Post Island Residents Hear Seawall Plans

By SCOTT JACKSON

Residents of the Post Island neighborhood want the city to further investigate the installation of pump stations in the area before committing to a new seawall height.

About 30 residents, many from Post Island Road and nearby streets, attended a community meeting on the new seawall Tuesday in the Coddington Building. Residents spent more than two hours discussing the seawall design with city officials and engineers from Tighe & Bond.

Tighe & Bond is working with the city to design a new seawall that would stretch along Quincy Bay from Chickatabot Road to Babcock Street, covering some 8,000 linear feet of coastline in total. The replacement of the seawall will require various federal, state and local permits, including approval from the Quincy Conservation Commission. The commission will hold a public hearing on the proposal Nov. 7.

The seawall currently in place along Quincy Bay sits, on average, 11 feet above mean sea level, according to Dave Murphy of Tighe & Bond. Tighe & Bond had initially planned to raise the height of the entire seawall to 15 feet above mean sea level, Murphy said, using the same design as the seawall that stands there now.

Based on feedback from some residents worried the four-foot increase in the seawall height would impact their view of the waterfront, Murphy said the plan, which is not yet set in stone, now calls for a two-foot increase in the seawall height with the option of adding an extension up to two feet tall to the top of the wall in the future.

“It’s a compromise between going too high and blocking people’s visual view. It allows us to go back to the standard block, which the city has used all along…that block design will be modified so that we can properly dowel into an extension block above,” Murphy said.

Thirteen feet above mean sea level is equal to the height of the storm surge and wave action seen during the Jan. 4 nor’easter, which brought the highest high tide Boston has ever seen, according city engineer Paul Costello said.

As part of the project, the city will also replace the 14 outfall pipes that drain stormwater from the areas behind the seawall into Quincy Bay. Ken Mavrogeorge, an engineer with Tighe & Bond, said the new outfalls would be placed at the proper grade to allow stormwater to flush any sediment out of the pipe. The new outfalls will also have one-way valves inside to stop seawater from surging up the pipe onto land.

The outfall pipes will be wide enough to handle the rainfall from a 100-year storm event, which is about 8 inches of rain in 24 hours.

The seawall itself would have drainpipes, with one-way valves, to allow water to drain back to the ocean.

City officials and Tighe & Bond are also eyeing pump stations for the Post Island neighborhood, Murphy said, separately from the seawall and outfall project.

“Even by raising the seawall, even by adding the drain-back pipes through the seawall, even by increasing all the outfall pipes to a much, much larger size to handle one-year storm events – even with all that there will be conditions of flooding,” he said.

“That therefore concludes that the city needs to work towards having in this particular area…some sort of an intake structure that is designed for emergencies only.”

The permitting process for a new pumping station is less stringent than the process for a seawall, Murphy added.

When residents were asked towards the end of the meeting if they would prefer the new seawall be built two or four feet higher than the existing barrier, they said their answer depends on whether or not the pumping station were built.

“The pump station is tied to the height of the wall,” said Post Island resident Bill Bowen. “We can’t come to a decision on the height of the wall until we figure out can we do the pump station.”

“Our decision is not aesthetic,” said Ann Donovan. “Our decision is if we want to have a house in 10 years.”

Another resident, who declined to give her name, compared asking residents what size seawall they would like to see built without knowing more about the pump station to answering a marriage proposal without knowing if the other person was already married to someone else.

The city received a $441,000 state grant in 2016 for design and engineering costs related to the new seawall and outfall pipes, which are estimated to cost between $15 and $20 million. Murphy said the city would apply for state and federal grants for the seawall project, and the pumping station project, later this year or early next year.

Ward 1 Councillor David McCarthy said he planned to meet again with residents to discuss their concerns. Mayor Thomas Koch, McCarthy, is committed to seeing the project through.

“I’m sure we’ll have another powwow as we talk to the mayor and others about the funding and our options, and I’m sure he’s going to fix the problem,” McCarthy said. “He knows what the problem is and he’s going to fix the problem.”

The meeting for Post Island residents is the second of three seawall meetings McCarthy will host. The third and final meeting, for those living in Adams Shore, will be held Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. at the Coddington Building.

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New Recycling Guidelines Announced

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The Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has announced a statewide recycling education initiative to reduce contamination in recycling by asking residents to “do their part and recycle smart”.

Fifty percent of America’s recycling once was transported to China.  In recent months, China has raised its quality standards to a highly selective system resulting in millions of tons of recycling sitting unsold around the world.  Unfortunately, the burden of this change has come back to communities in the form of processing charges and contamination fees.

Recycling is a process of converting waste materials into reusable objects to prevent waste of potentially useful materials and reducing the consumption of energy usage and pollution.  Citizens can help fight the rising cost of recycling by carefully adhering to the guidelines in place currently.

“The situation is still in flux as waste management assesses the world standards,” said Mayor Thomas Koch.  “This latest information is a helpful reference for all of us in the community.”

Four categories of materials are identified that every materials recovery facility (MRF) across the state accepts.  They include mixed paper and cardboard, metal food and beverage cans, glass bottles and jars, plastic bottles, jars, jugs and tubs.

