Get your twinkle on! Tree lighting and festivities

Santa Squantum Tree Lighting 2016Time to pack away the shorts and dig out your scarves and hats, Squantumites…those balmy breezes have finally given way to crisp morning air! And just in time for us to kick off the season. From parachuting Santa and elves, to sing alongs, and two tree lightings…it’s time to get your twinkle on peeps! Here’s a roundup of Quincy and Squantum holiday festivities over Thanksgiving weekend. After you recover from the Turkey Trot and the feast…head out with your friends and fam to celebrate the warmth of the season.

Squantum Tree Lighting
Sunday, November 26, 2017
4:30 pm

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 (note new location this year)
Friday, November 24, 5 pm-7 pm
Thomas Crane Public Library lawn, 40 Washington Street, Quincy, MA
Drop off your letters to Santa and enjoy free popcorn, hot chocolate, and candy canes, as well as food trucks food trucks and a gingerbread competition. Enjoy Donna Marie Children’s Puppet Show (5pm), strolling Victorian Christmas Carolers, street performers, and the youthful voices of the Quincy/North Quincy Choir. At approximately at 6:15pm, 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 25 ~ 12:30 pm
Pageant Field,One Merrymount Parkway (up the road from Adams Field), Quincy, MA
Costumed characters from the parade greet children as they await the arrival of Santa Claus and his elves by parachute at Quincy’s unique Christmas tradition. Take a Holiday Wagon Ride with a costumed character.

City of Quincy Christmas Parade
Sunday, November 26, 12:30 pm-3 pm
Enjoy an old fashioned Christmas parade featuring high school and adult marching bands from around the state, Christmas themed floats, costumed characters, antique vehicles, and Santa in his traditional fire truck ride. The parade route begins at the intersection of Hancock Street and the Walter J. Hannon Parkway, continuing up Hancock Street to North Quincy High School. This is one of the largest parades in the Commonwealth.

Please note: In the interest of public safety, all bags and backpacks are subject to public search.

Quincy Holiday Flyer 2017

It’s Turkey Trot time! Support the parade at the Fun Run

Turkey TrotGrab your family and friends and get ready for the big feast with a fun run to support the Squantum July Fourth Parade!

16th Annual Turkey Trot 3 mile Fun Run/Walk
Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 23, 2017, 9:00 am
(Register in advance or day of starting at 8:00 am)
Nickerson Post, 20 Moon Island Road, Squantum MA

Entrance fee:
$20 fee includes long sleeved T-shirt (while supplies last) and refreshments.
$10 fee for ages 15 and under
Make checks payable to: Squantum 4th of July
All proceeds benefit the Squantum Fourth of July Parade.
(Note: chip timing not provided at this fun run. Just a fun run with friends and family.)

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

Quincy MBTA stations construction: what’s coming?

As Quincy residents, we know our gem of a city is an increasingly attractive location to set up home and business. Our robust public transportation services are part of the attraction, with the MBTA Red Line running through the spine of Quincy providing access to all parts of our city and allowing folks to avoid Route 93 and the Neponset bridge during commuter hours. The bridge can take over 30 minutes to cross in the morning…worth checking out our local yoga classes to calm those nerves!

This past year the MBTA announced major renovation projects are planned for all four Quincy Red Line stations, with many of these occurring simultaneously.

What should you expect for your commute? Here’s a round up of what’s coming.

At Wollaston station the MBTA is preparing for a major renovation scheduled to begin in January 2018 to provide accessibility to riders of all abilities and to address flooding issues. At Quincy Center, the MBTA plans to demolish the long-shuttered parking garage, while the garage at Quincy Adams is set to be renovated. At the North Quincy station parking lot, a private development team is planning stores, apartments, and a new parking garage. In addition, the Braintree garage and lobby will also undergo renovations.

State Senator John Keenan has formed an 11-person Citizens Advisory Committee to make sure the concerns of commuters and residents are heard and responded to by the MBTA. The senator also provides updates on the topic in a dedicated Red Line Updates section of his website.

