Neponset Day Festival Scheduled For Saturday Postponed

Due to the unfavorable weather forecast for this Saturday, June 3, the Neponset River Watershed Association has made the difficult decision to postpone the Neponset Day event at DCR Neponset Park in Dorchester.

In a press release, a spokesperson said:

“While we appreciate the much-needed rain for our River, streams, ponds, plants, and wildlife, it is not conducive to outdoor activities such as boating. Additionally, the predicted high winds pose safety concerns for paddling.

‘Please stay tuned for updates regarding the rescheduled Neponset Day. For more information, kindly visit”

Quincy City Councillors OK Five New Positions


As they continued their review of Mayor Thomas Koch’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, Quincy city councillors on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to five new positions.

They also made a cut of $93,000 to correct an error in the proposed budget.

At their meeting on Tuesday, which lasted nearly four and a half hours, councillors reviewed and gave preliminary to a number of budgets, including the Quincy Police Department, Thomas Crane Public Library, the Traffic, Parking, Alarm and Lighting (TPAL) Department, and the Department of Natural Resources, all of which have new positions. Councillors will review proposed raises for those department heads and other appointees on June 12.

The proposed $40.29 million budget for the Police Department, up from $34.57 million in the current fiscal year, includes a new position for a mental health clinician at a salary of $97,600.

Police Chief Paul Keenan said the department currently has a clinician on staff, who is paid for through a grant from a private organization. The department is looking to add a second clinician and city officials anticipate receiving a grant from the Norfolk District Attorney’s that would cover the salary and benefits for the new hire.

Keenan said having a clinician working within the department has paid dividends.

“I’m pretty pleased with this model,” he said. “There are a bunch of different models that are floating around the country – mental health clinicians would respond first before officers, that would never work. This one does work. They respond with the officers. They are called to different scenes. They work directly with our community police officers on a day-to-day basis.”

The chief, who is retiring in late June, said he believes additional clinicians could be brought on in the future.

“I think it’s an area that could be expanded upon, because it is a valuable asset,” he said. “I see the difference that it makes.”

The proposed budget for the Thomas Crane Public Library would increase from $3.76 million to $4.27 million. The position includes two new archivist positions at a salary of $53,450 each.

Sara Slymon, who is finishing her first year as the director of the library, said she wants to make its archives and special collections more accessible.

“Quincy is such an essential part of our nation’s history and when I arrived we had deeply siloed our archives and special collections services basically with one person, and there was a turnover time of basically a year to get basic genealogy or local history questions answered, and that’s just unacceptable,” she said.

The library has special collections that include handwritten letters from a number of important figures, like John Quincy Adams and Frederick Law Olmstead, which have not been catalogued, Slymon said; the archivists would help catalogue and digitize those items. The archivists could also help with things like docent tours of the historic library buildings and take part in the Quincy 400 initiative.

The budget for the TPAL Department would increase from $3.23 million in the current fiscal year to $3.37 million in the new one.

Ed Grennon, the head of the department, said the budget eliminates a general foreman position, which has been vacant for more than two years, and increases the number of traffic maintenance workers from one to three. Each of the maintenance worker positions has a salary of about $47,600.

Hiring the new maintenance workers will allow the department to add a new maintence crew, Grennon said.

“There is one crew that takes care of all the signage, all the pavement markings, does all the block offs for the parades, for the entire city,” he said. “Adding the two [new workers] will allow us to have two crews, which will be beneficial I think.”

The Department of Natural Resources budget is split between three separate entities – cemetery, parks and recreation.

The recreation budget would increase from $979,000 to $1.27 million. The budget would provide funding for a new recreation operations supervisor position at a salary of $72,800 and would also boost the line item for recreation leaders and other hourly staff from $619,000 to $799,000.

Michelle Hanly, the city’s recreation director, said the new supervisor position would allow the department to expand its offerings.

