Injured Quincy Police Officer Home From Hospital

By SCOTT JACKSON

The Quincy police officer who was a struck by a vehicle while working a detail on the Fore River Bridge Friday morning is now home from the hospital and expected to make a full recovery.

Det. Thomas Pepdjonovic, a 14-year-veteran of the department, was rushed to Boston Medical Center with what police initially described as serious injuries after being struck by the vehicle around 10:20 a.m. Friday. Sgt. Karyn Barkas on Monday said Pepdjonovic had returned home from the hospital and was expected to make a full recovery.

“He was released from the hospital and is at home and recovering,” she said.

The driver of the vehicle remained on scene and was cooperating with the investigation, Quincy police said.

The Weymouth Police Department was asked to investigate the incident because it involved a Quincy police officer, Barkas said. Weymouth police were not immediately available for comment Monday morning.

The Fore River Bridge was closed to traffic for several hours Friday as Weymouth’s accident reconstruction team began the investigation. The bridge, which carries Route 3A from Quincy into Weymouth, re-opened shortly after 2:30 p.m.

State Police briefly closed a portion of Interstate 93 northbound in Neponset as Pepdjonovic was rushed to the hospital Friday. It reopened around 10:45 a.m. that morning.

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Patricia A. Hannon, 86

Patricia A. (Tully) Hannon, of Dorchester, Quincy and Kennebunkport, ME, passed away on December 6, 2017.

Patricia Hannon

Patricia Hannon

Patsy was born in Boston on October 23, 1931 to Richard and Elizabeth Tully. She was raised in Dorchester’s St. Mark’s Parish and graduated from Cardinal Cushing High School in 1949. Patsy held an administrative position at Walter Baker Chocolate Factory.

On September 23, 1951 Patsy went to a dance and met Walter J. Hannon from Quincy. This was the beginning of a 66-year romance filled with love and laughter. Patsy and Walter married on October 12, 1953 and live in North Quincy for 12 years before moving to Wollaston in 1965, where they remained, raising their 5 children.

Patsy wore many hats over the years: wife, mother, First Lady and grandmother. Patsy was a gifted seamstress, knitter and quilter. Her children and grandchildren have beautiful pieces of her art to cherish and keep her memory alive. Patsy was a great cook and liked nothing more than a table full of family and friends at both her Quincy home and her very special home in Maine.

Patsy enjoyed attending all of her childrens’ and grandchildrens’ athletic, artistic and academic events. Patsy and Walter had a wonderful life, from dinner and their special Italian Restaurant to their long 4PM walks on Gooch’s Beach. Patsy was a kind, gentle and loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

Beloved wife of Walter J. Hannon. Loving mother of Elizabeth A. Hannon, Susan Hannon Esielonis and her husband Steven, Walter J. Hannon and his wife Kelly, Thomas A. Hannon and his wife Sheila, Patricia Hannon Pattison and her husband Robert. Wonderful and loving grandmother of Jessica Hannon, Brianna Hannon, Alexandra Esielonis, Julia Hannon, Tucker Hannon, Walt Hannon, Teddy Hannon, Cameron Pattison, Resse Tully Pattison, and Lincoln Pattison. Patsy also leaves behind her sister Claire Drain, her daughter-in-law Krisanne Godfrey, and many cousins, nephews, nieces and friends.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Sunday 4-8 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY. Funeral service will be celebrated on Monday at 10:30 AM in St. Agatha’s Church, Milton. Burial is private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Patricia may be made to D.O.V.E., PO Box 690267, Quincy, MA 02269. See www.Keohane.com or call 1-800-Keohane for directions and online condolences.

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Anthony J. Pagnano, 91

Anthony J. Pagnano, age 91, a lifelong Quincy resident, died peacefully, Sunday, December 3, 2017 at Season’s Hospice and Palliative Care in Milton.

Anthony was born in Quincy to the late Costanzo and Genoveffa (Canzano) Pagnano. He was raised and educated in Quincy and was a lifelong member of St. John the Baptist Parish.

