Monday, March 29, 2010

Message from MWRA re: Storm Alert Community Nofitication - 03/29/10


As you are aware, we are in an extended period of high precipitation events. This March will likely achieve the highest monthly flow ever recorded. Current weather forecasts project as much as 3 to 6 inches of rainfall in the greater Boston area through Wednesday morning (with potentially higher amounts to the southwest). This significant additional rainfall will likely cause flooding and sewer and drain overflows in some areas.

Sewer flows and elevations are already high in the MWRA system. All MWRA facilities are operational and staff are prepared to address sewer transport and treatment needs throughout the next few days and to provide as much system relief as possible. To track and address system or local flooding, back-ups or overflows, MWRA has opened its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Chelsea. The telephone number at the EOC is 617-305-5970.

MWRA will continually monitor its sewer flows and elevations. If you need information or data for your local community, or need to report local problems, please call the EOC.

Please be especially aware of potential sanitary sewer overflows, sewer back-ups and flooding in those areas of your system typically affected by large rainfall events and high sewer flows.

Summary updates will be provided on the MWRA website throughout the storm (

posted on behalf of the department of public works by mkaras - director of information technology 3/29/10 at 3:30pm

Saturday, March 27, 2010

FY10 Spring Financial Public Forum held Sat., 3/27/10 @ 5pm @ COA

FY2010 Spring Financial Public Forum

  • Town Manager, James M. McKenna;
  • Finance Director, Michael A. Bertino; and
  • Town Council President, Jeffrey Rosario Turco

Thursday, March 25, 2010


On 7/21/2009, which was one of the first Department Head meetings that New Town Manager, James McKenna held with his Senior Management Team -- this meeting opened with this video of "Leadership." Watching it helped us acknowledge how we define "our" Vision, "our" Qualities, "our" Determination to continue to be our best, and be Strong Leaders for our Community. We hope you enjoy this video and that it empowers you as it has us.
-- mk, dir of it

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Notice of Public Forum this Saturday, March 27, 2010 @ 5pm @ COA

Attn: Winthrop Resident and Business Communities

RE: Spring Public Forum

In accordance with Section 9-12 of the Town of Winthrop’s Home Rule Charter, you are hereby notified that the Town Council will hold a public forum that will primarily focus on budgeting and other spending matters.

Said meeting to be held on:

Saturday, March 27, 2010
5:00 P.M.
at the
Senior Center
Harvard Street
Winthrop, MA

Thursday, March 11, 2010

2010 Motor Vehicle Excise Bills have been Mailed

The Town of Winthrop, Revenue Collections Department has sent out the 2010 Motor Vehicle Excise Tax bills out on March 8, 2010. These bills are dated March 9, 2010 - Due 30 days (on or before April 8, 2010). Interest starts accruing April 9, 2010. These bills can be paid online @

Winthrop man Arraigned on Charges of Statutory Rape - 03/09/10

Attn: All Winthrop Residents

Forwarded on behalf of Chief Terence Delehanty - Winthrop Police Department

Press Office
News Release 10-063

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley
One Bulfinch Place, Boston, MA 02114-2921

Contact: Jake Wark
Office: (617) 619-4206
Mobile: (617) 872-7294
Fax: (617) 619-4210


BOSTON, March 9, 2010—A Winthrop man was held on high bail today following his arraignment on charges that he had sex with a 14-year-old girl and repeatedly sent her explicit text messages via cell phone, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.
SEAN SHANAHAN (D.O.B. 12/4/64) was arraigned today in East Boston District Court on two counts of statutory rape and single counts of enticement of a child and indecent assault and battery on a person 14 or older. His bail was set at $50,000 cash and he was ordered to have no contact with the victim or any minors during the pendency of his case.

Assistant District Attorney Jennifer OKeeffe told the court that Winthrop Police were contacted by members of the victim’s family on Feb. 23 and undertook an investigation that led them from her cell phone to Shanahan’s home.

Prosecutors allege that Shanahan had sexual contact with the victim on at least two dates in February – once inside his residence and once at a different location in the same building. Prosecutors also allege that Shanahan sent dozens of sexually explicit text messages from his cell phone to hers during the same time period.

"Parents have to take note of this extremely disturbing case," Conley said. "If ever there were a reason to stay informed about what your kids are doing and who they’re texting with, this is it."
Shanahan is represented by attorney John Hayes. He will return to court on April 5.

All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.