The Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse (MLL) announced that starting Friday, June 14th, a limited run of tickets for all home games at Veterans’ Memorial Stadium will be on-sale for a discounted rate of $25. The allotted tickets will be standing-room-only and will be on-sale today (Friday, June 14th) on the team website.
“We don’t want price to be a barrier and to inhibit our fans from enjoying our new Cannons experience at Veterans’ Memorial Field,” Cannons Team President Ian Frenette said. “Our fans have asked us for a $25 general admission option, and today, we’re proud to respond to our customers and deliver this new program that will benefit many of our new and loyal fans in greater Boston and the communities we serve.”
Seated ticket options at Veterans’ Memorial Stadium start at $35, on-field seating to the Citizens Bank Sideline Club are $85. The Cannons sold out Opening Day with 5,025 tickets sold.
By SCOTT JACKSON
Two men were arraigned Wednesday in Quincy District Court after police arrested them following an investigation into drug trafficking in Quincy and the Greater Boston area.
Over the last three months, Quincy Police Drug Control Unit investigated a drug trafficking organization operating in Quincy and surrounded communities, police said Thursday. The suspects were identified as Leurys Amaruris Feliz and Nelson Lacourtlinares, according to police. Based on the investigation, the DCU applied for and were granted search warrants of Feliz’s home located at 16 Hall Place in Quincy and Lacourtlinares’ home at 204 Neponset Valley Pkwy #A3, Hyde Park.
Quincy Police Officer Paul Foley also applied for an arrest warrant for Lacourtlinares as he is believed to be an imposter with a fake identity, police said. Foley charged Lacourtlinares with identity fraud and use of a false/stolen RMV document as a result of a prior investigation.
Shortly before 10 a.m. Tuesday, officers saw Lacourtlinares operating his vehicle, a Chevrolet Malibu, on West Squantum Street. Officers conducted a motor vehicle stop of the vehicle and placed Lacourtlinares under arrest on the outstanding arrest warrant. He was then transported to Quincy Police Station for booking.
With the assistance of the Boston Police, detectives then executed the search warrant at Lacourtlinares’ residence. Detectives recovered approximately 17 grams of alleged fentanyl, approximately 23 grams of alleged cocaine, and more than $8,800 in U.S. currency. Boston Police will be filing charges against Lacourtlinares for trafficking class A (fentanyl) and trafficking class B (cocaine).
A search warrant for Feliz’s residence was also executed. Detectives seized approximately 22 grams of alleged fentanyl and just under $7,000 cash.
Feliz, age 38, was arrested and charged with trafficking a class A substance (fentanyl) and conspiracy to violate the controlled substance laws.
Feliz and Lacourtlinares were both arraigned Wednesday in Quincy District Court; not guilty pleas were entered on their behalf.
Feliz was held on $100,000 cash bail, police said, and Lacourtlinares was held without bail pending identification.
Police have also filed a criminal complaint against Feliz’s girlfriend, a resident of the same address, for trafficking a class A substance (fentanyl) and conspiracy to violate the controlled substance laws.
By SCOTT JACKSON
Quincy officials say they will continue to fight Boston’s plan to rebuild the Long Island Bridge after a state environmental agency issued a permit for the project.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh unveiled plans to rebuild the bridge – a three-year project with an estimated cost of $92 million – in January 2018. The bridge would connect Moon Island to Long Island, allowing Boston to open a recovery campus on the latter. Quincy officials were quick to oppose the plan after Walsh’s announcement, citing the impact the bridge would have on traffic in the Squantum neighborhood.
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection issued a superseding order of conditions, allowing Boston’s proposal to rebuild the bridge to move forward, Walsh announced Saturday. MassDEP issued its ruling following Boston’s appeal of the Quincy Conservation Commission’s decision to reject the plan to rebuild the bridge, and Quincy’s appeal of the Boston Conservation Commission’s decision to allow the project to move forward.
Ward 6 Councillor William Harris, who represents Squantum, vowed Quincy would press forward in its campaign against the bridge.
“Despite the recent state rulings, the city of Quincy will not stop fighting,” Harris said.
A spokesman for Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch was not immediately available Monday.
Walsh hailed the MassDEP ruling, saying it would allow Boston to proceed with its plan to build a recovery campus on the island.
“Our efforts to create a regional recovery campus on Long Island have always been guided by our fundamental belief that every person deserves a chance at recovery,” Walsh said. “The opioid crisis we’re living goes beyond city lines, and we welcome everyone’s support as we take action to help those suffering find their path to a better life.
“The Long Island Bridge carried the weight of those in need for more than 60 years and it’s our hope that the island will once again serve as the sanctuary it’s meant to be.”
The former Long Island Bridge, which opened in 1951, was closed in 2014 and later demolished. The piers that supported the structure remain in place and Boston plans to re-use them to support the new span. Boston has said the new bridgewould have a 75-year lifespan.
Boston officials said they considered using a ferry to access the island – something Quincy officials have said would be preferable to rebuilding the bridge – but determined such a service would not be feasible.
“After examining a ferry service, city of Boston engineers and consultants determined that this is not an adequate option given the environmental impact, cost, and typical timeline for implementation, and more importantly, the inability of a ferry to support the required public safety services for a public health campus,” Walsh’s office said in a statement.
Boston is planning an innovative and holistic recovery campus on Long Island that will expand essential recovery services for the region, fill gaps in the continuum of care and utilize the natural environment to provide a healing space, Walsh’s office said. Boston has contracted with Gensler and Ascension Recovery Services to identify the types of services, resources and treatment options that would be best suited for the island and create a master plan for the recovery campus.
