Andronico Seeks Update On Quincy’s ARPA Money

By SCOTT JACKSON

Ward 2 Councillor Anthony Andronico wants an update from city officials on how the federal stimulus funds Quincy received earlier this year have been spent to date, and also wants the administration to gather public input to determine how the remaining money should be used.

Mayor Thomas Koch in March announced Quincy would be receiving $46.3 million from the American Rescue Plan Act, a $1.9 trillion federal bill signed into law earlier that month. Communities have until December 2024 to use their ARPA money on eligible initiatives.

In May, Koch announced the city would be using a portion of the city’s ARPA money and part of the $10.7 million earmarked for Quincy College – which was awarded separately from the funds the city itself received – to purchase the Munroe Building and a nearby parking lot in Quincy Center for $15 million.

Andronico will introduce a resolution seeking a full accounting of the city’s ARPA spending to date at Monday’s City Council meeting. The resolution also asks the administration to seek public input on how the remaining funds should be spent, using either an online survey or public hearings.

“The people of Quincy deserve an opportunity to provide direct input into how federal COVID-19 relief funds are spent,” Andronico said in a statement. “Although the Mayor’s Office has final say on how these funds are allocated, I believe the Administration should take the same steps followed by many other municipalities that have a mayoral form of government and solicit input from residents.

“To this point, the Council and the public have only been informed through the news of where federal relief funds are headed and an accounting update on remaining relief funds would allow the public to understand which shared priorities we may be able to invest in moving forward.”

In his resolution, Andronico wrote that “Fall River, Lowell, Newton, Pittsfield, Springfield, Weymouth and Worcester have either had public meetings or created online surveys for residents to submit feedback on how ARPA funds in their community should be spent.”

In addition, he noted the Quincy Public Schools “recently held an online information and feedback session to review with stakeholders potential plans for their Elementary and Secondary Education Emergency Relief (ESSER III) Funds from the ARPA.”

Richard A. Magee, 77

Richard A. Magee, age 77, of Hyannis, formerly of Quincy, died peacefully, Monday, September 13, 2021, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Richard was born in Boston, to the late Joseph and Jean (Gordon) Magee. He was raised and educated in Boston and was a graduate of Boston Trade School.  He had lived in Hyannis for twenty years and as a permanent resident since 2015, formerly living in Quincy for over thirty years.

He was employed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a mechanic with the Mass Department of Transportation.  He had over twenty years of service and retired in 2015.

Richard was an avid model train enthusiast and a member of the Cape Cod Live Steamers. He was dedicated to his family and friends.

Beloved husband of the late Ann K. “Nancy” (Deery) Magee. Devoted father of Richard J. Magee of Quincy, Alyssa K. Magee of Hyannis, and Richard Doria of Quincy. Dear brother of Helen Cohane of Worcester and the late Nancy Devine.

A memorial funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy, on Thursday, September 23, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Interment to follow at Saint Joseph Cemetery, West Roxbury.

For those who wish, donations in Richard’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.

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.

The Rev. Gerald J. O’Leary, 93

The Rev. Gerald J. O’Leary of Quincy passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 12, 2021 at the age of 93.

The Rev. Gerald J. O’Leary

Born and raised in Somerville, Gerald and his family would spend their summers in Houghs Neck. He went to Malden Catholic High School and to Merrimack College. Gerald joined the US Navy in 1946, where he was awarded the World War II Victory Medal. During his time in the Navy, Gerald was stationed in Maryland, Florida, Tennessee and Trinidad.

He was an ordained priest for 65 years; he served in parishes, schools and VA Hospitals. He served in New York, New Jersey, and most of his time in California. He taught at St. Benedict Preparatory School and Seton Hall Preparatory School, both in New Jersey. Gerald was chaplain for Veterans Administration Hospitals for 22 years in Albany, NY and Los Angeles, CA. His hobbies include motorcycle riding and piloting seaplanes or midget planes.

Gerald is predeceased by his dear parents Daniel and Mary O’Leary; he is also predeceased by his brother Daniel O’Leary, and his sisters Eileen Trahan and Mary Dundon; beloved brother of Ann Kelley of Belmont.

Family and friends are invited to visiting hours on Thursday, September 16th from 9:00 to 10:00AM at the Dennis Sweeney Funeral Home 74 Elm St. Quincy Center. Then there will be a funeral mass at 10:30AM at Holy Trinity Parish of Our Lady of Good Counsel 237 Sea St. Quincy. Burial is at St. Joseph Cemetery, West Roxbury.

George ‘Chuck’ Nason

George “Chuck” Nason was born on Feb. 6, 1945 in Tewksbury. He died at home in Quincy on Sept. 9, 2021. He is much loved by his surviving family: his wife of 44 years, Kathy Nason, his son and daughter-in-law, Kurt and Eah Young Nason, and his sister, Joan Ames, as well as a number of nieces and nephews. His cats have been sad since he went away.