Tony was employed for many years with the City of Quincy’s Public Works Department. He was a proud World War II veteran having served in the United States Army.

Tony was active in veterans’ affairs and service to others.  He was an over fifty-year Life Member of the former George F. Bryan VFW Post in Quincy and participated in all phases of the Post’s activities.  Most especially, he enjoyed being a member of the Bryan Post VFW Honor Guard, participating in various parades and ceremonies.

One of nine siblings, he was the dear brother of Henry Pagnano of Quincy and Jean Visco of Newton and pre-deceased by Joseph Pagnano, Virginia DiFederico, Alba Young, Armando Pagnano, Antoinette D’Angelo, and Mary LoPorto. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, Monday, December 11th at 1 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visitation prior to the service from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Interment with Military Honors at Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in Tony’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Avenue, Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451-8750.

 

You are invited to visit www.thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.

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T Expanding Shuttle Service During Wollaston Closure

City and state officials gathered at Wollaston station Thursday to discuss the station's upcoming closure, now set to start Jan. 8. From left: Councillor Nina Liang, Ward 3 Councillor Ian Cain, Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack, MBTA GM Luis Ramirez, Mayor Thomas Koch, Sen. John Keenan, Ward 1 Councillor-elect David McCarthy and Rep. Bruce Ayers. Quincy Sun Photo/Scott Jackson

City and state officials gathered at Wollaston station Thursday to discuss the station’s upcoming closure, now set to start Jan. 8. From left: Councillor Nina Liang, Ward 3 Councillor Ian Cain, Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack, MBTA GM Luis Ramirez, Mayor Thomas Koch, Sen. John Keenan, Ward 1 Councillor-elect David McCarthy and Rep. Bruce Ayers. Quincy Sun Photo/Scott Jackson

By SCOTT JACKSON

The MBTA will provide shuttle bus service to Quincy Center as well as North Quincy while the station in Wollaston is closed, and passengers will be able to board the commuter rail at Quincy Center during rush hour at a discounted price throughout the 20-month period.

The date for the station closure has also been pushed back a week to Monday, Jan. 8, to avoid any conflict with New Year’s Day – the station had been set to close Jan. 2.

State transportation officials joined city and state elected leaders to make the announcement Thursday outside the station, where initial construction work has already begun.

The T had originally announced only shuttle service between Wollaston and North Quincy the former station closed for renovations. Luis Ramirez, the MBTA’s general manager, said the decision to expand the shuttle service to Quincy Center as well was made to help ensure the North Quincy platform does not become too crowded.

“With our ongoing issues of platform crowding at North Quincy, we want to make sure we were minimizing the inconvenience to our customers that best we can,” Ramirez said. “To that end, we wanted to divert our Wollaston customers to both stations to alleviate any additional crowding.”

Riders utilizing the shuttle service should plan on adding 15 to 20 minutes to their commute, he added.

In an additional step to preventing crowding at North Quincy, Ramirez said customers at Quincy Center can take the commuter rail – either inbound trains to Boston or outbound trains headed south – during rush hour for the same fare as a Red Line ride provided they show a valid CharlieCard or CharlieTicket while boarding.

Stephanie Pollack, the state’s transportation secretary, said the decision to postpone the closure one week was based on feedback from residents who were wary of shutting down the station so close to New Year’s Day and Christmas.

“We heard loud and clear that starting right after the holiday week was a bad idea in terms of making sure that people would be aware, in terms of our ability to get the word out the weeks before the closure, and in terms of our ability to test the shuttle routes in real traffic conditions,” Pollack said.

The T will close the station for 20 months to rebuild the platform on site from the tracks up. The closure is meant to bring the station, which first opened in 1971, into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Wollaston station is currently the only station not in compliance with the ADA.

The closure has been controversial in Quincy, where residents at several community meetings have voiced their displeasure with the plan. Pollack defended the decision to close the station entirely during renovations, because it will allow the T to complete the project in less time. The project could take five years or more to complete had the station remained open during renovations, she said.

