Winthrop Town Hall
1 Metcalf Square, Winthrop, MA 02152
ph: 617.846.1852
From the Desk of the Town Manager- January 19, 2012
From the Desk of the Town Manager
Our weekly newsletter that highlights some of the positive things
happening around town.
                                                                         January 19, 2012

The Town was recently awarded $500,000 in MassWorks funding from the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development to make improvements to Ingleside Park.  This funding will be used to upgrade the existing storm drain system within the park so that the area will be better able to handle significant rain events.  The preliminary survey work and engineering for the project is currently getting underway with construction expected to begin in early summer.  This project may include changing the configuration of existing piping in order to increase the overall capacity of the drainage system.  Several additional proposed improvements that may be included in the final project scope are re-surfacing the playground tot lots, installing new fencing along the perimeter of Walden Street, and re-orienting the baseball field.

Local Winthrop Author Robin G. Coles to present: Boating Secrets!

Author Robin G. Coles will appear at Winthrop Public Library on February 1, 2012 at 6:00p.m. to give a talk on her first book Boating Secrets: 127 Top Tips to Help You Buy and Enjoy Your Boat! The program is free and open to the public.

As Coles ventured out on her journey to become a better boater, she had many questions. She felt the best way to get answers was to interview experts in the field. As she prepared for these interviews she quickly realized it wasn’t just her struggling for this knowledge. In her book she tried to cover all the basics as well as some more advanced boating topics for the old salts.

Coles' book will not replace any classroom instruction, but promises to entertain through the use of amusing stories. This book is for both power and sail boaters.

Robin G. Coles, author of Boating Secrets: 127 Top Tips to Help You Buy and Enjoy Your Boat will talk about her interviews with the eleven marine industry experts that helped her make this book a success.

A book signing will follow the program, and the presentation is suitable for all ages. Robin G. Coles has also authored a newspaper column (Mariner News) and a variety of articles about boating. To see/read her boating related media, go to

The Winthrop Cultural Council Presents:
The Many Ways of Dawn
Sunday, January 22 2012
Opening Reception 3:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
at The Clock Tower Gallery - E.B. Newton School & Cultural Center.
Dawn Mahoney is a talented local artist and has been a member of the Winthrop Art Association Since 1979.


Featuring: Eric Anderson, Victoria Bergman, Emilie Dean, Molly Duffy, Moriah Goldblatt, Leo Haskell, Jessica Hickey, Caitlin Janielis, Lauren Kostegan, Anna Limina, Catherine Loomis, Alana MacNeil, Mary Kate Mancini, Michael Mazzone, Michael Melanson, Alanna O’Connell, Michelle Saulnier, David Tracy, Mark Tracy, Katherine Teixeira and Laura Jean Velardo.                Music Director: Dave Limina; Choreographer: Jaime Montesano

Performances at Prince Pizzeria, Route 1 in Saugus
Sunday, Jan. 29th at 6:00pm and Monday, Jan. 30th, Tuesday, Jan. 31st, and Wednesday, Feb. 1st at 7:00 pm.  
Doors open one hour before show time.
Tickets for each show are $15 and can be ordered through cast members or by calling Trish Loomis at 617-846-8638 or via email to Lois O’Connell 617-846-8667 or
(Note: Show ticket does not include food and drinks. Reserved seating via full table purchase only)
Please join us and help support Winthrop Drama Society’s yearly fundraiser!

There will be a Music Matters Festival on February 3rd at 6:00 pm at the Winthrop Lodge of Elks.  Tickets are $15.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door. There will be three bands performing in one night. All proceeds will go to Music Matters, a non-profit organization dedicated to putting a music program back in the schools. Visit their Facebook page “The Music Matters Festival.”
If you have any questions, call 302-4MU-SIC1.


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.