Sunday, October 4, 2015

News from Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Register O'Donnell Warns Homeowners About Deed Scam

Continuing his efforts to combat consumer fraud, Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell today expressed his ongoing frustration regarding Norfolk County residents who continue to receive direct-mail solicitations offering them a certified copy of their property deed for an exorbitant fee ranging anywhere from $59.50-$83.00.

Register O'Donnell stated, "These companies are making outrageous profits. If a consumer knew that the Registry of Deeds would provide them a certified copy of a property deed for a charge of only $1.00 per page, plus an additional $1.00 for postage, they would never agree to pay these companies such an outrageous fee for service. The average price for a mailed homeowner's deed by the Registry (usually two pages) is $3.00."

The Registry has heard numerous stories from Norfolk County residents about examples of receiving deed solicitation notices from a California private company. The solicitation was labeled Recorded Deed Notice and requested that the homeowner forward a check to them in the amount of $83.00 for a copy of their deed. A Weymouth resident, who received the solicitation, notified the Registry about the advertisement instead of spending $83.00.

Register O'Donnell stated, "While the practice may be legal, it's certainly not ethical. Clearly these direct-mail companies are preying upon the innocent assumptions of Norfolk County residents, many of whom are first-time homeowners. Consumers are interpreting these notices as a bill, since they are affixed with a due date. I urge Norfolk County citizens not to fall prey to these types of misleading deed scam advertisements."

If you receive such a deed solicitation notice, please contact the Registry's Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101 or by email at Additionally, if you desire a copy of your deed, also contact the Registry's Customer Service Center and we will be glad to provide you with one for a nominal fee of usually $2.00.

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The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, located at 649 High Street, Dedham, is the principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101, or on the web at

Register William P. O'Donnell

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

phone: 781-234-3336

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Norfolk County Registry of Deeds | 649 High Street | Dedham, | MA | 02026-1831

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Taste of the Region - October 27

Tickets Available Now!

Make Plans to Attend the Tastiest Event of the Year!  

Taste of the Region will be held Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School, 147 Pond St., Franklin. This fun-filled food festival features an eclectic mix of restaurants and food establishments serving samples of a variety of dishes! There's also an exciting silent auction. Tickets cost $10 in advance or $15 at the door. 

Call 508-222-0801 for your tickets today!


We will award prizes for Best Sweet, Best Savory and Best Presentation!

Featured Restaurants & Food Establishments:

3 Restaurant
Artistry Kitchen
Barrett's Alehouse
Boneyard Barbecue
Cracker Barrel - Wrentham
Edible Arrangements - Foxboro
The Cake Bar
Tri-County RVT High School
Uno Pizzeria & Grill - Bellingham
Willow Tree Poultry Farm Inc.
J & L Catering
Commonwealth BBQ

We still have openings for restaurants and food establishments to share samples of their food with potential customers. There is no cost for member restaurants and food establishments to participate.

Also, if you'd like to highlight your non-food related business at this very popular event, consider donating a silent auction item! Call the Chamber at 508-222-0801 for more information.

Thank you to the sponsors that make this event possible!

Middlesex Savings Bank
Event Sponsor
Premier Sponsor

Putnam Investments
Program Sponsor



The United Regional Chamber of Commerce | 42 Union Street | Attleboro | MA | 02703

Blackstone Valley: October News and Events

What may be of interest in this newsletter is the series of training session for community planners and zoning personnel made available by the Citizen Planner Training Collaborative. The seminars cover a broad range of topics and are reasonably priced at about $30.

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For a complete and detailed listing of events, see our event calendar

Thank You GO! Participants

The staff at the Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc., sends out a big THANK YOU to all involved in our GO! program this past month! Thank you to the volunteers, the historic venues and community partners for offering more than 100 different events in the Blackstone Valley! 

As soon as all of our data is collected, we will be announcing the results of the first-ever month-long experience program in the Corridor. Thank you also to all who visited, whether to learn something new or have a unique experience!

We're already planning for 2016!  We'd love to hear what you thought of this year's program, and whether you have any ideas for next year.  Email your comments and suggestions to us at 

Thank you!

2016 Calendar Release Party

Come and meet the local photographers featured in the 2016 Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor calendar!

Calendars will be available for $10 each. Placed inside one special calendar will be a "golden ticket" offering the winner a "Golden Corridor Experience". The experience includes two tickets for the Blackstone Valley Fall Foliage Train Excursion on October 24 and a gift card to Ciro's Tavern on Cherry in Woonsocket.

Music provided by Volunteers-in-Parks member Matthew Goyette (Music Man Matt).

Location: BHC, Inc.
                One Depot Square
                Woonsocket, RI

For more information, call 401-765-2211

Massachussets Planning & Zoning Training

For those interested in Massachusetts planning and zoning, the Citizen Planner Training Collaborative has announced their fall workshop program!  This season's workshops include:
Roles & Responsibilities I 
Roles & Responsibilities II 
Creating Master Plans 
Site Plan Review 
Small Town Economic Development 
Special Permits & Variances 
Next Chapter of 40B 
Subdivision Control & ANR 
Planning with Community Support 
Writing Reasonable & Defensible Decisions 
Introduction to the Zoning Act 
Introduction to Form Based Codes 
Vested Rights & Nonconforming Uses 
Zoning Exemptions
Visit the CPTC web page for more information and registration:

The Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor is a unique cultural landscape of industrial history and immigration in the interconnected system of the Blackstone River watershed. An energetic nonprofit, the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Inc. partners with organizations, local communities and businesses, and residents to insure the long term vitality of the Corridor.

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