QCAP Opens Doors to New South West Community Center

Quincy Community Action Programs held a ribbon cutting on Nov. 29 to celebrate the reopening of its South West Community Center. From left to right: first row: QCAP Board President Tim McAloon, Esq., Mayor Thomas P. Koch, Paul M. Connolly, Pat Connolly Second Row: Board Asst. Treasurer Doug Moseley, Board Vice President Josephine Shea, CEO Beth Ann Strollo, South West Community Center Director Melinda Alexander Third Row: Board Member Emeritus Jim Murdoch, Board Treasurer Reverend Sheldon Bennett, Board Member Maureen Ayers, Board Member Michelle Higgins, Board Member Linda Perry, Board Clerk Nan O’Neill, Esq., Board Member Pat Packard, Board Member Mike Berry. Photo courtesy Nicole Chaput Photography.

On Tuesday, Nov. 29, Quincy Community Action Programs, Inc. celebrated the Grand Re-Opening and Ribbon Cutting for the new South West Community Center in South West Quincy, where the nonprofit has been serving food since 1968.

Over 130 people were in attendance including elected officials, funders of the project, community partners and private donors. Guests gathered for a light breakfast and tours of the new facility, including the new food pantry warehouse, a children and family engagement room, and office space where clients can access services such as housing and heating assistance and free income tax preparation.

Mayor Thomas P. Koch and Speaker Ronald J. Mariano were in attendance as keynote speakers. Both congratulated QCAP leadership and staff for opening the new facility that will provide critical resources for local families who are struggling to make ends meet.

Paul and Pat Connolly surrounded by their family after the building dedication to Paul. Front Row: Kevin Connolly, Paul Connolly, Pat Connolly, Sandi & David Connolly. Back Row:  Joseph, Kyra and Erin Connolly, Carol & Bryan Connolly. Photo courtesy Nicole Chaput Photography.

The building was dedicated to long-time Quincy resident and member of the QCAP Board of Directors, Paul M. Connolly. For 20 years Connolly has represented the South West Quincy neighborhood – first on behalf of his son, former Ward 4 Councilor Bryan Connolly, then on behalf of the low income residents of South West Quincy who elected him as their representative to the QCAP Board of Directors. Speaker Mariano and Mayor Koch offered warm and personal congratulations to Paul Connolly for his contributions to the community and this well-deserved recognition.

Josephine Shea spoke on behalf of the QCAP Board of Directors stating, “Paul’s dedication to the South West Quincy community, his unwavering support of QCAP’s Food Center and overall mission, and his steadfast belief that every person deserves to have their basic needs met with dignity, make QCAP leadership proud to honor Paul M. Connolly with the dedication of the new South West Community Center in his name.”

Paul and his wife Pat raised three sons in Quincy and instilled these values of service and leadership in their family. Their son, Bryan, now an attorney, has donated countless hours to Quincy Community Action Programs assisting with the development of QCAP’s Head Start Center at 22 Pray Street, and now the South West Community Center at 18 Copeland Street.

The project was funded by public COVID-related funding to address food insecurity, state community action funds, as well as generous donations from local businesses, foundations and private donors. Beth Ann Strollo, QCAP Chief Executive Officer, thanked the many supporters in attendance, noting the support from Mayor Koch and Speaker Mariano, the Quincy state delegation and the many local banks, foundations and businesses who sponsored the project.

“I want to offer our sincere gratitude to all of you – the contributors, supporters, donors – you gave us the resources to transform this building into what it is today.”

Strollo also recognized the project’s architect Jim Edwards and general contractor Commonwealth Building Inc. for their excellent work throughout the renovation process..

The opening of the new food pantry and client services center comes at a critical time when the cost of food, housing and fuel are on the rise, and many families are feeling the effects of the added stress on household budgets. As many residents begin to recover from the pandemic’s financial impact, low-income households and communities of color are having the most difficult time bouncing back. Quincy Community Action Programs, Inc. is seeing food insecurity among local families remain high. As the community need for food has grown over the last 24 months, so has QCAP’s need for increased pantry storage space at their long-time Food Center in South West Quincy.

