BBB Tip: Safe Online Holiday Shopping For Parents

By BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU

Holiday shopping is in full swing. Many shoppers are skipping the stores and heading online to purchase gifts for their children, continuing the trend for several years.
How can you get your holiday shopping done safely and efficiently? The following tips, some of which are from the BBB National Programs’ Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) team, will help.
How to safely choose gifts for kids online
Guard your privacy (and your child’s privacy too!) Plenty of online retailers offer “hot toys 2022” lists, but it’s wise to proceed with caution when shopping for the season’s hottest toys. Stores choose toys they think will sell out quickly, but they don’t always take a toy’s safety or data collection practices into consideration. Make sure toys are safe and have good privacy policies before you buy.

  • Purchase apps and connected toys from Federal Trade Commissionapproved Safe Harbor member companiesMake sure that none of your child’s personal information will be collected without your explicit consent. Choose apps and toys from companies that display seals on their website and toys from the Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) or another Safe Harbor.
  • Examine toy descriptions carefully. It’s easy to miss specific details about toys when you can’t examine them in person, so take your time reading toy descriptions online. Pay close attention to age recommendations, potential choking hazards, exactly what comes with the toy, and what accessories you may need to purchase separately.
  • Read plenty of reviews before you buy. Another good way to get to know a toy without actually seeing it first is to read other consumers’ reviews. Pay close attention to both positive and negative reviews. Reviewing videos can help you better understand what a toy is like and how it works. Keep in mind, though, that many reviewers, bloggers, influencers, etc., share opinions that should be taken with a grain of salt as these individuals may be getting paid to post their reviews.
  • Keep in mind age recommendations. Take age recommendations seriously since toys meant for teenagers could be dangerous for younger children. When shopping online, age recommendations may not be readily apparent, so do plenty of research before you make a purchase.
  • Watch out for in-app advertisements. Many toys come with connected apps. These, along with gaming apps for kids, likely feature in-app advertisements. Some in-app ads may be inappropriate for children. CARU offers excellent suggestions for educating your children about in-app advertising and what to watch out for as a parent.
  • Double-check small business web security. Supporting small businesses this holiday season is an excellent way to give back, but remember that many small businesses pivoted from making in-person sales to online sales back in 2020. Some small businesses may not have the resources or technical know-how to set up secure online purchasing. Call and ask about in-store purchase hours if a small business website seems less than secure. Check BBB’s online shopping guide.
  • Don’t fall for phishing scams. This year, scammers are looking to trip consumers up with many phishing scams. These include compromised account messagesfake retail coupons, emails claiming there’s been a problem with package delivery, and more. Read up on phishing scams to avoid falling prey.

For more information

To learn more about safe online shopping, read BBB’s online shopping resources. In addition, be sure to read BBB’s tips for avoiding delivery scams.

When possible, shop from businesses that adhere to BBB Standards for Trust.

Quincy Man Charged With Hate Crime

By SCOTT JACKSON

A Quincy man was held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing slated for this week after allegedly striking an Asian man with a car and telling the victim to “go back to China.”

John Sullivan. Quincy Police Department photo.

John Sullivan, age 77, was charged with two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a crash with personal injury and a civil rights violation. He was arraigned on those charges on Dec. 2 at Quincy District Court where he pleaded not guilty and was held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for Wednesday.

Quincy police said they responded to the area of 40 Washington St. shortly after 10:55 a.m. on Dec. 2 for a reported disorder involving a motor vehicle. When officers arrived they saw an Asian man who was covered and dirt and limping.

Police said the man was walking with family members when he saw Sullivan speeding nearby. The victim and Sullivan exchanged words with one another, at which point Sullivan allegedly made derogatory comments about the victim’s race and told him to “go back to China.”

Sullivan then allegedly drove into the man with his vehicle, causing the victim to land on the hood of his car. Sullivan is alleged to have driven about 50 yards with the man on his hood before stopping suddenly.

After the victim fell off the hood of the car, Sullivan is alleged to have yelled at him to “go back to China” again before driving forward and hitting the man a second time with the vehicle. The force of the impact sent the victim into a construction zone; the victim fell into an open ditch about 10 to 15 feet below.

Sullivan then fled to Braintree, police said, but a witness followed him and relayed his information to authorities. Braintree police stopped and arrested Sullivan, who was brought to Quincy police headquarters for booking.

An ambulance was called to the scene in Quincy Center, but the victim was not transported away.

QCAP Opens Doors to New South West Community Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hearing On Quincy Property Taxes Monday

By SCOTT JACKSON

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Red Kettles Out Across Massachusetts; The Salvation Army Issues Renewed Giving Tuesday Call For Donations, Volunteers

The Salvation Army Massachusetts Division Nov. 29 marked Giving Tuesday with a renewed call for donations to its annual Red Kettle Campaign and for more volunteers to help staff Red Kettles across the Commonwealth.

