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From the Desk of the Town Manager- February 9, 2012
From the Desk of the Town Manager
Our weekly newsletter that highlights some of the positive things
happening around town.
                                                                        Febraury 9, 2012

The Town has begun the process of revitalizing Daw’s Playground.  The equipment in this neighborhood park adjacent to Lewis Lake has been removed by the DPW in anticipation of putting in several new play structures this coming spring.  Once the area has been prepared, the Town is planning to organize a community build much like what was done at the Gorman Fort Banks School this past fall.  New fencing will also be added around the perimeter to further enhance the site.  The Town recently secured approximately $12,000 from the Everybody Plays More grant program toward the purchase of this equipment. When combined with funding appropriated by the Town Council from Governor Patrick’s Supplemental Budget this past fall, the balance of the new equipment costs have been covered.  In addition, several local organizations have already offered their generous support to help defray the costs of both the fencing and new surfacing around the equipment.  There will be more information to follow in the coming months.

Congratulations to Joanne Hillman, Chair of the Winthrop Cultural Council.  Joanne will be presented with the Massachusetts Cultural Council Leadership Circle Award by Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo~on February 8, 2012 for outstanding work in support of the Local Cultural Council Program at the 2012 Statewide Assembly Telling Our Story: Transforming Communities through Arts & Culture.

The Winthrop Playmakers are pleased to announce their next production:
Tom Griffin’s The Boys Next Door
featuring Winthrop Residents, Eric Gaynor and Anthony Mullin.

The Boys Next Door is the story of four mentally handicapped men who live in a communal residence in New England with the help of a young social worker who loves his work, but is discovering he is “burned out”. Split into scenes showing the daily lives of these men, there are moments of humor and sadness. The play illustrates how these men are not as different from those designated ‘normal people’ as they would appear- and how much those ‘normal people’ take for granted every day.

Performances will be in the downstairs cabaret style theater on
February 10th, 11th, 17th, & 18th at 8:00 pm with matinees on February 12th & 19th at 3:00 pm.

Need an Absentee Ballot for the March 6, 2012 Presidential Primary Election?
Fill out your Absentee Ballot Application Now!!!

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 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.

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.  

Location: Winthrop High School Auditorium
Date: Monday Feb. 27th
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
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 curricula ~~
• Resources for additional help and information

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.

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