RMV announces Plate Lottery!

Elliot Whittier has been advised by the Massachussetts Agent’s Association that the 2011 RMV Plate Lottery was announced on June 15, 2011. Here’s a link to the Plate Lottery Entry Form. The form includes the eligibility requirements and the list of available low number plates in the order in which they will be picked. 

To be eligible, you MUST mail the form to the address listed on the form and it must be postmarked no later than August 8, 2011.

This year there are 161 plates available for the low number plate lottery, including the following types:

  • Numbers only – two digits (e.g. 67)
  • Numbers only – three digits (e.g. 167)
  • Numbers only – four digits (e.g. 1365)
  • Two numbers and one letter (e.g. 15X)
  • One letter and one number (e.g. T7)
  • One letter and two numbers (e.g. B61)

The date, time, and location of the lottery plate drawing will be posted on the RMV website (www.mass.gov/rmv). Lottery results will also be posted on the RMV website.


Dr. Gene DiStasio Scholarship Awarded



Elliot Whittier is pleased to announce the 2011 recipient of the Dr. Gene DiStasio award to Miss Ariane Seymour.   Miss Seymour is the Salutatorian of the Winthrop High School Class of 2011, and intends to study at Ithaca College.


Elliot Whittier has adopted this scholarship fund to assure that a grant of $500 may be awarded annually to a graduating Senior from Winthrop High School in perpetuity. The scholarship was established in 1998, from proceeds of the Oceanside Big Band & Jazz Fest, in loving memory of jazz trombonist and Winthrop Orthodontist, Dr. Gene DiStasio.

Dr. Gene Distatio in whose memory this award is given

Dr. Gene DiStasio

Dr. Gene encouraged Paul Roy, a principal at Elliot Whittier to produce the first free outdoor concert at Hannaford Park in Winthrop in 1994. Gene played trombone for the Kenny Hadley Big Band that year. He died in 1995.

The recipient is selected by the scholarship committee at the High School with the advice of the Band Parents.

Past recipients include:

              • Michael Caaman 2001
                Kristin Quinn 2002
                Steven Goldberg 2003
                Kerri MacDougal 2004
                Kristina Lessard 2005
                Sadekshya Nepal 2006
                Curtis Manning 2007
                Stephanie Moskal 2008
                Shannon Marie Hagan 2009
                Will Milano 2010
                Ariane Seymour 2011

What to do after a tornado

Recent tornado touch-downs and destruction in the Springfield MA area has me thinking.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a tornado, a hurricane, or a severe Nor’easter.  There are certain steps we need to keep at the forefront of our minds in the event of a severe weather event.  Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Personal safety is the #1 Priority
  • Stay tuned to local weather.   That’s why they say radio with batteries are good to have.  We forget this where we rely so much on web-based information.
  • Stay out of damaged buildings.  Wait for authorities to tell you it’s safe to return.
  • Have an pre-arranged meeting place for family & loved ones.
  • When it’s safe to be at your home, it’s usually best if it’s possible to make temporary repairs to prevent your home from further damage.  For example, covering holes in roofs or walls with plywood or tarp to prevent water or wind damage.   Consider a professional “damage/restoration” specialist to do the work.  Take pictures and save receipts for insurance claims.  Move wet items to higher ground.
  • Review your insurance policy.  Typically,  damage to walls, roofs, floors, home contents will be covered by most policies in the event of a tornado or other windstorm.  Pay attention to your deductibles as well as special wind deductibles that will apply. 
  • Prepare a well documented list of all damaged property with pictures, receipts, and values as this will help with your insurance claim.  Do not discard any particularly expensive items. 
  • If you can’t live in your home, most policies will pay for additional living expenses for the reasonable time while repairs are being done.  Insure that you hire licensed, bonded, local, well-respected contractors to do the work for you.

Times like these give those of us a chance to be kind to our neighbors, check in on any elderly, and also check our own insurance policies.  Make sure you have enough insurance so that in the event of a catastrophe, you can have peace of mind that you will have your home back.