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Morrisette Legion Fall Baseball Starts Sept. 6

Morrisette Legion fall baseball begins Wednesday, Sept. 6th at 6 p.m. at Colletta Field.

It is a six-week program with games against other towns Sunday mornings at 9 a.m.

Anyone interested in playing Morrisette Legion baseball next summer should think about attending Fall Ball.

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Wednesday Deadline To Register For Preliminary Election

By SCOTT JACKSON

Residents hoping to cast ballots in September’s preliminary municipal election have until Wednesday at 8 p.m. to register.

Wednesday is also the first day residents can cast absentee ballots in the preliminary. Absentee voting at City Hall, 1305 Hancock St., will end at noon on Sept. 11.

Voters across Quincy will head to the ballot box Sept. 12 to whittle the field of candidates in the City Council at-large race down from seven to six. Voters in Wards 1, 5 and 6 will also be casting ballots in preliminary contests to represent those districts on the council; there are four candidates on the Ward 1 ballot and three each in Wards 5 and 6.

The final election is set for Nov. 7. In addition for the four council races, voters will also elect three members of the School Committee. Six candidates are vying for those seats.

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William F. Degan Remembered On 25th Anniversary Of Tragic Death

United States Marshal John Gibbons announces Mayor Thomas P. Koch has proclaimed Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 “William F. Degan Memorial Day” in the City of Quincy. This reverence occurs on the 25th anniversary of his tragic line of duty death.

William F. Degan

William F. Degan

Inspector “Bill” Degan, a native of Quincy, was a Supervisory Criminal Investigator in the Boston office.  He was also a senior member of the Marshals Service’s elite tactical unit, the Special Operations Group (SOG).  He served in the capacity as SOG Commander during the humanitarian and enforcement responses after Hurricane Hugo devastated approximately 90% of the buildings on the Virgin Islands in 1989.  Because of his unwavering leadership during those crucial days, he was presented both the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award, and the Marshals Service Director’s Special Achievement Award.

At the time of his death, Degan was on a covert SOG surveillance mission on Ruby Ridge, in Northern Idaho when his team was suddenly encountered by the fugitive, a family member & a family friend.  At the end of the firefight that immediately ensued, Bill laid mortally wounded.  Bill died a hero, attempting to cover two fellow SOG Deputies, allowing them to get to a position of safety.

Prior to joining the Marshals Service, Bill served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marine Corps.  He served active duty during Operation Desert Storm.

Posthumously, he was awarded even more honors. He received the Marshals Service’s Robert Forsyth Valor Award, which is named for the first Deputy United States Marshal to be killed in the line of duty in 1794.  Bill was also elevated to the level of Colonel by the United States Marine Corps.

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K9 Karl Joins Quincy Police Dept.

Karl, a one-year-old black Lab trained to sniff out drugs, recently joined the Quincy Police Department. Photo courtesy Quincy police.

Karl, a one-year-old black Lab trained to sniff out drugs, recently joined the Quincy Police Department. Photo courtesy Quincy police.

By SCOTT JACKSON

The Quincy Police Department’s newest officer has four legs and is one-year-old.

The department recently welcomed K9 Karl, a one-year-old black Labrador retriever trained to sniff out narcotics. Karl was purchased using funds seized from drug trafficking cases, Sgt. Karyn Barkas said. Those funds were also used to purchase a K9 cruiser for Karl and his handler, officer Steve Dabillis.

Karl is the department’s second single-purpose narcotics interdiction dog, Barkas said. He joins K9 Charlie, a chocolate Labrador retriever the department purchased in January 2016.

Charlie directly assisted in the seizure of more than $57,000 cash, approximately 40 grams of fentanyl, more than 135 grams of heroin, more than 270 grams of crack cocaine, over 3,000 oxycodone pills, and approximately 500 Suboxone pills in his first year of service, Barkas said.

With the addition of Karl, Quincy police now have a total of 12 patrol, narcotics and explosives detection dogs.

 

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Dunkin’ Eyes December Opening

Rendering of the new Dunkin' Donuts store planned for Washington Street in Quincy Point. The shop will be one of the first to use the new Dunkin' concept, which emphasizes coffee and beverages. Rendering courtesy Victor Carvalho.

