From the desk of the Town Manager
Our weekly newsletter that highlights some of the positive things
happening around town.
The E.B. Newton Gala was a great success! Hundreds of people attended the event, which featured artwork from local artists and school children. Funds raised by the event will go towards the restoration of the building. Thank you to all the people and businesses that volunteered and donated to make this night so special.
The Town received notice this past week that we have been awarded funding towards emergency repairs to the EB Newton School. This $50,000.00 of Massachusetts Preservation Projects funding from the Massachusetts Historical Commission will be put toward roofing and masonry repairs to the building exterior in order to protect it against the elements for the years to come. The Town also submitted a grant application in April for the annual round of MPPF funding to make more substantial repairs to the facility and is awaiting notification from MHC on that request.
Last month, the Town secured $500,000.00 in funding for the Temple redevelopment project on Veterans Road from the North Suburban Consortium. As one of eight representative communities that share $2.8 million in annual HUD funding for affordable housing, Winthrop has secured $1.5 million from the Consortium over the next two years for this project and the Dalrymple School.
The Winthrop Cultural Council will be exhibiting the works of Frank Costantino entitled "An Artist's Hometown Views with Selected Illustrations of Architecture at The Clock Tower Gallery. Meet the Artist June 17, 6-8p.m. June Gallery Hours: Fridays 6-8, Sat. 2-6, Sun. 2-6. This show runs through June 25.
Mike Lopez, Winthrop resident & firefighter, in conjunction with Marie Hamilton, owner of RPM Fitness, raised over $6,500.00 for Viking Pride Foundation, specifically earmarked for user fees. Mike ran Deer Island for a total of 12 hours - 65 miles. Marie Hamilton offered Zumba and Kickboxing and a two hour spin class, with 100% of the proceeds of the classes going to the Viking Pride Foundation. RPM Fitness is still selling t-shirts, which are $15.00 each.
The Winthrop Public Library & Museum will be switching to its summer hours beginning May 31st, 2011. We will be open Monday-Friday in accordance with the following schedule:
Monday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Children's Room hours 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.)
Tuesday: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. (Children's Room hours 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.)
Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Children's Room hours 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.)
Thursday: 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. (Children's Room hours 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.)
Friday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Children's Room hours 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.)
This schedule will remain in effect through Labor Day. The final Children's story hours will be held on June 17th, 2011. They will resume in the fall.
The Winthrop Public Library & Museum will be closed on Monday, June 6th, 2011 so we can complete space reorganization and utilities work related to the installation of a new adult circulation desk. We will reopen at noon on Tuesday, June 7th.
Marblehead author Joy Ashe, author of "Gene Defense: A Fictional Genetic Thriller," will give a presentation in the Children's Room at the Winthrop Public Library & Museum on Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 at 7 p.m. Ms. Ashe's book tells the story of a Boston attorney who, following the apparent suicide of her brother-in-law, takes us on a journey through the dark history of her family and examines the social, psychological and legal ramifications of genetic engineering. There will be a raffle for a signed copy of the book and a mug. This event is free and open to the public.
The Senior prom was held on Tuesday, May 31st at the Logan Airport Hilton Hotel.
Senior Class Night is being held on Wednesday, June 1st at the High School.
Graduation is this Friday, June 3, 2011 on Miller Field at 7:00pm.
Winthrop seniors Jordan Ekaidat and Kristen Lanza were the recipients of the Northeastern Conference Scholar-Athlete Awards. This fall, Jordan will be attending the University of San Diego where he will study engineering. Kristen will be attending Babson College in the fall. Congratulations to Jordan and Kristen on your accomplishments!
The Arthur T. Cummings School entire fourth grade class went to the State House on May 23, 2011. They toured the State House and met with Speaker DeLeo in the House Chamber.
The William P. Gorman Fort Banks PTO are selling "Sixty Days of Summer Calendars". Proceeds will be used to revamp the playground at the William P. Gorman Fort Banks School. Calendars cost $10.00 and are on sale at Twist & Shake or you can order by calling the PTO hotline at 617-846-0095. Over $2,000.00 in prizes will be awarded.
The 2011 Seaside Stride, a 5 Kilometer (3.1 mile) road race along the Atlantic Ocean in lovely Winthrop, Massachusetts will be held on Friday June 10th at 6:30 pm. We provide top of the line timing services, a water stop, lovely views, post race snacks and tunes, a goodie bag and division awards. To register, please go to www.pointshirleyathleticclub.com
BIG RECYCLE DRIVE on June 11th at Woodside Hardware (8-11am). Save your cans and bottles and ALL ELECTRONICS. Clean out the clutter and get rid of old TVs, computers, space heaters, air conditioners, stereos, car batteries and anything else you think of that is electronic. Save big and pay a fraction of regular disposal fees to benefit the Fort Banks School!