Donald R. Thomas, 72

Donald R. Thomas, age 72 of Bradenton, Florida, formerly of Quincy, passed away unexpectedly on February 28, 2021 after a brief illness.

Donald R. Thomas

Donny was the son of the late Elmer and Mary (Feltis) Thomas. He was also predeceased by his brother Arthur Thomas, and sisters, Justine Pettet and Lorraine Crayton.

Born and educated in Quincy, he graduated from North Quincy High School in 1967 and was an instrumental part of an undefeated football team that year.  He served in the U.S. Navy from 1967 to 1969 as a yeoman.

After moving to Florida, Don worked as a transit supervisor at Manatee Country Government.  Don was an avid Patriots Fan.  He also enjoyed golfing, Foxwoods, and loved a good game of Cribbage.

He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Virginia (MacCoy) Thomas, his adoring daughter Jasmine Thomas and also his daughter Heather Harvey, his sons Matthew and Nicholas Thomas and also 6 grandchildren.  He will be missed terribly by his nieces and nephews.  Don will be most remembered for his quick wit and dry sense of humor.

There will be a celebration of life to be announced at a later date.

Donations in Don’s memory may be made to Florida Boxer Rescue Inc., 5753 Hwy 85 North #4243, Crestview, FL 32536-9365 or at flbr.org.

Alicia Coletti, 87

Alicia (Dunn) Coletti, 87, passed away peacefully on April 14, 2021.

Alicia Coletti

Born and raised in Dorchester, she moved to Quincy in 1956 and lived there for the rest of her life. She was a graduate of Boston State Teachers College and earned a Master’s Degree from Northeastern University.

Alicia was an educator and an advocate for the rights of women throughout her life. After teaching in the Weymouth Public Schools she met and married her husband David B. Coletti; they were happily married for over 50 years until his death in 2010.

In the 1970s, while raising her four children, she became active in state and local politics and was president of the Quincy Chapter of the League of Women Voters. She was the founding director of the Women’s Center at Quincy College; assisting women in returning to work and pursuing higher education. She was a member for the City of Quincy Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women. She was campaign manager for her best friend Patricia Toland; the first woman elected to citywide office in Quincy. She was the director for the City of Quincy for the Title IX Program; the 1972 federal law prohibiting discrimination in education on the basis of sex. She retired as the director of personnel for the City of Quincy Public Schools.

Remaining active in retirement she became chairwoman of the Quincy Democratic City Committee and was selected as a delegate to the 1996 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. She was a member of the Board of Trustees of Thomas Crane Public Library. As a member of the OLLI Institute at UMass Boston Alicia travelled to Europe and Asia and taught Great Books classes at UMass into her early 80s.

She is survived by her four children: Paul Coletti (and his wife Celeste); Carroll Coletti (and his wife Deborah Parsons); David Coletti (and his wife Mary) and; Gina Coletti (and her husband George Lanides), as well as her eight grandchildren: Aubrey, Anthony, Donata, Alicia, Samantha, Nikos, Angelina, and Luke.

The Coletti family would like to express their love and gratitude for all the wonderful care givers who blessed the last years of our mother’s life; including Tammy, Kim of Seasons Hospice and Catherine and all of the wonderful woman of Celtic Homecare.

Memorial Visitation will be on Monday April 19, 2021 between 10 AM and 12 Noon at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 227 Sea Street, Quincy, Massachusetts 02169.

For online condolences please visit hamellydon.com.

Cheryl A. Morano, 66

Cheryl Ann (Hennebury) Morano, 66, a lifelong resident of Quincy, died peacefully at her home on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

Cheryl A. Morano

Born in Quincy on Sept. 2, 1954, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Mildred Jean (Russo) Hennebury and attended local schools. Cheryl worked for Quincy Public Schools-Food Service Department. She enjoyed her career and the relationships she built throughout the years.

In her spare time, Cheryl enjoyed boating, camping, reading, spending time with her grandchildren, planting flowers and watching her favorite Boston sports teams. Family was the most important part of Cheryl’s life. She loved her children and grandchildren more than anything and would do anything for the people she loved.

Cheryl was selfless and an advocate for many. She was approachable and a great listener with a caring and compassionate demeanor. Her life lessons and example are part of her legacy that continues through her family. She will be missed by all the lives she touched.

