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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

Know Your Rights as a Tenant, Part 1: Before You Move In Posted on Jul 31

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

According to the United States Census Bureau (USCB), as of 2013, 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 also important that you keep your   …Continue Reading Know Your Rights as a Tenant, Part 1: Before You Move In

Seeking Local Beach Cleanup Coordinators for COASTSWEEP 2015 Posted on Jul 16

Seeking Local Beach Cleanup Coordinators for COASTSWEEP 2015

This is a guest blog post from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management, written by Claudia Geib. What do a couch cushion, corn cob pipe, toenail clipper, fake mustache, and cement dragon have in common? They’re all items that were found on Massachusetts beaches   …Continue Reading Seeking Local Beach Cleanup Coordinators for COASTSWEEP 2015

Celebrate Independence Day in Massachusetts Posted on Jun 30

Celebrate Independence Day in Massachusetts

As the state where the Boston Tea Party, Battle of Bunker Hill, and first shots of the American Revolution occurred, Massachusetts is a special place to celebrate the 4th of July. Whether you’re looking for a free event for the family or a way to   …Continue Reading Celebrate Independence Day in Massachusetts