A Great Place to Start on Nov 7…hear stories and history of the Squantum School

The Squantum Community Association hosts
An evening with author Rachel Bloom

Wednesday, November 7, 7:00 PM
First Church of Squantum, Fellowship Hall (lower level)
164 Bellevue Rd, Squantum, MA (map)
This is a free event.

Author Rachel Squires Bloom will join us to share stories and history of our own Squantum School, where she is not only a teacher, she is also assistant principal, and an alum! With firsthand knowledge of the school, Rachel set out to find and share the fascinating history of our elementary school, from the first principal, who rowed a boat to and from Squantum, to its most recent, who opened the school’s first full computer lab. We’ll hear some of the history, as well as experiences Rachel gathered from those who learned and worked at the school.

Share your own memories and stories over refreshments following the talk.

Rachel is currently researching and writing a book on the history of Squantum and invites you to connect with her to share your own stories and leads of the people, places, and stories of our seaside peninsula.

About the speaker
Rachel Squires Bloom is a teacher at and alumna of the Squantum School, where she also serves as assistant principal. She has published numerous poems and articles and is the author of A Great Place to Start: History of the Squantum School. She is currently researching and writing a book on the history of Squantum.

About the Squantum Community Association
The Squantum Community Association provides programming that fosters conversation and community with a focus on topics of interest to the Squantum and Quincy communities, highlighting local talent and history.

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Faire For All Seasons, Nov 3 craft fair & lunch

Join The Seaside Gardeners of Squantum for
A Faire For All Seasons
and pick up some fabulous treats!

Saturday, November 3,  10 am – 2 pm
Kennedy Center, 440 East Squantum St., Quincy [map]

Find a great selection of gifts and items for the upcoming holiday season, including crafts, handmade goods, homemade baked goods, and books, as well as items at the Second Hand Rose table.

Enjoy lunch at Pat’s Cafe.

Shop early for the best selection! There is a little something for everyone and plenty of free parking.

Questions?
For more information contact Faire chairperson Peggy Kelly at 617-471-3903.

A beautiful cause
All proceeds benefit garden club community activities such as Squantum School Junior Gardeners, Causeway Beautification Program, Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, Annual Scholarship Fund, Marsh Restoration, and the Blue Star Memorial Program, which honors all men and women (past, present, and future) of the Armed Forces of America.

Learn more about the Seaside Gardeners.

Get ready to vote by Nov 6 – round up of voter information

Time to exercise one of our most precious rights as citizens. Here’s a round up of voter information for the November 6 elections. This year early voting is available between October 22 — November 2. Unlike absentee voting, you don’t need a reason to vote early other than it is more convenient for you. So don’t worry about your work schedule or your childcare schedule…mark your calendars for the date you want to vote. Time to get out and vote, Squantumites!

Where to vote on November 6
Vote in person Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Polls open: 7 AM – 8 PM
Voting location for Squantum Ward 6 residents:
Squantum Elementary School, 50 Huckins Ave [map]
Not from Squantum? Find your voting location here.

You can also vote in advance at early voting locations, by mail, or via an absentee ballot. View early voting options below.

Voter information: who and what are on the Nov 6 ballot
The state Elections Division website provides everything you need to know about voting—including how and where to vote, how to vote early or via absentee ballot, a list of candidates, and a review of the ballot questions. A few highlights from the site:

Your voting options
Vote when and how it is convenient for you—you have the option to cast your ballot at any early voting location in our community October 22 – Nov 2, to vote by mail, or to vote at your designated polling place on Election Day, November 6.

View information on how to vote early on the state elections site.

  • Early voting is available October 22 – November 2: Unlike absentee voting, no reason is required to vote early. So beat the crowds on election day, and put your worries about your work or childcare schedule conflicts aside. The early voting period will begin on October 22 and end on November 2 with extended hours available on Saturday, October 27.
  • Quincy early voting hours and locations (on the City of Quincy site)
    • October 22 to November 2, Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
      at Park and Recreation Department, Richard J. Koch Complex,
      1 Merrymount Parkway, Quincy, MA [map]
    • Extended hours: Saturday, October 27, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
      at North Quincy High School, 316 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA [map]
      (use Hunt Street Entrance)
  • If you choose to vote early by mail, send in your application to receive the ballot by mail.
  • Absentee voting: learn how to apply for absentee voting.

Deadline to register to vote: October 17
The last day to register to vote in the November 6 elections is Wednesday, October 17. Not sure if you are registered? Check your status here.

