West Nile Virus Confirmed In Mosquitoes From Quincy

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) confirmed Tuesday that West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Quincy.  There was one WNV-positive Culex pipiens/restuans complex mosquito sample (pool) identified from samples collected on Sept. 11.

To date, for 2019, the state has reported 72+ WNV-positive mosquito pools from twelve counties, including at least four from Norfolk County.

While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe infection.  WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of a mosquito infected with the virus.  The City of Quincy Health Department and the MDPH recommend that the public continue to take action to avoid mosquito bites and reduce mosquito populations around their home and neighborhoods.

  • Limit your time outdoors during peak periods of mosquito activity (dusk and dawn) or, if you must remain outdoors, wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants.
  • Use a mosquito repellent that contains DEET or Picaridin.  Oil of lemon eucalyptus may also be considered.  Products with permethrin should only be used on clothing. Always follow the directions on the label. Repellents should not be used on children younger than two months of age.  Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.
  • Take special care to cover up the arms and legs of children playing outdoors.  When you bring a baby outdoors, cover the baby’s carriage or playpen with mosquito netting.
  • Fix any holes in your screens and make sure they are tightly attached to all your doors and windows.
  • Remove any standing water around your home that is available for mosquito breeding.  Mosquitoes will begin to breed in any puddle or standing water that lasts for more than four days.  Make sure water does not collect and stagnate in ceramic pots, trash cans, recycling containers, old tires, wading pools, birds baths, etc.  Remove leaves and debris that may prevent drainage of roof gutters.

Norfolk County mosquito control will be suspending truck spraying for the control of adult mosquitoes after this week, due to cooler temperatures and reduced numbers of mosquitoes found in county traps.  They will consider additional spraying if arbovirus surveillance and  weather conditions warrant its application.

Information about WNV and reports of WNV activity in Massachusetts during 2019 can be found on the MDPH website at  https://www.mass.gov/mosquito-borne-diseases .  The Quincy Health Department will continue to work closely with the MDPH Arbovirus Surveillance Program and the Norfolk County Mosquito Control Project on mosquito control and surveillance efforts.

Meeting On Medical Center Site Postponed


This week’s public hearing on a proposal to develop the former home of Quincy Medical Center has been postponed.

The Planning Board was scheduled to hold a special meeting on FoxRock Properties’ proposal for the site Thursday night.

FoxRock’s attorney, Robert Harnais, appeared before the board at its regular meeting on Sept. 11 to request a continuance until next month. Harnais said he sought to postpone the hearing because there would not be a quorum of board members available Thursday night and because the developer is still revising plans.

The new hearing will likely be scheduled for mid or late October, board members said.

FoxRock went before the board in May with plans to build 490 residential units at 114 Whitwell Street, a 14.97-acre site that was formerly home to Quincy Medical Center. The company had proposed building 598 units on site last year but nixed those plans after an October 2018 Planning Board hearing.

Residents who live nearby, including the Hospital Hill Neighborhoods Association, said the plan presented in May was still too dense for the area.


Spartico J. Gobbi

Spartico J. “Sparky” Gobbi, a long-time resident of Quincy, formerly of South Boston, died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on Monday, September 16, 2019 at the Hancock Park Nursing Home in Quincy. He was 97.

Spartico J. Gobbi

Born in Boston, he was raised in South Boston and was the son of the late Pio and Ernesta (Bertosi) Gobbi. Sparky attended local schools and graduated from the South Boston High School with the Class of 1940. After graduation, Sparky enlisted in to the United States Navy and proudly served his country during WWII. Sparky was a Purple Heart recipient and was honored to serve his country for the people he loved. Sparky was honorably discharged on Nov. 11, 1945. Following his honorable discharge, Sparky worked for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority as a collector for over twenty years. He happily retired in 1988.

In his spare time, Sparky enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends. There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for the people he loved. Sparky was loving, kind, paternal and dependable. His life lessons and example are his legacy that continue through his family. He will be missed by all the lives he touched.

Sparky was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy E. (Kidd) Gobbi, who died in 1988. The two shared of forty years of loving marriage. He was the devoted father of Sharon E. Patts and her husband David of Kingston, Dorothy E. “Candy” Gott of Quincy, Debbie Gobbi-Hanson and her husband Larry of Georgetown, Wayne J. Gobbi and and his wife Lynne of Bridgewater, Tammie Gobbi Fuller and her husband Richard of Georgia, Torie Gobbi-McKay and her husband David of Quincy, Darren Gobbi of Quincy, Shanie Miceli and her husband Lenny of Marshfield, David Gobbi of Quincy and the late Kerrie MacPherson of Colorado. Sparky was the loving grandfather of thirty-one and the loving great grandfather of twenty-three. He was the dear brother of Bella Gerwin and and her late husband Harry of Maryland and the late Adair Pugsley and her husband Ernie. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Friday, September 20 4-8 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY.  A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9 AM on Saturday, September 21 prior to the funeral service celebrated in the Keohane Funeral Home, Quincy at 10 AM.

