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From the Desk of the Town Manager- November 21, 2013

From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
November 21, 2013
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We need to hear from you!
The town of Winthrop and MGH are working together to conduct a community-wide health assessment. If you are a resident of Winthrop or you work in Winthrop, please take about 10 minutes of your time to answer the following questions. Please note, the answers you provide are anonymous.  This means personal identifiers are not linked to your answers in any way.
Over the next two months, we will be talking to residents and collecting data through surveys and meetings. In the spring this data will be reviewed at a community forum where residents will have a chance to help prioritize issues and develop a plan to address them. A final report detailing this plan will be shared with the community in September.
To complete the survey, go to:
and click on the red link for Quality of Life Survey

Thank you in advance for completing the survey and doing your part to make Winthrop a better place to live!
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45 members of the WHS Student Council attended the NEMASC Leadership Conference at Amesbury High School on November 14, 2013. High School junior Jessica Vigliotta was on the NEMASC Executive Board and helped plan the conference for over 500 delegates. Great work!
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Winthrop's Clock Tower Gallery presents
JOY & PEACE on EARTH - Exhibit & Gallery Show

Opening - Saturday, November 23rd~
10:00 – 3:00PM and 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Clock Tower Gallery, EB Newton School,
45 Pauline Street, Winthrop (across from Nick's~Restaurant)

The show runs through January 4th.~
We hope you'll come out and enjoy the Gallery and the seasonal show.
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There will be a meeting next Monday night at 6:00pm at the Temple Tifereth Israel regarding the Temple Project and the apartments.  The Contractor will be talking about how the buildings will get completed, timelines, how the site will be accessed and used during construction, etc. It is an opportunity for anyone to ask questions about what will be happening. All are welcome.
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Attention all Veterans: The Mayor of Boston has invited you for a free
Pre-Thanksgiving Lunch at the Boston Coast Guard Base on Commercial Street, Boston, starting at 11:30 am on Tuesday, November 26th.
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Winthrop Youth Lacrosse sign-ups will begin this Saturday morning at Larsen Rink from 8:30-11:00am.  The cost is $135.  Registration will be ongoing through December 30th.
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Leaf Notice
The Department of Public Works curbside collection of leaves will be December 7.  Plastic bags are not acceptable and will not be picked up.  The compost will be closed on December 7th.  If you have any questions, please call the DPW at 617-846-1341
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The Winthrop High School Boys’ Basketball Team Fundraiser
Empty Can and Bottle Drive

Cummings School Half Circle
(across from the fire station)
Saturday, November 30th from 9:00am-12:00pm
(The Saturday following Thanksgiving!)
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This is a great chance to clear out all the empty bottles and cans from your Thanksgiving celebrations, while also an easy way to make a donation to the WHS hoop team!

The Annual Powder Puff Game vs. Revere will be played on Saturday, November 23rd at 1:00pm at Dela Russo Stadium in Revere. Please join us and cheer on our lady Vikings!
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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
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The 22nd Annual Holiday Lighting Festival
Winthrop Center from 3:00-6:00pm
Friday, November 29th- The day after Thanksgiving

Free photos with Santa, cartoon characters, entertainment, pony rides, raffles, games and contests, food, coloring contest, hat contest and more!
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The Winthrop Improvement and Historical Association
Holiday Open House
Saturday, November 30th 10:00am-2:00pm
Raffles, 50/50, baked goods, knitted items, crafts, tours and more!
Dean Winthrop Barn
40 Shirley Street
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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.

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 22 & 23 at 8:00PM with matinee performances November 24 at 3:00PM, you can purchase tickets now by visiting our website www.winthropplaymakers.com or by calling 617-539-1175.  Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.
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Middle School Drop In for Grades 6-8
December 6th and 20th, January 3rd and 17th, February 7th and 21st, March 7th and 21st, April 4th, May 2nd and 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 M_Miccichi320@hotmail.com
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"Turkey Shoot"
Winthrop Mixed Lodge #2057 Order Sons of Italy in America is having a "Turkey Shoot" fundraiser. ~This organization contributes 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
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