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Memorial Day Parade, Observance Monday

Some 700 flags decorate the veterans' section at Mount Wollaston Cemetery in observance of Memorial Day. In total, there are about 5,000 veterans' graves throughout all of the city's cemeteries that are decorated with American flags. Decorating the graves is coordinated by the Quincy Veterans Services Department. The Quincy Veterans Council Annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies will be held on Monday, May 25.  The parade will start at 10:30 a.m.  The parade route will begin at the Quincy Credit Union, 100 Quincy Ave., Hancock Street. to Coddington Street to the Mount Wollaston Cemetery to the WWII Podium. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Some 700 flags decorate the veterans’ section at Mount Wollaston Cemetery in observance of Memorial Day. In total, there are about 5,000 veterans’ graves throughout all of the city’s cemeteries that are decorated with American flags. Decorating the graves is coordinated by the Quincy Veterans Services Department. The Quincy Veterans Council Annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies will be held on Monday, May 25. The parade will start at 10:30 a.m. The parade route will begin at the Quincy Credit Union, 100 Quincy Ave., Hancock Street, to Coddington Street to Mount Wollaston Cemetery to the WWII Podium (shown below.) Quincy Sun Photos/Robert Bosworth

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Memorial Day Parade, Ceremonies Monday

Veterans' organizations will be among the units marching in Memorial Day Parade Monday that steps off at 10:30 a.m. at 100 Quincy Ave. The parade will proceed down Quincy Avenue to Hancock, Coddington and Sea Streets and rest at Mount Wollaston Cemetery for the holiday observance. Keynote speaker is Joseph F. McConville – a Navy veteran and the father of Lt. Gen. James C. McConville, the Army’s deputy chief of staff. Quincy Sun File Photo/Robert Bosworth

Local veterans organizations will be among the units marching in the Memorial Day Parade Monday that steps off at 10:30 a.m. at 100 Quincy Ave. The parade will proceed down Quincy Avenue to Hancock, Coddington and Sea Streets and rest at Mount Wollaston Cemetery for the holiday observance. Keynote speaker is Joseph F. McConville – a Navy veteran and the father of Lt. Gen. James C. McConville, the Army’s deputy chief of staff. Quincy Sun File Photo/Robert Bosworth

By SCOTT JACKSON

Joseph F. McConville – a Navy veteran and the father of Lt. Gen. James C. McConville, the Army’s deputy chief of staff – will be the keynote speaker at Quincy’s Memorial Day Ceremonies on Monday, May 25, at Mount Wollaston Cemetery.

McConville will speak from the cemetery’s World War II podium overlooking Sea Street following the city’s Memorial Day Parade, which steps off at 10:30 a.m. at Quincy Credit Union, 100 Quincy Ave. Assembly for the parade begins at 10 a.m.

The route of the parade takes it along Hancock Street to Coddington Street to Sea Street to the cemetery. All units will remain in formation during the ceremonies. The parade will rest at Quincy Square and wreaths will be placed on the tombs of John and John Quincy Adams.

The parade marshal and honor guests will review the parade at Sea Street opposite the cemetery.

Richard Keane, commander of the Quincy Veterans’ Council, is the parade marshal. Aides to the commander are Robert Lewis Charles Hurd, the senior and junior vice commanders, respectively, of the council. George F. Nicholson, director of veterans services for the city of Quincy and a past commander of the Quincy Veterans’ Council, is parade chairman. Leo Reardon, also a past commander of the council, is officer of the day and QVC historian Fred Cook is sergeant at arms. George Bouchard, a past commander of the QVC, and Nicholson are aides to the mayor.

Organizations and officials marching in the parade include:

Quincy Police Honor Guard; Quincy Fire Honor Guard; Navy Operational Support Center Color Guard; Quincy Veterans’ Council Colors; Quincy Cavanagh Chapter 79 DAV; Keane; Lewis; Hurd; Mayor Thomas Koch and his aides; city and state officials and School Committee members; Quincy/North Quincy Combined High School Band; William R. Caddy MCL; Robert I. Nickerson Post 382 AL; Quincy Chapter VCVCAF; Cyril P. Morrisette Post 294 AL; George F. Bryan Post 613 VFW; Houghs Neck Post 380 AL; Quincy Post 95 AL; Wollaston Post 295 AL; Jewish Veterans Post 193; Houghs Neck Post 380 AL; North Quincy High Junior ROTC; Gold Star Families in vehicles; U.S. Naval Sea Cadets; Boy and Girl Scouts; Quincy National Guard G Company 186 BSB; and Path Finders Hyde Park 7th Day Adventist Church.

Also taking part in the parade will be members of the Massachusetts Army National Guard’s 181st Engineering Company. That company assisted the city of Quincy with snow removal this past winter.

