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Quincy Tennis Tournament Applications Available

Applications for the 45th Annual City of Quincy Tennis Tournament Championship are available at the Quincy Recreation Department, the Quincy Credit Union, City Hall, and the city tennis courts and online at www.QuincyRec.com.

Quincy Credit Union is the principal sponsor of this traditional family tennis event.

This year’s event will begin on Sept. 16th with an application deadline of Sept. 11th.

The fee is $ 20 which includes all events plus a commemorative T-shirt or $10 for children who are only entering the Boys and Girls 16 and under event. The Tournament is open to all residents of Quincy and will have 11 divisions of play for boys, girls, and men and women.

The Draw will be posted at the Quincy High School Tennis Courts on Russell Park between the hours of 6:30 and 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16th and Thursday, Sept. 17th. Matches will begin on Friday, Sept. 18th.

All entries must be in by Friday, Sept. 11th at 4 p.m. to the Quincy Recreation Department, One Merrymount Parkway. Additional information can be obtained by calling the Quincy Recreation Department at 617-376-1394 or visiting www.QuincyRec.com.

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Y Demolition Resumes After Excavator Mishap

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Demolition of the old YMCA building on Coddington Street resumed Wednesday afternoon after an excavator tipped over earlier in the day. No injuries were reported in the incident, according to the Quincy Fire Department. The old YMCA building originally opened in 1955 and closed in September 2013. The new, $30 million YMCA opened next door in December 2013. Once demolition is completed, the site of the former building will be paved to provide additional parking. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth. 

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Quincy Nanny Returns To Ireland

Aisling Brady McCarthy arrived in Ireland early Wednesday, two days after prosecutors in Middlesex County dropped a murder charge against her in connection with the 2013 death of an infant in Cambridge.

McCarthy, age 37, had been residing in Quincy at the time of the infant’s death. She had been living in the country illegally since 2002, according to  U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement; McCarthy surrendered to federal officials Tuesday afternoon and departed the country that evening.

On Monday, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced prosecutors were dropping the murder charge McCarthy was facing.

“Based on an assessment of the present state of the evidence, including the amended ruling from the medical examiner who performed the autopsy, the Commonwealth cannot meet its burden of proof,”  Ryan said.

On Jan. 14, 2013, at approximately 4:41 p.m., the Cambridge Police Department responded to Ash Street regarding an unresponsive infant, whereupon a 1-year-old child was found to be breathing but unconscious.  The child, who was with her nanny at the time, McCarthy, was transported to Boston Children’s Hospital where she was found to be suffering from subdural and retinal hemorrhaging, and cerebral swelling. Two days later, the child, Rehma Sabir, was declared brain dead.

The medical examiner conducted an autopsy and ruled that the cause of death was complications of blunt force head injuries, and the manner of death was homicide.

On April 12, 2013, an indictment was handed down by a Middlesex County Grand Jury charging McCarthy with the death of the child and on April 18, McCarthy was arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court.

On Aug. 27, 2015, the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office was informed that the medical examiner who conducted the autopsy was issuing an amended ruling changing the cause and manner of death.  The medical examiner has amended the cause of death on the death certificate to “complications of subdural hemorrhage of uncertain etiology” and has amended the manner of death to “undetermined.”

The medical examiner’s amended ruling states:

“After review of additional materials including expert witness reports from the defense and prosecution, additional transcripts of police interviews, transcripts of grand jury testimony, additional medical records, DCF reports, and additional laboratory testing related to the death of Rehma Sabir (OCME 2013-878), a decision has been made to change the cause and manner of death.

“These additional materials put forth several different and often conflicting opinions about the cause of Rehma’s death.  While I do not agree with all of the conclusions that are drawn by the various experts they do present a significant amount of additional information that was not available to me prior to reaching my original conclusion about the cause and manner of death in this case.  In particular the overall state of Rehma’s health and her past medical issues raise the possibility that she had some type of disorder that was not able to be completely diagnosed prior to her death.  Review of Rehma’s coagulation and hematology testing, her history of bruising, the NIH guidelines for diagnosis of von Willebrand disease, and literature on the subject suggest to me thatRehma’s low von Willebrand factor could have made her prone to easy bleeding with relatively minor trauma.  Given these uncertainties, I am no longer convinced that the subdural hemorrhage in this case could only have been caused by abusive/inflicted head trauma, and I can no longer rule the manner of death as a homicide.  I believe that enough evidence has been presented to raise the possibility that the bleeding could have been related to an accidental injury in a child with a bleeding risk or possibly could have even been a result of an undefined natural disease.  As such I am amending the cause and manner of death to reflect this uncertainty.”

