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From the Desk of the Town Manager- April 3, 2014
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
April 3, 2014

Thought for the week- James McKenna:

Our lives are defined not by the challenges we encounter,
but by how we respond to those challenges.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I think that the same can be said for communities.  Winthrop oftentimes finds itself having to respond to regional conditions that try to define Winthrop.  The challenge for Winthrop is in maintaining its identity in the midst of these regional challenges or even in spite of them.  Many residents of Winthrop cherish the “small town” nature and feel of their community.  How we maintain this and yet still contribute as a partner in the region is the delicate line we must walk.  

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March 31, 2014 – April 11, 2014

The following are activities you can expect to see over the next two weeks for the Winthrop Beach Nourishment Project

Crest Avenue – Winthrop
Excavate and install lighting system
Pave parking lot extension and repave existing lot

Winthrop Beach
Remove and reset revetment along seawall
Deliver armor stones
Reconstruct Groin #3

Saugus – Rumney Marsh
Construct truck entrance at Route 107
Strip and Screen soil

We expect to begin trucking sand in late April.  During the week, parking along Crest Ave. will be redirected from 9am to 3pm to the newly expanded municipal parking lot.

Questions or concerns about the project should be directed to DCR Resident Engineer Steve Colometo, at the DCR trailer behind the DCR bathhouse on Winthrop Shore Drive, by visit or phone (617-539-4957) during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

In case of an emergency, contact 911 or DCR’s 24/7 emergency hotline at the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency at 508-820-1428.

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The Casino hearing that was originally scheduled in Revere on Monday, April 7th has been cancelled.

Winthrop High School alum Courtney Finn, a key player on the Bentley Falcons women’s basketball team has received the All American Award and the East Regional MVP Award for Division 2 Women’s Basketball! Courtney is the daughter of physical education teacher Marie Finn and former Superintendent Peter Finn. Congratulations Courtney!

4th grade student Will Lawton received Honorable Mention in the Will McDonough Writing Contest. Great job Will! Keep up the great work!

The Winthrop Public School’s “Spread the Word to End the Word” Assembly was such a SUCCESS! The students in our classrooms worked so hard to put together this assembly. We would like to especially thank Lauren Clougherty for the time and effort she put into planning the program.

Project 351 Ambassador for Winthrop McKayla Norris and the 8th Grade Student Council are hosting a clothing drive for Cradles to Crayons. Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth to age 12 who are living in low-income and homeless situations, with the essential items they need to thrive at home, school and play. They are collecting gently used and new children’s clothing and footwear from newborn sizes through adult medium. Donations boxes will be available at the Middle School and the Arthur T. Cummings School from March 28th to April 10th.

High school senior Jordan Corbett Frank has been named Football Scholar Athlete and will be honored at the banquet of Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame at the Newton Marriott on Sunday, May 4, 2014. Congratulations Jordan!

WHS Seniors Mark Tracy and Kelly Russo will be participating in Student Government Day at the State House next week.  Mark will serve as Speaker of the House and Kelly will serve as the alternate.

Applications are now available for the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce and Helen D’Alelio Family Foundation/Dunkin Donuts at the Bridge High School Scholarships. A $500 scholarship award will be given to the two top essay responses to the following question: “If you were an entrepreneur living in Winthrop, what business would you like to develop in Winthrop and why?” In addition to writing the best essay(s), candidates must be graduating high school this year, living in Winthrop, and in good standing at their particular high school. The deadline for submission is April 11, 2014. A complete explanation of the criteria as well as the application is available at

Winthrop Public Schools Kindergarten Registration is April 9th to April 11th!

Beginning April 1st, dogs can be fined by the Animal Control Officer if not properly licensed per MGL Chapter 140 Section 137. A License Form was included at the bottom of your annual Census this winter.

Any dog found not to be properly licensed will be subject to a citation fee as well as a late fee. Please license dogs immediately, by mailing the following:

• attached license form
• proof of rabies
• Check made payable for $35 to the Town of Winthrop ($25 late fee & $10 license fee)
• Self addressed stamped envelope

to Town Clerk, Town Hall, 1 Metcalf Square, Winthrop, MA 02152

Winthrop Playmakers Announce Upcoming Performance of
Doubt: A Parable

Be a part of something different and join the Winthrop Playmakers as they continue their milestone 75th season with their upcoming production of John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer-Prize winning drama  Doubt: A Parable.

A riveting clash of conscience and conviction turns the stuff of headlines into exquisite, engrossing drama. When she suspects a popular and dedicated priest of misconduct with a student, Sister Aloysius takes matters into her own hands. But doubt thwarts all assumptions in this ambiguous mystery, clouding truth with complexity, and righteousness with remorse.

Doubt is directed by Chris Hagberg with a cast including Anthony Mullin as Father Brendan Flynn, Karen Cavallo as Sister Aloysius Beauvier, Cassandra Meyer as Sister James and Regine Vital as Mrs. Muller.

