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Planning for Retirement Seminar - Chicopee, MA Posted by on

The New England Regional Council of Carpenters and the New England Carpenters Benefits Funds are hosting a complimentary seminar "Planning for Retirement" on Saturday, September 19th. The seminar will be held at the Castle of Knights Meeting and Banquet House located at 1599 Memorial Drive in Chicopee, MA,from 8:30-12:00 pm.

Seating is limited, so register early! Members can register online at or by contacting the Seminar Registration Line at 978-253-5101 - Option 2.

Breakfast will be available at 8:00 AM.

Some of the topics that will be discussed at the seminar include:

Choosing your Pension, Annuity and Health Benefit Options

  • Reviewing your eligibility for retirement
  • Customized Pension Benefit calculations
  • Understanding which of our Benefit Plan options fit best with your lifestyle
  • Explore your Annuity Benefit options
  • Explanation of our Retiree Health Benefit Plan
  • Overview of Social Security Benefits

Essentials for Estate Planning

  • Protecting the assets you've accumulated
  • How to plan for the transfer of assets
  • Avoiding probate
  • Keeping your documents current

Callahan Pays Penalty to Settle Lawsuit Alleging Illegal Asbestos Work Posted by on

Callahan Inc. and its consulting partner Axiom Partners settled a case in July alleging that they caused or allowed illegal asbestos work during the construction of the Quincy YMCA. A lawsuit continues against J. Kerrissey Inc. for allegedly not sealing the construction area, workers not wearing protective gear, and more during the demolition process.

According to the lawsuit, the demolition work generated visible clouds of dust and piles of waste material that contained asbestos. Asbestos, if handled improperly, can release fibers into the air, and potentially cause illnesses like asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. Callahan allegedly endangered the health of workers, citizens, and children who attend the YMCA's day care program.

According to AG Healey, “Companies must ensure construction and demolition work involving asbestos is done safely and legally, and we will take action against those who endanger their workers and local residents.”

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