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No Monkey Business: It’s National Playground Safety Week Posted on Apr 24

No Monkey Business: It’s National Playground Safety Week

Playgrounds provide children with a great opportunity for exercise, social interaction, and fun. Because children require at least 60 minutes of activity per day, it’s important to ensure these play-friendly spaces are safe. Each year, 76% of child injuries occur on public playgrounds. Luckily, most   …Continue Reading No Monkey Business: It’s National Playground Safety Week

Unclaimed Money and Property – How to Get What’s Yours Posted on Apr 17

Unclaimed Money and Property – How to Get What’s Yours

If the Commonwealth or a private business owes you money and you do not claim it after three years, then it is considered to be unclaimed property. Currently, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Treasury is holding more than $2.4 billion in unclaimed property. Unclaimed property can   …Continue Reading Unclaimed Money and Property – How to Get What’s Yours

Massachusetts Lemon Laws Posted on Mar 4

Massachusetts Lemon Laws

Purchasing a car is an exciting thing to do, but sometimes your new vehicle doesn’t work as expected or meet inspection standards. That’s why Massachusetts has a set of Lemon Laws to protect and reimburse consumers. The New and Leased Car Lemon Law, Used Vehicle   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Lemon Laws

11 Steps to Starting a Business in Massachusetts Posted on Feb 18

11 Steps to Starting a Business in Massachusetts

Owning a business is the dream of many Americans and starting that business converts their dream into reality. While it requires patience and lots of hard work, most small business owners are exhilarated by the ability to work for themselves and do something they love.   …Continue Reading 11 Steps to Starting a Business in Massachusetts

Housing Resources for Massachusetts Homeless Posted on Feb 13

Housing Resources for Massachusetts Homeless

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), more than 610,000 Americans are homeless on any given night. Nearly 25 percent of homeless people are children, with a third of them living in unsheltered places like parks, cars, and abandoned buildings. Massachusetts saw   …Continue Reading Housing Resources for Massachusetts Homeless

Home Heating Assistance Programs in Massachusetts Posted on Jan 28

Home Heating Assistance Programs in Massachusetts

Recent bitterly cold temperatures have made this a challenging winter for everyone, but it hits those in need hardest – rising energy costs can make it difficult for Massachusetts residents to get through the winter warmly. To offset this and ensure all citizens make it   …Continue Reading Home Heating Assistance Programs in Massachusetts

Tax Season is Here Posted on Jan 21

Tax Season is Here

Doing your taxes can be difficult, but having the forms you need at your fingertips can make it a bit easier. Massachusetts state income taxes for 2013 are due on April 15, 2014, so it’s important to get all your necessary documentation together. To facilitate filing   …Continue Reading Tax Season is Here

Housing Services for Massachusetts Senior Citizens Posted on Jan 9

Housing Services for Massachusetts Senior Citizens

Everyone shares concerns about caring for their parents, grandparents, and loved ones as they reach retirement age and beyond. In Massachusetts there are public and private housing options that address seniors’ different needs, from independent living and active senior communities to assisted living, continuing care, and nursing   …Continue Reading Housing Services for Massachusetts Senior Citizens

Massachusetts Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Posted on Jan 2

Massachusetts Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 8.6 percent of all Americans are hard of hearing or are deaf. Using this percentage for the Commonwealth’s citizenry, per the most recent (2010) U.S. census data, approximately 563,000 Massachusetts residents have varying degrees of   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Time to Renew: New Year’s Resolutions Posted on Dec 31

Time to Renew: New Year’s Resolutions

Many see the new year as an opportunity for self-improvement – “a new year, a new you.” It’s a time to reflect on the changes we want to make in our lives and a time we resolve to follow through on those changes. However, keeping   …Continue Reading Time to Renew: New Year’s Resolutions