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Monthly Archives: October 2015

Managing Consumer Credit: Part 2 Posted on Oct 29

Managing Consumer Credit: Part 2

The first part of our credit series showed how understanding credit can help you build a positive credit history. Now it’s time to talk about credit management. The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation (OCABR) and the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) offer guidance on checking your credit   …Continue Reading Managing Consumer Credit: Part 2

Understanding Consumer Credit: Part 1 Posted on Oct 27

Understanding Consumer Credit: Part 1

Have a credit card but don’t know how it works? Considering taking out a loan but not sure if you qualify? In the first of this two-part series, the Office of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation (OCABR) and the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) outline the   …Continue Reading Understanding Consumer Credit: Part 1

Halloween Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters and Adults Posted on Oct 22

Halloween Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters and Adults

Whether you’re still a trick-or-treater or you never lost your love of ghouls and goblins, Halloween is frightful fun for everyone. But even if you aren’t afraid of the dark, with more people out in the moonlight, there can be a scary side to this   …Continue Reading Halloween Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters and Adults

Understanding Consumer Protection Law in Massachusetts Posted on Oct 20

Understanding Consumer Protection Law in Massachusetts

Have you ever been overcharged at a store? Has a business ever used misleading advertising to trick you into buying certain items? Were you unable to return a purchase or use a warranty? Often, customers don’t know that a business is taking advantage of them   …Continue Reading Understanding Consumer Protection Law in Massachusetts

The Basics of MassTaxConnect Posted on Oct 15

The Basics of MassTaxConnect

The Department of Revenue (DOR) is rolling out a new tax filing system, MassTaxConnect, which replaced the current WebFile for Business system on Nov. 30, 2015, and will replace the individual tax income service, WebFile for Income, in 2017. The service had previously been available for   …Continue Reading The Basics of MassTaxConnect

Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination: Three Questions with H Harrison Posted on Oct 14

Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination: Three Questions with H Harrison

  H Harrison is the Confidential Assistant to the Commissioners at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), the Commonwealth’s chief civil rights agency. Q: What do you wish people knew about your agency and services? A: We understand that it takes courage to come and   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination: Three Questions with H Harrison

Removing Plastic from Rockport’s Reefs with COASTSWEEP Posted on Oct 13

Removing Plastic from Rockport’s Reefs with COASTSWEEP

This is a guest blog post from the Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), written by Claudia Geib. It was a cool, sunny day in Rockport in late September, and breathing compressed air 20 feet below the surface, I was starting to get a little   …Continue Reading Removing Plastic from Rockport’s Reefs with COASTSWEEP

Pick a Pumpkin from Massachusetts Posted on Oct 8

Pick a Pumpkin from Massachusetts

This is a guest blog post from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), written by Program Coordinator Julia Grimaldi. The pumpkin may be the quintessential symbol of fall in Massachusetts. New Englanders associate the squash with a change in temperature, shorter days, and Halloween.   …Continue Reading Pick a Pumpkin from Massachusetts

What Is the Abused Person’s Notice of Rights? Posted on Oct 7

Domestic abuse can be sexual, physical, and emotional, and affects people of all ages and backgrounds. If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, you aren’t alone. A 2010 report on intimate partner violence by the National Center for Injury Prevention and   …Continue Reading What Is the Abused Person’s Notice of Rights?

How to Help Prevent Bullying Posted on Oct 6

How to Help Prevent Bullying

In 2013, 16.6 percent of high school students in Massachusetts experienced bullying on school property, according to the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Bullying can happen at school, on the bus, in your neighborhood, or   …Continue Reading How to Help Prevent Bullying