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.

Fireworks

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.

 

Reception
Thursday, June 12, 2014
5:30-7:30pm

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

Hors d’ouevres and refreshments
Business attire

Tickets
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

Join Seaside Gardeners on May 24 to honor service men and women

Blue Star Memorial MarkerBlue Star Memorial Dedication ceremony
Saturday, May 24, 11:00 a.m.
Squantum Fire Station

On this Memorial Day weekend,
the Seaside Gardeners of Squantum invite you
to a Blue Star By-Way Memorial Marker dedication
ceremony to honor the men and women who have served, are currently serving, or will serve in the Armed Forces of the United States.

The Seaside Gardeners have arranged to place a Blue Star Memorial By-Way plaque at the Squantum Fire Station to commemorate and honor these men and women.

History of Blue Star Memorials
The Blue Star Memorial program was created in 1945 at the close of World War II by the National Garden Clubs, Inc., as a means of honoring men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces. Garden Club members visualized a living memorial, helping to beautify and preserve the country these men and women fought for. Today, the mission is to honor all men and women who have served, are serving, or will serve in the Armed Forces of the United States.

Learn more about the Seaside Gardeners of Squantum.

Head out for Cleaner Greener Quincy day and clean up the ‘hood, Squantumites!

Orchard Beach flowers (M. Lee)Saturday, May 3
Clean ups around Squantum 9 a.m. – noon
Appreciation cookout 12:30 pm., Pageant Field

Grab your gardening gloves and head out for the 25th Annual Cleaner Greener Quincy Day!

In Squantum clean ups will be happening at:

  • The Squantum School and parks, 50 Huckins Ave
  • Nickerson Post & beach, 20 Moon Island Road
  • The Causeway, East Squantum Street
  • Orchard Beach

Roll up your sleeves alongside city employees and spruce up the neighborhood parks, beaches, schools, marshes and open space area after this long winter. Watch out for tiny Squantum tots and adults as you drive around the ‘hood!

The Quincy Park Department will provide rakes, bags, gloves, shovels and other equipment.

Cookout
Head over to Pageant Field at 12:30 p.m. to join Mayor Koch at his volunteer appreciation cookout, sponsored by Hannaford Supermarket.

Free t’s
All volunteers will receive a free “Cleaner, Greener Quincy” t-shirt.

Learn about Quincy Cleaner Greener days.
Contact the Quincy Park Department for more information or to help out. (617) 376-1251.

Float your idea…to the July 4th Parade committee!

Weather aside, it actually is Spring, Squantumites.
And in true New England fashion, those chilly mornings are likely to turn straight into sunny heat before we know it.
And along with that summer heat comes another sign of summer…the July 4th parade! It’s not too early to start planning folks.

Paula and the Parade Committee are putting out the call for floats, marchers, bands, and Grand Marshall nominations.

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

Floats
Get the neighbors and kids together and start dreaming up your float ideas!
Kids and adult floats are welcome. All floats are free and need to be registered to a Squantum address.

Marchers of all kinds are welcome to join the parade! Little groups, big groups, and individuals, marchers in costumes, as well as Local Youth Sports are welcome to march.
Decorate your baby carriages and wagons and join the festivities!

Grand Marshall
The committee is looking for your nominations for the Parade Grand Marshall.
Please nominate a Squantum resident who has shown great involvement with the community over the years.

Join the Parade! Sign up…
Simply email SquantumParade@yahoo.com to sign up your float, group, band, and marchers, and to nominate the Grand Marshall.

Visit the July 4th Parade page to keep up to date.

Feeling nostalgic? Check out photos from the 2013 parade in the Scoop photo gallery.

   

Shop the Plant Sale May 10

Saturday, May 10Squantum gardens
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Kennedy Center
440 E. Squantum Street, N. Quincy, MA [map]

The Seaside Gardeners Club of Squantum invite you to the 56th Annual Plant Sale celebrating Mother’s Day.

Come shop a fabulous selection of flowering plants, herbs and greens to inspire your garden this season. Select from beautiful perennials nurtured by garden club members, and healthy vegetable plants to enjoy all season. Garden Club members are on hand to provide tips and advice.

Yummy treats and prizes!
Don’t miss the home baked goods, various garden items, and the raffle table!

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.

Shop early for the best selection!

Learn more about the Seaside Gardeners.

