21 Candidates Qualify For Quincy Election

By SCOTT JACKSON

Twenty-one residents have qualified for the ballot in this fall’s municipal election, which will feature four contested City Council races and a race for three seats on the School Committee.

There will be a preliminary election in the School Committee race next month.

Would-be candidates had until the end of the business day on July 27 to return nomination papers, including the signatures of 50 registered voters, to the Board of Registrars of Voters. Those running for the six ward seats on the City Council needed to collect all those signatures from voters within their ward.

Five people qualified for the ballot in the race for the three at-large seats on the council.

All three incumbents – Noel DiBona of 70 Chickatabot Road, Nina Liang of 100 Grand View Avenue 8A, and Anne Mahoney of 12 Ferriter Street – are running for reelection. DiBona and Liang are both seeking their fourth two-year term and Mahoney is seeking her third. DiBona and Mahoney previously served on the School Committee.

Joining them on the ballot are Michael Bellotti of 33 Bayberry Road and William Burke of 28 Rice Road. Bellotti is currently the Norfolk County treasurer and was formerly the county sheriff and a state representative. Burke ran unsuccessfully for state representative in 2018 and had run for Congress two years prior.

A sixth candidate, John Rodophele of 62 Grenwold Rd., pulled papers to seek an at-large seat but did not return them.

There will also be races for three of the six ward seats on the council.

In Ward 1, incumbent David McCarthy of 48 Whitney Road will face off against Joseph Murphy of 18 Macy Street. McCarthy, who formerly served on the School Committee, is seeking his third term on the council. This will be the third time McCarthy and Murphy have run against each other.

In Ward 2, incumbent Anthony Andronico of 46 Endicott Street and Steven Perdios of 86 Ruggles Street both qualified for the ballot. Andronico, who had been serving on the School Committee, was appointed to the Ward 2 seat in January following the resignation of longtime councillor Brad Croall. Croall was first elected in 2011, when he defeated Perdios for an open seat.

A third resident, Jorgette Theophilis of 4 Norman Road, returned her nomination papers but was five signatures short of the requisite 50. A preliminary election in would have been required in the Ward 2 race if she had qualified for the ballot,

In Ward 5, incumbent Charles Phelan Jr. of 298 Fenno Street and challenger Stephen Christo of 42 Standish Avenue both qualified for the ballot. Phelan is seeking his second consecutive term; he previously represented Ward 5 on the council from 1988 to 1996. Christo had run against Phelan for an open seat in 2019.

The remaining incumbent councillors – Ward 3 Councillor Ian Cain of 93 Forbes Hill Road, Ward 4 Councillor Brian Palmucci of 16 Cross Street and Ward 6 Councillor William Harris of 74 Ashworth Road – qualified for the ballot and will be unopposed in the fall. Cain and Harris are seeking their fourth terms and Palmucci his seventh.

Seven candidates qualified for the ballot in the School Committee race, which means a preliminary election will take place on Sept. 14 to whittle the field of candidates down to six, barring any withdrawals.

All three committee members whose terms expire at the end of the year have qualified for the ballot: Douglas Gutro of 85 Arnold Street, Emily Lebo of 354 Highland Avenue and Courtney Perdios of 86 Ruggles Street. Gutro, who previously served on the City Council, is concluding his first four-year term on the committee; Lebo has served ten years on the board; and Perdios was appointed to the seat in February to fill out the remainder of Andronico’s term after he joined the council. Perdios had finished in fourth place in the 2019 school board election.

Joining them on the ballot are challengers Tina Cahill of 51 Grenwold Road, Ellen Patterson O’Donnell of 6 Hatherly Road, Liberty Schaaf of 28 Howe Street and Liz Speakman of 129 Merrymount Road. O’Donnell, Schaaf and Speakman were also nominated for the open seat Perdios filled during the February joint convention.

An eighth candidate, John McDonald of 241 Quincy Shore Drive, took out nomination papers but did not return them.

Candidates for both City Council and School Committee have until 5 p.m. on Aug. 10 to submit certified nomination papers, including a statement of candidacy, to the clerk’s office. The deadline for objections and withdrawals is 5 p.m. on Aug. 12.

Ballot position for the preliminary will be determined by drawing on Aug. 6 at 10 a.m.

