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From the Desk of the Town Manager- June 12, 2014
From the Desk of the Town Manager
The weekly newsletter from James McKenna highlighting some of the positive things happening around town.
June 12, 2014

145 students will receive their high school diploma this evening on Miller Field. Congratulations to the Class of 2014! We are so proud of you and look forward to hearing about you & your accomplishments in the years to come. Well done!

June 9, 2014 – June 20, 2014

The following work items will begin occurring for the Project.
You can expect to see these activities over the next two weeks.

Excavation of material from Bristow Street area of embankment
Temporary restoration of southern site

Winthrop Beach
Dismantle and Repair Groins #4 & #5
Armor Stone Delivery
Delivery and spreading of beach material

Please be advised that the Contractor will be working some Saturdays. Beginning May 31st through June 28th, the Contractor will be working between 8 am and 5 pm strictly on Winthrop Beach and within Rumney Marsh. No trucking will occur during these Saturday work days. These additional work days will allow construction to progress the site work, without interfering with the trucking operation, shortening the schedule in the long run.

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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The Winthrop Police Associations would like to inform and invite everyone to the annual Special Olympics this coming Saturday June 14, 2014 10AM-12PM, at Millers Field. ~At the end of the event the Police Association will be barbecuing for all participants and supporters.

WHS Girls Basketball is hosting an Alumni vs. 2014 Girls’ Basketball team game on Wednesday, June 18th at 7:00pm. This will be the last game played at Holland Gymnasium, Winthrop High School. Alumni participants include NCAA D1 player Johnna Fisher, 2014 NCAA D2 National Champion Courtney Finn and 2011 NCAA D3 Elite & Finalist Katerina Mallios. Please come and support our girls’ basketball program. Go Lady Vikings!

This Sunday!
Annual Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast
Sunday, June 15th 8:00am-12:00pm
Winthrop High School Cafeteria
Donation: $6.00
Proceeds benefit the Winthrop High School Football Program

Summer Solstice Celebration
And Grant Recipient Reception
Open to all
June 21, 2014~~ ~4 – 6 p.m.
Musicians:~ Ralph Tufo and Jacque Dorier
Waterfront CREW Poets
Drum Circle will continue after 6:00 p.m.
Winthrop Cultural Center (E. B. Newton School)
45 Pauline St.
Winthrop, MA 02152

At The Clock Tower Gallery
Middle School Art Show:~Seastruck
Thurs. 6 - 8 p.m. Sat. 2 - p.m.
Last showing:~June 14th

From The Winthrop Playmakers:
The show will go on!

The Winthrop Playmakers has a 76-year tradition of entertaining and enlightening the community through theater. While The Playhouse on Hermon Street is being sold as of mid-June, our mission is not changing. We are preparing to move into our new home in the Winthrop Cultural Center at 45 Pauline Street, where we will be able to work side-by-side with other organizations aimed at enriching lives through the arts, while utilizing other performance venues in Winthrop.

The decision to sell The Playhouse was not an easy one. Since 1973, the building has hosted hundreds of memorable and award-winning performances, and for many of us, it has become a second home. The sale will allow us to continue to produce plays and musicals with the high standards you’ve come to expect over the years, and we look forward to building new memories in our new home.

Our 2014-2015 season is currently under development, so stay tuned for some exciting announcements in the coming weeks and months. Make sure to visit our website at for updates and to sign up for our mailing list, “like” the Winthrop Playmakers page on Facebook, or give us a call at (617) 539-1175.

Thank you for your continued support of the Winthrop Playmakers, and we look forward to many years of quality, live theater that captivates and entertains audiences of all ages.

The Winthrop Playmakers Board of Directors

104th Annual Strawberry Festival
Tuesday, June 17th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. (rain or shine)
$6.00 donation
Includes a fresh Strawberry Shortcake and a tour of The Historic Deane Winthrop House. NO TICKETS at the door. (Please no Pets!) Tickets are available at The Winthrop Chamber of Commerce, Brown's Drug Store or by contacting a member of the Winthrop Improvement & Historical Association.

Looking for a great summer plan for incoming K-3 students? Camp Fort is currently accepting registrations. The fun filled program, located at the Gorman Fort Banks School, received rave reviews last summer and they are sure to again. Camp hours are 8:30am-12:30pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays for $350.00. For more information please call 617-846-5509. All campers must sign up for the program in its entirety.

Viking Pride Foundation proudly presents “The Final Countdown WHS Goes to Valhalla” on Saturday, June 28th at Winthrop High School. Doors open at 7:00pm. Tickets are available at and can also be purchased at Christopher’s Flowers, Fab’s Liquors, and the Law Office of Christos Tsiotos.