Also attending the ribbon cutting were: Mayor of Braintree Charles Kokoros, QCAP Board President Tim McAloon, Speaker Ronald Mariano, Paul Connolly, Sen. John Keenan, Rep. Bruce Ayers Second row: Linda Perry, Josephine Shea, Beth Ann Strollo, Mike Berry Third Row: Board members: Reverend Sheldon Bennett, Michelle Higgins, Maureen Ayers Back row: Board Members: Doug Moseley, Nan O’Neill, Pat Packard, James Murdoch

“The need is great,” says CEO Beth Ann Strollo. “While the pandemic is easing for some, recovery has been slow for many in the low-income community. Families continue to make hard decisions about whether to pay their rent, their heating costs, or put food on their tables. We are thrilled to open our doors to this new Community Center as a resource in the neighborhood we have been serving since 1965. We cannot thank our supporters enough for helping to make this a reality for our neighbors in need.”

More than a food pantry, the South West Community Center is a welcoming place to gather for cooking and nutrition classes, menu-planning workshops, family engagement activities, and more. The new Center is here to help during the holidays and beyond by providing assistance through monthly food orders, holiday meals and gifts, mobile food pantries and food delivery services.

“This new building will allow us to address the increased needs of so many residents, not just in South West Quincy but throughout the local area through mobile pantries and food delivery services launched in 2021 in response to both the pandemic and the long time problem of food insecurity,” said Strollo.

Donations to the Center are welcome during the holidays and year-round. Food donations to QCAP’s food center help to fill gaps caused by the increased need, and they help supply the pantry with items that are more difficult to find such as cooking oils, spices, and coffee. There is also an ongoing need at the food center for donations of non-food items such as cleaning supplies, toilet paper, feminine products, soap, and toothpaste and toothbrushes. QCAP also encourages monetary donations at this time of year and can stretch every dollar donated to the food center to have the biggest impact on clients who are struggling with hunger.

“A donation to QCAP helps us ensure that households get healthy, nutritious food and other services like heating assistance that help families get by in very challenging times,” says South West Community Center Director, Melinda Alexander.

The pantry at the Center is accessible to clients and donors five days a week from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except on Wednesdays when it is open from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. to accommodate working families. For more information on the services the food center provides or donations needed, please call 617-471-0796.

QCAP also provides heating assistance to residents in Quincy, Braintree, Milton, and Weymouth. Heating assistance can help significantly reduce monthly bills, even if heat is included in the rent. For more information on this, please call 617-657-5301 or visit qcap.org/energy.

Rental assistance is also available through QCAP’s housing program. QCAP has helped families avoid eviction through rental assistance funding and advocacy. For more information on eligibility, please call 617-657-5376 or visit qcap.org/housing.

“We are thrilled to be opening the new Center that will provide a place to turn for help when our neighbors face challenging times. This project would not be possible without the support of such a caring community. We are grateful for the ongoing support of our community, local elected officials, volunteers, and donors,” reflects QCAP CEO Beth Ann Strollo.

Hearing On Quincy Property Taxes Monday

By SCOTT JACKSON

Quincy’s property tax rate for 2023 will be set during the City Council’s meeting on Monday evening.

During Monday’s meeting, councillors will be asked to determine the percentage of local tax levy to be borne by each class of real property. The residential and commercial property tax rates for the upcoming calendar year are based upon that determination.

Mayor Thomas Koch has proposed several financial measures to help keep the 2023 tax rates in check. They include an appropriation of $3 million from the city’s health care budget to reduce the current fiscal year’s budget; an appropriation of $4 million from the city’s stabilization account, also known as the rainy day fund, to reduce the tax rate; an appropriation of $6.47 million from the same account to reduce the tax rate; and $5.25 million from the pension bond stabilization account to reduce the tax levy and budget.

The public will have a chance to comment on the tax rate during a public hearing that will begin at 6:40 p.m. on Monday. The public hearing and subsequent council meeting will take place inside the council chamber at Quincy City Hall, 1305 Hancock St.

