Adams National Historical Park Seasonal Employment Position

Adams National Historical Park in Quincy announces it has a seasonal employment position for a recreation fee technician.

A fee technician is a uniformed representative of the NPS, welcoming the public to Adams National Historical Park. Primary duties include staffing the Visitor Center which features books and memorabilia relating to the history of the Adams family and the formation of our nation. A fee technician will also sell park passes and tickets to tours of the historic homes of two Presidents and four generations of the Adams family. Technicians also have an opportunity to to interact with visitors of all kinds, answering their questions and getting them excited about all that the Park and the City of Quincy has to offer. The pay for this position is $20.32 per hour and would last May through October.

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Quincy Councillors Want Ruth Gordon Amphitheater Renovated


City councillors on Monday unanimously approved a resolution opposing the demolition of the Ruth Gordon Amphitheater and urging the Department of Natural Resources to renovate the facility ahead of its 40th anniversary.

Ward 5 Councillor Charles Phelan Jr. and six of his colleagues – Anthony Andronico, James Devine, William Harris, Noel DiBona, Nina Liang and Anne Mahoney – introduced a resolution to that effect Monday night. All nine councillors voted to approve the resolution and refer it to the council’s oversight committee.

The amphitheater, located adjacent to Pageant Field in Merrymount Park, was dedicated in 1984 in honor of Gordon, a native of Quincy who had a successful career in Hollywood as an actress and screenwriter.

In March, a group of residents began to raise concerns about a proposal to demolish in the amphitheater, which had been discussed at a meeting of the city’s park board in November. Bid documents for ongoing work at Pageant Field also referenced the amphitheater before they were amended.

Phelan on Monday said Gordon is the most famous actor or actress to call Quincy home, having won an Academy Award, an Emmy, and a pair of Golden Globe awards.

“She was a great representative for the city of Quincy,” he said.

In recent weeks, a group of concerned citizens, including Sara Trainor Callard, the daughter of the late T. Owen Trainor, the architect behind the amphitheater, have come forward with plans to renovate the venue, Phelan noted. He said the city should work with that group to renovate the amphitheater.

“The purpose of this resolution is saying we’re opposed to any demolition of the amphitheater. We would also like them to look into these plans and put the Ruth Gordon Amphitheater where it belongs,” Phelan said.

“We have an event area out here (the Hancock-Adams Common), but it has to be set up for an event. The Ruth Gordon Amphitheater is already set up. The sound is perfect. Anyone who has ever played there says how great the acoustics are.”

“It’s basically a great part of the city,” Phelan added.

Mahoney said the amphitheater would have been demolished had it not been for the citizens group. Neither the mayor’s office nor the Department of Natural Resources had told councillors about the proposal, she said, even though the head of the department had appeared before the council in the fall to provide an update on a number of projects.

“There is a lot of stuff happening in the city of Quincy and I appreciate the work we do up here, but there is so much that is not being brought to us, so much that is being done behind closed doors, and so much that is in jeopardy that we don’t know about,” Mahoney said.

“I really appreciate the strong stance Councillor Phelan took on this and I appreciate the residents of the city of Quincy for recognizing the assets that we do have, because sometimes our leaders don’t recognize those assets.”

Chris Walker, Mayor Thomas Koch’s chief of staff, said the city does not plan to demolish the amphitheater – “based upon the reaction, it is done, it is dead, it is not happening,” Walker said – and would be willing to meet with the citizens group to discuss the venue’s future.

In addition, Walker said the proposal to demolish the amphitheater had not been discussed behind closed doors, because park board meetings are open to the public, and that the plan was not a done deal.

“No determination was ever made that we were ever going to go forward with it,” Walker said. “It was not a done deal.”

Walker’s comments were drowned out by several residents who accused him of being dishonest and demanded they be allowed to speak, prompting Council President Noel DiBona to briefly recess the meeting until the audience quieted down.

When the session resumed, Ward 3 Councillor Ian Cain said the public would have a chance to speak during a future meeting.

“I appreciate the comments, I appreciate you being here, I appreciate you caring about this,” said Cain, who is the chairperson of the oversight committee. “This is an attempt that Councillor Phelan has made to bring this conversation more public. Once this is in a committee, we will have a hearing on it and we will discuss it.”

