Quincy Center T Station Closed This Weekend

The Quincy Center garage demolition is underway and mostly occurring during regular work hours, T officials said Wednesday. This coming weekend, however, the contractor will be working from Friday night, May 18 at 9 p.m. until the 4 a.m. on Monday, May 21.

Weekend work is required to remove the northern portion (helix ramp) of the garage that is over or near the railroad right-of-way. This will be the only weekend work for the spring/summer period at Quincy Center. shuttle bus service will be in place.

Additional weekend work will be required to demolish the southern section, however, those weekends will be scheduled in the fall.

T officials hand-delivered flyers regarding the weekend work to the residents and businesses in the area and placed the information on the web:  https://www.mbta.com/projects/wollaston-station-improvements/update/demolition-quincy-center-garage

As you know, the busway area has been reduced to establish a safe work area for the contractor adjacent to the garage, therefore, pick-up and drop off is live and limited to 5 minutes.  We appreciate your cooperation.

A weekly one-week look ahead and monthly construction photos for Wollaston and Quincy Center on the web: https://www.mbta.com/projects/wollaston-station-improvements/update/construction-1-week-look-ahead.

The Wollaston Shuttle bus service continues to/from the Wollaston area to North Quincy and Quincy Center Red Line Stations: https://www.mbta.com/projects/wollaston-station-improvements/update/how-the-wollaston-station-closure-affects-your-trip.

The next Wollaston Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 20 at 6:30 PM at Quincy City Hall.  Meetings are open to the public. To see the last PowerPoint presentation from the March meeting: https://www.mbta.com/events/2018-03-28/wollaston-community-advisory-committee-meeting

Please continue to be in contact with us at Wollaston@mbta.com regarding any issues or concerns with the shuttle bus service, Wollaston Station construction or the Quincy Center Garage demolition project.

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Denise M. Canale, 54

Denise M. Canale, 54, lifelong resident of Quincy, died on May 9, 2018.

Denise M. Canale

Denise M. Canale

Daughter of Murray “Rocco” Canale of Quincy and the late Ann (Leone) Canale. Born in Quincy on Jan. 8, 1964. Denise graduated from Quincy High School in 1982.

She was employed as a teacher’s aide in the Quincy school system for many years.

Besides her father, she is survived by a daughter, Theresa Rotondo and her husband Jason of Hingham; a sister, Debra Canale-O’Connor of Weymouth; two grandchildren, Aiden and Gianna Rotondo; her longtime companion, Steven Morreale and his children, Steve Morreale, Jr. and Keith Morreale all of Quincy and several nieces and nephews. She was also the sister of the late Stephen and Mark Canale.

Calling hours will be from the Bolea-Buonfiglio Funeral Home 116 Franklin St., Quincy on Saturday, May 19, from 3 to 6 pm, with a closing prayer service starting at 6pm. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Cremation to follow.

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Koch In, Tsaffaras Out At Quincy College

By SCOTT JACKSON

Mayor Thomas Koch on Tuesday was named the interim leader of Quincy College following the resignation of Peter Tsaffaras, the college’s president, and Thomas Feenan, the chairman of the board overseeing the school.

The college’s Board of Governors voted to designate Koch the principle executive of the college, effective immediately, assuming all responsibilities of the school’s president for up to six months while due diligence is exercised for a presidential search.

Quincy College is municipally owned but had gained a large amount of independence from the city in the decades since its founding; the school does not receive money from the city or state and is instead funded by tuition and other revenue sources. Koch said he asked to be named the school’s acting president given the seriousness of the college’s current situation.

“While the college has rightly gained a large degree of autonomy over the years, it remains a department of the city of Quincy,” Koch said in a statement following the board’s vote. “This unprecedented request I made this evening reflects the seriousness with which I and many others view the college’s current situation. I will make decisions based on what I believe to be the best interests of the college and our city.

“And I wish to be abundantly clear about one thing: By taking this action, I stand fully accountable for the future of this institution.”

Koch said he would be “building a leadership and response team that addresses the myriad of challenges facing the college, both short- and long-term,” in the coming days.

“This will include the recovery of the college’s nursing program, the protection of its finances, and repairing the relationships between the college and its students, parents, state agencies and the community as a whole,” the mayor said.

Koch plans to address the college’s Board of Governors next week.

“We will act transparently and my administration is prepared to take immediate steps to begin to reassure the college community that there is no challenge that cannot be resolved and that the future of this institution is absolutely critical to this community,” he said.

Tsaffaras, the school’s president since 2011, announced his resignation at the start of Tuesday’s Board of Governors meeting. He said the decision to resign had been made during a May 3 meeting of the governors behind closed doors.

