Schedule Released For PorchFest Quincy Saturday

This year’s PorchFest Quincy will feature more than 100 performances across Merrymount, Squantum, and Wollaston Hill between 3 and 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 25. Performers volunteer their time and talents hosted by volunteer residents in the three festival neighborhoods.

The event schedule and porch locations is available online at porchfestquincy.org. It also appears below.

The PorchFest team encourages attendees to download and print the map and schedule or use the PorchFest website, which also features an interactive map and scheduled, as well as links to performers online content.

The PorchFest team encourages the use of public transportation to and from the festival neighborhoods. Each neighborhood is easily traveled by walking, and biking is also a great option.

Porta Pottys will be available as well as some food options; please check the schedule and map when published on June 21 for details. Visit the Porchfest website FAQ for helpful information.

Returning performers include The Gypsy Moths, Up The Downs, Tokyo Tramps, Atlantic Youth Orchestra, The Copley Cats a cappella group, the Sprints and more. The event will feature several new performers as well.

“We are excited to be back for a seventh year and we truly appreciate all the performers who volunteer their time and talents and the porch hosts who host our performances on this special day,” said Walter Hubley, a cofounder of the event.
“We also appreciate our neighborhood event captains, Stacey Lemay, Bill Lebo, and Kathryn Hubley who coordinate each neighborhoods schedule and put in a lot of work.”

 

Finance Committee OKs New Animal Shelter

By SCOTT JACKSON

The City Council’s finance committee on Wednesday gave its approval to a $15 million bond to pay for a new building to house the Quincy Animal Shelter, the Police Department’s K-9 unit, and the city’s animal control officer, and the full council could pass the bond at its meeting next week.

Councillors voted 4-1 in favor of the bond during the finance committee meeting. Councillors Ian Cain, Noel DiBona, David McCarthy and Charles Phelan Jr. voted in support of the request while Anne Mahoney was opposed, and Nina Liang voted present. The remaining three councillors were not in attendance.

The vote drew a round of applause from supporters of the Quincy Animal Shelter, who nearly filled the Great Hall inside the McIntyre Government Center for the hearing. One resident was seemingly displeased, however, interrupting the meeting shortly before the vote to ask if the bond would raise her taxes.

The $15 million bond still requires final approval from the council at a regular meeting and it will take six votes to pass. The final regular City Council meeting of the spring is scheduled for June 21 a vote on the bond is expected at that meeting.

The new building would be located at 99 Quarry St., adjacent to the city’s dog park, and will replace the current animal shelter on Broad Street, where the city is building a new public safety headquarters.

Before it can move into the new building, the shelter will be relocated to a temporary home on East Squantum Street, which Paul Hines, the city’s commissioner of public buildings, said is being renovated at a cost of $1 million. Those costs are being paid for with relocation funds included in one of the bonds for the public safety building, he said.

Workers in the Public Buildings Department will relocate to the facility on East Squantum Street once the shelter moves out, Hines said. Those workers are currently based out of North Quincy High School.

The finance committee, in a separate 4-1 vote on June 15, approved taking by eminent domain the building on East Squantum Street and 2.7 acres of adjacent land. A final vote on that could also come next week.

Mayor Thomas Koch sought $7.1 million for the new shelter in 2017, but councillors approved a bond for half of that amount. At the time, councillors expressed concerns about the size of building and about fully funded the project before the design of the facility was complete.

Eric Nelson, an architect with the firm RFA, provided councillors with a look at the new design of the shelter during hearing on Wednesday. The new building would contain about 14,900 square feet of space, down from the initial 21,000-square-foot facility that was presented in 2017.

“It is just shy of 15,000 square feet. It is very compact in comparison to a lot of other shelters serving sizable cities like the city of Quincy,” Nelson said.

The building will have capacity for 84 animals when it opens, he said; 30 cats and 8 dogs ready for adoption, 32 cats and 11 dogs not ready for adoption, and 3 of the Police Department’s canines at a given time. Each animal holding area would have its own exercise yard for those animals.

