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From the Desk of the Town Manager- March 29, 2012
From the Desk of the Town Manager
Our weekly newsletter that highlights some of the positive things
happening around town.
                                                                          March 29, 2012
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DAW PLAYGROUND REVITALIZATION

The Town has been selected as one of twelve communities in New England to benefit from the Pepsi Supports Surrounding Towns program, a community service day on May 19 where Pepsi employees and their families will volunteer their time to help with the Daw Playground community build.  Approximately 50 Pepsi volunteers will be lending a hand to Winthrop residents and Town employees by installing new fencing, assembling several new play structures, and making other park improvements.

Pepsi will be providing food and refreshments to all volunteers and will also send a Welcome Home kit to the Wounded Warrior Project for every Pepsi volunteer who attends.

The Daw Playground beautification process began this fall when the old structures were removed by the Department of Public Works both for safety reasons and in anticipation of putting in the new equipment this coming spring.  In their place will be three new play structures as well as a swing set and a balance beam.

The Town’s goal is to have this project completed in time for Winthrop families to enjoy the park this summer.  Several local organizations have already offered their generous support to defray the costs of the upgrades.  So far, the Town has raised over $10,000 in private donations to help cover those expenses.  When combined with $12,000 in grant funding and $30,000 from supplemental state monies that went toward the purchase of the new equipment, this represents a significant investment in the community.  Pepsi’s support provides yet another big boost to these efforts.
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The Gorman Fort Banks School sponsored Community Reading Day on March 23, 2012.  This annual event draws attention to the virtues and pleasures of reading by inviting members of our community into our classrooms to share a favorite book. Thanks to the following community members who shared their time and enthusiasm for reading with our students: Trudy Macero, Peter Gill, John Macero, Gary Skomro, Toni Titemore, Suzanne Martucci, Melissa Polino, George Alves, Brian Perrin, Todd Sacco, Cathy Delvento, Matt Seymour, Mary Crisafi, Mini Martucci, Richard Honan, and Arthur Cummings.
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Kindergarten 2012- Registration for September 2012 will take place April 9, 10, and 11th at the Town Hall. Eligible children must be five on or before 9/1/12. Please pick up a registration packet in advance of registration from Judi Buono at the Town Hall in Room 2B. Two proofs of residency and the child's birth certificate are required.  You can also download the packet on line from the school department site www@winthrop.k12.ma.us

Preschool 2012 - Preschool screening for September 2012 will be held on April 2, 3, and 4th at the Gorman Fort Banks School. To make an appointment for screening please call the Pupil Personal Office at 617-539-0424.
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Sixteen advanced Winthrop High School drama students submitted original ten minute plays to the Massachusetts Young Playwrights’ Project sponsored by Boston Playwrights Theatre, in conjunction with Boston University.  We are proud to report that three plays from our group of students have been selected to be presented at the festival on April 6, 2012:  Five Finger Discount by Mayomi Meggison; My Name is Jim by George Lescay, and Mr. Bay’s by Alanna O’Connell. Congratulations!  
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High school student and varsity hockey player Christopher LeBlanc was selected for the Boston Herald All Scholastic Team.  Mr. LeBlanc was also chosen to play in the Massachusetts Senior All Star Game on Sunday, April 1st at the Worcester Centrum.  Congratulations & best of luck Chris!
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Winthrop High school student and varsity basketball player Quinton Dale was selected for the Boston Herald All Scholastic Team.  Congratulations Quinton!
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Mackenzie Clark from Lynn, MA, Captain of the Girls’ Varsity Hockey Team, the Lady Bulldogs, was selected for the Boston Herald All Scholastic Team.  Congratulations Mackenzie!
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There is a Kathy’s Place Youth Center ‘Spring Fling’ dance on Friday, April 6th for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.  The cost is $10.00 and proceeds will to the 21st Century Summer Program.
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SENIOR VOLUNTEER TAX PROGRAM DEADLINES

Applications are now available.