Recent community meetings

Wollaston Station renovation (2018–2020)

  • November 12, 2017: starting this date, Red Line service between North Quincy and Braintree Stations will be replaced with shuttle buses from 9 p.m. through the end of service, Sundays through Thursdays
  • January 2, 2018: Wollaston Station is scheduled to close for 20 months
  • A shuttle bus will transport Wollaston commuters (appx 4,600 daily on weekdays) to the North Quincy Red Line station during construction, some parking remains available at Wollaston station
  • Summer 2019: anticipated opening, with finishing work continuing through 2020
  • Stay up to date on project plans and details on the MBTA site; contact the MBTA with wuestions at 617-222-3200
  • View the June 2017 presentation which outlines mitigation strategies

Major accessibility improvements, state-of-the-art safety features, and parking lot site improvements are some of the enhancements to be made during the project renovating Wollaston Station. Currently the only non ADA-accessible station on the Red Line, Wollaston will be transformed into a modern, fully accessible facility, making the entirety of the Red Line 100% accessible. During the closure, Red Line trains will continue passing through Wollaston Station without stopping.

New features and upgrades to the station include 3 brand new elevators, 2 new escalators, and additional customer paths to / from the new station (including accessible entrances on Newport Ave and from the parking lot), including 2 additional stairways, new bathrooms, and energy efficient lighting. New electrical, fire protection, security, flooding mitigation, and site utility upgrades will also occur to support the accessible improvements.

Quincy Center Station Garage demolition

The garage at Quincy Center has reportedly deteriorated beyond the point of repair and the MBTA plans to demolish three levels of the five-level garage that has been shuttered since 2012 due to safety concerns. The project also includes replacement of the existing elevator and addition of an accessible entrance at Burgin Parkway. Duration is expected to be 18 months once demolition begins. While the station will remain open during construction, at times the elevator use will be unavailable and shuttles will transport riders to Quincy Adams where elevator use will remain available.

The T hopes that the Quincy Center work will make way for a mixed-use development at the site and will put out a request for interested developers.

North Quincy station plans

At North Quincy station, plans are in development to construct a $205 million mixed-use complex, including a new parking garage, housing, and retail space.This work is reported to begin in 2018.

Quincy Adams and Braintree stations

Quincy Adams will be under construction for three years and three months. Parking space availability will be minimally impacted at these stations during construction.

Upgrades are planned at both the Quincy Adams and Braintree parking garages. Renovations to the garages at these stations will improve accessibility, and provide for more efficient and improved parking layout. Included are structural repairs, replaced drainage systems, upgraded fire alarm, electrical, and emergency power systems, and full replacement of lighting systems. Accessibility upgrades include two new elevators at Braintree Garage as well as improvements to both garages in wayfinding signage and better traffic circulation for accessibility vehicles, wheelchair access, and pedestrian movement. Construction of both garages is anticipated to begin in early 2018. Both garages will remain in service during the construction period.

How about parking?

The impacts of these renovations on parking availability is a real concern. The Wollaston lot currently offers 538 spaces. The Globe reported that, during construction at Wollaston, 115 spaces will be occupied by construction equipment. Parking will remain available and a shuttle bus will transport riders to North Quincy station. At North Quincy station 350 parking spaces are planned to remain open once construction begins there, down from 852 spaces currently available. Once the year-long project is complete, parking space availability is planned to return to 852.

The Globe reported in April that the MBTA is exploring different options to mitigate the parking squeeze, including using the Department of Conservation and Recreation parking lot in Squantum Point, or using North Quincy High School’s lot during the summer.

What are the commuting alternatives?

Check out your MBTA options using the MBTA trip planner tool.

Head for the water! A sea route may be our best option. Check out the new ferry running from Marina Bay. Local officials hope to bring full-time ferry service to Squantum Point Park and are testing out routes and schedules and observing ridership to inform a long-term plan and viability of the route.

  • Destinations: Ferries bring riders to Seaport/Fan Pier, Rowes Wharf, and Winthrop
  • Schedule: start at 7:25 AM – 10:35 AM; with evening return trips leaving Winthrop and Boston starting at 3 PM and arriving in Quincy at 5 PM – 6:45 PM
  • Cost: $6–9 one way with discounts available for seniors, kids, and commuter packages
  • See the full schedule and purchase tickets online
  • Parking available at the DCR lot at Squantum Point Park. Rates are $1.25 per hour with a maximum of $5 for a full day. No charge for parking under an hour.

News coverage

Vote Nov 7 for Quincy City Councilors and School Committee

Time to exercise one of our most precious rights as citizens. Here’s a round up of voter information for the November 7 city elections. Time to get out and vote, Squantumites! And for a sweet treat, pick up some baked goods at the polls to support the Squantum School.

