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.

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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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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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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In their own words

Noel DiBona (Incumbent)

Margaret Laforest

Nina Liang (Incumbent)

Anne Mahoney

Daniel Raymondi

Stephen Tougas

Meet Ward 6 City Council Candidates August 30

Join the Squantum Community Association on August 30 to meet the candidates running for the Ward 6 seat on the Quincy City Council. Come meet our three 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. The council seat in Ward 6 serves Squantum, Marina Bay, and parts of North Quincy. 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, August 30, 2017 at 7:30 pm
First Church of Squantum (lower level)
164 Bellevue Rd, Squantum, MA (map)
Refreshments will be served.

2017 Elections: key dates

  • August 23, Wednesday, 8 pm: Last day and hour to register to vote in Preliminary Election
  • September 12, Tuesday: Preliminary Election, polls open 7am to 8 pm
  • 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
All three candidates running for the Ward 6 city council seat are planning to attend:

  • William Harris (incumbent) of Ashworth Road
  • H. A. “Alie” Shaughnessy of Essex Street
  • Steven Striffler of Huckins Avenue

News coverage

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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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.
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I heart Squantum

Take a trip down memory lane on the Squantum History Tour, June 6

Squantum History Tour June 6

Saturday, June 6, 2015
11 AM tour (meet at 10:45 AM)
1 PM tour (meet at 12:45 PM)
Departs from the Nickerson Post, 20 Moon Island Road, Squantum, MA
Rain or shine

What a glorious weekend! Such a treat to see the flowers blossoming and neighbors out enjoying a walk around the neighborhood after our winter. 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’re running two identical tours at 11 AM and 1 PM.

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 travelled 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
Thanks to the generosity of one of our neighbors, we’ll have a van and bus and can give a lift to up to 35 people for each of the tours.

Information
Email us or text or call Louise at 617-851-1673

About Squantum Community Association
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Lotta Crabtree

Lotta Crabtree

Allen's Store at Nickerson Beach

Allen’s Store at Nickerson Beach

 

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

Watch “A Squantumite Story Hour” on QATV-8

Squantum school childrenA Squantumite Story Hour
airs Wednesday, October 8 at 8pm
QATV Channel 8  (visit the schedule for other air times)

Additional broadcast times:
Saturday, October 11 at 6:30pm
Sunday, October 12 at 3:00pm
Monday, October 13 at 12:00pm

Tune in to QATV Channel 8 to hear long-time Squantumites share stories of humor, peril, tremendous joy, ardent belief, longtime friendships, and simple pleasures in our seaside community of Squantum.

Take a walk down memory lane and remember a time when Huckins Avenue was a tree-lined road nestled between open fields, when neighbors caught up at the beloved corner store, or waited together in war time ration lines, spent lazy summer days on the beach, or raced boats across Quincy Bay. And who doesn’t have a great story about that cherished Squantum tradition, the Fourth of July parade?

Hear some great stories by our Squantum Storytellers: Ralph Ames, Sr., Marie Clark, Pat Duggan, Mary LaFlamme, Maureen Mazrimus, Jim and Sandi Sumner, Bob Sealund, Jack Westerbeke, and Ruth Ann Wetherby. The evening is moderated by Bill Geary, Squantum resident and chairman of the City of Quincy Planning Board.

About Squantum Community Association
This is a recording of an event hosted by the Squantum Community Association. The SCA 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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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)

The Beatles…big fan? or what’s the fuss? Join us March 26 to explore!

The BeatlesFifty years ago the Fab Four arrived in the U.S. and exploded across the rock scene winning hearts and teenage souls with a new sound that remains as beloved today as it was embraced then.

What makes the music of the Beatles so great?

In this interactive presentation, Squantum resident and Wheaton College music professor Delvyn Case will explore the inner workings of some of the Fab Four’s greatest songs in order to describe why and how they have remained classics for 50 years. No musical experience or undying fandom necessary to attend.

When: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 7 pm
Where: First Church of Squantum, 164 Bellevue Road, Squantum, MA

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

About the speaker
Musician and Wheaton College music professor Delvyn Case maintains an active career as a writer and lecturer on a variety of musical topics, from sacred music to hip-hop, and pursues numerous musical outreach projects in Quincy and beyond.

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.

The Beatles