Commonwealth Launches “Mass VaxMillions” Vaccine Lottery Program

The Baker-Polito Administration, Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg and the Massachusetts State Lottery announced Tuesday the Massachusetts VaxMillions Giveaway for residents who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Fully vaccinated residents 18 and older will have the opportunity to enter to win of five, $1 million cash prizes. Fully vaccinated residents between 12-17 years of age may enter for the chance to win one of five $300,000 scholarship grants.

Eligible residents will be able to enter the drawing beginning July 1. Drawings will be held once a week for five weeks beginning the week of Monday, July 26 and continuing through the week ending Friday, Aug. 27.

“The Commonwealth leads the nation in vaccinating our residents, with almost four million people fully vaccinated, and our goal remains ensuring everyone that wants a vaccine has access to one,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The VaxMillions Giveway is one of the many ways our administration is encouraging people to get the vaccine, and we are grateful for the partnership of Treasurer Goldberg and the Mass State Lottery in developing the program.”

“Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “We are hopeful that this new initiative will encourage even more residents to get the COVID vaccine and help return our Commonwealth to a new normal.”

“The Massachusetts State Lottery is proud to join Governor Charlie Baker and the Department of Public Health to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of every person across the Commonwealth,” said Deborah B. Goldberg, Massachusetts State Treasurer. “The Lottery has decades of experience and know-how to hold drawings with the upmost integrity and our team is excited to fulfill an essential role in this initiative.”

“We greatly appreciate the trust that Governor Baker, his administration and Treasurer Goldberg have in the Mass Lottery to assist in the implementation of this important public health initiative,” said Michael Sweeney, Executive Director, Massachusetts State Lottery. “The Mass Lottery has worked diligently to build a reputation as one of the most successful lotteries in the country and it is an honor to be entrusted with this responsibility.”

The Commonwealth is launching the Massachusetts VaxMillions giveaway as one of many strategies to increase awareness of the availability and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines and encourage residents to get vaccinated to keep themselves, their families and their communities safe. Beginning July 1, Massachusetts residents will be able to enter the VaxMillions Giveaway online. If you do not have access to the internet or require assistance, there will be a call center available. Sign up information and call center contact info and hours will be made available prior to July 1.

Massachusetts residents 18 years of age and older, who have received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, will have a chance to win one of five, $1 million cash prizes.

Massachusetts residents between 12 and 17 years of age who have received two doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will have a chance to win one of five $300,000 scholarship grants via a 529 College Savings Plan managed by the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA). Funds in a 529 plan can be applied to cover tuition, room and board, and related expenses at any college, university, or technical or trade school or other post-secondary educational institution eligible to participate in a student aid program administered by the U.S. Department of Education. Winners with a qualifying disability may elect instead to receive an equivalent financial contribution to a special needs trust or federally qualified ABLE account to cover qualified expenses.

Only lawful, permanent residents of Massachusetts who are fully vaccinated can apply. Residents must have received their vaccine doses within Massachusetts. Residents must be fully vaccinated prior to submitting their entry.

There are over 900 vaccination locations across the Commonwealth, with appointments and walk ins widely available. Residents seeking a vaccine can visit mass.gov/COVIDVaccine to find a vaccine location that is convenient for them.

For more information on the Mass VaxMillions Giveaway, visit mass.gov/VaxMillions.

MassDOT, MBTA Launch Survey To Understand Travel Needs Of Region

MassDOT and the MBTA have launched an online survey in support of Bus Network Redesign, which is a data-driven process that uses Location-Based Services data to understand how the bus network can better reflect the travel needs of the region. Through the survey, MassDOT and the MBTA hope to hear from riders to confirm the data is reflective of their travel experience. The survey is focused on answering two fundamental questions:

·       Does the MBTA take you to the places that you need or want to go?

·       Is riding the MBTA a good option for you when you need to get somewhere?

The results from the survey will directly inform the design and evaluation of the new redesigned bus network.

The survey is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), and is also available in a fully accessible format. MassDOT and the MBTA are also partnering with the MBTA’s Office of Systemwide Accessibility, Mass Senior Action Council, and other local community-based organizations to plan for targeted outreach to seniors and people with disabilities. The survey will remain open until July 30, 2021, and is available at here on the MBTA website.

