27 New Firefighter Recruits Sworn In

Assistant City Clerk Joseph Newton swears in some of the 27 new firefighter recruits at a ceremony Friday afternoon in the Great Hall of the James R. McIntyre Government Center (old City Hall.) The class is one of the largest recruit groups in the city's history. The recruits begin training Monday with graduation expected in June. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Assistant City Clerk Joseph Newton swears in some of the 27 new firefighter recruits at a recent ceremony in the Great Hall of the James R. McIntyre Government Center (old City Hall.) At far left is Quincy Fire Chief Joseph Barron. The class is one of the largest recruit groups in the city’s history. The recruits begin training Monday with graduation expected in June. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Mayor Thomas Koch (far right) looks on as some of the 27 new firefighter recruits are sworn in Friday by Assistant City Clerk Joseph Newton. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Mayor Thomas Koch (far right) looks on as some of the 27 new firefighter recruits are sworn in Friday by Assistant City Clerk Joseph Newton. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Fire Chief Joseph Barron (right) joins family and friends of the city's 27 new firefighter appointees at the conclusion of Friday's swearing in ceremony in the Great Hall at the James R. McIntyre Government Center. The new recruits, in order of their appointment, are: Matthew Tobin, Douglas Trude, Brendan Gibbons, Joseph Callahan, Benjamin Berlo, Martin Rigby, Brian MacDonald, William Meade, Grover Hensley, Wendell Cosgrove, Kristian Palushi, Michael Toran, Cody Daniels, Bryan Donelin, Evan Harrington, Garry Hlem, Brian LaPorte, Joseph McGhee, Christopher O'Hare, Michael Stanton, Cameron Wolf, Paul Cunniff, Jeffrey D'Angelo, Michael Martorano, Carlos Ochoa, Daniel Scribi and Joseph Scribi. Story, more photos in the March 2nd issue of The Quincy Sun. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Fire Chief Joseph Barron (right) joins family and friends of the city’s 27 new firefighter appointees at the conclusion of a recent ceremony in the Great Hall at the James R. McIntyre Government Center. The new recruits, in order of their appointment, are: Matthew Tobin, Douglas Trude, Brendan Gibbons, Joseph Callahan, Benjamin Berlo, Martin Rigby, Brian MacDonald, William Meade, Grover Hensley, Wendell Cosgrove, Kristian Palushi, Michael Toran, Cody Daniels, Bryan Donelin, Evan Harrington, Garry Helm, Brian LaPorte, Joseph McGhee, Christopher O’Hare, Michael Stanton, Cameron Wolf, Paul Cunniff, Jeffrey D’Angelo, Michael Martorano, Carlos Ochoa, Daniel Scribi and Joseph Scribi. Story, more photos in the March 2nd issue of The Quincy Sun. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

 

 

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Presidential Wreath Commemorates 281st Birthday Anniversary Of President John Adams

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author and Presidential historian David McCullough was a featured speaker at Friday's ceremony commemorating the 281st birthday anniversary of Second President John Adams. McCullough, whose biography of John Adams won him his second Pulitzer Prize in 2001, was among the dignitaries who participated in a Presidential wreath laying on the tomb of the second president in the crypt of United First Parish Church. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author and presidential historian David McCullough was a featured speaker at the Oct. 28th ceremony commemorating the 281st birthday anniversary of Second President John Adams. McCullough, whose biography of John Adams in 2001 won him his second Pulitzer Prize, was among the dignitaries who participated in a Presidential wreath laying at the tomb of the second president in the crypt of United First Parish Church. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Presidential wreath from President Barack Obama is escorted inside United First Parish Church by staff of the Navy Operational Support Center in Quincy at the start of the wreath-laying ceremony commemorating the legacy of Second President and Founding Father John Adams. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Presidential wreath from President Barack Obama is escorted inside United First Parish Church by staff of the Navy Operational Support Center in Quincy at the start of the wreath-laying ceremony commemorating the legacy of Second President and Founding Father John Adams Friday. Adams was born Oct. 30, 1735 in the Adams Birthplace on Franklin Street in what was Braintree but is now part of Quincy. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Rev. Rebecca Froom, minister, United First Parish Church, leads a brief prayer as a Presidential wreath in honor of Second President John Adams's 281st birthday is placed on his tomb in the church crypt. Also taking part in this tradition were (from left) Commander Paul Annexstad, Navy Operational Support Center, Quincy; author and historian David McCullough; Mayor Thomas Koch, Rose Fennell, deputy regional director, Northeast Region, National Park Service; H. Kirtland Switzer II, chairman, Historic Preservation United First Parish Church; and staff from the Navy Operational Support Center. The tombs of  Sixth President John Quincy Adams and First Ladies Abigail Adams and Louisa Catherine Adams also rest within the crypt. Story, other photos in the Nov. 3rd issue of The Quincy Sun. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth.

