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Mass. Senate Passes Early Childhood Care, Education Bill

On July 7, the Massachusetts Senate passed comprehensive legislation to lower costs for early childhood care and education. The bill the Senate approved included language from a trio of amendments filed by Senator John F. Keenan to ensure proper oversight and representation on appointed boards tasked with educator workforce development and workplace childcare benefits. “The … Read more

Mass. Lawmakers Announce One-Time Tax Rebates

By SCOTT JACKSON The leaders of the Massachusetts legislature on Thursday announced they have struck a deal to provide eligible taxpayers with a one-time economic-relief tax rebate. The rebate will be worth $250 for taxpayers who filed as individuals and $500 for married taxpayers who filed joint returns. House Speaker Ronald Mariano (D-Quincy) and Senate … Read more

Two Bodies Found Near Southern Artery

By SCOTT JACKSON Foul play is not suspected in the deaths of two people whose bodies were found in the vicinity of Southern Artery on Thursday morning, Quincy police said. Lt. Daniel Guarente on Friday said the two bodies were found shortly before 9:30 a.m. on Thursday by a passerby on a walking trail near … Read more

City Taking Step Back On Furnace Brook Plans

By SCOTT JACKSON Neighborhood residents and golfers alike suggested dozens of ideas they want to see incorporated into plans for improvements to Furnace Brook Golf Course and Forbes Hill Park during a community workshop. More than 60 people attended the two-hour workshop held on June 28 inside the clubhouse at the course on Reservoir Road. … Read more

Baker Signs Executive Order To Protect Access To Reproductive Health Care Services

In response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v Wade on Friday (June 24), Gov. Charlie Baker signed an executive order to protect access to reproductive health care services in the Commonwealth. “I am deeply disappointed in today’s decision by the Supreme Court which will have major consequences for women across the country … Read more

Baker Signs VOTES ACT Into Law

Gov. Charlie Baker signed the VOTES Act into law this week, permanently codifying expanded voter access first made popular in Massachusetts during 2020, following recent votes by the Senate and House approving the legislation earlier this session. This sweeping voter reform encompasses a number of programs and supports to increase voter access, including mail-in and … Read more

UMass Marching Band To Headline Quincy Christmas Parade

The University of Massachusetts at Amherst Minuteman Marching Band has committed to headline the 69th annual City of Quincy Christmas parade, Mayor Thomas Koch announced Thursday (June 23). Over 380 students are part of one of the most decorated college marching bands in the nation and will participate in the parade which will take place … Read more

Quincy City Council Approves Bond For New Animal Shelter

By SCOTT JACKSON City councillors on Tuesday gave their approval to a $15 million bond to pay for the construction of a new building on Quarry Street that will provide a new home for the Quincy Animal Shelter, the city’s animal control officer, and the Police Department’s K-9 unit. Councillors approved the bond in a … Read more

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 … Read more

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. … Read more