From the Desk of the Town Manager
Our weekly newsletter that highlights some of the positive things
happening around town.
October 26, 2011
A huge thank you goes out to all the volunteers who helped make the new playground at the Gorman Fort Banks School a reality. Countless parents, residents and town employees put in a lot of hard work to create a beautiful, new playground for the children. From everyone who donated money to all the people who dedicated their time, the Town says thank you for a job well done!
The finishing touches are currently being put on the installation of a low-emissivity ceiling down at the Larson Rink. National Grid conducted a technical assessment of the building in June and estimated that the capital cost of this investment would be recouped within 2 years due to the efficiencies gained from adding this insulation material. Based on the significant anticipated utility costs savings from this project, the Town received 50% reimbursement from National Grid to implement this energy saving measure. This is one example of several ongoing projects where the Town is looking to partner with utility companies to lower overall operating costs going forward by making these kind of targeted investments in our facilities.
Constance Moore, Director of Humanities Disciplines in the Winthrop Public Schools has been chosen as the 2012 Massachusetts Art Education Administrator of the Year! Each calendar year, the Massachusetts Art Education Association recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the field of Art Education in Massachusetts. Ms. Moore will be receiving her award during an awards luncheon at this year’s MAEA Fall Conference on Saturday, November 12, 2011. This is an honor for her and the Winthrop Public School System and its Art Program. Congratulations Connie!
There will be a Drug Take Back Program on Saturday, October 29th from 10:00am- 1:00pm at the Cummings School turn-around (on Pauline Street across from the Fire Station.)
What will be accepted: Controlled substance medications (scheduled drugs), non-controlled substance (Rx) medications, over the counter (OTC) medications, medication samples, vitamins, ointments, creams, lotions, and inhalers. If you have any questions, please call Lt. Brian Perrin at 617-846-1212
The Health Department is sponsoring another seasonal flu clinic. It will take place on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 from 4-7 p.m. at the Winthrop Senior Center. There will be nasal spray and injectable vaccines available. Bring all insurance cards. Clinic is for adults & children.
Congratulations to the Winthrop High School golf team! The team finished the season with a perfect record of 10-0 in the South Division of the Northeastern Conference. Coach Peter Lyons was selected as the NEC South Coach of the Year. This is the second time Coach Lyons has received this honor in the five years since he has been the team’s Coach. In addition, three players were named to the NEC South all-start team- Pat Brogan, Adam Lundberg, and Mike Rich.
The Winthrop High School Cheerleaders flipped their way into First Place at the MSSAA Invitational!
The WHS Varsity Cheerleading Team, led by Captains Kaitlin Melanson, Jessica Evans, Leah Pirone and Sarah DeArville danced, jumped and flipped their way to first place at the Algonquin Regional H.S. Warm-Up Invitational in Northboro on Sunday, October 23rd.
Congratulations to all of the cheerleaders and Coach Rachel! We all wish you the best of luck in next Sunday's Invitational in Braintree, and a successful competition season!
The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, PA recently notified the
Bay State Chapter of Freedoms that Richard Fucillo and the Winthrop
Viking Pride Foundation was chosen to receive the prestigious George Washington Honor Medal.
This award exemplified the essence of the National Awards Jury promoting
an understanding and appreciation of responsible citizenship and the benefits of a free society supporting their community.
The George Washington Honor Medal will be presented by Dottie D'Onofrio
at the Thirty First Annual Awards Luncheon on Saturday, November 5th, 2011 at Spinelli's Banquet Facility, East Boston.
Reception and Photos 11:30am
Buffet Luncheon - 12 noon
For tickets and any additional information please contact:
Winthrop Parks and Recreation is offering a Maximize Your College Financial Aid class on Thursday, October 27th from 7pm-9pm at the Recreation Center located in the rear of the Middle School. Enter through the back lot off of Brookfield Road. Cost is $10.00 per family. Register online at www.winthroprec.com or at the Recreation Office. Call 617-846-8243 for more info.
