Gasoline Prices Drop Three More Cents

Small increases in crude oil pricing late last week hasn’t impacted prices at the pump, as motorists in Massachusetts this week are seeing a three cent per gallon drop in prices, according to AAA Northeast. Prices have fallen eight consecutive weeks.

AAA’s February 1 survey of prices in Massachusetts finds self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $1.81 per gallon, three cents lower than last week. The Massachusetts price is one cent above the national average for regular unleaded of $1.80. A year ago at this time, the average price in Massachusetts was 25 cents higher at $2.06.

The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 46 cents, from a low of $1.63 to a high of $2.09. AAA advises motorists to shop around for the best prices in their area, and to make sure they and their passengers buckle up — every time.

Today’s local gas prices and their ranges are as follows:

Self Serve                                                Grade

$1.81  ($1.63-$2.09)                                    Regular Unleaded

$2.16  ($1.95-$2.59)                                    Midgrade Unleaded

$2.33  ($2.07-$2.89)                                    Premium Unleaded

$2.13  ($1.93-$2.88)                                    Diesel

Find the most up-to-date local gas prices with the AAA Fuel Finder by logging onto AAA.com and clicking on Gas Saving Tips & Tools.

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Car Knocks Down Telephone Poll, Flips On Side

Photo Courtesy Quincy Police Department

Photo Courtesy Quincy Police Department

On Thursday January 29, 2016 at 10:47 PM the Quincy Police Department was notified of a single vehicle motor vehicle accident that occurred at 893 Hancock Street. The Quincy Fire Department and Brewster Ambulance Service were also dispatched to assist.

Officers arrived on scene and observed a black 2015 Mercedes Benz Glacla flipped on its side. The operator, identified as Hongxing Zhao and a bystander were seated underneath the vehicle. Due to the unsafe condition of the flipped vehicle, Officer Francis moved Zhao to a safety and noted that Mr. Zhao was suffering from facial injuries and was semi-conscious.

Based on initial observations of the scene, it appears that Mr. Zhao’s vehicle crossed over the double yellow line of Hancock St, drove onto the sidewalk, struck (and knocked down) a telephone pole, and eventually vaulting to rest. According to a bystander, Zhao was either ejected from the sunroof or crawled through the sunroof.

ZHAO was transported to Boston Medical Center. The QPD Accident Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene to complete the investigation. Charges may follow.

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What’s Happening At The Quincy Y

What’s Happening at the Quincy Y:

Dancing for Fitness 

By JOHN GALLUZZO

Have you ever wondered whether or not your daily secretive performance of the Macarena was actually burning off your morning muffin? Or if the moves you busted out at the club on Friday night negated the calories you packed in during your company’s luncheon earlier in the day?

SMALLER DanceHave you ever considered the notion that a regular dose of dance might just be the best way for people with intellectual disabilities to remain in good health?

Over the course of 12 weeks, the South Shore YMCA’s Quincy Branch will collaborate with researchers from UMass Boston, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center-UMass Medical School and Tufts University in a grant-funded research study called “Dance for Fitness,” a community-based program for girls with intellectual disabilities.

The purpose of this research study is to test the effects of a dance program on the fitness and well-being in girls with intellectual disabilities, with an overall goal of improving health and wellness among this population. Beginning February 1, girls between the ages of 13 and 21 with intellectual disabilities from the Quincy Public Schools will participate in the “Dance for Fitness” program, which will take place at the Y’s Quincy Branch on Mondays and Wednesdays for 75 minutes per session.

Throughout the course of the program, fitness testing and physical activity monitoring will be conducted by Professor Heidi Stanish and her research staff from the Exercise and Health Sciences Department at UMass Boston. “We are so pleased to collaborate with the South Shore YMCA in this effort to get girls dancing at a level that may improve their fitness,” said Dr. Stanish. “Working together with others in the community, like the YMCA and local schools, helps to increase our reach and gives us the best chance of promoting health and wellness among people of all abilities.”

“We are thrilled to bring this research study to our Quincy Branch,” stated Lisa Drennan, Association Director of Inclusion at the South Shore YMCA. “We welcome these young students and hope to see them continue on their journey of health and well-being at the Y.” In conjunction with fun and active classes twice a week, participants will also practice dance routines of different styles, such as Hip Hop, contemporary, and theatrical, at home, using an instructional video. This “Dance for Fitness” Research Study at the Y’s Quincy Branch is the first of three waves of this particular study.

The South Shore YMCA is a charity. For information on how to support its work through volunteering or donations, Mary Orne at morne@ssymca.org or 781-264-9400 ext. 3306.

Winter 2 Program Registration is Open!

