Long Island Bridge demolition continues through March

Long Island Bridge, by Bill IlottCity of Boston engineers and Walsh Construction reviewed plans for the demolition of the Long Island Bridge at a public hearing at the Squantum School on Thursday night. The long-deteriorating bridge, which carried traffic from Moon Island to Long Island, closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic on October 8, 2014 by order of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh due to safety concerns.

Demolition of the bridge is underway, with the center span removed at the end of February and work to demolish the remaining spans scheduled to proceed on a weekly basis through March. The work is weather contingent and is scheduled to conclude by the end of April 2015.

City of Boston engineer Para Jayasinghe indicated that the presentation slides outlining the demolition work will be made available online at:

A representative of the Quincy Police Department shared that QPD will post updates during the demolition on the QPD Facebook page.

Bridge demolition

The Boston Public Works Department, with Walsh Construction as its contractor, is executing the demolition of the bridge which was built in 1951 with a life expectancy of 50 years. At 3,450 feet and 16 spans in length, the bridge also carried utilities to both Long Island and Spectacle Island. The demolition contract will include taking down the bridge and relocating the utilities to the seabed. The current timeline calls for the demolition of the bridge to conclude by April 30, 2015, with the installation of utilities to be completed by June 15.

The bridge demolition will be conducted with the use of controlled explosives that will surgically cut each span of the bridge, dropping it into the water below. The materials will be retrieved from the water and carried away by barge. The process will be repeated until all spans are demolished. The span closest to Moon Island is over land and will be removed by truck through Quincy. Precautions are being taken to deter fish and wildlife from entering the area prior to the demolition.

Following the removal of the steel bridge structure, the piers that currently hold up the bridge will remain in place, with navigational lighting being added to guide boaters in the area.

An uncertain future for access to Long Island

News reports indicate that Mayor Walsh is exploring the cost of building a new bridge to Long Island. In the meeting Thursday night, City of Quincy Representative Bruce Ayers reviewed legislation he is proposing in opposition to rebuilding the bridge with the recommendation to implement a ferry service to the island. Ayers outlines the fiscal impact of both options in a Patriot Ledger opinion piece.

News round-up of bridge closure and future considerations

History of Long Island and Moon Island
Source: City of Boston website, Harbor Islands section 

Long Island and Moon Island are part of the Boston Harbor Islands, and as such are owned and operated by the City of Boston.

Long Island (closed October 2014)
Total land area: 214 acres, 1.75 miles long.
Long Island is the largest and longest Boston Harbor Island. The Long Island Bridge connected Long to Moon Island; a two-lane causeway connects Moon Island to Squantum.

  • Prehistoric times: habitation sites may exist on Long Island, according to archaeologists.
  • In 1634, tenant farming on Long Island began with 40 families.
  • 1794: The first lighthouse on Long Island was constructed around 1794 on Long Island Head.
  • 1819: Long Island Light, the second lighthouse, was built as a replacement and still stands today, although it has been moved twice to make room for military structures.
  • 1863: Fort Wightman, later renamed Fort Strong, was built, near which are buried the remains of 79 Civil War soldiers. During World War I, 500 soldiers were stationed at Fort Strong. The Fort, long abandoned, stands in disrepair. In the 1950s, a Nike missile base was established. After the missiles were removed, the base stored books from the Boston Public Library.
  • For much of the 19th century, Long Island was a resort.
  • By 1882, the City of Boston acquired the largest hotel and in 1891 converted it into a poor house for 650 people.
  • In 1921, the City converted the almshouse into a home and hospital for unwed mothers.
  • In 1928 an addition to house homeless men was built.
  • 1941: the City enlarged this facility to provide treatment for alcoholics. The 60-acre Long Island Chronic Care Hospital later closed.
  • 1951: the steel-truss Long Island bridge is built as a two-lane causeway — nearly two-thirds of a mile long —and serves as the sole connection between the mainland and Long Island. Bridges constructed at the time were typically built to last about 50 years.
  • Until October 2014, the City of Boston Public Health Commission housed the Long Island Shelter and a number of human-service agencies helping an average daily population of 1000. The Shelter operated a garden and the Friends of Boston Harbor Islands operated an island re-vegetation garden.
  • On October 8, 2014, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh closed access to Long Island due to safety issues on the deteriorating Long Island bridge, thereby shutting down all programs and activities on the Island.
  • Read more about Long Island history on Wikipedia