CVS Officials Meet With City Council


Representatives from CVS met with the City Council to discuss concerns about conditions at of the pharmacy giant’s stores in North Quincy and Quincy Point.

City councillors in March unanimously approved a resolution asking for an update on conditions at the CVS stores located at 321 Quincy Shore Dr. and 626 Southern Arty. Ward 6 Councillor William Harris had introduced that resolution, seeking an update on the North Quincy location, and Ward 1 Councillor David McCarthy requested a similar update on the store in Quincy Point.

Tom Driscoll, a district leader with CVS, and attorney Peter Lyons met with councillors Monday to address those concerns. The managers of the two stores were also present.

During the meeting, Harris said he is not trying to get the CVS locations shutdown but wanted to open up a line of communication between the company, city officials and residents. The store had made some progress since the resolution was approved, he said, “but we’re not even close.”

Harris showed before and after pictures of the CVS site, showing that the fence around the store’s dumpster had been repaired in recent weeks. Harris added, however, that the dumpster was not being kept locked.

Harris also read a letter he received from an official with the state Department of Public Health following an inspector’s visit to the site on April 19. The inspector said there was no longer signs of mice within the store’s pharmacy but a couple of other areas within the store had signs of mice, Harris stated. A supervisor from the store told the inspector a pest-control specialist was visiting the location three to four times a week, but the supervisor said there was no documentation for those visits.

“Obviously the eyes of Texas are one you and I’m sure you’re going to be visited again,” Harris said. “Moving forward, there has to be a better plan.”

Driscoll said he was named district leader in January and began to address concerns about the location on Quincy Shore Drive as soon as he heard of them. He had the regional and district managers from Orkin, a pest-control company, visit the store along with a local representative. There was no documentation of those visits because the local representative’s printer wasn’t working, Driscoll said, adding that he would provide that documentation to the city and state.

Harris also raised concerns about the condition of the fence that separates the store’s parking lot from neighboring homes. CVS is working with its landlord to get the fence replaced, Lyons said, and has also reached out to the landlord about changes that would improve the flow of traffic in the parking lot.

McCarthy said his chief concern about the CVS on Southern Artery is the dumpster in the rear of the store, and trash blowing around the property. Driscoll said he would recommend moving the dumpster to address McCarthy’s concern.

May Service Changes Will Allow Crews to Continue Track Improvement Work Across MBTA System

The MBTA announced Monday (April 24) service changes in May on the Blue, Red, Orange, Green, and Silver lines as well as the Greenbush, Kingston/Plymouth, Middleborough/Lakeville, Rockport, and Haverhill lines. Throughout the month of May, the MBTA will continue working to improve service reliability across the system. Service changes have been scheduled to address critical work that will help to alleviate speed restrictions in certain areas.

As previously announced, Blue Line evening weekday train service will be replaced with accessible shuttle buses between Government Center and Wonderland Stations beginning at approximately 8 PM on April 24-27 and May 1-4. Shuttle buses will not serve Bowdoin station. Shuttles bus schedules will work to match previous train frequency. This service change will allow MBTA crews to continue track work on the Blue Line that will alleviate speed restrictions. Crews will be replacing close to 2,000 feet of rail, over 450 ties, and perform more than 3,000 feet of tamping.

May service changes on the Red Line will continue to focus on track work:

·       Accessible shuttle buses will replace regular train service between Park Street and JFK/UMass Stations during the weekend of May 6-7. This service change will allow MBTA crews to continue to perform critical rail and tie replacement work to alleviate speed restrictions in this area.

·       Accessible shuttle bus service will replace evening weekday train service between JFK/UMass and Braintree Stations beginning at approximately 8:45 PM on May 8-12May 15-19May 22-25, and May 30-31. Riders are reminded that the Commuter Rail operates between South Station and Braintree and can be used as an alternative travel option during these service changes. This service change will allow MBTA crews to perform critical rail and tie replacement work on the Braintree Branch that will alleviate speed restrictions.

