Quincy in Focus: ep #155 (October 2018)
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Quincy in Focus: ep #155 (October 2018)

coming up on this edition of Quincy and
focus I’m going to the Secretary of State’s website or you can certainly go
on to our website at Quincy MA of Quincy voters were at the polls for the state
primary election we would like to recognize a group of 40 people who have
gone particularly above and beyond in the service of survivors
dov marks 40 years in the city of Quincy all murderers busy recreations forces
more tonight we celebrate the murder and the visual arts takes center stage
during the city’s annual arts Fest weekend these stories and more coming up
on Quincy in focus hello and welcome to Quincy Infosys once
he acts as televisions news magazine show my name is Richard Davis and I’m a
student from Salem State University interning here on Q a TV the semester
leading off this edition over 1,000 people attended the dedication ceremony
of the much anticipated Hancock’s Adams common in Quincy Center guest speakers
included governor Charlie Baker who spoke about John Hancock and author
David McCullough who talked about the importance John Adams had in the
founding of this country at a very young age John Hancock was a wealthy merchant
and landowner maybe the wealthiest person in New England he was a person of
privilege he did business with the governments of Massachusetts and the
king of England he was the kind of person who usually became a loyalist to
the crown of King George for him all that began to change with the Stamp Act
of 1765 when the Massachusetts delegates gathered in January of 1788 to vote on
ratification of the Constitution Delaware Pennsylvania New Jersey Georgia
and Connecticut had already ratified the document the others were watching the
action in Boston closely the turning point came when Hancock proposed that
Massachusetts recommend several amendments to the Constitution including
the Bill of Rights this voice this gave voice to the anti-federalists concerns
and after his longtime partner revolutionary leader Samuel Adams voiced
his support for Hancock’s proposal the two turned enough votes to ratify the
document historians can sort out who mattered most when and why but it’s
pretty hard for me to imagine how the United States of America happens without
John Hancock his money his influence his connections his courage and he’s
willingness to risk at all for freedom and the revolution
made it possible for so many others to fit into the mosaic that became the
overthrow of the most powerful nation in the world and while he was not a
military hero he was a founding father for sure than the 1st and 3rd governor
of its most influential state he was a great man
one worthy of this memorial and I know I speak for many when I say how grateful I
am to the city of Quincy for your commitment to his memory in the rotunda
of our Capitol in Washington there is an enormous painting by the great John
Trumbull of the signing of the Declaration of Independence it measures
12 by 18 feet and if you look at the painting with any sense of composition
at the very center of the canvas which you can calculate by drawing diagonals
from one corner to the other that the barycenter is the only figure who is
portrayed full-scale head to Cotto and he’s in the exact center and there’s no
question that the painter the artist is telling us who of all these people
mattered most as Sean Adams and John Adams was the only founding father who
became a president of the United States who’ve never owned a slave he and his
wife like so many of the descendants of the original English Puritans who
settled this part of our country was an abolitionist to the heart and soul they
would not go along with that and they never gave up in this next president in
the lineup who never owned the slave was John Quincy Adams it’s been 20 years
since I wrote my biography of John house but I am still finding and particularly
you know incredible story such as I’m writing now
how great is influence and influence of those these are contemporaries has been
in our country and we must never forget that
the city of Quincy and the Quincy Art Association held the annual Art Fest
celebration at Adams field in September in addition to thousands of people
viewing art in all mediums the we can include honoring Award recipients and in
concert by the Quincy Symphony Orchestra so we come here to Adams field a
baseball field that was set aside to celebrate the AHS this is the 21st year
that we had been aside last year the 20th year on water was see how we’ve
grown if we had a motto this year it would be see how we keep going with
growing and growing where to thank you where to gratitude to the folks at the
at Association you add a touch of class to our city we’re grateful for all your
work I know your nonprofit you work hard and this is a great weekend to show off
your good work and I just want to congratulate all that but everyone that
participated congratulate those that will be getting awards tonight thank you
for your participation the show I think it’s one of the great weekends the this
event started with a passion and eagerness of a few dedicated Quincy
artists and mr. cook from the parks department who wanted to give the arts a
place to shine in this great city well they made it happen I was lucky enough
to be there when it started and here we are tonight
so we’re surrounded by incredible talent and beauty and really this is a night to
celebrate so thank you everybody who’s out here tonight with us an active-shooter symposium was recently
held at the National Fire Protection Agency in Quincy the program was
designed to help communities develop a response plan to address active shooter
scenarios active shooter incidents are happening with the greater frequency and
greater ferocity so might a fire chief in the Orange County Florida after the
pulse nightclub mass shooting that occurred in his community he called us
and said there’s more we can do we responded we brought the right people to
the table did that in an expedited manner and we did that so that we can
develop NFPA 3,000 a standard for an active shooter and Hospital event
response programs it’s the world’s first standard around active shooter and it’s
designed to help communities to be able to holistically plan respond and recover
from these events now without question schools and campuses have been by far
the most engaged audience and that’s not surprising considering the lives that
you’re interested to care for at those schools if there is only one thing that
you remember from today it’s that meeting the challenges of active shooter
