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November Events in Massachusetts

‘Tis the season! The holidays are coming and there are many great, family-friendly events around the Bay State to get you in the spirit! From delicious dinners to festivals, November in Massachusetts is sure to be fun for the whole family.

Flavors of Fall – November 17, 2014 – Cambridge, MA

Some of the Greater Boston area’s most talented chefs will come together for one delicious night to benefit Youth on Fire at the Royal Sonesta. Flavors of Fall  features a menu filled with seasonal New England foods, as well as wine, beer and cocktail tastings – and all for a good cause! Proceeds from the event will go to Youth on Fire, which provides services and resources to homeless and unstably housed young adults in the Cambridge area.

Castleberry Holiday Arts & Craft Festival – November 21-23, 2014 – Worcester, MA

Shopping local this holiday season is made easy with the Castleberry Holiday Arts & Craft Festival! Just head on over to the DCU Convention Center in Worcester to browse hundreds of American made gifts, from pottery to scarves to jewelry. Tickets are $8 for adults, children under 14 are free. Come hungry, there will be a “food sampling extravaganza,” with delicious foods like homemade fudge, gourmet popcorn and jams, and carolers will be roving around to get shoppers into the holiday spirit.

Thanksgiving at Plimoth Plantation – November 27, 2014 – Plymouth, MA

Celebrate Thanksgiving where it all began! Share your Thanksgiving dinner with the pilgrims at Plimoth Plantation, but get your tickets quick! The America’s Thanksgiving Dinner has already sold out, but there are still seatings at the Thanksgiving Buffet available. Featuring a full Thanksgiving menu of fresh ingredients, Thanksgiving at Plimoth Plantations is sure to be an unforgettable experience. The Plantation will be open on Thanksgiving Day, with regularly scheduled events throughout the day so you can learn more about life in the 1600s after your meal.

Moonlight Magic – November 28, 2014, 4:30PM – Shelburne Falls, MA

Moonlight Magic is an event the whole family will enjoy! During this magical night, Shelburne Falls becomes aglow thanks to 1,800 luminary candles and gets into the spirit of the season with a town parade, food vendors and extended hours at local shops. You may even run into some familiar faces – Santa, the Grinch, the Snow Princess and others will be out and about! There will be music, movies and even a Santa’s Workshop – something fun for everyone in your family!

City of Lights – November 29, 2014 – Lowell, MA

Celebrate the season with this parade through beautiful downtown Lowell, while enjoying local shopping and dining! The parade features floats and costumed characters, and ends with the Lighting of City Hall and the community tree. There is even a hot chocolate competition! The City of Lights parade is a great way to get into the holiday spirit for the whole family.

Massachusetts Events This June!

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The summer season is about to begin and there are tons of events going on across the Bay State!  With so many fun things to do, it’s hard to narrow it down to a few!  We did it though, and these events sound like some of the best places to be this June!

Cambridge River Festival – This FREE one day festival on the banks of the Cambridge River celebrates anything and everything to do with the arts.  This event is extremely popular, and typically attracts over 200,000 people!  It is being held on Saturday, June 1st from 12 noon – 6 PM, the severe weather rain date is June 2nd.  There will be stages filled with performers including jazz, folk, and roots music, poetry, theater performances, and interactive displays as well!  There will be family art-making activities, demonstrations, arts and crafts, and a wide variety of food!  If you’re a lover of art, food, dancing, the outdoors, and Boston, this event is not to be missed!

Mass Audubon Native Plant Sale and Open House – Head to Plymouth this Sunday, June 2nd for this family friendly event!  The plant sale and open house will be at the Mass Audubon North River Wildlife Sanctuary from 10 AM – 3 PM and there will be plenty of tips, tricks, and items for sale that will help you transform your yard for summer!  Learn how to attract birds and butterflies to your garden, take guided tours of their bird, rain, and butterfly gardens, and ask gardening experts any questions you may have.  There will also be children’s activities planned and don’t forget to stop by the gift shop and pick out a bird house!

Boston Dragon Boat Festival – This event is sure to be a fun time for every member of your family, and it’s a fun way to experience and learn about the Chinese culture.  Dragon Boat racing is an old Chinese tradition, and from June 8-9 you can watch 30-40 teams compete in this race that runs along the Charles River through Cambridge and Boston.  Enjoy a day in the sun at this event, there will be various types of Asian food, live performances, and even arts and crafts that represent Chinese culture.  Don’t miss out on this exciting festival that is perfect for all ages!

