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From the Desk of the Town Manager- March 21, 2013

From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
                                                                        March 21, 2013
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Congratulations to our Winthrop High School Students of the Month for February:  Maria Rago, Kristin Johnston, Kelly Stafford, Tiana DiBenedetto, Michael McSwiney, Daniel Manning, Pam Corso, Sam Millan, Carla Aravena, Arianna Estrada, Eric DeRocco, Rachel Rogowicz, Robert Pino, Nicolae Opincaru, Simon Wu, Sela Zalwango, Harry Floyd, and Carly O’Keefe.  Keep up the great work!
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Congratulations to the WHS Student Council for receiving the Gold Key Award of Excellence!  This award deems the council as one of the most outstanding student councils in the State of Massachusetts, recognizing the outstanding programs, projects and fundraisers of the student council over the past year.  Congratulations to Erin O’Leary (senior), Carly Corbett-Frank (junior) and Jessica Vigliotta (sophomore) for receiving Commonwealth Awards for their significant contributions to leadership, foundation and citizenship.  Congratulations to Michael Lessard (senior) for receiving the Presidential Medal for his leadership of the student council this year.  We are so proud of our students and thank you to student council advisors Lindsay McCracken and Adam Sullivan.  Excellent job!
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The WHS Drama Society recently competed in the Massachusetts High School Drama Guild Semi-finals with their production of “Winners”.  Congratulations to Maggie Beadle who received the Stage Manager Award, and Alanna O’Connell and David Tracy who both received Acting Awards!  The WHS Drama Society will be performing their play at the High School on Tuesday, March 19th at 7:00pm.  Don’t miss this wonderful performance!
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Congratulations to 8th grade student Anna Reidister, winner of the Winthrop Middle School Spelling Bee!  Congratulations also to runner-ups Daniel McCreedy (6th grade) and Ysabelle Regis (7th grade)!  Great job – keep up the great work!
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On Tuesday, March 12th, the CPPD sponsored the annual all day workshop at Salem State University for grade 6 -8 female students who are thinking about careers in science and engineering.  Winthrop Middle School was invited to attend the Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) program with twelve students.  The WISE Career Day started in 1989 to bring 8th grade girls together with women working in science and mathematics careers.  The women present workshops that relate to their careers.  There were fewer than 100 girls in the first program but today the program now services over 400 students.
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Congratulations to Winthrop Middle School Elk Students of the Month for February:  Fatma Tufa and Jared Owen (grade 6); Lacey Scott and Richard D’Amelio (grade 7); and Valentina Ramirez and Regina Garufo (grade8).  Great job!
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Kudos to middle school students Nicholas Beshere and Madilyn Fainga’a who received the Make A Difference Award.  They will be honored at the JFK Library.  Outstanding!
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Congratulations to Winthrop Middle School Students of the Month, recognizing good citizenship.  January winners are 6th grade students Asa Baurle and Ella Maclean.  Nice job!
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The Swim Team held their annual banquet and high school swimmers Michael Bruno and Matthew Bruno received awards.  Captain Michael Bruno received the Male Swimmer of the Year and the MVP Swimmer.  Matthew Bruno received the Coaches Award.  Great job!
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Winthrop Beach Nourishment Project
Phase One – Southern Section
TWO WEEK LOOK-AHEAD
March 14, 2013 – March 28, 2013

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is working to revitalize areas of Winthrop Beach to make it safe and user-friendly to its nearby residents.  The project is aimed at shore protection, intended to reduce flooding from coastal storms.  As a result of the beach nourishment to date, the damage of the recent storms was mitigated.

The DCR and McCourt Construction are in their tenth week of actual site work on the beach.  McCourt Construction will continue to move forward with its daily excavation on Winthrop Beach.

The boat ramp demolition is complete, and McCourt will begin forming and reconstructing the ramp in the coming days. McCourt has completed the installation of the protective dust control fencing on the seawall, beginning at the Beacon Street Rotary and ending at Culter Street.  Street sweeping was performed on March 14, which will help to keep the area around the beach clean.

General questions or concerns should be directed to DCR Resident Engineer Steve Colometo, at the DCR trailer behind the DCR bathhouse on Winthrop Shore Drive, by visit or phone (617-539-4957) during regular business hours: 7AM-3:30PM.   Outside of business hours, a voicemail can be left on the DCR trailer phone line.

