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Thomas M. Galvin, 79, Quincy City Historian

Thomas M. Galvin, age 79, of West Quincy, a retired business executive and Quincy city historian, died June 22, 2018.

Thomas M. Galvin, 79

Thomas M. Galvin, 79

Born in Boston on May 17, 1939, Tom was the eldest son of the late Thomas M. and Margaruite C. (Johnson) Galvin of Wollaston. He was the husband of his high school sweetheart Judith (Murphy) Galvin with whom he shared 57 years of marriage. In addition to his wife Judy he is survived by three sons; Thomas M. Galvin and his wife Cynthia, Scott J. Galvin and his wife Janet and Sean W. Galvin and his wife Kathleen all of Quincy. He is also survived by his five cherished granddaughters: Kaitlyn, Jessica, Shannon, Victoria and Julia. He was the brother of Harold A. Galvin of Vero Beach, Florida and Quincy. He was predeceased by his siblings Judith C. Galvin, Kevin A. Galvin, Marcia J. Farrell, John W. Galvin and Cheryl E. Stokinger.

Tom was raised in Wollaston and Norfolk Downs and graduated from North Quincy High School in 1956. In his youth he had been a soda jerk at Baker’s Drug store and a pin boy in local bowling alleys as well as a newspaper boy and a golf caddy.

He began his over four decade long professional career at the Boston Gear Works in Norfolk Downs as a timekeeper and data processor. Over time he rose to senior management and executive positions leading the venerable industrial manufacturing company into the computer age. Two decades before the internet was established Tom combined telephony and computer technology (IT) to pioneer electronic business-to-business commerce between Boston Gear and its nationwide network of independently owned industrial distributors. He also developed a complex product configuration and ordering system using ground-breaking IT concepts for which he was awarded a United States patent. His varied career spanned a total of 43 years when he retired from the company as a vice president in 1999.

Tom was a member of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce and served as president and chairman of the board. He was a fixture at the Chamber’s Board of Director meetings for over 30 years. He also was the founding president and chairman of the board of the Quincy 2000 Corporation, which has become the Quincy Chamber of Commerce.

He was a long time member of the Quincy Rotary Club and a recipient of Rotary’s distinguished Paul Harris Fellow Award, and as such was committed to Rotary’s ideal of community service. He was a founding member of the Quincy Partnership, a past trustee of the Quincy Historical Society and a director of Quincy College Courses, Inc. He was a passionate student of Quincy’s history and was widely known for his collection of antique Quincy postcards which he shared for over twenty years in his weekly Scenes from Yesterday column in The Quincy Sun newspaper, as well as in historical slide lectures throughout the city. He was chairman of the city of Quincy‘s Cemetery Board of Managers and for many years he led interpretive tours of the city’s historic Mount Wollaston Cemetery. For his commitment to sharing his knowledge of Quincy’s history he was appointed city historian by Mayor Thomas Koch.

Besides his passion for Quincy’s history Tom loved his morning walks, Quincy granite, Strauss waltzes, his courtyard garden, his library, railroad trains, clocks, a good steak, beer and cigars, but especially he loved his wife Judy.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Monday 4-8 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9:45 AM on Tuesday prior to the Funeral Mass in Sacred Heart Church, Quincy at 10:30 AM. Burial in Mt. Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Tom may be made to the Quincy Rotary Scholarship Thomas M. Galvin Quincy history award, PO Box 2178, Quincy MA 02269-2178.

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Sunrise Scavenger Suing City, New Trash Contractor


Sunrise Scavenger on Thursday announced it is suing Quincy for breach of contract after the city terminated its waste removal contract with the company last month.

Sunrise Scavenger is also suing Quincy’s new contractor, Capitol Waste Services, for tortious interference and a violation of the Massachusetts consumer protection law.

Quincy officials on May 30 had notified Sunrise Scavenger the city would terminate its 10-year pact with the company, which had five years remaining on it, effective July 1. City officials said the termination was in response to Sunrise’s acquisition by a private equity firm.

Capitol was named the new trash contractor at that time, and the company signed a three-year deal with the city. The cost Quincy pays for trash removal will increase under the new deal with Capitol.

Sunrise Scavenger, in a statement Thursday, said the company’s owner Joseph Lombardi still retains a “significant ownership position and remains in the role of day-to-day leader of the company.”

Further, Sunrise said Quincy was informed of the partnership agreement in November 2017 and did not respond for six months, when the termination letter was sent.

