Letters to the Editor

Superintendent prepares for goodbye


Dear Members of the School Committee,

It is with deep emotions that I submit my letter of resignation to you as Superintendent of Winthrop Public Schools effective, Friday, June 30, 2017.  First and foremost, I want to thank you the School Committee, past and present, for trusting and allowing me the opportunity to serve as Superintendent of Winthrop Public Schools.  It has been a privilege and honor!

To Leadership and staff of Winthrop Public Schools, thank you for Raising the Bar for all our students. Your dedication to our students is witnessed daily by your unselfishness to reach every child.  It was your commitment to our students that allowed the community to believe in the Vision of Winthrop Public Schools and build a new High School/Middle School for all our students so that they could compete in the 21st century.

To the Winthrop Community, thank you for believing in us and making Winthrop Worth It, for our children!

To my central office staff, Patty, Susan, Diane, Beth, Stacy and Michelle:  Thank you for making every day a joy to come to work.  You taught me that no matter what stress I faced daily, that I was never alone and that you folks were always there to lend a hand when needed.  You truly are the unsung heroes of Winthrop Public Schools!

To our Winthrop students:  In the words of Dorothy to the Scarecrow: “I will miss you the Most!” You have been the reason I come to work.  I have enjoyed watching you all grow and look forward to seeing you all prosper in the future.

In Closing, I have been truly blessed these past six years to be a part of a truly remarkable organization and community.  Please note my heart will always be tied to Winthrop.  My home is here.  My wife has a family business here and our kids are here.  During my next chapter in life I intend to be able to enjoy coming home to this wonderful community each day and watch it flourish as I know it will continue to do.  It goes without saying there are many amazing people with which I have worked these past six years.  It will be tough to say goodbye.


John Macero,

Superintendent, Winthrop Public Schools


Committee thanks Kellsey supporters


Dear Editor,

The Committee of “A Night for Kellsey” would like to express our extreme gratitude to all the donors and attendees who made the event last Saturday night a tremendous success.  With your support, we are able to relieve a small portion of the financial burden this family has encountered during Kellsey’s treatment.

To the Allen family and friends, we thank you for sharing this precious family with us.  It was easy for our community to fall in love with them and truly inspiring to witness their bravery and positivity during such a difficult time.

The event was a beautiful display of the power a community can have when all join for a common purpose. We are dubbing Winthrop the little town with a big heart; the love for one of its own is unmatched. Each business, community group, teacher, and resident we approached for support helped in whatever way they could and without hesitation.

We are humbled by the support, both near and far, and we thank you for the opportunity to put the pieces together for an unforgettable night.

Warmest Regards,

Crystal Costantino, Erica Gore, Kelly Anderson, Marissa Ferrara, and Megan Petrola


A Special thank you to:

Adam Gojanovich

Alicia Bourget

Allyson Howell

Amaral & Associates

Anthony Petrola

ASAP Drains

AT Cummings School

Aurelle Russo

Balloon City, Christine Bernstein

Belle Isle Wine & Spirits

Bill Anderson

Brett Willis, Kevin Lyons

Brian Krikorian

Brookline Ice

Carlo’s Catering

Cawthorne Planning & Financial Benefits

Cherie Petrucelli

Chief Paul Flanagan

Chief Terry Delahanty

Children’s Corner Preschool

Chris Ferrara

Chris Shepard

Claire McManus

Corolla Roofing

Cottage Hill Realty

Crossfit Tradewinds

Crystal Cove Marina

Crystal DeMayo

Cummings PTO


Dave Conner

Denise Beshere

Domino’s Pizza East Boston

Eruzione Family Winthrop Charities

Fireside Catering, Bryan Kobelski

FMC Reality & Construction

For Kids Only

Geno DeAngelis

Gorman Fort Banks Family

Gorman Fort Banks PTO

Helco Safety

Hurley Construction & Roofing

Hysnela Marra

Jac’s Cafe

Jenn & Joe Murphy

Jenn Gorman

Joan Elkin

John Hunt

Katie Rodriguez

Kristen Buonopane

Kristina Carter & Cakin’ Daily

Longboards @ Salem

Lovebug Handmade by Kristin Monahan

Mark D’Ambrosio

Mary Bedoya

MBTA Transit Academy

Melissa Giacalone

Melissa Wiles

Metro Driving School

Mike Carrera

Mike Gore

Milano’s Deli

Mr. John Macero

Mrs. Ilene Pearson

MSA Mortgage

Mystic Rugby

Nadine Calla

Norina’s Delectable Delights

On Deck Sports

Paella’s By Antonio

Phil & Marie Hamilton

Rachel Gray & James Clark

Rachel Reznik

Rita Delaney

Robin Bertino

RoloData, Dan Carney

Rotary Club of Belle Isle

RPM Fitness

Senator Joe Boncore

Sheryl Howard

Simon Londono

Speaker DeLeo


Stimpson Movers

Sunday & Jennifer Reth

Survivors by The Sea

Swerve Band

The 11 Foundation

The Bordnaro Family

The Carroll Family

The Flanagan Family

The Ippolito Family

The Meat Market

The Previte Family

The Williams Family

Tino Capobianco

Tom Hankard

Tom Schlichting

Tony & Assunta LaFrazia

Viking Pride Board of Directors

Vincent & Rita Spirito

Webster First Credit Union

Welsh Parker Insurance

WHS Class of 2018

Winthrop Catholic Women’s Charity

Winthrop Country Day, Richelle Flavin

Winthrop Fire Department

Winthrop Golf Club

Winthrop Little League

Winthrop Market Place

Winthrop Police Department

Winthrop Yacht Club

Winthrop Youth Football

Winthrop Youth Hockey

WMS Student Council

Our generous raffle and silent auction donors


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