Back to School Drive

Turning Point Back to School Drive 2016

Are you getting your kids ready for the new school year?  Or, maybe those days are behind you…  Either way, there are area students in need of your assistance so they may be prepared for the upcoming school year.  We are a collection location for Turning Point Day Resource Center’s Back to School Drive.  The items collected will be distributed to students from Buzzards Bay, Carver, Marion, Mattapoisett, Middleborough, Rochester, and Wareham.  So, if you’re out shopping, we hope you’ll grab a notebook, a backpack, or other supplies!  Items will be collected until August 17 at noon.  Thank you!

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Pan-Mass Challenge – Fundraiser For Breast Cancer Research

On August 6th and 7th, our very own Terry Driscoll will be cycling from Wellesley to Provincetown – approximately 125 miles!

The Pan-Mass Challenge is very important to Terry and his family.  His sister, Duncan was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in 2014. Terry and Duncan will be riding with “Team WOW” (Women Oncology on Wheels) and 100% of all the monies their team raises goes directly to the Oncology Department at Dana-Farber in Boston for research to find a cure.

Please consider supporting Terry’s ride with a donation. The Company will match the proceeds donated by employees.  Donations can be dropped off with Mary Burbine in the office, or visit Terry’s Pan-Mass page at http://profile.pmc.org/TD0162 and make your donation directly to his team.

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Happy retirement, George Rogers!

george-susan giffordA crowd filled our Box Mill Hall this evening to offer best wishes to our friend and retiring colleague, George Rogers (shown with our State Rep. Susan Williams Gifford, who offered a proclamation from the state Legislature). In the words of our president, Michael Hogan: “May the best of happiness, health, honor, and fortune keep with you today and all the days of your retirement.” Happy fishing, George! And watch for more photos coming soon.

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Computer Security — Ransomware

Ransomware has become an increasingly common form of malware designed to block user access to their computer files until the user pays a “ransom”.  These viruses usually get into the system designed as an official-looking email document that spreads a virus across the office network as soon as it is opened.  The best defense is to NOT open suspicious files — the second best defense is to always maintain a current off-site backup.  But, as we found out last year, even restoring a back-up means the network is down for several hours.

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New Boom Spreader

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This new Boom Spreader will deliver liquid or granular fertilizer evenly across 85′ of bog and is  designed to reduce or eliminate helicopter usage on the new rectangular Carverside bogs. Mark Sherman worked closely with Spooner Machine of Wisconsin in assembling and testing this unit.

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HELP WANTED – REFER A FRIEND AND EARN $500

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE SPECIALIST

The Accounting Department is looking for an experienced Accounts Payable Specialist to join their team. Applicants must have at least 5 years’ experience and thorough knowledge in all aspects of accounts payable. They must possess strong organizational and time management skills as it is a fast-paced and high volume environment.  Some of the essential elements as the Accounts Payable Specialist include reviewing invoices for accuracy, processing weekly check runs for multiple affiliated companies, reconciling the A/P account to G/L balances, processing 1099’s at year end, and maintaining vendor files.

Please read the qualifications for this position carefully. The successful applicant will have to get up to speed quickly and therefore, we will only consider those who meet all the criteria listed above.  A.D. Makepeace offers a generous benefits package, paid time off, and 401K with company match.

Please send your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to careers@admakepeace.com to be considered for this position.

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Retirement Redefined: Income Planning for the Modern Retiree

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AD Makepeace – Retirement

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Redbrook Commercial

Beginning this week, a 30-second commercial for our homes at Redbrook will be airing on WCVB-TV.  You can watch it during the “Good Morning America” or “Chronical” segments on Mondays or Tuesdays over the next few months, or you can watch it here!

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New Office Wireless Network

dilbert-wireless-300x285The upgrade of the 158 Tihonet wireless network was completed this morning when the CranNet-2 router was pulled and the new “ADMP” system was fully operational.  The new system relies on a series of several antennae spread across the office and will deliver a stronger and more consistent signal than was possible from the old router — particularly upstairs and in the conference rooms and Finance offices.

The Guest password for the new system is ADGuests1234!.   This will allow internet access only for guests or others with smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc.  ADM employees who need to access our secure internal networks, should see Carlos or Bob for the employee access code.

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New Spam Filter

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Junk Email — Not this kind of Spam!

We activated a new spam filter this past weekend to block some of the malicious email viruses that we have been receiving lately.  Employees should have begun receiving  emails from ACT stating that the system has blocked suspicious emails and encouraging them to check their quarantine account by logging in with their username (which is the same as their email address) and a link to set your password.  From the quarantine area, users can indicate that an email is safe and can be released, or bad and should be blocked and deleted.  The system also blocks the download of all “zip” or “doc” files because of the number of viruses theses files are known to carry.

If anybody needs assistance with the email filter, please contact Carlos, Bob or ACT.

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