Staff of the city’s veterans organizations are also invited. They include:

John Marre Jr., commander of the Bryan Post; Lawrence Norton, commander of the Morrisette Post and president of the Quincy Chapter VCVCAF; Joseph Booker, commander of the Quincy Post; Peter Walsh, commander of the Houghs Neck Post; James Doherty, commander of the Nickerson Post; Marthur Bumgardner, commander of the Wollaston Post; Daniel Tinney, commander of the Cavanagh Chapter; Philip Singer, commander of the Memorial 7 Post AMVETS; Harvey Solomon, commander of the Jewish War Veterans Post; Chuck Behenna, commandant of the Caddy Detachment; and Vincent Dolan, president of the Second Marine Division Association.

McConville, 85, served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1954 as a second-class petty officer. He served aboard the USS LST 603 from 1951 to 1953 and on the USS Kleinsmith (APD-134) from 1953 to 1954.

McConville is a 1947 North Quincy High School graduate. He earned a bachelor’s of business administration from Northeastern University in 1961. McConville worked at Boston Gear works from 1947 to 1996, retiring as personnel manager.

McConville is a member of the Morrisette Legion Post and formerly a member of the Wollaston Post.

McConville was named The Quincy Sun Citizen of the Year for 1995. At the time, he was recognized for his service to the community, including 25 years of volunteering as a coach and instructor for Quincy Youth Hockey. He also served on the Planning Board for ten years, nine as chairman.

McConville has four sons, a daughter and nine grandchildren.

His son, Lt. Gen. James C. McConville, is currently the deputy chief of staff (G-1) for the U.S. Army and was previously the commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division. Another son, John R. McConville, is a former lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve who served for 20 years. His daughter-in-law, Maria McConville, is a former U.S. Army captain.

Two of his grandsons serve in the Army as well. Michael McConville is a first lieutenant in the 82nd Airborne, where he pilots Apache helicopters. Ryan McConville is a second lieutenant stationed at Fort Knox.

McConville is one of several speakers scheduled to address the crowd the ceremony. Joining him will be Koch, Council President Joseph Finn, Nicholson and Keane. Norton will serve as the master of ceremonies. The Rev. Jack Swanson, chaplain for the Quincy Veterans’ Council, will deliver the invocation and the Rev. Rebecca Froom of the United First Parish Church will give the benediction.

Nicholson and Bouchard will read a roll call of deceased comrades.

The parade and ceremonies are among the city’s Memorial Day observances.

During the week proceeding Memorial Day, veterans’ organizations will decorate squares and memorials throughout the city. Memorial services will be held at the Hancock Cemetery, the National Sailors Home Ceremony, Hall Cemetery, Christ Church Burial Grounds, and Mount Wollaston Cemetery.

At 10 a.m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, a short memorial service will be held at Christ Church Burial Grounds.  The historic cemetery, located next to Saint John the Baptist Church at 54-60 School St., was founded in 1737 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. in the Quincy High gymnasium.  For more information call 617-376-1194.

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Fitzpatrick, Lynch Hold Task Force Hearing ‘A Dangerous Nexus: Terrorism, Crime & Corruption’

Chairman Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Ranking Member Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA) together held the second hearing of the Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing May 21, focusing on the intersection of organized crime, corruption and international terrorism.

“Terrorist groups have become entwined with trans-national criminal syndicates – or in some cases evolving into the role themselves – engaging in criminal activities which yield greater profits than simply relying on state sponsorship or big pocket donors,” said Chairman Fitzpatrick. “Groups like Hezbollah, the Islamic State, and Boko Haram can no longer simply be considered terrorist groups; they’ve evolved into sophisticated global criminal conglomerates. In order to effectively combat such volatile threats, U.S. policy must also evolve as well.”

“The interplay of crime, terrorism, and corruption is playing out in hotspots around the world. As a nation, we must work to halt potential funding sources for terrorist organizations, including drug and human trafficking, counterfeiting, and money laundering,” said Ranking Member Lynch. “Today’s hearing sheds light on the pervasiveness of these threats and ways to prevent terrorist and transnational criminal groups from thriving in insecure regions across the globe.”

The dangerous merger of terrorist and criminal organizations provide lucrative funding opportunities through acts like political corruption, drug trafficking, human smuggling, and extortion. These funding methods, on top of the other non-traditional means discussed at the task force’s last hearing, explain how today’s terror organizations are often better financed than their predecessors.

The hearing included testimony from a panel of expert witnesses who focused their testimony and questions responses on areas of U.S. strengthen and weakness in addressing the challenges of the nexus of terror groups and organized crime as well as highlighting regions where these activities exist. Testifying was:

  • Dr. David Asher, Board Member, Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance, Foundation for Defense of Democracies and Adjunct Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security
  • Mr. Richard Barrett, Senior Vice President, The Soufan Group
  • Mr. Douglas Farah, President, IBI Consultants LLC; Senior Non-Resident Associate, Americas Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies and Senior Fellow, International Assessment and Strategy Center
  • Professor Celina B. Realuyo, Professor of Practice, William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, National Defense University

Over the next six months, the task force will hold further hearings with U.S. terror financing officials and global counterterrorism experts to identify weaknesses in current authority and work to ensure terror groups are unable to finance their operations, especially through the American financial system. In September, the task force will present a report of its findings as well as recommendations for additional legislation if needed.

