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From the Desk of the Town Manager- September 26, 2013
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
September 26, 2013

There will be a water/sewer presentation on Monday September 30th at 6:30 at the Winthrop Middle School.  After the presentation, there will a question and answer session.

There is also a water/sewer presentation that will be airing on WCAT beginning Saturday at 5 PM.

Then next week it will be on:

Monday at 2:30 PM

Tuesday at 8 PM

Wednesday at 9 PM

Thursday at 4 PM

Walk To School Day! Celebrate the Gorman Fort Banks Elementary School’s 3rd Annual Walk To School Day on Wednesday, October 9, 2013. Join families of the William P. Gorman Fort Banks community to walk to school from your home or from 3 locations with a large group, with walk leaders. Groups will met at 7:45am and start walking at 7:50am to ensure students arrive at school by the 8:05am start time. Locations are : Public lot on Crest Avenue, public lot on George Street/Winthrop Street, and public parking on Franklin Street, along Veteran’s Field. Parents must accompany students to school. For more information feel free to contact Dawn Sullivan at or

Congratulations to the newly elected Freshman Class Officers – President Madalyn Fainga’a, Vice President Hunter Gillis, Secretary Megan Chavis, Treasurer Gene August and Videographer Elizabeth Carsley.

High school student Mark Tracy will be honored at the Harvard Club for the Harvard Book Award. Principal Eileen Belastock will accompany him to a breakfast on Wed Oct 2, 2013. Congratulations Mark!

High School student Kelley Russo was surprised in her Viking Long Ships class on Tuesday by Channel 7. She had been nominated for the Class Act of the week for her commitment to the Music Matters program. She raised almost $20,000 for the program. Her family, Mr. Macero and Kelly were interviewed. Stay tuned for when it will be shown on Channel 7 news!

High School Student Council held a “Wear Yellow for Childhood Cancer” awareness day on Wednesday. Cancer Awareness days will be held once a month using different color themes. Money raised on these days will be donated to the highlighted charity.

Thank you to Twist N Shake who donated free ice cream cone vouchers to 200 students at the Arthur T. Cummings School who completed all of their summer work! Your generosity and support is appreciated!

The Winthrop Parks Committee
Coughlin Park is the next park scheduled to be renovated.  
Purchase an engraved brick to show your support for renovations and ongoing maintenance of our Town parks. Bricks are being used around the parks as entry ways or pathways.  Trees and receptacles are also available.  Funds raised will go directly into a special fund set up by the Town of Winthrop to help support renovations and maintenance for all of our neighborhood parks.  

Would you like to present a brick as a gift or memorial?  Small keepsake mini replicas of the larger bricks are available.  The 11/2”X 3” or 3”X3” replicas are a great way to present your gift brick especially if your recipient is out of state.  

Checks can be made payable to the Town of Winthrop, write Parks Renovations in the memo section and mail to Parks and Recreation, 151 Pauline Street, Winthrop MA 02152.
For more information or questions, please go to
You can also email the parks committee at or call 617-846-8243.

You’re Invited
Falling Into Place

Sylvia Whiting, Photography & Sean Murray, Oils/Acrylics

The Clock Tower Gallery/Winthrop Cultural Council
45 Pauline StreetEB Newton School

Gallery Hours: Thursdays 6:00–8:00pm, Saturdays 2:00 – 4:00
or by appointment
For more information: 617.539.3951 or

Annual Country Fair
Thursday, November 14 from 7:00-10:00PM
Raffle pull to begin at 8:30pm
St. John the Evangelist School Hall, Lincoln Street
$5.00 entry fee
Includes refreshments and good company
Raffles sold separately on site
Unlimited chance to win, win, win!
Door prizes, split the pot, numerous raffles.
All proceeds benefit the Class of 2015

Speaker of the House Bob DeLeo’s annual Women’s Health Forum will be held on Wednesday, October 2, at the A. T. Cummings School from 6 -8 PM.~ This year’s speakers will be Nancy Williams from the Winthrop Council on Aging; Dr. Marian Hau, an opthmologist from the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center; and the keynote speaker will be Sharman Sacchetti from Fox 25 News.~ Sharman has covered the Whitey Bulger trial and many other major news stories in and around Boston.~ This year we will also have many information tables for attendees to browse and meet providers of health and fitness services.~ Refreshments will be served.

