Vincent P. Zagami

Vincent P. Zagami, age 80, a lifelong Quincy resident, died peacefully, Thursday, September 30, 2021 at the Colony Center for Health and Rehabilitation in Abington.

Vincent P. Zagami

Vincent was born in Quincy, where he was raised and educated. He was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1959.

He was employed as a pipe coverer and was a proud member of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers, Local 6 for fifty-five years.

Vin was a veteran, serving four years in the U.S. Navy as a seaman, aboard the destroyer, USS Lowry (DD-770).

He was a member of the South Shore YMCA in Quincy where he enjoyed walking, swimming and his many friendships. He was also a New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox fan.

Beloved son of the late Joseph W. and Violet (Sebastini) Zagami. Devoted brother of Joseph L. Zagami and his wife Judith of Quincy. Dear uncle of Diane Rubin of Canton and the late Deborah Condon-Davis and her surviving husband William Davis of Quincy. Great uncle of Jamie Rubin of Holbrook, Danielle Rubin of Canton, Kristen Condon and Cory Condon both of Quincy. Vin is also survived by many cousins and friends.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Monday, October 4, from 4 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy, on Tuesday, October 5, at 10 a.m. Interment, with military honors, to follow at Pine Hill Cemetery, West Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in Vincent’s memory may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516.

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

Homeless Man Charged With Arson At Quincy Walmart, Roche Bros

By SCOTT JACKSON

The Walmart location in Quincy has reopened days after police said a man intentionally set a fire inside the store.

The store reopened at noon on Thursday.

Firefighters were called to the Walmart at 301 Falls Blvd. just before 6:30 p.m. on Monday, according to Capt. John Dougan of the Quincy Police Department. When they arrived, firefighters saw fire and heavy smoke coming from the building, and people running from the store.

When police arrived, Dougan said one man standing near the front door “caught the officers’ eyes” as he matched the description of the party who was believed to have started the fire. Dougan said police asked the man if he had started the fire, to which the suspect responded, “yeah, I started the fire.”

The suspect – identified as Ronald Wulfer, a 35-year-old homeless man from Quincy – was then arrested and brought to police headquarters. Dougan said officers found a Bic lighter in Wulfer’s possession, which Wulfer said he used to start the fire.

Wulfer also told officers he started a fire at a wooden fence outside the Roche Bros at 101 Falls Blvd. on Sunday evening, Dougan said.

Dougan said Wulfer was charged with two counts of arson, one count of defacing property and one count of disorderly conduct. Arraignment information was not immediately available Thursday.

Weymouth Man Charged With Robbing Quincy Bank

By SCOTT JACKSON

A Weymouth man has been charged with robbing the Quincy Credit Union on Tuesday after turning himself into police.

Capt. John Dougan of the Quincy Police Department said officers were called to the credit union’s main branch at 100 Quincy Ave. around 1 p.m. on Tuesday for a report of an unarmed robbery.

Dougan said the suspect – a white male blue sweatshirt, gray hat and a backpack – approached a teller and passed a noting demanding. The suspect was given a $20 bill and fled the bank. After leaving the bank, Dougan said the suspect removed his sweatshirt and hat and, in the process, dropped the bill.

At approximately 6:15 p.m. that evening, Dougan said Weymouth police contacted Quincy police and said a man had entered the police station and told officers he had robbed the Quincy Credit Union about five hours earlier.

The suspect, identified as Alexander Montanaro, 35, of Weymouth, was then arrested on a charge of unarmed robbery.  Arraignment information for Montanaro was not immediately available Thursday.

John J. Morrissey, Sr., 95

John J. Morrissey, Sr., 95, of Quincy, died at home surrounded by his family on September 28, 2021.

John J. Morrissey, Sr.

The beloved husband of the late Margaret M. (Shea) Morrissey. Loving father of Margaret McKenna and her husband John of Quincy, John J. Morrissey, Jr. and his wife Laurie of Raynham, Vincent D. Morrissey and his wife Melissa of Braintree, Charles L. Morrissey and his wife Kimberly of Pembroke and Julie A. Greene and her husband John of Weymouth. Brother of Sr. Mildred Morrissey, FMM of Providence, RI, Marie Malloy of Yarmouth, Daniel Morrissey of Brockton and the late Sylvia Yunits, Anne and David Morrissey.  Mr. Morrissey is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He had a very special place in his heart for his companion, Skittles his cat.

