First Church of Squantum celebrates 100 Years!

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

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.

Eric Davis
Steven Chencharik

Update Fri 9/5:

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


  • 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

Carmine’s Customer Appreciation Day, Sun 1-4pm

CarmineAll you Squantumite foodies and kiddies…good news to share… Carmine’s Cafe is staying in the hood!

Come celebrate with Carmine and Kelly, and share in the great news that Carmine’s Cafe will continue to reside at 69 Huckins Avenue.

Enjoy food, games, and face painting as Carmine and Kelly share their appreciation for the outpouring of support this past year.

Sunday, August 10, 2014, 1-4pm
Celebrations will take place across from Carmine’s (69 Huckins Avenue).
Part of Huckins Avenue will be blocked off for the festivities.

Carmine’s Cafe will continue to delight Squantum residents
Come celebrate the good news that Carmine and his wife Kelly will continue to operate Carmine’s Cafe right here in Squantum at 69 Huckins Avenue. The wonderful community support expressed to them over the past year has made them so proud to be part of Squantum and the surrounding community.


Star Spangled Hoedown! tonight

Saddle on up and mosey on over to the
Star Spangled Hoedown at the Post tonight at 7pm!

Friday, August 1, 2014, 7pm
Nickerson Post, 20 Moon Island Road, Squantum, Massachusetts

D.J. — dancing — light appetizers

All proceeds benefit the July 4th Parade.
You do not have to be a member of the Post to attend.

Ya’ll come on down to meet your neighbors and rustle up some fun!

Tickets: $10 per person, available at the door.
For tickets or donations please call 617-786-9545 or 617-328-8208.

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)

Get out your red, white, and blue, Squantumites…it’s almost here!

July 4 Squantum dance teamWell Squantumites, the biggest day of our year is just around the corner! Kick it off by joining the road race tomorrow morning!

The 105th marching of the parade is 
Friday, July 4, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

Squantum Road Race on Sunday
Strap on those running shoes Squantumites, and head out for this 2.5 mile race Sunday, June 29. Registration fee supports the parade. Trophies and
t-shirts all part of the festivities.

  • 9:30 am: Registration
  • 10am: Race begins at the Squantum Community Center, 50 Huckins Ave.
  • Registration fee: $20 for adults, kids under age 10 are free.
  • For more information, contact Bruce Ayers at 617-472-9877.

July 2 House decoration contest
We know every Squantumite scopes out the red, white, and blue all year looking for the perfect decorations for the big day. Get your festive Squantum Fourth house decorations up by July 2! Judging of houses along the parade route will take place on July 2.
And how about those fabulous flags along the route? Thanks to Jim and all the neighbors who made that happen!

July 4…Parade Day!
8 a.m. sharp
All parade day volunteers (anyone is welcome!) please meet behind the Squantum School near the playground.

9 a.m. Flag Raising Ceremony
The Nickerson Post Honor Guard will do the honors at the Gilbert Memorial Park (the cannon).

10 a.m. The parade steps off!
Join us behind the school following the parade for the announcement of the parade contest winners and enjoy slush for the kids!

Share your parade photos
Send us your great parade videos and pictures, Squantumites! We’ll post them in our gallery.

Learn more
Find out more about the July Fourth Parade, including how to make a donation to support the parade.


Quincy Flag Day Parade and Celebration, 7pm June 14

Quincy Flag Day Parade and Celebration
Saturday, June 14
7:00 p.m. Parade
8:00 p.m. Flag raising ceremony, Pageant Field
9:00 p.m. Fireworks display, Pageant Field

Parade route

The parade steps-off on Coddington Street, makes its way to Hancock Street, turns right onto Merrymount Parkway, and ends at the entrance to Pageant Field. Nearly 2,000 young people from across the City will march with American flags.

Pageant Field ceremony

The parade culminates in a celebration at Pageant Field with a flag-raising, the presentation of the Richard J. Koch Memorial Youth Service Award, and a patriotic performance and sing-a-long.


The evening wraps up with a spectacular fireworks display over Black’s Creek that will kick off around 9:00 p.m.

Visit the City of Quincy site.

American flag and fireworks

Attend a reception hosted by the Quincy Parks Conservancy on June 12

The Quincy Parks Conservancy invites you to a reception for the
First Annual Charles Francis Adams II Award
Honoring Massachusetts House Majority Leader Ron Mariano

Please join the Quincy Parks Conservancy and
Honorary Chairman Mayor Thomas P. Koch
in honoring
Majority House Leader Ron Mariano
with the First Annual Charles Francis Adams II Award.


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Granite Links Golf Club, Under the Tent
100 Quarry Hills Drive
Quincy MA 02169

Hors d’ouevres and refreshments
Business attire

Available at the door, $50
Please make checks payable to: Quincy Parks Conservancy, Inc.

About Quincy Parks Conservancy
The mission of Quincy Parks Conservancy, Inc. is to protect and promote park lands, beaches, parkways and other open spaces within the City of Quincy, Massachusetts for the use and enjoyment of Quincy residents, visitors and tourists.

The City of Quincy owns 52 municipal park locations situated on over 320 acres of public land, 10 municipal beach areas and numerous other open space areas. The City’s parks already provide resources for a wide variety of activities from playgrounds for small children, to walking trails to basketball courts, softball fields and skateboard parks. The Quincy Parks Conservancy can add considerable value for the residents and visitors of Quincy in a number of ways, but stewardship is chief among them.

Continuing and building upon the park system plan started by Charles Francis Adams II and Frederick Law Olmstead in 1885, the Quincy Parks Conservancy will work with the City of Quincy and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with planning, restoration and maintenance projects on such lands and open spaces; and promote events and programs that contribute to preservation, enhancement and appreciation of the natural environment and public open spaces, and historic sites. Preserving these historic areas for future generations are imperative, once lost these treasures cannot be regained.

David C. Murphy, President
The Honorable William D. Delahunt
William Geary
Betty Georgaklis
Louise Grabowski
David P. Mahoney
Lisa McBirney
Celeste B. McGlone
Grace Murphy-McAuliffe
Kristen M. Powers
Fran Wright