Opioid Abuse: A Community Conversation Nov 15

Opioid Abuse graphicIn Quincy, like in so many cities and town across our nation, we see and feel the impact of the opioid crisis on a daily basis. Recently we learned that the City of Quincy plans to sue the drug industry for selling drugs knowing the risk of addiction. As noted in a recent Globe article, Quincy became one of the first cities in the country to give the overdose antidote Narcan to its first responders in 2010 and has tripled the size of its drug unit and sponsored a treatment center. Our city of 94,000 has witnessed 163 opioid-related deaths over the past five years. While we read about the crisis in the news every day, we see the impacts across our community, state, and nation. This issue hits us here at home.

On November 15, please join the Squantum Community Association for a conversation about this pervasive public health issue. The SCA has invited a great panel of experts to share their insights into the issues surrounding the origin of the opioid crisis, its impact on the community, and efforts to prevent abuse and to assist those who are addicted. You’ll have a chance to ask questions as we all seek to gain a greater understanding of this issue.

Understanding and Coping with the Issues of Opioid Abuse
A Community Conversation

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm
First Church of Squantum (upper level)
164 Bellevue Rd, Squantum, MA (map)
Refreshments will be served.

Panel

For more information about this event, email the Squantum Community Association.

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Meet At-Large City Council Candidates Nov 1

Join the Squantum Community Association on November 1 to meet the candidates running for three At-Large seats on the Quincy City Council. Come meet the candidates interested in serving our community. At this informal gathering (not a debate) each candidate will share their thoughts in an opening statement and residents will be invited to pose questions. Residents wishing to send questions for the candidates in advance can email the SCA and we will pose them to the candidates on your behalf.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm
First Church of Squantum (upper level)
164 Bellevue Rd, Squantum, MA (map)
Refreshments will be served.

2017 Elections: key dates

  • October 18, Wednesday, 8 pm: Last day and hour to register to vote in November
  • 7  City Election
  • November 7, Tuesday: City election will include ward council and school committee races, polls open 7am to 8 pm

For more information about this event, email or call Louise Grabowski at 617-851-1673.

The candidates for At-Large City Council
The six candidates running for the three At-Large seats are:

News coverage

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In their own words

Noel DiBona (Incumbent)

Margaret Laforest

Nina Liang (Incumbent)

Anne Mahoney

Daniel Raymondi

Stephen Tougas

Talking Safety with Lieutenant Dan

Quincy Police badgePerhaps you’ve read his “Job Well Done” column, maybe you’ve seen him sharing safety tips on QATV…now Lt. Dan wants to hear from you!
Come meet Lieutenant Dan Minton of the Quincy Police Department for a conversation about matters of safety in our community.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 7 pm
First Church of Squantum (lower level)
164 Bellevue Rd, Squantum, MA (map)
Refreshments will be served.

The Quincy Police Crime Prevention Unit would like to hear about any concerns or comments you have about local crime or police matters. Their goal is to enhance the quality of life in our community by working together to address and resolve issues.

For more information
Call Lieutenant Dan Minton 617-745-5719
Or email SCA

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Take a trip down memory lane on the Squantum History Tour, June 11

SCA History Tour 2016

Are you ready for summer, Squantumites? Seems like our weather may be a little unsure! As we embrace these warmer days, the Squantum Community Association invites you to join us for a guided tour of historic spots around our peninsula. We had a great turnout last year and had to turn folks away, so we’re repeating the tour this year with a bit more capacity. Please note that the tour will depart from The Kennedy Center this year.

Saturday, June 11, 2016
Meet at 11:00 AM
Departs at 11:30 AM from the Kennedy Center, 440 E Squantum St, Quincy, MA
Rain or shine.

A rich history
Our seaside community is chock full of wonderful historic sites that hearken back to some fascinating characters and lively times. Squantumite Glen Buscher has assembled a guided tour of spots highlighting the inns and homes that once provided a summer escape for day-trippers and Boston families who arrived by steamboat and traveled by trolley to our beautiful seaside peninsula in the 1700-1900s. As we take this trip down memory lane, Squantum’s street names will come to life as we revisit the spots where one-time Squantumites took respite, including entertainer Lotta Crabtree and Captain James Huckins.