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State Unemployment Rate Drops To 4.7%

Massachusetts’ total unemployment rate dropped to 4.7 percent in April, a 0.1 percentage point decrease from the previous month, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announces.

The new preliminary job estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate Massachusetts gained 10,100 jobs in April, marking the eighth consecutive month of jobs gains.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics also revised upward its March job figure, reporting the state gained 12,100 jobs, instead of 10,500 which the agency originally reported last month.

Over the year, the state’s unemployment rate fell 1.1 percent from 5.8 percent in April 2014. January 2008 was the last time the state’s unemployment rate was at 4.7 percent.

The state unemployment rate remains lower than the national rate of 5.4 percent reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The state’s labor participation rate – the total number of residents 16 or older who worked or were unemployed and actively sought work in the last four weeks – increased 0.1 percentage point to 66.3. The April labor participation rate is the highest since May 2010, and this is the third consecutive month there was an increase in the participation rate.   Compared to April 2014, the labor participation rate increased 1.1 percent over the year.

“This is the seventh consecutive month we’ve seen a decrease in unemployment,” Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald Walker said. “Many more residents are employed, and labor participation has increased again.”

April 2015 estimates show that 3,464,500 residents were employed and 169,400 were unemployed.  There were 37,700 fewer unemployed persons over the year compared to April 2014.

Over the month, jobs were up 10,100 with a private sector gain of 9,700.  Since April 2014, jobs grew by 66,100 with 57,900 private sector job gains. Education and Health Services and Professional, Scientific, and Business Services had the largest job gains over the year.  All sector details are listed below.

April 2015 Employment Overview

Education and Health Services gained 4,500 (+0.6%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Education and Health Services gained 21,500 (+2.9%) jobs.

Professional, Scientific and Business Services added 3,700 (+0.7%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Professional, Scientific and Business Services added 18,800 (+3.7%) jobs.

Leisure and Hospitality gained 1,900 (+0.5%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Leisure and Hospitality added 10,100 (+3.0%) jobs.

Construction added 1,500 (+1.2%) jobs over the month.  Over the year, Construction has added 2,100 (+1.7%) jobs.

Information gained 600 (+0.7%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Information added 1,400 (+1.6%) jobs.

Other Services added 500 (+0.4%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Other Services jobs are up 2,800 (+2.1%) jobs.

Financial Activities gained 200 (+0.1%) jobs over the month. Over the year, Financial Activities added 2,700 (+1.3%) jobs.

Manufacturing lost 2,300 (-0.9%) jobs over the month.  Over the year, Manufacturing jobs are down 2,200 (-0.9%) jobs.

Trade, Transportation and Utilities lost 900 (-0.2%) jobs over the month.  Over the year, Trade, Transportation and Utilities gained 700 (+0.1%) jobs.

Government added 400 (+0.1%) jobs over the month.  Over the year, Government gained 8,200 (+1.8%) jobs.

Labor Force Overview

The April estimates show 3,464,500 Massachusetts residents were employed and 169,400 were unemployed, for a total labor force of 3,633,900. The unemployment rate was 4.7 percent. The April labor force increased by 10,000 from 3,623,900 in March, as 15,700 more residents were employed and 5,700 fewer residents were unemployed over the month. The labor force participation rate, the share of working age population employed or unemployed, was 66.3, an increase of 0.1 of a percentage point over the month.   The labor force was 88,900 above the 3,545,000 April 2014 estimate, with 126,600 more residents employed and 37,700 fewer residents unemployed.

The unemployment rate is based on a monthly sample of households. The job estimates are derived from a monthly sample survey of employers.  As a result, the two statistics may exhibit different monthly trends.

The labor force is the sum of the numbers of employed residents and those unemployed, that is residents not working but actively seeking work in the last four weeks.  Estimates may not add up to the total labor force due to rounding.

Beginning with the March 2011 estimates, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has assumed responsibility for the production of the CES State and sub-state jobs estimates. BLS has also implemented methodological changes which may increase the month to month variability of the estimates. See Changes to procedures for producing Current Employment Statistics (CES) State estimates.

Local area unemployment statistics for April 2015 will be released on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. The preliminary May 2015 and revised April 2015 unemployment rate, labor force data and jobs estimates for Massachusetts will be released on Thursday, June 18, 2015.  See the 2015 Media Advisory annual schedule for a complete list of release dates.

Detailed labor market information is available at www.mass.gov/lmi.

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