In case of a storm event or construction-related emergencies, contact McCourt Construction at their trailer on-site, behind the DCR trailer, or call:
Mike Cedrone      617-908-2633
Trevor McCourt  617-594-5103

Join us on Twitter @MassDCR - Visit http://mass.gov/dcr
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SENIOR CITIZEN VOLUNTEER TAX PROGRAM

The Senior Citizen volunteer Service/Tax Liability Reduction Program allows seniors (over the age of 60), to volunteer their services in exchange for a reduction in their property tax bill.  Participants may earn a maximum reduction of $750.00 per fiscal year based on a rate per hour of service that cannot exceed the Commonwealth’s minimum wage.
Senior Volunteer Tax Program Requirements are:
You must be a tax payer and 60 years of age or older during the tax year when the volunteering is completed and the tax reduction is credited.
To be credited, the volunteer must have an ownership interest and reside in the property year round.
Total reduction will not exceed $750.00.
93 hours must be completed by October 15th of the credited year.
A CORI Release Form must accompany the application.
Other information:
Volunteers will be selected by lottery.
Lottery winners will be notified of the drawing results and all other pertinent information by the Council on Aging Director shortly after the lottery.
Creditable volunteerism can start immediately following participant notification in conjunction with authorization by the Council on Aging Director.
If any selected volunteer is not able to fully participate, the Town may select another volunteer to participate up to the amount of hours not completed by the original participant.
If you are interested in this program, beginning on March 14, 2013, you can pick-up an application packet at the Senior Center, or Town Hall-Tax Dept.  All applications should be returned to the Senior Volunteer Tax Work-off Program – Council on Aging/Senior Center – 35 Harvard St., Winthrop.  Applications will be accepted until the close of business on Wednesday-April 17, 2013.
If you have any further questions, please call the Council on Aging/Senior Center at: 617-846-8538 and ask for Nancy Williams, Director, Kathy Dixon, Outreach Coordinator, Ruth Hames or Rita Driscoll- Staff Assistants.
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Spring Clothing Drive
Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
7:30 am – 10:00 am
Help us raise funds for our school’s PTO!*
Get a jump on your Spring cleaning and donate any unwanted used clothing and stuffed animals.
The more we collect the more funds we raise!
Please give clean used clothing, soft toys, belts, purses and shoes (tied together).
Deliver it in any type of bag to the loop at A. T. Cummings School on Pauline Street.
We will even unload your bags!
For additional information or volunteer opportunity, please contact Linda Straccia (linda.straccia@gmail.com)
*This is a GFB PTO and AT Cummings PTO co-sponsored event
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There are 4 Winthrop High School students that have applied for the Hood Sportsmanship Scholarship Program and have made it to the voting phase. Votes can be cast by selecting the candidate here: https://www.hood.com/promo/scholarship/default.aspx

Simply fill in "Massachusetts" and "Winthrop High School" then select "Search". The list of Winthrop students will appear.
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Winthrop Art Association
“Spring Art Festival!”
Saturday April 27th and Sunday April 28th
EB Newton Cultural Center- 1st floor
45 Pauline St., Winthrop
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Community Garden at the Deleo Senior Center
If you are interested in participating in the Community Garden, there are 4’x4’ plots available.  Applications are available at the senior center and a lottery will be held at the end of March.  This is not just for seniors, anyone can participate.  There is a $20.00 fee per year if you are chosen to cover the costs of maintaining the area and supplying water.  We are hopeful that this will be another successful planting season!
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March Art Market at the Cultural Center
45 Pauline Street Winthrop, MA
March 24th 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Featuring handmade work from local artists, music, raffles, fun!
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Call to Storytellers
Winthrop Tale Spinning Storytelling Event
Contact the Winthrop Cultural Council (www.winthropculturalcouncil.org) to
participate in the upcoming event
Share your story 5 – 10 minutes long
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The Parks Committee is wrapping up their Memorial Brick Project fundraiser. Engraved bricks should be ordered by the end of March so that the full order can be delivered and installed at Pico Park by mid-June. The new playground equipment should be installed this spring and brand new asphalt surfacing for the street hockey court and basketball half-court will be coming as well. We need the community's help to complete the project and put the finishing touches on the new park. If you can help in any way, please email the parks committee at WinthropParks@gmail.com and look us up on Facebook at Winthrop Parks Committee.
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Parks and Recreation’s annual Character Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt will be held March 23rd from 8:30-11:30am in the Ft. Banks School cafeteria
Enjoy breakfast with the Easter Bunny and many of your other favorite characters as well as music, dancing and of course the Easter Egg Hunt.
Tickets ($8) can be bought online and picked up the day of event or can be purchased for $10 at the door.
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Beacon Photography, located at 185 Winthrop Street, is hosting a
 "Spring Time" Art Exhibit as well as some cool art workshops over the next few weeks.
Let this collection of "Spring Time" art warm your heart and inspire your own creativity. See below for workshops.
- Exhibit Dates & Times: March 21-April 6, Mon-Sat 10-2 pm
- Grand Opening Weekend: Thursday & Friday, March 21-22, 7-9 pm Saturday Mar 23, 10-2
Featuring Four Award Winning Artists:
- Frank Costantino, Dawn Mahoney, Elaine Abrams & Roger Giger
Location: Beacon Photography, 185 Winthrop St., Winthrop, MA
Workshops and Demonstrations Available
- Pen & Ink Workshop by Dawn Mahoney - March 30, 10-1 pm
- Watercolor Demo by Frank Costantino - April 6, 10 am -12 pm
- Click here to learn more or register: http://beaconphotos.com/blog/2013/3/spring-workshops
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St. John's Episcopal Church Spring Craft Fair
~222 Bowdoin St., Winthrop~
St John's is welcoming the new season with its~SPRING CRAFT FAIR, featuring new and returning local artisans, over twenty-one sellers all under one roof. Expect to find one-of-a-kind Easter Baskets, hand-knit treasures, original paintings, whimsical gifts, unique jewelry, homemade chocolates, and more. Lunch available for purchase will include lobster rolls, hot dogs, chili and more! Always free admission.~www.stjohnsepiscopal-winthropma.org
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CAPIC’s 46th Anniversary Celebration & Fundraiser
Recognizing Achievement and Honoring Leadership
May 16, 2013
If you are interested in supporting CAPIC, make checks payable to:
CAPIC
100 Everett Avenue, Unit 14
Chelsea, MA 02150
Attention Cary Havey
Sponsorships can also be purchased at www.capicinc.org
*All donations are tax-deductible*
CAPIC is an IRS certified 501(c)(3)non-profit organization.
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The Playmakers are excited to bring to the stage a tribute to Old Time Radio Shows. Shows like Duffy's Tavern and The Bickersons entertained the world and now you can see the magic behind the radio.

