Monday, July 25, 2011

Winthrop Public School Building Survey

The Winthrop Public Schools will conduct a community survey in regards to our school Rebuilding Process. The survey will begin Monday, July 25th and end on Monday August 8th.  The survey will assist the School Building Committee with which options to explore for the Feasibility Study for Winthrop High School.  In addition, the School Building Committee will conduct two public heargins.  The dates are Thursday, August 11th at 7pm and Tuesday August 16th at 7pm.  Both public hearings will be held in the Harvey Room at Town Hall.


The Town of Winthrop submitted a request to the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) in 2006 for the renovation of Winthrop High School.  The MSBA subsequently voted to invite Winthrop into the MSBA's captial pipeline for a repair project at WHS in Oct 2007.  In recent months the School Building Committee has acknowledged that both the WHS and Winthrop Middle School are in need of major repaire/renovation.  The Town would like to explore the possibility of constructing a Middle-High School complex as opposed to renovating the existing buildings.  In March 2011, a letter was sent to MSBA requesting that Winthrop be allowed to explore the combined Middle-High School options, in addition to renovation, as part of the feasibility scope.  MSBA recently respond to the Town, that in order for us to add this as another option to explore, we must conduct an outreach to gauge community support.  Therefore we ask that you complet the survey on either the town of School website so the Building Committee can gauge our community support.  Please note all we are asking is whether you wish for the committee to explore this option. 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Compost OPEN on Bunker Hill Day - Friday, June 17th

Correction:  The Compost will be OPEN from 9-12 and 3-6 (regular Friday hours) for this Friday, June 17th, 2011 (Bunker Hill Day)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Over 75 Homes in Winthrop to participate in Town-Wide Yard Sale Saturday

WINTHROP, MA – There will be a trove of hidden treasures to be found in Winthrop this Saturday, June 11. With over 75 homes doing yard sales in just 1.6 square miles, bargain-hunters will be able to hit a lot of locations in a short amount of time. The Winthrop Chamber of Commerce’s third annual Town-Wide Yard Sale takes place Saturday, June 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Free maps with all the locations can be picked up at the Winthrop MarketPlace, Woodside Ace Hardware, or the Chamber office. The event is expected to attract people from far and wide to come and experience all the charm that the Winthrop community has to offer. The day of the yard sale, homes will be adorned with balloons making it easy for shoppers to find locations. Some local businesses are offering special discounts that day.


Eric Gaynor
Executive Director
Winthrop Chamber of Commerce

posted on behalf of WCofC by mkaras/MIS

Marina Day celebration in Winthrop this Saturday June 11 10am to 4pm

Marina Day celebration in Winthrop is this Saturday, kicking off the celebration at 10:00 am will be "It's The Music presents Game Shows To Go." Live, fast- paced, family friendly game shows that make you the star! Face painting with ZeeBree Art, wooden boat coloring for the little ones, nautical items for sale, 50/50 raffle, and much more. Come and see what the youth sailing programs use for boats, and meet the folks from Winthrop Yacht Club, Cottage Park Yacht Club, Winthrop High School Sailing Program, and Crystal Cove Marina.

Hours are: Saturday June 11, 10am - 4pm at Town Landing, 707 Shirley Street.

posted by mkaras/mis


For Immediate Release


Tests Showed Coliform Bacteria in Winthrop Water

Our water system recently violated a drinking water standard. Although this incident was not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we did to correct this situation.

We routinely monitor for drinking water contaminants. We took 30 samples to test for the presence of coliform bacteria during the month of April. Two of our samples showed the presence of total coliform bacteria. The standard is that no more than one sample may do so.

What should I do?
You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions.

What does this mean?
This is not an emergency. If it had been you would have been notified within 24 hours. Total coliform bacteria are generally not harmful themselves. Coliforms are bacteria which are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other, potentially-harmful, bacteria may be present. Coliforms were found in more samples than allowed and this was a warning of potential problems.

Usually, coliforms are a sign that there could be a problem with the system’s treatment or distribution system (pipes). Whenever we detect coliform bacteria in any sample, we do follow-up testing to see if other bacteria of greater concern, such E. coli, are present. We did not find any of these bacteria in our subsequent testing.

What is being done?
On April 28, two samples were positive for total coliform, including one sample that was taken from an alternate site. On April 29, six repeat samples were taken to determine if there was an actual problem, and all came back clear of coliform. Therefore, no further action is required.

For more information, please contact Dave Hickey at 617-846-1341 or at Winthrop DPW, 100 Kennedy Drive, Winthrop, MA, 02152.

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place.

Date publicly posted : June 6 , 2011 by DPW
Webposting request on June 8, 2011 by DPW / posted by MIS - MKaras

Thursday, June 2, 2011

June 2011 Council on Aging News Letter

Click Here to download the June 2011 COA News Letter


The Town Hall parking lot will be closed on Friday, 6/3/11 from 7:00am to 11:00am.

Work is being done on the boiler at Town Hall.

Workers and vehicles will be active in that area so the parking lot will be closed off to ensure safety.