“Sunrise Scavenger notified the city of its partnership arrangement in November of 2017. During the ensuing six months, Sunrise Scavenger received no response from the city until a termination letter arrived May 30th,” the company said.

“During that time, officials could have been negotiating with Sunrise Scavenger to see if there was a way around the partnership technicality that would have kept the lower price contract in place for the next five years.”

In its suit against Capitol, Sunrise alleges the firm intentionally interfered with the latter’s contract with Quincy and negotiated a deal while the 10-year pact remained in effect.

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North Quincy Man Facing Drug, Gun Charges

Quincy police seized $10,000 worth of heroin and fentanyl, Suboxone, a .25 caliber handgun, cash and packaging materials from a North Quincy man Wednesday.

Quincy police seized $10,000 worth of heroin and fentanyl, Suboxone, a .25 caliber handgun, cash and packaging materials from a North Quincy man Wednesday. Photo courtesy Quincy POlice Department.


Quincy police seized $10,000 worth of heroin and fentanyl from a North Quincy man who is facing numerous drug and gun charges.

The Quincy Police Department’s Drug Control Unit arrested Robert Smith, age 37, of 50 East Squantum St., apartment 16A, during a motor vehicle stop Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.

Det. Lt. Patrick Glynn said the arrested followed a month-long investigation into the distribution of fentanyl by Smith. Smith’s base of operations was his apartment, Glynn said. Following the arrest, police obtained a search warrant for Smith’s residence.

In total, police seized 65 grams of fentanyl and heroin, with a street value of $10,000, Glynn said. Police also seized Suboxone, a digital scale, packaging materials, a Browning .25 caliber handgun with a defaced serial number and loaded magazine, and $3,153 in cash.

“Once again combined efforts of the citizens working with the police disrupted this operation and removed a significant quantity of drugs and a firearm from the street,” Glynn said. “Documents seized are being reviewed and additional arrests are expected in Quincy and surrounding communities.”

Smith is facing charges of a school zone violation, distribution of a Class A substance (subsequent offense), trafficking fentanyl, possession of a Class B substance with intent to distribute (subsequent offense), illegal possession of a firearm (subsequent offense), illegal possession of ammunition, possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, and possession of a firearm in use of a felony.

Smith is due to be arraigned Thursday in Quincy District Court.

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Brush Fire Torches Pine Island


Fireworks did not cause a brush fire on Pine Island, but the cause of the Saturday night fire remains undetermined.

The large brush fire on the island, which is located inside Black’s Creek, was reported around 9:30 p.m. Saturday. The fire was first reported about 30 minutes after the Flag Day fireworks display over Black’s Creek began.

Fire officials on Sunday, however, said fireworks did not cause the blaze on Pine Island. The cause had yet to be determined, officials said, but witnesses had reported possibly seeing children running from the vicinity.

An illegal campsite was also found on Pine Island, but officials said it was not connected to the fire.

The Quincy Fire Department was unable to bring vehicles to Pine Island, which is heavily wooded, so firefighters had to carry hoses to the area to fight the conflagration. More than 20 firefighters responded to the fire.

No injuries were immediately reported, nor was any damage to property.

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RMV Accepting Applications For Low Plate Lottery

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles on Monday announced that applications for the 2018 Low Number Plate Lottery are now being accepted online at or by mail.

Applicants must apply by Aug. 27 and, if selected for a low number plate, will be notified after the drawing takes place in September.

“We are pleased to once again offer low plate vehicle numbers through a lottery system,” said Registrar Erin Deveney. “We always have a high level of demand for license plates with very few numbers or very few letters. We encourage our customers to visit where they can apply online or print out the lottery form if needed.”

Applications for the 2018 Low Plate Lottery must be received online or postmarked by Aug. 28, in order for the applicant to be eligible.

This year, there are 201 plates that are available through the low plate lottery. Some of this year’s low plate characters are 1400, 2558, 4J, Y4, 55Z, 77V, and Z81.

In 2017, the Registry received over 11,000 applications, for 162 plates, an increase of 3,000 applications from the prior year.

Applicants should note that there is no fee to apply. However, should the applicant be selected as a winner, there is a fee that will be required, as the fee is required of all new license plates, as well as a standard registration fee.

Customers are encouraged to visit the RMV’s website or follow the RMV on Twitter @MassRMV for upcoming details on the drawing, including the date, time, and location of the event. By law, winners must be announced by Sept. 15, and the names of winners will be posted on the RMV website.

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