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From the Desk of the Town Manager- September 12, 2013
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
September 12, 2013

The Superintendent wishes to thank everyone for working so hard during the summer months to prepare for the opening of school. We held our annual welcome back luncheon on Wednesday, September 4th where we recognized several staff members for their years of service (completed in June). 35 years: Dom Passaro; 25 years: Norah Grimes, Michael Kirby, Andrea Warmbold, Rose Forina, Judith Hanlon, Mary Cali, Diane Montgomery; 20 years: Maria Salvaggio; 15 years: Frank DeMarco, Danielle Hincman, Leanne Silverman, Ellen Siscamanis, Erica Foley, Ruth Govoni, Lee Ann Simpson, Diane Delia, Marci Hamilton, Mary McGrail; 10 years: Jennifer O’Connell, Vincent Ruocco, David Reardon, Daniel Toulouse, Brian Davis, Maria Flanagan, Mark Dixon, Yvonne Cernaro, Mary Lou Heighton, Mariann Nicoletti, Patty Hames, and Mary Bussey-Bona; 5 years: Teresa Dankner, Armanda Sasso, Jill Buccini, Lunda Romeo, Ariel Souza, Lauren Walton, Keelyn Welch, Carol Benson. We made the error of recognizing Roseann Spinale for 15 years of service, when in fact Roseann has completed 21 years of service (6 years E.S.P.). We also neglected to acknowledge secretaries Judi Buono and Chris Summa who completed 25 years of service, and payroll clerk Pat Connors who completed 25 years of service! Thank you all for your years of dedication and service to Winthrop Public Schools!

WHS Golf Team opened the 2013 season with a 40-32 victor y over Peabody on Tuesday. Great job Vikings!

“A Taste of Winthrop” Wednesday, September 18
Over 30 of the finest eating establishments in the area will be serving up everything from appetizers and entrees to desserts and baked goods at the 8th annual “Taste of Winthrop”. Nowhere else can you find such a tantalizing collection of culinary delights from such great restaurants, cafés, caterers, and bakeries.~ Enjoy amazing waterfront views and live entertainment.
All are invited to this food extravaganza. Tickets are $30 each and on sale at the Chamber of Commerce office at 207 Hagman Road in Winthrop Center, online at, or by phone at 617-846-9898. The event is held at the Winthrop Yacht Club, 649 Shirley Street, from 6:00-9:00 pm on Wednesday, September 18.~ Reserved tables of ten may be purchased in advance for $300.
Prepare your taste buds for an incredible selection of food from around the world.~ Savor an array of cuisines, including Italian, American, Greek, Chinese, Spanish, Brazilian, Mexican, Mediterranean, seafood, and more. ~This year's lineup of participants features several new ones and returning favorites, including: Alia Ristorante, Antique Table, Antonia’s at the Beach, Bistro-At-Home, BlackStrap BBQ, Café Delite, Café Rossetti's, Companions, Costco, D'Amelios Off The Boat, Dough, D'Parma, Hong Kong Dragon, Kasbah, Kelly's Roast Beef, La Siesta Restaurante, Margarita’s, Millie's Kitchen at Crystal Cove, Millie's Kitchen Catering, Nick's Place, Oliveria's, Osaka Lucky Garden, Paellas by Antonio, Paul W. Marks Co., Pesce Pazzo, Ravesi, Russo Imports, Rustic Table, Sammy Carlo’s Catering, Sebastians, Spinelli's Catering, Torretta's Bakery, Tutti Frutti, Twist & Shake, Volare, and Winthrop MarketPlace.
All proceeds from a “Taste of Winthrop" benefit the Chamber’s beautification program, working to make business districts cleaner and greener.