The deadline to register to vote in the preliminary is 8 p.m. on Aug. 25. The last day to apply for a mail-in ballot ahead of the preliminary is Sept. 8 and the deadline to request an absentee ballot is noon on Sept. 13.

The cut off to register to vote ahead of the final election is 8 p.m. on Oct. 13. The deadline to request to vote by mail in the final election is Oct. 27 and the deadline to request an absentee ballot is noon on Nov. 1.

Dorchester Man Killed In Squantum Crash

By SCOTT JACKSON

An early morning motorcycle crash Saturday in Squantum claimed the life of a 23-year-old Dorchester man.

Quincy police responded to the scene of the crash shortly after 2 a.m. on Saturday, Capt. John Dougan said, and found the rider and motorcycle up against a seawall.

The rider, identified as Carlos Soto-Mendez, age 23, of Dorchester, was taken to Boston Medical Center with critical injuries. He was pronounced deceased there that morning, according to Sgt. Karyn Barkas.

A preliminary investigation by Quincy police indicated Soto-Mendez lost control of the motorcycle and crashed into the seawall, Dougan said.

The crash remained under investigation by the department’s accident reconstruction unit as of Tuesday, Barkas stated.

Quincy Man Facing Charges After Multi-Car Crash

By SCOTT JACKSON

A 26-year-old Quincy man is facing charges after allegedly fleeing the scene of a multiple-vehicle crash in Wollaston early Sunday morning.

The crash took place near the intersection of Hancock and Beale streets around 12:15 a.m. on Sunday, according to Quincy Police Capt. John Dougan.

Dougan said a vehicle was traveling southbound when it veered into the northbound lane, striking another vehicle head-on.

The driver of the vehicle that was struck was unconscious when first responders arrived, Dougan said, and Quincy firefighters had to remove him from the vehicle using hydraulic tools. The driver was taken to Boston Medical Center in serious condition.

A third vehicle was also involved in the crash, Dougan said. The driver of that vehicle was treated at the scene and was not hospitalized.

The driver of the vehicle that veered into the northbound lane fled the scene on foot but was located by officers at a nearby convenience store, Dougan said. He was taken to Boston Medical Center for evaluation.

Dougan said that driver – identified as 26-year-old Anthony McShane of Quincy – would be summonsed to court on charges of leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, leaving the scene of a crash that caused personal injury, and a marked lanes violation.

Quincy, Braintree Residents Oppose Proposed Billboard

By SCOTT JACKSON

Residents and elected officials from Quincy and Braintree spoke out against a proposed digital billboard that would be located along Route 3 in Quincy. Members of the board vetting the proposal were also skeptical of the idea.

Quincy’s Zoning Board of Appeals held a public hearing Tuesday on the request of the John Flatley Company for a variance to construct the new digital billboard at 1 Crown Drive, which is located within the Elevation apartment complex at Crown Colony. The board did not vote on the proposal that evening and will discuss the matter again on Aug. 10.

The proposed billboard, which would be 35 feet tall, would face toward Route 3 and Braintree. It would replace an existing billboard already on site.

“We are essentially seeking to replace the signage that exists there today, the static sign that exists there today, with a new digital sign,” said Edward Fleming, the attorney representing the John Flatley Company at the hearing.

While the developer is seeking permission to build the new billboard, a provision in Quincy’s municipal code prohibits the construction of new billboards and also prevents the ZBA from granting a variance for such a sign.

“The construction of new off-premises signs, including billboards, is prohibited throughout the City and the City may not issue permits for their construction or relocation. No use variance shall be granted to vary this provision,” the municipal code states.

At Tuesday’s hearing, however, Fleming said a separate section of the code gives the ZBA the ability to grant use variances in all zoning districts throughout the city – a provision he said was not changed when the City Council barred the ZBA from granting variances for billboards.

“They didn’t change the underlying authority that was given to the Zoning Board of Appeals,” he said.

In addition, Fleming said the ability to permit billboards ultimately rests with the state’s Outdoor Advertising Board. That board, he said, would have to hold a public hearing where residents of Quincy, Braintree and other communities would be allowed to share their concerns.

“All we are asking the board to do tonight is to grant a variance to allow this matter to move forward to the state level,” Fleming said.

The sign will not be visible from Quincy’s residential neighborhoods, Fleming said.

“You will not be able to see this sign from a residential neighborhood in Quincy, whether it is on Independence Ave or on Centre Street,” he said.

