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From the Desk of the Town Manager- May 7, 2014
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
May 7, 2014
Congratulations to the Arthur T. Cummings Writers of the Month for April: Chloe Robson, Rachel Farley and Carolyn Kinsella. Mrs. Letterie’s class won greatest class participation! Excellent work!

Congratulations to Winthrop High School Students of the Term for the third quarter: Holly Benson, Nikolas Beshere, Savaun Carrideo, Ryan Duyon, Joey Fabiano, Carlos Flores-Valle, James Forster III, Jonathan Griffiths, Christine Haskell, Uajda Musaku, Kristi Myftari, Emily Nichols, Jessica Nichols, Orges Alabuku, Devon Pereira, Valentina Ramirez, Kristen Siscamanis, Michael St. Jean and Breaden Sullivan. Keep up the great work!

The 2014-2015 Student Council Executive Board has been elected: President Jessica Vigliotta, Vice President Maura Lanza, Secretary Hunter Gillis, Treasurer Patrick Todisco, Event Coordinator Michael Mazzone, Historian Mackenzie Chiudina, Coordinator Kelty Stafford and Corresponding Secretary Julia Duplin. Congratulations to all!

WHS Juniors Jessica Vigliotta and Michael Mazzone were nominated and attended the Spirit of America Youth Leadership Conference at the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

Congratulations to Arthur T. Cummings students Ryan Kfoury and Sean Montgomery! Ryan is the 3rd place winner in the MWRA Annual Writing Contest and Sean is an Honorable Mention winner. Ryan and Sean are both students in Mrs. Letterie’s class. They will be presented with awards at a ceremony on Friday, May 23rd at MWRA Deer Island Treatment Plant. Great job!

Congratulations to Winthrop Middle School April Elks Students of the Month! Grade 6: Sage D’Amelio and Ryan Parker; Grade 7: Grace Smotrich and Andrew Angulo; Grade 8: Karla Vargus and Owen Kelley. Nice work!

Fifty Winthrop Middle School students, along with Ms. Randall, Mr. Farnsworth, Ms. Hendrickson, Ms. Berry & Ms. DiBattista will be traveling into Boston this weekend to participate in the 20 mile Walk For Hunger. The students have raised over $2,800.00! This is the third year that our 7th and 8th grade students have been part of this worthy cause.

In addition to our Oratory winners in the East Boston Court Law Day Contest, we were just informed that two Winthrop Middle School students were recognized for their writing in the East Boston Court Law Day Essay Competition. Congratulations to Gabrielle Streeter for 2nd Place and Blinere Bytqui for 3rd Place! Great job!

Congratulations to Winthrop Middle School Art Teacher Teresa Dankner for completing the Boston Marathon with a time of 4 hours, 51 minutes. It was Teresa’s first marathon! We are very proud of her! Boston Strong!

WHS Drama Society proudly presents “Little Shop of Horrors”. Performances are May 8, 9th and 10th at Winthrop High School in Fortunato Hall. All shows are at 7:00pm and tickets are sold at the door, $8.00 for students, $10.00 for adults. Do not miss our last production at Winthrop High School as we say good bye to Winthrop High!

WMS Drama is performing “Seventeen” in the State Competition at Bromfield High School in Harvard, MA this Saturday, May 3rd at 10:00am. “Seventeen” is a powerful performance about the Holocaust. WMS Drama Society are defending their Gold Medal from last year’s competition. If you can’t get to Bromfield High this weekend don’t worry, they will be performing their play next Wednesday night at WMS Auditorium at 7:00pm. Break a leg!

The Town is looking for your feedback regarding the Winthrop Ferry.  Please take a few moments to fill out the following survey.  

If you have any questions, you can call 617-846-1852 ext. 1013
Thank you.

Postal Food Drive
Saturday May 10th.~ Please place your unexpired, non-perishable food items outside your front door. ~Your helpful mail person will pick them up and deliver them to the Winthrop Community Food Pantry for you!!~ ~Let’s help make this year’s Postal Food Drive to benefit our local community Food Pantry a huge success!!

Residents of the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts
are cordially invited to
Coffee with U.S. Congresswoman Katherine Clark
Join the Congresswoman to share your ideas, opinions and concerns!
Saturday, May 17th from 10:00am- noon
Robert DeLeo Senior Center, 35 Harvard Street, Winthrop

Cleaning the Bronze Veterans grave markers
Saturday, May 17, 2012 8:00am until noon

Lend a hand and honor those who have given their life in defense of this great Country.  On Saturday, May 17th, we will be cleaning the bronze Veterans grave markers in the Winthrop Cemetery. Come on down to the cemetery on Saturday and show that you care. Bring your children and educate them why we take the time to honor those who gave their life defending the United States of America.
Bring an old knife, a bucket, gloves and maybe a small brush or Richard Honan will have extra tools to hand out.
We will be meeting at the Cemetery entrance at the intersection of River Road, Cross Street and Bowdoin Street. There will be light refreshments, coffee, Dunkin Munchkins, soft drinks and water.

