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From the Desk of the Town Manager- July 11, 2013
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
                                                                        July 11, 2013

Congratulations to Winthrop High School Alumni (Class of 2012) Chris LeBlanc.  He was drafted for the NHL by the Ottawa Senators!  Great job Chris!


Local musician Max Whiting, Bassist and Band Leader, will bring his group, Musicmakers to Winthrop's Ingleside Park for the 2013 Music in the Park series beginning on Thursday, July 18 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Bassist and Band Leader, Max Whiting will be accompanied by drummer, Donn Carr of Peabody, saxophonist Tom Reppucci of Lynn, George Blodgett from Hampton Beach on Organ and local singer, Brenda Keen from Malden. Musicmakers will provide cool, smooth, live jazz for a relaxing, entertaining musical evening.

Max has performed throughout the Northeast, eastern Canada and Florida during his musical career. Originally from Providence, Winthrop has been home since the mid-1990s. He currently serves as Vice President and Music Director for the Rhode Island Rhythm & Blues Preservation Society, the music of his soul. The organization was formed to ensure the continuation of R&B in the original musical tradition and offers musical instruments to RI school children in need.


Free Student Summer Feeding Program
All Winthrop children- 2-18 years of age
The Winthrop School Department is 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, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.  Meals will be provided at the site and times as follows:

Meals will be provided at the Winthrop Middle School Cafeteria with access at the rear of the building near the sports fields.  Breakfast service will be starting at 9:00am and will end promptly at 10:00am; lunch service will start at 12:00pm and end promptly at 1:00pm.  This program starts on Monday, July 8th and runs through Friday, August 16th.

Linnea Star, psychic medium, is appearing at the E.B. Newton Cultural Center, 45 Pauline St, on July 20th. She will bring forth metaphysical messages from the other side showing that the soul is truly eternal. $30.00 includes medium-ship and light refreshments. Cash or check accepted at the door. Contact Pam at 617-590-1758 or

This Saturday!
Fun & games in store at the Chamber’s “Family Day at the Beach”
Beautiful Yirrell Beach on Point Shirley will be the place to be for fun in the sun this Saturday, July 13, for the 16th annual “Old Fashioned Family Day at the Beach.”~ In the event of rain, the event will be held Sunday, July 14.
There will be lots to do for both children and adults, with activities running from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.~ Kids will enjoy taking a dip in the wave-runner and a slip on the water-slide. Spinning the tunes throughout the day will be DJ Jeff Lyons with some awesome beach music.~ There will also be giveaways, games, raffles, a barbecue and much more.
Contests will take place all day.~ They are free to enter and always entertaining.~ The schedule for the day is as follows: 11:00 a.m. - Scavenger Hunt; 11:30 a.m. - Simon Says; 12:00 p.m. - Water Balloon Toss; 12:30 p.m. - Look-Alike Contest; 12:45 p.m. - Animal Imitation Contest; 1:00 p.m. - Adult Spelling Bee; 1:30 p.m. - Winthrop’s Got Talent; 2:00 p.m. - Hat Contest; 2:30 p.m. - Dance Contest; 3:00 p.m. - Hula Hoop Contest.
This event is put on by the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce and Winthrop MarketPlace.~ There will be lots to do and enjoy, so be sure to bring a camera.~ For more information, go to

Delicious Lobster Lunches...A generous lobster roll, bag of kettle chips, homemade triple chocolate brownie....all for just $15!! Complimentary Winthrop delivery if desired. Every Saturday June 15 - Aug 31. Order by Friday at 7:00pm for Saturday 10:00am pick up at the Parish Hall. Call 617-846-2363 opt#3 or visit to order.
All proceeds benefit St. John's Episcopal Parish.

French Square Market

This year’s French Square Market nights will be held on Wednesday, July 17 and Wednesday, August 14 from 5:00 to 8:00p.m. in French Square.
The event will feature local artists, crafters and vendors selling their goods in French Square, while local musicians perform. There will also be specials offered by local Center area restaurants. So come down next Wednesday, July 17th from 5 to 8 p.m. and enjoy the Center business district on a beautiful summer’s evening.
Some tables and seating will be available, but attendees are encouraged to bring a folding chair and enjoy the atmosphere.
For more information, call the Town Manager’s office and speak to Joseph Domelowicz at 617-846-1078 x1013.

