Openings, closings, and more in the south suburbs
More than 500 people participated in the April 28 Interfaith Social Services’ Stop the Stigma 5K, the largest turnout in the event’s 44-year history. Participants ran and walked through Quincy’s Squantum neighborhood and along Boston Harbor. The event raised more than $40,000 to support the organization’s programs, such as The New Directions Counseling Center, which provides help to area residents regardless of their health insurance status or income. Many participants ran in support of loved ones living with mental illness or addiction.
A pop-up retail village called The Hangout will kick off at Union Point in Weymouth on May 25, with live music and local food trucks and vendors. Businesses such as Polkadog Bakery, Levitate clothing, Collettey’s Cookies, and Core Studio Apparel will work out of converted storage containers. Throughout the summer, The Hangout will feature art installations, group fitness, music, lawn games, and monthly movie nights. A farmers market will be held on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Hangout will be open Fridays through Sundays during the summer.
The old Norwell police station will be demolished to make way for a new senior housing project at 40 River St. The complex, to be known as Herring Brook Hill, will be built by Metro West Collaborative Development and will consist of 18 units of senior housing with rents geared for those with low or moderate incomes. Income qualifications will be set by the state and federal government. There are 60 individuals on a waiting list to live in the complex, according to Norwell town officials. The town has been working on the project for three years, with the goal of creating affordable housing for seniors and veterans in Norwell.
Flexible Pack, which manufactures shrink sleeves, pouches, and labels, has opened at 859 Willard St. in Quincy. The firm’s shrink sleeves allow companies to put branding and messages on cans, plastic, and glass. The company also produces flexible pouches, spouts, and stand-up bottom gusset pouches, with features such as clear windows and zip-tops. Flexible Pack uses an HP Indigo digital press to print customized packaging. For more information, go to www.flexiblepack.com.