School Committee Candidates Night In Squantum Oct. 6

The Squantum Community Association will host a candidates night on Wednesday, Oct. 6 for residents to meet the candidates for the upcoming Quincy School Committee election. The event will be held at 7 p.m. at the First Church of Squantum, 164 Bellevue Rd., Squantum.

After opening statements by the candidates, residents will be invited to pose questions. Questions may also be sent in advance to SCASquantumEvents@gmail.com.

For more information, contact SCASquantumEvents@gmail.com or 617-851-1673. This event is free and open to the public.

The Squantum Community Association provides programming that fosters conversation and community with a focus on topics of interest to the Squantum and Quincy communities, highlighting local talent and history. To subscribe to event notifications email SCASquantumEvents@gmail.com. Get the scoop at SquantumScoop.com.

QHS Senior Football Players, Cheerleaders Honored At Senior Night

Quincy High School’s senior varsity football players and senior cheerleaders were honored on Senior Night before the Presidents’ game against Oliver Ames Sept. 17. The players and cheerleaders were introduced and escorted to mid-field by family and friends prior to kick-off at Quincy’s home opener at Veterans’ Memorial Stadium.

There are 13 players and 11 cheerleaders who were introduced. Photos of the introductions appear below. Quincy Sun photos by Robert Bosworth.

 

 

Council Candidates To Tackle Climate Issues Oct. 7

By Quincy Climate Action Network

City council candidates will answer questions about local climate and environmental issues in an online forum on Thursday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. Quincy Climate Action Network is hosting the event on Zoom, Facebook, and Youtube, with questions submitted by other local organizations as well.

All but one of the city council candidates are expected to attend, including at-large candidates William Burke, Noel DiBona, Nina Liang, and Anne Mahoney; Ward 1 candidates David McCarthy and Joseph Murphy; Ward 2 candidates Anthony Andronico and Steven Perdios; Ward 3’s Ian Cain; Ward 4’s Brian Palmucci; and Ward 5 candidates Stephen Christo and Charles Phelan.

The event will feature questions from QCAN as well as Quincycles, Quincy For Transformative Change, Quincy Making Waves, and Quincy Tree Alliance. As in previous QCAN political forums, candidates will receive most questions ahead of time so they have time to research their answers.

“This year’s extreme weather events have really driven home how urgent the climate crisis is,” says QCAN board member Julie Mallozzi. “There is so much we can do locally to help prevent the worst from happening, so it’s important that we hear from our city council candidates about what they will do to help mitigate Quincy’s climate impact and prepare us for a sustainable future.”

To tune in on Oct. 7 at 7 p.m., visit bit.ly/qcan2021 or QCAN’s Facebook or YouTube pages. After the event, you can watch the entire recording as well as video clips at quincycan.org, or the whole event at QATV.org.

The election will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 2 and will feature not only candidates for all city council seats but also a competitive race for three school committee seats (visit quincycan.org for school committee candidates’ responses to climate questions).

FoxRock Unveils Ross Lot Development Plans

TWENTY-STORY building with a combined 325 hotel rooms and apartments is part of FoxRock Properties’ plan for the former Ross Lot in Quincy Center, along with a 150,000-square-foot office building and a 490-car garage. The new high-rise would be the tallest in Quincy, surpassing the 15-story Chestnut Place building on the Dennis Ryan Parkway elsewhere in the downtown district. This view is from Granite Street looking south; General McConville Way is to the left of the building in this picture and Burgin Parkway to the right. Renderings courtesy FoxRock Properties.

By SCOTT JACKSON

A Quincy-based company has unveiled formal plans to redevelop part of former Ross Lot in Quincy Center, including a 20-story tower housing a combined 325 hotel rooms and apartments, a 150,000-square-foot office building, a two-story building with a restaurant and other amenities, and a 490-car garage.

FoxRock Properties pitched the proposed redevelopment, known as SwitchPoint Quincy, to the Planning Board during its meeting on Sept. 8. FoxRock is seeking two separate approvals from the board; the first is a certificate of consistency for the overall project and the second is a special permit to build the hotel and residential structure 20 stories high.

The board did not vote on the proposal that evening and will take up the matter again on Nov. 10. It has not been determined whether November’s meeting will be held remotely like the Sept. 8 session was or in-person.

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.

The developer hopes to begin construction on site in the spring of 2022 and complete the project by early 2024.

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.

