Quincy Students Walk Out To Protest Hate Speech

By SCOTT JACKSON

Students from Quincy’s two high schools walked out of class on Nov. 12 to protest racism, hate speech and injustice.

The protest came on the heels of an altercation involving two Quincy High School students, one of whom allegedly made a video containing hate speech. School officials say both students involved are facing discipline.

Quincy High School students left the building around 9:30 a.m. on the morning of Nov. 12. They first walked to City Hall and then to North Quincy High School, where they were met by students from that school who joined the protest. Some of the students then returned to Quincy High School while others returned home.

During the protest, the students could be heard chanting, “no justice, no peace.” Many of the students also carried signs during the protest.

Earlier last week, some students at Quincy High School had received a cellphone video showing a student using a racial slur and expressing hatred of Black people, according to published reports.

On Nov. 9, a student confronted the student who allegedly created the video and a physical altercation ensued. A video of that altercation, which was broken up by adults, has also circulated among students.

Supt. Kevin Mulvey, in a letter released following the Nov. 12 protest, said both students involved in that altercation were facing discipline, though some students had stated only one of the two were punished.

“One factor in today’s student action is misinformation that is circulating online that only the student who initiated Tuesday’s altercation at Quincy High School is being held accountable through disciplinary actions,” Mulvey wrote on Nov. 12. “While the specifics cannot be shared, there are serious long-term consequences for the student who created the video.”

In a separate letter sent on Nov. 14, Mulvey said the district was taking students’ and parents’ concerns about racism seriously.

“Please be assured that the district has heard and acknowledges the concerns of students and families regarding systemic racism within our school community and is taking steps to address them as quickly and comprehensively as possible,” he wrote.

Students were planning another walk out on Monday, Mulvey wrote, but he said the district would not allow them to do so because they would be missing out on time in the classroom.

“While the district recognizes the importance of student protest, particularly when it addresses serious concerns about racism within our school community, we cannot continue to have students leave school and miss valuable educational time,” Mulvey said.

“Therefore, please be advised that students are not permitted to leave their school buildings without being dismissed by a parent or guardian.  If students do choose to leave their school buildings they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and meet with the principal to return to school that day.   As with any absence, if students leave school and do not return, they will be held responsible for assignments not completed during the class periods they do not attend.”

“It is critically important that we as a community are unified in our effort to use our educational resources to end racism,” the superintendent added.  “This must be a collaborative approach and making sure that our students attend and remain in school is an important part of this collaboration.

“We ask that you encourage your students to seek out trusted adults at school (for example, teachers, guidance staff, deans, coaches, or administrators) to share their experiences and concerns.”

In response to the incident at Quincy High School, the district held a virtual forum for parents and guardians the afternoon of Nov. 12. An in-person forum is scheduled for Monday evening at Quincy High School starting at 5 p.m. Both those forums were scheduled prior to the walkout on Nov. 12.

Also over the weekend, Point Webster Middle School Principal Christine Barrett said she was notified on Nov. 12 about a video recording involving three eighth grade students “that contained racist language directed at specific students at Point Webster Middle School.”

“The video has been shared within the school community and is very disturbing to all of us,” Barrett wrote in an open letter. “The student who was recorded using the targeted racist language is subject to serious disciplinary consequences for their actions.”

Barrett said some students at Point Webster had been planning a walk out of their own for Monday but said students would not be allowed to leave the building because of their age.

“Given the age of our students, I am concerned about student safety.  Therefore, students will not be permitted to leave the building,” Barrett wrote.

“Please be advised that we will offer students a safe space within their classrooms to have the opportunity to share their concerns and let their voices be heard by teachers, administrators, and student support staff.”

Angelina F. Ryan, 93

Angelina F. (Calabro) Ryan, age 93, a lifelong resident of Quincy, died peacefully, Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at Queen Anne Nursing Home in Hingham, surrounded by her loving family.

Angelina F. Ryan

Born in Quincy, to the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Celata) Calabro, she was raised and educated there.

Ann was primarily a homemaker but had also worked as a cashier at the former Linda May Bakery Corp. on Southern Artery in Quincy.

She was a devout Catholic and a longtime active parishioner of Saint Mary’s Church in West Quincy.

She enjoyed playing bingo. Most of all, Ann was devoted to her family, especially her children and grandchildren. She was a fun-loving grandmother and great-grandmother, and enjoyed playing ball with the kids and even teaching them how to drive.

