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The local election official will automatically mail you an application for an absentee ballot for all elections in a calendar year. You must sign the application and send it back to your local election official.
Call your local election official for information about how to register to vote at home or to request that a mail-in registration form be sent to you.
Any patient in a nursing home must be a registered voter in order to vote by absentee ballot and must fill out an absentee ballot application.
If the clerk designates a health care facility in writing 28 days before the election, the ballot must be hand-delivered to such facility by a Registrar. If the patient states that he/she has entered a hospital after noon of the fifth day before the election, the ballot may be hand-delivered to the voter; otherwise, the ballot should be mailed to the voter at the facility.
Consult the administration of the nursing home for further instructions.
Although the majority of properties are not for sale, Massachusetts General Laws require an assessment, or an estimate of market value, on every property. Sales of similar or comparable properties within a neighborhood are the best indicator of market value.
Assessment changes are always based on the real estate market. For example, if a property sells for $500,000 in calendar year 2006, there is no limit or minimum price it would sell for in calendar year 2007 or beyond. It could sell for $600,000, $700,000, $1,000,000, or $400,000. The sale price would be based on the real estate market at that time. Assessments do not predict market value, they reflect (or report) market value.
Assessors examine many qualities and conditions and then look for comparable properties that have sold in the neighborhood. Since no two houses are identical, adjustments are made for differing characteristics to determine the assessment. Thus the assessment is an estimate of market value.
• Potentially harm human health and the environment • Reduce local employment opportunities and tax revenue • Limit economic growth and development • Attract vandals, open dumping, or other illegal activity • Lower surrounding property values and contribute to neighborhood deterioration• Contribute to unnecessary development of limited greenspace, instead of taking advantage of existing infrastructure and development
• Enhancing the marketability of a property by reducing uncertainty regarding environmental liabilities and addressing due diligence steps typically required by lenders;• Avoiding potential environmental enforcement actions by federal, state and local regulatory agencies that could impose penalties and costly cleanups; • Receiving tax benefits for cleaning up and reusing the property; • Reducing the likelihood that contamination from the property will migrate off site or into the groundwater under the site, thereby limiting liability for, and long term costs of, cleaning up the property; • Creating good will within the community;• Reducing the potential need to address liabilities associated with the property in financial statements and Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
Please note that plot plans are not reliable for determining property lines. Always consult with a registered, licensed land surveyor for accurate information about a property.
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Please call the Center (508) 532-5980 for other transportation options for Framingham residents, such as The RIDE, Busy Bee Transportation system and Dial-A-Ride with Tommy’s Taxi.
The Center also have volunteers who will take seniors in their own vehicles to various appointments. Please call at least one week in advance to arrange this service. MWRTA Website
Senior Property Tax Work-Off Program
If paying by credit card, you can now apply for the following permits online:
* Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Certification * Sprinkler System * Fire Alarm System * Oil Burner
Just visit our Permits & Plan Review page at the following link:
Permits & Plan Review
Pests of Primary Concern
You will also need a Mobile Food permit from the Board of Health. 508-532-5470.
Permits are issued to Framingham residents and Businesses according to established departmental guidelines.
Requests for seasonal permits are accepted beginning February 1st for spring/summer season and beginning August 1st for the fall season. Seasonal requests must be renewed each season and from year to year. Click HERE for more permit information.
Submit letter of interest with resume to:Lt. Michael HillFramingham Police DepartmentOne William Welch WayFramingham, MA 01702(508) 872-1212 ext. 4918 Email: MFH@framinghamMa.gov
The Town of Framingham is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer
Please note: all weapons must have a trigger lock or be kept in a tamper proof receptacle or other suitable locking device. You may call Lt. Victor Pereira with questions. 508-532-5906
In Massachusetts, any person who is a resident or has his place of business within the Commonwealth, or resides on a military base under federal jurisdiction within Massachusetts, may apply for an FID (Firearms Identification) Card from the local licensing authority.
While an FID Card allows it's holder to possess firearms, it does not allow them to carry firearms on their person or in their vehicle outside of their residence or place of employment. According to Massachusetts General Laws, with an FID Card the holder may keep their firearm at his residence or place of business, whichever is listed on the FID Card. Anyone who wishes to possess a firearm (i.e. a pistol or revolver) away from their residence or place of business must obtain a License to Carry a Firearm.
a Level 1 or "low risk" offender, a Level 2 or "moderate risk" offender, or a Level 3 or "high risk" offender.
