Who doesn’t enjoy tossing back an ice cold brew? Why not grab some friends and visit of one of the many breweries across the Bay State? You can take a tour, see how the beer is brewed and bottled, and enjoy a few samples along the way! Doesn’t get much better than that does it?
Samuel Adams Brewery – This is probably the first brewery that comes to mind when people think of breweries in Massachusetts. They have over 30 styles of beer and have been brewing since 1984. Their seasonal brews are very popular, especially Sam Adams Octoberfest which is currently in season. Located in Boston, they offer tours from 10 AM-3 PM Monday-Thursday, from 10 AM-5:30 PM on Fridays, and from 10 AM-3 PM on Saturdays. The tours leave every 45 minutes and last about an hour. After your tour, enjoy three free samples! Does it get better than that? The tours are free but a $2 donation is suggested and benefits local charities. They do not accept reservations so it is recommended that you show up as early in the tour day as possible, especially on Saturdays as they typically hit tour capacity by noon.
Cisco Brewers – You may have heard of their flagship beer, Whale’s Tale Pale Ale but did you know they also operate a distillery and winery as well as their brewery? Take a tour and see it all! Located in Nantucket, Cisco Brewers offers tours on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday in the fall at 4 PM (they will likely be slowing down to only Friday and Saturday tours for the winter so call before you arrive) and every day in the summer. The tours last for an hour or hour and a half and cost $20 which includes many drinks along the way, a tasting glass, and entrance into their brewery, winery, and distillery. They also have a bar on site that is open from 10 AM- 7 PM where you can taste samples as well if tours are not taking place during your visit.
Harpoon Brewery – Located in Boston’s seaport district, Harpoon Brewery has been brewing quality craft beers since 1986. They are known for their range of Harpoon and UFO beers, all of which you can enjoy during a tasting session after your tour. Tours are given on Saturday from 10:30 AM-5 PM and on Sunday from 11:30 AM – 3 PM and cost $5 which benefits the Harpoon Helps Charity and goes towards your souvenir glass as well. The tours leave every half hour and last an hour, space is limited and tickets are sold on a first come first serve basis so it is recommended that you arrive early. On weekdays they offer tastings Monday-Friday at 2 PM and 4 PM. These tastings are complimentary and take place in the tasting room, they include a history of the brewery and samples. Because the brewery is at full bottling and brewing capacity during the week they do not offer tours, however if you’re planning on attending a tasting arrive early, especially for the 4 PM Friday tasting, which often reaches capacity.
Wachusett Brewing Company – The brain child of three college buddies, Wachusett Brewing Company has been committed to brewing and selling the freshest, highest quality beer since they founded the brewery in 1993. You may have heard of their Wachusett Blueberry, Country Pale Ale, IPA, or festive Green Monsta IPA, and if not you’re missing out. They have many other beer varieties in addition to those mentioned above, which you can try at one of their brewery tours. Located in Westminster, MA the brewery offers tours on Wednesday and Thursday from noon-4 (last tour at 3), and Friday and Saturday from noon-5 (last tour at 4). They also have a store on site that is open Wednesday and Saturday from noon-5 and Thursday and Friday from noon-6 with merchandise available.
Grab some friends this weekend and take a ride out to one of these breweries across the Bay State! What better way to celebrate Octoberfest than by touring a few local breweries. Of course tastings and samples are for guests 21 + and all attendees are encouraged to enjoy responsibly and designate a driver. In addition, be sure that you are properly insured when you hit the road this weekend, if you have any questions or would like a quote, call us at (866) 963-8231 or click MassDrive.
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It’s time for one of everyone’s favorite fall activities, raking leaves! Kidding, but seriously it’s a dirty job and someone’s gotta do it! We know it’s not the most ideal way to spend a beautiful fall afternoon, but hopefully these tips will make the process as quick and painless as possible.
- Don’t begin raking until your grass stops growing, if you still need to mow your lawn, the lawn mower will break up the leaves that have already fallen, which is good for the grass.