The new office building would be located at the south end of the parcel, abutting General Dunford Drive. The hotel and residential tower – which, at 20 stories, would be the tallest building in Quincy – would be located at the north end of the site, separated from Granite Street by a new outdoor amenity area. The garage would be located in between those two buildings sitting behind the two-story commercial building on General McConville Way. The office building and 20-story tower would both have retail space on the ground floor as well.

“The project aims to create a vibrant streetscape through programming active uses along the ground floor with both lobbies, retail spaces and a series of outdoor spaces of different scales and type,” Josh Kleinman, FoxRock’s director of design and construction, told the board.

“We’ve located loading docks and back-of-house facilities away from McConville Way to truly create a pedestrian-centric city block.”

David Bois, principal at the design firm Arrowstreet, the master planner for the project, said the various uses included in the proposal would create an active site.

“We’re really looking to create an active, 18-hour environment with office, retail, hotel and residential,” he said.

The 150,000-square-foot office building would be located at the corner of General Dunford Drive and General McConville Way. A FoxRock official told the Planning Board the building has been designed for medical use. The building would also include ground-floor retail space.

In February 2019, Koch announced that FoxRock had struck a deal with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and South Shore Health System, the parent organization of South Shore Hospital, to lease space within the proposed office building.

At the Sept. 8 board meeting, Kleinman said the office building had been designed for medical uses. Ed Hodges, principal at the architectural firm Dimella Shaffer, said the office building would have a “robust infrastructure to handle a variety of tenants that may come along.”

View of FoxRock’s proposed 20-story residential and hotel building as seen from Hancock Street. Mayor Thomas Koch unveiled plans for the new public park seen in the foreground earlier this year, along with the two buildings on either side of it.

The 20-story tower at the north end of the site would have 125 hotel rooms on the lower five floors and 200 apartments on the upper floors, with separate entrances for the hotel and the residences.

FoxRock’s initial plans for the Quincy Center site, as unveiled in 2019, included 110 units of workforce housing. Following the Sept. 8 meeting, a spokesperson for the company told The Sun “The project will have to go in front of the affordable housing trust which will determine the affordability requirements for the project.”

The garage, which will be located between the two larger buildings, would have space for 490 vehicles. FoxRock plans to include 20 charging stations for electric vehicles when the garage first opens, with capacity to add more charging stations in the future.

In addition to the 490 spaces FoxRock would construct in the garage, the city will set aside 300 spaces to the south of General Dunford Drive for the developer in accordance with the 2019 land disposition agreement. A new municipal garage has been proposed for that area to replace the garage formerly on the Ross Lot.

A 490-car garage is included in FoxRock’s proposal for the former Ross Lot, along with the two-story commercial building in front of it. The building would house a ground-floor restaurant with second-floor amenity spaces for the hotel next door.

A two-story commercial building would sit between the new garage and General McConville Way. Bois said the ground floor would house a 6,000-square-foot restaurant – with additional space for outdoor dining – and the second floor would feature amenity and meeting space for the hotel next door.

Karlis Skulte, the applicant’s engineer, said the city has upgraded utilities – such as sewer and water mains – in the vicinity of the former Ross Lot in recent years to prepare the area for future development.

“Throughout the years, McConville Way as well as this area have been redeveloped and the city has spent a good amount of time and energy into improving the utilities within McConville Way,” Skulte said.

“As a rule of thumb, we are tying into all of the utility services and the design elements that have been installed essentially to facilitate redevelopment in this parcel as well as others in the area.”

Members of the public were invited to comment on the project during the Sept. 8 meeting.

Greg Baryza, a resident of the nearby Cliveden Place development, said he was in favor of the proposal.

“I am not speaking to object to any of this stuff – as a matter of fact, I am in favor of it,” he said. “My wife and I sold our house in the suburbs of Boston. We decided to live in a downtown area, we wanted to live close to public transportation, and we didn’t mind being part of a development district.”

In a letter to the board, which was read into the record during the meeting, Baryza raised concerns about the impact construction nearby would have on his building. He said his building “experienced regular and significant shaking” when the buildings formerly on the Parkingway were demolished and new infrastructure was installed in the area.

“I submitted pictures of furniture that had moved as a result of the shaking, movies of water sloshing back and forth in bottles, and potted plants quivering from the vibrations. My wife’s antique glass collection was put at risk because pieces were sliding to the edge of shelves in their display case,” Baryza said. “This occurred periodically, often multiple times per day, multiple days per week, over the past two years.”

