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From the Desk of the Town Manager- September 5, 2013
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
September 5, 2013

Tomorrow is the first day of school for Winthrop public schools.  
We wish all of our students a happy and successful academic year!

The Clock Tower Gallery
at the E.B. Newton School & Cultural Center
45~Pauline St. 1st Floor
Falling Into Place - Sylvia Whiting (Nature Photography)
and Sean Murray (Oils and Acrylics)
Opening Reception Sunday September 8th 2-5:00 p.m.
Music by Max Whiting and the Musicmakers
Please join us.

French Square Market
The last French Square Market will be held on Wednesday, September 11th 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 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.

Speaker of the House Bob DeLeo will provide transportation for anyone who would like to take part in the BREAST CANCER WALK on Sunday, October 6th.~ The buses will leave Michael’s Mall at 7:45 AM.~ To join Team DeLeo or get more information, please call Anita Flintoff at 617-722-2500.~ Sign-up online at: Please respond by October 1st to reserve your place on the bus.

Speaker of the House Bob DeLeo’s Women’s Health Forum will be held on Wednesday, October 2nd at the Cummings School.~ The keynote speaker will be Sharman Sacchetti from Fox 25 TV.~ The event is free and open to the public.~ Come and get your flu shot, compliments of the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, have your blood pressure checked thanks to Sandy Hurley of Commonwealth Clinical Services, and meet health professionals from the Winthrop area.

The Revere Public Library and FMC Ice Sports has partnered together to present Back to School Family Free Skate at the Cronin Rink 850 Revere Beach Pkwy, Revere on Friday, September 6th from 3:30-5:30pm. ~All children will be provided with a pair of rental skates free of charge to wear during the program. For children's safety helmets are required (bicycle helmets can be used). Adults need to supply their own skates. All children must to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian during this skating event.

The Friends of Belle Isle Marsh and DCR will sponsor the annual Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 6th from 1 to 3 PM at Belle Isle Marsh Reservation.~ Free.~ Live animals, pumpkin decorating, horse-drawn hayrides, live music, more.

Winthrop Little League & Winthrop Senior League Baseball
Registration for the 2014 Season
Saturday & Sunday- September 14 & 15, 2013
Harvey Conference Room, Winthrop Town Hall
Enter through parking lot entrance on Hermon Street

The Neil Shapiro Memorial Committee proudly presents the 3rd Annual Neil Shapiro 5K Walk/Run
Join us on Saturday, September 14 at Deer Island as well come together to raise money for the WHS Drama Department. The 5K walk/Run event begins at 10 a.m., with registration beginning at 8 a.m.
The registration fee is $25 if registered before September 14 and $30 on September 14. Students pay just $10 with a valid school ID.
You can pre-register for the race at or download a form off the website at

Also, on Thursday, September 12, please join us for an evening at Paesan’s in Michael’s Mall, where 20% of the proceeds from the evening (between 6 and 11 p.m.) will benefit the Neil Shapiro 5K Fundraiser. Enjoy dining, drinks and great raffles throughout the evening and make sure to tell your server that you would like to support the Neil Shapiro 5K Fundraiser.
For full event details or information on how to register for the race or other ways to donate, please visit us at

Important information regarding CAPIC’s FY’14 Fuel Assistance Program
Due to federal budget cuts CAPIC will be sending out all fuel assistance applications later than normal this year.  If you applied for the program last year you will be receiving a renewal application between October 1, 2013 & October 15, 2013. New clients should call 617-884-6130 to set up an appointment to apply.

Sponsored by the Medical Reserve Corps.
Saturday, September 7th from 10:00-2:00 at Ingelside Park.

September is Emergency Preparedness month and our Winthrop MRC will have information and demonstrations on Preparing for Hurricane, Blizzards, Evacuation and other emergency's
The Winthrop Fire and Police Departments will have their Emergency Vehicles on display as well as Action Ambulance.
Pet Preparedness and evacuation information and demonstrations will also be available.
If you would like further information on becoming a volunteer member of the Medical Reserve Corps, please contact Jeanne Maggio at the Winthrop Health Dept. at 617-846-1740

There will be a Metropolitan Beaches Commission (MBC) community hearing on Tuesday, September 10 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Robert A. DeLeo Senior Center, located at 35 Harvard Street in Winthrop.  This public hearing will give Winthrop residents an opportunity to share their ideas about how to improve Winthrop Beach, and give the Commission the chance to assess where we are today and where we hope to go in the future.  It will also help the MBC identify and showcase economic development opportunities made possible by public investment in clean water, better beaches and our waterfront neighborhoods and beachfront communities.

Winthrop Playmakers Proud to Announce 75th Season Opener: Godspell

Winthrop, MA — August 26, 2013 —The Winthrop Playmakers are proud to announce their upcoming production of Stephen Schwartz’ much loved musical Godspell!  Opening Friday, September 13th, Godspell is a major achievement for the nonprofit theater organization, as it opens their 75th Season.

A modern retelling of the New Testament parables from The Gospel According to Matthew, Godspell uses modern music with lyrics from traditional hymns to tell the story of the teachings of Jesus Christ.  With well-known songs such as “Day by Day,” “Save the People,” and “All for the Best,” Godspell has been entertaining for decades, and the Winthrop Playmakers are proud to share their modern retelling with audiences this September.

Set in a business conference room, Godspell is directed by Thea Wigglesworth and Music Directed by Mario Cruz.  The production features Jason Hair-Wynn as Jesus and Bobby Imperato as John the Baptist/Judas. They will be joined by an ensemble including Elyse Seltzer, Elena Joyner, Becky Rush, Lauren Amaru, Patricia Vaccaro-Coburn, Andy Porterfield, Michael Lacey, Patrick Harris & Billy Thompson.  Running September 13-22, you can purchase tickets now by visiting our website or by calling 617-539-1175.  Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.

HarborCOV offers services to survivors of domestic violence in Winthrop and other communities. Their major fundraiser, “A Taste of Chelsea”, will be held Monday, September 23rd at the new waterfront park at 99 Marginal Street in Chelsea, near Eastern Salt. Tickets are $35, 10 tickets for $30 each, or $40 at the door. More than thirty vendors will participate this year as we celebrate the 10th annual Taste of Chelsea! For tickets and information, please call Barbara at 617-846-7418 or visit the website . Thanks for your support.

GHOST Lecture/FUNDRAISER for the Deane Winthrop House

S.P.I.R.I.T.S. of New England Paranormal Investigations from Winthrop, will be back for their second annual fundraiser to raise money for needed repairs for the Deane Winthrop House on Saturday, September 14th from 2:00-4:00. Lecture includes a Meet and Greet with the Team, Question and Answer segment, Refreshments (including ghost cookies!), Audio and Video evidence from recent investigations including the Deane Winthrop house, the Fairbanks House (also built in 1637) and the USS CONSTITUTION! The team has also investigated the Winthrop Public Library, a few homes in town and the Winthrop Playmakers! Tours of the House will be after the Lecture and SPIRITS will be doing a private investigation of the DWH that evening. Curious? Please join us at the Lecture!! The Barn can only hold 99 people so NO tickets will be sold at the door! Please call Ellen Macneil at 617-846-0282 for cash and checks or order by PayPal on our website

Tickets are only $10.25 each! Can’t go? Even a $5.00 donation will help with repairs! Hope you can join us!!! Let the SPIRITS move you!!!

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

Yard and Jewelry Sale
Friday September 20 5-9p.m. also offering $6 spaghetti supper and
Saturday September 21 10-3p.m. also offering lunch
Funds to benefit the Winthrop Food Pantry
St. Johns Episcopal Hall, Winthrop

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