The prosecutors assigned to this case are Assistant District Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and Assistant District Attorney Joseph Gentile.

This case was investigated by State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and the Cambridge Police Department.

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West Nile Virus Detected In Quincy

By SCOTT JACKSON

Health officials say mosquitos carrying West Nile virus have been detected in Quincy and are urging residents to take action to minimize their risk of exposure.

Cynthia DeCristofaro, chief sanitarian for the Quincy Health Department, on Tuesday said one mosquito pool collected by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on Aug. 26 tested positive for the virus. So far this year, health officials have detected West Nile virus in 106 pools statewide, including 15 in Norfolk County. One human case of West Nile virus has been reported in the state, in Middlesex County.

Symptoms of West Nile virus include fever, headache, body ache, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph nodes.  Approximately 20 percent of those infected by the virus will develop those symptoms.

In fewer than one percent of cases, West Nile virus will cause encephalitis (swelling of the brain) or meningitis (swelling of the meninges, the lining of the brain and spinal cord).  That can cause stupor, tremor, paralysis, and coma.  People age 50 and over are more likely to develop the more severe symptoms.

A majority of those infected with West Nile virus – approximately 80 percent – develop no symptoms.

Health officials said residents should take steps to avoid the risk of mosquito bites and to reduce the number of mosquitoes around homes and neighborhoods.

Residents should minimize their outdoors time during peak period of mosquito activity (dusk and dawn); those who must remain outdoors should wear long-sleeved shirts and pants. Special care should be taken to ensure children playing outdoors are properly covered up. If a baby is brought outside, their carriage or playpen should be covered with mosquito netting.

The use of mosquito repellent products containing DEET or picaridin is also advised; oil of lemon eucalyptus may also be considered. Products containing permethrin should only be used on clothes. Repellents should not be used on children younger than two months; oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under the age of 3. When using repellents, always follow the instructions on the packaging.

Residents should also make sure all screens are tightly attached to windows and doors; all holes in screens should be properly repaired.

Standing water on one’s property should also be removed to prevent mosquitos from breeding.

More information on mosquito safety is available on the city of Quincy’s website – quincyma.gov – or through the state health department’s website at mass.gov/dph.

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Mayor Asks FDA To Rescind Approval Of Powerful Painkiller For Children

Mayor Thomas Koch has formally requested that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reconsider its recent approval for use by children of a powerful and addictive opiate painkiller at the center of the nation’s heroin epidemic.

The FDA recently approved prescribing Oxycontin for children as young as 11 years old, which will continue a years-long expansion of opiate-based painkillers that has led to dramatic increases in prescription abuse and addiction, Koch said.

“The proliferation of these narcotics – in many cases overprescribed – in turn created an even more deadly market for their cheaper, street-level relative, heroin,” Koch stated in a letter to FDA Acting Commissioner Dr. Stephen Ostroff.

Koch said he believes that the FDA “absolutely needs to be part of a national response to what is without question the nation’s most serious public health crisis in some time.”  Koch cautioned that he understood the need to develope effective medications, particularly for patients suffering chronic and debilitating pain.

But based on the high rate of addiction for opiate painkillers, Koch said the focus needs to be on pressing the pharmaceutical industry to develop safer alternatives.

“When pharmaceutical companies continue to receive approval for the expanded use of opiate-based painkillers, it sends a clear message that there is no need to research and produce alternatives; that the alarmingly dangerous addictive effects of these narcotics is but an afterthought in our nation’s drug control policy,” Koch stated. “This must change.”

In his letter to the FDA, Koch added that he was further troubled by the approval after reading reports that the agency did not even appoint an advisory panel to weigh the decision’s potential risks against its benefits, which is standard for potentially controversial approvals.

“The FDA must be aware of the scope of the public health crisis and the role opiate painkillers have played in it, buts its process for this approval suggests otherwise,” Koch said.

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