Bay State


Summer Boating Safety

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We hope you have all been enjoying the summer season safely so far! For all of you that enjoy boating around the Bay State, we’ve come up with a few safety tips to keep in mind this summer.  Of course, the first thing on the list is to make sure your boat is ready for the high seas, our “Get Your Boat Ready For Summer Check List” will cover everything you need to do to prepare your vessel for the open water.

Once your boat is ready, there are a few safety tips to keep in mind:

  • If you’re a beginner, take a boating course! It’s not a bad idea for the whole family to be involved either as everyone on the boat should understand how to operate it safely.   These can be extremely helpful in teaching the rules regulations, and safety guidelines of boating.
  • Always make sure there is a fire extinguisher, first aid kit, life jackets, charts, marine radio, anchor, and safety lines on board.  Make sure these safety items are in working order before setting sail.
  • Check the weather before you head out on the water.  You don’t want to be miles out to sea just as a storm is about to roll in.  If you’re out on the water and you notice the clouds begin to darken, winds shift, or temperatures drop, your best bet is to play it safe and head back to shore.
  • Another thing to do before you head out, let someone know your plan for the day, including where you plan on boating to and how long you plan to be gone. You can tell either a family member or a staff member at your local marina or yacht club.  It’s good for someone else to know when you should be back if anything were to go wrong while you were out to sea.
  • Make sure each child on the boat is wearing a fitted life jacket and that there is one available for every adult.
  • If you’re going to be on the water you should know how to swim as should any others that will be on your boat and around the water on a regular basis.
  • Use your judgement when it comes to others in your area.  Keep a safe distance from swimmers, jet skis, tubes, and other boaters out on the water.
  • Make sure there is more than one person on board that knows how to handle to boat.  If the person  navigating becomes incapacitated for some reason, you definitely want to have another person on board that can steer the boat back to safety.
  • Do not drink alcohol!  If you’re steering the boat, that’s the only thing you should be focusing on.

Safety is the top priority when out on the water, and the last piece of advice we have is to make sure your boat is properly insured should the unexpected occur.  Give us a call at MassDrive for a free boat insurance quote today and stay safe this summer!

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Furry Friend Friday With Yaya!

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Here we are again at the end of another work week and you know what that means, Furry Friend Friday!  Meet Yaya, an 8 month old lab/pit bull mix up for adoption at the Sterling Animal Shelter who has been waiting to find a new home since May!

So Yaya, what is your favorite thing to do during the day?

Well I love being with people more than anything! My friends here at the shelter describe me as “very loyal” because I would be happy to just sit at your feet while you work or watch TV just so I can be near you!  Other than hanging out with people, I love being out and about so I can burn off all of the energy I have!  Afterwards, I enjoy a nice long nap.  The staff here all think I am so funny because every time I fall asleep I roll onto my back and sleep with all paws in the air.

Do you have a favorite place to go for a walk?

Usually I get to go out with the volunteers for a walk every day which I love.  We usually just go down the street a ways and if not we get to play outside in the pen behind the shelter.  I must admit that as a Tennessee girl (I was rescued and brought up to the Bay State!) I don’t really care where I’m going as long as I have my people by my side!

What about a favorite treat?

How can I pick one favorite when there are so many options to choose from? I will really eat anything I can get, I’m not picky when it comes to food.

Is there anything you would want your future family to know about you?

Well the only thing is that I would rather go to a home without other dogs or small children.  I love the spotlight and but don’t love when someone tries to steal it from me, I want to be the only apple of your eye!

Yaya, why do you think all pet parents should consider insurance for their furry friend?

Well if you ask me, if you adopt a pet you should be able to take care of it.  The vet’s office can get expensive, and fast so why wouldn’t you want pet insurance to make it more affordable?

Yaya makes a lot of good points!  All pet parents should have the means to properly care for their pet, and that includes their health care.  Protect your furry friend like you would any other member of your family and give us a call at MassDrive for a pet insurance quote today!

 

 

Ask The MassDrive Agent: What Are The Best Beaches In Massachusetts?