The building would be spilt roughly 50-50 between the animal shelter and the animal control officer and K-9 unit. The interior would include a reception area at the main entrance, rooms where shelter staff can interview residents looking to adopt an animal, and support areas, such as space for food preparation and bowl cleaning, laundry and administrative offices.

The building would also feature a clinic on site with an exam room – to be used by both the shelter and animal control – a treatment area, a surgery prep room, and a single room for spaying, neutering and surgery, Nelson said. The 2017 plan included a larger on-site clinic than what is now being proposed.

Kit Burke, the Quincy Animal Shelter’s shelter director, said a multi-purpose room inside the new facility would “provide space for emergency housing for the pets of evacuees, as mandated by federal law, in a space that is intended to house animals instead of the gymnasium floor of one of our schools.”

Sandra Sines, the president of the Quincy Animal Shelter, said the city’s residents and animals both deserve to have the new facility.

“Since we began in 1999, the city of Quincy has changed in so many positive ways,” she said. “The residents of the city of Quincy and the animals we serve deserve this new shelter. The Quarry Street shelter will allow us to continue our work and support the community for generations to come.”

The building would be located off Quarry Street along the access road that serves the dog park and would be built parallel to the access road. Nelson said the building would be “nestled” into the hill, saving money on site costs. The rear portion of the building includes a green roof, located on the same level as the sidewalk along the access road. The green roof serves as an extension of the nearby dog park, Nelson said.

Hines said the building would run completely on electricity, rather than using fossil fuels for heating. The project would include a tie-in to an array of solar panels that could be built on the opposite side of the access road, he said.

The city hopes to go to bid for the building over the summer and begin construction in late September, according to Paul Kalous of the firm Hill International, the owner’s project manager. It should be substantially complete in November 2023 and ready for occupancy in January 2024.

The $15 million bond includes $13.95 million for construction costs, $100,000 each for fees to utility companies, materials testing and geo-tech, and furnishings, plus $750,000 for contingencies, Kalous said. Hines said the $3.55 million bond approved in 2017 was used to complete the design of the project and also paid for site work.

During the meeting, Liang asked the project team why the construction costs Kalous referenced were $280,000 higher than the estimated costs were in May, based on documentation provided to councillors.

Kalous said the difference was due to an escalation in construction costs. He noted a 2021 estimate for the construction costs associated with the project came in $1.5 million lower than the amount being sought now; the project team went back to the drawing board last year and revised those plans.

Liang also sought a breakdown of operating costs associated with the new building. Hines said the facility would require a custodial presence and someone from his department would be responsible for that. The building is also expected to have higher energy costs than the facility it is replacing.

Mahoney asked Nelson several questions related to a proposed animal shelter in Milton; Nelson’s firm is designing that building as well as the one in Quincy.  Nelson said a 6,000-square-foot facility in Milton was projected to cost $5 million, and the project has gone back to the drawing board to reduce costs.

Mahoney said Quincy, like Milton, should have sought to reduce costs of constructing the animal shelter.

“Is there any way we could go back to cut costs on this, because that’s what needs to happen – $15 million is not acceptable to the taxpayers of the city of Quincy,” she said. “You are doing that for the town of Milton. You’re not being asked to do that for the city of Quincy. I think this council needs to ask you to go back and do that. You need to tighten your belt and come back with something we can afford to do.”

DiBona, the council president, called the new animal shelter a missing piece that would help take Quincy to the next level. He made a motion to pass the bond out of committee.

“Just think about if we kick the can down the road for this project, how much more it would be down the road,” DiBona said. “This puts us in a pretty decent position to get the bids in, get construction in in September, and have this built out for January of ’24. It’s kind of a decent timeline – you get into construction before the winter starts to start, where some of the area could be frozen.”