·       Accessible shuttle buses will replace regular weekend Ashmont and Braintree branch train service between Broadway and Ashmont and Broadway and Braintree Stations during the weekends of May 13-14 and May 20-21. This service change will allow MBTA crews to perform work on the Savin Hill Bridge on the Ashmont branch as well as continued rail and tie replacement work on the Braintree branch.

The Greenbush, Kingston/Plymouth, and Middleborough/Lakeville Commuter Rail Lines, which run adjacent to the Red Line, will also experience service changes during the weekends of May 13-14 and May 20-21.The Greenbush, Kingston/Plymouth, and Middleborough/Lakeville Commuter Rail Lines, which run adjacent to the Red Line, will also experience service changes during the weekends of May 13-14 and May 20-21.

·       During the weekend of May 13-14, regular weekend train service will be replaced with shuttle buses between Braintree and South Stations. Passengers should note that bicycles are not allowed on shuttle buses, and regular Commuter Rail fares will be collected between Greenbush, Kingston/Plymouth, and Middleborough/Lakeville and Braintree Stations.

·       During the weekend of May 20-21, regular weekend train service will be replaced with shuttle buses between Braintree and South Stations. Additionally, Middleborough/Lakeville Commuter Rail Line trains will be replaced with accessible shuttle bus service between Bridgewater and Middleborough/Lakeville to allow crews to perform work in support of South Coast Rail service. Passengers should note that bicycles are not allowed on shuttle buses, and regular Commuter Rail fares will be collected between Greenbush, Kingston/Plymouth, and Bridgewater and Braintree Stations.

Silver Line Routes 1, 2, and 3 will be re-routed to the street level around Courthouse Station beginning at approximately 8:45 PM on May 5 and during the weekend of May 6-7. This service change will allow for improvement work to take place at Courthouse.

Due to the continued demolition of the Government Center Garage by private developer HYM Construction, Orange and Green Line service changes will take place in the downtown Boston area during the weekends of May 13-14 and May 20-21Orange Line trains will bypass Haymarket Station. Orange Line riders should instead exit at North Station or State, which are less than a half-mile from Haymarket (or a four- to eight-minute walk) and travel to the Haymarket area. Green Line trolley service will be suspended between North Station and Government Center Station with riders instead asked to walk above ground between these stations – Government Center, Haymarket, and North Station are each less than a half mile from each other (about a five- to 10-minute walk), and the distance between Government Center to North Station is about three-quarters of a mile (about a 13-minute walk). Accessibility vans will also be available for on-demand transportation – Orange and Green Line riders should ask MBTA personnel for information and assistance.

Green Line service will experience service changes during the weekend of May 27-28. On the B Branch, trains will bypass Kenmore Station with riders instead asked to exit at Blandford Street or Hynes Convention Center and travel back to the Kenmore area, which is less than a half mile (or about an eight- to 10-minute walk). On the C Branch, accessible shuttle buses will replace regular trolley service between Cleveland Circle and Copley Stations. On the D Branch, accessible shuttle bus service will replace regular trolley service between Fenway and Copley Stations. These service changes will allow crews to perform track work in various locations along the Green Line.

May service changes on the Rockport Commuter Rail Line will take place to support rock cutting efforts as well as Gloucester Drawbridge work:

·       Regular train service will be replaced with accessible shuttle bus service between West Gloucester and Rockport Stations for 24 days from April 22-May 15 to perform rock cutting work. Passengers should note that bicycles are not allowed on shuttle buses, and regular Commuter Rail fares will be collected between West Gloucester and North Station.

·       There will be no train service between Rockport and Beverly Stations during the weekend of May 6-7. This service change will allow crews to perform work on the Gloucester Drawbridge.

The MBTA is reminding riders that Haverhill Commuter Rail Line trains will be replaced with accessible shuttle bus service between Haverhill and Reading Stations for 16 days from April 22-May 7 to perform Automatic Train Control (ATC) work. ATC is a federally mandated safety system that sends signals to trains about potentially unsafe conditions, automatically slowing and stopping a train if needed. Passengers should note that bicycles are not allowed on shuttle buses, and regular Commuter Rail fares will be collected between Reading and North Station.

Signage will be in place during all scheduled changes in service to direct riders to shuttle bus stops. Extra MBTA personnel and Transit Ambassadors will also be on-hand to assist riders.

