Community leaders will again man the Community Leader kettle for the Salvation Army today (Thursday) in Quincy Center.
The leaders include local officials, businessmen and women, and directors of social service organizations. They will ring the bell for the Salvation Army from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday is the final day for the community leader kettle. It was also manned by volunteers on Thursday, Dec. 5 and Friday, Dec. 6.
This is the 17th annual community leader kettle that was established by the late Henry Bosworth, the founder of The Quincy Sun and longtime member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board.
Mr. Bosworth first initiated the community leader kettle in 1997 and coordinated the assistance program for 12 years.
Money collected by the red kettles helps fund holiday assistance initiatives including toys and clothing for children and food vouchers for families. The money is also used year-round to help those who need help with food, utilities, heat and other necessities.
The Quincy Salvation Army helps thousands of individuals and families in need annually.
Hereís the line up of community bell ringers for today (Thursday):
Thursday, Dec. 12
9 a.m. – School Committeewoman Kathy Hubley, Quincy Access TV Executive Director Bette Campbell; and Quincy Sun Publisher Robert Bosworth.
10 a.m. – Fire Chief Joseph Barron, Police Chief Paul Keenan and Norfolk County Sheriff Michael Bellotti.
11 a.m. – Former state treasurer Tim Cahill, Rick Doane, executive director, Interfaith Social Services; Don Uvanitte, vice president, Eastern Insurance; Dr. Abe Abdul, Lux Dental; and Anthony Agnitti, Agnitti Insurance.
Noon – Ward 5 Councillor Kirsten Hughes; Sandra McGunigle, director of Public Relations and Marketing at Quincy Medical Center and Ron Affsa, Hairplace 1.
1 p.m. – State Rep. Bruce Ayers, Steve Wessling, Wessling Architects; Christa Hegarty, Dependable Cleaners, Atty. Peter Bellotti and Donna Keble, Eastern Bank.
2 p.m. – Isobel Bertman, Rogers Jewelry and Quincy Salvation Army Board member; Quincy College President Peter Tsaffaras and Ed Fitzgerald, director, Quincy Historical Society.
3 p.m. – School Committeeman David McCarthy, School Committeewoman Emily Lebo and Christine Cedrone, chairperson, Quincy Republican Committee.
By SCOTT JACKSON
Quincy Police are looking for the suspect who robbed the TD Bank branch on Adams Street Tuesday morning.
Police Capt. John Dougan said the suspect, a 5’7″ or 5’8″ white male in his 20s or 30s wearing a black hat, jacket, and gloves entered the bank at 516 Adams St. around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. The suspect, who did not show a weapon, passed a note to a teller demanding cash and took off through the bank’s rear door with an undetermined amount of money.
Anyone with information on the robbery should the Quincy Police Department’s detectives at 617-479-1212.
In honor of DOVE’s (Domestic Violence Ended) 35th Anniversary of supporting communities, individuals and families impacted by domestic violence, DOVE is launching “$35 for 35 Years Campaign.”
Those making a donation of $35 or more during December will help DOVE provide Hope, Healing and Safety to the individuals and families it serves.
The cycle of violence doesn’t break for the holidays or change with the seasons. On Monday, DOVE responded to over 50 individuals who needed help.
“Now we need your help. Together we offer hope, healing and increase safety, and help 3,500 survivors to seek a non-violent future each year,” said Claudia Cuscianna, senior manager, Development and Communications for DOVE.
To jump start DOVE’s effort, Daniel Quirk, president of Quirk Auto Dealers, has offered to make a donation for every donor that gives to the campaign (up to $1,000). DOVE’s goal is for 1,000 individuals to support the campaign to bring in $35,000 to honor DOVE’s 35 years of critically important domestic violence services.
To make a secure, tax-deductible gift online visit www.dovema.org or scan this QR code below with your smartphone and it will direct you to the secure webpage to make your donation.
“When you honor a friend or loved one – by supporting DOVE’s round the clock access to safe shelter and empowering support for individuals surviving domestic violence – we’ll send them an acknowledgement of your generous gift on their behalf,” Cuscianna added.
The medical staff at Quincy Medical Center (QMC) elected its new slate of officers for 2014 at its annual election and holiday celebration at the MEDITECH headquarters in Canton Dec. 8.
New officers are elected for a two-year term are:
Barry R. Miller, MD, of Sharon, was elected president of the medical staff. Dr. Miller specializes in internal medicine with subspecialties in hematology and medical oncology. A member of the QMC medical staff for 25 years, he earned his medical degree at University of Edinburgh and completed his residency and fellowship at Boston University Medical Center.
Bruno J. West, MD, of Boston, was elected vice president. Dr. West is board certified in diagnostic radiology, and has been on staff at QMC since 2009. He earned his medical degree at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and completed his residency at the University of Connecticut and a fellowship in MRI at St. Francis Medical Center in Hartford, CT.
Alexander L. Dogon, MD, of Needham, was elected Secretary/Treasurer. Dr. Dogon is board certified in Emergency Medicine and has worked in the QMC Emergency Department since 2011. A graduate of Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Dogon completed his post-graduate training at Pitt County Memorial Hospital and Cook County Hospital in Chicago.
The Quincy Planning Department and Quincy Public Schools have collaborated on a number of sustainability-focused events throughout the month of October as part of the Center for Green Schools & U.S. Green Building Council’s second annual Green Apple Day of Service.
The collaborative efforts continued into this month with a Nov. 5th presentation at Quincy High School (QHS). The event featured a lecture by Andy Brooks, the entrepreneurial founder of local start-up company Bootstrap Compost and boasted the talents of QHS Culinary Program participants in the form of green apple crisp for the event.
Bootstrap Compost was invited to speak based upon the fact that its customers compost on a relatively small scale, similar to the type of composting that currently exists at QHS and that students could start to do at home as well. The story of how the company got started is inspiring: it shows how a little ingenuity can make a social good practical as well as profitable. When the recent recession left Brooks unemployed, he got resourceful by pulling himself up by the bootstraps, so to speak, and forming Bootstrap Compost. The company now serves over six hundred residences in the Boston area, including a few in Quincy that have signed on since his recent expansion into our city.
Brooks’ presentation was attended by an enthusiastic and informed audience of students and teachers from the Culinary, Environmental Science, and Horticulture classes at QHS, as well as a few representatives from the city’s Department of Planning & Community Development (PCD). Leading Brooks on a tour of the school’s three rooftop composting barrels and greenhouse, Chef Patrick Noe, Director of Culinary Arts, and Eric Johnson, Horticulture teacher, demonstrated the school’s ahead-of-the-curve food waste management system in which scraps from the Culinary classes (including scraps from the day’s apple crisp!) are given to the Horticulture classes for composting. Brooks praised the practice as “honorable and awesome.”
The event concluded with a question and answer session that opened up a discussion about how all citizens can play a vital role in living sustainably and reducing, reusing, and recycling our resources to ensure a cleaner, greener world.
Photographs and video of the November 5th lecture will be available this week on the PCD page of the City of Quincy website (quincyma.gov) and on the Quincy Citizens’ Green Guide.