Info Seminar At Registry Of Deeds May 6

Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell will host a free informational seminar on computer assisted land records research at the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds in Dedham Wednesday, May 6 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The seminar is intended for both real estate professionals and the general public.  The program will include a brief presentation, written reference materials, and hands-on exercises. There will be opportunities for both basic and advanced questions and answers.

Computer assisted land records research is currently available both at the Registry and on the Internet at www.norfolkdeeds.org.

“These services have proven to be valuable tools for our customers and we hope that this seminar will be both helpful and informative,” O’Donnell said.

There is no charge for the seminar, but anyone planning to attend is asked to register by calling Alicia Gardner at 781-461-6104 or by email to agardner@norfolkdeeds.org.  Include name, address, email and a daytime phone number when you register.

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, located at 649 High St., Dedham, is the principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information.  Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101, or email us at registerodonnell@norfolkdeeds.org.

To learn more about this and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives like us at Facebook.com/Norfolk Deeds or follow us on twitter.com/NorfolkDeeds.

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VA Boston Healthcare Relocating To Manet Health Center

The VA Boston Healthcare System announces the relocation of its Quincy Outpatient Clinic to Manet Community Health Care Center, 110 W. Squantum Street in North Quincy.

The new location offers more space, is accessible by public transportation (bus and T line) and will deliver primary care services to the more than 1,400 Veterans living in the Quincy, Braintree and Weymouth area.

“The new clinic is the result of reviewing several different locations in the Quincy, Braintree and Weymouth areas in an effort to continue our footprint in the Quincy community,” said VA Boston Healthcare System Director Vincent Ng. “The 1400 Veterans in that area are used to receiving high-quality, timely care from staff they know and trust and we want that quality of care to continue with as little inconvenience to Veterans as possible,” he said. “I also want to thank the Veteran community for their continued support during this transition.”

Staff from Manet and VA Boston is working together to ensure a seamless entry and warm welcome for the Veterans. “As a federally qualified community health center, Manet is honored to offer our hospitality and fellowship to VA Boston Healthcare. To that end, we see our North Quincy location as a wonderful resolution for both the VA Clinic and Manet, and representative of new beginnings and a new partnership, remarked, Manet’s Chief Executive Officer, John J. Holiver.”

Quincy clinic patients may confirm their appointments by dialing the Call Center at 857-364-4418.

A ribbon cutting celebrating the relocation and opening of the new VA Boston Outpatient Clinic is scheduled for Monday, March 30, 2015 at 1 p.m.

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MWRA Board To Honor Rep. Mariano As Legislator Of The Year

The Advisory Board of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority will recognize House Majority Leader Ron Mariano as one of its Legislators of the Year at a ceremony at the Boston Water and Sewer Commission (980 Harrison Avenue).

Last year, Representative Mariano recognized the burden on MWRA ratepayers by successfully advocating for Debt Service Assistance to help offset rate increases. Additionally, he worked tirelessly on the landmark S.2021 Infrastructure Bill to ensure that it included language that would assist communities looking to join the MWRA system, and would provide Commonwealth reimbursement for Inflow/Infiltration investments.

“Representative Mariano has been, and continues to be, a champion of MWRA ratepayers,” stated Advisory Board Chair Katherine Dunphy. He has been a member of the MWRA legislative caucus since its inception and served as its leader since 2005. Since 1994 he has successfully secured almost $500 million in Commonwealth Sewer Rate Relief Funds, underscoring his commitment to assisting MWRA ratepayers.

“It is important that we allow other communities the opportunity to join the MWRA system, and we must continue to fight for vital funding to improve our aging water and sewer systems,” said Representative Mariano. “This funding means real dollars to real people all across eastern Massachusetts, and those ratepayers still need our support. I thank the board for this recognition and I hope to continue to work to bring these resources to the people of the Commonwealth.”

The Advisory Board looks forward to working with the Majority Leader to secure the funding necessary to make critical investments in protecting water and wastewater infrastructure, the environment, and the interests of MWRA communities and ratepayers.

The Advisory Board represents 60 communities receiving service from the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. Created in the same year as the MWRA, the Advisory Board has the statutory obligation to review and issue comments and recommendations upon the Authority’s capital and current expense budgets. Over the years, the Advisory Board has succeeded in saving communities and ratepayers over one billion dollars through its thorough analysis and dedication to representing its member communities. For more information on the Advisory Board and its initiatives visit www.mwraadvisoryboard.com

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Commuter Rail CharlieCards Available

MBTA interim General Manager Frank DePaola announces Commuter Rail CharlieCards for monthly pass holders are now available.

CharlieCards with monthly passes printed on them are available for Corporate Pass Program participants and customers who make monthly pass purchases on the MBTA website.

The CharlieCard monthly passes replace paper tickets, which are not as durable as the plastic smartcards. Commuter Rail passes purchased by vending machines or at sales offices will continue to be delivered in ticket form.

The MBTA in January began testing of the CharlieCards printed with a monthly commuter rail pass. General Manager DePaola said the pilot program received overwhelmingly positive feedback from customers. The CharlieCard commuter rail passes are used as ‘flash passes’ on board commuter rail trains and then used like any other CharlieCard for bus and subway service.

Commuter rail customers are encouraged to visit MBTA Commuter Rail Fares and Passes online to purchase an April commuter rail pass.

Refurbished Green Line trolleys have started to make their way back to Boston, following significant work at the Alstom plant in New York.

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Patrick White Foundation Offering Scholarships

The Patrick White Foundation will be offering scholarships to the high school class of 2015.

Those interested should send an e-mail requesting information to: ptwfoundation7@comcast.net.  Include PTW in the subject line.

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