Phelan, the chairperson of the finance committee, said it was time to move the project forward.

“I am not in favor of kicking this down the road any more. I think it is time that we act,” he said. “I realize it is an expense for the taxpayers, but I think it is money well spent.”

Liang said she wanted the information she requested about the construction estimate and the operating costs of the facility before voting on the matter.

“There’s two things that need to happen. We need to get the shelter built and opened, but we also need to ensure its success. Those two pieces of information would be helpful to me to make sure we ensure the success and operation of the building moving forward,” Liang said.

Mass. DPH: Confirmed Monkeypox Cases Now 7

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health on June 16 announced an additional cases of monkeypox in adult males, bringing the total number of monkeypox cases in the Commonwealth to seven since May.

Initial testing was completed late Wednesday at the State Public Health Laboratory in Jamaica Plain; confirmatory testing will be done at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). DPH is working with local health officials, the patient, and healthcare providers to identify individuals who may have been in contact with the patient while he was infectious. The individual is currently isolating to prevent spread to others.

Current data from CDC indicate that there have been 84 cases of monkeypox virus this year in US residents; this includes the first identified case in Massachusetts which was confirmed on May 18. There have been no deaths in the US or globally related to this outbreak and patients generally recover fully in 2-4 weeks. Although many of the early cases were associated with international travel, recent cases are not. Gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men make up a large proportion of the cases identified to date. However, the risk is not limited to the LGBTQ community, and anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has monkeypox is at risk.

Starting today, DPH will update the public on monkeypox in Massachusetts each Thursday, including case counts and other important information. The next update will be issued Thursday, June 23. Updated case counts can also be obtained on the CDC’s website: 2022 U.S. Map and Case Count.

While the virus does not spread easily between people, people can spread the infection once they develop symptoms. Transmission occurs through direct contact with body fluids and monkeypox sores, by touching items that have been contaminated with fluids or sores (clothing, bedding, etc.), or less commonly, through respiratory droplets following prolonged face-to-face contact. In many of the recent cases, the locations of the rash lesions suggest transmission during sexual contact. Examples where monkeypox can spread and where it does not:

  • Monkeypox can spread through:
    • Direct skin-to-skin contact with rash lesions. Sexual/intimate contact, including kissing while a person is infected.
    • Living in a house and sharing a bed with someone. Sharing towels or unwashed clothing.
    • Respiratory secretions through face-to-face interactions (the type that mainly happen when living with someone or caring for someone who has monkeypox).
  • Monkeypox does not spread through:
    • Casual conversations. Walking by someone with monkeypox in a grocery store, for instance. Touching items like doorknobs.

Clinicians are asked to be alert to the possibility of monkeypox virus infection in individuals who have rash illnesses consistent with monkeypox. Early symptoms of monkeypox can include fever, headache, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes, but rash may be the first symptom. Rash lesions start flat, become raised, fill with clear fluid (vesicles), and then become pustules (filled with pus). A person with monkeypox can have many lesions or may have only a few. More complete information about how to recognize monkeypox is available here.

Actions for people to consider to help reduce the risk from monkeypox include:

  • Avoid large gatherings like raves and dance parties where you may have lots of close body contact with others
  • Ask any partner, especially new partners whose health status and recent travel history you are not familiar with, if they have any symptoms of monkeypox
  • Stay informed by reading information available on the DPH and CDC websites

As the CDC advises, if you believe you may have monkeypox, you should contact your health care provider. If you need to leave your home, wear a mask and cover your rash or lesions when around others. Those who live with or care for someone who may have monkeypox should wear a mask and disposable gloves if they need to have any direct contact with lesions and when handling any clothes or bedding if the person cannot do it themselves. They should also wash their hands regularly, especially after contact with the person who is infected or with their clothes, bed sheets, towels and other items or surfaces they may have touched.

Clinicians should consult with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health at 617-983-6800 to determine if testing is indicated. Consultation is required before submitting specimens.

