Gender Identity Added To Anti-Discrimination Ordinance


The City Council approved legislation amending Quincy’s anti-discrimination ordinance to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity.

The measure, sponsored by Councillors Brian Palmucci and Nina Liang, was approved by an 8-0 margin on June 4; Ward 5 Councillor Kirsten Hughes – who was elsewhere in the chamber during the roll call vote and not seated with her colleagues – did not vote on the item. Mayor Thomas Koch planned to sign the amendment into law, his spokesman, Chris Walker, said following the meeting.

The ordinance adds gender identity to the 15 other bases – including age, ancestry, citizenship, gender, race, and sexual orientation, among others – upon which discrimination in matters of housing, employment, education, contracts, purchasing or public accommodations are prohibited.

Palmucci said the council’s vote was a symbolic one meant to show discrimination on the basis of gender identity would not be allowed.

“The purpose of this is really, I think, more symbolic than anything else…this would put in place the policy perspective of this body that gender identity is something that the City Council feels as though should be codified as unlawful to discriminate against somebody on the basis of,” Palmucci said.

“I don’t think it changes the way in which the city does business one iota. I don’t think it means any type of facilities are open or closed to anyone gender identity-wise or for any reason.”

“I think it’s important that as we continue to work to be inclusive here in the city that we show gestures that show we want everyone to be included,” Liang added.

Councillor Anne Mahoney said the School Committee had previously voted to add similar language to the school system’s anti-discrimination policy.

“I’m happy to support this tonight and I think it’s long overdue,” she said. “It’s not a matter of whether it’s a problem or not, it’s a matter of acceptance.”

A 2012 state law prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, lending, credit and mortgage services based on an individual’s gender identity. That same law expanded the definition of a hate crime to include criminal acts motivated by prejudice towards transgender individuals and prohibited discrimination based on gender identity in public schools.


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Quincy Entrepreneur Releases New Book: Superconnector

ATTENDING THE RECENT launch event for the book Superconnector at 1495 Hancock St. in Quincy inclucded (from left to right) Philip Faulkner, David Hyman (SVP of Old Colony YMCA), Walter Hubley (head of Woodward School), and Eric Braun (founder, South Shore Innovation). Photo Courtesy Eric Braun

ATTENDING THE RECENT launch event for the book Superconnector at 1495 Hancock St. in Quincy inclucded (from left to right) Philip Faulkner, David Hyman (SVP of Old Colony YMCA), Walter Hubley (head of Woodward School), and Eric Braun (founder, South Shore Innovation). Photo Courtesy Eric Braun


Entrepreneur, writer, community builder and co-founder of South Shore Innovation.

“Networking as we know it, as we have been taught it, is dead,” begins Superconnector, the new book on building business relations. Networking has been around in business since the invention of clams as a currency.

Today, in the age of cryptocurrencies (like bitcoin, ethereum and dogecoin), a hodge-podge gathering of somewhat random people just doesn’t cut it. We know we need more, and we acknowledge we want more. In comes Superconnecting to the rescue!

for web IMG_8340On Thursday, March 15, South Shore Innovation hosted a private party to launch the new book, Superconnector, by Quincy entrepreneur Ryan Paugh and his co-author, Scott Gerber. The event was sponsored by FoxRock Properties and catered by Suddenly Simple Events.

We curated the attendees and designed the event to be a learning opportunity with food and drink that would be conducive to superconnecting. I interviewed Ryan to help the attendees get a better understanding of superconnecting and provide for a learning opportunity.

“This book launch was an exciting moment for me, Scott, and The Community Company. I was glad to be able to share the night with my South Shore Innovation friends. There are so many smart and innovative people in Quincy. South Shore Innovation, and companies like FoxRock who are supporting their efforts, are leading the charge in bringing us together, showcasing our businesses, and getting us taken seriously in the greater Boston community.”

Superconnecting is not new, but Ryan and Scott compiled some valuable concepts together with real life stories for a fresh view on how to make better trusted connections in business. This insight is more relevant today than every in a world where most of us get sucked into the virtual social network void and often lose sight of how to make true connections.

According to the authors, research shows there could be more than 400 million people worldwide who are addicted to social media. Superconnecting can turn our virtual and live social interactions into more positive and productive experiences rather than wasted time.

