Ward 3 Newsletter

Spring 2019

First thing’s first

Greetings!

I think we’re in spring. Right? We’re almost there. I can feel the warmth just around the corner.

Here are a few scheduling items and updates from around the city. I hope you’re doing well, and, as always, thank you for the opportunity to serve as your city councilor!

With my best regards and gratitude,

Ian Cain
City Councilor, Ward 3
Quincy, MA

30th Annual Cleaner Greener Quincy 2019

It’s that time of year again when our amazing neighbors get together and pitch in to clean up some of our public spaces. The event is taking place this Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Below is a list of areas in Ward 3 where you can participate. Many thanks to the Wollaston Hill Neighborhood Association, Montclair Wollaston Neighborhood Association, Hospital Hill Neighborhoods Association, Kevin & Linda Mantville, Loretta Prendeville, and Linda Garvey-Dickey for their leadership in arranging areas for our neighbors to join in. Following the event, please join us for the Mayor’s (FREE) Cookout at Pageant Field!

1. Safford Park (Beale Street, in between Winthrop and Prospect Avenues)
2. Forbes Hill Park (@ Furnace Brook Golf Course via Reservoir Road or Forbes Hill Road to Stoney Brae Road)
3. Stoney Brae Park (across from 175 South Central Avenue)
4. Whitwell Street Park (diagonally across the street from the former Quincy Hospital site)
5. Bernazzani School (701 Furnace Brook Parkway)
6. Furnace Brook Parkway Area (near the intersection of Furnace Brook Parkway & Adams Street, in between Bernazzani School and Adams Street)
7. Bishop Field (near the basketball courts across from Montclair School, located at 8 Belmont Street)

More information here.

Ward 3 Town Hall Series

We held the first of our Ward 3 Town Hall Series on March 20, 2019. Jim Fatseas, Director of the Planning & Community Development Department, and Jay Duca, Director of Inspectional Services & Member of the Zoning Board of Appeals gave an insightful overview of their respective departments. Our crowd was enthusiastic and engaging, asking great questions to which our presenters provided informative answers.

If you weren’t able to join us, please follow this link to catch some of the highlights and follow on information from the meeting.

The details of our next Town Hall meeting are below, and I will announce the dates for the fall meetings by the end of the summer.

Streets, Trees & Sidewalks
Date: Wednesday, May 15
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Wollaston School Gymnasium, 205 Beale St.
Dave Murphy, Commissioner, Natural Resources Department
Al Grazioso, Commissioner, Department of Public Works

This letter went out to residents around the ward announcing the series.

Recent & Upcoming Council Business

There are a number of significant proposals currently before the city council, including changes to the downtown urban renewal district, a $61 million infrastructure bond request, and a land deal involving the former Quincy Hospital site and land in the downtown. For more information on those documents, please follow this link to the main page of the Planning Department.

Stay tuned for the upcoming budget and capital request hearings, which will start this Monday, May 6.

MBTA Updates

You may be aware of the continued changes taking place on the red line. In response to some poor communication from the MBTA, the city council called representatives of that organization to a meeting on February 25 for an update on all of the projects taking place.

In case you missed it, you can access that presentation here.

Here are some other construction updates for Wollaston Station and Quincy Center Garage Demolition that I received on May 1, 2019.

PorchFest Quincy 2019

Our 4th Annual PorchFest Quincy 2019! A new Quincy tradition enjoyed by residents of all ages, coming together in the name of music. The event will take place once again in and around the Wollaston Hill, Squantum and Merrymount neighborhoods.

My co-founder, Walter Hubley, and I were recently on AM Quincy with QATV legend, Joe Catalano, promoting the event. You can listen to that here.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 22, 2019, and stay tuned for more details at www.porchfestquincy.org. If you or someone you know has talent and would like to participate, or if you’d like to host in the participating neighborhoods, please sign up today!

City Street Paving & Sidewalk Repair

THE LIST. You can access the schedule of planned water main and street paving through 2022 here.

We held a meeting with DPW and the city’s engineers on Wednesday, April 30, about water mains and street improvements in Ward 3, which are scheduled for the spring and fall. Here is the presentation that was delivered, including information on what to expect during the work, the list of streets where work is soon starting.

Please continue to let me know of problem areas. If pothole patching can suffice, please direct those requests here.

If you would like to request a sidewalk repair, please direct those requests here.

Planning & Zoning Board Calendars

If you are interested in following the schedule for Planning and Zoning Board meetings, you can access the meeting calendars and their agendas.

Planning Board Calendar

Zoning Board Agendas

DPW InfoLetter

Did you get your 2019 Spring DPW InfoLetter? If not, you can find a link to DPW information here. The site provides useful information on trash, yard waste, street sweeping, hazardous waste day and important numbers.

Thomas Crane Public Library

If you’re not already aware of the incredible programming at the Thomas Crane Public Library, please do yourself a favor and check out the calendar here and subscribe to their newsletter here. There’s something for everyone in there, especially for the kids!

Local Jobs!

I’ve recently come across a few organizations with open roles posted that I wanted to share.

Staybridge Suites® and Holiday Inn Express® Boston Quincy

The new hotel in Ward 3 will soon be opening and they have roles to fill! In case you missed the job fair they hosted at the beginning of April, you can find more details on available roles here.

Bay State Community Services

I’m fortunate to serve on the board of this amazing community organization. They have a list of open roles here. If you or anyone you know are a good fit for any role, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Other News

Coffee Hours

I continue to take scheduled requests to meet. If you would like to meet in person for coffee, please contact me directly by phone or by e-mail (details below). I look forward to seeing you soon!

Blog, Newsletter & Contact Info

I keep information on this blog, and continue to send out a quarterly e-newsletter. If you would like to be included on the e-newsletter distribution, please sign up on this page. Tell your friends!

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.