Winthrop Town Hall
1 Metcalf Square, Winthrop, MA 02152
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From the Desk of the Town Manager- January 16, 2014
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
January 16, 2014

WHS High School Cheerleaders are having a fundraiser on Saturday, January 18th at 6:00pm at Winthrop Yacht Club. Tickets are $20.00. There will be music, food & raffles. Please join us in supporting our cheerleaders for their trip to the Nationals at Walt Disney World.

The Winthrop Chamber of Commerce is holding their 23rd Annual Kick-Off Dinner and Awards Night on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the Hyatt Harborside at Logan Airport. Reception and cocktails at 6:30pm, dinner and the awards ceremony is at 8:00pm. Winthrop Public Schools is pleased to announce the recipients of the Youth Leadership Award are Annie Mahoney and Thomas “Jake” Chiudina. Educational Excellence Award recipients are Bernadette Carsley and Michael Kirby. The Coach of the Year Award goes to Warren MacPhail. Town service award goes to Margaret Larity.  Congratulations to all! Tickets are $45.00 per person and can be purchased online at If you are interested in reserving a table call the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce at 617-846-9898.

Please join us for an evening of Metaphysical Messages with Linnea Star, Psychic Medium, at the Winthrop High School Auditorium on Thursday, February 6, 2014. Complimentary Hors D’oeuvres will be served. Doors open at 5:45pm and the readings/show begins at 6:30pm. $25.00 for adults and $20.00 for students. Please call 617-846-5505 x128 for tickets, or email Proceeds will benefit the WHS Life Skills Class.

The Winthrop Parks Committee has three openings in the committee.  They are also in need of volunteers.  If you are interested or have any questions, you can contact them at:

The Winthrop Public Library & Museum
Star Wars Symposium
Saturday, January 18 10:30am
Come dressed as a character for the costume contest, bring your show and tell items, learn about the history of Star Wars, join in a trivia contest, play games and more.
All run by our very own Library Director!
Ages 6 and up, families welcome!
call Peter Struzzerio at 617-846-1703

Peter Struzzerio is the Library Director at the Winthrop Public Library & Museum and the founder and publisher of a film review site powered by librarians called the Big Brown Chair. Find it on Facebook and at

The Tuesday Night Knitting Club
The Winthrop Public Library is hosting a Knitting Club on the second Tuesday of every month.  This is a new group for knitters and those who want to learn.
The next meeting is February 11th, 2014 from 5-6pm.
The chosen title is Casting Off by~Nicole R. Dickson.
All fiber art crafts are welcome! We have several knitters, a quilter, a crocheter, and someone doing needlepoint. Or just come and discuss this month’s book with us, no craft required.
For more information, visit: Visit or

The Winthrop Library is looking for feedback from teens for a
Teen Advisory Group

Vote for your favorite time for us to host our newly starting Teen Advisory Group! If you’re a teen, and you want to tell us what books, movies, graphic novels, and other materials to buy and what programs you want us to have, you should join and add your voice to how the library should be run.

or visit their Facebook page

An Important Update, & Upcoming General Membership Meeting
from Winthrop Playmakers:

We are having an emergency general membership meeting on Thursday, February 6th to discuss the future of the organization. There are no returning board members for the 2014/2015 Season. If you are interested in becoming a board member, or know of someone who would be, please plan on attending this meeting. If there are not, at minimum, 9 members who are committing to be on this board, then we are forced to consider closing the organization. The meeting will begin promptly at 7:00PM. Please feel free to share this message with those you think would be interested in joining.

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Winthrop Drum Circle

This adult drum circle will meet the 2nd Monday night of every month from 6:30-8:30 pm. It will be held at the E.B. Newton Cultural Center in the Lyceum Room.

Beginners, intermediates and advanced drummers are welcome and encouraged to join in. We will share and explore rhythms from around the world. Most importantly this is a laid back drum circle where we can come together as one to create beautiful rhythms with our drums and/or handheld percussion instruments.
There will most likely be a few extra drums to try out. Please bring shakers, claves, and other small percussion instruments if you have them. This is a facilitated drum circle by Cathy Stacy.
$5 per person.

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There will be a bone marrow drive at the Winthrop Elks on Saturday, January 25th from 10:00am-2:00pm.