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From the Desk of the Town Manager- February 13, 2014
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
February 13, 2014

On February 4, 2014, the Winthrop Town Council voted to move voting locations from the Middle School Gym to the Cummings School Cafeteria entering via School Street. Postcards will be mailed to impacted homes per MGL Chapter 54, Section 24. Please use the link below to confirm where you are registered to vote:


Boat Excise bills are being mailed on February 13, 2014.~ There is a new procedure for boat stickers. Please read the insert that will be mailed with the bills.

Congratulations to the Arthur T. Cummings Writers of the Month for January: Christian Buonopane (grade3), Bobby Diaz (grade4) and Colleen Whittaker (grade 5). Keep up the great work!

The Winthrop High School Cheerleaders made the Semi-Finals and placed 11th in the Nation in Walt Disney World!  Winthrop is so proud! Great job lady Vikings!

The 3rd Annual Music Matters is festival is Saturday, February 15th at 7:00pm at the Winthrop Elks. Featured bands include The Band of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Somerset, Fineline, and Just Kill Me Rico. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by calling 302-468-7421 or email at Come dance, have fun, and support Winthrop’s music programs!

WHS Boys Varsity Hockey has clinched a spot in the State Tournament with a huge win against Marblehead last Saturday and another win against Gloucester last Wednesday! Go Vikings!

Winthrop Middle School Elks Students of the Month were recognized last Monday. Congratulations to December Elks Students of the Month: Hannah Capone and Victoria Kennedy, Grade 6; Brandon Preble and Aaron Amouzo, Grade 7; and Devin Pulsifer and Tina Ascolillo, Grade 8. Congratulations to January Elks Students of the Month: Michael Brooks and Samantha Long, Grade 6; Mary Teixeria and Katerina Thano, Grade 7; Gabriella Hinchion and Michael Calla, Grade 8. Keep up the great work!

Support the restoration of Winthrop’s parks and playgrounds!

2nd Annual Family Fun Night
Sponsored by the Winthrop Parks Committee

Saturday March 29th from 4:00-8:00pm
Cottage Park Yacht Club

Tickets $20 in advance/ $25 at the door
Children under 12 free
***entry ticket is also a raffle for Tampa Bay vs Boston on May1st***

Carnival games, face painting, raffles, and MORE!!!


Tickets can be purchased in advanced at
the Parks and Recreation office, 151 Pauline Street, 617-846-8243
or contact the Parks Committee at

Winthrop Youth Hockey is having a fundraiser:
Saturday, April 5th 7:00-12:00pm
Winthrop Yacht Club
$20 a ticket
Dancing and Raffles
Each ticket is entered to win a year tuition for Winthrop Youth Hockey

The Winthrop Public Library is proud to announce the formation of:
The NEW Friends of the Library
Interested in Volunteering? Want to give back to the Library? Need Community service hours or just a sense of involvement?

Students, Retirees, Parents, all are welcome. Fundraising, Book Sales, Volunteer Opportunities. All these things and more will be discussed at our first meeting. Come and join us as we lay the groundwork and discuss all the things coming in the future.

February 13th, 6:00pm in the Hazellet Room.


Winthrop Beach Nourishment – Phase III

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Robert A. DeLeo Senior Center
Winthrop, MA 02152

At this meeting, DCR will share information about Phase III of this project, which will nourish the northern end of Winthrop Beach for shore protection. Phase I of the project involved the repair of two structures at the southern part of the beach that played an important role in stabilizing the beach nourishment that was accomplished on the southern end of Winthrop Beach, in Phase II.

DCR will describe the Phase III construction plans, schedule and impacts, as well as plans for addressing any impacts. At a future public meeting, DCR will discuss Phase IV of the project, which will result in improvements to Shore Drive.

The entire $25 million, four-phase Winthrop Beach Restoration project is designed to better fortify Winthrop Beach against the full force of northeast storm and natural beach erosion.

The public meeting presentation will be available after the meeting on DCR’s website at

If you have questions about the public meeting, please call 617-626-4974 or email
Please follow us on Twitter at MassDCR!

Overdose Prevention and Reversal
Do you or someone you love struggle with opiate addiction?

Starting Wednesday, February 12
Specialists available for FREE
Narcan training and kits

No appointment needed
Drop in from 7-8 p.m.
DeLeo Senior Center
35 Harvard Street

Program will be offered the second Wednesday of every month
Presented by the Winnisimmett Regional Opioid Collaborative (WROC)
For more information contact Pat Milano at

Winthrop Playmakers Announce Upcoming Performance of Alice in Wonderland

Be a part of something different and join the Winthrop Playmakers as they continue their milestone 75th season with their upcoming production of Alice in Wonderland, directed by Nathan Fogg, with music direction by Joseph Nuccio and choreographed by Jason Hair-Wynn.

