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From the Desk of the Town Manager- November 9th
From the Desk of the Town Manager
Our weekly newsletter that highlights some of the positive things
happening around town.
                                                                                                                                         November 9, 2011

Congratulations to 30 seniors at Winthrop High School who received the John & Abigail Adams Scholarship. A breakfast was held in their honor last Friday, November 4, 2011 at Winthrop High School. The students have been invited to attend the next School Committee meeting on Thursday, November 17th, to be recognized for their outstanding efforts. The students are Mark Baxter, Brian Bell, Victoria Bergman, Nicole Black, Jennifer Collignon, Lauren Corolla, Qunitan Dale, Sean Egan, Jessica Evans, Shannon Feeley, Matthew Gallagher, Matthew Gallo, Janelle Gillespie, Briana Hunter, Lauren Kostegan, Michelle Kubilis, Brittany Lento, Catherine Loomis, Jennie Maibor, Mairead McCarthy, Kaitlin Melanson, Alejandro Miranda, Alex Patnod, Joia Powers, Carmen Rich, Lucas Santos, Amy Sennott, Diana Soch, Matthew Stasio, and Lauren Temple.

The Duffy/Huberman Fundraiser, which was held this past Saturday evening, was a huge success. Over $8,000.00 was raised for the Duffy Family and the Huberman Family, who have been displaced by a devastating fire on October 25, 2011. The outpouring of generosity from the community was very heartwarming. Business owners, citizens of the Town of Winthrop and surrounding communities, donated dozens and dozens of prizes. Town Council President Jeffrey R. Turco presented John Duffy with a citation from the Town Council honoring him for his act of heroism during the fire. Hats off to the Gorman Fort Banks PTO and the Cummings PTO for putting together such a wonderful event. The community really pulled together for two families in need.

The Winthrop Fire Department acquired a new fire engine this week.  There will be a “Blessing of the Engine” ceremony the day after Thanksgiving, coinciding with the Tree Lighting.  Stay tuned for details…

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.

Come check out Open Mic night at the EB Newton Cultural Center! It starts this Thursday, November 10th from 7:00-9:00pm.  This is free and everyone is welcome!   Free refreshments as well.  Come share your music, poetry or performances or support those who will perform!
On Friday, November 11, 2011 The 11 Foundation: In Memory of Michael Mason will kick off the foundation by hosting a Tailgating Event at the Winthrop Golf Club.
Tickets are $50 and include a buffet, music, silent auction, raffles and cash bar.
All ticket proceeds~will benefit the newly established 11 Foundation, which is dedicated to upholding communities that nurture and support the young men and women of Michael's hometown of Winthrop, Massachusetts, and his alma mater Bentley University. To that end, The 11 Foundation will:
  • Offer scholarships and directed donations to students and athletes of all ages so they may pursue their athletic, academic and creative passions
  • Create and support peer mentoring and training programs in order to cultivate leadership qualities in the town’s youth
  • Provide funds to support community enrichment events as a way of strengthening bonds between family, friends and neighbors
On 11-11-11 we will celebrate Michael's life and have the chance to learn more about The 11 Foundation.~It will be a night to remember an outstanding athlete, scholar and friend.

To become involved in this event by donating auction or~raffle items,
please email:

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.

The Town of Winthrop DPW along with Capitol Waste Services will provide limited curbside collection of grass clippings and leaves. Pick-up will occur on Saturday, November 19 and Saturday, December 3, 2011. Leaves may be put out on the curb (by 7:00 am) in barrels or compostable paper bags, weighing no more than 50 pounds. (Plastic bags are not acceptable and will not be picked up). At this time, the program can only accept grass and leaves, no brush or branches. If you have any questions, please call the DPW office at 617-846-1341.

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! Come over and check out these great events:

Brown Bag Lecture Series
Wednesdays @ noon
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
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
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
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
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.

Special Lecture: Martial Arts with George Gonis
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!

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