By SCOTT JACKSON
The Board of License Commissioners Tuesday evening voted 3-2 to reject transferring a liquor license to a Wollaston restaurant, citing a lack of available on-site parking.
The board denied the application to transfer the all alcohol license currently held by Hong Kong Eatery, 1515 Hancock St., to Shabu J. Japanese Restaurant at 663 Hancock St. The location, at the corner of Beale and Hancock Streets, was most recently a bridal shop.
In August 2014, the Zoning Board of Appeals gave manager Judy Chen permission to open the 90-seat restaurant without any on-site parking. Inspectional Services Director Jay Duca noted, however, at the Tuesday’s meeting that the ZBA only granted its approval because the applicant did not have a liquor license at the time and restaurants that don’t serve alcohol have higher turnover.
If the board approved the liquor license, Duca added, he would not grant the applicant a building permit, citing the same ZBA decision. Chen had not filed for a building permit before Tuesday’s meeting.
Duca voted against the license transfer, as did Fire Chief Joseph Barron and Police Chief Paul Keenan. The police chief noted there is no public parking nearby – both the CVS lot and the Wollaston Liquors lot are privately owned.
City Clerk Joseph Shea and Health Commissioner Drew Scheele voted to approve the transfer.
Jack Milgram, Chen’s attorney, told the board he would take the issue to Land Court if the board rejected the transfer.
The board approved several other license applications at the Tuesday, including:
A request for a used car license for New Generation Monopoly Inc. d/b/a Prestige Auto for a used car license at 147 Coddington St. Prestige Auto, currently on Willard Street, will be moving to the new location. The license allows them to have six cars for sale on the premises.
A request for a common victualler (CV) license for Oh My Tea at 1441 Hancock St. in a former cellphone store.
A request for a CV license from Shamsuddin Karim d/b/a Subway, 1348 Hancock.
One-day liquor licenses for Stran Promotional Solutions at 2 Heritage Dr., Suite 600, on Oct. 20 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Elena’s Café, 1 Batterymarch Park, for Oct. 21 and Jan. 27.
A special use permit for the 13th annual Little Hearts Fall Fundraiser on Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Irish Pub, 51 Billings Rd.
A transfer of the retail all alcohol license currently issued to Bruschi Inc. to Diya Patel d/b/a Lucky Wine & Liquors, 66 Newbury Ave.
Two items were postponed at the meeting.
The first was a request from Tokenfire LLC d/b/a The Quill, managed by Noel O’Connor, for a transfer of the all alcohol license currently held by Home Ice Sports Bar at 35 Washington St. That was continued to Oct. 20.
Continued to Nov. 24 was a request for an all alcohol license by C&W Group Inc. d/b/a Top Pot Asian Cuisine Restaurant at 67 Billings Rd. The location is the site of the former Fashion Quality Cleaners and the applicant has proposed an 81-seat restaurant in its place.
Two Quincy residents had the same thought process and the Ward 1 residents will both share in the honor of having submitted the theme chosen for the 63rd Annual Quincy Christmas Parade.
“Christmas through the eyes of a child” was entered by Denise Bausemer of Bittern Road and George Norris of Manet Avenue and was selected from the 33 entries submitted to the Parade Committee in the annual contest to give the traditional event a theme. The parade theme is an important component to the groups and organizations that design floats and to the school children who take part in the Christmas Festivial poster contest.
Both theme winners and the poster winners receive the opportunity to ride the parade route in antique automobiles on the day of the parade. This year’s parade will be the Sunday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 29.
Norris has a long history of attending the parade which provided him with great memories but this was his first attempt at the theme contest. Bausemer on the other hand has never been to the parade in person and it was also her first time submitting an entry. Both say they plan to share the occasion with other family members and are looking forward to riding in the annual parade. The theme winners will also receive a commemorative plaque at the events annual award ceremony immediately following the parade.
Now that the theme has been selected the parade committee is accepting applications from groups, schools, and organizations who would like to participate in the parade by building a float. Floats are judged and cash prizes are awarded in several categories at the conclusion of the parade. Commercial floats my also be entered in the parade, however they are not considered for the cash awards and an entry fee is charged.
For information on group or commercial applications or to request an entry package contact the parade committee at 617-376-1394. The number of floats accepted is limited and early entry is encouraged.
Public Safety Officials in Quincy announce that Smart911, the national public safety service, is now available to all citizens to enhance 9-1-1 emergency services.
Smart911 allows citizens to create a Safety Profile online that includes any information about themselves or their household that they want 9-1-1 to have in an emergency. When that citizens makes a 9-1-1 call, their profile is immediately displayed to the 9-1-1 call-taker, resulting in far greater emergency response and saved lives.
“Smart911 will allow both 9-1-1 call takers and emergency responders to have more detailed information about a citizen in need, leading to faster response times and ultimately more lives saved,” said Police Chief Paul Keenan. “I am proud of the city of Quincy for taking the initiative to explore the opportunities available to us through technology in order to provide better services to their community.”
Smart911 allows citizens to create a Safety Profile at www.smart911.com for their household that includes any information they want 9-1-1 and response teams to have in the event of an emergency. When a citizen makes an emergency call, their Safety Profile is automatically displayed to the 9-1-1 call taker, allowing them to send the right response teams to the right location with the right information.
Responders can be aware of many details they would not have known previously, and now fire crews can arrive at a house fire knowing how many people live in the home and the location of bedrooms, EMS can be advised of allergies or specific medical conditions and police can have the photo of a missing child in seconds rather than minutes or hours.
“When you call 9-1-1, you’re not having your best day and even the simplest of details can be difficult to communicate in a time of panic,” said Chief Keenan. “By creating a Safety Profile before an emergency happens they are ensuring that we will have the information we need even if they can’t communicate it.”
With Smart911, citizens can link both home and work addresses to mobile phones, which can be passed on to responders in the field for more a detailed, rapid response. Additional information including pets in the home, vehicle details in the event of an accident, and even emergency contacts can all be included in a Safety Profile. All information is optional and the citizen has the ability to choose what details they would like to include.
“The more information made available to 9-1-1 call takers the better,” said Keenan. “Knowing how many people live in the home, where the bedrooms are located and even pets in the home can ensure we know who we need to help and where they might be.”
Smart911 is currently available in 40 states and more than 1,500 municipalities across the country, and has been credited with positively impacting emergency outcomes including a missing child in which the girls photo and physical description were immediately available to 9-1-1 and responders, as well as a heart attack victim where an address and medical notes allowed responders to be dispatched to his location quickly. In Massachusetts Smart911 is available in Belmont, Blackstone, Chelsea, Everett, Framingham, Medford, Milford, Somerset, Stoughton and Watertown.
Citizens are encouraged to create their Safety Profile with Smart911 today to have their information immediately available to 9-1-1. Smart911 is private and secure, is only used for emergency responses, and only made available to the 9-1-1 system in the event of an emergency call.