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Boat Smart from the Start Posted on May 19

Boat Smart from the Start

The simple act of wearing a flotation device can save a life. According to a 2013 U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) recreational boating report, in fatal boating accidents where the victims drowned, 84 percent were not wearing a life jacket. First-time boaters should learn safe practices   …Continue Reading Boat Smart from the Start

Family Support Services for Families Caring for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities Posted on May 15

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 designed to help these families by providing a wide array   …Continue Reading Family Support Services for Families Caring for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

The Many Benefits of Cycling in Massachusetts Posted on May 12

The Many Benefits of Cycling in Massachusetts

Whether you’re biking to get in shape, get to work, or have some fun, the Commonwealth has something to offer you. The Department of Public Health (DPH), the Department of Transportation (MassDOT), the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), and the Department of   …Continue Reading The Many Benefits of Cycling in Massachusetts

Preventive Screenings to Improve Women’s Health Posted on May 11

Preventive Screenings to Improve Women’s Health

Every woman can improve her health, whether by moving more or getting regular checkups and preventive screenings recommended by her doctor. Two preventive screenings, in particular, can pay dividends for many women: breast cancer and cervical cancer exams. The Department of Public Health (DPH)’s Care   …Continue Reading Preventive Screenings to Improve Women’s Health

High Blood Pressure: What It Is and What You Can Do About It Posted on May 5

High Blood Pressure: What It Is and What You Can Do About It

Around one in three adults (70 million) in the United States currently has high blood pressure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of those, about one-fifth are not aware that they have it. Recognizing the risk factors of high blood pressure   …Continue Reading High Blood Pressure: What It Is and What You Can Do About It

Learn How to Prevent Electrical Fires in Your Home Posted on May 1

Learn How to Prevent Electrical Fires in Your Home

Simple safety tips from the Department of Fire Services (DFS) and regular home maintenance can reduce the risk of electrical fires, keeping you and your family safe.

Rabies in Massachusetts: What You Should Know Posted on Apr 30

Rabies in Massachusetts: What You Should Know

Rabies may be found in a variety of animals native to the Commonwealth, including raccoons, skunks, bats, woodchucks, and foxes. These animals can infect humans and pets, so residents should understand the symptoms of rabies in Massachusetts wildlife and stay clear of possibly infected animals.

Responsible Pet Ownership in Massachusetts Posted on Apr 24

Responsible Pet Ownership in Massachusetts

Having a pet is a privilege that comes with responsibilities. Maintaining your pet’s health, ensuring it has the proper identification, and making sure to clean up after it benefits you, your pet, and the Commonwealth. The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) , the Department   …Continue Reading Responsible Pet Ownership in Massachusetts

Filing for Divorce in Massachusetts Posted on Apr 23

Filing for Divorce in Massachusetts

More than 844,000 couples divorced in the United States in 2008, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The divorce process varies between states, and you must meet certain requirements to file in the Commonwealth. The Massachusetts Court System (MCS) provides guidelines for filing for divorce   …Continue Reading Filing for Divorce in Massachusetts

A Helpful Guide to Filing for Unemployment in Massachusetts Posted on Apr 21

A Helpful Guide to Filing for Unemployment in Massachusetts

Unemployment Insurance (UI) from the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) offers temporary income compensation to unemployed Massachusetts workers while they are seeking new employment. The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) has useful basic information to help residents who’ve recently lost their jobs file   …Continue Reading A Helpful Guide to Filing for Unemployment in Massachusetts