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From the Desk of the Town Manager- August 29, 2013
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
                                                                        August 29, 2013

The Neil Shapiro Memorial Committee proudly presents the 3rd Annual Neil Shapiro 5K Walk/Run
Join us on Saturday, September 14 at Deer Island as well come together to raise money for the WHS Drama Department. The 5K walk/Run event begins at 10 a.m., with registration beginning at 8 a.m.
The registration fee is $25 if registered before September 14 and $30 on September 14. Students pay just $10 with a valid school ID.
You can pre-register for the race at or download a form off the website at
Also, on Thursday, September 12, please join us for an evening at Paesan’s in Michael’s Mall, where 20% of the proceeds from the evening (between 6 and 11 p.m.) will benefit the Neil Shapiro 5K Fundraiser. Enjoy dining, drinks and great raffles throughout the evening and make sure to tell your server that you would like to support the Neil Shapiro 5K Fundraiser.
For full event details or information on how to register for the race or other ways to donate, please visit us at

Important information regarding CAPIC’s FY’14 Fuel Assistance Program
Due to federal budget cuts CAPIC will be sending out all fuel assistance applications later than normal this year.  If you applied for the program last year you will be receiving a renewal application between October 1, 2013 & October 15, 2013. New clients should call 617-884-6130 to set up an appointment to apply.

Sponsored by the Medical Reserve Corps.
Saturday, September 7th from 10:00-2:00 at Ingelside Park.

September is Emergency Preparedness month and our Winthrop MRC will have information and demonstrations on Preparing for Hurricane, Blizzards, Evacuation and other emergency's
The Winthrop Fire and Police Departments will have their Emergency Vehicles on display as well as Action Ambulance.
Pet Preparedness and evacuation information and demonstrations will also be available.
If you would like further information on becoming a volunteer member of the Medical Reserve Corps, please contact Jeanne Maggio at the Winthrop Health Dept. at 617-846-1740

On Saturday, September 7th, the 2nd annual "Those Who Can, For Those In Need" Resource-Volunteer Fair will be held at Ingleside Park in Winthrop. (Rain place will be the Bob DeLeo Senior Center). It will be from 10:00am to 2:00pm. The organizations will be from the Boston and North Shore area. The categories that will be covered are Elderly, Losing a Loved One, Children, Low Income and Homeless issues. If you are looking for volunteer opportunities, this is the place to come. There will be food, entertainment and children activities. This is a FREE event for all. For more information, please contact Judie VanKooiman at 617-462-5719.

Winthrop Playmakers Announce Fall Children’s Program Play Time at The Playhouse

The Winthrop Playmakers are proud to announce a free fall children’s program, Play Time at the Playhouse, for students entering fourth through ninth grade.  Bobby Imperato of Saugus and Ricky DeSisto of Revere will run the 7-week program with counselors from The Winthrop High School Drama Society, Katie Beadle and Julia Ford. Beginning September 7th, the program will be held Saturday mornings from 9:00AM-12:00PM, leading up to two performances on Saturday October 19th.  Participants will work on a production of Sadako and a Thousand Cranes.

Sadako and a Thousand Cranes is the true story of two-year-old Sadako Sasaki, who was living in Hiroshima when the atom bomb was dropped. Sadly, ten years later, she was diagnosed with leukemia, also known as "atom bomb disease."

There is a Japanese legend that says that if a sick person folds 1,000 paper cranes, the gods will make her well again. Sadako spent long hours in bed, folding those paper cranes, and never giving up that hope. When Sadako passed away after folding six hundred and forty-four cranes, her classmates folded the rest in her honor.

In addition to staging the show, students will make subject related crafts such as origami cranes and Kabuki Masks.~ As there is no out of pocket expense to participate, participants must agree to sell 5 tickets to the show.  