Riders are encouraged to subscribe to T-Alerts or to follow the MBTA on Twitter @MBTA for up-to-date service information.The MBTA previously announced service changes taking place in April on the Red, Blue, Orange, Green, Fairmount, Franklin/Foxboro, and Haverhill lines. Riders are encouraged to visit for a complete list.

The MBTA will announce additional service changes in advance as they are confirmed and scheduled. The MBTA apologizes for the inconvenience of these scheduled service changes, and appreciates the understanding and patience of riders as this critical and necessary work to maintain, upgrade, and modernize the system takes place.

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Two Of Three Men Who Died In Boating Accident Identified As Quincy Residents

Two of the three men whose bodies were recovered after their boat was found overturned at sea some seven miles northeast of Cape Ann on Thursday have been identified as Quincy residents.

The dead have been identified as:

Jia Fu Zheng, 38, of Quincy.

Daxiao Lin, 43, also of Quincy.

Jaime Liu, 42, of Litchfield, New Hampshire.

Still missing is Bin “Michael” Cai.

The Coast Guard suspended its search for the fourth person at 10:20 a.m. Friday morning.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of these boaters.” said Capt. Amy Florentino, commander, Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, in a prepared statement. “The decision to suspend a search and rescue case is one of the most difficult decisions I must make, but we want the public and especially Mr. Cai’s family that we did everything in our power to find them. The water temperature in New England at this time of the year dramatically reduces the survivability rate for anyone that enters the water, and we urge all boaters to keep the air and water temperatures in mind when planning their voyages this spring.”

Two of the boaters were found Thursday between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. by the cutter William Chadwick and transferred to shore in Gloucester by a crew from Station Gloucester. The third boater was found by a Coast Guard aircraft, according to a Coast Guard spokesperson at district headquarters in Boston. They were pronounced deceased by local medical examiners.

A relative told authorities that the four boaters departed Hampton Harbor in New Hampshire about 7:30 Wednesday morning in a 17-foot white center console vessel with a blue canopy and single outboard motor, according to the Coast Guard.

Their reported destination was fishing grounds near Jeffreys Ledge, approximately 50 miles offshore, and the family member told the Coast Guard they were due back at sunset. They were reported missing Wednesday at 11:45 p.m.

The Coast Guard said it used a last known position from a one of the men’s cell phones and their likely location off Jeffreys Ledge to develop its search area.

Coast Guard’s 27-hour search included an MH-60 helicopter and HC-144 airplane from Air Station Cape Cod, the cutters William Chadwick and Sitkinak, and crews from Stations Gloucester, Merrimack River and Portsmouth Harbor. The search covered more than 1,567 square nautical miles, the Coast Guard said.

An investigation will be conducted by the Coast Guard due to a death in the maritime environment greater than three miles from shore.

Anyone with any information about this case is asked to contact U.S. Coast Guard Sector Northern New England at 207-767-0303.


Suspect In Home Invasion Arrested


The suspect in a home invasion in which several people were stabbed has been arrested, Quincy police announced Wednesday.


The department says detectives arrested Michael Campbell in Boston on Wednesday with the assistance of the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section. Campbell was taken into custody without incident, police said.

Campbell will be arraigned on several charges, including home invasion, armed assault to murder and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, on Thursday in Quincy District Court.

Police received several calls about a home invasion in the 400 block of Granite Street shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Police Chief Paul Keenan said in a previous statement. Police received reports that gunshots had been fired and multiple people stabbed.

Four people were located inside the residence when police arrived on scene, three of whom were injured. The Quincy Fire Department and Brewster Ambulance both responded to the scene as well, provided aid to the injured and transported them to local hospitals. Their injuries were described as non-life-threatening.

Keenan said that the department’s initial investigation indicated that the address was specifically targeted and there was no active or continued threat to the neighborhood.

7-Story Quincy Center Building Unveiled

SEVEN-story building has been proposed for 1445 Hancock St. in Quincy Center, formerly home of Family Dollar. The building would house a two-story restaurant and 43 apartments. It would be located next to a planned civic space that would connect Hancock Street to McConville Way. This rendering shows the Hancock Street side of the development. Rendering courtesy RODE Architects.