Cheryl was the beloved wife of George A. Morano. The two married on August 12, 1972 and together they shared 49 loving years of marriage. She was the devoted mother of Keith A. Morano of Norwell, Melanie L. Richiusa and her husband Juan of FL and Alan G. Morano of Weymouth. Cheryl was the loving grandmother of Bradley Morano of Attleboro, Lucas, Nicolas, Thomas and Alex Richiusa, all of FL and Brian Berte of Quincy. Cheryl was preceded in death by her siblings: Sandra Dean, Bonnie, Richard and Scott Hennebury. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and her canine companion, Columbo.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Sunday, April 18, 2021, 2-6 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, April 19, 2021 at 10 AM at Holy Trinity Parish in Most Blessed Sacrament Church, Quincy. Following cremation, Cheryl will be interred privately in Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.

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

Family and friends who cannot gather together with Cheryl’s family at this time, may still offer their support by visiting keohane.com and sharing a special memory or message.  For those who cannot access the website, please call 1-800-KEOHANE to have your message added.

Kathleen B. O’Sullivan Armstrong, 89

Kathleen B. O’Sullivan Armstrong, 89, of Quincy, formerly of Braintree, died peacefully on Monday, April 12, 2021 at NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham.

Kathleen B. O’Sullivan Armstrong

Kathleen was born in Rhode Co. Offaly, Ireland on January 30, 1932. She was the daughter of the late Patrick and Ellen (Cronin) O’Sullivan. Kathleen graduated from Loreto College Secondary School in Ireland. She went on to train as a nurse and midwife at the Mater Misericordiae and the Rotunda Hospitals in Dublin, where she met her husband Colm Armstrong.

At the age of 25, Kathleen immigrated to the United States and subsequently made Boston her home. Colm arrived shortly after Kathleen and they were married in 1956. Colm and Kathleen returned to Ireland settling briefly in Mullingar where their first child Danny was born. They returned to the United States where they purchased 133 Park St., the former rectory of St. Thomas Moore Church in Braintree, where they raised their six children.

Kathleen completed her undergraduate degree at Emmanuel College in Boston and earned her master’s degree in psychiatric nursing from Assumption University in Worcester. Kathleen was a registered nurse who dedicated herself to caring for others. Her rewarding career in nursing spanned the cycle; of life from midwifery to geriatric nursing. Kathleen retired in 1995 after almost 40 years of compassionate service to her community.

Kathleen was a learner who valued education and dedicated herself to lifelong enrichment. She was a student at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, the Irish Cultural Center, Harvard Divinity School and the Quincy YMCA. A lover of poetry and liberal arts, Kathleen often attended and hosted poetry sessions with her fellow students and friends.

More than anything else Kathleen was a people person, she had an uncanny ability to connect with people of all ages she cherished time with her grandchildren here and abroad. She nurtured and cherished friendships that spanned decades, a great example being the Community she formed with friends from St. Thomas Moore church in Braintree. The consummate listener, Kathleen was always one of the last to leave gatherings with friends or family.

Kathleen lived her life courageously. She was outgoing, determined, compassionate and empathic. Her life lessons and example are part of her great legacy that continues through her family. She will be missed by all the lives she touched.

Kathleen was the beloved spouse of the late Daniel Colm Armstrong, M.D., who died in 2015. Together they shared over 50 years of marriage. She was the devoted mother of Daniel F. Armstrong of S. Boston and his partner Fiona Treacy of Scituate, Patrick K. Armstrong and his spouse Molly Lesher of Paris, Una M. Armstrong and her spouse John Sullivan of Scituate, Colm M. Armstrong and his partner AnneMarie Battista of Foxboro, Mary Armstrong of Quincy and Catharina Armstrong, M.D. and her spouse David O’Halloran, M.D. of Newton.

Loving grandmother of Sarah and Colm Armstrong, Ella, Hugo, Cormac and Rory O’Halloran, Aidan, Gavin and Madeleine Armstrong, Isabel Egan and Sorcha Sullivan.

She was the dear sister of the late Timothy O’Sullivan and his surviving spouse Teddy of Ireland, the late Helen Foley and her surviving spouse Paul of Worcester, Daniel O’Sullivan and his surviving spouse Olive of Ireland, the late Joan Hume and her husband John, and the late Marie Miley and her husband Ronnie. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 4-8 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 10:30 AM at the Divine Mercy Parish in Sacred Heart Church, Quincy. Services conclude with interment in Mt. Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

Memorial donations may be made to Father Bill’s & Mainspring, helpfbms.org/donate; Interfaith Social Services, interfaithsocialservices.org/donate; or Boston Bulldogs Running Club, bostonbulldogsrunning.com/donate.

For online condolences and directions, please visit keohane.com or call 1-800-KEOHANE.

