Winthrop Town Hall
1 Metcalf Square, Winthrop, MA 02152
ph: 617.846.1852
From the Desk of the Town Manager- May 1, 2014
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
May 1, 2014

Winthrop Beach Nourishment Project-
Phase 3 Northern Section

April 28, 2014 – May 9, 2014

The following work items will begin occurring for the Winthrop Beach project.
You can expect to see these activities over the next two weeks.

Strip and sreen soil
Re-stripe Route 107 and add construction signage
Begin removing material from southern site

Crest Avenue:
Install curbing in lot
Pave existing parking lot
Install new wheelchair ramps and crosswalks
Pave portion of Crest Ave directly in front of parking lot
Install signs and stripe lot and roadway
Remove trees

Winthrop Beach:
Reconstruct Pearl Avenue revetment
Repair Groin #3 (opposite Wave Way Avenue)
Dismantle Groin #4 (opposite Coral Avenue)
Armor stone delivery
Begin delivery of beach material

The week of May 5 will be the first week that beach material is delivered to Winthrop Beach. The trucking operation will only take place Monday through Friday, 9am -3pm. During these hours, parking along Crest Avenue in Winthrop will be relocated to the new parking lot. After 3 pm, street parking may resume.

Questions or concerns about the project should be directed to DCR Resident Engineer Steve Colometo, at the DCR trailer behind the DCR bathhouse on Winthrop Shore Drive, by visit or phone (617-539-4957) during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. In case of an emergency, contact 911 or DCR’s 24/7 emergency hotline at the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency at 508-820-1428.

Join us on Twitter @MassDCR - Visit

Board of Directors will be conducting a

The forum presents an opportunity for the residents and public to bring matters to the attention of the elected and appointed officials of the Housing Authority.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM
O’Connell Hall, 9 Golden Drive, Winthrop

The Chairman of the Board of Directors will preside over the forum,
and provide a brief overview of the Authority and its role in providing
safe, affordable housing in compliance with State regulations. The remainder of the meeting will be left in the hands of the public who are encouraged to ask questions.

Winthrop Ferry Rider Forum

Winthrop Ferry riders and local residents are invited to attend an informational meeting about the Winthrop Ferry program and the upcoming ferry season on Tuesday, May 6 at 7 p.m. at the Ferry Terminal Building at the Winthrop Public Landing.

The purpose of the meeting is to explain the current situation with the ferry program, what the plans are going forward and to discuss possible options for providing water borne service to Boston and the Islands in the upcoming season.

The town will be looking for information from riders, related to how often they would plan to ride, where they prefer debarkation and at which times travel would be best.

We need to hear from you, in order to have the best information possible as we discuss alternative service for the upcoming season.

Anyone who wishes to participate in this session, but is not available to attend on Tuesday evening can email the Assistant to the Town Manager/ Grants Manager Joseph Domelowicz at

The NEW Friends of the Library are presenting a BOOK SALE!!

At the Winthrop Public Library, 2 Metcalf Square, Winthrop, Ma 02152

Come out and enjoy our HUGE selection of books, movies, cds, vinyl records, puzzles and more. The sale will be inside and outside of the Library.

Sat May 10th from 10:00am - 5:00pm (we are still looking for volunteers to help as well).

For more information contact the Library Staff at 1-617-846-1703

Plastic Pollution Forum
The Friends of Belle Isle Marsh will present a Monday Night Forum on “Plastic Pollution” at the Orient Heights Yacht Club on Monday, May 12th at 7 PM.~~ Michael Rowinsky, the featured speaker, will talk about the devastating impact of plastic on fish and wildlife, and the “plastic soup” that is found in the ocean.~~ He has studied the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” which is composed of non-biodegradable marine litter, including plastic, which floats on ocean currents between Hawaii and the west coast of the United States.~~ Charles Moore, who discovered the Patch in 1997, continues to raise awareness through his environmental organization, the Algalita Marine Research Foundation.
Michael Rowinsky will also discuss his research with Charles Moore at the Algalita Foundation.~~ He graduated from California State University with a B.S. in Marine Biology.~ He teaches Biology, AP Environmental Science, Genetics, Anatomy and Physiology in Connecticut.~ Mike enjoys hunting and fishing, gardening, kayaking, canning, and SCUBA diving.~ He’s a naturalist at the Sherwood Island State Park in Westport.~~ Mike enjoys experimenting with sustainable methods of gardening, such as aquaponics and hydroponics.
The Monday Night Forum is free and open to the public.~ Refreshments will be served.~ For more information, please visit , call 617-846-7418 or email

CAPIC Summer Camp
Mary C. Burke Complex
300 Crescent Ave.
Chelsea, Ma 02150

Camp Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm
Camp Date: June 30th – August 15th

Fees:  $25.00- Registration (non-refundable)
$650.00- Full Summer (7 Weeks)
$150.00- One Week
*All Payments are due on or before June 13th

Documents required:
Physical & Immunization Records (Updated required by Dept. of Health)
Birth Certificate

Contact Info:
Betsy Rodriguez
9 Arlington Street
Chelsea, MA 02150
(617) 889-9929 Ext. 207

Winthrop Healthy Eating
If you are interested in healthy eating - this is your group!
We are Winthrop citizens working on improving our eating.
We share recipes & ideas.
We work on our own goals. It's fun. It's motivating.
Like us on Facebook "Winthrop Healthy Eating".
Adults, Teens & Kids Welcome
Next meeting: May 6th Tuesday 6-7pm Winthrop Library.

An introduction to running with drills to correct running form and improve
strength, endurance and possible speed.

