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From the Desk of The Town Manager- December 7th
From the Desk of the Town Manager
Our weekly newsletter that highlights some of the positive things
happening around town.
                                                                        December 7, 2011

The two beds that make up our Community Garden are completed thanks to our grant writer, Peter Lombardi, and Anita Petricone. Both beds have been filled with soil, weeded, and are ready for next spring for planting. Many thanks to all who helped complete this task from the Winthrop Police Department, Winthrop Fire Department, DPW, Paul O'Donnell, Peter Lombardi and Anita Petricone. We can't wait to see what the community harvests next year!

The Winthrop Beautification Committee would like to thank all of the traffic island sponsors for their continued support in our effort to beautify Winthrop.~ A complimentary holiday wreath with a bow from the Committee has been placed on each sponsor’s sign. The Committee thanks you again for your help.~ Best Wishes for the Holidays!

The Council on Aging is getting ready to celebrate the holidays at the Senior Center with over 150 seniors attending their annual holiday party on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011. There are 10 invited guests coming, entertainment by the Senior Center Seaside Tappers, the Senior Center Chorus, and the Hot Spot Cabaret. There will be door prizes and raffle prizes as well. The luncheon will consist of a turkey dinner catered by Nicks of Winthrop, which we know will be terrific! Many thanks to the COA staff, COA members, and Senior Center Social Committee for putting this event together. Happy holidays!

The Class of 2014 is having a fundraiser for their class.  There will be a bake sale, as well as a raffle for a scratch ticket tree worth $300.  Tickets will be sold at French Square on the following dates: December 3rd, 10th and 17th from 8:00 am-1:00 pm and are $10 per ticket.  Support the class of 2014!


As part of an annual nationwide Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey, anyone spotting an eagle in Massachusetts from January 4, 2012 - January 18, 2012 is strongly encouraged to report their sighting to the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW). Please provide date, time, location, and town, number of birds, juvenile or adult bird, and observer contact information. Images are welcome, but not required. Report sightings either to: or by postal mail to "Eagle Survey", MassWildlife, Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough, MA, 01581.

Dr. Tom French, DFW’s Assistant Director of Natural Heritage and Endangered Species, noted that citizen interest in the eagle survey has been very helpful. "With higher numbers of eagles dispersing throughout their range, we can't possibly cover the entire state. Citizen spotters play an increasingly important role in our survey efforts. In January of 2011, we received 61 emailed reports from people who saw eagles during the 2-week survey period."

A target date of January 6, 2012 will be used for a concentrated survey of major rivers, lakes, reservoirs and the coast by staff from the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and volunteers across the state. In 2011, a record 107 bald eagles were documented in Massachusetts during the one-day event. A fact sheet on bald eagles can be found at:

This Week @ the Winthrop Cultural Center!
Coffeehouse Open Mic Night
Thursday, 12/8 @ 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!
$3 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

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

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