From the Desk of the Town Manager
Our weekly newsletter that highlights some of the positive things
happening around town.
November 2, 2011
As seen on Boston.com: Winthrop will be able to begin design of a harborfront walkway as a result of grants awarded by the state’s Seaport Advisory Council. At its Oct. 18 meeting, the council approved $300,000 for Winthrop’s HarborWalk. The Winthrop grant will pay for permitting and design of the first section of the HarborWalk, a mile-long path that will extend along Shirley Street from the town landing to the intersection of Shirley and Washington streets - known as Delby’s Corner - and along Washington Street and around Lewis Lake.
“This is an exciting opportunity for the town to move our revitalization of this waterfront area forward,’’ said Peter Lombardi, the town’s grant administrator.
Chaired by Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray, the Seaport Advisory Council allots funds to improve and develop commercial aspects of local ports and harbors.
Winthrop’s planned HarborWalk is part of an overall effort by the town to revitalize its waterfront to make it more welcoming and accessible to residents and visitors and in so doing to help the local economy.
The town built a commercial pier in 2007 on Shirley Street and last year undertook the first phase of an upgrade to its public landing, adjacent to the pier. Last year, it initiated a commuter ferry service between the pier and Rowe’s Landing in Boston, and the ferry recently completed its first full season.
The town is set to begin construction of a ferry terminal facility, the second phase of the public landing upgrade. The first phase work included rebuilding the parking area, and new landscaping, benches, and pathways, according to Paul Rupp, an economic development consultant for the town.
Town officials said the HarborWalk will provide an attractive pedestrian way connecting the landing to area businesses on both sides of Shirley Street.
“Winthrop has some of the best views of Boston and the waterfront, and it’s time we capitalized on this,’’ town manager James McKenna said in a prepared statement, expressing the town’s appreciation for the state grant.
Winthrop’s award is being funded in the fiscal year that begins next July 1, so the design work is not expected to begin until then.
The HarborWalk will be created through the improvement of the existing sidewalk on Shirley Street, including the addition of landscaping and other amenities. Also incorporated into the walkway will be a planned public promenade over a reconstructed railroad trestle that extends out above the harbor.
The old trestle, located behind the municipal parking lot at Delby’s Corner, was formerly used by the narrow-gauge railroad that once operated in the town. The first phase of the project calls for construction of the HarborWalk in the Crystal Cove area, which encompasses the streets around Delby’s Corner. Officials said it has not yet been determined if the promenade would be included in phase one.
According to Rupp, the town has had discussions with a developer interested in constructing a multiuse project on the waterfront in Crystal Cove. He said the town would look to require that any such development include a publicly accessible waterside path that would be linked to the HarborWalk.
The town will apply for additional Seaport Advisory Council funds to design the other portions of the HarborWalk and look to varing funding sources to cover the estimated $6 million costs of construction. The pier and public landing work has been funded through a mix of federal and state dollars, including from the council.
Come spend an evening with the entire community to support the Duffy and Huberman families, victims of the devastating October 25th fire on Prospect Avenue in Winthrop. There is a fundraiser this Saturday, November 5th at Winthrop Yacht Club from 7:30-11:30pm. Tickets are $20. There will be music, light hors d'oeuvres and desserts, a bar, a 3-way split the pot, and raffle items (Chinese Auction-Style); $10 for an arm's length of tickets.
You must be present to win. Winners will be announced starting at 9:30 pm.
A fun night for a great cause!
Also, we have received many inquiries from people if a fire fund has been set up for the fire victims of Prospect Ave. Please find below the fund information:
"Huberman Family Fire Fund"
East Boston Savings Bank
15 Bartlett RD
"Duffy Family Fire Fund"
Winthrop Federal Credit Union
15 Woodside Ave
Please join with American Legion Post 146 at this year’s 2011 Veterans Day Services on Friday, November 11th at 11:00am. The services will take place in front of the Winthrop Town Hall. This year's principal speaker will be Winthrop resident, Capt. Lisa Larity USAF. Capt. Larity has been deployed the past few years as a Flight Nurse accompanying wounded American military personnel out of Iraq, Afghanistan and other hot spots in the Middle East.
