A parachutist dressed as Santa was injured on a hard landing at Pageant Field Saturday afternoon.
The man apparently suffered a broken leg after he was blown off course by a wind gust as he approached the field. About a thousand people – many of them children – were gathered at Pageant Field for the parachuting event.
The man was transported to an area hospital.
The jump occurred during the traditional Santa arrival by parachute event. The event was supposed to take place last Saturday but had been postponed to this Saturday due to weather conditions.
These photos were taken by Quincy Sun photographer Larry Carchedi. The sequence shows Santa in the air, approaching the field, then being taken behind a tree line by the wind and finally first responders attending to the injured man after he landed. Firefighters and EMTs assisted the man for about 30 minutes. He was then transported to the hospital.
The first of two days for the 20th annual Community Leader Kettle to benefit The Salvation Army Quincy Corps will take place outside Quincy City Hall, 1305 Hancock St., on Friday, Dec. 2.
The Friday kettle date was originally Wednesday, Nov. 30 but was postponed two days due to an inclement weather forecast.
The second day for the community leader kettle will be held Wednesday, Dec. 7 at the same location.
Hours for the kettle on both days are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
More than 50 civic and city leaders are volunteering their time to ring the bell at the community leader kettle. The kettle to benefit The Salvation Army was established 20 years ago by the late Henry W. Bosworth, Jr., founder and longtime publisher of The Quincy Sun.
Mr. Bosworth, who passed away in February 2009, coordinated the kettle for many years. He was a longtime member of the Quincy Salvation Army Advisory Board. For the last eight years, the kettle has been coordinated by Mr. Bosworth’s son, Robert, who is now the publisher of The Quincy Sun and also a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board.
To date, the kettle has raised $64,857 – including $1,600 last year – to benefit The Salvation Army and its mission of helping the needy during the holiday season and year-round. This includes toys and other holiday support for those in need, along with funding for food pantries, social services, and education programs.
In recent years, a “Christmas in July” kettle set up in the summer outside The Quincy Sun has also been manned by community leaders. Over the past three years, the July kettle has raised $9,249 – including $6,950 this past summer.
In total, the two community leader kettles have raised $74,106 for The Salvation Army Quincy Corps.
Capt. Timothy Ross, Corps Officer of The Salvation Army Quincy Corps Community Center on Baxter Street in Quincy, said the money raised by the red kettles assist local families yearround.
“The Salvation Army continues to see that there are many families who are still finding it very hard to stay afloat, and we’ve seen it firsthand in the numbers of people coming to us for help over the past few months,” Capt. Ross said. “The Salvation Army looks to our community for their generosity in order that we can show compassion and kindness to the less fortunate.
“The funds raised during the holiday season help individuals and families not only during this special time of the year but all year long,” he added.
Here is the line-up of community leaders volunteering at the City Hall kettle:
FRIDAY, DEC. 2
8 a.m. – Norfolk County Register of Deeds William O’Donnell and Norfolk County Commissioner Joseph Shea.
9 a.m. – Don Uvanitte, chairman, Quincy Salvation Army Advisory Board; Dorothy Newall, Salvation Army Advisory Board; and Quincy City Councillor Noel DiBona.
10 a.m. – Former Norfolk County Dist. Atty. George Burke; Rick Doane, executive director, Interfaith Social Services; and Norfolk County Dist. Atty. Michael Morrissey.
11 a.m. – Rich Gormley, vice president, Citizens Bank; state Sen. John Keenan; state Rep. Ron Mariano and Norfolk County Register of Probate Pat McDermott.
12 noon – Tony Agnitti, president, Agnitti Insurance Agency; North Quincy High School Principal Rob Shaw and Quincy High School Principal Larry Taglieri.
1 p.m. – Mayor Tom Koch and John Dumas, business manager, IBEW Local 103 and Norfolk County Sheriff Michael Bellotti.
2 p.m. – Uncle Sam Rounseville; Maureen Rogers, president, Quincy Chamber of Commerce; and Quincy City Clerk Nicole Crispo.
3 p.m. – Paul Moody, commander, Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 294, Guy Ferris, Finance Officer, Squadron 294; and Bob LaFleur, past commander, Morrisette American Legion Post.
Wednesday, Dec. 7
8 a.m. – Quincy School Committeewoman Emily Lebo; architect Jim Edwards, president, Quincy Historical Society; Edward Fitzgerald, director, Quincy Historical Society; councillor Joe Finn and former Ward 3 councillor Kevin Coughlin.
9 a.m. – Michael McFarland, president, Colonial Federal Savings Bank; former Mayor James Sheets; and Susan Harrington, director of Development and Marketing, Quincy Community Action Programs.
10 a.m. – Quincy City Councillor Nina Liang; Lucille Cassis, chief development officer, Fr. Bill’s/MainSpring; and Robert Bosworth, publisher, The Quincy Sun.
11 a.m. – Ed Keohane, Keohane Funeral Homes, Joan Keohane, Salvation Army Advisory Board and Isobel Bertman, Salvation Army Advisory Board.
