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Patriot Senior Club meets November 15th

The final Patriot Senior Club meeting for this year will be on Tuesday, November 15th. There will be a light lunch along with a penny sale. It’s supposed to be a fun afternoon, so let’s hope to see our members on November 15th at 12pm. If you have any questions, please call President Nina DeFreitas at 857-318-2375 or Vice President Marilyn Tobey at 617-846-4249.

The sounds of Christmas return on December 4th

Music Director Robert Lehmann and the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra will make their annual visit to Revere for the Robert A. Marra Memorial “Sounds of Christmas” concert and food drive on Sunday, December 4 at 4 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Church. Admission to the concert is free in exchange for a generous donation of non-perishable groceries to benefit the Revere Food Pantry. This year’s concert is jointly sponsored by East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, Bocchino Insurance, Comcast, Astound Broadband and Action Emergency Services.

Local USPS will be closed in recognition of Veterans Day

Post offices across the Commonwealth will be closed on Friday 11th November in honor of Veterans Day. There will be no street delivery, except for guaranteed overnight packages, and all retail outlets will be closed for the day. Full retail and delivery operations will resume on Saturday 12th November.

As one of the largest employers of U.S. veterans, who make up nearly 10% of our workforce nationwide, the Postal Service is proud to honor the men and women who have served our country selflessly in times of war and peace, and those who continue this tradition continue today. As the saying goes, “America is the land of the free because of the brave.”

The Postal Service generally receives no taxpayer money for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

October revenue collections total $2.359 billion

Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) Commissioner Geoffrey Snyder announced that preliminary revenue for October totaled $2.359 billion, down $85 million, or 3.5%, from actual revenue for October 2021 , but $293 million, or 14.2%, more than the benchmark.[1]

Year-to-date collections for FY2023 totaled approximately $11.565 billion, which is $369 million, or 3.3%, more than collections for the same period in FY2022 and $529 million, or 4.8 % above the benchmark year-to-date.

“October collections decreased for income tax excluding withholding, corporate and local income tax and ‘all other taxes’ compared to October 2021,” Commissioner Snyder said. “These declines were partially offset by increases in withholding taxes and sales and use taxes. The decrease in non-withholding retentions is primarily due to two opposing factors: an increase in income tax refunds (outflows) related to Passthrough Entity (“PTE”) member balances and a partially offsetting increase in income tax refund payments. The decline in “Other taxes” is mainly due to the inheritance tax category, which tends to fluctuate. The increase in withholding tax is primarily due to the timing of receipt of withholding tax payments: certain payments received in October 2022 were recognized in November 2021. The sales and use tax increase reflects in part continued strength in retail sales.”

In general, October is among the lower months for tax collection, as neither individual nor corporate taxpayers make significant estimated payments during the month. Historically, October has averaged about 6.5% of annual sales.

nat. Grid offers payment assistance programs

National Grid urges customers facing soaring winter energy bills to consider company-offered programs that allow bills to be spread over multiple months and to review payment assistance programs offered by state and federal agencies and local nonprofits organizations are offered.

The effort is part of National Grid’s Winter Customer Savings initiative, launched last month to help customers reduce their energy use and save money, manage their bills and secure available energy support.

The initiative brings together and expands National Grid’s many customer resources, including numerous payment assistance programs for income-earning customers, comprehensive energy efficiency programs and incentives for homes and businesses, low-cost and no-cost billing management solutions, and flexible payment programs.

One of the bill management programs offered by National Grid includes the budget plan. The budget plan is designed to take the guesswork out of the monthly billing process. The program takes the amount that customers typically pay on their National Grid bills in a year and breaks that amount into 12 balanced monthly payments to offset high seasonal bills. Customers still only pay for the total amount of energy they use in a year, but the budget plan makes it easier to predict monthly energy costs and plan the household budget. Customers can find more information in the Even Payments-Making Budgeting Easier brochure.

At the same time, National Grid will refer eligible families and customers who need special assistance to meet their energy needs. The programs include, among others:

• The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), also known as the Fuel Assistance Program, helps income-earning households pay their heating bills with federally funded grants.

• Concessionary Rates, where eligible customers with eligible income can receive a discounted rate on electricity and gas utility and free energy efficiency upgrades.

• The Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund is available to all Massachusetts residents who, due to temporary financial difficulties, cannot meet a month’s energy expenses and are not eligible for state or federal energy assistance.

For more information, customers can visit to learn more.


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