The classic 1951 animated Disney film, based on Lewis Caroll’s novels The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, comes to life onstage in this exciting adaptation.  Join Alice as she travels down the rabbit hole as she chases the White Rabbit, races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar, and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game!  Featuring such classic songs as “I’m Late” and “The Un-Birthday Song,” as well as new additions, Alice in Wonderland is a must-see for the entire family.

Alice in Wonderland stars a cast that includes Heather Buccini as Alice, Anthony Mullen as the Mad Hatter, Becky Rush as the Queen of Hearts, Patrick Harris as the White Rabbit, and an ensemble featuring Billy Thompson, Lucy Girard, Molly Girard, Christine Alcinder, Lauren Amaru, Victoria Rotondo, Kalyn Ferguson, Suze Ferguson, Christian Webster, Anthony Internicolla, Melissa McNeil, Michael Andree, Emma Rotondo, Kaylyn Barry, Kara Gianelli, Brianna McLean, and Mark Damon. Running February 21, 22, 28 & March 1 at 8PM, with matinees February 23 & March 2 at 3PM, 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.

Music and Lyrics by Sammy Fain and Bob Hilliard, Oliver Wallace and Cy Coban, Allie Wrubel and Ray Gilbert, Mack David, All Hoffman and Jerry Livington.  Music Adapted and Arranged and Additional Music and Lyrics by Bryan Louiselle.  Book Adapted and Additional Lyrics by David Simpatico

Winthrop Parks & Recreation


Register online at or visit the Rec office located in the rear of the Winthrop middle school.


Tuesday, Feb. 18- Friday, Feb. 21- Full Day Vacation Program
7:30am -6:00pm
Parks & Rec (rear of middle school)
New participants call for special rate!
Monday, Feb. 17         Disney on Ice – Let’s Celebrate
$29.00 pp 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Family event, children must be accompanied by adult.
Tuesday, Feb. 18        Sky Zone – Indoor Trampoline Park
$25.00 pp 9:30am to 12:00pm (waiver required)
Wednesday, Feb. 19 - Skate & Hot Dog Lunch, Larsen Rink
$12.00 pp 11:00am to 1:00pm
(Your own skates required)
Thursday, Feb. 20 - Bowling & Pizza – Town Line in Malden
$20.00 pp 12pm -3pm
Friday, Feb. 21 - Movie Day at Revere Cinema
$20.00 pp – Movie and Time TBA

All bus trips leave from the rear of the middle school.
Call 617 846-8243 for additional information.

A Winter Campfire Festival will be held on Friday, February 14th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at Constitution Beach Bathhouse in East Boston.~ Gather around an evening beachside campfire with park rangers and listen to nature stories.~ Roast marshmallows, ice skate at the indoor rink or make wintry owl crafts.~ Astronomers will be on hand to let you look through their telescopes at the night sky. ~Hosted by the Dept. of Conservation and Recreation, Boston Natural Areas Network, FMC Ice Sports at the Porrazzo Rink, the East Boston YMCA, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh and the Friends of Winthrop Beach.~ For more information, call DCR Park Ranger Enzo at 781-485-2803 x 109.

Be a Hero for a young Hero.

Student Resource Officer Dawne Armitstead is getting the Winthrop High School student council involved to join her team "Winthrop's Finest" to support the Children's Advocacy Center of Suffolk County. Chief Delehanty will also be climbing and has agreed to provide transportation. You must be 16 or older to participate.

At Children's Advocacy Center of Suffolk County (CAC), we see heroes every day. Each year, over 1,300 children are referred to the CAC to talk about abuse and violence in their lives. Their courage is heroic and they inspire all of us.

By climbing 61 floors to the top of the John Hancock Tower on March 29, 2014, you can be a hero, too!~~Your journey will begin with the challenge of~raising awareness of child abuse, neglect and violence when you ask~family, friends and colleagues to sponsor your Climb. The funds you help raise will support the young heroes that visit the CAC~and their families on their journey of healing.

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

The Clock Tower Gallery
Boston Professional Photographers Association Award Winning Photos
February 8th through March 1st.~ Opening Reception February 8th 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
E.B. Newton School & Cultural Center, 45 Pauline St., 1st Floor, Winthrop
Gallery Hours:~ Thurs. 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.~ Sat. 2-4 p.m.


CAPIC’s VITA Free Tax Preparation Program will be starting on February 3, 2014.
This program offers free tax help for qualified taxpayers.   CAPIC’s trained staff will assist with special credits, such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled.  In addition to free tax preparation, CAPIC also offers free electronic filing (e-filing).
The Program will take place at CAPIC’s Main Office, located at 100 Everett Avenue, Unit 14, Chelsea, on  Mondays and Tuesdays from 4pm-9pm (doors close at 8pm). No appointment necessary.   All clients will be seen on a walk-in basis.
For more information please contact Shelly Thimmer, VITA Program Coordinator, at 617-884-6130, ext. 116.

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

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.

You could also add in that if they have any questions to contact me at

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