Matt Warner, a Bigelow Street resident, said that “development is a thing that is going to happen – it’s not a bad thing,” but added he was “a little bit surprised and disappointed” that FoxRock was proposing to construct a 20-story building on site rather than a 15-story one. Warner also questioned how people would be able to access the medical office building if they had to park in the 300 spaces the city would be providing on the opposite side of General Dunford Drive.

Ward 5 Councillor Charles Phelan Jr., in whose district the site is located, said the Planning Board should take steps to protect nearby residents from construction impacts as part of the permitting process.

“Whether it is noise mitigation, vibration mitigation, I’m not sure how you do that, but I think we have to take a look at that,” Phelan said.

“The residents, they are living there, they are going to be living there through this and this is a lot to go through. What I think is going to happen afterwards is they are going to have a beautiful backyard, but for now, the next couple of years when they are doing the development, we have to take them into consideration.”

Following the public comments, board chairperson Richard Meade said he and his fellow board members would need time to consider the application.

“I think we need some additional time obviously to get through the information to digest it. What I would suggest is that the board put this on its agenda for November – not October,” Meade said.“I’m not suggesting we’re going to be in a position to vote it up or down in November, but…we will have an opportunity to discuss it further and digest it a little more.”

David Mahoney, the attorney representing FoxRock at the hearing, said he agreed with the decision to schedule the matter for the November meeting.

Quincy Population Tops 101,000

By SCOTT JACKSON

Quincy’s population has surpassed 101,000 residents, an increase of more than 10 percent over the past decade, according to recently released federal census figures.

The data also show that Quincy has become more diverse since the last decennial census.

The US Census Bureau on Thursday released results of the 2020 survey that show Quincy’s population had grown to 101,636 residents. That number is up from 92,271 residents in 2010, an increase of 9,365 people or 10.15 percent.

Mayor Thomas Koch said he expects Quincy’s actual population is higher than what the latest census indicates.

“The number that came in, I think, was a little low,” he said in a phone interview Thursday. “We knew we were going to be over 100,000.”

Koch said the Donahue Institute at the University of Massachusetts estimated Quincy’s population to be 106,000 earlier this year. He said city officials were awaiting ward and precinct data to determine whether to appeal the census numbers.

“I just want to make sure the count is as accurate as humanly possible,” Koch said, adding that immigrant populations can be difficult to count.

The mayor said Quincy would now be eligible for new federal and state funding because its population has surpassed 100,000.

The census data indicate that Quincy’s white population decreased from 67.3 percent in 2010 to 54.2 percent in 2020. The city’s Asian population rose from 24 percent in 2010 to 30.7 percent in 2020 and its Black population grew from 4.6 percent to 5.4 percent in that same time frame. The city’s Hispanic or Latino population increased from 3.3 percent in 2010 to 5.1 percent in 2020.

With 101,636 residents, Quincy is now the seventh most populous community in Massachusetts, up from eighth in 2010. Quincy edged out Lynn (101,253 residents) and New Bedford (101,079 residents) for the seventh spot – New Bedford was the state’s seventh most populous community ten years ago.

Only Boston, Worcester, Springfield, Cambridge, Lowell and Brockton have more residents than Quincy among Bay State cities and towns.

The new census figures will be used to draw up precinct and ward lines for local elections and will also be used to establish new federal and state legislative districts. The numbers are also used to determine how federal funds are allocated.

Overall, Massachusetts’ population grew from 6.55 million residents in 2010 to 7.03 million in 2020, an increase of 7.4 percent. The Bay State will continue to have nine seats in the US House of Representatives following the latest round of redistricting.

The Census Bureau has in the past released its community level-data by April 1. It was delayed to August this year, however, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Endorses Liz Speakman For School Committee

Care and concern for children. During my 24 years in public education and now over 30 years as a player development specialist in the sport of soccer, that has been my credo. This simple yet profound philosophy has been the guiding force behind my own professional commitment towards education and child development. I can share with the fine people of Quincy that after spending some time with Liz Speakman, a candidate for Quincy School Committee, and researching her background and credentials, she too abides by the philosophy of the care and concern of children.

Liz proudly calls Quincy home, is genuinely concerned about the issues which directly affect not only our children, but parents as well. As a mom herself, Liz believes that every family deserves to feel welcomed and valued and that through the power of love and support students can perform at amazing levels. All students.

