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From the Desk of the Town Manager- October 10, 2013
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
                                                                        October 10, 2013

The Community Garden this year was a huge success and we want to thank all of the participants. We especially want to recognize Eric Ferguson and Natalie Beck who were in charge of preparing the garden and working with the participants. Not only did the garden produce many vegetables and herbs, there were plenty of flowers. It looks beautiful and obviously has been tended with lots of TLC. We look forward to next year’s bounty!

Nancy Williams, Council on Aging (COA) Director, Kathy Dixon, Outreach Coordinator, Judie VanKooiman and Betsy Winkler, COA members attended the Mass. Council on Aging Conference in Sturbridge last week. Over 700 people attended, and Councils on Aging were represented by the 350 COA's across the State of Massachusetts, as well as out of state.  Informative workshops were attended, followed by a lecture from the keynote speaker, James Firman, Ed.D. from the National Council on Aging in Washington, D.C. NCOA'S mission is to improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged.

The theme for this year’s MCOA Conference was: "Senior Centers 2013: Where Do We Grow from Here". As Secretary of Elder Affairs, Ann Hartstein stated, "we have made strides in protecting elders from abuse, preparing cities and towns for the senior tsunami, promoting self-directed lives for individuals who are aging with a disability, and providing better nutrition and home care for those in need of support".
These conferences benefit us by sharing ideas for programs and workshops. This is an opportunity to open doors and hatch ideas!

Congratulations to the 37 students that are recipients of the John & Abigail Adams Scholarship. Hats off to: Alexandra Alioto, Elizabeth Anderson, Nicholas Brandi-Miller, Christopher Capone, James Carroll, Justin Casilla, Sarah Colclough, Carly Corbett-Frank, Jordan Corbett-Frank, Lucas DeOliveira, Lorina Derocco, Katlyn Fennell, Daniel Figueira, Thomas Flaherty, Anthony Kovacev, Michelle Lasala, Julia Lidicky, Jacob Lloyd, Erostin Lushka, Alana MacNeil, Marykate Mancini, Timothy McCone, Taylor McCormack, Mayomi Meggison, Ross Mulholland, Stephanie O’Brien, Jessica Parker, Liandra Reyes, Rachel Rogowicz, Jesse Rosenthal, Libybet Rueda, Katelyn Stimpson, Mark Tracy, Alexis Rose, Eric Wadkins, Rachel Wadkins, Jacqueline West. Congratulations! Great job!

An instrumental music program will be starting in the elementary schools and 150 students have signed up. For the first time ever Kindergarten students now take music class

Congratulations to 7th grade student Luke MacPhail who was named to the Offense-Defense All American team and will be playing in the Offense-Defense Bowl festivities taking place in the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida in January. Way to go Luke!

Winthrop Middle/High School Project
Informational meetings and tours
Sponsored by the Winthrop School Building Assistance Committee
Community Meetings Scheduled:
Thurs., October 17th  Winthrop Middle School Library 6:30  p.m. Presentation and Tours of Middle School (before and after presentation)
Wed., October 23rd  Robert A. DeLeo Senior Center 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Tues., October 29th  Winthrop High School Cafeteria 6:30  p.m. Presentation and Tours of High School(before and after presentation)

WHS Tours offered on October 12 & 19 from 9 – 11 a.m.

Discovery Station - Winthrop Beach - Saturday, Oct. 19th 1:00pm-2:30pm

Come learn about the interesting natural history of Winthrop Beach at this discovery station. The beach is home to interesting plants, shorebirds and animals that live beneath the beach sand.~ For more information, contact Matthew Nash at, or 781-485-2804, ext. 105~ Meet at: A DCR information table set up at Winthrop Beach, Winthrop~ Shore Drive, across from Dolphin Avenue. Accessible by Public Transportation.~ Co-sponsored by The Friends of Belle Isle Marsh, The Friends of Winthrop Beaches and Save the Harbor Save the Bay.~ Appropriate for adults and children accompanied by an adult.

The Winthrop Playmakers & Winthrop Cultural Center Present Ghost Tales by Rita Parisi and Readings by Linnea Star.

Saturday, October 26, 2013
Tales: 7:00pm
Readings: 8:00pm

$10 Gothic Tales
$30 Linnea Star
$35 for Both Events

For Tickets please call 617 539 1175 or purchase online below at

Annual Parks and Recreation Fall Fair & Craft Show
Saturday, October 12, 11:00am-3:00pm
At Ingleside Park
(rain date- Sunday, October 13th)
Pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, train rides, amusements, pony rides, moon bounce, games, food, entertainment
Craft table spaces are available (tables not supplied).  For more details, email

Halloween Decorating Contest
Calling all witches, goblins and ghosts!
Who has the spookiest house in Winthrop?  The most festive fall display?  
Call Century 21 Seacoast to enter your own, or to nominate your neighbor’s bewitching yard.  Deadline is October 20th.  Call 617-846-1020 or email

Winthrop’s own S.P.I.R.I.T.S. of New England Paranormal Investigations has been invited back to Fisher College in Boston for another Ghost Lecture and a private investigation later that evening. Please join us on Saturday, October 19th~ at Alumni Hall—116 Beacon Street from 4 pm to 6 pm. If you missed our lecture at the Deane Winthrop House in September, come listen to our lecture which includes The Deane Winthrop House (1637), the Fairbanks house in Dedham (also 1637) and our favorite, Audio and Video evidence recorded during our two night investigation of the USS CONSTITUTION! As this is not a fundraiser, the lecture is free!~ Please Call Ellen MacNeil at 617-846-0282 for more info. Let the Spirits move you!!

