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MAPC Hosts Public Forum on Quincy Housing Goals:
On Wednesday, July 8, 2015 from 6:30 -- 8:30 p.m. at the Central Middle School Cafeteria: 875 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) will b e seeking the public's input to better understand local housing issues and establish housing goals for the City of Quincy.
The first of two public forums, MAPC is working with the City of Quincy's Planning and Community Development Department to develop a Housing Production Plan to guide the City of Quincy in a market-rate and affordable housing preservation and creation strategy. Through community input, the Housing Production Plan will identify the City of Quincy's housing needs, demand, opportunities, challenges, and goals for the future. The Plan will also assist our City of Quincy in meeting Quincy's state-mandated affordable production target.
Please register for the forum online by visiting: http://tinyurl.com/quincyrsvp. You may also share your thoughts on current and future housing opportunities by completing a brief online survey at: http://tinyurl.com/hppsurvey.
For more information or for special accommodations, please contact Matt Smith, Senior Planner can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 933-0760 with any questions or concerns.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Election Division: Register to Vote Online!:
Secretary of Commonwealth William Francis Galvin is pleased to announce that online voter registration is available in the Commonwealth through the portal launched by his office. This important advancement will make registration easier and move convenient as well as cut costs relating to the printing of voter registration forms.
Massachusetts Citizens can apply online by visiting Secretary Galvin's website at: www.sec.state.ma.us and click the "Massachusetts Register to Vote Online" button to access the online application system. Any Massachusetts citizens who has a valid identification card issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles will be able to use online system to apply to register to vote and update their address or change their party enrollment.
Massachusetts Citizens who don't have identification issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles can still complete an application online which they can print, sign and mail or hand-deliver to the local election official.
With the Presidential Primary only 8 months away on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, now is the time to visit Secretary Galvin's website to check on your voter registration status and make any updates as necessary.
Register to Vote Online Application: Click Here.
Adams Green Construction Update:
Construction Activities for the week of: Monday, June 29, 2015
* A.R. Belli will start the installing of new sidewalks and street lightning on Hancock Street from Starbucks to the City Clerk's office.
* A.R. Belli will continue to install bricks in front of President's Place.
* Dellbrook (West of Chestnut Project) will be pouring the foundation for their buildings. Heavy truck traffic will continue in that area.
* Nauset Construction will continue to work on the renovation of Old City Hall.
National Grid Electric will be working in the Chestnut & Hancock Street area
To receive project updates on the Adams Green Construction:
* Follow City of Quincy on Twitter: @CityofQuincy
* Follow Massachusetts Department of Transportation on Twitter: @MassDOT
* Follow MBTA on Twitter: @MBTA (traffic update on the buses)
* Follow Jimmy Hui, Public Safety Officer to City Solicitor Jim Timmins on Twitter: @jimmyhuiquincy
Questions or Concerns on Adams Green Construction:
Tom Russo from Woodward & Curran: (617) 910-7847 or e-mail: email@example.com
Mayor's Office: (617) 376-1990
Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. -- 4:30 p.m. during the business hours of operations
* Chris Walker: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Katie Conso: email@example.com
* Kristen Powers: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Tom Fabrizio: email@example.com
* Betty Yau (Asian Services): (617) 376-1928 or firstname.lastname@example.org
* Larry Liuzzo: email@example.com
* Jim Fatseas: firstname.lastname@example.org
MBTA: (617) 222-3200
Opens during the weekdays and weekends only for any bus services such as: #214, #216, #220, #221 and #222.
If You See Something, Say Something Campaign: Summer of 2015:
Jimmy Hui, President/Chief Executive Officer at The Jimmy Hui Foundation office would like to wish you and your family to have a wonderful summer season to enjoy the beautiful weather to bring with bright sunshine and blue skies here in the City of Quincy!
This summer season, the Quincy Police Department, Massachusetts State Police Department and MBTA Transit Police Department will be remain on the alert and vigilant throughout the day and night to focus on the public safety, security and transportation right here in the City of Quincy as long as we would like to extremely encourage anyone can report for any suspicious activity in the order of emergency situation so that our law enforcement officers will respond quickly as fast as possible.