Douglas Richardson, a vice president with the John Flatley Company, said the height of the billboard, 35 feet, was chosen because it is 18 feet lower than the nearby buildings that comprise the Elevation apartment complex. Richardson presented the ZBA a slideshow he said indicated the billboard would have no visual impacts when viewed from the Common Street neighborhood and other areas in Braintree.

“There are multiple buffers, trees and grade changes as we make our way over towards the Common Street area,” he said. “We have done multiple perspectives and you will not see it.”

Drivers headed northbound on Route 3, Richardson stated, would have a “very limited view” of the sign. He said the billboard would be placed at an angle and its pixels use shades – which he likened to blinders used on horses – to limit the amount of bleed from the side of the signs.

Elected officials from Braintree, however, said the billboard would negatively impact their community.

Braintree Town Councillor Julia Flaherty, whose district includes Common Street and other nearby areas, said the sign would be visible in areas at a higher elevation than Common Street and in the second floors of homes, particularly in winter when there are no leaves on trees.

“It will impact our property values. It will impact our quality of life. No digital billboard belongs that close to a residential neighborhood,” she said. “I really hope that Braintree neighborhoods are not irrelevant to your consideration.”

Flaherty also said the billboard would distract drivers traveling along Route 3, which could lead to car crashes.

“It’s already a fairly stressful place to drive because everyone on the road there has to be focused on getting into the correct lane as they approach the north-south split,” she said. “Billboards create a driving distraction that creates accidents…it is designed to draw your eye away from the road, away from what you are supposed to be focused on.”

Braintree Town Councillor Steven Sciascia, whose district abuts Flaherty’s, noted that a digital billboard next to Route 3 in Weymouth generated complaints from area residents concerned about light pollution after it was installed.

“The issue is not the billboard, it is the fact that it is a digital, 24-hour-a-day lighted billboard that will be seen from a lot of areas in Braintree,” Sciascia said. “Those lights radiate. Everyone has seen them. You have heard all the controversy from towns like Weymouth that have signs like this go in and the impact it has on neighbors.”

In addition, Sciascia noted the applicant’s presentation used images taken during the spring or summer, when trees are full of leaves.

“When it is winter, and when it is 8 o’clock at night and you are trying to get your kids to go to bed and you have to keep the blinds closed because there are lights coming in your window, it will impact residents,” he said.

Quincy City Councillor Anne Mahoney said the intent of city councillors was clear when they barred the ZBA from granting variances for new billboards.

“The city of Quincy made it very clear that we do not want billboards anymore in the city,” she said. “Billboards do not have an economic value for the residents of the city of Quincy. It doesn’t make the area more valuable – it actually depresses the area, and that is a fact if you do the research.”

Mahoney also said she was concerned about the electronic sign leading to distracted driving along Route 3.

“I agree with my neighbors in Braintree. They articulated it very, very well and I am thanking them for being here tonight, because digital advertisements – especially in that section of the highway – would be extremely dangerous and I would hate to see that happen,” Mahoney said.

Members of the zoning board were also skeptical about the proposed digital billboard.

Michael Covais, the board’s vice chairperson, said he was concerned about the proposed location of the sign along Route 3, calling it a “terrible place for it.”

“Though it is not part of my job, I know, I am concerned about our neighbors too. We should be good neighbors,” Covais added. “The citizens of Quincy aren’t going to get anything out of it and the citizens of Braintree may have some problems.”

Board member John Himmel said he drives through that particular section of Route 3 on a daily basis and called it a “nightmare” in the morning and “worse coming home.”

“I can’t imagine anything worse than a digital billboard up on that hill,” he said. “On top of that, what is the advantage for Quincy? Are we going to be known as the ‘City of Signs and Cement?’ And, the negative impact on the town of Braintree, I think, is terrible.”

Martin Aikens, the board’s chairperson, likewise questioned what value the new billboard would provide to Quincy. Aikens said he did not want to vote on the matter at Tuesday’s meeting because the board received more than 40 letters about the proposal. He wanted time to consider that correspondence before voting and made a motion to continue the matter until Aug. 10.

Board member Brian Radell added that he would like to hear from the city solicitor or another city official about whether the ZBA could even grant a variance for the billboard before the vote is taken.

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.”

Firefighters Revive Driver At Squantum Parade

Members of Greater Boston Firefighters Pipes and Drums band, who revived a man Sunday during the annual Squantum Fourth of July Parade. Photo courtesy IAFF Local 792.

