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FEBRUARY 2014

NEWSLETTER


Board of Governors President, Sean Galvin Vice-President, Richard Meade Secretary, Carol McClintock Treasurer, James Egan General Counsel, Robert Sheffield Immediate Past President, C.Robert Foy GOVERNORS Terms Expiring 2014 Gail Bell Jane Howe Kevin Mantville Gregory Seymourian Arthur Foley Terms expiring 2015 Larry Babb Robert Martell Martin Joyce Peter Donadio Ellen McWade Terms expiring 2016 Dolly DiPesa Scott Galvin Paul Leary Arthur Sharp Francis White HOUSE COMMITTEE Richard Meade, Chairperson RECIPROCITY COMMITTEE Vincent Santosuosso, Jr., Chairperson BOWLING COMMITTEE DeDe Dalton-Martell & Robert Martell Co-Chairs ENTERTAINMENT COMMITTEE Ellen McWade, Chairperson MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE Alice Welch, Chairperson MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE Robert Martell, Chairperson 2 • FEBRUARY 2014 • NEIGHBORHOOD CLUB NEWS

General Information Main Line: 617-773-9300 Members Line: 617-773-5025 Fax: 617-773-5817 Email: martin@ncquincy.com Address: 27 Glendale Road, Quincy, MA 02169 DRESS CODE Ladies: Appropriate dress is necessary for lunch and dinner. Gentlemen: Lunch: Business Casual Dinner: Jacket and collared shirt or jacket and mock turtleneck. Tie is optional. DINING ROOM HOURS Lunch: Tues. - Fri., Noon - 2:00pm Dinner: Tues. - Sat., 6:00pm - 9:00pm Closed on Mondays RESERVATIONS Reservations for lunch and dinner are required. Reservations for lunch must be made by 10:30am and by 3:30pm for dinner. We need to have your reservations prior to these times in order to adequately staff the dining room. NEWSLETTER STAFF Larry Babb & Deanna Seymourian Co-Editors Ann Collins, Barbara Le Bel, Susan Egan, Eileen McDonnell, Shyla Settles, Rachel Bartley and all club members Contributors Maura Wilson Graphic Designer


Message from The General Manager To all of our Members, I am happy to report that the Club has been busy so far this year even with all the cold weather we have had. Again, this year Valentine’s Night will be held on Friday, February 14th. This is a popular night at the Club, so please make your reservations early. Joel, as usual, will create a fantastic “Sweetheart Menu.” The dinner, along with romantic music, will create a memorable evening for all. Work is being done on the front foyer and the side entrance. It is our goal to improve the look of the facility in order to continue to keep up with our wedding and banquet business. Members or friends of members that are planning events get a special room rate and food price here at the Club. If you know of anyone looking for a special venue for an event, they can contact us here in the office and we will take special care of them. Stay Warm!

Marty THE NEIGHBORHOOD CLUB OF QUINCY

proudly presents

THE NCQ PIANO BAR What better way to warm up during this brutal winter than sitting in front of a roaring fireplace with a delicious cocktail in hand and live music in the air. Join us each and every Friday night as we transform the Members Lounge into “The NCQ Piano Bar”. Come and enjoy a delicious meal while Cappy tickles the ivories. What better place to enjoy some great music with friends than The Club! Please be sure to make your reservations!

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Committee Reports ENTERTAINMENT COMMITTEE

2014 got off to a great start on New Year’s Eve with a festive celebration! Over 100 members and guests listened to the music of Cappy while enjoying delicious appetizers and cocktails. The special menu had something for everyone, especially the rich dessert. The party moved on into the Living Room, where the crowd enjoyed the Joe Contrino Jazz Trio and toasted 2014 with champagne. Our annual Valentine’s Night will be celebrated on Friday, February 14th. Entertainment will be provided by Chris Carter. Make your reservations early!