Running April 4th, 5th, 11th and 12th at 8:00 PM, with a matinee April 6th at 3PM, you can purchase tickets now by visiting our website or by calling 617-539-1175.~ Tickets are $17 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.

S.P.I.R.I.T.S. of NEW ENGLAND Paranormal Investigations of Winthrop is proud to be invited to be part of the Paranormal for Paws Expo on Saturday, April 26th from 1-7. This is a fundraiser for 2 dog shelters and you are welcome to bring YOUR dogs along for a visit! It will be held at MasterPeace Dog Training—264 Fisher Street in Franklin, MA 02038 right off 495. Admission is $10.00 OR $5.00 with the donation of some shelter items, food, bedding, puppy pads, etc.~ S.P.I.R.I.T.S. will be there with a vendor table and will also be presenting a lecture and slide show of their 2 night investigation of the USS CONSTITUTION which has proven to be very popular!~ If you can’t join us but would like to donate even $5.00 to help or any items you can donate to help these dogs, please call S.P.I.R.I.T.S founder, Ellen MacNeil at 617-846-0282, thank you for caring!!

Educatius International is looking for host families in Winthrop! Open your heart and home by inviting an international student into your home. Educatius International is currently accepting host family applications for the September 2014 school year. Educatius is seeking families that want to open their home to an international student. Host families are to provide a warm and supportive home and family environment. Students should become a part of your family. Educatius offers a monthly stipend of $700.00 for each student placed in your home. Each family can host up to 2 students. This can be a positive and rewarding experience for everyone in your family. Hosting a student can provide you with amazing opportunities and lifelong friendships. To learn more and apply to become a host family, please contact Pat Milano at or call 617-733-7073, or Jodi Del Razo at or 617-543-8626.

The Gorman Fort Banks PTO is sponsoring “Paint Nite” on Friday, April 4th at the Pleasant Park Yacht Club. Proceeds will go to fund the Gorman Fort Banks PTO Technology Grant. Doors open at 6:00pm. Session 1 begins promptly at 6:30pm. Session 2 begins promptly at 8:30pm. Everyone leaves with their own masterpiece! $45.00 per person. There will be light refreshments, cash bar and door prize! If you want to mingle only, $10.00 admission at the door. For tickets and more information contact Mariana Babine at 617-513-3198 or Kristen Buonopane 617-290-3752, or email

Overdose Prevention and Reversal
Do you or someone you love struggle with opiate addiction?

Starting Wednesday, April 9
Specialists available for FREE
Narcan training and kits

No appointment needed
Drop in from 7-8 p.m.
DeLeo Senior Center
35 Harvard Street

Program will be offered the second Wednesday of every month
Presented by the Winnisimmett Regional Opioid Collaborative (WROC)
For more information contact Pat Milano at

Saturday, April 12, 2014
8:30AM – 11:30AM
Gorman Fort Banks School

TICKETS – available at Parks and Rec office,
online, Winthrop Pro Shop and Winthrop Book Depot
$8 in advance & $10 at the door

Join us for breakfast, games, music, face painting, egg hunt and fun with your favorite characters.


Winthrop Public Schools is conducting the annual Preschool screening for 3 and 4 year old children born prior to June 1, 2011. The screenings will be held April 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th at the William P. Gorman Fort Banks School. The purpose of the screening is to identify those children in need of special education services. Additionally, children who will be 4 years of age prior to September 1, 2014, not identified as a student in need of special education service (s) will be eligible for lottery openings in the integrated preschool program. All students must participate in the screening process to be considered for placement. To schedule an appointment and obtain the required application, please contact the main office at the William P. Gorman Fort Banks School at 617-846-5509, during school hours, 8:00am-2:00pm on or before March 28, 2014. Screenings are held by appointment only.

From Neighbor2Neighbor Fundraiser
Support Winthrop neighbors in need while listening to the award-winning Squeezebox Stompers in a night of folk, blues, Cajun, and Zydeco music. The fundraising event will be held on Saturday, May 3rd from 7-10 PM at the DeLeo Senior Center, 35~Harvard St. in Winthrop. The suggested donation is $10; proceeds from the event support Winthrop’s FromNeighbor2Neighbor organization which provides emergency funds for Winthrop residents facing crisis situations. This fun-filled, all-ages event will include raffle prizes with coffee, tea, soft drinks and desserts available for purchase.~ This program is supported in part by a grant from the Winthrop Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Tickets for the event will be available at the door on the night of the fundraiser as well in advance at the following locations: the DeLeo Senior Center, Simon’s Winthrop Bookstore, and the Winthrop Book Depot.~ For further information, contact Judie Van Kooiman at 617-462-5719 or Mary Lou Osborne at 617-846-8838.

