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From the Desk of the Town Manager- September 13, 2012
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
                                                                        September 13, 2012

This is the last Thursday (September 13th) of the current show Retrospectives
with Elaine Ambrams and Patricia Tacelli.

The Clock Tower Gallery hours are 6-8pm tonight.
This is a great show that you don't want to miss!

Clock Tower Gallery- EB Newton Cultural Center
45 Pauline Street

CAPIC’s Satellite Site in Winthrop
Winthrop residents have the opportunity to access all CAPIC services at the Winthrop Senior Center, 35 Harvard Street. CAPIC has representatives from each program on-site throughout the week (each program has 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, starting on October 24th, people will have the opportunity to apply for CAPIC’s Fuel Assistance Program. Anyone interested in applying for fuel assistance should contact CAPIC’s main office at 617-884-6130 to find out what documentation is required to apply. The schedule is as follows:

9am-10am – Head Start Program
8:30am-10:30am – Fuel Assistance/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

The Winthrop Cultural Council has set an October 15 postmark deadline for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community. This year, the Winthrop Cultural Council will distribute approximately $5,450.00 in grants.~~Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at
Visit Mail completed grant applications to Winthrop Cultural Council, 45 Pauline Street, #6, Winthrop, MA 02152

Looking to make those back to school blues disappear? Trying to conjure up some fun? The Winthrop Playmakers have the answer! We are excited to present Jay Ciniglio in The Miracle Maker! Come see a magical, musical extravaganza this weekend, with four shows available:
7:00pm on Friday, September 14
2:00pm on Saturday, September 15
7:00pm on Saturday, September 15
2:00pm on Sunday, September 16
For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit Tickets are only $10, and can also be purchased at the door!

An open invitation to all Military Veterans: Please come to a BBQ - Cookout hosted by American Legion Post 146. If you have a father, brother, aunt or cousin, niece, uncle, please tell them about this. FREE! FREE!!!

Notice to residents:
The Department of Conservation and Recreation is beginning work on the Winthrop Beach Project.  The rodent control program is now underway on Winthrop Shore Drive from Beacon Circle to Underhill Street.  Keeps pets off and away from seawall in that area until further notice.  For more information, call Steve Colometo at DCR 617-539-4957.  Thank you for your cooperation.

The Winthrop Ferry Schedule as of September 3rd is as follows:

Service from Winthrop to Downtown Boston

      Depart Winthrop                   Departs Rowes Wharf
7:00 AM                                        7:30 AM
 8:00 AM                                       11:00 AM
11:30 AM                                         4:45 PM
5:15 PM                                      5:45 PM
6:15 PM                                       6:45 PM
                                      7:15 PM*                             9:00 PM*

* Thursday and Friday only

      Depart Winthrop                       Depart Rowes Wharf
9:00 AM                                       12:30 PM
2:00 PM                                2:30 PM
4:00 PM                                6:00 PM
   7:15 PM                                       8:00 PM**
                                               9:00 PM*

*  Saturday only
**  Sunday only

Please note that the weekly trips to Spectacle Island have ended for the season.


Adult                                   $8.00
Senior  (over 65)                       $4.00
Child (under 12)                        $4.00
Child (under 3)                 FREE
Blind (with ID)                 FREE
10-Ride Pass                            $60.00          $6.00 per ride
10-Ride Pass Reduced Fare       $30.00          $3.00 per ride


125 Salem Street
Free Dessert!
617-723-7233 or to reserve

522 Shirley Street

484 Shirley Street

490 Shirley Street

253 Washington Avenue

Comcast is making some changes to the channel line-up in the community.  
On or shortly after October 8th:
  • WGBX HD will move from channel 818 to 801
  • NH Public TV Prime will no longer be carried on channels 11 and 801
  • NH Public TV Explore will no longer be carried on channel 296
NH Public TV has requested that Comcast make these changes.  
Additional information can be found at:

Join Save the Harbor for a free cruise and treasure hunt on Spectacle Island!
This Saturday, September 15th, Save the Harbor / Save the Bay invites you, your family and your friends to join as we set sail on a free cruise to discover the "Treasures of Spectacle Island".  

The trip will depart at 10:00 a.m. from the Bay State Cruise Company's dock at the World Trade Center Ferry Terminal in South Boston aboard the Provincetown II, and return to the dock at 2:30. It is easy to get to the dock by car or the Silver Line. You can get directions at

The cruise will be narrated by Save the Harbor's BayWatcher Bruce Berman, and will be led by our youth program staff, who this year brought 6,000 youth and teens from across the city and around the region to Spectacle and Georges Islands as part of our free "All Access Boston Harbor" program.

They will share their stories of the hidden treasures of the Boston Harbor Islands with you, and we are certain that you will come home with stories and memories, which you can treasure yourself.