  • Register to vote online by 11:59 pm on October 17
  • In person: by 8 pm, Quincy City Clerk’s Office, 1305 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA 02169, 617-376-1131 (call to check hours)
  • By mail: registration form must be postmarked by October 17 and mailed to City Hall

Learn new rules for recycling in Quincy

Quincy DPW has mailed out the Fall/Winter 2018 newsletter, which is also posted on the City of Quincy website. It’s full of helpful information, including changes to the recycling program due to increased selectivity on the part of China, the nation that once imported up to 50% of America’s recycling. Learn about the recycling changes, yard waste collection schedule, and snow parking rules in the Fall / Winter newsletter.

We’re a seaside community in Squantum and we love our ocean! Thanks to many of our local residents, those waterways are cleaner today than they were a few decades ago. But increasingly and at a rapid pace – plastics are filling and choking our waterways. The best way to improve your recycling is to consider ways to reduce on the purchasing side. Here’s a round up of Quincy recycling guidelines and some tips to reduce your need to recycle.

View and keep on hand the new guide to recycling in Quincy.

Keep recycling costs down by learning what can and cannot be recycled

China has raised its quality standards for recycled imports and is now highly selective in what items they will accept for recycling. This impacts Quincy by converting what was once a source of income into a service the City needs to pay for. The City is looking for your help by asking everyone to follow the updated guidelines for what items can and cannot be recycled in order to keep contamination down.

Why should you care about contaminated recycling? Quincy pays more for contaminated recycling. Where Quincy once earned revenue for recycled products, the City now pays processing fees for recycling due to the changes in the global recycling market. The city pays an extra penalty fee for the portion of recycling that is contaminated.

You can help fight the rising cost of recycling by carefully adhering to the guidelines outlined in the City’s latest recycling guidelines flyer. Keep it nearby as a handy reference.

A few excerpts from the flyer…

What you can recycle:

  • View the complete list in the flyer
  • Plastics: #1 & #2 plastics only – check the number inside the recycling logo found on all recyclable items.
  • NOTE!: all items must be clean – clean any glass or plastic items must of any food waste prior to recycling or they will be considered contaminated and will not be recycled

A few notable items that you cannot recycle:

  • No plastic bags – instead bring to most grocery stores where you’ll find recycling bins for plastic bags
  • No shredded paper
  • No milk or juice cartons
  • No frozen food boxes
  • No plastic cups, straws, or cutlery, including no fast food drink cups or lids from spots like DD’s, Starbucks, etc.
  • No take-out food plastic containers
  • No prescription (Rx) bottles or caps
  • No styrofoam cups or containers
  • No gift wraps or bags
  • View the complete list in the flyer

Textile recycling bins support school programs

Have old clothing, linens, hats, shoes to recycle? Bring them to the Textile Recycling Bins located at every school yard in the district and support our Parent/Teacher Organizations. Funds generated from the textile recycling program go directly to the PTO for each school and fund such things as computers and supplies. Items accepted include clothing, shoes, drapery, bedding, under garments, small toys and rugs.

By reducing on the consuming end, you can reduce your recycling and save money

You’ve heard it before…Reduce-Reuse-Recycle. The idea is to reduce and reuse and then as a last resort…recycle. Looks like we’re going to face more limitations in that last choice, so the onus is on us to really hone up on the Reduce/Reuse tactics. The best way to improve your recycling is to consider ways to reduce on the purchasing side. A quick search online will yield lots of tips for reducing household waste. Here are a few…

  • Buy reusable containers (shopping bags, water bottles, food wraps)
  • When you microwave food – instead of using plastic wrap to cover a dish, use an inverted plate or bowl, or try reusable food covers
  • Try composting to reduce food waste
  • Buy in bulk where you can to cut down on packaging waste, and save money while you’re at it. Avoid single-serve packaging. Your buying habits will be impacted by your lifestyle. If you’re cooking for one, smaller packing may make more sense to cut down on food waste. If you’re cooking for a group…buy in bulk and make smaller packages as needed using reusable containers. For cleaning and household products – buy in bulk to save cost and reduce packaging.
  • Repair old items – contribute to the local economy by finding a local pro to repair what you have. Likely cheaper than buying new and cuts down on items going to a landfill – including the old item and the packing for the new item.
A few more tips for reducing plastics:

