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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‘Our Hearts Are Filled With Respect And Gratitude For Our Veterans’

'On this national holiday, our hearts are filed with respect and gratitude for the veterans of the United States of America,' said James Laskey, keynote speaker at Wednesday's Veterans Day ceremony held inside Quincy High School due to inclement weather. "Veterans day is a day of national remembrance - a special occasion to honor all the men and women, living and dead, who took up arms in defense of this wonderful country." Laskey is a past national commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps League. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

‘On this national holiday, our hearts are filled with respect and gratitude for the veterans of the United States of America,’ said James Laskey, keynote speaker at Wednesday’s Veterans Day ceremony held inside Quincy High School due to inclement weather. “Veterans Day is a day of national remembrance – a special occasion to honor all the men and women, living and dead, who took up arms in defense of this wonderful country.” Laskey is a past national commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps League. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Local veterans salute while others stand during the singing of the National Anthem at Wednesday's Veterans Day ceremony at Quincy High School. More than 300 people attended the ceremony that was held indoors due to inclement weather. The annual Veterans Day parade was cancelled because of the weather - the first time in 25 years. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Local veterans salute during the singing of the National Anthem at Wednesday’s Veterans Day ceremony at Quincy High School. More than 300 people attended the ceremony that was held indoors due to inclement weather. The annual Veterans Day parade was cancelled because of the weather – the first time in 25 years. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Moe Morad sings the National Anthem at Wednesday's Veterans Day ceremony at Quincy High School. Also shown here are Larry Norton, master of ceremonies; George Nicholson, director, Quincy Veterans Services, Mayor Thomas Koch, Council President Joseph Finn and Councillor-elect Noel DiBona. In the background are state Sen. John Keenan, state Rep. Bruce Ayers and Norfolk County Register of Probate Patrick McDermott. More coverage in the Nov. 19th issue of The Quincy Sun. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Moe Morad sings the National Anthem at Wednesday’s Veterans Day ceremony at Quincy High School. Also shown here are (from left) Larry Norton, master of ceremonies; George Nicholson, director, Quincy Veterans Services; Mayor Thomas Koch, Council President Joseph Finn and Councillor-elect Noel DiBona. In the background are state Sen. John Keenan, state Rep. Bruce Ayers and Norfolk County Register of Probate Patrick McDermott. More coverage in the Nov. 19th issue of The Quincy Sun. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

 

 

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Squantum Girl Scouts Honor Veterans With American Flags

Honoring Veterans - Squantum Girl Scouts (Brownies and Juniors) decorated the front of Squantum Elementary School Thursday afternoon with 400 American flags in honor of veterans. The Girl Scouts collected donations to purchase the flags with support from Squantum neighbors. The flags thank veterans in the community for their service to this country. Quincy Sun Photos/Robert Bosworth

Honoring Veterans – Squantum Girl Scouts (Brownies and Juniors) decorated the front of Squantum Elementary School Thursday afternoon with 400 American flags in honor of veterans in the community. The Girl Scouts collected donations to purchase the flags with support from Squantum neighbors. The flags thank veterans in the community for their service to this country. Quincy Sun Photos/Robert Bosworth

Twenty-one Squantum Girl Scouts (11 Juniors in Troop 68301 and 10 Brownies in Troop 66025 gather before placing 400 flags in front of the Squantum Elementary School Thursday afternoon. The service project culminates a learning exercise that taught the Girl Scouts about the origin of the American flag and its place in U.S. history. The nation pauses next Wednesday to honor servicemen and women on Veterans Day Nov. 11.

Twenty-one Squantum Girl Scouts (11 Juniors in Troop 68301 and 10 Brownies in Troop 66025) gather before placing 400 flags in front of the Squantum Elementary School Thursday afternoon. The service project culminates a learning exercise that taught the Girl Scouts about the origin and importance of the American flag and the service and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans. Next Wednesday – Nov 11 – is Veterans Day – a day set aside to honor and thank all U.S. servicemen and women. In the photos below, state Rep. Bruce Ayers presents a State House citation to the two groups of Girl Scouts in recognition of their community service project and efforts to honor local veterans.

