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From the Desk of the Town Manager- April 17, 2014
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
April 17, 2014

Thought of the week by Town Manager James McKenna:

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
-World Health Organization, 1948

On the Greek island of Ikaria, people live an average of 10 years longer than those throughout Europe and the U.S.  Not only that, but they also have much lower rates of illness, suffer less depression and dementia, and remain physically active into their 90s. In addition to eating well and staying active, Ikarian residents attribute this health success to their strong sense of community. As one of the island's few doctors says, "It's not a 'me' place. It's an 'us' place."  I believe that Winthrop can be an ‘us’ place.  We can do this by taking care of ourselves as well as our family and friends.  Our sense of community stems from our connections with our children and our schools, our churches and synagogues, our local businesses and organizations, and our family, neighbors and friends.  The community benefits as a whole when we care about more than just ourselves.
Happy wishes to all, and to those celebrating Passover and Easter.

27 Playwrights submitted ten minute plays to the B.U. Playwrights’ Theatre Young Playwrights’ Festival. The plays were written as part of the advanced and intermediate drama classes. Three plays from Winthrop High School students were selected to be presented at the festival on April 9th: Kimmy by Julia Tracy, Actions>Words by Emily Kilroy and King for a Day by Julia Ford. Great job!

Congratulations to ATC Writers of the Month for February/March – Grade 4 student Will Lawton and Grade 5 student Jacob Applebee! Excellent! Keep up the great work!

Three middle school students placed in the East Boston Court Law Day Oratory Competition. Congratulations to Jillian Olevitz – 1s Place, Sam Zichella, 2nd Place, and Isabelle Regis, 3rd Place. The students will receive their awards at a ceremony on Wednesday, May 14th at East Boston District Court. Great job!

Congratulations to all of the participants in the first annual 7th Grade Poetry Slam. All of the students did a great job. The winners were Russell Nichols, 1st Place, Faith Hunt, 2nd Place, and Jonathan Applebee, 3rd Place. Excellent work!

Congratulations to our Winthrop athletes who received NEC All Star! Girls Hockey: Gretchen Howard, Caroline McKinnon, Katie Jeter; Girls Basketball: Ashelyne Babb, Kristen Siscamanis; Boys Hockey: Chris Page, Pat Todisco; Swimming: Matt Bruno, Mike Bruno; Gymnastics: Christa Vaccaro, and Boys Basketball: Cody Wasson, Girls Indoor Track: Lexi Vaccaro, Elizabeth Anderson, and Carly O'Keefe, Indoor Track: Christopher Beaudry. Go Vikings!

Congratulations to Anthony “Butchie” Martucci for receiving the NEC Hockey Coach of the Year!

WHS art students have works exhibited in the BU Art Education Thesis Show. Congratulations to Bruna Coelho, Uajda Musaku, Anna Reidister, Casie Brazil, Ali Cummings, Caitlin Flaherty, Christopher Guzman-Ramirez, Pamela Kraja, Anna Limina, Abigail Lawrence, Alexandra August, Michelle La Sala and Felicia Jones. The artwork is on display until April 25, 2014. We also have four students who were accepted and have been attending Saturday Portfolio Preparation classes at Boston University: Caitlin Flaherty, Pamela Kraja, Erica Mietszch and Abigail Lawrence. Very impressive!

Winthrop Beach Nourishment Project
April 14, 2014 – April 25, 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.

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DCR is actively recruiting lifeguards for the beaches and the pools in the metropolitan area. I would appreciate your assistance. We have updated DCR’s webpage and the Lifeguard info is on the front page. See 
or refer people for more information to our DCR Aquatics unit at

Thanks so much. See you at the beach!

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.

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

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!!

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.

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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