Provincetown Film Festival – Who doesn’t love a good movie?  This month you’ll have five days in a row to check out new and exciting films making their debut at this festival.  This 5 day celebration begins on Wednesday, June 19th and ends on Sunday, June 23rd in historic Provincetown.  There are special events going on each day including an opening night party, night at the drive-in, and poolside chat!  Ticket prices vary based on what type you purchase, and you can either get tickets to an individual event, or various types of passes to multiple events.    This is the perfect way to celebrate summer in this fun, unique town by the sea!

These outdoor festivals and events are the perfect way to kick off summer!  How many do you plan on going to? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

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Free Events Just In Time For The Holidays!

Who isn’t trying to save their pennies around the holidays?  Traveling, presents, parties, and other yule-tide events may take away from your budget but don’t worry, we’ve got your back!  These events are totally free, fun and will help keep your funds in line for the holiday season!

8th Annual Holidays On The Green –  This family friendly event takes place at The Pinehills in Plymouth Saturday, December 1st and has something for everyone! Children will love the petting zoo and getting their picture with Santa, followed by decorating some holiday sugar cookies! Bring your furry friends as well!  Guests can walk in or watch the “Reindog” parade where there will be tons of costumes and prizes!  Victorian carolers will be strolling the streets singing classic holiday tunes, sculptors will be whittling masterpieces out of ice, and there are a bunch of tiny shops to stop by and do some Christmas shopping.  Close out the day by watching the tree lighting on the green, it’s the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season!

North End Walking Tour – The North End is one of Boston’s oldest neighborhoods and now’s your chance to take a tour of this historic gem.  Stroll the streets where Paul Revere and Cotton Mather once walked, stop by Mike’s Pastry for a cannoli, or even sample some of the local Italian cuisine that has made the neighborhood so popular with tourists.  Hosted by Free Tours By Foot, the free tours are every Saturday at 2 PM and last about 2 hours.  Although the tour is free, reservations are required and donations are welcome!  Take advantage of these free historic tours before the weather gets too nasty, the North End is especially beautiful during the holiday season, and this tour is the perfect way to burn some calories before enjoying some Italian food!

Constructing Holiday Tradition – The USS Constitution, or Old Ironsides as it is affectionately known, is hosting a holiday event perfect for families!  Stop by the USS Constitution Museum any day from now until December 24th to make your very own holiday ornament!  This daily event runs from 10 AM – 5 PM and is completely free.  Stop by with your little one(s) and they can make their very own ornament that will decorate the Christmas tree on board Old Ironsides herself.    Ornaments made before December 2nd will be placed on the tree in time for the annual lighting ceremony that night!  If ornaments are made after the tree is lit, children can climb aboard the ship and put the ornament on the tree themselves!  Want to make your own ornament to bring home?  The USS Constitution museum will have two different types for sale, the classic wooden “anchors aweigh” ornament for $2, or a new, limited edition copper ornament for $5.  Proceeds benefit the museums educational programs so you would be supporting a wonderful cause!

La Salette Christmas Festival of Lights – This National Shrine in Attleboro, MA is famous for their annual Christmas Festival of Lights!  Beginning in 1953, this festival has grown into a massive celebration with over 300,000 lights, concerts, displays, and much more.  Stop by the shrine and see their outdoor Creche, listen to some festive music, and visit with Clopper the Christmas donkey!  The lights span over 10 acres and illuminations are from 5 PM – 9 PM daily, until January 6, 2013.  This event is free to the public but donations are always accepted and appreciated!

Get into the holiday spirit this month with these festive and free events!  They are perfect for families and there is something for everyone!

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Obama In Framingham & Ways to Seek Flood Relief

President Obama Visits Framingham, Massachusetts - Adresses Federal State of Disaster

President Barack Obama made an unprecedented stop in Framingham, Massachusetts yesterday. After a speech on health care reform in Portland and before two fundraising appearances in Boston, President Obama visited the  Emergency Management Agency. At the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency Obama met with Governor Deval Patrick to receive an update on the flooding caused by the El Nino weather pattern over the past few weeks and thank workers and officials for their dedication and efforts to combat the flood.

The President declared a federal disaster in Bristol, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk and Worcester counties. As a result of the federal disaster the Internal Revenue Service has postponed the federal April 15th deadline for filing to May 11th.It is important to not however that the extension is only applies to those who own a business or reside in the declared federal disaster area. For further information about the specific tax relief being provided, visit the IRS web site here.