City elections
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Polls open: 7 AM – 8 PM
Voting location for Squantum Ward 6 residents:
Squantum Elementary School, 50 Huckins Ave [map] (check your voting location here)

Need a ride to the polls?
Representative Bruce Ayers provides a free service for the elderly, handicapped, and disabled residents of Quincy or Randolph. This service will pick up voters in wheelchair-accessible vans, drive them to their polling location, and drive them home after they have voted. Contact Bruce Ayers to schedule a ride or for more information.

Be prepared: view the ballot and four ballot questions

Voter information
The state Elections Division website provides everything you need to know about voting—including how and where to vote, how to vote early or via absentee ballot, a list of candidates, and a review of the ballot questions. A few highlights from the site:

Learn about the candidates

Ward 6 City Council Candidate

  • William Harris (incumbent) of Ashworth Road
  • H. A. “Alie” Shaughnessy of Essex Street
  • See video statements below

The candidates for At-Large City Council
Six candidates are running for three seats.

School Committee Candidates
Six candidates are competing for three school committee seats.

News round up

In their own words – Ward 6 City Council Candidate

William Harris (Incumbent)

Alie Shaughnessy

In their own words – At-Large Candidates

Noel DiBona (Incumbent)

Margaret Laforest

Nina Liang (Incumbent)

Anne Mahoney

Daniel Raymondi

Stephen Tougas

Opioid Abuse: A Community Conversation Nov 15

Opioid Abuse graphicIn Quincy, like in so many cities and town across our nation, we see and feel the impact of the opioid crisis on a daily basis. Recently we learned that the City of Quincy plans to sue the drug industry for selling drugs knowing the risk of addiction. As noted in a recent Globe article, Quincy became one of the first cities in the country to give the overdose antidote Narcan to its first responders in 2010 and has tripled the size of its drug unit and sponsored a treatment center. Our city of 94,000 has witnessed 163 opioid-related deaths over the past five years. While we read about the crisis in the news every day, we see the impacts across our community, state, and nation. This issue hits us here at home.

On November 15, please join the Squantum Community Association for a conversation about this pervasive public health issue. The SCA has invited a great panel of experts to share their insights into the issues surrounding the origin of the opioid crisis, its impact on the community, and efforts to prevent abuse and to assist those who are addicted. You’ll have a chance to ask questions as we all seek to gain a greater understanding of this issue.

Understanding and Coping with the Issues of Opioid Abuse
A Community Conversation

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm
First Church of Squantum (upper level)
164 Bellevue Rd, Squantum, MA (map)
Refreshments will be served.

Panel

For more information about this event, email the Squantum Community Association.

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.

Recent news

Meet At-Large City Council Candidates Nov 1

Join the Squantum Community Association on November 1 to meet the candidates running for three At-Large seats on the Quincy City Council. Come meet the candidates interested in serving our community. At this informal gathering (not a debate) each candidate will share their thoughts in an opening statement and residents will be invited to pose questions. Residents wishing to send questions for the candidates in advance can email the SCA and we will pose them to the candidates on your behalf.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm
First Church of Squantum (upper level)
164 Bellevue Rd, Squantum, MA (map)
Refreshments will be served.

2017 Elections: key dates

  • October 18, Wednesday, 8 pm: Last day and hour to register to vote in November
  • 7  City Election
  • November 7, Tuesday: City election will include ward council and school committee races, polls open 7am to 8 pm

For more information about this event, email or call Louise Grabowski at 617-851-1673.

The candidates for At-Large City Council
The six candidates running for the three At-Large seats are:

News coverage

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.

In their own words

Noel DiBona (Incumbent)

Margaret Laforest

Nina Liang (Incumbent)

Anne Mahoney

Daniel Raymondi

Stephen Tougas

Drop off your hazardous waste at the DPW Oct 7

Pack up your household hazardous waste and head over to the Fall DPW drop-off day for Quincy residents. Head over early as the line often wraps around Sea Street onto Southern Artery. Proof of residency is required (driver’s license or tax bill).

This year the event will also feature paper shredding provided by Bay State.

Saturday, October 7, 2017, 7:30–11 AM
Department of Public Works (DPW)
55 Sea Street (rear of building), Quincy, MA

The City of Quincy provides this free service to assist residents in the proper disposal of hazardous waste and to protect our environment.

What can you drop off?

Some of the eligible items for disposal are oil and latex based paints, thinners, strippers, oils and varnishes, all household cleaners including drain and plumbing cleaners, automotive fluids including oil and gasoline, chemical fertilizers and insecticides, polishes, ni-cad and lithium batteries, roofing tar and driveway sealants.