For more information about this virus, visit https://www.mass.gov/monkeypox and https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox.

Bridge Repair Work On Quincy Adams On-Ramp; Overnight Lane Closures Start June 21

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announces it will be conducting overnight bridge repair work on the Quincy Adams on-ramp from the Washington Street/Independence Avenue intersection (over Burgin Parkway Ramp, Exit 42) to I-93 southbound and I-93 northbound.

This work will require overnight lane closures starting on Tuesday, June 21. The bridge repair work will include joint and deck repairs, substructure repairs, milling of existing pavement, and installation of new waterproofing membrane and new pavement.

The closures will be as follows:

  • Left and right lane closures on the Quincy Adams on-ramp from the Washington Street/Independence Avenue intersection (over Burgin Parkway Ramp, Exit 42) will occur each week from Sunday through Thursday, each night from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., starting on Tuesday, June 21. One lane of traffic will remain open at all times during these nighttime single lane closures.

Advance warning signs will be used onsite to notify drivers about the planned closures and provide updates.

Any questions or public comments should be directed to Daniel Fielding, Government and Public Affairs Liaison, at daniel.fielding@state.ma.us.

Drivers who are traveling through the affected areas should expect delays, reduce speed, and use caution.

All scheduled work is weather dependent and subject to change without notice.

For information on traffic conditions travelers are encouraged to:

  • Dial 511 before heading out onto the roadways and select a route to hear real-time conditions.
  • Visit www.mass511.com, a website which provides real-time traffic and incident advisory information, access to traffic cameras, and allows users to subscribe to text and email alerts for traffic conditions.
  • Follow MassDOT on Twitter @MassDOT to receive regular updates on road and traffic conditions.
  • Download MassDOT’s GoTime mobile app and view real-time traffic conditions before setting out on the road.

NQ Boys’ Volleyball Bows In Div. 2 Tournament; Westfield Wins 4th Title In 5 Years

 

NORTH QUINCY boys’ volleyball team – shown here celebrating its Round of 8 win to advance to the Final Four in the Div. 2 tournament – bowed to Westfield in the championship match June 15 at Worcester North High School. The Raiders became the first NQ team to make a state final appearance in 20 years – the last was the 2002 girls’ volleyball team. The boys won 18 consecutive games this season including four wins in the tournament. Westfield won its fourth state title in five years. Courtesy Photo

The top-seeded North Quincy High School boys volleyball team bowed to #3 Westfield June 15 in the championship match in the Div. 2 tournament held at Worcester North High School.

The Raiders finished the season with a record of 18-2 and won 18 straight matches after dropping its season opener against Greater New Bedford April 6.

The team had an amazing season and overcame a lot of obstacles on their way to a state final appearance. The Raiders won the Southern Alliance and earned the #1 seed in MIAA D2 state tournament.

The NQ boys’ volleyball team was the first Raider team to reach a state tournament final in 20 years – the last was the 2002 girls’ volleyball team.

North Quincy’s tournament ride included sweeps over Fitchburg, Minnechaug and Nipmuc and a 3-1 win over Milford.

Westfield did not lost a game in the Div. 2 tournament, sweeping Leominister, Millis, O’Bryant, Greater New Bedford and North Quincy.

MIAA D2 Volleyball Bracket 

 

Firefighters Battle Blaze On Pine Island

Quincy firefighters were called to Pine Island Saturday to extinguish a fire that broke out following the Flag Day fireworks display. Photos courtesy Sam Hwang.

By SCOTT JACKSON

Quincy firefighters were called to Pine Island in Black’s Creek on Saturday night to extinguish a fire that broke out following the city’s Flag Day fireworks display.

“Once again, companies are out at Pine Island for the outside fire following the fireworks,” the Friends Of Quincy Firefighters IAFF Local 792 posted on social media.

Additional information on the fire was not available on Monday.

