Calling all marchers…get your July Fourth on!

Squantum Fourth picnic (photo by M Lee)Another glorious weekend to remind us why we love Squantum and our seaside view on summer. The pinnacle of Squantum’s year is just over a month away. As Squantmites prepare their gardens and hang their flags we know what’s on your mind…will the armchair brigade march again this year? What kiddie creatures might march through town on July fourth? That’s the spirit folks… Paula and the July Fourth Parade Committee are calling out for floats, marchers, bands, and Grand Marshall nominations for the big day!

Mark your calendars…the 106th marching of the parade is 
Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 10 a.m. 

Upcoming events

Saturday, June 27, 10 a.m.: Squantum Road Race (stay tuned for details)

Saturday, July Fourth:

  • 9 a.m.: Flag raising at the cannon by members of the Robert I. Nickerson Post
  • 10 a.m.: the Parade steps off
  • Awards and fun behind the Squantum School following the parade

Floats: register by June 19
Get the neighbors and kids together and start dreaming up your float ideas for a chance to win a cash prize! Kids and adult floats are welcome. The winning float will have a sign posted on their street for a week announcing the coveted victory. Good luck!

Register your float by June 19 by emailing Squantumparade@yahoo.com or
call Doreen Douglas at 617-360-1975. Provide a Squantum address with your registration.

Marchers: register by June 26
Marchers of all kinds are welcome to join the parade! Little groups, big groups, individuals, marchers in costumes, as well as Local Youth Sports are welcome to march. Decorate your baby carriages and wagons and join the festivities!
Register marchers by June 26 by emailing Squantumparade@yahoo.com.

Grand Marshall
The committee is accepting nominations for the Parade Grand Marshall.
Please nominate a Squantum resident who has shown great involvement with the community over the years.
Email nominations to Squantumparade@yahoo.com or call Paula Glynn 617-834-9996.

Support the parade…give a donation
Your donations are welcome by the July 4th Committee. Marchers and float registrations are free, so donations keep this fabulous tradition going. Suggested donation per family is $20, but any donation is very much appreciated.
Checks can be made payable to: Squantum July 4th Committee
Mail or drop off to:  Judi Smith, 289 Bellevue Road, Squantum, MA 02171

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 2014 parade in the Scoop photo gallery.

 

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
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.

Lotta Crabtree

Lotta Crabtree

Allen's Store at Nickerson Beach

Allen’s Store at Nickerson Beach

 

Head out for Cleaner Greener Quincy on Sat, May 2

Welcome to Squantum 1632Saturday, May 2, 2015
Clean ups around Squantum 9 a.m. – noon
Appreciation cookout 12:30 pm., Pageant Field

Grab your gardening gloves and yard tools and head out for the 26th 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 and help them recover from this crazy-snowy winter! Most of the snow mounds have melted leaving piles of dirt and debris in their place. Let’s clean our way to a fresh spring and spruce the ‘hood up for summer!

Watch out for tiny Squantum tots and adults as you drive around!

Bring equipment if you can – including rakes, bags, gloves, and shovels.

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

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

 

Shop the Plant Sale May 9

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

Now that the mountains of snow have melted, time to celebrate all things green and growing!
The Seaside Gardeners Club of Squantum invite you to the 57th 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 lush hanging baskets, pretty annuals in an assortment of colors to match your garden color scheme, and beautiful perennials nurtured by garden club members and featured garden centers. You will also find healthy vegetable plants to enjoy all season, including a fabulous assortment of tomatoes in a variety of colors in patio and container pots, including hybrids and heirlooms.

Garden Club members are on hand to provide tips and advice.

Yummy treats and prizes
Don’t miss the delicious selection of home baked goods, including breads, cookies, and pies! And be sure to enter the annual drawing for a chance to win some fabulous items, such as a floral arrangement from Cedar Grove Gardens.

A beautiful cause
All proceeds benefit garden club community activities, including the Annual Scholarship Fund (the winner is featured in the Fourth of July Parade), Annual Christmas Tree Lighting (with carolers and cocoa), the Causeway Beautification Program (flower beds along the causeway are kept up by the Seaside Gardeners), Kids Gardening Program, Marsh Restoration (a program restoring the marsh for future generations), and the 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! Credit cards, cash, and checks accepted.

Learn more about the Seaside Gardeners.

 

Youth Sports registration today…forget the snow mounds and head for the T-Ball mound!

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 27, 2015 and runs through Field Day, which is currently scheduled for Saturday, June 27.
Walk in registration will take place at the Community Center (at the corner of Huckins Ave and Standish Rd, on the Standish Rd side of the Fire House) on the following dates:

  • Saturday, April 4, 11am-1pm (note time change)
  • Saturday, April 11, 11am-1pm
  • Saturday, April 18, 11am-1pm

Or register online at the Squantum Youth Sports page.
Download and fill out the Squantum Youth Sports Registration form.

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
Email Squantum Youth Sports or visit the website.

Tips for keeping coyotes away from your home and pets

Folks have been seeing coyotes around our neighborhood recently. 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. This past fall the Seaside Gardeners of Squantum hosted a presentation by Chris Schadler of Project Coyote to help consider these questions. Following are a few tips to make your home less attractive to coyotes who are frequent neighbors in our hood.

Photo by Jitze via Wikimedia Commons

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.

Tips and education from Project Coyote on their website.

Be Coyote AwareFlyer

Project CoyoteProject Coyote: promoting coexistence between people and wildlife
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 fear with understanding, respect and appreciation. All of their 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.

Photo: By Jitze via Wikimedia Commons

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:
http://bostonworks.org/portfolio/long-island-bridge-demolition/

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

Tickets
$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.