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:
Brucej.ayers@yahoo.com

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
781-849-8667

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
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