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Quincy Chamber Recommends YES on Question 1, NO on Questions 2, 4

The Quincy Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is recommending a Yes Vote on Question 1 and No Votes on Questions 2 and 4 in next Tuesday’s State Election.

The Directors did not take a position on Question 3.

Here’s the statement released by the Board regarding their positions on three of the four questions that will appear on the Nov. 4th election ballot:

Vote Yes on Question 1

Eliminating Gas Tax Indexing

 The proposed law would eliminate the requirement that the state’s gasoline tax, which was 24 cents per gallon as of September 2013, (1) be adjusted every year by the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index over the preceding year, but (2) not be adjusted below 21.5 centers per gallon.

The Quincy Chamber Board of Directors recommends a YES Vote on Question 1, which would eliminate the requirement that the state’s gas tax be adjusted annually based on the Consumer Price Index.

The QCC Board believes that if the Legislature wants to increase taxes, they should have to vote for it and that no tax should be automatically increased.

 

Vote No on Question 2

Expanding  the Beverage Container Deposit Law

 The proposed law would expand the state’s beverage container deposit law to require deposits on containers for all non-alcoholic non-carbonated drinks in liquid form intended for human consumption, except beverages primarily derived from dairy products, infant formula, and FDA approved medicines.  The proposed law would also increase the minimum handling fee that beverage distributors must pay dealers from 2 1/4 cents to 3 1/2 cents per container, as well as other associated changes to the existing law, commonly known as the Bottle Bill.

The proposed law would expand the state’s beverage container deposit law to require deposits on containers for all non-alcoholic non-carbonated drinks in liquid form intended for human consumption, except beverages primarily derived from dairy products, infant formula, and FDA approved medicines.  The proposed law would also increase the minimum handling fee that beverage distributors must pay dealers from 2 1/4 cents to 3 1/2 cents per container, as well as other associated changes to the existing law, commonly known as the Bottle Bill.

The Quincy Chamber Board of Directors recommends a NO Vote on Question 2, which would make no change in the current laws regarding beverage container deposits.

The QCC Board believes that the majority of the households in the Commonwealth have convenient access to curbside and community recycling programs – this is where the emphasis should remain.  It is estimated that today more than $30 million in unclaimed nickel deposits goes in to the state’s general fund and not into environmental programs.  This number will only increase if the number of containers subject to the five cents deposit are increased.

  

Vote No on Question 4

Earned Sick Time for Employees

The proposed law would entitle employees in Massachusetts to earn and use sick time according to certain conditions.

Employees who work for employers having eleven or more employees could earn and use up to 40 hours of paid sick time per calendar year, while employees working for smaller employers could earn and use up to 40 hours of unpaid sick time per calendar year.  The sick time can be used for the employee or to care for the employee’s child, spouse, parent or parent of a spouse.

Employees could carry over up to 40 hours of unused sick time to the next calendar year, but could not use more than 40 hours in a calendar year.  Employers would not have to pay employees for unused sick time at the end of their employment.

The Quincy Chamber Board of Directors recommends a No Vote on Question 4, which would make no change in the law regarding earned sick time.

The proposed law would make Massachusetts the first state to require small and taxpayer funded employers to provide up to a week of mandatory paid sick time and family leave to all employees including part-timers.  Small businesses depend on flexibility – already providing sick time, as well as salary increases and other benefits to their employees.  Creating more state mandates and reporting will increase the red tape and cost to small businesses, which will inevitably reduce their capacity to provide benefit and salary increases to their employees.

For more complete information on the ballot questions, click here.

 

 

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Koch Mourns Menino’s Passing: ‘We’ve Lost A Giant’

Then Boston Mayor Thomas Menino met with Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch in October of 2011 on Long Island to discuss issues between the two cities. Koch mourned the passing of Menino whom he called a mentor. Quincy Sun File Photo

Then Boston Mayor Thomas Menino met with Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch in October of 2011 on Long Island to discuss issues between the two cities. Koch mourned the passing of Menino whom he called a mentor. Quincy Sun File Photo

Mayor Thomas Koch is mourning the loss of former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino who passed away Thursday after a courageous battle with cancer.

“We lost a giant today the likes of whom we will not soon see again. Tom
Menino was everything that’s right about public service. His love for the
people of his City, his relentless work ethic, and his passion to make
Boston a better place built an unparalleled legacy and set the example for
all those in public life.

“I will always be grateful for the advice and mentorship he shared with me, and my prayers are with the Menino family on this very sad day,” Koch added.

Cong. Stephen Lynch, who represents Quincy and the City of Boston in the U.S. House of Representatives, was also saddened by Menino’s passing.

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Mayor Tom Menino. Margaret and I send our prayers and heartfelt condolences to his beloved wife Angela, his children, and grandchildren. Tom Menino dedicated his life to transforming our city and the City of Boston flourished under his stewardship.

Tom Menino worked tirelessly for the families of Boston, crisscrossing the city day and night to tend to the needs of our neighborhoods. He was a true leader and set the bar high for elected officials. I will always treasure his vision, leadership, and love for Boston. Tom Menino will be sorely missed,” Lynch said.

