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From the Desk of the Town Manager- November 13, 2013
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
November 13, 2013

We need to hear from you!
The town of Winthrop and MGH are working together to conduct a community-wide health assessment. If you are a resident of Winthrop or you work in Winthrop, please take about 10 minutes of your time to answer the following questions. Please note, the answers you provide are anonymous.  This means personal identifiers are not linked to your answers in any way.
Over the next two months, we will be talking to residents and collecting data through surveys and meetings. In the spring this data will be reviewed at a community forum where residents will have a chance to help prioritize issues and develop a plan to address them. A final report detailing this plan will be shared with the community in September.
To complete the survey, go to:
and click on the red link for Quality of Life Survey

Thank you in advance for completing the survey and doing your part to make Winthrop a better place to live!

You are cordially invited to celebrate with us the opening of
Winthrop’s Heritage Room
The celebration will take place at the E.B. Newton School
Thursday, November 14 at 6:30pm
The Winthrop Historical Commission and the Town of Winthrop are pleased to dedicate this room to the memory of Don Simonini, a true historian and friend.
Refreshments will be served.

On Tuesday, November 5th, the citizens of Winthrop overwhelmingly voted yes for a debt inclusion to build a brand new middle/high school. The School Building Assistance Committee, School Committee, and the folks behind the Winthrop Is Worth It campaign did a fantastic job. Hats off and congratulations! Your dedication and hard work is greatly appreciated.

We inadvertently left out the 9th and 10th grade students who received a perfect score on the 2013 MCAS test! Congratulations to Danielle Bocchio, Jakob Hain, Haley Holden, William Holden, Anna Reidister and Julia Tracy! We also want to acknowledge 7th grade student Allison Earl for the misprint last week. Great job to all!

WHS Varsity Cheerleaders placed 3rd last Sunday at competition in Danvers. They move on to the Regionals on Sunday, November 17th in Lowell. Congratulations to head coach Rachel Mustone and all the girls. Good luck on Sunday!

WHS Girls Varsity Soccer Team was defeated in the semi-finals against Austin Prep last Thursday. The girls had a great season and we are very proud of Coach Martucci and our Lady Vikings! Great job!

The Winthrop Middle School held its Student Council elections. Congratulations to the following elected class officers. Grade 8: President Bryce Costin, Vice President Alyssa Ferrara, Treasurer Deanna Pucillo, Secretary Jillian Olevitz; Grade 7: President Mary Teixeira, Vice President Dino Tsiotos, Treasurer Russell Nichols, Secretary Haley McSwiney; Grade 6: President Emily Childs, Vice President Patrick Hasekll, Treasurer Victoria Kennedy, Secretary Devon Barry. Well done!

Mike’s Pastry comes to Winthrop! The WHS Sophomore Class is taking orders tor Thanksgiving pies! Place your order before November 19th and pick up your pies on November 26th. Pies may be picked up at Winthrop High School between 2:30pm-4:30pm, or pies can be delivered between 6:00pm-8:00pm. If you need an order form or have any questions, please contact Karen Perrin at 617-642-0017 or Cathy Norris at 617-233-2723. Choices are Ricotta Pie for $15.00, and Custard, Blueberry, Apple, Lemon, and Cherry for $10.00.

The Annual Powder Puff Game vs. Revere will be played on Saturday, November 23rd at 1:00pm at Dela Russo Stadium in Revere. Please join us and cheer on our lady Vikings!

November 23, 2013 at the E.B. Newton School & Cultural Center
45 Pauline St., 1st Floor
Winthrop, MA
Holiday Art Market10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Joy and Peace On Earth Exhibit Opens at
The Clock Tower Gallery 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Improv comedy with Comedie du Jour – featuring special musical guest – Jimmy Feeley
8:00 p.m. show time - $5.00

Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins presents
Defensive Aids in Situations of Help
Empowering women to protect themselves and each other
What:  D.A.S.H is a free self-defense training seminar for women who seek a greater sense of security and confidence
When: Wednesday, November 20th from 5:30pm-8:30pm
Where: Arthur T. Cummings Elementary School Gym, 40 Hermon Street

For more info, call 617-704-6656 or email
This is open to women 18 and up

80’s Night Dance Party to benefit Winthrop Parks

Winthrop Yacht Club
November 16th, 7:00PM - 11:00PM, Must be 21+
Cash Bar-DJ-Dancing-Raffle Prizes-Door Prizes
Tickets $20 in advance/ $25 at the door

All proceeds will be put towards renovations of Pond St and Coughlin Park playgrounds.  Tickets available at Parks and Recreation at 617-846-8243

Memorial Brick Project
In case you missed the first round, memorial bricks are now on sale for Pond Street, Coughlin, and Pico Park. Please contact:
Dawn Hagan Manning at or
Liz Ford Donovan at

Visit our website at

St. John's Episcopal Church will be hosting their Annual Harvest Dinner Dance on Saturday, November 16th at the Cottage Park Yacht Club. Doors open at 6:30. Dinner is at 7PM and dancing from 8:00 - 10:30. Music provided by Smooth Bee Entertainment. Yankee Pot Roast Dinner (or vegetarian tortellini al fredo) with apple crumble a la mode for dessert. Cash Bar.
Chinese Auction and Split the Pot Raffles.
Cost is only $20 per person for a fun night out!
To reserve your seats contact Carol Connolly at or call the Parish Office at 617-846-2363 and press 3.

CAPIC’s Fuel Assistance Program
Starting on November 13th, CAPIC’s Fuel Assistance Program will have a representative from the program at the Winthrop Robert DeLeo Senior Center on Wednesdays from 9am – 11am. Appointments are not required and clients will be seen on a walk-in basis. For more information please call 617-884-6130.

Winthrop Playmakers Announce Upcoming Performance of Steel Magnolias

Join the Winthrop Playmakers as they continue their milestone 75th season with their upcoming production of Steel Magnolias, directed by Stephanie Manning.

Steel Magnolias’ ensemble cast includes Stephanie Cotten-Snell as Truvy, Christina Lonardo as Annelle, Nancy Tutunjian Berger as Clairee, Stanis Johnson as Shelby, Juliana Dennis as M’Lynn, and Carolyn Cafarelli as Ousier.  Running November 15, 16, 22, & 23 at 8:00PM with matinee performances November 17 and 24 at 3:00PM, 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.

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

November 23, 2013 at the E.B. Newton School & Cultural Center
45 Pauline St., 1st Floor, Winthrop

Holiday Art Market 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Joy and Peace On Earth Exhibit Opens at The Clock Tower Gallery
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Improv comedy with Comedie du Jour – featuring special musical guest – Jimmy Feeley
8:00 p.m. show time - $5.00

Middle School Drop In for Grades 6-8
November 15th, December 6th and 20th, January 3rd and 17th, February 7th and 21st, March 7th and 21st, April 4th, May 2nd and 16th

Doors open at 7:15 and close at 9:30pm. 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

"Turkey Shoot"
Winthrop Mixed Lodge #2057 Order Sons of Italy in America is having a "Turkey Shoot" fundraiser. ~This organization contributes to everything from Winthrop Little League, Parks & Recreation, and WCAT to the Alzheimer’s Association and more on the national level. ~ 7:00pm on Tuesday, November 26th at AMVETS Post 48, 155 Veterans Road
Donation: $5.00/pay at door
Any questions, please call Tina Helton at 857-472-3171

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