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Quincy Bike To Work Day July 29

The public is invited to join Mayor Thomas Koch’s Bicycle Commission and the Quincy Planning Department for Bike to Work Day on Friday, July 29th from 7 to 9 a.m. in the parking lot in front of 34 Coddington St.

Stop by to learn how to load a bike onto an MBTA bus, enjoy free snacks, and receive some complimentary safety gear courtesy of MassRIDES (while supplies last).

Arriving by bike is highly encouraged, but not required.

The Commission extends special thanks to Quincy School Supt. Dr. Richard DeCristofaro, Laura Owens, Michael Draicchio, and the rest of the School Department for making the parking lot available for the event.

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Furnace Book Parkway Guardrail Replacement Project Starts July 25

The state Department of Conservation and Recreation will conduct the final phase of a guardrail replacement project on Furnace Brook Parkway beginning Monday, July 25, the City of Quincy announced via news alert Thursday.

The stretch of the Parkway between Southern Artery (Route 3A) and Hancock Street will be closed to through traffic from approximately 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on weekdays to accommodate the work.  Commuters should seek alternate routes, but residents will have access to surrounding streets, city officials said.

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Quincy Awarded $28.5M For New Sterling

By SCOTT JACKSON

The Massachusetts School Building Authority on Wednesday voted to award Quincy up to $28.52 million for the construction of the new Reay E. Sterling Middle School.

The final price tag for the new facility has yet to be determined. One of the next steps in the process will be for the city and MSBA to enter into a project funding agreement, which will detail the project’s scope and budget, along with conditions under which Quincy will receive its grant from the state agency.

State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, the chair of the MSBA, and MSBA CEO Maureen Valente announced the $28.52 million in a statement.

“Upon completion, this project will provide a new, 21st century for our middle school students in Quincy,” Goldberg said. “Our goal is to create the best space to deliver the district’s educational commitments and goals.”

“Students will soon have a beautiful new space which will undoubtedly enhance and improve their ability to excel in the classroom,” Valente added.

The new Sterling – a 95,155 square foot facility – will have space to accommodate up to 430 students in grades five through eight. The school had an enrollment of 341 students in those grades at the start of the 2015-2016 school year, and has accommodated as many as 353 students in recent years.

The new facility will be built on the same site as the current school, set back further from Granite Street.

The current Sterling Middle School first opened its doors in 1927. The building suffers from deficiencies in major building systems including mechanical, electrical, envelope, windows and accessibility, according to the MSBA; the existing school also does not support the delivery of its educational program.

The new Sterling is following on the heels of the $50 million Central Middle School that opened in 2013 and the $126 million Quincy High School that opened in 2010. The city has already begun the process to replace the 97-year-old Squantum Elementary School as well.

 

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No Charges After Driver Crashes Into Quincy Point Restaurant

A car crashed into the Washington Street Wild Willy's Tuesday, sending five people the hospital. Quincy Police Department photos.

A car crashed into the Washington Street Wild Willy’s Tuesday, sending five people the hospital. Quincy Police Department photos.

By SCOTT JACKSON

Quincy police are asking the state to revoke the driver’s license held by the 90-year-old Cohasset man who crashed his car into the main entrance of a Washington Street eatery Tuesday, sending five people to the hospital, but won’t be filing charges against him.

Capt. John Dougan on Wednesday said the department has asked the Registry of Motor Vehicles to declare the driver of the 2002 Subaru, Roger Nast, an immediate threat to public safety and revoke his license. Dougan said the RMV would hold a hearing before doing so.

The Police Department, Dougan said, would not be filing charges against Nast or citing him for traffic violations.

Nast was pulling into a handicapped parking spot in front of the main entrance to Wild Willy’s Burgers at 588 Washington St. in Quincy Point shortly after 12:30 p.m. Tuesday when he attempted to brake, but instead hit the gas pedal and accelerated into the restaurant, according to Dougan.

Three people who were waiting in line at the counter inside the Wild Willy’s were struck by the vehicle and taken to a local hospital – a 46-year-old male, a 16-year-old male and a 14-year-old female, all visiting from San Diego.

Nast and his passenger, a 90-year-old woman, were also taken to the hospital.

There was no answer Wednesday morning when a reporter attempted to call the restaurant.

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Second ‘Walk Of Names’ Brick Pick-Up

The City of Quincy announces the second “Walk of Names” pick-up will take place next week.

Original engraved bricks that were removed from in front of the glass City Hall annex to make room for the new “Walk of Names” as part of the Adams-Hancock Green project will be available for pick-up at the Park Department Headquarters, 1 Merrymount Parkway on the following days:

Tuesday, July 26 from 3 to 8 p.m.

Friday, July 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, July 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Donors may call or email with their name and requested brick to arrange for pick-up of the original bricks at one of the above days and times. General walk-in pick-up during the times listed below is allowed; however, leave time for sorting.

To ensure bricks are ready for pick up, call 781-613-0627 or email: QuincyBricks@gmail.com.

Future dates and times for brick pick-up will also be announced, city officials said.

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