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From the Desk of the Town Manager- February 27, 2014
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
February 27, 2014

The Senior Citizen Volunteer Service/Tax Liability Reduction Program allows seniors (over the age of 60) to volunteer their services in exchange for a reduction in their property tax bill. Participants may earn a maximum reduction of $750.00 per fiscal year based on a rate per hour of service that cannot exceed the Commonwealth's minimum wage.
Senior volunteer Tax Program Requirements are:
You must be a tax payer and 60 years of age or older during the tax year when the volunteering is completed and the tax reduction is credited.
To be credited, the volunteer must have an ownership interest and reside in the property year round.
Total reduction will not exceed $750.00.
93 hours must be completed by October 15th of the credited year.
A CORI Release Form must accompany the application.
If you are interested in this program, you can pick-up an application packet at the Senior Center beginning on Wednesday, March 12th. All applications should be returned to the Senior Center and will be accepted until the close of business on Weds. April 16, 2014. Volunteers will be selected by~a lottery drawing which will be on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. If you have any questions regarding this program, please call the Senior Center at: 617-846-8538.

DCR Winthrop Beach Nourishment Project
February 24, 2014 – March 7, 2014

The following work items will begin occurring for the Winthrop Beach project. You can expect to see these activities over the next two weeks.

Install Erosion Controls
Clear and Grub Site
Strip and Screen soil
Construct Truck Entrance from Route 107

Crest Avenue
Site Preparation and Erosion Control
Excavation for parking lot extension

Winthrop Beach
Establish equipment storage area
Construct Beach access at Dolphin Avenue
Begin screening fence installation along seawall
Reconstruct Pearl Avenue revetment
Repair Groin#3 (opposite Wave Way Ave.)
Armor Stone Delivery

Questions or concerns about the project should be directed to DCR Resident Engineer Steve Colometo, at the DCR trailer behind the DCR bathhouse on Winthrop Shore Drive, by visit or phone (617-539-4957) during regular business hours, ~Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.~~ In case of an emergency, contact 911 or DCR’s 24/7 emergency hotline at the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency at 508-820-1428.

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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 27th, 6:00pm in the Hazellet Room.


If you know anyone who walks their children or pets along Winthrop Beach, they should be aware that the black boxes contain a substance that will kill rats.~ Children and pets should stay away from the black boxes.~ Please pass along this important information.~

The Clock Tower Gallery
Closing reception of The Boston Press Photographers Association show!
Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 2-4 p.m.
Award winning Photographs from the Oldest Press and Television Photographers Association in the United States
Featuring:~ Live Chicago Blues with King – Jimmy Feeley, Jerry Driscoll, Mark Loud and Sean Eagan
E.B. Newton School & Cultural Center
45 Pauline St., 1st Floor, Winthrop, MA

Are you interested in healthy eating?
Using the ideas of Joel Fuherman & others
Share ideas and share recipes
Discuss “Eat to Live” and “Disease-Proof Your Child”
Adults and kids welcome

Winthrop Library
2 Metcalf Square
1st Tuesday of every month at 6:00-7:00pm
Next one is Tuesday, March 4th
January – November 2014

This is a lay support group for people who are interested in becoming healthier.
Email Therese at or just come to the library

Support the restoration of Winthrop’s parks and playgrounds!

2nd Annual Family Fun Night
Sponsored by the Winthrop Parks Committee

Saturday March 29th from 4:00-8:00pm
Cottage Park Yacht Club

Tickets $20 in advance/ $25 at the door
Children under 12 free
***entry ticket is also a raffle for Tampa Bay vs Boston on May1st***

Carnival games, face painting, raffles, and MORE!!!


Tickets can be purchased in advanced at
the Parks and Recreation office, 151 Pauline Street, 617-846-8243
or contact the Parks Committee at

Winthrop Youth Hockey is having a fundraiser:
Saturday, April 5th 7:00-12:00pm
Winthrop Yacht Club
$20 a ticket
Dancing and Raffles
Each ticket is entered to win a year tuition for Winthrop Youth Hockey

Overdose Prevention and Reversal
Do you or someone you love struggle with opiate addiction?

Starting Wednesday, March 12
Specialists available for FREE
Narcan training and kits

No appointment needed
Drop in from 7-8 p.m.
DeLeo Senior Center
35 Harvard Street

Program will be offered the second Wednesday of every month
Presented by the Winnisimmett Regional Opioid Collaborative (WROC)
For more information contact Pat Milano at

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