The North Quincy Nights Strategic Response Unit will continue to work very closely with the Quincy Police Department, MBTA Transit Police Department, Massachusetts State Police Department, Brewster Ambulance and Quincy Fire Department to respond for any emergency situation around in the clock throughout this summer season here in the City of Quincy.
If you see something, say something to report for any suspicious activity, please dial 911 with an emergency numbers or use mobile app device: MYPD, MassSP or MBTA See Say to submit with your online report.
Quincy's Squantum Point Park Proposed As Host for Olympic Beach Volleyball:
Press Release from Boston 2024 Olympic Committee: Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Boston, MA -- Under a proposal outlined today by the Boston 2024 Partnership, Olympic beach volleyball players will compete in Quincy's Squantum Point Park if Boston becomes the host city for the 2024 Olympic Games. Boston 2024 will hold a community meeting in Quincy in July comprehensively discuss the proposal and solicit residents' feedback.
Squantum Point Park, a sate park managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, is located on Squantum Point, a peninsula that just north into Boston Harbor and provides sweeping views of the Harbor and the Boston skyline. Located next to Marina Bay, Squantum Point Park officially opened to the public in 2001. The Quincy River Walk runs along the park's edge.
"Boston 2024 presents a tremendous opportunity for our entire region, an opportunity we all know can only be captured with the active involvement and support of the community," said Quincy Mayor Tom Koch. "And to that end, I am pleased that one of the very first things Boston 2024 has done as part of its Quincy venue proposal is to schedule a community meeting to share its vision, answer questions, and address any concerns our residents will have."
Squantum Point Park would undergo improvements in order to serve as an Olympic venue, such as improved walkways, picnic areas, athletic areas, expanded parking and access to the ferry terminal, leaving a long-term legacy for local residents and visitors to the park.
"Our proposal to bring beach volleyball to Squantum Point Park demonstrates our commitment to strengthening the bid by collaborating closely with communities across the city and state," said Boston 2024 CEO Rich Davey. "The parks provides a postcard-perfect backdrop for Olympic beach volleyball, and, through our proposed private investments to prepare for the Games, provides an opportunity to enhance the park and open more ferry access to Quincy's waterfront. We are grateful to Mayor Koch for his partnership and eager to continue discussions with the community to share the long-term benefits of hosting 2024 Games."
Added Norfolk County Sheriff Michael Bellotti said, "Hosting an Olympic event in Quincy would give us a once-in-a-lifetime chance to showcase the city to the world. It will bring tourists and new investment and lead to new improvements in the park. I am so proud to support both Boston's Olympic bid and the choice of Squantum Point Park for beach volleyball."
"A beach volleyball venue right on the water is an ideal location for an Olympic venue," said Doug Beal, the CEO of USA Volleyball. "Squantum Point Park sounds very appealing, conveniently located with great views; we're looking forward to learning more."
Following extensive collaboration with community groups, elected officials and other key stakeholders, Boston 2024 is developing the next phase of its Games Concept, which includes venue plans that reflect significant input from throughout the city and state. To host Olympic and Paralympic events, all venues must meet a comprehensive set of criteria, including meeting the technical requirements outlined by each sport's National Governing Body and International Federation.
Boston 2024 plans to announce additional venue hosts over the next several weeks. This is a natural evolution in a multi-step, multi-year bid process that culminates in the selection in the summer of 2017 of the 2024 host city by members of the International Olympic Committee.
Quincy Recreation Department: Summer of 2015 In the City of Quincy!:
Jimmy Hui, President/Chief Executive Officer at The Jimmy Hui Foundation office is very pleased to announce that Barry J. Welch, Director of Recreation and the staff at Quincy Recreation Department will host their summer recreational program to opens for the Quincy residents only throughout the summer season right here in the City of Quincy.
Summer Clinic Workshop Registration Program:
The Quincy Recreation Department will have variety of the summer clinic and workshop programs throughout this summer season begins on Monday, June 29, 2015 through Friday, August 28, 2015 to opens for the Quincy residents only. The online registration is still ongoing while the last minute sign up for the summer clinic workshop program.
Boating and Sailing Registration Program:
Registration for the Ryan Boat House Sailing and Boating program will be held on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. at Pageant Field: 1 Merrymount Parkway, Quincy, MA.
