Winthrop Town Hall
1 Metcalf Square, Winthrop, MA 02152
ph: 617.846.1852
webmaster@town.winthrop.ma.us
From the Desk of the Town Manager- February 2, 2012
From the Desk of the Town Manager
Our weekly newsletter that highlights some of the positive things
happening around town.
                                                                         February 2, 2012
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Need an Absentee Ballot for the March 6, 2012 Presidential Primary Election?
Fill out your Absentee Ballot Application Now!!!

VOTERS MAY VOTE ABSENTEE OVER THE COUNTER BEGINNING MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2012
Voters who are unable to vote on election-day because of physical disability, religious beliefs or travel may vote by absentee ballot. If you will be absent from Winthrop for an extended period of time, you may submit a single application for all elections occurring within the year the application is filed.

Applications for absentee ballots may be obtained from the Town Clerk or downloaded from the Town Clerk’s Web Page at www.town.winthrop.ma.us then click Departments and Town Clerk. Applications may be submitted in person or by mail. The voter, or a "family member" (father, mother, sister, brother, son, daughter, grandparent, grandchild, a spouse or person residing in the same household, in-laws, adopting parent or adopted child, stepparent or stepchild, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew), may submit an application. All absentee ballot applications must be signed by the voter or a family member under the penalty of perjury before an absentee ballot will be made available.

Applications for absentee ballots must be received by the Town Clerk before 12:00 noon the day before an election. (A voter who is admitted to a health care facility after noon of the fifth day before an election may apply for a ballot up until the close of the polls and may request to have the ballot delivered.) Absentee ballots generally are available three weeks before an election.

Please do not hesitate to call the Town Clerk’s office at 617-846-1742 with questions.
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February is Literacy Month! Kathy's Place Youth Center and 21st Century Afterschool Program is hosting Family Literacy Night on Tuesday, February 7, 2012, Kathy's Place Youth Center, 5:30pm-7:30pm. All ages are invited. Free pasta dinner & salad will be served from 6:00pm-6:30pm. There will be readings by Town Manager James McKenna; Superintendent of Schools John Macero; Marc Wallerce, owner of Winthrop Marketplace; Maureen Gill; Bobbie Finocchio, Principal of Arthur T. Cummings School; Ilene Pearson, Principal of William P. Gorman Fort Banks School; School Committee Member Mary Alice Sharkey; Police Chief Terry Delehanty and Fire Chief Paul Flanagan. There will also be raffles, crafts and games.
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Congratulations to the High School Mock Trial Team! On Monday, January 30, 2012, under the direction of high school teacher Maria Flanagan, the team won their second competition at Chelsea District Court. Students who participated are Carla Aravena, Leah Cautillo, Jerry Driscoll, Sean Egan, Moriah Goldblatt, Jennie Maibor, Michael Mazzone, Frank Mazzuchelli, Brandi Noseworthy, Kelly Russo, Katelyn Tarrio and Mark Tracy. The next competition is scheduled for Wednesday, February 8th at 1:30pm at Chelsea District Court.  Good luck!
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The Cummings Elementary School is having a fundraiser at Chili’s in Chelsea on Thursday, February 2nd from 4:00-8:00pm.  Let Chili’s do the cooking and support the Cummings at the same time!  Bring a flyer and Chili’s will donate a portion of the check to the school.  Flyers can be found at: http://cummings.winthrop.k12.ma.us/modules/groups/homepagefiles/cms/1433630/File/Chilis%20Flier.pdf?sessionid=1992640101c9f717f82dd90da7acbcde
Chili’s is located at 1040 Revere Beach Parkway in Chelsea.  Their phone number is 617-884-7960.Come out and support the Cummings!
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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.
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The monthly informal networking event will be held Friday, February 3rd from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the E.B. Newton Cultural Center on the 1st floor.  This event is free and open to everyone, so bring a friend or two, your other half or a co-worker.  You don’t have to be from Winthrop.  Please no children.  If you have business cards or marketing materials, please bring those.  Light refreshments will be served.
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There will be a “Family Game Night” with SimplyFun games on Friday, February 10th from 6:30pm- 8:30pm at the E.B. Newton Cultural Center on the 1st floor.  This is a fundraiser to benefit CAPIC-Headstart.  Simplyfun games are quick to learn and easy to play. For more information, call 617-462-5719.  
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BULLYING PREVENTION:
A PARENT-SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP
Location: Winthrop High School Auditorium
Date: Monday Feb. 27th
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
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This interactive training provides parents with the knowledge, tools and resources to effectively recognize and respond to bullying, whether the child is the aggressor, the target or a witness to bullying. ~Topics include:
How to prevent, recognize and respond to bullying and cyber-bullying
Effective parent strategies if a child is an aggressor, target or witness to bullying
Approaches parents can use at home to reinforce the school curriculam
Resources for additional help and information
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Valentine’s Day is almost here!
There will be a Valentine Gift Sale at St. John’s Episcopal Parish Hall located at 222 Bowdoin St., Winthrop
on Saturday, February 11th from 10:00am  Noon.
There will be gift baskets, flowers, homemade chocolates, fudge, candies, fresh baked goods and more! All are festively packaged and ready to give!
If you have any questions, call Carol Connolly at 617-846-6450.