A local restaurateur has unveiled plans to construct a new seven-story building with two floors of restaurant space and 43 apartments on Hancock Street, the latest step in the effort to redevelop Quincy Center.

Joey Arcari, the president of the Broadway Hospitality Group, on Wednesday pitched his proposal for the seven-story building to the Planning Board. The board could approve the project as soon as its next meeting on May 10.

Arcari is proposing to construct the new building at 1445 Hancock St., which was home to Family Dollar before it closed in recent months. That property is next to two other buildings – 1455 and 1465 Hancock St. – which the city plans to raze in the coming months to make way for a park. A separate development is also in the pipeline for 1469 Hancock St., currently the Adams Arcade building, which would be built by a different developer.

Arcari, whose company owns 20 restaurants throughout the region, including the Tavern in the Square chain, told the Planning Board he sees himself as a restaurateur first and a developer second. He said the new restaurant would be the most important part of the development at 1445 Hancock St.

“The really important component, I feel, for this project, especially now with the mayor’s new park being built next door, is the restaurant piece. We’re going to build a real flagship-type restaurant, two stories,” Arcari said.

“As you can see from this rendering, this is really what we want this street to look like when this project is done. Lots of people mulling around. We’re going to set the building back eight feet from Hancock and then, along with the mayor’s park, I think this is really going to be an awesome area.”

Arcari said he was honored to be part of the new Quincy Center.

“A lot of people ask, ‘why Quincy?’ and I find that a stupid question,” he said. “I tell them ‘of course Quincy.’ You just have to drive through the center here, you see all the development going on. You’ve got an incredible mayor, Mayor Koch, who is really driving all this new development stuff. I’m just honored to be part of it.”

The new building’s façade will be comprised of glass, stone and masonry, according to Nick Ruggeri, an architect with the firm RODE Architects.

“We’re envisioning a bold, timeless architecture, well-crafted, that makes use of predominantly masonry, stone, metal and glass to create a forward-looking design for the center of Quincy,” he said.

VIEW of the proposed building as seen from McConville Way. Access to an 18-car garage would be provided on this side of the building. Seen at right in this rendering is a proposed building at 1469 Hancock St., which would be built by a different developer. Rendering Courtesy RODE Architects.

The new restaurant would occupy the majority of the ground floor of the building, Ruggeri stated. The ground floor would also include two lobbies for the apartments above, one on the Hancock Street side and the other on the McConville Way side. The loading zone and trash room would be on the McConville Way side of the building, as would the entrance to a garage under the building.

The second floor of the building would include both restaurant space and apartments, Ruggeri said, with more units on floors three through seven. Roughly half of the 43 units would include two bedrooms and the other half would have one bedroom.

The project is subject to the city’s affordable housing requirements, said David Mahoney, the applicant’s attorney. It remains to be determined whether the developer provides affordable housing units on site or if he makes a payment to the affordable housing trust fund in lieu of the on-site units.

There would be seating for outdoor dining in front of the building along Hancock Street, within a portion of the city-owned civic space next door at 1455 Hancock St., and on a deck located within the second floor of the building. The top of the building would include a roof deck for the building’s residents.

The developer plans tap into utility lines located under McConville Way, said Olivia von den Benken, senior project manager with Granite City Partners. Those lines had been rebuilt in 2021 in anticipation of development in the area.

The garage under the building would include space for 18 vehicles, all of which would be assigned to residents of the building. As part of an urban renewal covenant signed by the developer and the city, the developer has agreed to lease additional parking spaces from the city, according to Rob Stevens, the city’s deputy planning director. Those spaces could be located in the city-owned Kilroy Square garage, a new garage planned in the vicinity of the Parkingway, or in surface lots in the area.

Stevens also noted the city plans to tear down the buildings it owns at 1455 and 1465 Hancock St. in the coming months. Mahoney said his client plans to raze the Family Dollar building in concert with the demolition of those buildings. The space at 1455 and 1465 Hancock St. could then be used as a lay-down area during construction of Arcari’s building.

Arcari’s proposal received a warm reception from the Planning Board.