John grew up in Dorchester, St. Mark’s Parish area.  He graduated from Boston Latin School and entered into the US Army in 1943. He proudly served his country during WWII.

After his military career, he enrolled at Boston College and earned his bachelor’s degree in 1955. John worked as a social worker for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and achieved the position of director in the Department of Transitional Assistance.

A devout Catholic, John was a member of the Holy Name Society. He had a passion for trains, he enjoyed building models and set up his basement to fit an entire train set. John was an avid Patriots fan, he also enjoyed watching golf. He enjoyed traveling and drove across this country many times.

The fabric of his life was his family. He loved to play with all his grandchildren, they were what gave his life meaning. John will be remembered as a true gentleman who cherished his family. He will be sadly missed by all those who knew him.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Monday 5-8 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 Tuesday prior to the Funeral Mass in Holy Trinity Parish at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Quincy at 10 AM. Burial in Mt. Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

Donations in memory of John may be made to Hospice of South Shore, 30 Reservoir Park Drive, Rockland, MA 92370.

See keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

RIDE Paratransit Trips From Logan Airport Will Be Free Beginning Oct. 1

The MBTA announced Wednesday (Sept. 29) that paratransit RIDE trips that originate from all Logan Airport terminals and end within three-quarter miles of the MBTA’s subway system will be free beginning Friday, Oct. 1. This service complements the free transit service offered to riders on the fixed-route system from the airport.

As the MBTA continually assesses transit equity, and to bring parity for the T’s paratransit riders, the MBTA is now offering free RIDE service for trips from Logan Airport to points on the fixed-route subway system. These RIDE trips from any Logan Airport terminal will be free beginning October 1 and will remain free as long as SL1 services from Logan Airport to South Station are free. Previously, paratransit trips from Logan Airport to points along the MBTA’s subway system were charged a fare of $3.35. The RIDE provides approximately 1,000 trips from Logan Airport annually.

The RIDE Flex program, which is non-ADA, is excluded from this offering.

The RIDE paratransit service is federally mandated under the ADA and provides door-to-door, shared-ride transportation to ADA-determined eligible people who are unable to use the subway, bus, or trolley due to a temporary or permanent disability. RIDE services are available in over 50 cities and towns in the greater Boston area that are served by the MBTA’s fixed route with similar operating hours to them – generally from 5 AM to 1 AM daily and including holidays.

The SL1 bus is free from Logan Airport and picks up at every terminal with free connections to subway services at South Station.

For more information on The RIDE program, how it operates, fares, eligibility determination, and more, visit mbta.com/TheRIDE, or connect with the T on Twitter @MBTA, on Facebook /TheMBTA, or on Instagram @theMBTA.

Jane A. Oliverio, 85

Jane A. (McAnarney) Oliverio, age 85, a longtime Quincy resident, died peacefully, Tuesday, September 28, 2021, in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Jane A. Oliverio

Jane was born in Quincy, to the late James J. and Evelyn M. (Gorman) McAnarney. She was raised and educated in Boston schools and was a graduate of the Jeremiah E. Burke High School. She had lived in Quincy for fifty-two years.

She was employed for many years with the New England Telephone Company in the Quincy office as an investigator and was a member of the New England Telephone Pioneers Association.

Jane enjoyed music, traveling, and knitting. She also loved animals and her family’s pets.

Most of all, she was devoted to her family and was especially proud of her grandchildren and great grandchildren, supporting all their many activities and accomplishments.

Wife of the late Robert J. Oliverio. Devoted mother of Deborah Starr, Diane Trubiano and her husband Anthony, all of Quincy, Steven Oliverio and his wife Vivian of Plainville, and John Oliverio of Quincy.

Jane was the cherished grandmother of nine grandchildren and many great grandchildren. She was also grandmother of the late Danielle Oliverio.

Dear sister of Joan Hardiman and her husband Kevin of Dorchester, Lynn Basile and her husband John of Quincy. Jane is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Monday, October 4, at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visitation prior to the service from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Interment to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery in Braintree.

For those who wish, donations in Jane’s memory may be made to the Quincy Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 690088, Quincy, MA 02269-0088.