“There is only three full-time staff in the recreation department. I’m asking for a fourth so I can continue expand and I can actually see my family sometimes,” she said.

Koch had proposed increasing the cemetery budget from $1.16 million to $1.29 million. At the request of Dave Murphy, the city’s commissioner of natural resources, councillors on Tuesday cut $93,000 from the department’s personnel services budget to correct an error in the proposed budget.

The park budget would decrease by about $7,000 to $4.35 million. Koch had proposed moving the employees who maintain the public spaces in Quincy Center – including the Hancock-Adams Common and the Generals Park – to a separate department within the budget. The salaries for those employees had previously been divided between the park budget and the budget for the Department of Public Buildings.

City councillors are scheduled to hold their final series of budget hearings Wednesday evening. They are slated to discuss the budget for the Health Department, Department of Public Works, the city clerk’s office, the mayor’s office and their own budget.

Richard S. Wainwright Jr.

Richard Stanwood Wainwright Jr. of Phoenix, AZ was born on March 6, 1943 in Stamford, Connecticut. He passed peacefully at home on May 26, 2023. His family moved to the Houghs Neck section of Quincy, in 1948. He attended Quincy Public Schools graduating from Quincy VocTech in 1962. Richard married the love of his life, Marilyn Ann Schwartz, on May 3, 1964.

Richard S. Wainwright Jr.

Richard devoted his life to public service, serving in the United States Navy, as a Massachusetts State Trooper and an officer of the Brockton Police Department. After moving to Phoenix, he served as a detention officer for Maricopa County Arizona, and a Sergeant for the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections. During retirement, Richard drove a van for the Peoria School District Transportation Department.

Over the years, Richard and his wife hosted eight foreign exchange students.

Richard was preceded by his parents, Richard Stanwood Wainwright, Sr. and Ruth Holly (Lewis) Wainwright, and his brother Jonathan Wainwright.

Richard is survived by his wife of 59 beautiful years, Marilyn Ann (Schwartz) Wainwright. His children, Darren Wainwright (Melinda), and Monica Lee (Wainwright) Fitzpatrick (Daniel) reside in Missouri. Richard also has four grandchildren, Amelia Fitzpatrick, Daniel W. Fitzpatrick, Jr. (Hannah), Jacob Wainwright (Cassidy), and Kristen Wainwright, and one great-grandchild Scarlett Rosella Wainwright.

Richard is also survived by five siblings, Holly Wainwright of Hanover, David and wife Carol Wainwright of Marlborough, Laurel Wainwright of Quincy, Paul and wife Debra Wainwright of Wrentham, and Stephen and wife Denise Wainwright of Pembroke.

Alexander H. Campbell, 88

Alexander H. Campbell, age 88, formerly of Hanover, Quincy, and Neponset, died peacefully, Monday, May 29, 2023 at the Harbor House Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, in the comfort of his loving family.

Alexander H. Campbell

Al was born in Boston, to the late Angus H. and Sarah (Campbell) Campbell. He was raised in Neponset and was a graduate of Boston Technical High School and Newman Preparatory School. He also attended Wentworth Institute. He lived in Hingham for the past several years, previously in Hanover for fourteen years, and earlier in Quincy for over fifty years.

He was employed as an electro-mechanical designer for the former Stone and Webster Engineering Company for fifteen years. He had a lifelong interest in electronics.

In 1985, he and his son, Hugh, co-founded their own construction company, A.H. Campbell & Son, Inc. He was known as a hard-working, competent, and reliable contractor with an outstanding reputation.

In the early 1950s he served in the U.S. Navy and in 1955 was recalled during the Korean War, proudly serving aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid, CVA-11, as a fireman.

He was a member of the John P. McKeon Am Vets Post 146, the Braintree VFW Post 1702, and the Weymouth Knights of Columbus.

Al was a longtime member of Saint John the Baptist Parish in Quincy.

As a young man, Al was a talented baseball player and pitcher and was a member of the CYO National Championship team.

