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.
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I heart Squantum

Prepare for the feast at the Turkey Trot Fun Run/Walk

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

13th Annual Turkey Trot 3 mile Fun Run/Walk
Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 27, 2014, 9:00 am
Nickerson Post, 20 Moon Island Road, Squantum MA

Entrance fee:
$20 fee includes long sleeved T-shirt (first 100 entrants) and refreshments.
$10 fee for ages 16 and under
Please make checks payable to: Squantum 4th of July
All proceeds benefit the Squantum Fourth of July Parade.

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  btjasmith@verizon.net

Treats galore at 10/25 Faire For All Seasons craft fair & lunch

Craft table at FaireJoin The Seaside Gardeners of Squantum for
The Faire For All Seasons
and pick up some fabulous treats!

When:  Saturday, October 25, 2014,  10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Where: Kennedy Center, 440 East Squantum St., Quincy

Find a great selection of gifts and items for the upcoming holiday season, including handmade crafts and baked goods. Stop by the “Seaside Treasures” table for some fantastic finds (last year I found a fabulous freshwater pearl necklace and earring set for under $5!)

Enjoy lunch, served from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. Warm up with a bowl of Pat’s clam chowder, a variety of soups, or hot dogs. Top it off with a cup of coffee or tea and a yummy baked dessert.

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 new 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.

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.

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

Seaside Gardeners invite you to coyote presentation 10/15, 7pm

We’ve had a lot of discussion in our community about how to live with coyotes, and how to keep them away from homes and pets. To help consider these questions, the Seaside Gardeners of Squantum invite you to a presentation by Chris Schadler of Project Coyote. Learn about successful approaches to peaceful coexistence and bring your questions.

Project CoyoteProject Coyote: promoting coexistence between people and wildlife
Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 7pm
The Kennedy Center
440 E. Squantum Street, N. Quincy, MA

RSVP
To guarantee seating, please RSVP by emailing Sandra Sumner.

Photo by Jitze via Wikimedia Commons

About Project Coyote

Project Coyote, a North American coalition of wildlife scientists, educators, predator- friendly ranchers and community leaders, promotes compassionate conservation and coexistence between people and wildlife. As a national non-profit organization, Project Coyote works to change negative attitudes toward coyotes, wolves and other native carnivores by replacing ignorance and fear with understanding, respect and appreciation. All of our work – through education, science, and advocacy – strives to create fundamental and systemic changes in the ways wild carnivores are viewed and treated in North America.

About Chris Schadler, Wild Canid Ecologist

Chris’ interest in wild canids began in 1980 as a volunteer at the Wolf Park in Battleground, Indiana under Dr. Erich Klinghammer. This opportunity and others inspired an eventual Masters in Conservation Biology at Antioch University Graduate School. Chris instructs and mentors adult degree candidates in the UNH System at Granite State College.

While wolf recovery was the focus of her early work, Chris’ attention shifted to the eastern coyote when she moved to New England. She chose a farm with known coyote problems to raise sheep and train her border collies. Using sound livestock management and common sense, she has avoided any predation for nearly two decades. A peaceful co-existence between coyote and livestock has grown an attentive audience for humane management.

Tips and education from Project Coyote on their website.

Be Coyote Aware: Flyer

Tips to make your home less attractive to coyotes:

Urban landscapes offer an abundance of food, water, and shelter for coyotes. Take the following steps to prevent coyotes from being attracted to your home.

  • Wildlife-proof garbage in sturdy containers with tight fitting lids.
  • Don’t leave pet food outside.
  • Take out trash the morning pick up is scheduled.
  • Keep compost in secure containers.
  • Keep fallen fruit off the ground. Coyotes eat fruit.
  • Keep birdseed off the ground; seeds attract rodents which then attract coyotes. Remove feeders if coyotes are seen in your yard.
  • Keep barbecue grills clean.
  • Eliminate accessible water sources.
  • Clear away brush and dense weeds near buildings.
  • Close off crawl spaces under decks and around buildings where coyotes may den.
  • If you frequently see a coyote in your yard, make loud noises with pots, pans, or air horns, and haze the coyote with a water hose.
  • Share this list with your neighbors; coexistence is a neighborhood effort.