In other business Monday, City Clerk Nicole Crispo has proposed tweaks to the calendar for the upcoming special election to fill the Ward 4 seat on the City Council.

The revised calendar would move the deadline for candidates to file certified nomination papers, including a statement of candidacy, with the city clerk up to Dec. 14, as opposed to Dec. 27. If a preliminary election is necessary, ballot position would be determined by a drawing the following morning.

Other dates on the election calendar will remain unchanged. Those include the Dec. 13 deadline to submit nomination papers, with the signatures of 50 registered Ward 4 voters, to the Board of Registrars for certification; the preliminary election date of Jan. 17; and the final election date of Feb. 7.

A preliminary election will be required if more than two candidates qualify for the ballot. As of Friday morning, four candidates had pulled nomination papers – Joel Buenaventura of Common Street, Sharon Cintolo of Willard Street, James Devine of Cross Street and Matthew Lyons of Centre Street.

The special election is being held following the resignation of long-time councillor Brian Palmucci, who left his seat in October upon his appointment to a judgeship. The winner of the special election would be eligible to serve out the remainder of Palmucci’s term, which expires at the end of 2023. The winning candidate could run for a full two-year term in next November’s municipal election.

City Council President Noel DiBona, one of the council’s three at-large members, will serve as the point of contact for Ward 4 residents until the new councillor is seated next year. Residents can reach DiBona by email at ndibona@quincyma.gov or by phone at 617-834-4081.

The complete agenda for Monday’s City Council meeting can be found here.

Elaine M. McGrail, 83

Elaine Marie McGrail of Quincy, formerly of Brighton and Hyde Park, passed away on Monday, November 28, 2022.  She was 83.

Elaine M. McGrail

She was born in Boston to Katherine Marie (Kenney) and John William Elliott, Sr. and was raised in Brighton and Hyde Park. After graduating high school, she held several jobs, married, and raised three children.  In her forties, she went back to school and earned her associates degree at Quincy Junior College in early education. She also took classes at Wheelock College, UMASS Boston, and Boston State Teachers college.

Elaine never stopped learning and became a wealth of knowledge through self -education. She was extremely independent and self-sufficient. She was small in stature but large in accomplishment.  Her strong will and clever mind always brought her solutions to any problem she couldn’t solve with physical strength alone.

One of Elaine’s greatest joys in life was gardening. Her passion for gardening began at an early age and grew deeper throughout her life. She was a member of the Wollaston Garden Club for many years and thoroughly enjoyed working with them on projects throughout the city of Quincy. In earlier years she created a 4H program where she would pass on her vast knowledge and love of horticulture. Through this program she created a community vegetable garden where she inspired the neighborhood children to learn about gardening.

Elaine’s generosity was not limited to the gift of knowledge, she gave a lot of her time to her community as well through involvement in many local programs and activities such as Head Start early childhood education, Quincy Community Action, Germantown Historical Society, Germantown Neighborhood Center, Gull Point Yacht club, Saint Boniface Church and many more.  Her involvement in her local community was strong.

Her legacy is not limited to her community service and gardens.  She leaves a family that she loved dearly and truly enjoyed being around.  In her spare time, she enjoyed family vacations, spending time with her children and grandchildren and connecting with old friends.

Wife of the late Charles McGrail, Sr. Devoted mother of Amy K. Nazzaro and her husband Stephen of Braintree, Susan A. Jason and her partner Brett Bongarzone of Scituate and Charles F. McGrail, Jr. and his wife Jennifer of Quincy.  Loving sister of Jeanne Fogerty of Windham, NH also survived by Warren Elliott and his wife Karen of Abington.  Cherished grandmother of Andrew Nazzaro, Brian Nazzaro, James Nazzaro, Charlie McGrail, Collin McGrail and Caroline McGrail.

Predeceased by her siblings: Alberta Nickerson and John William Elliott, Jr. and her parents: Katherine Marie (Kenney) and John William Elliott, Sr.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited greet the family during the visiting hours on Tuesday, December 6, 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 9:15 AM on Wednesday, December 7, prior to the Funeral Mass in St. Ann’s Church, Quincy at 10 AM. Burial in Pine Hill Cemetery, Quincy.