Beloved wife of the late Richard F. “Berger” Ryan, Jr. Devoted mother of Patricia A. Faiella and her husband Rudolph “Rudy” of East Weymouth, Michael J. Ryan and his wife Deborah of Plymouth, Richard F. Ryan III and his wife Theresa of Quincy, and Edward P. Ryan and his wife Mary of Hanover.

Loving grandmother of Louis and Michael Faiella, Stacey Ryan Keefe and Kelley Lucero, Richard and Nicholas Ryan, Daniel, Matthew, and John Ryan. Cherished great grandmother of Ryan and Jonathan Faiella, Caitlyn and Michael Faiella, Ella Marie Ryan, Maxx and Mia Lucero.

Dear sister of Frances Bullock of Weymouth, Robert Calabro and his wife Judith of Whitman, Lorraine Roberts of Braintree, and predeceased by Anthony Calabro, Marie Walsh, Samuel Calabro, Joseph Calabro, Elizabeth “Lil” Iacobacci, John Calabro, Michael Calabro, Ann Calabro, Stephen Calabro, and Richard “Dickie” Calabro. Mrs. Ryan is also survived by many nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Sunday, November 14, from 2 – 5 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Divine Mercy Parish in Saint Mary’s Church, 95 Crescent Street, West Quincy, on Monday, November 15, at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Saint Mary’s Cemetery.

For those who wish, donations in Ann’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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

A. Jocelyn Johnston, 89

A. Jocelyn (Matheson) Johnston of Wollaston died peacefully at her home on Saturday, November 6, 2021. She was 89, exactly one month away from her 90th birthday.

A. Jocelyn Johnston

Born in Boston on December 6, 1931, she was the daughter of the late William Kenneth and Katherine Frances (Igoe) Matheson. Jocelyn attended local schools and graduated from Revere High School with the Class of 1949.  She spent childhood weekends on her Dad’s beloved sailboat, the Westwind, which informed her abiding love of the ocean.

Family was the central concern of Jocelyn’s life. She was devoted to her seven children, and took special pleasure in being a Nana to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jocelyn was an avid reader, reading one, sometimes two, books a day. She was thoughtful, informed and a font of knowledge on many topics, sometimes surprising in her retention of everything from world history to Justin Bieber.

Jocelyn had a great sense of humor and didn’t take herself too seriously. She amused her children and grandchildren in numerous ways, including sharing her blunt, sometimes scorching opinions, even when not asked, and with her fiery relationship to all things technology-related (she was often heard screeching at her Alexa or directing one of her grandchildren to search for something “on their letterbox”, also known as a laptop computer).

Jocelyn’s great spirit and vitality are part of her legacy that continue through her family. She will be missed by all the lives she touched.

Jocelyn was the beloved wife of the late Thomas F. Johnston, who she met on Craigville Beach, Cape Cod and married on October 27,1956. They were together until his death in 1990. She was the devoted mother of Lynne Johnston of Quincy, Jeanne Johnston of Weymouth, Tom Johnston of Boston, Janet Johnston and her partner Carl Cyr of Weymouth, Ken Johnston of Boston, Julie Hart and her husband Stephen of Quincy, and Jennifer Johnston and her husband Brandon Casci of Somerville. Jocelyn was the loving grandmother of 13 and the loving great grandmother of 11. She was the dear sister of Peggy Saquet of Ipswich, Kathy Boffoli and her late husband Jake of Wellfleet, and the late William Matheson. Jocelyn is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 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 9:30 AM on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, prior to the Funeral Mass at Divine Mercy Parish in St. Ann’s Church, Quincy at 10:30 AM.

Burial in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Jocelyn may be sent to American Lung Assoc. in MA, 1661 Worcester Rd., Suite 301, Framingham, MA 01701 or to St. Joseph’s Indian School, P.O. Box #326, Chamberlain, SD 57326.

See keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

FoxRock Removes Residential Units From Ross Lot Plans

By SCOTT JACKSON

FoxRock Properties no longer plans to include any residential units in its proposed development on the former Ross Lot in Quincy Center. The company will also no longer seek permission to construct a 20-story building on site.

In September, FoxRock went before the Planning Board with a proposal to construct a 150,000-square-foot office building, a 490-car garage, and the 20-story building containing 125 hotel rooms and 200 apartments.