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

Racial Slur Found At South West Middle School

By SCOTT JACKSON

The principal at South West Middle School in Quincy said an investigation is underway to identify whoever left hateful graffiti including a racial slur inside one of the school’s bathrooms and pledged to hold the responsible party accountable.

Derek Lakey, the school’s principal, said the graffiti was found in the bathroom on Tuesday.

“Hateful graffiti including a racial slur was found in one of our restrooms today,” Lakey wrote in an open letter.  “This graffiti is extremely offensive to the entire school community and will not be tolerated at South West Middle School.  An investigation is underway and the offensive graffiti has been removed.  Please know that those identified as involved in this misconduct will be held accountable and appropriately disciplined.

“Moving forward, we will use this incident as an opportunity to reinforce that as a school community, we stand for respect and inclusion.  At South West Middle School, we pride ourselves on providing a safe and welcoming learning environment for staff and students.  We will continue to emphasize these values at every opportunity inside and outside the classroom.”

Lakey invited anyone concerned about the incident to reach out to him or other staff members.

“If you or your student have concerns about this incident, please feel free to reach out to me at 617-984-8729 or via email at dereklakey@quincypublicschools.com,” he wrote.  “Assistant Principal Susan Foley (susanfoley@quincypublicschools.com) and Guidance Counselors Shane Abboud (shaneabboud@quincypublicschools.com) and Jill Kyranis (jillkyranis@quincypublicschools.com) are available to speak with you or your student as well.”

The graffiti at South West Middle School was discovered one day after a student with the GOALS program – which is located in a building on Hunt Street in North Quincy – was charged with bringing a handgun to school.

In an open letter published Monday, the date of the incident, Supt. Kevin Mulvey said the student admitting having the handgun with them inside the GOALS building. Before police could arrive, Mulvey said the student fled to the North Quincy MBTA station and boarded a train. The train was stopped before leaving the station, however, and the student was arrested without incident.

“This morning, a student at the GOALS program was found to be in possession of a weapon, specifically a handgun.  The student was quickly removed to an administrative area of the building and the student admitted to having a handgun on their person because of safety concerns outside of school. A GOALS administrator alerted the Quincy Police Department, Director of Safety & Security Michael Draicchio, and me,” Mulvey wrote.

“Anticipating the Quincy Police Department’s arrival, the student fled from the GOALS building to the North Quincy MBTA station and boarded a train.  The Quincy Police Department notified the MBTA Police and the train was stopped before departing the station. After a search of the train, the student was identified and arrested without incident at the North Quincy MBTA station and the handgun was confiscated by the police.”

Mulvey thanked school staff and police for their response to the incident.

“My sincerest thanks go to the staff of the GOALS program, due to their actions and the support of the Quincy Police Department and the MBTA Police Department, this very serious event ended without injury to any member of the community.  As you know, safety and security is very important to all of us here at Quincy Public Schools and I want to stress that the student did not threaten any staff members or students at any time,” he said.

“Please contact me at kevinmulvey@quincypublicschools.com or at 617-984-8701 if you have questions or concerns.”

Mayor Thomas Koch, in a statement, commended the response by school staff.

“From the initial response to the resolution, the school staff and our police officers did a truly excellent job in handling this incident and ensuring it ended the way it did,” he said.

Norfolk Republican Committee Sponsoring Nationally Known Speaker On CRT Oct. 7

The Norfolk County Republican Committee is sponsoring a public discussion led by William Jacobson on the impact of Critical Race Theory (CRT) on American education and culture. The presentation will be held Thursday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 18, 155 Eastern Ave., Dedham.

Suggested donation is $20 which includes light refreshments.

Tickets may be purchased on-line at www.Facebook.com/NorfolkCountyRepublicans or at the door in cash.

CRT has burst into the public consciousness recently as several long-held tenets about historical race relations in America have been called into question, resulting in many local schools changing their history and social studies curriculum and many business and government offices changing their employment practices.

Jacobson is a clinical professor of law and director of the Securities Law Clinic at Cornell Law School. He is a 1984 graduate of Harvard Law School.

