Late December Start For Winter High School Sports

By SCOTT JACKSON

The basketball, hockey and swimming and diving teams at Quincy’s two high schools will begin their seasons at the end of December with new rules in place amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The MIAA Board of Directors on Nov. 20 approved the modifications for most winter sports and voted to push back the start of the winter season from Nov. 30 to Dec. 14. Basketball, hockey and swimming and diving will all be allowed to begin their seasons on that date.

Three other winter sports will not be allowed to commence their seasons, however. Indoor track will move to the second fall season, which also includes football and fall cheerleading and will begin in late February. Wrestling and winter cheerleading will be delayed until the spring season, which begins in April.

Kevin Mahoney, the athletic director at Quincy High School, on Monday said schedules for his school’s teams were still being drafted. Games will begin the week of Dec. 28, he said, and the schedules will be similar to those used during the fall season with teams playing 11 or 12 games.

There will be no MIAA tournament at the conclusion of the winter season, Mahoney said. The Patriot League – which both Quincy High School and North Quincy High School belong to – will instead organize its own playoffs, the Patriot Cup, at the end of the season like it did in the fall.

Basketball and hockey players will be required to wear masks at all times, including during the game, under the new guidelines. Swimmers and divers must also wear masks while in the facility but can un-mask as they prepare to enter the pool.

Halftime will be eliminated as part of the new rules for basketball and the length of time between quarters will be extended to two minutes and thirty seconds. The game ball will be changed at the end of each quarter.

Game day basketball rosters will be limited to 15 players and teams can have no more than three coaches on the bench at any time. The use of swing players – those who move between junior varsity and varsity, for example – is discouraged and should only be used to sustain a program.

Basketball players should refrain from picking up one another from the court, unless it is necessary to do so because of injury. Players should also refrain from huddling during the game as well as touching hands during substitutions.

There will be no jump ball at the start of the game or at the start of overtime; a coin toss will be used instead to determination possession. Referees will be asked to emphasize the rule that a defender cannot physically impede an offensive player. An additional point of emphasis will be five-second violations on offense to minimize the amount of time opponents are face-to-face. Only four players will be allowed in the free-throw lane during foul shots and free-throw lanes will be empty except on the final foul shot. Additionally, defenders will be required to maintain six feet of separation from the player inbounding the ball.

Hockey rosters will be limited to 20 players, down from 22. No more than three coaches and one athletic trainer will be allowed in the bench area. Only one player would be allowed in the penalty box at a time; auxiliary boxes would be used if necessary.

On faceoffs, opposing players must line up six feet from each other. Centers will also line up six feet from their opponent and wait until the official calls them in for the puck drop.

Only one player from each team is permitted to take part in scrums along the boards. Officials will be required to stop play if a third player enters the scrum. Officials can also stop play if any scrum anywhere on the ice lasts more than five seconds but are not required to do so.

The guidance for swimming and diving allows only dual meets this year. Virtual meets are allowed as long as the teams compete on either the same day or within one day of each other. Swimmers will race in lanes adjacent to their teammates rather than alternating lanes with their opponents.

The MIAA rules allow spectators at all sports, subject to social distancing guidelines and state capacity limits. All spectators, coaches and officials must wear masks at all times.

Quincy Woman Pleads Guilty In Sprawling Benefits Fraud Case

A Quincy woman has been ordered to spend a year under house arrest and pay a six-figure restitution after pleading guilty last week to fifteen indictments of defrauding public benefits programs and providing false or misleading information, State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump and Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey announced today.
Nicole Kasimatis, age 46, under-reported her income as a licensed social worker and lied about her employment to fraudulently collect benefits from Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), MassHealth, Social Security, and the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) between August 23, 2006 and April 27, 2018. She provided falsified pay stubs and other documentation to state and federal agencies to secure benefits.
“The scheme operated by Kasimatis was designed to defraud the taxpayers of the Commonwealth, causing both financial damage and undermining public trust in these important programs,” Bump said. “For more than five years, prosecutors from the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office and investigators from my team diligently worked side-by-side to build a case that lay bare this scheme and bring justice for Commonwealth residents. I commend District Attorney Morrissey and his team for securing this guilty plea.”
”This was an unusually complex grand jury investigation, and the partnership of the Auditor’s investigators and agents from the Social Security Administration was essential,” District Attorney Morrissey said. “This was three complex, interlocking schemes.”
Kasimatis pleaded guilty in Norfolk Superior Court to all of the indictments against her on Nov. 23, 2020. Judge Beverly Cannone sentenced her to 36 days in jail (deemed time-served), five years of probation with the first year under home confinement, 200 hours of community service, and ordered to pay $103,000 in restitution.
“The plea is structured so that the $103,000 in restitution was made immediately and applied to the theft from the Department of Early Education and Care – the only victim agency with a waiting list for those who need services,” District Attorney Morrissey said.
The matter was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Phillip Burr. “This will have an immediate impact on people with children in need of support,” District Attorney Morrissey said. “While we were initially seeking a committed state prison sentence, we agreed to this structure in light of COVID restrictions making any trial unlikely for another year and the immediate impact for families in need.”
The Office of the State Auditor’s Bureau of Special Investigations investigates allegations of public assistance fraud throughout the Commonwealth. Its work ensures taxpayer dollars are used effectively, and that benefits are available to residents who truly need and qualify for them.

