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From the Desk of the Town Manager- June 26, 2014
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
                                                                        June 26, 2014

This Sunday!
Winthrop Farmers Market
From 11:00am-3:00pm
Music by Wendy Sobel

So many great vendors including:
Silverbrook Farm
Windy Ridge Farm
Brookfard Farm
Oakdale Farms
Matt's Amazing Smokehouse
Merrill Frank Pottery
Makin' Jamaican
Jangles Jewelry
Piantedosi Baking Company
Little Lemon Boutique
Jennifer's Handmade Soap
Benny's Crepe Café
Evan's Deli
Designs by Anke
La Petite Boutique
Treasure Sisters
Next Step Living
Webster First Credit Union
Dawn Mahoney Art
Music Matters

Winthrop public schools finished their school year this past Tuesday, June 24th. We wish all of our students and teachers a happy, healthy and safe summer!

Jenn Adamson was voted MVP for the south team in the Agganis All Star Game! Congratulations Jenn – great job!

Congratulations to Jonathan Griffiths who was named to the 1st Team All-Conference NEC South for Lacrosse! Great job Jonathan!

Congratulations to our retirees this year! Linda Buonopane, Grade 1 teacher, 23 years of service; Pat Connors, Secretary/Payroll, 26 years of service; Claudia D’Amore, Biology Teacher, 17 years of service; Marci Hamilton, E.S.P., 16 years of service; Judith Hanlon, Grade 2 Teacher, 26 years of service; Mary Lou Heighton, E.S.P., 29 years of service; Valerie LeBlanc, Cafeteria, 13 years of service; Diane Montgomery, Secretary/Accounts Payable, 26 years of service; Mariann Nicoletti, Guidance Secretary, 11 years of service. Thank you all for the many years of service to the school department. I wish you a happy and healthy retirement! Enjoy!

Winthrop Beach Nourishment Project
June 23, 2014 – July 4, 2014

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

Excavation of material from Bristow Street area of embankment
Temporary restoration of southern site
Demolition of existing Ballard St. parking lot
New drainage, curbing and sidewalks at proposed Ballard St. lot

Winthrop Beach
Dismantle and Repair Groin #5
Armor Stone Delivery
Delivery and spreading of beach material

Please be advised that the Contractor will not be working Friday July 4th.

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.
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Winthrop Public Schools is once again participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children, without charge, and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, under the age of 18. Beginning July 7, 2014 and running through Friday, August 15, 2014, meals will be provided in the Arthur T. Cummings School cafeteria, with access at the rear of the building (School Street entrance). Breakfast service will start at 9:00am and end promptly at 10:00am. Lunch will be served at 12:00pm and end promptly at 1:00pm. For more information visit

The Rocky Horror Show
Live On Stage!
Winthrop Playmakers Dinner Theatre

Directors: Eric & Kelli Gaynor
Music Director: John Sparling
Choreographers: Kim Misci & Tara Leary
Stage Manager: Anthony Internicola
Producers: Lauren Amaru & Bill Thompson

Monday, July 7 & Tuesday, July 8 at 7:00 PM
Winthrop Cultural Center, 45 Pauline Street, Winthrop

Please prepare one selection of 16-32 bars in the style of the show. Please bring sheet music and headshot & resume if possible.

CAUTION: Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language
Actors under the age of 18 will require parental permission prior to auditions.

Venue: Cottage Park Yacht Club, Winthrop
Thursday, October 9th at 8pm
Friday, October 10th at 8pm
Thursday, October 16th at 8pm
Friday, October 17th at 8pm


If you are interested in healthy eating - this is your group!
We are Winthrop citizens working on improving our eating. Please give us a try. Whether you are trying to feed your children well, trying to lose weight, trying to improve a medical condition or trying to age well - we're about all these things.
Winthrop Public Library July 1st, Tues 6:00-7:00pm
Adults, Teens, & Kids welcome

Winthrop Community Food Pantry is under new management

Dona E. O’Donnell,~ Executive Director
Janet Daloia, Associate Director

Accepting new clients. Please call to see if you qualify. 617-846 6884

For Persons 62 years of age and older
Feldman-Rosenthal Seaside
(Formerly known as “Winthrop Apartments”)
101 Veterans Road
Winthrop, MA 02152
Developer: Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home Foundation, Inc. and Affirmative Investments, Inc.
Applications can be requested by calling the Management Company, Chelsea Jewish Community, Inc., at 617-409-8233. Applications can also be picked up in person from the Leonard Florence Center reception desk located at
165 Captains Row in Chelsea, MA 02150. This is located on Bus Route #112 on Admiral’s Hill.
Applications are available 7 days/week, from July 21st until August 8th, 8:30am to 7pm. The deadline for completed applications at 165 Captains Row is August 15, 2014, in person by 7pm or mailed and postmarked by that day.
Reasonable accommodations will be made. Use and occupancy restrictions apply. SELECTION BY LOTTERY.
Maximum Income Limits
(30% AMI) Per Household Size
1 person $19,770
2 persons $22,590
3 persons $25,410
4 persons $28,230

Maximum Income Limits
(60% AMI) Per Household Size
1 person $39,540
2 persons $45,180
3 persons $50,820
4 persons $56,460

# Units Type Rent % of Income
7 1 BR CR/Section 8 PBA 30%
1 2 BR CR/Section 8 PBA 30%
27 1 BR Contract Rent 60%
2 2 BR Contract Rent 60%
2 1 BR Contract Rent Market
1 2 BR Contract Rent Market

An informational session will be held on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 10:00am to 11:00am at 165 Captains Row in Chelsea, MA.

For more information or reasonable accommodations, call Kimberly Comstock, CJC, Inc. at 617-409-8233.

Winthrop Fireworks
Winthrop is gearing up for another exciting Fireworks display on the 4th of July.  The 4th of July is about bringing the community together and enjoying summer activities while connecting with others from the community or with those visiting. I am excited to continue the long tradition in Winthrop of bringing families, friends and neighbors together.

The Fireworks display would not be possible without our sponsors, donors and supportive residents.  I hope you will consider making a donation in support of the 4th of July Fireworks.  I know there are many demands on your kindness, but I hope you will consider my request and help make this year’s festivities a well-organized summer celebration for the Town of Winthrop

One hundred percent of the expenses for the Fireworks display depend on donations.  Whatever your budget may be, please know that your efforts are appreciated by the volunteers of the Fireworks Committee, and by the residents who look forward each year to connecting with friends and neighbors at this important annual celebration.  On behalf of the entire committee, I appreciate your consideration of becoming a partner in making this year’s festivities a success.
Thank you for your generosity.
Checks can be mailed to:
Town of Winthrop Fireworks
40 Pauline St.
Winthrop, MA 02152

Paul E. Flanagan
Fireworks Coordinator

The Winthrop Farmers Market at French Square opened for the season last Sunday. The market featured produce from local farms, craft vendors, live music and food trucks.  It was a big success!

Additional dates have been set for the following Sundays: June 29, July 13 and 27, August 10 and 24 and September 7 and 21.

Learn more about the Winthrop Farmers Market at French Square at Keep up to date as they add new vendors by following them on Facebook or Twitter.

St. John's Episcopal Parish will be offering their delicious Lobster Lunches by reservation only for pick up or delivery the last Saturday morning of each month this summer, June - September.
As always, the lunch includes a generous lobster roll, a bag of chips and a homemade triple chocolate brownie...all for just $15!!!
If interested please call Carol Belcher at 617-913-5182 by Friday 6PM to reserve yours.

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