Public Meeting On Adams NHP Fee Increases Postponed To Feb. 4

Due to the anticipated snowstorm on Tuesday and unpredictable weather conditions on Wednesday, Adams National Historical Park (Adams NHP)  has re-scheduled its Public Forum to discuss a NPS proposal to increase park fees.

It will take place Wednesday, Feb. 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Visitor Center, 1250 Hancock Street, Quincy, instead of Jan. 28 as originally planned.

The current park entrance fees have been in place since 2006.  Proposed fees will increase as follows: Entrance Fee from $5 to $10; Park Annual Pass  from $10 to $40.

The public is encouraged to submit comments on the proposal by visting http://parkplanning.nps.gov\adamfeeproposal   The 30-day open comment period began Jan. 22 and concludes at 12 noon EST on Feb. 23.

The National Park Service has proposed that all fees will increase by 2017, starting in 2015.  This proposed fee increase will not occur without input from the general public and local, state, and federal representatives and other interested stakeholders.  This is the purpose of the public meeting on Feb. 4..

Entrance fees are not charged to persons under 16 years of age or holders of the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Senior, Access or Military Passes. These passes may be obtained at the Park.

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Gasoline Prices Down Another 7 Cents

Gasoline prices in Massachusetts are down seven cents from last week, according to AAA Northeast.

AAA’s January 26th survey of prices in Massachusetts found self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $2.08 per gallon, down seven cents from last week. Prices locally are 38 cents lower than a month ago. The current price is five cents more than the national average for self serve unleaded of $2.03. A year ago at this time the Massachusetts average price was $1.29 higher at $3.37.

The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 56 cents, from a low of $1.93 to a high of $2.49. 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

$2.089 ($1.939-$2.499)                                    Regular Unleaded

$2.389 ($2.119-$3.009)                                    Midgrade Unleaded

$2.519 ($2.179-$3.199)                                    Premium Unleaded

$2.889 ($2.699-$3.299)                                    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

Accelerate smoothly and brake gradually. It’s safer, uses less gas, and reduces brake wear.

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Merrymount Association Membership Drive Underway

The Merrymount Association’s 2015 membership drive is underway.

The Association looks forward current members renewing their membership and also welcoming new neighbors to Association and adding to the 330 households that made up the Association in 2014.

The Association Board strives to plan and run events that are fun for all Merrymount residents, young and old. That tradition continued in 2014 with visits at the beach from the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus. In between, the Board organized the annual July 3rd beach celebration, the July 4th parade, the Cleaner Greener beach cleanup, the Flea Market, the Campout and duck race, the Horseshoe tournament, Oktoberfest, and the Turkey Trot race. 2014 also featured the inaugural Summer Kickoff Party with live music and a food truck at the beach.

To continue all of these events as well as maintain and improve Merrymount beach, the Association is seeking continued support in 2015. Visit http://www.merrymountquincy.com/membership.html for a link where you can download and print the membership form or submit your membership dues via Paypal. For families, there is a $10 discount for those who join prior to March 1st.

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Pats’ Fans Can Send Note Of Good Luck At Stop & Shop Mailboxes

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New England Patriots' fans Jim Crossman (top) and Steven Morreale send their team 'good luck in the Super Bowl' notes at Stop & Shop. Mail boxes have been set up at Stop & Shop customer service desks in Massachusetts and Rhode Island now through Tuesday, Jan. 27. Notes will be collected and delivered to the team in Arizona before the big game next Sunday, Feb. 1. Photos Courtesy Stop & Shop

New England Patriots’ fans Jim Crossman (top) and Steven Morreale both of Quincy send their team ‘good luck in the Super Bowl’ notes at Stop & Shop. Mail boxes have been set up at Stop & Shop customer service desks in Massachusetts and Rhode Island now through Tuesday, Jan. 27. Notes will be collected and delivered to the team in Arizona before the big game next Sunday, Feb. 1. Photos Courtesy Stop & Shop

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest day of the year for food consumption in the U.S. after Thanksgiving. For New Englanders and Patriots fans near and far this year there is extra reason to celebrate as the New England Patriots are headed to the big game in Arizona!

As the official supermarket of The New England Patriots, Stop & Shop is excited for the team and welcomes customers to stop in the store to not only stock up on game day essentials but to send a personal good luck note to the team!  Special “On to Seattle” mailboxes are set up at customer service desks in Massachusetts and Rhode Island from Friday, Jan. 23 through Tuesday, Jan. 27. Notes will be collected and delivered to the team in Arizona.

One lucky fan and Stop & Shop customer is heading to the game in Arizona as the grand prize winner of Stop & Shop?s 100th anniversary sweepstakes. The complete Super Bowl package includes tickets, travel arrangements and party celebrations in Arizona.

Locally as fans gear up for the parties and celebration, Stop & Shop is offering several ways to make sure your gathering is a touchdown! For those who may need an extra hand in the kitchen, Stop & Shop makes game day preparation easy with a selection of Entertaining party trays, including sandwiches, wings, fried chicken, desserts and more available to order.

All Stop & Shop stores are also stocked with ready-made favorites: wings, olives, hummus and salsa. Don?t forget to check out the produce section for pre-cut veggies and fruit as well as prepared guacamole and fresh salsa. For inspiration, preparation and game day recipe ideas, visit the Recipe Center at http://stopandshop.com/recipes-and-meals/recipe-center.

Halftime Healthy

Healthy and tailgate foods don’t often go hand in hand, but Stop & Shop is offering a few better-for-you suggestions to help navigate the football festivities while still enjoying your favorites.

• Don’t go to a party hungry as you will most likely end up eating more. Eat a balanced breakfast and lunch beforehand with lean protein, fruits and vegetables. Include some exercise or activity during the day, which can help balance the calories.

• Try small portions of your favorite dishes and slow down at the buffet. It can take your brain about 20 minutes to recognize fullness.

• Remember the veggie tray! Fill half of your plate with a variety of available vegetables, but go easy on the dip.

• Prepare your tailgate favorites with a few simple recipe swaps like utilizing low fat dairy products or ground turkey, turkey bacon or leaner beef.

Stop & Shop is proud to be the official supermarket of the New England Patriots.  For more information about Stop & Shop’s visit www.stopandshop.com or www.facebook.com/stopandshop.

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Alert: Scammers Posing As Sheriff’s Deputies

Norfolk County Sheriff Michael G. Bellotti is warning the public about scammers who have misrepresented themselves as being from the Sheriff’s Office and requested credit card numbers over the phone.

“We would never ask a person to give us their credit card number over the phone,” Sheriff Bellotti said.

In recent weeks, the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office has received reports of the scammers claiming to be from the Sheriff’s Office. Some of them even got software that posted “Norfolk Sheriff’s Office” on the caller ID. In some of those cases, the scammers asked potential victims to call them back at a different number.

At other times, scammers have claimed to be from the Internal Revenue Service or other government agencies.

In most of the incidents, local residents who received the calls said the scammers sounded like they spoke with a foreign accent, and investigators say the calls usually are coming from somewhere outside the United States.

“Unfortunately in this information age, these types of scams are not uncommon. It’s not hard to obtain phone lists that carry the names of everyone in a household. Unsavory people can sometimes trick folks into thinking they are someone official,” Sheriff Bellotti said.

“Don’t be fooled. Government agencies almost never request credit card numbers or payments over the phone,” Sheriff Bellotti added.

Those who believe they have been contacted by someone in one of these scams should contact the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office at 781-329-3705 or contact your local police.

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