New Unclaimed Property List Released

Mass. State Treasurer Deborah B. Goldberg announces the latest grouping of names that have been added to the states list of unclaimed property owners. Over 51,000 new properties worth millions of dollars are owed to individuals and businesses throughout the Commonwealth, including some famous New England Patriot and Boston Red Sox players. David Ortiz, New England Patriot Head Coach Bill Belichick, and Quarterback Tom Brady, are all owed money held with the state.
“David Ortiz should give us a call, said Treasurer Deborah Goldberg. We currently hold over $2 billion in unclaimed property at Treasury including his, and it’s not just for our favorite sports stars. One in ten Massachusetts residents are owed money.
 
Unclaimed property includes forgotten savings and checking accounts, un-cashed checks, insurance policy proceeds, stocks, dividends, and the contents of unattended safe deposit boxes. Most accounts are considered abandoned and are turned over to the state after three years of inactivity. Last year Treasury returned over $112M in property to its rightful owners, making the Commonwealth the state to return the most money on a per-capita basis.
This newly released list includes only individuals and businesses with unclaimed property over $100. Treasurer Goldberg urged all citizens to check the comprehensive list for all amounts at www.findmassmoney.com or to call our live call center at 888-344-MASS (6277).
The full list of the new individuals and businesses added to the unclaimed property list will be published in the Boston Globe on Sunday, March 1st and in the Boston Herald on Sunday, March 8th. In addition to these two papers the list of names will be published in over 30 regional and local papers.
The Treasury releases an updated list of unclaimed property assets every six months as the new accounts are turned over to the Commonwealth. There is no time limit for a person to claim this property and, in many cases, claimants will receive interest.  
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Gasoline Prices Up Four Cents

Gasoline prices in Massachusetts are up four cents from last week, according to AAA Northeast.

AAA’s February 23rd survey of prices in Massachusetts found self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $2.25 per gallon, up four cents from last week. Prices locally are 17 cents higher than a month ago. The current price is five cents lower than the national average for self serve unleaded of $2.30. A year ago at this time the Massachusetts average price was $1.21 higher at $3.46.

The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 45 cents, from a low of $1.90 to a high of $2.35. AAA advises motorists to shop around for the best prices in their area, and to make sure they and their passengers buckle up — every trip, every time.

Today’s local gas prices and their ranges are as follows:

Self Serve                                                Grade

$2.259 ($1.909-$2.359)                                    Regular Unleaded

$2.439 ($2.089-$2.799)                                    Midgrade Unleaded

$2.579 ($2.219-$2.899)                                    Premium Unleaded

$2.899 ($2.319-$3.199)                                    Diesel

Find the most up-to-date local gas prices with the AAA Fuel Finder by logging onto AAA.com and clicking on Gas Saving Tips & Tools. AAA members can also obtain a copy of the Gas Watcher’s Guide at their local AAA Northeast office.

AAA Fuel Saving Tip of the Week

Avoid quick starts and sudden stops. This wastes fuel, is harder on vehicle components, and increases the odds of a traffic crash.

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Baker Announces MBTA Special Panel

Governor Charlie Baker announced Friday the selection of national leaders in transportation, economic development and municipal planning to perform an in-depth diagnostic review of the MBTA’s core functions.The panel will synthesize recent MBTA studies, conduct a performance review, examine the T’s core functions and benchmark results with other transit operations in order to ascertain the status of the system’s governance, finances, and capital planning.The special panel is expected to complete its review by the end of March.“Public transportation plays a major role in supporting and driving the region’s economy and in order to fix the problems with the MBTA they first must be diagnosed,” said Governor Baker.  “This group of national leaders in transportation and public administration will provide us with a framework we can build on.  Providing reliable public transportation now will require careful review, adequate resources and a serious discussion of re-structuring.  It’s clear that following past procedures will only yield the same unacceptable results.”

The experts include Jane Garvey, a national leader in transportation policy and top pick for Secretary of Transportation in the Obama administration, Jose A. Gomez-Ibanez , the Derek C. Bok Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy at Harvard University, and Katie Lapp, former Executive Director and CEO for the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, North American’s largest transportation network.  Paul Barrett will serve as chair.

MBTA Special Panel’s Objectives:

1. Develop a fact-base from available data and recently published reports to enable the MBTA and the Commonwealth to ground its future plans and recommendations.

  • Synthesize the findings and recommendations of the previous reports
  • Prepare a ‘state of the operations’ review on the strengths and areas needing improvement and attention; topic areas to include: maintenance, maintenance planning and preparation, operations, communications, decision-making, and governance
  • Conduct benchmark review of similar transit systems operations 
  1. 2.   Undertake a rapid diagnostic on the state of MBTA asset management and maintenance, including:
  • A review of reports and/or Request for Proposals issued by the MBTA related to asset management, system preservation, State of Good Repair and maintenance planning, budgeting and implementation at the MBTA
  • An investigation of the current size of the MBTA’s State of Good Repair backlog, assessing the extent to which previous report recommendations related to asset management and system preservation were followed and evaluating what information the board received as it relates to these issues
  • A review of the MBTA’s overall capital program to assess the processes for selecting projects, allocating funds between maintenance and expansion projects and delivering capital projects on time and on budget

3.      Make recommendations to improve the MBTA’s governance, structure, financials, and operations in both the short and longer-terms to enable the MBTA to plan, operate and maintain a 21st century public transportation system.