He was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed the Boston Red Sox. He and his late wife, Carol, were active members of the BoSox Club and made many trips to spring training in Florida. In 2005, he was honored to have been able to throw out the first pitch at Fenway Park.

Most of all, Al was dedicated to his family, especially his cherished grandchildren and great grandchildren, supporting all their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved husband for forty-seven years of the late Carol A. (Nash) Campbell.

Devoted father of Karen Drinkwater and her husband Gary of Hanover, MaryJo Carroll and her husband Kevin of Kingston, Denise MacDonald and her husband Patrick of Kingston, Hugh Campbell and his wife Lorraine of Quincy, Thomas M. Campbell and his wife Theresa of Squantum, Carol Ann Campbell of Quincy, Donna Walsh of Duxbury, Scott S. Campbell and his wife Julie of Quincy.

Loving grandfather of twenty-three and great grandfather of seventeen. He was also grandfather of the late Matthew Ryan Campbell, the late Owen Patrick MacDonald, and the late Patrick G. Sullivan.

One of four siblings, he was the dear brother of Marylou Towle of Hyde Park and was predeceased by Mary Costa and Malcolm Campbell.

Al is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews, and friends.

Lifelong friend of Donna and Ralphy DePaulo.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Thursday, June 1, from 3 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy, on Friday, June 2, at 10 a.m. Interment, with military honors, to follow at Knollwood Memorial Park, Canton.

For those who wish, donations in Al’s memory may be made to South Shore Children’s Fund, c/o John Ford, 68 Baxter Avenue, Quincy, MA 02169.

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

Thomas G. Costigan, 95

Thomas Gregory Costigan, Sergeant 1st Class United States Army, of Braintree, MA passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his devoted family on Friday, May 26, 2023 at the age of 95.

Thomas G. Costigan

Dad was born in the small east coast community of Harbour Main on the Isle of Newfoundland, a place known to all as “Home”. He loved telling stories of his childhood life in Newfoundland and was a place he loved to return to every chance he got. He shared that love of “Home” with his children and grandchildren. As a young man he found his way to the United States where he served his newfound country as a member of the armed forces during the Korean War. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his heroic & meritorious conduct. Upon returning from active duty, Dad became a citizen of the United States, settled in Quincy and began working as a glazier at Settles Glass from where he retired. Dad was a devout Catholic and his faith was paramount in the way that he lived. He was a longtime parishioner of St. Joseph’s in Quincy, St. Francis of Assisi in Braintree, and Saints Peter & Paul in Harbour Main. He was a past member of the St. Joseph’s Holy Name Society.

With his passing, Dad is now reunited in Heaven with his beloved wife, Barbara M. (Timmins). His parents, John (Johnny The Light) & Elizabeth, his siblings, Cecilia & George Penney, Mary & George Ford, Pat (Babe) & Pad Dalton, Charlie & Mary Costigan, Beth & Robbie Roberts, Little Agnes Costigan and Joe Costigan. Also predeceased by Ned and Alice Timmins, Madge Doyle, Danny & Essie Quirk, Marion Penney and many other cherished friends and family.

He raised the bar to great heights as a husband and father. His life will be celebrated, forever more, in the countless memories of his easy-going character and entertaining anecdotes. Cherished memories of his long life will continue to shine on in the loving family he leaves behind including his children, Tom & Deb Hawco of St. John’s NFLD, Linda & Rick Gilbertson of East Bridgewater, Alice & Joe Johnson of Weymouth, Cecelia Costigan & Darrin McAuliffe of Braintree, with whom he resided with for the last 23 years, Betty Costigan of Quincy, John Costigan & Lauren Happ of Hanover.

His character and stories will continue on in his grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom he loved dearly. Grandchildren, Tommy & Krystal, Zack & Caroline, Aaron, Erik & Lauren, Ryan, Corey & Kaitlyn, Nicole & Jeremy, Mike, Leanne & Mike, Haley & Dalton. Great grandchildren, Lucas, Lily, Lexi, Lulu, Norah, Emi and Harper.

