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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Don’t let the bed bugs bite! Posted on Feb 27

Seems like this old time bedtime warning is harder and harder to heed. Bed bug infestations are rampant in many areas of the country. In Massachusetts, landlords are responsible for eradicating insects as required by the State Sanitary Code. 105 CMR 410.550: Extermination of Insects,   …Continue Reading Don’t let the bed bugs bite!

Violence Protection for State Social Workers Posted on Feb 26

A new law, signed by Gov. Deval Patrick as part of a supplemental budget, requires that any state-operated or state-funded human service program providing direct services to clients have a workplace violence prevention and crisis response plan for its social workers, human services workers, volunteers   …Continue Reading Violence Protection for State Social Workers

Sounds of summer Posted on Feb 25

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! It may be still February, but summer is not that far away. With it comes the easily identifiable sound of the ice cream truck. Who can’t remember running toward truck to get their Creamsicle or   …Continue Reading Sounds of summer

Common cold got you down? Posted on Feb 24

A lawyer walks into a bar…Are you tired of the same old jokes? In addition to some more useful pages for attorneys, Gavel2Gavel has some pretty funny stories and jokes and a collection of “totally useless facts”. For the more serious among us, try Lowering   …Continue Reading Common cold got you down?

George Washington Slept Here Posted on Feb 22

George Washington Slept Here

General George Washington had his headquarters in Cambridge during the Siege of Boston from July 1775 to April 1776. The 281st anniversary of Washington’s birth on February 22, 2013 will be celebrated at the Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site in Cambridge with Washington   …Continue Reading George Washington Slept Here

A look at our web use for 2012 Posted on Feb 21

I have to say, we are proud of the amount of information that we have collected and loaded onto the web, as well as how it is organized. Apparently, it seems to be working. In 2012 our web site had 42,035,129 hits. That means we   …Continue Reading A look at our web use for 2012

Do landlord’s have any rights in Massachusetts?*!* Posted on Feb 20

     Well, they certainly have many duties and responsibilities with  respect  to tenants; however, tenants also have many reciprocal duties and responsibilities.   The Greater Boston Real Estate Board has just published the eighth edition of Philip S. Lapatin’s The Landlord Survival Guide/A Must for Owners and   …Continue Reading Do landlord’s have any rights in Massachusetts?*!*

Confused about Cloud Computing? Posted on Feb 19

What is Cloud Computing? It’s the internet–no wires or thumbdrives needed–that you can access anytime, anywhere, using a laptop, ipad, or phone, etc. The capability to easily access information stored in a cloud, is the latest techno-topic of interest to attorneys. Cloud storage provides the ease of consolidating, maintaining and accessing information, but the security of confidential client information   …Continue Reading Confused about Cloud Computing?

Doesn’t a landlord have to provide window shades? Posted on Feb 18

What a landlord must legally provide to tenants in rental property is clearly listed in several sections of 105 CMR 410.  Among them are a kitchen sink, a working stove and oven, a toilet and washbasin, a bathtub or shower, light fixtures in the kitchen, bathroom, halls and stairways, heat (but not   …Continue Reading Doesn’t a landlord have to provide window shades?

Washington’s Birthday Posted on Feb 17

George Washington’s birthday became a federal holiday in 1878 for government offices in  the District of Columbia, and in 1885, the law was expanded to include all federal government offices.  The holiday was observed on Washington’s actual birthday of February 22.  “In 1968, Congress passed the Monday Holidays Act, which moved   …Continue Reading Washington’s Birthday