This is not the first time the Fire Department was called to Pine Island following the Flag Day celebration. A brush fire on the island was reported in 2018. The 2018 fire was not caused by the fireworks display, officials said at the time.

Another look at Saturday’s fire on Pine Island. In the background is the American flag that flies over Pageant Field during the annual Flag Day ceremonies there.

 

 

Quincy Public Schools EDI Director Hired

By SCOTT JACKSON

An administrator from the Boston Public Schools has been named the new director of equity, diversity and inclusion for the Quincy Public Schools.

Supt. Kevin Mulvey announced the hiring of the new EDI director on June 10 amid a flurry of personnel moves, which will also see the city’s two high schools welcome new principals. The hires are effective as of July 1, he said.

“Please join me in congratulating these administrators on their new roles in Quincy Public Schools beginning July 1,” Mulvey wrote in a message to the community. “Each of the principals will have the opportunity to meet with the school staff before the end of the school year and will meet with their school communities prior to the opening of school.”

Kim Ngo Connolly

Kim Ngo Connolly was hired as the district’s director of equity, diversity and inclusion. She previously worked for the Boston Public Schools, most recently as the director of recruitment, cultivation and diversity programs. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Boston University and an MBA from Babson College.

Mulvey announced plans to hire an equity, diversity and inclusion director in December, after students at the city’s two high schools walked out of class to protest racism and hate speech. The new director will serve on the superintendent’s leadership team.

Approximately 15 candidates applied for the EDI director’s position, Mulvey said in a phone interview Tuesday afternoon. A panel consisting of two parents, the president of the Quincy Education Association, and members of the superintendent’s leadership team interviewed the candidates, Mulvey said, and he conducted interviews with the finalists.

Connolly was chosen because of her experience as the Boston Public Schools’ director of recruitment, cultivation and diversity programs – which involved equity, diversity and inclusion work in grades K to 12 – and because her previous job in the BPS was focused on social and emotional learning, another priority for the Quincy Public Schools, Mulvey said.

Connolly will make $120,000 in her new position as the EDI director. The position will be funded with ESSER money allocated to the school district by the federal government.

In addition to the new EDI director, Mulvey also said on June 10 that Lawrence Taglieri would serve as the district’s director of academic programs. Taglieri has spent the past nine years as the principal at Quincy High School and was previously principal at Broad Meadows Middle School for eight years.

In his new role, Taglieri will join the curriculum team at the Coddington Building where he will work with Senior Curriculum Director Madeline Roy on the administration of the Art, Instrumental Music & Choral, Physical & Health Education, Technology Engineering, and Library/Media programs for grades K through 12, Mulvey said in his announcement.

In the phone interview, Mulvey said Taglieri’s new salary would be likely be similar to what he was making as the principal at Quincy High School, between $135,000 and $140,000. Like the EDI director, the director of academic programs is a new position that will be funded with ESSER money.

Keith Ford will replace Taglieri as the principal at Quincy High School. Ford is completing his first year as the principal at North Quincy High School and was previously the assistant principal at Needham High School for five years.

Daniel Gilbert has been named the new principal at North Quincy High School. He has been the principal at Broad Meadows Middle School for nine years and had been the principal at the Snug Harbor Community School for five years.

Michael Marani will become the next principal at Broad Meadows. He has been principal at Snug Harbor for five years after four years there as the assistant principal.

Courtney Mitchell has been named the principal at South-West Middle School. She has spent the past two and a half years as the principal at the Merrymount Elementary School and was the assistant principal at the former Sterling Middle School – which South-West replaced – for five and a half years.

Janet Loftus was named the principal at the Lincoln-Hancock Community School. She returned to the school in February after three years as principal at the Beechwood Knoll Elementary School. She was previously the assistant principal at Lincoln-Hancock for five years.

Marisa Forrester will serve as the new principal at Beechwood Knoll. She was named acting principal there in February and previously was the district’s coordinator of data and an elementary school teacher for eight years.

