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From the Desk of the Town Manager- December 19, 2013
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
December 19, 2013

Winthrop Firefighters Local 1070
Santa makes his annual plans with Winthrop Firefighters

Santa Claus has once again contacted the Winthrop Firefighters to make plans for visiting the Town of Winthrop.  On Tuesday, December 24, 2013 (Christmas Eve) Santa will be escorted through the streets of Winthrop by the Winthrop Firefighters.
Rain or snow will not keep Santa from completing this annual tradition, but cars parked illegally or parked on or close to corners can keep Santa from certain streets.  So please, for Santa and his helpers, work with your neighbors in making sure that Santa’s route remains open.  If you are new to Winthrop or have never seen this special procession, do not miss it.  It is truly spectacular event!

Please join us Saturday, December 21st for a
Christmas Skate with Santa
Larsen Rink at the Mike Eruzione Center
Admission: Free with a non-perishable food item
Holiday music
Concession stand will be open

Congratulations to the Winthrop Middle School Students of the Month for November! Grade 6: Jillian Lerner & Maria Tracy; Grade 7: Jared LaViguer & Caroline O’Keefe; Grade 8: Blinere Bytyqi & Julia Driscoll. Great job!
Congratulations to Winthrop Middle School Students of the Month for Citizenship – Julie Forster and Michael Chavis, Grade 6. Keep up the great work!

Thank you to Winthrop Charities for their generous donation of $1000.00 to the Arthur T. Cummings School to purchase toys and warm clothes for students in need. Your generosity is very much appreciated.

24 students (juniors) were inducted into the National Honor Society last Tuesday evening at Winthrop High School. Students are chosen for academic excellence, leadership, character and community service.

Congratulations to the Arthur T. Cummings Writers of the Month for November: Nate Evangelista, Grade3; Sean Montgomery, Grade 4; John Cataldo, Grade 5. Great job!

The Vocal Vikings are having a Holiday Concert on Thursday, December19th at the Winthrop Playhouse at 7:00pm. Please join us and enjoy the musical talent of our students!

WHS Cheerleaders are hosting a “Skate with Santa Night” on Monday, December 23rd from 4:15pm-6:15pm at Larsen Rink at the Michael Eruzione Center. Admission is $10.00 and includes skating, raffles, face-painting, music, a concession stand and pictures with Santa! All proceeds go to the WHS Cheerleaders on their way to Nationals in Walt Disney World, Florida! Please join us in supporting our Lady Vikings. If you are unable to attend, but would like to help them reach their goal, donations can be sent to: WHS Cheer Booster Club, c/o East Boston Savings Bank, 575 Broadway, Revere, MA 02151.

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay is working with our State Representatives and Senators to improve Winthrop Beach. Please visit this link ( to submit your opinions about your beaches!

Flu shots are still available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00-3:00pm in the health office.  Bring all insurance cards. For more information, call 617-846-1852 ext. 1060

The Red Cross is having a blood drive this Saturday morning, December 21st, at the Zenith Lodge.  The hours are 9am-2pm. To make an appointment, call 1-800 Red Cross or go to

Winthrop Youth Lacrosse sign ups end December 30th!! Forms can be downloaded and printed from the website:

Print out all three forms.
Please mail or drop off completed registration forms along with a check payable to Winthrop Youth Lacrosse for $135.00.
Place your child's name on the memo section of the check.
All checks can be mailed to:
Winthrop Youth Lacrosse- 99 Loring Road, Winthrop, MA 02152.
Questions? Contact Rich Cifuni at

Winter Solstice Celebration
Music, Art, Inspiration
December 21, 2013
E.B. Newton Cultural Center
45 Pauline Street

Joy and Peace on Earth Exhibit
at The Clock Tower Gallery
45 Pauline St., 1st Floor
Thurs. 6-8 p.m. Sat. 2-4 p.m. through 1/4/13
Extended Hours Sat. 12/21 2- 7 p.m.
We have items for sale from our local artisans – art work, hand made pottery by Merrill Frank , fabric purses and table runners by Gail Dwyer,calendars by Richard Honan, Sylvia Whiting fine art cards and prints.
Come shop at the gallery!

Winthrop Parks and Recreation presents
New Winter Basketball Program
Presented by Visionary Basketball Group

“VBG” is considered to be one of the top year round athlete development organizations in Massachusetts offering skills programs, camps and clinics.

This 8 week program is for boys and girls in grades K-4 and begins on Saturday, January 11, 2014.
Boys in grades K-1:     9:00 AM – 10:15AM
Girls in grades K-1:    10:15 AM – 11:30AM
~ Boys and girls in grades 2, 3 & 4:    12:00PM – 1:15PM

Program will be held on the following dates:
January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8 and March 1, 8 & 15

Program fee is $105.00 per child.

Register online at  or at the Recreation office located in the rear of the Middle School.  Entry to office is through the office is through the parking lot off of Brookfield Road.  They are the 1st door on the right as you enter the parking lot.  Call 617-846-8243 for more information.

We need to hear from you!
The town of Winthrop and MGH are working together to conduct a community-wide health assessment. If you are a resident of Winthrop or you work in Winthrop, please take about 10 minutes of your time to answer the following questions. Please note, the answers you provide are anonymous.  This means personal identifiers are not linked to your answers in any way.
Over the next two months, we will be talking to residents and collecting data through surveys and meetings. In the spring this data will be reviewed at a community forum where residents will have a chance to help prioritize issues and develop a plan to address them. A final report detailing this plan will be shared with the community in September.
To complete the survey, go to:
and click on the red link for Quality of Life Survey

Thank you in advance for completing the survey and doing your part to make Winthrop a better place to live!

Winthrop Community Blood Drive
Sponsored by the IOOF/Zenith Lodge #42
Saturday, December 21, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Zenith Lodge
196 Winthrop Street
For an appointment please call 1-800 RED CROSS
(733-2767) or visit

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