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Committee Reports MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

We are pleased to welcome new members to the Neighborhood Club. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur (Susan) Doyle of Milton are the Club’s newest Class A members. Robert and Mary Sheffield and Lawrence and Martha DeCelle are very pleased to be their sponsors. Arthur and Susan have been very active in the Town of Milton, both having contributed to the strong growth of their community. Arthur is a retired Vice-President of the College Entrance Examination Board. Presently, he is an elected Milton Town Meeting Member and a volunteer member of the Milton Conservation Commission. Susan is in administration with the Milton Public School system. We welcome our newest members and look forward to their contributing to and sharing in the many benefits of Club membership. In anticipation of a new membership drive, it is important that members know the requirements for being a sponsor and the application process. Those current members in good standing for at least one year are eligible to sponsor new members. Initially, sponsorship involves providing an application and writing a letter of recommendation. Applications for prospective members are always available. They may be obtained in the Management Office or may be mailed directly to the applicant or sponsor. Please call 617-773-5025 or email Martin@ncquincy.com to request an application. An inviting letter and instructions for filling out the application are included. The signed and completed application and the letters of recommendation from each of two sponsors (not of the same family) are then to be returned to the Management Office. Applications are reviewed by the Membership Committee for completeness. Names of applicants and their sponsors are posted (near the members’ entrance) for a minimum of one week. The names of applicants, along with their recommendations, are then presented to the Board of Governors for a vote of approval. We look forward to welcoming your family, friends,

co-workers and neighbors to the Neighborhood Club. Please inform staff when you are making dining reservations that you are bringing prospective members as your guests. We would like them to be warmly received. MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

The Membership Development, Membership, and Entertainment Committees with Marty’s help produced and sent out a Constant Contact survey to get membership input about the future direction of the Neighborhood Club. The final results of the survey will be shared with the Club’s members. The ideas and opinions gathered from the survey also will be used to create a brochure highlighting the benefits of joining the Neighborhood Club. We encourage you to complete the survey if you have not already done so. The Committee would like to propose a Membership Referral Program that would offer perks to sponsors of new members. Details are being worked out. Hospital Hill Neighborhood Association (HHNA) which meets monthly at the Club requested that a NCQ representative speak to the group. Membership information and a tour of the Club were provided during their January meeting. The Membership Committees met jointly to explore new ways to increase membership. Some suggestions included increasing member-guest events, exploring the potential of a separate grill area, and inviting prospective members, professional groups, and community members in to see the Club. Member input is always welcome. RESERVATIONS

We need your help. Please be sure to call for reservations when coming in for dinner. In fairness to all, we need to hire sufficient staff for each evening. They are called to work based on reservations. So that service to any member is not compromised, ALL of us should adhere to this very simple policy.

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Committee Reports BOWLING COMMITTEE

The Member-Guest Fireside Brunch in conjunction with the Member-Guest Bowling Tournament took place on Sunday, January 19, 2014. At 10:00am braving the early morning snow squalls, approximately thirty people arrived at the Club’s bowling alleys to participate in the tournament as bowlers, scorers, cheerleaders, experts, and advisors. Roy Berggren explained the rules of the One-Two-Three Ball game and handled questions about the particulars of the competition. Coffee was served and the adrenaline was high. Congratulations to Mary Alice Gallagher and John Gallagher (Guests of Maureen and John Collins) for winning in the Guest Bowler category and to members Eleanor McDonough and Bob Martell in the Member Bowler category. At 11:30 bowlers and their guests joined other members and their guests in the lounge for mimosas, bloody Marys, or their favorite beverages. Brunch go-ers were seated in the Living Room with the fireplace blazing and the ambience flowing. The Brunch Buffet opened at noon. The selections expertly prepared by Joel and staff were outstanding including salad, fruit cup, breads, breakfast foods, beef, ham and turkey carving station, seafood and all the accompaniments. Eggs Benedict were served individually at each table. The dessert assortment, a variety of cakes and pastries, was hard to resist. Comments by the brunch attendees included; “I wanted to try everything.” “A

Dave London gets a spare and Lucy adjusts his crown.

wonderful selection of dishes.” “The seafood was fresh and delicious.” “What a buffet.” “Loved the carving stations.” “This is the best brunch ever.” “It was a nostalgic club event.” People went table to table talking. “Why aren’t there more brunches?” Teams 3 and 6 are tied for first place with 64% winning averages. Teams 2 and 5 are within striking distance. Team 3’s Bob Foy has taken over the lead as High Single Man with a string of 102 points as well as High Match with a string of 190 points. Lorraine Coakley continues to lead the women in both categories. Bowling was cancelled on January 21 due to snow. A make-up date will be set for later in the season. We are looking for both new full time bowlers and substitutes. If you are interested in subbing or joining a team please contact Dede Dalton-Martell (dede70@

Where do former Presidents go — they get jobs at Burger King

Bart & Bob each get a strike. Lucy crowns them both.