Chairman Lynch Issues Statement On President Biden’s Plan To Withdraw Troops From Afghanistan By September 2021

U.S. Representative Stephen F. Lynch, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, issued the following statement Wednesday after President Joseph R. Biden announced his plan to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021:

“While I certainly share the desire to disengage militarily from Afghanistan, withdrawing all U.S. troops by September still comes with significant risks to U.S. national security, Afghan self-government, and the stability of the region.  

 “Multiple credible witnesses, including former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joe Dunford, former Senator Kelly Ayotte, and Special Inspector General John Sopko, have recently testified before our Subcommittee and warned that the complete withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Afghanistan by the Trump Administration’s May 1st deadline was likely to have disastrous consequences for our national security, as well as the future stability of Afghanistan and the nascent rights of women and girls in that country.

 “Under current conditions, the potential Taliban overthrow of the Afghan Government remains a strong possibility.  Civil war would seem a virtual certainty.  For those reasons, I look forward to discussions with the Administration to more fully understand the strategy that will enable us to successfully adhere to this new timeline.  To that end, I have requested a briefing with Special Representative Khalilzad, and I look forward to inviting Administration representatives to testify at a hearing on this momentous decision in the coming weeks.”

 

Plans For New Squantum School Advancing

By SCOTT JACKSON

Quincy’s plans to replace the 102-year-old Squantum Elementary School took a step forward Wednesday when the MSBA voted to move the project into its eligibility period.

During the 270-day eligibility period, the MSBA will work with the city to determine the city’s financial and community readiness to enter the MSBA capital pipeline.

The next step is for the district to complete preliminary requirements pertaining to local approval and formation of a local school building committee, the MSBA said. Upon timely and successful completion of the eligibility period requirements, the district becomes eligible for an invitation into the feasibility study phase of the MSBA capital pipeline, subject to a vote of the board of directors.

Mayor Thomas Koch welcomed Wednesday’s news.

“This project is vital to the future of Squantum and our city,” he said in a statement. “We have an incredibly well-proven track record in delivering transformational school projects together with the MSBA, and I think that gives the Board of Directors a good deal of confidence in welcoming us once again into the program.

“I’m grateful for the ongoing partnership with Treasurer Goldberg, all of our colleagues at the MSBA, and the tremendous efforts by Superintendent Mulvey and his team, the state delegation, our City Councillors and the School Committee for getting us to this point. We have plenty of work ahead, and I’m looking forward to it.”

Supt. Kevin Mulvey said he looked forward to the next step in the process.

“I’m looking forward to working with the MSBA on the Eligibility Phase of the Squantum Elementary School project,” Mulvey said. “Thanks to the support of Quincy’s state legislative delegation, Mayor Koch, the City Council, and School Committee, we have an opportunity to build a state-of-the art facility to benefit all of the students who attend the school, both from the neighborhood and the citywide special education program students.  A new building will enhance the outstanding educational opportunities provided by the dedicated staff and administrators at Squantum Elementary School and will also be an important resource for the local community.”

“This school is the cornerstone of the Squantum community, and I am thrilled we are now on our way to providing the state-of-the-art educational facility that our young people very much deserve,” Ward 6 Councillor William Harris added. “I can think of few higher priorities for myself as ward councillor than seeing this project through, and I look forward to working directly with so many of our neighbors in Squantum as this process moves forward.”

Quincy officials first expressed interest in replacing the Squantum Elementary School since 2015. Located on Huckins Avenue, the Squantum Elementary School was built in 1919 and an addition was added in 1971. City officials said the facility has not seen any substantial improvements since then and the building lacks the space needed in a modern elementary school.

The Squantum Elementary School would be the fourth school building the city has partnered with the MSBA to build in the past dozen years. The new Quincy High School opened in 2010, followed by the new Central Middle School three years later. The South West Middle School opened in 2019, replacing the Sterling Middle School. State reimbursements for those projects have ranged from 60 to 80 percent, saving local taxpayers tens of millions of dollars, city officials said.

The city also plans to renovate a Wollaston office building to convert it into the Richard DeCristofaro Learning Center, which will primarily serve special education students. That project is not being done in concert with the MSBA.

Koch has also expressed an interest in building a new elementary school in West Quincy at the site of the former St. Mary School. He previously said that would be the next project submitted to the MSBA following the Squantum Elementary School.

Said State Senator John Keenan:

“I wish to thank the School Building Authority, its Board and team, and Treasurer Goldberg for advancing the Squantum School project through the process, and congratulate my colleagues in government – Representative Ayers, Mayor Koch, the City Council, Superintendent Mulvey and his team, and the School Committee – for their hard work in laying the groundwork for what will be a modern school in another of Quincy’s great neighborhoods. Generations of students will benefit, proving that government works best when it works together.”

