Peak Physical Therapy & Sports Performance Staff Volunteer At Cradles To Crayons

Peak Physical Therapy & Sports Performance staff ( recently volunteered with Cradles to Crayons, an organization that provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with essential items they need.

Founded in 2002, Cradles to Crayons takes new and gently used children’s good that are donated from families, individuals, corporations and product drives held by community groups. The organization depends on volunteers to come to their warehouse to inspect, sort and package all donations into “C2C KidPacks,” individualized packages of essential children’s items ordered for specific kids living in need. Social service agency partners place orders for the children they serve and distribute them directly to the children.

The volunteer team included Eric Edelman of Norwell,  Jackie Defreitas DPT of Milton, Rachel Laufer DPT of Weymouth, Laura Barron DPT of Newton, Ryan Burke DPT  of Quincy, Cheryl O’Malley PTA of Scituate, Leslie Cook of Marshfield, Rachel Healy of Marshfield, Shannon Delaney of Quincy, Jeanine Jernegan PT  of Kingston, Meghan Harrington DPT of Quincy and Erica Hicks DPT, of Weymouth.

“Our team had a great day volunteering at Cradles to Crayons,” said Eric Edelman, PT, Founder of Peak Physical Therapy & Sports Performance. “The concept of connecting people who have with people who are in need is inspiring and we encourage people to support this important children’s charitable organization.”

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West Of Chestnut Signs Deal With Café Gelato

Gate Residential has signed an agreement to bring Café Gelato to West of Chestnut in downtown Quincy.

Café Gelato is a specialty restaurant that will feature artisan gelato, premium coffee, and an assortment of fresh sandwiches, pastries and salads. The agreement adds another addition to the urban lifestyle amenities at West of Chestnut – a 169-unit luxury apartment community located just steps from the Quincy Center MBTA station.

“We’re thrilled to announce that Café Gelato will open its first location at West of Chestnut in the heart of downtown Quincy,” said Denise Santini, co-owner of Café Gelato. “It’s always been our dream to open a café that features artisan gelato and other specialty items set in a dynamic urban location. We’re excited that Café Gelato will complement the other outstanding amenities at West of Chestnut and become a part of the growing and vibrant downtown that is Quincy Center.”

Café Gelato is co-owned by Denise Santini, Giancarlo Baldini and Daniele Buzza who live in Quincy. The 1,700-square-foot café will feature artisan gelato made onsite in an open-concept lab by Buzza, who is an ice cream maker from Italy. Buzza trained under a gelato master in Italy and perfected his craft there. Café Gelato offers fresh, made-to-order sandwiches, pastries and other items. The café is expected to open in January 2017.

Santini also owns Casa Razdora, a fresh, made-from-scratch Italian restaurant in downtown Boston that serves a delicious selection of Italian home cooking rooted in tradition.

“Café Gelato, with its unique menu and fresh ingredients, will be a tremendous addition to West of Chestnut and downtown Quincy,” said Kyle Warwick, a principal in Gate Residential – developer of West of Chestnut. “We’ve developed a strategy to bring the very best amenities to West of Chestnut, and Café Gelato, along with Fuji and KKatie’s Burger Bar, will offer a premier onsite dining experience for West of Chestnut residents and other visitors to Quincy Center.”

Other establishments occupying space at West of Chestnut will be Japanese fusion restaurant Fuji, KKatie’s Burger Bar and Orangetheory Fitness. The new restaurants and fitness studio are key components of Gate Residential’s overall strategy to bring a premier mix of retail, dining and outward-facing lifestyle amenities to the West of Chestnut community they are creating in downtown Quincy.

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Quincy Center Convenience Store Gets Beer, Wine License


City officials granted a retail beer and wine license to a convenience store inside the Munroe Building in Quincy Center over the objection of several residents and nearby business owners.

The Board of License Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved a transfer of the retail beer and wine license previously held by Franklin Beer & Wine, 55 Franklin St., to Richdale Convenience at 1205 Hancock St.

The approval means Richdale Convenience, which is already open inside the Munroe Building, will soon be able to sell beer and wine on site. Sales of alcohol there will be permitted between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Additional license board approval would be needed if the store’s owner, Paritosh Patel, wished to sell beer and wine starting at 10 a.m. on Sundays.

