Local Taxi Driver Saves Elderly Resident From Being Victimized By ‘Grandparent Scam’

Quincy Police are praising a local taxi driver for helping to prevent an elderly resident from being scammed out of several thousand dollars.

According to the Quincy Police Facebook page, on Thursday, Feb. 7, while working his shift for Yellow Cab, Richard Spencer picked up an 87-year-old female who requested to be taken to Walmart. While enroute, the victim told Spencer that she needed to buy more gift cards for her grandson that was in trouble. Another cab driver had told Mr. Spencer that the elderly female had gone to a location earlier in the day and bought two separate gift cards each for $2,000.

Spencer, believing the elderly passenger was being scammed, brought her straight to the Quincy Police Station.

The victim told officers that she received a phone call from a male, who identified himself as her grandson. The caller stated he was in a car accident and needed the victim to send him gift cards so he would not go to jail. This male gave the victim specific instructions on how to call a cab, go to a certain location, purchase two gift cards, call the number back and provide the gift card and pin numbers.

“This, ladies and gentlemen, is a text-book ‘Grandparent Scam,’” stated Quincy Police on its Facebook Page. “While the victim in this scam may be out $4,000 (which is a substantial amount of money), it could have been much, much worse.”

Police had this advice:

“Cashiers, etc: If you work in an environment that sells gift cards, take a moment to ask yourself – Does this make sense? Why would an 87-year-old individual need $4,000 in gift cards to this particular store/app. Ask questions. Sure, there may be a legitimate reason, but if you take the time and ask the questions, you just might prevent someone from falling victim.

“Thank you Mr. Spencer for caring,” Quincy Police said. “You could have chosen to remain silent and ignore the signs. But you didn’t. And for that we say thank you.”

 

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South Shore, Brigham And Women’s Hospitals Plan Quincy Center Presence

FoxRock Properties plans to construct three new buildings on the site of the Ross Lot - a hotel, residences and medical office space. South Shore Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital announced plans to move into the medical space Thursday.

FoxRock Properties plans to construct three new buildings on the site of the Ross Lot – a hotel, residences and medical office space. South Shore Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital announced plans to move into the medical space Thursday.

By SCOTT JACKSON

The approval process for a new medical office building in Quincy Center has yet to begin, but the developer of the property has reached an agreement with two local hospital groups who would share the new space.

Mayor Thomas Koch on Feb. 7 announced South Shore Health System – the operator of South Shore Hospital – and Partners HealthCare’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital would rent the space in the 200,000 square foot building that will be constructed on the site of the city-owned Ross Lot. Quincy-based FoxRock Properties will construct the new building, along with a 140-room hotel and a third building with 110 units of workforce housing.

Construction on site could start as soon as the spring of 2020, the mayor said, and would take about 18 months to complete.

Koch said the closure of the Quincy Medical Center in December 2014 left a void the new building in Quincy Center would fill.

“We saw the demise of Quincy Medical over the years, and since that time we’ve had a tremendous vacuum of medical services. People have to leave the city to get some very basic medical needs taken care of. That’s about to change,” Koch said.

“This will be a fulfilment of the transformation of the downtown and the return of some excellent, professional medical services for the residents of the city.”

Rob Hale, the founder of FoxRock Properties and the President and CEO of Granite Telecommunications, said his company is proud to be part of the resurgence in Quincy.

“Quincy a couple hundred years ago was an important part of America. For a couple decades, it hasn’t run as augustly as it used to be, but in the last five years it has had a resurgence,” Hale said. “We want to be part of that resurgence and we’re honored to be part of that resurgence.”

Dr. Gene Green, the president and CEO of the South Shore Health System, said the mix of medical offices coming to the new building has yet to be determined. He said it was unlikely the facility would include an emergency department, trauma center or maternity ward.

Before development of the new site can begin, the City Council will have to approve a land disposition agreement (LDA) authorizing the sale of the land to the developer. Koch said he plans to submit the LDA to the council for approval on Feb. 25. The project would also require approval from the Planning Board.

Part of the agreement with FoxRock will include tax benefits for the medical space, Koch said, but not the hotel or residential buildings. South Shore Health System and Partners HealthCare are both non-profit companies.

“They will certainly be paying on the hotel and the residential,” the mayor said. “The question is what would they pay for the medical, if anything. Generally, medical business is non-profit and doesn’t pay taxes, and I’m willing to forego that to bring medical uses back to the city.”

“We’re still working out the numbers so I can’t really say what the numbers are at this point,” Koch added.

He will also introduce on Feb. 25 a new bond for downtown improvements in the range of $25 million. That bond will include funding to design a new public parking garage in the area of the Ross Lot; Koch expects state money would be used to fund the garage’s construction. The bond will be paid for using the district improvement financing (DIF) program, which means new tax revenue from Quincy Center would pay back the funds borrowed.

In addition, Koch said he plans to introduce a new amendment to the Urban Revitalization and Development Plan for Quincy Center during the Feb. 25 meeting.

South Shore Health System also plans to move into the second and third floors of the office building at 1495 Hancock St. in Quincy Center, which is also owned by FoxRock, this summer. A primary care practice will operate inside that building.

Officials on hand for Thursday's announcement included (from left): FoxRock Properties owner Rob Hale; Mayor Thomas Koch; Dr. Betsy Nabel, president of Brigham Health; Dr. Gene Green, president of the South Shore Health System; and Jason Ward, managing partner for FoxRock Properties. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth.

