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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

Click here to read our updated Dec. 2014 post on this topic. 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,   …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

Think Local! 7 Reasons Why Supporting Local Business is Good for Your Community Posted on Aug 6

Think Local!  7 Reasons Why Supporting Local Business is Good for Your Community

In lean times, consumers pinch pennies and eliminate most luxuries. From cutting back on extras to more prudent spending and budgeting, people inject a degree of caution into their financial habits. In such a volatile environment, smaller, local businesses count on your patronage in order   …Continue Reading Think Local! 7 Reasons Why Supporting Local Business is Good for Your Community

How to Avoid Mosquitoes and Ticks This Summer Posted on Jul 11

How to Avoid Mosquitoes and Ticks This Summer

Mosquitoes and ticks are carriers of diseases which can make people sick, including Eastern Equine Encephalitis, West Nile Virus, and Lyme Disease. Warm days and a higher frequency of outdoor activities make summer a high-risk season for getting bitten by these critters; take precautions when   …Continue Reading How to Avoid Mosquitoes and Ticks This Summer

July is National Parks and Recreation Month Posted on Jul 9

July is National Parks and Recreation Month

The National Parks Service (NPS) was created in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson and has since amassed 401 national parks covering more than 84 million acres of land; nearly 300 million people visit national parks each year. National parks are in every state except Delaware,   …Continue Reading July is National Parks and Recreation Month

It’s that time of year again… Posted on Mar 13

It’s that time of year again…

Tax season is upon us. Massachusetts state income taxes are due to be filed by April 16, 2013. The Massachusetts Department of Revenue website contains plenty of information about how to file your 2012 state income taxes, and here are answers to a few common   …Continue Reading It’s that time of year again…

Feedback Posted on Jan 3

Thanks for visiting our feedback post! We want this blog to be as relevant and helpful to you as possible, so we welcome constructive input.  We’ll work hard to cover a wide variety of topics related to state government and the public services provided by   …Continue Reading Feedback