Marian E. Penney

Marian E. (Walker) Penney of Quincy passed away with her family at her side on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at age 93.

Marian E. Penney

Marian E. Penney

Originally from Dorchester, she lived in Quincy for 55 years. She had worked as a secretary at the Hanscom Air Force Base for many years, was a member of the St. Joseph’s Ladies Sodality, enjoyed dancing and most importantly, spending time with her family.

The beloved wife of the late George A. Penney, Marian was the loving mother of Debbie M. Vacha and her husband Tim of Quincy; dear grandmother of Stacey Bennett of Duxbury and Caitlyn Vacha of Quincy; great-grandmother of Natalie Vacha of Quincy; sister of the late Pat and Rick Woodford, Bob Walker, Dick and Jane Walker, Bill and Ann Walker and Jack Walker; and is also survived by her sister-in-law, Fran Walker and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to visiting hours which will be held on Friday, September 21 from 4:00 to 8:00PM at the Dennis Sweeney Funeral Home 74 Elm St. Quincy Center. On Saturday there will be a gathering at the funeral home at 9:00AM followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:00AM at St. Joseph Church 550 Washington St. Quincy. Burial is at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester.

Donations in Marian’s memory may be made to the Hospice of the South Shore 30 Reservoir Park Dr. Rockland, MA 02370.

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EEE Found In Massachusetts Mosquito

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health on Wednesday announced Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus has been detected in a mosquito in Massachusetts for the first time this year, following testing completed at the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory.

The mosquito samples were collected on Sept. 17 in the town of Lakeville in Plymouth County. This single finding does not indicate elevated risk from EEE at this time, but personal protection from mosquitoes remains a high priority. Mosquito trapping and testing will continue in the area to monitor risk.

There have been no human cases of EEE so far this year and none acquired by a Massachusetts resident in 2017.

“We have been fortunate over the last several years to see little evidence of EEE activity,” said Public Health Commissioner Dr. Monica Bharel. “Despite that, we know EEE occurs in Massachusetts and this is a timely reminder of that fact.”

“The drought in 2015 through 2016 reduced the species of mosquitoes that are responsible for amplifying EEE virus in the bird population,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Brown. “The last couple of years have been rebuilding years and our job will be to continue to closely monitor EEE activity through the mosquito surveillance done in conjunction with the Mosquito Control Districts.”

EEE is a rare but serious and potentially fatal disease that can affect people of all ages. EEE is generally spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. People have an important role to play in protecting themselves and their loved ones from illnesses caused by mosquitoes.

To minimize the risk of exposure to EEE, the DPH recommends the following steps:

Avoid Mosquito Bites

Apply Insect Repellent when Outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] or IR3535 according to the instructions on the product label.

DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.

Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours.

The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning.

Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites.

Wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

Mosquito-Proof Your HomeInstall or Repair Screens.

Keep mosquitoes outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

Protect Your Animals

Horse, llama and alpaca owners should keep animals in indoor stalls at night to reduce their risk of exposure to mosquitoes. Owners should also speak with their veterinarian about mosquito repellents approved for use in animals and vaccinations to prevent WNV and EEE. If an animal is suspected of having WNV or EEE, owners are required to report to DAR, Division of Animal Health by calling 617-626-1795 and to the Department of Public Health (DPH) by calling 617-983-6800.

More information, including all WNV and EEE positive results, can be found on the Arbovirus Surveillance Information web page at or by calling the DPH Epidemiology Program at 617-983-6800.


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Quincy City Council Backs National Grid Workers


The City Council has voiced its support for locked-out National Grid workers, urging the utility company to end the labor dispute.

The council approved the resolution on Monday, its first meeting after a three-month summer recess. Mayor Thomas Koch on Aug. 14 informed National Grid had his administration had stopped issuing permits for gas line work in the city – except for emergency work – after the lockout began and would not do so until the lockout is lifted.

The resolution passed by the council, introduced by Councillor Noel DiBona, urges the company to come to an accord with the two unions it has locked out. The resolution also endorses Koch’s decision to stop issuing permits for non-emergency gas line work.

“The United Steelworkers Local 12003 and United Steelworkers Local 12012 service new and existing gas line customers within the city of Quincy. The lockout with National Grid raises safety concerns to the general public, as the work should be performed by qualified and well-trained National Grid employees,” DiBona said.

“On July 1, 2018, National Grid terminated the medical benefits of 1,300 united steelworkers. The city of Quincy urges in good faith that National Grid come to an agreement with fair benefits and wages with United Steelworkers Local 12003 and Local 12012.

“Therefore, let it be resolved that National Grid come to an agreement with the 1,300 National Grid employees by the United Steelworkers Local 12003 and Local 12012 to end the lockout. Be it further resolved that the city of Quincy continues to not issue any new permits for new gas line construction, as our concerns are for the safety of the customers in the city of Quincy and the wellbeing of the workers of United Steelworkers Local 12003 and Local 12012.”