Take me out to the ball game…sign up for Squantum Youth Sports!

Those last bits of snow are finally melting away Squantumites, and here in Boston we know what that means…time to head out to the ball park! And time to sign the kids up for Squantum Youth Sports! Squantum Youth Sports provides t-ball, instructional baseball, and softball to the children of Squantum and North Quincy.

This is a non-profit, all volunteer organization, and they are looking for a few good Squantumites to join their team!

Register the kids
The season begins April 28 and runs through Field Day which is currently scheduled for Saturday, June 28.
Walk in registration will take place Saturday, April 5 from 9am-12pm
at the Community Center.
Or register online at the Squantum Youth Sports page.

Fees

Softball and Baseball: $75 per player, $50 for each additional family member
T-ball: $50 per player, $25 for each additional family member

Registration fees cover the cost of equipment (bats, balls, shirts) and Field Day events. Players provide their own gloves. While the league does provide batting helmets, it is recommended that players obtain their own batting helmets for sanitary reasons.

Seeking coaches and sponsors
Please consider coaching, assistant coaching, or sponsoring a team. Sign up online.

For more information
Contact Jim or Maura Mayo at 617-770-0783, or email Jim and Maura.

FEMA hosting Flood Insurance Workshops April 7-8

Many Squantumites have been interested in news on the changes to flood maps and implications for insurance coverage. The City of Quincy has posted several news items on the matter, which are included below. FEMA is also hosting two workshops for Quincy residents.

Flood insurance workshops for Quincy residents to learn more about these changes:

  • Monday April 7, 5-8 p.m., Quincy High School, 100 Coddington Street
  • Tuesday April 8, 5-8 p.m., Central Middle School, 875 Hancock Street

The following information has been posted on the City of Quincy website.

QuincyLinks reports that FEMA will host two Flood Insurance Workshops,
April 7-8

The following information is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and was posted on the City of Quincy site on 3/28/14: 

The City of Quincy is receiving updated flood hazard maps as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s nationwide program to modernize Flood Insurance Rate Maps.  The City of Quincy’s maps, currently in preliminary form, are scheduled to become effective on June 8, 2014.

Flood hazard maps, also known as Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMs), indicate whether properties are in areas of high, moderate or low flood risk. In reviewing the new maps, many property owners may find that their risk is higher or lower than they thought.  If the risk level for a property changes, so may the requirement to carry flood insurance.

Flood insurance workshops for Quincy residents to learn more about these changes: 

  • Monday April 7, 5-8 p.m., Quincy High School, 100 Coddington Street
  • Tuesday April 8, 5-8 p.m., Central Middle School, 875 Hancock Street

Those who have a federally backed mortgage, or plan to refinance with a federally backed lender, will be required to purchase flood insurance if they find that their home is shown in a high-risk flood area known as a Special Flood Hazard Area on the updated maps.  Purchasing flood insurance before the flood maps become effective will lock in the lower-risk zone and could lead to significant savings.  Residents are urged to contact their insurance agent or visit www.floodsmart.gov to learn more about how and where to get a policy.

Residents should look at the new preliminary flood maps to become familiar with the flood risks in their community and to see whether their flood zone has changed.  The maps can be viewed at each community’s municipal office.  Each community received both a paper copy and a digital copy of the new maps to share with their residents for review before they become finalized.

The meetings will allow residents to view the new maps, understand how their properties may be affected and learn more about financial steps that they may need to take to protect their investment.  Staff from FEMA and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation will be on hand to provide one on one discussion and will be available to answer questions.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders and to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

City of Quincy news 3/7/14
Proposed Maps Now Online; Congress Takes Action; City Appeal Process Moving Forward

Visit City of Quincy website for information to helpful tools.

There have been several important developments this week relative to the federal government’s issuance of proposed new flood maps and associated premium increases.  Click here to access a PDF document with a breakdown of information and tips on using online tools.

Here are some highlights:

  • Proposed flood maps are now available here on the City’s website via its GIS mapping program here.
  • Congressman Lynch worked to secure passage of a bill that will dramatically reduce the potential impact of a previous law on homeowners in the flood zone. Please see the full update linked above for the details.
  • The City continues to work on its appeal of proposed maps. Check the maps, and if you’re property is newly included in the flood zone or designated in a higher risk than prior maps, please call the City Engineering Department at 617-376-1950 to be included as part of the City’s appeal.