- Make sure you’re wearing the proper attire to rake. Long layers are best and will protect you from getting cut up by stray sticks or branches. You’ll also want to be sure you have gloves on. Blisters are a very common injury resulting from raking, gloves will stop those but they also provide some extra protection from dirt, sticks and bugs when you’re picking up the leaves.
- You also want to make sure you have a reliable rake that won’t make the process longer. A sturdy rake with wide tines will help you rake more leaves at a time which is a big help, and you won’t have to stop to clean it out as frequently.
- Try to rake on a day that isn’t too windy, otherwise you’ll be raking and re-raking the same leaves over and over. If it does happen to be windy while you’re raking, keep the wind direction in mind and try to keep your back to it so that you’re not raking leaves into the wind, otherwise the leaves will blow right back at you.
- Wet leaves are heavier than dry ones, if you know it is going to rain the day you plan to rake, try to get to the leaves either before it rains or after it has stopped raining and the leaves have dried out. Not only are the leaves heavier when wet, they will likely have mud or dirt all over them and make the process of raking that much more unpleasant and messy.
- Avoid back pain by moving around frequently and avoid twisting around to rake from different angles. Move your feet and when you pick up the leaves lift with your legs not your back.
- Remember, you don’t necessarily need to rake every leaf off of your lawn. Leaves that get stuck under trees or bushes can actually be a good thing because they eventually break down and provide nutrients to the soil and roots in the area. It’s the same way leaves that are broken down by your mower can actually benefit your lawn, leaves make great compost materials as well.
- If you have a leaf blower, it will make this job a lot easier, just be sure to wear ear protection. Those machines can be extremely loud and if you’re right next to one for a long period of time without ear muffs it could potentially cause some damage or at the very least leave your ears ringing.
- Try to gage how much work it will be and how long it will take to rake up your yard. Depending on the size of your yard, you may want to break up your raking sessions into a few different weekends so you’re not overloaded with too much for one day. If you have a smaller yard or a lot of people that are willing to help you rake, it might be easier to wait until the end of peak foliage season once the majority of leaves have fallen so that you don’t have to rake multiple times. Figure out what scenario would be better for you, it will make the job much easier.
- Don’t forget, raking leaves is some serious cardio so make sure that you drink plenty of fluids and try to stretch your muscles out before and after, otherwise you might be dealing with a few aches and pains the next day!
Although raking is not an easy task, these tips should lighten the load! Try and get as many family members and friends to help as possible, many hands make for light work not to mention it would be much more fun! Happy raking!
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As many of you already know, October is breast cancer awareness month. What better excuse to get out and do something fun than to spread awareness for a good cause? There are many different ways to get involved and help spread the word this month, whether you want to eat, work out, or be entertained there is an event for you!
Fondue For A Cure – Dip In To Fight Breast Cancer – Who doesn’t love fondue? The Melting Pot and Estee Lauder are teaming up to to present this event aimed at fighting Breast Cancer, with proceeds benefitting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Stop by the Melting Pot (Burlington/Bedford location) tonight, October 4th to support this cause. Reservations are required and guests can enjoy a 3 course menu consisting of your choice of cheese fondue, followed by an entree cooked and served fondue style, and closing out with your choice of chocolate fondue. The event is $40 per person and $10 will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. There will also be raffles for Estee Lauder and Melting Pot gift baskets and each attendee will receive a gift bag full of Estee Lauder products and Melting Pot coupons.
Goddesses Of Laughter – This comedy show is perfect for you’re next girls night out! Join in on the fun Friday, October 12th at the Renaissance Boston Patriot Place hotel and spa in Foxboro. This new all female comedy tour is performing for one night only to benefit the Susan G. Komen Passionately Pink For The Cure foundation, they will donate 10% of ticket sales to this worthy cause. Tickets are available for either dinner and the show or for the show only. Tickets are general admission and for the dinner show cost $49 (reservations required), which includes a 3 course prix menu, and are $25 for the show only. Dinner begins at 5:30 PM and the show starts at 8:30 PM, the Renaissance Hotel is also offering a special rate(for those with tickets) on an overnight stay for $159 per room. The tour consists of 5 women who have very unique and diverse comedic styles and have been described as “refined yet quirky”. Come out to support the cause and have some laughs with friends, it’s for a good cause after all!
