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From the Desk of the Town Manager- November 16th
From the Desk of the Town Manager
Our weekly newsletter that highlights some of the positive things
happening around town.
                                                                                                                                         November 16, 2011

Congratulations to the following Middle School students who were recently elected as Student Council Class Officers:
6th Grade: Bryce Costin, President; Jennifer Guerra, Vice President; Simon Moreira, Treasurer; Kim McDuffee, Secretary
7th Grade: Elizabeth Carsley, President; Luigi Spinazzola, Vice President; William Holden, Secretary; David Fisher, Treasurer
8th Grade: Catherine Johnson, President; Jake LaFratta, Vice President; Brian Perrin, Secretary; Julia Duplin, Treasurer

Congratulations to the following High School students who were recently elected as Student Class Officers:
Class of 2012: Leo Haskell, President; Mairead McCarthy, Vice President; Janelle Gillespie, Secretary; Catherine Loomis, Treasurer; Rachel Delsolio, Class Marshall; Lauren Kostegan, Videographer
Class of 2013: Joseph Gobiel, President; Erin O'Leary, Vice President; Alicia Delvento, Secretary; David Gallo, Treasurer
Class of 2014: Carly Corbett-Frank, President; Josh Rosenthal, Vice President; Eric Wadkins, Treasurer; Dan Figueira, Secretary
Class of 2015: Jessica Vigliotta, President; Polly Tsiotis, Vice President; Katie Beadle, Treasurer; Carly O'Keefe, Secretary

The Winthrop Art Association is having their Holiday Fair on Saturday, November 19th from 9:00 am-2:00 pm in The Cultural Center at the EB Newton School, 45 Pauline Street.  There will be lots of artwork and handmade crafts available for purchase.  This is a great time to do your Holiday shopping while supporting local artists!  Also, there will be free photos with Santa available!
There will be an informal networking group at the EB Newton Cultural Center on Friday, November 18th at 7:00.  This is a free event and open to all.  There will be light refreshments served.  If you have any marketing materials, please bring them with you. This is a great opportunity to meet other people in town!

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.

Under Armour Contest: Finding Undeniable
Is Winthrop High School Undeniable? We have entered a nation wide contest by Under Armour for a chance to win 140 thousand in free uniforms and gear. Here is the link to the contest: 

Click the link and vote for WHS. You can vote once per day. Please share with your friends via twitter/facebook. We need everyone to vote once per day. Support WHS and vote today!!!!

20th Annual Winthrop Holiday Lighting Festival November 25
Ring in the season in Winthrop Center the day after Thanksgiving from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. for the 20th annual Holiday Lighting Festival put on by the Chamber of Commerce.  There will be live entertainment throughout the day from the Middle School Chorus, Winthrop School of Performing Arts, Winthrop Girl Scouts, Cervizzi’s Martial Arts Academy, John & Lori Wadkins and students, and the Winthrop Playmakers.  
From “America’s Got Talent”, super-charged “Wacky Chad” will perform at 3:30 with all sorts of antics. Watch out for his extreme pogo stunts, charmingly funny jokes and crazy tricks, all mixed into one must-see show!  
Pony rides will take place from 3:00 – 5:00 and there will be free photos with Santa Claus in French Square from 3:00 - 5:00. Making special appearances this year will be Woody and Buzz Lightyear from "Toy Story", who will be joined by friends Frosty the snowman and Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer.  
Lots of tasty treats that day too, as Winthrop Rotary will be serving free hot popcorn and WCAT will be making cotton candy.  The traditional children’s hat contest will be at 4:00 pm with prizes for the most festive, most original, and funniest. There will also be a dance competition at 5:00 pm for the kids with prizes.  The highlight of the day is when Santa Claus arrives on the fire engine, with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts leading the procession, for the tree lighting at 5:30.  
The Chamber’s annual Holiday Lighting Festival is sponsored by Massport.

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!

Check out what’s happening this week at the EB Newton Winthrop Cultural Center!

Brown Bag DVD Lecture Series
Wednesdays @ noon
Now you don't have to leave town to hear America's top professors teaching their greatest courses!~ Bring your lunch and your curiosity, and join us as we explore our huge collection of recorded lectures.~ This week's topic: America and the New Global Economy.~ (Suggestions welcome for future lectures.)~

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.~ Bring your own drawing supplies, or purchase them through Dawn.~ Drop-ins welcome!
$10 per class

Special Lecture: Academic Excellence with George Gonis
Thursday, 11/17 @ 6pm
Join Attorney George Gonis, owner of Gonis Academy of Academic Excellence and Greek Pankaration, for a presentation on how to prepare your students for a life of academic excellence!~ Intended for parents of k-12 students.

Coffee House Open Mic Night
Thursdays @ 7pm
Come enjoy a hot beverage and some great refreshments, and either sit back and enjoy the show, or get up on stage and show off your own talents!~ Open to all ages and performance styles- music, poetry, dance, comedy, etc.~ Bring friends and take this opportunity to check out our new-and-improved lounge area!

Oil Painting for Adults
Mondays @ 10am
Join Glena Raya-Silva, an outstanding Winthrop artist, and learn how to use oil paint to create dynamic paintings and express your own unique artistic vision!~ No experience necessary.~ Drop-ins welcome!
$5 suggested donation

Spanish Conversation Group
Mondays @ 4pm
Brush up on your Spanish with native Spanish speaker Glena Raya-Silva!~ Meet fellow Spanish language enthusiasts, and make new amigos as you practice speaking, discover new phrases and finally figure out verb conjugations!~ All levels welcome.~ Drop in for a class, or join us for the whole season!
$3 Suggested donation.

All events are held at the Winthrop Cultural Center
45 Pauline St., Winthrop (across from Nick's)

Questions or comments?~ Contact 

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