Granite Links Developer Withdraws Request For 99-Year Lease Extension


The developer behind Granite Links on Monday pressed pause on his request for a 99-year lease extension, citing the timeline for planned improvements to the intersection of Ricciuti Drive and Willard Street.

Mayor Thomas Koch in 2022 submitted a home rule petition to the City Council that, if approved, would have allowed the city and Quarry Hills Associates, the operators of Granite Links, to enter into a 99-year lease extension for the 242-acre property off Ricciuti Drive. Councillors held a pair of public hearings on the matter, one in November and the other in February, during which time a number of residents raised concerns about the lease extension.

In Monday’s letter to city councillors, Quarry Hills Associates President Thomas O’Connell said he “thought it best to pause the lease extension at this time.”

“Given the current projected timeline regarding the Ricciuti Drive intersection safety improvements, Quarry Hills has made the decision to request the withdrawal of QHA’s request for a 99-year lease extension,” O’Connell said.

“Over the past year QHA has attended and presented at numerous Quincy City Council meetings, conducted public on-site meetings and tours, met with citizens both from and outside Quincy and met with every city councillor individually. We have listened to the voices of our fellow citizens, our customers, and members of the City Council.

“There remains legitimate safety concerns regarding the Ricciuti Drive intersection that must be addressed as a component of the overall corridor planning efforts, and we look forward to participating in that public process. We recognize that it will take time for the MassDOT process of infrastructure study and planning to correct the Ricciuti Drive intersection deficiencies, and that time frame appears to coincide with the current challenging economic climate. As a result, I thought it best to pause the lease extension proposal at this time.”

(A spokesperson for the mayor did not immediately return a request for comment Monday afternoon.)

MassDOT held a community meeting in August to review plans to address the intersection of Ricciuti Drive and Willard Street, which is located at the bottom of the hill upon which Granite Links was constructed. Officials said the design of the intersection improvements – which will include a new traffic signal, changes to the geometry, bike lanes and other features – should be finalized by May 2025. The timeline for work on the $1.5 million project, the cost of which will be borne by the federal and state governments, has yet to be determined.

While O’Connell has withdrawn his request for the lease extension, on Monday he indicated that Quarry Hills Associates would honor the commitments it made to the community during the public process.

“Please know that we will fulfill our commitments to (i) upgrade the ballfields at the end of this playing season and (ii) install the enhanced hiking trail signage this year,” he wrote in the letter to city councillors, adding “We believe that all interested parties have a fuller understanding of the breadth of lease obligations that QHA delivers upon throughout the year, regardless of the season.”

In the future, O’Connell said Quarry Hills Associates “will invest the time to prepare a conceptual development plan with supporting data.”

“That will allow us to discuss potential development projects more comprehensively, as well as the resultant projected lease revenue increases to the city,” he said.

“We appreciate the open and candid conversations regarding the 99-year lease extension request and look forward to continuing those discussions in the future.”

The city’s current 50-year lease with Quarry Hills Associates was approved in 1994 and amended in 2002, city officials said previously. Under the current lease, the city receives 10 percent of all gross golf-related revenue the club generates and 10 percent of all other net revenue from the facility, including functions and food and alcohol sales. Between 2002 and 2022, the city received $7.6 million in rental payments from the club, including $825,000 last year, a representative from Granite Links told city councillors in February.

Florence A. ‘Flo’ Pellicane, 94

Florence A. “Flo” Pellicane of Norwell, formerly a longtime resident of Quincy, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at the age of 94.

Florence Pellican

Born in Boston to the late Eva (Poluski) and Sebastian P. Urciuoli, Florence was raised in Stoughton.  She graduated from Stoughton High School and shortly after graduating married Samuel J. Pellicane. The two soon started a family and moved to Quincy, where they lived together for over 60 years.  Flo stayed home to raise their 4 daughters and later worked as a bookkeeper for the Pneumatic Scale Corp. until she retired.

Flo enjoyed spending time with her large extended family and hosting all the family’s holiday celebrations. Flo and Sam enjoyed spending time together at the vacation home they built “Silver Birches.” They took square dancing lessons and played cards with their longtime friends. The couple also found the time to volunteer and raise funds for the Renegades Drum and Bugle Corps of Quincy.