Please see www.Keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Elaine’s name to the Wollaston Garden Club, PO Box 147, Quincy, MA, 02170 (Attention: Jan Clifford).  Donations will continue Elaine’s legacy by funding further horticultural education through local scholarship.

Terence J. Farrell, Jr., 82

Terence J. “Terry” Farrell, Jr., of Hingham, passed away peacefully at home November 28, 2022, age 82, after a July 2022 diagnosis of glioblastoma. Beloved Husband of 30 years to Amy (Walsh) Farrell. Loving father to Paige M. of Rockport, MA, Sean V. of Manchester, MA, Terence M. of Boston, MA, John (Jack) of Hingham, MA and Katherine (Kate) of NYC. Cherished brother of Robert D Farrell, SJ retired from Boston College, of Weston, MA. Dear uncle and brother-in-law to the Gangemi family, Beth (Walsh), John, Julia and Sebastian. Terry is also survived by his former wife, Juni Van Dyke of Manchester, MA.

Terence J. Farrell, Jr.

Born in Leominster, MA to Terence and Pauline, Terry was a proud alumnus of the College of the Holy Cross, Class of 1961, and Boston College Law School, Class of 1964.  Terry began his career in Washington DC after law school working on legislation and regulations in the predecessor agency to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). After several years in Washington, Terry moved back to the Boston area to begin work in the field which would define him for much of his professional career: real estate.

Terry worked as an assistant director in the City of Boston’s Redevelopment Authority in the White administration before shifting to the private sector. After working at North American Development, he joined Peabody Construction in 1975, which began a ten-year relationship with Edward A Fish affiliated entities. Terry’s role at Peabody focused on the development of low-moderate income housing throughout the Northeast. In 1985, Terry assumed the role of President and COO of Edward A Fish Associates. During his tenure, Terry was successful in developing commercial and residential property throughout the East, including a 2MM SF office park, redevelopment of the Chelsea Naval Hospital, and a variety of residential projects, both apartments and condominiums.

In 1990, Terry brought his significant real estate experience and skills to work out and dispose of troubled real estate assets for RECOLL Management, a subsidiary of Fleet National Bank. This was the beginning of a new chapter in Terry’s professional career: corporate real estate. During the 25 years Terry was with Fleet and its successor, Bank of America, Terry managed teams of real estate professionals responsible for a 26MM square foot portfolio, due diligence for fifteen mergers, and subsequent dispositions of bank owned real assets, both corporate and retail, following integration of those acquisitions.

Terry’s true superpower, however, was making friends and mentoring colleagues.  Terry found such delight in learning about people’s backgrounds and families. He loved providing counsel and advice on next career steps while making introductions and facilitating advancement opportunities for his team members. Terry nurtured friendships long after the day-to-day work relationships had ended. There were Friday morning calls,  emails and dinners with the Rogues Gallery which allowed Terry to sustain these relationships over many years.

Terry loved the coastal communities where he spent his adult life and was committed to making them better through service, as an elected member of the Manchester School Committee, an appointed member of the Cohasset Zoning Board of Appeals, and dedicated Barker and GALS youth basketball coach in Hingham.

But more than anything, Terry loved his five children, each accomplished in so many ways. Paige, Sean, Terence, Jack, and Kate brought Terry restorative joy. He relished time in their company as adults sharing updates on their latest endeavors and achievements just as when they were younger sharing updates on school days. Terry cherished summer vacations spent in Orleans, including organization of the prestigious Farrell Invitational, a highly competitive and selective minigolf Tour across the outer Cape. Terry was at peace knowing he was able to provide for his family and leave a legacy of a loving, caring father and partner.

Visiting hours will be held Monday, December 5, from 3-7 PM at Pyne Keohane Funeral Home, 21 Emerald Street, Hingham MA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday at 10 AM at St Paul’s Church 147 North Street, Hingham MA.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Terry’s name can be made to School The World or the Hingham Historical Society.