Recycling resources

  • City of Quincy Recycling Program website: get tips on how to recycle special items such as appliances, metal, electronics, and textiles.
  • Comprehensive list of tips on how to get rid of various items from City of Quincy
  • City of Quincy Waste and Recycling website
  • City of Quincy MyQ Portal (create an account, scroll to foot of page and subscribe to City of Quincy email alerts and notifications)

Review of Recycling Changes and news from the Fall/Winter report by City of Quincy Director of DPW John Sullivan, September, 28, 2018

Seaside Gardeners host Annual Plant Sale May 19

Saturday, May 19
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Kennedy Center
440 E. Squantum Street, N. Quincy, MA [map]

The Seaside Gardeners Club of Squantum invite you to the Annual Plant Sale and Luncheon. Come shop a fabulous selection of flowering plants, herbs, succulents, and greens to inspire your garden this season. Select from lush hanging baskets, pretty annuals in an assortment of colors to match your garden color scheme, and beautiful perennials nurtured by garden club members and featured garden centers.

Garden Club members are on hand to provide tips and advice.

Yummy treats at Pat’s Cafe
Don’t miss the delicious selection of home baked goods, including breads, cookies, and pies! Lunch at Pat’s Cafe includes hot dogs, subs, salad and beverages available for purchase.

A beautiful cause
All proceeds benefit garden club community activities, including the Annual Scholarship Fund (the winner is featured in the Fourth of July Parade), Annual Christmas Tree Lighting (with carolers and cocoa), the Causeway Beautification Program (flower beds along the causeway are kept up by the Seaside Gardeners), Kids Gardening Program, Marsh Restoration (a program restoring the marsh for future generations), and the Blue Star Memorial Program, which honors all men and women (past, present, and future) of the Armed Forces of America.

Shop early for the best selection! Credit cards, cash, and checks accepted.

Learn more about the Seaside Gardeners.

 

To Bridge or Not to Bridge…the Long Island question; May 8 community meeting planned

Long Island Bridge, by Bill IlottThis is the question on the minds of many a Squantumite since Mayor Walsh announced his intention to rebuild the bridge to Long Island during his inaugural speech on New Years Day, taking Quincy Mayor Koch and residents by surprise. On May 8, Mayor Koch, City Councilor Bill Harris, and Representative Bruce Ayers will host a informational meeting to review the public safety concerns of the proposed Long Island Bridge construction, what is known about the City of Boston’s plans, and what actions the City of Quincy is taking in opposition to the reconstruction.

The bridge to Long Island was demolished in 2015 following an abrupt closure on October 8, 2014 due to structural failures that left dozens of social services scrambling for alternate locations. The decision to rebuild the bridge is controversial, with many weighing in to propose alternate options, including using waterways to reach the Island, rather than traveling from Boston, through Quincy, and Squantum specifically, to reach the island.

Long Island Bridge Community Meeting
May 8, 6:30 PM
Squantum Elementary School
50 Huckins Avenue, Quincy, MA 02171 [map]
View invitation letter from City Councilor Bill Harris

Boston Mayor Walsh moves ahead with plans to reconstruct the bridge

In recent years, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has expressed uncertainty about the decision to rebuild the bridge, citing issues in raising the estimated $40-$100 million price tag. However, in recent months Walsh has moved solidly forward with a plan to rebuild the bridge and has allocated up to $92 million in funds for the project. He is positioning the rebuilding of the bridge as a necessary component in fighting the opioid epidemic. According to a Patriot Ledger article, the city intends to begin bridge construction in 2019 and complete it within three years.

A Boston Globe article notes that city budget documents announcing the plan state that, “The mayor will also set the stage for planning the comprehensive, long-term recovery campus [on the island] that the city and state desperately need to tackle the opioid crisis.”

Quincy considering options to obstruct construction

In the days and weeks since the New Years’ announcement, Quincy Mayor Tom Koch and other city of Quincy officials have shared their thoughts on alternate proposals for access to the island in addition to demanding a seat at the table as the City of Boston plans the construction of the bridge. To date, aside from a phone call from Walsh to Koch shortly ahead of Walsh’s inaugural announcement, no engagement has occurred. While many agree that social programs are of paramount importance to fighting the opioid crisis, not everyone agrees that a bridge to Long Island is the single solution to providing access to programs and support.

Alternate proposals include using ferry services to and from the island. However, Mayor Walsh has expressed concern that island access via ferry could be disrupted during winter months which could be challenging for a medically vulnerable population.

