Two Quincy residents had the same thought process and the Ward 1 residents will both share in the honor of having submitted the theme chosen for the 63rd Annual Quincy Christmas Parade.
“Christmas through the eyes of a child” was entered by Denise Bausemer of Bittern Road and George Norris of Manet Avenue and was selected from the 33 entries submitted to the Parade Committee in the annual contest to give the traditional event a theme. The parade theme is an important component to the groups and organizations that design floats and to the school children who take part in the Christmas Festivial poster contest.
Both theme winners and the poster winners receive the opportunity to ride the parade route in antique automobiles on the day of the parade. This year’s parade will be the Sunday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 29.
Norris has a long history of attending the parade which provided him with great memories but this was his first attempt at the theme contest. Bausemer on the other hand has never been to the parade in person and it was also her first time submitting an entry. Both say they plan to share the occasion with other family members and are looking forward to riding in the annual parade. The theme winners will also receive a commemorative plaque at the events annual award ceremony immediately following the parade.
Now that the theme has been selected the parade committee is accepting applications from groups, schools, and organizations who would like to participate in the parade by building a float. Floats are judged and cash prizes are awarded in several categories at the conclusion of the parade. Commercial floats my also be entered in the parade, however they are not considered for the cash awards and an entry fee is charged.
For information on group or commercial applications or to request an entry package contact the parade committee at 617-376-1394. The number of floats accepted is limited and early entry is encouraged.
Public Safety Officials in Quincy announce that Smart911, the national public safety service, is now available to all citizens to enhance 9-1-1 emergency services.
Smart911 allows citizens to create a Safety Profile online that includes any information about themselves or their household that they want 9-1-1 to have in an emergency. When that citizens makes a 9-1-1 call, their profile is immediately displayed to the 9-1-1 call-taker, resulting in far greater emergency response and saved lives.
“Smart911 will allow both 9-1-1 call takers and emergency responders to have more detailed information about a citizen in need, leading to faster response times and ultimately more lives saved,” said Police Chief Paul Keenan. “I am proud of the city of Quincy for taking the initiative to explore the opportunities available to us through technology in order to provide better services to their community.”
Smart911 allows citizens to create a Safety Profile at www.smart911.com for their household that includes any information they want 9-1-1 and response teams to have in the event of an emergency. When a citizen makes an emergency call, their Safety Profile is automatically displayed to the 9-1-1 call taker, allowing them to send the right response teams to the right location with the right information.
Responders can be aware of many details they would not have known previously, and now fire crews can arrive at a house fire knowing how many people live in the home and the location of bedrooms, EMS can be advised of allergies or specific medical conditions and police can have the photo of a missing child in seconds rather than minutes or hours.
“When you call 9-1-1, you’re not having your best day and even the simplest of details can be difficult to communicate in a time of panic,” said Chief Keenan. “By creating a Safety Profile before an emergency happens they are ensuring that we will have the information we need even if they can’t communicate it.”
With Smart911, citizens can link both home and work addresses to mobile phones, which can be passed on to responders in the field for more a detailed, rapid response. Additional information including pets in the home, vehicle details in the event of an accident, and even emergency contacts can all be included in a Safety Profile. All information is optional and the citizen has the ability to choose what details they would like to include.
“The more information made available to 9-1-1 call takers the better,” said Keenan. “Knowing how many people live in the home, where the bedrooms are located and even pets in the home can ensure we know who we need to help and where they might be.”
Smart911 is currently available in 40 states and more than 1,500 municipalities across the country, and has been credited with positively impacting emergency outcomes including a missing child in which the girls photo and physical description were immediately available to 9-1-1 and responders, as well as a heart attack victim where an address and medical notes allowed responders to be dispatched to his location quickly. In Massachusetts Smart911 is available in Belmont, Blackstone, Chelsea, Everett, Framingham, Medford, Milford, Somerset, Stoughton and Watertown.
Citizens are encouraged to create their Safety Profile with Smart911 today to have their information immediately available to 9-1-1. Smart911 is private and secure, is only used for emergency responses, and only made available to the 9-1-1 system in the event of an emergency call.
By SCOTT JACKSON
An employee of the Adams National Historical Park was arrested Wednesday on charges he brought fake explosives to work following a disagreement with a co-worker.
Bruce Beck, a 45-year-old Plainville resident, is due to be arraigned Thursday afternoon on charges of possession of a hoax device, assault by means of a dangerous weapon (a hoax device), and receiving stolen property worth more than $250.
According to Quincy police, officer Ken Wood and his explosive ordinance detection K-9 partner, Major, responded to the Beale House at 181 Adams St. after a report that an employee may have brought explosives to work.
Witnesses reported that Beck and another employee had a minor disagreement on Tuesday, police said. On Wednesday morning, those witnesses told police Beck entered a break room where numerous employees – included the victim – were located and slammed a green satchel on the table and began removing items one at a time, deliberately pointing each at the victim.
Those items included blue claymore mine and an M57 electrical firing device (clacker), according to police. Beck began depressing the lever several times, which made a loud clacking noise, police said. Beck collected the items and returned to his work area once the victim reached for his phone.
Wood recovered the satchel from Beck. Inside, police said Wood found a blue training aid claymore mine and numerous military items – the M57 firing device, an empty small plastic box labeled “10 blasting caps,” and trip wire wool spool. Wood was able to determine the items were not dangerous through his training and experience.
Wood’s K9 partner, Major, and a Boston police bomb squad then searched the building and found no explosives. Beck’s vehicle was also searched at the time and no explosives were found there either.
Beck’s Plainville residence was then searched with the assistance of Plainville and state police, at which time a second inert claymore mine was located, according to Quincy police.