Bruce MacDonald Knowles, 79

Bruce MacDonald Knowles, 79, of Quincy, MA, died early Friday evening, Nov. 25, 2022, at the home of his son where he was receiving hospice care.

Bruce MacDonald Knowles

He was born on July 3, 1943, in Chelsea, MA, the first of six children of Freeman S. and Marjorie (Johnson) Knowles.  Bruce graduated from Quincy High School, then served as a forward artillery observer in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War (1961-1966).  After returning home, Bruce married (Gilda Kaufman) in 1969, and went on to become a police officer at CONRAIL and earn his associate degree through night courses at Quincy College and Harvard University.  After Bruce retired from the police force, he kept busy for a number of years working at Hannaford’s.

Bruce was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks.  He enjoyed “deep-sea” fishing with yucky worms, hiking in National and State Parks, reading, storytelling, midnight explores, drives through the leshy woods, and visiting with his family and friends.

Bruce is loved by his children, Joshua and his wife Rebecca of Naples, ME, Matthew and his wife Ashley of N. Attleboro, MA, AJ and his husband Nathan of Boston, MA, and Jessica and her husband Noel of Abington, MA; his grandchildren Jacob, Samuel, Emma, Job, Xavier, Drake, Tanda, Leo, Jordan, and Zoey; his siblings: Freeman (Buddy) Knowles and his wife Jane, Brian Knowles, Barbara Susko and her husband Steve, and his brother-in-law Arthur Smith; and his many loving nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.  He was predeceased by his sisters Marjorie Forte, and Kathryn Smith.

Bruce truly appreciated the love and support of his friends from his days at Hannaford’s, as well as the close friends he made at Fenno House.

Robin L. Koretsky

11/1/1956 to 11/25/22

Robin L. Koretsky

A reoccurrence of breast cancer took our beloved Robin away from us much too soon. She will be remembered as a feisty, strong willed woman with a kind heart and caring spirit.

She started her life in Boston, Ma, the youngest of three daughters to Rita and Harold Koretsky. After the family moved to Quincy, Mass,  Robin completed public school at North Quincy High and went on to get a Bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts from Brandeis University.

Robin moved to Dallas over 40 years ago, eager to leave the snow and cold of the Northeast.  Her career path took her from the Coop at Harvard University, to AT & T, a law firm, Texas Business Journal and a real estate management company.  What Robin loved about all these varied jobs were the good friends that she accrued along the way.

She loved travel, a good movie, making jewelry and shared experiences with family and friends.

She leaves behind sisters Emily Lloyd and Paula Rys; brothers in law Cliff Nimrod and Ken Rys; nephew David Rys (Bri) and family; niece Dianne Cantara (Josh); many loving cousins and good friends.

Please honor Robin’s memory by enjoying life every day and being grateful for all of your blessings.  Donations to charities providing treatment to breast cancer patients would mean much to her family and friends.

Lois I. Dougherty, 91

Lois I. (Grassick) Dougherty, age 91, of Braintree, died peacefully, Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth.

Lois I. Dougherty

Lois was born in Quincy, to the late Donald and Mary (McLeod) Grassick. Raised and educated there, she was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1948. Lois also attended Fisher College. She lived in Braintree for sixty-eight years.

Lois was a lifelong active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Quincy where she served as a Deacon and sang in the church choir. She enjoyed golfing and gardening. Lois loved the companionship of her cats.

Lois was a devoted homemaker. She was dedicated to her family, especially her loving children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, supporting all their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved wife of the late J. Leo Dougherty.

Devoted mother of Leslie A. Dougherty and her husband Mark Peretti of Bourne, James D. Dougherty and his wife Beth of Boxford, Joanne Leahy and her husband Paul of Winchester, and John T. Dougherty of Needham.

Loving grandmother of seven and great grandmother of five.

The last of three siblings, Lois was pre-deceased by Anna Warmington and Elaine Hubbell.