incidents is not work that can be done in silence it is work that has to be
done together best practices practiced ultimately end
up being far more successful than best practices not understood or not known or
never practiced and I think a big part of what this is about is giving people
an opportunity to get a sense from the pros about
what best practices look like and to get guidance about how they can take those
best practices and practice them themselves we all know that practice
makes perfect and I think in some respects when you’re dealing with issues
like this one having an opportunity to collaborate work together with your
colleagues and Public Safety and Fire Service Emergency Management and
education to ensure that you’re doing everything you possibly can to
understand both the opportunities and the risks that are associated with this
type of thing is exactly what we should be doing here in the Commonwealth what
is it that we here in the Commonwealth can be doing to build on our already I
would argue very robust infrastructure with respect to dealing with some of
these issues and it’s about a 72 million dollar proposal we submitted it to the
legislature about four or five months ago as Dan pointed out we did a big
event on this in Burlington at their high school a few weeks ago but the
essence of it number one the schools were looking for help and assistance
associated with counseling and mental health services and the biggest piece of
this proposal is a 40 million dollar investment in those services at the K
through 12 level to help schools help kids deal with some of the issues that
are usually present when we have situations in circumstances like this
the second was a 20 million dollar matching grant program to do a lot of
the things that this best practice initiative would help schools do to make
their buildings and their operations more secure and safer and that could be
a whole variety of things it could involve surveillance cameras it can
involve points of entry it could involve windows I mean there’s a whole bunch of
elements to it but one of the things we heard from our folks at the local level
was we would like to be able to partner with the Commonwealth on doing things to
make our buildings safer and more secure there’s also funds in there to support
additional training again around this idea the practice makes perfect for
everybody who’s involved in the school resource officer program and a whole
series of other elements as well but this is a package that we developed
based on guidance discussions and conversations we had with our colleagues
in a education and a local government and we
believe that it’s the type of thing we should be doing here in Massachusetts to
prevent and engage and ensuring that we’re doing all the things we need to do
to keep kids safe here and to keep our schools safe governor Charlie Baker was
among the gathering of local and state officials attending a ceremonial
environmental bill signing held recently in the city we think it’s really
appropriate for us to be here in Quincy to sign this because we had a chance to
tour Quincy with the mayor and we spent some time in some neighborhoods that had
been unbelievably badly damaged by that series of Nor’easters that ripped
through the Commonwealth earlier this year here in Quincy the
impact was overwhelming and significant and lieutenant governor and I and others
had a chance to meet with a number of the folks on the team here both public
and private both local and state and federal and to go through some of the
issues in the circumstances and the situations that they were dealing with
as they battled their way through those storms talked to a lot of the homeowners
out there and the overwhelming message that I heard from them over and over
again was you know I’ve been here for 50 years I’ve been here for 40 years I’ve
been here for 60 years I’ve never seen anything like this and there was a
certain hope in that statement that maybe I won’t see anything like this for
another 40 50 or 60 years but I think most of us believe that just the
opposite is probably true and that we need to be very aggressive about
developing strategies and approaches that are particularly and specific to
the different parts of the Commonwealth to address in a deal with these issues
that are associated with climate change and the work that our team that
secretary Beaton and his team put in on this bill and the work that the
legislature did on it is fundamentally important to so many elements of the
future success of the Commonwealth and I really appreciate the fact that the
legislature took a number of the elements associated with that executive
order we wrote on climate change especially around minnesota
vulnerability planning and Hazard Mitigation work and codified that I also
really appreciate the Legislature’s decision to fund the adaptation and
resiliency piece at around 500 million dollars and to get very aggressive about
the money to support both environmental protection and recreational assets as
well that was part of natural assets it was part of that legislation and I also
appreciate the fact that that one managed to get to us before the end of
the formal session we now have a great opportunity to work on pursuing the
elements of that legislation and to turn the good intentions and the and the high
aspirations that are associated with that legislation into reality for
communities and citizens around the Commonwealth and we look forward to
having that opportunity to do so all across Massachusetts this morning there
are kids out and about in camps and summer camps they’re out in the woods
and I had the opportunity earlier today to visit one of those camps and when you
talk about the environment it is resiliency it is making sure that we’re
doing what we can do for climate adaptation adaptation it all those
things are so very important but we can’t lose sight of the fact that today
again there are kids out in the woods playing archery kickball swimming in our
ponds we owe it to them to make sure that we are with the good stewards as
the senator mentioned of the environment here in Massachusetts I think the key
word I hear today is collaboration everybody working together whether it’s
our environmental groups locally like friends of Wollaston Beach working with
our city councilors on projects that draw jurisdictionally with our parks
playgrounds our beaches and up to the beautiful Blue Hills we’ve got a lot of
natural resources to protect and preserve so to be a small part of this
today is very gratifying that makes your sister food since I
