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Yearly Archives: 2020

Shopping Series 2020: Online Shopping Posted on Nov 25

Shopping Series 2020: Online Shopping

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are days away. And, the countdown to Christmas, Hanukah, and Kwanza is on. Are you ready to shop this holiday season? As you make your shopping list and check it twice, you will likely find yourself buying more things online   …Continue Reading Shopping Series 2020: Online Shopping

Fraud Alert: Unemployment Benefits & ID Theft Posted on Nov 17

Fraud Alert: Unemployment Benefits & ID Theft

Driven by the economic downturn brought on by pandemic related restrictions, unemployment across the U.S. is at a historic high. While national and local averages slowly decline across the country, unemployment fraud is on the rise. For many the unemployment benefit is a lifeline. Unfortunately, for   …Continue Reading Fraud Alert: Unemployment Benefits & ID Theft

Winter is Coming, Are You Ready? Posted on Nov 3

Winter is Coming, Are You Ready?

The days are getting shorter, and the nights are getting a lot colder. As New Englanders we are beginning to switch the items in our  wardrobes from light weight tee-shirts to heavy cardigans. This fall your closet should not be the only room in the   …Continue Reading Winter is Coming, Are You Ready?

Halloween During the COVID Era Posted on Oct 29

Halloween During the COVID Era

Ordinarily, scary things on Halloween are confined to spooky movies, frightening costumes, and the possibility of tainted goodies, but this year COVID-19 presents additional concerns for trick-or-treaters and those giving out candy. Just as with other activities, precautions can be taken to make Halloween safe   …Continue Reading Halloween During the COVID Era

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week Posted on Oct 29

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

October 25 – 31, 2020 – is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW). The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and their partners have organized this to heighten awareness   …Continue Reading National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: #BeCyberSmart Posted on Oct 21

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: #BeCyberSmart

These days the line between our real and online lives is becoming thinner and thinner each day as we are constantly connected to the internet. This is even more true during the pandemic where remote work, home-schooling, and online shopping have become the norm –   …Continue Reading Cybersecurity Awareness Month: #BeCyberSmart

Have you gotten a collection call about a debt you don’t recognize? Posted on Sep 29

Have you gotten a collection call about a debt you don’t recognize?

Nobody likes getting debt collection calls. But have you ever gotten one for a debt you already paid — or you know isn’t yours? Or have you been threatened and harassed by a debt collector until you paid up? If so, we want you to   …Continue Reading Have you gotten a collection call about a debt you don’t recognize?

National Preparedness Month: National Flood Insurance Program Facts Posted on Sep 22

National Preparedness Month: National Flood Insurance Program Facts

You never know when rainfall may lead to a major flood. National Preparedness Month is a great time to make sure your home and belongings are prepared for the unexpected. Having a flood in your home can cause major destruction, leading to costly repairs. Programs   …Continue Reading National Preparedness Month: National Flood Insurance Program Facts

Ballot Question 1: Right to Repair Posted on Sep 18

Ballot Question 1: Right to Repair

Should you, or shouldn’t you? 2020 Massachusetts Ballot Question 1 has a lot of voters wondering which option is best for the people of the Commonwealth as proponents on each side spend millions on advertising to convince you to vote one way or the other.   …Continue Reading Ballot Question 1: Right to Repair

Tuition Reimbursement Insurance Posted on Sep 17

Tuition Reimbursement Insurance

There are lots of things that parents worry about when they send their children off to college, a global pandemic has not conventionally been one of them – until now. A year ago, no one would have predicted the outbreak of Coronavirus, or its impact   …Continue Reading Tuition Reimbursement Insurance