Road Rage Stabbing Victim Released From Hospital; Investigation Continues

By SCOTT JACKSON

Quincy police are investigating a stabbing in North Quincy on Thursday (Sept. 15) that left the victim with serious injuries.

The stabbing took place in the area of Glover Avenue and the victim was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries, the department said.

Glover Avenue and Pierce Street was closed off to traffic as detectives investigated the incident.

The stabbing took place in the vicinity of Quincy Catholic Academy. Police said school officials were notified of the matter and that there was no threat to the school’s students.

On Friday, Quincy Police said the stabbing victim had been discharged from an area hospital.

The initial call came in as a road rage incident. At some point, both parties exited their vehicle, a fight ensued, and victim was stabbed and the suspect fled.

No further information is being released at this time, according to a police department spokesperson.

Neat Neighbors Contest Winners Announced

Mayor Thomas Koch has announced the 2022 Neat Neighbors contest winners.

Thirty properties from throughout the city were recognized for their efforts to keep their properties maintained in the spirit of a cleaner and greener Quincy.  Winners receive a $30 gift certificate to a local garden center and a handsome lawn sign they can display on their property highlighting their achievement.

The Department of Natural Resources solicits nominations each year from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  Each property is viewed to ensure it meets the qualifications for the contest and then the winners are randomly selected from the properties that qualify.  This is not a comparatively judged competition.

The 2022 winners are:

Steven Douillette                    45 Edison Park

James Riley                             27 Beebe Road

Chris and Kate Murphy           161 Samoset Avenue

Michael Gustafson                  7 Swan Road

Denise Bausemer                    35 Bittern Road

Michael Neal                           42 Ruggles Street

Doanh Vo                                28 Edwards Street

Richard Battista                      166 Phipps Street

Madeline Clark                        28 Hyde Street

Teresa Reddig                         38 South Central Avenue

Fran and Tony Tangney          72 Hillside Avenue

Joe and Ellen Poggi                 36 Hillside Avenue

Josephine Costello                  50 Lincoln Avenue

Willian and Marie Cunniff       35 Bowdoin Street

Steve Cahoon/Dotty Muscato 73 White Street

Mark Azar                               75 Unity Street

Richard Keane                         100 Shirley Street

Susan and Mark Broderick     44 Shirley Street

Kevin Weng                             156 Liberty Street

Paul Cook                                15 Crest Street

Trish Rooney                           56 Ferndale Road

Ryan Ruel                                80 Standish Avenue

William Mullen                       49 Sims Road

Kevin Joran                             32 Hamilton Street

Bo Levine                                17 Roberta Lane

Patty Gerrin                            312 Atlantic Street

Pam and Kevin Taylor             65 Apthorp Street

Bill Geary                                 15 Knollwood Road

Jim Stamos                              22 Sonoma Road

Skip Ryan                                265 Bellevue Road

“We are happy to recognize residents that do their part to keep our city looking beautiful,” Koch said.  “There are thousands more throughout our city that do a great job year in and year out and I want to thank all of our residents that contribute to the great aesthetic character of Quincy’s neighborhoods.  Nice properties make for nice neighborhoods; and nice neighborhoods make for a great city.”

Folks are encouraged to maintain their properties and the grass border along their sidewalk.  Beautification is a team effort and it takes everyone working together to keep Quincy looking cleaner and greener.

“I want to congratulate our winners and all the properties nominated this year,” said Commissioner of Natural Resources David Murphy.  “There is a lot of time and effort that goes into being recognized and I appreciate everyone that does their part of make our city look great. It was tough to choose just 30 winners based on the number of nominations; there are hundreds of beautiful properties out there, even in a year with such difficult conditions with the heat and drought.”

Brian Palmucci Nominated For Judgeship

Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday nominated Attorney Brian Palmucci, a current member of the Quincy City Council, as Associate Justice of the District Court.

Brian Palmucci

“Attorney Palmucci’s years of experience representing the Commonwealth in several legal roles make him well-suited for this appointment,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “I am pleased to submit his nomination to the Governor’s Council for their advice and consent.”

“Attorney Palmucci possesses a deep knowledge of not just the law, but also the importance of the matters that come before the District Court,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “If his nomination is confirmed, I am confident that he will serve the judiciary fairly and thoughtfully.”

The District Court hears a wide range of criminal, civil, housing, juvenile, mental health, and other types of cases. District Court criminal jurisdiction extends to all felonies punishable by a sentence up to five years, and many other specific felonies with greater potential penalties; all misdemeanors; and all violations of city and town ordinances and by-laws. The District Court is located in 62 courts across the Commonwealth.