At Wednesday’s Planning Board meeting, David Mahoney, the attorney representing FoxRock during the permitting process, withdrew the company’s request for a special permit to construct the 20-story building. Mahoney told the board the company would be removing the residential units from the project.

“There won’t be a residential component of the project any longer,” he said.

The company is still seeking a certificate of consistency for the overall project. Mahoney had sought a continuance of the public hearing on the certificate of consistency to December or January, allowing the developer time to revise its proposal for the site.

Board members, however, continued the public hearing on the certificate of consistency to Feb. 9. Gregory Galvin, the board’s vice chairman, said moving the hearing to February would give board members enough time to vet the latest proposal.

“It’s a significant project and if we get it right the first time, we won’t to keep continuing it,” he said.

Mahoney objected to the continuance to February.

“It’s not going to get approved in January, but it is very important to my client that it is heard in January for a variety of reasons,” he said.

FoxRock’s development would be located at 37R and 86 Parkingway, which is within the former Ross Lot in Quincy Center. The roughly triangular parcel – which is bounded by General Dunford Drive to the south, Granite Street to the north, General McConville Way to the east and the MBTA tracks to the west – contains 117,366 square feet of land and is located within the Quincy Center Zoning District-15, where buildings can be constructed 15 stories tall by-right and 20 stories high with a special permit.

FoxRock and Mayor Thomas Koch had negotiated a land disposition agreement, which the City Council approved in June 2019, allowing the company to acquire that portion of the Ross Lot from the city and to redevelop it. That LDA also allowed the company to buy out the city’s right of reverter at 114 Whitwell St., formerly home to Quincy Medical Center, freeing it up for a residential redevelopment. The developer agreed to pay the city $4.25 million as part of the pact.

FoxRock’s initial plans for the Ross Lot, as presented to the City Council in 2019, had called for the construction of 110 units of affordable or workforce housing on site.

Diane M. Nicolar, 79

Diane M. (Mosher) Nicolar, age 79, of Quincy, died peacefully, Saturday, November 6, 2021.

Diane M. Nicolar

Diane was born in Worcester, to the late Roy and Evelyn (Benson) Mosher. She was raised and educated in Weymouth. She had lived in Quincy for the past thirty-five years, previously in Weymouth.

She worked as a bartender at various restaurants and establishments. Diane also worked for a short time as a monitor for Parks Trans in Stoughton.

Diane enjoyed crocheting, especially afghans, for which she was well-known. She also enjoyed playing bingo and was an avid sports fan, especially baseball and football.

Beloved companion of the late James D. Graham. Devoted mother of Eric J. Whittaker of Quincy and the late Danny Lee Nicolar. Loving grandmother of Eric, Joshua, Ethan, Annabelle, and Talina. She is also survived by James’ children, James Graham and Scott Graham, both of Weymouth.

At the request of the family, funeral services are private.

For those who wish, donations in Diane’s memory may be made to Vietnam Veterans of America, 8719 Colesville Rd., Suite 100, Silver Spring, MD 20910 or vva.org.

Arrangements under the direction of the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy. You are invited to visit thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.

Stephen R. Little, 67

Stephen R. Little, 67, of Weymouth, formerly of Quincy, passed away on Friday, November 5, 2021.

Stephen R. Little

Stephen was born in Quincy in 1954, the son of Robert T. and Kathleen M. (Prout) Little. He grew up in the Wollaston section of Quincy and graduated from North Quincy High School in 1972. He spent summers with his grandparents at the family summer home “The Farm” in Milton, N.H.

He was a house painter by trade and started his own business, S. R. Little Painting Co. He was an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan and never missed a game.

Stephen loved more than anything to spend time at “The Farm” with his family, especially his eight grandchildren. His family brought him so much joy, including looking forward to soon welcoming his first great-grandchild.

Beloved husband of Deborah A. (Woods) Little.  Devoted father of John and KerriAnn Little of Middleborough, Jason and Lynne Little of Hanover, Stephen Little II of Providence RI, Ryan and Theresa Little of Abington, Michael Little and Katherine Dobi of Lowell, and Korey Ann Little of Weymouth. Adoring Papa to Ayla Little and Cole Merlo, Ava, Melody, Ashley, Kaitlyn, Brock, Madison, and Amelia. Loving brother of Scott and Susan Little of Idaho, Joanne Topkins of Milton, Susan Little and Nick Tangney of Quincy, Jacqueline and Thomas Quinn of Scituate, James Little of West Roxbury, Christopher and Maureen Little of Milton. He is also survived by many in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter Kayla F. Little.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the Funeral Service Friday at 11 am in the Quincy United Methodist Church, 40 Beale St., Quincy.  Visiting hours Thursday 4-7 pm in the Hamel Lydon Chapel, 650 Hancock St., Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Huntington’s Disease Society of America.

