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From the Desk of the Town Manager- May 16, 2013
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
May 16, 2013

Cleaning the Bronze Veterans grave markers
Saturday, May 18, 2013 8:00AM until noon

Come down and lend a hand as we honor those who have defended this great Country. This coming Saturday, May 18th, from 8:00am until noon, we will be cleaning the bronze Veterans grave markers in the Winthrop Cemetery. Come on down, bring your children, work an hour or two or any time you can spare. Teach your children why we honor those who have defended our country.
Bring an old knife, a bucket, gloves and maybe a small brush or I will have plenty of tools to hand out.
We will be meeting at the Cemetery entrance at the intersection of River Road, Cross Street and Bowdoin Street. I'll have refreshments, coffee, Dunkin munchkins, soft drinks and water.

Congratulations to 7th grade student Nichole Reng, who was recognized at the East Boston Court Law Day ceremony as the 1st Place winner in the Law Day Oratory Competition. Nichole also received 2nd Place recognition in the Law Day Essay Contest! Great work!

7th grade teacher Mr. Farnsworth took a group of 7th and 8th grade students to MIT’s Whitehead Research Center to explore the field of genetics and take part in a day filled with hands on scientific exploration. It was a great day and everyone learned many new and exciting things. Thank you Mr. Farnsworth for taking time during the April vacation week for your students!

Congratulations to the WMS March Students of the Month for Citizenship: 6th Grade student Kirsten Griffiths and 7th grade student Robert St. Jean. Excellent work!

The Senior Class Advisors and CASA (Community Against Substance Abuse) are planning the 5th Annual High School All Night Celebration for the graduating Winthrop High School Senior Class of 2013. This party is an all-night, drug and alcohol free party run by volunteers from the community from 10:00pm to 5:00am, beginning May 31, 2013. Each student receives a gift selected by raffle during the evening. Monetary gift donations are greatly appreciated and all proceeds go directly to the Class of 2013. All gifts are tax deductible. Checks can be made payable to CASA Inc., 64 Putnam Street, Winthrop, MA 02152. Gift certificates or gifts for the students may also be dropped off at this location. For more information contact Karen Perrin at 617-642-0017. Thank you in advance for your support & generosity!

WHS alumni Michael Guarnera is featured in HOW SWEET IT IS, a musical comedy feature film about a down on his luck Broadway show producer in trouble with the mob. Starring Joe Piscopo, (SNL), the film also stars Erika Christensen (Parenthood), Michael Pare’ (Eddie and The Cruisers) and Paul Sorvino (GoodFellas). For the lead in the musical within the movie, newcomer Erich Bergen (from Broadway’s hit show Jersey Boys) portrays the undercover FBI agent sent to expose the mob’s dealings. Directed by Brian Herzlinger (“My Date with Drew”), HOW SWEET IT IS will be released by E-T Pictures and open on May 10, 2013 in New York, New Jersey, and Los Angeles before expanding into other cities. We are so proud of Michael and his accomplishments!!

3rd Grade student Mia Martucci helped raise $3,270.54 for Coins For Cure. From March 4th through April 12th, cans were placed at the William P. Gorman School and the Arthur T. Cummings School and the students and staff donated change for the cause. Coins for Cure benefits Boston Children’s Hospital.

WMS music teacher Amy Limina was recognized by the Music Matters Committee for her outstanding contribution to the music program in Winthrop Public Schools. She received a Maestro Award and was also credited for her role in the two new music programs – the Winthrop Middle School Rock Band and the Winthrop High School Choral Program “The Vocal Vikings”. Thank you Ms. Limina for your dedication to students and music!

WMS art teacher Teresa Dankner was presented an award at the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon for her dedication and willingness to go “above and beyond” for her students and the community. This award was donated by a generous benefactor who was moved by the unselfish and courageous sacrifice of the teachers of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Thank you Ms. Dankner for your dedication to our students and Winthrop Public Schools!