For more information about the District Court, visit their homepage

Judicial nominations are subject to the advice and consent of the Governor’s Council. Applicants for judicial openings are reviewed by the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) and recommended to the governor. Governor Baker established the JNC in February 2015 pursuant to Executive Order 558, a non-partisan, non-political Commission composed of volunteers from a cross-section of the Commonwealth’s diverse population to screen judicial applications. Twenty-one members were later appointed to the JNC in April 2015.

About Brian Palmucci

Attorney Brian Palmucci began his legal career in 2004 working as an assistant district attorney in the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office. In 2006, Attorney Palmucci joined McGovern and Ganem, P.C., as an attorney specializing in motor vehicle insurance fraud, arson, false injury and property loss. He then served as counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Correction from 2008 to 2010. In November 2010, Attorney Palmucci became a special assistant district attorney in the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office, a position he held until 2018. In 2011, Attorney Palmucci also established Palmucci Law, P.C., where he still serves as principal attorney. Attorney Palmucci maintains an active presence in his community, having served from 2013 to 2015 on the board of directors for DOVE, Inc., an organization that assists survivors of domestic violence. Since 2009, Attorney Palmucci has contributed to the preservation of Blue Hills Reservation as a volunteer for Friends of Blue Hills. He has served as a City Councilor for the City of Quincy since 2010, and since 2018 has worked to increase access to affordable housing as a trustee for the Quincy Affordable Housing Fund. Attorney Brian Palmucci received his bachelor’s degree in 2000 from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his juris doctor from the New England School of Law in 2004.

Boston Blockchain Stepping Into The Future Sept. 21-25

2022 Boston Blockchain Week: Blockchain technology leaders, Web3 innovators and cryptocurrency enthusiasts from Metro Boston, New England, the Metaverse and beyond will descend on Quincy Center from Sept. 21st – 25th for Boston Blockchain Week.

Led by QUBIC Labs, the week-long summit will focus on community building throughout Boston’s burgeoning blockchain technology sector and will feature content, convenings, panel discussions, symposiums, valuable networking opportunities and a two day ‘Hack Boston’ at Harvard University on September 24th and 25th. Attendees can expect a unique experience celebrating the people harnessing the power and promise of blockchain technology to transform the global community. Register here.

About QUBIC Labs

QUBIC Labs is a startup incubator and innovation hub that supports entrepreneurs building businesses around emerging technologies. We recently received the first blockchain investment by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which is part of a public-private partnership that will support the creation of a first-of-a-kind conceptual R&D and commercialization program. You can read more about this program here.

Food Truck, Music Festival On Coddington Street Oct. 1

The City of Quincy’s annual Food Truck & Music Festival will take place Saturday, Oct. 1st from noon – 6 p.m. on Coddington Street. The afternoon will include a wide variety of local bands, food trucks and kids entertainment.

“Quincy’s food truck and music fest has become an annual fall tradition in the City highlighting the local talents of musicians and chefs alike,” Mayor Thomas Koch said. “It’s a great afternoon packed with lots of family-friendly entertainment.”

Musical acts include Brendan Ryan at 12:00 p.m., Craig Carter and the Hurricane at 1:05 p.m., Joe Bargar and the Soul Providers at 2:15 p.m., Through The Doors at 3:05 p.m. and the Dirty Water Dance Band headlining the event at 4:45 p.m.

Kids entertainment on the lawn of the Thomas Crane Public Library include Magician & Mentalist George at 12:00 p.m., Phillip Alexander Sing, Play, Grow at 1:00 p.m., East Coast Mobile Gaming Truck from 1 to 3 p.m., Through Me To You Puppetry at 3 p.m. and Stacey Peasley Quartet at 4 p.m.

Food trucks include Ellies Treats, Lolly Jolly Waffles, Trolly Dogs, Uncle Joe’s Cannoli, Loco Larry’s Tacos, Bon Me, Aahhh Roma, Blacks Creek BBQ, Montilios Pizza/Desserts, What’s Up Cupcake, South Shore Taco Guy, Thyme Traveling, Local Motion Rice Bowls, Rockin Burgers, Wanderlust, Whoopie Pie Truck, Lobster Love, Mom’s On The Go, Mamma Deb’s, Cheesy Chicks, Away Café, Gonzalez & Sufra Mediterranean. Beer and wine can be purchased from the Hive Mobile Bar.

For more information, follow the City of Quincy on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Nextdoor.

Quincy High Reopens Following Bomb Threat

By SCOTT JACKSON

Quincy High School reopened on Tuesday morning after the building was evacuated earlier in the day following an anonymous bomb threat.