Photo: By Jitze via Wikimedia Commons

Find some treasures at yard sales in the hood today

Yard SaleLooking for some great stuff? As your neighbors are clearing out, they have some great finds for you. Head on over to these yard sales for some great finds for you, and some great clearing out for your neighbors!

Sunday, September 28

Multi-Family Yard Sale (shared by Stacey LeMay)
180 Standish Road
8:30 am – 1:30 pm

Multi-Family Yard Sale (shared by Nancy Carey)
28 Border Street (off Shoreham)
9 am- 2 pm

Yard Sale (shared by Elizabeth Vacca)
440 East Squantum Street
8am – 3pm

First Church of Squantum celebrates 100 Years!

First Church of Squantum 1914Join Squantum’s Congregational church for a special celebratory weekend.

Events
All of Squantum and Quincy proper are invited to join a Candlelight Worship of Celebration on Saturday and a Service of Rededication on Sunday.

Candlelight Worship
Saturday, September 20, 5:30 pm
All are invited to attend
Special guests will include former pastors, as well as Mayor Thomas Koch of Quincy and State Representative Bruce Ayers and other Congregational churches.

Centennial dinner
Saturday, September 20 (following worship)
By invitation only, for guests who have RSVP’d.
Following worship, a dinner for invited guests will feature community story-telling, historical photo and memorabilia displays, and the world-class Irish dancing of the Brady Academy for Irish Dancing.

Service of Rededication
Sunday, September 21 at 10 a.m.
All are invited to attend
Join this service as the congregation rededicates its building and its members to God’s purposes.

A rich history of service in Squantum

The community celebrated the dedication of the First Church on September 20, 1914 thanks to the efforts of Christians of different denominations, community organizers (such as Gordon Nelson and Eddie Carlson), and the construction talents of people like Thomas Curry. Current pastor Rev. Doug Gray reflects, “First Church’s founding seems to be very organic, rising up out of the community’s need to have shared space to worship God and meet together.” The church’s first pastor, Rev. Thomas W. Davison, had been organizing and teaching summer-only Sunday School for children starting in 1910, as a mission outreach of the Atlantic Memorial Church. The children met in a tent that stood at the corner of Huckins and Standish in Squantum, roughly where the fire station currently sits. Rev. Davison observed, “Squantum is without a hall of any kind, and its social activities have been stinted for this very reason. The fact that the Community Hall is separated from the church proper and its religious work, will tend to make [the] Community Hall available for such affairs as the church committee feels will be for the best interests of Squantum.”

The First Church of Squantum continues this tradition of open-minded faith, community service, and partnership as it hosts Cub Scout and Boy Scout troops, Daisy and Brownie troops, Squantum Community Association lectures, a community book group, “Mommy and Me” for pre-schoolers and their adults, and dances for middle-school students. This summer the church offered Vacation Bible School free of charge to anyone who wanted to come as part of their commitment to Squantum. Rev. Gray shares, “This fellowship’s commitment to reaching out to the community, to being a light of grace in Squantum is part of what drew me to this church last year. It’s part of what keeps me excited about the chance to serve here. I think we are really making a difference for God!”

Learn more about the First Church at their website.

First Church 1914

First Church, 1914

First Church 2014

First Church, 2014

Squaw Rock Clean Up 9/6 Saturday

Squaw RockA group of Squantumites have organized a clean up at Squaw Rock. Join the effort and help clean up trash and debris littering this beautiful Squantum treasure.
Neighbors hope with a little love and care, we may set an example for people who visit the area to keep it clean for everyone to enjoy.

Grab your Squantum peeps, some gloves, and head on over!

When: Saturday, September 6, 9 am – 1pm

Where: Check-in at the Nickerson Post parking lot, and please sign in on the sign in sheet.
20 Moon Island Rd, Squantum, MA.

Please note: there is an event at Nickerson Post on Saturday afternoon and we want to keep the parking lot clear. If you can walk to the event that will be helpful, and please move card promptly so they can have room for the afternoon event.

What to bring/wear:

  • Wear comfortable clothes. We strongly encourage people to wear long sleeves and pants for cover (there is some poison ivy in the area).
  • Wear sturdy closed toe shoes
  • Bring your own work gloves. Some gloves will be available (about 50 pair)
  • If you’re going to be helping with cutting back some of the brush, use eye protection too!

