The Salvation Army of Quincy will hold its third annual “Christmas in July” fundraiser today (Thursday) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. outside The Quincy Sun office, 1372 Hancock St., Quincy Center.
The familiar red kettle – ubiquitous during the winter weeks leading up to Christmas – will be set up outside the Sun office for 10 hours today. Some 40 volunteers from throughout the community will be ringing the bell to raise money for The Salvation Army.
“Christmas in July is our one-day campaign in the summer to remind everyone that The Salvation Army is here in Quincy all year round,” said Capt. Timothy Ross, Quincy Corps Officer. “The Salvation Army provides a variety of services all year long, such as food pantry and emergency services as well as youth programs that take place all year long, and not just Christmastime. These funds raised in July will continue to help support these services.”
Capt. Ross said some folks are surprised to learn how many people struggle to make ends meet month to month. “It could be someone who just came across some hard times and are in need of a little extra help,” he said.
Volunteers will be ringing the bell Thursday in a festive, holiday-like atmosphere. There will be holiday music, a Christmas tree decoration and a visit by Santa Claus.
Here are the list of volunteers who are participating in Thursday’s fundraiser:
• 8 a.m to 9 a.m.: Robert Bosworth, publisher, The Quincy Sun and Salvation Army Advisory Board; Amy Bosworth; Cathy Birchmore, Barbara Clarke, Salvation Army Board and Dorothy Newell, Salvation Army Board.
• 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.: Don Uvanitte, Eastern Insurance, Salvation Army Board chairman; John Pasciucco, Salvation Army Board and Maralin Manning, Salvation Army Board; and Bill Connors.
• 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Amy Morin, Susan Molinari, Lisa Bond, Lisa Kenepp, Melissa Simmons and Kelley Condon, all representing Baker, Braverman & Barbadoro.
• 11 a.m. to noon: Amy Huber and Jen Elliott, both NorthEast Community Bank; and Teddy Myers, president, and John Vacca, recording secretary, both Quincy Sons of Italy.
• Noon to 1 p.m.: Bette Campbell, Quincy Access Television; Quincy College President Peter Tsaffaras and Suzanne Reynard, QATV volunteer.
• 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.: West Quincy businessmen Frank Trainor (Commonwealth Building, Inc.), Steve DesRoche (Neponset Valley Survey Associates), Bob Connelly (Willard Street Veterinary Clinic) and Jim Martin (Tiles by Perfection.)
• 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Carolyn Freeman, John McManus, Salvation Army Board; and Joan Keohane, Salvation Army Board.
• 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Amy Huber, Salvation Army Advisory Board; Karen Giovanniello, Salvation Army Board; Janet Batson, Ryan Barrett, Stacey Campbell, Maureen Rogers, Paula Rowe, Michelle Lydon and Rick Doane.
• 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Mayor Thomas Koch; Isobel Bertman, Salvation Army Advisory Board; Marion Fantucchio, Salvation Army Board; and Paul Moody, commander, Sons of the American Legion Squadron 294.
• 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.: Tom Anacone, owner, Craig’s Café; and Robert Bosworth, Quincy Salvation Army Advisory Board. Anacone will also be serving appetizers during this final hour of the kettle fundraiser.
The day’s objective is to raise as much money as possible to help those struggling in the community.
“Need has no season,” Capt. Ross said. “The Salvation Army will be available all year long to help those who come through our doors looking for assistance.”
By SCOTT JACKSON
Quincy police are looking for the suspect who broke into a Fayette Street home early Tuesday morning and ran once the occupant of the home saw him.
Quincy police were called to the Fayette Street address around 3 a.m. Tuesday for a report of a breaking and entering in progress. The victim, a woman in her 20s, told officers she was awake in her bedroom when she was awoken by someone in her room. The woman told police she startled the suspect, and he then ran out the back door.
The victim described the suspect as a male, neither white or black, but possibly Asian. She said the suspect was of medium height – 5’8” or 5’9” – and average weight with no facial hair. The victim told officers the only clothing item she could remember the suspect wearing was a white t-shirt.
A police canine attempted to track the suspect, but was unsuccessful in doing so.
Anyone with information that may assist in the investigation is asked to contact Det. Edward Bagley at 617-745-5766 or email@example.com. Tips may also be submitted anonymously using the MyPD smartphone app.
