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Category Archives: Children & Families

Crosswalk Safety for Parents and Children Posted on Aug 4

Crosswalk Safety for Parents and Children

Fall is fast approaching, and that means back-to-school season is almost here. In addition to stocking up on pencils and notebooks for your kids, take some time to brush up on crosswalk safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), Executive   …Continue Reading Crosswalk Safety for Parents and Children

Help Your Community as a Volunteer Driver Posted on Jul 28

Help Your Community as a Volunteer Driver

This is a guest blog post from MassMobility. There are many reasons why people aren’t able to drive, including overall health, sight, medication, or a disability. For people who live in suburban or rural areas in particular, finding transportation can be extremely difficult — public   …Continue Reading Help Your Community as a Volunteer Driver

SNAP Benefits Welcome at Many Massachusetts Farmers’ Markets Posted on Jul 21

SNAP Benefits Welcome at Many Massachusetts Farmers’ Markets

Crates of sweet cantaloupe, juicy tomatoes, and fresh potatoes — the buzz of a farmers’ market on a sunny afternoon. What could be better? Shopping at farmers’ markets is a fun way to stock up on nutritious, locally grown food. Through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program   …Continue Reading SNAP Benefits Welcome at Many Massachusetts Farmers’ Markets

Canoeing and Kayaking in Massachusetts Posted on Jul 7

Canoeing and Kayaking in Massachusetts

Whether you enjoy canoeing and kayaking for the great workout or the peaceful scenery, you’ll find beautiful waterways to explore in the Commonwealth. The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has information on scenic areas to paddle, accessible locations, and places to rent equipment and take classes. Rentals   …Continue Reading Canoeing and Kayaking in Massachusetts

Protect Your Home and Family Against Ticks and Mosquitoes Posted on Jul 5

Protect Your Home and Family Against Ticks and Mosquitoes

No one wants to spend their summer worrying about ticks and mosquitoes. Although it’s hard to escape these pests altogether, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your family from mosquito and tick bites — and the illnesses they can cause. The Department   …Continue Reading Protect Your Home and Family Against Ticks and Mosquitoes

The 100 Deadliest Days: Help Teen Drivers Stay Safe this Summer Posted on Jun 17

The 100 Deadliest Days: Help Teen Drivers Stay Safe this Summer

This is a guest blog post from the Highway Safety Division (HSD) of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS). Summer is here. For many in Massachusetts, it’s time for beaches, barbecues, and fun. But for teen drivers, summer is also known as the 100 Deadliest   …Continue Reading The 100 Deadliest Days: Help Teen Drivers Stay Safe this Summer

Adopting in Massachusetts: The Placement Process Posted on Jun 15

Adopting in Massachusetts:  The Placement Process

Adopting in Massachusetts is a wonderful way to provide a loving and stable family for a child who needs one. If you’ve already been approved to adopt a child in Massachusetts — see the last adoption blog post on how to apply — you may   …Continue Reading Adopting in Massachusetts: The Placement Process

Getting Married in Massachusetts: After the Wedding Posted on May 24

Getting Married in Massachusetts: After the Wedding

If you’ve recently gotten married, you’re probably ready to hide out with your spouse and enjoy your newly wedded (and family-free) bliss. But before you book your honeymoon flight to that remote tropical island, you might want to take care of some paperwork — especially   …Continue Reading Getting Married in Massachusetts: After the Wedding

How to Stay Active Throughout Your Retirement Posted on May 19

How to Stay Active Throughout Your Retirement

For some, retirement is a welcome (and much-needed) extended vacation, but what if you miss tackling tough projects at work, or want to take this time to find your second calling? The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Conservation and Recreation   …Continue Reading How to Stay Active Throughout Your Retirement

Cycling in Massachusetts Posted on May 3

Cycling in Massachusetts

Whether you’re biking to get in shape, get to work, or have some fun, the Commonwealth has something to offer. The Department of Public Health (DPH), the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), and the Department of   …Continue Reading Cycling in Massachusetts