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The Latest News from Chase & Lunt and Around the Industry


Chase and Lunt named Vendor of the Year

Chase and Lunt Insurance has been awarded Vendor of the Year by American Training, of Andover, Massachusetts. The achievements by both organizations were celebrated at the Life Matters Gala on October 17, 2014. Read on for more information and photographs

New Flood Maps for Essex County in July 2014

FEMA has created new flood maps for much of Essex County that will go into effect July 16, 2014. Areas most impacted will be along the coastline, from Newbury to Gloucester, though the entire county is being updated. Read on for more information. 


Chase and Lunt Insurance Gains National Recognition as a 2013 Best Practices Agency

Chase and Lunt Insurance has been recognized as one of the leading insurance agencies in the nation by the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (IIABA) as a 2013 Best Practices Agency. Read the full story here. 

Newburyport Waterfront Movie Series 2013

Chase and Lunt Insurance is proud to return as lead sponsor the Newburyport Waterfront Movie Series for the fourth consecutive year. This award-winning tradition will once again be hosted on Wednesday nights in August. For dates and movies, visit our movie page.

 Best Bets 2013

Chase and Lunt Insurance is proud to be awarded Greater Newburyport's Best Insurance Agency and Best Customer Service for the third consecutive year. "Best Customer Service holds a special place in my heart," said Chase and Lunt President, Jay Howlett, "The very foundation of our business is to provide the best customer service for our clients, and winning this award is a great source of pride for the agency."

Additionally, The Newburyport Waterfront Movie Series, an annual community event sponsored by Chase and Lunt Insurance, won Best Family Entertainment for the third consecutive year.

Reflecting on Flood Changes

A recent article from the Boston Globe calls attention to the changing flood maps and policies that already have, or will soon, occur in Northern Massachusetts. Recent super storms get a lot of the blame for these changes, such as Katrina and Sandy, and the article stresses new and current homeowners to consult their insurance agent for more information on how these changes will affect them. Read the full article on for more information, and to see a great quote from our Personal Lines Manager, Vikki Thomas.

JN Phillips Scholarship 

Our friends at the JN Phillips Auto Glass Foundation have created the opportunity to reward a kind-hearted high school senior with a $2,500 Scholarship in the name of Rosemarie M. Shaughnessy. The winner of the scholarship will embody the values held by the scholarship namesake - determination, perserverance, and compassion for fellow students. The scholarship deadline is May 24, 2013. Learn more, and download the application here.  

Plum Island Homes

Plum Island has long been one of the shining lights of the Greater Newburyport community, and our hearts are saddened by the damage caused by recent storms. We're working hard to protect the best interests of our clients directly affected, and are happy to answer any questions that you might have. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us, especially if you have concerns regarding flood insurance, or the protection of your home. 

New Year, New Growth

Chase and Lunt is pleased to announce its continued expansion with the addition of Michael Howlett. Michael is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he earned a degree in communications. He has completed a rigorous insurance training program focusing on commercial account development and management. "I am very excited about the future with this growing, well respected agency" stated Howlett. "I am also pleased to continue to be a part of and contribute to the communities that helped raise me." Michael attended public school in Newburyport before attending St. John's Prep in Danvers. He currently resides in Amesbury.

"We are very pleased to bring Mike into the agency and have high expectations that he will be a strong addition to our company," stated Vice President Mark Bailey. 

Michael was also highlighted in a recent edition of "In the Loop."

Sandy Proves the Importance of Staying Connected

With all the friends, celebrities, and businesses you can connect with through social media, it's hard to imagine that your insurance agent is at the top of your list to follow. On the Chase and Lunt Facebook and Twitter accounts, we like to keep things light buy sharing preventative tips, information about community events, insights about our employees, and the even the occasional contest. However, as the following article from discusses, there are far more important reasons to stay connected with your insurance providers... (click here to read the full article)

Remembering the HMS Bounty

It is with fond memories that we at Chase and Lunt Insurance, and those of the Greater Newburyport Area remember the HMS Bounty after her voyage to Newburyport this summer.

The HMS Bounty was en route to Florida and attempting to navigate around the storm when it began taking on water, eventually sinking off the coast of North Carolina. Read more, and see pictures here.

Fall Maintenance Tips

We’ve created a list of ways to check-up on your home this fall to make sure that you are prepared for the upcoming winter. Now is the best time to check for both major and minor repairs that may be needed before old man winter blows in! Here are just some of our favorite fall maintenance tips...

America's 10 Most Stolen Vehicles

MSNauto - If you've ever returned to the spot where your last parked, only to find an empty space, or possibly some shattered glass on the ground where your car stood, then you know what we're talking about. The fact is an automobile is stolen every 26 seconds in the United States. And even crooks have their favorites. Fortunately, the National Insurance Crime Bureau tracks auto theft and releases a list of top cars every year. Read more...

Massachusetts Among Least Expensive States for Auto Insurance - A new study by looks at insurance costs state-by-state and examines why rates vary so much. used the median annual car insurance premium in each state (plus the District of Columbia) to determine which states' residents pay the most and least for auto coverage. Here are the results...

New York Governor Encourages Flood Insurance

Insurance Journal - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging to take steps now to protect their homes in the event New York is hit by any of the nine to 15 storms the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts for the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season.

As many as three of those storms are predicted by NOAA to strengthen to hurricane force with top winds of 111 miles per hour or higher. Hurricane season extends through November 30. Read more...

Congratulations to our 2012 Best of North Shore Clients! 

We're thrilled to congratulate our clients who have been recognized in their field as being the Best of North Shore by North Shore Magazine. Thank you for being great community partners, and for making the North Shore a better place to eat, play and live! See the winners...


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is in the process of updating the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs). The current maps are from 1985. Over the years, many of the flood insurance maps have become outdated due to urban growth, changes in river flows and coastlines, and even flood mitigation efforts. Accurate flood risk information is essential to inform property owners of changing flood risks and to determine appropriate rates for flood insurance coverage. Learn more...


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