Individual Assistance Programs administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) include individuals and households programs, disaster unemployment assistance, crisis counseling, legal assistance, tax relief, and Small Business Administration disaster loans.

Business and homeowners may apply for assistance programs by contacting the FEMA Teleregistration numbers: 800-621-FEMA (3362) or 800-462-7585 for those who are hearing- and speech-impaired. You may also apply for the assistance programs online at: http://www.fema.gov. For information about the Small Business Administration low interest loans and other aid contact the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955, 800-877-8339 for the speech- or hearing-impaired. SBA may also be reached by sending an e-mail to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov or visiting www.sba.gov.

Before contacting FEMA/ SBA pelase have on hand: your Social Security number, telephone number where you can be reached, address of damaged property, current mailing address, a brief description of disaster-related damages and losses as well as insurance information and direct deposit information to expedite the transfer of funds.

Deval Writes Obama for Flood Disaster Declaration

Governor Deval Patrick has written President Obama asking for a declaration of disaster in Massachusetts. This would bring federal funds to residents and businesses who have suffered losses from the recent storm and flooding. Patrick’s office has reported hundreds of homes suffering significant, uninsured damages; more than 1,000 experienced minor but still considerable losses; and many nursing homes have needed to be evacuated. Residents still question whether their homes are safe to live in after sustaining major damages.

His letter to the president cites the record breaking rainfall of 6 to 10 inches in some areas of Bristol, Essex, Norfolk, Middlesex, Plymouth and Suffolk counties. The letter specifically mentions the death of a Middleton resident while he was pumping water out of his business and hospitalization of a Dedham man injured when a sewer pipe burst while removing water from his basement.

“Floodwaters poured into thousands of homes and hundreds of businesses, forcing residents to evacuate and posing health risks associated with sewage backups and mold growth,”

Governor Deval Patrick in his letter to the President

A disaster declaration may open a verity of programs to both residents and businesses according to Peter Judge, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. Federal grants may be given to residents to make home repairs and replace heating or electrical systems. Federal funding may also help those who have been displaced due to flooding by helping pay for the temporary housing costs. Disaster programs would be made available to residents in Essex, Middlesex, Worcester, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bristol, and Plymouth counties. Last week Federal Emergency Management Agency and state emergency officials inspected flooded areas to appreciate damages suffered by homeowners.

Although the rain has held off thus far Massachusetts residents are in for another trying weekend. Pull out your winter jackets and gloves, according to the National Weather Service temperatures are to drop today and tomorrow with a chance of rain.

Reduced RMV Lines!

The PatrickMurray Administration has moved forward in an effort to make transportation agencies more accountable and strengthen customer service. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) introduced two new RMV initiatives this month that will encourage saving time for driver’s visits to the RMV to cancel a vehicle registration.

An average of 45,000 customers visit an RMV branch to cancel their vehicle registration a month. Prior to the new implementations drivers would have to wait in line at a branch to turn in their plates and receive a proof of cancellation. Today massDOT posted two additional options to cancel a vehicle’s registration:

  • Option 1: Visit the RMV’s online branch at www.mass.gov/rmv to verify plate cancellation. The customer will be instructed to destroy or recycle their license plates and need not visit a branch to return them.
  • Option 2: Under a pilot program available in the Watertown branch and expanded to Wilmington, Worcester and Plymouth by the end of the month, customers will be able to return their plates using a touch-screen kiosk in the branch lobby without waiting in line. Customers will use the touch-screen kiosk to print their own cancellation notices and deposit their canceled plates into the kiosk.

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles has made a large move encouraging drivers to use the online website by offering additional services through the RMV website. Drivers applying for a new license or converting an out-of-state license may fill out the majority of the paperwork online and be ready to complete the transaction in a branch, decreasing the amount of time spent in the branch itself. Other online services offered by the RMV include: license and registration renewals, ordering a Fast Lane transponder, driving record and crash police reports, reviewing a registration, title or lien, and signing up to become an organ and tissue donor.

Online plate cancellation was added to www.mass.gov/rmv website last month as a soft launch.  Thus far the online cancellation has been used by 3,230 customers. Although this service is only a small portion of RMV operations, programmers are looking adding other simple service transactions to self-help kiosks such as paying tickets or citations.

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