Coming from a large family, and living such a long and fulfilling life, he leaves many nieces and nephews and other wonderful family and friends throughout the world. He is also survived by sister-in-law Deb (Bishop) Costigan, his friend JT, and his furry friend Wilson.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to Dr. Matthew Zawasky, Natalie and Norwell Visiting Nurses Association & Hospice for their compassionate care and support.

Family and friends are invited to visiting hours on Tuesday, May 30th, from 4:00PM-8:00PM at the Dennis Sweeney Funeral Home, 74 Elm Street, Quincy Center. On Wednesday, May 31st, there will be a gathering at the Funeral Home at 11:00AM followed by a Funeral Mass at 12:00 noon at St. Joseph’s Church, Quincy. Burial and Military Honors to follow at Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Tom to the South Shore Children’s Fund, a charity that was very dear to his heart, at 68 Baxter Avenue, Quincy, Massachusetts 02169.

As a man with a strong devotion to his faith, we know he is forever resting in eternal peace. “The light shines on.”

Investigation By Troopers, Postal Inspectors Leads To Two Arrests, Seizure Of Multiple Kilos, After Intercept Of Cocaine Shipment

A lengthy investigation by the Massachusetts State Police and United States Postal Inspectors led to the interception May 26 of three kilograms of suspected cocaine mailed from Puerto Rico to a large-scale Massachusetts drug trafficking enterprise.  

Troopers and Postal Inspectors found the cocaine when they executed a search warrant on the parcel after it was delivered to Stephen Marsden, 35, a resident at 100 Cove Way, Quincy on Friday morning. Marsden was placed under arrest and transported to the State Police-South Boston Barracks for booking. He was held on $50,000 cash bail pending his arraignment in Quincy District Court this week.  

As part of the investigation, a Trooper from the State Police Detective Unit for Norfolk County also obtained search warrants for Marsden’s apartment and his 2015 Infiniti Q50 sedan, as well as for a residence at 4 Allison Circle, Worcester, the home of Evans Klimavich, 41, a co-conspirator of Maersden’s in the drug organization, authorities said.  

The search of Marsden’s Quincy apartment yielded five firearms, 143 loose rounds of ammunition, dozens of THC edible packages, approximately 80 Xanax pills, a money counting device, and materials used in the packaging of narcotics. A check revealed that one of the guns had been stolen during a housebreak in Oxford, North Carolina. Marsden does not have a license to carry firearms.  

The search of Klimavich’s Worcester residence yielded another kilogram of suspected cocaine, approximately 50 pounds of marijuana, hundreds of vape cartridges, a quantity of psilocybin mushrooms, and approximately $52,000 in US currency. Klimavich was not in the residence when the search warrant was served around 11:30 a.m., but arrived home in his car a short time later while investigators were present. He was placed under arrest and transported to the State Police-Holden Barracks for booking pending bail and expected arraignment in Worcester District Court this week.  

Additionally, information developed during the search warrant on the Quincy apartment led Troopers to obtain another warrant to search office space rented by Marsden at 7 Oregon St., Fall River. The search of that address turned up four ghost guns – firearms without serial numbers, making them untraceable, assembled privately from unfinished and unregulated parts purchased separately or in kits – and large-capacity magazines. Investigators also seized several pounds of THC edibles and an ATM machine from the rented space and observed other apparent uncompleted ghost firearms in the process of being manufactured from unregulated parts. The investigation into the ghost guns is ongoing.  

Marsden is charged with trafficking in cocaine; possession of a Class C narcotic (THC edibles) with intent to distribute; possession of a Class E narcotic (Xanax) with intent to distribute; unlawful possession of a firearm (5 counts); possession of a firearm in commission of a felony; unlawful possession of ammunition; and improper storage of a firearm.

