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

Jim McKenna’s thought for the week:
Listen carefully to how a person speaks about other people to you.  This is how they will speak about you to other people.”  -Author Unknown

Winthrop High School was one of 16 Massachusetts schools who attended the Healthy Relationship Summit on Friday, March 14th at Lincoln-Sudbury High School. The emphasis of the Summit was to provide effective strategies to combat dating violence and promote healthy relationships. Students who attended were Ana Aravena, Caitlin Egan, Destiny Hayes, Sabrina Hitaffer, Caitlin Janielis, Molly Janielis, Michelle LaSala, Michael Mazzone, Linadra Reyes, and Sarajean Wright.

The Gorman Fort Banks PTO is sponsoring “Paint Nite” on Friday, April 4th at the Pleasant Park Yacht Club. Proceeds will go to fund the Gorman Fort Banks PTO Technology Grant. Doors open at 6:00pm. Session 1 begins promptly at 6:30pm. Session 2 begins promptly at 8:30pm. Everyone leaves with their own masterpiece! $45.00 per person. There will be light refreshments, cash bar and door prize! If you want to mingle only, $10.00 admission at the door. For tickets and more information contact Mariana Babine at 617-513-3198 or Kristen Buonopane 617-290-3752, or email

Congratulations to the Middle School March Elks Students of the Month: Grade 6, Evan Fantasia and Julie Forster; Grade 7, Patrick Sennott & Adela Hoxhaj and Grade 8, Alyssa Ferrara and Danielle Navarro. Great job – keep up the good work!

Winthrop Public Schools is conducting the annual Preschool Screening for 3 and 4 year old children born prior to June 1, 2011. The screenings will be held April 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th at the William P. Gorman Fort Banks School. The purpose of the screening is to identify those children in need of special education services. Additionally, children who will be 4 years of age prior to September 1, 2014, not identified as a student in need of special education service (s) will be eligible for lottery openings in the integrated preschool program. All students must participate in the screening process to be considered for placement. To schedule an appointment and obtain the required application, please contact the main office at the William P. Gorman Fort Banks School at 617-846-5509, during school hours, 8:00am-2:00pm on or before March 28, 2014. Screenings are held by appointment only.

There will be a public hearing scheduled for Monday, April 7, 2014 from 4:00PM6:00PM (longer if necessary) at the Revere High School Auditorium (101 School Street), which is intended to provide the Mass Gaming Commission with the opportunity to hear comments or concerns relative to the proposal of Mohegan Sun Massachusetts LLC’s to build a casino/resort establishment in Revere, including but not limited to the scope and quality of the gaming area and amenities, the integration of the gaming establishment into the surrounding community and the extent of required mitigation plans and to receive input from members of the public from an impacted community.

If you have any questions regarding the public hearing, please e-mail Commission Ombudsman John Ziemba at call him at 617-979-8423.

Healthy Eating
Are you interested in eating for health?
Join us to share recipes, share ideas, and stay motivated to eat well.  
The next meeting will be Tuesday, April 1st from 6:00-7:00pm at the Winthrop Public Library. Let's talk about "what in the world are we going to do about breakfast?"  This is a lay support group.  
Adults, teens and kids welcome!
Email Theresa at or just come to the Library.

Cradles to Crayons
Project 351 Ambassador for Winthrop, McKayla Norris and the 8th grade Student Council are hosting a clothing drive for Cradles to Crayons. ~Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth to age 12, living in low- income and homeless situations, with the essential items they need to thrive - at home, at school and at play.~~ We will be collecting gently used and new children’s clothing and footwear from newborn sizes through adult medium.~ ~Most needed items are size 0-20 clothes, sneakers, boots, winter and rain jackets.~ New socks and underwear. There will be a donation box set up at the Winthrop Middle School and at the Arthur T. Cummings Elementary School between March 28th and April 10th.~ Thank you in advance for your kindness.

Winthrop Police Explorer Dueling Piano Fundraiser
Friday, May 9 at 7:00pm at Cottage Park Yacht Club
Come out and support the Winthrop Police Explorer’s trip to the National Conference this summer in Bloomington, Indiana.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the police station from Lt. Scarpa or Sgt. Rogers.

Register now for Parks and Recreation’s April Vacation Special Events. Register online at or at the Recreation Office located~in the rear of the middle school!~ You must come to the office to register for extended day. There is limited space so register early.~ Call 617-846-8243 for additional info.

