Earth Day Celebration April 23

The Thomas Crane Library and the Park Department’s Environmental Treasures Program are co-sponsoring an Earth Day Celebration Wednesday, April 23 at 7 p.m.

The evening will feature a short inspiring film, Ocean Frontiers II: A New England Story for Sustaining the Sea, followed by the story of Quincy’s efforts to clean up Quincy Bay told by Leo Kelly and Doug Gutro.  Current work to improve the local environment will be discussed by representatives from Quincycles, MassEnergy, the Town Brook smelt monitoring team, Quincy Climate Action Committee, the Quincy Environmental Network, the Neponset River Watershed Association and others.

“It’s a great way to find out about the exciting work being done in our community and how anyone can become involved,” said Sally Owen, coordinator of the Environmental Treasures program.

For more information, call 617/472-0799 or go to thomascranelibrary.org.

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Seaside Gardeners Plant Sale May 10th

The Seaside Gardners Club of Squantum will hold its 56th Annual Plant Sale Celebrating Mother’s Day Saturday May 10th from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The Kennedy Center, 440 East Squantum St. in North Quincy.

The sale will feature member grown perennials, as well as, annuals, herbs, and vegetables.  Home baked goods, miscellaneous garden items, and raffles will also be available.

All proceeds benefit garden club community activities such as Squantum School Junior Gardeners, Causeway Beautification Program, Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, Annual Scholarship Fund, Marsh Restoration, and the new Blue Star Memorial Program, which honors all men and women (past, present, and future) of the Armed Forces of America.

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Free Admission To Adams Historical Park April 19-20

As part of the nationwide National Parks Week, admission to Adams National Historical Park will be free of charge the weekend of April 19 and 20.

Adams National Historical Park includes the birthplaces of second and sixth Presidents of the United States John and John Quincy Adams and the “Old House at Peace field,” home to both presidents and four generations of their distinguished family.

The historic homes will be open for tours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, from April 19 through Nov. 10. Tickets for tours of the historic homes may be purchased at the visitor center, located in the Galleria at 1250 Hancock St. in Quincy Center, where free validated parking is available on the fourth and fifth floors of the Galleria Parking Garage.

The park’s trolley bus leaves from the visitor center for the historic homes throughout the day. The first trolley leaves at 9:15 a.m. and the last trolley leaves the visitor center at 3:15 p.m.  Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis and tour size is limited for the protection of the historic resources and comfort and safety of visitors to the home. Please note that large bags and backpacks are not permitted in the historic homes and storage for bags and backpacks is not provided.  Please plan ahead.

Tickets are $5 each for adults ages 16 and over. Children 15 and under are admitted free. National Park Service passes are also accepted and may be purchased at the visitor center.

Admission to Adams National Historical Park, and all 401 National Parks, will be free on Saturday, April 19, and Sunday, April 20, during National Park Week. National Park Week encourages visitors to enjoy the beauty and wonder of some of the world’s most spectacular scenery, historic places, and cultural treasures for free.  Free tickets for tours of the park’s historic homes may be obtained at the visitor center and will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis during National Park Week.

For more information of 2014 tours, programs, events, and activities at Adams National Historical Park, please call the visitor center at 617-770-1175 or visit nps.gov/adam.

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Resident Launches New Blog Talk Radio Show

Kumu Gupta, Quincy resident, is launching a new Blog Talk Radio show KTalk covering topics from all walk of life like history, politics, art and culture with guests both local and international.
Kumu produced and hosted her own radio show on news and music, Live (2 years) in college on WUSB90.1FM, which was heard all over Long Island (N.Y.). Kumu was first , guest on a radio show in high school. At present Kumu is independant Host and Producer of her own TV show ”Talk of the Town” which can be seen on Quincy Access TV.
 
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for KTalk‘s first show with Pulitzer Prize winning former Wall Street Journal Journalist Joseph Perriera on Friday April 4th at 10 a.m.  
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Wollaston School Seeks Testimonials To Celebrate 100th Anniversary

Wollaston Elementary School announces a reception will be held April 12th to commemorate the opening of the school 100 years ago. Principal James Hennessy is looking for memories and testimonials from former students and teachers to help commemorate the event.

“We are looking forward to welcoming back former students and teachers on April 12,” Hennessy said. “We also are hoping that many will share their memories, photos, or comments prior to our reception by posting on our Face book page or emailing us at our 100th anniversary email address, Wollastonschool.100years@gmail.com.”

On Saturday, April 12th, the Wollaston School staff and PTO will host a celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. at the school.  Open to all current and former Wollaston School students and teachers, the reception will feature tours of the building, student -created exhibits representing the past 10 decades, as well remembrances of former students and staff.

The school, located in the heart of the Wollaston area of Quincy, has 327 students enrolled in kindergarten to grade 5. Principal James Hennessy notes that the school continues to play an important role in the Wollaston c community.

“We are fortunate to have an outstanding teaching staff and an active Parent Teacher Organization. Both of them create a sense of community here.  A hundred years later, we here at Wollaston continue to strive to provide positive learning experiences which will contribute to growth as individuals, citizens, and workers.”

Opened in September 1913, the present Wollaston School building was predated by a wooden structure that stood in the current Safford Park diagonally across the street.  The well-known Boston architectural firm of McLean & Wright, the same firm that designed the former Cranch, Adams, and Bryant Schools as well as the Squantum School in 1919, designed the current building. The cost of the Wollaston School construction in 1913 was  $166,450.

A. H. Wright designed the Wollaston School in the colonial revival mode. This style is a model that has a symmetrical facade composed of a large center section dominated by five keystone tall arched windows and a central entrance and two side pavilions which project slightly.

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