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From the Desk of the Town Manager- December 23rd
From the Desk of the Town Manager
Our weekly newsletter that highlights some of the positive things
happening around town.
                                                                        December 21, 2011

We wish you and your families a very joyful and healthy Holiday!  

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!
Santa Claus has once again contacted the Winthrop firefighters to make his plans for visiting the Town of Winthrop. On Saturday, December 24 (Christmas Eve) Santa will be escorted through the streets of Winthrop. Rain or snow will not keep Santa and the firefighters from completing this annual tradition, but cars parked illegally or parked on or close to corners can keep Santa from certain streets. So please work with your neighbors in making sure that Santa's route remains open. If you are new to Winthrop or have never seen this special procession, do not miss it. It is a truly spectacular Christmas Eve event that rivals none.~ Santa Claus is coming to town.....
For route information go to:

The swearing in ceremony will be held on January 3, 2012 at 6:30 in the Cummings School Multipurpose Room.

Opening Remarks by Town Manager James McKenna
Pledge of Allegiance – Mr. McKenna
Welcome to Elected Officials - Town Clerk Carla Vitale

Swearing-In The Following Order:

Housing Authority Member Richard Honan
Housing Authority Member Frank Ferrara

Library Trustee James M. Matarazzo
Library Trustee Alex Alexanian
Library Trustee Maria A. Ferri

School Committee Member Melissa E. Polino
School Committee Member Gary S. Skomro
School Committee Member MaryAlice Sharkey

Precinct 2 Councilor James Letterie
Precinct 4 Councilor Craig G. Mael
Precinct 6 Councilor Linda J. Calla

Councilor at Large Phil R. Boncore

Council President Peter T. Gill

President Gill’s Remarks & Citations

Closing Remarks – Town Manager Jim McKenna

Congratulations to our own Blackstrap BBQ Restaurant!  They were voted as one of Greater Boston’s best new restaurants.  According to the article, “Everything on the blackboard is irresistible. Here, more members of the East Coast Grill diaspora are making succulent dry-rub pork ribs, sweet-potato salad, bacony collards, buttermilk-fried onion rings, fried pickles, and hunks of sweet corn bread, all worth the trip to faraway Winthrop. GPS will get you there.”  Great job!

The Chamber of Commerce’s 2011 Winthrop ornament features the historic E.B. Newton School, home of the new Winthrop Cultural Center, drawn by Dawn Mahoney.  The ornaments are $5 and all proceeds benefit the holiday lighting fund.  The ornaments can be purchased at the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce office at 207 Hagman Road and at many other businesses throughout the Town, including the Winthrop Marketplace and Woodside Ace Hardware.  For more information, call 617-846-9898.

There will be a free informal networking meeting on Friday, January 6th at 7:00pm at the E.B. Newton Cultural Center.  This is open to everyone, so bring a friend or two, your other half or a co-worker.  No children please.  If you have business cards or marketing materials, please bring those.  Light refreshments will be served.  Going forward, there will be a meeting on the first Friday of each month.

This Week @ the Winthrop Cultural Center!
Coffeehouse Open Mic Night
Thursday, 12/22 @ 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?
What would Winthrop do with a check for $50,000 or a feature on Readers Digest wants to know what makes our town special — and what it needs to make it even better — for a chance to win funding and support for important projects.

Last year the We Hear You America program helped 110 towns raise money for new playgrounds, to help youth programs, restore historic buildings and other projects. Starting November 16, 2011, through March 1, 2012, the voting begins again, and this year WINTHROP could be a winner.

Our town even has its own page to keep track of how the voting is going. Log on to to see it and cast a vote. While you are there we also hope you will tell us what makes our town the best in America. Editors will be featuring the best towns and stories each week.

Vote for Winthrop and vote often!

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!

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