Rev. Rebecca Froom (second from left) minister, United First Parish Church, leads a brief prayer as a Presidential wreath in honor of Second President John Adams’s 281st birthday is placed on his tomb in the church crypt. Also taking part in this tradition were (from left) Commander Paul Annexstad, Navy Operational Support Center, Quincy; author and historian David McCullough; Mayor Thomas Koch, Rose Fennell, deputy regional director, Northeast Region, National Park Service; H. Kirtland Switzer II, chairman, Historic Preservation United First Parish Church; and staff from the Navy Operational Support Center. The tombs of Sixth President John Quincy Adams and First Ladies Abigail Adams and Louisa Catherine Adams also rest within the crypt. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth.

 

At the flag-draped granite tomb of President John Adams with the Presidential wreath are from left: Rev. Rebecca Froom, minister, United First Parish Church; historian and author David McCullough; Mayor Thomas Koch, and students who spoke at Friday's wreath-laying ceremony Dashiell Chin (Quincy High School), Curtis DeBisschop (North Quincy High School) and Destiny Joseph (The Woodward School). Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

At the flag-draped granite tomb of President John Adams decorated with the Presidential wreath are from left: Rev. Rebecca Froom, minister, United First Parish Church; historian and author David McCullough; Mayor Thomas Koch, and local students who spoke at the Oct. 28th wreath-laying ceremony: Dashiell Chin (Quincy High School), Curtis DeBisschop (North Quincy High School) and Destiny Joseph (The Woodward School). Story, other photos in the Nov. 3rd issue of The Quincy Sun. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

 

 

 

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U.S. Coast Guard Band Performs At Quincy High School

The U.S. Coast Guard Band led by Lt. Commander Adam Williamson, director, (left) performed a free concert Tuesday night at the Lloyd Hill Performing Arts Center at Quincy High School. The concert program featured an array of musical selections including The Thunderer by John Philip Sousa, Chester by William Schuman and the Service Medley. Veterans of the different service branches were invited to stand and be acknowledged during the  medley. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

The U.S. Coast Guard Band led by Lt. Commander Adam Williamson, director, (left) performed a free concert Tuesday night at the Lloyd Hill Performing Arts Center at Quincy High School. The concert program featured an array of musical selections including The Thunderer by John Philip Sousa, Chester by William Schuman and the Service Medley. Veterans of the different service branches were invited to stand and be acknowledged during the medley. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Chief Musician Brook Allen, basson, bows in appreciation of audience applause after she was featured in one of the musical selections at Tuesday night's U.S. Coast Guard Band concert at Quincy High School. Allen, a 12-year member of the the U.S. Coast Guard Band, is a two-time Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Chief Musician Brooke Allen, bassoon, bows in appreciation of audience applause after she was featured in one of the musical selections at Tuesday night’s U.S. Coast Guard Band concert at Quincy High School. Allen, a 12-year member of the the U.S. Coast Guard Band, is a two-time Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

U.S. Coast Guard Band musicians perform at Tuesday night's concert at QHS. The Band has performed as some of the most prestigious venues in the nation, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The Band has also participated in inaugural celebrations for every President since Herbert Hoover and the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

U.S. Coast Guard Band musicians perform at Tuesday night’s concert at QHS. The Band has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the nation, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The Band has also participated in inaugural celebrations for every President since Herbert Hoover and the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremonies. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Margaret Laforest, vice president of tourism for the Quincy Chamber of Commerce, welcomes guests to the U.S. Coast Guard Band concert at QHS Tuesday night. The concert was sponsored by Discover Quincy, the Quincy Chamber of Commerce and the City of Quincy. The performance was held in recognition of the 300th anniversary of the Boston Light. The light station marked its tricentennial Sept. 14. More photos in the Sept. 22nd issue of The Quincy Sun. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Margaret Laforest, vice president of tourism for the Quincy Chamber of Commerce, welcomes guests to the U.S. Coast Guard Band concert at QHS Tuesday night. The concert was sponsored by Discover Quincy, the Quincy Chamber of Commerce and the City of Quincy. The performance was held in recognition of the 300th anniversary of Boston Light. The historic lighthouse marked its tricentennial Sept. 14. More photos in the Sept. 22nd issue of The Quincy Sun. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

 

 

 

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Wreath Commemorates 249th Birthday Anniversary Of John Quincy Adams

PRESIDENTIAL WREATH commemorating the 249th birthday anniversary of John Quincy Adams Monday is placed on the tomb of the Sixth U.S. President in the crypt of United First Parish Church, Quincy Center. Those taking part in the ceremony were (from left) Mayor Thomas Koch (foreground), Commander Brian Vandiver, Navy Operational Support Center, Quincy; Rett Adams, son of the late Peter Boylston Adams, descendant, Adams family; and Rev. Rebecca Froom, minister, United First Parish Church. Quincy Sun Photos/Robert Bosworth

PRESIDENTIAL WREATH commemorating the 249th birthday anniversary of John Quincy Adams Monday is placed on the tomb of the Sixth U.S. President in the crypt of United First Parish Church, Quincy Center. Those taking part in the ceremony included (from left) Mayor Thomas Koch (foreground), Commander Brian Vandiver, Navy Operational Support Center, Quincy; Rett Adams, son of the late Peter Boylston Adams, descendant, Adams family; and Rev. Rebecca Froom, minister, United First Parish Church. Quincy Sun Photos/Robert Bosworth

Personnel from the Navy Operational Support Center in Quincy escort the Presidential Wreath commemorating the 249th birthday of U.S. President John Quincy Adams inside United First Parish Church for Monday's ceremony.

