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From the Desk of the Town Manager- June 28, 2012
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
                                                                           June 28, 2012

French Square Open-Air Market

Music, Crafts, Food Kick-Off Summer-Long Festivities
Tonight from 4 to 8PM, Winthrop Center will host its weekly Open Air market. 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!

Also, Join Parks and Recreation for their first movie in the park:
Bring the family, chairs or a blanket and join the fun!  
Movie to start at  8:00PM.



“It’s great to see the youngsters and oldsters together!”

Several weeks into the French Square Market pilot initiative, Town Manager Jim McKenna’s vision of the Winthrop community gathering at a weekly festive “town square” event has become a reality.

Over 500 people have come down to French Square in the first few weeks of June to see what everyone is talking about. The Market is held from 4pm to 8pm every Thursday, and is comprised of vendors offering services ranging from tarot card readings to fabulous pulled pork sandwiches.  When combined with terrific music provided by the likes of Ellen O’Brien and Max Whiting, residents have left the Center feeling happy and full. There was even a Zumba flash mob sighting a couple weeks ago!

Survey cards asking attendees to comment on what they “liked best” included: “Meeting friends and neighbors”; “It’s something different to do in the town with the family”; “Great prices on great stuff!”, “The atmosphere and community gathering”.

The restaurant specials being offered by Center eateries have been tremendously successful. Hong Kong Dragon’s “Five for Five” special – 5 appetizers for $5 – has been hugely popular. The Kasbah has been grilling in the middle of the Center, and featured a terrific plate of grilled meats with side dishes for $5 as well. And La Siesta has made a tasty offering of “tortas” (yummy Mexican sandwiches). Specials are offered every week – affordable, wonderful local food. We also suggest stopping by Swett’s Liquors during the Market to take part in the Beer Tastings that Paul Lucerto has arranged to coincide with the Market festivities.

This week, live music will be heard from the stage: from 4:30 to 6:00pm, master guitar/fiddle player Jonathan LaMaster, to be followed by Winthrop’s own Justin Magee and his band (Kill Me Rico) who will be playing until 8pm.

Wares on sale at the Thursday June 28st Market include pottery, jewelry, and children’s clothes; to whet your appetite, Town favorites Hot Diggity, Twist n’ Shake, and others will be on-hand. The Winthrop Marketplace will again be at the Center with produce, and for your sweet tooth, some amazing pies (overheard conversation between a mother and daughter in the Center: “Did you get a blueberry pie?” “No!” Mom answered. “Apple pie.” “But I wanted a blueberry pie,” complained the daughter. “NEXT WEEK, we’ll get blueberry. Tonight, it’s APPLE!” proclaimed Mom, and they left, pie in hand.).

There are still opportunities for food vendors and crafts artisans to reserve space for upcoming Markets. Please go to, and fill out a Vendor Form.  In addition, the Market is looking for volunteers to help coordinate the night’s festivities.  The more, the merrier!

Special kudos are due to Chief Delehanty and the Winthrop Police Department who have provided a police presence on a weekly basis as part of their ongoing community service commitment to the Town.  In addition, a reminder that parking is tight in the Center, and that visitors to the Market should pay attention to all applicable parking restrictions.  Overflow parking is available at the Larson Rink and the lower EB Newton lot along Walden Street.

The annual Winthrop fireworks display is scheduled for Wednesday, July 4th at 9:00pm.  The fireworks will be launched from Coughlin Playground in Point Shirley.

The annual Horribles Parade will begin at 9:00 AM.  The parade will start at the Public Landing and end at Coughlin Playground.  The parade will take its traditional route, and there will be events at Coughlin Playground at the conclusion.

  • No outdoor fires will be tolerated.  All fires will be extinguished by the Fire Department.  There is no sanctioned bonfire.
  • There will be no consumption of alcohol in any public area.  Public intoxication will be dealt with accordingly.
  • All Point Shirley residents hosting parties are asked to have their guests arrive early and park off the street or in public lots.

The Winthrop Police have issued a traffic alert for the Belle Isle Bridge.  

Beginning Friday, June 29th at 1:00am or shortly thereafter, MIG (the company working on the Belle Isle Bridge) will be swapping the usable side of the Belle Isle Bridge from the Southern side to the Northern (Dunkin Donut) side.

Speed limit will be reduced to 25MPH for 24 hours a day due to the construction.  Please have patience and expect delays until the motoring public is used to the traffic flow changes due to this construction.

This Saturday, June 30th, the Winthrop Ferry's weekend service to
Spectacle Island begins!

Spectacle Island offers some of the best amenities of the Harbor Islands:
Spectacle Island is ideal for hiking, swimming, boating, and learning. The Snack Shack is open 7 days a week! Stop in at a “green” visitor center with exhibits about the history and evolution of the island.  Go swimming on a sandy beach (one of the few on the islands) supervised by trained lifeguards in the summer. Take in panoramic views of the harbor and city from the tallest hill on the Boston Harbor Islands.

The Winthrop Ferry leaves the Town Landing for Spectacle Island at 10am, 1pm, and 3pm every Saturday and Sunday. It returns to Winthrop from Spectacle Island at 10:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm –
Don't miss that last boat!

And this Sunday, enjoy this special event:  
1:00 pm; Length: 3 Hrs (If you're taking the Ferry, you’ll have to leave early!!)

