Skip Navigation
This table is used for column layout.
Winthrop Town Seal
Welcome to Winthrop, MA
Bottom of Town Seal
Town Council
Town Manager
Planning & Development
About Winthrop
Town Departments
Boards & Committees
School Building Assistance Committee
Links of Interest
Meetings Calendar
Town Charter & Ordinances
Subscribe to News
Follow Winthrop on Twitter
Winthrop Blog
Winthrop Facebook
Pay Your Bills Online
Winthrop Home Page

From the Desk of the Town Manager- January 23, 2014
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
January 23, 2014

WHS Student Council is hosting a Polar Plunge on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 12:00pm to raise money for Special Olympics. This event is open to all students, members of the community, and other schools. You are also invited to the luau immediately following at the Winthrop Yacht Club. We hope you can make it and be “freezin for a reason”! For more information visit the WHS webpage or email

Michael Bruno, a senior on the swimming team, has qualified for the States in the 500 free. Great job!

Jordan Corbett-Frank is the recipient of this year’s Irving Alexander Memorial Trophy. Jordan was recognized by the Rotary Club last Monday. Congratulations Jordan!

Congratulations to the finalists of the Winthrop Middle School Geography Bee who are competing this Friday in the Annual National Geographic Geography Bee. The finalists from Grade 6: Emily Childs, Madison Silverman and Kevin Door; Grade 7: Anthony Melchionda, Ali Ferhani and Jared Owen; Grade 8: Roberto Carillo, Elliot Frank, Josh Boudrow and Owen Kelley. Good luck!

Winthrop High School welcomes Officer Dawn Armistead in her role as School Resource Officer.

Last Friday was “Fun Friday” at the Arthur T. Cummings School. Students wore crazy hats and raised $70.00 for a local animal shelter.

Winthrop Middle School Student Council, 8th grade civics class, and Mrs. Cali’s class have organized a “Thank the Troops” drive. They are collecting items to send to our men and women deployed to Afghanistan. A box has been placed in the lobby of the Middle School for donations. On Fridays students are encouraged to wear RED (Remember Everyone Deployed). God Bless our troops!

Please join us for an evening of Metaphysical Messages with Linnea Star, Psychic Medium, at the Winthrop High School Auditorium on Thursday, February 6, 2014. Complimentary Hors D’oeuvres will be served. Doors open at 5:45pm and the readings/show begins at 6:30pm. $25.00 for adults and $20.00 for students. Please call 617-846-5505 x128 for tickets, or

The DPW is informing all residents of single, two and three family homes that Capital Waste Services will be delivering new 65 gallon recycle bins this week. Each bin is resident specific and engraved with a serial number so please be patient and wait for your bin to arrive. These bins are complimentary of Capital Waste Services and may be used to replace the old smaller bins as soon as they are received.

The Clock Tower Gallery
Boston Professional Photographers Association Award Winning Photos
February 8th through March 1st.~ Opening Reception February 8th 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
E.B. Newton School & Cultural Center, 45 Pauline St., 1st Floor, Winthrop
Gallery Hours:~ Thurs. 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.~ Sat. 2-4 p.m.
THE CLOCK TOWER CAMERA CLUB – Join us for friendly, non-competitive discussions about cameras, taking photographs, and the photographic process.~ The only prerequisite is an interest in photography.~ Meetings are on the first Monday of the month in The Clock Tower Gallery, 45 Pauline Street, Winthrop.~~ For more information, email us at


CAPIC’s VITA Free Tax Preparation Program will be starting on February 3, 2014.
This program offers free tax help for qualified taxpayers.   CAPIC’s trained staff will assist with special credits, such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled.  In addition to free tax preparation, CAPIC also offers free electronic filing (e-filing).
The Program will take place at CAPIC’s Main Office, located at 100 Everett Avenue, Unit 14, Chelsea, on  Mondays and Tuesdays from 4pm-9pm (doors close at 8pm). No appointment necessary.   All clients will be seen on a walk-in basis.
For more information please contact Shelly Thimmer, VITA Program Coordinator, at 617-884-6130, ext. 116.

The Winthrop Chamber of Commerce is holding their 23rd Annual Kick-Off Dinner and Awards Night on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the Hyatt Harborside at Logan Airport. Reception and cocktails at 6:30pm, dinner and the awards ceremony is at 8:00pm. Winthrop Public Schools is pleased to announce the recipients of the Youth Leadership Award are Annie Mahoney and Thomas “Jake” Chiudina. Educational Excellence Award recipients are Bernadette Carsley and Michael Kirby. The Coach of the Year Award goes to Warren MacPhail. Town service award goes to Margaret Larity.  Congratulations to all! Tickets are $45.00 per person and can be purchased online at If you are interested in reserving a table call the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce at 617-846-9898.

The Winthrop Parks Committee has three openings in the committee.  They are also in need of volunteers.  If you are interested or have any questions, you can contact them at:

The Tuesday Night Knitting Club
The Winthrop Public Library is hosting a Knitting Club on the second Tuesday of every month.  This is a new group for knitters and those who want to learn.
The next meeting is February 11th, 2014 from 5-6pm.
The chosen title is Casting Off by~Nicole R. Dickson.
All fiber art crafts are welcome! We have several knitters, a quilter, a crocheter, and someone doing needlepoint. Or just come and discuss this month’s book with us, no craft required.
For more information, visit: Visit or

The Winthrop Library is looking for feedback from teens for a
Teen Advisory Group

Vote for your favorite time for us to host our newly starting Teen Advisory Group! If you’re a teen, and you want to tell us what books, movies, graphic novels, and other materials to buy and what programs you want us to have, you should join and add your voice to how the library should be run.

or visit their Facebook page

An Important Update, & Upcoming General Membership Meeting

We are having an emergency general membership meeting on Thursday, February 6th to discuss the future of the organization. There are no returning board members for the 2014/2015 Season. If you are interested in becoming a board member, or know of someone who would be, please plan on attending this meeting. If there are not, at minimum, 9 members who are committing to be on this board, then we are forced to consider closing the organization. The meeting will begin promptly at 7:00PM. Please feel free to share this message with those you think would be interested in joining.

Winthrop Drum Circle

This adult drum circle will meet the 2nd Monday night of every month from 6:30-8:30 pm. It will be held at the E.B. Newton Cultural Center in the Lyceum Room.

Beginners, intermediates and advanced drummers are welcome and encouraged to join in. We will share and explore rhythms from around the world. Most importantly this is a laid back drum circle where we can come together as one to create beautiful rhythms with our drums and/or handheld percussion instruments.
There will most likely be a few extra drums to try out. Please bring shakers, claves, and other small percussion instruments if you have them. This is a facilitated drum circle by Cathy Stacy.
$5 per person.

You could also add in that if they have any questions to contact me at

Winthrop Town Hall 1 Metcalf Square, Winthrop, MA 02152
Phone: 617.846.1852
Virtual Towns & Schools Website