Member and friends of the Winthrop Improvement & Historical Association invite you to join us…
The S.P.I.R.I.T.S. of New England is back for the second annual fundraiser for the Deane Winthrop House.  You will see paranormal video and audio evidence from investigations done at the USS Constitution and at the Deane Winthrop House.
When:  Saturday, September 14th 2:00-4:00pm
Where:  Deane Winthrop House, Shirley Street, Winthrop MA

Tickets are $10.00 and include a tour of the house after the lecture, along with light refreshments.
Tickets are available through PayPal on the website:– or call Ellen MacNeil at 617-846-0282.

The Clock Tower Gallery
at the E.B. Newton School & Cultural Center
45~Pauline St. 1st Floor
Falling Into Place - Sylvia Whiting (Nature Photography)
and Sean Murray (Oils and Acrylics)
Opening Reception Sunday September 8th 2-5:00 p.m.
Music by Max Whiting and the Musicmakers
Please join us.

Sign-ups for Cross-Ice and Learn to Skate
at Larsen Rink (Mike Eruzione Center) Lobby
Wednesday, September 25th and Thursday, October 3rd
Programs will start on the weekend of October 12th and 13th.

Learn to Skate will be $100. Learn to skate is 20 weeks on Sunday. Beginners at 9:40AM and advanced at 10:40AM (The price reduced 50% thanks to a Massport Community Grant) Limited amount of starter equipment available on first come basis. Cross-ice will be $450 and will run for 20 weeks on Saturday and Sunday. (Tentative times are Saturday at 8:30am and Sunday at 11:40AM)
All players must register with USA Hockey. USA Hockey registration is free for players born 2007 and under (by under we mean 2007, 2008, 2009, etc).
Application can also be downloaded from our website at:
and mailed to
Winthrop Youth Hockey
PO BOX 520032
Winthrop, MA 02152

Coastal Community Citizens will host “A Conversation on Climate Change for Coastal Communities” on Friday, September 27, 2013 at the Robert DeLeo Senior Center in Winthrop, Massachusetts from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Featuring Ellen Douglas, PhD and Massachusetts State Representative Frank Smizik and environmental experts from Harvard Medical School and Refreshments will be served.  Free.

Featured speaker will be Ellen Douglas, PE, PhD, Associate Professor of Hydrology, Hydromorphology, Water Resource Management, School for the Environment, College of Science and Mathematics at University of Massachusetts, Boston
Dr. Douglas’s interests include quantifying the water-related impacts of climate change in the Northeast. In addition to leading ongoing projects worldwide, Dr. Douglas is actively working on communities’ adaptation strategies to climate change in the Northeastern U.S. with a focus on storm water and coastal flooding impacts.
Representative Frank I. Smizik is the Chair of the State House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change. Frank’s comments will include health impacts of climate change.
Environmental experts from Harvard Medical School and will also present at our forum.  Following the presentations, our panel will discuss solutions and initiatives and take questions from the audience. Representative Smizik will moderate.
The event is free and open to the public. The DeLeo Senior Center is located at 35 Harvard St., Winthrop, MA   02152 and is handicapped accessible.
For further information, please contact Suzanne Hitchcock-Bryan at 978-973-5309.

Speaker of the House Bob DeLeo will provide transportation for anyone who would like to take part in the BREAST CANCER WALK on Sunday, October 6th.~ The buses will leave Michael’s Mall at 7:45 AM.~ To join Team DeLeo or get more information, please call Anita Flintoff at 617-722-2500.~ Sign-up online at: Please respond by October 1st to reserve your place on the bus.

Speaker of the House Bob DeLeo’s Women’s Health Forum will be held on Wednesday, October 2nd from 6:00-8:00pm at the Cummings School.~ The keynote speaker will be Sharman Sacchetti from Fox 25 TV.~ The event is free and open to the public.~ Come and get your flu shot, compliments of the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, have your blood pressure checked thanks to Sandy Hurley of Commonwealth Clinical Services, and meet health professionals from the Winthrop area.

