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From the Desk of the Town Manager- March 6, 2014
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
March 6, 2014
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A note to Winthrop parents:
In light of the matter concerning allegations of consumption of alcohol by members of our hockey team and possible staff involvement, I hope that parents will take the opportunity to sit down with their children and discuss how important it is to be mindful of one’s actions in certain circumstances. There is a long standing rule that alcohol should not be consumed on town property, and there are laws prohibiting alcohol consumption by minors. Moreover, there is not only a significant risk to one’s well-being, but possible academic sanctions that apply when alcohol is consumed by minors, whether consumed before, during or after school activities, and whether or not it is supervised by adults. Perhaps these unfortunate events give us an opportunity to reflect on these issues and to begin a community dialog on the appropriateness of our behavior in public facilities. I hope you will help us to have that dialog with our children. Thank you.  
-James McKenna
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The following high school students attended the Massachusetts Regional History Day Competition at Winchester High School on Saturday, March 1, 2014 : Gina LoPresti, Michael Mazzone, Abigail Love, Christine Haskell, Carly O’Keefe, Maura Lanza, Annie Mahoney, and Mia Simonetti. The students are all in Mrs. Adams’ Modern U.S. History Class. High school teachers Jen Adams, Mark Dixon, and Maria Flanagan served as judges.
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Congratulations to the WMS February Elks Students of the Month: Olivia Driscoll & Kevin Dorr (grade 6), Ava Bertino and Jared Owen (grade 7) and Jake Polino and Emma Carney (grade 8). Keep up the great work!
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Congratulations to the WHS Girls Varsity Basketball team!  They are competing in the State Tournament for the North Division 3 finals vs. St. Mary's of Lynn on Saturday, March 8th at the Tsongas Arena at 10:30am.  Good luck and go Vikings!
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Congratulations to WMS Viking Valor recipient Joey Giuffre! Great job!
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Congratulations to our Northeastern Hockey League Girls All Stars: Caroline McKinnon, Cat Salvetti, Katie Jeter, and Gretchen Howard. Great job ladies!
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Congratulations to the Boys Varsity Basketball team who played a fantastic game in the State Tournament. Although we did not prevail, it was a great game right down to the wire. We are very proud of our Vikings who had a terrific season!
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Congratulations to Chris Page, NEC Most Valuable Player for Boys’ Ice Hockey. Great job Chris!
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Congratulations to our Lady Bull Dawgs! They are the NEC Conference Champions!
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Congratulations to NEC All Stars for Boys’ Ice Hockey: Chris Page, Stephen Goddard, Pat Todisco, John Orlando, Charlie Page, and Ray Feeley! Great job!
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WHS Drama Society performed “Flyboy” at Hamilton Wenham High School for the High School Drama Guild. They advanced in the Preliminary Round and will compete in the Semi Finals, Saturday, March 15!  Great job!
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Winthrop High School Cheerleaders took 1st Place in the Chelmsford Cheering Competition and will compete at the State Finals next Sunday!  Go Vikings!
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The Arthur T. Cummings School service project “Warm A Heart, Bake for A Heart” was a huge success! Over 100 loaves of homemade bread were donated to the community. They shared bread with the Senior Center, the Winthrop Housing Authority, the Sturgis Street Nursing Home, and local group homes. A special thank you to Mrs. Clancy for organizing this great project!
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New Middle/High School Facade
On Monday, March 17th at 6:00 pm in the Cummings Multipurpose room, there will be a meeting to review the façade of the new Middle/High School Project.  The public is invited to attend and give their input.
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Dalrymple School Housing Applications are now being accepted for elders 62 and older. ~For information, call Jeff Buono at 617-567-7755 or pick up an application at Metro Management Company, 201 Sumner Street, East Boston, near the Maverick Square T station.
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Winthrop’s Got Talent!

Winthrop High School
Friday, March 14th 7:00PM
Doors open at 6:30PM
Admission: $7 for students, $10 for adults

Come see some amazing talent and help support the sophomore and senior classes!
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The Clock Tower Gallery
Revised and Revisited
The Art Work of Destiny Palmer and Stephen Hamilton
Opening Reception:~ March 7, 2014 - 6:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Closing Reception:~ April 11, 2014 6:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Gallery Hours:~ Thurs. 6-8 p.m.~and Sat. 2-4 p.m.
45 Pauline St., 1st Floor
Winthrop, MA
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Friends of Belle Isle Marsh Annual Meeting

Dr. Robert Buchsbaum, Conservation Scientist from the Massachusetts Audubon Society, will be the keynote speaker at the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh Annual Meeting on Sunday, March 9th~from 2 - 4 PM at St. John's Episcopal Church Hall, 222 Bowdoin Street, Winthrop.~ "Denizens of the Cold: The Wintering Waterbirds of the North Shore" will be the subject of Dr. Buchsbaum's remarks.~ The Annual Meeting includes the election of officers, the presentation of the "Good Neighbor Award," and annual reports by President Daniela Foley and Department of Conservation and Recreation Site Supervisor Geoff Wood.