Services will conclude with interment and military honors in Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Spartico may be made to American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.

See keohane.com or call 1-800-Keohane for directions and online condolences.

Michael Markham, 39

Michael Markham passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at age 39.

Michael Markham

A resident of the Germantown area of Quincy, Mike worked for the Quincy Public Schools system. He was also a talented chef who made family dinner taste like a 5-star restaurant meal. Mike was known for being a loyal protector of his family and friends, and family dog Blue was never too far from his side. If you knew Mike, you’d know that no matter the topic, there wasn’t an argument in the world that he couldn’t win.

Michael is survived by his mother, Janie Markham; brother Kevin and sister Katelin; his godchild Alex Munchback and friend Jim Munchback, godmother Debbie Sheriff; many aunts and uncles including Margie Burrows and Ken and Nancy Markham; Markham family cousins Andrew, Brian, Claire, Eric, Matthew, Nicole, and Sarah; Burrows family cousins Annemarie, Chrissy, Jenn, Jimmy, John, Johnny, Paul, Rindy, Rory, Tom, and all of their loving families. Mike is predeceased by his devoted father Bruce Markham as well as many cherished aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents.

Family and friends are invited to visiting hours which will be held on Wednesday, September 18 from 4:00 to 8:00PM at the Dennis Sweeney Funeral Home 74 Elm St. Quincy Center. On Thursday there will be a Funeral Mass at 11:30AM at St. Joseph Church 550 Washington St. Quincy. Cremation will follow.

Gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Michael R. Markham to support brain cancer research and patient care.

John Gizelis

John Gizelis, of Weymouth, formerly of Squantum, passed away following a brief illness, at the Pat Roche Hospice Home in Hingham, September 15, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. He was just days away from celebrating his 86th birthday.

John Gizelis

Born in Northern Epirus, Greece, he was the son of George and Aleksandra Gizelis.  John immigrated to the United States in 1956 with a strong work ethic and the support of a sponsor, from Quincy, for whom he was forever grateful.  He began working in local diners and was introduced to other local Greek families which eventually led to his being introduced to his wife, Garifalia.  He repaid the support he received starting out by being generous to and supportive of others throughout his life, including helping to rebuild a Greek Orthodox church in his home village of Agios Saranda.

Working his entire career in the restaurant business, he eventually owned and operated restaurants, including Maria’s Restaurant in Braintree. His joy, after retirement, included enjoying Old Silver Beach in Falmouth with his children and grandchildren, annual travels to Greece celebrating summer in his village, visiting family and friends, tending to his lawn and garden, talking history and politics, but mostly spending time with his family.

John is predeceased by his beloved wife, Garifalia (Souliopoulos).  He is survived by his four children, George Gizelis, of Weymouth, James Gizelis, of Hingham, Aleksandra Phelan and her husband, Joseph, of Hingham and Christos Gizelis of Weymouth. Cherished “Papou” of Catherine Gizelis, Abigail Phelan, Olivia Gizelis, Andrew Phelan and Alexandra Gizelis. Brother of the late Kostas, the late Theodore, Maria, Christos, Nicos, Thanasi and Garifou.  John leaves behind much beloved extended family, including his sister-in-laws and their families, and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Thursday 4-8 PM in the McDonald Keohane Funeral Home SOUTH WEYMOUTH at 809 Main Street (Rte 18 opp. So. Shore Hospital). Relatives and friends will gather in the funeral home at 8:45 AM on Friday prior to the Funeral Service in St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church, Braintree at 10 AM. Burial in Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in John’s name may be made to St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church or the Pat Roche Hospice Home.

See keohane.com for directions and online condolences or call 781-335-0045.


Steven A. Mancuso, 60

Steven A. “Steve” Mancuso, age 60, of Middleborough, formerly of Quincy, passed away suddenly on Thursday evening, September 12, 2019.

Steven A. Mancuso

Born in Quincy, he was a son of the late Albert A. Mancuso, and Frances A. (Saturno).  Steven was a 1977 graduate of Quincy High School and worked as a foreman for the Parks and Forestry Division for the city of Quincy for 26 years.  Steve enjoyed raising and caring for his alpaca, “the boys,” growing vegetables in his garden, and playing video games.

Steve was the beloved husband of Suzan A. “Suzi” (Turner) Mancuso of Middleborough.  They celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary on Sept. 9, 2019.  Steve was the devoted brother of Richard Mancuso and his wife Dianne of Rockland. He was the loving uncle to Eryn, Brian, Ema, Kayla, Marina, Charlotte, Veronica, Greg, Michael, Theo, and Ambrose. He is survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins, as well as his golden retriever Sabrina.

