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From the Desk of the Town Manager- August 8, 2013
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
                                                                        August 8, 2013

Winthrop’s Biennial Town Election will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.

        The following races will be on the ballot:
        Race                                                    Term                    # of Seats

        Council President                                       For two years           1
        Councilor At-Large                              For four years          1
        School Committee                                For four years          3
        Library Trustee                                 For four years          3       
        Housing Authority                                       For four years          2               
        Housing Authority                                       For four years          1
        Precinct One Councilor                          For four years          1               
        Precinct Three Councilor                                For four years          1
        Precinct Five Councilor                         For four years          1

Nomination papers are now available in the Town Clerk’s Office. Papers must be returned to the Town Clerk’s office no later than September 17th at 4pm. Town-wide offices need at least 150 certified signatures. Precinct races need at least 50 certified signatures. Please return papers to the Clerk’s office as soon as possible to be processed. Please call 617-846-1742 with any questions.

Public Works Project Status Update- August

Walden Street:  
  • New sidewalks and final pavement at Read Street between Lincoln and Main Streets
  • New sidewalks and final pavement on Walden Street between Lincoln and Main Streets
  • Final pavement on Lincoln Street between Read and Walden
  • Final pavement on Short Street and Walden Place
  • Water main and new pavement on Governor’s Drive and Seaview Avenue
Governor’s Drive and Revere Street:  
  • Sidewalk and curbing work at Read Street and Walden Street, August 5- August 30
  • Water main at Governor’s Drive and Seaview Avenue, August 12-August 30
  • Paving at Read, Walden, Lincoln, Governor’s Drive and Seaview Avenue is scheduled to be completed by September 13th.

FEMA is currently re-mapping the Town of Winthrop for a new flood map. Over the past few years, Councilor Craig Mael has been watching this development as it creates an issue for many of Winthrop’s residents.  According to his information, the new flood map review process is underway. It will take some time but in mid to late 2014 the new maps could be in effect.

The real issue for homeowners is the cost of the new insurance, which your mortgage company may require you to obtain.  This can be expensive. According to Mr. Mael’s insurance contacts, if you presently have flood insurance you are grandfathered into the lower rate. If you are placed in a flood zone and you are not covered, the rate can be much higher. The time to react and educate yourself is now.

Reach out immediately to your insurance agent and become involved in this process. The cost can be as much as several thousand per year. Be wise, be aware and get educated today!  For more information, you can visit

Join science teacher Christopher Farnsworth for an evening of star-gazing and looking for the Perseid Meteor Showers on Sunday, August 11th at 8:30 PM.~ Meet at the new parking lot at Short Beach.~ We'll learn how the constellations got their name, why meteor showers at this time of year are called the Perseid Meteor Showers, and we'll identify the stars and constellations in the night sky over Belle Isle Marsh.~ Bring a chair and flashlight and jacket if it's cool.~ Sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh, the Friends of Winthrop Beach, and Save the Harbor.

Craig Mael has challenged all citizens to help the Town by cleaning up the weeds that have grown around sidewalks, curbs and tree's. If you have or are willing to plant the area around the tree's or tree cutouts that are on or near your property and send a picture to Craig, he will give a $25.00 cash award to the best one. The photos need to be submitted by August 31st. The award will be given at the first Town Council Meeting in September. More information will be available on his web site

Winthrop Restaurant Week
August 18-22 & 25-29

The event restaurant-goers have been salivating for is coming! The Winthrop Chamber of Commerce is proud to put on the 2013 “Winthrop Restaurant Week”. Running for two weeks, from Sunday, August 18 through Thursday, August 22 and Sunday, August 25 to Thursday, August 29, diners will enjoy three-course dinner specials for $20.13 at Winthrop’s finest restaurants.
“Our goal in putting on this event is to let patrons know what excellent restaurants Winthrop has to offer,” said Eric Gaynor, executive director of the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce. “Our event will coincide with Boston’s Restaurant Week. However, we believe ours is a much better value with no tolls, ease of parking, friendly service, and excellent food.”
Restaurant Week is an easy and economical way to sample new restaurants and visit old favorites as chefs prepare delectable meals. The three-course prix fixe dinners include an appetizer, entrée, and dessert. This cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion and does not include tax, gratuity, or beverages.
“Winthrop’s dining scene has been getting a lot of attention lately,” said Gaynor. “The town was profiled as a ‘Delicious Destination’ by TV Diner and the Phantom Gourmet has several favorites here.”
“We think that Restaurant Week will be an opportunity for everyone to enjoy what Winthrop has to offer. They will be delighted at the variety of cuisine and the talented chefs we have here.”

