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From the Desk of the Town Manager- September 20, 2012
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
September 20, 2012

Congratulations to Sergeant Mary Crisafi whose swearing in ceremony was held on September 18, 2012 at the Arthur T. Cummings School. Sergeant Crisafi is the first female supervisor in the history of the Winthrop Police Department.  Congratulations Mary!

On Saturday, September 29, 2012 there will be a big celebration for the renaming of the Senior Center in honor of Speaker Bob DeLeo.  The event will take place at the Senior Center from 10:00- 12:00.  The new name will be - The Robert A. DeLeo Senior Center. Speaker DeLeo has been a staunch supporter of the senior citizens in our community over the years, has never forgotten his roots, and has been the President of the Friends of the Council on Aging for three years.  We hope, that you will come by to wish the Speaker well on this much-deserved honor.

The Department of Public Works has installed wooden guardrails at Hannaford Park and Daw Park. Wooden guardrails have also been installed on Walden Street along Ingleside Park through the Contract 3 Project.  The DPW also installed six more Memorial benches throughout town and planted 9 more trees.  This brings the total amount of trees planted in 2012 to 85.  Great job!

From the Winthrop Police Department:

A Winthrop man was arraigned in East Boston District Court following his arrest yesterday morning.

On September 19, 2012 Winthrop PD Detectives along with the State Police, DEA and ICE task force, arrested Dideir A. Macias at his residence at 23 Waldemar Ave. apartment 3, Winthrop, MA. A search of the apartment produced cocaine.  Marcias was charged with two counts of trafficking in cocaine, second and subsequent offense.

 I am extremely appreciative of the professionalism and collaborative work of the detective division. This was a multi agency investigation for over a year.  The commitment of my detectives and those of these other agencies should not go unnoticed, large amount of resources and time was expended on this long investigation.   

Detective Robert Jaworski and Detective Judy Racow were the liaisons for the Winthrop Police Department to these other agency and managed the case on behalf of our agency.    

A detainer was lodged by Immigration and Naturalization due to his illegal status in the United States.  

Chief Terence M. Delehanty

CAPIC’s Fuel Assistance Program Opens its 2012-2013 Season
CAPIC’s Fuel Assistance Program is taking applications for the 2012-2013 Season.  Residents of the communities of Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop may apply for help with their home heating from November 2012 thru April 2013.  Eligibility is based on household size and income and tenants and homeowners can apply.  Households may heat with a deliverable fuel as well as with gas or electric.  Assistance is also available for households whose heat is included in their rent.  For additional information, please call 617-884-6130 x125.

On Saturday, September 22nd, the Winthrop Council on Aging will be hosting a Family Health Fair to help families make healthy choices.
It will be held at 35 Harvard Street from 9:00am to 2:00pm.
There will be demos that include Zumba, Martial Arts and more.
There will also be family health care providers to speak to about different health topics. Light, healthy foods will be available to purchase.
For more information, please contact Judie at 617-462-5719.

The Winthrop Art Association is having their first demonstration of the season on Tuesday, October 2nd.  The demo will be the art of Henna painting as it is done in India.  The demonstrator is MME Indira Daya.  It will start at 7:30pm at the E.B. Newton Cultural Center on the 1st floor.

Today and Days Gone By
Roberta Will works on paper
Jerome DiStefano oil paintings

45 Pauline Street
Winthrop, MA 02152
Sept. 29th thru Nov. 10th
Meet the Artists Reception - Sunday October 7th 2-5 o’clock
Gallery Hours:
Thursday 6-8 PM
Saturday 2-5 PM
Sunday 1-4 PM


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 $5450.00 in grants.   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.

Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at Winthrop Cultural Council,  Completed applications should be mailed to Winthrop Cultural Council, 45 Pauline St., #6, Winthrop, MA 02152.

Parks and Recreation’s Fall Programs are now available to view and register online at: 
Don’t miss the new “Art For Kids” program for children in grades K-6, and the ever-popular mad science and Lego classes.  Adults can choose from dog training classes, stop sugar and stop dieting seminars and the ongoing CPR courses.  

Plan ahead for the Fall Fair and Craft Show on October 6th and finally don’t miss out on this year’s 20th edition of the Winthrop Parks and Recreation’s Calendar/Ad book.  Wish your children, family or friends happy birthday or best wishes in the calendar and support Parks and Recreation at the same time!

The Winthrop Playmakers are set to open their 2012-2013 Season with William Shakespeare’s beloved comedy As You Like It, directed by Parker Reed & Steavie Hergenrader.

Shakespeare's comedy about kissing courtiers and country copulatives transports us all into the inspiring Forest of Arden. We follow a motley mix of wondering wanderers to find "tongues in trees" and "books in the running brooks," and through great debates concerning realism vs. romanticism, mirth vs. melancholy, and grasping gadgets vs. nurturing Nature, we are invited to weave a way toward happiness.

This production comments on modern day corporate America and is sure to intrigue and delight audiences of all ages!

Come one, Come All… As You Like It runs October 5-14, 2012. Reviews are allowed for this production.  For a press kit, please contact Nathan Fogg ( Tickets are $20/Adults  $15/Students and Seniors. For tickets or more information, please visit 

WHAT: William Shakespeare’s As You Like It

WHEN: October 5, 6, 12 & 13 at 8pm   
October 7 & 14 at 3pm

WHERE: The Winthrop Playhouse
       60 Hermon St.
Winthrop, MA 02152

WHO: The Winthrop Playmakers

Local author Harry Steinman just published a novel, "Little Deadly Things"-
What happens when abusive parents raise brilliant children? You might get a saint. You might get a killer. Or one of each.
Nanotechnology made Eva Rozen the world's wealthiest woman. Rage made her the deadliest. Only Marta Cruz can stand between Eva and the death of millions.
Harry Steinman lives Winthrop and has worked on this book for 4 years. It was published on September 12th.  He will do a reading at the Winthrop Public Library on Sept. 27, at 6:30PM.

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

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:

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.

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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