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk – This walk is organized in cities throughout the country and the American Cancer Society is celebrating the walk’s 20th year in Boston, Sunday October 14th at Boston’s Hatch Shell. There is no registration fee but walkers are encouraged to fundraise for the cause! There is a rolling start between 8-10 AM and walkers can choose either a 2 or 5 mile route. If you know someone who has been affected by this horrible disease or have been affected yourself, this walk is a wonderful way to show your support for awareness and commitment to finding a cure! Not only does the money that you fundraise go towards research, it also supports prevention, early detection, and patient services. This walk is an inspiring event that goes a long way towards honoring survivors, raising awareness, and reducing the risk of getting breast cancer. Want to find other ways to get involved? The American Cancer Society is still looking for volunteers and sponsors for this event! There are also walks taking place on the same day in Cape Cod, Nantucket, Lee/The Berkshires, and Worcester, for more information click here.
Join A Party In Pink Zumbathon – Zumba is sweeping the nation, this latin-inspired dance workout not only helps shed some excess weight, now you can zumba for the cure! Stop by the Book Shack book store on Saturday October 27th for a three hour zumbathon! Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door with all proceeds benefitting the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The Book Shack has 2 locations hosting this event, Taunton at 12 PM and their Kingston book store at 3:30 PM. Get up and get out there! This event is a great deal and not only will you feel great about getting an intense workout in over the weekend, knowing you are supporting a cause that changes lives has to feel pretty good too!
Whatever way you want to give back, there is an event for you this month. Breast cancer affects thousands of families across country, and whether you know someone personally or just want to support the cause and spread awareness, there’s no better time than the present. Not only do your generous donations support research that brings us closer to a cure, they raise awareness, promote early detection which helps prevent the spread of this disease, and support patient services which make a major difference in the day to day lives of patients. There are tons of other ways to get involved this month, look for events in your hometown or purchase products that donate a portion of their sales to charities, getting involved is easier than you think!
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What can you do to give back? Many of us are busy with our own lives but taking the time to help those in need throughout your community not only benefits them but also makes you feel good! You don’t simply have to donate your money either, giving your time to a good cause can be just as helpful. So what can you do to help? There are charity/fundraising events taking place throughout the month that all benefit wonderful organizations in the area, and believe it or not a lot of these events sound like a fun way to give back! Check out these upcoming events for ideas on how you can help those in need!
MSPCA Angell Walk for Animals – Our pets are our best friends, they are always there for us in times of trouble and now it’s our turn to be there for them! This Sunday, September 9th join thousands of local animal lovers for this walk which takes place in 3 seperate locations, Boston, Hyannis, and Newbury and is about 1 mile long. Registration begins at 11 AM and the walk starts at 12 noon. This annual walk first began in 2007 and since then has raised over $1,000,000 to support kindness and care for animals in Massachusetts. The MSPCA relies on this fundraising event to take care of their animals all year long. Proceeds benefit all areas of their organization from animal adoption, to advocacy, to law enforcement, and last but not least their hospital, the Angell Animal Medical Center. Can’t participate in the walk itself but still want to help? The MSPCA is accepting donations in support of the walk itself, a certain walker, or a certain team. This walk goes a long way in supporting the MSPCA and their mission to help as many animals as possible and it is because of the walkers and generous supporters that continue to give back!
6th Annual Project Smile Charity Date Auction – This event is not only being called “Boston’s biggest fall singles event” but the proceeds benefit a wonderful cause. Project Smile is a non-profit organization that donates stuffed animals, small toys, and children’s books to police and fire departments for police officers, firefighters, and paramedics to give to children involved in traumatic situations. Recently they have also launched Operation Elder Care program which donates stuffed animals to elderly people making the difficult transition from life at home to life in a nursing home. So, stop by Gypsy Bar in Boston on Friday, September 14th from 6:30-9 PM and support a great cause while meeting some of Boston’s most eligible singles. Hosted by NECN morning news anchors Steve Aveson and Bridget Blythe, the event is expected to draw over 500 people so get your tickets ASAP! Tickets are $17 each and can be purchased here. Guests can also sign themselves up to register to be auctioned off! This could be your chance to meet the man/woman of your dreams while also helping others so don’t pass it up!