Registration will continue throughout the summer at the Ryan Boat House as opening exist.
Rowing, Sailing and Canoeing classes are available on Monday through Thursday for children ages 8 to 16 years old and will begin on Tuesday, June 30, 2015.
Children must pass a swim test at the Lincoln Hancock Pool in order to participate. The swim test will be held on Friday, June 12, 2015 from 6:30 -- 8:30 p.m. at Lincoln Hancock Community School: Water Street, Quincy, MA.
Supervised Playground Program Registration:
The Supervised Playground Program will begin on Wednesday, July 1, 2015. The program continues Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. -- 1:30 p.m. (Closed on Friday, July 3, 2015). Registration is ongoing throughout the summer and is done at the playground of your choice.
For more information about the summer recreational program, please don't hesitate feel free contact Quincy Recreation Department at (617) 376-1394 or e-mail: Office@quincyrec.com with any questions or concerns.
Governor Baker Announces $82.7 Million MBTA Winter Resiliency Plan:
Urges legislature to act on reform legislation to improve MBTA finances and operations
Press Release from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Office of Governor
Boston, MA -- Today, Governor Charlie Baker, Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack and Interim MBTA General Manager Frank DePaola announced an $82.7 million MBTA Winter Resiliency Plan for investments this summer and over the next five years in snow removal equipment, infrastructure upgrades and operations during harsh weather to improvement service reliability. Governor Baker also stressed the need for legislative action on An Act for Reliable Sustainable MBTA to secure long term improvements at the T.
"In the event of another harsh winter, it is critical we are prepared. We also hope the legislature will act before the end of this session to deliver the reforms necessary to address the underlying financial and management challenges at the MBTA," said Governor Baker. "These investments and contingency plans are important for day-to-day operations and emergency service. But, without the flexibility and dedicated oversight of a Fiscal Management and Control Board and the reforms we outlined, the T will continue to fail its stress tests for commuters and taxpayers who deserve a reliable world class transit system."
"Fixing the T will require significant reforms and we must focus more directly on the MBTA's governance, budgeting and contracting and procurement methods," said Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack. "As we continue to work with the legislature to achieve the flexibility that is necessary, this dedicated resiliency plan is a first step towards short-term upgrades to improve response and recovery efforts."
The new resiliency plan was developed based on recommendations by an American Public Transportation Association (APTA) peer review of the MBTA's winter operations in April, while a special panel appointed by the Governor reviewed and made recommendations to fix the MBTA's deeper structural, financial and operational problems.
"We learned last winter that in addition to structural reforms, the MBTA needs meaningful improvements to its snow resiliency efforts, including upgrades to infrastructure, operations and equipment," said Interim MBTA General Manager Frank DePaola. "As we continue to work with the administration and our peer agencies to improvement service reliability, we look forward to implementing these plans that are essential to reducing the amount and length of service disruptions during severe weather."
The $82.7 million MBTA Winter Resiliency Plan will be funded through $62 million in federal formula funds for capital investments, $10 million in non-federal, MBTA capital funds, and $11.7 million in operating funds. The plan will be presented to the MassDOT Board for approval next week and focus on the following priorities to more effectively mitigate the frequency, length and magnitude of system disruptions to public transit during severe weather.
* Third rail replacements and heater upgrades on vulnerable outdoor sections of the Red and Orange Lines.
* Snow fence installation along the Red and Orange Lines to mitigate snow drift accumulation.
* Repairs to vehicle maintenance facilities and structures to further maximize recovery efforts.
* Emergency power generators to supplement existing subway and facility power as needed.
* Track access improvements for larger snow removal and track work equipment on the Red Line.
* New and rehabilitated specialized snow removal equipment to increase removal capacity and reduce use of passenger vehicles.
* For passenger vehicles, vehicle-borne anti-icing equipment, modifications to air and propulsion system resiliency and an increased stock of traction motors to improve availability.
* Additional snow removal contract services, as needed, to remove snow and ice at stations, facilities and other critical operations areas.
* Training and staffing of a Field Inspection Team to be deployed during weather events to monitor staff and contractor field activities clearing snow and returning track to an operational status.
