Bruce Wheeler, 69

Bruce Wheeler, age 69, Weymouth, formerly of Quincy, died October 14, 2021.

Bruce Wheeler

Bruce worked as a truck driver for both Whitehall Liquor and The Boston Globe. He was a member of the Weymouth Elks and the Wessagussett Yacht Club.

Beloved husband of Gayle (Imrie) Wheeler. Brother of the late Donald E. Wheeler. Nephew of Judy and Sal Salvatori of FL. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Wednesday 4-7 PM in the McDonald Keohane Funeral Home NORTH WEYMOUTH at 40 Sea Street (off Route 3A – Bicknell Square). Funeral service will be celebrated on Thursday at 10:30 AM in the funeral home.

Burial in Old North Cemetery, Weymouth.

Donations in memory of Bruce may be made to the American Diabetes Assoc., P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116.

See keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

Tecla V. Tozzi, 97

Tecla V. (Maddalena) Tozzi, age 97, of Pembroke, formerly of Quincy, died peacefully, Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at home, in the comfort of her loving family.

Tecla V. Tozzi

Tecla was born in West Quincy, to the late Primo T. and Louise (Iacobucci) Maddalena. Raised and educated in Quincy, she was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1942. She was a former resident of Quincy, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and had most recently resided in Pembroke, while continuing to winter in Florida for the past twelve years.

She was a successful businesswoman and the well-known owner and manager of several restaurants including the former Knotty Pine in Quincy Point and Tecla’s of Randolph. Tecla started her first restaurant with her parents at the age of twenty-two, the former Tommy Colton’s in Quincy’s Houghs Neck.

Tecla was active and loved the outdoors, gardening, and fishing. She loved painting, music, puzzles, playing cards, bingo and cooking for family. Her face would light up at any mention of trips to the race tracks or casinos with family and friends.

Beloved wife of the late Louis C. Tozzi and beloved companion of the late Thomas Croce, Jr.

Devoted mother of Cynthia L. Tozzi of Pembroke and the late John L. Tozzi. Step-mother of Louis P. Tozzi and his wife Paulette of Marshfield.

Loving grandmother of Amanda Dinitz and her husband Adam of Houston, Texas.

Cherished great grandmother of Zachary.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Tuesday, October 19, from 4 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Funeral Services will be conducted at the funeral home on Wednesday, October 20, at 10:30 a.m. Interment to follow at Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in Tecla’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online at stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html.

Tecla’s family would like to acknowledge the compassionate care offered to Tecla by the Hospice of the South Shore in her final days of hospice. Additionally, our love and appreciation go to Jean Macchi for her overwhelming gift of love, care and advocacy shared with and on behalf of Tecla.

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

Palmucci Seeks Updates On FoxRock Plans For Quincy Center

By SCOTT JACKSON

Ward 4 Councillor Brian Palmucci wants to get an update from FoxRock Properties on its plans for the Ross Lot in Quincy Center. He also wants to hear from legal counsel to review the pact between the city and FoxRock that allows the company to develop the lot.

Palmucci plans to introduce a resolution to that effect at Monday’s meeting of the City Council. The council will meet remotely via Zoom that evening starting at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will also air live on QATV.

FoxRock and Mayor Thomas Koch had negotiated a land disposition agreement, which the City Council approved in June 2019, allowing the company to acquire a portion of the Ross Lot from the city and to redevelop it. That LDA also allowed the company to buy out the city’s right of reverter at 114 Whitwell St., formerly home to Quincy Medical Center, freeing it up for a residential redevelopment. The developer agreed to pay the city $4.25 million as part of the pact.

FoxRock’s plans for the Ross Lot site – as first introduced to the council in early 2019 – called for the construction of a 200,000-square-foot medical office building, a 140-room hotel and 110 units of affordable or workforce housing.

Development at the Ross Lot site has yet to commence, as Palmucci noted in his resolution. FoxRock went before the Planning Board with plans for the first time on Sept. 8 and is scheduled to appear before the board again in November.

FoxRock’s plans, as presented to the Planning Board, call for a 150,000-square-foot office building, 125 hotel rooms, and 200 apartments. FoxRock did not say whether any of those apartments would be set aside for affordable housing at the Sept. 8; following the meeting, a spokesperson for the company told The Sun “The project will have to go in front of the affordable housing trust which will determine the affordability requirements for the project.”

In his resolution, Palmucci wrote FoxRock in September “publicly retreated from its commitment to create affordable housing” on the former Ross Lot, and that the 2019 LDA would allow the city to take back a portion of the land for $1 if the affordable housing requirement is not met. Alternatively, Palmucci said the city could require FoxRock to pay an additional fee, based on the land’s current appraised value, to construct market-rate housing.

Among other steps, Palmucci’s resolution asks FoxRock to appear at a future council meeting to discuss its plans for the Ross Lot site; seeks hearings with legal counsel to review the LDA; and asks the Koch administration for a new appraisal of the portion of the Ross Lot site on which the residential development would be built.

