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From the desk of the Town Manager
From the desk of the Town Manager
Our weekly newsletter that highlights some of the positive things
happening around town.

Congratulations to Peter Gobiel for being appointed the Director of Athletics for Winthrop High School.  He will also serve as the director of physical education and health for grades K through 12.  Peter’s years of experience as a teacher and a coach in the Winthrop school system make him a great fit for this position.  

WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A DRUNKEN SAILOR? The Winthrop Public Library & Museum presents a free summer concert featuring the acclaimed folk duo Yankee Notions. The concert, scheduled for Thursday, July 21st, 7 p.m., at the Winthrop Cultural Center (45 Pauline Street - the old E.B. Newton School) is funded by grants from the Winthrop Cultural Council and the Friends of the Winthrop Public Library & Museum. The show is suitable for all ages. Stop by for an evening of song, music and fun!

BOSTON HARBOR ISLANDS EXHIBIT: The Winthrop Public Library & Museum is hosting an exhibit on the top floor of the Frost Building about the Boston Harbor Islands. The exhibit, put together by the Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands, tells about the Islands, its lighthouses, includes a map of the National Park and its origins as well as geological, plant and animal features on the islands. There is also information about how the Friends help the parks and what volunteer opportunities exist. The exhibit is free and open to the public during normal library hours (Mon.-Wed.-Fri. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tue.-Thurs. 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.). Fliers containing more information on the Friends and the Harbor Islands can be found in the foyer inside the main entrance to the Library. The exhibit is schedule to run through Labor Day.

As featured in the Boston Sunday Globe’s North section:
The town is building a community garden behind the senior center on Harvard Street. The project, which began last month, involves construction of up to 14 raised beds that will be available for use by town residents to plant vegetables, fruits, and flowers, according to Council on Aging director Nancy Williams. Employees from the Public Works, Police, and Fire departments, along with the town’s grant writer, Peter Lombardi, and local resident Anita Petricone, have been carrying out the project. Williams credited Town Manager Jim McKenna with coming up with the idea of the garden. She said the area behind the senior center is a good location for the garden because it is available land that is already fenced in. The plots are expected to be ready for use in the next several weeks. They will be made available initially to those who expressed early interest in the garden, and after that on a first-come, first-serve basis. Williams said if the community garden proves popular, the town may seek to establish other ones. - John Laidler
The Winthrop Cultural Council is presenting an exhibit Hot Fun In The Summer Time (selected works of art with a summer theme – featuring many works from members of The Winthrop Art Association) at The Clock Tower Gallery at the E.B. Newton School & Cultural Center.  Gallery Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 2-4 p.m. through August 25, 2011.
The Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its annual “Old Fashioned Family Day at the Beach.” on Saturday, July 23rd at Yirrell Beach on Point Shirley.  In the event of rain, the event will be held Sunday, July 24.  There will be lots to do for both kids and adults, with activities running from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. There will be a DJ, games, raffles, a barbecue and much more.  Contests will take place all day.  They are free to enter and always entertaining.  This will be the 14th year the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce has sponsored this summertime event, and it keeps on getting bigger and better.  For more information, call 617-846-9898.

The Winthrop Playmakers is sponsoring a walk-a-thon on Saturday, August 13th from 9:30am - 12:30pm to help raise money for their Turn Up the Volume fund.  Funds raised will go towards improving the sound system at the Playhouse. Starting at the Playhouse, located at 60 Hermon Street, the walk will go to Deer Island and then "back to the Playhouse" for a bite to eat. Get people to sponsor you on the walk. If interested, send an e-mail with your name, contact information and t-shirt size to

Tickets are on sale now from the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce for its annual Sunset Cruise on Boston Harbor. The two & a half hour excursion will be Wednesday, August 3 leaving from the Town Pier at the Public Landing, 707 Shirley Street. Boarding is at 6:30 p.m., returning at 9:30 p.m. The elegant premier vessel of Boston Harbor Cruises, the Majesty, will take a scenic tour of the inner harbor. A fun way to beat the heat, it is a relaxing night out with friends and neighbors. Back by popular demand, the band “FineLine” with John and Lori Wadkins will be providing the evening’s entertainment. Call 617-846-9898 or stop by the office at 207 Hagman Road for tickets. MasterCard and Visa are accepted. Price is $35 per person and includes a light meal. Don’t miss the boat!

The Viking Pride Foundation will be hosting their second annual summer concert Saturday, August 6 at 8:15 at Miller Field.  Harold Melvin’s Bluenotes and Evelyn “Champagne” King will perform.  For more information, go to or call 617-539-4873.

The Winthrop Lodge of Elks is hosting its annual Help Hook the Cure Derby on August 27th, 2011.  This is a fun day for a great cause.  If you are interested in participating in the fishing tournament, you can contact Norman Hyett at 617-909-0912.  Otherwise, people are welcome to come down to the Elks to watch the Derby and enjoy the day.  Lunch will be available to purchase from 2:00-4:00.  All funds raised will go to the Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s Research Foundation.  

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