This one night workshop is a must for all parents of college bound high school students, including freshmen and sophomores. We will demystify the college financial aid process and teach you how to access the more than $60 billion in financial aid dollars; monies that are available even to families of “high” income or business owners.
Presented by Don Anderson, College Funding Advisors, Inc.
Learn strategies that will help you protect your assets by maximizing your eligibility for aid, effectively lowering your college costs. Learn the optimum time to set the strategies in place. Learn how to protect the equity in your home and enhance your retirement savings as you educate your child.
·~ Please bring a calculator and a basic knowledge of your income, taxes and assets.
A free analysis will be provided for those attending the class.
The Cummings School will be hosting their first Annual Pumpkin Run this Friday, October 28th at 3:00pm at Ingleside Park.
Halloween Trick or Treat hours for Winthrop will be on Monday October 31st, 5:30pm to 8:30 pm.
Halloween Safety: Safety Alert
Treats: Warn children not to eat any treats before an adult has carefully examined them for evidence of tampering.
Flame Resistant Costumes: When purchasing a costume, masks, beards, and wigs, look for the label Flame Resistant. Although this label does not mean these items won't catch fire, it does indicate the items will resist burning and should extinguish quickly once removed from the ignition source. To minimize the risk of contact with candles or other sources of ignition, avoid costumes made with flimsy materials and outfits with big, baggy sleeves or billowing skirts.
Costume Designs: Purchase or make costumes that are light and bright enough to be clearly visible to motorists.
- For greater visibility during dusk and darkness, decorate or trim costumes with reflective tape that will glow in the beam of a car's headlights. Bags or sacks should also be light colored or decorated with reflective tape. Reflective tape is usually available in hardware, bicycle, and sporting goods stores.
- To easily see and be seen, children should also carry flashlights.
- Costumes should be short enough to prevent children from tripping and falling.
- Children should wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes. Mother’s high heels are not a good idea for safe walking.
- Hats and scarfs should be tied securely to prevent them from slipping over children's eyes.
- Apply a natural mask of cosmetics rather than have a child wear a loose-fitting mask that might restrict breathing or obscure vision. If a mask is used, however, make sure it fits securely and has eyeholes large enough to allow full vision.
- Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be of soft and flexible material.
- Stay Visible
- Young children should always be accompanied by an adult or an older, responsible child.
- All children should WALK, not run from house to house and use the sidewalk, rather than walk in the street.
- Children should be cautioned against running out from between parked cars, or across lawns and yards where ornaments, furniture, or clotheslines present dangers.
Choosing Safe Houses:
- Children should go only to homes where the residents are known and have outside lights on as a sign of welcome.
- Children should not enter homes or apartments unless they are accompanied by an adult.
- People expecting trick-or-treaters should remove anything that could be an obstacle from lawns, steps and porches. Candlelit jack-o'-lanterns should be kept away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame. Indoor jack-o'-lanterns should be kept away from curtains, decorations, and other furnishings that could be ignited.
Enjoy the night and stay safe!
Chief Terence Delehanty
Winthrop Police Department
3 Metcalf Square
Winthrop, MA 02152
The Winthrop Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its annual “Halloween Haunt”. The theme of this year’s Halloween Haunt will again be “Trick or treat… while helping others eat!”
Friday, October 28 marks the 12th annual Halloween tradition in Winthrop Center.~ At 4:00 p.m., kids in costume 10 and under who are accompanied by a parent or caregiver are invited to the Credit Union to pick up a ‘treasure map’ and begin the haunt.~ The map will reveal the participating Winthrop businesses, which will hand out Halloween treats.
Children are asked to bring unexpired canned goods for the Winthrop Food Pantry.~ Volunteers will be collecting nonperishable food items for this critical charity.
This event is made possible by the generosity of over 50 participating businesses and is sponsored by Kathy’s Place 21st Century After School Program and the Winthrop Federal Credit Union.
