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Yearly Archives: 2016

It’s Pumpkin Season in Massachusetts! Posted on Oct 12

It’s Pumpkin Season in Massachusetts!

The pumpkin is a well-known symbol of fall in New England. Whether you love carving jack-o’-lanterns or baking delicious fall-themed desserts, pumpkins are a staple of the season. The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S.   …Continue Reading It’s Pumpkin Season in Massachusetts!

Filing for Divorce in Massachusetts Posted on Sep 28

Filing for Divorce in Massachusetts

Even if you and your spouse agree to divorce, taking the step to officially end your marriage can bring on a whole range of emotions you may not have expected. Add the challenge of dividing your assets or arranging custody of your kids, and this   …Continue Reading Filing for Divorce in Massachusetts

Car Seat 101: Is Your Child in the Right Seat and Strapped in Safely? Posted on Sep 21

Car Seat 101: Is Your Child in the Right Seat and Strapped in Safely?

This is a guest blog post from the Highway Safety Division (HSD) of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS). The Highway Safety Division has launched a new car seat safety website in English and Spanish to help parents and caregivers find the right car seat   …Continue Reading Car Seat 101: Is Your Child in the Right Seat and Strapped in Safely?

It’s Apple Picking Season! Learn About This Versatile Fall Fruit Posted on Sep 15

It’s Apple Picking Season! Learn About This Versatile Fall Fruit

This is a guest blog post from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), written by Program Coordinator Julia Grimaldi. Apple growers across the state produce more than 28 million pounds of apples annually, with roughly $20 million in sales. According to the United States   …Continue Reading It’s Apple Picking Season! Learn About This Versatile Fall Fruit

Massachusetts Voting and Election Information Posted on Sep 13

Massachusetts Voting and Election Information

Election Day is a time to make your voice heard in state and national politics. On Nov. 8, Bay State voters will cast their ballots for president, vice president, and U.S. representatives. Voters will also elect representatives in state and local government and weigh in   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Voting and Election Information

Calling All Treasure Hunters: Join a COASTSWEEP Cleanup This Fall Posted on Sep 7

Calling All Treasure Hunters: Join a COASTSWEEP Cleanup This Fall

This is a guest blog post from the Office of Coastal Zone Management, written by Claudia Geib. Have you ever dreamed of searching the shore for pirate treasure? Now’s your chance! Join a coastal scavenger hunt this fall and help clean up your favorite beach during COASTSWEEP,   …Continue Reading Calling All Treasure Hunters: Join a COASTSWEEP Cleanup This Fall

Make a Plan During Emergency Preparedness Month Posted on Sep 1

Make a Plan During Emergency Preparedness Month

This is a guest blog post from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. Disasters can happen at any time. Over the last several years, Massachusetts has experienced tropical storms, tornadoes, blizzards, power outages, water system failures, and an act of terrorism. To prepare for disasters, the   …Continue Reading Make a Plan During Emergency Preparedness Month

StormSmart Coasts: Protect Your Home from Storm Damage Posted on Aug 30

StormSmart Coasts: Protect Your Home from Storm Damage

Living along the Massachusetts coast has lots of perks — plenty of sunshine, fresh sea air, and a beach within walking distance to name a few. However, it’s important to be aware of coastal storm hazards such as flooding, erosion, and more. The Office of Coastal   …Continue Reading StormSmart Coasts: Protect Your Home from Storm Damage

Road Safety Tips for Massachusetts Drivers Posted on Aug 25

Road Safety Tips for Massachusetts Drivers

Whether you drive to work every day or only get behind the wheel for weekend getaways, it can never hurt to get a refresher on the rules of the road. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the Highway Safety Division (HSD) of the Executive Office of Public Safety   …Continue Reading Road Safety Tips for Massachusetts Drivers

Know Your Rights as a Tenant, Part 2: After You Move In Posted on Aug 18

Know Your Rights as a Tenant, Part 2: After You Move In

Once you’ve learned your rights as a tenant before you move in, it’s time to figure out what happens after you move in. The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation (OCABR) and the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) share information about your rights once you have signed a lease and   …Continue Reading Know Your Rights as a Tenant, Part 2: After You Move In