Quincy Man Indicted In Murder Of Wife In Driveway Death

A 55-year old Quincy man has been indicted for the murder of his wife – accused of purposefully running her over in the driveway of their Wollaston home on Sept. 2, 2016, according to Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey.

Yan Long Chow pled not guilty at his arraignment March 23rd in Norfolk Superior Court, Dedham, for the murder of Zhen Li, who was 52 when killed. Chow was ordered held without bail.

Chow is expected back in court May 8th for a pre-trial conference.

“Members of our motor vehicle homicide response team joined Quincy Police investigators at the scene that day on what was initially claimed to be a fatal accident,” District Attorney Morrissey said. “The Quincy Police, including their collision reconstruction officers, and State Police detectives attached to my office have been investigating since that time. As a result of that investigation, a Norfolk County Grand Jury issued a first-degree murder indictment yesterday, March 22, 2017.”

The couple resided at 19-21 Phillips St. in Quincy. Chow was arrested at the Quincy Police Station this morning by Quincy and State Police.

Additional detail about the crime and the evidence developed in the investigation may be included in any bail argument during the 2 p.m. arraignment.

“I thank the Quincy Police and their Traffic Reconstruction Unit, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State Police detectives from my office and Assistant District Attorneys Adam Lally and Michael A. Pirrello for months of work culminating in this indictment,” District Attorney Morrissey said.

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Pouryard Opening On Washington Street

By SCOTT JACKSON

The owner of Cagney’s plans to open a new restaurant next door to the Quincy Point barroom.

The Board of License Commissioners on Tuesday granted Mark DiBona permission to open the Pouryard at 208 Washington St., which is now home to the Quincy Café, a breakfast spot. The Pouryard will seat 25 patrons; the Quincy Café had seating for four.

The new restaurant will also be taking over Cagney’s 49-seat patio space, which the board gave DiBona permission to build last September. The patio space is located next door to the Pouryard.

DiBona told the board he wanted to open the new restaurant because it is adjacent to the patio space, while Cagney’s was not.

“This will now give us sightlines to the patio,” he said. “It will give the customers easier access to bathrooms, to facilities to wash up or whatever. It will give my staff a lot easier ways to service my customers because we would then put anything we would need in this new space.”

Cagney’s, located at 214 Washington St., and the restaurant space next door are in two separate buildings and there was no easy way to connect the two, DiBona said, which is why he sought a second all alcohol license rather than operate them both under the same one.

Under Quincy’s regulations, the patio will be allowed to open between Patriots Day in April and Columbus Day in October. The hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, with final food orders taken at 10 p.m. The board had imposed several conditions in September to limit noise on the patio – DiBona was not allowed to have live music or televisions in the space, but could play background music – that will carry over after the transfer.

DiBona said he would go before the Zoning Board of Appeals for permission to install sound barriers to further limit noise.

Ward 1 Councillor Margaret Laforest supported DiBona’s request for the liquor license. She said he’s been responsive to her and members of the board, and noted Cagney’s has not had a single liquor violation since DiBona opened it in 1991.

“He has really been true to his word and what’s great about him as an operator is if a question does come to me I call him and he’s very responsive immediately, and I know many of the board members have had that same experience,” Laforest said.

“In 25 years, it’s pretty rare that a business has never had a liquor violation…that’s outstanding for an operator in our community.”

Two nearby businesses submitted letters in favor of DiBona’s request. One was from Sean Kenealy of Key Realty at 144 Washington St. and the other was from Frank Calabro, business manager for Laborers Local 88, whose union hall is at 170 Washington St.

Paul Chenette, who owns the building at 204 Washington St. that includes a plumbing shop and three apartments, opposed the request. Chenette said his tenants living at 204 Washington St., which is next door to the patio, called him to complain about noise on the patio when it was open for a special event last October, though the police were never called about the noise complaint.

“My tenants have a right to a safe, quiet environment,” Chenette said.

Chenette’s attorney, former city solicitor Jay MacRitchie, said he was concerned that the 25-seat restaurant could be granted permission to use a patio with nearly twice as many seats.

“Two-thirds of the total licensed seats are going to be outside,” he said.

Inspectional Services Director Jay Duca said the total number of patrons on the liquor license could exceed the capacity of the physical restaurant in such a case.

Concerns were also raised regarding parking – the restaurant has no parking lot.

Health Commissioner Drew Scheele, the board’s chairman, said DiBona could count on on street parking because he is operating a business in an area zoned as Business B.

“Not every building has parking because it’s an old city,” Duca added. “This is not a new building – this is an existing building – so there is a different set of rules and circumstances.”

Police Chief Paul Keenan said the board was only being asked to consider adding a restaurant with 21 new seats, because the patio is already in place.

“The deck is there. Cagney’s is there. We’re adding 21 seats,” he said. “That’s really what’s at issue here,”

Fire Chief Joseph Barron said DiBona should continue to work with Chenette to address his concerns about noise, but supported the request.

“I don’t see any groundswell of opposition to this,” he said.

The board voted 4-0 to grant DiBona’s request.

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New Restaurant Replacing Villa Rosa

By SCOTT JACKSON

A new restaurant will open this summer in the Adams Street site that was long home to the Villa Rosa.

The Brick and Beam will take over the space at 705 Adams St. that served as the home of the Italian restaurant for 65 years. The Villa Rosa served its final meal last summer; it was initially closed just for renovations, before the owners decided to sell the restaurant’s all alcohol license to partners who are operating the Brick and Beam.