Moon Island (closed to the public)
Total land area: 44 acres. Moon Head (100-foot-high drumlin)

  • Colonial times: Known as “Manning’s Moone”, the grass-covered Moon Island was used for grazing and farming.
  • 1880’s: Massive granite settling tanks and tunnels were built and covered more than half of Moon Island, making Moon Island the world’s most modern sewage facility of that time.
  • In 1959, on the island’s northern end, the Boston Fire Department built a training facility.
  • In 1960, on Moon’s southern end, the Boston Police Department set up a firing range.

A history of deterioration

Long Island bridge deterioration explained


Cookie joy is here…yes, it’s Girl Scout cookie time

Girl Scout Cookie loveWe all love them, crave them, hide them from our loved ones…Girl Scout cookies…and these bits of cookie joy are on sale now!

Squantum Troops 68301 and 66025 are planning to sell
Girl Scout cookies in front of Tedeschi’s in Squantum, weather permitting, each Saturday in January.
Head over between 8:30-11:30 a.m. to buy that bit of sweet cookie joy and support your local girl scout troops.

Girl Scout cookie sale
in front of Tedeschi’s, Squantum
8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Saturdays in January

Share the joy
The Troops will have a box where you can purchase cookies and donate them to the Quincy food pantry.

Girl Scout Cookies

One Road…One $5000 Jackpot…and a great parade fundraiser

The July Fourth Parade Committee is hosting the
Second Annual “One Road to $5000″ shindig at the Post. Squantumites were on the edge of their seats last year waiting to see who would win the $5000 jackpot!
Who will it be this year? Could be you! Mark your calendars and get your tickets now, only 150 tickets will be sold.

One Road Leads to $5,000
A fundraiser for the July Fourth Parade

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 7p.m.
Nickerson Post, 20 Moon Island Road, Squantum, MA

$100, includes two guests, two drink tickets, buffet, DJ & prizes
(buyer does not have to be present to win)
Only 150 tickets will be sold

Last number called wins $5,000!

To purchase tickets, call:

  • Brad Douglas 617-360-1976
  • Doreen Douglas: 617-360-1975
  • Carolyn Freeman 617-347-0410
  • Sue Gillespie 617-750-2660
  • Paula Glynn 617-834-9996

Tickets are also available at the Nickerson Post prior to event.

One Road winner 2014

One Road lead to a $5000 jackpot for one family in 2014!

About the July Fourth Parade Committee
The Squantum Parade Committee runs Squantum’s longest tradition, the Annual Squantum 4th of July Parade. Fundraisers are held throughout the year to fund the event. Learn more on the Parade page.

Know of families or children in need of toys? Contact Bruce Ayers!

Santa with toys

There’s a festive flurry in the air today! Great time to think about sharing the joy of the season with tots and families in need of a helping hand this season.

Representative Bruce Ayers sponsors an annual Toy Drive, working with groups across the community to gather donations of toys for children and families in need during the holidays. Many groups within our community have helped support this wonderful program.

Please contact Bruce if you know of a Squantum or Quincy family or child in need of a toy.

Contact Bruce at

(617) 328-0102 or email the address and phone number of the family to:

Thanks for your help in making Christmas bright for every child!

Ashworth Road Holiday Party, Dec 5

SnowmanJoin your neighbors at the Ashworth Road Holiday Party!

Friday, December 5, 2014
6pm – midnight
Kids welcome 6-9pm
Santa will arrive at 7pm

Nickerson Post, 20 Moon Island Road, Squantum MA

Purchase your tickets
Contact Kelly Norris by Friday, November 28 at
857-526-4646 or knorris@partners.org
Please RVSP…It is important that Santa knows how many people will be attending!