In addition, if the Board, in finally giving an offender a Level 3 classification, also concludes that such sex offender should be designated a Sexually Violent Predator, the Board shall transmit a report to the sentencing court explaining the Board's reasons for so recommending, including specific identification of the sexually violent offense committed by such sex offender and the mental abnormality from which he suffers. The sentencing court shall then have the ultimate decision to determine whether such sex offender is a sexually violent predator.
2. Information may be requested in the following manners:
Inquire whether a specifically named individual or a person described by sufficient identifying information to allow the police to identify the individual is a sex offender; or
The requester may inquire whether any sex offenders live or work within the same city or town of a specific address, including, but not limited to, a residential address, business address, school, after school program, day care center, playground, recreational area or other identified address; or
The requester may inquire whether any sex offenders live or work at a specific street address within the city or town where the person is requesting sex offender information; or
Where the police department is located in a city or town with more than one zip code area, the inquiry may ask whether any sex offenders live or work within a specified zip code. In Boston such inquiry may be made by specified police district.
3. The reason for the request.
4. The date and time of the request.
If the request results in the identification of a sex offender, the police will distribute the offender’s name, home address, work address, age, sex, height, weight, eye and hair color, the sex offenses committed and the dates of conviction and/or adjudication and a photo of the offender, if available.
The information will be provided free of charge.
All information provided to the public will include language prohibiting the misuse of sex offender information for harassment or discriminatory purposes.
All records of inquiry will be kept confidential, except to assist or defend in a criminal prosecution.
The police will not release information identifying the victim by name, address or relation to the offender.
For copies of the form to request sex offender information from your Local Police Departments please visit our Forms and Publications page.
NOTE: Any information provided by either the police or the Sex Offender Registry Board will be limited only to offenders who have been finally classified by the Board as Level 2 or Level 3 offenders or Sexually Violent Predators.The law prohibits the Board and police departments from disseminating any information on a sex offender who has not been finally classified by the Board or who has been finally classified as a Level 1 offender.
For copies of the form to request sex offender information from the Sex Offender Registry Board please visit our Forms and Publications page.
NOTE: Any information provided by either the police or the Board will be limited only to offenders who have been finally classified by the Board as Level 2 or Level 3 offenders or Sexually Violent Predators. The law prohibits the Board and police departments from disseminating any information on a sex offender who has not been finally classified by the Board or who has been finally classified as a Level 1 offender.
File a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where it was stolen. This proves to credit providers you were diligent, and is a first step toward an investigation.
The most important step you can take to protect yourself: Call the three national credit reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and Social Security Number. The alert means any company that checks your credit knows your information was stolen and they have to contact you by phone to authorize new credit. They can reached at the following:
Experian (formerly TRW) (800) 301-7195
Equifax (800) 525-6285
TransUnion (800) 680-7289
Social Security Administration (800) 269-0271
If you are seeking a state-wide, this must be done through the Criminal History Board at (617) 660-4600.
The Registrar may revoke or suspend the license of any person violating any provision of this section (Hg. by L. 1985, chap. 168, eff. 10/16/85)
All persons that fall under the above category should make copies of their accident report for the following agencies:
The Registry of Motor Vehicles
The Police Department where the accident occurred
Your Insurance Company
It is then up to the property owner to hire a licensed contractor to cut and cap the Water and Sewer services, and schedule a utility inspection with the Engineering Division to meet part of the conditions for acquiring a demolition permit by the Building and Wire Department.
Link to the Building & Wire Department: Building & Wire Department
1. Highway Department 508-532-6030 - Potholes, or sinkholes around drainage fixtures (catch basins, storm drains).
2. Water Department - 508-532-6050 - Sinkholes around hydrants, water gate covers, or in areas where water work has taken place.
3. Sewer Department - 508-532-6060 - sinkholes around manhole covers, or in areas where sewer work has taken place.
2. Owner or Realtor must call the billing office to schedule a final read within 5 days prior to the closing date. ( No exceptions). Call the Business Office at 508-532-5605.