Liz continues to serve our community well. She served on the Quincy Citywide PTO Executive Board, Subcommittee Co-Chair of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, QPS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team, Merrymount Neighborhood Association, Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative Coordinator, and on the Advisory Council for DOVE, Inc. This type of actual hands-on experience coupled with a genuine passion for the care and concern of children places her in an elite position to serve the City of Quincy.

  • You can count on Liz to advocate for:
  • Creation of family outreach liaison positions to build stronger relationships between communities and their schools.
  • Enhanced social-emotional support for all students.
  • Expanded language translation services and accessibility to improve communication between families and schools.
  • Recruitment and retention of diverse educators through partnerships with local colleges and universities and by providing incentives to QPS graduates to pursue teaching careers in Quincy.
  • Implementation of a more diverse, culturally responsive, and inclusive curriculum.

You have a chance to impact the future of education in Quincy. Liz needs to win a spot on the ballot during the Preliminary Election on Sept. 14th to advance to the General Election on November 2nd. Your vote for Liz Speakman for Quincy School Committee on Sept. 14th is the first step towards a brighter educational future for the student and families of Quincy.

Giovanni Pacini

Quincy, MA

Readers Forum: Why I Support Liz Speakman

As a parent of rising 9th and 11th graders in the Quincy Public Schools (QPS), I’m thrilled to support Liz Speakman for Quincy School Committee.

I have known Liz for three years and believe she will contribute to our school district in important ways. For our family, it matters that Liz will work to ensure that the district has a plan to recruit and retain educators who are diverse and represent the children in QPS classrooms. It’s important for children to recognize themselves and their families in the teachers and paraprofessionals who lead our classrooms every day.

Liz understands and is committed to every child in QPS having a sense of belonging as they learn, develop, and grow. Without a sense of belonging, a child’s sense of value can be diminished. Liz will work hard to help promote a diverse hiring and retention through partnerships with local colleges and universities and by providing incentives to QPS graduates to pursue teaching careers within QPS.

Join me in voting for Liz Speakman for School Committee on September 14 and November 2.
Kate Campbell
Quincy

Honor R. Jutila, 78

Honor R. (Crowley) Jutila, age 78, of Weymouth, formerly of Quincy, died peacefully, Sunday, July 11, 2021 at CareOne at Weymouth, surrounded by her loving family.

Honor R. Jutila

Honor was born in Quincy, to the late John and Barbara (Reynolds) Crowley. She was raised and educated in Quincy and was a graduate of Archbishop Williams High School, Class of 1961. She was also a graduate of Bridgewater State College.

She had lived in Weymouth for fifty years, previously in Quincy, and was also a winter resident of Bonita Springs, Fla. for twenty-five years.

Honor was employed as a sales associate for the former Caldor’s store in Weymouth for twenty-five years.

She and her husband, Bill, loved to travel and enjoyed their many trips throughout the United States.

Honor was dedicated to her family, especially to her cherished grandchildren, supporting all their many activities and accomplishments.

Beloved wife for fifty-five years of William L. Jutila. Devoted mother of Honor Marie Davis and her husband Jay of Quincy, William L. Jutila, Jr. and Mindy Bregoli of Vt., and Jennifer Grahn and her husband Christopher of Kingston. Loving grandmother of Madison, Meghan, Emma, Caitlin, and Samantha.

Dear sister of Kathleen Sampson and her late husband Edward of North Andover, the late John Crowley and his wife Nancy Crowley of Rockland, and the late Barbara Crowley. Honor was also the aunt of Patrick Crowley of R.I. and Susan Norton of Rockland.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Wednesday, July 14, 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 Thursday, July 15, at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Mount Wollaston Cemetery, Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in Honor’s memory may be made to the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association, 353 Southern Artery, Quincy, MA 02169.

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

Quincy Commission On Equity, Diversity And Inclusion Named

By SCOTT JACKSON

Quincy officials have announced the names of the nine members of the newly formed Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

The nine members Mayor Thomas Koch has appointed to the commission are:

Ward 3 Councillor Ian Cain; attorney Gabriel Cheong; Faries Gray, a leader of the Massachusett Tribe at Ponkapoag; Philip Chong, the president and CEO of Quincy Asian Resources; David Murphy, the city’s commissioner of natural resources and formerly the town manager of Randolph; Lola Tom, the director of Asian services and community development for Hamel-Lydon Chapel; Mercy Umoren, a 30-year resident of the city; business owner Tony Patel; and Jean Kutash, who is a member of the city’s Commission on Disabilities.