With the 132nd annual Red Kettle campaign underway, the longest-running philanthropic fundraiser of its kind, The Salvation Army is emphasizing its mission of serving those most vulnerable through this year’s “Love Beyond” theme. Love Beyond is also a symbol of the resources and programs that 25 million people rely on year-round when they turn to the nation’s largest direct provider of social services for assistance.

Volunteers are needed in almost all regions of Massachusetts to support the Red Kettle campaign, which provides essential funding for almost every program and service The Salvation Army delivers. Red Kettle proceeds support The Salvation Army’s work with individuals, families, and households right in the communities where donations are collected.

“We need more support than ever to make this holiday season a memorable and joyous one for all. No matter how big or small every effort counts for us and the many people in need across Massachusetts,” said Major Scott A. Kelly, General Secretary, The Salvation Army Massachusetts Division. “The volunteers who spend time staffing Red Kettles and spreading joy to hundreds of children during our Christmas Castle event are the backbone of this annual campaign.”

Donations to the signature Red Kettles allow The Salvation Army to provide life-changing social services and other programs for thousands of people in Massachusetts each year. Not only are these important programs offered during the holiday season, but offerings extend throughout an entire calendar year to meet the increasing needs of those battling food insecurity and those who are struggling to pay bills.  Red Kettles can be found at close to 800 locations across Massachusetts in almost every zip code, including those positioned outside major retailers such as Walmart, Shaw’s, Price Chopper and Market Basket.

 Josh Kraft, president of the Patriots Foundation and the Kraft Family Philanthropies, will be this year’s ‘Others Award’ honoree at The Salvation Army Massachusetts Division’s Annual Luncheon on December 6 at the Mandarin Oriental in Boston. In a Giving Tuesday appearance on the Boston 25 Morning News, Kraft said his family’s 29-year partnership with The Salvation Army is built on a shared commitment to providing “access to opportunity” for people of all types in all kinds of circumstances.

 “I think I learned it from my parents – not telling us but showing us day to day about providing access to opportunity for anyone and everyone; no matter where they come from and what they look like,” Kraft said during the Tuesday morning broadcast. “The Salvation Army is there consistently with support, opportunity and most importantly love.”

 As families and households face record high inflation and increasingly strong economic headwinds, The Salvation Army estimates it will need to raise more in 2022 to help struggling families this holiday season and beyond. The Red Kettle campaign’s fundraising goal in Massachusetts is $2.6 million.

 “The number of Red Kettles and distribution days we must staff are a reminder of how great the need is for thousands of people struggling to afford housing, heat, electricity, groceries and other necessities,” said Major Everett Henry, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army in Massachusetts. “Volunteers are desperately needed in just about every region and community that we serve.”

 Nationally, 82 cents of every dollar donated to The Salvation Army goes directly toward funding Salvation Army initiatives. And the money stays within the community in which it was given. To volunteer or donate, visit www.salvationarmyma.org or text LOVE Beyond to 41444.

‘We’re There For You,’ Quincy Police Chief Says At Community Meeting

By SCOTT JACKSON

At a public forum Monday evening, Police Chief Paul Keenan said his department is there to assist the community and urged residents to contact police if they are in need of assistance or see something suspicious.

Scores of residents were present inside Tobin Towers on Clay Street for the meeting, which was held to discuss public safety after a woman in her 60s was kidnapped outside the Wollaston MBTA station earlier in November and then taken to a home where she was repeatedly raped. Representatives from various organizations, including Quincy Asian Resources Inc. and DOVE, were there to speak with residents after the meeting Monday, and interpretation services were provided in Cantonese, Mandarin and Vietnamese.

City Councillor Nina Liang, who helped organize the meeting, said she was inspired by the number of residents who were present on Monday.

“It’s unfortunate the reason why we are gathered here but I am inspired that we are all coming together as a community to find ways to move forward together safely,” she said.

Ward 5 Councillor Charles Phelan Jr. said the city was taking the incident that took place at the T station seriously.

“I have a daughter and wife and we live just a couple blocks away, so it’s something that we really take seriously, everyone in the city,” he said.

Mayor Thomas Koch said public safety is the most important issue for local government and noted that during his tenure as mayor, and with the assistance of the City Council, the Quincy Police Department has increased in size from 144 patrol officers in 2008 to 185 patrol officers today.

“As chair of the School Committee, I frequently say there is nothing more important we do in government [than] educating our children, with one exception, and that is the safety of you and your person and of your property,” Koch said.