3. The new owner’s name must be provided on the day the appointment is made.
4. A contact phone number must be provided.
5. There will be a fee of $20.00 for the final reading included in the final bill amount.
6. If the appointment is missed, the next available time would be the next final read day. There will also be a charge for the missed appointment.
7. The final bills will be ready for pickup 1 hour after the last scheduled appointment. Please feel free to call our office to confirm that the bill is ready for pickup.
8. The final bills may be: * Picked up in the office with a signature provided. * By fax with a signed request received. * By email with a delivery and read receipt requested.
9. The final bill amounts are due within 7 days of the date the final bill is issued. The final bills must be paid with cash or certified check to the Treasurer’s office. There is a daily annum interest rate of 14% assessed by the Treasurer’s Office for each day the bill remains unpaid.
"Now more than ever, we want to give generously to organizations which support our first responders and veterans," AG Coakley said. "Most charitable organizations are reputable and provide valuable resources, but there are a few charities which may not spend your donations well. We encourage all people to give, but give wisely."
"Massachusetts leads the nation in serving Veterans and military families due to the strong partnerships that exists between federal, state, and local governments, as well as the Commonwealth's diverse not-for-profit organizations. These dedicated and hard-working organizations are a cornerstone of our shared mission to ensure that Massachusetts Veterans and their families have access to a multitude of services, including housing and employment opportunities, clothing, health care, counseling and transportation," said Coleman Nee, Secretary, Department of Veterans Services. "Unfortunately, there have been reports of organizations using very emotional and patriotic issues to raise funds in misleading ways. To be safe, we always encourage the public to take care in making any donation and to report any concerns about a charitable solicitation to Attorney General Coakley's office."
Some tips and suggestions for savvy charitable giving include:
General Tips for Consumers:
•Check it out. When solicited for a donation, don't be afraid to verify the name, address, or phone number of the charity; to ask about how and where the charitable funds will be used; or to ask whether the donation is tax deductible as a charitable contribution.•Ask questions. You have the right to find out where your contribution will go. You can ask how much will go to the charity, and how much goes to fundraising, administrative and general expenses.•Take your time. You should never feel pressured to give immediately; you can always take time to research the charity.•Think twice about making a contribution to a charity that has not registered with the Attorney General's Office or is not current on its filings. You can access this information on our website, or by calling 617-963-2315. Compliance or registration does not imply an endorsement by the office, but it does provide a mechanism by which the charity must account to the public for the receipt and use of its donations.•Do a quick check online with independent organizations such as www.charitynavigator.org, www.guidestar.org, or the Better Business Bureau's www.give.org, which provide information about how effective a charity is, what percentage of funds raised go to administrative expenses and fundraising, and whether complaints have been made about the charity.Tips for Giving to Veterans, Police, and Fire Organizations:
•With veterans, police, and fire organizations, remember that not all solicitors in uniform are necessarily veterans or first responders.•Ask whether the donation will be used in the local area, and ask for specific information on how donations will be used to help area veterans, police, or firefighters.Tips for Retailers:
•Protect your customers and do not allow a charity that has not registered with the Attorney General's Office, or is not current on its filings, to solicit donations on your property. You can easily access this information on our website, or by calling (617) 963-2315.•Do some quick research before authorizing a charity to solicit on your property. There are independent organizations which can provide retailers information about how effective a charity is, what percentage of funds raised go to administrative expenses and fundraising, and whether complaints have been made about the charity , such as www.charitynavigator.org, www.guidestar.org, or the Better Business Bureau's www.give.org.PDF Version of the Consumer Tips
Any consumer or retailer with concerns or complaints about a charity may file a complaint with the Attorney General's Office, or contact the Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division of the Attorney General's Office at (617) 963-2315.