12 noon – State Rep. Bruce Ayers; Neil McCole, Friends of Wollaston Beach; Quincy Veterans Services Director George Nicholson and Quincy Graves Registration Officer George Bouchard.
1 p.m. – John Pasciucco, Salvation Army Advisory Board; Steve Wessling, CEO, Wessling Architects; Ron Ivil and Dick Lombardi, Quincy-North Quincy Football Hall of Fame Committee.
2 p.m. – West Quincy businessmen Frank Trainor, Steve DesRoche, Greg McDonald, Bob Connelly, Mike Wood and Sean Galvin.
3 p.m. – Quincy Fire Chief Joseph Barron, Quincy Police Chief Paul Keenan; Bette Campbell, director, Quincy Access TV; Mark Crosby, government access coordinator, QATV; Ward 6 Councillor Bill Harris; and Ryan Barrett and Mike Feenan, Quincy Young Professionals group.
Besides the Community Leader kettle, the Salvation Army has its familiar red kettles outside all Stop & Shop and Shaw’s – Star Markets locations in the Quincy, Braintree, Weymouth, and Hingham area as well as Roche Brothers and Walmart in Quincy. Other locations include the South Shore Plaza and the Walmart in Weymouth.
Online Red Kettle donations can also be made at www.salvationarmyma.org/Quincy.
Mayor Thomas Koch announced Tuesday the appointment of long-time advocate Laura Martin to coordinate the City’s ongoing substance abuse prevention efforts.
Martin, who helped coordinate interdiction efforts in the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office for several years, is the City’s first full-time employee dedicated to leading existing programs and creating new ones to prevent substance abuse, treat victims, and stem the spread of illegal narcotics that has affected the entire state and country.
Martin’s position – an annually salary of $75,000 – will be funded by new revenue from a Community Host Agreement with a medical marijuana dispensary located on Ricciuti Drive.
“We are making progress, but there’s always more we can be doing. Having someone with Laura’s experience, knowledge and passion for bringing an end to the scourge of substance abuse with us full-time will greatly enhance our abilities,” said Mayor Koch. “I’m thrilled she is coming on board.”
As a prosecutor, Martin coordinated specialty court operations for District Attorney Michael Morrissey, including the County’s Drug Court, where she worked with defendants and families on jail diversion programs. Her work with drug offenders earned her a Special Recognition award from the Quincy Drug Court in 2014. She was a co-founder of the Quincy Anti-Drug Coalition and an original member of Mayor Koch’s Substance Abuse Task Force.
For Martin, her advocacy work is personal. Her brother, Danny, succumb to heroin addiction in 2004, and she decided at that time that the best way to honor his memory would be helping those still battling addiction. She and her family started the Danny Martin Hope Fund to create awareness of the need for long-term treatment options.
In 2014, Martin penned a op-ed in The Patriot Ledger entitled “There’s Always Hope,” which garnered widespread attention for its message of confronting addiction head-on as a disease not something that should be hidden.
In her new role, Martin plans to expand on the work of the Mayor’s Task Force – including expanding educational programs, seeking grant money, and implementing new interdiction efforts when first responders handle overdose calls.
By SCOTT JACKSON
Quincy police seized Oxycodone and cocaine with a street value of more than $100,000 from a Quarry Street apartment, dismantling a “large-scale operation” in the process.
One resident of the apartment turned himself in to authorities Monday while the other remained at-large.
The bust began on Nov. 25. Quincy police detectives with the department’s drug control unit were conducting surveillance in the 900 block of Hancock that day, Lt. Det. Patrick Glynn said. During that time, detectives stopped a motor vehicle for an investigation into what they believed was a drug deal.
As a result, Glynn said, two people were arrested, booked at Quincy police headquarters and released on personal recognizance: Yalin De’Lewis Merard, age 26, of the Avalon apartments on Quarry Street and 27-year-old Nickel Fleurima of Boston.
Merard was charged with possession with intent to distribute of a class B narcotic, Percocet. Fleurima was charged with the same offense as well as operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.
After booking and releasing the two suspects, detectives were able to obtain a search warrant for Merard’s apartment. Glynn said police seized 3,000 Oxycodone pills and 250 grams of cocaine during the search, as well as a 9 mm handgun with obliterated serial numbers, a box of ammunition, $11,000 in U.S. currency, a money counter and packaging material.
Glynn said the narcotics seized by police have a street value of more than $100,000.
“This is considered to be a large-scale operation that has been dismantled with additional arrests pending as the investigation is still ongoing, as detectives review documents for customers and other suppliers,” Glynn said Monday.
“This is considered a very successful investigation as cash, drugs and a gun were taken off the street.”
Arrest warrants were issued for Merard and 27-year-old Marquise Shaw, who lives in the same apartment.
Merard turned himself in at the Quincy District Court Monday, where he was arraigned on numerous drug and firearms charges. He pleaded not guilty and was held on $20,000 bail. He is due back in court Dec. 19.
Shaw remained at-large.