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John Adams’ 279th Birthday Anniversary Celebrated

A Presidential wreath is carried by Petty Officer Second Class Ivan Pena (left) and and Petty Officer Second Class David Clarke to the tomb of John Adams in the crypt at United First Parish Church. The wreath-laying ceremony was part of a program Thursday celebrating the 279th birthday anniversary of President John Adams.  Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

A Presidential wreath is carried by Petty Officer Second Class Ivan Pena (left) and and Petty Officer Second Class David Clarke to the tomb of John Adams in the crypt at United First Parish Church. The wreath-laying ceremony was part of a program Thursday celebrating the 279th birthday anniversary of President John Adams. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Among the speakers honoring the legacy of President John Adams Thursday were three local high school students. Standing beside the President's tomb located in the crypt at United First Parish Church are (from left) Emma Will, a senior at the Woodward School for Girls; Cornelius Koch, a senior at North Quincy High School; and Katherine Stevenson, a junior at Quincy High School. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Among the speakers honoring the legacy of President John Adams Thursday were three local high school students. Standing beside the President’s tomb located in the crypt at United First Parish Church are (from left) Emma Will, a senior at the Woodward School for Girls; Cornelius Koch, a senior at North Quincy High School; and Katherine Stevenson, a junior at Quincy High School. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Commander Eric Vandiver, Navy Operations Support Center Quincy, representing President Barack Obama, leads the gathering of over 200 people in the Pledge of Allegiance at Thursday's ceremony at United First Parish Church in Quincy celebrating the 279th birthday anniversary of  Second U.S. President John Adams. Story, other photos in the Nov. 6th issue of The Quincy Sun. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Commander Eric Vandiver, Navy Operations Support Center Quincy, representing President Barack Obama, leads the gathering of over 200 people in the Pledge of Allegiance at Thursday’s ceremony at United First Parish Church in Quincy celebrating the 279th birthday anniversary of Second U.S. President John Adams. Story, other photos in the Nov. 6th issue of The Quincy Sun. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

 

 

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Quincy Volleyball Hosts Boston Latin Monday In Tournament

Quincy girls volleyball team will host Boston Latin Monday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. in the first round of the MIAA Division 1 Central/East Sectional Tournament. Quincy Sun File Photo/Robert Bosworth

Quincy girls volleyball team will host Boston Latin Monday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. in the first round of the MIAA Division 1 Central/East Sectional Tournament. Quincy Sun File Photo/Robert Bosworth

The Quincy High School girls volleyball team will open tournament play next Monday, Nov. 3 when they host Boston Latin at 7 p.m. at the QHS gym.

The Presidents are seeded #4 in the MIAA Division 1 Central/East Sectional Tournament. Boston Latin is seeded #5.

Quincy finished the season with a 16-4 record. Wins included a two-game sweep over cross-town rival North Quincy. The Presidents’ four losses came at the hands of Duxbury (2 games), Brockton and Canton High Schools.

Monday’s winner will advance to play #1 seed Brookline at Brookline Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.

Rounding out the other side of the bracket are King Phillip (#2), Newton North (#3) and Charlestown (#6).

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Presidents At Needham Friday In Play-off Matchup

Brian Zec's touchdown reception for Duxbury in the fourth quarter snapped a 14-14 tie and helped propel the Dragons to a 35-14 win over the Quincy Presidents Friday night at Veterans' Memorial Stadium. It was Quincy's first loss on the season. The Presidents await their playoff seed in the EMass Div. 2 Playoffs. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Brian Zec’s 8-yard touchdown reception for Duxbury in the fourth quarter snapped a 14-14 tie and helped propel the Dragons to a 35-14 win over the Quincy Presidents Friday night at Veterans’ Memorial Stadium. It was Quincy’s first loss on the season. The Presidents will visit Needham Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the opening round of the EMass Div. 2 Playoffs. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

By BILL GRIFFIN

Quincy (6-1, 4-1 in the league) will make its first appearance in a football playoff game since 2003 when the Presidents visit Needham (5-2) Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the opening round of the EMass Division 2 South Sectionals.

Needham (5-2) is seeded No. 4 in division while Quincy is seeded No.5. Needham plays out of the Carey Division of the Bay State Conference. Needham’s losses were to Walpole and Newton North who are each 7-0.

The Presidents will be looking to rebound from last Friday’s 35-15 to Duxbury in a showdown for the Patriot League Keenan Division title. The Dragons scored 21 unanswered points in the second half to negate a tremendous performance from James Lam before an estimated 1,000 fans at Veterans’ Memorial Stadium.

The loss was Quincy’s first of the year and left the Presidents at 6-1 overall and 4-1 in the league. Duxbury is 5-2 overall and 5-0 in the league.

Lam had 206 yards rushing in 24 carries and completed five passes for 59 yards. The senior quarterback hit on an eight yard-scoring pass to J.T. Bain and scored on a one-yard run.

Lam hit Jake Bergonzi with a pass for a two-point conversion which tied the game at 14-14 with four seconds left in the first half.

Quincy quarterback James Lam reaches for the goal line for the Presidents late in the second quarter. Quincy picked up a first down and scored a touchdown and 2-point conversion for a 14-14 half-time tie with Duxbury Friday night. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Quincy quarterback James Lam reaches for the goal line for the Presidents late in the second quarter. Quincy picked up a first down and scored a touchdown and 2-point conversion for a 14-14 half-time tie with Duxbury Friday night. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Quincy Tight End Jack Bergonzi - with a bloody chin - catches a two-point conversion with four seconds left in the first half to knot the game at 14-14 at the half. Duxbury scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to post a 35-14 win and clinch the Patriot League title. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Quincy Tight End Jack Bergonzi – with a bloody chin – catches a two-point conversion with four seconds left in the second quarter to knot the game at 14-14 at halftime. Duxbury scored 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to post a 35-14 win and clinch the Patriot League Keenan Division title. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

 

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