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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.
Take your best shot!  Ferry photo contest announced by Winthrop Chamber of Commerce and the E.B. Newton Cultural Center!                                           
With rider ship of the Winthrop Ferry increasing, and additional trips scheduled through the end of August, the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce and E.B. Newton Cultural Center announce their first collaboration: "Photo The Ferry 2011."  
From the top deck of the Winthrop Ferry vessel, the Anna, riders get spectacular views of the Winthrop coastline, Snake Island, the Harbor Islands, the fast developing Pier district, and, of course, Boston Harbor. Amateur photographers are invited to submit digital photographs of views taken from the Winthrop Ferry or OF the Winthrop Ferry.  A panel of media professionals, including professional photographers, will judge submissions.
The winner(s) of the contest will have their photographs considered for use - with full credit -- for promotional materials developed by Boston Harbor Cruises, the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce, and Town of Winthrop administrative offices. Photographs may be considered as candidates for the Winthrop Neighborhood Numbers directory cover. There will also be an exhibit of photographs at the E.B. Newton Cultural Center.
Each interested photographer may submit 2 (two) color photographs. Submissions must be sent in as jpegs, in as high color resolution as possible. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS AUGUST 31, 2011. Please email your jpegs to: chamber@winthropchamber.com.
Winthrop Chamber Executive Board member Niki Vettel, who is spearheading the contest, said, "This is exciting on many levels: as an opportunity for photographers to work with a new subject matter that has tremendous expressive potential; as an exciting first step in an on-going partnership between the Town's new Cultural Center and its curator, Yasmina Kamal, and the Chamber; and for promotional possibilities for bringing ever growing ridership to our Ferry."
Please contact Eric Gaynor, Executive Director of the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce, 617-846-9898, with questions.

The Council on Aging is celebrating 20 years in their beautiful Senior Center! They will have a celebration party on Sept. 16th at 5:00. Also, the Friends of the Council on Aging are hosting a anniversary "gala" at the Winthrop Yacht Club on Oct. 19th from 6-8:30. The President of the Friends is Speaker Bob DeLeo, and the honorary co-chairs are: Maura Sweeney Doyle - Clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court and Joseph Ferrino, Jr. President of the Freedoms Foundation. Ted Reinstein, former resident of Winthrop and host of the Channel 5 show Chronicle will be the night's emcee. We hope to raise a substantial amount of money so that we may continue to offer quality, community services to the seniors of Winthrop.

Winthrop photpgrapher Kevin Welch is currently exhibiting bird portraits on canvas in the Basch Room. Mr. Welch is an active member of the local photographic community, working in scenic landscapes, nature and wildlife. The works, stunning in clarity and color, may be viewed whenever the Library is open. Proceeds generated from Mr. Welch’s photography benefit The Jimmy Fund. For more information, email kevinwelch@healthydogs.com or call 617-249-1757. The exhibit is slated to run through Columbus Day.

The Winthrop Public Library & Museum will be changing back to its customary Fall/Winter/Spring hours effective September 5th, 2011. August 29th will be the LAST Monday we are open until next June. Our first open Saturday of the season will be September 10th. Our hours of operation after Labor Day will be:
ADULT and CHILDREN’S
Tuesday: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday & Monday: CLOSED
Children’s Story Hours will resume on Friday, October 7th; 10:30 a.m. (toddlers), 11:15 a.m. (ages 3-5). For more information on Story Hours, please visit our Children’s Room or call (617) 846-1616.

The Winthrop Improvement & Historical Association presents A Night With Mel Simons, a humorist, accordionist and musical historian. This event will be held on Saturday, October 1st from 7:30 to 8:30pm at the Barn at the Dean Winthrop House at 40 Shirley Street.  Donation is $12.  Reserve your tickets by calling 617-846-7421.  Only 100 seats available- Sold out 4 years in a row!  Light refreshments and raffles, fun for all!

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.  
The first annual Neil Shapiro Charity event will take place on September 17th and 18th.  On Saturday, September 17th there will be a 5K kick-off party at Winthrop Yacht Club from 6-11pm.  Enjoy a pasta dinner and entertainment by cover band Somerset.  This event is for ages 18+.  Tickets are available in advance at www.active.com for $15 or at the door for $20. Then on Sunday, September 18th there will be a walk/run around Deer Island. Registration for walkers and runners begins at 9:00am, and then the walk/run will begin at 11:00am.  Registration is $25 before September 10th and $30 after. Carpooling is recommended, as parking is limited.  All proceeds will benefit Viking Pride.  Neil has been gone 10 years, but never forgotten!