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From the Desk of the Town Manager- October 17, 2013
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
October 17, 2013

From the Boston Sunday Globe North Section:  
Middle and high school building proposal on course
By John Laidler

The proposed construction of a new middle and high school building recently cleared a key hurdle when the Massachusetts School Building Authority agreed to provide partial reimbursement for the project. The School Building Authority committed to providing 59.97 percent of the eligible costs of the project, or up to $42.5 million. The action sets the stage for voters to consider a debt exclusion, or temporary tax increase, to cover the town’s share of the total $80.2 million project. That vote will be on the ballot for the Nov. 5 town election. The proposed 187,917-square-foot school would serve up to 970 sixth- through 12th-grade students. The current school was built in 1965 and needs a multitude of repairs, including to its stairs, exterior, windows, and roof, according to officials. It also does not meet requirements to provide access to people with disabilities. The new school would be built on the site of the existing high school building, which would be demolished.
We are excited to report that the Arthur T. Cummings School received a grant from Science For Scientists. Starting in November, our 5th grade students will work with scientists once every two weeks for hands-on lab experiments.

Congratulations to Jordan Corbett-Frank who was named The Lynn Item’s Player of the Week! Great job Jordan!

Please Join Us to discuss the new Open Space and Recreation Plan for Winthrop
Thursday, November 21, 2013 7:00-9:00 PM
The Joseph Harvey Hearing Room
Town Hall – One Metcalf Square

The Town of Winthrop has been working on a new open space and recreation plan. The plan is now in draft form and the Town wants to share the draft recommendations with residents. Please join us to discuss recommendations relating to:
  • Connecting points of interest with trails and paths
  • Conservation and open lands
  • Parks, playing fields and playgrounds
  • Beaches and boating
  • Promoting economic development and tourism by promoting open space resources

This meeting is being sponsored by the Town of Winthrop and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC). For more information on this meeting or if you need any special accommodations such as language interpretation, assistive listening devices or meeting materials in alternate formats or other assistance during the meeting, please contact Joan Blaustein, MAPC, at (617) 933-0755 or We would appreciate notice at least one week in advance.

French Square/Farmer’s Market Committee Meeting
The French Square/Farmer’s Market Committee will meet on Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Lyceum Room at the E.B. Newton Center beginning at 7 p.m.
The Committee needs new volunteers and assistance from members of the community who are interested in supporting our already established French Square Market and with establishing a new Farmer’s Market in Winthrop, beginning next summer/fall.
We are looking for volunteers to help out by serving on one of five subcommittees, which can require as little as one to two hours per month over the course of the winter. Subcommittees include: Treasurer/Budget; Entertainment; Registration; Marketing; and Set-up and Breakdown. The entire committee will also be engaged in articles of organization and application for non-profit status with the state.
If you have interest in helping to establish a Farmer’s Market in Winthrop, or want to be involved with helping build up the already successful French Square Markets, please join us on Oct. 24 at the EB Newton Center.

Tonight!  A Candlelight Vigil will be held on Thursday, October 17th, from 5:30–7:00pm at the E.B. Newton School and Cultural Center in observance of Domestic Violence month.~ The public is invited to attend.~ Sponsored by HarborCOV and the Winthrop Police Department.~ For more information, please call 617-884-9799 ext. 216.

Falling Into Place
Clock Tower Gallery Show

Meet the Artists – Reception
Sean Murray – Oils/AcrylicsSylvia Whiting – Photography
Saturday, October 19th from 3:00–7:00pm

Final Gallery Hours are
Saturday, October 12th, 2 -4PM
Thursday, October 17th, 6-8PM
Saturday, October 19th, 3 - 7PM (Reception and Refreshments)
Sunday (closing day) from 2-5PM.

View a Unique Selection of Art, Prints and Note Cards for holiday gifts and home décor.  Refreshments will be served.

EB Newton School Cultural CenterClock Tower Gallery
45 Pauline Street, Winthrop, Massachusetts

Artist Information:
617.539.3951 /

Attention All Veterans!!!
You Are Invited To A Dining Out!

When:  Mon., November 4th from  6:00-8:00pm
Where:  Center Café
Woodside Ave., Winthrop

Why:  Meet & Greet The New Veterans Officer of Winthrop
Please RSVP to Rose Trionfi-Mazzuchelli @ 617-846-3065 by November 1st (we want to be sure to have enough food!)