Cornelius Sheehan

Cornelius “Connie” Sheehan, of Milton, originally of Quincy, passed away peacefully at home November 27 surrounded by his by his loving family.

Cornelius Sheehan

Beloved husband for 60 years of the late Patricia L. (Hines).  Father of Mary Rita Haines and her husband George of Quincy, Neil Sheehan and his wife Ana (Machado) of Milford, Beth and Frank Sheehan of Milton, and Katie O’Brien and her husband Bob of Milton. Loving papa to nine grandchildren and great papa to four great grandchildren.  Loving brother of the late Joan Delahoyde, Marguerite “Peggy” Ladas, and Anna Levergood.  Loved and survived by many nieces and nephews.

Veteran United States Army.

Visiting hours at the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home 326 Granite Ave Milton Thursday 4-7 pm. Due to the Current Covid 19 restrictions only 20 guests are allowed in the funeral home at a time, masks are required, and guests should bring their own pens to sign the register book.

A private Funeral Mass will be held at St. Agatha Church, Milton Friday morning at 11:00.  Burial Milton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Friends of the Unborn-Quincy P.O Box 692246 Quincy, MA 02169 or to the Alzheimer’s Assn at.alz.org

For complete obituary guestbook see alfreddthomas.com.

Gloria Federico, 93

Gloria (Brugnetti) Federico, age 93, of Quincy, passed away on November 26, 2020.

Gloria Federico, 93

Born in Milton to Sperandio and Angela Brugnetti, she was raised in Bergamo, Italy, and returned to Massachusetts with her siblings after World War II, at the age of 18.  She worked as a seamstress in Boston, before meeting and marrying her husband Dom.  Together they raised four daughters in Quincy.

Gloria was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.  She cooked wonderful meals for her family and friends and enjoyed feeding people, ensuring no one would experience the hunger she had as a child.  She enjoyed opera, her chocolates, and all things Italian, and was an avid Red Sox and Ted Williams fan.  She also loved children and cherished spending time with her dear granddaughters.  In her later years she found joy teaching Italian to anyone she met.

Gloria was the beloved wife of the late Domenico Federico, to whom she was married for 54 years.  She is survived by her daughters, Lorraine Federico of Boston, Marina Meehan and her husband Jack of Marshfield, Julie Federico and her husband Jay Mitchell of Naperville, IL, and Lisa Considine and her husband Jim of San Francisco.  She was the proud and doting Noni to Nicole Russell and her husband John, and Marina McDougall and her husband Mike, all of Marshfield, and “Bisnonna” to Cameron Russell and Leo and Flynn McDougall.  She is also survived by her older sister Paulina Boncore of Stoneham, and was predeceased by her baby brother Alfred Brugnetti.

Her smile and laughter will be greatly missed.  Special thanks to the wonderful staff at the John Adams Healthcare Center in Quincy for their kindness and care for Mom.

Visiting hours at the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home on 326 Granite Ave, in Milton, Thursday morning December 3 from 9:00am to 10:00am.  Due to the current Covid 19 restrictions, only 25 guests are allowed in the funeral home at one time.  Masks are required, and guests should bring their own pens to sign the register book.  The visitation will be followed by a private Funeral Mass at St. Agatha Church in Milton, the same church where Gloria was baptized, at 10:30am.

Burial at Milton Cemetery will immediately follow.

Donations may be made in her memory to the Italian Home for Children in Jamaica Plain at italianhome.org.

Ruth L. Albanese

Ruth L. (Cronin) Albanese of Quincy died November 21, 2020.