21st Century and Kathy’s Place Youth Center are having a “Halloween Night Party” on Friday, October 28 from 5:30-8:30 at Kathy’s Place Youth Center. Join family and friends for a Haunted Flashlight Walk. Also, walk through their Halloween maze; enjoy Halloween fun with the Mummy Wrap Contest, carnival games and monster freeze dance. Take pictures with Mr. And Mrs. Frankenstein and Mr. Pumpkin Head. Pizza and refreshments will be sold. Tickets are $5. For more information, call Kathy’s Place at 857-816-3400.
The Winthrop High School Junior Class is having their annual Country Fair on Thursday, November 10th from 7:00-10:00pm at St. John’s the Evangelist Hall, Lincoln Street. Admission is $5 and includes refreshments and a chance for the door prize. There will be great raffles, prizes and a 50/50. The first 50 people admitted will receive a small prize.
Voting is still open for the Music Matters contest that will award money for school music programs! You can find the video and the contest rules at the website www.gleegiveanote.com. Please help us support these motivated and creative students. Music Matters!
If you can’t click on the link, copy and paste it into your web browser. You can vote once a day until November 7th. Vote for Winthrop and vote often!!!
“Sip of Winthrop” Friday, November 4
Winthrop’s 4th annual “Sip of Winthrop” will take place on Friday, November 4 at Cottage Park Yacht Club.~ In addition to the wine fest, which features a vast array of red & white wine offerings, there will be an abundance of tasty hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment by a jazz trio.~ Also on hand will be local craft breweries with samples of beer and cider.
Tickets are $35.00 and are on sale at Swett’s Liquors, Winthrop Chamber of Commerce, and online at www.winthropchamber.com.~~ Jacket required; no one under 21 years of age will be admitted.~ For more information call 617-846-9898.
Comcast Prepares Customers for National Emergency Alert System Test: On Wednesday, November 9, from approximately 2:00 to 2:05 pm Eastern, FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will conduct the country’s first nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) test. During the three-minute test, all channels (on every TV in the United States) will force tune to the EAS messaging channel, and will also be heard on all radio stations. To create less impact, Comcast plans to inform and prepare its customers through multiple channels.
THIS WAY TO THE BOAT YARD: The Winthrop Public Library & Museum presents a special exhibit of images from Reid’s Boat Yard in Winthrop. Located on Pleasant Street in Winthrop from 1918 until the end of World War II, Willis J. Reid’s boat yard built yachts, work boats and military vessels. John Booras of Winthrop has collected a wide variety of images, plans and documents from the boat yard’s heyday. Together with John, we’ve organized them into an exhibit that focuses on the boats built at Reids as well as images of men working on them in the yard. The exhibit, which opened on October 7th, is located in the Museum on the top floor of the Frost Building. Displays will be adjusted periodically in the coming months to feature different aspects of activities there and different types of boats built at Reids. The
exhibit is open whenever the library is. Come see our collection of images and documents, celebrating a part of Winthrop’s maritime history from days gone by. For more information, call (617) 846-1703.
The Winthrop Cultural Council Presents: BEVERLY BRODY BARISANO – A RETROSPECTIVE OF ART WORK IN DIFFERENT MEDIUMS at The Clock Tower Gallery at the E.B. Newton School & Cultural Center, 45 Pauline Street, September 12- October 28, 2011. Schedule: Mondays & Wednesdays 5pm-8pm / Fridays 6pm-8pm / Sundays 2pm-5pm / Artist’s Reception Sunday, October 16, 1-5pm.
The Winthrop Art Association is having a Holiday Fair on Saturday, November 19th from 9:00am – 2:00pm at the EB Newton Cultural Center. Original crafts and artwork will be available to purchase for the Holidays. For information about the craft tables, contact Dawn at 617-846-2644. Free photos with Santa will also be available!