Klimavich is charged trafficking in cocaine; trafficking in marijuana; and trafficking in Class C narcotics (vape cartridges and mushrooms).  

The investigation was conducted by the State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Office of Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey, the State Police Narcotics Section, and the US Postal Service. The State Police Detective Units for Worcester County and Bristol County, as well as the State Police Gang Unit, assisted in execution of the search warrants.  

Shayne Murray, 36

Shayne Murray–friend, musician, librarian, and brother– died unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. He was 36 years old.

Shane Murray

The son of the late Thomas E. and Sandra E. (Cyrus) Murray. Shayne is survived by his sister Vanessa Murray of Holbrook, MA. He is also survived by his many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Born in Quincy Massachusetts, Shayne lived most of his life in the Hough’s Neck neighborhood. A great lover of the outdoors, Shayne preferred to travel by bike or on foot. He enjoyed visiting locally owned mom-and-pop coffee shops. He loved music and martial arts. He also loved to travel and had recently returned from a trip to Europe.

A 2012 graduate of Bridgewater State University with a degree in Philosophy and Politics, Shayne found his professional calling when he was hired as a library assistant at the Thomas Crane Public Library in Quincy in the fall of 2013.

In the course of his 10-year career, Shayne quickly moved from part to full-time, and in 2019, Shayne received his Master’s Degree in Library Science from Simmons University in Boston.

Shayne was a favorite with patrons who found him personable as well as helpful and who appreciated his wide-ranging taste in literature. Among staff, Shayne stood out for his huge work ethic, reliability, and initiative.

Among friends, Shayne will be remembered for his kindness and loyalty; unconventional and thought-provoking opinions; and interest in new ideas. Shayne was also that rare person who simply showed up when you needed his help–whether to plant a garden, move furniture, or get someone to a doctor’s appointment or to the grocery store.

Outside of work, Shayne was a long-time musician who played a mean set of drums in several bands–and whose face lit up when it came to a discussion about the local music scene.

Shayne’s family and friends will always remember Shayne for his “best ever smile” –and the joy he found in simple pleasures like a sunny day and a cool breeze off the ocean.

In the end, as an organ donor, Shayne gave to others what he himself missed– the gift of a longer life.

Services for Shayne have been entrusted to the care of the Berarducci Funeral Home, Woonsocket RI and will be held at later date. You can visit the website at

John J. Joyce, 83

John J. (Johnny) Joyce, a longtime resident of Hough’s Neck, Quincy, MA., originally from Pouleywerrin Lettermore, County Galway, Ireland. John died unexpectedly May 23, 2023 with his family by his side. He was 83.

John J. Joyce

He is the beloved husband of 59 years to Nora (Cloonan) Joyce of Quincy, MA. Cherished father of Mary MacLean and her husband Mark of Quincy, Coleman Joyce and his wife Julie of Hanover, Nora Salaris and her partner Ken Flagg of Quincy, Sarah Joyce of Quincy, and Eileen Malvesti and her husband Nick of Quincy. Brother of Sarah Dempsey and her late husband Danny, Bridget Cloonan and her husband Martin all of Quincy, the late Coleman Joyce of Milton, Maire Joyce of Quincy, Nora Podesta and her husband Ralph of Ca. and Michael Joyce of Galway, Ireland. Brother-in-law to Mary Joyce of Milton and Maureen Joyce of Galway, Ireland. Devoted Dado to Anthony Salaris and his wife Caitlin Ann, Caitlin Salaris, Coleman Joyce, Erin Joyce, John Thomas Malvesti and May Malvesti. John is survived by many nieces and nephews in both the United States and Ireland.

 John emigrated to America as a young man and worked as a laborer for many years. He attended classes at the Quincy Vocational Technical school. His interests were drafting, welding, electrical and autobody. He was a member of Laborer’s Local 22, in Boston. He worked for Turner Construction as a Labor Foreman for many years. He was involved in many Boston area projects including Logan Airport, John Hancock Tower, Prudential Tower, the former Polaroid building, the Boston Globe and Station Landing.