Ticket price
$30 per family up to five people
$5 each additional guest

‘Tis the season to help others.
Please consider bringing a donation for one of the following charities:

  • An unwrapped toy for Toys for Tot’s
  • A non-perishable food for Quincy Food Pantry
  • An unwrapped “care package” item for our Troops Overseas

Kick off the season at the Squantum Tree Lighting Nov 30

Calling all Squantumites! Put down that leftover turkey leg, bundle up grandma, your sweetie, and the tots, and head on over to the Tree Lighting for song and cheer to kick off the holiday season. In addition to our Squantum festivities, the City of Quincy has some treats planned.

Squantum Tree Lighting
Sunday, November 30, 2014, 4:30pm

Gilbert Memorial Park, at the intersection of Huckins Avenue and East Squantum Street

Join the festivities as we kick off the holiday season with the annual Tree Lighting following the Quincy Christmas Parade. Head over to the triangle at Gilbert Memorial Park and join your neighbors for hot cocoa and delicious cookies provided by the Seaside Gardeners of Squantum. Join in on the carol singing as we welcome Santa Claus who will do the honors of lighting up the tree! Hope to see you and the whole family there!

Quincy holiday festivities

Quincy tree lighting celebration
Friday, November 28, 2014, 5pm-7pm
Lawn of Thomas Crane Library, 40 Washington Street, Quincy, MA
Note the new location.
Drop off your letters to Santa and enjoy free popcorn, hot chocolate, and candy canes. Enjoy Donna Marie Children’s Puppet Show, strolling Victorian Christmas Carolers, street performers, and the youthful voices of the Quincy/North Quincy Choir. Performances will be held inside of a heated tent set up on the lawn of the library. At approximately at 6pm, Mayor Thomas P. Koch will turn on the Christmas lights at the library and throughout Quincy Center to mark the beginning of our holiday season. 

Santa and his Elves arrival by parachute
Saturday, November 29, 2014 ~ 12:30pm
Pageant Field,One Merrymount Parkway (up the road from Adams Field), Quincy, MA

City of Quincy Christmas Parade
Sunday, November 30, 2014, 12:30pm-3:00pm
The 62nd  Annual City of Quincy Christmas Parade route begins at the intersection of Hancock Street and Walter J. Hannon Parkway, continuing up Hancock Street to North Quincy High School.
Enjoy “An Old Fashioned Christmas” parade featuring high school and adult marching bands from around the state, Christmas themed floats, and over 100 exciting entries. The Grand Marshall’s, hearkening the old fashioned values of “The Greatest Generation” are Quincy resident Robert G. Noble, an Army Air Force veteran, John M. Gillis, a United States Marine veteran, and Francis X. Bellotti, a veteran of the United States Navy.

Visit the Quincy website for details about the holiday festivities, including the celebration flyer with all the details.

Learn more about the Seaside Gardeners.

On 11/7 eat, drink, and raise money for the Squantum Elementary School

PizzaEnjoy lunch or dinner at the Pizzeria Uno’s Dough Raiser in Braintree (dine-in or take-out) and UNO’s will donate 15-20% of your check to the Squantum Elementary School.

Friday, November 7, 2014
From open until closing, 11 AM – 12:30 AM

Download and bring this Dough Raiser ticket with you, and be sure to present it to your server.

Uno Pizzeria & Grill (at South Shore Plaza)
250 Granite Street
Braintree, MA 02184

Includes dine-in, take-out, and lounge sales.

About the Squantum PTO
The Squantum Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) supports the students of the Squantum Elementary School through focused outreach to parents and the community. The PTO organizes a series of events throughout the year to support Squantum School students. Learn more on the PTO website.

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

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
Sign up Thanksgiving morning at the Post starting at 8 am

Questions? Email Judi  btjasmith@verizon.net