‘The First People’ Discussion Saturday At Caddy Park

The public is invited to join students from the Broad Meadows Middle School and Sachems from the Massachusetts tribe for a discussion of the rich Native history of Quincy shore and Black’s Creek area Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Meet at Caddy Memorial Park on Quincy Shore Drive in Quincy.

In 1999, a collection of beautifully crafted and placed tools were unearthed at Caddy Park. Explore the Caddy Park site as well as participate in a discussion of a new park with rich native history coming to Quincy in 2015 at Passanagaset Knoll, near the Broad Meadows Middle School.

Saturday’s program is free. All are welcome.

For more information, email Maggi.Brown@state.ma.us.

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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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Fall Harvest Festival Oct. 25 At Fort Square Church

Fort Square Presbyterian Church, 16 Pleasant St., Quincy, will host a Fall Harvest Festival Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event for families with children in grades kindergarten to grade 5 and their siblings will feature games including Candy Corn Bowling, Pin the Button nose on the Pumpkin as well as crafts, face painting, snacks and story telling.

The first 50 children will receive a “goodie bag” when they register.  Other prizes and giveaways will be done during the event.

For more information contact Laura McDonagh, Children’s Ministry Director at 617-471-6806 or email childrensministry@fortsquare.org.

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Lions Pancake Breakfast Oct. 26

The Quincy and Weymouth Lions Clubs will hold their annual Halloween Pancake Breakfast Sunday, Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon at 1000 Southern Artery in Quincy.

The donation is $5 and tickets will be available at the door. Children who attend the breakfast in costume receive free admission with a paying adult.

The fun family event will feature a breakfast of pancakes and sausage, coffee and juice. A prize raffle will also be held, and the Lions Club Eyemobile will be on hand to provide free vision, hearing and blood pressure screenings.

Proceeds from the pancake breakfast will go to support Lions Club programs that fund eye research and provide free eye exams, eyeglasses and other services to blind and visually impaired people.

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