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Paul and Michelle Tierney celebrate Paul’s spare!


Committee Reports comcast.net) or Deanna Seymourian (dseymourian@ comcast.net). • If you know of anyone who would like to bowl, please let me know. We are down three bowlers. If someone wants to try out bowling, he or she could come as a substitute to give it a try. • Some teams may be missing some of their scheduled bowling. In the case of a forfeit the attending team must bowl two full strings to get the 6 points. • If you plan to stay for dinner after bowling, please call the Club to make a reservation. Upcoming Bowling Dates: Tuesday, 1/28: 3 vs. 5, 4 vs. 9 Wednesday, 1/29: 2 vs. 8, 1 vs. 7

After a hard morning of bowling, we all headed up to the brunch.

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Announcements & Members’ Notes HAPPY FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS

CONDOLENCES

Our sympathies on the passing of long-time member, Ramona Shea. Condolences to family and husband, William. ... Sincere sympathies to our Mrs. Mary Dandrow on the sudden passing of her beloved grandson, Kyle Frederic Dandrow. Our condolences to her and her family ... Condolences to the family of member Chet Curtis. Mr. Curtis was one of the most highly respected newsman the in the Boston area and will be remembered for many years of ratings-winning news casts.

Gail Bell Bart Boncaldo David Butler Maureen Crawley Don Hussey DeDe Mariano Elise Markarian John O’Brien Walter O’Leary Donna Peters Peter Sorgi Vin Santosuosso HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

HAPPY TO REPORT

Darlene and Larry Babb Marty and Peggy Joyce David and Sarah Shepherd

Larry Babb, Elise Markarian, Mary Wessling wish to thank all for their kind words and thoughts.

HAPPY BELATED JANUARY BIRTHDAYS

Valentine’s Night: February 14 St. Patrick’s Night: March 15 Easter Brunch: May 11 Ladies Night: May 22

SAVE THE DATE

Ellen Gallagher John Gallagher

FEBRUARY CLUB MILESTONES

5 Years Dr. Martin Iser

GET WELL WISHES

Kathy Fitzgerald

BOOK CLUB I

On January 7 we met for dinner and drinks at 6pm at the Club. The meeting was fun and relaxing sharing fun times we had with family and friends during the Christmas holiday season. Those who attended

FRIENDSHIP

Submitted by Barbara Fitzgerald

Friendship is a priceless gift, That cannot be bought or sold, But its value is for greater Than a mountain made of gold

It has no ears to listen, Nor heart to understand It cannot bring you comfort Or reach a helping hand.

For gold is cold and lifeless, It can neither see nor hear And in a time of trouble, It is powerless to cheer

So when you ask God for a gift, Be thankful if He sends Not diamonds, jewels or riches, But the love of real true friends.

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Announcements & Members’ Notes our New Years party enjoyed the cozy atmosphere in the Living Room with the musical combo in the backround. Franny mentioned Ladies Night that she is working on for the Spring. We are reading Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I have not read any of her novels before but enjoying the story so far. Our next meeting is Tues, February 4. See you at the Club. BOOK CLUB II

Book Club II was held Tuesday and eight people were in attendance. Our book of the month was The Good House by Ann Leary. Although the book was well written, there were mixed reviews on the book. Maureen Collins led the discussion. We are looking forward to March’s book, The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, which retained the No. 1 spot on the U.S. fiction best-sellers list on Thursday for the second consecutive week. Everyone had enjoyed her other book, The Secret Life of Bees. Suggestions for future reading are the following: The Girl on the Cliff by Lucinda Riley Supreme Macaroni by A. Trigliani Life After Life by Jill McCorcle Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

THURSDAYS ARE PRIME RIB NIGHT!

Every Thursday night in February will be Prime Rib Nights. Order off the menu for your favorite cut and enjoy a delicious prime rib dinner.

WE’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!

We would love to recognize all birthdays, anniversaries or other member occasions. Please let us know of any special events or news items by calling the office or emailing Deanna at DSeymourian@comcast.net. CHECK YOUR CLOSETS, LADIES!

