Winthrop Town Hall
1 Metcalf Square, Winthrop, MA 02152
ph: 617.846.1852
From the Desk of the Town Manager- October 18th, 2012
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
October 18, 2012

Women’s Health Forum
Thursday, October 18th 6:00-8:00 PM
Cummings School, Winthrop- Admission is free

Sponsored by Speaker of the House Bob DeLeo
Jenny Johnson of New England Cable News will be the Keynote Speaker.
Meet physical therapists, fitness, yoga, Pilates experts, chiropractors, nutritionists and more…
Free Flu Shots offered by the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center.
Free blood pressure readings offered by Commonwealth Clinical Services.

Congratulations to the following high school students who received September Student of the Month:  Michael Lynch, Amanda DiCicco, Sela Zalwango, Ann Mahoney, Michael Mazzone, Taylor Reilly, Eric Anderson, Joseph Fabiano, Daniel Dell’Anno, Michael Gennace, Vanessa Arevalo, Kristen Ford, Emily Kilroy, and Zachary Sullivan.  
Great job!

The Winthrop Public Schools Athletic Department is sponsoring a new program this year in conjunction with Crown Trophy.  Each month an Athlete of the Month (boy and girl) will be chosen and awarded a plaque for their efforts on or off the playing field.  Nominations will be accepted from the head coaches during the month and the winner will be chosen by the Athletic Director.  We are pleased to announce that the first award recipients for the month of September are Max Floyd, a member of Boys’ Golf, and Alyssa Mackey, a member of Girls’ Volleyball.  Congratulations!

Winthrop Middle School Viking Valor Awards have been awarded to Holly Vaccaro, Grade 6; Daniel Gillis, Grade 6; and Andrew Love, Grade 6.
 Great job – keep up the nice work!

A very special thank you to Paul Levy, owner of Woodside Hardware, for generously donating desk lamps to all the Winthrop High School students who received the John & Abigail Adams scholarship.  Our students will be recognized at the school committee meeting on Thursday, October 25, 2012.  They will receive a certificate of achievement and a desk lamp.  Thank you Mr. Levy for your generosity and the support of Winthrop Public Schools.

Have a Doggone Good Time at
SYLVIA by A.R. Gurney
The Winthrop Playmakers present this 1995 comedy by A.R. Gurney (Love Letters, The Dining Room). Greg and Kate are empty-nesters in the big city. On a walk in the park, Greg is adopted by Sylvia, a bouncy, frisky poodle mix. Soon, Kate feels that she is losing Greg to his adoring new friend. This imaginative take on midlife crisis leads to lots of laughs and thoughtful insights on love, marriage and jealousy.

Directed by longtime Playmaker Ed Racicot, Sylvia is a show you don’t want to miss.

Sylvia runs November 9-18, 2012, Friday and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm.  Reviews are allowed for this production.  For a press kit, please contact Nathan Fogg ( Tickets are $20/Adults and $15/Students and Seniors. For tickets or more information, please visit

WHAT:   Sylvia by A.R. Gurney

WHEN:   November 9, 10, 16 & 17 at 8pm   November 11 & 18 at 3pm

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

WHO:    The Winthrop Playmakers

Join Save the Harbor for a free late season cruise and treasure hunt on Spectacle Island!
On Saturday, October 27th, Save the Harbor / Save the Bay would like you, your family and your friends to join as we set sail on a free late season cruise to discover the "Treasures of Spectacle Island."
The trip will depart at 10:00 AM from the Bay State Cruise Company's dock at the World Trade Center in South Boston aboard the Provincetown II, and return to the dock at 2:30 PM. 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
Though Jasper White's Summer Shack on Spectacle will be closed for the season, there will be refreshments available for sale on the boat. Of course, you are welcome to pack your own picnic lunch and bring it with you on the trip, but be sure you bring a bag for your trash.
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 at or send them to us by email at
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 Halloween.
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!
P.S. Reservations are required. Though there is plenty of room on the boat, more than 500 people signed up for our last trip, so please RSVP to or call us at (617) 451-2860 x1001 to reserve a spot!
This "Treasures of Spectacle Island" fall cruise is made possible by a grant from Mass Humanities.

