Winthrop Town Hall
1 Metcalf Square, Winthrop, MA 02152
ph: 617.846.1852
From the Desk of the Town Manager- January 30, 2014
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
January 30, 2014

Winthrop High School Student Council's Polar Plunge was a success! There were 14 schools, 200 plungers and 50 spectators/volunteers. $5,376.85 was raised for the Special Olympics of Massachusetts!  Great job!

Congratulations to McKayla Norris who took part in Governor Patrick’s Project 351 this past Saturday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day of Community Service as Winthrop Middle School “Ambassador.” McKayla was nominated by her teachers as a student who demonstrates the ideal qualities of leadership and commitment to service to others to take part in this dynamic youth leadership initiative

Congratulations to Ali Ferhani (Grade 7) who finished in 1st Place and Jared Owen who finished in 2nd Place in the WMS Geography Bee. The other Grade 6-8 finalists who competed last Friday included-Emily Childs, Maddison Silverman, Kevin Dorr, Anthony Melchionda, Roberto Carillo, Elliot Frank, Josh Boudrow, and Owen Kelley.

Congratulations to the Winthrop Middle School January Elks Student of the Month: Michael Brooks and Samantha Long (Grade6), Mary Teixeria and Katerina Thano (Grade 7), Gabriella Hinchion and Michael Calla (Grade 8).

The Winthrop Public Library is proud to announce the formation of:
The NEW Friends of the Library
Interested in Volunteering? Want to give back to the Library? Need Community service hours or just a sense of involvement?

Students, Retirees, Parents, all are welcome. Fundraising, Book Sales, Volunteer Opportunities. All these things and more will be discussed at our first meeting. Come and join us as we lay the groundwork and discuss all the things coming in the future.

February 13th, 6:00pm in the Hazellet Room.


The 3rd Annual Music Matters is festival is Saturday, February 15th at 7:00pm at the Winthrop Elks. Featured bands include The Band of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Somerset, Fineline, and Just Kill Me Rico. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by calling 302-468-7421 or email at Come dance, have fun, and support Winthrop’s music programs!

Winthrop Parks & Recreation


Register online at or visit the Rec office located in the rear of the Winthrop middle school.


Tuesday, Feb. 18- Friday, Feb. 21- Full Day Vacation Program
7:30am -6:00pm
Parks & Rec (rear of middle school)
New participants call for special rate!
Monday, Feb. 17         Disney on Ice – Let’s Celebrate
$29.00 pp 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Family event, children must be accompanied by adult.
Tuesday, Feb. 18        Sky Zone – Indoor Trampoline Park
$25.00 pp 9:30am to 12:00pm (waiver required)
Wednesday, Feb. 19 - Skate & Hot Dog Lunch, Larsen Rink
$12.00 pp 11:00am to 1:00pm
(Your own skates required)
Thursday, Feb. 20 - Bowling & Pizza – Town Line in Malden
$20.00 pp 12pm -3pm
Friday, Feb. 21 - Movie Day at Revere Cinema
$20.00 pp – Movie and Time TBA

All bus trips leave from the rear of the middle school.
Call 617 846-8243 for additional information.

A Winter Campfire Festival will be held on Friday, February 14th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at Constitution Beach Bathhouse in East Boston.~ Gather around an evening beachside campfire with park rangers and listen to nature stories.~ Roast marshmallows, ice skate at the indoor rink or make wintry owl crafts.~ Astronomers will be on hand to let you look through their telescopes at the night sky. ~Hosted by the Dept. of Conservation and Recreation, Boston Natural Areas Network, FMC Ice Sports at the Porrazzo Rink, the East Boston YMCA, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh and the Friends of Winthrop Beach.~ For more information, call DCR Park Ranger Enzo at 781-485-2803 x 109.

Metropolitan Beaches Commission Meeting – Saturday, February 1st

In the summer and fall of 2013, the Metropolitan Beaches Commission, in partnership with Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, held 10 public hearings at the Massachusetts State House and in Nahant, Lynn, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy, and Hull about the region's public beaches.~ Nearly 700 people participated in the hearings and scores more took part in an online survey. We invite you to take the survey - just click here.~ Later this year the Commission will issue its final report, but before we do we want to circle back with you to make sure we got it right.
On Saturday, February 1, 2014 the Metropolitan Beaches Commission will hold a public meeting at the UMass Boston Campus Center from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon.~ We invite you to join us.
At that time we will share our preliminary findings and recommendations with all of you who share our hopes, dreams and concerns about the future of these beaches.~ We believe that our region’s public beaches are extraordinary assets with the power to strengthen waterfront neighborhoods and beachfront communities from Nahant to Nantasket.~ P.S. If you are able to attend, please take a moment to RSVP by email to, or by phone to 617-451-2860.

Driving and Parking Directions
The public meeting will take place at UMass Boston, 100 Morrissey Boulevard, Dorchester, MA 02125.~ It will be held in the Campus Center Building in the 3rd floor Ballroom.~ There will be parking available in the South Parking Lot for $6.~ Please note that the parking lot is marked as student parking only, but it is ok to park there for the public meeting. UMass Boston is also accessible by public transportation via the MBTA Red Line’s JFK/UMass stop with a 5 minute shuttle ride to campus.~ For more details click here.

Healthy Eating
Are you interested in eating for health?
Join us to share recipes, share ideas, and stay motivated to eat well.  We will use the ideas of Joel Fuhrman and others.  Discuss “Eat to Live” and “Disease-Proof your child”.  This is a lay support group.  
1st Tuesday of each month from 6:00-7:00pm at the Winthrop Public Library.
Adults, teens and kids welcome!
Email Theresa at or just come to the Library.

Be a Hero for a young Hero.

Student Resource Officer Dawne Armitstead is getting the Winthrop High School student council involved to join her team "Winthrop's Finest" to support the Children's Advocacy Center of Suffolk County. Chief Delehanty will also be climbing and has agreed to provide transportation. You must be 16 or older to participate.

At Children's Advocacy Center of Suffolk County (CAC), we see heroes every day. Each year, over 1,300 children are referred to the CAC to talk about abuse and violence in their lives. Their courage is heroic and they inspire all of us.

By climbing 61 floors to the top of the John Hancock Tower on March 29, 2014, you can be a hero, too!~~Your journey will begin with the challenge of~raising awareness of child abuse, neglect and violence when you ask~family, friends and colleagues to sponsor your Climb. The funds you help raise will support the young heroes that visit the CAC~and their families on their journey of healing.

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 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 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

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.

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