Added State Representative Bruce Ayers:

“The city designated rebuilding the Squantum School as a priority a few years ago, and this morning our advocacy paid off. I was proud to testify in support of the city’s proposal at the MSBA’s board meeting. With this partnership, we can finally begin to replace a facility that is over 100 years old and hasn’t been renovated in decades. A new building will help the great educators at Squantum School bring their programs into the 21st century of education. This project will allow for technology integration, greater investment in the arts, and more emphasis on STEM learning, all thanks to a facility equipped with the tools necessary for students to reach their maximum potential. The residents of Squantum take a lot of pride in their community, and now they are one big step closer to having an elementary school facility they can be proud of as well.”

 

Baker Anticipates ‘Minimal Disruption’ From J&J Vaccine Pause

By SCOTT JACKSON

Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday said the decision by federal regulators to temporarily stop the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine would have a minimal impact on Massachusetts’ vaccination efforts.

“The health and safety of our residents remains a paramount and fundamental concern for us and the commonwealth will closely monitor this issue and follow federal guidance as we move forward with our vaccination program,” Baker said during a press conference at Boston’s Hynes Convention Center, one of seven mass vaccination sites in the state.

“The J&J supply in Massachusetts is currently a small portion of our supply. In the immediate future, we are expecting minimal disruption to schedule new appointments.”

Massachusetts received 11,600 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week as part its state allocation, Baker noted, compared to 340,000 doses combined of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. To date, 4.7 million doses of the three COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the Bay State, 192,000 of which were the J&J vaccine.

The CDC and FDA on Tuesday recommended a temporary pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The agencies called for the pause after receiving reports that six of the 6.8 million individuals who received the vaccine in the United States developed a “rare and severe type of blood clot” that cannot be treated with the anticoagulant heparin. All six cases occurred in women between the ages of 18 and 48, and symptoms occurred between six and 13 days after vaccination, the agencies said.

The CDC’s Committee on Immunization Practices planned to meet Wednesday to review those reports. The FDA will also conduct its own investigation.

People who have received the J&J vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider, federal officials said.

During Wednesday’s press conference, Baker said Massachusetts agreed to pause the use of the J&J vaccine Tuesday following the federal announcement out of an abundance of caution. The governor said he was glad the federal government took the steps it did.

“The decision that the FDA and the CDC made here based on six cases out of 7 million administered, to put a pause on this and take a look at it, is an example of the system working the way it should,” Baker said.

“In an abundance of caution, they put out the word, said we need to take a look at this, and that is what they are doing.”

Baker, who received his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine earlier this month, said he would still feel confident taking the J&J vaccine.

“I would take the J&J if it had been available – and I would still take it – but I think it is important for the feds to do their homework on this because the last thing we want to do is make decisions based on anything but the best available information,” he said.

Baker noted that Marylou Sudders, the state’s health and human services secretary, previously received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The J&J vaccine is based on a different technology than the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. The J&J vaccine uses an inactivated, modified form of a common cold virus, known as an adenovirus, to teach the immune system to recognize the virus that causes COVID-19. The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines use messenger RNA to prepare the immune system to recognize the coronavirus.

All Bay State residents over the age of 55 are now eligible to get the vaccine, as are those with one or more qualifying health condition and certain essential workers. All residents ages 16 and up will be eligible to get their shots starting April 19, though only the Pfizer vaccine has been cleared for use in 16- and 17-year-olds.

All residents should get the vaccine when they can, the governor said.

“It is critically important, I believe, for me and my family that I get vaccinated, and I think it is critically important for everybody, when they have that opportunity, to sign up and get vaccinated,” Baker said.

“The vaccine is a big part of getting back to what we might call normal and it is critical for all of us to take advantage of this opportunity when we have it.”

All residents can preregister for an appointment at mass.gov/covidvaccine, regardless of when they are eligible to book an appointment. Preregistration is currently available for the state’s seven mass vaccination sites – including the Hynes Convention Center and the Reggie Lewis Center, both in Boston – and six regional collaboratives, including one in Marshfield and five in the western part of the state.

Appointments for other locations can also be booked online through the state website and the site has a complete list of occupations now eligible for the vaccine and the list of qualifying medical conditions. Residents without internet access can call 2-1-1 and follow the prompts to schedule an appointment.

Residents can also book appointments directly through the websites for pharmacies like CVS, Stop & Shop, Shaw’s/Star Market, and Walgreens.