* Adoption of incident management software in coordination with the MassDOT Highway Division to track deployment of snow removal operations across the system.
* Formal establishment of an as needed inmate snow removal assistance program with the Department of Corrections to augment and streamline the services provided this winter.
* Further coordination of interagency planning with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, state agencies and local municipalities to identify efficiencies and synergies in snow removal.
* Similar resiliency enhancements to the commuter rail network.
* Revisions to the MBTA's severe winter weather operations protocols and customer notification practices to ensure more information, customer safety and the protection of equipment and facilities.
The right of way improvements on the Orange and Red Lines will be scheduled to occur this summer and fall and the MBTA will notify customers of any service impacts required to enable the upgrades as these projects are implemented.
In April, Governor Baker filed legislation based on the special panel's recommendations to establish a Fiscal Management and Control Board (FMCB) and Chief Administrator to oversee the MBTA's operations and finances, create capital plans and expand the MassDOT Board. An Act for a Reliable, Sustainable MBTA also introduces reporting and audit requirements and lifts procurement restrictions on the MBTA.
Norfolk County Mosquito Control District: Weekly Mosquito Aerosol Application (ULV)
The Norfolk County Mosquito Control District has begun the 2015 late evening ULV aerosol applications, weather permitting. Applications will be made in the City of Quincy on Thursday evenings.
Not all areas of the City of Quincy will be entirely treated on a given date. Attempts will be made to treat as large an area as is deemed necessary and as weather permits. The fogging operations will occur between the hours of sunset to midnight, only if mosquito populations warrant an application. If inclement weather occurs, (i.e. high winds, rain or low temperatures) or equipment fails, the application will be added to the next scheduled day.
The purpose of the adulticide application is to control nuisance and/or virus carrying adult mosquitoes. The control product being used is DUET (EPA Reg. #1021-1795-8329) applied in ultra-low volume (ULV) sprayers at a rate of approximately one half ounce per acre of finished spray. DUET breaks down rapidly in the environment and is expected to pose little risk to humans when used at low concentrations for mosquito control, according to the EPA.
For further information, please contact the Norfolk County Mosquito Control Project via telephone at (781) 762-3681 or through the Project's internet website: Norfolk County Mosquito Control Project with the details.
If an individual would like to see a map of the areas to be treated they should check the current late evening aerosol application schedule and maps at the Norfolk County Mosquito Control Website listed above.
Please note that the ULV map and/or street listings will be posted on or about 3:30 p.m. the day of the scheduled application.
Proposed FEMA Flood Maps Now Available Online @ City of Quincy's Website:
Successful appeal leads to redrawn proposal. Public Comment Period Open
A digital version of proposed FEMA flood maps is now available via the City of Quincy's GIS Property Viewer. Under the maps tab, use the "thematic overlay" menu, select "2015 proposed flood maps" to view the redrawn maps.
Hard copies of this information is available at the City of Quincy Engineering Department: 55 Sea Street, Quincy, MA.
To Submit Public Comment by Friday, July 17, 2015:
Public Comments may be submitted to FEMA and/or the City of Quincy. The City of Quincy will be submitted the polished information discussed above in mid June, we will also compile all information from constituents by Friday, July 17, 2015 and submit it with the City of Quincy's package by Wednesday, July 22, 2015.
For those who wish to send Public Comments directly to FEMA via letter or e-mail, please see the following links down the below. Remember to submit by Wednesday, July 22, 2015 and to reference Quincy Case #15-01-0874P.
* FEMA's Newspaper Advertisement may be found: Click Here
* FEMA's Guidelines for Public Comment can be found: Click Here
* For a Sample Public Comment Letter Template in Microsoft Word format: Click Here
West of Chestnut Construction Update: Contractor Launches Project Website
Quincy Mutual Fire Insurance and developer Gate Residential have created a website for construction updates on the first phrase of downtown redevelopment, called "West of Chestnut," the mixed-use residential and retail development in the heart of downtown. Updates can be found here: CLICK HERE.
Massachusetts Department of Transportation: Motor Vehicle Law:
The MassDOT Registry of Motor Vehicles and Highway Divisions, along with the Massachusetts State Police Department, advised motorists of a new law taking effect on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 requiring the use of headlights and taillights on motor vehicles during inclement weather and when windshields wipers are in use. The law is intended to increase safety and visibility of vehicles on the Commonwealth's roadway.
