Elliot Whittier Gold Sponsor of Friends & Family 5K Walk

It was in March of 2010 that Linda Vecchia started “Friends & Family”, a local non-profit group that supports people with substance abuse issues and the friends and family that support them.  Vecchia hoped that the group would help bring together those that are affected as they struggle between addiction and recovery, and help the friends and families that are torn apart as well.

Pictured here surrounding Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo are Elliot Whittier representatives Linda Roy, Chris Millerick, Shannon Blazak, Paul Roy, Kristin Quinn, and Erica Citro.
Pictured here surrounding Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo are Elliot Whittier representatives Linda Roy, Chris Millerick, Shannon Blazak, Paul Roy, Kristin Quinn, and Erica Citro.

On September 24, 2011, Friends & Family had their second annual 5K Walk at Ingleside Park, in Winthrop, MA.  Elliot Whittier Insurance is proud to be a Gold Sponsor, along with Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, of this event.

“We recognize that substance abuse and addiction is a very important issue that affects so many people.  Linda’s group really brings it to light in a very local & supportive way.  We are very proud to be Gold Sponsors,”  said Steve Roy, CEO of Elliot Whittier.

“Many families have taken advantage of our program to seek assistance in dealing with issues associated with substance abuse,” said Vecchia. “This year, we want to reach out even more to really try and prevent substance abuse before it starts.”

For more information about Friends and Family, you can find them on Facebook or you can call Linda Vecchia at 617-847-7959.

What do you need for emergencies in your car? Some thoughts from FEMA

Winter is coming and I know I wouldn’t want to be caught stranded far from home, alone, without some basic necessities.  Cell phones don’t work everywhere, and they run out of batteries.  Don’t be unprepared, follow some of these great reminders from FEMA:

Child Passenger Safety Week a reminder that safety seats can save precious lives – Welcome to the FastLane: The Official Blog of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation

Officer Steven Acone performing car seat inspection

Child Passenger Safety Week a reminder that safety seats can save precious lives – Welcome to the FastLane: The Official Blog of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

Have your Child Car Seat inspected, FREE, at Elliot Whittier Insurance, 12 Revere Street, Winthrop, MA  02152

Date:  10/8/2011
Time:  10AM – 2PM

2011 Mass RMV Plate Lottery Results

Today the Mass RMV, actually now know as DOT (Department of Transportation) has announced the winners of the 2011 Plate Lottery.

At one time, low license plate numbers were reserved only for those with positions of status, but in recent years a lottery has been in place so that MA drivers have equitable access to these coveted license plates.

The list of winners, and alternate winners can be found here.

According to the division, The Massachusetts RMV is the oldest motor vehicle administrative agency in America, which issued the first license plate in 1903. Many of the top ten single digit plates that were first given out remain in the same family and are passed down through generations.

Ten Years Later: Dr. Robert Hartwig Discusses the Insurance Impact of 9/11

Ten years after the terror attack of September 11th, I.I.I.’s Dr. Robert Hartwig an economist and president of the Insurance Information Institute talks about the impact of that day on himself and the insurance industry–both then and now.  Many people wonder about the impact on the insurance world, and how it affects us.  Here is an interesting perspective.

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Parents & Caregivers Urged to Get Child Car Seat Inspected

Officer Acone with Clifford, the Big Red Dog at May 2010 Car Seat Inspection

Free Car Seat Inspections
on Saturday Sept 24th

With the cooperation of the Winthrop Police Department, Elliot Whittier Insurance urges parents and caregivers to have their children’s car seats checked on National Seat Check Saturday on September 24. As part of Child Passenger Safety Week, September 18-24, certified child passenger safety technician Officer Steven Acone from the Winthrop Police Department will be available to inspect car seats and provide free hands-on advice from 10:00AM until 2:00 PM at Elliot Whittier Insurance, 12 Revere Street, Winthrop, MA  (across from Winthrop Marketplace).

 “It never ceases to amaze me what a difference it makes to have your child car seat checked.  Of all the inspections I do, I would say 95-99% of the car seats are in need of an adjustment,” said Officer Acone.

“The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released updated car seat recommendations for children through age 12,” said Steve Roy, Elliot Whittier CEO .  “We want to help you do all you can to best protect your child when traveling. During Child Passenger Safety Week, we urge all parents and caregivers to come down to our office and have your car seat checked by Officer Acone.  When it comes to the safety of your child, there is no room for mistakes.”

September is National Preparedness Month

Lets Get Ready It’s National Preparedness Month! Periodically throughout this month we’ll post another activity you and your family can check out, so that you have to information to stay safe. Below is a link to an online Word Search Game for kids from www.ready.gov!

http://www.ready.gov/kids/step2/wordsearch.html

See if you can find these hidden words. Click your mouse on the first letter; then drag the cursor over the word and release the button on the last letter. If you have found a word it will cross off the list.