Red Cross To Install Free Smoke Alarms, Teach Fire Safety

American Red Cross, along with the Quincy Fire Department, will install free smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in Quincy on Saturdays this February.

Call 800-746-3511 to request an home visit.

Seven times a day someone dies in a home fire in the United States. In fact, every 40 minutes an injury from a fire is reported, and nearly 1,000 times every day fire departments respond to a home fire.

In October 2014 the American Red Cross launched a 5-year nationwide campaign to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries from home fires by 25 percent over five years. The Red Cross Home Fire Campaign is delivered in every city and town around the country. The program includes the installation of free photo-electric smoke alarms and CO detectors,  and includes a review of home fire prevention and individualized home escape planning to emphasize the importance of fire prevention and event preparedness.

The Quincy Home Fire Campaign event will take place on Saturdays, Feb. 4, 11, 18, and 25. Smoke alarm and CO installations will be  done by the Quincy Fire Department along with Red Cross Home Fire volunteer teams.

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Parent & Tot Recreation Program Saturday Begins Jan. 21

The Quincy Recreation Department announces a Parent & Tot recreation program, Tot Time, will be held for six Saturday mornings beginning Jan. 21st for Quincy residents.

“Parents requested this new program which will have activity that is designed to provide toddlers the opportunity to enjoy indoor play during the cold winter months,” said Recreation Director Barry Welch. “At the same time, parents can socialize and network with others who have children of the same age.”

The Tot Time program will be conducted at the Fore River Clubhouse on Nevada Road in Quincy Point from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and is open to children age 2 through those not yet enrolled in kindergarten.  The department will provide age appropriate toddler play equipment and gym mats with leaders to guide play.

Parents or guardians are required to remain at the facility.  The Recreation Department will brew hot coffee for the adults, and encourages parents to provide appropriate snacks for their own children.

The cost for the full six week program is $25 and $10 for each additional child in the same family with a $40 maximum. If paid weekly at the program, the cost is $5 for the first child and $2 for each additional child in the same family with a maximum of $8 per family per week.

Tot Time  will be held on consecutive Saturdays with no program held on Presidents Day holiday weekend, Saturday, Feb. 18th. Cancellations due to weather will be made up at the conclusion of the program.

Registration for the full six week program can be done online at www.QuincyRec.com or in person at the program. Daily or monthly registration can be done in person at the program.

For additional information, call the Quincy Recreation Department at (617) 376-1394 or visit www.QuincyRec.com.

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DA Morrissey, MIAA Remove Barrier For Athletes To Get Help

Norfolk DA Michael Morrissey has worked with the MIAA to eliminate a substantial barrier between high school athletes who are struggling with substance use and the help they need.

“We know from our investigations of overdose deaths in Norfolk County that many of those dying today got hooked on opiate pain pills years earlier – often following high school sports injuries,” District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey said. “Until now, a student would face suspension from any team they were on if they came forward to ask for help.”

As part of his work with local high schools to screen high school students for possible problems with opiates, District Attorney Morrissey petitioned the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association to change its substance abuse rules in May of 2014. The change has now taken effect, and Page 61 now reads: “Prior to any chemical health violation a student’s request for and enrollment in a substance abuse treatment shall not in and of itself constitute a violation of the chemical health/alcohol/drugs/tobacco Rule 62.”

Morrissey also provided Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) training to 80 school nurses, athletic trainers and athletic directors from across the county at a December 16, 2015 seminar in Canton. That event gained publicity because it also included training on the administration of the overdose reversal drug naloxone.

“It is important as a state, and as individual communities, that we concentrate not only on the crime and death associated with full blown addiction, but also that we put thinking and resources into preventing addictions from taking root,” DA Morrissey said. “This change to the MIAA’s rules erases another barrier between young people and getting help.”

See also:

http://www.mass.gov/da/norfolk/Press_Releases/12-16-15_School%20nurses%20train%20in%20opiate%20screening%20and%20overdose%20reversal.pdf

And, at P. 61:

http://www.miaa.net/gen/miaa_generated_bin/documents/basic_module/MIAAHandbook1517.pdf

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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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FY 2016 Valuations Available At Assessors Office, Library, Online

The Quincy Board of Assessors has conducted a comprehensive reassessment of all classes of properties in the City of Quincy, as mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.

The proposed Fiscal Year 2016 valuations are available for review in the Assessors Office, City Hall, 1305 Hancock St., Quincy, daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. They are also available at the Thomas Crane Public Library on Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The valuations are available online at http://www.quincyma.gov

These values are pending preliminary certification, according to city officials.

Taxpayers may contact the Board of Assessors with questions regarding the
proposed assessments by calling 617-376-1183.

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