Following the services, there will be a special rededication of the Crest Avenue Park. The name of Edmund "Duke" McNeil will be added to the memorial sign honoring "Duke's" son Edmund McNeil III who was died as a result of injuries suffered in the Vietnam War. "Duke" is being remembered for his years of service in the US Army along with the US Coast Guard.
Take a few moments and join us as we pay tribute to all of those men and women who have served the United States Armed Forces . . . . . Past, Present and Future.
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.
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:
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!!!
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.
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!
Holiday Lighting Festival- November 25th
Woody and Buzz Lightyear will be coming to Winthrop on the day after Thanksgiving, bringing along friends for the annual tree lighting ceremony.~ Come down to Winthrop Center from 3:00-6:00 pm on Friday, November 25 for tons of holiday fun, with live entertainment, appearances by costume characters, free photos with Santa, pony rides, raffles, games, contests, music, and a special performance by stunt comic ‘Wacky Chad’!
Holiday Shopping - "One Stop Shopping Event"
Saturday - December 3, 2011 - 10:00-2:00 at the Senior Center...
Shopping couldn't be easier! Do all your holiday shopping in one convenient spot at the Senior Center. There will be over 25 direct sellers and crafters along with a children's room with mentors from Kathy's Place helping the children to make holiday decorations. Also, Santa will be available for photos with the kids. The Council on Aging will be serving lunch, which will consist of: hot dogs, chips, dessert, and a beverage for $5.00.
So, plan to join us for this wonderful event, complete all your holiday shopping in one stop, and get into the spirit of the holidays!
Here's what's happening at the EB Newton Cultural Center!
The calendar for the next two weeks in November includes these great events:
Brown Bag Lecture Series
Wednesdays @ noon
(starting Nov. 2nd)
Now you don't need to leave town to hear America's greatest professors teaching their greatest courses.~ Bring your lunch and your curiosity!~ This week's topic: The Story of Human Language
Drawing with Dawn
Wednesdays @ 3pm
(starting Nov. 2nd)
Join Dawn Mahoney, Winthrop native and artist extraordinaire, and learn how to draw from the beginning! All skill levels and ages (8+) welcome.
$10 per class + $20 one-time materials fee
"Hot Jazz on a Cool Night" with Helene Gove & Michael Chasse!
Friday, Nov. 4th @ 7pm
Join us for vocal jazz standards & originals with vocalist (and Winthrop native) Helene J Gove & guitarist Michael Chasse!
Henry the Juggler
Saturday, Nov. 5th @ 2pm
Back by popular demand!~ He is considered armed (and legged) and dangerous, and he is known to cause spontaneous outbursts of laughter!~ Join us for this special family-friendly performance- open to all ages.
Coffee House Open Mic Night
Thursdays @ 7pm
(starting Nov. 10th)
Join us for a night of song, poetry, comedy, dance and fun!~ Grab a coffee and a snack, and either sit back and enjoy the local talent or get up on stage and share your own!
Oil Painting for Adults
Mondays @ 2pm
(starting Nov. 7th)
Join Glena Raya-Silva, an outstanding local artist, and learn how to use oil paint to create dynamic paintings that express your own unique artistic vision! No experience necessary- all levels welcome!
$10 suggested donation
Spanish Conversation Group
Mondays @ 4pm
(starting Nov. 7th)
Brush up on your Spanish with native Spanish speaker Glena Raya-Silva! Meet fellow Spanish language and culture enthusiasts, and make new amigos as you practice speaking, discover new phrases, and finally figure out verb conjugations!~ All levels welcome.~
$2 Suggested donation.
CPR Training Workshop
Monday, Nov. 7th @ 6pm
Are You Ready? Become CPR Certified!~ North Shore CPR Training is offering: American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR with AED Training.~ Winthrop Chamber of Commerce members receive a discount!
Special Lecture: Martial Arts with George Gonis
Tuesday, Nov. 8th and Tuesday, Nov. 15th @ 6pm
Join Atty. George Gonis, owner of Gonis Academy of Scholastic Excellence and Greek Pankaration, for a presentation on martial arts and how to prepare your K-12 students for a life of academic excellence!
Special Lecture: Academic Excellence with George Gonis
Thursday, Nov. 10th and Tuesday, Nov. 17th @ 6pm
Join George Gonis, owner of Gonis Academy of Scholastic Excellence and Greek Pankaration, for a presentation on how to prepare your K-12 students for a life of academic excellence!