Town Manager James McKenna’s office and UMass Boston’s Edward J. Collins Center for Public Management, will jointly host a community forum on the proposed Economic Development Strategic Plan for the Town of Winthrop on Thursday, June 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cummings School multi-purpose room.

Collins Center staff has been working with the Town Manager’s Office and a local volunteer steering committee to develop a strategic economic development plan designed to grow the Winthrop economy and improve the business climate for local businesses.

The purpose of the community meeting is to get feedback and additional perspective from other members of the community in helping to develop a vision for the town’s future and strategies and goals to implement the plan.

The Cummings School PTO is running a clothing drive.
It begins today, June 5th and runs through Saturday, the 14th.  
Look for the clothing drive trailer in the Larsen Rink parking lot.
It will be open daily from 8 to 7:00p.m.

What we accept:
All wearable clothing
Coats & jackets
Accessories like pocketbooks and belts

No heels over 1.5"
No winter boots
No flip flops or gummies

Linens and bedding:
Draperies and curtains
Sheets, bed spreads, throws and pillow cases

Soft, stuffed toys
Small hard toys
No large bulky toys

Everything must be free of wetness, moisture, grease, mold, solvents or food waste.  Please no rugs, carpets, pillows, electric blankets, industrial uniforms, disposable clothing, hospital or medical clothing, and diapers.

Questions? Email Dawn Manning at

Recycling of textiles can help reduce our impact on the planet.

13th Annual Peace in the Family Day
The Domestic Violence Task Force serving the communities of Revere, Chelsea, East Boston and Winthrop will be holding their annual Peace in the Family Day on Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. at the American Legion Post #361, 249 Broadway, Revere, Massachusetts. There will be FREE games, face painting, refreshments, entertainment and more!

The Community Action Programs Inter-City, Inc., (CAPIC) Board of Directors will conduct their 47th annual meeting of the corporation on Thursday, June 26, 2014. The meeting will be held at the principal office of the Corporation located at 100 Everett Avenue, Unit 14, Chelsea, MA. The meeting will begin at noon and the public is invited to attend the business portion of the meeting at which time the 2014-2015 officers will be elected. For more information please contact CAPIC’s Executive Director at 617-884-6130.

Massport will be closing runway 15L/33R for safety area improvements starting June 16, 2014 through July 31, 2014. As you may recall from our presentation on May 6th these improvements are part of a federal Mandate and must be completed by 2015.

Winthrop Fireworks
Winthrop is gearing up for another exciting Fireworks display on the 4th of July.  The 4th of July is about bringing the community together and enjoying summer activities while connecting with others from the community or with those visiting. I am excited to continue the long tradition in Winthrop of bringing families, friends and neighbors together.

The Fireworks display would not be possible without our sponsors, donors and supportive residents.  I hope you will consider making a donation in support of the 4th of July Fireworks.  I know there are many demands on your kindness, but I hope you will consider my request and help make this year’s festivities a well-organized summer celebration for the Town of Winthrop

One hundred percent of the expenses for the Fireworks display depend on donations.  Whatever your budget may be, please know that your efforts are appreciated by the volunteers of the Fireworks Committee, and by the residents who look forward each year to connecting with friends and neighbors at this important annual celebration.  On behalf of the entire committee, I appreciate your consideration of becoming a partner in making this year’s festivities a success.
Thank you for your generosity.
Checks can be mailed to:
Town of Winthrop Fireworks
40 Pauline St.
Winthrop, MA 02152

Paul E. Flanagan
Fireworks Coordinator

The Winthrop Farmers Market at French Square opens for the season, Sunday, June 15 from 11am to 3pm. The market will feature produce from local farms, craft vendors, live music and new for 2014 – food trucks.

The volunteer committee organizing the market has worked throughout the winter to make the 2014 season the biggest and best yet. Dates have been set for the following Sundays: June 15 and 29, July 13 and 27, August 10 and 24 and September 7 and 21.

The June 15 market will feature a wide array of farms and vendors including fresh fruit and vegetables from Massachusetts’ own Silverbrook Farm and Brookford Farm. Matt’s Amazing Smokehouse will be selling locally sourced fish which is smoked the same day in micro-batches. And Winthrop vendors like Merrill Frank Pottery and La Petite Boutique will be selling crafts, clothing, jewelry and accessories. For all the hair cutters, quilters and chefs both professional and amateur, National Sharpening Co. will be on hand to hone your tools. Kids and adults alike can get their faces painted by ZeeBree Art.