Mike’s Pastry comes to Winthrop!
The WHS Sophomore Class is taking orders for Thanksgiving pies!
Place your order before November 19 and pick up your pies on November 26.
Pies may be picked up at Winthrop High School between 2:30-4:30pm or pies can be delivered in Town between 6:00-8:00pm.  
If you need a form or have any questions, please call Karen Perrin at 617-642-0017 or Cathy Norris at 617-233-2723.

Choices include:
Ricotta Pie     $15.00
Apple Pie       $10.00
Custard Pie     $10.00
Lemon Pie       $10.00
Blueberry Pie  $10.00
Cherry Pie      $10.00

Middle School Drop In for Grades 6-8
  • October 18
  • November 1st, November 15th
  • December 6th, December 20th
  • January 3rd, January 17th
  • February 7th, February 21st
  • March 7th, March 21st
  • April 4th
  • May 2nd, May 16th
The cost for the year is $5.  A parent or guardian must be present on the first night to sign up their child and sign a release form.
Pizza, chips, soda and water will be available for purchasing.
Activities include:  basketball, Wii, board games, air hockey, kickball, and foosball.

To parents:  If you are interested in chaperoning at the Middle School Drop In, please contact Youth Minister Michael Miccichi at

Winthrop Middle/High School Project
Informational meetings and tours
Sponsored by the Winthrop School Building Assistance Committee
Community Meetings Scheduled:
Wed., October 23rd  Robert A. DeLeo Senior Center 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Tues., October 29th  Winthrop High School Cafeteria 6:30  p.m. Presentation and Tours of High School(before and after presentation)

WHS Tours offered on October 12 & 19 from 9 – 11 a.m.

Discovery Station - Winthrop Beach - Saturday, Oct. 19th 1:00pm-2:30pm

Come learn about the interesting natural history of Winthrop Beach at this discovery station. The beach is home to interesting plants, shorebirds and animals that live beneath the beach sand.~ For more information, contact Matthew Nash at, or 781-485-2804, ext. 105~ Meet at: A DCR information table set up at Winthrop Beach, Winthrop~ Shore Drive, across from Dolphin Avenue. Accessible by Public Transportation.~ Co-sponsored by The Friends of Belle Isle Marsh, The Friends of Winthrop Beaches and Save the Harbor Save the Bay.~ Appropriate for adults and children accompanied by an adult.

Halloween Decorating Contest
Calling all witches, goblins and ghosts!
Who has the spookiest house in Winthrop?  The most festive fall display?  
Call Century 21 Seacoast to enter your own, or to nominate your neighbor’s bewitching yard.  Deadline is October 20th.  Call 617-846-1020 or email

The Winthrop Playmakers & Winthrop Cultural Center Present Ghost Tales by Rita Parisi and Readings by Linnea Star.

Saturday, October 26, 2013
Tales: 7:00pm
Readings: 8:00pm

$10 Gothic Tales
$30 Linnea Star
$35 for Both Events

For Tickets please call 617 539 1175 or purchase online below at

Winthrop’s own S.P.I.R.I.T.S. of New England Paranormal Investigations has been invited back to Fisher College in Boston for another Ghost Lecture and a private investigation later that evening. Please join us on Saturday, October 19th~ at Alumni Hall—116 Beacon Street from 4 pm to 6 pm. If you missed our lecture at the Deane Winthrop House in September, come listen to our lecture which includes The Deane Winthrop House (1637), the Fairbanks house in Dedham (also 1637) and our favorite, Audio and Video evidence recorded during our two night investigation of the USS CONSTITUTION! As this is not a fundraiser, the lecture is free!~ Please Call Ellen MacNeil at 617-846-0282 for more info. Let the Spirits move you!!

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will hold a community meeting on the 3-month closing of the Callahan Tunnel which is scheduled to begin in January of 2014.~ The meeting will be held Wednesday, October 30th at the Robert A. DeLeo Senior Center at 6 PM. The public is encouraged to attend this important meeting.

Volunteers are needed on October 19th at 9:30 AM
for a Winthrop Beach Cleanup as part of
COASTSWEEP, an annual international event.

Volunteers will meet at Winthrop Shore Drive and Dolphin Avenue
and~ will pick up marine debris, trash, plastic, fishing line
and other material on the beach and record what we find.

Ocean trash is a global problem with local impacts.
Be part of the solution.

Call Matthew Nash at 781-485-2804 x 105 to sign up or just show up for half an hour.

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!

The Winthrop Parks Committee
Coughlin Park and Pond Street are the next parks 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
You can also email the parks committee at 
or call 617-846-8243.

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
E.B. Newton Cultural Center School
45 Pauline Street, Winthrop

$10 per person- Light Refreshments will be served
RSVP:   Brenda Curry, 617-846-5375 or

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

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!

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