In a separate resolution, Palmucci asks that FoxRock appear before the council to discuss how the company will maintain public safety and compliance federal, state and local regulations while developing the Ross Lot site, and to address whether or not they plan to hire locally for the project.

Paul J. Morrison, Jr., 57

Paul J. Morrison, Jr., age 57, a lifelong resident of West Quincy, passed away October 11, 2021.

Paul J. Morrison, Jr.

Beloved son of Paul J. Morrison, Sr. and the late Anne T. Morrison (Flaherty).  Loving brother of Susan and husband PJ Duggan of Holbrook, Tim Morrison of Quincy and Denise and husband David O’Dwyer of Cary, NC. Devoted uncle of Sean, Margaret and Caroline Duggan; Catherine and Ryan O’Dwyer; and Joshua Morrison. Also survived by his aunt Chris Henderson of Middleboro, uncle John Flaherty of ME and many cousins.

He was devoted to his family and especially attentive to all his nieces and nephews, attending all their sporting events as their biggest fan. Paul loved to golf. He enjoyed trips to Saratoga with his golfing buddies. He was an avid fan of all the New England professional sports.

Paul enjoyed many summers on Cape Cod earning the nickname “Waldo.”  He worked for many years at MTV Solutions where he formed lifelong friendships, and was a friend of Bill W.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Monday 4-7 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 10 AM on Tuesday prior to the Funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Quincy at 11 AM.

Burial in Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.

Memorial donations may be made to Boston Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 120069, Boston MA 02112-0069.

See keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

Michael J. Gillis, 69

Michael J. “Mike” Gillis, 69, of Quincy, died peacefully at his home on Saturday, October 9, 2021.

Michael J. Gillis

Mike was born in Quincy on October 7, 1952. He attended local schools and graduated from North Quincy High School with the Class of 1970.

Mike was a sheet metal worker with Local 17. He enjoyed his work and the relationships he built throughout the years. In his spare time, Mike loved to golf. An avid sports fan, Mike enjoyed the Red Sox and the Celtics. He visited many baseball fields throughout his life and when he was in high school, was an excelled pitcher and his talents attracted many recruiters. When Mike wasn’t working, he volunteered his time as an umpire for both baseball and softball teams in the Quincy area. He was also a member of the Quincy Elks.

Mike took pride in taking care of his family. He was a generous man with a kind and selfless heart. He would do anything to help someone in need, even if it meant that he would go without. Mike will be missed by all the lives he touched.

Mike was a son of the late Everett and Theresa (Splaine) Gillis. He was the beloved partner of the late Judy Doyle, who died in 2015. Mike was the devoted brother of Stephen J. Gillis of California, the late David Gillis, and the late Thomas Gillis. He was the loving uncle of Daniel Gillis and is also survived by many loving cousins.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visitation on Monday, October 18, 2021, 9:30-10:30 AM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY.

His graveside service will be celebrated on Monday, October 18, 2021, at 11 AM in Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Michael may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.

See keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

John H. Ventosi, 87

John H. Ventosi, age 87, a lifelong resident of Quincy, died peacefully, Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at Carney Hospital in Boston, in the comfort of his loving family.

John H. Ventosi

Born in Quincy, to the late Domenic and Alice M. (Jolly) Ventosi, he was raised and educated there.

John was proud to have served in the United States Navy during the Korean conflict.

He was employed with the City of Quincy’s Highway Department for thirty-eight years and had been retired for many years.

John was known as a hard worker, always working two jobs to support his family. He was devoted to his family and enjoyed spending time with them.

Beloved husband of the late Catherine J. (Johndrow) Ventosi. Devoted father of Catherine Ventosi of Quincy, Domenic Ventosi and his wife Cristina of Braintree, Thomas Ventosi and his wife Julie of Quincy, and predeceased by John “Vinny” Ventosi and Elizabeth Landry. Loving grandfather of twelve and great grandfather of seventeen.

Graveside Services will be conducted at Pine Hill Cemetery, 815 Willard Street, Quincy, on Saturday, October 16, at 10 a.m. Military honors will follow. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Those attending should use the Chickatawbut Road gate.

In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory may be made to Families Assisting Families, c/o Eastern Bank, 63 Franklin Street, Quincy, MA 02169.

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.

Quincy, MA Ranked #6 On List Of Top 100 Best Places To Live In U.S.

Quincy, MA has been named one of the 2021 Top 100 Best Places to Live by Livability.com, outpacing more than 1,000 cities with populations between 20,000 and 1 million in this data-driven ranking.

The 2021 rankings were guided by an exclusive study conducted by Livability.com in partnership with Ipsos. More than 1,000 adults aged 18 and up from across the country were surveyed to determine which livability characteristics they value in their future communities. Respondents were asked if they could work from anywhere, which factors would be most heavily considered when choosing to relocate and how housing needs and priorities have changed since the beginning of the pandemic. Since March 2020, more than 42% of the U.S. population has either moved or considered moving.

