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The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations (commonly known as Rhode Island) is geographically the smallest state in the United States, and the state with the longest official name. Rhode (pronounced "Road") Island is part of the New England region, and was one of the thirteen original American colonies that declared independence against British rule to begin the American Revolution.

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Privacy Statement for Hometown USA And Related Sites

A2Z Computing Services has created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to privacy. The following discloses the information gathering and dissemination practices for these Web sites: HometownUSA.com, OaklandMaine.com, WatervilleMaine.net, Vassalboro.com and all other sites thart are part of the Hometown Network.

Information Automatically Logged

We use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer our Web site. Your IP address is also used to gather broad demographic information.

Advertisers

We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our Website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies,  http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp

Public Forums

This site makes chat rooms, forums, message boards, and/or news groups available to its users. Please remember that any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information.

Choice/Opt-Out

Our site provides users the opportunity to opt-out of receiving promotional/marketing information from our partners, and us . You can send email to  

Data Quality/Access

This site gives users the following options for changing and modifying information previously provided: 1.You can send email to  

Registration Forms

Our site's registration form requires users to give us contact information (like their name, email, and postal address), unique identifiers (like their social security number), and demographic information (like their zip code, age, or income level). Contact information from the registration forms is used to ship purchases and information about our company. The customer's contact information is also used to get in touch with the customer when necessary. Users may opt-out of receiving future mailings; see the choice/opt-out section below. Unique identifiers (such as social security numbers) are collected from Web site visitors for use as account numbers in our record system. Demographic and profile data is also collected at our site. We use this data to tailor our visitor's experience at our site showing them content that we think they might be interested in, and displaying the content according to their preferences.

Order Forms

Our site uses order forms for customers to request information, products, and services. We collect financial information (like their account or credit card numbers), and demographic information (like their zip code, age, or income level). Financial information that is collected is used to bill the user for products and services. Demographic and profile data is also collected at our site. We use this data to tailor our visitor's experience at our site showing them content that we think they might be interested in, and displaying the content according to their preferences.

External Links

This site contains links to other sites. A2Z Computing Services is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such Web sites.

Contests

We may run contests on our site from time to time in which we ask visitors for contact information (like email address), and demographic information (like zip code, age, or income level). Contact information from the contests is used to ship purchases and information about our company. The customer's contact information is also used to get in touch with the visitor when necessary. Users may opt-out of receiving future mailings; see the choice/opt-out section below. Demographic and profile data is also collected at our site. We use this data to tailor our visitor's experience at our site showing them content that we think they might be interested in, and displaying the content according to their preferences.

Children's Guidelines

We care about children and understand that they have special privacy needs. Therefore, we have adopted the following privacy policy regarding children:

1.We will NOT collect, use, or distribute to third parties personally identifiable information without prior verifiable parental consent.

2.We will NOT give the child access to unmonitored chat rooms, message boards, email accounts, or other services that would give the child the ability to publicly post or otherwise distribute personally identifiable information without prior verifiable parental consent

3.When verifiable parental consent is not obtained, we will only use the online contact information (such as email) to:

a.Respond directly to the child's request on a one-time basis and not use that information to re-contact the child for other purposes.

b.Request the name or online contact information of a parent for the purpose of obtaining verifiable parental consent or providing parental notification.

c.Respond more than once directly to a specific request from a child (such as in the case where a child requests a newsletter subscription) and not used to re-contact the child for other purposes. We will use our best efforts to provide parental notification, which will include the nature and intended use as well as an opportunity for the parent to prevent the use of the information and participation in the activity.

4.We will NOT entice the child to divulge more information than is needed to participate in any activity, game, or service.

5.We will provide the parent a description of the specific types of a personally identifiable information collected from their child upon request. We will allow the parent to refuse further use or future online collection of personally identifiable information and provide a way for a parent to obtain any personally identifiable information collected from their child.

6.We will provide notice to children in age appropriate terms of what personally identifiable information is to be collected.

7.We will NOT provide any links to Web sites that are unsuitable for children.

8.We will encourage children to get their parent's permission before sharing personal information online.

Contacting the Web Site

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this Web site, you can contact:  

Advertising

If you would like to advertise on our pages, please contact us and we will make every effort to accommodate your needs.

