For details on the many amenities and area activities this resort offers to go www.christmastreeinn.com. Gather your extended family and friends
for a week of rest and relaxation as you hit the slopes or partake in the many outdoor activities. The Christmas Tree Inn will allow for a memorable vacation with a large group of people closest to you, while simultaneously knowing the cost of your wonderful trip will go directly back into the Recreation Center for your community.
If you are a local business that wants to get behind this new Recreation Center for our youth, sponsorships are currently being offered in the following denominations, all of which will be acknowledged in event advertisements and at the event itself:
$5,000 (Gold - includes two tables of 10 for the sponsor).
$2,500 (Silver - includes a table of 10 for sponsor)
$500 (Platinum level)
Individual tickets are $30. With the event fast approaching, townspeople are encouraged to go to the Viking Pride website at www.vikingpride.org or calling 617-539-4873 to purchase tickets. You can also reach out to any Viking Pride Foundation board member to purchase tickets and/or a table for this event.
We thank the Winthrop Community for your continued support of the Viking Pride Foundation and your forthcoming commitment to helping us realize our goal of opening the new recreation center to the children and townspeople of Winthrop.
Join Matthew Nash or DCR for a free Tidal Pool Exploration program on Tuesday, July 9th from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.~ Meet at the Circle at Winthrop Shore Drive and Beacon Street at the Edward Rowe Snow Path.~ Kids and adults are welcome to attend.~
Tino Capobianco's house on Prospect Ave had a fire last Sunday. His mother, Valerie Dalton, was on the third floor at the time and was rescued by the Winthrop Fire Dept. According to Tino, the Winthrop Fire Department saved her life, and he thanked Firefighter Lopez for rescuing her. Neighbor2Neighbor, a local fundraising group, will help raise funds for some of the family's expenses. Anyone who would like to make a donation should send it to the "Capobianco-Dalton Family Fund" c/o any branch of the East Boston Savings Bank.
On Monday July 8, at 7:00 p.m., The Friends of Belle Isle Marsh Monday Night Forum will present the 90-minute documentary
Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn of a New Era in Ocean Stewardship
at the Orient Heights Yacht Club, 61 Bayswater Street, East Boston.
Produced by filmmakers Karen and Ralf Meyer, the film presents four compelling stories documenting a movement of scientists, businesses, farmers, fishermen, government and citizens, working together to find new ways of ocean management. From Stellwagen Bank to Port Orford, Oregon, from the
Mississippi Delta to the coral reefs of the Florida Keys, this movement depends on the diversity of knowledge and experience of local advocates who care about the sea.
Join the Friends of Belle Isle and have some wine, cheese and conversation while enjoying a visually compelling and important movie about a new wave of ocean stewardship. Orient Heights Yacht Club is handicapped-accessible and a five-minute walk from Orient Heights T stop on the Blue Line.
The Winthrop High School Girls Varsity Soccer Team is running a Summer Soccer Camp for Girls and Boys U6-U12 from Mon 7/15 - Fri 7/19 (U6&U8 8AM-9:30AM; U10&U12 9:30AM-11:00AM); the cost is $80.00 per player and all proceeds will go directly to the WHS Girls Soccer Program. No prior experience is required! There will be a parent volunteer at the field each day to oversee the camp.
The camp will focus on teaching fundamental skills and playing small sided games and scrimmages! All campers will receive a bracelet.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to confirm your spot as space is limited. Forms will be emailed to you upon confirmation of registration. Your check/cash and waiver/form will need to be completed by the first day of camp!
At The Clock Tower Gallery
Teacher & Student Together For A Show
Doretha James and Glena Raya-Silva
June 16th - July 27th
Thurs. 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Sat. 2:00 -4:00 p.m.
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!
On Saturday, August 3, Save the Harbor / Save the Bay will host a one-mile, championship chip timed, professionally staffed, competitive swim followed by a one-mile, chip-timed Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) competition.
The swim and the SUP are pledge fundraisers. Proceeds from the swim will benefit Save The Harbor / Save the Bay, and funds raised from the SUP competition will benefit both the Massachusetts Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and Save the Harbor / Save the Bay. And this year we have some sweet prizes for competitiors and fundraisers:
The participant who raises the most money will win a round trip ticket on JetBlue Airways to any non-stop destination from Logan Airport. We've made it easy to fundraise: simply sign up right on the event registration website www.swim4bostonharbor.org
Four swimmers, (the first place male and female swimmers, with and without wetsuits) will be entered into a drawing to win a round trip ticket on JetBlue Airways as well. The top finishers in the Stand Up Paddleboard competition in both the male and female categories will also be entered into a lottery for a roundtrip ticket on JetBlue Airways.
Race Day Schedule
8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Check-In at Curley Center
10:00 a.m. Swim For Boston Harbor
11:00 a.m. Stand Up Paddleboard Competition
12:00 Beach Party!
To join us at the party, you do not have to complete the one mile swim or paddle, but we ask that you make a contribution of at least $25. Swimmers, paddlers, supporters, and sponsors are all welcome to join us on the beach for an icy cold Harpoon beer and refreshments after the swim!
Registration for the swim is just $50. The race is open to both wet suit and non-wet suit swimmers. This year's race will be capped at 100 swimmers.
Registration for the Stand Up Paddleboard Competition is only $25. If you need a paddleboard, rentals are available for an additional $10.
For more information, to register, or to begin your pledge fundraising, visit the event website today at www.swim4bostonharbor.org
See you at the beach!