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An initiative of the Better Bus Project, the MBTA and MassDOT’s Bus Network Redesign project is a complete re-imagining of the MBTA’s bus network to reflect the travel needs of the region and create a better experience for current and future riders.

The redesign reflects rider feedback collected during one of the early phases of the Better Bus Project. It builds on the work already accomplished through the 2019 route changes, and guides recommendations for an improved bus network that aims to create a more equitable network, simplify a complicated network, maximize access to opportunities, and make transit a competitive alternative to driving. This project prioritizes riders in transit-critical communities and is a once-in-a-generation attempt to make bold, foundational improvements to the bus network for the people who depend on it most.

For more information, visit mbta.com, or connect with the T on Twitter @MBTA, on Facebook /TheMBTA, or on Instagram @theMBTA.

Audrey V. Borst, 96

Audrey V. (Parry) Borst, age 96, of Stoughton, formerly of Quincy, died peacefully, Sunday, June 13, 2021, at her son’s home, surrounded by her loving family.

Audrey V. Borst

Audrey was born in Quincy, to the late Percy and Charlotte (MacDonald) Parry. Raised and educated there, she was a graduate of North Quincy High School, Class of 1942. She had lived in Stoughton for the past nine years, previously in Kingston for five years, and earlier in Quincy for most of her life.

She was employed as a bookkeeper in the Auditor’s Office for the City of Quincy for many years.

Audrey was a lifelong active member of the Fort Square Presbyterian Church in Quincy and enjoyed being a member of the Friendship Circle.

She was devoted to her family and was proud of her six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, supporting all their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved wife for sixty-five years of the late Kenneth W. Borst, Sergeant, Quincy Police Dept., Retired. Devoted mother of Raymond K. Borst of Arkansas, Richard P. Borst and his wife Xiomara of Stoughton.

Loving grandmother of Michael Borst and his wife Lauren of Mansfield, David Borst and his wife Holly of Stoughton, Kevin Borst and his wife Liz of Plymouth, Steven Borst and his wife Dar of Braintree, Alexander Borst of Seattle, Wash., and Sabrina Hagarty and her husband Andrew of Durham, N.C. Cherished great grandmother of Aiden, Ayla, Jace, Emmett, Findley, Jane, and Enzo.

The last of five siblings, she was predeceased by Shirley MacLeod, Gordon Parry, Lorna Torressen, and Richard Parry. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Irene Parry of Quincy and Marsha Parry of Omaha, Neb., and many nieces, nephews, and their families.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy on Thursday, June 17, from 4-6 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Funeral Services will be conducted at the Fort Square Presbyterian Church, 16 Pleasant Street, Quincy, on Friday, June 18, at 10:30 a.m. Pastor John W. Culp will officiate. Interment at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne will take place on Monday, June 21, at 10:30 a.m. Those attending the committal service should meet directly at the cemetery.

For those who wish, donations in Audrey’s memory may be made to the Fort Square Presbyterian Church, 16 Pleasant Street, Quincy, MA 02169.

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

Yvonne M. Chandler

Yvonne M. (Mayfield) Chandler of Quincy passed away on June 9, 2021 at age 92.

Yvonne M. Chandler

Born in Plano, TX, she moved to Quincy with her husband Arthur in 1959. Yvonne worked and retired from Gillette.

Upon Arthur’s retirement in 1979, he purchased the Wollaston Theater which they ran together, she selling tickets, he running the show. They enjoyed the customers until in 2005 when high expenses forced them to close. They hoped to eventually re-open, but after Arthur’s death in 2008, Yvonne regretfully agreed to sell the dilapidating theater.

Yvonne is survived by her brother-in-law Robert Chandler and his wife Caroline of OH, sister-in-law Janet C. Hutchins and her husband Ralph of FL, formerly of Wellesley. Yvonne is predeceased by her sister the late Frances Ann Clark and her husband the late Byron Clark; Yvonne is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

Family and friends are invited to visiting hours on Tuesday, June 15 from 10:00AM-11:00AM followed by a funeral service at 11:00AM in the funeral home. Burial is at Sagamore Cemetery in Sandwich.