Applications can either be downloaded from the Town of Winthrop website: www.town.winthrop.ma.us, on the Council on Aging's webpage or picked up at the Winthrop Senior Center, Town Hall or Library.
All applications should be returned to the Senior Volunteer Service Program, Council on Aging, 35 Harvard St., Winthrop, MA~ 02152
Application deadlines for the fiscal year are as follows:

Applications will be accepted until the close of business on April 18, 2012 (see pg. 2 of 5).

Work will begin May/June, through the summer, September with the final date being October 15, 2012 (pg. 2 of 5).
SENIOR CITIZEN VOLUNTEER TAX PROGRAM

The Senior Citizen Volunteer Service/Tax Liability Reduction Program allows seniors (over the age of 60), to volunteer their services in exchange for a reduction in their property tax bill. ~Participants may earn a maximum reduction of $500.00 per fiscal year based on a rate per hour of service that cannot exceed the Commonwealth’s minimum wage.

Senior Volunteer Tax Program Requirements program requirements are:

You must be a taxpayer and 60 years of age or older during the tax year when the volunteering is completed and the tax reduction is credited.
To be credited, the volunteer must have an ownership interest and reside in the property year round.
Total reduction will not exceed $500.00.
Hours must be completed by October 15th of the credited year.
A CORI Release Form must accompany the application.

Other information:
Volunteers will be selected by lottery.
The Council on Aging Director will notify lottery winners of the drawing results and all other pertinent information shortly after the lottery.
Creditable volunteerism can start immediately following participant notification in conjunction with authorization by the Council on Aging Director.
If any selected volunteer is not able to fully participate, the Town may select another volunteer to participate up to the amount of hours not completed by the original participant.
If you are interested in this program, beginning March 14, 2012, you can pick up an application packet at the Senior Center, Town Hall or Library, or applications can be downloaded from the Town of Winthrop website: www.town.winthrop.ma.us
All applications should be returned to the Senior Volunteer Service Program, Council on Aging – 35 Harvard St., Winthrop.

Applications will be accepted until the close of business on Wednesday - April 18, 2012 (pg. 2 of 5)

The lottery will be held at the Senior Center on Wednesday - April 25, 2012 (pg. 2 of 5)

Winners will be notified by mail the week of May 9, 2012 (pg. 2 of 5)

If you have any further questions, please call the Council on Aging/Senior Center at: 617-846-8538 and ask for Nancy Williams, Director, Kathy Dixon, Rita Driscoll or Ruth Hames.
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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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On April 19th, a National Disability Advocate, Jon Rodis, will give a presentation on How to apply for Social Security Disability.  This will take place at 7:00 PM at the Senior Center, which is located at
35 Harvard Street in Winthrop.
He will also be available for questions.
This is a free service.
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The annual Parks and Recreation Character Breakfast and Easter egg hunt with the Easter Bunny will be held on Saturday, March 31st from 8:30-11:30am at the Fort Banks School.  Presale tickets are $8, and at the door will be $10.00.  For more information, or to buy tickets, call 617-846-8243.
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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 monthly informal networking event will be held Friday, April 6th 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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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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The Winthrop Seaside Striders 5k Foot Race will be held on Friday, June 8th at 6:30pm.  The course starts and ends at Winthrop High School.  
The Winthrop Seaside Striders have a mission… to promote health and fitness in Winthrop’s youth through running and other endurance sports.  The Point Shirley Athletic Association and Seaside Striders sponsor the race.  This 5k (3.1 mile) road race is a USA Track & Field Certified Course.  The entry fee is $25.00 and all proceeds will be donated to Winthrop Parks and Recreation.  Make checks payable to Point Shirley Athletic Club.
Mail to: Shane Sherwood, 124 Circuit Road, Winthrop, MA 02152
For race details and online registration go to:
For questions, please email: shanewood8@comcast.net





 
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