Participating in the event are the Winthrop Arms, 130 Grovers Avenue; Café Rossetti’s, 115 Winthrop Shore Drive; D’Parma Ristorante, 467 Shirley Street; Alia Ristorante, 495 Shirley Street; Rustic Table, 503 Shirley Street; Osaka Lucky Garden, 522 Shirley Street; Kasbah, 59 Putnam Street; La Siesta, 70 Woodside Avenue; and Hong Kong Dragon, 68 Woodside Aveneue. Restaurant Week menus will be posted soon.

If you are a veteran, widow or widower, dependent of a veteran
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services
In Partnership with The Greater Boston Food Bank
Will be making a State Veteran’s Distribution
Come receive 20-25 pounds of nutritious produce

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Time: 10:00am-11:00am

Place: Bunker Hill Community College, Wellness Center
Location: 250 New Rutherford Avenue, Boston MA 02120
Right on the MBTA (Orange Line- Community College stop)
Please pre-register by email to: or
Tel: (617)210-5762 no later than Friday August 16, 2013
To register please leave your name with the correct spelling and indicate the number of people in the household including adults, children and seniors 60 and over.  Due to the fact that we are holding several distributions throughout Massachusetts when calling please be sure to state that you will be attending the Boston distribution.

All participants need to bring verification of veteran status DD214 and if married to a veteran a copy of a marriage certificate.

Gorman Fort Banks Elementary School: Kindergarten Social

When: Sunday August 18th 2PM-4PM
Where: Gorman Fort Banks Playground, 101 Kennedy Drive
Come meet your fellow kindergarten families! Representatives from afterschool
programs, Winthrop Parents Network and other local resources will be available for information. Veteran parents can answer questions about drop-off, classrooms, and PTO activities.

Sponsored by the GFB PTO
Like us on Facebook: Fort Banks PTO

Open Mic Night at the Rustic Table
Thursday, August 9th at 9:00pm
503 Shirley Street, Winthrop

Hosted by Jess Santacroce
Come down and play some music or chill for a thirsty Thursday of jammin fun!

Neighbor2Neighbor will sponsor a Pizza Party Fundraiser for the Capobianco-Dalton Family on Sunday, August 25th from 4 – 7 PM at the Robert A. DeLeo Senior Center.~ Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.~~ Tickets are on sale at the Winthrop Book Depot, the Senior Center and Kathy’s Place Youth Center.~ ~Tickets will also be sold at Michael’s Mall on Saturday, August 10th and August 17th from 10 AM to 1 PM.~ Come to the Pizza Party and make a contribution and buy some raffle tickets.~ For more information, please call Judie at 617-462-5719 or Mary Lou at 617-846-8838.

Winthrop Art Association
Fall Day Trip to Mystic, Connecticut
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Cost is $45.00

Mystic Art Association Art Center
Old Mystic Village (many unique shops)
Lunch on your own at the many restaurants in the area
B.F. Clydes Cider Mill (oldest working steam cider mill in the country)

For more information, contact Dawn at 617-846-2644

French Square Market
The next French Square Market will be held on Wednesday, August 14 from 5:00 to 8:00p.m. in French Square.
The event will feature local artists, crafters and vendors selling their goods in French Square, while local musicians perform. There will also be specials offered by local Center area restaurants. So come down next Wednesday, July 17th from 5 to 8 p.m. and enjoy the Center business district on a beautiful summer’s evening.
Some tables and seating will be available, but attendees are encouraged to bring a folding chair and enjoy the atmosphere.
For more information, call the Town Manager’s office and speak to Joseph Domelowicz at 617-846-1078 x1013.

The Viking Pride Foundation
Proudly presents
The Summer Chiller
Winthrop’s biggest party will benefit the new Summer Recreation Center at the Larsen Rink at the Eruzione Center.

Saturday, August 24th
Larsen Rink at the Mike Eruzione Center
70’s to Today’s Music by Guilty Pleasure – 7 piece band!
$30.00 donation

Mark your calendar!~ Local historian Jeremy D'Entremont will talk about "Haunted Lighthouses of New England" on October 21st at the Orient Heights Yacht Club.~ Sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh.

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