She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and their families.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Sunday, December 4, from 2 – 5 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Funeral Services will be conducted at First Presbyterian Church, 270 Franklin Street, Quincy, on Monday, December 5, at 10 o’clock. Reverend Drew Hanson will officiate. Interment to follow at Braintree Cemetery.

For those who wish, donations in Lois’ memory may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Scholarship Fund, 270 Franklin Street, Quincy, MA 02169 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452.

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

Marjorie M. Comoletti

Margie passed away surrounded by her family the evening of Nov. 23, 2022. Margie was the daughter of two Irish immigrants, growing up in South Boston and eventually the family moved to their home in Houghs Neck in Quincy. Margie had many fond memories here, including ice skating home with her late sister, Esther, after school. Margie met her husband, Vinny, in Quincy when she was 16 while attempting to find a ride during the bus strike, when Vinny and his friend offered her and her friend a ride. The two wed upon his return from his army service during the Korean War. Soon after, they had their first son, Glenn; followed by their only daughter, Diane, and two more sons David and Jeffery.

Marjorie M. Comoletti

Margie spent much of her life helping others. Margie would teach young disabled children how to swim for many years. She also dedicated years of service to Meals on Wheels, helping package food and supply meals to people who relied on this service. For a period of time she volunteered with an adult day care for people with dementia; assisting them with fun activities and providing them with company and a listening ear.

Margie is survived by her younger sister, Veronica, son Glenn and wife Candy, daughter Diane, son David and wife Anne, son Jeffery, grandchildren Alicia and husband Adam, Ashley and partner Tom, Jillian and husband Chris, Allison and husband Brad, David, Adam, Matthew, Andrew, and Great grandchildren Amelia, Thomas, Arthur, and Emma. She will be dearly missed.

Private services have been held for immediate family members.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Heart Association in Marjorie’s memory.

Marilyn F. Young, 79

Marilyn Frances Young, 79 of Hingham, died peacefully on Nov. 27, 2022, after a brief illness, with her loving family by her side.

Marilyn F. Young

Marilyn retired several years ago, as the Executive Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Dunkin Donuts Corporation in Randolph. Marilyn was dedicated to her family and friends.  She was a person who did so much for others, but never wanted to be recognized for her generous actions and compassionate nature.  Marilyn took great pride in her Irish heritage and lived the life of a strong, loyal, Irish woman; who had tremendous faith, strong moral values and a great sense of humor.  Marilyn loved taking trips to Florida to visit her sister’s family as well as Disney World.  She also traveled to various states visiting her friends, especially her best friend since grade school, Judi Morris of Arizona.  She was a long-time fan of Boston sports, especially the Patriots and the Red Sox.  Marilyn loved to work on a multitude of crafts with her sisters sitting around the family dining room table.

Marilyn is survived by many loving and supportive nieces and nephews, Jason Nichols of Westborough, Laura Mabry of Florida, Victoria Damon of Weymouth, Kelly Anderson (Goddaughter) of Florida, Matthew Nichols of Westborough, Leah Belcher of Rockland, Julie Young of Abington and Sandra Young of Randolph; she also leaves behind many great-nieces and great-nephews.  Marilyn had a very special and unique relationship with her devoted Godchildren, Catherine Martin of Halifax, Christine Daffer of California, Jonathan VonDette of Norwell, Scott Wesson of Cambridge, and Zachary Belcher of Rockland.

Marilyn is the daughter of the late Arthur and Mary Young of Hingham.  She was preceded in death by her sisters, who were also her best friends, Carol Young, Nancy Nichols, Grace Williams, Christine Arthur and Kathleen Young. Marilyn is also predeceased by her nephew and Godson David Nichols, niece Denise Arthur, and nephew Joshua Arthur.

Marilyn will be greatly missed and will live on in the hearts of all those who shared her life’s journey.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, from 4-8 PM in the Pyne Keohane Funeral Home, 21 Emerald St. (off Central St.), HINGHAM. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9:15 AM on Wednesday, December 7, 2022, prior to the Funeral Mass in Church of the Resurrection, Hingham at 10 AM. Cremation to follow. Please see www.Keohane.com for directions and online condolences.