In a nutshell, superconnecting is about using techniques to make people want to be with you and want to help you meet others and meet your goals. It’s about creating trusted relationships that are mutually beneficial. Typical networking often does the opposite and creates alienation or, at least, self-centeredness.

To achieve the positive outcomes of superconnecting, there are three main points: 1) asking questions, 2) helping others, and 3) avoiding the appearance of being a stalker.

By asking the people you are talking to about themselves, you show them you care about them and you learn valuable information about what they like, what they do and how they think. Networkers, on the other hand, often hijack a conversation and start selling at the other person. Nothing will create a wall and drive someone away faster than this.

In your communications, however, keep true to who you are. Authenticity creates trust which is a key component of building any strong relationship.

As Ryan puts it, “Now more than ever, it’s important to be yourself in business. Showcase your vulnerabilities, have less surface-level conversations, and let people know what makes you special. You can be your weird, wonderful self and be uber successful. With all of the phonies and hucksters out there crowding the room, it will be seen as a breath of fresh air.”

Once you’ve starting asking about the other person, they will inevitably ask about you in many cases, and voila, you have a productive two-way conversation. Even if they don’t ask about you, you learn about them, what they care about and how they think, which allows you to think about how you can help them with your skills, experience or products and services.

By knowing more about them, you will know better how to get them interested in what you have to offer than you ever could have guessed.

Ryan and Scott tell us, “Connecting is about finding out what the other person needs and how you can help.” Make sure to make it all about others, not about you.

No one likes a stalker. It’s creepy and creates more tension that trust. If you think you need to get at the top dog in a company or organization, going directly to them often backfires. They’re often too busy and a nervous first impression can make you feel like a star-struck stalker.

Alternatively, finding someone in their circle of influence — an assistance or colleague — could be less intimidating and the start of an easier conversation. If you can connect with them using the first two points, there’s a good chance they will help you meet the person you had hoped to meet.

In the book, John Ruhlin, author of Giftology, recalls an early mentor telling him, “If you do something for the inner circle, everything else in business seems to take care of itself.”

In our world today, where we feel like we have too little time to get things done, we often rush into a connection too quickly and end up destroying our chances for making it a valuable connection. Learning to be a superconnector can help change that.

But don’t take my word for it, read the book and uncover the details and stories that helped other entrepreneurs, including Ryan and Scott, grow their companies. It will be well worth your time.

Superconnector can be found at, Barnes and Nobles, iBooks and many local bookstores.

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Quincy, County Cork Ink Economic Development Deal

Declan Hurley (right) the mayor of County Cork, Ireland, presented Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch with a commemorative pen Tuesday after an economic development agreement between the two entities was signed. Hurley also invited Koch to visit County Cork, a county of more than 540,000 in the south of Ireland. Quincy Sun Photo/Scott Jackson

Declan Hurley (right) the mayor of County Cork, Ireland, presented Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch with a commemorative pen Tuesday after an economic development agreement between the two entities was signed. Hurley also invited Koch to visit County Cork, a county of more than 540,000 in the south of Ireland. Quincy Sun Photo/Scott Jackson


Representatives from County Cork, Ireland, were in Quincy Tuesday to sign an agreement meant to bolster economic development between the two polities.

Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch signed the pact Tuesday in the Great Hall of the McIntyre Government Center. Declan Hurley, the mayor of County Cork, and Tim Lucey, the chief executive of the Cork County Council, signed it on behalf of the county of more than 540,000 in the south of Ireland.

The four-page agreement outlines benefits to both Quincy and County Cork in the areas of business, academia and tourism.

The pact notes Quincy and County Cork share mutual areas of strength across a variety of industries and sectors, including life sciences, marine renewable energy, technology and financial services.

To help foster business growth in the two regions, Quincy will be presented as a region of investment for Cork companies. Quincy companies looking to expand into Cork will be provided access to economic development programs via the county council and would be provided with shared workspace. The Cork County Council, Cork Chamber of Commerce and related entities would also help Quincy stakeholders looking to enter the broader European market.

Companies based in County Cork would be offered support services by the Quincy Chamber of Commerce and office space in the chamber’s Quincy Center for Innovation.