Ruth L. Albanese

Ruth devoted her life to her family, friends, and faith. She was an active parishioner at St. Elizabeth’s Church in Milton, a former member of their choir, and truly enjoyed playing the piano for family and friends. She was an accomplished watercolor artist and enjoyed traveling. Ruth still kept in touch with her friends, known as the “Odd Squad,” and got together regularly. She was a kind, intelligent, and generous woman with a great sense of humor. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Daughter of the late Neil and Emma (MacDonnell) Cronin. Beloved wife of the late Anthony Albanese. Loving mother of Anne, Elaine, Stephen and his fiancé Rosemary Greene, David, and the late Judy Foley and her surviving husband James. Cherished sister of the late Neil Jr., Mary, John, and Anne. Loving grandmother of Russell, Lauren, Keryn, Stephen Jr. USAF, Anthony, and Michael USMC and great grandmother of Alana, Jameson, Delilah, Vivienne, Zachary, and Matthew. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral Mass in St. Elizabeth’s Church, Milton, Monday at 10 AM. Burial in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ruth may be made to Hospice of the South Shore, 30 Reservoir Park Drive, Rockland, MA 02370.

Due to the current pandemic, a Celebration of Life will be held sometime in the near future.

Funeral arrangements were made by Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy.

Ann C. Hebert

Ann C. (Wilson) Hebert of Quincy died November 27, 2020.

Born Anna Wilson June 15, 1927 in Dorchester. She was the daughter of the late James F. Wilson and Anna C. McAtteer Wilson and sister to Alice, Evelyn, James, Francis and Paul. Ann was the mother of the late Nancy Hebert Conners (husband Joseph), Joan of Wollaston and Richard of Sacramento, CA and William of NY.  She is also survived by seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Ann graduated from Dorchester High School in 1945. She loved to dance and shared that passion with the love of her life, William J. Hebert whom she married and made a family with. She also taught others to dance, as an instructor at The Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Boston.

While raising her children, Ann worked in the lunch program in the Quincy school system and as a librarian at the Thomas Crane Public Library.  She went on to become the assistant to the vice president of the Hancock Bank and later at The Bank of New England.

Ann was a champion bowler in league play at The Marymount Lanes. She enjoyed performing in church variety shows, traveling, and was active in the building association at the Tobin Towers Residences. Everybody loved her…and always will.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visitation on Dec. 2 –  Wednesday 8:30-10 AM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9:45 AM on Wednesday prior to the Funeral Mass in Divine Mercy Parish in  St. Ann’s Church, Quincy at 10:30 AM. Burial in Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy. in lieu of flowers,  donations in memory of Ann may be made to Old Colony Hospice, 321 Manley Street, W. Bridgewater, MA 02379-1022.

For those who cannot access the website, please call 1-800-KEOHANE to have your message added. See keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

Brenda M. Simone, 62

Brenda M. (Morrell) Simone, age 62, a lifelong Quincy resident, died peacefully, Wednesday, November 25, 2020, in the comfort of her home, with her family by her side, after a courageous battle against cancer.

Brenda M. Simone

Brenda was born in Quincy and raised in the Houghs Neck section of Quincy. She was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1977. She earned a certified dental assistant certificate from Boston University School of Dental Medicine in 1978.

Brenda was employed for many years at Comfort Dental in Weymouth.

She enjoyed spending time with her son, Austin, tanning on Nantasket Beach, and spending time on her companion’s lobster boat, The Brenda M.

Beloved wife of the late Daniel McDonnell. Devoted mother of Austin F. Simone of Quincy. Cherished daughter of Margaret A. (Hannifin) Leaman and her husband Ronald, John Morrell and his wife Ellen, all of Quincy. Devoted partner for sixteen years of Kevin M. Keohan of Milton. Dear sister of Catherine Rudolph and her husband Chesley of Fla., Sandra Morrell of Quincy, and predeceased by John Morrell, Jr. and Margaret F. “Peggy” Morrell. Step-sister of Michele Hart and her husband Jack of South Boston, and the late Nicole Presente. She is survived by special family member, Margaret Sullivan of Cohasset. Loving aunt of Dylan Rudolph, M.D. of Fla., Casey and Morgan Perry of Quincy. Former wife of Richard Simone of Quincy.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Monday, November 30, from 4-6 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Holy Trinity Parish at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1015 Sea Street, Quincy, on Tuesday, December 1, at 10 a.m. Due to current restrictions, there is limited occupancy at the church. Interment to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. Services are operating in accordance with current guidelines.

For those who wish, donations in Brenda’s memory may be made to the Quincy Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 690088, Quincy, MA 02269-0088.

You are invited to visit thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.

Nicholas J. Levins, Jr., 76

Nicholas J. Levins, Jr., age 76, of Taunton, died peacefully, Wednesday, November 25, 2020, at the New England Sinai Hospital in Dorchester.

Nicholas J. Levins, Jr.

