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How to Have a Safe Summer in Massachusetts

How to Have a Safe Summer in Massachusetts posted on Jul 28

After a long snowy winter, it’s no surprise that Massachusetts residents are enjoying the warmer weather — but as you dive into summer activities, make sure you’re doing them safely. The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), Department of Public Health (DPH), and Department   …Continue Reading How to Have a Safe Summer in Massachusetts

Hurricane Preparedness: Be Ready Before the Storm

Hurricane Preparedness: Be Ready Before the Storm posted on Jul 23

This is a guest blog post from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). While the Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30, historically the most active time for tropical storms and hurricanes in the Northern Atlantic is August to October. As such,   …Continue Reading Hurricane Preparedness: Be Ready Before the Storm

Celebrate National Park and Recreation Month at DCR Parks in Massachusetts

Celebrate National Park and Recreation Month at DCR Parks in Massachusetts posted on Jul 21

Chances are you’re already close to one of the more than 150 state parks in Massachusetts. Celebrate National Park and Recreation Month this July — get outdoors and host a picnic with friends, hike on a trail, or spend the day bird watching. Learn where the Commonwealth’s many parks   …Continue Reading Celebrate National Park and Recreation Month at DCR Parks in Massachusetts

Seeking Local Beach Cleanup Coordinators for COASTSWEEP 2015

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

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

Becoming a Foster Parent in Massachusetts

Becoming a Foster Parent in Massachusetts posted on Jul 14

Having a nurturing and stable home is essential in a child’s development process. In 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), 5,425 children entered the Massachusetts foster care system in need of temporary role models who could provide guidance as   …Continue Reading Becoming a Foster Parent in Massachusetts

SNAP Benefits Welcome at Many Massachusetts Farmers’ Markets

SNAP Benefits Welcome at Many Massachusetts Farmers’ Markets posted on Jul 9

Crates of sweet cantaloupe, juicy tomatoes, and fresh potatoes — the buzz of a farmers’ market on a sunny afternoon. What could be better? Shopping at farmers’ markets is a fun way to stock up on nutritious, locally grown food. Through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance   …Continue Reading SNAP Benefits Welcome at Many Massachusetts Farmers’ Markets

Health Insurance for Massachusetts Small Businesses

Health Insurance for Massachusetts Small Businesses posted on Jul 7

If you’re a small business owner, you might think that providing health insurance for employees is a luxury you just can’t afford. But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. employers lose $225.8 billion each year in productivity because of employees’   …Continue Reading Health Insurance for Massachusetts Small Businesses

Celebrate Independence Day in Massachusetts

Celebrate Independence Day in Massachusetts posted on Jun 30

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

6 Ways to Protect the Massachusetts Coast

6 Ways to Protect the Massachusetts Coast posted on Jun 26

Did you know that the Massachusetts coastline is long enough to cover the distance from Boston to Miami on Interstate 95? Read these useful tips from the Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) to learn how you can help preserve over 1,500 miles of the Commonwealth’s coast. Stay   …Continue Reading 6 Ways to Protect the Massachusetts Coast

The Importance of Protecting Your Home and Family Against Ticks and Mosquitoes

The Importance of Protecting Your Home and Family Against Ticks and Mosquitoes posted on Jun 24

No one wants to spend their summer worrying about ticks and mosquitoes. Although it’s difficult to escape these pests altogether, you can prevent them from infesting your property and minimize itchy bug bites on you and your family. The Department of Public Health (DPH) and   …Continue Reading The Importance of Protecting Your Home and Family Against Ticks and Mosquitoes