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From the Desk of the Town Manager- October 3, 2013

From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
                                                                        October 3, 2013
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Massachusetts School Building Authority approves
Winthrop School Project

Board votes to fund up to $40 million to help Winthrop build a new combined grade 6-12 Middle/High School

The Town of Winthrop today announces that the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts School Building Authority voted unanimously to support the building of a combined grade 6-12 Middle/High School on the site where the present High School is located in the Town of Winthrop, MA.

“This is a great day for the Town of Winthrop,” said House Speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop, who was in attendance and who spoke on behalf of the town in favor of this project. “The MSBA clearly understands the importance of this project to the residents of Winthrop, and it’s just another example of how the Commonwealth is working in close alignment with local communities to improve the educational opportunities for all our children.”

This endorsement by the MSBA means that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is financially supporting approximately one half of the $80 million  project  to build a new, fully outfitted combined Middle and High School that will replace two separate schools that have been determined to need replacing.

“The existing schools have outlived their useful service life,” stated John Macero, Superintendent of Schools in Winthrop. “We are extremely grateful for the support and guidance of the MSBA in their endorsement and financial commitment to what they believe is the best project for the town of Winthrop.”

Winthrop High School originally opened in 1965, and the Middle School opened in 1972, although part of the school dates back to 1958. Repairs to these schools include new HVAC systems, new roof, new windows, street upgrades, ADA upgrades, and plumbing repairs that will cost the Town over $40 million.  To prevent the new building from repeating the same fate, a maintenance plan has been established.

The new facility will be designed as a LEED Silver Building.  Energy efficiencies will include minimized air conditioning, water reduction and high efficiency light fixtures.  In addition, whenever possible, building materials will be selected that have a high recycled content.

Winthrop Town Council President Peter T. Gill stated that “this project will be a real game changer for our community. The committee of volunteers that has worked on this for the past 18 months should be commended for the smart and cost effective plan that has been brought forward.”

There will be a debt exclusion vote of the town on November 5th, 2013.  If the school is approved by the voters, the new school design will take approximately one year to complete.  Construction would take approximately 30-36 months and the school would be open in January 2017.
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Friends of Belle Isle Marsh and DCR to host
Annual Harvest Festival at Belle Isle Reservation
Sunday, October 6th from 1:00 -3:00PM
The Friends of Belle Isle Marsh and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation expect this year’s Harvest Festival to be bigger and better than ever, with a performance by East Boston’s world music sensation Zili Misik, who have opened for Lauryn Hill and India Arie, among others, as well as the return of Colby Farms horse-drawn hay rides, live reptiles, a sea creatures touch tank, and for children, pick-your-own pumpkin for decorating. This is held at Belle Isle Park on Bennington Street across from the Suffolk Downs Blue Line T station.  As always, the event is open to all, free, and made possible by a grant from the East Boston Foundation.
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"Boston Strong" Art Exhibit This Friday evening from 7 to 9 pm
Beacon Photography Gallery (185 Winthrop St.) will be hosting the Opening reception for the "Boston Strong" Art Exhibit. The exhibit consists of over 40 photographs and paintings of Boston by local artists. A portion of proceeds will help the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing. So come have fun and show your support. The gallery exhibit will be on display until November 5. Beacon Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 9 to 2, and Wednesday and Friday evenings until 8 pm. The link to the event is https://www.facebook.com/events/174806036045802/
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Annual Parks and Recreation Fall Fair & Craft Show
Saturday, October 12, 11:00am-3:00pm
At Ingleside Park
(rain date- Sunday, October 13th)
Pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, train rides, amusements, pony rides, moon bounce, games, food, entertainment
Craft table spaces are available (tables not supplied).  For more details, email parksandrecreation@town.winthrop.ma.us
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Town Hall Meeting About Prescription Drug Abuse

At this meeting, you will learn what is being done on the local and national levels to address the problem of prescription drug misuse and opioid overdoses. Opioids include pain medications such as hydrocodone (e.g., Vicodin®), oxycodone (e.g., OxyContin®, Percocet®), morphine codeine, as well as heroin and other related drugs.

