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From the Desk of the Town Manager- October 31, 2013
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!
We wish all Winthrop residents a safe and happy Halloween.

Last week was Bullying Awareness Week at Winthrop Middle School. Assistant Principal Ryan Heraty formed a committee comprised of teachers, students, and community members. Extended homerooms of 35 minutes were incorporated this week allowing teachers to deliver lessons based on bullying awareness, cyber bullying, and positive conflict resolutions. Jackie Lamonte, from the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office gave a presentation Friday morning and the students marched to Winthrop Center with a police escort, and then formed a human peace sign. Thank you to all involved. Winthrop Stands Up to Bullying!

The WHS Varsity Cheerleaders competed in Beverly last weekend and came in 2nd Place with one of their highest scores ever! They are competing in Beverly this weekend and we wish them luck! Nice job Lady Vikings!

The WHS Boys Varsity Golf Team finished their season with a 13-5 record and placed 2nd in the Conference. The Boys played their sectional finals at Far Corners Golf Course in Boxford and came in 4th Place out of 20+ teams. Congratulations to Michael Rich for making it to the State Individuals. Great job!

The WHS Girls Varsity Soccer Team has clinched a spot in the State Tournament! The Lady Vikings also played Cristo Rey last Monday and won. This was a game to raise awareness for breast cancer. It was a very successful fundraiser. Way to go Lady Vikings!

CAPIC’s Fuel Assistance Program
Starting on November 13th, CAPIC’s Fuel Assistance Program will have a representative from the program at the Winthrop Robert DeLeo Senior Center on Wednesdays from 9am – 11am. Appointments are not required and clients will be seen on a walk-in basis. For more information please call 617-884-6130.

Mike’s Pastry comes to Winthrop! The WHS Sophomore Class is taking orders tor Thanksgiving pies! Place your order before November 19th and pick up your pies on November 26th. Pies may be picked up at Winthrop High School between 2:30pm-4:30pm, or pies can be delivered between 6:00pm-8:00pm. If you need an order form or have any questions, please contact Karen Perrin at 617-642-0017 or Cathy Norris at 617-233-2723. Choices are Ricotta Pie for $15.00, and Custard, Blueberry, Apple, Lemon, and Cherry for $10.00.

The Class of 2015 is having their Annual Country Fair on Thursday, November 14th at St. John the Evangelist School Hall, Lincoln Street, from 7:00pm-10:00pm. $5.00 entry fee includes refreshments. Raffles are sold separately on site. Door prizes and split the pot! Please join us and support the Class of 2015.

The~Winthrop Middle School PTO is running two fundraisers next week. First is a bake sale that will take place on November 5th Election Day at the WMS voting area.

The Winthrop Middle School PTO is also running a clothing drive.  Any clothing, bedding, linens, or shoes (tied together) may be dropped off at the middle school auditorium area from Election Day through Monday night November 11th.

Winthrop Playmakers Announce Upcoming Performance of Steel Magnolias

Join the Winthrop Playmakers as they continue their milestone 75th season with their upcoming production of Steel Magnolias, directed by Stephanie Manning.

Set in small-town Louisiana, Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias has come to be one of the quintessential stories of friendship and trust. Truvy owns a local-homegrown beauty salon, where all the ladies who are “anybody” go to have their hair done. Six very different women who regularly gather there come together to share their secrets, fears and love for one another while engaging the audience in hysterical and neighborly gossip.  With characters that are touching, hilarious, and entirely realistic, Steel Magnolias is a production not to be missed.

Steel Magnolias’ ensemble cast includes Stephanie Cotten-Snell as Truvy, Christina Lonardo as Annelle, Nancy Tutunjian Berger as Clairee, Stanis Johnson as Shelby, Juliana Dennis as M’Lynn, and Carolyn Cafarelli as Ousier.  Running November 15, 16, 22, & 23 at 8:00PM with matinee performances November 17 and 24 at 3:00PM, 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.

Winthrop Parks and Recreation New York City Trip

Travel to NYC for an overnight trip on December 7th & 8th, 2013.  Package includes:  
Deluxe Lav-Euipped Motorcoach transportation throughout
Beverages & Donuts served en route
Accommodations at the Hilton Garden Inn, Ridgefield, NJ (or similar hotel)
Full America Breakfast at your hotel and dinner at Sal Anthony's S.B.Q.R. Italian Restaurant in New York City
Reserved Orchestra/First Mezzanine seating for the spectacular Radio City Music Hall Christmas Show, featuring the famous Rockettes
Free time for holiday shopping and browsing in the Rockefeller Plaza area, Canal Street and Little Italy.
All taxes and gratuities for included features, excluding customary gratuities to chambermaids, driver & escort

Cost per person as follows:
$349.00 pp Quad accommodations 4 adults in a room
$359.00 pp Triple accommodations 3 adults in a room
$369.00 pp Double accommodations 2 adults in a room
$449.00 pp Single accommodations 1 adult in a room
$299.00 pp for children under 12 with 2 adults

Must register at the office with Check payable to Celebration Tours.