Quincy/North Quincy Football Hall Of Fame Inductees Announced

The selection committee of the Quincy/North Quincy Football Hall of Fame announces its class of 2021.

The Quincy inductees are: Paul Bandera 80’, Joe Cardarelli 87’, Mark Glynn 97’ and the undefeated 1970 Team (Special Inductee).

The North Quincy inductees are: Tom Quinn 79’, Mike Gill 84’ and Kevin Bowes 98’.

The inductees will be honored at the 37th annual dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 23rd, at the Quincy Sons of Italy, 120 Quarry St. There will be a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by the dinner at 7 p.m.  Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by contacting Scott Campbell at 857-939-9692.

Those wishing to attend the event are reminded tickets will not be sold at the door.

 

Lebo, Cahill, Gutro Win School Committee Seats

By SCOTT JACKSON

Emily Lebo (top), Tina Cahill and Douglas Gutro won School Committee seats in Tuesday’s municipal election.

Incumbent School Committee members Emily Lebo and Douglas Gutro were reelected to the School Committee in Quincy’s municipal election on Tuesday, and first-time candidate Tina Cahill will join them on the committee in January after winning a seat.

Lebo topped the six-person field in the School Committee race, finishing with 5,128 votes. Cahill was second with 4,807 votes and Gutro finished third with 4,439 votes.

Coming in fourth place was incumbent Courtney Perdios, who had been appointed to the committee in February, with 4,388 votes, 51 fewer than Gutro. First-time candidates Liberty Schaaf and Liz Speakman finished fifth and sixth, with 3,802 and 3,330 votes respectively.

Lebo, a former Quincy Public Schools administrator, has served ten years on the committee. Gutro, a former city councillor, is concluding his first four-year term on the board.

Cahill, the executive director of the Recovered Souls Foundation and a former administrator at Quincy College, was making her first run for elected office. Cahill said she was grateful for and humbled by the support she received during the campaign.

“When I reflect on the past few months, I am overwhelmed by the show of support I have received since I entered the race,” Cahill said in a statement. “I know it’s a cliché, but elections are not about one person; they are about a team of individuals with the same values, priorities, and commitment to the community in which they live. In this race especially, we were focused on what’s best for the students in our city and the education they receive.

“My supporters are second to none. They were passionate, tireless, and committed to my candidacy, and that’s why we were successful. I am incredibly grateful and humbled.

“I hope to make them and the voters proud, and I hope to represent their values, priorities, and commitment to our students and the City of Quincy during my term on the school committee.”

A preliminary election had been held in the School Committee race in September, to whittle a field of seven candidates down to the six who appeared on this month’s ballot.

Cahill and Lebo had topped the field in the September preliminary election, with 2,330 and 2,216 votes respectively. Perdios placed third in the preliminary with 1,984 votes followed by Schaaf with 1,915 votes, Gutro with 1,777 and Speakman with 1,351. Ellen Patterson O’Donnell finished in seventh with 857 and was eliminated from the race.

There were four contested City Council on the ballot.

In the city councillor at-large race, incumbent Noel DiBona topped the field with 7,732 votes. Fellow incumbents Anne Mahoney (6,917 votes) and Nina Liang (6,720) were also reelected. Challenger William Burke finished with 2,705 votes.

DiBona and Liang were elected to their fourth terms on the council and Mahoney her third. DiBona and Mahoney both previously served on the school board.

In the Ward 1 council race, incumbent David McCarthy bested challenger Joseph Murphy, 1,493 to 931. McCarthy, a former school board member, won his third term on the council. He and Murphy have now gone head to head three times.

In the Ward 2 council race, incumbent Anthony Andronico defeated challenger Steven Perdios, 851 to 546. This will be Andronico’s first full term on the council; he was appointed to the Ward 2 seat in January following the resignation of long-time councillor Brad Croall.

Andronico, who had been serving on the School Committee prior to joining the council, said he appreciated the support of the voters of Ward 2.

