Winthrop Town Hall
1 Metcalf Square, Winthrop, MA 02152
ph: 617.846.1852
From the Desk of the Town Manager- May 31, 2012
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
                                                                           May 31, 2012

Town Wide Trash Clean Up
Saturday, June 2nd at 3:00
Sponsored by Winthrop Cares.  Come on down to any of the locations listed below.  A group leader will be at each location, handing out gloves and bags. So bring the whole family, and please join us in cleaning up the Town!  We will have pizza at Ingleside after it is done to celebrate a job well done!

Winthrop Center- Meet at French Square
Coughlin Park
Massa Playground
Lewis Lake
Crest Ave. Park
Shore Drive (Winthrop Beach)- Meet at rotary
Yirrell Beach
High School Baseball Field
Cummings School
Gorman School
Middle School
Ingleside Park


Music, Crafts, Food Kick-Off Summer-Long Festivities

On Thursday June 7th from 4 to 8PM, Winthrop Center will host the first of 13 weekly Open Air markets. The French Square Market Planning Committee is delighted to announce a terrific roster of vendors and events for the first market.
Both the Winthrop Marketplace and Tutti Fruitti will be selling fresh produce and organic fruits and vegetables. Something Sweet Without Wheat will be providing gluten-free treats as well. Adjacent businesses are also getting involved, with Hong Kong Dragon and La Siesta offering specials for market-goers and Swett’s Liquors hosting a series of beer tastings. Other food vendors are still being added to the roster for the kick-off event.
Musical entertainment will be provided by Ellen O’Brien, fresh off of her successful Kickstarter campaign. For those looking to support our local artisans, Merrill Frank Pottery, Denise Larity Photography, McNally Design, Jangles Jewelry, and Studio Dawn are just a sampling of the arts and craft vendors that will be surrounding the Square.

The Parks and Recreation Department will be on hand to do face-painting and to answer any last minute questions about this summer’s program offerings. At each Thursday’s Market, there will also be informational tables providing news about a wide variety of community events and topics. Look for the Friends of Music Matters and the Winthrop Parents Network on June 7th.

The area around French Square will be transformed into a pedestrian mall, with large bistro tables covered by colorful sunshade umbrellas providing space to sit and eat.  The road between Samuel’s Pharmacy and the park will be blocked off for the duration of the event, with traffic around the Center being re-routed via Jefferson Street to Putnam Street from 3 to 9PM to accommodate the vendor tables and dining area.

According to the Town’s Grants Administrator, Peter Lombardi, this weekly event has been long in the making and represents a genuine partnership between the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce, the Town’s Cultural Council, the Winthrop Art Association, Parks and Recreation, and the Department of Public Works.

Everyone is invited down to the Center for this family-friendly event, to be held each Thursday throughout June, July, and August. Help make French Square Market a community success!

The Winthrop Cultural Council and the Clock Tower Gallery
Showing three individual styles of art together for the first time.
Matthew, Debra and Max

Artists' Reception
Saturday, June 16th 2012
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
The Winthrop Cultural Center
The Clock Tower Gallery
45 Pauline Street, Winthrop

Gallery hours: June 2nd through July 7th
Thursdays 6-8pm and Saturdays 2-5pm

For Kids Only is holding a FREE event for Winthrop children and families on May 31st from 6-8pm
at the Gorman Ft. Banks School Cafeteria.
Nutritious dinner and snacks will be provided.
Join us in learning how to take charge of your body at
Healthy Habits for Kids!
This event is funded through a donation from the Friends Helping Friends with Substance Abuse committee and hosted by Winthrop Public Schools.
Registration not required.  
For more information, call Aimee Sinclair at 978-740-KIDS or

Survivors by the Sea are having a Relay for Life Fundaraiser at La Siesta Restaurante
on Tuesday, June 12th from 5:00pm – 9:00pm.
10% of dinner proceeds will be donated to ACS Relay for Life.

How can you help? Just eat dinner at La Siesta.
It’s as easy as that!
Make your reservations now! 617-846-2300

The Winthrop Ferry now has its own Facebook page!
Search “The Winthrop Ferry” on Facebook and hit “like”.
The page will have updated information on the Ferry Schedule and other information related to the Ferry.  Check it out!

CAPIC To Open Satellite Site in Winthrop
CAPIC is pleased to announce that starting Wednesday, May 9th, Winthrop residents will have the opportunity to access services at the Winthrop Senior Center, 35 Harvard Street. CAPIC will have representatives from each program on-site throughout the week (each program will have a specific time) to meet with clients. Programs include: Head Start, Workforce Development, Child Development Center, After School & Summer Camp, Emergency Services, Crisis Intervention (including domestic violence), and Weatherization. In addition, people will have the opportunity to apply for CAPIC’s Fuel Assistance Program in the fall. The schedule is as follows:

9am-10am – Head Start Program
10am-11am – Weatherization Program
1pm-2pm – Workforce Development

10am-11am Emergency Services/Crisis Intervention
10:30am -11:30am- Child Development Center

11am-12pm – Emergency Services/Crisis Intervention
12pm-1pm – After School Program/Summer Camp

Please contact CAPIC’s main office at 617-884-6130 for more information.


