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From the Desk of the Town Manager- April 10, 2014
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
                                                                        April 10, 2014
WHS teacher Brian Donnelly and high school students Andrew Almeida, Eric Anderson and Eric Keller were acknowledged by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) for their participation and assistance with their project “The Gettysburg Address”. The recitation was a great event for the MCAD because it allowed them to renew the important mission of their agency identified by the legislature – to eradicate discrimination. You can view the production at  Great work!

American Legion Post 146 donated and raised a brand new American Flag in front of Winthrop High School this morning. There was a very nice gathering of military veterans and students from Winthrop High School. American Legion Post 146 has also pledged to supply a new American Flag when the brand new Middle/High School is built. Thank you and God Bless America!

We are now accepting applications for the~Community Garden located at the Senior Center. ~There are 18 4'x4" raised plots and winners are chosen by a lottery drawing.  If your name is chosen, there is a $20.00 fee which goes to maintaining the garden area and water.  Applications are available at the Senior Center.  If you have any questions, call the Senior Center at: 617-846-8538.

The Winthrop Board of Health would like to announce the 2014 Annual Rabies Clinic will be held on Saturday, May 17th from 9am to 11pm at the old DPW Yard off Winthrop Street behind the Methodist Church. Cost is $10.

Camp Fort is back by popular demand!  If you have a student entering kindergarten, first, second or third grade, the perfect program is available to you! The program which runs from July 8th-August 14th, is located right at the school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30-12:30.  The cost for the entire session is $350. An information session will held from 6:30-7:00 followed by registration from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday May 1st in the Gorman Fort Banks School Multi-Purpose Room. Caution: Enrollment will be limited to first registered, first enrolled.

Revised and Revisited:~ Art Work of Destiny Powers and Stephen Hamilton
April 11, 2014 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Performing at the Closing Reception –
King (Chicago Blues with – Jimmy Feeley, Mark Loud, Jerry Driscoll, Sean Eagan, Erik (Hell Train) Shytell)
The Clock Tower Gallery
E.B. Newton School & Cultural Center
45 Pauline St., 1st Fl., Winthrop, MA

Information on Winthrop Shore Drive:

Traffic Advisory: DCR’s Monthly Street Sweeping

Vehicle owners urged to obey “No Parking” signs on designated sweeping days.

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has begun its annual program of monthly street-sweeping along selected roadways in the Boston area to clean those roadways and improve the quality of storm water runoff.~ The program runs from April 1, and will continue through November 30, 2014.

On designated sweeping days, parking is prohibited at various times along marked DCR streets and parkways. “No parking” signs have been installed at specific DCR locations, noting the day and hours that parking is prohibited. State Police will enforce the restrictions, and cars in violation will be towed.

Under the federal Clean Water Act, certain ponds, lakes, streams, and rivers in the Commonwealth have been identified as “impaired,” or polluted. DCR is targeting the sweeping program to roadways where stormwater runoff flows into those impaired waters, which include the Mystic, Charles, Neponset, and Muddy rivers and Boston Harbor.

The street-sweeping program is aimed at enhancing the maintenance and cleanliness of DCR properties, and ensuring that the agency is true to its mission of protecting the state’s natural resources. Last year, DCR collected more than 6,000 cubic yards of debris from the agency’s streets and parkways and took it to a recycling facility where it was converted to compost.

A list of designated streets, and the days and hours they will be swept, is below. The list is also online at For more information, residents can call DCR’s Community Relations department at 617-626-4973.

Spring Craft Fair at St John's Episcopal Church
St John's Episcopal Church is beckoning in a fresh season with its annual Spring Craft Fair on Saturday April~12, 10am-2pm, at 222 Bowdoin Street, in time for Easter shopping.

With over 20 sellers convened, expect to find one-of-a-kind Easter Baskets, home-made candies, jellies and jams, quilted treasures, rag rugs in all shapes, colors and patterns, traditional and handcrafted jewelry, aromatic soaps, greeting cards and photographs by local artists, sports gifts, as well as spring and Easter decor.

St John's will be offering savory~café~lunches available for purchase, including grilled hot dogs to order, and bistro~lobster lunches that include chips and a home-baked triple chocolate brownie.

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Yoga Dance comes to the Winthrop Cultural Center every Tuesday starting on May 6th from 5:00-6:00pm.  First class is free!

Give yourself the gift of movement with Yoga Dance
Yoga Dance is a low impact style of movement fusing yoga postures and self-expression. Combining elements of yoga, breath awareness and grace of movement.

Yoga Dance will help release tension, improve flexibility, balance and coordination. Most of all, Yoga Dance is an invitation to have fun and let go of inhibitions through self-expression

WHEN:  Tuesdays 5:00 - 6:00 pm starting May 6th
WHERE:  E.B. Newton Cultural Center, 1st floor
COST: $8 Drop In or purchase 5 classes for $30 FIRST CLASS IS FREE
INSTRUCTOR: Karen has been practicing yoga for more than 15 years and teaching for 6 years. Through her passion for yoga and love for dance, Karen will inspire you to awaken your inner child in a judgment free zone.

