A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for the Stop & Shop workers who are striking throughout New England as they fight for fair wages and benefits.
The GoFundMe was started less than 24 hours ago and has raised more than $10,000.
In a statement about the GoFundMe campaign, a press release stated:
“Hard-working Stop & Shop employees all over New England are standing together for a contract that protects their health care coverage, retirement funds and, most importantly, their ability to provide you with the very best in customer service.
“After months of negotiating with Stop & Shop without reaching a deal to protect these benefits, 31,000 Stop & Shop workers walked off the job on April 11th. As long as they are on strike, they will not be collecting a regular paycheck.
“Your donations to this strike fund will be used to assist Stop & Shop strikers facing hardships.
“Our goal is to reach an agreement as soon as possible and secure a strong contract that honors the 31,000 hard-working women and men who have helped make Stop & Shop the most successful grocer in New England. Until we reach that agreement, we are standing strong on the picket lines together. Thank you for supporting us as we are on strike.”
Can I legally contribute?
Most individuals can contribute freely to this UFCW Strike Hardship Fund. Contributions are not tax deductible. All contributions will be used to benefit members and no money will be used by the UFCW for any other purpose.
Because this fund is UFCW-affiliated, the fund cannot solicit or accept money from employers whose workers the UFCW represents, seeks to represent, or would admit as members in the future.
To learn more visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/supportstopandshopworkers
Former Quincy Mayor Francis X. McCauley will hold a book signing for his newly published autobiography Saturday, April 20 at 10 a.m. at the Quincy Historical Society, located at 8 Adams St. in Quincy Center.
Copies of “FRANK: From Bootlegger to Bank President and Beyond” will be available for purchase at the event for $20 (sales tax included). Those who have previously purchased a copy of the book are welcome to bring it to the event and have it signed.
In his autobiography, McCauley details his improbable rise from so-so student and aimless clam digger to bank president and mayor of Quincy. Along the way, the book offers an illuminating look at life in Quincy from the 1920s through the early 21st century.
“FRANK: From Bootlegger to Bank President and Beyond” is available from Amazon.com at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1795420847.
McCauley was the guest speaker at the Quincy Lions Club meeting Thursday at the Neighborhood Club of Quincy. McCauley, who joined the Quincy Lions nearly 60 years ago, reminisced about some of his memories growing up in Quincy and entering local politics. He also signed copies of his new book.
By SCOTT JACKSON
The owner of the land on which the Wollaston Theater once sat is proposing to build 63 condominium units on site.
Ward 5 Councillor Kirsten Hughes will host a community meeting on the proposal Thursday, April 25, at 7 p.m. inside the auditorium of Quincy High School at 100 Coddington St.
The owner of the property, Miao Kun Fang, has proposed a 63-unit condominium project at the site of the now demolished theater on Beale Street. The project would include 29 one-bedroom units and 34 two-bedroom units, according to Fang’s attorney, Robert Harnais.
Fang plans to spend between $15 and $20 million on the project, Harnais wrote in a letter to Hughes.
The former theater, located at 10 Beale St., sat on an 18,790 square foot parcel of land in a Business C zoning district, according to the city assessors’ online database. The property has sat empty since the theater was demolished in 2016.
The project is subject to review by the city’s Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals.
The Wollaston Theatre last opened its doors to the public in 2003. The building opened in 1926 and was home to a vaudeville theater before being converted to a cinema in the 1930s.
Fang purchased the property for $600,000 in 2012 from Yvonne Chandler. Chandler and her late husband, Arthur, had owned the Wollaston Theatre since 1979.
Prior to selling the site to Fang, Chandler had reached an agreement in 2009 to sell the building to Street-Works, the city’s previous master developer for Quincy Center. The New York-based company exercised an option to opt out of that agreement after it was estimated that renovating the building would cost upwards of $7 million.
The 30th annual “Cleaner, Greener Quincy” city-wide cleanup will be held Saturday, May 4. The cleanup will take place from 9 a.m. to noon.
Mayor Thomas Koch is seeking community volunteers to participate in this year’s cleanup at parks and open spaces throughout the city. The mayor will host an appreciation cookout following the cleanup at Pageant Field.