Susan Shea Connor has been named the acting principal at Merrymount. She has been an elementary school teacher and administrator in the district for eight years.

Scott Perfetuo has been named acting principal at Snug Harbor. He has been the assistant principal at the Parker Elementary School for ten years and a teacher in the district for more than 20.

Parade, Fireworks Salute ‘Stars And Stripes” At 71st Flag Day Celebration

Thousands turned out Saturday to celebrate the “Stars and Stripes” at Quincy’s 71st Flag Day festivities that featured a patriotic parade and spectacular fireworks display over Black’s Creek.

The parade renewed a tradition that started with the Koch Club and is now presented by the City of Quincy. This year’s parade honorees were Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito who marched with Mayor Thomas Koch, the chairman of the Flag Day Committee, as the grand marshal. Also honored was Marilyn Nestor who received the Richard J. and Simone N. Koch Youth Service Award. Nestor, who rode along the parade route with family on a red-white-and-blue decorated float, was recognized for her countless hours volunteering for the Koch Club’s girls’ softball and bowling programs for decade.

The parade featured an array of bands, floats and specialty units and began at the intersection of Coddington and Washington Streets and proceeded north on Hancock Street and turned right onto Merrymount Parkway before disbanding near Adams Field. Parade goers then flowed into Pageant Field for a flag raising ceremony. The celebration was capped off by a dazzling display of fireworks over Black’s Creek. The fireworks display was sponsored by Quirk Auto Dealerships.

Here are some photos taken at Saturday’s Flag Day Parade and fireworks display. More coverage in The Quincy Sun.

Rockets red glare illuminate a giant American Flag suspended by two cranes at the start of Saturday’s fireworks display over Black’s Creek that capped off the city’s 71st annual Flag Day celebration. Thousands enjoyed the show from Pageant Field. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
Youngsters march with a banner welcoming spectators to the 71st annual Quincy Flag Day Parade Saturday. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
Mayor Thomas Koch, chairman of the Quincy Flag Day Committee, and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito wave to spectactors along the parade route near Central Middle School Saturday. Polito was honored as this year’s Flag Day Parade grand marshal. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
McGruff the Crime Dog was among the specialty units featured in Saturday’s Flag Day Parade in Quincy. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
Youngsters show their patriotic spirit waving and holding American flags from the grand marshal float recognizing this year’s honoree Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
Combined Quincy-North Quincy High School Marching Band is led by the color guard as it proceeds along Hancock Street near Veterans’ Memorial Stadium during Saturday’s Quincy Flag Day Parade. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
Students in the Quincy-North Quincy High School marching band play a patriotic number in Saturday’s Quincy Flag Day Parade. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
North Quincy High School quiz show team that won this year’s WGBH state competition waves along the route of the 71st annual Quincy Flag Day Parade Saturday. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
Two youngsters show their patriotism as they enjoy the Quincy Flag Day Parade Saturday. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
Marilyn Nestor, a longtime volunteer for the Koch Club, waves from a float recognizing her as this year’s recipient of the Richard J. and Simone N. Koch Youth Service Award. The Quincy Flag Day Parade was started by the Koch Club more than 70 years ago.”Marilyn played a large role in promoting opportunities for girls and young women through the Koch Club recreational programs,” said Mayor Thomas Koch, chairman of the Flag Day Parade. “She helped run the bowling and softball programs that benefited thousands of Quincy females through the many years she volunteered,” the mayor added. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
“Daffy-Dill” the clown offers a youngster a slice of a “Domino’s Pizza” along the route of Saturday’s Quincy Flag Day Parade. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
Revolutionary War-era dressed militia fire a volley during Saturday’s Quincy Flag Day Parade. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
Keeping her eyes on that grand old flag, a youngster proudly waves “Old Glory” as she and hundreds of other local children marched in Saturday’s Quincy Flag Day Parade. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth
Large American Flag hoisted by two oversized cranes was an inspiring and patriotic backdrop for Saturday’s Flag Day Parade fireworks display at Pageant Field and Black’s Creek. Quincy Sun Photos/Robert Bosworth

MA Dept. Of Public Health Releases Updated Mask Advisory

The Department of Public Health (DPH)  on Friday (June 10th) released updated guidance regarding the use of masks and face coverings in the Commonwealth.

