Wollaston Hill Neighborhood Association Winter Meeting

On January 30th the Wollaston Hill Neighborhood Association held its quarterly meeting at the Wollaston Elementary School to review their 2019 event calendar, hear a legislative update from State Senator John Keenan, and a local Ward 3 update from Ward 3 Council member Ian Cain, and hear from Community Police Officer Timothy Simmons about local issues.

Association Vice President, Kathryn Hubley, welcomed neighbors to the meeting, presented the agenda and introduced the speakers.

Update on the recent break-ins in our Neighborhood –Community Police Officer, Timothy Simmons

Officer Simmons gave the association members an update on neighborhood security & safety issues.

  • Break in’s on the Hill have stopped and at is perceived by QPD that the group doing this has moved on to Newton. QPD is in the process of collaborating with the Newton Police to help them in this investigation – 3 homes were robbed in Newton thus far. No arrests in Quincy were ever made.

  • Calls made to QPD over the last week or so were regarding suspicious individuals walking in the neighborhood and a robbery where it was determined that the individuals involved were known to each other.

  • Neighborhood watch App information was passed out and recommended as a means to stay in touch with neighbors via able share “Ring” door bell camera videos with neighbors. Neighbors can sign-up here.

  • When reporting to police a non-emergency situation please use the business line at 617-479-1212

  • Question was asked about the health risks to the neighborhood regarding the home that was raided by police and determined to be growing marijuana. It was noted that the property was handled and there are no health risks.

Senator John Keenan presented an update on the MBTA work in our area - Wollaston & other MBTA Station’s Progress & Legislative updates- Senator, John Keenan

  • Braintree station MBTA – Loss of spaces on the MBTA lot with updates, but spaces recovered across the street.

  • Quincy Center MBTA – Court house will not be being built here. Determined usage will be retail/office at this point

  • Wollaston Station MBTA – On schedule & on Budget - to open mid August, Total reconstruction occurred, Trains will now let off/pick up North bond and South Bound on either side, parking spaces will remain the same, no losses.

  • North Quincy MBTA – Meeting on North Station will be held on February 6th at 6:30pm at the North Quincy High School for updates on this station. February 17th – Parking lot behind McDonald’s will close for estimated 1 year.

  • MBTA – Fair increase of 6.3% taking place soon. Spending $900,011,000 on combined projects. New Fleet of Red line Cars being phased in over the next 3 years – starting in 18 months with the first being put on the line.

  • Ferry in Squantum still being negotiated.

  • Bus stops being looked at – will be reducing some routes by 1 stop.

  • Widening of the Route 18 – Weymouth to Abington taking place

  • For more information about these topics please contact Senator Keenan’s office at http://www.senatorjohnkeenan.com.

Update on City Topics – Ward 3 Councilor, Ian Cain

  • 2018- 2023 Road way plan is in the works contact Councilor Cain if you would like a full list of streets on this list – icain@quincyma.gov

  • Proposal to have the city take the Messina Lot in Quincy Center by eminent domain.

  • Ross garage in agreement retail/Commercial/ residential mixed use.

  • New Police Station in discussion – new location near Fratelis – on the Father Bills side of the street.

  • Hotel on W Squantum St will be opening in the Fall

  • Many new condo and apartment proposals in consideration.

  • Councilor Cain’s Proposals being reviewed in Council –

    • Municipal aggregation – pool to bring down power costs

    • Municipal Broadband feasibility proposal - an alternate internet provider run by the city.

  • Question from neighbors discussed -

    • Tree root issue with newer sidewalks

    • Street Parking enforcement

    • Blight issues on Newport Ave

Introduction of New Association Board Members and 2019 Events – Walter Hubley, President

  • New Members introduction – Bob & Leslie Larocca. Will be preparing our “Wollastonian” Newsletter and contributing new interesting ideas.

  • Introduction of traditional events coming up

    • Cleaner Greener, First Sat in May

    • Porchfest, June 22, 2019

    • Back to school movie night, Sept

    • Christmas Tree lighting, First Friday in December

  • New Events –

    • Monthly Neighbors Get-together - First being held at the Brick-N-Bean – February 21st 7-8:30

    • Saturdays in the Park

      • Summer Beer Garden & Live Music Event – 5 (possibly 6) Saturdays during the summer at Safford park

      • Saturday Morning Ti-chi or Yoga at Safford Park