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From the Desk of the Town Manager- May 15, 2014
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
May 15, 2014

Due to the Memorial Day holiday, street sweeping will be from Monday, May 19th through Friday, May 23rd on your regularly scheduled trash day.  Normally, street sweeping is the last full week of the month.

Congratulations to the Winthrop Middle School Drama Society on receiving a Silver Medal for their performance of “Seventeen” in the State competition last weekend! Congratulations to Micaela Grimes, McKayla Norris and Owen Kelley who received Acting Awards! Hats off to Mr. Ferguson and the cast & crew. Great job!

Congratulations to 7th grade student Felicia Epifania for winning the school-wide WMS Spelling Bee! Great job Felicia! Hats off to finalists Katherine Silva and Micaela Grimes! Keep up the great work!

The Stars Residency in Art Grant has earned the William P. Gorman Fort Banks School and incredible distinction from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Our first and second grade students have received second honors in the 2014 Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Energy and Environment Education based on their accomplishments and creation of the Winthrop by the Sea Marine Mural. They also earned a distinction from the Speaker of the House in recognition of this award. A special thanks to Cara Huberman for her efforts with this project. Nice work!

WMS Bullying Awareness Committee is organizing a “WMS School Pride Night” on Thursday, May 29th at 6:00pm. This evening will showcase the Winthrop Middle School Talent Show. Students, staff and community members are working on this special event. Mark your calendars!

Viking Pride Foundation proudly presents “The Final Countdown WHS Goes to Valhalla” on Saturday, June 28th at Winthrop High School. Doors open at 7:00pm. Tickets are available at and can also be purchased at Christopher’s Flowers, Fab’s Liquors, and the Law Office of Christos Tsiotos.

WHS Seniors’ Art Show will be held on Thursday, May 15th from 6:00pm-8:00pm in Room 237B at Winthrop High School. If you cannot make it to the Reception, the show will be on exhibit through May 22nd during regular school hours.

Winthrop Beach Nourishment Project - Phase Three, Northern Section - Two Week Look-Ahead
May 12, 2014 – May 23, 2014

The following work items will begin occurring for the Winthrop Beach project.
You can expect to see these activities over the next two weeks.

Excavation of material from southern site

Crest Avenue
Pave portion of Crest Ave directly in front of parking lot
Signs and Striping of lot and roadway

Winthrop Beach
[IMG_1104]Repair Groin#3 (opposite Wave Way Ave.)
Dismantle Groin #4 (opposite Coral Ave.)
Armor Stone Delivery
Delivery and spreading of beach material

The first truckload of sand arrived at Winthrop Beach on Thursday May 8th. The trucking effort will be ramping up over the next week and by the week of May 19th should be in full force. As a reminder, the trucking hours are between 9 am and 3 pm, during which time all parking along Crest Avenue in Winthrop will be relocated to within 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 Clock Tower Gallery – Current Show
Winthrop Art Association Winners’ Circle - through May 24th
Thurs. 6-8 p.m, Sat. 2-4 p.m.
E. B. Newton School & Cultural Center
45 Pauline St., 1st Fl.
Winthrop, MA Like Us for Show Updates

Blues Jam/Open Mic with Jimmy Feeley
Friday May 23, 2014 7-9 p.m.
E. B. Newton School & Cultural Center
45 Pauline St., 1st Fl.
Winthrop, MA Like Us for Event Updates

Residents of the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts
are cordially invited to
Coffee with U.S. Congresswoman Katherine Clark
Join the Congresswoman to share your ideas, opinions and concerns!
Saturday, May 17th from 10:00am- noon
Robert DeLeo Senior Center, 35 Harvard Street, Winthrop

Cleaning the Bronze Veterans grave markers
Saturday, May 17, 2012 8:00am until noon

Lend a hand and honor those who have given their life in defense of this great Country.  On Saturday, May 17th, we will be cleaning the bronze Veterans grave markers in the Winthrop Cemetery. Come on down to the cemetery on Saturday and show that you care. Bring your children and educate them why we take the time to honor those who gave their life defending the United States of America.
Bring an old knife, a bucket, gloves and maybe a small brush or Richard Honan will have extra tools to hand out.
We will be meeting at the Cemetery entrance at the intersection of River Road, Cross Street and Bowdoin Street. There will be light refreshments, coffee, Dunkin Munchkins, soft drinks and water.