Arlene M. Ryan, 87

Arlene Mary (Kelly) Ryan, 87, of Rockland, formerly of Quincy, died peacefully on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at Seasons Hospice in Milton.

Arlene M. Ryan

Born in Boston on September 10, 1933, she was raised in Milton and was the daughter of the late James F. and Mary G. (Corey) Kelly. Arlene attended local schools and graduated from Mount St. Joseph Academy in Brighton with the Class of 1951. She continued her education and earned her associate’s degree from Boston Secretarial School. Arlene worked as a private secretary for the Archdiocese of Boston for over 20 years first as secretary to the director of vocations, and then for Bishop Thomas Reilly, and retired in 2000. She loved her work and the relationships she built throughout the years.

A woman of great faith, Arlene was an active communicant of Sacred Heart Church in Quincy and in later years, Holy Family in Rockland. In addition to the many volunteer roles she performed for Sacred Heart, Arlene was the founder and director of the Sacred Heart Folk Singers, a group which not only enhanced Sunday worship and sacramental celebration for many, but for whom she produced many musical plays that were seen and appreciated by people all over the south shore and beyond. Music was her passion and she shared it with everyone. She was also a member of Catholic Women’s Club, Cursillo, and Ladies’ Sodality.

The most important part of Arlene’s life was her family and spending time with those she loved. She was a constant supportive presence and cheerleader for her husband, children and 12 grandchildren attending every performance, sporting event, school function and special occasion with pride and joyful enthusiasm. Her door was always open, and many were recipients of her warm and welcoming personality, and would stop in just for a visit and a cup of tea.

Arlene was a loving, gentle and loyal person with a tenacious spirit and charismatic personality. Her life lessons and example are part of her legacy that continue through her family. She will be missed by all the lives she touched.

Arlene was the beloved wife of Brendan P. Ryan, with whom she shared 65 loving years of marriage. She was the devoted mother of Brenda M. Ryan-Costa and her husband Dr. John J. Costa of Kingston, Maryanne Ryan Palmer and her husband Robert of Norwell, Stephen G. Ryan and his wife Ann Kenneally-Ryan of Quincy, Richard J. Ryan of Duxbury and Thomas J. Ryan and his wife Kristen of Marshfield. Arlene was the loving grandmother of 12 and the loving great grandmother of one. She was the dear sister of William T. Kelly and his wife Margaret of Braintree, the late James F. Kelly, the late Richard C. Kelly and the late Robert P. Kelly. Also survived by her her brother-in-law Vincent Ryan and his wife Kaye, sister-in-law, Maureen Ryan, and many loving nieces and nephews, and dear friends.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 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 AM on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, prior to the Funeral Mass at Divine Mercy Parish in Sacred Heart Church, Quincy at 10 AM.

Services conclude with interment in Milton Cemetery.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the caring staff of Brigham and Women’s Cardiology and Kidney Palliative Team, and Seasons Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in Arlene’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

See keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

Dorothy A. Boyle

Dorothy Ann Boyle of Quincy passed away January 24, 2021.

She was born in Quincy on May 29, 1969. Daughter of Francis Boyle and late Joseph Boyle. She was a loving mother to her four children Matthew, Amanda, Kevin, and late Anthony. She leaves behind her three grandchildren Adelyn, Alanna, and Matthew along with her sisters Joanne Simpson and Patricia Stewart.

Dorothy enjoyed cooking, reading, and court TV. Judge Judy was her favorite. She will be missed by so many.

There will be a memorial service held 10:00AM on June 24, 2021, at Saint John’s Church 44 School Street Quincy, Ma followed by her burial at Pinehill Cemetery 815 Willard St Quincy, Ma.

We invite all friends and family to say our final goodbyes.

Gregory D. Peck

Gregory D. Peck, age 41, of Dunedin, Florida, passed away unexpectedly on June 5, 2021, in Dunedin, Florida.

Gregory D. Peck

Gregory was born in Quincy to Marylou and Charles Peck on May 9, 1980.  He attended North Quincy High School and graduated in 1998.  He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Nichols College in 2002.

He married Rebecca Kelsch of Quincy in September of 2012 in Dunedin, Florida where they made their home.