There will be plenty of time for exploring, hiking, and treasure hunting on the island, though we gently remind you to leave sea glass and artifacts on the beach where you found them. You can find out more about the "Treasures of Spectacle Island" on our website at

There will be refreshments available for sale on the boat and at Jasper White's Summer Shack on Spectacle, though you are welcome to pack your own picnic lunch and bring it with you on the trip.

After the cruise, we encourage you to share your stories and photographs of your island adventure and the treasures you discovered with us on our page on facebook or send them to us by email to We'll pick the best stories and photos from the trip and post them on our blog "Sea, Sand and Sky" at  If we choose your story, you will win a blue beach glass marble - and a chance to win 40,000 TrueBlue points from JetBlue Airways as part of our "Simply Marble-ous" treasure hunt, which runs through Columbus Day.

So bring a camera, a picnic lunch and your friends and family and enjoy a great day in the Boston Harbor Islands National Park with
Save the Harbor/Save the Bay!
Though there is plenty of room on the boat, reservations are required. Please RSVP to or call (617) 451-2860 x1001.

This "Treasures of Spectacle Island" fall cruise is made possible by a grant from Mass Humanities.

The School Year is here, and the St. John’s Middle School Drop-In will be starting up again next month!  The first Drop-In of the year is Friday, Oct. 5th.  Doors open at 7:15 p.m. and lets out at 9:30 p.m.  Parents must attend the first night with their child to sign a permission slip & Health Insurance form for the year.  Also, there is a yearly fee of $5.00.  Drop-Ins are held on the first and third Friday of every month October--May.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Youth Minister Michael Miccichi at

Friends Helping Friends
3rd Annual 5K Walk

Saturday, September 22nd
Walk starts at 10:00am
Miller Field
$20 entry fee

From 9:00am- 1:00pm there will be live music and face painting!
Money raised from this event goes to education and assistance for families and individuals struggling with drug and alcohol addiction in our community. Friends Helping Friends also supports youth groups and community based organizations that serve families in need.

Taste of Winthrop
Prepare your taste buds for an incredible selection of food from around the world at the 7th annual “Taste of Winthrop”. Savor an array of cuisines, including Italian, American, Greek, Chinese, Moroccan, Spanish, Mexican, Mediterranean, Colombian, seafood, and more. Over 30 of the finest eating establishments will be participating in this year’s event, which is happening on September 19th at the Winthrop Yacht Club.
Call the Chamber of Commerce at 617-846-9898 for tickets or visit Winthrop MarketPlace, Woodside Hardware or the senior center to get your tickets. All proceeds will go to the beautification of Winthrop! There will be delicious food, specialty cocktails and live entertainment.  

The 2012 Neil Shapiro Memorial 5K Walk/Run and Party

On September 29th 2012, celebrate Neil Shapiro’s life and raise money for the Viking Pride Foundation benefiting Winthrop High's Arts and Media Departments.

For full details, please visit our website
Some details are below.

We hope to see you in September for a beautiful day and evening celebrating Neil Shaprio's life and raising money for the Arts and Media Programs!

2012 5K INFO
When: Saturday September 29th, 2012
Where: Deer Island, Winthrop, MA (see directions below)
Time : 11am walk/run begins
(Race will be officially timed)
9am Registration for walkers + runners begins
(You need to check in to get your bibs)

Registration fees:
By September 26 ~- $25
After September 26 - ~$30
High School Students (with id) ~$10

You can register online at by searching “Neil Shapiro 5K”, or visit our website to download a registration form.

When: Saturday September 29th, 2012
Where: Winthrop Yacht Club
Time: 7pm-Midnight
Tickets available in advance for $15 on or at the door for $20

Come for a great night of pasta dinner, drinks and dancing along to DJ Craig Matarazzo of Spotlight Entertainment. There will be tons of fantastic gift baskets and gift certificates raffled off and of course 50/50!

The 2011 Neil Shapiro Memorial 5K Walk/Run and Party events were a great success!~Together we raised over $14,000, which funded new sound and lighting equipment for Winthrop High School's Dramatic Arts Department!


WINARC is having a 50+ Celebration
An evening of Dinner and Entertainment

Saturday, October 13th
VFW Mottolo Post
Temple Street, Revere
Doors open at 6:00 pm, Dinner at 7:00 pm
$30 per ticket

Live music featuring The Squeezebox Stompers
Lifetime achievement award will be presented to Arthur T. Cummings
WINARC is a non-profit organization that provides recreational opportunities for people with disabilities.
For tickets, call Jim Murphy at 617-846-7964 or tickets are available at Five Petals Florist, Simon’s Bookstore or Hallmark.
The 2012 Greater Boston Walk to End Alzheimer’s is on Sunday, September 23rd at Canal Park in Cambridge.
Register today at
Questions? Call 800-272-3900 or email
The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research. Help our grandparents, parents, spouses, partners, brothers, sisters and friends living with the disease, and unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions.
Each participant that raises $150 by walk day receives a free T-shirt!

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