Date: October 16, 2013
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Susan B. Anthony Middle School, 107 Newhall St., Revere, MA

SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
Speaker Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop), Massachusetts House of Representatives
Dr. Peter Slavin, President of Massachusetts General Hospital
General Arthur T. Dean, Chairman and CEO of CADCA
Dr. Eric Weil, MGH Director of Primary Care, an MGH Revere HealthCare Center physician, and former co-chair of Revere CARES Opiates Task Force.
Senator Edward Markey (invited)

SPONSORED BY:
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), Revere CARES Coalition, and the Winnisimmet Regional Opioid Collaborative (WROC).
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Walk To School Day! Celebrate the Gorman Fort Banks Elementary School’s 3rd Annual Walk To School Day on Wednesday, October 9, 2013. Join families of the William P. Gorman Fort Banks community to walk to school from your home or from 3 locations with a large group, with walk leaders. Groups will met at 7:45am and start walking at 7:50am to ensure students arrive at school by the 8:05am start time. Locations are : Public lot on Crest Avenue, public lot on George Street/Winthrop Street, and public parking on Franklin Street, along Veteran’s Field. Parents must accompany students to school. For more information feel free to contact Dawn Sullivan at des02152@comcast.net or www.walkbiketoschool.org.
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St. John’s Episcopal Church will be having their FALL CRAFT FAIR at the Parish House at 222 Bowdoin Street on Sat. October 19th from 10-2. We will again have top notch Hand Crafters and delicious lunches available to buy! We will have quilts, cat items, jewelry, paintings, Fall items, HALLOWEEN ITEMS, soaps just ready for your home!!~ Free admission, tables to sit and chat with your friends and enjoy your lunch and plenty of parking! Remember, the Harvest Dinner Dance will be Sat. Nov. 16th at the Cottage Park Yacht Club 6:30-10:30 and the fantastic Snowflake Fair will be on Sat. Dec. 7th from 10-2~ See you then!
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The Winthrop Parks Committee
Coughlin Park is the next park scheduled to be renovated.  
Purchase an engraved brick to show your support for renovations and ongoing maintenance of our Town parks. Bricks are being used around the parks as entry ways or pathways.  Trees and receptacles are also available.  Funds raised will go directly into a special fund set up by the Town of Winthrop to help support renovations and maintenance for all of our neighborhood parks.  

Would you like to present a brick as a gift or memorial?  Small keepsake mini replicas of the larger bricks are available.  The 11/2”X 3” or 3”X3” replicas are a great way to present your gift brick especially if your recipient is out of state.  

Checks can be made payable to the Town of Winthrop, write Parks Renovations in the memo section and mail to Parks and Recreation, 151 Pauline Street, Winthrop MA 02152.
For more information or questions, please go to winthropparks.org
You can also email the parks committee at WinthropParks@gmail.com or call 617-846-8243.
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Falling Into Place
Sylvia Whiting (Nature Photography) & Sean Murray (Oils and Acrylics)

The Clock Tower Gallery
at the E.B. Newton School & Cultural Center
45 Pauline St. 1st Floor
Show runs through October 20th
Thurs. 6-8 p.m. and Saturdays 2-5:00 p.m.
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Winthrop Art Association Presents
An Afternoon of Jazz for Art’s Sake
Featuring Max Whiting’s Musicmakers
Sunday, October 20, 2013 2:00-5:00
Come and enjoy an afternoon of smooth jazz, conversation and art.

Hall Gallery “Memories of Fall & Winter” Seasonal Show
The Clock Tower Gallery Show
Clock Tower Gallery (EB Newton School)
45 Pauline Street, Winthrop

$10 per person- Light Refreshments will be served
RSVP:   Brenda Curry, 617-846-5375 or brendakadiffcurry@gmail.com
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Annual Country Fair
Thursday, November 14 from 7:00-10:00PM
Raffle pull to begin at 8:30pm
St. John the Evangelist School Hall, Lincoln Street
$5.00 entry fee
Includes refreshments and good company
Raffles sold separately on site
Unlimited chance to win, win, win!
Door prizes, split the pot, numerous raffles.
All proceeds benefit the Class of 2015
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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.
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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 mass.gov/womenveterans. If you have any questions please reply to this email. Thank you!
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WINTHROP CULTURAL COUNCIL SEEKS FUNDING PROPOSALS
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:~ http://www.massculturalcouncil.org/applications/lccapp.asp~ 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.~ www.winthropculturalcouncil.org Like Us on Facebook 617.721.4162
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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: http://main.acsevents.org/goto/rdeleo.~ Please respond by October 1st to reserve your place on the bus.
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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
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