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From the Desk of the Town Manager- December 6, 2012
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
December 6, 2012

Over the next two weeks, The School Building Assistance Committee will be conducting a survey. Your input is needed. Our goal is for the community to have input.  This is a link to the survey:
You can also participate by going online to either the Town or school web site and click the link to the survey.
Thank you!

Congratulations to the following varsity football players who were named Northeast Conference All Stars:  Dan Feeley, David Gallo, Jordan Corbett-Frank, and David Capone.  Honorable Mention was received by Rueben Powell, Thomas Lund, and Michael Ferino.  Great job!

The William P. Gorman Fort Banks School was selected as the grand prize winner in the 8th Continent Soymilk’s Looking Good, Feeling Good contest.  The prize is $2,500 gift cards to Sports Authority, which will be used to purchase indoor and outdoor gym equipment, as well as activity materials for indoor recess.  A heartfelt thank you to Mrs. Tanya Mendieta, who submitted the entry on behalf of our school!

Congratulations to 8th grade students Madelyn Fainga’a and Richard Fucillo for being selected as the first recipients of the Winthrop Middle School Students of the Month for October.  This new award recognizes students in grades 6-8 for Good Citizenship.  Recipients are nominated by their teachers and administrators.  The students lead by example, promote a positive school culture, and provide meaningful contributions to the school and the community.  Great job Madelyn & Richard!  Keep up the great work!

Emily Cramer, alumni of Winthrop High School Class of 2005, will be performing in “Mary Poppins” on Broadway, New York.  We are thrilled for Ms. Cramer.  Break a leg!

4th Grade student Heather Buccini is currently performing in “It’s A Wonderful Life” at the Stoneham Theatre.  Break a leg Heather!


This spring we will be taking another step forward as our Winthrop Youth Lacrosse Program will be joining the Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse League (MBYLL); The MBYLL promotes the growth of the game of lacrosse throughout Massachusetts by providing leadership, guidance, training and structure to anyone interested in lacrosse. ALL TEAMS BEING ENTERED INTO THIS LEAGUE ARE TO BE ENTERED BY THE END OF DECEMBER SO IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU REGISTER THIS MONTH IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PLAYING. Registration is now open and you can register through the Winthrop Parks and Recreation Department. Players will be placed on teams based on grade and age with the following guidelines:

U 15 - 8th and 7th grades – must be under 15 on January 1st prior to the start of the season
U 13 - 6th and 5th grades - must be under 13 on January 1st prior to the start of the season
U 11 - 4th and 3rd grades - must be under 11 on January 1st prior to the start of the season
U 9 - 1st and 2nd grades - must be under 9 on January 1st prior to the start of the season

*If a player is age eligible to play at the middle or high school level they are encouraged to participate in that program.

Additional Program Information:

· 8 Game Schedule starting in April with all games being played on Sundays
· Practices will be held 2x per week
· Teams will be capped to promote max playing time (We may have two U-11 Teams)
· Registration is $150.00 per player which includes mandatory enrollment in US Lacrosse
· Our goal is to have an all-GIRLS U-11 & U-13 team if the numbers allow

Please contact Rich Cifuni with any questions at or 617-680-0839. He will also be holding registrations at the Larry Larsen Rink at the Mike Eruzione Center on Tuesday December 11th from 5pm-7:00pm and Wednesday December 12th from 6pm to 7pm.

A Playhouse Christmas

Join the Playmaker's talented cast of more than 25 as we celebrate this holiday season with A PLAYHOUSE CHRISTMAS!

This revue offers something for everyone... classic Christmas Songs, Comedic Contemporary Pieces, A Children's Ensemble and even a sing-a-long!!!

There is no better way to get into the Christmas Spirit than at The Playhouse!

With direction by Nathan Fogg and Chuck Jacob and musical direction by Chris Roppola and Beth Herbert, A PLAYHOUSE CHRISTMAS is one evening you won’t want to miss!

Performances December 7th and 8th at 8pm and December 9th at 2pm. For tickets, go to

Winthrop Playmakers Santa Stroll

It’s time for the 3rd Annual Winthrop Playmakers Walk-A-Thon!  
This year, they are doing a Santa Stroll!

As The Winthrop Playmakers enters into their 75th year (2013), they need your support more than ever.  They are continuously striving to make improvements to the Playhouse, while trying to support an ever diverse list of events in the theater.  The annual walk-A-thon is a fun and easy way to support your local community theater and a fun social event as well…

All are invited to walk, however if you can’t, please consider donating either to the group or to one of our walkers.
Be part of something different!