“We have an outstanding police department. They do a good job every day. That doesn’t mean things are not going to happen. We live in a troubled world and there are evil people out there, there are ignorant people out there, and there’s mental illness issues that people have out there.”

Quincy is the seventh most populous city in Massachusetts, Koch added, and is the safest of the ten largest cities in the state.

“Quincy is a safe city,” he said, noting that the Quincy Police Department and MBTA Transit Police were able to apprehend the suspect charged with the kidnapping and rape within 16 hours.

Keenan, the city’s police chief, called the kidnapping and rape of the woman on Nov. 12 one of the most horrific events he has experienced while serving with the department.

“I’ve been a police officer now for almost 40 years…and this is one of the most horrific events that I’ve ever experienced as a police officer. This hit right to the core of the city, right to the core of the police department,” Keenan said. “That morning, that woman was doing nothing wrong. She was going to her job to go to work. She cut through an open parking lot in broad daylight, 7 o’clock in the morning, and unfortunately she was abducted by a very sick individual.”

The suspect charged with the kidnapping and rape, Christian Lynch, a 26-year-old Quincy man, pleaded not guilty to those and other charges during his arraignment on Nov. 14 in Quincy District Court. He was ordered held without bail pending a Nov. 23 dangerousness hearing. Keenan said Lynch remains behind bars following that hearing.

Advocates with the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office are working to assist the victim, Keenan added.

“They have a crew of advocates to assist this poor woman in getting her life back together,” he said.

The police chief told those present for the community meeting that is important to call the police if they or anyone else requires assistance.

“We’d like to get the message across, crystal clear, we need you folks to call. If you see anything or if you hear anything or if you don’t feel comfortable or if you have an incident that you’re afraid of or you’re aware of, call us,” Keenan said.

“We don’t care at all about your immigration status or about your language difficulties. We have people in the police department that can interpret, we also have an interpreter line that can also interpret. We’re there for you. Make the phone call. You’re not bothering us. We’re not going to ask your immigration status. Whether you’re here legally, illegally or whatever, we’re just going to assist you. We’re here to help. We want to make sure we keep all of you safe, and we want to help you.”

It is also important, he added, for people to be aware of their surroundings.

“We need you to be aware of your surroundings,” he said. “A lot of people, especially when they’re walking are on their cellphones or on headphones. If you could pay more attention to your surroundings, that would be helpful as well to keep you safe.”

Keenan said that patrols have been added in the area of Wollaston Center.

“We have increased patrols in this area. I don’t know if you’re aware of it, but even prior to this incident, we had extra officers working, so we put them down in the Wollaston Center area,” he said. “So, we’ve done that…and that will continue.”

The department also plans to hold self-defense courses for the city’s Asian population and for its elderly population, Keenan said.

“We’re going to get those up and running,” he said. “We had to stop for a little bit when we had COVID going on. Unfortunately, we couldn’t continue those in person, but it seems like COVID is hopefully on the decrease and we feel comfortable enough to get you folks out and get you into those training seminars.”

The chief said that QARI has offered to let the department use its facility at 550 Hancock St. to hold those seminars, and the department is looking at other venues as well. Information on those sessions will be posted online and within Quincy Housing Authority properties, such as Tobin Towers.

During Monday’s meeting, two residents asked about the Transit Police presence at the Wollaston station. One person said she had visited the station multiple times over the past week and only saw a Transit Police officer there on one occasion. Marsha Lehane, who rides the T every day, said an officer should be present at all times the Red Line is running.

“You need to find a way to get a body, a man or a woman, in uniform dressed as a policeman standing there…every time that train is running from morning ‘til they shut down,” Lehane said. “There has got to be something visual and standing there in uniform to know that nobody is going to get by them.”

A representative from the Transit Police was not at the meeting held on Monday evening but was present for a forum held earlier in the day elsewhere in Wollaston. At that meeting, Keenan said his counterpart with the Transit Police explained that officers are deployed to stations based on call volume, and Wollaston is the safest of the four stations in Quincy and among the safest in the entire system.

“He kind of explained it today at the earlier meeting, they just don’t have the bodies to be able to cover each station,” Keenan stated. “They do have officers at the Quincy Center station, which is an awful lot busier call-volume wise, but they do go up and down the line.”

Keenan added that he would speak with Transit Police about the matter.

Another resident asked if Lynch would be charged with a hate crime as both the woman he is charged with kidnapping and another woman he is charged with trying to abduct earlier that same morning are both Asian. Keenan said authorities are continuing to investigate the case.