By SCOTT JACKSON

Firefighters sprang into action on Sunday, reviving a man who suffered cardiac arrest while driving a float in the annual Squantum Fourth of July Parade.

The Greater Boston Firefighters Pipes and Drums band, whose members are firefighters from area communities, including Quincy, was among the units participating in this year’s parade. Members of the band were behind the Squantum School as the parade was beginning to wind down when they overheard a commotion.

Band members looked and saw the driver of a flatbed truck who was transporting one of the parade floats slumped over the wheel in cardiac arrest while the truck was still moving, according to the Quincy firefighters’ union, IAFF Local 792. The band members sprang into action to stop the truck.

“They jumped into the moving truck and were able to secure the brake and the engine, most likely averting a disaster with the big crowd that was present behind Squantum School at the time,” the firefighters’ union said.

The firefighters then removed the man from the truck and began to administer CPR. While that was happening, an off-duty Quincy firefighter commandeered a golf cart and retrieved a defibrillator from Quincy’s Engine 7, which was stuck in traffic along the parade route.

Firefighters were able to revive the man after shocking him twice with the defibrillator. The victim was able to start talking, the firefighters’ union said, and was taken by ambulance to an area hospital.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim, who we all pray has a good outcome,” the union said.

“Awesome job by everyone involved this morning. Just another example of how we are always ‘on duty’ in the fire service.”

New Candidate In School Committee Race

By SCOTT JACKSON

A new resident has entered the race for School Committee, bringing the total number of people running for school board this year to eight.

Tina Cahill of Grenwold Road pulled papers to run for a committee seat on Thursday. Tina Cahill is the wife of former Quincy city councillor and former state treasurer Tim Cahill. Tim Cahill is now the president of the Quincy Chamber of Commerce.

There are three School Committee seats are up for grabs this fall.

All three incumbents whose seats are being contested – Douglas Gutro of Arnold Street, Emily Lebo of Highland Avenue and Courtney Perdios of Ruggles Street – have taken out nomination papers along with challengers Ellen Patterson O’Donnell of Hatherly Road, John McDonald of Quincy Shore Drive, Liberty Schaaf of Howe Street, and Liz Speakman of Merrymount Road.

Perdios was appointed to the committee in February, filling the remainder of Anthony Andronico’s term after he was appointed to the City Council. O’Donnell, Schaaf and Speakman were also nominated for the seat during the joint convention.

Two other candidates, both seeking City Council seats, have taken out nomination papers in recent days, setting up possible rematches from two years ago.

Joseph Murphy of Macy Street took out nomination papers to run for the Ward 1 seat and Stephen Christo of Standish Avenue has pulled papers to run for the Ward 5 seat.

The incumbent Ward 1 councillor, David McCarthy of Whitney Road, has pulled papers to seek reelection, as has the incumbent in Ward 5, Charles Phelan Jr. of Fenno Street.

McCarthy and Murphy have faced off in the last two municipal elections. They first ran against each other in 2017, when McCarthy was elected to an open seat on the council, and McCarthy won a rematch two years later. McCarthy received 1,954 votes in the 2019 election to Murphy’s 1,005.

Christo and Phelan ran against each other for an open seat in 2019. Phelan outpolled Christo 1,372 to 1,086 in the closest of the four contested races for ward seats that year.

A third candidate, John Rodophele of Grenwold Road, has also taken out papers to seek the Ward 5 seat this fall. Rodophele ran unsuccessfully for the Ward 5 seat in 2017 and ran for School Committee twice before that.

Andronico, an Endicott Street resident who was appointed to the Ward 2 seat earlier this year, also faces a potential challenge in the fall. Steven Perdios of Ruggles Street and Jorgette Theophilis of Norman Road have taken out nomination papers to run for that seat.

Andronico was appointed to the seat in January following the resignation of longtime councillor Brad Croall. Croall was first elected in 2011, when he defeated Perdios by 56 votes.

Ward 3 Councillor Ian Cain of Forbes Hill Road, Ward 4 Councillor Brian Palmucci of Cross Street and Ward 6 Councillor William Harris of Ashworth Road have all taken out nomination papers to run for reelection. No challengers have yet to emerge in those races.

