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From the Desk of the Town Manager- April 4, 2013
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
                                                                        April 4, 2013

Winthrop’s Designation as a Green Community
The Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard Sullivan Jr. and the Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Mark Sylvia recognized Winthrop’s designation as a Green Community this morning at the E.B. Newton Cultural Center.  

Winthrop was designated as a Green Community in December 2012, after applying for the designation through the Department of Energy Resources and has earned a $169,000 grant to complete energy efficiency projects in town buildings, which will help to decrease the town's use of energy and create savings for town energy budgets.

Today’s event signals the start of the first round of projects that the town will undertake with a portion of that grant funding. The first projects include new lighting and electrical fixtures at the Public Works building, Cummings Elementary and Gorman Fort Banks schools, steam trap upgrades at the Town Hall and EB Newton Center and occupancy based energy efficient HVAC control systems for the Police department.

Congratulations to Winthrop Public Schools! The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) has approved the Winthrop School Building Assistance Committee’s preferred option of a new middle/high school project! By approving this option, we have now moved into the final phase of schematic design. Once MSBA approves the final stage of schematic design, it will then go to the public for a vote.

Fort Banks PTO
Thank you Winthrop! Our Spring Clothing Drive recycled 5500 pounds of your clothing and raised $875 for our schools' PTOs! Great Job!

Parks and Recreation’s spring and summer activities are now available for registration.  Class sizes are limited, so don’t delay.  Many activities are less expensive if you register in advance.  Register for Dodge ball (grades 3-5), Knucklebones Athletic Games (ages 2-4), Cummings School Running Club, Cheerleading Clinic, Senior League Baseball (ages 13-15), Dog Training, Foxwoods, Coupon Training Class, Soccer Camp, Legos Engineering Camp, Summer Park Program, Summertime day trips, Winthrop Seaside Striders 5K foot race, and extended day summer camp.  Check out their website: or go to the Recreation office (rear of the middle school) to register.  Extended day summer camp and Knucklebones require registration at the office.  All other programs are available for registration online.  Call 617-846-8243 for additional information.

Rita Parisi to perform I am Zelda-a one-act play about
Mrs. F. Scott Fitzgerald

Rita Parisi from Waterfall Productions will present I, Zelda-a one-act play about Mrs. F. Scott Fitzgerald at The E B Newton  Cultural Center, 45 Pauline ST., Winthrop, MA on May 4, 2013 at 7PM.  This original, one-woman play sheds light on the mythical life of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, often known as the muse and infamous flapper wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby. The play takes place in 1940 and covers Zelda’s childhood years until the death of her husband.
Donations will be accepted at the door.
Rita Parisi has been entertaining audiences for over 17 years in the New England area. In 2002, she founded Waterfall Productions to create shows that highlight her passion for theatre, history, literature and costuming; these shows have been performed all over New England and beyond. Rita is also actively involved in the independent film scene and her films have been debuted at the Boston International Film Festival and Cannes film Festival. She is a proud member of the largest acting union in the country: SAG/AFTRA (formerly the Screen Actors Guild and American Federations of Television and Radio Artists)
For more information, please contact Pam Racicot 617-846-0880,Kerry Murphy Harvey to confirm your attendance or visit

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.

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 for an order form. The committee members would like to express our sincerest gratitude to the community for their generous support.

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 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.

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

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.

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.

Winthrop Art Association
“Spring Art Festival!”
Saturday April 27th and Sunday April 28th
EB Newton Cultural Center- 1st floor
45 Pauline St., Winthrop

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

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.

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!

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