Winthrop Town Hall
1 Metcalf Square, Winthrop, MA 02152
ph: 617.846.1852
From the Desk of the Town Manager- May 3rd, 2012
From the Desk of the Town Manager
Our weekly newsletter that highlights some of the positive things
happening around town.
                                                                           May 3, 2012

Coming this summer:
Winthrop’s first ever open-air market!

something to eat ~ something to do ~ something to buy
Every Thursday night from 4:00-8:00 pm in June, July & August, merchants will come together in Winthrop Center to sell their goods to the public.  A central gathering place, the area around French Square in Winthrop Center will be turned into a social & commercial hub, with live entertainment, delicious food, café-style seating, and great shopping.

Vendors of all types may apply for booth space at a minimal cost, limited to Winthrop businesses and artists only.  Each week will feature an eclectic variety of products, such as: flowers, jewelry, books, crafts, clothing, fresh produce, and prepared foods. This event will be heavily advertised in Winthrop and the surrounding area. The French Square Market is supported by several agencies, including the Art Association, Police, DPW, Parks & Rec, Town Manager, Cultural Council & Chamber of Commerce.

Don’t miss out: you can sign up for as few as 4 dates or for all 13 dates.  French Square Market will be bustling!  Groove to the music of the band, grab a bite to eat at a number of dining places, enjoy an ice cream under the umbrella at a bistro table, shop for that perfectly unique gift, socialize with friends & neighbors, pick up some fresh fruit and vegetables…. all in one cool place!

For more info, call 617-846-9898 or go to  Vendor applications may be picked up at the Library, Town Manager’s office at Town Hall or the Chamber of Commerce, 207 Hagman Road.

Maria Flanagan, History teacher and Mock Trial coach at Winthrop High School, received the Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award in recognition as Outstanding National History Day Teacher.  Congratulations Ms. Flanagan!

High School student Patrick Brogan was named Mr. Winthrop High School at the first annual Mr. Winthrop High School contest on Thursday, April 26th.  High School teacher Chris Donnelly ran the event and proceeds went to his Life Skills Class.

High School student Alicia DelVento was elected as Vice President for the 2012 Northeast Massachusetts Association of Student Councils.  Great job Alicia!

High School student Alex Ferri pitched a no hitter against Boston Latin in the championship round of the Battle of the Beach Softball Tournament last Thursday.  Ms. Ferri then went on to spin a one hitter against Saugus last Tuesday.  Ms. Ferri struck out 10 batters in both contests.  Nicely done Alex!

The High School Girls’ Track Team has two consecutive wins.  They defeated Salem and Gloucester/Manchester.  With these wins they have positioned themselves for another run at the NEC South Division Title.  Great job ladies!

Winthrop High School Boys’ Baseball defeated East Boston last week 15-2.  Go Vikings!

We are so proud that Winthrop has honored Mike Eruzione by naming the hockey rink The Larsen Rink at the Mike Eruzione Center.

The 8th annual Middle School Talent Show is this Friday, May 4th at 2:45 in the Middle School Auditorium. Tickets are $5.00.

Currently there are 44 Winthrop Middle School students participating in the Walk for Hunger. They have raised over $1682 so far! If you would like to donate, you can go online to the team page:
You can also send cash or check made to: Project Bread Walk for Hunger.
Thank you for your support!!

Sixth graders at the Winthrop Middle School celebrated National Pi Day on Tuesday, March 14th. Students used the approximation of 3.14 to measure the area and the circumference of circular cookies. Students waited for a countdown to 1:59 to eat their math assignments. What a coincidence that 3/14 is also Albert Einstein's birthday!
(Check out our school website for photos)

Sixth graders at the Winthrop Middle School celebrated the culture & legacy of Ancient Egypt. Students brought in artifact projects for the “Egypt Museum” that they made themselves. The students dressed as Ancient Egyptians and were set on a scavenger hunt around the school to collect pieces/bones of Osiris’ body (based on the Egyptian Myth). Students were also able to play Egyptian games like the popular board game Senet. Culminating activity for our study of Ancient Egyptian Civilization. (Check out WMS website for photos)

The Winners of the Winthrop Middle School Spelling Bee:
6th Grade – Michaela Grimes
7th Grade – Sarah Kfoury
8th Grade – Natalie FitzPatrick

Overall WMS Spelling Bee Champion is: Natalie FitzPatrick
Great job!

The Winthrop Housing Authority Board of Directors will be conducting
a Community Forum.
This forum presents an opportunity for the residents and public to bring matters to the attention of the elected and appointed officials of the Housing Authority.

Wednesday, May 16th at 3:00pm
O’Connell Hall, 9 Golden Drive, Winthrop

The Chairman of the board of directors will preside over the forum, and provide a brief overview of the Authority and its role in providing safe, affordable housing in compliance with State regulations.

The remainder of the meeting will be left in the hands of the public who are encouraged to ask questions.

The monthly informal networking event will be held Friday, May 4th 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.