Professor Jacobson founded the Legal Insurrection website in 2008. He is now the president of the Legal Insurrection Foundation, an investigative research group that tracks developments in Critical Race Theory in education and the culture at large. He has written and spoken extensively about Critical Race Theory, campus free speech issues, and the history and tactics of the anti-Israel movement. A captivating, engaging public speaker, he is a leading voice on the far-reaching ramifications of CRT on our society.

Councillors Want Truck Ban On Furnace Brook Parkway Enforced

By SCOTT JACKSON

Quincy city councillors on Monday called upon state officials to enforce the existing commercial traffic ban on Furnace Brook Parkway.

Councillors unanimously approved a resolution – put forward by Charles Phelan Jr., Brian Palmucci and Anne Mahoney – asking the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, which owns the road, and State Police to enforce the commercial traffic ban.

Phelan said smartphone apps like Waze are directing drivers of commercial vehicles to cut through Furnace Brook Parkway and abutting neighborhood roads, even though commercial trucks are prohibited from using the parkway.

“What I have had problems with is huge tractor-trailers coming down Furnace Brook Parkway…taking turns off of Waze and going into neighborhoods. It let up a little during the pandemic but now it is starting to kick back up and there are huge delivery trucks that the street was never meant for,” Phelan said.

“These tractor-trailers will come down side streets, get caught in the middle of the street, and you have a disaster.”

Phelan suggested copies of the resolution should be sent to State Police and members of Quincy’s delegation on Beacon Hill to emphasize the importance of enforcing the commercial traffic ban.

“These roadways were never meant for this kind of heavy traffic on them,” Phelan said. “There are going to be a lot of cars – that is inevitable – but that is what is supposed to on them.”

Councillor Noel DiBona said he has heard from residents concerned about trucks on Furnace Brook Parkway and nearby roads over the past six years.

“You’re talking about going down the side streets – they are also going down do-not-enters and one-way systems sometimes. We have to prevent that from happening and I am happy that this is going forward,” DiBona said.

“I’m happy to see this come about and hopefully we can get this resolved as we move forward.”

Ward 6 Councillor William Harris delivery trucks should not be taking Furnace Brook Parkway and neighborhood streets.

“They are supposed to be going right onto the highway, not cutting through Furnace Brook Parkway, not going through our neighborhoods. It’s not right,” Harris said.

“This is a quality of life issue and that is what we are here to protect.”

Daniel W. Mullin, 60

Daniel W. Mullin, 60, of Quincy, formerly of South Boston, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Saturday, September 25, 2021, at the Webster Park Rehabilitation in Rockland.

Daniel W. Mullin

Born in Boston on October 23, 1960, he was raised in South Boston and attended local schools. Daniel graduated from the Christopher Columbus High School in Boston’s North End with the Class of 1978. He later went to work as a purchasing agent for Bennett Electrical. He was a hardworking individual, and never missed a day of work.

Those who knew Daniel know of his love for golf. If there wasn’t snow on the ground, Daniel made his way to the course. In his spare time, he also enjoyed going to the gym, watching NASCAR and his favorite sports teams: Las Vegas Raiders and Boston Celtics.

Daniel was an honest person and loved his family and dogs very much. There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for those he cared for. He will be missed by all the lives he touched.

Daniel was a cherished son of Eleonore (Mickiewicz) Mullin of Quincy, and the late Daniel P. Mullin. He was the devoted brother of Theresa Gilbert and her husband Neal of Quincy, Elena Mullin and her husband Howard Carson of Philadelphia, Barbara Mullin of Billerica, and Gregory Mullin of Quincy. Daniel was the loving uncle of Kerrianne Provost and her husband Jared of Billerica, Sarah and Steven Gilbert, both of Quincy, Daniel and Robert Magill, both of Billerica. He was the loving great uncle of Sean, Riley, and Connor Provost, all of Billerica. Daniel is also survived by many loving cousins, extended family, and friends.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Sunday, October 3, 2021, 4-8PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY. The family requests that all visitors wear a face mask.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 8:45AM on Monday, October 4, 2021, prior to the Funeral Mass in Our Lady of Czestochowa Catholic Parish-South Boston, at 10AM.

Following cremation, Daniel will be interred privately in Milton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in Daniel’s name to MSPCA, Attn: Donation, 350 S. Huntington Ave., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 or Alzheimer’s Association, MA Chapter, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452.

See keohane.com for directions and online condolences.