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Winter Safety Tips Posted on Dec 3

Winter Safety Tips

While Massachusetts winters mean skiing, ice skating, and scenic views across the state, they can also bring extreme cold and severe winter storms. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), Department of Fire Services (DFS), Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), Department of Energy Resources (DOER), and   …Continue Reading Winter Safety Tips

Apply Now for the Massachusetts Firefighter Civil Service Exam Posted on Dec 1

Apply Now for the Massachusetts Firefighter Civil Service Exam

This is a guest blog post from the Civil Service Unit. Firefighters are some of Massachusetts’ most dedicated, hardworking civil servants. If you think you would thrive in a physically challenging job that involves operating heavy hose lines and pumps, maintaining equipment, putting out fires,   …Continue Reading Apply Now for the Massachusetts Firefighter Civil Service Exam

Make It a Massachusetts Thanksgiving: Buy Local Posted on Nov 17

Make It a Massachusetts Thanksgiving: Buy Local

This is a guest blog post from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), written by Program Coordinator Julia Grimaldi. Massachusetts has a special relationship to Thanksgiving — the first feast was celebrated by early American settlers in 1621 at the Plymouth Plantation after a successful   …Continue Reading Make It a Massachusetts Thanksgiving: Buy Local

The Massachusetts Community Compact Initiative Posted on Nov 5

The Massachusetts Community Compact Initiative

In January 2015, Governor Charlie Baker established the Community Compact Cabinet in order to strengthen partnerships between the administration and municipalities. Since then, municipalities like Worcester, Acton, West Springfield, Attleboro, Adams, and Newburyport have joined the program, with more than 40 community compacts signed altogether,   …Continue Reading The Massachusetts Community Compact Initiative

Commemorate Veterans Day in Massachusetts Posted on Nov 3

Commemorate Veterans Day in Massachusetts

On Nov. 11, Massachusetts honors the estimated 380,000 veterans living in the Commonwealth, as well as those who’ve served across the country. Veterans Day is an occasion to publicly recognize the bravery and sacrifices of active-duty and retired military members and their families. Learn about   …Continue Reading Commemorate Veterans Day in Massachusetts

Removing Plastic from Rockport’s Reefs with COASTSWEEP Posted on Oct 13

Removing Plastic from Rockport’s Reefs with COASTSWEEP

This is a guest blog post from the Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), written by Claudia Geib. It was a cool, sunny day in Rockport in late September, and breathing compressed air 20 feet below the surface, I was starting to get a little   …Continue Reading Removing Plastic from Rockport’s Reefs with COASTSWEEP

Pick a Pumpkin from Massachusetts Posted on Oct 8

Pick a Pumpkin from Massachusetts

This is a guest blog post from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR), written by Program Coordinator Julia Grimaldi. The pumpkin may be the quintessential symbol of fall in Massachusetts. New Englanders associate the squash with a change in temperature, shorter days, and Halloween.   …Continue Reading Pick a Pumpkin from Massachusetts

Calling All Treasure Hunters: Join a COASTSWEEP Cleanup This Fall Posted on Sep 8

Calling All Treasure Hunters: Join a COASTSWEEP Cleanup This Fall

This is a guest blog post from the Office of Coastal Zone Management, written by Claudia Geib. If you’ve ever dreamed of searching the shore for pirate loot, now’s your chance! Join a coastal scavenger hunt this fall and help keep your favorite beach trash-free during   …Continue Reading Calling All Treasure Hunters: Join a COASTSWEEP Cleanup This Fall

Veterans’ Services and Advocacy for Women in Massachusetts Posted on Aug 25

Veterans’ Services and Advocacy for Women in Massachusetts

The Commonwealth’s official heroine, Deborah Sampson, fought with courage in the Revolutionary War under a man’s name and was later given the first military pension ever awarded to a woman. Massachusetts celebrates and supports women all year through services for female veterans and advocacy for   …Continue Reading Veterans’ Services and Advocacy for Women in Massachusetts

Know Your Rights as a Tenant, Part 2: After You Move In Posted on Aug 4

Know Your Rights as a Tenant, Part 2: After You Move In

Once you’ve learned your rights as a tenant prior to signing your lease, 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   …Continue Reading Know Your Rights as a Tenant, Part 2: After You Move In