didn’t do a lot of work to do but I really appreciate the work everybody did
to give us a platform a framework and the authorization to get a lot of this
done thank you very much Dov domestic violence ended recently
marked its 40th anniversary in the city of Quincy with a recognition ceremony of
the 40 different companies agencies and organization that have helped fulfill
its mission among those honored was Quincy access television each and every
one of you here is special special to us and again taking an active role just by
being here in ending domestic violence and that said we would like to recognize
a group of 40 people who have gone particularly above and beyond in the
service of survivors 40 community partner honorees recognized in
celebration of of doves 40 years in 2011 dove did a strategic plan and at that
time recreated or re-envisioned our mission which I’d like to read now dove
is committed to partnering with diverse communities families and individuals
impacted by domestic violence we promote hope healing safety and social change by
providing a broad range of preventive and responsive services in this calendar
year given some of the divisive nosov the current environment dove took
another step and created what we call a statement of welcome and affirmation
this statement really embodies the spirit of dove as we think about moving
forward there’s so much to celebrate in terms of our history and we’re also
really looking forward our statement of welcome and affirmation dove provides
services to individuals impacted by domestic violence and welcomes refugee
and immigrant survivors both documented undocumented people with disabilities
people who are deaf or hard of hearing people of color and LGBTQ and gender
non-conforming individuals we are working hard to build community rather
than just providing services we really want to engage community build community
foster health and well-being healthy communities and move forward with a
vibrant future finally last but definitely not least the Dove staff are
literally the embodiment of the mission the staff go above and beyond every
single day and together they are greater than the sum of their parts I am blessed
to go to work with them every day where they strive to provide hope healing
safety and social change to the individuals and communities that we work
with honorees for your commitment to doves mission and for your very generous
contributions of time financial support talent and good works we honor you in
celebration of doves 40th anniversary Lieutenant John Steele of the Quincy
Police Department was recently promoted to the position of captain at a ceremony
held at Quincy City Hall I joined Steele hi John Steele do
solemnly swear do solemnly swear then it would be a true faith and allegiance
that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and I will support the
Constitution thereof and I will support the Constitution thereof so help me God
so help me God I joined still by John Steele do solemnly swear and affirm do
solemnly swear and affirm that I will faithfully and impartially that I will
faithfully and impartially discharge and perform discharge and perform all the
duties incumbent upon me all the duties incumbent upon me as captain of the
Quincy Police Department as captain of the Quincy Police Department according
to the best of my abilities according to the best of my abilities in
understanding and understanding agreeably agreeably to the rules and
regulations of the Constitution to the rules and regulations of the
Constitution in the laws of the Commonwealth and the laws of the
Commonwealth in the ordinances of the city of Quincy and the ordinances of the
city of Quincy so help me God so help me God
I John Steele I John Steele do solemnly swear do solemnly swear that I will
support the Constitution of the United States that he’ll support the
Constitution of the United States the recent state primary election gave
QA TV the opportunity to chat with City Clerk Nicole Chris Paul at Quincy’s
newest polling location and report on Quincy’s voter activity Nicole if you
could talk about this particular polling location it’s a change from the past so
this is our first time here at the Fort swear Presbyterian Church at 16 Pleasant
Street here in Quincy from the Quincy Korea Center so we’re happy that they’re
having us and it’s very comfortable here the air-condition is on and yeah we put
out the signage and we we put the ads in the paper and and we’re very happy with
it and you talked about potentially it hitting about eighty eight potentially
today I guess there’s still potential for that so certainly in a place that
has AC is a big deal for folks who get out and vote today absolutely some of
our schools do not have air conditioning and we’ve been around this morning in
their hot we’re trying to get everybody as comfortable as we can with fans and
all that but that we’re doing what we can talk about maybe the voting from
this particular point forward I know there was a tally that was done at
around 10 a.m. yes so our 10:00 a.m. phone calls are in and we have about
three percent of voters out sofa and you had projected anywhere between 10 and 12
10 and 12 percent more open you know all day we’re here till 8 p.m. so we
encourage everybody to get out and vote talk about from this point on if someone
hasn’t registered to participate in this election they can register to
participate in the November election of course so we’re taking voter
registrations you can do it online you can do it in our office and we have
voter registration up until October 17th at 8 p.m. so please you know also the
RMV so please register and the November 6th
election will be the state election and if folks are
not sure if they are in fact a registered voter what can they do you
can go into the Secretary of State’s website or you can certainly go on to
our website at Quincy MA gov and there’s a link there to check and it also will
give you where you vote early voting didn’t play in this primary election but
it will play in the final correct that’s right October 22nd we will have 11 days
of early voting still to be determined we’re and as soon as we make that
determination we’ll let the public know that’s all for this edition of Quincy
and focus on our next episode look forward to early season football
highlights from Quincy and North Quincy High School’s
also we’ll have coverage of a recent press conference and the groundbreaking
of a new Quincy Masonic building in Quincy Center for more information about
Quincy access television visit our website at Kew ATV org or call six one
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