Register now for the Parks and Recreation’s trip to Spectacle Island sponsored by Save the Harbor/Save the Bay.  You will be bussed to the Bank of America Pavillion in Boston and pick up the boat for the trip to Spectacle Island.  The bus departs at 8:30am from the rear of the Middle School and returns by 3:30pm.  Once at Spectacle, you can swim and explore the island.  Pack a lunch and enjoy a great day.  The cost is $15.00 and space is limited.  Register now at or at the Recreation office in the rear of the Middle School.
Sunset Cruise sails August 7
Tickets are on sale now from the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce for its annual Sunset Cruise on Boston Harbor.~ The excursion will take place Wednesday, August 7 leaving from the Town Pier at the Public Landing.~ Boarding is at 6:30 p.m., returning at 9:30 p.m.
The elegant premier vessel of Boston Harbor Cruises, the Regency, will take a scenic tour of the inner harbor.~ A fun way to beat the heat, it is a relaxing night out with friends and neighbors.~ Back by popular demand, the band “FineLine” with John and Lori Wadkins will be providing the evening’s entertainment.
Call 617-846-9898 or stop by the office at 207 Hagman Road for tickets.~ MasterCard, Visa, and Discover are accepted.~ Price is $40 per person and includes a light meal.~ Don’t miss the boat: visit for more details.

The Viking Pride Foundation, along with The Larry Larsen Rink at the Mike Eruzione Center and Winthrop Parks and Recreation, are joining efforts to create a new spring/summer recreation center. The rink facility is not utilized between mid-April through mid-August, and it is the goal of the Viking Pride Foundation to create a venue for our kids to go and participate in organized recreational activities during the spring and summer months. Creating a fun and safe place for our kids is a top priority, so we ask you to join us in supporting this very important initiative.

To help support this effort, defray the costs of the floor and equipment needed to get the recreation center up and running, and to further our Foundation's mission, the Viking Pride Foundation is sponsoring "The Summer Chiller" event on Saturday, August 24th from 7-11PM at The Larry Larsen Rink at the Mike Eruzione Center. The Summer Chiller will include entertainment by "Guilty Pleasure", New England's premiere dance band, as well as food, drinks, raffles, and other fun activities. "Guilty Pleasure" performs across New England, including recent performances at Foxwoods, Twin River Casino and the Hard Rock Café. This event will also give you the opportunity to check out the new floor purchased by the Viking Pride Foundation which was the key first step in getting this recreation center started. Most importantly, it once again gives Winthrop a forum to come together as a community for a great night of music and dancing, with the continued goal of ensuring the youth of Winthrop have the best co-curricular experiences available to them. All proceeds from this event will be going exclusively to the new recreation center.

If you're feeling lucky, there will be a “High Rollers Raffle” with only 100 raffle tickets being sold for $100 apiece. At the night of the event, the winner will be pulled for a $5,000 prize. There will also be many silent auction items, including the featured “Grand Silent Auction Prize,” which is a one week stay at the Christmas Tree Inn in Vermont. The Christmas Tree Inn sleeps 40 people and is one mile from Sugarbush Resort. For details on the many amenities and area activities this resort offers to go Gather your extended family and friends for a week of rest and relaxation as you hit the slopes or partake in the many outdoor activities. The Christmas Tree Inn will allow for a memorable vacation with a large group of people closest to you, while simultaneously knowing the cost of your wonderful trip will go directly back into the Recreation Center for your community.

If you are a local business that wants to get behind this new Recreation Center for our youth, sponsorships are currently being offered in the following denominations, all of which will be acknowledged in event advertisements and at the event itself:
$5,000 (Gold - includes two tables of 10 for the sponsor).
$2,500 (Silver - includes a table of 10 for sponsor)
$1,000 (Bronze)
$500 (Platinum level)

Individual tickets are $30. With the event fast approaching, townspeople are encouraged to go to the Viking Pride website at or calling 617-539-4873 to purchase tickets. You can also reach out to any Viking Pride Foundation board member to purchase tickets and/or a table for this event.
We thank the Winthrop Community for your continued support of the Viking Pride Foundation and your forthcoming commitment to helping us realize our goal of opening the new recreation center to the children and townspeople of Winthrop.

At The Clock Tower Gallery
Teacher & Student Together For A Show
Doretha James and Glena Raya-Silva
June 16th - July 27th
Thurs. 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Sat. 2:00 -4:00 p.m.

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