To register for the program, please email  Slots in the program will be first come first serve, so do not hesitate to register for this exciting opportunity

Falling Into Place
September 8, 2013 (Opening Reception 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.)
through October 20, 2013
Gallery Hours: Thurs. 6-8 p.m., Sat. 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
The Clock Tower Gallery 

There will be a Metropolitan Beaches Commission (MBC) community hearing on Tuesday, September 10 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Robert A. DeLeo Senior Center, located at 35 Harvard Street in Winthrop.  This public hearing will give Winthrop residents an opportunity to share their ideas about how to improve Winthrop Beach, and give the Commission the chance to assess where we are today and where we hope to go in the future.  It will also help the MBC identify and showcase economic development opportunities made possible by public investment in clean water, better beaches and our waterfront neighborhoods and beachfront communities.

Last week for Lobster Lunch!
Delicious Lobster Lunches...A generous lobster roll, bag of kettle chips, homemade triple chocolate brownie....all for just $15!! Complimentary Winthrop delivery if desired. Every Saturday June 15 - Aug 31. Order by Friday at 7:00pm for Saturday 10:00am pick up at the Parish Hall. Call 617-846-2363 opt#3 or visit to order.
All proceeds benefit St. John's Episcopal Parish.

Winthrop Playmakers Proud to Announce 75th Season Opener: Godspell

Winthrop, MA — August 26, 2013 —The Winthrop Playmakers are proud to announce their upcoming production of Stephen Schwartz’ much loved musical Godspell!  Opening Friday, September 13th, Godspell is a major achievement for the nonprofit theater organization, as it opens their 75th Season.

A modern retelling of the New Testament parables from The Gospel According to Matthew, Godspell uses modern music with lyrics from traditional hymns to tell the story of the teachings of Jesus Christ.  With well-known songs such as “Day by Day,” “Save the People,” and “All for the Best,” Godspell has been entertaining for decades, and the Winthrop Playmakers are proud to share their modern retelling with audiences this September.

Set in a business conference room, Godspell is directed by Thea Wigglesworth and Music Directed by Mario Cruz.  The production features Jason Hair-Wynn as Jesus and Bobby Imperato as John the Baptist/Judas. They will be joined by an ensemble including Elyse Seltzer, Elena Joyner, Becky Rush, Lauren Amaru, Patricia Vaccaro-Coburn, Andy Porterfield, Michael Lacey, Patrick Harris & Billy Thompson.  Running September 13-22, you can purchase tickets now by visiting our website or by calling 617-539-1175.  Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.

HarborCOV offers services to survivors of domestic violence in Winthrop and other communities. Their major fundraiser, “A Taste of Chelsea”, will be held Monday, September 23rd at the new waterfront park at 99 Marginal Street in Chelsea, near Eastern Salt. Tickets are $35, 10 tickets for $30 each, or $40 at the door. More than thirty vendors will participate this year as we celebrate the 10th annual Taste of Chelsea! For tickets and information, please call Barbara at 617-846-7418 or visit the website . Thanks for your support.

GHOST Lecture/FUNDRAISER for the Deane Winthrop House

S.P.I.R.I.T.S. of New England Paranormal Investigations from Winthrop, will be back for their second annual fundraiser to raise money for needed repairs for the Deane Winthrop House on Saturday, September 14th from 2:00-4:00. Lecture includes a Meet and Greet with the Team, Question and Answer segment, Refreshments (including ghost cookies!), Audio and Video evidence from recent investigations including the Deane Winthrop house, the Fairbanks House (also built in 1637) and the USS CONSTITUTION! The team has also investigated the Winthrop Public Library, a few homes in town and the Winthrop Playmakers! Tours of the House will be after the Lecture and SPIRITS will be doing a private investigation of the DWH that evening. Curious? Please join us at the Lecture!! The Barn can only hold 99 people so NO tickets will be sold at the door! Please call Ellen Macneil at 617-846-0282 for cash and checks or order by PayPal on our website

Tickets are only $10.25 each! Can’t go? Even a $5.00 donation will help with repairs! Hope you can join us!!! Let the SPIRITS move you!!!

Winthrop Art Association
Fall Day Trip to Mystic, Connecticut
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Cost is $45.00

Mystic Art Association Art Center
Old Mystic Village (many unique shops)
Lunch on your own at the many restaurants in the area
B.F. Clydes Cider Mill (oldest working steam cider mill in the country)

For more information, contact Dawn at 617-846-2644

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