Notice is hereby given that the Conservation Commission’s public hearing with the Dept. of Conservation & Recreation regarding the Winthrop Beach Nourishment project has been re-scheduled for June 13, 2012 at 7:45 P.M.
in the Joseph Harvey Hearing Room, Winthrop Town Hall.

Annual Father’s Day Family Panacake Breakfast

Sunday, June 17, 2012
8:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Winthrop High School Cafeteria
Donation: $6.00


Winthrop Playmakers "The Music Man" Fundraiser
Please support this production~by bringing your family and friends to the Dockside Restaurant in Chelsea from 6pm to 9pm on Wednesday, June 13th.
During these hours give your server one of our~Dine for Dollars tickets and~The Playmakers~will receive 25% of the entire organization’s sales.

The monthly informal networking event will be held Friday, June 1st 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.

The Winthrop Ferry is back!
Ferry service will resume on Saturday, May 26th.  The Ferry is a great way to get to and from Boston.  Whether your commuting to work or just  heading into Boston for dinner, the ferry is fast and easy.  In addition to daily trips to Boston, the Ferry will also offer service to Spectacle Island during the weekends of July and August!  For the complete schedule go to:

21st Century Afterschool Programs, in conjuction with Winthrop Parents Network, presents
The 5th Annual Spring Literacy Day
Friday, June 8th, 2012
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Cummings School Auditorium
Special Appearance by Rick Goldin
Children love his songs…Sing along with Rick and his Annimal Puppets!
Come and enjoy crafts, games and make your own bookmarker.
There will be free books given out to every child who attends!
Pizza and water will be served.
For more information, call 617-846-1711

Sign up Now for Town-Wide Yard Sale
Winthrop’s 4th annual Town-Wide Yard Sale is scheduled for Saturday, June 9th. Participants may sign up now at the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce. ~By coordinating with fellow residents to hold yard sales at the same time, a larger event is created that will draw in more shoppers. ~Dozens of homes are expected to participate in this year’s Town-Wide Yard Sale, which is sure to attract lots of deal-seekers from all over the region.
The fee to participate is just $25, which includes a spot on the official map, advertising, newspaper listing, and balloons delivered to the home that morning. ~Over 2,000 printed maps will be distributed the week prior.
The deadline to sign-up is June 1, with the Town-Wide Yard Sale taking place June 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine. ~For more information call 617-846-9898.

This summer, Parks and Recreation will be hosting
Summer Concerts & Movie Nights
Thursdays at Ingleside Park Gazebo
The first one will be held June 7th
Senior Tones will perform at 7:30
This group entertains in the North Shore Area performing oldies
from the 50’s and 60’s
The other scheduled dates include: June 21st, June 28th, July 12th, July 19th, July 26th, August 2nd, August 9th, August 16th and August 23rd.

The 21st Century Afterschool Program is hosting a fundraiser at the
Dockside Restaurant
170 Everett Ave, Chelsea
Thursday, June 14th between 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Bring your “Dining for Dollars” Ticket and 21st Century Afterschool will receive 25% of sales.
They will also be having a huge raffle.
For tickets, please call 617-846-1711 or 617-642-0017

The new Chelmsford High School Performing Arts Center will host the biennial EMACT (Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theater) festival of performance and competition June 28-30, 2012.~ In three-play sessions, eleven theater groups will present a variety of complete, but compressed, plays to showcase their production talent, and for the opportunity to improve their craft.
Professional adjudicators, Benny Sato Ambush, Annette Procunier, and Spencer Watson will share their expertise in public discussion of the assets, obstacles, ingenuity, professionalism, and effectiveness of both the technical and artistic components of each production.~ Two outstanding productions will be selected to compete in the Regional Competition of AACT (American Association of Community Theater).
Of special interest is whether the previous festival winner, The Arlekin Players, will again present their offering completely in Russian.~ Their 2010 production of "The Bear" continued to win accolades and awards in Regional and National competitions, as well as abroad, on tour in Europe, Russia, and America.
Tickets for each session are $25, and the full-festival pass (4 sessions) is $75.~ These may be purchased at the website, or at the door.~ Adjudications will be given at the end of each session and are free to attend. Parking is plentiful and access is convenient, just off I-495 in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.
Thursday, June 28, 7:00 PM, Session #1:~ Escanaba in da Moonlight (Acme Theater); The Guest (Arlekin Players); Thanksgiving (Walpole Footlighters)

Friday, June 29, 7:00 PM, Session #2:~ The Proposal (Theater Company of Saugus); Women of Lockerbie (Theater To Go); Crossing Brooklyn (Harvard Community Theater)

Saturday, June 30, 10:00 AM, Session #3:~ You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Theater With~A Twist); Closer (Hovey Players); The Laramie Project (Winthrop Playmakers)

Saturday, June 30, 5:30 PM, Session #4:~ Radium Girls (Burlington Players); The Dark of the Flame (Nashoba Players)
Eastern Massachusetts communities support over 200 community theater groups.~ The EMACT Festival offers a sampling of the variety and abundant talent in local, live theater, where both the theater lovers and first timers will be entertained and rewarded.

Parks and Recreation upcoming events:


Summer Park Program at Ingleside Park
Opening Day- Wednesday June 27th
Program runs June 27th – August 17th
If you register before June 22nd, the cost is $279.00 per child.
Registrations received after June 22nd- $299.00 per child.
Park playground will be staffed Monday through Friday from 8:30am – 1:00pm

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.

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.