Harbor To The Bay – This charity bike ride began in 2003 and since then has raised over $2,000,000 for local HIV/AIDS organizations. It takes place Saturday, September 15th and riders can choose between 3 routes; Boston to Provincetown (125 miles), Boston to Sagamore Bridge (68 miles) or the Sagamore Bridge to Provincetown (68 miles). This event is looking for both riders as well as volunteers so if biking isn’t your thing there are still different ways you can help! Riders will be required to wear a helmet and there will be pit stops every 15 miles so riders can use the restrooms, have a snack, or rest up for a bit. Riders are also required to fundraise a minimum of $1,000 and pay the $75 registration fee. If that goal is a little steep especially so close to the event, sign up to volunteer! This fundraiser donates 100% of all rider received pledges to their four beneficiaries; Fenway Health Center, AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, Community Research Initiative (CRI), and AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts (AAC). For more information visit their website here.
Don’t miss out on your chance to give back this September! These are all very worthy causes that can use as much help and support as possible, many rely on the generous donations of their supporters and could not do the amazing work that they do without the help of donors and volunteers. Every little bit makes a difference, whatever you can do to help will be greatly appreciated!
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As our business keeps growing, we’ve found the need to expand our dynamic sales team in our Boston office and are now hiring! We’re currently in the market for a hardworking sales representative to join our staff. If you enjoy helping others, have strong organizational and communication skills, and are willing to obtain your P&C license, keep reading and see if the position sounds like a good fit for you!
Position: Sales Representative, MassDrive Insurance Group, LLC
Location: Boston, MA (South Station Area)
MassDrive Direct Insurance Group specializes in providing auto, home and life insurance to Massachusetts and New Jersey consumers. At MassDrive, the agent’s main focus is finding the consumer the best value we can offer and not just trying to provide the cheapest policy available. Our model is designed to provide the consumer with the convenience of shopping from anywhere in the state, but also offering comfort and more accessibility than your local agent.
We are seeking candidates that have:
- A Bachelor’s degree (or working towards one)
- Experience in sales or client service environment
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Bilingual Spanish/English (a plus)
- Integrity and a desire to work hard with good people to do what is best for customers and our company
- An active P&C license (desired, but not required)
Responsibilities will include:
- Fully understanding coverage needs of customers to match them with best carrier
- Responding to inbound calls and making outbound calls to generate new business from quote requests/marketing efforts
- Generating customer base from inbound and outbound leads as well as partnerships
- NO COLD CALLING
You must be willing and able to pass licensing exam. Also you will be required to work a minimum of one Saturday each month (weekly hours are flexible). Compensation will include a Base Salary and attractive commission plan.
This is a unique opportunity with a dynamic and innovative company. If you believe you are sales-minded and self-motivated, please contact us today!
Please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know that over 30,000 cars were stolen in Massachusetts last year alone? That’s a lot of stolen cars and even more of an inconvenience for the victims of theft. If this were to happen to you, what would you do? Would you know who to call or if you were even protected against theft in your insurance policy? The tips and information that follow will set you in the right direction should your car get stolen, and will tell you how to prevent it from being stolen in the first place.
Many people believe that standard liability coverage will protect them should their car get stolen, however this is not the case. The only coverage that can protect you against auto theft is comprehensive coverage. This coverage applies to the loss of the vehicle as well as any parts that might be stolen, such as the air bag. Comprehensive coverage also protects you against fire, vandalism, and weather related damage.
Although comprehensive coverage is not mandatory, it is recommended especially if you have a new or high value car. In fact, having comprehensive and collision coverage can get you a discount of up to 20% from your insurance company! Another way to get a discount? Having an auto recovery device such as LoJack or OnStar can also get you an anti-theft discount of up to 25%. These devices allow law enforcement to track your vehicle through a transmitter, which will hopefully lead to it’s recovery.
