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Monthly Archives: September 2014

Baby Safe Haven Posted on Sep 30

Baby Safe Haven, a program offered by the Department of Children and Families (DCF), enables parents to surrender newborn infants they are unable to care for with an appropriate person at a designated facility. Parents will not face criminal prosecution as long as there are   …Continue Reading Baby Safe Haven

Composting Yard Waste for Fall Posted on Sep 25

Composting Yard Waste for Fall

Whether you love the colorful foliage or Halloween fun, fall is a beautiful time in Massachusetts.  This year, when the leaves begin to fall, consider making composting part of your autumn routine. Composting is the decomposition of organic material such as leaves or food waste.   …Continue Reading Composting Yard Waste for Fall

Caregiver Support in Massachusetts Posted on Sep 24

Caregiver Support in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Family Caregiver Support Program empowers caregivers through information, education, support, and services that help enhance their quality of life. Caregivers may experience physical, emotional, and financial strain while caring for a loved one. With this in mind, the Commonwealth offers support resources to   …Continue Reading Caregiver Support in Massachusetts

Welfare/Social Services Assistance in Massachusetts Posted on Sep 23

Welfare/Social Services Assistance in Massachusetts

Across the state, Massachusetts offers a wealth of resources for families and individuals who have fallen on hard times. From child advocacy to transitional assistance, state agency welfare and social services provide assistance and support for those in need. Department of Children and Families The   …Continue Reading Welfare/Social Services Assistance in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Hunter Education Courses Posted on Sep 19

Massachusetts Hunter Education Courses

Massachusetts offers diverse wildlife for hunting. However, before residents and visitors can take on the outdoors, they must first receive the proper training to obtain a hunting license. The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) provides hunter education courses that are free, open to   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Hunter Education Courses

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in Massachusetts Posted on Sep 17

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in Massachusetts

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of male cancer deaths in Massachusetts. The Commonwealth strives to minimize the devastating effects of prostate cancer by educating residents about prevention, early detection, and screening services. In an effort to spread the word about this disease and   …Continue Reading Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in Massachusetts

National Child Passenger Safety Week Posted on Sep 12

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death among children ages three to 14 years old. From September 14-20, Child Passenger Safety Week is observed to promote child car safety. The Massachusetts Child Passenger   …Continue Reading National Child Passenger Safety Week

Adolescent Services in Massachusetts Posted on Sep 10

Adolescent Services in Massachusetts

Massachusetts is committed to providing services for the positive development and empowerment of its young people. That’s why the Adolescent Services Unit at the Department of Children and Families (DCF) supports youth 14 years old and older who have been moved from their homes to   …Continue Reading Adolescent Services in Massachusetts

September is National Preparedness Month Posted on Sep 9

September is National Preparedness Month

Power outages, hurricanes, floods, or snow storms – it’s important to plan ahead for emergencies. And because the Commonwealth designates September “National Preparedness Month,” there’s no better time to start than now. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Department of Public Health (DPH)   …Continue Reading September is National Preparedness Month

National Food Safety Education Month Posted on Sep 4

National Food Safety Education Month

Within the Bureau of Environmental Health in the Department of Public Health (DPH), the Massachusetts Food Protection Program strives to ensure a safe and wholesome food supply in the Commonwealth. A large part of this effort includes educating Massachusetts how to avoid food contamination – whether   …Continue Reading National Food Safety Education Month