Parks and Recreation upcoming events:


Micro T Ball (Ages 2 –4) operated by Knucklebones-   Parents & children learn to play like big leaguers. 6 Week program brings a progression of T-ball skills & game play. Program begins Thursday, May 10th - 5:30pm – 6:30pm at Ingleside Park. $95.00

Athletic Games (Ages 2-4) operated by Knucklebones- This 6 week program teaches the fundamentals of sports, builds confidence & develops a passion for athletics. Our games bring unique equipment that focus on skills, gross motor development, and fun! Traditional games such as baseball, soccer, & basketball are played but with a twist.  Begins on Saturday, May 5th from 9:30am – 10:30am at Ingleside Park.  Cost is $95.00

Cheerleading Clinic- Get ready for the fall season!  Children in grades 2-7 (entering Grades 3-8 in the fall).  Clinic will run Monday through Friday, June 11-15 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at Winthrop High School gymnasium. Cost is $90.00.  Learn basic to intermediate skills & techniques, stunts, and tumbling. Learn choreographed cheers and dance to perform for family and friends on the last night of clinic.

Soccer Clinic- presented by British Soccer Camp/Challenger Sports – Clinic runs Monday through Friday, June 18 – June 22.  Ages 3-4 from 9:00am –10:00am for $80.00, Ages 5-8 from 10:00am – 11:30am for $95.00, and Ages 9-14 from 12:00pm – 3:00pm for $135.00.  Fee includes Ball and T-Shirt.


HeartSaver CPR Class  -  Class is Saturday, May 19th from 9:00am – 12:30pm.
Cost is $75.00. Class will be held at Winthrop Parks & Recreation center.

Special Events & Trips:

Winthrop Seaside Striders 5k Foot Race – Winthrop Seaside Striders have a mission to promote health and fitness in Winthrop through running and other endurance sports. Join us on Friday, June 8th at the Winthrop High School. Number pick up on Race Day is 4:30pm – 6:00pm and race begins at 6:30pm. Race details and online registration at  Cost is $25.00 and guaranteed t-shirt to 1st 200 Entrants. All proceeds are donated to Winthrop Parks and Recreation.

Red Sox Tickets Now Available!!!
Winthrop Parks and Recreation will be traveling to Fenway Park for 3 games this season. Price includes game ticket & bus transportation from Cummings School half circle.

Friday, June 22 vs. Atlanta Braves (right field roof box) $65, game at 7p, bus at 5:30p
Wednesday, July 18 vs. Chicago White Sox (rt field roof box) $65, game at 7p, bus 5:30p
Wednesday, August 8 vs. Texas Rangers (Grandstand 24) $69, game at 1pm bus at 12pm

All classes require pre-registration.
Register online at or at the Recreation office
Located in the rear of the middle school (entrance off of Brookfield Rd.)
Call 617 846-8243 for additional information.

The Postal Carriers will be having their annual national food drive on Saturday, May 12. If you leave a bag of nonperishable and nonexpired items on your porch or front steps, the Postal Carrier will pick them up that day and drop them off at the Winthrop Community Food Pantry. The Postal Drive is the largest Community Service Activity in the United States.
Thank you for your support.

Changing a few products on your shopping list may be your prevention against illness, nuerological disorders and obesity

Please Join Jenine Wright MA, Exercise Physiologist, Nutrition Educator Specialist

"Feeding Your Family Fit Winthrop"
When:  Thursday, May 24, 2012 @7:00-9:00 PM
Where: Fort Banks Elementary School, Winthrop
How Much: FREE

Do you think you are providing healthy options for your family?
Are you a slave to marketing and purchase a product because it makes you feel that you are providing your family with good nutrition?
Are you concerned with health issues, disciplinary issues and diseases that could be affected by the food that you are eating?

Come find out why products such as "Nutra Grain" bars and “Gogurts”~may not be providing your family with what you may think.

Eating habits are learned behaviors, so what you are teaching your children to eat early in life sticks with them well into adulthood.~ With~the obesity epidemic in children, high rates of childhood diseases, allergies, disciplinary problems~and developmental disorders~it is time to educate yourself on what may help to prevent these serious issues.

With a strong belief that "you are what you eat” Jenine will discuss what you should look for when reading labels of your favorite foods.
Tips on healthy snacks and lunch ideas and how to make even the not so good decisions a little better.

Adult Seminar, FREE EVENT
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Neighbor to Neighbor presents a
Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser
to benefit
The Hobson Family
At Winthrop Senior Center
35 Harvard Street
Saturday, May 12, 2012
8-11 a.m.

Suggested Donation: $10 Adults, $5 for children 10 and under
Breakfast tickets to be sold in advance at French Square on Saturday May 5th from 9 a.m. to noon
Many donated raffle items
Please join us as we come together as a community to support our neighbors who lost their home to an explosion in late February.
All checks should be made payable to “Hobson Family Fund”
For more information please contact:
Mary Lou 617 846-8838