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From the Desk of the Town Manager- March 28, 2013
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
                                                                        March 28, 2013
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Winthrop Public Safety departments endorse new ‘sanitary fitness’ ordinance

Winthrop, MA - On February 26, 2013 the Committees on Public Safety and Rules and Ordinance held a joint meeting for the purpose of discussing and acting on the “Sanitary Fitness Inspection Ordinance.” This proposed ordinance is highly recommended by all local public safety and health officials and would require inspections of vacant apartments to ensure they are up to code and are habitable.
Police Chief Terence Delehanty spoke in favor of the ordinance stating it is a necessary tool to ensure that landlords comply with basic building and health code regulations. According to Chief Delehanty, many of these absentee landlords are living in communities like Nahant, Swampscott, Marblehead, Milton or Scituate and simply do not care about the quality of life in Winthrop.

“Many tenements in Winthrop have absentee landlords, are in horrible condition and are rented to people with whom the Police and Fire Departments have constant negative contact,” said Chief Delehanty. “This code would help bring these tenements, which are falling into ill repair and pose a significant public safety hazard, into compliance before they either cause a significant fire or deteriorate a neighborhood beyond repair.”

“Some of my proudest moments as a Police Chief have been working with Fire Chief Paul Flannagan and former Building Inspector Jim Soper to have a dilapidated building on Shirley Street torn down and a residence on Sea Foam condemned, because of the issues that they were causing for the good law abiding citizens of those neighborhoods,” he added. “Poorly maintained tenements create great concern and distress in their neighborhoods and send the message that the community does not care.”
Delehanty went on to say that those successes on Shirley Street and Sea Foam Avenue took years to achieve.

“This ordinance will allow inspectional service departments to be proactive so good law abiding citizens will not have to wait years in order to get run-down tenements in their neighborhoods into compliance with state and local codes,” said Chief Delehanty. “Responsible and law abiding residents and homeowners of Winthrop should not have to suffer years of complaining in order to have poor conditions rectified.”

Chief Delehanty presented evidence that six properties owned by four landlords, two of whom spoke against the ordinance, generated 372 calls for service from the police over the last five years.  Landlords who have a vested interest in not having the ordinance passed have spoken out against this ordinance and the subcommittees have voted to table the matter.

Without your support we will not be able to address these concerns once they begin to affect your neighborhood. These properties pose a significant threat to the safety and security of Winthrop citizens.”

It should also be noted that Revere, Boston, Chelsea and Everett have all enacted similar ordinances.

To sign the online petition go to:
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Beginning Friday, March 29th, please be prepared for construction on Pleasant Street in both directions from Pauline Street to Lincoln Street.  The construction will last approximately two weeks.  The work is being done to finish Contract 3, which is a water/sewer project.  The following week, the work will continue overnight.
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Recreational Notice:
Revere and Winthrop Beaches
Help Protect the Piping Plovers Returning to MA Beaches

WHAT: The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) advises residents that the piping plover, a rare species of bird, has begun the spring return to Massachusetts beaches for nesting season. DCR and Mass Audubon work together to protect and conserve these plovers—a species so rare that it’s protected under both the Massachusetts and Federal Endangered Species Act—on our state beaches. Beachgoers can share the area with these beautiful birds and following a few tips can help keep the nesting birds and their young safe:
  • Please stay out of marked areas where plovers are nesting.
Keep in mind that dogs are not allowed on the beach between April 1 and September 30.
  • Watched out for piping plover eggs and chicks, as their size and coloring allows them to be easily lost against the sandy landscape. Their nests are also highly vulnerable to the actions of people and pets.
  • Successful early nesting is best for the piping plover, as it may allow the birdsto leave the beaches early to begin their migration to less populated areas. Please be aware of your surroundings on any of DCR’s beaches or shore reservations this summer season.
WHEN:~Piping Plover Season begins April 1
Dogs are not allowed on the beaches April 1 – September 30

WHERE:
Revere Beach Reservation
Revere Beach Boulevard
Revere, MA
(781) 289-3020

Winthrop Shore Reservation
Winthrop Shore Drive
Winthrop, MA
(781) 485-2803

If you have any questions or to report an issue, please contact: dcr.updates@state.ma.us or Dept. of Conservation & Recreation, Office of Public Outreach, 251 Causeway Street, Suite 600, Boston, MA~ 02114; Tel:(617)-626-4974.
For more information on coastal bird conservation, please see www.massaudubon.org/cwp or contact Mass Audubon’s Coastal Waterbird Program, at coastalbirds@massaudubon.org
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Thank you from the Winthrop Parks Committee! We have sold over 70 memorial bricks and have raised over $6,000.00 to help with the renovations of Pico Park. Because of the response to this fundraiser, we have extended the deadline to April 5th. You have one more week to get your brick order in before the final order is sent to Brick Markers. The laser engraved bricks will be displayed at Pico Park. Contact the committee at WinthropParks@gmail.com for an order form. The committee members would like to express our sincerest gratitude to the community for their generous support.
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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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Applications are now available for the summer Parks and Recreation jobs program funded by Massport.  Applicants must be 16 years old by July 1, 2013 and be enrolled in a full time high school or college program.

The application must be returned no later than 5PM on Thursday, April 25th to the Parks and Recreation office located in the rear of the middle school with a copy of your birth certificate and a letter of recommendation from someone other than a family member.  If you have previously worked for the program, only the application is required.

The cover letter with all the instructions as well as the application can be downloaded from our website at www.winthroprec.com or picked up at the Parks and Recreation office.  If you are mailing the application back, please address to Winthrop Parks and Recreation
151 Pauline Street
Winthrop, MA 02152
Questions? The APPLICANT can call 617-846-8243.
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The Art Association will be having a live demonstration on Tuesday, April 2nd at 7:30pm.  The demonstrator will be Lynne Fahn Rosenberg.  Lynne is a multi-talented artist who will be demonstrating 3 dimensional collages and paper sculptures.  This will take place at the E.B. Newton Cultural Center.
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The Clock Tower Gallery is 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
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In an effort to stir up the musical creativity in the area, Beacon Photography will host a musical event every month, on the Friday's closest to the full moon. The first of which is this coming Friday, March 29th. It will be an open mic night with several musicians already agreeing to perform. And to end the evening, musicians will be invited to join a group jam session. Suggested cover is $5. Light refreshments will be served but feel free to BYOB. Beacon Photography is located at 185 Winthrop Street.
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The monthly informal networking event will be held Friday, April 5th 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.
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Local photographer John Munson of Beacon Photography is hosting a dance party at his studio gallery on April 6 from 8 to midnight in honor of his sister Leila. Shake off the winter blues and warm up with some modern and old school dance music. DJ Cuzzi will be mixing it up on his digital turn table and he will also be lighting it up with his laser light show. So bring a friend and have a good time. Suggested donation is $10, with portion of proceeds going to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Light refreshments will be served but feel free to BYOB.
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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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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
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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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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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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