The commissioners held their first meeting on Thursday evening. Koch, in an interview earlier Thursday, said that meeting was intended to be organizational in nature and would allow the members to get to know each other.

“The commission members, most of them haven’t met each other yet,” Koch said. “It is probably going to be more introductions, set up the ground rules, what kind of a schedule are we looking at…they have got to figure all that out.”

Koch said he planned to ask Cain, who is the first Black person elected to the City Council, to chair the commission at the first meeting. He also wanted to let the members know his office would be available to provide assistance as needed.

“Essentially, I am going to get on, thank everybody for serving, letting them know I have asked Ian to chair the meetings, that my office will be available to do any task they need to be done,” Koch said.

“I don’t want this to become a lot of work for any individuals. They are all volunteering their time, so if there is research they want done, there is information they want, the city, various departments, can handle that aspect, and then I will get out of the way.

“I will say hello, I will let them know my thoughts about things in the city, and then hopefully we get a report sometime in the fall from them and take it from there.”

Chris Walker, the mayor’s chief of staff, said the commission is not subject to the state’s Open Meeting Law. Nevertheless, future meetings will likely be open to the public.

“It’s not subject to it for a couple of reasons,” Walker wrote in an email. “First, the Commission was formed at the sole discretion of the Mayor and not by any law, regulation, or order from the City Council. Secondly, the decisions the Mayor makes based on the work of the Commission are his alone.

“Future meetings are expected to be open to the public regardless of the Open Meeting Law.”

Koch had announced he would be establishing the commission in March, two months after city councillors passed an ordinance to create a Department of Social Justice and Equity, which would consist of a single employee, a director, who would be tasked to, “create equity and inclusion among all populations in Quincy.” The mayor did not include that department in his budget for fiscal year 2022, which began July 1.

In Thursday’s interview, Koch said he has not seen problems other communities across the nation are facing happen in Quincy. The commission, he explained, would probe into those issues.

“I heard the message from some people in the community who felt the city wasn’t doing enough for segments of our population. As you know, I publicly did not agree with that. If you go back a year and a half before the pandemic and before the social justice movement across the country, the city was flying. The school system was doing extremely well. People were moving here because of the schools, the parks, it’s a safe city,” Koch said.

“I’m not saying we’re perfect – nobody is perfect – I just have not seen the types of issues that have been described nationally happening here in Quincy.”

“Having said that,” Koch continued, “I think this will be good for all parties, because I think the commission is going to learn about things the city is doing that they are not even aware of – whether it is rec programs, things happening in the schools, the libraries – and maybe the city learns some things from this process we weren’t aware of.

“I think it is a good exercise for the city to go through and take a hard look at things and make some recommendations going forward. I am open to ideas and suggestions, but at the end of the day, if it is a funding issue, it is my call then of course the [City] Council’s call.”

VaxMillions Drawing Dates Announced

The drawing dates announced by state officials on Friday.
The Baker-Polito Administration and the Massachusetts State Lottery on Friday reminded the public that registration for the Massachusetts VaxMillions Giveaway will begin on July 1 and also announced the schedule of drawing dates
Residents age 18 and older who are fully vaccinated prior to each drawing will have the opportunity to enter to win one of five, $1 million cash prizes. Residents between 12-17 years of age who are fully vaccinated prior to each drawing may enter for the chance to win one of five $300,000 scholarship grants.
An entry before one of the weekly entry deadlines makes you eligible for all of the weekly drawings that take place after you register.  Residents are reminded that they have time to get vaccinated and then enter the drawings.

VaxMillions Giveaway Drawings will be held once a week for five weeks beginning Monday, July 26 and continuing every Monday through August 23. The first drawing for the giveaway will occur on Monday, July 26, with registration for that week’s drawing closing on Thursday, July 22. Winners will be announced later in the week following each drawing. The full schedule of drawing and announcement dates is above.  Residents are reminded that some COVID-19 vaccines require two doses, and they must receive all doses before entering the drawing.

Residents must be fully vaccinated before registering, but if they are not vaccinated by the registration date for a certain drawing, they will still have the opportunity to complete vaccination and register for subsequent drawings. Residents will only have to enter once to qualify for all drawings occurring after the date of their registration.
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.
The Commonwealth launched 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. A call center will be available to support registration for residents who do not have access to the internet or require assistance. Sign up information and call center contact info and hours will be made available prior to July 1.
Only lawful, permanent residents of Massachusetts who are fully vaccinated can enter the drawings. 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.