“Congratulations on bringing this to Quincy,” said Alie Shaughnessy, an alternate member of the board. “I think it’s wonderful for the city.”

“Thank you for choosing the city of Quincy,” said member John Kelly. “This looks like a great project. I like the way it looks. It’s a nice looking building. I think it will be a great addition to the city of Quincy downtown area.”

Kelly also encouraged the developer to select a contractor who would employ local workers. “The men and women of the city of Quincy,” he said, “would enjoy working on this project.”

The board did not vote on the proposed building on Wednesday as it is still being reviewed by various city departments. A vote on the proposal could come as soon as next month’s meeting.

16 New Quincy Firefighters Sworn In At City Hall Ceremony

SIXTEEN new Quincy firefighters were sworn-in Tuesday morning in the Great Hall of the James R. McIntyre Government Center (old City Hall). The new recruits will begin their training next week at the former St. Mary School in West Quincy. All 16 recruits are veterans of the armed services. From left: new firefighters Christopher Barbone, Austin Kelley, Joaquin Robles, Michael Weeks, Michael Golden, Frederick Barsamian, Steven Conroy and Matthew Flaherty; Fire Chief Joseph Jackson; Mayor Thomas Koch; new firefighters Lincoln Humphrey, Daniel Gibbons, Matthew Goodrich, Thomas Koch, Jeffrey Mitchell, Thomas Barrett, Deming Yang and Shane Bowen. Additional coverage of Tuesday’s ceremony will appear in the March 16 issue of The Quincy Sun. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Former Patriot Named Quincy High Head Football Coach


A former linebacker for the New England Patriots has been named the new head coach of the football team at Quincy High School.

Vernon Crawford. Photo Courtesy Quincy High School.

Vernon Crawford was announced as the school’s head coach on Thursday.

“Crawford comes to Quincy with an extensive coaching background at the professional, college and high school levels,” Quincy Public Schools athletic director Kevin Mahoney said in his announcement.

Crawford is currently the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator for the Boston Renegades of the Women’s Football Alliance, positions he has held since 2016. The Renegades have won four consecutive league titles.

At the high school level, Crawford has served as the head coach at both Seekonk and Randolph high schools, and most recently served as an assistant at St. Raphael Academy in Rhode Island. He also has previous coaching experience at Curry College in Milton.

A starter at Florida State for two years, Crawford was chosen by New England in the fifth round of the 1997 NFL draft. He was with the Patriots from 1997 until 1999, primarily playing on special teams. Crawford signed with the Green Bay Packers in 2000 but spent the season on injured reserve.

Crawford succeeds Kevin Carey as the head coach at Quincy High School. Carey announced he would be leaving his position in January after five years as the Presidents’ head coach, during which time the team had a 17-30 record. In his last game at Quincy High, Carey guided the team to a 40-35 victory over rival North Quincy High in the annual Thanksgiving Day contest.

Presidents Day Winterfest Feb. 20

Mayor Thomas Koch and the City of Quincy will host Presidents Day Winterfest 2023, a family-friendly holiday event, on Monday, Feb. 20.

The afternoon and early evening activities will take place from 2  to 7 p.m. in and around the Hancock Adams Common, 1305 Hancock St., under a heated tent as well as inside Quincy City Hall and the Church of the Presidents.

All events are free to the public.

Shows will include the Blue Hills Trailside Museum Birds of Prey Show, Rainforest Reptile Show, Mad Science Fire and Ice Show, Ice Sculptures Demonstration by Ice Man Craig, Sasha the Fire Gypsy Fire Show. Performances include Brendan Ryan from NBC’s The Voice, No Static, Steely Dan Tribute Band, Puppernickel Puppets Sir George and the Dragon Puppet Show and two Patriotic/Winter Laser Shows by Pinnacle Laser Productions.

Some shows require free tickets to reserve your space in advance. Visit Patrons are welcome to reserve up to six tickets per themed show to allow multiple families to have access to each event.

Food is available for purchase throughout the event by Black’s Creek BBQ, Hive, Coffee Break Café and The Whoopie Pie Wagon or at one of the City’s downtown restaurants nearby.

For more information on this and upcoming events, follow the City of Quincy across social media and visit the City’s website at