The changes to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 85, Section 15, signed into law in January, require that front and rear motor vehicle lights be activated in all of the following conditions:
* When windshield wipers are on.
* When low light or weather conditions prevent other vehicles or persons from being seen at 500 feet.
* From 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise.
Relying on daytime running lights for these conditions is not sufficient under the law. A violation of this law is considered a surcharge minor motor vehicle traffic law violation for insurance purposes.
For more information on the Safe Driver Insurance Plan and insurance surcharge information, please visit the Registry of Motor Vehicle's Merit Rating Board: CLICK HERE.
Quincy Department of Public Works: Street Sweeping Schedule 2015:
Fall Street Sweeping:
Ward 1 and Ward 2: Monday, November 9, 2015 through Friday, November 13, 2015
Ward 3 and Ward 4: Monday, November 16, 2015 through Friday, November 20, 2015
Ward 5 and Ward 6: Monday, November 23, 2015 through Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Boston Public Schools: Last Day of School 2015-2016:
Last Day of School
Class of 2016 Graduates (Senior Year @ BPS)
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Elementary School thru. High School (Grade 1-11)
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 (Day of 179)
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 (Day of 180)
|Wednesday, June 29, 2016*|
* = Subject to Change if the weather permitting.
Boston Public Schools: Back to School 2015-2016:
Date of School Starts
|Elementary School thru. High School (Grade 1-12)||Tuesday, September 8, 2015|
|Preschool & Kindergarten||Thursday, September 10, 2015|
Class of 2016 Graduation Information:
|Name of College:||Graduation Date:|
|Eastern Nazarene College||Saturday, May 7, 2016|
|Quincy College||Saturday, May 28, 2016|
|Quincy Public Schools:||Graduation Date:|
|Quincy High School||Monday, June 7, 2016|
|North Quincy High School||Tuesday, June 8, 2016|
|North Quincy High School||Wednesday, June 8, 2016 (Rain Date)|
|Quincy High School||Thursday, June 9, 2016 (Rain Date)|
Last Day of School and College 2015-2016 Calendar:
Name of College:
Last Day of College:
Eastern Nazarene College
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Quincy Public Schools:
Last Day of School:
Class of 2016 Graduates @ NQHS & QHS
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Elementary thru. High School (Grade 1-11)
Monday, June 20, 2016
|Monday, June 27, 2016* (5 days of snow make up)|
* = Subject to Change if the weather permitting.
Back to the School 2015-2016 Calendar:
|College & University:|
|Name of College:||Date of College Starts:|
|Eastern Nazarene College||Wednesday, September 2, 2015|
|Quincy College||Wednesday, September 2, 2015|
|Quincy Public Schools:|
|School District:||Date of School Starts:|
|Elementary through High School (Grade 1-9)||Wednesday, September 9, 2015|
|High School (Grade 10-12)||Thursday, September 10, 2015|
|Preschool & Kindergarten||Monday, September 14, 2015|
Quincy's Election Headquarters: 2015 Mayoral Election Calendar:
Mayoral Primary Election:
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. -- 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. -- 8:00 p.m.
Quincy's Election Headquarters: 2016 Presidential Election Calendar:
Presidential Primary Election:
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 from 7:00 a.m. -- 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 from 7:00 a.m. -- 8:00 p.m.
Quincy Public Schools Transportation Department: Telephone Directory:
The Quincy Public Schools is extremely encouraging the parents and guardians of Quincy students can contact their transportation service throughout the school year here in the City of Quincy and outside of the City of Quincy.
The transportation service will transport your child to school from home and from school to home safely throughout the school year from September through June.
* Quincy Public Schools Bus Yard: (617) 984-8784
* Quincy Public Schools Transportation Office: (617) 984-8964
* Michael Draicchio, Director of Safety, Security & Transportation: (617) 984-8897 or (617) 504-5826
* Judy Todd, Director of Special Education: (617) 984-8743
* Braintree Basic: (781) 254-9797
* RAZ, Inc.: (781) 843-1200
* VHS: (800) 422-4146
* TLC: (781) 575-1414