Harris has drafted a letter to Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey and Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins, asking prosecutors to investigate if Native American remains from Deer Island were dumped in Quincy in the 1990s.
Harris said he is concerned Native American burial grounds on Long Island from the 1670s, when Native Americans were interned on the island during King Philip’s War, could be disturbed by Boston’s plan.
“I am also concerned that if the past circumstances of what happened in the city of Quincy in 1994 are not addressed, concerns which we as officials representing the city of Quincy have both a right and a responsibility to see set straight, the past could be repeated with regard to the other Boston Harbor Islands Indian burial grounds, such as on Long Island,” Harris said.
William Isenberg, who is challenging Harris in this year’s municipal election, called the plan to open the recovery campus on Long Island “misguided.”
“As a public defender who has sought justice on behalf of hundreds of our neighbors who suffer from substance-use disorder, I urge Mayor Walsh not to throw good money after bad by continuing his misguided quest to place a recovery campus on Long Island,” Isenberg said in a statement.
“Modern treatment models favor community-based recovery, which continues to integrate those suffering from SUD rather than, literally, isolating them on an island. Further, our neighbors need beds immediately. Not after untold years of construction – today. Rather than continue to throw resources at each other in court, Quincy and Boston should join forces to find data-driven solutions to the opiate crisis. Forcing this ill-conceived venture is completely counterproductive.”
By SCOTT JACKSON
Mayor Thomas Koch’s request to create a new downtown division with three employees to oversee city assets in Quincy Center was tabled at Wednesday night’s City Council meeting.
Ward 4 Councillor Brian Palmucci put the budget on hold, saying he could not support creating a department whose employees would be assigned to one neighborhood. He asked the administration to return to the council on June 17 with a plan to place those three employees somewhere in the general fund budget.
Koch proposed the plan to create the downtown division in May when he submitted his annual budget requests to the City Council. The downtown division would be funded separate from the general fund using new tax revenue created within Quincy Center through the district improvement financing (DIF) program.
The mayor proposed a $7.27 million budget for the downtown division, including $4.67 million toward debt service line items, $250,000 to a reserve account for the downtown, and $1.91 million that would be transferred back to the general fund to reduce the taxes that would be collected elsewhere in the city. The three positions included in the budget are a downtown coordinator at a $101,000 salary, a junior mechanical engineer with a $92,000 salary, and a handyman with a $68,000 salary.
Palmucci asked that the downtown division budget be placed on hold during a meeting of the council’s finance committee on Wednesday. Ward 3 Councillor Ian Cain, the chairman of the finance committee, granted Palmucci’s request to table the matter until June 17, the final council meeting of the spring.
Palmucci said he was opposed to creating a department whose employees would only work in one area of the city.
“I’m not suggesting these positions aren’t necessary – I think the administration can make a case for why they are necessary. But whether or not they are necessary and whether or not they are supported by this body, it shouldn’t be done in a downtown department,” Palmucci said.
“I don’t support creating a department that services only one neighborhood of our very diverse city. For that reason, I am asking that this particular budget be held and that the administration go back to the drawing board and re-sprinkle these three positions into the agencies that are most appropriate for them and they service the downtown and residents.”
Chris Walker, Koch’s chief of staff, said other councillors had raised concerns about the department prior to the finance committee meeting. The administration, he said, was willing to take a second look at how the three positions are handled.
“We’re open to that – to having a further discussion. As I stand here right now, I can’t say definitely what shape or form it may take. We need a little bit of work on that, but I think we can certainly be open to a great degree to addressing Councillor Palmucci’s concerns and some of the other concerns already raised by the councillors,” Walker said.
“Clearly, we haven’t made enough of a case here for this and we’re open to the opportunity, if granted, to…go back and take a second look at it.”
Koch, in a June 3 letter to city councillors, said creating a new downtown division was done to ensure residents the city’s efforts in Quincy Center were self-sustaining.
“Segregating downtown operational costs into its own division creates a transparent mechanism of keeping to our shared goal of ensuring that the downtown pays for itself,” Koch said. “Rather than spreading positions and associated spending requests among multiple departments, this format will show all downtown-related spending in one place, including the debt service for previous and future financing packages.”
“Additionally, by housing these employees in a separate division, it helps maintain their focus on their specific duties,” Koch said later in the letter. “The practical reality is that employees of larger departments are often tasked to jobs outside of their normal responsibilities depending on day-to-day situations.”
The three new positions, Koch added, are essential.
“Regardless of how we account for downtown expenses, I strongly believe the funding and positions included as part of this year’s budget proposal meet essential operation needs,” the mayor said.
“In the coming fiscal year alone, we will take full control of the Hancock-Adams Common from the project’s contractors; we will open a new 700-space garage in the former Hancock Lot; and we will also be responsible for an expansive new civic space in the same area of the garage. There is without question a need for coordination and a robust operational management plan to tend to these assets.”
The downtown coordinator would be tasked with the day-to-day operations of all public assets in Quincy Center, including supervising operation and maintenance staff and contractors, according to a job description for the position provided to councillors. A bachelor’s degree in business, facilities or project management or a related field would be required for the job, plus at least 10 years of management experience.
The junior mechanical engineer would be charged with responsibility for operating and maintaining technical and mechanical components in all of the public assets in the downtown, including the garage, civic space and Hancock-Adams Common. Five years of experience in building and systems engineering would be required for the position.
The handyman would be responsible for the upkeep, repair and maintenance of those assets. Ten years of experience in general construction – including at least five years of experience in carpentry or another trade – is a prerequisite for the job.