The South Shore YMCA’s Winter 2 session runs from January 31 to April 2. The Quincy branch features youth, teen, family and adult programs that focus on youth development and healthy living, in the pool, in the gym, on the court and more. Participants may register online, by calling 617-479-8500 or by walking in and talking to our front desk staff. For more information, visit http://ssymca.org/programs/.

American Red Cross Lifeguard Training

Learn how to save lives by becoming an American Red Cross Trained Lifeguard. This 4-day intensive program includes CPR and First Aid. Program participants must be 15 years old or older by the end of the class. A pre-requisite swim of 300 yards must be completed on the first day of class. For questions please call Felix Hor at 617-479-8500 x4741. February 16-19; cost $315 for South Shore YMCA members; $365 for nonmembers.

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Red Cross: Emergency Need For Blood, Platelet Donations

The American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donors.

Severe winter weather since Jan. 1 has forced the cancellation of more than 300 blood drives across 20 states, resulting in more than 9,500 donations uncollected, further depleting an already low winter supply.

Blood donation appointments can be quickly and easily scheduled by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.orgor calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

“Blood products are being delivered to hospitals as quickly as donations are coming in,” said  Nick Gehrig, communications director, Red Cross Blood Services. “Eligible donors are urged to make an appointment to give blood or platelets now and help ensure blood products are available for patients locally, and across the country, including areas severely impacted by winter weather.”

Because of generous donors, the Red Cross is able to provide blood products to patients like 2-year-old Charlie Stephens. Charlie has received both blood and platelets during treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Her mother, Michelle Stephens, donates blood regularly. “I want to help supply blood for someone else, because others have provided for my family,” she said.

The Red Cross must collect approximately 14,000 blood and platelet donations every day for the patients at about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. Blood and platelets are needed to respond to patient emergencies, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.

How to donate blood

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a home or work computer prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

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Quincy College Students Ranked First As Top Salary Earners For 2-Year Public Colleges

According to data from the U.S. Department of Education’s innovative tool, the College Scorecard, Quincy College students are ranked #1 as Top Salary Earners in Massachusetts and  New England across two-year public colleges.  The College Scorecard is a free resource that provides information for families and students to make educated decisions in the college search process.

The U.S. Department of Education’s data reviewed the outcomes of students across the nation, who received federal financial aid, and revealed that Quincy College students are top earners ahead of all 2-year public colleges in Massachusetts. This includes colleges within the Massachusetts state-supported public community college system. In addition to being ranked first in the Commonwealth, Quincy College students also ranked #1 in the region as Top Salary Earners in all of New England across two-year public colleges. Quincy College students rank #5 in Massachusetts and #9 in New England for top earners among all 2-year public and private colleges.

Quincy College, Massachusetts’ only municipally-affiliated public college, was additionally mentioned in the U.S. Department of Education’s October 30, 2015 blog post which listed by state the top two-year public colleges across the U.S. at which earnings exceed those of the typical two-year college.

“Besides traditional majors, Quincy College provides a rigorous and relevant post-secondary education to prepare students for careers in high growth allied health and STEM fields. In addition, through strong relationships with both students and industry partners, the College’s faculty serve as an important bridge to real jobs that pay family sustaining wages. The U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard reflects the high value of a Quincy College education not only for our current students and alumni but for future students as well,” said Aundrea Kelley, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Quincy College.

The U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard is a new initiative by the White House to help students and their families make more educated decisions about college. Using the College Scorecard, students and their families can look up the cost and assess the value of colleges.  Each scorecard highlights five key pieces of data about a college: costs, graduation rate, loan default rate, average amount borrowed, and median earnings of former students who received federal financial aid, at 10 years after attending.

In as little as two years, students can learn more to eventually earn more. Quincy College programs are designed to provide students with specific skills and job training so they may enter the workforce or pursue advanced degrees. The U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard data reveals the successful outcomes of Quincy College students and reflects the high value of a Quincy College education beyond the classroom.

Quincy College’s programs, partnerships, and curriculum are addressing a critical skills gap for the Commonwealth and the New England region. Ongoing collaboration with the College’s multiple industry advisory boards keeps course offerings relevant to industry needs, establishes workforce pipelines, and helps students maximize their return on investment in their studies.

Quincy College President Peter H. Tsaffaras, J.D. reflected on the recent U.S. Department of Education’s ranking: “Our goal is to provide people with an education that allows them to become socially and economically productive members of society. This information, which was developed by the U.S Department of Education and is available to the public, indicates that we are making progress on behalf of our students in achieving our goal.”

Quincy College offers 35 associate degree programs and 21 certificate programs in a variety of disciplines, including those within Professional Programs, Liberal Arts, Natural & Health Sciences, and Nursing. For more information on Quincy College programs, please visit: www.quincycollege.edu.

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