Summer is on its way!  Registration is now available for the Summer Park Program which runs from July 1st through August 15th from 8:30am-1:00pm.  Cost is $299.00 if registered by June 26th and $319.00 after June 26th.  Register online at .  The extended day summer program is available as well and runs June 25th through August 29th from 7:30am- 5:30pm.  Registration is required at the recreation office but you can download the registration packet from the website.  You can also register for summertime field trips, cheerleading camp, Lego camp, soccer camp, Red Sox games and much more.  Call 617-846-8243 for more information.

Winthrop Beach Nourishment Project-
Phase 3 Northern Section

April 28, 2014 – May 9, 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.

Strip and sreen soil
Re-stripe Route 107 and add construction signage
Begin removing material from southern site

Crest Avenue
Install curbing in lot
Pave existing parking lot
Install new wheelchair ramps and crosswalks
Pave portion of Crest Ave directly in front of parking lot
Install signs and stripe lot and roadway
Remove trees

Winthrop Beach
Reconstruct Pearl Avenue revetment
Repair Groin #3 (opposite Wave Way Avenue)
Dismantle Groin #4 (opposite Coral Avenue)
Armor stone delivery
Begin delivery of beach material

The week of May 5 will be the first week that beach material is delivered to Winthrop Beach. The trucking operation will only take place Monday through Friday, 9am -3pm. During these hours, parking along Crest Avenue in Winthrop will be relocated to the new parking lot. After 3 pm, street parking may resume.

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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Board of Directors will be conducting a

The forum presents an opportunity for the residents and public to bring matters to the attention of the elected and appointed officials of the Housing Authority.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 2:00 PM
O’Connell Hall, 9 Golden Drive, Winthrop

The Chairman of the Board of Directors will preside over the forum,
and provide a brief overview of the Authority and its role in providing
safe, affordable housing in compliance with State regulations. The remainder of the meeting will be left in the hands of the public who are encouraged to ask questions.

The NEW Friends of the Library are presenting a BOOK SALE!!

At the Winthrop Public Library, 2 Metcalf Square, Winthrop, Ma 02152

Come out and enjoy our HUGE selection of books, movies, cds, vinyl records, puzzles and more. The sale will be inside and outside of the Library.

Sat May 10th from 10:00am - 5:00pm (we are still looking for volunteers to help as well).

For more information contact the Library Staff at 1-617-846-1703

Book, Cookie and Plant Sale~
Saturday May 17th, 9:00am- 1:00pm
St. John’s Episcopal Church- 222 Bowdoin St.~ (617) 846-2363
Raffle basket, Lots of Books, plenty of plants and many delicious cookies to choose from.

Plastic Pollution Forum
The Friends of Belle Isle Marsh will present a Monday Night Forum on “Plastic Pollution” at the Orient Heights Yacht Club on Monday, May 12th at 7 PM.~~ Michael Rowinsky, the featured speaker, will talk about the devastating impact of plastic on fish and wildlife, and the “plastic soup” that is found in the ocean.~~ He has studied the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” which is composed of non-biodegradable marine litter, including plastic, which floats on ocean currents between Hawaii and the west coast of the United States.~~ Charles Moore, who discovered the Patch in 1997, continues to raise awareness through his environmental organization, the Algalita Marine Research Foundation.
Michael Rowinsky will also discuss his research with Charles Moore at the Algalita Foundation.~~ He graduated from California State University with a B.S. in Marine Biology.~ He teaches Biology, AP Environmental Science, Genetics, Anatomy and Physiology in Connecticut.~ Mike enjoys hunting and fishing, gardening, kayaking, canning, and SCUBA diving.~ He’s a naturalist at the Sherwood Island State Park in Westport.~~ Mike enjoys experimenting with sustainable methods of gardening, such as aquaponics and hydroponics.
The Monday Night Forum is free and open to the public.~ Refreshments will be served.~ For more information, please visit , call 617-846-7418 or email

CAPIC Summer Camp
Mary C. Burke Complex
300 Crescent Ave.
Chelsea, Ma 02150

Camp Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm
Camp Date: June 30th – August 15th

Fees:  $25.00- Registration (non-refundable)
$650.00- Full Summer (7 Weeks)
$150.00- One Week
*All Payments are due on or before June 13th

Documents required:
Physical & Immunization Records (Updated required by Dept. of Health)
Birth Certificate

Contact Info:
Betsy Rodriguez
9 Arlington Street, Chelsea MA 02150
(617) 889-9929 Ext. 207

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

Wednesday, May 14th
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 Seaside Striders 5K Foot Race
The Winthrop Seaside Striders have a promote health and fitness in the Winthrop Community through running and other endurance sports. The race is sponsored by the Point Shirley Athletic Association. All proceeds are donated to Winthrop Parks & Recreation.


Race Details & Online Registration at:
Otherwise, please make checks payable to: Point Shirley Athletic Club.
Mail to: Shane Sherwood, 234 Court Road, Winthrop, MA 02152.
For questions, please email:

Entry Information

$25.00 Pre-Entry Fee
$30.00 Fee day of race
Guaranteed T-Shirt to First 200 Entrants
Number Pick-Up on Race Day, 4:30–6:00 PM at Miller Field

Please see: for a detailed course map

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.

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.

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