Winthrop Town Hall
1 Metcalf Square, Winthrop, MA 02152
ph: 617.846.1852
From the Desk of the Town Manager- December 5, 2013
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
December 5, 2013

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!

Veteran’s Fundraiser
Friday, December 6
AMVETS Hall, 155 Veteran’s Road Winthrop
Comedy by Joey Carroll
Dancing to the soul-rock of “The People”
Suggested donation is $10
Proceeds to benefit the Supporting the Troops Program
For more info, contact Richard Honan 617-846-5972
Or Dave Tick 617-678-0951

Campfire on Winthrop Beach - weather permitting
Friday, December 6th at 5:30 - Shore Drive and Dolphin Ave.
- Free~family Fun -
Come and roast marshmallows and warm up by the fire!
Sponsored by DCR, Friends of Winthrop Beach and Save the Harbor
This event will be rescheduled if it is raining.

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.

Joy and Peace on Earth Exhibit
at The Clock Tower Gallery
45 Pauline St., 1st Floor
Thurs. 6-8 p.m. Sat. 2-4 p.m. through 1/4/13
Extended Hours Sat. 12/21 for the
Winter Solstice Event 2-7 p.m.
We have items for sale from
our local artisans – come shop
at the gallery!

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.  Also, the compost will close on December 7th.  If you have any questions, please call the DPW at 617-846-1341

Winthrop Community Blood Drive
Sponsored by the IOOF/Zenith Lodge #42
Saturday, December 21, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Zenith Lodge
196 Winthrop Street
For an appointment please call 1-800 RED CROSS
(733-2767) or visit

St. John's Episcopal Church will hold its Annual Snowflake Fair this Saturday, December 7th, 10:00am- 2:00pm. The fair will feature jewelry, handcrafted items, attic treasures, a homemade food table, gift baskets, fresh wreaths, raffles, kid's items*, cookies by the (bakers) dozen, lunch featuring lobster rolls, chowders, chicken salad rolls, hot dogs and more!

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.

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