Patel owns several Richdale stores on the North Shore, and also owns a liquor store at 380 Granite St. in Brewers Corner.

Health Commissioner Drew Scheele, the chairman of the license board, read six letters opposing the license transfer. Among those opposed were the owners of two other businesses in the Munroe Building.

Lisa Lamme, owner of Gypsy Kitchen at 1241 Hancock St., was one of those opposed. She said the immediate area in Quincy Center already has enough stores selling beer and wine – her shop sells wine and craft beer, and Goodies Minimart inside Presidents Place at 1250 Hancock St. does as well – and more unique retail is needed to improve the downtown.

“What is so revolutionary about another convenience store having a wine and malt license that is going to improve Quincy Center? Moving forward with this license transfer does not benefit the city that is creating unique shopping experiences for customers,” Lamme said.

“Quincy needs to attract shopping boutiques, gift stores, clothing shops and other unique retail.”

Lesley Tzanetos, owner of Gunther Tooties at 1253 Hancock St., said the area around the Quincy Center MBTA station is beset with vandalism, drug dealing, begging, and “unconscious drunk people laying around.”

“We should work together to keep those bad behaviors out of the area [and] not encourage them by having another liquor store outside of the T station,” Tzanetos said,

Squantum resident Faye Anderson also opposed the transfer in a letter to the board, saying Quincy should focus on other business types –a high-quality Thai restaurant or movie theater, for example – to boost the downtown.

“Another liquor license to a convenience store in the center of Quincy is redundant. Let’s think of other types of businesses and services to revitalize the City of Presidents,” Anderson said.

Rob Fleming, the attorney representing Patel, said applicant has been proactive in addressing concerns regarding the Brewers Corner location and would be at the Quincy Center store as well – and said beer and wine would just be another product for Richdale’s customers.

“It really has to be thought of us not just an entity or a store that sells beer and wine. This is a store of convenience. He services the residents of Munroe Place as well as others in the area. This is just another product he will be selling,” Fleming said.

“He’s been operating on Granite Street for the last 10 months. He’s been proactive in doing things there to address any concerns that that area has had…I feel he’ll do that here as well.”

Patel said he plans to install additional surveillance cameras inside the store, and will use a special ID scanner to card all patrons under the age of 35.

Police Chief Paul Keenan said the beer and wine license would neither add to nor detract from the area, and would simply give Patel permission to sell additional items in his store.

“What he’s looking to do is just sell two more products – essentially –beer and wine. We wouldn’t be having this discussion if he was talking about milk and bread. He sells convenience items, beer and wine are a convenience item, so I don’t have any real objection to it,” Keenan said.

“I don’t think it’s going to add to the area, but I don’t think it’s going to detract from the area either.”

In other business Tuesday, the Board of License Commissioners:

Approved a common victualler license for Five Guys Burgers & Fries, which is set to open inside Presidents Place at 1250 Hancock St., in the storefront previously home to Weight Watchers. Owner Sean Olson said he hopes to open by the end of the December and the Quincy Center location will offer the burgers, fries, shakes and free peanuts the chain is known for.

Returned the all alcohol license previously transferred to Beachcomber Bounty Inc. back to Boulevard Haven Inc., the operator of the now closed Beachcomber on Quincy Shore Drive. The two entities had reached an agreement to sell the Beachcomber that fell through once a man who collected $1.3 million from investors failed to show up at the closing earlier this fall.  The man, who called himself Eugene Grathwohl, is wanted by police and believed to be behind fraud cases in New York and Florida.

Approved a one-day beer and wine license for the Houghs Neck Chili Fest, which is scheduled for Jan. 28, 2017, at the Houghs Neck Congregational Church, 310 Manet Ave.

Approved a one-day liquor license for the Haiti Health Alliance, which is scheduled for Saturday inside 108 Myrtle St. in North Quincy.

Continued to a future meeting the request of George Athanasopoulos for a common victualler license for the 1054 Hancock St., currently the Early American. The hearing was continued because the applicant was not present.

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Norfolk County Registry Of Deeds Historic Transcription Project

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is going back in time, 1793 to be exact.

Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell announces a project to modernize all handwritten deed documents dating back to when George Washington was President.

“The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds has been in existence for over 200 years. During that time, the Registry has gone from days of scriveners with quill pens to the modern era of computers and advanced document imaging. This project is an effort to transcribe images of handwritten deed documents dating back from 1793 to 1900,” O’Donnell said.

The Registry, which is one of the first in the country to transcribe hand-written deeds documents back to Revolutionary times, is managing a massive undertaking. The 207 years of transcriptions total more than 250,000 deeds, resulting in 12.5 million lines of print.

O’Donnell noted that half of the handwritten deeds are already on-line for viewing, and the project should be completed in about a year’s time.

“The project represents a special effort by the Registry to have an accurate representation of these handwritten deed documents. Additionally, its mission is to help the public perform historical, genealogical and land record research.

“A dedicated team of transcribers have been working to decipher these handwritten documents and transcribe them so they are available for viewing via our website,” O’Donnell said.

While the transcribers have made a best effort attempt to translate these hard to read documents, their accuracy is not guaranteed.

“These transcribed documents,” O’Donnell said, “are not legal documents in and of itself, and are  not considered binding on the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds or its employees. It is considered merely a convenient reference for Registry patrons. For documentation purposes, users should refer to the scanned image of the original document instead of the transcribed image.”

“As Register of Deeds, I take very seriously my responsibility to be the custodian of land document information in Norfolk County,” O’Donnell said. “Part of that responsibility is to ensure the accuracy and accessibility of these land documents. Future generations will now be able to read these transcribed images with the goal of ensuring a historically correct record of land documents in Norfolk County.”

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The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, located at 649 High Street, Dedham is the principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center via telephone at (781) 461-6101, or on the web at

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West Of Chestnut Pre-Leasing Begins

Gate Residential on Tuesday announced the opening of a new marketing center at West of Chestnut, as pre-leasing begins for the 169-unit luxury lifestyle apartment community located in the heart of downtown Quincy.

The West of Chestnut marketing center is located across from West of Chestnut at 32 Chestnut St., and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. Prospective renters will also have the opportunity to tour a model unit and sign leases for the studio, one- and two-bedroom units that are set to open May 1.

West of Chestnut features 169 highly-amenitized residential units in two six-story urban midrise buildings – including approximately 12,400 square feet of commercial and retail space on the ground level that will feature restaurants and active retail stores. Amenities include a top-of-the-line fitness center, cross-training studio, a club suite with a lounging media room, a dog-wash room, and an outdoor kitchen, fireplace and courtyard.

“We’re excited to announce the opening of our new marketing center and the start of leasing for West of Chestnut, a luxury lifestyle community with outstanding amenities that will attract a new wave of young professionals to Downtown Quincy,” said Damian Szary, principal at Gate Residential Properties. “West of Chestnut is set in a prime urban location with easy access to restaurants, shops and just a 3-minute walk to the Red Line and commuter rail service directly into Boston.”

West of Chestnut is a joint venture of Gate Residential and Quincy Mutual Fire Insurance Company, which owns the property adjacent to the iconic Granite Trust Building between Chestnut Street and Hancock Street. West of Chestnut, which was announced in 2014, has spurred additional development in the city’s downtown district.

Quincy Mutual has been in continuous operation in Quincy since it was founded in 1851 and is the majority investor in the downtown redevelopment.

“Our investment in this project is an investment in this city and the people who live and work here,” said K. Douglas Briggs, president and CEO of Quincy Mutual. “We are already seeing a new wave of investment by other developers, retailers and restaurants in the downtown who share our vision and faith for this great city.”

West of Chestnut is one of many new developments set for Quincy Center, which will include the renovated Quincy Center MBTA station, the newly-remodeled City Hall, and the expected Adams Green urban park. A second phase of West of Chestnut, called East of Chestnut – featuring 220 units with additional amenity and retail space, is also planned.

As a leading Boston-based developer, Gate Residential creates vibrant apartment communities in targeted urban areas near highly desirable employment and university markets that are easily accessible by public transportation. Founded in 2010, Gate Residential Properties, LLC is the multifamily development and investment arm of Redgate Holdings, LLC.

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