I hope that you have had an enjoyable summer. Although our lawns have suffered this summer, it seems that most of our neighbors have been happy with the weather. Now’s the time to get back to business – kids go back to school, and working minds shift back into at least second gear.

We have not had any council sessions since June, but we get back into the swing of things with our next meeting on September 12. Even without meetings, the phone was still ringing, and the e-mails were still being sent. So, let’s get down to it…

Rats, we still have a problem.

I’m sorry to let you know that this is one of the biggest complaints that I receive. What once was an issue our neighbors in Montclair used to have, is now an issue in Wollaston, Forbes Hill, and Lakin Square. I am grateful to those neighbors who have let us know about the problem, and I am truly grateful to the Health Department for their diligence in addressing each and every one of our neighbors. While the Health Department is doing what they can, we also need your help on the preventative end to make sure that this problem does not spread even further than it has.

Again, here is some information that will help all of us in our efforts to alleviate this issue.

It is very important that any rat sightings are reported to the Health Department immediately. They will send out inspectors to look for burrows and leave traps. Please note, however, that the Health Department will need permission to enter your property in order to do so. The city is taking this issue quite seriously, but will need your participation in taking proper steps to ensure prevention, and in reporting any sightings.

November 8, 2016 Ballot Questions

In this fall’s election there are four ballot questions that you will need to answer along with your choices for other elected offices.

One issue has particularly been brought to my attention, and I’d love hear what you think about it. You may be aware of the Massachusetts Authorization of Additional Charter Schools and Charter School Expansion Initiative, also known as Question 2.

  • A “yes” vote supports this proposal to authorize up to 12 new charter schools or enrollment expansions in existing charter schools by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education per year.
  • A “no” vote opposes this proposal to authorize up to 12 new charter schools or enrollment expansions in existing charter schools.

Where do you stand on this issue? You can find more information here, and a comprehensive article from Boston Magazine here.

Let me know where you stand through this survey. Or feel free to send me an e-mail with your thoughts.


PorchFest Quincy

Thank you for making this event such a huge success! It was so rewarding to hear from people of all walks of life speaking about the event in its anticipation and then after with such enthusiasm.

Mark your calendars for next year’s PorchFest, which we have scheduled for Saturday, June 24, 2017!



That’s right. Our next big event. This is your chance to become a local legend. Start dusting off the old vocal chords, and get the group back together.

Stay tuned for more details, but be prepared for auditions in the fall.



Here is a list of upcoming community and city events. If you have an community event that you would like to add to my calendar for others to see, follow this link, and please feel free to put it up!

  • Community Meeting: Brook Street Residential Development Proposal

    • Tuesday, August 30, 2016 @ 7:00 p.m.

    • Location: Wollaston Elementary School

  • Impact Quincy Candlelight Vigil for Loved Ones Lost to Overdose

    • Wednesday, August 31, 2016 @ 6:30 p.m.

    • Location: Thomas Crane Library Lawn

    • More information here

  • City Council Meeting

    • Monday, September 12, 2016 @ 7:30 p.m.

    • Location: Quincy City Hall

  • Hospital Hill Neighborhood Association

    • Tuesday, September 13, 2016 @ 7:00 p.m.

    • Location: The Neighborhood Club

  • City Council Meeting

    • Monday, September 19, 2016 @ 7:30 p.m.

    • Location: Quincy City Hall

  • 3rd Annual City of Presidents 5k Run/Walk

    • Sunday, September 25, 2016 @ 10:00 a.m.

    • More information & registration here


Coffee Hours

If you’d prefer to meet in person to say hello or have a chat, here’s your opportunity! Every other Friday, I will be at Panera Bread (200 Hancock St.) in North Quincy from 7:00 to 8:30 a.m. The next Friday that I will be at Panera will be September 16. I will keep the calendar on my website updated.


Blog & Newsletter

I will be keeping information on this blog, and sending out an e-newsletter periodically. If you would like to be included on the e-newsletter distribution, please follow this link and leave me your e-mail address.


Contact Information

The best ways to reach me are by phone or by e-mail. I have a council phone number that will reach me directly. If I don’t answer the phone, please be sure to leave a voice message so I can get back to you. If e-mail is more convenient for you, by all means, send away!

telephone: 617-376-1353

e-mail: icain@quincyma.gov

Stay tuned on the blog and via the e-newsletter for periodic updates, and please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have questions, comments, or if I can be of assistance.

You can also continue to follow my Facebook page.