In the area of academia, Quincy College graduates will benefit from the ability to matriculate into Cork’s third-level institutions offering four-year degree programs; graduates of the school’s biotech and good manufacturing programs could also be placed into jobs with Cork-based bio-manufacturing companies. As part of the deal, a partnership between the culinary program at Quincy High School and hospitality and tourism program at academic institutions in Cork would be explored.

In the future, Cork’s third level institutions could be promoted to American high school students, and access to Quincy College’s summer biotech program could be offered to secondary students in Cork. Also under consideration would be cultural exchange programs and sporting tournaments between secondary school students, and shared business and history curriculums for secondary school students.

In the area of tourism, Quincy will be marketed directly at Cork Airport – Ireland’s second-busiest airport. Tour operators in Cork will also provide Quincy tour packages.

The Cara Travel Group and others based in Quincy would promote Cork tourism initiatives, including the Wild Atlantic Way, a 1,500-mile tourism trail on Ireland’s west coast; Ireland’s Ancient East; and Spike Island in Cork Harbor, which was named one of Europe’s best attractions at the 2017 World Travel Awards.

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Study: Young Millennials Top List Of Worst Behaved Drivers

A new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 88 percent of young millennials engaged in at least one risky behavior behind the wheel in the past 30 days, earning the top spot of worst behaved U.S. drivers.

These dangerous behaviors ― which increase crash risk ― included texting while driving, red-light running and speeding. These findings come as U.S. traffic deaths rose to 35,092 in 2015, an increase of more than 7 percent, the largest single-year increase in five decades.

“Alarmingly, some of the drivers ages 19-24 believe that their dangerous driving behavior is acceptable,” said Mary Maguire, AAA Northeast Director of Public and Legislative Affairs. “It’s critical that these drivers understand the potentially deadly consequences of engaging in these types of behaviors and that they change their behavior and attitudes in order to reverse the growing number of fatalities on U.S. roads.”

By rank and by age group, the percentage of drivers who reported engaging in speeding, red light running or texting behind the wheel in the past 30 days include:

  1. Drivers ages 19-24: 88.4 percent
  2. Drivers ages 25-39: 79.2 percent
  3. Drivers ages 40-59: 75.2 percent
  4. Drivers ages 16-18: 69.3 percent
  5. Drivers ages 75+:    69.1 percent
  6. Drivers ages 60-74: 67.3 percent

Texting While Driving

  • Drivers ages 19-24 were 1.6 times as likely as all drivers to report having read a text message or e-mail while driving in the last 30 days (66.1 percent vs. 40.2 percent).
  • Drivers ages 19-24 were nearly twice as likely as all drivers to report having typed or sent a text message or e-mail while driving (59.3 percent vs. 31.4 percent).


  • Drivers ages 19-24 were 1.4 times as likely as all drivers to report having driven 10 mph over the speed limit on a residential street.
  • Nearly 12 percent of drivers ages 19-24 reported feeling that it is acceptable to drive 10 mph over the speed limit in a school zone, compared to less than 5 percent of all drivers. 

Red- Light Running

  • Nearly 50 percent of drivers ages 19-24 reported driving through a light that had just turned red when they could have stopped safely, compared to 36 percent of all drivers.
  • Nearly 14 percent of drivers ages 19-24 reported feeling that it is acceptable to drive through a light that just turned red, when they could have stopped safely, compared to about 6 percent of all drivers.

The new survey results are part of the AAA Foundation’s annual Traffic Safety Culture Index, which identifies attitudes and behaviors related to traffic safety. The survey data are from a sample of 2,511 licensed drivers ages 16 and older who reported driving in the past 30 days. The AAA Foundation issued its first Traffic Safety Culture Index in 2008, and the latest report is online at

Established by AAA in 1947, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, publicly-supported charitable educational and research organization. Dedicated to saving lives and reducing injuries on our roads, the Foundation’s mission is to prevent crashes and save lives through research and education about traffic safety. The Foundation has funded over 300 research projects designed to discover the causes of traffic crashes, prevent them and minimize injuries when they do occur.  Visit for more information on this and other research.


AAA Northeast is a not-for-profit auto club with 61 offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Hampshire and New York, providing more than 2 million local AAA members with travel, insurance, finance, and auto-related services.

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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.”

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