In past years, thousands of volunteers have cleaned school grounds, parks, playgrounds, marshes, and open space areas. Volunteers have planted flowers, shrubs, and trees. Countless yards of mulch have been spread and weeds and winter debris removed. Each year, this event has served as Quincy’s community-wide “spring-cleaning.”
“Quincy remains a beautiful place to live in part because of our residents’ commitment to keep it looking beautiful,” Koch said. “Whether it be their own properties or pitching in for community events like Cleaner, Greener Quincy, we have thousands of people committed to helping Quincy stay beautiful. As someone who has seen this program up close for each of its 30 years, I am extremely grateful for the hard work our resident put forth.”
The City Department of Natural Resources (Park, Forestry, Cemetery, Recreation and Conservation) will support community groups interested in helping out by providing tools, mulch, bags, gloves and other supplies. Interested parties can form their own groups or join other established groups at locations around the city.
For more information, call Program Manager Paul Doherty at (617) 376-1251 or email Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first 1,500 volunteers will receive a commemorative 30th anniversary Cleaner, Greener Quincy t-shirt. The shirts are sponsored by the Quincy Parks Conservancy, a local non-profit that advocates for our parks and open space areas.
Cleaner, Greener Quincy was started by then-Mayor Jim Sheets as a way to get the community involved in the upkeep of our park system. Since then, it has created a generation of stewards that take an active interest in the condition and appearance of our public park system.
It is estimated that Cleaner, Greener Quincy has generated more than 250,000 community volunteer hours since its inception. It has reached more than 60 different locations throughout neighborhoods of the city.
Added Mayor Koch:
“The most important component of Cleaner, Greener is getting our young people invested in their community. These youngsters take an active interest in keeping their neighborhood parks and playgrounds in great shape. That has tremendous value to the future of our city.”
Sheila (Read) McIntyre, age 87, formerly of Niagara Falls, NY, died April 14, 2019.
She was born March 30, 1932, the daughter of Charles and Loretto (McCall) Read. She attended St. Mary’s Grammar School in Niagara Falls, NY, and graduated from Loretto Academy, Niagara Falls, Ontario, in 1949. She received her BS in Nursing from Niagara University in 1953, and worked as a surgical nurse. (Sheila later volunteered in the ER at Quincy Medical Center.) Sheila was a member of St. Boniface Haiti Foundation, traveling to Haiti twice for a work retreat and an immunization program. She also served on several boards, including the Rice Eventide Retirement Home, Father Bill’s Place, Quincy College, the New England Organ Bank, and the UNOS Donor Transplant Committee. She travelled as a speaker for the New England Organ Bank, promoting organ donation. She was chosen by Woodward School as a Woodward Woman of Distinction and was honored to have Father Bill’s home for veterans named after her.
Sheila was predeceased by her husband, James R. McIntyre, State Senator and Mayor of Quincy. Sheila was the mother of the late William Francis II (1958-1958) and William Francis III (1964–1983), and is survived by Elizabeth (McIntyre) Engelke and her husband, Andrew Engelke of Leander, TX; Sheila McIntyre and her husband, Michael von Herff of Ottawa, ON; and Charles McIntyre and his wife, Erin (Hoey) McIntyre of Concord, NH; and Patricia Marella, an honorary McIntyre daughter. Proud Grandma to James Engelke and Misty Day, Sarah Engelke, William, Silas, and Lucy von Herff, and Connor and Seamus McIntyre. She was “GiGi” (great-grandmother) to Phineas and Thomas Engelke. Sheila is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and Godchildren.
Special gratitude to Sunrise Senior Living and Ascend Hospice for their loving care of Mom.
Visiting hours are at Keohane Funeral Home Friday, April 19 from 4-8pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John the Baptist Church in Quincy at 11 AM on Monday, April 22. Burial at Mt. Wollaston Cemetery will immediately follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the St. Boniface Haiti Foundation (haitihealth.org) or Father Bill’s & MainSpring (helpfbms.org).
See keohane.com or call 1-800-Keohane for directions and online condolences.