This year, Livability partnered with Movoto by OJO to offer readers guidance for the next step in their journey – to determine the type of housing available in the ranked cities and at what price.

“This year’s list is a testament to loving where you live, in a time where more of us than ever can live anywhere we want,” says Cara Sanders, Livability.com managing editor. “These past two years have shown us how important it is that the places we live meet our needs and offer up affordability, opportunity and plenty of amenities. If we can work from anywhere, then these 100 cities are places you would want to live and make remote workers’ needs a top priority.”

More than 1,000 cities with populations between 20,000 and 1,000,000 were ranked on 50 data points measuring economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and health care. The nine scores were weighted based on an exclusive survey conducted for Livability.com by Ipsos Public Affairs, a leading global market research firm. Sources included the best public and private data available from organizations like the U.S. Census Bureau, Emsi and Esri.

This year’s top 10 cities are:

  1. Madison, Wisconsin
  2. Ann Arbor, Michigan
  3. Overland Park, Kansas
  4. Frederick, Maryland
  5. Charlottesville, Virginia
  6. Quincy, Massachusetts
  7. Hillsboro, Oregon
  8. Roseville, California
  9. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  10. Vancouver, Washington

 

The full list of the 2021 Top 100 Best Places to Live is featured on Livability.com, along with each city’s LivScore and some of the specific attractions, activities and amenities that make it a great place to live.

MBTA Bus Network Redesign Virtual Public Meeting Oct. 27

The MBTA and MassDOT will host a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 6 PM to discuss the Bus Network Redesign Project. An initiative of the Better Bus Project, the MBTA and MassDOT’s Bus Network Redesign Project is taking a look at the bus system as a whole in order to recommend a new network that better serves the needs of the region.

The project’s second public meeting will present the approach and principles used by MassDOT and the MBTA to propose a transformed bus network through the Bus Network Redesign process. These design principles will shape the draft network map that the MBTA will share and discuss extensively with the public later this winter.

The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. Members of the public can register for the meeting online. The meeting will be recorded and posted online for those who cannot attend.

More about Bus Network Redesign:

The Bus Network Redesign Project completely re-imagines the MBTA’s bus network to reflect these changes and to create a better experience for current and future bus riders. This redesign reflects rider feedback collected during one of the early phases of the Better Bus Project. It builds on work already done and guides recommendations for changes that address route design, frequency of service, hours of service, and coverage area.

This plan prioritizes riders in transit-critical communities like Roxbury, Everett, Chelsea, Mattapan, and Lynn. It is a once-in-a-generation attempt to make bold, foundational improvements to the bus network for the people who depend on it most, the T said.

Accommodations:

These meetings are accessible to people with disabilities and those with limited English proficiency. Accessibility accommodations and language services will be provided free of charge upon request, as available. Such services include documents in alternate formats, translated materials, assistive listening devices, and interpreters (including American Sign Language).

For more information or to request a reasonable accommodation and/or language services, please email publicengagement@mbta.com.

Para más información o para pedir arreglos razonables y/o servicios lingüísticos, por favor envíe un e-mail publicengagement@mbta.com.

如需進一步瞭解或要求合理的便利設備和/或語言服務,請電郵publicengagement@mbta.com.

如需进一步了解或要求合理的便利设备和/或语言服务,请电邮publicengagement@mbta.com.

Para mais informações, ou para solicitar serviços de acesso e/ou linguísticos em termos razoáveis, contactar por email publicengagement@mbta.com.

Pour plus d’informations ou pour obtenir un accommodement raisonnable et/ou des services linguistiques, veuillez envoyer un publicengagement@mbta.com.

Quincy Animal Shelter Seeks Home For Dante

The following was posted on the Quincy Animal Shelter Facebook page.
The Quincy Sun is posting the information to help find a new home for Dante.
Have you ever wanted to be a dog’s hero? Dante needs a hero.
6 year old Dante was surrendered due to severe allergies which his owner couldn’t afford to treat, and the arrival of a new baby. Quincy Animal Shelter has raised funds for his expensive treatment and we are continuing to try to get a hold on his allergies. But the issue now is that Dante is suffering from kennel stress. Dante is more and more unhappy sitting day after day in a kennel. He needs a temporary home to relax, get love and attention and for us to be able to better control his food access and stress levels.
Dante cannot be with other dogs
Dante will bark at some people
Dante needs strict food guidance
Dante is allergic to many things, including dust mites (no joke)
Dante likes people but like any GSD he is wary of strangers
Dante is a sweet boy who is sad right now
QAS needs a foster ASAP who can provide Dante with:
The comforts of a home
Love
Has no other pets
Understands the GSD breed
Attention
Exercise
And more love
QAS will provide food, medicine, vet care.
We just need someone to care for him in a home and help us assess how he is feeling.
We love Dante at QAS but it feels like we are losing him to stress. So we are pleading for someone to help us help him in the way we think he needs – a foster home out of his kennel.
Are you Dante’s hero?
Please email adoptions@quincyanimalshelter.org
if you can help our boy.