In his resignation letter, Tsaffaras said discord with some members of the Board of Governors – and not a state board’s revocation of the college’s nursing program on May 9, which the college is appealing – prompted him to leave his post.

“I believe that the fissure and division between the Board of Governors and myself would make it difficult to continue to move forward my agenda and vision for the college,” Tsaffaras said.

“Staying in this position without the support of the board would not only delay the college’s forward progress but also, in ways large and small, have a negative impact upon the students, faculty, staff, and administration. As someone who has worked in higher education since June of 1972, just shy of 46 years, I find that alternative to be simply unacceptable.”

Tsaffaras’ resignation is effective June 1. The Board of Governors, however, voted in executive session to place Tsaffaras on administrative leave effectively immediately through the end of his tenure, according to Christopher Bell, the board’s first vice chair. Bell emphasized the decision to place Tsaffaras on leave was not a disciplinary measure.

The decision to place Tsaffaras on administrative leave led to the resignation of Feenan. Feenan left the boardroom about an hour into the executive session and announced, “I just quit.”

“After 11 years on this board, I can’t work with them anymore,” Feenan told those gathered outside the boardroom. “This is outrageous what they’ve just done. They’ve destroyed the school.”

Feenan had served on the board since 2007 and had been its chair since September 2014. He had been a staunch supporter of Tsaffaras in recent weeks as other board members called for the president to be terminated.

Bell chaired the remainder of the meeting after Feenan’s departure. All told, the governors sat in executive session for more than two hours Tuesday. Tsaffaras joined them for the first 80 minutes or so of the closed-door meeting, as did several other college officials. Also present at the meeting were City Solicitor Jim Timmins and Chris Walker, Koch’s director of policy and information.

Board members deliberated over pizza and were at times animated during the executive session, which could be seen, but not heard, by those waiting in the next room.

The vote to name Koch acting president was made in an open session following the conclusion of the closed-door meeting. Joseph Shea, a Norfolk County Commissioner and former Quincy city clerk, made the motion to name Koch to that post and it was seconded by Paul Barbadoro. The board voted 9-1 to make Koch acting president, with Barbara Clarke opposed.

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Marie Flaherty Burleson, 60

A memorial service for Marie Flaherty Burleson, age 60, formerly of Quincy, will be held Saturday, May 19th at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 115 Crescent St., Quincy.

Mrs. Burleson passed away in her Belleview, Florida home April 13 2018.

Born in Quincy, MA on May 5, 1957, she was the beloved wife to Benny Burleson. Loving mother to Micheal Shea and Lisa Marie Soto, daughter to Mary Ellen Zimmer and David Flaherty Senior. Sister to David Flaherty,Thomas Flaherty,Keri Flaherty,Kelly Tanner and Charlie Flaherty.

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Inside This Week’s Issue Of The Quincy Sun

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Anti-Long Island Bridge Measures Pass First Test

Squantum Residents Voice Opposition To Long Island Bridge

Schools Crack Down On Non-Resident Students

Mellanie Reeves New DARE Officer

Condos Proposed For Quincy Avenue

Bates Avenue Apartments Approved

Fall Election May Feature Only One Local Race

Quincy Avenue Beer, Wine License Rejected

Quincy Homestead Open For Public Tours Sunday

Quincy High Hosts 10th Annual Student Fashion Show

Can Too Much Sitting Affect Your Brain? Health Message

Sons of American Legion Memorial Day Observance Sunday

Rerouted Pedestrian, Traffic Shifts Due To Downtown Construction Work

Kevin Carey New QHS Head Football Coach

North Quincy Tops Quincy In Girls Lacrosse

Q-NQ Boys Lacrosse Defeats Plymouth South

NQ Boys Tennis Qualifies For Post-Season Play

Quincy Hosting Celtics Affiliated Basketball Camp In June

NQ Soccer Hall of Fame Announces New Inductees

Tickets On Sale For Father Bill’s Food Fest

Residential Real Estate Transactions May 7 – May 11

O’Donnell Hosts Computer Seminar For Historical Commissions/Boards

QCAP Homebuyer Workshop June 14, 16

Houghs Neck Council Flower/Plant Sale Saturday

Squantum Garden Club Plant Sale Saturday

Wollaston Garden Club Plant Sale Saturday

A Job Well Done, Crime Prevention Journal

Quincy High School, North Quincy High School Honor Rolls

Students Win Awards At Statewide Science Fair

‘Back To The Beach’ COA Event June 5

Victory Point Restaurant Opens At Marina Bay

‘Eyes On Owls’ Program At Kennedy Center

Quincycles Hosts Bike-To-Work Convoy To Boston

NQ Daycare Re-Opens After Typhoid Case

More Church, Social, Entertainment News

Local obituaries

And much more local news.

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