Centennial Of The Cape Cod Canal Lecture

The Thomas Crane Public Library and Quincy Historical Society are co-sponsoring a lecture marking the Centennial of the Cape Cod Canal at the Thomas Crane Library on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Park Ranger Samantha Gray will detail the history of the Canal, from the earliest ideas for constructing a canal—which began with the Pilgrims—through the remarkable  and difficult engineering feat of its construction from 1909 to 1914.  She’ll also discuss the Canal’s post-construction history—its role in the two World Wars, its transfer from a private to a government enterprise, and the details of its operation and maintenance.  The program is free and open to all.

Looking ahead: On Thursday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Adams Academy the series on the War of 1812 ends with a story of the post-war generation in Salem and scandal and murder.  Author Robert Booth talks on “Death of an Empire: The Murderous Fall of Salem.”

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Woodward School Holiday Craft Fair Dec. 6

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Dry Cleaners Collecting Warm Winter Coats For Needy

Three local dry cleaners are helping to provide warm coats to those in need this winter.

Collection boxes for new and gently worn coats are located at Dependable Cleaners in East Milton, Dependable Cleaners in West Quincy (581 Adams St.), and We Care Cleaners, 58 Quincy Ave. The dry cleaners are supporting the First Congregational Church of Milton, which has coordinated the coat drive for several years now.

Last winter, 500 coats were collected.

Coats are collected, sorted and distributed to local charities.  Cradles to Crayons receives the Children’s coats.  Dressy coats are delivered to Interfaith Social Services for their Career  Closet, which helps people re-entering the work force.  City Mission Society utilizes the men’s and women’s warm coats for those in need in Boston.

The boxes will remain in the three dry cleaners from Nov. 1st  through Feb. 1st.

Any coats donated now will be put to immediate use.

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4th Annual DCT, Okie Concert Nov. 29th

Family and friends of Dennis C. Thomson and John “Okie” O’Connell will host its fourth annual NQHS Scholarship Concert Fundraiser at Florian Hall in Dorchester on Saturday, Nov. 29th. Doors open at 7 p.m. Donation at the door is $20.

Dennis and Okie were the closest of friends and both were North Quincy High School graduates in the class of 2002. Dennis and Okie were phenomenal athletes who loved playing and attending sporting events especially baseball. Dennis also had an interest for football and Okie’s passion was basketball.

On Oct. 30, 2004, while driving to visit friends, having time off from the Air Force life an alleged drunk driver struck Dennis’ Jeep and he passed away from his injuries on Nov. 22, 2004. Dennis was 20 years old.

Okie, while attending his final year in college, attempted to stop a fight between a friend and another man. He was punched without provocation, hit his head on the ground and lapsed into a coma. Okie had passed no more than 24 hours later due to his injuries on Oct. 21, 2005. John O’Connell was 21 years old.

Both family and friends have established a memorial fund in their sons’ names to help those North Quincy High School students who best represent the qualities that Dennis and Okie had academically, athletically and socially.

Throughout the years there have been many fundraising events to raise money for the scholarship funds, including annual basketball and golf tournaments. Though both have been successful, the DCT and Okie Scholarship Committee still felt there was a void during the fall and saw an opportunity for a new event.

In November 2011, the Committee coordinated the first annual DCT & OKIE concert fundraiser. This started with over 300 people going to see local acts in Quincy. The event, now in its fourth year has grown wildly and we expect over 600 in attendance and have since added significant touring bands from Boston.

This year there is an option for those that cannot attend the event to make a donation at Rally.org/DCTOKIE this way even those that can’t be there can still be involved. This event is a great way to honor the memories of two young men that were taken far too soon and we appreciate any help. Your support will go a long way toward the realization of a college degree for a deserving graduate of North Quincy High School.

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QHS Class Of 1974 Reunion Nov. 28

Quincy High School Class of 1974 will hold its 40th reunion Friday, Nov. 28 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Quincy Elks (downstairs in the Quarry Room), 254 Quarry St., Quincy.

Tickets purchased by Nov. 1 are $40 each ($50 after Nov. 1).

Ticket includes buffet and entertainment by Jimmy Peters.

For more information, call or email Joe Brill: phone 617-733-8026; email jab24517@comcast.net.

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