St John's Parish (Episcopal)
(Corner of Bowdoin & Buchanan Streets in Winthrop)
Saturday, April 19th
Easter Egg Decorating & Easter Egg Hunt, 10:00am-12 noon
Easter Eve Potluck Dinner, 7:00pm

March 31, 2014 – April 11, 2014

The following are activities you can expect to see over the next two weeks for the Winthrop Beach Nourishment Project

Crest Avenue – Winthrop
Excavate and install lighting system
Pave parking lot extension and repave existing lot

Winthrop Beach
Remove and reset revetment along seawall
Deliver armor stones
Reconstruct Groin #3

Saugus – Rumney Marsh
Construct truck entrance at Route 107
Strip and Screen soil

We expect to begin trucking sand in late April.  During the week, parking along Crest Ave. will be redirected from 9am to 3pm to the newly expanded municipal parking lot.

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.

Join us on Twitter @MassDCR - Visit

Winthrop Playmakers Announce Upcoming Performance of
Doubt: A Parable

Be a part of something different and join the Winthrop Playmakers as they continue their milestone 75th season with their upcoming production of John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer-Prize winning drama  Doubt: A Parable.

A riveting clash of conscience and conviction turns the stuff of headlines into exquisite, engrossing drama. When she suspects a popular and dedicated priest of misconduct with a student, Sister Aloysius takes matters into her own hands. But doubt thwarts all assumptions in this ambiguous mystery, clouding truth with complexity, and righteousness with remorse.

Doubt is directed by Chris Hagberg with a cast including Anthony Mullin as Father Brendan Flynn, Karen Cavallo as Sister Aloysius Beauvier, Cassandra Meyer as Sister James and Regine Vital as Mrs. Muller.

Running April 4th, 5th, 11th and 12th at 8:00 PM, with a matinee April 6th at 3PM, you can purchase tickets now by visiting our website or by calling 617-539-1175.  Tickets are $17 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.

S.P.I.R.I.T.S. of NEW ENGLAND Paranormal Investigations of Winthrop is proud to be invited to be part of the Paranormal for Paws Expo on Saturday, April 26th from 1-7. This is a fundraiser for 2 dog shelters and you are welcome to bring YOUR dogs along for a visit! It will be held at MasterPeace Dog Training—264 Fisher Street in Franklin, MA 02038 right off 495. Admission is $10.00 OR $5.00 with the donation of some shelter items, food, bedding, puppy pads, etc.  S.P.I.R.I.T.S. will be there with a vendor table and will also be presenting a lecture and slide show of their 2 night investigation of the USS CONSTITUTION which has proven to be very popular!  If you can’t join us but would like to donate even $5.00 to help or any items you can donate to help these dogs, please call S.P.I.R.I.T.S founder, Ellen MacNeil at 617-846-0282, thank you for caring!!

Educatius International is looking for host families in Winthrop! Open your heart and home by inviting an international student into your home. Educatius International is currently accepting host family applications for the September 2014 school year. Educatius is seeking families that want to open their home to an international student. Host families are to provide a warm and supportive home and family environment. Students should become a part of your family. Educatius offers a monthly stipend of $700.00 for each student placed in your home. Each family can host up to 2 students. This can be a positive and rewarding experience for everyone in your family. Hosting a student can provide you with amazing opportunities and lifelong friendships. To learn more and apply to become a host family, please contact Pat Milano at or call 617-733-7073, or Jodi Del Razo at or 617-543-8626.

Saturday, April 12, 2014
8:30AM – 11:30AM
Gorman Fort Banks School

TICKETS – available at Parks and Rec office,
online, Winthrop Pro Shop and Winthrop Book Depot
$8 in advance & $10 at the door

Join us for breakfast, games, music, face painting, egg hunt and fun with your favorite characters.


From Neighbor2Neighbor Fundraiser
Support Winthrop neighbors in need while listening to the award-winning Squeezebox Stompers in a night of folk, blues, Cajun, and Zydeco music. The fundraising event will be held on Saturday, May 3rd from 7-10 PM at the DeLeo Senior Center, 35~Harvard St. in Winthrop. The suggested donation is $10; proceeds from the event support Winthrop’s FromNeighbor2Neighbor organization which provides emergency funds for Winthrop residents facing crisis situations. This fun-filled, all-ages event will include raffle prizes with coffee, tea, soft drinks and desserts available for purchase.~ This program is supported in part by a grant from the Winthrop Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Tickets for the event will be available at the door on the night of the fundraiser as well in advance at the following locations: the DeLeo Senior Center, Simon’s Winthrop Bookstore, and the Winthrop Book Depot.~ For further information, contact Judie Van Kooiman at 617-462-5719 or Mary Lou Osborne at 617-846-8838.

Winthrop Catholic Woman’s Club (WCWC) & Friends of WCWC
4th Annual Charity Bowl
Monday, April 21, 214 at 7:00pm
St. John the Evangelist School Cafeteria
30 Ocean Street, Winthrop

1st Award:     $300.00 STOP & SHOP GIFT CARD
2nd Award:  $200.00 TARGET GIFT CARD
3rd Award:    $100.00 AMEX GIFT CARD
Additional awards, prizes and surprises
Donation:   $5.00 EACH OR 3 FOR $10.00

For tickets, contact Carol at 617-846-7668

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.

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

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!  Last day to buy tickets is Friday, April 18th. No ticket sales at the door.

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.

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