Laserquest– Tues., April~22nd (bring a bag lunch) 11:00am-3:00pm ~~$25.00

Bonkers– Wed., April 23rd- includes pizza lunch, unlimited rides, & maze pass~ 11:15am -4:00pm~~ $30.00
(Send additional money if your child wants to purchase tokens for games)

Franklin Park Zoo -Thursday, April 24th~(bring a bag lunch) 9:00am -3:00pm
$20.00 (ages 2-12) $25.00 (ages 13 & up)

Movies- Friday, April 25th-~Movie and Time TBD ~~$20.00

Extended Day – Tues. through Fri. 4/22-4/25 7:30am - 6:00pm~$40.00 a day

Cottage Park Youth Sailing Fundraiser
Friday, April 11th from 7:00-12:00 at CPYC
Featuring “The Heavyweights”, one of Boston’s premier cover bands
There will also be a DJ, dancing and a 50/50 raffle
Light appetizers and a cash bar

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by emailing: 
or by calling Kim at 617-320-0151 or Amy at 857-277-2146
All proceeds will go to the CPYC Youth Sailing Program.

POW/MIA Memorial Dedication
Saturday, April 26 at 11:00am
Winthrop Town Hall- 1st Floor
One Metcalf Square

The Winthrop High School Lacrosse team is having its second annual Mattress Fundraiser Sale!  All sizes, pillow-top, orthopedic, latex, memory foam and gel beds.  All brand new with factory warranties.  They are quality brand name mattresses.  Free layaway and delivery available.  Cash, checks and credit cards accepted.

Saturday, April 5 at Winthrop High School from 10am-5pm

Those Who Can, For Those In Need will be hosting a
Buffet Dinner and Comedy show FUNdraiser “Uplift Yourself with Laughter” on Saturday, April 26th from 6:00pm to 10:00pm.  This event will be held at Casa Lucia, 61 Lucia Ave in Revere.  There will be great raffles and a 50/50.  This fundraiser will benefit the Winthrop based, grassroots, non-profit organization whose mission is to connect the Boston and North Shore area with community resources and volunteer opportunities in the areas of: services for the elderly, losing a loved one, children, low income and homeless.  Tickets are just $40 and can be purchased at the Winthrop Book Depot, 11 Somerset Ave or Winthrop Market Place, 35 Revere Street.  You can also call Judie VanKooiman at 617-462-5719.  Tickets must be purchased in advance!  No ticket sales at the door.

Beginning March 31st, dogs can be fined by Animal Control if not properly licensed per MGL Chapter 140 Section 137. ~A License Form was included at the bottom of your annual Census this winter. To avoid long lines at our counter, residents are strongly encouraged to mail in the form along with proof of rabies, a check and a self-addressed stamped envelope, and the tag will be mailed back to you. Tags must be purchased before March 31, 2014 to avoid late fees. ~Citizens are encouraged to subscribe to get dog notices via email. Please visit the Town Clerk’s page at: ~
and click on Subscribe To Dog Notices. You will receive a confirmation email and in the future receive emails from the Town Clerk regarding Dog Licensing and Rabies Clinic information.

The Winthrop Art Association’s
Spring Art Festival 2014

Saturday, April 26th from 12:00-6:00PM
Sunday, April 27th from 11:00AM-4:00PM
Reception is Friday, April 25th from 7:00-9:00PM

Original art and original crafts for viewing and for sale.
E.B. Newton Cultural Center
45 Pauline Street
For more information, contact Dawn at 617-846-2644.

The Winthrop Public in conjunction with the Winthrop Council on Aging is proud to present:

Books on Wheels is a program for free book delivery to homebound patrons!
Access our vast collection and obtain obscure titles through Interlibrary loan. Delivery will be on every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 1:30 - 3:30

For more information please contact Library Director Peter Struzziero 1-617-846-1703,

Winthrop Art Association Demonstration
Join us for a Taste of India
Tuesday, April 1st at 7:30pm

We will show you how to wrap a Sari, color a Rangoli, receive a Bindi and more.  Take a slide show trip through “Incredible & Colorful” India.  We will visit Bangalore, the Taj Mahal, At Agra, Jaipur, Deogarh, Udaipur, Varansi and Sarai at Toria.

This demonstration is with Brenda and Tom Curry.
E.B. newton Cultural Center
45 Pauline Street, Winthrop

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.

The Clock Tower Gallery
Revised and Revisited
The Art Work of Destiny Palmer and Stephen Hamilton
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

Cupid Splash
The Annual Cupid Splash to benefit Save the Harbor's programs on area beaches will be held on Saturday, March 29th at noon in front of Kelly's on Revere Beach.~ Splashers from Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop and Constitution Beach will raise money for Save the Harbor's support of free beach activities in metropolitan beaches.~ Wear a funny costume if you wish and come early and enjoy clam chowder from Kelly's.~ Bring a towel and bring friends.~ ~~So don't walk - run to and register today for the Harpoon Helps Cupid Splash.~ For more information, call 617-846-7418.

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

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