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From the Desk of the Town Manager- September 19, 2013

From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
September 19, 2013

2nd Community Harbor Walk Meeting

The Town of Winthrop will host a public meeting on Wednesday, October 2 at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center, 35 Harvard Street, to discuss the engineering, design and permitting of the planned Harbor Walk project, which seeks to transform the old narrow gauge railroad trestle that extends into Winthrop Harbor between Crystal Cove and the Winthrop apartments buildings on Washington Street.
The engineering firm of Parsons Brinkerhoff is conducting final engineering and design tasks on the HarborWalk concept, through a $300,000 grant from the Seaport Advisory Council.
As they continue this work, they are reaching out to the community for public input into the design of the HarborWalk and recommendations on amenities and services the new public space could offer to residents and visitors.
All residents of the community are invited to attend, particularly those who live and work in the Shirley Street, Washington Street, Delby's Corner neighborhood, who will be effected by the planned project.


The Winthrop Health Department will be holding a Flu Clinic on October 9 at the Robert DeLeo Senior Center from 4:00-6:00PM.  Bring your insurance card.  If you have any questions, call the Health Department at 617-846-1740 ext. 1061.

Winthrop Art Association Demonstration Series
Lecture on Italian icon, Emilio Pucci
Featuring Linda Calandra-Porter

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 – 7:30 PM
Clock Tower Gallery (EB Newton School), 45 Pauline Street, Winthrop
Linda Calandra-Porter

Linda Calandra-Porter, Bergen County, NJ resident, fashion artist/sketcher worked at Emilio Pucci/Formfit Rogers, NYC at the peak of the Italian designer’s career.  She studied at Art & Design and Fashion Institute of Technology in NY majoring in art and fashion design.  Linda can easily identify authentic Emilio Pucci items.  She will demonstrate through the use of vintage and current Pucci designs how the use of Pucci’s distinct color palette, design and subtle fabrics created a fashion sensation decades ago. His unique designs and accessories continue to enhance any fashionista’s wardrobe today.  During her lecture~Linda can authenticate Pucci patterns and will demonstrate how to accessorize any outfit with a designer scarf.

Emilio Pucci, Marquis of Barsento Italy, was a Nobleman and Florentine Italian Fashion Designer ( 1914-1992) His unique designs, use of supple and stretch fabrics and geometric patterns were sought after by  women and men including  many celebrities who wanted a unique addition to their wardrobe.  His designs   are timeless, still distinct and vibrant, and worn today.

Come Join us for this exciting event.

All Veteran Service Officers:

The Women Veterans’ Network of the MA Department of Veterans’ Services is hosting their 9th Annual Women Veterans’ Appreciation Day on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at the State House. We are also looking for nominations for the 2013 Outstanding Woman Veteran of the Year. This is a prestigious award that is presented to a woman veteran in your community who military and community service has been extraordinary. Please help us spread the word about this event and I encourage you to nominate a woman veteran you know. Attached is the flyer and nomination form. For additional information visit If you have any questions please reply to this email. Thank you!




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Birds of a Feather: Seabirds and Shorebirds
Tuesday October 1st
6:30 p.m to 8:00 pm
Workshop Presenters: Anne-Marie Runfola, Volunteer Program Coordinator, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and  Matthew Nash, DCR Visitor Services Supervisor. Participants will be treated to a slide show of Stellwagen Sanctuary seabirds and local shorebirds, with discussion of identification tips, adaptations, migration patterns, and seasonal occurrence. The audience will learn why these fascinating bird are so important and how they can get involved. Children’s craft activities will be offered beginning at 6:30 pm for the first ½ hour of the program. Meet at: Robert A. De Leo Senior Center, 35 Harvard Street, Winthrop. Co-sponsored by the DCR, Friends of Belle Isle Marsh, The Friends of Winthrop Beaches . Appropriate for adults and children accompanied by an adult.

Proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science projects due October 15, 2013 for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community. This year, the Winthrop Cultural Council will distribute about $6,280 in grants.
For specific guidelines and complete information on the Winthrop Cultural Council, (a local cultural council of the Massachusetts Cultural Council visit:
Grant forms are available on-line and are also available at The Clock Tower Gallery – E.B. Newton School & Cultural Center, 45 Pauline St., 1st Floor (Open Thurs. 6-8 p.m., Sat. 2-4 p.m.)
Mail your completed application to Winthrop Cultural Council, 45 Pauline St., #6, Winthrop, MA 02152. Like Us on Facebook 617.721.4162

Winthrop, Ma--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.

Environmental Impacts of Casino Development in the Mystic Watershed

Please join the Mystic River Watershed Steering Committee on Wednesday, September 25th at 9:30AM to hear presentations on the prospective environmental impacts of both proposed Mystic River casinos – Wynn Resorts in Everett and Suffolk Downs in East Boston. The public is encouraged to attend this important free meeting and take advantage of the opportunity to ask questions of each casino proponent. The meeting is hosted by the Mystic River Watershed Association; meeting room and light refreshments provided by Preotle, Lane & Associates. ~~When: Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 9:30AM – 11:45AM Where: Preotle, Lane & Associates, 200 River's Edge Drive, Medford, MA 02155 ( ~For more information see:

Sign-ups for Cross-Ice and Learn to Skate
At Larsen Rink (Mike Eruzione Center) Lobby
Wednesday, September 25th and Thursday, October 3rd 5pm-7pm
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.

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.

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

“The Taste of Chelsea” will be held Monday, September 23rd from 5 – 8 PM at the new park at 99 Marginal Street in Chelsea.~ “The Taste of Chelsea” is a benefit for HarborCOV which provides services to survisors of domestic violence in Winthrop, Revere, East Boston and Chelsea.~ Come and enjoy the offerings of more than 30 vendors, and support the important work that HarborCOV does in our community.~ Tickets are $35 in advance and are available at Chelsea Bank and the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce.~ Tickets are $40 at the door.

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