MBTA Special Panel Members:

Paul Barrett has over two decades of public service experience in state and local government, including serving as an Assistant Director for Harbor Planning and Development for the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) and overseeing the Boston Municipal Harbor Plan under Mayor Raymond L. Flynn. Barrett would later be named Director of the BRA, responsible for executive direction of Boston’s planning, zoning and development activities. Following his service at the BRA, Barrett was named Secretary of Economic Development and Executive Director of the Rhode Island Port Authority by Rhode Island Governor Bruce Sundlun.

Jane Garvey is an industry expert in the public and private infrastructure sector, currently serving as North American Chairman of Meridiam Infrastructure. A former Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Works and director of Boston Logan International Airport, Garvey was the 14th Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from 1997 to 2002 and also served as Acting Administrator and Deputy Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) where she developed the Innovative Financing Initiative to assist states in using federal highway funds more efficiently.

Robert P. Gittens is the Vice President, Public Affairs at Northeastern University where he represents Northeastern University with a variety of citywide partnerships and organizations such as the New England Council and the Boston Private Industry Council.  Gittens serves on the boards of non-profit organizations, such as the Boston Municipal Research Bureau, Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education and the Red Cross of Massachusetts Bay.  Prior to joining Northeastern, Gittens served the Health and Human Services Secretary for the Swift Administration and was a Commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services.  Gittens is an alumnus of Northeastern University’s School of Law and earned his B.A. in Political Science from Northeastern University as well.

Jose A. Gomez-Ibanez is the Derek C. Bok Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy at Harvard University where he holds a joint appointment at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Graduate School of Design. He teaches courses in economics, infrastructure and transportation policy in both schools and his research focuses on infrastructure needed to support urbanization and the roles of the private and public sectors in providing infrastructure.

Katherine Lapp has over 20 years of public service in New York City and State government including serving as the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer for New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) from 2002 through 2006 where she guided the strategic, financial, and business operations of the largest regional transportation network and a budget of $10.2 billion, while also implementing a four year financial planning model. Lapp is currently the Executive Vice President at Harvard University where she serves as the chief administrative and business officer, responsible for crafting the University’s budget, financial and long-term capital planning, human resources and information technology. She also served in a similar role as Executive Vice President for Business Operations at the University of California.

Brian McMorrow brings 20 years of management experience with MassPort where he is currently serving as Chief Financial Officer for the Aviation Division, overseeing financial and operational business performance for Logan International, Worcester Regional and Hanscom Airports. Previously, McMorrow was MassPort’s Deputy Director of Administration and Finance and facilitated strategic operations and planning with the Commonwealth’s Division of Capital Planning and Operations, now the Division of Capital Asset Management. McMorrow has a Master of Science Degree in Engineering Management from Northeastern University’s School of Industrial Engineering and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.

Joe Sullivan was elected as Mayor of Braintree in 2007 and is the former President of the Massachusetts Mayors’ Association.  Previously, Sullivan served as State Representative and the Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation, where he played a critical role in the re-establishment of the Old Colony Rail for the South Shore, the Metropolitan Highway System Legislation, Rt. 3 North add-a-lane project, MBTA forward funding legislation in 2000 and helped provide funding for a state wide road and rail program. In 2006, Sullivan served as a member of the Blue Ribbon Transportation Finance Commission which identified the important needs of transportation throughout Massachusetts.  Mayor Sullivan graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

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Police Release Video Of Convenience Store Robbery

Quincy police have released a video they say shows a man threatening a convenience store clerk and grabbing a cash register drawer from the counter.

The robbery occurred Feb. 12 at the Tedeschi Food Shop on East Squantum Street around 4:15 p.m., according to Police Capt. John Dougan. The suspect is described as a white male in his 20s with a red beard, about 5 foot 8 inches tall and 160 pounds.

He was seen wearing ski pants and a black leather jacket. A clerk at the store said the male appeared to be between 24 and 28 years old.

Police say the man walked in the convenience store and placed a brownie and 50 cents on the counter. The male then pulled out a knife and demanded the clerk give him the money from the register.

After the clerk refused to give him money, police said the male put the knife down on the counter, grabbed the cash register and ran out of the store with an undetermined amount of money. He left the knife behind.

A short time before the robbery, the male suspect came into the store and exited after buying something. Dougan said the man had come into the store about 10 minutes before the robbery and left after buying something.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Quincy Police detectives at 617-479-1212.

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Valentine’s Day Concert Rescheduled For Feb. 26

Eastern Nazarene College’s A Cappella Choir and Chamber Singers will present their annual Valentine’s Day concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26 at Union Congregational Church in Quincy. The concert was rescheduled due to the recent snowstorms.

The performance will feature a wide variety of love songs — including classical, folk, and contemporary arrangements — under the direction of Dr. Timothy Shetler.

ENC’s A Cappella Choir and Chamber Singers tour regularly in the New England and Mid-Atlantic states. In addition to performing internationally, the choirs have performed at New York City’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and at Boston’s historic Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory.

A suggested donation of $15 to $20 will be taken at the door. Seniors and students with a valid school ID are invited to make a donation of their choice.

Union Congregational Church of Quincy is located at 136 Rawson Road. For more information, contact the ENC Box Office at 617-745-3715.

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