George ‘Chuck’ Nason

Mr. Nason was orphaned as an infant and stayed at a Boston orphanage until he was about 6 years old. From the orphanage, he went to a foster home. Life was good there, and George learned the finer things in life, like setting a table, receiving Christmas presents, and getting his nickname-Chuck.  He finally went home to his adoptive parents Myron and Dorothy Nason in Braintree at the age of 8. In high school, he was a talented gymnast (especially the rings), and during the summer he worked as a lumberjack up in Maine.

Mr. Nason was a proud Navy veteran and an even prouder corpsman attached to the Marines, from 1964 to 1968. Some of his time with the Navy was on a tugboat in Cuba (where he apparently had a disagreement with a horse, the horse lost the fight) and aboard the USS Forrestal aircraft carrier. He spent a year in Vietnam as a corpsman.

He ultimately settled down to work at AT&T (now Verizon) for 30 years and married Kathy in 1977. They have lived in Quincy ever since. Mr. Nason was astonishingly talented, and his strength was legendary. There was literally nothing he couldn’t do-carpentry, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, fishing, hunting. He developed an interest in archery and made bows and arrows starting with cutting down the appropriate tree.

He and Kathy traveled to Mexico, California, New Mexico, Maine, Vermont, the Caribbean, Louisiana, and Ireland. He received numerous awards for his volunteer services to Habitat for Humanity, the Elks, the Braintree Rifle and Pistol Club, and for his work at the phone company. He was the first man selected to escort a newly adopted baby from South Korea to her parents in America.  The stories about what he did for neighbors and friends are quite numerous. He did everything from taking down trees for people, to fixing their cars and homes.

His biggest and ultimate joy was the arrival of his son, Kurt, from Korea in 1985. Mr. Nason’s pride in his son was intense and infinite. Mr. Nason overcame much and was an outstanding man.

Seasons Hospice and Palliative care provided sensitive care and the family is thankful. Friends came by to tell him how much he meant to them and Godspeed. Late afternoon on Sept. 9, 2021, he finally slept with lingering memories of his family’s hugs and kisses.

Services and interment will be held privately at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or online at support.woundedwarriorproject.org.

See keohane.com for online condolences.

Deborah A. Boyd, 61

Deborah A. Boyd, age 61, a lifelong resident of Quincy, died peacefully, Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in the comfort of her loving family.

Deborah A. Boyd

Deborah was born in Dorchester, raised and educated in Quincy. She was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1978.

Deborah was proud to have served in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Deborah was employed with First Call Transportation of Boston for many years and later worked as a home health aide.

She enjoyed bowling and trips to the casino. She also enjoyed spending summers in Provincetown. Most of all, she was devoted to her family. Family meant everything to Deborah.

Beloved spouse of Donna Maginnis Boyd. Devoted mother of Paul E. Boyd, Jr. and his husband Christopher Gaudreau of Manchester, N.H. Cherished daughter of Al Boyd of Cape Coral, Fla. and the late Joan (Daley) Sartori. Dear sister of Kimberly Oliveri and her husband Michael, Jonna Costello, all of Quincy, and predeceased by Maryanne Boyd and Paul Boyd. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her nephew, Michael Oliveri.

A Celebration of Deborah’s life will take place at the Quincy Lodge of Elks, 254 Quarry Street, Quincy, on Sunday, September 26, at 1 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.

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

Arrangements were 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.

Doreen M. Burke

Doreen M. (Shaw) Burke of Quincy died September 13, 2021.

Doreen was born April 28, 1941 to William and Muriel (Hayward) Shaw. She grew up in Quincy and was an active parishioner of St. Ann’s Church in Wollaston. She sang in the Girl’s Choir and was a member of The Legion of Mary. She was also active at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish as a CCD teacher, assistant for the Children’s Christmas Choir and a Eucharistic minister. She was the assistant Girl Scout leader and Cub Scout Den leader, committee chairman, and treasurer of Pack #25 and Boy Scout Troop #21.

Doreen was active in the Merrymount School PTO, a lunch matron, and bus monitor for the City of Quincy. She was a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs since 1963, the largest women’s organization in the world, a charter member of the Junior Past President’s Club since 1969, member of the Merrymount Association since 1961, and Mystic Valley Railway Society since 2002. She was a past member of 1000 Southern Artery Senior Center, The Artery Redhatts, and Castle Island Association.