It is breast cancer awareness month and Oceanside Pilates and Yoga Studio is hosting some Friday night fun to benefit the local cancer survivor group, Survivors by the Sea. ~Come by and try a 30 minute barre, Pilates or yoga class for fun, or just stop by to say hello in support of our survivor friends. ~

Friday, October 19th from 5:00-9:00 PM
There will be three 30 minute fitness classes including barre, Pilates or yoga.
 Try one, two or all three classes!
Raffle prizes will include fitness wear, jewelry and candles. There will also be wine and cheese.  Come relax and enjoy!
5:30-6:00 Mat Pilates with Molly
6:15-6:45 Barre class with Molly
7:00-7:30 Yoga class with Georgeane

Proceeds benefit Survivors by the Sea
All donations gratefully accepted
Survivors by the Sea is a 501(c) charity- donations are tax deductible
Oceanside Pilates and Yoga Studio is located at 315 Shirley Street, Winthrop
The 11 Foundation’s 2nd Annual Tailgating Event will be held on Friday, October 19th at the Winthrop Golf Club.  Tickets are $50.00 and can be purchased at  The 11 Foundation was formed in memory of Michael J. Mason.  The event will include food, raffles, silent auctions, door prizes, music and a cash bar.

The 13th annual "Halloween Haunt" will take place in Winthrop Center on Wednesday, October 31st.  It will start at 4:00 pm from Winthrop Federal Credit Union for kids in costume 10 and under accompanied by a parent/guardian. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Winthrop Community Food Pantry. Trick-or-treat while helping others eat!

A Sip of Winthrop- November 2

The 5th annual Wine Fest, “A Sip of Winthrop”, will feature wines from around the world, along with beer & cider from local microbreweries. ~There will also be lots of delicious hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment by a jazz trio.
With the guidance of experts, exquisite wines will be tasted from the finest vineyards in France, Italy, Argentina, Chile, Germany, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, and Napa Valley. ~Connoisseurs and neophytes alike will enjoy sampling such a vast array of wines.
“A Sip of Winthrop” takes place on Friday, November 2 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the Cottage Park Yacht Club, 76 Orlando Ave., Winthrop. All are welcome.  Tickets are $35.00 and include a commemorative wine glass. Jacket required. Tickets are on sale now at Swett’s Liquors, Thompson's Liquors, Winthrop Chamber of Commerce, by phone at 617-846-9898, and online at No one under 21 years of age will be admitted. All proceeds benefit the Chamber’s beautification program.

Life Line Screening will be holding Stroke and Aneurysm Prevention screenings in Winthrop this month. It will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church on Friday, October 26th.

These fast, non-invasive screenings can potentially detect and help prevent you from having a stroke or aneurysm.

Has anyone suffered from a stroke and aneurysm in your family? Do you know if you are in line for a stroke or aneurysm?

Call 800-690-6313 to schedule your appointment. Please feel free to send this information to your friends and family as well!

Boy Scout Pack 75 will be holding a food drive on November 2 “under the lights” at Miller Field during the Viking vs. Triton football game.  In an effort to give back to the Community, this food drive will benefit the Citizens of Winthrop in need and will assist the food pantry just before Thanksgiving, a time of need for many Winthrop families.

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
Gallery Hours:
Thursday 6-8 PM
Saturday 2-5 PM
Sunday 1-4 PM

St. John’s Episcopal Church’s AnnualFall Craft Fair

Saturday, October 20th 9:00am- 1:00pm
St. John’s Parish Hall
222 Bowdoin Street, Winthrop

Quilts * Artwork * Jewelry * Unique Wreaths * Photos and Prints * Christmas and Halloween Décor * Country Crafts and Homemade Goodies*

Lobster Rolls, Hot Dogs, Burgers and Chili for Lunch

The DPW along with Capital Waster Services will provide limited curbside collection of grass clippings and leaves.  Pick up will occur on Saturday, November 17th and Saturday, December 1st.  Leaves may be put out on the curb (by 7:00 am) in barrels or compostable /paper bags, weighing no more than 50 pounds.  Plastic bags are not acceptable and will not be picked up.  At this time the program can only accept grass and leaves, no brush or branches.  If you have any questions, please contact the DPW at 617-846-1341.