Councillors approved the resolution in a 6-0 vote. Brad Croall and Brian Palmucci were not present for the meeting and Kirsten Hughes had left the chamber several minutes before the resolution was introduced.

National Grid began its lockout of the two unions on June 25 after the utility company and the unions failed to reach an agreement during contract negotiations. The two sides were at an impasse over a number of issues, including health care plans, pensions for new hires and the outsourcing of work to private contractors.



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Two Arrested After Wollaston B&E


Quincy police arrested two Boston men Tuesday afternoon and charged them in connection with a breaking and entering that took place in Wollaston. Two other suspects linked to the crime remained at large as of Wednesday morning.

The breaking and entering in progress on Sherman Street was reported shortly 3 p.m. on Tuesday, police said. The caller told police her was broken into and two male suspects fled on foot, and she reported seeing a black Infiniti outside her home prior to the break.

The officers who reported to the scene set up a perimeter in an effort to contain the suspects. During this time, two officers noticed a black Infiniti parked in front of the address and immediately detained the driver, identified as Lezhan Santos, age 20, of Hendry Street in Dorchester.

A third officer who responded to the scene interviewed the victim to gather additional information. The victim said she heard the doorbell ring three times and then heard the door shaking. She went to the window and saw two males enter a black Infiniti parked outside the house, which then drove away. The victim told police one of the males had on a red backpack, black jacket and dark baseball hat; the other was wearing a dark jacket.

A few minutes later, the victim told the officer, she heard the rear door being kicked in and then heard an intruder or intruders on the first floor. It was at that point she called 9-1-1. The victim said she heard police sirens moments later and saw the same two male suspects running from the back of the house.

No injuries were reported during the incident, police said. The victim did not report anything stolen from the home, but believed two exterior cameras were removed prior to the break.

While the officer interviewed the victim, a sergeant spotted a gray Acura stopped on North Central Avenue and noticed two black males standing on the curb. The two men were in their late teens or early 20s, wearing dark clothing and carrying cellphones. The sergeant then stopped his cruiser, and both male parties ran – one down Brook Street towards Newport Avenue, and the other onto Taylor Street from Brook Street. The sergeant noted the license plate of the Acura and ordered the driver to remain on scene as started to chase the two males on foot. The driver, however, drove away towards Beale Street, police said.

Multiple police units responded at that point, including K-9 units, to search for both suspects.

At the same time, a sergeant working a detail in the area saw the Acura that fled from North Central Avenue. An officer stopped the vehicle and arrested the driver, identified as Hericles Cardoso, age 18, of Parker Street in Jamaica Plain.

Santos and Cardoso will be arraigned Wednesday in Quincy District Court.

Santos has been charged with breaking and entering in the daytime with intent to commit a felony/placing a person in fear, conspiracy, defacing personal property and use of a motor vehicle during the commission of a felony.

Cardoso was charged with failing to stop for a police officer, use of a motor vehicle during the commission of a felony, conspiracy and accessory after the fact.

Sgt. Karyn Barkas on Wednesday said the two suspects who fled on foot from North Central Avenue remain at-large, and police continue to investigate the incident.

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Ellen G. Harding, 85

Ellen G. (Gorman) Harding went to God on her 85th birthday, September 16, 2018. She was surrounded by her loving family.

Ellen G. Harding

Ellen G. Harding

Ellen, formerly of Braintree, Quincy, and Dorchester, was a proud graduate of St. Margaret’s School of Nursing (1955), Dorchester, and worked there for 40+ years in Labor & Delivery. A devout Catholic, her mystery rides with her children to different churches for Mass are legendary. An avid roller skater in her youth, Ellen also loved Weirs Beach, NH, summer concerts at Nantasket Beach, JFK, and word searches.

Ellen instilled in her children a belief in God and a love of musicals. (Ask them to sing “My Favorite Things.”) A magnanimous woman, she had a smile for everyone and volunteered at Serve New England for over 20 years.

Devoted daughter of the late Edward A. and Mary (Molly) Gorman, beloved mother of Charles E. Harding Jr. and his wife, Polly, of Duxbury, MaryEllen (formerly Yeo) Harding of Taunton, Steven M. Harding of Taunton and Christopher E. Harding of Braintree, cherished grandmother of Kristin Harding and her fiancé, Rob Mahoney, Courtney Harding, Lauren Harding, great grandmother of Logan Mahoney and loving sister of the late Mary Gorman.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday September 22 at noon in St. Ann’s Church, 757 Hancock St., Quincy. Visiting hours will be held at the Deware Funeral Home, 576 Hancock St., Quincy on Saturday from 9:15-11:15 AM. Relatives and friends are invited.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Arthritis Foundation.

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