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From the Desk of the Town Manager- February 20, 2014
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
February 20, 2014

Congratulations to Grade 8 students Isabella Kennedy and Jillian Olevitz who have been selected to receive the “Make a Difference Award” sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Library for their involvement in unique community service projects in their community. Isabella and Jillian will be honored at a special ceremony in March. Way to go!

We are pleased to recognize the WHS Mock Trial for their first two season trials and wins as the plaintiff team against the Malden HS defense at Cambridge District Court, and as the defense team against Melrose HS plaintiff in Lynn District Court. Congratulations to Ana Aravena, Sara Buchanan, Dominic DeRocco, Caitlin Egan, Michael Mazzone, Michael Melanson, Kelly Russo, Julia Tracy and Mark Tracy! Well done!

Congratulations to the WHS Students of the Term for the second quarter: Andrew Almeida, Ana Aravena, Jordan Atkins, Christopher Beaudry, Elizabeth Carsley, Angeleah Correale, Courtney Dalton, Harry Floyd, Lucy Floyd, Michael Gallagher, Nelson Hernandez, Marina Huenchunir, Medi Karame, Erisha Kokoneshi, Sean Magrath, Erica Mietzsch, Ivan Rodriguez, and Mark Tracy. Keep up the good work!

Congratulations to Winthrop Middle School January Students of the Month for Citizenship: Kristen Griffiths and Marc Vanbuskirk, both in grade 7. Great job!

Congratulations to our Lady Bull Dawgs who won against Marblehead in the NEC Girls Hockey Championship game.  They are the NEC Conference Champions!  Great job!

Congratulations to Christa Vaccaro who was voted a League All Star on the vault in girls ‘gymnastics. Nice job Christa!

Zinko Family Fundraiser is being held on Saturday, March 1st at Winthrop Yacht Club. Winthrop resident Michael Zinko died suddenly on Christmas morning at the age of 39. He left behind his wife Donna and four children ages 5-19. They are emotionally and financially devastated. Mr. .Zinko was a self-employed HVAC contractor. Friends have organized this fundraiser to help this family in need. There will be a pasta dinner, music, raffles, and a split the pot. Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased by contacting Amy Gallagher, 617-650-1901, Kathy Hubert, 617-846-9499, or Susan Woods, 617-694-4763. Donations can also be made at East Boston Savings Bank in the name of the Zinko Family.

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

Winthrop Beach Nourishment – Phase III

Thursday, February 20, 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, March 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

The Clock Tower Gallery
Boston Professional Photographers Association Award Winning Photos
February 8th through March 1st
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.

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