A Candlelight Vigil will be held on Thursday, October 17th, from 5:30–7:00pm at the E.B. Newton School and Cultural Center in observance of Domestic Violence month.~ The public is invited to attend.~ Sponsored by HarborCOV and the Winthrop Police Department.~ For more information, please call 617-884-9799 ext. 216.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will hold a community meeting on the 3-month closing of the Callahan Tunnel which is scheduled to begin in January of 2014.~ The meeting will be held Wednesday, October 30th at the Robert A. DeLeo Senior Center at 6 PM. The public is encouraged to attend this important meeting.

Volunteers are needed on October 19th at 9:30 AM
for a Winthrop Beach Cleanup as part of
COASTSWEEP, an annual international event.

Volunteers will meet at Winthrop Shore Drive and Dolphin Avenue
and~ will pick up marine debris, trash, plastic, fishing line
and other material on the beach and record what we find.

Ocean trash is a global problem with local impacts.
Be part of the solution.

Call Matthew Nash at 781-485-2804 x 105 to sign up or just show up for half an hour.

A Town Hall Meeting about Prescription Drug Abuse will be held at the Susan B. Anthony School, 107 Newhall Street, Revere, on Wednesday, October 16th from 6:30 to 9:00 PM.~ You will learn what is being done on the local and national levels to address the problem of~prescription drug misuse and opioid overdoses.~ Opioids include pain medications such as hydrocodone (e.g., Vicodin®), oxycodone (e.g., OxyContin®, Percocet®), morphine codeine, as well as heroin and other related drugs.~ Speakers include Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo.~ Free and open to the public.

St. John’s Episcopal Church will be having their FALL CRAFT FAIR at the Parish House at 222 Bowdoin Street on Sat. October 19th from 10-2. We will again have top notch Hand Crafters and delicious lunches available to buy! We will have quilts, cat items, jewelry, paintings, Fall items, HALLOWEEN ITEMS, soaps just ready for your home!!~ Free admission, tables to sit and chat with your friends and enjoy your lunch and plenty of parking! Remember, the Harvest Dinner Dance will be Sat. Nov. 16th at the Cottage Park Yacht Club 6:30-10:30 and the fantastic Snowflake Fair will be on Sat. Dec. 7th from 10-2~ See you then!

The Winthrop Parks Committee
Coughlin Park and Pond Street Park are the next parks scheduled to be renovated.  
Purchase an engraved brick to show your support for renovations and ongoing maintenance of our Town parks. Bricks are being used around the parks as entry ways or pathways.  Trees and receptacles are also available.  Funds raised will go directly into a special fund set up by the Town of Winthrop to help support renovations and maintenance for all of our neighborhood parks.  

Would you like to present a brick as a gift or memorial?  Small keepsake mini replicas of the larger bricks are available.  The 11/2”X 3” or 3”X3” replicas are a great way to present your gift brick especially if your recipient is out of state.  

Checks can be made payable to the Town of Winthrop, write Parks Renovations in the memo section and mail to Parks and Recreation, 151 Pauline Street, Winthrop MA 02152.
For more information or questions, please go to
You can also email the parks committee at or call 617-846-8243.

Falling Into Place
Sylvia Whiting (Nature Photography) & Sean Murray (Oils and Acrylics)

The Clock Tower Gallery
at the E.B. Newton School & Cultural Center
45 Pauline St. 1st Floor
Show runs through October 20th
Thurs. 6-8 p.m. and Saturdays 2-5:00 p.m.

Winthrop Art Association
An Afternoon of Jazz for Art’s Sake
Featuring Max Whiting’s Musicmakers

Sunday, October 20, 2013 2:00-5:00

Come and enjoy an afternoon of smooth jazz, conversation and art.
Hall Gallery “Memories of Fall & Winter” Seasonal Show
E.B. Newton Cultural Center School
45 Pauline Street, Winthrop

$10 per person- Light Refreshments will be served
RSVP:   Brenda Curry, 617-846-5375 or

Annual Country Fair
Thursday, November 14 from 7:00-10:00PM
Raffle pull to begin at 8:30pm
St. John the Evangelist School Hall, Lincoln Street
$5.00 entry fee
Includes refreshments and good company
Raffles sold separately on site
Unlimited chance to win, win, win!
Door prizes, split the pot, numerous raffles.
All proceeds benefit the Class of 2015

All Veteran Service Officers:

The Women Veterans’ Network of the MA Department of Veterans’ Services is hosting their 9th Annual Women Veterans’ Appreciation Day on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at the State House. We are also looking for nominations for the 2013 Outstanding Woman Veteran of the Year. This is a prestigious award that is presented to a woman veteran in your community who military and community service has been extraordinary. Please help us spread the word about this event and I encourage you to nominate a woman veteran you know. Attached is the flyer and nomination form. For additional information, visit If you have any questions please reply to this email. Thank you!

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