Steve was loved and respected by all who knew him.  His quiet and unassuming ways made him an easy man to like and befriend.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Tuesday from 4-8 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY. Steven’s Funeral service will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10 AM in the funeral home. Cremation will follow.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Steve’s memory to the New England Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association:  NEAOBA, C/O Tom Avila, P.O. Box 202, N. Dighton MA 02764.

See keohane.com or call 1-800-Keohane for directions and online condolences.

Gilda Peruzzi, 96

Gilda (Biagioni) Peruzzi, age 96, died peacefully on September 12.

Gilda Peruzzi

She is survived by her loving daughters Angela (Peruzzi) Cardarelli and Linda (Peruzzi) Zandona; her son-in-laws John Cardarelli and Dan Zandona; three grandchildren, Lindsey Collins and her husband Dan, Kristin Panagiotis and her husband Will, and Danny Zandona and his wife Gina; and three beautiful great-grandchildren, Dominic, age 6, Gianna, age 4, and Alexandra, age 4. She is predeceased by her husband, Albino; her son, Vinnie; and her sister, Teresa.

Gilda grew up in Collefero, Italy, and came to the United States with her husband Albino in 1948. She became a tax accountant for H&R Block for 45 years and had more than 300 of her own loyal clients. She retired at the age of 89, only due to her failing eyesight. Her family was her first love, and she also had a passion for cooking and created many culinary masterpieces, which we tried to replicate but never succeeded. Her secret ingredient was love.

She will be remembered as a beautiful, loving person who was always willing to help anyone in need. Her family will love her forever.

Visiting hours will take place on Tuesday, September 17, from 5pm to 8pm at Boston Cremation at 116 Franklin Street in Quincy, Massachusetts. The funeral mass will take place on Wednesday, September 18, at 10am at Saint John the Baptist Church at 44 School Street in Quincy, Massachusetts, followed by burial at Blue Hill Cemetery.

For guestbook please visit bostoncremation.org

Jean M. Holland, 91

Jean M. (Bulger) Holland, age 91, of Quincy, formerly of South Boston, died on September 12, 2019 surrounded by her loving family.

Jean M. Holland

Jean was the beloved wife of the late Francis J. Holland.  She was also preceded in death by her first husband, the late Joseph D. Toomey, Jr. First Lieutenant in the United States Army.  Jean was the devoted mother of Sheila H. Quinn of Needham and Christopher D. Holland and his wife Lindsey of Scituate.  She was the loving grandmother of Kevin W. Quinn Jr., Clare H. and Rose M. Quinn, all of Needham, Finley G. and Ronan F. Holland, both of Scituate. Jean was the dear sister of the Hon. William M. Bulger and his wife Mary, Carol McCarthy and Jack Bulger, all of South Boston, Sheila McKeon and her husband Bill of Hull and the late James J. Bulger and his surviving partner Catherine Greig.  She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Born in Boston, she was the daughter of the late James J. and Jane (McCarthy) Bulger.  She graduated from South Boston High School in 1945. Jean lived her life with courage and faith and valued her right to make up her own mind.  Jean’s true passion was her family. She deeply loved her siblings, children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and their children, cousins and her many godchildren. She nurtured and bettered all who knew her. She was active in the Merrymount Association and so enjoyed her line dancing classes at The Kennedy Senior Center.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Wednesday, September 18th 4-8 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9 AM on Thursday, September 19th prior to Jean’s Mass of Christian Burial celebrated in St. Joseph’s Church, 550 Washington St., Quincy at 10 AM. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to The Kennedy Senior Center, 440 E. Squantum St., Quincy, MA 02171.

See keohane.com or call 1-800-Keohane for directions and online condolences.

Sun Yiep Chinsen, 85

Sun Yiep (Chan) Chinsen, 85, of Newton died peacefully on September 11, 2019.

Sun Yiep Chinsen
Sun Yiep Chinsen

Beloved wife of I-Kuan Chinsen. Loving mother of the late Colin Chinsen and his wife Jenny of Canton, Pearl Chan and her husband William Chan of Boston, Tsuilian Chinsen of Framingham, Linda Louie and her husband John of Brookline and Susan Chinsen and her husband Samson Lee of Quincy. She was the cherished grandmother of nine grandchildren and one great grandson.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend her visiting hours Monday, September 16, 2019 from 4-7pm at Eaton & Mackay Funeral Home, 465 Centre St, Newton Corner. Funeral Service Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from 10am-11:30am at the funeral home. Interment to follow at Newton Cemetery, 791 Walnut Street in Newton.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Chinese Art Society at acas-ne.com, the Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association at gbcca.org, or Joslin Asian American Diabetes Initiative at aadi.joslin.org.