Of course the best way to protect yourself against auto theft is to take simple steps the make sure your vehicle is not a target. Definitely don’t leave any valuables in the car, especially if they are visible through the window, this makes you an easy target for car thieves. Also, try to park in well-lit areas whenever possible, thieves will be less likely to try and break into your car if there is more of a possibility that they will be seen. Of course locking your doors and setting an alarm are great deterrents as well.
If your car does happen to get stolen, call the police first! Your insurance company will not process a claim for a stolen vehicle unless there is a police report. After you call the police, contact your insurance company and let them know what happened. Make sure to have your policy number ready when you call so that they can easily assist you.
Lastly, if you happen to witness an auto theft, call the Governor’s Auto Theft Strike Force at 1-800-HOT-AUTO. It is a confidential and toll free auto theft tip line that gives Massachusetts residents the opportunity to combat auto thieves. If you provide information to this hotline that leads to the arrest of a car thief or the location of a chop shop, you could receive a confidential cash reward of up to $10,000! That’s a serious benefit for doing some good! Reporting an auto thief or chop shop makes life easier for everyone, because these theives not only affect the victims of their auto theft, but everyone who lives in that town. The more theft and accidents that occur in a town, the more expensive the insurance premium will be for every resident of that town.
Car thieves are a problem for all of us, make sure that you are protected under your insurance policy, and if you witness an auto theft in person, call the Governor’s Auto Theft Strike Force, not only could you potentially stop a car thief, but it could lead to a reward! Sounds like a win-win situation all around!
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Although it is rare to experience a natural disaster here in Massachusetts, as we saw last summer with Hurricane Irene, anything is possible. That’s why it is more important than ever to make sure that your pet is protected and prepared for the next storm. We’ve found some great animal safety tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to ensure that you and your furry friend are ready to weather the storm together.
- Animals can often sense a storm on the horizon and may try to isolate themselves from it, before and during a storm make sure pets are inside to prevent them from running away.
- Make sure that your pet has their collar on with tags firmly attached should you get separated.
- Keep a “pet survival kit” on hand in case you have to quickly move from your house. It should include enough food for three days (in an air-tight container), enough water for three days, bowls, medicine, first aid supplies, leash, travel crate, kitty litter, litter box, paper towels, cleaning supplies, newspapers (for sanitary purposes), and familiar items such as toys, treats, and blankets which can be comforting during times of stress.
- Keep important documents such as adoption papers, medical records, vaccination history and registration in a water-proof container.
- If you have cats and dogs, separate them during a storm. Even if they typically get along, anxiety caused by the storm can cause pets to behave out of their typical character.
- Have a picture of your pet on hand for identification purposes in case you get separated. If you are evacuating, write your evacuation destination down and attach it to your pet’s collar which will also be useful if your pet does get lost.
- During a disaster situation, feed your pets canned or moist food so that they don’t have to drink as much water.
- Plan ahead: if you know that you are going to have to evacuate, work with your local animal control department, animal shelter, or emergency management office to get tips and advice on where you can bring your pet. Unfortunately, not all evacuation shelters are equipped to take pets as well, however you can research pet-friendly hotels and motels in your area.
- In the days following a natural disaster, make sure that you accompany your pet and leash it whenever it is outside. Familiar areas may have a different scent which can confuse your pet, and new dangers may be introduced to the area such as fallen power lines, or other animals that would not typically reside there.
The absolute most important piece of advice highlighted by FEMA is to take your pet with you if you have to evacuate! Pets are not likely to survive on their own and if by chance they do survive, often times they are lost and difficult to find. If you can not take your pet yourself, work something out with family, friends, or neighbors who may be able to help. Leaving a pet behind should be your absolute last resort and is not recommended at all.
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Many of you may already know that May is National Bike Month, and if you didn’t know then you should check out our blog about it here. What you may not know is that Massachusetts has its own biking celebration during the month of May. Bay State Bike week takes place this year from May 14-20, and anyone is welcome to participate! There are events going on across the entire state including festivals, bike breakfasts, film screenings, scenic rides, charity bike rides, bike repair classes, and much more.