Beloved wife of 65 years to the late Samuel J. Pellicane.  Loving mother to Antoinette Magee of Weymouth, the late Marie Conlin, Judy Brown and her husband Terry of Weymouth and Sandi Pellicane of Rockland. Cherished grandmother to Richard Michael Smith, John Fink, Danielle Sujdak, Alexander Brown, Brittany Brown, Peter John Coleran and Samuel Mitchell Coleran.  Florence is also survived by 11 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.  Florence was predeceased by her sister, Patricia Morrissey and her brother, Robert Urciuoli.

Florence will be dearly missed by all those who knew her.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Monday, September 25th, 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 Tuesday, September 26th, prior to the Funeral Mass in Holy Trinity Parish at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Quincy at 10:30 AM. Burial in Knollwood Memorial Park, Canton.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Florence may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Please see for directions and online condolences.

Pauline Ann Sullivan, 90

Pauline Ann Sullivan, a lifelong resident of Quincy, passed away peacefully at South Shore Hospital surrounded by family after a long illness on Thursday, September 21, 2023.  She was 90 years old.

Pauline Ann Sullivan

She was born in Quincy to Helen (Powers) and Fredrick Thornley.  After graduating from North Quincy High School, Class of 1950.

Pauline went on to take some secretarial courses.  In her early 20’s she met John L. Sullivan.  They dated a couple of years while John was overseas in the Korean War upon his return they were married and started a family together in Quincy.   In the early 1980’s, Pauline returned to work and earned a position as a clerk at the South Postal Annex, she worked there for over 25 years.

In her spare time, she enjoyed reading, doing puzzles and watching murder mysteries, especially Jessica Fletcher’s Murder She Wrote. She often took trips to the beach getting her Bermuda tan! In her early years she loved spending a lot of time by the water.

Pauline was reserved but worked hard and had a quiet strength and resilience about her.  No matter what she was facing in life she kept private and always kept her faith.  She was very close with her siblings and loved spending time with family.  She will be missed by all who knew her.

Beloved wife of 58 years to the late John L. Sullivan.  Devoted mother to John Sullivan of Scituate, Mary Devine of Braintree and her late husband William, Robert Edward Sullivan of Quincy, and Paula Marie George and her husband Kevin of Dorchester.  Loving sister to the late Arthur Thornley, the late Alice Tarbox and Sister Mary Joseph Augustine of South Boston.  Cherished grandmother to Christina Pauline Mary George of Dorchester.  Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Wednesday, September 27th, from 4-8 p.m. in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., Quincy. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, September 28th, prior to the Funeral Mass in Sacred Heart Church, Quincy at 10:30 a.m.. Burial in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Pauline may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Please see for directions and online condolences.

Murder Defendant Returned To Massachusetts

The last at-large co-defendant in the February 15, 2022 shooting homicide of 17-year old Weymouth High School student Nathan Paul in Quincy has been returned to Massachusetts and will be arraigned early this week, according to Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey.

Quincy Police and State Police traveled to Puerto Rico to take custody of Keniel Diaz-Romero, formerly of Quincy, last week, and he is due to be arraigned on a murder indictment in Norfolk Superior Court at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26, District Attorney Morrissey said.

“State Police assigned to the Norfolk District Attorney’s office and Quincy Police have been working with the US Marshals Service and the the Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section of the Massachusetts State Police to first locate, then return this defendant to Massachusetts since this indictment issued sixteen months ago,” District Attorney Morrissey said. “I thank Quincy Police Chief Mark Kennedy, the US Marshals Boston Office and VFAS for their coordination and cooperation here.”

Diaz-Romero is represented by Boston Attorney Liam Scully. The matter is being handled for the Commonwealth by Assistant District Attorney Aubrey Burr.

In addition to murder, the Norfolk County Grand Jury also issued indictments against Diaz-Romero for: larceny from a person; possession of a counterfeit bill; uttering a counterfeit bill; and conspiracy to commit larceny; and unlawfully carrying a ­firearm.

A July 2022 press release concerning juvenile co-defendants can be found here.

Diaz-Romero is being held pending arraignment at the Norfolk County Jail in Dedham.

Ralph W. ‘Buddy’ Evans, Jr., 81

Ralph W. “Buddy” Evans, Jr., age 81, of Braintree, passed away, peacefully, Wednesday, September 20, 2023 in the comfort of his home, after a brief illness.

Ralph Evans

Beloved husband for forty-five years of Susan E. Himmelman.

Devoted son of the late Ralph W. and Mary F. (Riley) Evans.

Loving uncle of James L. Patterson and his wife Sandy of Southampton, and Laurie Ann Martin and her partner Michael McGill of Agawam.