The Board of License Commissioners approved the transfer of the liquor license at its meeting Tuesday in a unanimous vote. Bob Harnais, the attorney representing the Brick and Beam’s owners, said the new restaurant would open in June.

“They’re planning on having an upper-class sports bar – it’s a nice place to go,” Harnais said. “They’ve invested a lot of money in redeveloping this property. They’ve invested a lot of money in redesigning this property into something they feel fits the neighborhood.”

“The Villa Rosa was a great place, but it grew tired,” he added. “It’s going to be a higher-class place where families can go.”

The Brick and Beam’s manager is Brenton Kelly, who also owns the North Star on Friend Street in Boston’s West End. Harnais said Kelly was in the process of the selling the North Star and would make the Brick and Beam his main job. Kelly’s partners also have experience in the restaurant industry.

“We’re looking forward to putting in a nice neighborhood, family-friendly [restaurant],” Kelly said. “Everyone is going to feel welcome.”

The new establishment will seat 145 people, the same capacity as the Villa Rosa. The Brick and Beam will also have a 1 a.m. closing time, just as the Villa Rosa did.

Health Commissioner Drew Scheele, the chairman of the licensing board, said he had fielded a number of calls from residents after the Villa Rosa closed last year. Those same neighbors, he said, welcomed the new plans for the venue.

“When I did speak with neighbors they actually praised the gentlemen that were purchasing it. They were very much relieved to know that’s what it was going to be,” Scheele said.

Several residents spoke at the meeting.

John McHugh, who lives on Victory Avenue, said several residents on his street had concerns about noise.

“We’re concerned about noise – this is a neighborhood,” he said.

McHugh asked about outdoor seating and whether the restaurant’s windows would open, allowing noise out. No outdoor seating will be offered, and Kelly, the restaurant’s manager, said the owners opted not to install windows that can open up because of neighborhood concerns.

Wallace Road resident Don Donahue said his neighbors were looking forward to the new restaurant.

“All I can ask of you folks is to be respectful of our neighborhood,” he said. “I think most of us on Wallace Road look forward to a first-class establishment.”

In other business Tuesday, the board approved a common victualler license for Baja Box, which will open in April at 793 Quincy Shore Drive.

The restaurant is taking over the space that housed the Ice Box, and is owned by Bryan Schwanke, who owns both the Ice Box and neighboring Clam Box, and Thomas Holloway. Baja Box will be open seasonally starting in April and will offer tacos and related food in addition to ice cream and beverages.

The board also granted 16C, located at 16 Cottage Ave., permission to serve alcohol starting at 10 a.m. on Sundays. Owner Kerry Delaney plans to offer brunch inside the restaurant.

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Substance Abuse Hearings Sought

By SCOTT JACKSON

The City Council might soon hold hearings on the opiate abuse epidemic that has affected Quincy and communities across Massachusetts and the U.S.

Councillors Noel DiBona and Brian Palmucci introduced a resolution calling for the hearings Monday night. Their resolution asks the Mayor’s Substance Abuse Task Force, Quincy Police Department, Quincy Fire Department and Brewster Ambulance to attend future council meetings to help educate the public, discuss ideas to stem the epidemic, and recommend additional resources that may be needed.

“I’d like to bring this resolution to the City Council to help combat this substance abuse, opiate epidemic,” DiBona said. “We need a full-scale, open communication of information from all departments and agencies in this City Council chamber, some public input and public hearings, community activists involved”

DiBona said he was on the School Committee when a series of seminars addressing substance was held at the city’s two high schools. Former NBA player Chris Herren, whose career was derailed because of substance abuse and now speaks to students about the issue, was at the seminars along with local activists.

DiBona said the opiate epidemic now kills more people nationwide than traffic accidents, with more than 50,000 deaths reported in 2015.

Mayor Thomas Koch created the substance abuse task force in 2008, DiBona said, and one its recommendations was the creation of the Quincy police’s use of Narcan, a medication used to reverse opiate overdoses. The department’s use of Narcan has received nationwide recognition.

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Congressional Art Competition For 8th District High School Students

Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (D-Boston) announces the opening of “An Artistic Discovery,” the 2017 Congressional Art Competition.

This competition is open to all high school students who reside in the 8th Congressional District. The district includes the City of Quincy.

The winner will have his or her work displayed in the United States Capitol for a full year. Additionally, there will be a reception in Washington, D.C., for all art competition winners and their families to celebrate the opening of the exhibit.

The annual Congressional Art Competition is now open for submissions and all entries must be received by Friday, April 28, 2017. Entries can be sent to Congressman Lynch’s Boston, Quincy, or Brockton offices and put to the attention of Araba Adjei-Koranteng. For more information on the competition, please contact the office at (617) 428-2000 or visit the website:http://lynch.house.gov/serving-you/art-competition.

“We have some wonderfully gifted and talented artists among the high school students in our Congressional District. I hope that every high school student with a passion for art takes part in this exciting competition,” said Congressman Lynch. “Last year, we had 14 outstanding entries, and I am so proud to have the artwork of last year’s winner, Jailton Teixeira of Brockton, representing our District in Washington, D.C. The judges praised his piece, ‘Future,’ for its wonderful draftsmanship with great attention to detail and a strong narrative. I look forward to viewing all of this year’s submissions and displaying one of them in the U.S. Capitol this summer.”

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