Officials on hand for Thursday’s announcement included (from left): FoxRock Properties owner Rob Hale; Mayor Thomas Koch; Dr. Betsy Nabel, president of Brigham Health; Dr. Gene Green, president of the South Shore Health System; and Jason Ward, managing partner for FoxRock Properties. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth.

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Quincy Police, Ring Announce Partnership

The Quincy Police Department on Monday announced it is joining the Neighbors app to provide the Quincy community with real-time, local crime and safety information.

The Neighbors app, offered by Ring, already has millions of users and has been instrumental in catching package thieves, stopping burglaries and keeping neighborhoods safe, officials said.

Residents can download the free Neighbors app via iOS and Android online at download.ring.com/quincy or by texting “quincypd” to 555-888 from their smartphone. Once downloaded, residents can join their neighborhood and use the app to monitor activity; share crime and safety-related videos, photos and text-based posts; and receive real-time safety alerts from their neighbors, local law enforcement and the Ring team.

“I am happy to announce the Quincy Police Department’s partnership with the neighborhood watch app Neighbors by Ring,” said Chief Paul Keenan. “We are always looking for innovative ways to keep our community safe and we are proud to be the first police department in Massachusetts to partner with Neighbors in an effort to reduce crime.”

“More than ever, residents are using security cameras and smartphones to capture and share potentially crucial information,” Keenan added. “It is our hope that by using the Neighbors app, crime information and home security video can be easily shared between neighbors and police to quickly solve and reduce crimes. Working together as a community, we can make our neighborhoods safer.”

“We’re excited to have the Quincy Police Department join Neighbors to keep their community up-to-date on local crime and safety information.” said Jamie Siminoff, founder of Ring, an Amazon company. “Over the past few years we have learned that, when neighbors, the Ring team and law enforcement all work together, we can create safer communities. Neighbors is meant to facilitate real-time communication between these groups while maintaining neighbor privacy first and foremost.”

After downloading the app, you can opt-in to join your neighborhood; customize the geographic area you want to receive notifications for users must verify where they are located and cannot participate in other neighborhoods); receive real-time alerts from your neighbors, local law enforcement and the Ring team that inform of crime and safety alerts as they happen; view local crime and safety posts via a live feed or interactive map; share text updates, photos and videos taken on any device, including Ring’s home security devices; and work with your community to make neighborhoods safer.

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Over 50 Participants ‘Plunge’ For Atherton Hough School PTO

More than 50 participants of all ages took part in Saturday's 5th annual Polar Plunge at the Houghs Neck Maritime Center. Here a group of young plungers gather before taking the plunge. Proceeds from the event benefit the Atherton Hough Elementary School PTO. Quincy Sun photos by Robert Bosworth. More coverage in the Jan. 10th edition of The Quincy Sun

More than 50 participants of all ages took part in Saturday’s 5th annual Polar Plunge at the Houghs Neck Maritime Center. Shown here are some of the plungers who bravely took a quick dip in 42-degree for a good cause. Proceeds from the event benefit the Atherton Hough Elementary School PTO. Quincy Sun photos by Robert Bosworth. More coverage in the Jan. 10th edition of The Quincy Sun

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Jerry McDermott Appointed Norfolk County Sheriff

Governor Charlie Baker Monday announced the appointment of Jerry McDermott as Norfolk County Sheriff to serve out the remainder of former Sheriff Michael Bellotti’s term.

Jerry McDermott

Jerry McDermott

With over 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors ranging from a Boston city councillor to co-founder of a Substance Abuse Task Force, McDermott most recently served as chief of staff at the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM). His appointment as Norfolk County Sheriff is effective Dec. 24.

“Jerry McDermott has the leadership skills, experience and knowledge to serve as Norfolk County Sheriff,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “With over three decades of service to communities across the Commonwealth, Jerry has focused on building partnerships with local and state agencies as a Boston city councillor and successfully co-founded the Allston-Brighton Substance Abuse Task Force leading initiatives to combat drug and alcohol abuse. I am confident that he will serve the people of Norfolk County with integrity.”

“Jerry McDermott’s professional accomplishments and commitment to the people of Norfolk County and the Commonwealth have prepared him well to serve as Sheriff,”said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “I look forward to partnering with him to meet the needs of the cities and towns across Norfolk County.”

“I am honored that the Governor and Lieutenant Governor have put their trust in me to serve as Norfolk County sheriff,” said Jerry McDermott. “I’m looking forward to working with the professional law enforcement team, local officials and community leaders involved in the recovery community. There is a great deal of work to do in lowering the recidivism rate and enhancing initiatives focused on successful re-entry programs.”

Jerry McDermott has 30 years of experience in the public and private sector. He was named chief of staff at the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) in March of 2018. Prior to joining DCAMM, Jerry handled Community Relations & Economic Development for Eversource. He was the state director for former U. S Sen. Scott P. Brown. He also served as executive drector of the South Shore Habitat for Humanity. Before running the Habitat affiliate, Jerry served as a Boston city councillor from 2002-2008. As a councillor he ran the Committees on Ways & Means, Post Audit & Oversight and Historic Preservation. He also served as co-chair of the Allston-Brighton Substance Abuse Task Force, spearheading initiatives in the community to address drug and alcohol abuse though education, prevention and awareness such as a Youth Drug Summit, Boston’s first Teen Alcoholics Anonymous group and a Parent Drug Survey used to understand the community’s perspective of drug abuse.

During his time on Council, McDermott worked with colleagues to lead the development of the first sobriety high school and he fought against the overprescribing of OxyContin.

McDermott resides in Westwood with his two daughters.

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