By KRIS KALABOKAS
A student home sick from school on Thursday foiled a robbery attempt at his home in Wollaston, according to police.
At around 11 a.m., Brendan J. Oliverio, 27, of Quincy, began knocking on the front door of a home on Andrews Road, said Police Lt. Jack Sullivan. The 16-year-old boy, who was on the second floor of the single-family home, looked out of the window and saw the man who he didn’t recognize. Oliverio stopped knocking on the front door and proceeded to go to the side of the house where he knocked on another door.
Following the two failed attempts at gaining entry to the home, Oliverio walked to the back of the house and entered the basement through a bulkhead door. Sullivan said it was unclear whether the door was locked or left open.
The man successfully entered the home and made it up to the second floor before the teen accosted him and yelled at him to leave.
Oliverio ran from the home and down Fenno Street.
The teen called 911 and both he and his neighbor, who saw Oliverio as he fled the scene, gave a description of him to an officer who arrived shortly thereafter with a police dog. The dog immediately picked up a scent and began tracking Oliverio through a marsh. He was eventually apprehended in a nearby clearing by two officers half a mile away from Andrews Road, said Sullivan.
Oliverio, who was charged with breaking and entering, had not stolen any property from the home nor was he found to be carrying any weapons said Sullivan.
He did not resist arrest.
“As soon as you’re suspicious of someone at your door, call us,” advised Sullivan.
High winds and heavy rain from the nor’easter that started Wednesday and continued into Thursday caused some property damage and localized flooding.
About four and half inches of rain fell on the city.
The Park and Forestry Department has responded to more than 100 phone calls since Wednesday evening, according to the Mayor’s Office.
Crews have worked around the clock to clear downed limbs from city streets, and will continue to work through the duration of the storm. Crews are prioritizing emergency issues.
Staff from Park and Forestry will continue to collect downed limbs and branches over the coming days. Residents are asked to be patient as crews will be working into next week on the cleanup.
To report downed trees that are blocking roadways or causing unsafe conditions after business hours, call the Quincy Police Department non-emergency line at 617-479-1212. During the day, please call the Park Department at 617-376-1251.
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Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 64 million Americans will increase 1.7 percent in 2015, the Social Security Administration announced Thursday.
The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that more than 58 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2015. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2014. The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Some other changes that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages. Based on that increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $118,500 from $117,000. Of the estimated 168 million workers who will pay Social Security taxes in 2015, about 10 million will pay higher taxes because of the increase in the taxable maximum.
Information about Medicare changes for 2015 is available at www.Medicare.gov.
The Social Security Act provides for how the COLA is calculated. To read more, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/cola.
By KRIS KALABOKAS
The Board of License Commissioners in a 4-1 vote on Tuesday approved the application of the Marina Bay Sportsplex, 260 Victory Rd., allowing them to serve beer and wine to patrons on site despite concerns from neighbors regarding a lack of parking in the area, the possibility of an increase in traffic, and noise.
“This is not going to be a bar…this is not going to be a night club,” said manager Donald E. Martin, who has successfully applied for one-day licenses in the past permitting him to sell alcohol during charity events.
The facility is a completely enclosed sports facility that hosts soccer, lacrosse, baseball, and football leagues.
He added that alcohol would be served primarily to customers using the virtual golf machines in the evening hours and that people would not be going to the facility just to drink.
Martin said that pressure from competing sports complexes in neighboring cities who serve alcohol to their customers pushed him to apply for the CV/ Wine and Malt Restaurant License.
Customers have also been requesting that alcohol consumption be permitted on site he said.
Alcohol will be served from a roughly 5-foot-long bar with no seating. Customers will then be directed to a separate room with about eight or nine tables where they will be able to drink their beverages. Prepackaged foods that can easily be heated up in a microwave will also be served.
Ward 6 City Councillor Brian McNamee spoke against the proposal relaying concerns from Marina Bay residents that the area had enough establishments serving alcohol and that the area was already low on parking spaces; a sentiment shared by Board Chairman Joseph Shea.
“My opposition is based on parking, general traffic flow, and I think there’s enough places at Marina Bay,” said Shea. “I will be voting no.”
Other board members said they felt any increase in traffic would be negligible and that parking would not be impacted by granting the license.