About Us

Company Profile

After accumulating 13 years of electronic and computer experience, Matthew Hunt started A2Z Computing Services in December of 1995. As an independent contractor for MaineStreet Communications, Inc. he supported their clients with Internet connectivity issues, hardware and software support, network services and web site design consultation.

In August of 1997 he formed a partnership with Brian McKenna of PBA Communications, Inc. of Portland. This partnership, named WebMaine, was created to develop a series of web sites aimed at bringing the communities of the United States onto the World Wide Web.

In April of 1999 Matthew purchased his partner's share of the business and is currently employing a full staff for the development of the sites. Currently there are over 460,000 web pages and several interactive systems on the site representing over 33,000 communities throughout the United States.

Another phase of the project was to develop expanded web sites for each community wishing to participate. The expanded web sites were developed into true community sites providing information pertaining to all aspects of the town or city. We worked with municipal government and civic organizations to ensure that the proper "image" was portrayed for the community.

See the following Sites for examples:

Other Country Sites: HometownAustralia.comHometownCanada.com and HometownEngland.com.

Mission Statement

To create an online community, like no other, encompassing every facet of every municipality in the United States; to aid in online economic revitalization in partnership with local schools, fundraising groups, businesses and local, state and national government agencies; to publish, maintain and connect a network of community websites designed to entertain, educate and enlighten the residents of our great nation, while maintaining the highest standards of personal morals, business ethics and web etiquette.

Values Statement

We are responsible to the communities that we represent. To provide them a service that will enhance their online community with a professional, informative and entertaining website.

We are responsible to the residents of the communities. To provide them a source of information pertaining to all aspects of their community that are in-keeping with the town's values and morals.

We are responsible to the businesses that advertise on and sponsor our pages. To do our best to ensure the success of their advertising campaign with fair pricing and quality design work.

We are responsible to the nonprofit and community organizations. To provide them a method to market and support their missions via our community websites.

We are responsible to the participants in our fundraising programs. To provide them the opportunity to raise reasonable funds for their projects and programs.

We are responsible to our employees. To provide them a safe work environment, fair wages, opportunity for advancement, and equal opportunity regardless of sex, race or religion.

We are responsible to our subcontractors. To provide them agreeable and timely payment for services and adequate information for completion of the work ordered.

We are responsible to our suppliers. To provide them timely payment for products or services and to demand not the impossible but to request the reasonable.

We are responsible to the banks and creditors who have loaned us money. To submit payments timely and accurately.

We are responsible to our investors. To ensure their investment returns a reasonable profit.

Photo Submission Form

We really want to make Hometown USA feel as local as we can, so we would like to be able to include photos from each state and each town on our pages.  But as you can imagine finding pictures for each state and town is an enormous job, so we need your help.

If you have a photo which accurately depicts life in your state or hometown, please send it to us via email or regular mail at:

A2Z Computing Services, Inc.
24 Center Street
Oakland, ME 04963
 

The best photos will be used on our pages and maybe changed occasionally.

If you need the photo returned to you, please include your address on the back of the photo or on a note in the envelope and we will return it to you as soon as we have scanned it into our computers.

On the back of the photo write your name, address, email and where the photo was taken (state and hometown) or in the email if you are emailing us the photo.

Photos must be:

    • Good definition (not blurred, good lighting, or subject not too small)
    • Depict life in your state or hometown, a natural scene around your state or hometown, an area of your hometown (such as Main Street) or a popular landmark found in your state or hometown.

Build Your Hometown

Hometown USA is dedicated to accurately portraying each and every community in The United States. But because it would be impossible, due to the time and money, for our staff to travel to each Hometown, we need your help. Below are listed several methods of how you can help us build and support your Hometown's Online Community. Please read through each of the following and choose the method(s) that are right for you.

Classified Ads - Do you have a stereo for sale, looking for a better job or looking to buy that dream car? The classified ad system is nationwide but broken down by states for you to post your personal noncommercial classified ads. The only business ads that we currently allow on the system are employment ads. Check out our photo ads.

Community Calendar - Our online community calendars are available to promote your events, whatever type they may be for FREE! You can use them to promote community activities such as parades or church suppers, tell customers about a fantastic sale that is coming up or when your team has that big game on homecoming weekend. The calendars are open for posting of events by all, just use your back button or go to your Hometown's page and go to your Hometown's Community Calendar where you will see instructions for posting an event.