Winthrop Catholic Woman’s Club (WCWC) & Friends of WCWC
4th Annual Charity Bowl
Monday, April 21, 214 at 7:00pm
St. John the Evangelist School Cafeteria
30 Ocean Street, Winthrop

1st Award:     $300.00 STOP & SHOP GIFT CARD
2nd Award:  $200.00 TARGET GIFT CARD
3rd Award:    $100.00 AMEX GIFT CARD
Additional awards, prizes and surprises
Donation:   $5.00 EACH OR 3 FOR $10.00

For tickets, contact Carol at 617-846-7668

Project 351 Ambassador for Winthrop, McKayla Norris and the 8th grade Student Council are hosting a clothing drive for Cradles to Crayons. ~Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth to age 12, living in low- income and homeless situations, with the essential items they need to thrive - at home, at school and at play.~~ We will be collecting gently used and new children’s clothing and footwear from newborn sizes through adult medium.~ ~Most needed items are size 0-20 clothes, sneakers, boots, winter and rain jackets.~ New socks and underwear. There will be a donation box set up at the Winthrop Middle School and at the Arthur T. Cummings Elementary School between March 28th and April 10th.~ Thank you in advance for your kindness.

Winthrop Police Explorer Dueling Piano Fundraiser
Friday, May 9 at 7:00pm at Cottage Park Yacht Club
Come out and support the Winthrop Police Explorer’s trip to the National Conference this summer in Bloomington, Indiana.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the police station from Lt. Scarpa or Sgt. Rogers.

Register now for Parks and Recreation’s April Vacation Special Events. Register online at or at the Recreation Office located~in the rear of the middle school!~ You must come to the office to register for extended day. There is limited space so register early.~ Call 617-846-8243 for additional info.

Laserquest– Tues., April~22nd (bring a bag lunch) 11:00am-3:00pm ~~$25.00

Bonkers– Wed., April 23rd- includes pizza lunch, unlimited rides, & maze pass~ 11:15am -4:00pm~~ $30.00
(Send additional money if your child wants to purchase tokens for games)

Franklin Park Zoo -Thursday, April 24th~(bring a bag lunch) 9:00am -3:00pm
$20.00 (ages 2-12) $25.00 (ages 13 & up)

Movies- Friday, April 25th-~Movie and Time TBD ~~$20.00

Extended Day – Tues. through Fri. 4/22-4/25 7:30am - 6:00pm~$40.00 a day

Cottage Park Youth Sailing Fundraiser
Friday, April 11th from 7:00-12:00 at CPYC
Featuring “The Heavyweights”, one of Boston’s premier cover bands
There will also be a DJ, dancing and a 50/50 raffle
Light appetizers and a cash bar

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by emailing: 
or by calling Kim at 617-320-0151 or Amy at 857-277-2146
All proceeds will go to the CPYC Youth Sailing Program.

POW/MIA Memorial Dedication
Saturday, April 26 at 11:00am
Winthrop Town Hall- 1st Floor
One Metcalf Square

The Winthrop High School Lacrosse team is having its second annual Mattress Fundraiser Sale!  All sizes, pillow-top, orthopedic, latex, memory foam and gel beds.  All brand new with factory warranties.  They are quality brand name mattresses.  Free layaway and delivery available.  Cash, checks and credit cards accepted.

Saturday, April 5 at Winthrop High School from 10am-5pm

Those Who Can, For Those In Need will be hosting a
Buffet Dinner and Comedy show FUNdraiser “Uplift Yourself with Laughter” on Saturday, April 26th from 6:00pm to 10:00pm.  This event will be held at Casa Lucia, 61 Lucia Ave in Revere.  There will be great raffles and a 50/50.  This fundraiser will benefit the Winthrop based, grassroots, non-profit organization whose mission is to connect the Boston and North Shore area with community resources and volunteer opportunities in the areas of: services for the elderly, losing a loved one, children, low income and homeless.  Tickets are just $40 and can be purchased at the Winthrop Book Depot, 11 Somerset Ave or Winthrop Market Place, 35 Revere Street.  You can also call Judie VanKooiman at 617-462-5719.  Tickets must be purchased in advance!  No ticket sales at the door.

The Winthrop Art Association’s
Spring Art Festival 2014

Saturday, April 26th from 12:00-6:00PM
Sunday, April 27th from 11:00AM-4:00PM
Reception is Friday, April 25th from 7:00-9:00PM

Original art and original crafts for viewing and for sale.
E.B. Newton Cultural Center
45 Pauline Street
For more information, contact Dawn at 617-846-2644.

The Clock Tower Gallery
Revised and Revisited
The Art Work of Destiny Palmer and Stephen Hamilton
Closing Reception:~ April 11, 2014 6:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Gallery Hours:~ Thurs. 6-8 p.m.~and Sat. 2-4 p.m.
45 Pauline St., 1st Floor
Winthrop, MA

Winthrop Youth Hockey is having a fundraiser:
Saturday, April 5th 7:00-12:00pm
Winthrop Yacht Club
$20 a ticket
Dancing and Raffles
Each ticket is entered to win a year tuition for Winthrop Youth Hockey

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