Another great thing about Bay State Bike Week? Anyone can plan and submit an event! Presented by MassBike in partnership with the MassDOT, Bike Week festivities rely on the creativity of their participants. All that is needed to plan an event and get it on the Bay State Bike Week calendar is a location, name for the event, date and time, and description of the activities that will be taking place. Event organizers can submit their event to Bay State Bike Week’s website here.
Want to make your bike rides a bit more interesting? Sign up for the MassCommute Bicycle Week Chanllenge! Sign up with your business, school, municipality, or on your own! This competition is free and open to anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in Massachusetts. How it works is that you keep track of the miles you bike, submit them online and your stats are accrued to your school, place of employment, and community. You can then keep track of how you’re doing on the leader board. Some healthy competition never hurt anyone, sign up today and makes your miles count for yourself and your community!
Boston is hosting their own celebration of bikes as well. In honor of bike week, riders are invited to join in on one of 9 group rides from surrounding Boston areas, all of which end at Boston’s City Hall. Once the bikers arrive at City Hall, there will be a free breakfast, refreshments, vendors, a small expo area, and shops who can examine and repair bikes. The other great thing about this event is that it’s free to sign up! Participants are asked to register so that the organizers can get an accurate head count for the event. For more information on the convoy routes and departure times you can click here.
There are endless ways to get involved with Bay State Bike Week! Even pledging to bike to work/school on those days is a great way to participate. Get up and get active this month, bike week is a great excuse to spend some time outside this spring!
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Did you know that May is National Bike Month? Biking is a popular activity across the country, not only is it a great way to exercise, it is also good for the environment and your budget! However, biking can also be dangerous, especially in highly populated environments and busy roads. In honor of Bike Month, we’ve found some tips for bikers and drivers sharing the road to make sure that both parties are as safe as possible.
Bikers and drivers may not like to share the road, but it is a reality of our everyday lives and being informed could save a life! Bikers have more mobility on the roads than drivers which can make their presence extremely dangerous. They also have less protection from the elements, and if they get hit by a car the outcome will be much worse for them than it would be for someone enclosed in their steel car. Whether you are in your car or on a bike, following these tips will make sure the road is as safe as possible for all.
- Follow the law. Bikers are subject to the same rules as drivers when it comes to stop signs and traffic signals. Biker’s also need to ride with traffic and stay in the far right lane in relation to the direction they’re traveling.
- Be alert to your own surroundings as well as others. Don’t forget that someone in a car has no idea what your next move will be. Signal turns as early as you would if you were driving, and always be sure to check behind you for oncoming traffic when changing lanes. Try not to swerve between parked cars, it’s better to stay in view of all cars on the road. Try to anticipate their next move as well! Watch out for turning vehicles and avoid riding outside of the door zone on parked cars.
- Stay conspicuous, wear bright colors and reflective gear if possible whenever you ride. Making sure a driver sees you is the first step in making sure they don’t hit you.
- Stay off of the sidewalk! It may seem safer than the road but is actually one of the leading causes of crashes.
- Make sure that your bike is in tip top shape before taking it out for a ride. Check the tires, make sure that the chain is smooth, and check the handle brakes if necessary. It doesn’t hurt to be prepared by carrying around small tools for emergency repairs as well!
- Wear a helmet! Not all dangers on the road come from cars, accidents happen and even the most skilled cyclist can have an unexpected fall.
- Slow down! Don’t make any sudden moves or honk your horn, these distractions could cause a frightened biker to accidentally swerve into the road.
- When passing a biker, stay atleast 3 feet away from them to make sure you don’t accidently clip them. This may mean that you have to move into the opposite lane slightly, so make sure that there are no cars coming.
- Although all bikers can be unpredictable, kids are especially dangerous. Keep a sharp eye on them, especailly if you are trying to pass them.
- Always check for bicyclists when turning a corner or in a busy neighborhood, they move fast and can be hard to see.
Keep these rules in mind every month of the year! Although bike month will come to an end, it is a great reminder of the rules we should all be following when sharing the road!
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