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From the Desk of the Town Manager- November 27, 2013
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!
We wish you a happy and healthy holiday!

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!

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!

Congratulations to the WHS Varsity Cheerleaders! They placed 5th in the State Competition last weekend and have qualified for the Nationals in February! Hats off to Irene Saulnier, Rachel Rogowicz, Alana Farmer, Elizabeth DiBennedetto, Kelly Swanson, Diandra Gillis, Ashley Singarella, Ashley Patti, Dakotah Squire, Marissa Gullotti, Jessica Vigliotta, Kelty Stafford, Paige McGovern, Emily McGovern, Angeleah Correale, Haley Curtis, Acacia Lynch, Shanel Turransky, Olivia Robson, Alyssa Ferrara, Anabelle Mcadams, Victoria Donahue, Gianna Guarino, and Alexis Colameta. Great job ladies and of course Coaches Rachel Mustone and Stephanie Bono!

WHS Student Council collected 918 cans from their annual Food Wars Can Drive for the Greater Boston Food Bank.

WHS Boys Basketball are having an empty can and bottle drive this Saturday, November 30th at the Driveway/Half Circle at the Arthur T. Cummings School from 9:00am-12:00pm. This is a great chance to clear out all of your empty bottles and cans while supporting our athletes!

Congratulations to the Winthrop High School Students of the Term for the first quarter: Sean Alioto, Andrew Almeida, Vanessa Arevalo, Mia Crehan-Bryson, Vanessa Dale, John DelSolio, James Forster, Kevin Gomez, Cara Hoey, Kristin Johnston, Emily Kilroy, Serena Lilaj, Salah Amin Louali, Katelyn MacDonald, Sean Magrath, Margaret Mahoney, John Orlando, Nicholas Peppe, Robbie Pino, Rachel Rogowicz, Stephanie Santilli, Ana Carolina, Silva deFarias, and Kim West. Keep up the excellent work!

WHS Varsity Cheerleaders and Winthrop Youth Football Grade 6 Cheerleaders are participating in a Dana-Farber fundraising drive. The fundraiser will conclude on Thanksgiving Day. All teams that raise $1,000.00 or more will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize – a chance to perform a pre-game cheerleading routine at Gillette Stadium on December 29th when the New England Patriots host the Buffalo Bills. The top five fundraising teams will be invited to a master cheer class run by the New England Patriots cheerleaders at the Dana-Farber field house in Foxboro, MA. Please visit for more information.

8th grade student McKayla Norris has been selected to serve as Winthrop Middle School Ambassador for Governor Patrick’s Project 351. McKayla will join 8th grade students from across the State on January 18th for a day of community service and leadership workshops. Great Job McKayla!

Campfire on the Beach
The Friends of Winthrop Beach, DCR and Save the Harbor will sponsor a campfire on Winthrop Beach on Friday, December 6th from 5:30 - 7:30 PM.~ ~Meet at Shore Drive at Dolphin Avenue.~ Free for the whole family!~ Come and toast marshmallows and enjoy a warm campfire on a cold night!

Joy and Peace on Earth Exhibit
The Clock Tower Gallery
E.B. Newton School & Winthrop Cultural Center
45 Pauline St., 1st Fl., Winthrop, MA
Extended hours for Small Business Saturday
November 30th 10:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.
Support your local artists

On Saturday, December 7th, the Winthrop Council on Aging will be hosting their 4th annual "One Stop Holiday Shopping" event at the Robert A DeLeo Senior Center, 35 Harvard Street-Winthrop. The hours are from 10:00am-2:00pm. There will be over 20 tables of crafters and direct sellers, so something for everyone. There will be raffles and there will also be light refreshments to purchase.

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

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!)

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!

Winthrop Playmakers Present
The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, An Adult Christmas Comedy

This December join the Winthrop Playmakers as they present a unique comedy for the season- THE EIGHT: Reindeer Monologues, by Jeff Goode.  Please note this show is not intended for children.

Described by the Los Angeles Times as “wickedly funny for those who can drop their defenses,” THE EIGHT is a dark Christmas comedy. Scandal erupts at the North Pole when one of Santa's eight tiny reindeer accuses him of sexual harassment. As mass media descends upon the event, the other members of the sleigh team demand to share their perspectives, and a horrific tale of corruption and perversion emerges, which seems to implicate everyone from the littlest elf to the tainted Saint himself. With each deer's confession, the truth behind the shocking allegations becomes clearer and clearer...and murkier and murkier.

THE EIGHT is directed by Nathan Fogg, with a cast featuring Brian Dion, Christopher Hagberg, Katie Higgins, Bobby Imperato, Anthony Internicola, Katie Moore, Laura Scherf, and Ken Vining.  Performances are December 6 and 7 at 8:00PM, and December 8 at 3:00PM.  Tickets are $15, and can be purchased by visiting our website or by calling 617-539-1175.

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

Winthrop Youth Lacrosse sign ups begin November 23rd and run through December 30th!! Forms can be downloaded and printed from the website:
Please click on the HANDOUTS link and print out all three forms.
Please mail or drop off completed registration forms along with a check payable to Winthrop Youth Lacrosse for $135.00.
Place your child's name on the memo section of the check.
All checks can be mailed to:
Winthrop Youth Lacrosse- 99 Loring Road, Winthrop, MA 02152.
Questions? Contact Rich Cifuni at

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