Doreen loved traveling with family and friends and went on 22 cruises, 18 trips to Disney World, and 12 trips to Las Vegas. She went to Germany, Russia, Norway, Holland, Belgium, France, Italy, and Greece. She drove cross country in 2007, visiting 17 states along the way, and has been to a total of 35 states. Her favorite memory of traveling was the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2004. Doreen enjoyed family gatherings for holidays, baking treats, and was thankful to be able to look back and see the wonderful things she was able to do and felt blessed to have done it with all of you.

Beloved wife of the late Arthur D. Burke. Loving mother of Darlene Kay Hurley and her husband John of Rockland and Arthur D. Burke, Jr. and his wife Mary of Weymouth. Cherished Grams to Brendan Hurley and his wife Emily of Bourne. Shayne and Kyle Hurley and Chloe, Josephine, and Hannah Burke. Loving sister of Jeffery Shaw and his wife Kerry of Uxbridge and the late Susan Shaw and Billy Shaw.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Saturday September 18 from 9-10:30 AM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Ann’s Church, Quincy at 11 AM. Burial in Mt. Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Doreen may be made to The Smile Train, PO Box 96231, Washington, DC 20090.

See keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

Cahill Tops Ballot In School Committee Preliminary; O’Donnell Out Of Race

By SCOTT JACKSON

Making her first bid for elected office, Tina Cahill topped the field in Tuesday’s School Committee preliminary election.

The preliminary race featured seven candidates, the top six of whom advanced to the final election on Nov. 2. The three candidates with the most votes in November will win four-year terms on the committee.

Cahill, a Grenwold Road resident, garnered 2,330 votes en route to her first-place finish. Incumbent committee member Emily Lebo of Highland Avenue was second with 2,216 votes. Courtney Perdios, a Ruggles Street resident who in February was appointed to an open seat on the committee, finished third with 1,984 votes.

Placing fourth in the preliminary was political newcomer Liberty Schaaf of Howe Street, who netted 1,915 votes. Incumbent Douglas Gutro of Arnold Street came in fifth with 1,777 votes, and first-time candidate Liz Speakman of Merrymount Road finished in sixth place with 1,351 votes.

Finishing in seventh place, and eliminated from the race, was first-time candidate Ellen Patterson O’Donnell of Hatherly Road with 857 votes.

Cahill was the top vote getter in three of the city’s six wards, topping the ballot in Ward 5, where she resides, as well as Wards 4 and 6. Cahill finished second in Wards 2 and 3 and third in Ward 1.

Lebo was the top vote getter in Ward 3, her home ward. She finished second in Wards 1, 4, 5 and 6 and fourth in Ward 2.

Perdios topped the ballot in Ward 2, her home ward, and came in third in both Wards 3 and 6.

Schaaf was the top vote getter in Ward 1, her home district. She finished third in the voting in Ward 4.

Gutro was the third-highest vote getter in Ward 2, where he resides, and Ward 5, which he formerly represented on the City Council.

Speakman and O’Donnell polled sixth and seventh, respectively, in all six wards.

Turnout in the preliminary election was 8.11 percent, with 5,169 of the city’s 63,755 registered voters casting ballots. Ward 1 had the highest turnout in the city at 12.84 percent, followed by Ward 5 (9.44 percent), Ward 6 (8.47 percent), Ward 3 (7.57 percent), Ward 2 (6.03 percent) and Ward 4 (4.51 percent).

The Nov. 2 election will also feature four contested City Council races. All city councillors are elected to two-year terms.

Four candidates are running for the three at-large spots. All three incumbents – Noel DiBona of Chickatabot Road, Nina Liang of Grand View Avenue, and Anne Mahoney of 12 Ferriter Street – are seeking reelection. Joining them on the ballot is William Burke of Rice Road, who ran unsuccessfully for state representative in 2018 and had run for Congress two years prior.

There will also be races for three of the six ward seats on the council.

In Ward 1, incumbent David McCarthy of Whitney Road will face off against Joseph Murphy of Macy Street. McCarthy, who formerly served on the School Committee, is seeking his third term on the council. This will be the third time McCarthy and Murphy have run against each other.

In Ward 2, incumbent Anthony Andronico of Endicott Street and Steven Perdios of Ruggles Street both qualified for the ballot. Andronico, who had been serving on the School Committee, was appointed to the Ward 2 seat in January following the resignation of longtime councillor Brad Croall. (Courtney and Steven Perdios are married, and this is believed to be the first time a wife and husband have both appeared on the ballot together in the city’s history.)

In Ward 5, incumbent Charles Phelan Jr. Fenno Street is opposed by Stephen Christo of Standish Avenue. The two ran against each other for an open seat in 2019.

The remaining incumbent councillors – Ward 3 Councillor Ian Cain of Forbes Hill Road, Ward 4 Councillor Brian Palmucci of Cross Street and Ward 6 Councillor William Harris of Ashworth Road – are running unopposed.

