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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

Tips on Staying Safe and Healthy on New Year’s Eve Posted on Dec 26

Tips on Staying Safe and Healthy on New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is once again upon us, a night to reflect back on the last 365 days and celebrate the coming year. As the clock runs down for 2013, many people will be drinking, dancing, and telling stories of days gone by while presenting   …Continue Reading Tips on Staying Safe and Healthy on New Year’s Eve

Donating: 3 Tips for Giving Wisely Posted on Dec 24

Donating: 3 Tips for Giving Wisely

The holiday season is a time of family gatherings, decorations, traditions, and gift-giving. Many consider it to be “the most wonderful time of the year,” but for others the holiday season brings about worry, loneliness, and sadness. That makes it the perfect time to share   …Continue Reading Donating: 3 Tips for Giving Wisely

3 Ways to Volunteer Responsibly Posted on Dec 17

3 Ways to Volunteer Responsibly

Make a difference in your community! Volunteering is a great way to be part of something bigger than oneself. It provides the satisfaction of giving back to the community and doing something worthwhile. Many opportunities exist throughout Massachusetts to get involved in communities and improve   …Continue Reading 3 Ways to Volunteer Responsibly

December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month: 9 Tips to Keep Kids Safe Posted on Dec 12

December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month: 9 Tips to Keep Kids Safe

As the holiday season marches ahead, so does toy shopping for the special children in our lives. There are thousands of toys to choose from and selecting the right one can be a challenge, especially as new toys appear on the shelves every year. Toys   …Continue Reading December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month: 9 Tips to Keep Kids Safe

10 “Black Friday” Shopping Safety Tips Posted on Nov 27

10 “Black Friday” Shopping Safety Tips

Getting ready to hit the stores on Black Friday? The day after Thanksgiving gives consumers a chance to get a head start on their holiday shopping with dramatic discounts that create some of the best prices of the year. Whether going to the store at   …Continue Reading 10 “Black Friday” Shopping Safety Tips

8 Winter Energy-Saving Tips Posted on Nov 12

8 Winter Energy-Saving Tips

During the winter months, it’s tempting to crank the heat and hibernate, but doing this can make electric or gas bills soar. Luckily, there are several simple ways to conserve energy and keep costs down when it’s cold outside. Additionally, Massachusetts offers fuel assistance programs   …Continue Reading 8 Winter Energy-Saving Tips