Winthrop Town Hall
1 Metcalf Square, Winthrop, MA 02152
ph: 617.846.1852
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.
                                                                                                                                         September 14, 2011

The 21st Century After School Program was awarded a $25,000 Out-of-School-Time Quality Enhancement Grant. Only 60 grants were awarded in Massachusetts and it will be used to improve the quality of after-school and out-of-school time programs during the school year and summer months for students.
For Kid’s Only received at $5,000 grant for Winthrop Public Schools and the grant is going to be used as a literacy grant.  They will partner after school with the Gorman Fort Banks Elementary School.

Winthrop High School was named most improved in Boston Magazine as having the 4th highest increase in MCAS scores across the state.  

Six students from Winthrop High School are the recipients of the James Otis Scholarship.  They are Sean Egan, Jerry Driscoll, Joseph Gobiel, Moriah Goldblatt, Jennie Maibor, and Kaitin Tarrio.  They will be honored at the State House on Thursday, September 15th, 2011.

Nomination Papers need to be turned back in by September 20, 2011 - Many races still have no confirmed candidates on the ballot!
Last date to Register to vote in the November 8th election is Wednesday, October 19, 2011 Hours Town Clerk’s Office is Open 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
This election will have the following races:
Town Councilor Precincts 2, 4 & 6
At-Large Councilor (one seat)
Council President (one seat)
Library Trustee (three seats)
School Committee (three seats)
Winthrop Housing Authority (two seats)
Nomination Papers will be available beginning Monday, July 11, 2011 in the Town Clerk’s Office.
Precinct Candidates need 50 signatures from Registered Voters within their precinct. It is strongly suggested that at least 75 signatures are obtained.
Town-wide Candidates need 150 signatures from Registered Voters town wide. It is strongly suggested at least 175 signatures are obtained.

The Senior Center will be renamed the Robert A. DeLeo Senior Center in honor of all the work the Speaker of the House has done for this community.  The Town Council voted on this unanimously at their last meeting.  There will be a dedication ceremony at the Senior Center sometime in the near future.

The Winthrop Public Library and Museum welcomes S.P.I.R.I.T.S. of New England, Paranormal Investigations: Keys to the Other Side.  S.P.I.R.I.T.S. of New England is a small, dedicated group of paranormal investigators working out of Winthrop.  They have investigated with T.A.P.S. (from TV’s “Ghost Hunters”) and conducted investigations at private homes, the Deane Winthrop House and other historic locations in New England.  Join the Library for a multi-media presentation on how they do their work and see and hear some of the evidence they have collected.  This event will take place on Saturday, September 24th, from 3:00-4:00pm in the Hazlett Room.

Over 30 of the area’s finest eating establishments will be participating in the 6th annual “Taste of Winthrop” on Wednesday, September 21 at the Winthrop Yacht Club, 649 Shirley Street. The event is put on by the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce and will run from 6:00 to 9:00 pm with samples of everything from appetizers and main courses to pastries and desserts.
Tickets are on sale now for $30 and may be purchased by calling 617-846-9898, at the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce office at 207 Hagman Road or Luna Boutique at 3 Bartlett Road. Tables of ten may be reserved in advance for $300. The event showcases local restaurants, cafés, caterers, and bakeries and is a fundraiser for Winthrop’s business beautification program.
That night will also feature a silent auction, cash bar, and specialty cocktails from Winthrop restaurants. The local band Pop Into The Chemist will be performing, featuring George Chinaglia, Kara Toomey LoPreste, Mike Hermans and Boey Bertold. ~Bon appétit! ~

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 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!

Belle Isle Harvest Festival
Mark your calendar for the Belle Isle Harvest Festival
Sunday, October 2 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Horse-drawn hayrides, pumpkin decorating, animals with the “Creature Teacher”, live music, the Mass Oyster Project, display tables, art and more.

MyRWA Photo Contest
The Mystic River Watershed Association is seeking photographs that illustrate the beauty and challenges of the Mystic River Watershed. Contest categories include (1)Plants, (2)Wildlife, (3)Landscape and (4)Recreation & Appreciation. Photos must be taken within the Mystic River Watershed and be submitted by 5pm on Friday, October 14. Amateur photographers are encouraged!  For more information, call 781-316-3438.

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 or call 617-249-1757. The exhibit is slated to run through Columbus Day.

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!