There is no mayoral election in Quincy this year. Mayor Thomas Koch was reelected to a four-year term in 2019.

The deadline to register to vote ahead of the final election is 8 p.m. on Oct. 13. The deadline to request to vote by mail in the final election is Oct. 27 and the deadline to request an absentee ballot is noon on Nov. 1.

Early voting will take place ahead Election Day from Oct. 25 through Oct. 29 at City Hall, 1305 Hancock St. Early voting will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on those dates.

Marshall School Student, Parent Struck By Car

A second grade student at the Clifford Marshall Elementary School and their parent sustained non-life-threatening injuries after being struck by a car Tuesday morning, school officials said.

“This morning, one of our Grade 2 students and their parent were struck by a car while walking to school,” the school’s principal, Nicholas Ahearn, said in a letter to the school community. “While the student and the parent sustained injuries, the injuries are reported to be non-life threatening and both have been transported to local hospitals.  I know the thoughts and support of the whole school community will be with them during their recovery.

“Our concern also extends to several students who were waiting at a nearby school bus stop and may have witnessed the accident.  School administrators and guidance staff have spoken with the students and contacted their parents.

“We have not shared this information with the other students at Clifford Marshall as this might be upsetting and cause unnecessary emotional distress.  As always, our administrative and guidance staff are available to assist you or your student if you are in need of any support.  Please feel free to reach out to me (nicholasahearn@quincypublicschools.com), Assistant Principal Heather Patch (heatherpatch@quincypublicschools.com), or Guidance Counselors Colleen Jackson (colleenjackson@quincypublicschools.com) or Deborah Parrish (deborahparrish@quincypublicschools.com) via email or at 617-984-872.”

Toffee H. Derbes, Jr., 81

Toffee H. Derbes, Jr., age 81, of Braintree, formerly of Quincy, died peacefully, Friday, September 10, 2021, surrounded by his loving family.

Toffee H. Derbes, Jr.

Toffee was born in Quincy, to the late Toufic “Toffee” and Nowfe “Nellie” (Hassan) Derbes. Raised and educated in Quincy Point, he was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1959. After excelling as a varsity football player, he continued to play semi-professional football for the Morrissey Club of Quincy.

In 1962, Toffee and his brothers established Derbes Brothers Construction from humble beginnings, starting with just a 1947 dump truck, a wheelbarrow, and several hand tools. He was the co-founder and co-owner alongside his brothers of one of the largest general contracting companies on the South Shore.

Toffee loved spending time with his family and telling wise jokes to everyone he met. In addition to his love of cars, his patience led him to be the family’s go-to handyman. If it was broken, he could fix it.

Most of all, he was dedicated to his family and was especially proud of his three beloved grandchildren.

Devoted husband of fifty-five years to Linda C. (Tantillo) Derbes.  Loving father of Darline F. Lynch and her husband Timothy, Lori A. Del Vecchio and her husband Marco, all of Braintree. Cherished grandfather of twins, Tommy and Nellie Lynch, and Adree Del Vecchio.

Dear brother of Kimal Derbes and his wife Mary of Weymouth, Margaret “Peggy” Pignone and her husband Edward of Stoneham, and predeceased by Carol Ohrenberger, Robert H. Derbes, Sr., Richard H. “Hus” Derbes, Sr., Frank F. Derbes, and Jazelle N. Derbes.  Brother-in-law of Connie Derbes and Arlene Derbes. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and their families.

At the request of the family, funeral services and interment were private.

For those who wish, donations in Toffee’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Avenue, Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451-8750.

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

Gerald B. Ross, 87

Gerald B. Ross, age 87, of Quincy passed away April 30 at home.

Gerald B. Ross

Born in Framingham and later moved to Dorchester, Gerald was graduated from Dorchester High School for Boys and was a veteran of the United States Navy and served with distinction in the Korean War.  Gerald retired as chief clerk of Conley Terminal in South Boston after 43 years of membership in the International Longshoremen’s Association.

He was a member of the Quincy Elks, the Quincy Neighborhood Club and a longtime parishioner of St. Agatha Church in Milton.

Beloved husband of 55 years to Suzanne Ross.  Father of Michael Ross and his wife, Kathleen and Stephen Ross and his wife, Krista.  Proud grandfather of Kaitlyn, Madeline and Brandon Ross.  Brother of Charlene McLellan and the late Charles Ross.

Funeral Mass at St. Agatha Church, Milton Tuesday morning September 21 at 10:30 am.

Burial Bourne National Cemetery, Wednesday, September 22 at 11:00.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gerald’s name to the Norwell Visiting Nurses Association, 120 Longwater Drive, Norwell, MA 02061.

Funeral arrangements were made by the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home, Milton.