Belle Isle Marsh Reservation is located in Winthrop, Revere and East Boston and is home to hundreds of species of birds, plants, animals and fish.~ The Friends group was formed in 1984 to protect the marsh, primarily through environmental education and annual programs which include a Harvest Festival, Monday Night Forums, Salt Marsh Exploration, a Spring Cleanup and other activities for adults and children. The Reservation is a sanctuary that features walking trails, an observation tower and the Sireen Reinstein Boardwalk that overlooks the marsh.~ The main entrance is located on Bennington Street in East Boston.~ The Reservation now includes a new park and the John Kilmartin Pathway at Short Beach.~ The Pathway leads to an overlook for viewing the skyline and a pedestrian bridge over Belle Isle Creek.

The Annual Meeting is free and open to the public.
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Winthrop Parks and Recreation
Spring Events for Grades 3-5

Floor Hockey
Begins Wednesday, March 19th for 6 weeks from 2:30pm- 3:30pm in the Cummings School Gymnasium. $50.00

Legos Engineering
Begins Friday, April 4 through Friday, May 9th in the Cummings School Mutlipurpose room. Cost is $99.00.

Engineering FUNdamentals with LEGO® Power up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and over 100,000 pieces of LEGO®! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as arch bridges, skyscrapers, motorized cars, and the Battletrack! Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. An experienced instructor will challenge new and returning students to engineer at the next level.

Cummings School Run Club
Join teacher and Coach Warren MacPhail on Fridays beginning May 2nd for 5 weeks from 2:30pm–3:15pm. Cost is $55.00
An introduction to running with drills to correct running form and improve
strength, endurance and possible speed.
Dodge Ball
Begins on Wednesday May 7th for 6 weeks from 2:30pm -3:30pm in the Cummings School Gym.~ Cost is $50.00.

REGISTER ONLINE AT www.winthroprec.com OR AT THE RECREATION OFFICE LOCATED IN THE REAR OF THE MIDDLE SCHOOL.~ CALL 617 846-8243 FOR MORE INFO.
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OPIOID MIsuse & Overdose MEETING:
Data Presentation & Prioritizing Strategies
March 11, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Data presentation will begin at 6:30p.m.

DeLeo Senior Center
35 Harvard Street. Winthrop, Massachusetts 02152.

Town Officials· Law Enforcement· First Responders · Local Residents· Clergy· Youth

an opportunity TO learn what the data suggests about opioid misuse & overdose in Winthrop & Next steps to address the issue

A Community Issue that affects all Residents
Identifying data: Learn what the data has shown us about the opioid issues that Winthrop is facing
Choosing strategies: Share your suggestions on how to decrease opioid misuse & prevent overdoses
Getting involved: Find out more about the regional efforts & how you can get involved

Direct RSVP and questions to Pat Milano for more information at:
Winnisimmett Regional Opioid Collaborative (WROC)
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Cupid Splash
Volunteers are welcome for this year's Cupid Splash which will be held on March 29th at noon on Revere Beach in front of Kelly's Roast Beef.
The Splash is a benefit for Save the Harbor which funds many activities on Winthrop, Revere and Constitution Beaches.
Arrive 30 minutes before the actual plunge. ~We recommend that you bring a big towel or blanket for after the plunge
and be sure to bring supporters to cheer you on!

The splasher who raises the most money will be awarded a round-trip ticket on JetBlue airlines!!

Log on to www.Cupidsplash.com to register for this year’s Cupid Splash, either in South Boston or Revere.

For more information, please call 617-921-4598.
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SENIOR TAX WORK-OFF PROGRAM
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.
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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!!!

ALL FUNDS RAISED WILL BENEFIT POND STREET AND COUGHLIN PLAYGROUND

Tickets can be purchased in advanced at
the Parks and Recreation office, 151 Pauline Street, 617-846-8243
or contact the Parks Committee at WinthropParks@gmail.com
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Winthrop Youth Hockey is having a fundraiser:
PARENTS NIGHT OUT
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
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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 pmilano@town.winthrop.ma.us
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