When gathering products for the drop-off event leave materials in original containers and tighten all caps and lids. Sort and pack items separately in sturdy upright boxes. Never mix chemicals.  Pack your car the morning of the event and drive directly to the DPW. Do not smoke while handling hazardous material and do not bring children in the car with you.

Items not accepted at the hazardous materials drop-off day are latex paint, tires, ammunition, fireworks and explosives, commercial/industrial/biological waste, prescription medicine and radioactive waste.

For a complete list of what to bring, how to bring it, and what not to bring,
visit the DPW site. For more information call 617-376-7556.

Meet Ward 6 City Council Candidates August 30

Join the Squantum Community Association on August 30 to meet the candidates running for the Ward 6 seat on the Quincy City Council. Come meet our three neighbors interested in serving our community. At this informal gathering (not a debate) each candidate will share their thoughts in an opening statement and residents will be invited to pose questions. The council seat in Ward 6 serves Squantum, Marina Bay, and parts of North Quincy. Residents wishing to send questions for the candidates in advance can email the SCA and we will pose them to the candidates on your behalf.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 7:30 pm
First Church of Squantum (lower level)
164 Bellevue Rd, Squantum, MA (map)
Refreshments will be served.

2017 Elections: key dates

  • August 23, Wednesday, 8 pm: Last day and hour to register to vote in Preliminary Election
  • September 12, Tuesday: Preliminary Election, polls open 7am to 8 pm
  • October 18, Wednesday, 8 pm: Last day and hour to register to vote in November
    7  City Election
  • November 7, Tuesday: City election will include ward council and school committee races, polls open 7am to 8 pm

For more information about this event, email or call Louise Grabowski at 617-851-1673.

The candidates
All three candidates running for the Ward 6 city council seat are planning to attend:

  • William Harris (incumbent) of Ashworth Road
  • H. A. “Alie” Shaughnessy of Essex Street
  • Steven Striffler of Huckins Avenue

News coverage

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.

Kick off the big weekend at July 1 road race and support the parade

Squantum Road RaceLooks like it’s shaping up to be a fabulous July 4th holiday weekend! Kick it off on Saturday at the annual road race sponsored by Bruce Ayers. Grab your peeps and run around the hood while supporting the July Fourth parade!

Saturday, July 1, 9:30 am
Meet at the Squantum Community Center
50 Huckins Avenue, Squantum, MA

Registration begins at 9:30am
Entry fee to support the parade: $20/adult, kids age 10 and under free
All proceeds benefit the Squantum 4th of July Parade.

Run starts 10am
Trophies and T-shirts provided

Questions?
Contact race sponsor Representative Bruce Ayers 617-472-9877

July 1 Road Race flyer

 

PorchFest brings music and a Beer Garden to Squantum, June 24

Get ready for music and dancing in the streets on
Saturday, June 24! After the great success of last year, PorchFest Quincy is returning to Squantum from 4–8 PM, bringing bands to porches and driveways across our neighborhood. Festivities are rain or shine and extend from 1–8 PM across Quincy.

A new addition this year…you can grab some nosh at food trucks at the Wollaston Elementary Schoolyard, or a cold one at the Beer Garden in Squantum. Locations for these two sites are being added to the online map.

PorchFests are free, live music events held on front porches across a city. PorchFest music festivals bring local bands, singers, and instrumentalists together with neighbors to enjoy music of any genre. Music can range from country to pop, classical to reggae, and everything in between—blues, rock, jazz, Latino, R&B—anything goes! Performances are staggered throughout the afternoon so neighbors can walk from yard to yard enjoying each other and the great music.

Schedule of activities
Saturday, June 24, 2017

  • 1–5 PM  Wollaston Hill
  • 1–5 PM  Beachwood Knoll/Wollaston
  • 4–8 PM  Squantum
  • 4–8 PM  Merrymount

View the full schedule of bands and locations on the PorchFest website. The site includes an interactive map showing band locations, and band profiles.  Organizers plan to post a printable schedule on the site by the end of the day Friday, and the map will be updated to show locations of the Beer Garden and food trucks.

Share your fun by tagging photos/videos with #porchfestquincy.

Make a donation
PorchFest is an entirely volunteer effort – bands, porch hosts, and organizers volunteer to bring this great event to our neighborhoods. Visit the site to make a donation or purchase PorchFest T-shirts.

Questions?

Contact PorchFest organizers.

View photos from the 2016 festival.