Transportation
We’ll provide bus transportation for the tour. The tour will depart from and return to The Kennedy Center following our touring around Squantum.

Reserve tickets in advance
Visit our EventBrite page to register for the event in advance.
Suggested donation of $10 will be collected at the door. Consideration will be given for families and groups. A limited number of tickets will be available the day of the event.

Reserve your tickets for the tour.

Information
Email us, or text or call Louise at 617-851-1673 with any questions.

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Lotta Crabtree

Lotta Crabtree

Allen's Store at Nickerson Beach

Allen’s Store at Nickerson Beach

 

Meet Ward 6 City Council Candidates March 23

Join the Squantum Community Association on March 23 to meet the candidates running for the Ward 6 seat on the Quincy City Council. Come meet our five neighbors interested in serving our community. At this informal gathering (not a debate) each candidate will share their thoughts in an opening statement and residents will be invited to pose questions. Please also consider sending your questions for the candidates to the SCA in advance and we will pose them to the candidates on your behalf.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 7 pm
First Church of Squantum (lower level)
164 Bellevue Rd, Squantum, MA (map)
Refreshments will be served.

About the special election
The council seat in Ward 6, which covers Squantum, Marina Bay, and parts of North Quincy, is open following the death of Brian McNamee in December. A special preliminary election is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, April 5, which will be followed by the special election on Tuesday, May 3.

For more information about this event, email or call Louise Grabowski at 617-851-1673.

The candidates
All five candidates running in the special election for the Ward 6 city council seat are planning to attend:

News coverage
Candidates set for Ward 6 special election in Quincy
. Patriot Ledger, February 16, 2016

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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Head out for a Squantumite meet and mingle 10/14

I Heart SQU (by Monica Lee / SCA)What a beautiful summer we’ve enjoyed in Squantum! As we head into the fall and enjoy crisper nights, join us in the warmth of our neighbor’s company! Meet and mingle at an informal gathering, enjoy some light refreshments, and celebrate great neighbors and our beautiful seaside community.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 7 pm
First Church of Squantum (lower level)
164 Bellevue Road, Squantum, MA

Discover a new neighbor or group
We’ve invited several Squantumites to share mini stories and updates about groups and activities happening in our neighborhood. We’ll hear from community group hosts, some volunteers with a taste for farm-fresh eats, a neighbor spotlighted for award-winning skills, and from a favorite shop owner and now neighbor who puts a smile on our faces with a friendly “ciao!”

Share your group information
We’d love to hear from you, too! Do you host a community group or activity in Squantum? Come along and let your neighbors know how to participate or join.

We hope to see you there!

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.
To subscribe to event notifications send us a note.

I heart Squantum

Join us at a Squantumite meet and mingle

I Heart SQU (by Monica Lee / SCA)As we head into the holiday season, please join us for a neighbor’s night out! Meet and mingle at an informal gathering, enjoy some light refreshments, and celebrate great neighbors and our beautiful seaside community.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 7 pm
First Church of Squantum
164 Bellevue Road, Squantum, MA

Discover a new neighbor or group
We’ve invited several Squantumites with memorable interests and hobbies to share mini stories and updates about groups and activities happening in our neighborhood. We’ll hear from youth group leaders, activity group hosts, and some fabulous volunteers who gather and energize our neighbors to care for our unique community.

  • Give a pat on the back to members of the Playground Renovation Committee for their fabulous dedication to making a safer play area for the children of Squantum
  • Meet the woman who advocated to make Squaw Rock a part of Quincy, and high-five the volunteers who recently organized a clean up of the area
  • Learn from a neighbor who has a weather station in Squantum!
  • Hear from Julie and Brendan of the Academy of Irish Dance
  • Give a holler to the Squantum Storm coaches
  • and discover and meet folks from many more groups at this informal gathering.

Share your group information
We’d love to hear from you, too! Do you host a community group or activity in Squantum? Come along and let your neighbors know how to participate or join.

We hope to see you there!

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.
To subscribe to event notifications send us a note.

I heart Squantum

First time marchers…the Scoop on Squantum’s Fourth!