“Thank you to the voters of Ward 2 for putting your trust in me to continue serving as your Councillor for the next two years. We won every precinct and finished with over 60 percent of the vote and I am truly humbled by your support,” Andronico said in a statement.

“I entered public office four years ago at 24 years old because I wanted to help make a positive difference in my hometown. Although the roles have changed since that time, our goal has always remained the same and I am proud of what we have accomplished. As your Councillor, we have made a lot of progress over the past year to make our neighborhoods a better place to call home.

“We will face many challenges in the years ahead – keeping Quincy affordable, managing traffic and development, repairing our infrastructure, investing in education, and more – but I know we can find solutions if we work together.

“I’d also like to take a moment to thank my opponent, Steve Perdios, who ran a class campaign focused on the issues – which is something we’re seeing less of in politics these days.

“I’m looking forward to getting back to work for the people of Quincy.”

In the Ward 5 council race, incumbent Charles Phelan Jr. fended off a challenge from Stephen Christo, 1,200 to 797. Phelan was seeking his second consecutive term; he previously represented Ward 5 on the council from 1988 to 1996. He and Christo had faced off two years ago.

The remaining incumbent councillors – Ward 3 Councillor Ian Cain, Ward 4 Councillor Brian Palmucci. and Ward 6 Councillor William Harris – were all unopposed. Cain garnered 1,169 votes on Election Day, Palmucci finished with 932 and Harris had 1,401. Cain and Harris were seeking their fourth terms and Palmucci his seventh.

Turnout in the final election was 16.9 percent, with 10,807 of Quincy’s 63,938 eligible voters casting ballots. City Clerk Nicole Crispo had predicted a turnout between 15 and 18 percent ahead of Election Day.

City Receives New Rescue/Disaster Response Vehicle

The Polaris Ranger all terrain utility vehicle (UTV) will significantly improve emergency response times in the city to reach locations, both urban and off-road, where larger emergency vehicles generally cannot operate, city officials said. Photo Courtesy City of Quincy

The City of Quincy Office of Emergency Management recently received a new rescue/disaster response vehicle.

The Polaris Ranger all terrain utility vehicle (UTV) will significantly improve emergency response times in the city to reach locations, both urban and off-road, where larger emergency vehicles generally cannot operate, city officials said.  The vehicle features a two-person medical transport skid and 4,500-pound capacity rescue winch.

The vehicle will be immediately available for emergency response operations to both the Quincy Fire and Police Departments, as well as Brewster ambulance, the city’s emergency medical services partner.  Funding for the vehicle was made possible and entirely paid for through the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) program.  The cost of the vehicle is $25,600.

“While initially procured primarily for off-road emergency response, and search and rescue operations, the versatility and flexibility of the vehicle will also enable its utilization for additional contingencies such as responding to emergencies on beaches, flooding, and potential storm related damage throughout the city,” Emergency Management Director Ally Sleiman said.

Matthew W. Connor Daniels, 21

Matthew William Connor Daniels, 21, of Quincy passed away suddenly on October 24, 2021.

Matthew W. Connor Daniels

Beloved son of Shirley Connor Daniels of Quincy and Lewis Daniels of Weymouth. Best friend and brother of Corey Connor Daniels. Brother of Kristen, Nick, Ashley Daniels and the late James “Jimmy” Connor. Cousin/brother/friend of Craig Connor. Matthew is also survived by his two grandmothers, four nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

Matt, also known as Matty, Moody and Uncle Matt Matt was hard working, adventurous, goofy, loving, caring and just a genuine person at heart. He loved every moment he spent with his nephews whether it was playing catch, building Legos or teaching them how to box. He looked up to those at Red Seal Martial Arts for teaching him and taking the time to help him better himself. He also appreciated those who helped teach him carpentry and tiling. Mike and Craig, he idolized the two and although his life was cut extremely short, he created many memories with his best friend and brother, Corey. They loved cliff jumping together, taking trains, cracking jokes and so many other things.

Matt was an amazing friend and who do anything for those who he truly cared for. He will forever be in our hearts and beyond loved and missed.

Family and friends are invited to attend visiting hours for Matt on Thursday October 28th from 4pm to 7pm at Hamel-Lydon Chapel & Cremation Service of MA, 650 Hancock Street, Quincy.  A funeral service will be held on Friday October 29th at 12pm also at Hamel-Lydon Chapel.