Rendering of the new Dunkin’ Donuts store planned for Washington Street in Quincy Point. The shop will be one of the first to use the new Dunkin’ concept, which emphasizes coffee and beverages. Rendering courtesy Victor Carvalho.

By SCOTT JACKSON

Quincy is home to the first Dunkin’ Donuts, and by the end of the year the city could be home to one of the first Dunkin’ shops – a new concept from the chain that puts an emphasis on coffee and other beverages while downplaying doughnuts.

The Board of License Commissioners on Tuesday approved a common victualler license for the new Dunkin’ store, which will open at 588 Washington St. in Quincy Point, formerly home to a Wild Willy’s burger restaurant. The Zoning Board of Appeals gave its approval to the proposed new store Aug. 8.

Franchisee Victor Carvalho said the plan is to open the new location around Dec. 1. The Carvalhos currently operate nine Dunkin’ Donuts in the area – six in Quincy, two in Weymouth and one in Hingham – including the original Dunkin’ Donuts on Southern Artery, the one at the corner of Southern Artery and Washington Street, and one on Bridge Street in Weymouth at the foot of the Fore River Bridge. There are presently no plans to shutter any of those three locations despite their proximity to the new store, Carvalho said.

Ed Fleming, the attorney representing the Carvalhos before the licensing board, said the Canton-based chain is excited about the new concept and wanted Quincy to have one of the first locations. Dunkin’ Donuts first opened in the city in 1950.

“Dunkin’ is very excited about this new brand. The goal is to create an on-the-go beverage service – a real concentration on the on-the-go and the beverage service aspect of their business,” Fleming said. “We talk about this new brand coming online, there was no question that Dunkin’ wanted it to start in Quincy since its initial store also started in Quincy.”

In addition to the new Dunkin’ branding, the location at 588 Washington St. will be the first store to feature a four-lane drive through. Two of the lanes will features kiosks where customers can order and pay for their food and drink, one lane will be for customers who placed an order ahead of time through Dunkin’ Donuts’ smartphone app, and the fourth lane will be a conventional one with orders placed through a speaker.

The four lanes will converge into a single pick up window. Signals will be installed at the drive through to control the flow of customers to the pick up window.

The site will have 31 parking spaces, room for up to 17 vehicles in the drive-through lanes, and the restaurant will have 10 seats inside.

Fleming said most of the customers headed to the store would be drivers headed northbound along Route 3A as part of their morning commute to Boston; the shop is located on the northbound side of the road. Carvalho expects to capture some of the drivers who don’t stop at the Dunkin’ Donuts on Bridge Street, which sits on a smaller lot with less room in the drive through.

The Dunkin’ restaurant will occupy 1,800 square feet of the 3,800 square foot building on site. Fleming said another undetermined retailer would take over the rest of the facility.

The licensing board permitted the new restaurant to operate between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. seven days a week. Ward 2 Councillor Brad Croall, in a letter to the board, asked that the store close at 9 p.m. to allay concerns about noise from nearby residents.

“I’d like to begin by expressing the fact that the Carvalho group are extremely competent operators who have a solid track record owning and operating Dunkin’ Donuts shops throughout the city of Quincy and quite frankly they’re good guys,” Croall said.

“I did host a neighborhood meeting and this application has moved through the ZBA up to this point. What I’m wondering and asking for the board to consider is an earlier close time of 9 p.m. versus 10 p.m. I think this action would go a long way with the neighbors who directly abut the property.”

The board approved the license in a 4-1 vote. City Clerk Nicole Crispo voted against the license, saying she would have preferred the earlier closing time.

“I think you run a very good business here, but I do think that the 9 o’clock closeout would be best – then the employees would be leaving around 10 – for the people in the neighborhood,” she said. “I think the concept is great. I wish you success, but I think 9 o’clock would have been better.”

Health Commissioner Drew Scheele and Inspectional Services Director Jay Duca, the board’s chairman and vice chairman, respectively, said the closing time could be revisited if it does prove problematic in the future.

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