As the City of Quincy considers options, Mayor Koch and Ward 6 Councilor Bill Harris have proposed a city ordinance that would ban commercial and construction vehicles from roads that lead to Long Island, specifically on the eastern end of Dorchester Street and Moon Island Road. The proposal was introduced to the council last week and protects delivery vehicles for businesses in the area, including the Nickerson VFW Post. Other ideas proposed at the meeting included filing an ordinance giving the Quincy City council final authority over any permits for bridge construction, and subpoenaing Mayor Walsh to testify before the council.

In a Quincy Sun Op Ed on April 19, Quincy councilor-at-large Anne Mahoney shared that she submitted a Massachusetts Public Records Act request to the City of Boston on April 3 for documentation related to the bridge work, including design and engineering costs and proposals, any studies related to ferry service to the island, any meeting minutes related to plans for use of the island, and any environmental studies related to the island and bridge.

Considering ferry service to Long Island

Following the bridge closure in 2014, Representative Bruce Ayers posted an opinion piece in the Patriot Ledger calling for a comprehensive cost-feasibility study to determine the most cost-effective means of transportation to the island. Since that posting, Rep. Ayers has filed legislation calling for a study to be conducted. A hearing was conducted with the Committee on Transportation in January 2018 and the matter has been referred to the committee on House Rules.

Ayers’ 2015 opinion piece noted that the average daily use of the Long Island bridge was approximately 400 vehicles per day and that, according to the MBTA, approximately $3.7 million was spent annually on bus transportation to and from the city services on Long Island prior to the closure of the bridge. At the time of the OpEd, Ayers shared that the estimated cost to construct a pier for Long Island that could handle a ferry service was $2 million, and estimates to operate a daily ferry to and from Long Island were $300,000 to $400,000 per year. As noted, he proposed a study be conducted to determine actual costs.

The next few months are sure to bring more debate. Attend the meeting Tuesday night to learn more about the actions being proposed by the City of Quincy.

Learn more in this news round up (updated May 7, 2018)

Update May 9, 2018: News coverage of the bridge meeting

Explore Quincy’s Rich Cultural Heritage… 4/11 New date

Squaw Rock

Squaw Rock

Join the Squantum Community Association for a chat with historian Bob Damon, who will share highlights from a heritage study he is conducting for the City of Quincy in advance of the Quincy 400 celebrations. Quincy has an incredibly rich stock of historical cultural capital, and Mr. Damon has been taking a closer look at the Quincy buildings, structures, and sites that have been identified as having importance at a national level, including sites in Squantum such as Squaw Rock. Mr. Damon will share with us the details of this exciting project and will lead a discussion about cultural capital, the ‘historical ecosystem,’ and the ways in which we value heritage here in Quincy.

New date: Wednesday, April 11
First Church of Squantum
164 Bellevue Rd, Squantum, MA (map)

Quincy is a city with a long and significant history. That history has been accumulated in layers over the centuries as the city has evolved from a colonial town to a center of American revolutionary thought and action, to a thriving shipbuilding and granite quarrying center, and now into a thriving suburban center. Throughout these eras, diverse groups of people have left a vibrant cultural, economic, and historical legacy, the remains of which can be found in the many physical structures and sites that connect us to these rich layers of the past. Examples include the remains of the Winthrop Iron Furnace, the Adams houses, the granite quarries, remaining structures from the era of the Fore River Shipyard, and the native American sites Moswetuset Hummock and Passanagesset.

Long-term care, management, and use are important parts of the larger heritage ecosystem surrounding any historic asset. By taking a careful look at the current preservation and management contexts of the City’s most prominent sites, we have the opportunity to learn how those sites are doing, what we can do to support them more effectively, and how to support the City’s historic heritage more broadly in the future.

We hope you can join us to learn more about this project.

Get a preview of Bob’s chat in this QATV interview.

About the speaker
Bob Damon is a public historian and independent museum professional. As a former public high school history teacher and non-profit manager, Bob is passionate about the role that historical, cultural and educational institutions play in shaping our understanding of ourselves and of important places in our communities.  His work is focused on historic heritage programming and heritage resource management that integrates museum-based best practices with educational and psychological research about learning, meaning-making, and historical thinking.

Bob is the Director of the History and Visitors Program at the Church of the Presidents, United First Parish Church in Quincy Center, and runs The PastWorks, a consulting firm working with clients inside and outside of the traditional museum field who are passionate about their histories and cultural assets.

