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Suicide Prevention for Veterans posted on Feb 10

The Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act has passed unanimously through the House and Senate and now awaits President Obama’s signature. The act calls for: Better access to mental health information, Establishing a community outreach pilot program to help veterans transition from active   …Continue Reading Suicide Prevention for Veterans

It’s Cold! posted on Jan 8

Cold air has arrived and it will be here for a while. You can find information on winter heating, regulations, and heating assistance here. A variety of helpful tips for coping with the extreme cold can be found on the Massachusetts state website. Be prepared   …Continue Reading It’s Cold!

Election Law posted on Oct 8

November 4th will be Election Day. To vote in this year’s election you must register by October 15th. Residents of Massachusetts can vote by absentee ballot if they: will not be in town on Election Day have a physical disability cannot go to the polls due to religious beliefs deployed military   …Continue Reading Election Law

Mandatory GPS for Certain Sex Offenders posted on Sep 8

In Commonwealth v. Guzman, the SJC decided that the sentencing judge lacked discretion on GPS as a part of probation.The defendant had pleaded guilty to disseminating visual material depicting a child in a state of nudity or sexual conduct. He was charged under G.L. c. 265,   …Continue Reading Mandatory GPS for Certain Sex Offenders

Stretch Energy Code Increases Energy Efficiency posted on Jul 8

Massachusetts municipalities looking for a more rigorous energy efficiency standard than the Commonwealth requires have an alternative.  Appendix 115.AA of the Massachusetts Building Code, known as the Stretch Energy Code is an option for towns and cities interested in more energy efficient building standards than   …Continue Reading Stretch Energy Code Increases Energy Efficiency

Summer Jobs and Child Labor Laws posted on Jun 8

School is ending and summer is here. For many young people this means finding a summer job. If you are under 18, you will need to obtain a work permit from your Superintendent of Schools. The Department of Labor has a chart of how the process operates. There   …Continue Reading Summer Jobs and Child Labor Laws

ShotSpotter helps fight crime

ShotSpotter helps fight crime posted on Apr 8

Several cities (such as Springfield, Boston, Dorchester and Brockton) in Massachusetts use ShotSpotter technology to help fight crime. ShotSpotter is a system of audio devices that monitor an area to listen for gun shots. Once a shot is heard the police are notified via a gps   …Continue Reading ShotSpotter helps fight crime

Did you know that a friend can perfom your wedding ceremony? posted on Feb 8

While couples are usually married by a member of the clergy or Justice of the Peace, they could also choose to have a friend or family member officiate at their wedding. This person simply needs to apply for a One Day Marriage Designation from the Governor’s   …Continue Reading Did you know that a friend can perfom your wedding ceremony?