Community Forums - The forums have taken the place of our previous sections named "About My Town" and "Questions". They are an interactive Message Board System that allows visitors to post questions about a community and to foster discussions about a community. We encourage you to tell us about your hometown on these forums and help us answer visitors' questions and/or concerns on them. So click on this link and become a registered member of our Community's Forum: Hometown Forums

Photographs - To help dress up the pages a little, we need one high quality photo of a typical scene in your hometown. It can be of the "Welcome Sign" as you come into town, main street, a historical building, a beautiful sunset or anything that tells what your town is all about. If you have such a photo that you would like to share with us, please go to this page to find out how to send it.

Suggestion Box - Do you have an idea on how we can improve our pages or foster more community participation in the building of the sites? Please let us know by dropping us an e-mail.

Partnering - We are always eager to discuss possible partnering ideas with you. If you have an idea on how we can enhance our online presence, further build our communities and make it worthwhile to both of us, drop us a note explaining what your ideas are.

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Disclaimer

No warranties: This website is provided “as is” without any representations or warranties, express or implied. A2Z Computing Services, Inc. makes no representations or warranties in relation to this website or the information and materials provided on this website. A2Z Computing Services, Inc. does not warrant that this website will be constantly available, or available at all; or the information on this website is complete, true, accurate or non-misleading.Only the original issuers of press releases, events, photographs and other submissions are responsible for verifying the accuracy of their content. A2Z Computing Services, Inc. (DBA Hometown USA, Hometown Canada, Hometown England, Webmaine) and its principals, officers and employees disclaim any liability whatsoever for inaccuracies found in the content of the items transmitted on or through the Hometown USA service on behalf of clients or visitors. Nothing on this website constitutes, or is meant to constitute, advice of any kind. If you require advice in relation to any matter you should consult an appropriate professional.

Limitations of liability: A2Z Computing Services, Inc. reserves the right to reject and/or remove items when necessary in its sole judgment. A2Z Computing Services, Inc. will not be responsible or liable for any of the information transmitted on or through its service on behalf of clients or visitors, and will not be responsible or liable for any decisions made based on such information. A2Z Computing Services, Inc. will not be liable to you in relation to the contents of, or use of, or otherwise in connection with, this website: to the extent that the website is provided free-of-charge, for any direct loss; for any indirect, special or consequential loss; or for any business losses, loss of revenue, income, profits or anticipated savings, loss of contracts or business relationships, loss of reputation or goodwill, or loss or corruption of information or data.These limitations of liability apply even if A2Z Computing Services, Inc. has been expressly advised of the potential loss.

Exceptions: Nothing in this website disclaimer will exclude or limit any warranty implied by law that it would be unlawful to exclude or limit; and nothing in this website disclaimer will exclude or limit A2Z Computing Services, Inc. liability in respect of any: death or personal injury caused by A2Z Computing Services, Inc. negligence; fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation on the part of A2Z Computing Services, Inc; or matter which it would be illegal or unlawful for A2Z Computing Services, Inc. to exclude or limit, or to attempt or purport to exclude or limit, its liability.

Reasonableness: By using this website, you agree that the exclusions and limitations of liability set out in this website disclaimer are reasonable.If you do not think they are reasonable, you must not use this website.

Other parties: You accept that, as a limited liability entity, A2Z Computing Services, Inc. has an interest in limiting the personal liability of its officers and employees. You agree that you will not bring any claim personally against A2Z Computing Services, Inc. officers or employees in respect of any losses you suffer in connection with the website. You agree that the limitations of warranties and liability set out in this website disclaimer will protect A2Z Computing Services, Inc.'s officers, employees, agents, subsidiaries, successors, assigns and sub-contractors as well as A2Z Computing Services, Inc.

Unenforceable provisions: If any provision of this website disclaimer is, or is found to be, unenforceable under applicable law, that will not affect the enforceability of the other provisions of this website disclaimer. Inquiries: Inquiries concerning the use of this website's text, photos, video, audio and other content should be addressed to Matthew Hunt, A2Z Computing Services, Inc., 24 Center Street, Oakland, ME 04963.

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