The top five contaminants that MRFs do not want in recycling loads include bagged recyclables and bagged garbage, loose plastic bags/plastic wrap, food and liquids, clothing or linens, “tanglers” like hoses, wires, chains, strings of lights, etc.

Recyclables should not be bagged in plastic.  They should be placed directly in recycling bins.  All recycling items must be cleaned of all food and liquids and all caps must be replaced before recycled.

For a full list of recycling guidelines, visit RecycleSmartMA.org. that features the “Smart Recycling Guide.”

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Man Charged With Ex-Wife’s Murder Released On Bail

By SCOTT JACKSON

The Quincy man charged with murdering his ex-wife by running her over four times in the driveway of their Wollaston home has been released on $50,000 cash bail after spending a year and a half behind bars.

Yan Long Chow pleaded not guilty to the murder charge during his March 2017 arraignment in Norfolk County Superior Court. Judge Beverly Cannone ordered Chow held without bail at that time.

Chow asked Judge Peter Krupp to reconsider bail, while prosecutors argued he should remain held without bail, according to David Traub, spokesman for Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey.

Krupp set Chow’s bail at $50,000 and Chow was recently released after posting bail. Under the terms of release, Chow had to surrender his passport. He will be required to wear a GPS tracking device and will be confined to his home except to go to work and doctors’ appointments following a schedule set by a probation officer.

Quincy police responded to 21 Philips Street, where Chow and his ex-wife, 52-year-old Zhen Li, resided, on Sept. 2, 2016 on a report of a single-vehicle collision within the driveway involving a pedestrian.

The officers who arrived on scene found Li lying facedown in the driveway in front of the 2015 Toyota Sienna, according to a grand jury indictment. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Chow complained of chest pains to paramedics who arrived on scene and was transported to Quincy Medical Center, where he was treated and released within hours of his arrival, the indictment said.

Officers interviewed Chow at the hospital, and Chow told police he pulled forward from the bottom of the driveway to pick up Li, who had just exited a house from a side door. While doing so, Li told officers he felt dizzy and blacked out, according to the indictment.

Chow further stated that although he knew he had run over Li, he backed up, hit her again, but did not see anything so he pulled forward again, and then backed up the vehicle to the bottom of the driveway, where he found Li in front of the van, the indictment said.

Chow remained free following his ex-wife’s death with the investigation ongoing until the grand jury indicted him in March 2017.

During the investigation into Li’s death, police learned from family members and neighbors that she and Chow often argued, primarily about Chow’s gambling, the indictment stated. They said Li had indicated to her mother she was upset with Chow the day before her death because he had not returned home for two days because he was gambling in Boston.

The investigation determined Chow drove over Li four separate times in the driveway, according to the indictment. Police said Li became stuck under the minivan the first time Chow struck her while driving forward up the driveway. Chow then put the Sienna into reverse, dragging Li underneath; Li’s body then came out from under the vehicle in front of the van, at which point Chow drove forward over her body and then drove over her body again while backing up.

Chow and Li had been married in China before moving to the U.S., according to the indictment. They were divorced in 2005 while living in New Hampshire, but continued to live and work together until Li’s death. Chow and Li had two adult children and shared ownership of Boston restaurant.

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Route 3A Roadway Milling, Paving In Area Of Quincy Rotary

Cews will be conducting overnight milling and paving operations on Route 3A in the area approaching the Fore River Bridge in Quincy (near the Quincy Rotary) beginning on the evening of Thursday, Oct. 4., the Massachusetts Department of Transportation announces.

Milling work will occur each night from approximately 7 p.m., through 5 a.m., and is currently scheduled to conclude on Friday, Oct. 5. Paving work is then scheduled to take place during overnight hours on Tuesday, Oct. 9, and Wednesday, Oct. 10.

In order to allow crews to safely and effectively conduct operations, traffic impacts including lane restrictions will be in place during these times. The work zone at the Quincy Rotary will be staged to allow traffic to continue to travel north and south on Route 3A (Washington Street).

MassDOT encourages the public to be mindful of these impacts. Those traveling through the area should reduce speed and use caution. The schedule for the paving work is weather dependent and subject to change without notice.

For more information on traffic conditions, travelers are encouraged to:

• Dial 511 and select a route to hear real-time conditions.

• Visit www.mass511.com, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions.

• Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT to receive regular updates on road and traffic conditions.

• Download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road.

More information about the Fore River Bridge Replacement Project can be found at www.mass.gov/massdot/foreriverbridge.

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Beechwood Knoll Fall Festival Oct. 27

Beechwood Knoll Elementary School will host the 21st Annual “Beechwood Knoll Fall Festival” on Saturday, Oct. 27th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Beechwood Knoll School, 225 Fenno St., Quincy.

The BKS Fall Festival is the school’s cornerstone fundraiser to raise funds to pay for books for classrooms and library, computer equipment, educational materials, field trips and other classroom necessities.

There will be busy bee, food, arts and crafts, games, nails, tattoos and face painting, silent auctions, raffles, pony rides and touch-a-truck.

There will also be performances from Velocity Dance Studio and Brady Academy of Irish Dance.

All are welcomed.  The event will be held rain or shine.

Tickets for this event varies depending on activities.

 

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