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President John Adams Honored On 280th Birthday Anniversary

Presidential Wreath is placed on the tomb of Second U.S. President John Adams at a ceremony Friday marking the Founding Father's 280th birthday. Among those assisting members of the Navy Operational Support Center Quincy were (left) Douglas Adams, descendant of John and Abigail Adams, Mayor Thomas Koch, Rev. Rebecca Froom, minister, United First Parish Church, and H. Kirtland Switzer II, chairman, Historic Preservation, United First Parish Church; and right foreground Kelly Kobble, curator, Adams National Historical Park. Also participating were Jim Cooke, portraying President John Quincy Adams, and student guest speakers at the ceremony Teresa McMillen, Quincy High School; Stephen Condon,  North Quincy High School and Abby Rose Plourde, Woodward School. President Adams, his son, Second U.S. President John Quincy Adams, and their wives First Ladies Abigail Adams and Louisa Catherine Adams, are entombed in the crypt of United First Parish Church. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Presidential Wreath is placed on the tomb of Second U.S. President John Adams at a ceremony Friday marking the Founding Father’s 280th birthday. Among those assisting members of the Navy Operational Support Center Quincy were (left) Douglas Adams, descendant of John and Abigail Adams, Mayor Thomas Koch, Rev. Rebecca Froom, minister, United First Parish Church, and H. Kirtland Switzer II, chairman, Historic Preservation, United First Parish Church; and right foreground Kelly Cobble, curator, Adams National Historical Park. Also participating were Jim Cooke, portraying President John Quincy Adams, and student guest speakers at the ceremony Teresa McMillen, Quincy High School; Stephen Condon, North Quincy High School and Abby Rose Plourde, Woodward School. President Adams, his son, Sixth U.S. President John Quincy Adams, and their wives First Ladies Abigail Adams and Louisa Catherine Adams, are entombed in the crypt of United First Parish Church. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Student speakers at Friday's 280th birthday anniversary and Presidential wreath-laying ceremony commemorating the life of Second U.S. President John Quincy Adams with Gary Haynes, director, United First Parish Church Interpretive Historical and Visitors Program. Second from left: Stephen Condon, senior, North Quincy High School; Teresa McMillen, senior, Quincy High School; and Abby Rose Plourde, senior, Woodward School. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Student speakers at Friday’s 280th birthday anniversary and Presidential wreath-laying ceremony commemorating the life of Second U.S. President John Adams with Gary Haynes, director, United First Parish Church History and Visitors Program. Second from left: Stephen Condon, senior, North Quincy High School; Teresa McMillen, junior, Quincy High School; and Abby Rose Plourde, senior, Woodward School. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Friday's wreath-laying ceremony also included an announcement that Gary Haynes, director of the United First Parish Church History and Visitors Program is retiring. As a memento of his dedicated service to the community and church, a framed print of United First Parish Church taken during the historic winter of 2015 was presented at the ceremony's conclusion. From left: David Bousquin, Office and Property Manager; Kirt Switzer, Chair of Historic Preservation and Capital Projects Committee; Rev. Rebecca Froom, Minister; Gary Haynes, Director of History and Visitors Program; and three members of the congregation and are also tour guides with the History and Visitors Program: Bill Westland, Jill Goddard and Lynne Rose. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth More photos, coverage in the Nov. 5th issue of The Quincy Sun.

Friday’s wreath-laying ceremony also included an announcement that Gary Haynes, director of the United First Parish Church History and Visitors Program, is retiring. As a memento of his dedicated service to the church and community, a framed print of United First Parish Church taken during the historic winter of 2015 was presented at the ceremony’s conclusion. From left: David Bousquin, Office and Property Manager; Kirt Switzer, Chair of Historic Preservation and Capital Projects Committee; Rev. Rebecca Froom, Minister; Gary Haynes, Director of History and Visitors Program; and three members of the congregation and are also tour guides with the History and Visitors Program: Bill Westland, Jill Goddard and Lynne Rose. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth More photos, coverage in the Nov. 5th issue of The Quincy Sun.

 

 

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QSO Performs Outdoor Concert At Adams Field

Quincy Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Music Director Yoichi Udagawa, launched its 62nd season with an outdoor concert Saturday night at Adams Field. The performance was attended by several hundred people. The concert was featured as part of this week's Quincy ArtsFest which concludes today (Sunday) at 4 p.m. Admission is free. Quincy Sun Photos/Robert Bosworth

Quincy Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Music Director Yoichi Udagawa, launched its 62nd season with an outdoor concert Saturday night at Adams Field. The performance was attended by several hundred people. The concert was featured as part of the 18th annual Quincy ArtsFest held Sept. 19 and 20th. Quincy Sun Photos/Robert Bosworth

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