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Monthly Archives: July 2014

Moving to Massachusetts, Part 1: Planning Your Move Posted on Jul 22

Moving to Massachusetts, Part 1: Planning Your Move

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts welcomes new residents to enjoy all the state has to offer. Because moving to a new state can be both exciting and stressful, the following tips for newcomers aim to make your relocation to the Bay State as smooth as possible.   …Continue Reading Moving to Massachusetts, Part 1: Planning Your Move

9 Easy Ways to Start Recycling in Massachusetts Posted on Jul 17

9 Easy Ways to Start Recycling in Massachusetts

Each year, more than 1.5 billion bottles of water and other non-carbonated beverages are sold in Massachusetts. Unfortunately, only 25 percent of those containers are recycled. The remainder is buried or burned in solid waste incinerators as litter. That’s enough plastic bottles to fill Fenway   …Continue Reading 9 Easy Ways to Start Recycling in Massachusetts

Safe Practices for Mosquito and Tick Bites Posted on Jul 16

Safe Practices for Mosquito and Tick Bites

There are about 3,000 different types of mosquitos in the world. Of these, 150 are found in North America and are potential disease carriers. Like mosquitos, ticks found in Massachusetts can also spread diseases. Fortunately, not all ticks carry disease nor are all mosquitos infected.   …Continue Reading Safe Practices for Mosquito and Tick Bites

Explore Massachusetts Bike Trails and Paths Posted on Jul 15

Explore Massachusetts Bike Trails and Paths

Summer is here, and for cyclists, it’s time to get ready to ride. Cyclists love Massachusetts because of the beautiful scenery and variety of terrain available across the state. If you’re new to Massachusetts or to cycling, you’re in luck. The Commonwealth has plenty of   …Continue Reading Explore Massachusetts Bike Trails and Paths

Summer Meal Programs for Families in Need Posted on Jul 10

Summer Meal Programs for Families in Need

More than 229,170 Massachusetts children live in food-insecure households. Without school meals to depend on, food insecurity can rise as the summer approaches. Since 1968, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) has provided food assistance for low-income families in Massachusetts. The program provides free, nutritious   …Continue Reading Summer Meal Programs for Families in Need

How-To: Legal Name Changes in Massachusetts Posted on Jul 9

How-To: Legal Name Changes in Massachusetts

Everyone has the right to change their name legally as long as it is not done for fraudulent or illegal purposes. In order to legally change your name in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you will need to go through a court name change proceeding. Here   …Continue Reading How-To: Legal Name Changes in Massachusetts

Out Is In – 6 Tips for Celebrating Park & Recreation Month Posted on Jul 8

Out Is In – 6 Tips for Celebrating Park & Recreation Month

Three out of every 10 American adults don’t spend any time outside daily, and of those that do, most spend less than 30 minutes outdoors. Since 1985, the U.S. National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has tried to lower that ratio by celebrating the month   …Continue Reading Out Is In – 6 Tips for Celebrating Park & Recreation Month

Stay Cool and Save Money this Summer Posted on Jul 3

Stay Cool and Save Money this Summer

It’s tempting to blast the air conditioner during the sweltering summer months, but high energy bills can put a financial strain on your budget. Reducing your electric bill while battling summer heat is a challenge many face during this time of year. However, it is   …Continue Reading Stay Cool and Save Money this Summer

Summer Grilling Safety Tips Posted on Jul 2

Summer Grilling Safety Tips

Summer is the perfect season to fire up the grill and enjoy quality time with family and friends. It’s also important to be mindful of safe grilling practices. Two-thirds of all Massachusetts grill fires occur between May and September, when residents and visitors are most   …Continue Reading Summer Grilling Safety Tips

July 1-7 is Clean Beaches Week Posted on Jul 1

July 1-7 is Clean Beaches Week

With more than 1,500 miles of coastline, Massachusetts is home to a variety of beaches, harbors, shipyards, and trails. It has shorelines suitable for fishing, swimming, surfing, sailing, kayaking, or to simply enjoy the fresh air. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy these various   …Continue Reading July 1-7 is Clean Beaches Week