Register now at or at the Recreation Office.

Don’t miss out!~ Join Coach MacPhail for this great introduction to running. Begins on Friday, May 2nd from 2:30pm- 3:15pm from the Cummings School to Ingleside Park. This program runs for 5 weeks and the cost is $55.00.

ZUMBA KIDS dance fitness class.~Grab your friends and move like no one's watching! ZUMBA KIDS is the dance fitness party where we play it loud and rock with friends to our own rules.

No Experience necessary!! Get ready to dance to many rhythms from around the world, as well as some of your favorite pop hits.~
It's a Blast!

Register now for ZUMBA Kids for children grades 5-8. Class begins on Thursday, May 1st and run for 6 weeks from 3:00pm- 3:45pm in the Middle School Cafeteria.  Cost is $35.   Register now at or at the Recreation Office.

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

Wednesday, May 14th
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

Live at the Rustic Table
(503 Shirley Street Winthrop MA)

Full Scene Ahead Presents:
Sonny James Clifford
Not Bothered
Pleasure Garden
Jess Santacroce

Friday, May 2nd- Doors open at 7:45, show starts at 8:00pm
$5 all ages

Start training now!

Winthrop Seaside Striders 5K Foot Race
The Winthrop Seaside Striders have a promote health and fitness in the Winthrop Community through running and other endurance sports. The race is sponsored by the Point Shirley Athletic Association. All proceeds are donated to Winthrop Parks & Recreation.


General Information

Race Details & Online Registration at:
Please make checks payable to: Point Shirley Athletic Club.
Mail to: Shane Sherwood, 234 Court Road, Winthrop, MA 02152.
For questions, please email:

Entry Information

$25.00 Pre-Entry Fee
$30.00 Fee day of race
Guaranteed T-Shirt to First 200 Entrants
Number Pick-Up on Race Day, 4:30–6:00 PM at Miller Field

Course Information

This year's course will be the same as last year, including a quarter mile of trail running by Lewis Lake and back on to River Road. COURSE starts at Winthrop High School. Left onto Franklin St. Right onto Revere St. Right onto Hutchinson. Right onto Crest Ave., which then becomes Winthrop Shore Drive. Right onto Beacon St. Right onto Shirley St. Left on Cutler St across Veterans Rd to trail across Lewis Lake Park. Right onto River Rd. Right onto Cross St. Right into football field, onto track. Finish on track to thunderous applause.
Please see: for a detailed course map

DCR is actively recruiting lifeguards for the beaches and the pools in the metropolitan area. I would appreciate your assistance. We have updated DCR’s webpage and the Lifeguard info is on the front page. See 
or refer people for more information to our DCR Aquatics unit at

Thanks so much. See you at the beach!

The Winthrop Board of Health would like to announce the 2014 Annual Rabies Clinic will be held on Saturday, May 17th from 9am to 11pm at the old DPW Yard off Winthrop Street behind the Methodist Church. Cost is $10.

Camp Fort is back by popular demand!~ If you have a student entering kindergarten, first, second or third grade, the perfect program is available to you!~~ The program which runs from July 8th-August 14th, is located right at the school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30-12:30.~ The cost for the entire session is~$350.~ An information session will held from 6:30-7:00 followed by registration from 7:00-8:00 p.m.~on Thursday May 1st in the Gorman Fort Banks School Multi-Purpose Room.~~Caution: Enrollment will be limited to first registered, first enrolled.

Yoga Dance comes to the Winthrop Cultural Center every Tuesday starting on June 24th from 5:00-6:00pm.  First class is free!

Give yourself the gift of movement with Yoga Dance
Yoga Dance is a low impact style of movement fusing yoga postures and self-expression. Combining elements of yoga, breath awareness and grace of movement.

Yoga Dance will help release tension, improve flexibility, balance and coordination. Most of all, Yoga Dance is an invitation to have fun and let go of inhibitions through self-expression

WHEN:  Tuesdays 5:00 - 6:00 pm starting June 24th
WHERE:  E.B. Newton Cultural Center, 1st floor
COST: $8 Drop In or purchase 5 classes for $30 FIRST CLASS IS FREE
INSTRUCTOR: Karen has been practicing yoga for more than 15 years and teaching for 6 years. Through her passion for yoga and love for dance, Karen will inspire you to awaken your inner child in a judgment free zone.

From Neighbor2Neighbor Fundraiser
Support Winthrop neighbors in need while listening to the award-winning Squeezebox Stompers in a night of folk, blues, Cajun, and Zydeco music. The fundraising event will be held on Saturday, May 3rd from 7-10 PM at the DeLeo Senior Center, 35~Harvard St. in Winthrop. The suggested donation is $10; proceeds from the event support Winthrop’s FromNeighbor2Neighbor organization which provides emergency funds for Winthrop residents facing crisis situations. This fun-filled, all-ages event will include raffle prizes with coffee, tea, soft drinks and desserts available for purchase.~ This program is supported in part by a grant from the Winthrop Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Tickets for the event will be available at the door on the night of the fundraiser as well in advance at the following locations: the DeLeo Senior Center, Simon’s Winthrop Bookstore, and the Winthrop Book Depot.~ For further information, contact Judie Van Kooiman at 617-462-5719 or Mary Lou Osborne at 617-846-8838.

Winthrop Police Explorer Dueling Piano Fundraiser
Friday, May 9 at 7:00pm at Cottage Park Yacht Club
Come out and support the Winthrop Police Explorer’s trip to the National Conference this summer in Bloomington, Indiana.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the police station from Lt. Scarpa or Sgt. Rogers.