Squantum Scoop (Photo: Monica Lee)

Monica Lee and Louise Grabowski

After years of cheering on and photographing the fantabulous Squantum Fourth of July Parade, the Squantum Scoop got an inside glimpse with our first parade as marchers. We stepped out with the dancers, costumed creatures, and lawn chair brigaders for the 105th marching of the parade. As always, Squantumites showed your spirit decked out in reds, whites, and blues along the parade route. We had a blast!

Big kudos to the amazingly organized Parade Committee! With big smiles they queued up the neighborhood floats, bands, and festooned kiddies, and set us on our way through the crowd-lined streets of Squantum. Loved seeing the entire peninsula decked out in flags this year! Thanks to all of the neighbors who contributed flags, and to Jim Stamos for organizing the flag effort.

And we have you sun dancers to thank for holding off those deluges until after the parade.
Just a few drops to keep us cool before we stepped off on our march around our
spirited peninsula.

Photo gallery
Visit the July Fourth parade gallery for a marchers view of the parade. Lots of pics of all you Squantumites in your July Fourth finest.

Squantum Scoop (Photo: Monica Lee)

We won’t let a little rain stop us

 

Seaside Gardeners (Photo: Monica Lee)Parade watchers (Photo: Monica Lee)(Photo: Monica Lee)

Join us 9/25 7pm to hear the Wisdom of Nature

Got a tricky problem? Nature’s got the answer!

In Squantum we are immersed in the beauty of nature. According to our Squantum neighbor and UMass Boston professor Anamarija Frankić – that beauty has brains!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 7 pm
First Church of Squantum, 164 Bellevue Road, Squantum, MA

Join us as Anamarija shares the work being done to restore and clean our shorelines, and how the innovative approach of biomimicry can solve many problems we face today, from clean hospital surfaces, to clean water. By taking tips from nature’s 3.8 billion years of wisdom, we can create adaptable, locally tuned solutions for a myriad of sticky challenges.

SharkLooking for bacteria free hospital surfaces?
Try on a shark suit!

Hospitals can now control the growth of bacteria on surfaces thanks to an innovative new material that mimics the shape and pattern of shark skin.

Mussels on Orchard BeachLooking for a non-toxic adhesive?
Ask a mussel!

Any Squantumite who has walked Orchard Beach is familiar with mussels. The blue mussel provides a model for adhesives that reduces emissions of hazardous air pollutants by 50-90%.

A passion for nature
Anamarija FrankicWhen Anamarija was a girl, she imagined a way to avoid going home for dinner, which unnecessarily cut playtime short. If she could grow green hair like the plants around her – she too could convert sunlight into energy and avoid dinner altogether! Today, this creative thinking and love of nature has led Anamarija to UMass Boston, where she is a professor in the School for the Environment, and the director of the Green Harbors Project. Her interdisciplinary work is grounded in biology, ecology, and marine science, and is focused on coastal ecosystem stewardship. She initiated the Boston Green Harbors Project with the vision that any urban harbor, including the Neponset watershed and area salt marshes and tidal flats, can become green and sustainable.

All are invited! Bring friends.
Enjoy refreshments and  conversation with your neighbors.
No charge to attend.

About 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. To subscribe to event notifications send us a note.

Join us to learn about Boston Harbor Islands

Boston Harbor Islands: a place to play and exploreBoston Harbor Islands lighthouse
Presented by Park Ranger Don Cann

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 7pm
First Church of Squantum, 164 Bellevue Road, Squantum, MA
Free event. Bring a friend!

The Boston Harbor Islands National Park sits in our front yard here in Squantum, and features 34 islands and 35 miles of coastline. Join us as Park Ranger Donald Cann guides us through the many treasures of the park, including hiking trails, beaches, ranger-led tours, camping, kayaking, nature walks, and historic sites. Don will share a bit about the history of the islands, including how they were saved, cleaned up, and eventually designated a National Park.

As we kick off the summer, come learn about the beauty, tranquility, history, and outdoor activities we all can enjoy at the Boston Harbor Islands.

About 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.

Subscribe to event notifications or share ideas for future events at SCASquantumEvents@gmail.com.