Loving great uncle of Matthew Patterson and his wife Charlotte of Chelsea, and Brian Patterson of Easthampton.

He leaves behind many close friends made through his athletic connections and strong faith and devotion to the Catholic church.

Ralph enlisted in the United States Air Force immediately following high school and served as a physical conditions specialist to the 3320th Air Base Group in Amarillo, Texas. Following his honorable discharge as an Airman Second Class, he served in the United States Air Force Reserve for four years. Later in life, he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Civil Air Patrol.

Ralph’s love for athletics continued throughout his career. He worked at Boston University for seven years in all phases of the Athletic Department, four years for the New York Giants, and two years for the Boston Patriots.

Ralph returned to school where he received his Bachelor degree from Bridgewater State, of which he was most proud. He continued throughout his career to take certification courses and attended numerous sports conferences to enhance his education in the athletic training field.

Ralph went on to work for the Boston Athletic Club, Bentley College, until he landed at Wentworth Institute working as one of their athletic trainers until his retirement. Still today he continues to be fondly remembered by former student athletes he helped over the years.

He also worked for the Brockton Rox and covered staffing at the triage tent at the Boston Marathon for many years. In retirement, he had a part-time job at General Auto Supply delivering parts. He truly enjoyed working there and his co-workers.

Ralph was an expert in all phases of sports and also especially on the history of the former Braves Field. And of course, all things Doris Day, corresponding with her personally over the years.

Visitation will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Thursday, September 28, from 10 – 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy, on Thursday, September 28, at 11:30 a.m. Interment, with military honors, to follow at Saint Mary Cemetery, Randolph.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ralph’s memory may be made to Glastonbury Abbey, Attn: Abbot Thomas, 16 Hull Street, Hingham, MA 02043 ( or Doris Day Animal Foundation, 8033 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 845, Los Angeles, CA 90046 (

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Ivy Beatrice Macdonald, 88

Ivy Beatrice (Eddy) Macdonald left us on August 21st after a brief and courageous battle with cancer.  She was ready to fight for her life, but her opponent was fierce.  Thankfully, she was blessed with 88 healthy years.

Ivy Macdonald

Ivy was so smart, so caring, and so dedicated to whatever was at hand. Family and friends meant everything to Ivy, and she was so loved by all who had the pleasure of meeting and knowing her.  Ivy will be remembered as an amazing mother and grandmother, aunt, and friend.  Ivy was born in North Harbour, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, Canada in December of 1934, the oldest of 11 children.  Growing up in a remote fishing village surrounded by the ocean, nature, and family made for a perfect childhood.

Ivy began nursing training at age 16 after graduating from high school.  As a nurse, she met her first husband, Bob Mann, an American soldier returning to the US from being stationed in Germany, and moved with him to Massachusetts to start her married life.  Ivy moved to a new country where she knew only one person.  This same courage and bravery was on full display in the last few months of her life and was in no way surprising.  She and Bob raised their seven children in Dorchester and Quincy. After she and Bob divorced, Ivy met her second husband, Don Macdonald, whom she married in 1972. Together, they had one more child.

Ivy was predeceased by her parents Heber and Lily, her first and second husbands, her son Robert Mann, daughter Donna Mann-Hurley, son Christopher Mann, sister Dora Eddy, brother Eric Eddy, and many other dear friends and family members. 

Ivy is survived by five of her children:  Steven Mann, David Mann, Debra Mann, Kenneth Mann and his longtime girlfriend Sandra Curry, and Frank Macdonald and his wife Susan.  She is also survived by her grandchildren Robert Mann and his wife Ashley, Michael Mann and his wife Ashley, Christopher Mann Jr.,  Martha and Frannie Macdonald, and her great-grandchildren Avery and Ryan Mann.

Ivy is survived by her dear sisters Nita, Vera, Anne, Evelyn, Jean, and Shirley and her loving brothers Ralph and Lloyd. She is survived by countless nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and grand-nephews, in both Canada and the United States.

Ivy loved time spent with her family and friends, gardening, home improvement, the ocean, her church community, traveling to Newfoundland to see her family, music and singing, local sporting events, and the friendships she made as a result of all of these.  Ivy’s greatest joy in her most recent years was undoubtedly her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They were the light of her life.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a celebration of life at 3:00 p.m. on October 7th at Quincy Community United Methodist Church, 40 Beale Street in Wollaston.