Students and staff were being allowed back into the building as of 9:50 a.m., the Quincy Police Department said in a statement. Meanwhile, police continue to probe the origin of the phone call that prompted the evacuation of the building.

In an earlier statement, police said the anonymous call came in at 8:02 a.m. and the school was evacuated “in an abundance of caution.” Officers and explosives-detecting canines then searched the building.

Dorchester Man Pleads Not Guilty In Robbery That Ended In Deadly Shooting

A Dorchester man accused of taking part in the armed robbery that ended in the death of a Quincy man was arrested on a Quincy District Court warrant while leaving a Boston residence this morning, according to Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey.

Dwayne D. Harper, 28, of Bellevue Street in Dorchester, entered a plea of not guilty to Masked Armed Robbery (firearm), Kidnapping for extortion; Attempt to commit a crime (to wit: Home invasion); and Assault to rob while armed with a firearm.

Quincy Police were called to the area of 5 Crown Drive at approximately 12:40 a.m. on August 18, 2022. There they found Jordan Wiggins, 32, a resident of an apartment at that address, with obvious gunshot wounds. He was transported to an area hospital but did not survive.

“Quincy Police and State Police detectives attached to the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office have been working since the August shooting to put the pieces of this case together,” District Attorney Morrissey said. “While the investigation is continuing, we were able to obtain a warrant for this defendant. Boston Police were able to take him into custody at roughly 9 a.m. today as he exited a residence in the city.”

Assistant District Attorney Robert Stewart moved to have the defendant held without bail under the Massachusetts dangerousness statute. The Court set September 20, 2022 as the date for the dangerousness hearing.

“Harper is held without bail until that time,” District Attorney Morrissey said. “And our investigation continues.”

State Announces 2022 Deer Management Plan for Blue Hills Reservation

 
The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), in consultation with the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife), on Friday announced the 2022 Deer Management Plan for the Blue Hills Reservation. Based upon the experience of implementing and assessing the outcomes of seven successful controlled hunts, DCR will implement a plan in 2022 that mirrors permitted archery hunting conducted in 2020 and 2021. Similar to last year, the 2022 plan will feature archery only hunting in the Blue Hills Reservation in the same designated areas of the park during the month of November. With over 7,000 acres of parkland within the reservation, a total of 2,622 acres will be made available for hunting during the 2022 Deer Management Plan for the Blue Hills Reservation. 
  
Under legislative mandate, DCR is required to implement a management plan where deer overpopulation is negatively impacting forests, water resources, or plant growth on department owned land. The Blue Hills Deer Management Program utilizes controlled/permitted hunting as part of DCR’s efforts to manage the high deer densities within the state reservation. Benefits of managing the deer herd within the Blue Hills Reservation includes: 
·       The promotion of tree and plant regeneration, including rare plants; 
·       The sustainability of species diversity; and, 
·       The diminished risk of forest wildfires due to the growth of plant life. 
  
DCR has safely and successfully conducted seven annual controlled hunts in the Blue Hills Reservation since 2015. In light of DCR’s commitment to long-term deer management in the Blue Hills and in order to continue these successful efforts, DCR and MassWildlife will continue to implement controlled hunting in the Blue Hills in 2022. Like last year, permitted archery hunting in designated areas of the reservation will be Mondays through Thursdays between November 7, 2022, and November 23, 2022. There is no hunting on Thursday, November 24, 2022, in observation of the Thanksgiving holiday. Licensed hunters will be required to submit an application and DCR will issue up to 225 permits. 
  
The use of licensed public hunters in managing deer populations is one of the most widely used management methods employed throughout the United States. In Massachusetts, it is the primary management tool supported by MassWildlife and has been shown to be successful in addressing situations involving deer overabundance and vegetation over-browse. The Quabbin Reservoir controlled deer hunt is the most notable example. In addition, DCR manages thousands of acres of forest and parkland across the Commonwealth where licensed hunters are allowed to hunt during the regulated seasons. 
  
Hunters interested in applying for archery hunting should click on the following link: Blue Hills Deer Management Program to review application instructions as well as to complete and submit an application. Selected hunters will be required to complete a mandatory hunter orientation to review the guidelines for deer hunting in the Blue Hills. Also contained on the program webpage are the previous year overview and results which provides information regarding logistics and an analysis of harvest results from last year’s controlled hunting program. 

City To Distribute Surgical Masks To Public

The City of Quincy Office of Emergency Management will begin the distribution of surgical masks free of charge to the public on Monday, Sept. 19th.

