Things To Do In MA
September Events!
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Summer’s coming to an end, kids are going back to school, and the weather is cooling down, but there’s still plenty of time to get outside and enjoy these...
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Best Hiking Spots In Massachusetts
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Hiking is a fun way to get some exercise, smell the fresh air, and see something new.  Here in the Bay State, we’re lucky that we have so many...
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Driving Tips
Tips For Taking A Road Trip With The Kids
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Taking a road trip with the kids can really test your patience and planning skills.  Fending off constant questions like “Are we there yet?” and “When’s the next bathroom...
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Travel Tips For Memorial Day Weekend
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Memorial Day Weekend kicks off the beginning of summer, and if you’re planning a fun weekend getaway, you’re not alone.  There will be millions of drivers on the road...
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Furry Friend Friday
Furry Friend Friday With Arlo!
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What’s the best way to start off the weekend? With a Furry Friend Friday interview of course!  We’re back with your weekly dose of cuteness, and today the furry...
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Furry Friend Friday With Recess!
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It’s that time of the week again, Furry Friend Friday!  Today’s interview was especially fun, that’s because we got to spend time with Recess!  No, we’re not talking about...
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Furry Friend Friday With Arlo!

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What’s the best way to start off the weekend? With a Furry Friend Friday interview of course!  We’re back with your weekly dose of cuteness, and today the furry friend we got to speak with is Arlo!  He’s a feisty, 6 month-old terrier mix up for adoption at the Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem and is patiently waiting for his forever family. So Arlo, how does a handsome guy like you find himself in a shelter? Well believe it or not, someone left me tied to a pole!  Can you believe someone would just leave me like that?  Luckily I was found by some nice people and brought to the shelter as a stray.  I was never claimed so now I’m ready to find my new best friend! So what’s your favorite way to spend the day? Running, running, and more running!  I may be small, but these little... [...]
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Is Competition In The Insurance Industry Benefiting Massachusetts Drivers?

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In 2008, the auto insurance market in Massachusetts was deregulated resulting in major changes for both consumers and insurance carriers alike. As more carriers began to write policies in the state, prices initially dropped.  However, prices have since rebounded and now closely resemble what consumers were paying before the industry was deregulated, according to data from the state Division of Insurance.  The question then arises; Is competition in the industry actually benefiting Massachusetts residents? Recently, an article titled “Auto Insurance Rates Bounce Back Up In Mass.” was published in the Boston Globe.  The article was written by Deirdre Fernandes and she tries to determine whether or not consumers are benefiting from competition in the auto insurance industry by studying year-to-year comparisons of auto insurance premiums.  Before deregulation, insurance carriers typically had the same prices and offerings for their consumers, prompting larger carriers to avoid writing policies in Massachusetts due... [...]
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Get Your Home Ready For Fall!

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The time for apple picking, bonfires, football, pumpkins, and beautiful foliage is almost here.  That’s right, fall is on it’s way!  As the seasons change, so do the needs of our homes, which is why it’s so important to make sure yours is ready for fall.  Knowing where to start can be confusing, which is why we’ve come up with these tips to help! Inspect the outside of the home.  You’ll want to make sure there’s not anything that obviously needs to be fixed, especially on the roof.  Look for any missing or damaged shingles, and clean off any debris if it’s possible to do so safely. Clean out the rain gutters.  These can get filled with leaves, nests, and twigs that can weigh it down and cause more damage if not cleaned regularly. Trim bushes and trees.  You’ll also want to check trees for dead branches that could... [...]
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Furry Friend Friday With Recess!

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It’s that time of the week again, Furry Friend Friday!  Today’s interview was especially fun, that’s because we got to spend time with Recess!  No, we’re not talking about running around outside on the playground (although that would be fun), we’re talking about our furry friend!  Recess is his name, and cuteness is his game.  This handsome guy is a 1 year-old greyhound up for adoption at Greyhound Friends, Inc in Hopkinton. So Recess, how did you find yourself in the good old Bay State? Well I made my way all the way up from West Virginia if you can believe it.  During my time down there I was a racing dog!  It’s nice to be retired though, now I’m just ready and waiting to find my perfect forever family. What’s your favorite way to spend the day? I love being around people!  If I’m being totally honest, I... [...]
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Furry Friend Friday With Barcelona!