This year’s participants include the American Heart Association, CASA, Championship Physical Therapy, Clean Water Action, Commonwealth Clinical Services, Cummings Physical Therapy, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center,~ the East Boston Y, Dr. Domenick Garibaldi, McGee Chiropractic and Wellness Center, Oceanside Pilates and Yoga, the Winthrop Health Department, Winthrop Senior Center, Survivors by the Sea, Winthrop Commission on Disabilities, Chelsea Revere Winthrop Elder Services, HarborCOV, Elliott Whittier Insurance Services (Don’t Text and Drive), Boston Organics, Walk Boston, and several more.

The Women’s Health Forum is free and open to the public.

2nd Community Harbor Walk Meeting

The Town of Winthrop will host a public meeting on Wednesday, October 2 at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center, 35 Harvard Street, to discuss the engineering, design and permitting of the planned Harbor Walk project, which seeks to transform the old narrow gauge railroad trestle that extends into Winthrop Harbor between Crystal Cove and the Winthrop apartments buildings on Washington Street.
The engineering firm of Parsons Brinkerhoff is conducting final engineering and design tasks on the HarborWalk concept, through a $300,000 grant from the Seaport Advisory Council.
As they continue this work, they are reaching out to the community for public input into the design of the HarborWalk and recommendations on amenities and services the new public space could offer to residents and visitors.
All residents of the community are invited to attend, particularly those who live and work in the Shirley Street, Washington Street, Delby's Corner neighborhood, who will be effected by the planned project.


The Winthrop Health Department will be holding a Flu Clinic on October 9 at the Robert DeLeo Senior Center from 4:00-6:00PM.  Bring your insurance card.  If you have any questions, call the Health Department at 617-846-1740 ext. 1061.

Winthrop Art Association Demonstration Series
Lecture on Italian icon, Emilio Pucci
Featuring Linda Calandra-Porter

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 – 7:30 PM
Clock Tower Gallery (EB Newton School), 45 Pauline Street, Winthrop
Linda Calandra-Porter

Linda Calandra-Porter, Bergen County, NJ resident, fashion artist/sketcher worked at Emilio Pucci/Formfit Rogers, NYC at the peak of the Italian designer’s career.  She studied at Art & Design and Fashion Institute of Technology in NY majoring in art and fashion design.  Linda can easily identify authentic Emilio Pucci items.  She will demonstrate through the use of vintage and current Pucci designs how the use of Pucci’s distinct color palette, design and subtle fabrics created a fashion sensation decades ago. His unique designs and accessories continue to enhance any fashionista’s wardrobe today.  During her lecture~Linda can authenticate Pucci patterns and will demonstrate how to accessorize any outfit with a designer scarf.

Emilio Pucci, Marquis of Barsento Italy, was a Nobleman and Florentine Italian Fashion Designer ( 1914-1992) His unique designs, use of supple and stretch fabrics and geometric patterns were sought after by  women and men including  many celebrities who wanted a unique addition to their wardrobe.  His designs   are timeless, still distinct and vibrant, and worn today.

Come Join us for this exciting event.

All Veteran Service Officers:

The Women Veterans’ Network of the MA Department of Veterans’ Services is hosting their 9th Annual Women Veterans’ Appreciation Day on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at the State House. We are also looking for nominations for the 2013 Outstanding Woman Veteran of the Year. This is a prestigious award that is presented to a woman veteran in your community who military and community service has been extraordinary. Please help us spread the word about this event and I encourage you to nominate a woman veteran you know. Attached is the flyer and nomination form. For additional information visit If you have any questions please reply to this email. Thank you!