Enjoy crèpes from food truck, Benny’s Crepe Café while listening to up and coming singer-songwriter Kyle Davis. Davis is an 18 year old singer from Lexington, Massachusetts, who writes and composes his own songs, ranging from jazz to soul to pop, touching on a variety of topics including love and heartbreak. Davis’ album "Have It All" is a perfect blend of fun tunes and emotional ballads.

The Winthrop Farmer’s Market at French Square Committee continues to pursue 501(c)3 non-profit status, but will operate with the assistance of the Viking Pride Foundation for the remainder of this year. Learn more about the Winthrop Farmers Market at French Square at Keep up to date as they add new vendors by following them on Facebook or Twitter.

The NEW Winthrop Farmers Market is looking for Vendors to support this project. Besides fresh produce and other freshly fashioned products we are looking to add additional vendors to the outdoor flavor. ~~The Market will occur every other Sunday from 11 AM to 3 PM, on 6/15, 6/29, 7/13, 7/27, 8/10, 8/24, 9/7 and 9/21.~ The events will take place in the French Square/Winthrop Center area and will feature live music/entertainment as well as convenient, free parking for vendors and your customers.~ Our table rates start at just $25 per event and decrease to $20 an event for commitments of more than two dates!!

For more information or to make reservations, please contact the Winthrop Farmers Market Committee via email at or by phone at (6170 846-1852 X 1013.

We look forward to hearing from you!!

3rd Annual Winthrop Safe Boating Day
Saturday, June 14th
2014 Honorary Commodore Norman Siefert
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary- Winthrop Flotilla

Recreational Boating Safety activates will feature Coast Guard Boating Safety~Resources, Demonstrations and Marine Safety information.
“Suddenly In Command” Boating Education Course FREE with Complimentary Vessel Safety Check
This easy and convenient two hour Boating Education Course is offered at no cost for recreational boating vessel owners and their crewmembers.
Course is designed for those not generally at the helm, and will help you to be prepared with the basics in case of an emergency.~ You’ll learn about your vessel, and operating principles.

When:~~~~~~~~~~~ Saturday 14 June: 2 sessions available – 9:30 am and 1:30 pm
Where:~~~~~~~~~~~Norman Siefert Ferry Terminal, 707 Shirley Street.
Registration:~ Online in advance at

Have a Courtesy Vessel Safety Check at Your Boat!
USCG Auxiliary~will be conducting Courtesy Vessel Safety Checks at Winthrop Marinas and~town landing ramp.
Every Vessel Safety Check is 100% FREE OF CHARGE and can be conducted at your dock or on your trailer.
Vessel examinations can be scheduled online at~

From the Winthrop Art Association:
Summer Schedule

July 19th “Art In French Square” from 9am to 1pm.
August 16th “Art At Crest Ave Park” from 9am to 1pm (In the Highlands area).
September 6th “Art At The Winthrop Landing” from 9am to 1pm. This date is tentative.

October Day Trip
We will be going to Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT on Sunday October 5th. The cost of this trip will be $58.

Please contact Dawn if you plan to attend any of these dates at 617-846-2644 or

Members giving Art Lessons:
Robert Farris – is offering Oil Painting classes at his Woodend Studio. Call him at 781-593-2122.
Nan Howes – Watercolor classes learn the techniques of the medium. Call her at 617-846-5902.
Dawn Mahoney – Art lessons from the beginning! Learn many mediums. All ages’ welcome. Call her at 617-846-2644. Dawn also teaches art at the Senior Center in Winthrop.

The Clock Tower Gallery Exhibits
Gallery hours: Thursday, 6-8pm and Saturday 2-4pm.
For future exhibits at “The Clock Tower Gallery” in the E.B. Newton Cultural Center, contact Joanne Hillman at

The Book Depot in the Winthrop Center is showcasing local artists. If you are interested, contact Suzanne Martucci, 11 Somerset Ave. Winthrop, 617-846-3099.

American Red Cross
Community Blood Drive
Sponsored by the Winthrop Elks

Thursday, June 19th
Winthrop Elks
191 Washington Street, Winthrop
12:30pm- 5:30pm

For an appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767)
Or visit

6th Annual Winthrop Town Wide Yard Sale
Saturday, June 14th
Over 75 yard sales in 1.6 miles!  To sign up for the Town Wide Yard Sale or to see the official map, go to  The last day to register is June 8th.  You can also stop by the office at 207 Hagman Rd, or register by phone and pay by credit card at 617-846-9898.

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