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Hurricane Preparedness: Be Ready Before the Storm Posted on Jul 18

Hurricane Preparedness: Be Ready Before the Storm

This is a guest blog post from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). Governor Baker has proclaimed July 16–22, 2017 to be Hurricane Preparedness Week to underscore the Commonwealth’s vulnerability to tropical storms and hurricanes. Historically, the majority of tropical storms and hurricanes that have   …Continue Reading Hurricane Preparedness: Be Ready Before the Storm

Getting Married in Massachusetts: Before the Wedding Posted on Apr 20

Getting Married in Massachusetts: Before the Wedding

If you’re planning your dream wedding in the Bay State, congratulations! Whatever your theme or guest list — should you invite Aunt Edna or your second cousin Joe? — there are a few things you’ll need to do before the big day to make sure   …Continue Reading Getting Married in Massachusetts: Before the Wedding

Family Support Services for Families Caring for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities Posted on Apr 5

Many families across Massachusetts care for loved ones with intellectual disabilities. Through the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) within the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Commonwealth offers a number of programs that provide resources, respite, and support to help these families. According to DDS,   …Continue Reading Family Support Services for Families Caring for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

Child Support in Massachusetts, Part 1: Getting an Order and Managing Payments Posted on Oct 19

Child Support in Massachusetts, Part 1: Getting an Order and Managing Payments

Creating a child support plan is a top concern for most separated or divorced parents in Massachusetts. Figuring out your child support responsibilities and learning how the payment process works can help you create a plan that is best for your child. The Department of Revenue   …Continue Reading Child Support in Massachusetts, Part 1: Getting an Order and Managing Payments

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

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

Know Your Rights as a Tenant, Part 1: Before You Move In Posted on Aug 16

Know Your Rights as a Tenant, Part 1: Before You Move In

According to the United States Census Bureau (USCB), as of 2014, more than 37 percent of Massachusetts homes were occupied by renters. Searching for a rental home, signing a lease, and meeting new neighbors can be exciting, but it’s important to know your rights as a   …Continue Reading Know Your Rights as a Tenant, Part 1: Before You Move In

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

Summer Home Cooling Tips Posted on Jun 30

Summer Home Cooling Tips

It can be tough to enjoy those sultry summer days when your energy bills are rising as fast as the temperatures. Thankfully, a few simple changes can help keep your home cool without blowing your budget. Inside Your Home We’re creatures of habit, but there   …Continue Reading Summer Home Cooling Tips

How to Make Energy-Efficient Home Improvements That Will Help You Save All Year Posted on Jun 14

How to Make Energy-Efficient Home Improvements That Will Help You Save All Year

Between fans and air conditioners in the summer and heaters in the winter, Massachusetts residents are almost always running systems to heat or cool their homes. However, you can easily boost your home’s energy efficiency —  for the summer and the winter — to keep   …Continue Reading How to Make Energy-Efficient Home Improvements That Will Help You Save All Year