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– News and commentary about Quincy from Quincy Quarry News

Quincy Parks Department crams before the start of a new school year.

A new public school year has come to Quincy, not to mention that surely many thousands of local parents wish it had arrived sooner.

At the same time, however, the City of Quincy Parks and Forestry Department has run late on its back to school activities, if not also arguably procrastinated, as school grounds are riff with weeds as high as up to one’s hip.

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City water truck left abandoned in Quincy Center?
A Quincy Quarry News file photo

The arguable procrastination is arguably further inexcusable given how this summer’s drought has laid waste to vegetation as well as that it would appear that the Park and Forestry Department has not exactly been working all that hard watering city landscaping this summer.

As for the late and less than effective efforts to clean up school landscaping, Quincy Quarry has, among other things, photographically captured Parks and Forestry Department personnel cleaning up the grounds at a local middle school Sunday morning over Labor Day weekend.

QPD Chief Paul "The Beav" Keenan - a City of Quincy photo

Coming under fire over overtime abuse?
An official City of Quincy mugshot

The Quarry considered reaching out to the City of Quincy to find out if the Parks personnel was working premium holiday overtime pay; however, the City Editor figured why bother as City Hall is already both hunkered down and in full damage control spin mode over the alleged double and sometimes even apparently triple dipping by a senior command officer at the Quincy Police Department.

Plus, City Hall is no fan of Quincy Quarry’s hard but still balanced and fair coverage of news in the Q.

As such, the Quincy instead dispatched personnel to both check and recheck the condition of landscaping care at various local public schools.

At best, the findings were a mixed bag of mostly tricks.

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Use of The City of Quincy’s only nice lawn banned
A Quincy Quarry News file photo

For example, while the well-watered and thus on occasion mushroom-laden luxurious lawn in front of Quincy High School was ready for a photo feature spread in Landscaping Digest – or at least Turf Monthly, nearby flower beds and other landscaped areas were weed-laden, decimated by this summer’s drought or both.

Similarly, upon revisiting the aforementioned middle school, Quincy Quarry photographic personnel found whole beds formerly full of mostly weeds now all but completely cleared of any vegetation whatsoever.

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Before weeds and after nothing
A Quincy Quarry News exclusive photo

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Death greets students at middle school front door
A Quincy Quarry News file photo

That and dead formal landscaping featured in a previous Quincy Quarry exposé is still in place and so exposing impressible youth to this botanical carnage.

Expect Quincy Quarry to continue to cover the long ongoing carnage in the Q as well as perhaps reach out to People for the Ethical Treatment of Plants (“PETP”) – or at least The Wollaston Garden Club – to see if they might be interested in properly protesting the City of Quincy’s rampant and apparently all but indifferent abuse of plants.

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