 John could only be described as a true gentleman. He was an amazing dancer and was often found dancing with his beloved wife at Irish social events. He was well known for his sense of humor and storytelling. John was dedicated to his faith and attended mass every day with Nora. His friends and family could always count on John to provide support and friendship.

 He was a devoted father and grandfather who worked tirelessly to provide for his family. It gave him great joy when the family gathered for cookouts and activities around his pool. He was always proud of his 10’ Christmas trees and twinkling Christmas lights.  His family could always count on him to tinker, repair, or build whatever they needed.  

 Johnny will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

 Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Wednesday, May 31 from 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 9:45 AM on Thursday, June 1, prior to the Funeral Mass in Holy Trinity Parish at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, Quincy at 10:30 AM. Burial in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

Donations in memory of John may be made to the AFM – Acute Flaccid Myelitis Association, 3950 Hillcrest Lane, Sacramento, CA 95821 or to the Leukemia Society, 3 International Drive, Suite 200, Rye Brook, NY 10573.  See for directions and online condolences.

Rhea McGonagle

Rhea McGonagle (Concheri) of Braintree, formerly of Quincy.  Rhea was born in Quincy City Hospital.  She was a graduate of Quincy High School and attended Bentley College.  She was an accountant for many years.

Cherished mother of William Synan and his wife Susan of Plymouth and Michael Synan of Braintree.  Loving sister of Judith Hallisey of Weymouth and the late Marion Denien.  Grandmother of Michelle, Jeffrey and Madison.  Cherished brother/Cousin of Joseph Praderio and his wife Rosemarie.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, June 1, 2023 at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, West Quincy.  Visiting hours for Rhea Wednesday 4-6 p.m. in the Hamel-Lydon Chapel, 650 Hancock St., Quincy.  For online condolences please visit

Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office Warns Residents of Dating App Scam

The Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents to be vigilant against a new scam targeting users of online dating apps, with scammers impersonating law enforcement investigators in an attempt to extort money from app users.

In a recent attempted extortion scheme, an area resident user of the dating app “Coffee Meets Bagel” exchanged numbers with a person he assumed was a Norfolk County resident. He then received a call from a person who identified himself as an investigator with the Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office and stated that the woman on the dating app was a minor who attempted to harm herself after her parents discovered the relationship. The scammer then told the man that the matter could be resolved if he agreed to pay for medical bills totaling over $11,000. The man also reported that he had been receiving text messages from numbers purporting to be the woman’s family members asking him to cover these medical expenses.

Suspicious of the interactions, the man contacted the Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office to report the scam and confirm that the Sheriff’s Office does not ask for payments from residents or facilitate payments between parties.

“Scammers are skilled at preying on our emotional vulnerabilities in order to separate us from our money. Sometimes this is by preying on our relationships with others, our fears about the future, or threatening us with seemingly intense consequences,” said Sheriff McDermott. “If you are ever asked to give out personal information, money, or access to someone who you do not know or have not met, you should always cut off contact and immediately contact your local law enforcement.”

In addition to the “Coffee Meets Bagel” scam, the Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office reports that a similar scam has been reported on the dating site Bumble. The Sheriff’s Office warns residents to be careful about giving out personal information or contact information on these sites. In addition to the dangers of scammers, revealing personal information such as your address can also put users at danger of being harmed. Before meeting with someone you met through an online app or website, be sure to tell someone where you are going and, if possible, share your location with them.

The Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office reminds everyone that the Sheriff’s Office does not contact residents demanding payment or asking for payment on behalf of others. If you are ever contacted by someone claiming to be law enforcement who is demanding payment or threatening legal action, the Sheriff’s Office recommends hanging up and calling the agency that the person claimed to be from directly to confirm.