Noting over 84 percent of eligible residents in Massachusetts are fully vaccinated and over half of adults boosted, and in light of recent improvements in COVID-19 indicators, effective July 1, 2022, the new guidance advises that masks indoors are optional for most individuals, regardless of vaccination status.

Massachusetts residents have ready access to vaccines, rapid tests, and therapeutics – all the resources needed to prevent severe illness and the Commonwealth’s COVID data shows these tools work.

“To protect friends and family members, residents are reminded that getting a vaccine and booster remain the best way to protect against serious illness or hospitalization from COVID-19,” said Public Health Commissioner Margret Cooke. “Based on our nation-leading vaccination efforts, DPH now recommends that Massachusetts residents have the option to make a personal choice about wearing a mask or face covering in indoor settings regardless of vaccination status.”

All people in Massachusetts (regardless of vaccination status) are required to continue wearing masks or face coverings in certain settings, including in health care facilities.  DPH continues to advise masks for individuals with a weakened immune system, those at increased risk for severe disease because of age or underlying conditions, or who have a household member with a weakened immune system and at increased risk.

Visit www.mass.gov/maskrules for a complete list of venues where face coverings remain required. Today, state requirements for face coverings in certain congregate care settings were also adjusted.

Read the full advisory.

Russell Park To Close For Two Months

By SCOTT JACKSON

Part of a Quincy Center roadway will be closed for two months this summer as work continues on a pair of nearby developments.

A portion of Russell Park will be closed starting on June 27 through approximately Sept. 2, the developer, FoxRock Properties, announced in a message to the community.

“We evaluated the possibility of keeping a portion of the street open to thru traffic, but it would have resulted in numerous changes to the traffic pattern over the course of the summer, which would be less safe and create other issues such as an increased roadwork duration by approximately 50 percent,” the company wrote.

“The street closure will allow our team to safely move between the two buildings, perform utility work in the street and make traffic improvements to the road without intermittent shutdowns and closures. It will also significantly reduce non-local traffic down Russell Park. We currently anticipate that this will be the only time this type of prolonged closure will be necessary.”

The street will be closed between roughly 18 Russell Park and Hancock Street, the developer said. Vehicles traveling toward Hancock Street on Russell Park (westbound) will perform a U-turn where the median currently breaks. Vehicles traveling from Hancock Street will need to use Whitney Road or alternate routes to access Russell Park.

The road closure is related to FoxRock’s ongoing work at 1170 Hancock St. and 1200 Hancock St., which are located on either side of Russell Park. FoxRock has dubbed the two developments Center & Stone.

The company plans to restore the two-story main entrance to the Masonic Temple building at 1170 Hancock St. and create a six-story addition in the rear. The existing part of the building will house a restaurant and 66 apartments will be located in the new addition.

The Masonic Temple was originally built in 1926, according to the city’s online property records. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989. The rear portion of the building was gutted by a four-alarm fire in 2013.

The property at 1200 Hancock St. was formerly home to a Citizens Bank branch, which was demolished earlier this spring. In its place, FoxRock will construct a six-story building with 135 apartments and 3,700 square feet of retail space.

The former Citizens Bank building was constructed in 1974. It had been home to the Quincy Savings Bank before the company was acquired by Citizens Bank.

A total of 234 parking spaces are included in FoxRock’s plans for the two sites on Hancock Street.

The work at 1170 Hancock St. is slated for completion in the fall of 2023, the company said in its update, and the whole project will be finished by early 2024.