Personnel from the Navy Operational Support Center in Quincy escort the Presidential Wreath commemorating the 249th birthday of U.S. President John Quincy Adams inside United First Parish Church for Monday’s ceremony.

Rev. Rebecca Froom, minister, United First Parish Church, gives the invocation at Monday's ceremony marking the life and legacy of Sixth U.S. President John Quincy Adams.

Rev. Rebecca Froom, minister, United First Parish Church, gives the invocation at Monday’s ceremony marking the life and legacy of Sixth U.S. President John Quincy Adams.

Douglas Adams, a descendant of John and Abigail Adams, was one of the speakers at Monday's 249th birthday anniversary of John Quincy Adams. In the background at right is the Presidential Wreath that was later placed on the tomb of the Sixth U.S. President in the crypt of United First Parish Church. Story, other photos in the July 14th issue of The Quincy Sun.

Douglas Adams, a descendant of John and Abigail Adams, was one of the speakers at Monday’s ceremony commemorating the 249th birthday anniversary of John Quincy Adams. In the background at right is the Presidential Wreath that was later placed on the tomb of the Sixth U.S. President in the crypt of United First Parish Church. Story, other photos in the July 14th issue of The Quincy Sun.

 

 

 

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James R. McIntyre Government Center Reopening Ceremony

The newly restored James R. McIntyre Government Center will re-open with a formal ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday. There will also be remarks from several speakers followed by tours of the building until 3 p.m. Saturday. Quincy Sun File Photo/Robert Bosworth

The newly restored James R. McIntyre Government Center reopened Dec. 5th after a four year, $12 million restoration project.. Quincy Sun File Photo/Robert Bosworth

Guests including former mayors and city councillors attended a reception Friday night inside the newly restored James R. McIntyre Center. This photo of the new Great Hall was taken from the second floor gallery. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Guests including former mayors and city councillors attended a reception Dec. 4th inside the newly restored James R. McIntyre Center. This photo of the new Great Hall was taken from the second floor balcony. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

The newly restored James R. McIntyre Center also features museum space on the first floor of the historic building. One of the oversized wall posters shows the four-year restoration process of the Quincy-granite structure. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

The newly restored James R. McIntyre Center also features museum space on the first floor of the historic building. One of the oversized wall posters illustrates the four-year restoration process of the Quincy-granite structure. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

OLD MEETS NEW – Night time photo shows the James R. McIntyre Government Center (middle) book-ended by the United First Parish Church (left) and a new ground-level public entrance to the McIntyre Center (right) that also connects to the City Hall glass annex. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

OLD MEETS NEW – Night time photo shows side view of the James R. McIntyre Government Center (middle) book-ended by the United First Parish Church (left) and a new ground-level public entrance to the McIntyre Center (right) that also connects to the City Hall glass annex. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

More than four years after it closed to the public, the newly restored James R. McIntyre Government Center re-opened with a ceremony and tours Dec. 5th.

The ceremony included a speaking program and public tours of the 171-year-old building, located at 1305 Hancock St. in Quincy Center. Mayor Thomas Koch, Council President Joseph Finn, City Clerk Joseph Shea and lead architect James Edwards, the president of the Quincy Historical Society, were among the featured speakers.

Complete coverage of the ceremony appears in the Dec. 10th issue of The Quincy Sun.

The McIntyre Government Center, also known as Old City Hall, closed in 2011 because of concerns over its condition. A $12 million project to restore the building began more than two years ago in the fall of 2013. A portion of the project’s cost, approximately $500,000 a year, is being borne by the city’s Community Preservation Account.

The McIntyre Government Center opened in 1844 as Town Hall constructed with Quincy granite. Solomon Willard, the architect of the Bunker Hill Monument, designed the building. The building was dedicated in memory of Mr. McIntyre, a former Quincy mayor and state senator, in November 1985. Mr. McIntyre – a beloved public figure for decades who later became the state Senate counsel – died in 1984.

The restoration project included a long list of upgrades, such as bringing the building’s electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems up to code. The foundation has been strengthened and an elevator installed to provide handicap accessibility. Fire suppression and security systems, which the building lacked previously, have been installed.

The signature space of the restored government center is the Great Hall, a 181-seat meeting space that encompasses most of the second floor with additional seating available in a third floor balcony. The Great Hall will serve as the new chamber for the City Council and will be reserved for other large civic events, such as mayoral inaugurations.

The council held its first meeting in the Great Hall Dec. 7.

Inauguration ceremonies for Koch and other city officials elected in last month’s municipal election will be held Monday, Jan. 4, at 10 a.m. A social event will be held later that same day at Granite Links, beginning at 7 p.m.

The restoration work in the McIntyre Government Center was done in concert with a similar project at the Coddington Building, now home to the Planning and IT Departments, Quincy Public Schools administrative offices and the School Committee. That building opened in August 2014.

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