QCAP Best Chef Fundraiser At Granite Links Oct. 9

Quincy Community Action Programs, Inc. (QCAP) invites guests to cook up some fun at its Third Annual Best Chef fundraising event Thursday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. at Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy.

The competition pits some of the area’s most celebrated chefs against each other in a battle of culinary skills. The event, hosted by Dave Andelman of the Phantom Gourmet, features the talents of Chef Ming Cao of the Fuji Group; Chef Tony Derienzo of Abby Park; Chef Joel Hathaway of the Neighborhood Club of Quincy; and Chef Paul Wahlberg of Alma Nove and Wahlburgers.

“We are so grateful to the chefs, their restaurants, judges, and our supporters for contributing their talent, time, and resources to this event,” said Beth Ann Strollo, QCAP’s executive director. “Thanks to their efforts, we hope to have a fun and exciting night while also raising critical funds so that we can continue to deliver our core services.”

The challenge: In a race against the clock, the chefs must use secret ingredients

commonly provided by QCAP’s Emergency Food Center – the organization’s food pantry. Using only a convection oven and a handful of portable burners, they must take these basic ingredients and create a gourmet dish for the esteemed panel of judges. The judges will score them based on taste, originality, use of secret ingredients, and plating. The chef with the most points will be crowned “Best Chef.”

“These are ingredients that our clients use on a daily basis to create healthy and tasty meals for their families, all within a very limited budget,” Strollo said. “Making a healthy meal is a challenge for any family and it’s even harder when you have limited resources to buy food.”

The judges won’t be the only culinary connoisseurs that night. Guests can weigh in on their favorite chef in the “People’s Choice” competition. The participating chefs will be providing dishes that reflect the flavors and styles of their own restaurants. Guests can sample their dishes and vote for their favorite chef.

“Each chef and restaurant brings a different perspective and flavor profile so our guests will certainly be in for a treat,” Strollo said.

The night will also feature raffles and live and silent auctions, including a week vacation in Aruba; two sets of Putnam Club seats to the New England Patriots; a diamond necklace valued at $2,500; a family excursion package to the Great Wolf Lodge; autographed memorabilia; sporting and entertainment event tickets; fine art; and golf, restaurant, and spa gift certificates.

Tickets are $100 per person and $175 per couple. Event proceeds will benefit QCAP programs, which serves nearly 20,000 unduplicated people annually in Quincy, Weymouth, Braintree, Milton, Hull, and surrounding Norfolk County, South Shore, and Metro Boston communities. In addition to the Emergency Food Center, services include adult education and workforce development, financial literacy education, Head Start early education and care, family engagement activities, heating assistance, affordable housing, homelessness prevention, mortgage foreclosure counseling, and housing services.

Major sponsors include Bank of Canton, Stop & Shop, State Street, Woodard & Curran, Granite Links, the Law Office of George Burke, Eastern Bank, Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, Mutual of America, Loomis & Sayles, and Quincy Mutual, among others.

For more information on QCAP and to purchase tickets, visit www.qcap.org

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Quincy College Health, Fitness Open House Sept. 25

The Health and Fitness Center at Quincy College will host an open house in the Lower Level of Presidents Place, 1250 Hancock St., Quincy, on Thursday, Sept. 25th from 5 to 7 p.m.

The open house event will feature Quincy College professor Dr. Wayne Westcott’s nationally recognized fitness program, Getting Started in Fitness, for beginning exercisers and older adults.  Come learn about circuit-style resistance exercise and interval-style aerobic activity for safely increasing muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance, while successfully reducing body fat.  Dr. Westcott, Ph.D. and the Quincy College Exercise Science faculty will answer questions on exercise, fitness and weight management.

