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From the Desk of the Town Manager- March 15, 2012

From the Desk of the Town Manager
Our weekly newsletter that highlights some of the positive things
happening around town.
                                                                         March 15, 2012
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French Square Market Logo Contest Announcement

“Something to do, something to buy, something to eat, something to listen to…”  French Square Market is coming to the Town Center this summer!  This pilot program is planned to include a variety of vendors drawn from local businesses, civic organizations, artisans, and artists.  From June 7th to August 30th, this initiative will transform the Center Business District on Thursday evenings from 4 to 8PM.  The market will be set up along the sidewalk and roadway between Hagman Road and Woodside Avenue as well as the park that is directly adjacent.  There will be music, family activities, and café style seating for al fresco dining.  More details to follow soon!

We are looking to have a logo designed for the French Square Market that will be incorporated into our marketing and branding plans.  Be creative!  We invite you to send in your submissions by Monday April 2nd to: winthropculturecouncil@gmail.com.
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The Mock Trial Team has advanced to the Final Four in the State! They will compete in the Semi-Finals on Monday, March 19th in Worcester. If they are victorious they will compete in Faneuil Hall for the State Championship! Congrats to our students and Mrs. Flanagan!
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The Boston Globe Scholastic Writing & Art Ceremony was held on March 11, 2012 at the John Hancock Hall in Boston. Winthrop High School student Ashley Kim received a Silver Key Award for art. Winthrop High School students James Aliberti, Sean Egan, and Eric Wright received Honorable Mention in art, and Winthrop Middle School students Isabella Cusato and Natalie Fitzpatrick received Honorable Mention in art. The artworks that received Gold Key and Silver Key Awards are part of an exhibition in the State Transportation Building at 10 Park Plaza in Boston. The exhibition will be on display until Friday, April 20, 2012. The hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm and Saturday & Sunday, 12:00pm-4:00pm.
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Krystal Boyajian, 8th Grade Student at Winthrop Middle School, along with 99 others students in the State will receive the Make A Difference Award tonight at the JFK Library in Boston.  Congratulations!
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The Winthrop High School Annual March Madness Basketball Tournament will be held on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 2:30pm at WHS gymnasium. Admission is free!
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The Winthrop Middle School Annual Full Court Frenzi between the Middle School Students and Staff is tonight at 7 p.m. in the High School gymnasium.
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The Winthrop High School Drama Society advanced to the State Semi-finals! They are performing “Charlie Foster” this Friday, March 16th, at 7:00pm at Winthrop High School.  Break a leg!
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Both Girls and Boys Basketball and Hockey Teams advanced to the MIAA Tournament. Boys Hockey was the Division 2 North runner-ups!  Great job!  
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High School student Katelyn Tarrio received 1st place at the National History Day competition. Ms. Tarrio has advanced to the State competition to be held on March 31, 2012. The following High School students received Honorable Mention at the competition: Carla Aravena, Kaycee Corea, Makenna Marie-Wright, Zach Sullivan, Richard Aiello, Brian Manning, Dan Manning, and Angelica Giardina.  Well done!
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MCAS begins March 20th at the Arthur T. Cummings School, Middle School and High School.  Good luck to all our students!
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High School teacher Christopher Donnelly will receive the Down Syndrome Congress Buddy Walk Man of the Year award!  Congratulations on a job well done!
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Thank you to Mr. Russo, President of the Music Matters Committee.  He presented a new keyboard to the High School for the Choral Director.
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The Winthrop Cultural Council is proud to present:

FOCUS ON NEW ENGLAND
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, and Sun. 1-4.
A unique view of New England by three photographers:
Richard Honan
Mary Pat McNally
Cathy Stacy
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The following is a letter from Steve Calla, Director of Public Works:

The Department of Public Works is looking forward to another productive year in our mission to upgrade our streets, sidewalks and public spaces.  As budgets continue to be level funded and resources scarce, our efforts will rely heavily on creative thinking and community support.  The department would like to take this opportunity to raise the awareness of three important sponsorship opportunities.  We are very excited to continue another season working cooperatively with the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce to support the Chamber’s sponsor a barrel program.  This program is intended to help replace aging, town owned open topped trash receptacles with visually appealing closed topped units. This will not only help beautify the town but offers significant health contributions as birds and wildlife will no longer be able to disrupt the contents of the barrels prior to emptying.  In addition, the sponsor will get their name or business attached to the barrel for a period of 5 years.  A donation of $300.00 dollars (approximately 25% of the Chamber’s cost) includes the purchase, delivery, and installation of the decorative barrel at one of the Chamber’s accepted locations.  Please contact Eric Gaynor at the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce for additional information and to make your donation.  The Chamber is committed to the purchase of 12 receptacles for this upcoming season.

