By BILL GRIFFIN
No. 2 seed Catholic Memorial went on a 16-3 run in the final 3:20 of the third period to rally past No. 1 seeded North Quincy, 65-58 in the finals of the Division 1 South Sectionals before an overflow crowd at UMass Boston Saturday night.
It was the second straight season North advanced to the finals of the sectionals. North finished the season with a 23-2 record.
Catholic Memorial entered the game with the most explosive offrense in the state, averaging 81 points per game, but it was North’s defense which ruled the floor for more than half the contest.
North limited CM to seven points in the first quarter en route to a 14-7 lead. In the fourth period of the semifinals, North held Newton North to five points. That means in successive periods, one half of basketball, North held two of the best teams in EMass to 12 points.
North led, 25-24 at the half, and was up 33-29 midway throught the third when the Knights went on their big burst to take control of the game.
CM led 45-36 after three, but North battled back. Efthim Butka had five points in an 8-0 spurt which brought the Red Raiders within, 49-44 with 5:30 left. However, CM turned steals into points and buried three big three-pointers to clinch the victory.
North’s three leading seniors ended their careers in style. Center Anthony Green dominated the middle with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 11 blocks. Butka had a game-high 19 points and added six rebounds. Point guard Kyle Richardson had 10 points, six assists, and handled well the constant pressure from CM’s assembly line of quick, talented athletes.
Junior Solomon Umoren played excellent defense on the Knights’ star Guilien Smith who earned each of his 17 points. Umoren also added eight rebounds and five steals.
Governor Deval Patrick today signed H. 3934, “An Act Relative to Unlawful Sexual Surveillance,” which modernizes the Commonwealth’s criminal voyeurism laws to outlaw what is known as “upskirting.”
The law goes into effect immediately.
The legislation makes the secret photographing, videotaping, or electronically surveiling of another person’s sexual or other intimate parts, whether under or around a person’s clothing or when a reasonable person would believe that the person’s intimate parts would not be visible to the public, a crime. Under the proposed legislation, whoever willfully photographs, videotapes, or electronically surveils, with the intent to secretly conduct or hide such activity, another person’s sexual or other intimate parts will be subject to imprisonment for not more than 2½ years or by a fine of not more than $5,000, or both.
The bill also creates a new crime that states whoever videotapes or photographs, with the intent to secretly conduct or hide such activity, the sexual or other intimate parts of a child will be subject to imprisonment in the house of correction for not more than 2½ years, by imprisonment in state prison for not more than 5 years, by a fine of not more than $5,000, or both imprisonment and a fine.
The House of Representatives Tuesday passed a compromise amendment to H.R. 3370, the bipartisan Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, backed by Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (MA-08), which will provide meaningful relief for most homeowners suffering from unfair and extreme flood insurance premium increases.
Cong. Lynch has been working for the past several months, along with a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House and Senate, to stop these harmful flood insurance rate hikes, which were the unintended consequences of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012. The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act will also impose meaningful reforms to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) flawed flood mapping process. The bill passed the House by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 306-91.
After voting for the bill, Lynch made the following statement:
“Today’s bill is the result of several months of hard work and a week of productive negotiations between Democrats and Republicans, which has resulted in a bill that will give meaningful relief for most homeowners and businesses in my district subject to FEMA’s flood maps. Although the bill does not bring relief to owners of second homes we will continue to pursue that effort. Not only does this bill roll back the most egregious and unfair premium increases that were the unintended consequence of the Biggert-Waters Act, but it also brings transparency and accountability to FEMA’s troubled and error-prone flood mapping process. I would like to thank Ranking Member Maxine Waters, Republican leadership, and all the members who worked so hard to bring this legislation to this point.”
Specifically, H.R. 3370 includes the following provisions:
- Repeals rate increase “triggers”: This provision will ensure that no homeowner sees the kinds of dramatic rate increases after buying or selling a home, or because of a lapsed policy.
- Restores grandfathering: This provision restores the practice of “grandfathering,” which ensures that homeowners are not negatively affected by relying on FEMA maps that later turn out to be wrong.
- Capping Rate Increases: This provision will reduce the maximum amount that FEMA can increase flood insurance premiums from 20% to 15% for most properties.
- Refunding Premiums Already Paid: This provision will direct FEMA to refund flood insurance premiums that homeowners have already paid that are in excess of the lower rates achieved by H.R. 3370.
- Completion of the Affordability Study and Framework: This provision gives FEMA the necessary funding to complete the affordability study mandated by the Biggert-Waters Act and requires it to transmit the study, along with a framework for achieving affordable flood insurance premiums, to Congress.
Additionally, Cong. Lynch and his Democratic colleagues fought to include additional improvements to a Republican proposal originally scheduled for a vote last week:
- Capping increases to individual policies: The Republican amendment would have capped the average increase across a given risk class at 15%, but individual homeowners could have seen their policies increase by significantly more. The compromise amendment backed by Representative Lynch keeps the average cap at 15% but ensures that no individual policy can increase by more than 18%.