Dr. Westcott has authored/co-authored 25 books and textbooks, and more than 60 peer-reviewed academic papers. He presently serves as an editorial advisor, reviewer, writer, and columnist for many publications, including The Physician and Sportsmedicine, ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal, ACSM’s Certified News, Fitness Management, Perspective, On-Site Fitness, Prevention, and Shape. He has been a keynote speaker for national meetings of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American College of Nutrition, the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association, Harvard University School of Medicine, and Creighton University School of Medicine.

Dr. Westcott recently received the Alumni Recognition Award from the Pennsylvania State University, and was recently honored with the Marla Richmond Memorial Education Award from the Medical Fitness Association.

For more information, or to register for the open house, contact Dr. Wayne Westcott at 617-984-1716 or send an e-mail to wwestcott@quincycollege.edu.

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‘Park-In’ Day At Wollaston Theater Friday

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Quincy Beaches Cleanup Sept. 20

Each September and October, thousands of volunteers throughout Massachusetts turn out for COASTSWEEP—the statewide coastal cleanup sponsored by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM). COASTSWEEP is part of the “International Coastal Cleanup” organized by Ocean Conservancy in Washington, DC.

Volunteers from all over the world collect marine debris—trash, fishing line, and any other human-made items—and record what they find. This information is then analyzed and used to identify sources of marine debris and develop education and policy initiatives to help reduce it.

Quincy will participate in this effort on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

John McCone, organizer and Chairman of The Quincy Committee for Cleaner Beaches, said, “Our beaches are one of our most valuable resources. Quincy has 27 miles of coastline and nearly a dozen beaches that offer swimming, picnicking, trails and more. We are so fortunate to have this natural resource that supports commercial calming, fishing, boating, kayaking and recreational swimming. It is important that we take care of it for future generations.”

After the cleanup hot dogs and water will be provided by Hanaford’s.

McCone pointed out that whether it is urban trash or abandoned fishing gear, marine debris is more than an eyesore—it can also directly harm sea life and humans. Sea birds, seals, and other animals can be choked, starved, or poisoned when they become entangled or mistake debris for food. Sea turtles are particularly vulnerable and can die after swallowing clear plastic bags that they mistake for jellyfish. Beachgoers can injure themselves on glass, wood, or metal while swimming or walking on the sand, and boaters can become stranded when propellers are jammed with fishing line or cooling intakes are clogged with plastic.

McCone is seeking additional volunteers to help out for the Quincy Beach cleanup Sept. 20.

Volunteers will assemble at 9 a.m. at the following locations:

For Hough’s Neck – Edgewater Drive beaches & Raccoon Island meet at Edgewater Drive and Macy Streets.

For Post Island Beach meet at the Crane Library. For Germantown, Baker Beach meet at the Crane Library.

For additional information, contact John McCone  at (857) 939-7238 or                                     John.j.mccone@me.com.

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School’s Open – Drive Carefully

The school year has begun and as children take to the streets, their morning and afternoon commutes can be dangerous.

According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, one-fifth of all children 14 years of age and younger who die in motor vehicle crashes are pedestrians.  On average, one pedestrian is killed in the United States every two hours.

How can we prevent this from happening?

AAA Southern New England encourages motorists to stay alert in areas where children are present, paying special attention during the morning and afternoon hours while children are coming to and from school.  Look out for children who may potentially dart out into the street, particularly while driving in school zones, around playgrounds, approaching school buses that are loading or unloading children, or in neighborhoods. Children are often distracted by thoughts of playtime or are unable to accurately judge traffic situations while on their journey home, so it’s imperative that motorists keep this in mind and focus solely on the act of driving.

Having a heightened sense of awareness of children and following the practices below will help to keep your drive and children safe:

  • Slow down in or near school and residential areas.
  • Drive with your headlights on, even during the day, so children and other drivers can see you.
  • Look for clues such as AAA School Safety Patrol members, crossing guards, bicycles, and playgrounds which can indicate children could be in the area.
  • Scan between parked cars and other objects for signs that children could dart into the road.
  • Practice extra caution in bad weather or times of limited visibility.
  • Always stop for school buses that are loading or unloading students.
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