The MAPC DLTA Planning project has been making good progress through meetings with members of the Winthrop Planning Board and other members of the community over the last six weeks. The objective of this effort is to provide the town with a strategy for targeted development and redevelopment in the community in the coming years.
The next step in this process will be to solicit input and feedback from the community at a public forum that will be hosted jointly by the town and MAPC on December 11 at 7 p.m. at the Cummings School multi-purpose room.
The purpose of this forum will be to provide a short presentation by MAPC, in which they will frame the discussion for the evening. We will concentrate on developing guiding principles and a vision for future development and redevelopment of Winthrop.
MAPC will take the input and feedback from this forum, along with the information they have already received from members of the Planning Board, local developers and real estate professionals and produce a report outlining some strategies the town can use in developing a plan for redevelopment and new development in Winthrop in the years ahead.
This public forum is open to all and we encourage participation of any local residents, as well as any interested local board members, business owners or town employees.
For more information, please contact Grants Manager Joseph Domelowicz at 617-846-1077.

The Town Clerk’s Office is now licensing dogs for the 2013 calendar year. Please download a form online at
and mail it in with proof of rabies, SASE and check made payable to the Town of Winthrop in the amount of $10 and your tag will be mailed to you. You can also pick up a form at the Library, Winthrop Housing Authority, Senior Center or local groomers. Also a License Form will be included in your annual Census this winter. Tags must be purchased before February 1, 2013 to avoid fines. Please check our website for additional information.
Citizens can subscribe to Dog Notices to be sent to their email address.
Please visit the Town Clerk’s page at
and click on Subscribe On Dog Notices. You will receive a
confirmation email and in the future receive emails from the Town Clerk
regarding Dog Licensing and Rabies Clinic information.

The Eleventh Annual Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols
sung by the All Saints Choir of Men and Boys
Saturday, December 15th at 1:00pm
St. John the Evangelist Church, 320 Winthrop Street, Winthrop

The service will be sung by the choir of men and boys from All Saints Parish in Dorchester, MA. Begun in 1918, one month after the armistice which ended WWI, lessons and carols has been sung at Kings College, Cambridge England ever since. Because of its growing popularity, it is now broadcast worldwide by the BBC from Kings College. The service of lessons and carols proclaim the great narrative of the human story from the mystery of the fall in the Garden of Eden to the greater mystery of the incarnation of the child Jesus in a stable shed in Bethlehem. This beautiful service of music and scripture is a great way to put Christ back into Christmas. All are welcome.

Choral Repertoire
Seek him that maketh the seven stars - Jonathan Dove
O little town of Bethlehem - Walford Davies
Lux aurumque - Eric Whitacre
Bogoroditse devo - Sergei Rachmaninoff
Lo, how a rose e'er blooming - Jan Sandstrom
Ave Maria- Robert Parsons
Manger Carol - Leo Sowerby
Gaude Virgo - Josquin des Prez
In the bleak midwinter – Harold Darke
Joys Seven- arr. Stephen Cleobury

The next Clock Tower Gallery Show
Very Fabulous Fibers - Amazing Textile Creations
by Gail Dwyer and Irene Dwyer
November 18 - December 22, 2012
Meet the Artists' Reception November 18th 2-6 p.m.
Gallery Hours:~ Thurs. 6-8 p.m., Sat. 2-5 p.m. Sun. 1-4 p.m.

The monthly informal networking event will be held Friday, December 7th 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.

Holiday Concert
Sunday, December 9th at 3:00pm
Swampscott High School Auditorium
200 Essex Street, Swampscott

Featuring the Hillyer Festival Orchestra
A time to get in the spirit of the holiday season.  Come and enjoy an afternoon of festive music that offers a concert experience that you will not soon forget!

Admission: Adults $30, Children under 16 $15
Tickets available online at or call 781-593-9059
For more information, call 617-593-1690 or go to
Benefits the Listening Place, a private non-profit organization that offers counseling to people of all beliefs.

Join us at Harpoon Brewery on Tuesday, December 11th from 5:30-7:00 for the 3rd Annual Cupid Splash kick-off party!
We are thrilled to announce that Harpoon Helps will once again be presenting this year’s Cupid Splash, which will take place on Saturday, March 23rd. Why in March? Because we love our beaches all year long, and because last year was so successful. So, the air will be a little warmer...though the water will still be plenty cold!
Last year we raised $34,000 that went directly to you and your communities to support free events and activities on your beaches such as sand sculpture contests, family reading nights, art festivals and much more. We have been working with our partners at Harpoon and our sponsors, and we have some exciting plans to make this year's Splash bigger and better! With your help, we can crush last year’s goal and have even more fun while we meet our new goal of $50,000 to support our Better Beaches Program.
We hope you can join us on December 11th at Harpoon Brewery to enjoy a cold beer or two, and talk about our plans!
Space is limited, so please RSVP to Megan Rawson at or (617) 451-2860 x1001 ~ (Please note you must be 21 to attend this event at Harpoon Brewery).

Your friends at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay & Harpoon

Click here for directions to the brewery LOCATED AT 306 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210

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