About the Squantum Community Association
The Squantum Community Association provides programming that fosters conversation and community with a focus on topics of interest to the Squantum and Quincy communities, highlighting local talent and history.

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Holiday toy drive…contact Bruce Ayers

Santa with toysShare the joy of the season with tots and families in need of a helping hand. Donate a toy to the annual Holiday Toy Drive sponsored by Representative Bruce Ayers who works with groups across the community. As you are out and about making your holiday purchases consider picking up a toy for a child in need right in our own community.

Contact Bruce

Do you know of a Squantum or Quincy family who could benefit from the program this holiday? To donate a toy or to provide the address and phone number of a family who could benefit from the program contact Bruce by email or
call him at (617) 328-0102.

Thanks for your help in making the holidays bright for every child!

 

Get your twinkle on! Tree lighting and festivities

Santa Squantum Tree Lighting 2016Time to pack away the shorts and dig out your scarves and hats, Squantumites…those balmy breezes have finally given way to crisp morning air! And just in time for us to kick off the season. From parachuting Santa and elves, to sing alongs, and two tree lightings…it’s time to get your twinkle on peeps! Here’s a roundup of Quincy and Squantum holiday festivities over Thanksgiving weekend. After you recover from the Turkey Trot and the feast…head out with your friends and fam to celebrate the warmth of the season.

Squantum Tree Lighting
Sunday, November 26, 2017
4:30 pm

Gilbert Memorial Park, at the intersection of Huckins Avenue and East Squantum Street

Join the festivities as we kick off the holiday season with the annual Tree Lighting following the Quincy Christmas Parade. Head over to the triangle at Gilbert Memorial Park and join your neighbors for hot cocoa and delicious cookies provided by the Seaside Gardeners of Squantum. Join in on the carol singing as we welcome Santa Claus who will do the honors of lighting up the tree! Hope to see you and the whole family there!

Quincy holiday festivities 

Quincy tree lighting celebration (note new location this year)
Friday, November 24, 5 pm-7 pm
Thomas Crane Public Library lawn, 40 Washington Street, Quincy, MA
Drop off your letters to Santa and enjoy free popcorn, hot chocolate, and candy canes, as well as food trucks food trucks and a gingerbread competition. Enjoy Donna Marie Children’s Puppet Show (5pm), strolling Victorian Christmas Carolers, street performers, and the youthful voices of the Quincy/North Quincy Choir. At approximately at 6:15pm, Mayor Thomas P. Koch will turn on the Christmas lights at the library and throughout Quincy Center to mark the beginning of our holiday season.

City of Quincy Christmas Parade
Sunday, November 26, 12:30 pm-3 pm
Enjoy an old fashioned Christmas parade featuring high school and adult marching bands from around the state, Christmas themed floats, costumed characters, antique vehicles, and Santa in his traditional fire truck ride. The parade route begins at the intersection of Hancock Street and the Walter J. Hannon Parkway, continuing up Hancock Street to North Quincy High School. This is one of the largest parades in the Commonwealth.

Santa and his Elves arrival by parachute – new date
Saturday, December 2 (postponed form November 25) ~ 12:30 pm
Pageant Field,One Merrymount Parkway (up the road from Adams Field), Quincy, MA
Costumed characters from the parade greet children as they await the arrival of Santa Claus and his elves by parachute at Quincy’s unique Christmas tradition. Take a Holiday Wagon Ride with a costumed character.

Please note: In the interest of public safety, all bags and backpacks are subject to public search.

Quincy Holiday Flyer 2017

It’s Turkey Trot time! Support the parade at the Fun Run

Turkey TrotGrab your family and friends and get ready for the big feast with a fun run to support the Squantum July Fourth Parade!

16th Annual Turkey Trot 3 mile Fun Run/Walk
Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 23, 2017, 9:00 am
(Register in advance or day of starting at 8:00 am)
Nickerson Post, 20 Moon Island Road, Squantum MA

Entrance fee:
$20 fee includes long sleeved T-shirt (while supplies last) and refreshments.
$10 fee for ages 15 and under
Make checks payable to: Squantum 4th of July
All proceeds benefit the Squantum Fourth of July Parade.
(Note: chip timing not provided at this fun run. Just a fun run with friends and family.)

How to enter:
Mail a filled out entry form and check to:
Judi Smith, 289 Bellevue Road, Squantum, MA 02171
or
Sign up Thanksgiving morning at the Post starting at 8 am.

Questions? Email Judi