Greg was always happy and smiling and he lit up the room whenever he entered. He enjoyed the beach, boating and though liked living in Florida, he was an avid fan of the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox. Not even several World Series and Super Bowl wins could top Greg’s proudest moments which were being a husband to his best friend Rebecca and father to his beautiful 2 year old Allie. His life and legacy will live on through them and his spirit will always remain in our hearts.

Greg is survived by his wife Rebecca Kelsch and their daughter Allie; his mother Marylou Peck of Quincy; brother Chuck of Quincy; brother Chris and his wife Michelle and his nieces Makayla and Amanda Peck of Foxborough; his mother-in-law Diane Kelsch of Quincy and brother-in-law Mattheu and wife Heidi Kelsch and his nephews Liam and Jaxson and niece Emerson of Beverly as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was pre-deceased by his father Charles and his father-in-law Paul.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited greet the family during the visiting hours on Sunday 4-7 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY. A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Monday at 10:30 AM in St. Ann’s Church, Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

See keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

Delia D. McDonald, 95

Delia D. (Cantelli) McDonald, of New Paltz, New York and formerly of North Quincy, died peacefully on May 21, 2021 at the Thompson House in Rhinebeck, New York. She was 95.

Delia D. McDonald

Born in Quincy on September 22, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Angelo and Anna (Camilli) Cantelli. Delia attended local schools and graduated high school with the Class of 1943. After high school, Delia became a hairdresser. Delia also worked for car dealerships as a typist after having her daughter Patricia in 1953.

Delia was a music lover and a talented dancer and singer. She loved to Jitterbug and to sing opera and romantic ballads.  She won many dance competitions in her youth and performed with Quincy Choral Society.  Delia was an amazing cook and was known for her homemade pasta and her penchant for lovingly over-feeding her family and friends. Delia loved to laugh and was always there to take care of her daughter and grandchildren.

Delia was the beloved wife of the late Francis B. McDonald, who died in 2011. Together they shared 62 years of happy marriage. She was the devoted mother of the late Patricia Keogh and her surviving husband Paul of Florida. Delia was the loving grandmother of Melissa A. McDonald-Vieira and her husband Julio of New York and Christopher Keogh and his wife Gaetana of New Jersey. She is also survived by her former son-in-law: Daniel McDonald of Pembroke and many loving nieces and nephews. Delia was preceded in death by her eight siblings.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Saturday, June 12, 2021 from 9-11 AM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY.

Her funeral service will be celebrated on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 11 AM in the Keohane Funeral Home, Quincy.

Services will conclude with interment in Milton Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Lupus Foundation of New England at lupusne.org.

Muriel A. McBurnie, 91

Muriel A. (Hirtle) McBurnie, age 91, of North Weymouth, died on May 27.

Muriel A. McBurnie

She was born in Quincy to the late Fletcher and Minnie Hirtle and attended North Quincy High School. Mrs. McBurnie lived in North Weymouth for 70 years and was a long-time employee of Rockland Trust as a mortgage collector until her retirement. She took pleasure in gardening and traveling to Nova Scotia, Hilton Head Island, Hawaii, Portland Head Lighthouse, and the Canadian Rockies. She loved spending time with her family, making Sunday dinners, hosting her annual July 3 party, and always looked forward to Patriots game day.

Mrs. McBurnie will be remembered as a kind, loyal, loving, feisty woman who enjoyed a baked stuffed lobster and a dark and stormy cocktail. In her later years, she loved sipping on an iced coffee, reminiscing over old photos, and sitting outside in the sunshine. Mrs. McBurnie was immensely proud of the family she raised and leaves behind nothing but beautiful memories. She will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Beloved wife of 60 years to the late David B. McBurnie. Loving mother of Pamela McBurnie of Scituate and Terri McBurnie of North Weymouth. Sister to the late Alice Jones, Mildred Hawes and Elbert Hirtle. Cherished “Bamba” of Meghan Post and her husband George and their children Sebastian and Stella of Scituate and her great-grand dog Pablo. She is also survived by 25 loving nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

Private interment to be held at Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.

Funeral arrangements were made by Keohane Funeral Homes.