Quincy residents wishing to receive an issue of masks can email: emergencyoperations@quincyma.gov or call 617-376-1105 to schedule an appointment for mask pick-up.

Mask distribution will be conducted at the Richard J. Koch Park and Recreation complex located at 1 Merrymount Parkway, and appointments for pick-up will be available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In order to receive masks, residents will be required to verify Quincy residency by presenting either a valid MA driver’s license or a current utility bill with a Quincy address.

Through partnerships with FEMA and MEMA, Quincy Emergency Management has distributed a total of more than 3,000,000 total pieces of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), that has included multiple types of masks, sanitizing equipment, and other types of PPE to community partners, municipal departments, and the public since March 2020.

‘Joe Finn Building’ Dedicated In Quincy Center

The Joe Finn Building In Quincy Center was dedicated Friday morning. The newly renovated building includes 22 units of affordable housing. Pictured inside the building are developer Leo Martin (left) and Finn (right), the former city councillor for whom the building was named. Quincy Sun Photos/Scott Jackson

By SCOTT JACKSON

A newly renovated building with 22 units of affordable housing located in the heart of Quincy Center was dedicated Friday morning.

The building, located at 1433 Hancock St., was named the Joe Finn Building in honor of Finn, a longtime advocate for affordable housing and a former member of the Quincy City Council.

“Joe Finn’s life work has been about helping those that can’t help themselves,” Mayor Thomas Koch said during the dedication.

Joe Finn (center) is pictured with family members outside the building that now bears his name. Pictured (from left): children Kevin and James, wife Dolores, Finn, and children Ty, Mike and Kiki. Not pictured are children Jamar and Conall.

The mayor later noted that Finn, who is the president and executive director of the Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliance, remains an advocate for affordable housing to this day.

“I have great admiration for Joe and, as I said earlier on, he really was the conscious on this issue in Quincy for a long, long time,” Koch said. “Now I view he’s the conscious in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on this issue.”

Koch added that the Boston area is sorely in need of new housing to meet demand.

“I know there is times when this administration gets criticized perhaps for what some perceive as overdevelopment,” he said. “The fact of the matter is we are tens of thousands of units short in the metropolitan area of Boston to meet the needs of housing – and that’s all types of housing. Keep in mind that the additional market-rate housing also helps to stabilize rents. It is about getting more affordable units in play, but it is also about the greater number to help stabilize the market rents.”

The building contains 22 units of workforce housing, Koch said, 20 of which are already occupied; the remaining two will be occupied on Oct. 1. The renovation project was partially funded by a $2 million grant from the city’s affordable housing trust.

Joe Finn (center) pictured with (from left) Mayor Thomas Koch, Sy Marcus, Leo Martin and Laura Martin.

Leo Martin, the owner of the building, thanked Koch and the Affordable Housing Trust Committee for their support of the project.

“They were absolutely terrific to deal with in every way and very supportive of this,” Martin said.

“I would also like to say congratulations to Joe Finn. He’s a guy that I’ve watched forever. He’s always there for people that need a hand. I think he’s a good example of just a good guy.”

Finn said he was reluctant to have the building named in his honor but agreed to it for two main reasons. The first reason was that Martin was the developer.

“I’m guessing that Leo Martin has done more to house people experiencing homelessness than many of the providers have and he has certainly always helped those at the other end of the housing spectrum,” Finn said. “For that, I believe his name should probably be on this building, quite honestly.”

The second reason Finn gave was Koch’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“He never got the full credit that he deserved during the whole COVID crisis,” Finn said of the mayor. “His response was unparalleled, it was extraordinary, because not only did he actually create a situation to protect and stop the spread of that virus, but he also managed to put people back to work who had been laid off because of that.

“As the mayor knows well, we disagreed on a lot of things over time, but I’ll tell you, his response to that was unparalleled. I hope in some way I might be able to honor him as well in accepting this award.”

Also speaking at Friday’s ceremony were Rep. Ron Mariano, the speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and Sen. John Keenan, who served with Finn on the Quincy City Council.

“I can’t say enough about the admiration I have for Joe Finn as an advocate and as a local legislator,” Mariano said. “It’s been a real pleasure to get to know Joe, it’s been a great honor to work with him. Anything I learned about housing, I learned from Joe Finn – I don’t know if that’s good or bad, Joe.”

“Joe brings such commitment to the cause and, as the Senate chair of the Housing Committee, he is an invaluable, invaluable resource to what we do on the committee,” Keenan said. “He has left his mark, not only here in the city of Quincy but all across the commonwealth – there is no denying that at all.”