Funeral arrangements made by the Hamel-Lydon Chapel and Cremation Service of Massachusetts, 650 Hancock St., Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ivy can be made to:

Quincy Community United Methodist Church 
40 Beale St.
Wollaston, MA 02170

Andrea ‘Andy’ Sandonato, 94

Andrea “Andy” Sandonato, age 94, a longtime resident of Quincy, died peacefully, Tuesday, September 19, 2023 in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Andrea ‘Andy’ Sandonato

Andrea was born in Prezza, Province of L’Aquila, Region of Abruzzo, Italy, to the late Pasquale and Giovanna (Pasqualone) Sandonato. Raised and educated there, he immigrated to the United States at the age of nineteen, settling in Boston’s South End. He earned a civil engineering degree from the Wentworth Institute of Technology. He lived in Quincy for the past seventy years.

Andrea was a disabled veteran of the Korean War, having served as a Private Second Class in the United States Army with Company B, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Division.

Andrea was a general contractor who owned and operated two companies, Sandonato & Bogue and Courtland Construction, both based in Everett.

As a younger man, he was an avid tennis player and skier. Andrea also had a passion for golf and was a lifetime member of Presidents Golf Course in Quincy. He enjoyed tending to his beautiful vegetable garden.

Most of all, Andrea was devoted to his family, actively supporting their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved husband for sixty-eight years of Iolanda C. “Cristina” (Gentile) Sandonato.

Devoted father of Joanne S. Adams of Braintree and her late husband Steven, Rita Da Silva and her husband Carlos of Hingham, and the late Maria P. Sandonato.

Loving grandfather of Nicole Hart and her husband Kim of Quincy, Cristina Adams of Weymouth, Andre Da Silva, and Edson Da Silva, both of Hingham.

Cherished great grandfather of Elsa and Steven Hart.

The last of three siblings, he was predeceased by Americo “Rico” Sandonato and Arnaldo Sandonato.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Sunday, September 24, from 2 – 5 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 Monday, September 25, at 10 a.m. Entombment, with military honors, to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

For those who wish, donations in Andrea’s memory may be made to Special Olympics Massachusetts, 512 Forest Street, Marlborough, MA 01752 or by visiting

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

Madeline McCarthy, 89

Madeline McCarthy (Harding), 89, a life-long Quincy resident, died September 19, 2023. She was the wife of the late Russell McCarthy.

Madeline McCarthy

A daughter of the late Ralph and Josephine (Grady) Steele, Madeline enjoyed big-band music, dancing, bingo and watching western movies. She especially relished the times spent with her family and friends.

Beloved mother of Stanley Harding of Quincy, Russell Harding and his wife Colleen Gokey-Harding of Hull, Cheryl Chobanian and her husband Mark of Randolph, Glenn Harding and his wife Michelle “Shelly” of Berkley, Michael Harding of Randolph and the late Richard and John Harding, the late James Harding and his surviving wife Jennifer of Taunton, and the late Michelle Loonie and her surviving husband Rich of Stoughton. Dear sister of the late: Ralph, Russell, Mary and Ginger Steele. Also survived by 19 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, cousins, extended family and dear friends.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend her visiting hours Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 4-7 p.m. at the Hamel-Lydon Chapel, 650 Hancock St, Quincy. Funeral Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 9 a.m. from the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Church, 44 School St, Quincy. Burial to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

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QATV To Host Mayoral Debates Sept. 25, Oct. 12

Quincy Access Television (QATV) announces it will host two Mayoral Debates between Mayor Thomas Koch and Councillor-at-Large Anne Mahoney.

The first debate will be on Monday, Sept. 25th and televised live from QATV beginning at 7 p.m.  The debate will be shown on QATV-8, QATV-HD 1072 and online at  Moderated by QATV’s Joe Catalano, it will feature questions submitted by Quincy residents.  Due to space constraints, the debate is closed to the public.

“Quincy Access Television is happy to organize and host the debates to help inform the voters of Quincy,” QATV’s Executive Director Jonathan Caliri said.  “We felt it was important to give residents an opportunity to ask questions of the candidates, which is why this debate was dedicated for that.”

Residents who wish to submit a question for consideration can visit and complete the online form.  Questions can also be mailed to Mayoral Debate Questions, c/o Quincy Access Television, 88 Washington St., Quincy, MA 02169.

The second debate will be held on Thursday, Oct. 12th at 7 p.m. at Quincy High School and will be open to the public.  Additional information will be released soon.

For more information about the Mayoral Debates or additional replay times, visit or call 617-376-1440 ext. 224.