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

Winthrop was just voted by Boston Magazine as one of the best places to live!

As quoted in the article:
Because your commute could be a 25-minute cruise
Median home price: $290,500, One-year change: -11%
When Winthrop began running a $6 weekday shuttle ferry to Rowes Wharf in downtown Boston last year, it opened up a world of possibilities for commuters in this ’burb northeast of the city (bonus points for free parking near the dock). But the ferry operated from just May to October, leaving residents out of luck during the winter. Thankfully, town manager James McKenna hopes to offer year-round service aboard a town-owned vessel in the near future. Winthrop has also secured state funding for a walkway and bike trail that will run along the harbor. Bargain Capes, ranches, and Victorians abound on this 1.6-square-mile peninsula, where the median price has dropped 25 percent since 2006 — and every house is near the water.

For the full article go to:

The High School Sailing Team received word this week that they will have some new equipment to help brave the cold weather this coming year.  The Corinthian Sailing Foundation announced that the team was awarded grant funding to purchase $3600 in drysuits.  Given the extreme weather conditions, especially for the first half of the spring sailing season, drysuits are a requirement for the young sailors in order to ensure their safety on the water.  The team, entering its third year, hopes to continue to build on its winning ways.  Their inaugural season in 2010 was a very successful year, especially for a first-year team.  They placed 1st out of 14 schools in their division in Fleet Racing and 2nd in Team Racing.  In the 2011 season, Winthrop went undefeated in Team Racing, finishing 1st in their division.

Congratulations to the Winthrop High School Mock Trial Team.  The team won the Region and is now in the Sweet Sixteen Tournament!

Congratulations to the Winthrop High School boy’s and girl’s basketball teams.  Both teams made it to the quarterfinals.  The girl’s team did a great job, but was eliminated in the first round.  The boy’s team will be playing in the quarterfinals at St. Mary’s Friday night at 7:00.  Go Vikings!

The Winthrop High School Drama Society will be performing in their annual competition this Saturday, March 3rd at 10:00 in Sharon.  They will be performing “Charlie Foster”, a play about bullying.  Good luck!

Congratulations to the Winthrop High School boy’s and girl’s hockey teams.  
Both teams won their first round of the playoffs. The boys will play Boston Latin tomorrow, March 2nd in Woburn at 6 p.m. and the girls will play Saturday Night at home against Braintree at 6:30 p.m.  Go Vikings!

Congratulations to Winthrop’s own Jillian Dempsey, who has been nominated for college hockey’s Kazmaier Award.  Jillian is a junior at Harvard University and started playing hockey at the Larsen rink when she was just 5 years old.  The Patty Kazmaier Award is given to the most outstanding Division 1 women’s hockey player in the United States.  This is a great honor and we wish her all the best!
The Winthrop Cultural Council is proud to present:

March 17 – April 22, 2012
The Clock Tower Gallery
At the E.B. Newton Cultural Center
45 Pauline Street

Meet the Artists’ Reception March 30, 2012 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Gallery Hours: T. W. Thurs. 6-8, Sat. 2-5, Sun. 1-4.
A unique view of New England by three photographers:
Richard Honan
Mary Pat McNally
Cathy Stacy

As Spring approaches and with warmer weather around the corner, the Town is happy to announce that our first Community Garden, located behind the Senior Center, is soon to open for the season. There are nine 4 ft by 4 ft plots available which will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Last year, the raised beds were constructed and the soil was prepared. This year, we look forward to the planting season and reaping what they sow! If you are interested in registering for a plot of your own, please contact Nancy Williams at 617-846-8538 for more information.

Rich Cifuni will be holding an informational meeting about the Spring Lacrosse program on Tuesday, March 6th 7:00 pm at the EB Newton Cultural Center (across from Nick's). The meeting room is on the first level of the Cultural Center and we ask that you please park behind the school and use the Walden Street entrance to enter the building.

We ask that you please attend the meeting if you have the expectation of registering your child in this program.

YOUTH LACROSSE - This program will be offered at the beginner/developmental level and we will be forming age-based teams that will practice regularly and play competitive games against other towns. Age based teams will be U9, U11, & U13 and offered to both boys and girls. Season will run mid April through June and the cost is TBD but is expected to be in the $200.00 range.~ Please Email Rich Cifuni at if your child is interested in playing. Please include the players age, gender, grade and lacrosse experience if any. A meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 6th at 7pm at the EB Newton School/Winthrop Cultural Center (1st floor) so we can discuss the program in further detail and answer any questions you may have. Please attend if your child is interested in playing.

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 free informal networking meeting on Friday, March 2nd 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.