Documents and information required to apply for Veterans Benefits and Aid
1. Military Discharge paper: Department of Defense form, DD214 or equivalent 2. Marriage*/Divorce Records and or Death Certificates 3. Children’s Birth certificates/Adoption Records are only needed when: a. Child less than 19 years of age b. Child less than 23 years old attending School of Higher Learning c. Handicapped dependent Adult Child living with veteran: Disabled before child’s 18th birthday. 4. Income verification; pay stubs, VA pension, SS, SSDI, SSI, SSP, retirement, strike benefits, workman’s compensation, unemployment or any other income. 5. Housing Receipts a. Rental Lease must be noted that unit is heated or unheated. b. Mortgage receipts (principle, interest, taxes and home owners insurance) 6. Life insurance; accounts number, amount, premium, beneficiary 7. Medical insurance; plan and account number, receipts for payment, Poof i.e. Medical Insurance card with bills. 8. List of all bills owed and monthly payments. This includes, but is not limited to, Heating, credit cards, car and student loans 9. Bank account or Direct Express card statements for last three (3) months this includes, 401K, Savings Bonds, money market accounts, Certificates of Deposit (CD), IRA, stock dividends and mutual funds.10. Vehicles registrations for all cars in household.11. If employable: Proof of Registration with Mass D.E.T. 12. If unable to work, medical documentation must be provided i.e. Doctor’s letter that clearly states reason for and the expected duration of incapacitation.
Note: * Married veterans must provide documents and information for their spouses as well as for themselves
Assets limits: Single person: $5,000 in “liquid assets” Married Couple: $9,800 in “liquid assets”
Income Guidelines for Chapter 115 Benefits: Incomes must be less than or equal to amounts shown:
Ordinary Benefits: $1,430-$1,750 (Single), or $1,673-$2,313 (Married) . Medical Only Benefit: $1,962 (Single), or $2,655 (Married)
Impacting factors include: age, if paying for heat, shelter and medical expenses.
If your veteran did not get a flag, please come by the Veterans Agent’s Office in the Memorial Building , Room B-7 and pick one up.
The CIS does not provide long term case management.
Authority to issue medal: Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 33, Section 67A
The application form can be found on line at this site: http://states.ng.mil/sites/MA/PDF/MOL_Application.pdf
Veterans must preregister with MWRTA before using the service. This is a one time registration and does not have to be repeated for each use. The application can be down loaded from the MWRTA website; http://www.mwrta.com/Images/EditorImages/File/Veterans_Application.pdf
The shuttle schedule is at http://mwrta.com/index.php/routes/commuter-shuttles/boston-hospital-shuttle
Questions: if you have any questions regarding the Boston Hospital Shuttle, please contact the MWRTA Call Center at 1-508-820-4650.
Riders must be ambulatory or require only a little assistance getting on or off of the van. Unfortunately, the van cannot accommodate wheelchair patients.
Appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis and must be made a minimum of two weeks in advance. Because of high demand, DAV cannot accommodate appointments made less than two weeks in advance. To make or change a ride reservation, call 774-826-2264 between 8:00 AM and noon, Monday through Friday.EDITH NOURSE ROGERSMEMORIAL VETERANS HOSPITAL(781) 275-7500200 Springs Rd., DAV Off. Bldg. 4, Rm. B05 EXT. 2999Bedford, MA 01730JAMAICA PLAIN DIVISIONBOSTON VA HEALTHCARE SYSTEM (617) 232-9500150 S. Huntington Ave., Rm. D-127 EXT. 45040Boston, MA 02130 FAX (857) 364-4483BROCKTON DIVISIONBOSTON VA HEALTHCARE SYSTEM (774) 826-2264940 Belmont St., Bldg. 3, Rm. A-230 FAX (774) 826-2798Brockton, MA 02301WEST ROXBURY DIVISIONBOSTON VA HEALTHCARE SYSTEM (857) 203-56281400 VFW Parkway, G C 124West Roxbury, MA 02132 If it goes to voice mail please provide the following information and wait to be called back:NamePhone numberAddressTime and location of appointment
General Eligibility, FederalEligibility for most VA benefits is based upon discharge from active military service under other than dishonorable conditions. Active service means full-time service, other than active duty for training, as a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or as a commissioned officer of the Public Health Service, Environmental Science Services Administration or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or its predecessor, the Coast and Geodetic Survey. Generally, men and women veterans with similar service may be entitled to the same VA benefits. Dishonorable and bad conduct discharges issued by general courts-martial may bar VA benefits. Veterans in prison and parolees must contact a VA regional office to determine eligibility. VA benefits will not be provided to any veteran or dependent wanted for an outstanding felony warrant. Certain Federal VA Benefits Require Wartime Service:World War II: Dec. 7, 1941, through Dec. 31, 1946.Korean War: June 27, 1950, through Jan. 31, 1955.Vietnam War: Aug. 5, 1964 (Feb. 28, 1961, for veterans who served “in country” before Aug. 5, 1964), through May 7, 1975.Gulf War: Aug. 2, 1990, through a date to be set by law or Presidential Proclamation.
