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Massachusetts Named Most Energy Efficient State in Nation

Commonwealth Earns Top Ranking on American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Scorecard for 8th Consecutive Year

The Baker-Polito Administration today announced the Commonwealth has been named the most energy efficient state in the nation by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) for the eighth consecutive year. Massachusetts continues to receive top marks for its energy efficiency policies and programs, particularly the energy efficiency programs offered by the Commonwealth’s utilities under the Mass Save® brand, for leading by example with state buildings and for implementing a stretch building energy code for towns and cities and promoting combined heat and power for commercial facilities. The full 2018 ACEEE State Energy Efficiency Scorecard can be found here.

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Register O’Donnell Promotes Homestead Act

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell today reminded homeowners about the importance of filing for Homestead protection.

Under Massachusetts law, a Homestead recording provides for limited protection against the forced sale of an individual’s primary residence to satisfy unsecured debt up to $500,000.

“For most people, their home is the most important financial asset they have,” noted Register O’Donnell. “If you own a home, and it is your primary residence, one way to protect it is to file a Homestead. The Homestead law also allows for the filing of an Elderly Homestead application, which defines an elder as a person who is 62 years of age or older. This protection can be increased if the elderly couple files jointly.”

O’Donnell further stated, “The Homestead Law was significantly enhanced by an act of the Massachusetts Legislature back in 2011. Language in the new law states a valid Homestead cannot be terminated when refinancing a mortgage. Other changes include
wording which states that a Homestead can provide protections for a primary home even if it is kept in trust. The definition of a primary residence has been further expanded to include a manufactured or mobile home.”

While a Homestead provides important protections for homeowners, it is important to note there are certain debts that are exempted from protection under the Homestead Act. These include federal, state and local tax liens, as well as mortgages contracted for the purchase of a primary home and nursing home liens. Most other mortgages, debts, and encumbrances existing prior to the filing of the Declaration of Homestead, along with probate court executions for spousal and child support, are also not covered under the Homestead protection statute.

Homestead recordings can be filed at the Registry of Deeds for a state imposed fee of $36.00. To find out more about the Homestead law, or to get a free application, please go online to the Registry’s website at www.norfolkdeeds.org or contact the Registry’s Customer Service Center at 781-461-6101.

Register O’Donnell concluded, “A Homestead is an important consumer protection tool because it protects homeowners against the forced sale of their primary owned residence to satisfy unsecured debt up to $500,000. While the debt is still owed, homeowners will at least have the comfort of knowing that with a Homestead filed at the Registry of Deeds, their primary residence cannot be forcibly sold to satisfy most debts.”

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, like us at Facebook/com/NorfolkDeeds or follow us on twitter.com/NorfolkDeeds and/or Instagram.com/NorfolkDeeds.

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is located at 649 High Street in Dedham. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. All land record research information can be found on the Registry’s website www.norfolkdeeds.org. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of
Deeds Customer Service Center via telephone at (781) 461-6101, or email us at registerodonnell@norfolkdeeds.org.

Family Fun Fest Mice Fair on October 27th

The Family Fun Fest Mice Fair will kickoff at the South Walpole United Methodist Church on Saturday, October 27th, from 9:00 AM-2:00 PM.

Highlights of the Fun Fest will be the bouncy house, kids games and activities including the Tea Party with a Princess and the Treasure Hunt with the Pirate, the Mice Cafe will feature corn chowder, turkey soup, pizza, hot dogs, turkey sandwiches, and fresh apple crisp for dessert. Fresh-baked church apple, blueberry and cherry pies, plus many breads and fudge will be on sale in Polly’s Bakery and Country Kitchen.

The silent auction includes gift certificates for goods and services, new items, gift baskets, treasured vintage items and this year a Brandon Workman autographed baseball from the Red Sox and Patriots #25 Eric Rowe CB with Offensive Line Coach Dante Scarnecchia autographed soft football.

New FCA Program Documents A Day On Lady Warriors’ March To State Title

“Day 77: On the March to a State Championship” is the story of the practice session held on the 77 th day of the 2017-2018 Foxboro High Lady Warrior Basketball Team’s 111 day season.

Volunteer producer Matt Shea was granted exclusive permission to videotape the session and worked with Head Coach Lisa Downs to achieve an authentic tone. Narrated by starting center Shannon Smally and FCA Volunteer Mike Everson, the program takes you through the drills, coaches’ talks, game reviews, scrimmages and preparations for the upcoming game along with player’s recollections of practice and the season. It will premiere July 20 th at 8 pm on The Public Access Channel (Comcast 8 / Verizon 39) and repeated at other times through the following
week.

Taping “Day 77: …” was the brainchild of FCA volunteers Mike Everson and Matt Shea. In January, they approached Coach Downs with the idea and she agreed. According to Shea, the question at the time was “What would we do with it?” Everson responded, “If we don’t record it, we don’t have it!” and on Sunday, February 11 at high noon FCA cameras were rolling at the FHS gym.

The question of “what to do with it” was answered on Saturday, March 17 at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, when the Lady Warriors captured their first State Championship in 23 years. A promotional preview of the program is currently playing on the FCA website, Facebook, and YouTube.

The complete playback schedule will be posted and will also be available for viewing anytime on the Foxboro Cable Access website … www.fcatv.org … by searching the Video-On-Demand collections.

To learn more about FCA’s training workshops, programming or operations, please visit the website at: www.fcatv.org, or contact Executive Director Michael Webber at 508-543-4757.