Nicholas was born in Dorchester, to the late Mildred (Chapman) and Nicholas J. Levins. Raised and educated in Dorchester, he was a graduate of Boston English High School, Class of 1962. He graduated from Northeastern University in Boston with a AS in Bioelectronics Engineering and a BS in Industrial Engineering. Nick had lived in Taunton for two years, previously in Hingham for twenty-five years, and earlier in Quincy.

He served in the United States Naval Reserves.

Nick was employed by the Gillette Company in South Boston for over thirty years. He worked as a project engineer in research and development and retired in 1994.

Nick was the quarterback of the 1961 Boston City Champions, Boston English football team. A lifelong golfer, he had belonged to the Franklin Park Golf Course, Country Club of Halifax, and South Shore Country Club.

Husband of Ann M. (Mitchell) Levins of Quincy. Devoted father of Nicholas Levins, Lt., Q.F.D. and his wife Nichole M. (Walter) of Franklin, Carol (Levins) Lee and her husband Timothy of Taunton, and James M. Levins of Quincy. Loving grandfather of Allison N. Lee and Maggie E. Levins. Dear brother of Patricia (Levins) Fagerberg and Thomas Levins, both of Stoughton, and the late William Levins. Devoted uncle of Catherine (Fagerberg) Homer, Richard Fagerberg, Theresa (Levins) Dietz, David Levins, Karen (Mitchell) Tuplin, Kristin (Mitchell) Crawford, and Kimberly (Mitchell) Lanagan.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Tuesday, December 1, from 4-6 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Holy Trinity Parish at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 227 Sea Street, Quincy, on Wednesday, December 2, at 10 a.m. Due to current restrictions, there is limited occupancy at the church. Interment to follow at Milton Cemetery. Services are operating in accordance with current guidelines.

For those who wish, donations in Nick’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen Street, Suite 250, Framingham, MA 01701.

You are invited to visit thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.

Margaret A. Nicastro, 88

Margaret A. “Peggy” (Donovan) Nicastro, age 88, of Abington, formerly of Braintree and Jamaica Plain, died peacefully, Sunday, November 22, 2020, surrounded by her loving family.

Margaret A. Nicastro

Margaret was born and raised in Jamaica Plain. She had lived in Abington for fifteen years, previously in Braintree for forty-two years.

A loving mother and homemaker, Peggy’s passion was for her family. She was dedicated to her children, especially to her grandchildren and great-granddaughter. She loved spending time with them.

Beloved wife for forty-six years of the late Santino F. “Sonny” Nicastro. Devoted mother of Mary M. O’Keefe and her husband Edward of Brockton, Patricia A. Grady and her boyfriend Stephen McDade of Abington, and Joseph L. Nicastro and his wife Renee of Pembroke. Devoted mother-in-law of Leo Grady. Loving grandmother of Ryan, Jack, Dahlia, Sean, Maggie, Melissa and Anthony. Great-grandmother of Makya Rose. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

In light of current events, funeral services are private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Peggy’s memory may be made to The Wonderfund, a private non-profit that serves children engaged with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF). They provide comfort and dignity to children in traumatic situations and enrich childhoods that have been impacted by abuse and neglect. Donations can be mailed to Massachusetts Wonderfund, Inc., 600 Washington Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02111 or by visiting at wonderfundma.org.

Arrangements under the direction of the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy. You are invited to visit thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.

Vilma H. Trimper, 89

Vilma H. (Renken) Trimper, age 89, of Quincy, formerly of Sudbury, died, Monday, November 23, 2020, at Boston Medical Center.

Vilma H. Trimper

Vilma was born in Somerville, raised and educated in Quincy. She was a graduate of Quincy High School. She had lived in Quincy for the past nineteen years, previously in Sudbury for thirty-five years.

Vilma was employed as a secretary for the John Hancock Life Insurance Company in Boston for fifteen years. She met her husband, Robert, while working there.

She was a longtime volunteer and supporter of The Home for Little Wanderers.

Most of all, Vilma was devoted to her family, actively supporting their activities and accomplishments.

Beloved wife for fifty years of the late Robert T. Trimper. Devoted mother of R. Christopher Trimper and his wife Maureen of Merrimack, N.H., and the late Jacqueline A. Trimper. Loving grandmother of Matthew R. Trimper, Andrew B. Trimper, and Sean C. Trimper. Dear sister of the late Clifford T. Renken, U.S.N., Ret. and his surviving wife Barbara. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

At the request of the family, funeral services are private.

For those who wish, donations in Vilma’s memory may be made to The Home for Little Wanderers, Attn: Development, 10 Guest Street, Boston, MA 02135.

Arrangements under the direction of the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Ave, Quincy. You are invited to visit thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.