“It will be less disruptive to our passengers to have the shorter closure than the longer, dragged-out construction project that would be required if we tried to run the trains while we rebuilt the station,” Pollack said.

Trains will continue to pass through the Wollaston station while it is closed but won’t stop there. On select nights and weekends, however, the entire Braintree branch of the Red Line will be closed south of North Quincy while the T rebuilds the Wollaston station and begins demolition of the Quincy Center station’s garage starting in early 2018. Shuttle service will run between Braintree and North Quincy during those periods.

Parking at Wollaston station will be reduced from 538 spaces to 432 during the project.

The station will re-open in the summer of 2019, though construction work will remain after that point. Sen. John Keenan said commuters would have not only a new station, but also new Red Line cars and new signals that will allow for shorter headways between trains.

“When all is said and done, when we get through what we have to get through over the next 20 months, we’re going to have a state-of-the-art Wollaston MBTA station,” Keenan said. “Through it will be not the trains that were running 40 years ago when I was selling newspapers at the bottom of the stairwell here, but a brand new fleet of Red Line trains and those Red Line trains will be guided by a modern, updated signalization program.

“All of that together will increase ridership, increase reliability, and give the commuters of this community and commuters all along the Red Line a first-class, reliable, efficient public transportation system.”

Mayor Thomas Koch credited Gov. Charlie Baker for investing in the Red Line. The Red Line will receive a total of $911 million worth of upgrades over the next several years including the new cars and signals, the Wollaston station renovation, demolition of the Quincy Center garage and work at the Quincy Adams and Braintree stations.

“The Red Line had been ignored for a long, long time,” Koch said. “I used to get into heated discussions with some of my colleagues – mayors around Metropolitan Boston – when they were talking expansion and I was saying ‘we shouldn’t expand anything until we get what we have fixed.’ I appreciate Governor Baker’s commitment and the Legislature’s support – we’re looking at a billion dollars worth of improvements to the Red Line.

“Within a couple years we’re going to have essentially a brand-new Red Line for the residents of the city and the people who use this service.”

A $205 million mixed-use project is also set to begin next year at the North Quincy station’s parking lot. A garage with space for 852 vehicles – equivalent to the number of parking spaces currently on site – will be built in the project’s first phase, followed by 610 apartments and 50,000 square feet of retail space that will envelope the new garage in the second phase.

Keenan said city and state officials are still working on plans to mitigate the impact of the North Quincy project.

“The MBTA continues and the Department of Transportation and the city continue to look at how to best manage that parking situation. There are many options under construction that are all being tested and considered,” Keenan said.

“We expect and we’re going to continue our work to make sure those parking impacts at North Quincy are mitigated.”

To help mitigate the impact, several local elected officials had suggested the T run shuttle bus service directly between Wollaston and JFK/UMass. Keenan said the T had looked into the idea but ruled it out because of traffic on the Neponset Bridge.

“As part of the mitigation package there will be a detail officer assigned to Neponset Circle to help with traffic, but even with that there are substantial delays in getting over the Neponset Bridge,” he said.

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Mary R. Paterna, 90

Mary Rose Paterna, age 90, of Plymouth, died peacefully, Tuesday, December 5, 2017, after a brief illness.

Mary was born, raised and educated in Boston’s North End. She had lived in Plymouth for the past sixteen years, previously in Pembroke and Quincy. Mary was employed as a seamstress in the Boston garment industry for thirty years and had been retired for many years.

Beloved daughter of the late Salvatore and Diega (Cianci) Paterna. Devoted sister of the late Josephine L. Marino. Loving aunt of Lillian M. Sullivan of Pembroke and Diana C. Delaney of Quincy. Also survived by many great nieces and nephews.

At the request of the family, funeral services are private.

For those who wish, donations in Mary’s memory may be made to the Activity Fund at Life Care Center of Plymouth, 94 Obery Street, Plymouth, MA 02360.

Mary’s family would like to thank the staff at Life Care Center of Plymouth for the care they provided to Mary these past many years.

Arrangements under the direction of the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy.

You are invited to visit thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.

 

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