Celebrate the Tall Ships and enjoy views of the Boston Harbor as Rick Spencer performs music from one of America's earliest wars.

Rick is recognized internationally as a scholar, researcher and presenter of music programs based on historic themes. The focus is on entertainment. They have been enthusiastically received at historical societies, museums, libraries and other academic settings from New England to California. Songs are presented acapella or accompanied on guitar and 5-~string banjo. These programs are designed to run for one hour, but can be adapted for longer or shorter presentations. Time is always allotted for questions and discussions.

And, of course, the WINTHROP FERRY also has weekend departures to Rowes Wharf - with a late night 9pm ferry coming back to Winthrop on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and a 8pm late departure from Boston on Sunday. Go to for Winthrop Schedule! Or pick up a schedule at the Chamber office, any of the Town's businesses, or Library.
Happy Sailing!

Adults: $8/one way
Seniors (65+)/Disabled: $4
Children, 11 and under: $4
Blind persons w/ID: FREE
10-ride ticket: $60
10-ride ticket Seniors/Child: $30

And check out this promo for the Ferry:


WEDNESDAY, JULY 18th at 6:30pm
Winthrop High School
Main Street, Winthrop

The School Building Committee welcomes your questions and input in pursuing plans around the high school.
What are your thoughts, concerns and questions?
Invite your friends and family to attend.
Save the date and plan to come participate in
this open community forum.

Winthrop Board of Health is having their 2012 Annual Rabies Clinic

*Please bring previous rabies certificate with you as this determines if your dog will be given a three-year shot.
Chapter 140, Sec. 145B General Law states: All dogs must be vaccinated against rabies or owners will be punished by a $50 fine.  Permission is hereby granted that my dog or cat may be vaccinated against rabies at a clinic under the Board of Health.
Location: First Church Parking lot (Former DPW garage), Winthrop Street
Fee: $10.00
Date: Saturday, June 30th from 9:00-10:00am


Board of Health: James L. Little, Chairman,
Bridget P. Mulkerrin and Laura Lopez

CAPIC’s 44rd Annual Meeting
The Community Action Programs Inter-City, Inc. (CAPIC) Board of Directors will conduct their 44th Annual meeting of the Corporation on Thursday, June 28, 2012. The meeting will be held at the principal office of the Corporation located at 100 Everett Avenue, Unit 14, Chelsea. The meeting will begin at noon and the public is invited to attend the business portion of the meeting, at which time the 2012-2013 Officers will be elected. For more information, please contact CAPIC’s Executive Director at 617 884-6130.
Chamber Tall Ships Cruise July 2
Tickets are on sale now from the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce for its Tall Ships Cruise.~ The narrated sightseeing tour will be Monday, July 2 leaving from the Town Pier at the Public Landing.~ Boarding is at 6:15 p.m., returning at 9:00 p.m.
Tall Ships and naval vessels from across the world are coming to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812, the historic role played by the US Navy and our very own USS Constitution in the conflict, and the composing of our national anthem – “The Star Spangled Banner”.
This will be a tribute for the history books. More than 30 U.S. and international naval vessels, crewed by over 5,000 uniformed sailors, will be seen in and around Boston Harbor during the celebration.
A fleet of international Tall Ships, including Cisne Bronco from Brazil, Gloria from Columbia, Ecuador’s Guayas, Indonesia’s Dawaruci, and US Coast Guard’s Eagle, will also be in attendance.
The Chamber of Commerce is putting on a cruise leaving from Winthrop onboard the Revolution.~ Tickets are $50 per person (does not include food).~ This is an excellent opportunity to get up close to the many visiting ships berthed throughout the harbor. All are invited: call 617-846-9898 or stop by the office at 207 Hagman Road for tickets.
CAPIC is pleased to announce the Tenant’s Rights & Responsibilities Workshop!

Community Action Programs Inter-City, Inc. (CAPIC) will be hosting a workshop on “Tenants Rights and Responsibilities”.  Staff from CAPIC’s Emergency Services Program in conjunction with Suffolk Legal Services of Chelsea, will be conducting a workshop to assist clients with any questions regarding the eviction process and to educate clients about their rights and responsibilities as a tenant.

Date:  Wednesday, July 11, 2012 from 10:00am – 12:00pm
100 Everett Avenue, Unit 14
Chelsea, MA
Contact person:  Silvia Frometa (617) 884-6130 ext. 134

Please call and let us know if you will be attending.

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

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

The monthly informal networking event will be held Friday, July 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.

Upcoming Parks and Recreation programs:

There was a misprint in the brochure stating Tuesdays as the day of the lessons.  

Summer Golf for Adults
6 week Adult program begins July 11th
Wednesday Classes at Coughlin Park
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Fee: $105 if registered by July 3rd, $125 After July 3rd

Summer Golf for Kids
6 week kids program (Ages 8-14)
Begins July 11th
Wednesday classes at Coughlin Park
5:00pm – 6:00pm
Fee: $95 if registered by July 3rd, $115 after July 3rd

Classes limited, all levels welcome, golf clubs, ball and mats are supplied
Register online at or at the recreation office.
Fee is lower if you register by July 3rd.
Call 617 846-8243 for more information.

Winthrop Town Hall 1 Metcalf Square, Winthrop, MA 02152
Phone: 617.846.1852
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