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From the Desk of the Town Manager- January 5, 2012
From the Desk of the Town Manager
Our weekly newsletter that highlights some of the positive things
happening around town.
January 5, 2012



The following changes will be in effect beginning January 1, 2012.

Precincts 3, 4 & 6 will now vote at the
Winthrop Senior Center located on Harvard Street.

Pursuant to Massachusetts General Law, chapter 54, section 6, the Town of Winthrop has changed voting precincts to reflect population changes as calculated by the most recent federal census.  These changes are reflective of the new maps drawn by the State.  The following is a listing of streets that have been changed.  Your voting precinct and polling location can be found on the front page of your enclosed annual census form in the box at top left corner. See sample below.

STREETS WITH PRECINCT CHANGES: (Not all addresses are affected; please see your precinct in box at top left of Census Form).

Banks Street
Bayou Street
Cutler Street
Forrest Street
Highland Avenue
Main Street
Nevada Street
North Avenue
Paine Street
Revere Street
Shirley Street
South Avenue
Thornton Park
Washington Avenue
Washington Terrace
Winthrop Street

The next election is the Presidential Primary on Tuesday, March 6, 2012.


Dog licensing will now be done by calendar year.  If your dog currently has a 2011 tag, you will not need to purchase another tag until November of 2012, and a new tag must be purchased before January 1, 2013 to avoid ticketing which will begin March 1, 2013. Licenses will be available for the 2013 season in November of 2012. Please see the full text of the Dog Ordinance on the Town Clerk’s web page at
This office strongly suggests that all households familiarize yourself with the
Ordinances related to Dogs, these laws are mandated by the State.

Parks and Recreation is offering two programs beginning this week:

WINTER BASKETBALL – 8 week program begins on Saturday, January 7th at the Middle school gymnasium. Boys in Grades K-1 from 9:00am –10:15am, Girls in Grades K-1 from 10:15am- 11:30am and Boys and Girls in grades 2, 3, & 4 from 12:00pm –1:15pm. Program fee is $95.00.

KNUCKLE BONES ATHLETIC GAMES – Children ages 2-4 join us for this 6 week program on Saturdays from 1:30pm – 2:30pm at the Middle school gymnasium beginning January 7th. This program teaches children the fundamentals of sports, builds confidence and develops a passion for athletics and fitness while having fun. Cost is $85.00.

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.
Tonight at the Winthrop Cultural Center:
Coffeehouse Open Mic Night
Thursday, 1/6/12 @ 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!

You're Invited!
Start the New Year with a splash!

MyRWA invites you to the first-ever Polar Plunge, featuring Association staff, volunteers and others to be recruited, to dive into the Mystic River as the kickoff for MyRWA's 40th Anniversary year - a year to celebrate and promote the recreational opportunities of the Mystic as well as the water quality testing and environmental policy efforts that MyRWA has led over its forty year history.

Come take the plunge or cheer the swimmers on! Hot drinks will be served.

This event is at your own risk.

The Mystic River Polar Plunge
Mary O'Malley Park Commandants Way, Chelsea, MA
Saturday, January 28, 1-2 pm
The event is free and open to the public.
Hot drinks will be served.
Rain, snow or shine – ample parking
Questions? Call 781-316-3438.