If you attended the Members Brunch on January 19th, someone has the wrong coat! We are looking for a gray coat (Jones of New York) with initials P. C. monogrammed inside. Please call the office if you accidently took it home with you.

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Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day is the day on which love is celebrated throughout the world. Be it your partner, parents, siblings or friends, you can express your love to anyone close to you, on this day. Celebrated on 14th February every year, Valentine’s Day sees people giving gifts to those who are special to them, with their romantic interest being on the top of the list. There are many interesting facts associated with the day, such as it was in 1840s that the first batch of Valentine Day cards was made commercially, given the name of trivia. In the following lines, we have provided fun trivia associated with Valentine’s Day. w Valentine’s

Day is named after the Patron Saint Saint Valentine. w Around 15% of U.S. women are believed to send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day. w Valentine’s Day is believed to have its roots in the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia. w It was around 496 that Pope Gelasius I renamed Lupercalia festival as Valentine’s Day and moved its date to from February 15 to 14. w It has been estimated that as many as one billion cards are sent world-wide each year, on Valentine’s Day. w Shakespeare made a reference to Valentine’s Day in his play ‘Hamlet’, (Act 4, Scene 5) w It has been estimated, by Greeting Card Association, that of all the people who purchase cards on Valentine’s Day, around 85% are women. w NECCO has been making heart-shaped Valentine candies, with sweet sayings printed on them, since 1902. w It was only in the 1980’s that the diamond industry began to promote Valentine’s Day as occasion for gifting diamond jewelry. w Elton John-Renate Blauel, Meg Ryan-Dennis Quaid, Pamela Anderson-Tommy Lee and Sharon Stone-Phil Bronstein are amongst the couples who got married on February 14. w Alexander Graham Bell applied for his patent on the telephone on Valentine’s Day in 1876.

w St. Valentine’s

Day was declared an official holiday in 1537, by England’s King Henry VIII. w It is believed that it was on February 14, that St. Valentine was put to death. Before dying, he wrote a note for his love - the jailer’s daughter, signed “From Your Valentine”. w A heart-shaped outline and the figure of the winged cupid are amongst the most popular Valentine’s Day symbols. w Two out of every three Valentine’s Day cards are accompanied by a gift. w In the Middle Ages, men and women used to draw names from a bowl to see who their Valentine would be. w In Victorian times, if you got a card on Valentine’s Day, it meant bad luck. w Sweden is the only country that does not celebrate Valentine’s Day. w The launch of penicillin was announced on Valentine’s Day. w Flowers are the most popular Valentine’s Day gift. w On February 14, 1962, Jackie Kennedy hosted the first televised tour of the White House. w It was believed that February 14 is the day when birds and fowls select their mates. w Duke of Orleans sent the first Valentine’s Day card, after being captured in 1415.

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NCQ DRINK OF THE MONTH

Be Mine Martini

Canadian Club Whisky Cointreau Cranberry Juice Twist of Lime

Don’t forget to order one for you and one for your Special Valentine!


COME AND CELEBRATE

Valentine’s Day AT THE NEIGHBORHOOD CLUB OF QUINCY

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2014 SPECIAL SWEETHEART MENU SOFT ROMANTIC MUSIC

CALL NOW TO RESERVE YOUR ROMANTIC TABLE FOR TWO!

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Calendar of Events - February 2014 SUN.

MON.

TUES.

WED.

THURS.

FRI.

SAT. 1

2

3 Club Closed

4 Club Closed

5 BOOK CLUB I

10 Club Closed

5 vs. 7 4 vs. 6

1 vs. 8 2 vs. 9

GROUNDHOG DAY 9

6

11

12 1 vs. 9 3 vs. 7

Club Closed

8

14

15

A.M. BOWLING

13 6 vs. 8 4 vs. 5

7

A.M. BOWLING

VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER

LINCOLN’S BIRTHDAY 16 Club Closed

17 Club Closed

WASHINGTON’S BIRTHDAY 23 Club Closed

18

24 Club Closed

19

20 5 vs. 8 6 vs. 9

HOUSE COMMITTEE

21

22

A.M. BOWLING

4 vs. 7 2 vs. 3 BOOK CLUB II 25

26 3 vs. 4 7 vs. 8

27

BOARD OF GOVERNORS SCRABBLE

A.M. BOWLING

28 1 vs. 2 5 vs. 6


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