Register: Please email Eric Davis to let him know if you plan to join this effort.

Contacts:
Eric Davis
Steven Chencharik

Update Fri 9/5:

Eric Davis sent out the following update and plan for the clean up on Saturday:

Supplies:

  • We’re working with the City of Quincy and Parks Department to try and get some materials from them for collecting everything (mainly heavy duty trash bags).
  • We could use a few more carts or wheelbarrows – these will be used to help bring the trash and brush out from the trails to specified collection points.
  • If you’re interested in helping to cut back the brush, bring the appropriate tools (cutters, loppers, trimmers, etc.). The brush isn’t too heavy, but in some places it’s starting to crowd the main trails.

Work plan:

Our plan is to attack the three main trails going out to Squaw Rock with some people working back from the Rock. The trash isn’t too bad, so we should be able to spend some time also working on the brush. Ideally we’d like to make sure that the trail is at least arm’s width (in several places it isn’t). If we have enough people and time, we would like to begin working on opening up the trail that goes over to the beach (facing Moon Island). There’s a bigger project to clean up that area, but if we can get the trail opened up more, the city can bring in bigger equipment to help (hopefully).

Poison Ivy caution

  • There is poison Ivy at this site. It typically has three leaves together and the tops of the leaves are shiny. Anyone who is not familiar with it please ask around or talk with Dave Blaton.
  • Note that if you wear gloves and touch it, the oils remain on the gloves and can be transmitted later if you touch the gloves or your skin.

Shoot Eric or Steven a message if you have any questions. A big thanks from Eric and Steven for helping out!!!

Playground renovations underway! Closed while work in process.

Thanks to the diligent work of the Playground Committee, the renovation of the Wendall Moses Playground is underway!

While the renovation is in progress, the City of Quincy and the work crews ask that everyone please refrain from using the playground. Please keep the kiddies away from the area until the renovations are complete.

The crews are scheduled to install a 6 foot fence around the area to keep everyone safely outside the work zone. This will also protect the newly installed materials, such as the rubber landings, which require a period of time to set.

Please share the news with your children and fellow Squantumites that the playground is under construction and not available.

—Many thanks from the Playground Committee.

Learn more about the Playground Renovation project.

Join the Seaside Gardeners at an Open Garden, Aug 26 5pm

Greetings Squantum neighbors! The Seaside Gardeners of Squantum invite you to join us at an Open Garden gathering. Consider joining the gardeners as we explore new paths for the club in the future.

Open Garden – a gathering
Join us for an informal Open Garden gathering. Enjoy light refreshments and chat with Garden Club officers who will be available to answer any questions about the club.
Although not required, RSVP would be appreciated.

Open Garden
48 Wedgewood Street, Squantum, MA
Tuesday, August 26, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

A club for the community
Founded in 1952, the Seaside Gardeners of Squantum are engaged in environmental conservation, beautification, and civic projects. Hosting a number of events throughout the year, the club welcomes all neighbors to attend.

Examples of our programs include the Squantum School Junior Gardeners, Causeway beautification, the Christmas Tree Lighting, the Blue Star Memorial at the firehouse, a Scholarship Program, the Spring plant sale, and the Faire for All Seasons craft fair. Visit our Scoop page for details about the programs over the past year.

Club meetings
The club meets the second Wednesday of each month (except January and February) at 9:30 a.m. at the Kennedy Center. We are happy to announce that we will begin to hold some monthly meetings during the evening commencing in October 2014. The evening meetings will begin at 6:15 p.m. and the daytime meetings will continue to start at 9:30 a.m.

Join us!
We hope to see you at the Open Garden on the 26th and invite you to consider joining the club as we explore new paths into the future.

RSVP and questions
If you have questions or are interested in joining the club please call
Jane Shea at 617-328-1954 or
Ed Swartz and Donna Richardson at 617-770-3579.

Garden Tour

Garden Tours

Squantum Junior Gardeners

Junior Gardeners

Faire For All Seasons

Faire For All Seasons

Tree lighting treats

Tree lighting