Town River Sailing Program, Q-NQ Marching Band Win Top Prizes At 69th Quincy Christmas Parade

The Town River Sailing Program was awarded the Father Thomas Tierney Grand Prize Award for best overall non-commercial float in Sunday’s 69th annual Quincy Christmas Parade. The prize comes with a $2,000 cash award and plaque. The winning float included a number of toys from decades past. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

By SCOTT JACKSON

Thousands of onlookers lined up along Hancock Street between Quincy Square and North Quincy on Sunday afternoon to witness the city’s 69th Christmas parade, which featured dozens of bands and floats, plus scores of costumed characters.

The theme of this year’s parade was “Christmas Through the Decades.” The theme was chosen by the Quincy Christmas Festival Committee in October and had been submitted by JoJo Hallisey, a Quincy resident and teacher at Central Middle School.

The parade stepped off at noon on Sunday from the intersection of Hancock Street and Hannon Parkway in Quincy Square and continued for three miles until it reached North Quincy High School. Among those participating in the parade this year was the University of Massachusetts Amherst marching band, a renowned 380-member unit. Santa Claus, as always, made an appearance as well, riding along the Quincy Fire Department’s Ladder 2.

Prizes were awarded to the best floats and high school marching bands at the conclusion of Sunday’s parade.

The George White Award for Best Quincy Commercial Float went to the Quincy Park Conservancy; the group’s float included children dressed as Beanie Babies. Montilio’s was awarded the prize for Best Commercial Float; the bakery’s float included a gingerbread house. The Rotary Club/Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office were named the Best Specialty Float. Those prize winners each received a plaque for their efforts.

The Town River Sailing Program was awarded the Father Thomas Tierney Grand Prize Award for best overall non-commercial float, which comes with a $2,000 cash award and plaque. The winning float included a number of toys from decades past.

The Friends of Quincy Recreation were awarded the prize for First Place Non-Commercial Float, which comes with a $1,500 cash award. Their “Rec & Roll” float was a throwback to the 1950s.

North Quincy High School’s entry – an homage to the former Wollaston Theatre – took home second-place in the non-commercial float field, which comes with a $1,000 cash award. Quincy High School came in third place in the non-commercial field, a $750 cash award; the school’s float included posters from Christmas films of the last 75 years. The Lotus Montessori School was named the fourth place winner in the non-commercial field, which comes with a $500 cash award.

In the marching band competition, the Quincy-North Quincy combined band took home first place overall with a score of 92.6. David Prouty was second overall with a score of 86.6 and New Bedford third with a score of 86.5.

In the Division I band competition, David Prouty finished in first place, Immaculate Heart of Mary second place and Somerset-Berkley in third place. David Prouty had best music score; Immaculate Heart of Mary best percussion score and Somerset-Berkley best color guard.

In the marching band competition, the Quincy-North Quincy High Schools combined band took home first place overall with a score of 92.6. Here the band performs on Hancock Street near Granite Street during Sunday”s 69th Quincy Christmas Parade. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
The George White Award for Best Quincy Commercial Float went to the Quincy Park Conservancy; the group’s float included children dressed as Beanie Babies. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
Montilio’s was awarded the prize for Best Commercial Float; the bakery’s float included a gingerbread house. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
Entry by the Rotary Club/Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office was named the Best Specialty Float. At left with the microphone is “The Singing Sheriff” – Norfolk County Sheriff Patrick McDermott. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
The Friends of Quincy Recreation were awarded the prize for First Place Non-Commercial Float, which comes with a $1,500 cash award. Their “Rec & Roll” float was a throwback to the 1950s. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
North Quincy High School’s entry – an homage to the former Wollaston Theatre – took home second-place in the non-commercial float field, which comes with a $1,000 cash award. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
Quincy High School came in third place in the non-commercial field, a $750 cash award; the school’s float included posters from Christmas films of the last 75 years. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
One of the signature entries in this year’s Quincy Christmas Parade was the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Marching Band. The renowned 380-member unit is shown here on Hancock Street approaching Granite Street. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Santa Claus waves to children from atop a Quincy Fire Truck at Sunday’s Quincy Christmas Parade. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
Besides the many bands and floats there were a number of specialty units and performers participating in Sunday’s Quincy Christmas Parade including a fire charmer (above) and clowns from Aleppo Shriners (below). The fire charmer is Liz Knights of Cirque De Light. Aleppo Shriners is a fraternity dedicated to fun and supporting the kids of Shriners Hospitals.Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

 

 

Hundreds Attend Turning On Holiday Lights Ceremony At Hancock-Adams Common

Hundreds of people including many families gathered on Hancock-Adams Common Friday night for the annual turning on the lights ceremony. The common was illuminated with white and colorful lights on decorations and trees including two large Christmas trees near City Hall. Entertainment included carolers, a sing-along, costumed characters, fire dancer and a Snow Princess Stilt Walker who posed with young children as parents took photos. Quincy Sun Photos/Robert Bosworth