General Eligibility, CommonwealthTo be eligible for veterans' benefits, one must be a "veteran" or a dependent of a "veteran" under M.G.L. c. 4, sec. 7, cl. 43rd as amended by the Acts of 2005, ch. 130. See below for service requirements and exceptions. Era of Service Dates Requirement for Commonwealth Veteran StatusWWII 16-Sep-1940 to 25-Jul-1947 90 days of active duty service, one (1) day during "wartime" and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions.PEACETIME 26-Jul-1947 24-Jun-1950 180 days of regular active duty service and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions.KOREA 25-Jun-1950 to 31-Jan-1955 90 days of active duty service, one (1) day during "wartime" and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions.VIETNAM I 1-Feb-1955 to 4-Aug-1964 180 days of regular active duty service and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions.VIETNAM II 5-Aug-1964 to 7-May-1975 90 days of active duty service, one (1) day during "wartime" and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions.PEACETIME 8-May-1975 to 1-Aug-1990180 days of regular active duty service and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions.Lebanon Campaign* 25-Aug-1982 to (to be determined later) 90 days of active duty service, one (1) day during "wartime" and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions.Grenada Campaign* 25-Oct-1983 to 15-Dec-1983 90 days of active duty service, one (1) day during "wartime" and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions.Panama Campaign* 20-Dec-1989 to 31-Jan-1990 90 days of active duty service, one (1) day during "wartime" and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions.PERSIAN GULF 2-Aug-1990 to (to be determined later) 90 days of active duty service, one (1) day during "wartime" and a last discharge or release under honorable conditions.
• For GUARD MEMBERS to qualify they must have 180 days and have been activated under Title 10 of the U.S. Code -OR- Members who were activated under Title 10 or Title 32 of the U.S. Code or Massachusetts General Laws, chapter 33, sections 38, 40, and 41 must have 90 days, at least one of which was during wartime, per the above chart.• For RESERVISTS to qualify, they must have been called to regular active duty, at which point their eligibility can be determined by the above chart.
Training Duty ExceptionActive duty service in the armed forces shall not include active duty for training in the Army or Air National Guard or active duty for training as a Reservist in the Armed Forces of the United States.
- Only use paper products in your toilet that are made safe for flushing, like toilet papers, and tissues. Although flushable applicators are a product available, they are still responsible for many cases of toilet clogs. Avoid using the toilet as a trash can.
- Avoid pouring grease, cooking or otherwise, down your drains, as this is the main cause of drain clogging. If grease accidentally gets in your drains you should run hot water for a few minutes to better flush it through the lines. This is not a guaranteed solution however which is why an alternative manner of grease disposal is to allow the grease to cool in the pan and then use paper towels to scoop it into the waste basket.
- Hair is a very common way for internal plumbing, and private sewer services to become clogged. Making sure you have a drain cover over your drains, and not just an open hole is important in avoiding this. Regularly cleaning the hair on your drains is very helpful.
Blockages in the main can affect you in fixtures you may have below the sewer grade level, it is recommended that you have a check valve installed on your property. The device keeps the sewage from backing up into any fixtures below the level of the main. Prevention is a great way to deal with a main back-up because you never know when one can occur.
1. Faucets - You can obtain different low flow fixtures for your home to lower the use of water in your shower head and other faucets.
2. Toilets - You can use dye tablets in your toilet tank to check for leaks. You can avoid use the toilet as a wastebasket to limit flushing. When installing a new toilet you can shop around for a brand with a lower rate per gallon.
3. Showers/Baths – Taking shorter showers, and filling the bath less is very useful.
4. Kitchen – Using basins instead of constant running water, using the disposal at the end instead of many times, and using only a full dishwasher are all great ways to cut back your usage.
Link to MWRA Water Conservation Tips MWRA Water Conservation Tips