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Friday, March 25, 2016
By Transcript Staff

DEPARTMENT RECEIVES CHILD SEAT GRANT

There’s no need to have a wiggly, unstable car seat in your car when the Winthrop Police Department has officers capable of installing new car seats.

The department recently received a $5,000 grant to purchase 34 car seats for people who need them do to economics or the condition of a car seat currently being used.

Officers Robert Carter and Judy Racow are certified safety seat installers.

Call for an appointment to have your car seat inspected or installed by calling 617-846-1212.

 

ABSENTEE BALLOTS FOR APRIL 12, 2016 ELECTION AVAILABLE

 Voters may vote absentee starting today or download and mail link below.

http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleabsentee/absidx.htm

Voters who are unable to vote on election-day because of physical disability, religious beliefs or travel may vote by absentee ballot. If you will be absent from Winthrop for an extended period of time, you may submit a single application for all elections occurring within the year the application is filed.

Applications for absentee ballots may be obtained from the Town Clerk or downloaded from the Town Clerk’s Web Page at www.town.winthrop.ma.us then click Departments and Town Clerk. Applications may be submitted in person or by mail. The voter, or a “family member” (father, mother, sister, brother, son, daughter, grandparent, grandchild, a spouse or person residing in the same household, in-laws, adopting parent or adopted child, stepparent or stepchild, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew), may submit an application. All absentee ballot applications must be signed by the voter or a family member under the penalty of perjury before an absentee ballot will be made available.

Applications for absentee ballots must be received by the Town Clerk before 12:00 noon the day before an election. (A voter who is admitted to a health care facility after noon of the fifth day before an election may apply for a ballot up until the close of the polls and may request to have the ballot delivered.) Absentee ballots generally are available three weeks before an election.

Please do not hesitate to call the Town Clerk’s office at 617-846-1742 with questions.

Senior tax work-off program announced

The Senior Citizen Volunteer Service/Tax Liability Reduction Program allows seniors (60 and over), to volunteer their services in exchange for a reduction in their property tax bill. Participants may earn a maximum reduction of $750 per fiscal year based on a rate per hour of service that cannot exceed the Commonwealth’s minimum wage.

Senior Volunteer Tax Program Requirements program requirements are:

You must be a taxpayer and 60 years of age or older during the tax year when the volunteering is completed and the tax reduction is credited.

To be credited, the volunteer must haven an ownership interest and reside in the property year round.

Total reduction will not exceed $750.00

75 hours must be completed by October 15th of the credited year.

A CORI Release Form must accompany the application.

Other information:

Volunteers will be selected by lottery.

Lottery winners will be notified of the drawing results and all other pertinent information by the Council on Aging Director shortly after the lottery.

Creditable volunteerism can start immediately following participant notification in conjunction with authorization by the Council on Aging Director.

If any selected volunteer is not able to fully participate, the Town may select an other volunteer to participate up to the amount of hours not completed by the original participant.

If you are Interested in this program, beginning on March 16, 2016, you can pick up an application packet at the Senior Center. All applications should be returned to the Senior Volunteer Tax Program, Council on Aging – 35 Harvard St., Winthrop.

Applications will be accepted until the close of business on Wed., April 20, 2016.

The lottery will be held at the Senior Center on Wed., April 27, 2016. Winners will be notified by May 6, 2016.

If you have any further questions, please call the Council on Aging/Robert A. DeLeo Senior Center at: 617-846-8538.

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