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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‘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.

Bruce and BrowniesBruce Junior Girl Scouts

 

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