Koch To Propose Acquiring Adams Academy

The city of Quincy could soon acquire the Adams Academy and two nearby properties as part of Mayor Thomas Koch’s proposal to create a new John Adams Presidential Library. The site was the birthplace of John Hancock, whose bust is pictured in front of the building. Quincy Sun File Photo/Robert Bosworth

By SCOTT JACKSON

Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch wants the city to acquire the Adams Academy and two nearby properties to create the new John Adams Presidential Library.

Under the mayor’s proposal, the city would purchase the Adams Academy at 8 Adams St. and as well as the properties at 24 and 26 Adams St. Koch is proposing to use $9 million in community preservation funding to buy the three parcels.

The Community Preservation Committee approved the purchase of the land using those funds in a 7-1 vote April 8. The City Council must still approve the purchase.

Koch unveiled plans to create the new presidential library in his January 2020 inaugural address. The centerpiece of the library would be the second president’s personal book collection, which Adams left to the then town of Quincy in his will. The collection, which includes Adams’ hand-written notes and thoughts on a wide range of subjects, is widely considered to be a historic treasure. It is currently under the care of the Boston Public Library, and Koch has formally requested that it be returned to Quincy.

The Adams Academy, which is located on the site where John Hancock was born, is currently home to the Quincy Historical Society. The other parcels have been targeted for redevelopment and Koch said acquiring them would protect the historic character of the corridor.

“Protecting this corridor will have an immediate benefit in preserving the character of the Academy building, and by using community preservation funding, it will do so without impacting the budget,” Koch said in a statement Tuesday.

The community preservation Fund is a voter-approved tax surcharge that must be spent on items like historic preservation, park improvements, affordable housing, and purchasing open space. It is maintained within its own account and does not affect Quincy’s general operating budget, city officials said.

The ownership of the Adams Academy has been the subject of litigation in recent years.

In December, Chief Justice Kimberly Budd of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that the Adams Temple and School Fund is the owner of the property, not the city, in a single-justice opinion.

James DeGiacomo, the trustee of the Adams Temple and School Fund, filed a lawsuit in 2019 seeking permission to sell the property for the benefit of the Woodward School for Girls, the beneficiary of the trust fund. Quincy had moved to intervene in that lawsuit, but Budd denied that motion after determining the city was not the owner of the property.

The city has filed a motion to appeal that decision to the full court.

City Solicitor Jim Timmins on Tuesday said Koch would be willing to use eminent domain to take the properties if a deal could not be reach.

“We would certainly wish to negotiate a purchase, but the mayor is committed to moving forward with this project and would use eminent domain if necessary,” Timmins said.

DiGiacomo, in an email Tuesday, said he had yet to receive any proposal from the city.

Budd’s December decision was the latest chapter in the saga of the Adams Temple and School Fund, which the second president established.

The legal dispute began in 2005, when the then chair of the Woodward School’s board of trustees requested a full accounting of the Adams Temple. The Woodward School sought the full accounting because it received lower than anticipated payments from the fund the previous two years.

The school filed suit against the city in 2007 after the information was not received. After a bench trial, a probate court judge in 2011 found the city had breached its fiduciary duty to the trust fund and removed the city as its trustee – DeGiacomo was appointed the trustee at that time. The probate court also determined the trust fund, and not the city, owned the Adams Academy property, Budd said in her December ruling.

The Supreme Judicial Court upheld the probate court’s ruling in a 2014 decision but remanded the case to the lower court to recalculate damages the city owed.

DeGiacomo, as the trustee of the fund, then sued to invalidate the 50-year lease for the Adams Academy site that had been negotiated by the city and the Quincy Historical Society.

Under terms of the lease, which was signed in 1972, the historical society pays the city $1,200 annually to use the Adams Academy building and is also responsible for its upkeep. DeGiacomo had argued the group was not paying fair market value for the lease.

A single justice of the Supreme Judicial Court dismissed that lawsuit and the full court later affirmed the dismissal in 2016. In its ruling, the court said Quincy took the proper steps – including notifying the office of then Attorney General Robert Quinn – before executing the lease. Under state law, the attorney general is tasked with representing the beneficiaries of a public trust such as the Adams Temple and School Fund.

Free Presentation for Parents: Identifying and Managing Back to School Stress and Anxiety in Kids

Parents may be worried about their children and their stress at returning to school after months away because of the pandemic. Join Aspire Health Alliance at one of two times for a Zoom educational event “Identifying, Managing and Reducing Back to School Stress and Anxiety in Kids” hosted by Kathleen Bambrick, LICSW and Director of Training at Aspire.

There is a choice of two dates and times, Tuesday, April 27 at 7 p.m. and Wednesday, May 5 at 6 p.m. The program is free but pre-registration is required. For more information, call 617-378-1049.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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 Wednesday, May 5, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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