The Friends of Belle Isle Marsh and DCR will sponsor the annual Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 6th from 1 to 3 PM at Belle Isle Marsh Reservation.~ Free.~ Live animals, pumpkin decorating, horse-drawn hayrides, live music, more.

Winthrop Little League & Winthrop Senior League Baseball
Registration for the 2014 Season
Saturday & Sunday- September 14 & 15, 2013
Harvey Conference Room, Winthrop Town Hall
Enter through parking lot entrance on Hermon Street

The Neil Shapiro Memorial Committee proudly presents the 3rd Annual Neil Shapiro 5K Walk/Run
Join us on Saturday, September 14 at Deer Island as well come together to raise money for the WHS Drama Department. The 5K walk/Run event begins at 10 a.m., with registration beginning at 8 a.m.
The registration fee is $25 if registered before September 14 and $30 on September 14. Students pay just $10 with a valid school ID.
You can pre-register for the race at or download a form off the website at
Also, on Thursday, September 12, please join us for an evening at Paesan’s in Michael’s Mall, where 20% of the proceeds from the evening (between 6 and 11 p.m.) will benefit the Neil Shapiro 5K Fundraiser. Enjoy dining, drinks and great raffles throughout the evening and make sure to tell your server that you would like to support the Neil Shapiro 5K Fundraiser.
For full event details or information on how to register for the race or other ways to donate, please visit us at

Important information regarding CAPIC’s FY’14 Fuel Assistance Program
Due to federal budget cuts CAPIC will be sending out all fuel assistance applications later than normal this year.  If you applied for the program last year you will be receiving a renewal application between October 1, 2013 & October 15, 2013. New clients should call 617-884-6130 to set up an appointment to apply.

Winthrop Playmakers Proud to Announce 75th Season Opener: Godspell

The Winthrop Playmakers are proud to announce their upcoming production of Stephen Schwartz’ much loved musical Godspell!  Opening Friday, September 13th, Godspell is a major achievement for the nonprofit theater organization, as it opens their 75th Season.

A modern retelling of the New Testament parables from The Gospel According to Matthew, Godspell uses modern music with lyrics from traditional hymns to tell the story of the teachings of Jesus Christ.  With well-known songs such as “Day by Day,” “Save the People,” and “All for the Best,” Godspell has been entertaining for decades, and the Winthrop Playmakers are proud to share their modern retelling with audiences this September.

Set in a business conference room, Godspell is directed by Thea Wigglesworth and Music Directed by Mario Cruz.  The production features Jason Hair-Wynn as Jesus and Bobby Imperato as John the Baptist/Judas. They will be joined by an ensemble including Elyse Seltzer, Elena Joyner, Becky Rush, Lauren Amaru, Patricia Vaccaro-Coburn, Andy Porterfield, Michael Lacey, Patrick Harris & Billy Thompson.  Running September 13-22, 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.

HarborCOV offers services to survivors of domestic violence in Winthrop and other communities. Their major fundraiser, “A Taste of Chelsea”, will be held Monday, September 23rd at the new waterfront park at 99 Marginal Street in Chelsea, near Eastern Salt. Tickets are $35, 10 tickets for $30 each, or $40 at the door. More than thirty vendors will participate this year as we celebrate the 10th annual Taste of Chelsea! For tickets and information, please call Barbara at 617-846-7418 or visit the website . Thanks for your support.

Yard and Jewelry Sale
Friday September 20 5-9p.m. also offering $6 spaghetti supper and
Saturday September 21 10-3p.m. also offering lunch
Funds to benefit the Winthrop Food Pantry
St. Johns Episcopal Hall Winthrop, Ma.

Winthrop Art Association
Fall Day Trip to Mystic, Connecticut
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Cost is $45.00

Mystic Art Association Art Center
Old Mystic Village (many unique shops)
Lunch on your own at the many restaurants in the area
B.F. Clydes Cider Mill (oldest working steam cider mill in the country)

For more information, contact Dawn at 617-846-2644

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