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.

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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.

© Copyright 2011, Insurance Information Institute, Inc. – ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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.

(Hurricane) Irene, we hardly knew you

Many will say, this storm was kind of a yawner – at least for us here is eastern MA.  Sure, we lost electricity.  Sure, tree limbs are down.   But Irene’s major threat ran out of gas before she came as she passed west of us.  By and large there did not seem to be large numbers of injuries or major losses to property in our surrounding area.

However, Monday morning, working in my insurance agency office, I can tell you… the phones are ringing “of the hook”.    We have tons of calls from customers stating tree limbs fell on their cars and damaged them, or onto their fences or properties.  

Tree down on Hale Ave Winthrop MA

Tree down on Hale Ave Winthrop MA. Image from Suzanne Chiudina

Like any claim situation, coverage for these incidents are circumstantial, and depend on varying factors.  Please call us, or your own particular insurance agent, if you have any questions about tree’s damaging your property, or any other kind of loss.  Bear in mind that in most cases a special Wind Storm deductible would apply. 

So even though this was a bit of a “false alarm” in the Boston area, let’s not let this lull us into nonchalance on the preparedness issue.  We are still very early on in the hurricane season.  I, for one, will remember this lesson and NEVER part my car near a tree when a storm is coming.  And I still have my supply of flashlights and “D” batteries.

FAQ’s for Massachusetts Tornado Victims

Thanks to some news fresh off the presses from FEMA, I’m happy to share some information we received that recent Massachusetts tornado victims may find helpful!   Some of the questions on people’s mind that can be answered are:

  • I have insurance. Should I wait for my insurance settlement before requesting additional assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency?
  • I already repaired my home. Can I still apply?
  • I got help from the American Red Cross. Can I still register with FEMA if I need assistance?
  • Do I have to meet a minimum amount of damage before I can register with FEMA?
  • Do I have to be turned down by my bank before I can apply for a disaster loan?
  • I don’t really want a loan. Do I still need to fill out the SBA application when I receive it?
  • If I qualify for an SBA loan, do I have to accept it?
  • I rent an apartment. Can I get help to replace my damaged personal property?

For answers to these questions, please see the full context of the press release from FEMA here.

If you are looking for an insurance agent that helps keep YOU up to date on important issues, check out Elliot Whittier Insurance, for home, auto, business & life.

RMV Announces Expanded Branch Hours

MASS DOT LOGO As independent insurance agents, we’re part of MAIA (Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents).  We frequently recieve updates from them that pertain to the Registry of Motor Vehicles (AKA MassDOT) and I will pass them on to you!  This, the latest as the DOT works to improve customer service!

“As part of MassDOT’s focus on customer service, the Registry of Motor Vehicles has expanded service hours at several of its busiest branch locations. The RMV is opening earlier in Lawrence, Worcester, Milford, Brockton and Taunton. These branches now offer license and registration service starting at 8 AM Monday through Friday. The hours for each specific location are:

Lawrence, Worcester, and Brockton branch hours are 8 AM to 5 PM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 8 AM to 6 PM on Thursday. Road tests are offered between 9 AM to 5 PM. Suspension hearings are offered between 9 AM to 5 PM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and from 10 AM to 5 PM on Thursday in Brockton and Lawrence, and from 9 AM to 5 PM on Thursday in Worcester.

Milford branch hours are 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday. Road tests are offered between 9 AM and 5 PM.

Taunton branch hours are 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. Road tests are offered from 9 AM to 5 PM.

The Springfield Branch will offer expanded hours beginning in mid-August, with expanded hours to be introduced in Boston and Watertown in the coming months.

The expanded hours provide an earlier service option to customers, and will reduce wait times throughout the course of the day.”

For more information, please see MassDOT.