Hats off to all students who participated in the Winthrop Middle School Talent Show on Friday, May 3, 2013. Proceeds went to the 11 Foundation, in memory of Michael Mason. Congratulations to 1st Place winner Shealagh Boyajian (dance); 2nd Place winner Stephen Tracey (singing & musical instrument); 3rd Place winner Kalyani Kortright (singing) and Most Entertaining went to Christian Rodriquez (dance). Great job everyone!

Congratulations to 7th grade student Nichole Reng for her 2nd Place Award in the Suffolk County Arson Awareness Fire Safety Poster Contest. This is the third award for Nichole this month! Nichole does an outstanding job representing the students at Winthrop Middle School!

Congratulations to the Winthrop Middle School April Elks Students of the Month – Grade 6: Jonathan Eberhardt & Ariana Sarro; Grade 7: Maria Perez & Bryce Costin; Grade 8: Meg Mahoney & Serena Page. Keep up the great work!

The Winthrop High School Girl’s Tennis team is having a bake sale on Saturday, May 18th from 9:00AM- 12:00PM at French Square.  (Rain date is Saturday, May 25th).  Come down and support the team!

Tickets on sale for Chamber $10,000 Raffle Saturday

Only 200 raffle tickets are sold for the grand prize of $10,000 cash. Someone will win -- it could be you! Tickets are just $100 each and can be purchased by calling the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce at 617-846-9898 or contacting any Board member: Paul McGee, Christine Millerick, Ernie Hardy, Jim Marr, Toni Ann Cherico, Joe Clark, Richard Honan, Paul Leavy, Mike Nicastro, Brian Perrin, Stephen Quigley, Maryann Russo, Russ Sanford, Ann Vasquez and Marc Wallerce.
The drawing will be Saturday, May 18 at the Cottage Park Yacht Club with reception at 6:30 and dinner at 8:00 pm. Dinners are $30 per person and includes two drinks. Need not be present to win. Call 617-846-9898 for more info.~ This is the Chamber's major fundraiser for the year, with proceeds benefiting the high school scholarship fund, holiday lighting and beautification efforts.

Book, Cookie and Plant Sale at St John's Episcopal Church

The fifth annual Book, Cookie and Plant Sale will bve held at St. John's~once again~on Saturday May 18, 9am to 1pm, St John's will be welcoming shoppers and browsers at 222 Bowdoin Street. There will be all kinds of cookies for sale as well as some gluten-free and some cookies for diabetics.~~~ There will be a wide assortment of plants for gardeners of all skill levels.~ There will be knowledgeable fellow gardeners on hand to offer planting advice and share horticulture tips. Shoppers will find various gift and handcrafted items for the garden, to complement their plant purchases and bring interest to their indoor or outdoor gardens.~~~There will be a sea of books, priced to sell, awaiting shoppers to benefit readers of all interests and ages. The St John's Episcopal Church website is at, where upcoming events and observances are posted in detail.

Town-Wide Yard Sale set for June 8

Winthrop’s 5th annual Town-Wide Yard Sale is scheduled for Saturday, June 8.~ Participants may sign up now at the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce.
By coordinating with fellow residents to hold yard sales at the same time, a larger event is created that will draw in large numbers of shoppers. ~Over 50 homes are expected to participate in this year’s Town-Wide Yard Sale which is sure to attract lots of deal-seekers from all over the region to Winthrop.
Winthrop residents are encouraged to clean out the attic, basement or garage and turn their used items into dollars.
The fee to participate is just $25 which includes a spot on the official map, advertising, internet listing, and balloons delivered to the home that morning.
The deadline to sign-up is May 31, with the Town-Wide Yard Sale taking place June 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine.~ For more information call 617-846-9898 or go to

12th Annual Peace in the Family Day
Games, face painting, food, music and much more!
Saturday, June 22
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Bossom Park- between Bellingham Street and Grove Street in Chelsea
Hosted by: Domestic Violence Task Force serving the communities of Revere, Winthrop, East Boston and Chelsea.

Rabies Clinic
June 29, 2013 9am to 11am
Old DPW Building Across from Library
Cost is $10
No Residency Required
Rain or Shine
Please call Winthrop Health Department at 617-846-1740 with any questions.

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