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Can you think of a better way to kick off a long weekend than by reading about an adorable furry friend? Neither can we!  Today we got to chat with Barcelona, an exotic girl who’s up for adoption at the Sterling Animal Shelter.  This cute girl is a 5 month-old terrier mix who traveled a long way to find her forever family! So Barcelona, I hear you’ve traveled a long way to be here, where are you originally from? You’re right!  I’m actually from Puerto Rico, my name might make you think I’d be from Spain, but nope!  I just arrived here in the U.S. and I’ve only been in the shelter for a few days.  Everyone here is so nice but I’d really like to find a home of my own with a yard where I can run and play! What’s your favorite way to spend the day?... [...]
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September Events!

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Summer’s coming to an end, kids are going back to school, and the weather is cooling down, but there’s still plenty of time to get outside and enjoy these fun events taking place this month in Massachusetts! Hilltown Brewfest – Can you think of a better way to close out summer than by enjoying an ice cold brew on a beautiful day? No? Then you won’t want to miss the Hilltown Brewfest on Saturday, September 6th in New Salem!  Not only is it sure to be a great time, it’s for a great cause as all proceeds will benefit local fire departments.  Relax under the big tents while you sip on different brews of beer, wine, and cider from local brewers and listen to live music from three different bands!  There will also be food available for purchase, free popcorn and the commemorative tasting glass given to guests is... [...]
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Furry Friend Friday With Bijoux!

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It’s that time of the week, time to feature an adorable, fluffy, furry friend up for adoption in Massachusetts!  Today’s special guest for Furry Friend Friday is named Bijoux, he’s a 6 year-old black cat up for adoption at the Scituate Animal Shelter, and he’s been there for a while now so he’s overdue to find his forever family.  This little guy is a real love so if you think he looks like your new best friend be sure and pay him a visit! So Bijoux, I understand that you’ve been at the shelter for a while now, how long exactly? I’ve been here for three months so far, so I’m definitely ready to get out of here!  Don’t get me wrong, everyone at the shelter is great, but I just want to find a place and a family that I can call mine.  Sometimes it’s tougher for adult... [...]
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Tips For Moving Day

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Whether you’re moving into a condo, apartment, house, or dorm room, moving day can be an extremely stressful and taxing experience.  There’s so much to do, packing, labeling, hauling, unpacking, there’s a lot of room for error which is why we thought we’d pull together some helpful tips! Be ready to start early!  Moving day will probably feel like one of the longest of your life, but it’s important to get up early and make sure everything is packed and good to go.  You’ll want to make sure everything is ready once the movers or family and friends arrive. Map out your route and make sure that you, as well as any movers know how to get there all well.  You’ll also want to make sure there’s room for everyone to park and unload. If possible, try and pre-clean your home before you move in.  That way everything will... [...]
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Furry Friend Friday With Fat Louie!

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Happy Furry Friend Friday!  Today’s special guest is named Fat Louie!  This cute little feline is 3 years old and is up for adoption at the Lowell Humane Society.  He’s been at the shelter for a couple of months now and can’t understand why someone hasn’t taken him home yet!  If you’re looking for a big cuddle bug to watch TV with, Fat Louie is your guy so stop in and pay him a visit! So Fat Louie, what’s your favorite way to spend the day? Well I like to get up early and watch the sun rise to start my day, I’m a big morning person, er cat I should say.  After that I like to play with some of my toys, cuddle with my favorite people, and then sit by the window and bird watch. Do you have a favorite toy to play with? Where do I... [...]
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Best Hiking Spots In Massachusetts

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Hiking is a fun way to get some exercise, smell the fresh air, and see something new.  Here in the Bay State, we’re lucky that we have so many great trails to visit, but it can be hard to know which ones to choose, which is why we’ve come up with this list of the best spots to go hiking in Massachusetts! Blue Hills Reservation – Located only a few miles from Boston, the Blue Hills Reservation in Milton offers visitors 125 miles of trails to explore.  There are a variety of plants and wildlife that you may see on your hike, along with historic structures, ponds, swamps, and much more.  Once you reach the rocky mountain summit you’ll see a beautiful view of the Boston skyline in the distance, the perfect spot to rest and take in the sights of the city while also enjoying the seclusion of... [...]
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