Join Winthrop Parks and Recreation at the Wang Theatre for
A Christmas Story, The Musical

Join Parks and Rec on Thursday, December 5th at the Wang Theatre in Boston for this 3 time Tony nominated musical.  Cost is $85 and includes transportation (departing from the Middle School half circle) and an orchestra section ticket.  Bus departs at 6:00pm and showtime is 7:30.  Limited seats so register early!

80’s Night Dance Party
to benefit Winthrop Parks

Winthrop Yacht Club
November 16th, 7PM-11PM
Cash Bar-DJ-Dancing-Raffle Prizes-Door Prizes
Tickets $20 in advance/ $25 at the door

All proceeds put towards renovations of Pond St and Coughlin Park playgrounds
Tickets available at Parks and Recreation at 617-846-8243

Join us to discuss the new Open Space and Recreation Plan for Winthrop
Thursday, November 21, 2013 7:00-9:00 PM
The Joseph Harvey Hearing Room
Town Hall – One Metcalf Square
The Town of Winthrop has been working on a new open space and recreation plan. The plan is now in draft form and the Town wants to share the draft recommendations with residents. Please join us to discuss recommendations relating to:
  • Connecting points of interest with trails and paths
  • Conservation and open lands
  • Parks, playing fields and playgrounds
  • Beaches and boating
  • Promoting economic development and tourism by promoting open space resources
This 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 alternate 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.

November 23, 2013 at the E.B. Newton School & Cultural Center
45 Pauline St., 1st Floor
Winthrop, MA

Holiday Art Market 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Joy and Peace On Earth Exhibit Opens at The Clock Tower Gallery
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Improv comedy with Comedie du Jour – featuring special musical guest – Jimmy Feeley
8:00 p.m. show time - $5.00

Interested in joining WinARC? We welcome new members from Winthrop and surrounding communities and provide rewarding volunteer opportunities. WinARC (Advocacy*Resources* Community) is enhancing the lives of people with disabilities. WinARC would like to invite you to join us for our next General Board Meeting, Tuesday, November 12th at 7:00pm at the Robert A. DeLeo Senior Center, 35 Harvard St, Winthrop. For more information, please call Yvonne Cernaro at 617-840-1209 or Judie VanKooiman at 617-462-5719.

Attention All Veterans!!!
You Are Invited To A Dining Out!

Monday, Nov. 4th from 6:00-8:00pm at the Center Café Woodside Ave
Meet & Greet The New Veterans Officer of Winthrop
Please RSVP to Rose Trionfi-Mazzuchelli @ 617-846-3065 by November 1st (we want to be sure to have enough food!)

Middle School Drop In for Grades 6-8
  • November 1st, November 15th
  • December 6th, December 20th
  • January 3rd, January 17th
  • February 7th, February 21st
  • March 7th, March 21st
  • April 4th
  • May 2nd, May 16th
Doors open at 7:15 and close at 9:30pm. The cost for the year is $5.  A parent or guardian must be present on the first night to sign up their child and sign a release form.
Pizza, chips, soda and water will be available for purchasing.
Activities include:  basketball, Wii, board games, air hockey, kickball, and foosball.

To parents:  If you are interested in chaperoning at the Middle School Drop In, please contact Youth Minister Michael Miccichi at

"Turkey Shoot"
The Winthrop Mixed Lodge #2057 and the Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA) are having a “Turkey Shoot” fundraiser.  These organizations contribute to everything from Winthrop Little League, Parks & Recreation, and WCAT to the Alzheimer’s Association and more on the national level. ~ 7:00pm on Tuesday, November 26th at AMVETS Post 48, 155 Veterans Road
Donation: $5.00/pay at door  
Any questions, please call Tina Helton at 857-472-3171  

The Winthrop Parks Committee
Coughlin Park and Pond Street 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.

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. For additional information, visit If you have any questions please reply to this email. Thank you!

Tuesday Tea by the Art Association
3:00-5:00pm at the E.B. Newton Cultural Center
Hallway exhibit can be viewed
Sketchings and chess

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