Two-Alarm Fire Sends Seven To Hospital

By SCOTT JACKSON

Seven occupants of a Quincy Point rooming house were taken to area hospitals after a two-alarm fire early Wednesday morning.

The fire at 31-33 Winter St., a rooming house owned by the non-profit NeighborWorks of Southern Mass., was reported shortly before 3 a.m. Wednesday when the Quincy Fire Department was notified that alarms were going off inside the building.

Deputy Fire Chief Ed Fenby said the first crews on scene reported heavy and smoke on the rear side of the building, with residents hanging out of windows.

“They immediately went into rescue mode,” he said.

Two residents were taken out of windows by ground ladders, and one man jumped from a second story window.

Nineteen people were inside the building at the time of the fire – 18 tenants and one guest. Seven were taken to Quincy Medical Center or South Shore Hospital in Weymouth. Fenby did not have an update on their condition as of late Wednesday morning. The remaining 12 residents were offered accommodations at Father Bill’s shelter, though some refused.

None of the firefighters on scene reported any injuries, Fenby said.

The fire was put out by 5:30 a.m., when the building was turned over to investigators. There was no cause yet for the fire as of 11 a.m. Wednesday, but Fenby said it does not appear suspicious.

“It is under investigation but it doesn’t look suspicious,” he said.

The fire caused an estimated $250,000 in damages.

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Restaurateur Hoping To Find Owner Of Lost $100 Bill

A Quincy restaurateur is hoping to re-unite a patron with a $100 bill he lost inside the eatery in early May.

Gerry Martocchio, owner of Gennaro’s Eatery at 12 Blanchard St., off Quincy Avenue, said his employees found the bill on May 6 near the take-out area of the restaurant. He reviewed camera footage from that night and saw a man lose the $100 bill around 9:30 p.m.

Martocchio said the patron has yet to return to the restaurant to claim the bill after nearly two months, and is hopeful the owner of the $100 could be found so the money can be returned.

Martocchio said the patron could contact the restaurant at 617-773-1550 or call his cellphone at 781-608-2844 to claim the bill.

 

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Record Number Of Travelers Seen This Independence Day

This Independence Day, AAA estimates that a record-breaking 44.2 million Americans will honor the red, white and blue and travel more than 50 miles from home. With 1.25 million more travelers than last year, 2017 will be the most traveled Fourth of July holiday weekend ever.

For the first time ever, more than one million Massachusetts residents are expected to travel by car, a high percentage of the 1,155,000 Bay Staters expected to travel over the Fourth.

“Strong employment, combined with rising incomes and higher consumer confidence bode well for the travel industry,” said Mary Maguire, AAA Northeast Director of Public and Legislative Affairs. “This historic number of travelers will add to an already bustling summer travel season.”  July 4th is on a Tuesday this year, making it a long weekend for many travelers.

By the Numbers:

  • Overall, 44.2 million travelers are expected to travel this Independence Day, a 2.9 percent increase over 2016.
  • 37.5 million Americans will drive to their destinations, an increase of 2.9 percent over last year. That represents 85 percent of all holiday travelers.
  • 3.44 million people are taking to the skies this Independence Day, increasing air travel by 4.6 percent over last year.
  • 3.27 million travelers, an increase of 1.4 percent from 2016, will look to other modes of transportation, including cruises, trains and buses.

“Gasoline prices are close to what they were a year ago, and haven’t been this low for Independence Day since 2005,” Ms. Maguire added. “That’s extra money in the pockets of this year’s vacationers.”

Orlando remains top destination for summer travel

With new attractions debuting at popular theme parks, Orlando claims the number one spot on the list of most-visited locales for 2017 summer travel, based on AAA Travel bookings:

  1. Orlando, Florida                                             6. Honolulu, Hawaii
  2. Vancouver, Canada                                        7. Anaheim, California
  3. Cancun, Mexico                                              8. Anchorage, Alaska
  4. Seattle, Washington                                        9. Las Vegas, Nevada
  5. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic                   10. Montego Bay, Jamaica

Slow Down, Move Over

The record number of travelers means that motorists are sure to come upon police officers, tow truck drivers, and other first responders in the highway breakdown lanes. AAA reminds the public that every state has a law requiring motorists to move over and slow down when approaching these vehicles. “First responders are killed or injured every year throughout the country, and the Slow Down, Move Over laws are designed to protect those who are working to protect us,” Ms. Maguire said.

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Anthony Cronis

Anthony “Tony” Cronis of North Quincy passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family on June 24, 2017.

Anthony Cronis

Anthony Cronis

Born in Boston in 1918, Tony moved to North Quincy in the early ’60s. He owned a couple of businesses in the South End and for 20 years before retiring, worked as a carpenter in the Union Local 33.

The beloved husband of 35 years to Lena (Minichiello) Cronis, Tony was the loving father of Douglas R. Cronis and his wife Regina of Weymouth; step-father of Brian and Kevin Weaver of Everett; grandfather of 5 and great-grandfather of 5; and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Tony split his time between Quincy and Naples, FL. He stayed active by being a member of the Castle Island group, Ward 4 Senior Center and the Kennedy Center in Quincy. Tony enjoyed dancing, gardening, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren.

Services will be private.

Arrangements by the Dennis Sweeney Funeral Home, 74 Elm St., Quincy.

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Debra A. Condon-Davis, 57

Debra A. (Zagami) Condon-Davis, age 57, of Quincy, died, Sunday, June 25, 2017, at South Shore Hospital after a courageous, three-year battle with breast cancer.

Debra A. Condon-Davis

Debra A. Condon-Davis

Debra was born and raised in Quincy and was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1979. She was a lifelong resident of Quincy. She was a homemaker but as a young woman had worked in the financial industry for the former Scudder, Stevens & Clark Inc.

Debra was talented with arts and crafts, loved animals, and enjoyed bowling and dancing. She was devoted to her family, always supporting the activities and accomplishments of her children.

Beloved wife for fifteen years of William F. Davis. Devoted mother of Kristen L. Condon and Cory L. Condon, both of Quincy. Step-mother of Andrew W. Davis of Waltham, Kristin L. Tonini, her husband Matt, and daughter Ella Rose of Cambridge. Loving daughter of Joseph and Judith (Crocker) Zagami of Quincy. Dear sister of Diane M. Rubin of Canton. Aunt of James E. Rubin of Holbrook and Danielle M. Rubin of Canton. Niece of Vincent Zagami of Quincy.

Funeral Services will be conducted at Christ Church Episcopal, 12 Quincy Avenue, Quincy on Friday, June 30, at 10 a.m. Reverend Clifford R. Brown, Rector, will officiate. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting Hours at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy on Thursday from 5-8 p.m. Interment Pine Hill Cemetery, West Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in Debra’s memory may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.

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