By SCOTT JACKSON
A Quincy police officer helped bring back to shore a dog that swam too far into the waters of Quincy Bay Sunday afternoon, reuniting the golden retriever with her family.
Around 2:30 p.m. Sunday, officer Mike Foley of the department’s Marine Unit responded to a call that a golden retriever named Chloe had wandered too far from shore off of Sea Street and into Quincy Bay between Houghs Neck and Adams Shore.
Police said Foley was able to encourage Chloe to swim back to shore from his boat – in a Facebook post, the department quipped that Foley promised the dog a T-bone steak.
The Marina Bay Ferry will make its maiden voyage to downtown Boston at 7 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 1.
City and state officials Tuesday launched a website, www.mbferry.com, and a Facebook page, www.facebook.com/marinabayferry, with details about the 3-month trial program, ticketing links and schedule information. The service is a new partnership between the City of Quincy, state officials and the Town of Winthrop, which launched its municipally run ferry earlier this year.
The program will provide service from Squantum Point Park at Marina Bay to Rowes Wharf in Boston aboard Winthrop’s 73-passenger “Valkyrie.” The service will also include trips to Spectacle Island – one of the scenic Boston Harbor Islands.
Tickets will be available online later this week via Winthrop’s ticketing portal, which can be found at www.mbferry.com. The town is updating its Internet-based scheduling system, updated ticket information for Quincy tickets should be available no later than Friday.
Tickets can also be purchased on the boat at the time of departure, but there is no guarantee of a space if the boat is sold out.
As part of the program, the State Department of Conservation and Recreation has agreed to open its 850-spot parking lot at Squantum Point Park 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. Parking rates are $1.25 per hour with a full-day maximum of $5. The 1st hour of parking is free for park users.
In addition to the passenger ferry service, the DCR is partnering with JM Productions Entertainment Productions of Quincy and Mass Bay Lines of Boston for entertainment cruises on August 20 and 28 aboard the Music City Queen and launching from Squantum Point. Information on those events can be found at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2570490quality
The ferry service is a 1st step to what City and State officials hope will be permanent ferry service from Squantum Point Park. While the trial program must operate within the confines of Winthrop’s existing program and schedule, any permanent service would involve a much larger operation and potentially a partnership with another agency, such as the MBTA.
Plans are also being developed to extend the existing dead-end of Commander Shea Boulevard behind Marina Bay to provide direct access to Squantum Point Park – a key element of permanent ferry service, officials said.
The partnership with Winthrop developed when Mayor Tom Koch, Senator John Keenan, Representative Bruce Ayers and Ward 6 City Councillor Bill Harris reached out to officials in that town to learn more about the municipally run ferry – which is operating without any kind of subsidy. Talks soon circled to the incorporating Quincy into Winthrop’s program for the summer. Both state leaders and Quincy officials provided funding for immediate repairs necessary at the Squantum Point pier and dock to allow for a passenger ferry.
The service is expected to run through at least October.
State and local officials, including Lt. Karyn Polito and Mayor Thomas Koch, will tour the Houghs Neck Maritime Center Tuesday afternoon to highlight plans for a new boat ramp funded through a state Seaport Economic Council grant.
Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration in November 2015 announced a $680,000 seaport economic grant to Quincy to pay for reconstruction of the boat launch ramp. The current ramp is only accessible for four hours around high tide – two before and two after – and is inaccessible at other times. The new ramp will be designed for use during all tidal conditions, which is intended to boost tourism, fishing and recreational boating activity.
Joining Polito and Koch on the tour Tuesday are Carolyn Kirk, the deputy secretary of housing and economic development for the state; Rep. Tackey Chan; and Rep. Bruce Ayers.
The Seaport Economic Council was re-launched in August 2015, with a mission to strengthen the maritime economy, promote economic development, and support resilient infrastructure in all 78 of Massachusetts’ coastal communities while preparing them to engage with the challenges posed by rising sea levels and increasingly powerful coastal storms.
Polito serves as the chairwoman of the council and Kirk, a former mayor of Gloucester, is its vice chairwoman.
Koch targeted the Houghs Neck Maritime Center for upgrades in the five-year capital improvement plan he unveiled in May.