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Moving to Massachusetts, Part 3: Employment, Education, Insurance, and Taxes Posted on Jul 24

Moving to Massachusetts, Part 3: Employment, Education, Insurance, and Taxes

From finding a job and choosing an insurance plan to discovering education options and learning about state tax laws, newcomers to Massachusetts have a lot to consider. Fortunately, state agencies provide resources to help new residents make fully informed decisions for themselves and their family.   …Continue Reading Moving to Massachusetts, Part 3: Employment, Education, Insurance, and Taxes

Moving to Massachusetts: Part 2 Driver’s Licenses and Motor Vehicle Registration Posted on Jul 23

Moving to Massachusetts: Part 2 Driver’s Licenses and Motor Vehicle Registration

  When moving to a new state, there is more paperwork to complete than simply filing a change of address form with the U.S. Post Office. From obtaining a new license from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles to registering your vehicle at your new   …Continue Reading Moving to Massachusetts: Part 2 Driver’s Licenses and Motor Vehicle Registration

Moving to Massachusetts, Part 1: Planning Your Move Posted on Jul 22

Moving to Massachusetts, Part 1: Planning Your Move

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts welcomes new residents to enjoy all the state has to offer. Because moving to a new state can be both exciting and stressful, the following tips for newcomers aim to make your relocation to the Bay State as smooth as possible.   …Continue Reading Moving to Massachusetts, Part 1: Planning Your Move

Summer Meal Programs for Families in Need Posted on Jul 10

Summer Meal Programs for Families in Need

More than 229,170 Massachusetts children live in food-insecure households. Without school meals to depend on, food insecurity can rise as the summer approaches. Since 1968, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) has provided food assistance for low-income families in Massachusetts. The program provides free, nutritious   …Continue Reading Summer Meal Programs for Families in Need

Out Is In – 6 Tips for Celebrating Park & Recreation Month Posted on Jul 8

Out Is In – 6 Tips for Celebrating Park & Recreation Month

Three out of every 10 American adults don’t spend any time outside daily, and of those that do, most spend less than 30 minutes outdoors. Since 1985, the U.S. National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has tried to lower that ratio by celebrating the month   …Continue Reading Out Is In – 6 Tips for Celebrating Park & Recreation Month

10 Tips for Staying Safe in the Sun Posted on Jun 3

10 Tips for Staying Safe in the Sun

While some exposure to sunlight can be enjoyable and even healthy, in excess the sun can be detrimental to your health. Each year in Massachusetts, more than 200 people die from a type of skin cancer called melanoma, and in 2010, over 60,000 Americans were   …Continue Reading 10 Tips for Staying Safe in the Sun

Support Your Local Farmer’s Market Posted on Jun 2

Support Your Local Farmer’s Market

Supporting a local farmer’s market can decrease your carbon footprint, strengthen your connection with your community, and help you stay fit and healthy. Massachusetts farmers are as abundant as the offerings they produce, so add some local flavor to your meals by purchasing direct from the   …Continue Reading Support Your Local Farmer’s Market

Get Ready in the Calm before the Storm: Hurricane Preparedness Posted on May 22

Get Ready in the Calm before the Storm: Hurricane Preparedness

The best time to prepare for a hurricane is well before you hear warnings on the radio. Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 25-31, is a time to get ready for whatever comes your way when New England hurricane season hits June 1 through November 30. In   …Continue Reading Get Ready in the Calm before the Storm: Hurricane Preparedness

Ten Ways to be Mindful of Mental Health Month Posted on May 13

Ten Ways to be Mindful of Mental Health Month

For more than 65 years, May has been recognized as Mental Health Month by local and national organizations alike. This is a time when, as a nation, we discuss mental health issues and work to improve the overall wellness of our communities. Regardless of your background, you   …Continue Reading Ten Ways to be Mindful of Mental Health Month

Tips for Buying Your First Home in Massachusetts Posted on May 1

Tips for Buying Your First Home in Massachusetts

Spring is a popular time for people to start thinking about purchasing a new home in Massachusetts and around the country. Alongside the anticipation that comes with this endeavor are many questions: Can I afford this? Am I really ready? How do I find and   …Continue Reading Tips for Buying Your First Home in Massachusetts