Birds of a Feather: Seabirds and Shorebirds
Tuesday October 1st~~ 6:30 p.m to 8:00 pm

Workshop Presenters: Anne-Marie Runfola, Volunteer Program Coordinator, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and~ Matthew Nash, DCR Visitor Services Supervisor.~ Participants will be treated to a slide show of Stellwagen Sanctuary seabirds and local shorebirds, with discussion of identification tips, adaptations, migration patterns, and seasonal occurrence. The audience will learn why these fascinating animals are so important and how they can get involved.~ Children’s craft activities will be offered beginning at 6:30 pm~ for the first ½ hour of the program.

Meet at:~ Robert A. De Leo Senior Center, 35 Harvard Street, Winthrop.~ Co-sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Friends of Belle Isle Marsh, The Friends of Winthrop Beaches.
Appropriate for adults and children accompanied by an adult.

Please check out to see the new fall activities and programs available for registration.  Boys traveling basketball grades 3-8, discounted registration fee until October 18th, Mad Science for grades K-2 at the Gorman Fort Banks and grades 3-5 at the Cummings School, guitar lessons for adults and children grades 3-5 and 6-8, adult conversational Italian, Foxwoods Casino trip, CPR Heart saver classes, the annual Fall Fair and Craft Show, coupon training class and the ever popular ski and snowboarding at Nashoba Valley in Westford, MA.  Check the browse activities section on the website and watch for additional activities to be added soon!

Proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science projects due October 15, 2013 for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community. ~This year, the Winthrop Cultural Council will distribute about $6,280 in grants.
For specific guidelines and complete information on the Winthrop Cultural Council, (a local cultural council of the Massachusetts Cultural Council visit:~ Grant forms are available on-line and are also available at The Clock Tower Gallery – E.B. Newton School & Cultural Center, 45 Pauline St., 1st Floor (Open Thurs. 6-8 p.m., Sat. 2-4 p.m.)
Mail your completed application to Winthrop Cultural Council, 45 Pauline St., #6, Winthrop, MA 02152.~ Like Us on Facebook 617.721.4162

Winthrop, Ma--Coastal Community Citizens will host “A Conversation on Climate Change for Coastal Communities” on Friday, September 27, 2013 at the Robert DeLeo Senior Center in Winthrop, Massachusetts from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Featuring Ellen Douglas, PhD and Massachusetts State Representative Frank Smizik and environmental experts from Harvard Medical School and Refreshments will be served.  Free.
Featured speaker will be Ellen Douglas, PE, PhD, Associate Professor of Hydrology, Hydromorphology, Water Resource Management, School for the Environment, College of Science and Mathematics at University of Massachusetts, Boston
Dr. Douglas’s interests include quantifying the water-related impacts of climate change in the Northeast. In addition to leading ongoing projects worldwide, Dr. Douglas is actively working on communities’ adaptation strategies to climate change in the Northeastern U.S. with a focus on storm water and coastal flooding impacts.
Representative Frank I. Smizik is the Chair of the State House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change. Frank’s comments will include health impacts of climate change.
Environmental experts from Harvard Medical School and will also present at our forum.  Following the presentations, our panel will discuss solutions and initiatives and take questions from the audience. Representative Smizik will moderate.
The event is free and open to the public. The DeLeo Senior Center is located at 35 Harvard St., Winthrop, MA   02152 and is handicapped accessible.
For further information, please contact Suzanne Hitchcock-Bryan at 978-973-5309.

Sign-ups for Cross-Ice and Learn to Skate
At Larsen Rink (Mike Eruzione Center) Lobby
Thursday, October 3rd 5pm-7pm
Programs will start on the weekend of October 12th and 13th.

Learn to Skate will be $100. Learn to skate is 20 weeks on Sunday. Beginners at 9:40AM and advanced at 10:40AM (The price reduced 50% thanks to a Massport Community Grant) Limited amount of starter equipment available on first come basis. Cross-ice will be $450 and will run for 20 weeks on Saturday and Sunday. (Tentative times are Saturday at 8:30am and Sunday at 11:40AM)
All players must register with USA Hockey. USA Hockey registration is free for players born 2007 and under (by under we mean 2007, 2008, 2009, etc).
Application can also be downloaded from our website at
and mailed to
Winthrop Youth Hockey
PO BOX 520032
Winthrop, MA 02152

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.

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 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

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