The three incumbent at-large councillors – Noel DiBona of Chickatabot Road, Nina Liang of Grand View Avenue, and Anne Mahoney of Ferriter Street – have pulled papers to seek reelection.

William Burke of Rice Road has taken out papers to seek an at-large seat on the council. Burke ran unsuccessfully for state representative in 2018 and had run for Congress two years prior.

There is no mayoral election this year. Mayor Thomas Koch was reelected to a four-year term in 2019.

The deadline to return nomination papers to the Board of Registrars is 5 p.m. on July 27 and certified nomination papers, including a statement of candidacy, must be submitted to the city clerk by 5 p.m. on Aug. 10.

The signatures of 50 registered voters are required to run for each office in a municipal election. Residents seeking one of the six ward councillor seats must obtain the signatures from within their ward.

If needed, a preliminary election would be held on Sept. 14. A preliminary election would be required if more than two candidates run for one ward council seat, or if more than six ran for either councillor at-large or the school board.

The final election is slated for Nov. 2.

New Contracts For Quincy Police, Firefighters

Quincy’s public safety unions, representing hundreds of police officers and firefighters, have agreed to an interim contract that will provide a 3 percent pay raise effective July 1, Mayor Thomas Koch’s office announced.

The three unions – the Quincy Firefighters Association Local 792, the Quincy Police Patrol Officers Association and the Quincy Police Superior Officers Association – all voted overwhelmingly to support the agreement, which covers the fiscal year beginning July 1 and the prior fiscal year.  Police and firefighters agreed to no raise for the prior fiscal year under the agreement.

The agreement purposely addressed no contractual provisions beyond the zero and 3-percent raise, other than it commits the Koch administration and the unions to begin negotiations for a longer, three-year contract as soon as possible.

“I say it all the time, and it is not an exaggeration – we have the best Police and Fire Departments in our entire Commonwealth. I’m grateful for the work our men and woman sworn to protect us performed during this extraordinary year, their ongoing partnership, and their firm understanding that we’re all in this together as a community,” Koch said in a statement.

“This agreement achieves two goals: It provides a real wage increase they deserve while at the same time reflects the very difficult previous year in which our primary goal was to ensure that we protected core services and our workforce – which we were able to do across the board.”

Added Firefighter Thomas Bowes, president of Local 792:

“It was a tough, dangerous year for our members, who showed up every single day on behalf of Quincy’s residents during the pandemic.  The members understood that the Mayor had our back throughout the crisis, and this agreement shows they were ready to similarly step up to protect the financial health of the City.”

Added Police Captain Richard McCusker, president of the Quincy Police Superior Officers Association:

“The Quincy Police Superior Officers Association believes this is a fair, good-faith agreement that recognizes the challenges of the past year while moving us forward at the same time. We are eager to continuing the open dialogue and productive working relationship with Mayor Koch and his team on the successor three-year contract.”

Added Police Officer Gregg Hartnett, president of the Quincy Police Patrol Officers Association:

“Since most Covid-19 restrictions were lessened we were able to meet with the city to negotiate and ratify a two-year contract that enables us to move forward, putting the unique dynamics of the pandemic behind us. We look forward to working with the city to fairly bargain and ratify a three-year contract this time working through some language changes that better protects our membership going forward. Working in the City of Presidents we can always count on the loyal and steadfast support of this great community.”

Park And Recreation Board Backs Marina Purchase

The Quincy Park and Recreation Board unanimously approved a resolve to encourage Mayor Thomas Koch to investigate acquiring property along the Town River in Quincy Point, the mayor’s office said in a statement.

The board cited the city’s Open Space Plan goals and objectives as well as the lack of public boating access in Quincy Point as the main reasons for the resolve, which was approved on June 14.

The property at 662-674 Southern Artery, home to the Town River Marina, was specifically mentioned because of the boat ramp at the property, the mayor’s office said.  This property is directly adjacent to the Souther Tide Mill property and could help unlock the potential of that site as well.  It could improve both public access to the waterfront and tourism activity to the Tide Mill property.

The board further mentioned that the Recreation Department crew and rowing program has been bounced around quite a bit and this area would be ideal for a permanent home for the program.

The resolve referred to the Open Space Plan’s goal to “connect open space to create river corridors” and to “encourage public access to waterfront areas.”

The city currently provides public boat ramp access in Squantum and Houghs Neck, but there are no public boat ramps in Quincy Point.

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.