The DPW’s donate a tree program continues to be successful and adds approximately 50% annually to the department’s efforts to replenish the community with trees.  The department encourages residents to consider planting trees on their property within 12 feet from the town’s sidewalk.  This offers protection to the tree, helps keep roots away from utilities, and allows the town to still accept it as a town tree and assume all maintenance for it.  Of course the standard sidewalk tree wells will continue to be offered as planting sites.  A donation of $250.00 to the town’s established tree fund includes the location consultation, the purchase and delivery, and the installation of the tree.  Please call the Department of Public Works to arrange a site visit and to discuss specific species of trees recommended by the town.

The Department is further excited to offer our newest sponsorship program.  This program offers residents the opportunity to sponsor a town bench in memory of a loved one.  The department has chosen 40 locations to erect and replace new benches town-wide.  These decorative, steel benches will be secured to sidewalks or dedicated cement pads and will display a stylish placard engraved with the name of your loved one.  We want to thank the Proctor family for kicking off this wonderful program with their bench donation that can be viewed near the entrance to the Winthrop Public Library.  The Department is asking for an $800.00 dollar donation to help cover the purchase, delivery, engraving, and installation costs.  The memorial placard will remain on the bench forever.

We ask that you join in our excitement and our efforts to help beautify this wonderful town that we call Winthrop.

Sincerely,
Steven Calla
Director of Public Works
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Three people from last year and ten new people have signed up for the Community Garden. We are going to have young and old alike planting and cultivating what they sow. All sound enthusiastic and are looking forward to a bountiful growing season. There are only three 4 ft by 4 ft plots left which are being given on a first come, first serve basis.  Last year, the raised beds were constructed and the soil was prepared. If you are interested in registering for a plot of your own, please contact Nancy Williams at 617-846-8538 for more information.
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Parks and Recreation is currently all applications for the Spring 2012 Lacrosse Season.  They are asking that everyone please return their applications as soon as possible so that we can get a final count for the teams and schedules.

You can sign up via the parks and recreation website and/or drop the applications to the parks and recreation office.  The remaining balance would be collected at the start of the program.  

Registration will now close on Monday, March 19th.
We look forward to a great season!
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Friends of the 21st Century Learning Center are having a Mom & Me Play date Group for children ages 1-4.  The children will have playtime with other toddlers and play games.  They will also participate in age appropriate crafts.
The playgroup will take place Wednesday mornings at Kathy’s Place Youth Center from 10:00- 11:00am.  This is a six-week course.  The cost is $60.00.  For more information, call 857-816-3400.
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Have you heard of Paesan's Feed A Family Program? Robert Pisani, Owner of Paesan's Restaurant is reaching out to families in need. If you, or someone you know, is having a difficult time, stop in and see Mr. Pisani. He is committed to helping out and will provide a family with a gift certificate to Paesan's for dinner. Everything will be kept confidential. You can also find Paesan's on Facebook. Friend him on Facebook and send him a private message if you like. If you would like to donate and sponsor a family, you can do that too. Thank you Robert Pisani for your compassion & generosity!
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Save the Date!
Are you planning on doing some Spring Cleaning? Are you looking to get rid of TVs, Monitors, Computers, Laptops, Cell Phones, clothing, appliances and more? The Cummings PTO is sponsoring a Town Wide Recycle Drive on April 28, 2011.  Stay tuned for more details….
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FUNDRAISER
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
SPIN FOR HOPE

Thursday, March 29, 2012
7:00pm to 12:30am

Come to Paesan’s Family Restaurant and present the coupon below on Thursday, March 29th and 25% of your bill will be donated to the American Cancer Society/Spin For Hope.

Paesan’s has a great menu with something for everyone and a full-service bar.  Please come out for a night of fun and a great cause.  Thank you Robert Pisani, Owner of Paesan’s, for your generosity and support!

On Sunday, April 1st, RPM Fitness is hosting their second annual Spin For Hope  - a three-hour cycling event with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.   Thank you Marie & Phil Hamilton, Owners of RPM Fitness, for your continued support!  If you’d like to make a donation to support this cause you can do so by going to www.spinforhope.org and under teams you will find RPM Fitness with a link to make a donation.
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American Cancer Society/Spin For Hope Fundraiser
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Paesan’s Family Restaurant

Present this coupon to your waitress/bartender and Paesan’s will graciously donate 25% of your bill to the American Cancer Society/Spin For Hope.  Offer is good for one time only – Thursday, March 29, 2012, 7:00pm to close. Offer cannot be combined with other promotions/offers.   
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