Performances will be May 17, 18 and 19.

This project is being directed by Nathan Fogg
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Girls Scout Troop 6670 will be selling Girl Scout Cookies in French Square on Saturday March 23rd at 10:00am.  They will also be collecting pet supplies to donate to the North East Animal Shelter.  Toys, food and blankets are much appreciated.  For more information or to make a donation, contact Jennifer Powell at jpowell@excellentwriters.com
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The Playmakers have made the exciting decision to replace our final musical of the 2012-2013 Season, All Shook Up, with the hilarious Broadway hit Avenue Q.  This show will be directed by Michael Lacey, music direction by Emma Boroson and choreography by Jocelyn White.

Auditions will be held April 1 and 2 from 7-10 at The Playhouse.~

There are three timeslots each night; 7, 8, and 9. Please send audition requests to~avenueqauditions@gmail.com~with preferred audition time. Requests will be accommodated on a first come, first serve basis.~

Audition Requirements:
1. Please prepare 32 bars of a vocal selection which best showcases your vocal range. Please bring sheet music in the proper key. An accompanist will be provided. Please DO NOT sing material from Avenue Q.

2. Please prepare a monologue in any character style, no less than one minute in length.

3. All those auditioning will be given a movement audition. Please consider this when choosing clothing/footwear.

If necessary, we will hold Callbacks on Thursday April 4 at 7pm.
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The Clock Tower Gallery will be presenting:

Award Winning Photographs
Boston Press Photographers Association
March 9- April 20, 2013
Thursdays 6-8pm and Saturdays 2-5pm
Opening Reception- Saturday, March 9th

The Clock Tower Gallery
E.B. Newton School & Cultural Center
45 Pauline St., 1st Floor

Congratulations to the Boys’ Hockey Team, and the Girls’ Hockey Team!  Both have made it to the Tournament!  Way to go!
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3rd ANNUAL CUPID SPLASH!

Join us on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Noon (registration begins – then splash time is 12:30) for the 3rd Annual Cupid Splash~to benefit Save the Harbor / Save the Bay at Winthrop Beach – at the top of Dolphin Ave!
ALL participants who raise $100 will be entered for a chance to win a roundtrip JetBlue Airways ticket. To sweeten the deal, you will be entered again for every additional $100 raised.
ANY contributor who supports Cupid Splash, by participating or pledging, is entered into a raffle for a roundtrip JetBlue Airways ticket.  We are asking all kids who participate to bring pennies to fill the penny jar! (Any amount will do)
Highest Overall Fundraiser wins a roundtrip JetBlue Airways ticket.
Overall best costume amongst all the beaches who participate wins a roundtrip JetBlue Airways ticket.

If you register before March 1, the registration fee is $20. After March 1, it is $25.~All proceeds go directly to support Save the Harbor and our local public beaches.~ Please go to CupidSplash.com and click on “Winthrop Wonders” – that’s Winthrop’s page. This is a fund-raiser so we can have free events at our beach!!!

We hope that you will go "All the Way for Save the Harbor Save the Bay,”~but if you just want to come to the party, just register before the event pay the regular registration fee.  If you don’t want to win any prizes, but, just come and have fun, then you won’t have to pay!  For Kids under 18, at Winthrop Beach we will have prizes for the best costumes – whether or not you pay!  We are also providing coffee, hot cocoa and chowder at our beach!

Brave the frigid waters, if you dare, or just hang out and have a great time. Let's crush last year’s goal of $30,000!
For more information, call Rose @ 617-823-5267!
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