The Friends of Belle Isle Marsh will sponsor "May in the Marsh Festival" on Saturday, May 17th from noon to 2 PM at Belle Isle Marsh.~ The event will feature horse-drawn hayrides, "The Creature Teacher" with live animals, and the music of Billy Goodspeed, back by popular demand."~ ~Free and open to the public.~ In the event of rain, the Festival will be cancelled.~ Call 617-921-4598 for information.

The Winthrop Board of Health would like to announce the 2014 Annual Rabies Clinic will be held on Saturday, May 17th from 9am to 11am at the old DPW Yard off Winthrop Street behind the Methodist Church. Cost is $10

Come join us for a brand new series focused on Winthrop fellowship called “Dinner and a Show!”
Wednesday, May 21st
Meet at E.B. Newton Cultural Center and walk to dinner at La Siesta at 5:30pm
Watch the Three Amigos at the Winthrop Public Library at approx. 7:00pm
You are welcome to join us for both or either of these scheduled events
Please contact Peter Struzzerio for more information at 617-846-1703 or

6th Annual Winthrop Town Wide Yard Sale
Saturday, June 14th
Over 75 yard sales in 1.6 miles!  To sign up for the Town Wide Yard Sale or to see the official map, go to  The last day to register is June 8th.  You can also stop by the office at 207 Hagman Rd, or register by phone and pay by credit card at 617-846-9898.

Summer is on its way!  Registration is now available for the Summer Park Program which runs from July 1st through August 15th from 8:30am-1:00pm.  Cost is $299.00 if registered by June 26th and $319.00 after June 26th.  Register online at .  The extended day summer program is available as well and runs June 25th through August 29th from 7:30am- 5:30pm.  Registration is required at the recreation office but you can download the registration packet from the website.  You can also register for summertime field trips, cheerleading camp, Lego camp, soccer camp, Red Sox games and much more.  Call 617-846-8243 for more information.

Winthrop Parks and Recreation introduces NFL Flag Football for children ages 8-14. Program runs from June 1st through July 30th on Wednesday and Sunday evenings~at Ingleside Park.~ Registration is open now at and closes on June 1st. Placement clinic will take place at 4pm on June 1st at Ingleside Park. Child must be registered to participate in placement clinic.~
The program will consists of 3 groups, 14 & under, 12 & under, and 10 & under.~ Games will be played at Ingleside Park on Wednesdays and Sunday between 5pm - 8pm. Cost is $85.00 per player. Register now on our website or the recreation office to guarantee a spot.~~Call 617-846-8243 for more information.

Board of Directors will be conducting a

The forum presents an opportunity for the residents and public to bring matters to the attention of the elected and appointed officials of the Housing Authority.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM
O’Connell Hall, 9 Golden Drive, Winthrop

The Chairman of the Board of Directors will preside over the forum,
and provide a brief overview of the Authority and its role in providing
safe, affordable housing in compliance with State regulations. The remainder of the meeting will be left in the hands of the public who are encouraged to ask questions.

Book, Cookie and Plant Sale~
Saturday May 17th, 9:00am- 1:00pm
St. John’s Episcopal Church- 222 Bowdoin St.~ (617) 846-2363
Raffle basket, Lots of Books, plenty of plants and many delicious cookies to choose from.

CAPIC Summer Camp
Mary C. Burke Complex
300 Crescent Ave.
Chelsea, Ma 02150

Camp Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm
Camp Date: June 30th – August 15th

Fees:  $25.00- Registration (non-refundable)
$650.00- Full Summer (7 Weeks)
$150.00- One Week
*All Payments are due on or before June 13th

Documents required:
Physical & Immunization Records (Updated required by Dept. of Health)
Birth Certificate

Contact Info:
Betsy Rodriguez
9 Arlington Street, Chelsea MA 02150
(617) 889-9929 Ext. 207

Winthrop Seaside Striders 5K Foot Race
The Winthrop Seaside Striders have a promote health and fitness in the Winthrop Community through running and other endurance sports. The race is sponsored by the Point Shirley Athletic Association. All proceeds are donated to Winthrop Parks & Recreation.


Race Details & Online Registration at:
Otherwise, please make checks payable to: Point Shirley Athletic Club.
Mail to: Shane Sherwood, 234 Court Road, Winthrop, MA 02152.
For questions, please email:

Entry Information

$25.00 Pre-Entry Fee
$30.00 Fee day of race
Guaranteed T-Shirt to First 200 Entrants
Number Pick-Up on Race Day, 4:30–6:00 PM at Miller Field

Please see: for a detailed course map

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