- Protecting Properties Newly Mapped into a Flood Zone: A priority item for Representative Lynch, the compromise text ensures that properties that are newly included in a flood zone are protected from immediate and extreme rate increases. Under this provision, these properties will enter the program at a significantly lower preferred risk premium level, and will be protected by the same 15% rate increase cap as all other properties going forward.
- Transparent and Accountable Mapping Process: Another priority item for Representative Lynch, under the compromise text FEMA will be required to notify Members of Congress and affected communities of its intention to issue revised flood maps at least 60 days before the preliminary map is released, and mandates that FEMA work with communities to agree on appropriate data and mapping models.
- Affordability Goals for FEMA: In addition to looking for ways to make the National Flood Insurance Program actuarially sound, FEMA is also directed to minimize the number of policies that have premiums in excess of 1% of the total coverage under the policy.
- Protections for Vulnerable Policyholders: The compromise text also requires FEMA to monitor and report on the affordability of policies for small business, non-profit organizations, houses of worship, and low income homeowners, and requires FEMA to provide Congress with recommendations to address any negative effects for these properties.
“I urge our colleagues in the Senate to pass this legislation and for the President to sign it into law as soon as possible,” Lynch added. “Homeowners in my district cannot afford to wait any longer.”
The Department of Public Works is accepting applications from local schools, civic organizations and Quincy residents to participate in the National Public Works Week Public Space Beautification Project.
Chosen projects will receive up to $500 in grant money gift cards redeemable at both Quincy Home Depots to complete their projects. All projects must utilize volunteer labor and only one project will be selected per public space.
The deadline for the grant application is March 14. Written proposals and photos should be sent to Public Works Commissioner Daniel G. Raymondi, 55 Sea St., Quincy, MA 02169 or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are available at the Engineering Desk at the DPW, 55 Sea St., Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Applications may also be downloaded from the DPW home page by going to the City’s web site at www.quincyma.gov.
The proposed beautification projects will be evaluated and winners will be notified of their award in early April. Projects must be completed by the end of Cleaner Greener Day, Saturday, May 3, 2014. In addition, Prize Money will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places to be used for future beautification projects.
National Public Works week will be celebrated in Quincy the week of May 17 through 23. DPW Commissioner Daniel G. Raymondi said, “The Department of Public Works provides a host of services that support and enhance the quality of life for Quincy residents and I am very proud that our hard working men and women in the DPW get the recognition they deserve.” Many other events are planned for this week including banner/poster contests, an Open House and recognition/award ceremonies.
According to the DPW, some suggestions for proposed beautification sites are public walkways, open space, school grounds, along seawalls and parks. Applicants are encouraged to plan on maintenance costs when submitting their application to the DPW. Participants are also encouraged to coordinate their sites with Cleaner Greener to take advantage of resources offered by the Park and other City Departments on Saturday, May 5. For further information call the DPW at 617-376-1959.
Congressman Stephen F. Lynch, who represents Quincy in the 8th Congressional District, testified before the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Wednesday in support of his bill, H.R. 3802, which would extend the legislative authority of the Adams Memorial Foundation to establish a commemorative work in honor of former President John Adams and his legacy.
Cong. Lynch is the lead sponsor of the bill, which would reauthorize the Adams Memorial Foundation through December 2, 2020. This bill will allow the Adams Memorial Foundation and all stakeholders to continue working towards the goal of siting and building a commemorative memorial honoring President John Adams and his family and the role they played in shaping the nation.
“I have the honor of representing the City of Quincy, nicknamed the ‘City of Presidents,’ in the House of Representatives,” Lynch said. “Massachusetts played a central role in the shaping of our nation and Quincy is currently home to one of the nation’s significant national parks, the Adams National Historical Park, which preserves and celebrates the birthplace of John Adams and the location where his family resided until 1927.
“John Adams was a defender of due process, champion of independence, diplomat, Vice President, President, and Founding Father,” said Lynch. “He authored the Massachusetts Constitution, the oldest continuously functioning written constitution in the world, and the document after which the United States Constitution was modeled. He dedicated his entire life to developing and defending the ideals that have built and defined our nation and that we continue to hold dear today.”
Lynch continued, “Yet, there is no memorial in our nation’s capital dedicated to one of our most influential founding fathers. This is a tragic omission that needs to be rectified. This bill will provide the foundation the time it needs to find an appropriate, agreed upon location in our nation’s capital for the site of this worthy memorial. I remain committed to working with my colleagues in the Massachusetts Delegation to ensuring that this oversight is corrected.”
The bill was originally introduced in the House of Representatives in 2001 by former Congressman William Delahunt. The Adams Memorial Foundation includes in its leadership members of the Adams family and respected historians.
The Bay State’s other eight Congressmen have signed onto the bill as original cosponsors. A companion bill in the United States Senate has been introduced by Senator Ed Markey and cosponsored by Senator Elizabeth Warren.