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Now that summer is in full swing so is beach season!  We enjoy beach season just as much as anyone, and to celebrate we’ve asked our agents about their favorite beaches across the Bay State!  If you’re trying to find a new beach to try or aren’t sure where you want to have some fun in the sun, check out the suggestions from our MassDrive agents!

Wingaersheek Beach – This is a popular beach destination in the Bay State so if you want to find parking be sure to get there early!  It’s a fun spot for families and there are lots of rocks to climb on, tide pools to explore, and even a sand bar to check out during low tide.  Parking is a great perk and they also have a food hut and bathrooms on site! Gloucester is a beautiful part of the state and after you get your fill of the beach head out on the open seas for a whale watch! There are so many things to explore, you dot want to miss out! – Christine Tuccelli, Sales Rep

Revere Beach – This is a great spot to visit if you’re looking to totally relax for a day of fun in the sun.  There are no shops on the beach, which is nice if you’re really trying to unwind and get in touch with nature.  It’s a very diverse and low key beach, and hearing all of the different languages being spoken really gives you a sense of the different cultures surrounding you.  The other great thing is that there’s a Kelly’s Roast Beef nearby! If you haven’t been, you definitely need to stop in for a bite to eat after soaking up the sun all day! – Teresa Dillon, Sales Rep

Mayflower Beach – Located in Dennis, MA which is down the Cape, this beach is huge! There’s plenty of room for all beach goers especially during low tide. There are no rocks either which makes it great if you’re trying to play some bocce ball or any other kind of game.  Parking is available which is a perk and the water is very warm.  If you’re heading down the Cape this summer, don’t pass up the chance to enjoy a day of sun, surf, and sand! – Jeff Shea, Sales Rep

Hampton Beach – Although this beach is technically in New Hampshire, it’s right over the Massachusetts border.  This beach is perfect for families, there’s a jetty to explore and plenty of room for kite flying and games of frisbee.  If you’ve had your fill of the beach, check out the many shops along the boardwalk! If you’re hungry, your best bet is to check out the Sea Ketch, they have live music and three levels of decks with ocean views!  This beach has something for every member of the family and there are fireworks over the harbor every Wednesday night! – Shawn Harris, Sales Rep

Have you ever been to any of these beaches? Have another suggestion that you want us to include?  Be sure to let us know in the comments!

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Events This July!

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Now that summer’s here there are more events to attend than ever and we’ve got a list of some of the most exciting ones going on in the Bay State this month!

Cape Harmony – Cape Harmony is Cape Cod’s newest a cappella group and they have some serious talent.  This all female singing sensation has been featured on various radio stations, performed with Livingston Taylor and the Air Force Academy Band, performed for thousands of fans at concerts, festivals, private parties, nursing homes, schools, fundraisers, and parades.  With a repertoire of songs covering artists such as Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, The Beatles, Jason Mraz, Jessie J, Fleetwood Mac, Boyz II Men, Miley Cyrus, and many more, there is something for everyone to enjoy.  They have multiple shows every week and mainly play at local churches but also play larger events as well as private ones.  Make sure you take some time to enjoy one of their performances this summer, you won’t be disappointed!

Brockton Rox – This is the perfect family event to bring the kids to this summer!  Watch the Rox baseball team play at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton and enjoy a night under the stars watching America’s favorite pastime.  Kids will love the many activities they have for them, as well as the entertaining sumo wrestling during the 7th inning stretch!  Other promotions include $2 beers on “Thirsty Thursdays”, 3-D fireworks, kids run the bases, trivia, and different theme nights including “Christmas in July”, country night, beach night, and many more.  There are also giveaways before the game and kids can get autographs after the game.  Definitely head to Brockton for a game this summer if you get the chance!

32nd Annual Chowderfest – Chowderfest is one of the most popular staples of the Harborfest celebration in Boston and as you may have guessed, there will be tons of chowder, in fact, there will be over 2,000 gallons!  Stop by Boston City Hall Plaza on Sunday, July 7th from 11 AM – 6 PM for all the chowder you can eat!  Tickets are $13 for adults and $9 for children (age 12 and under) and participating restaurants will be competing for the title of “Boston’s Best Chowder” which they will only get if they receive the most votes from the crowd.  Participating restaurants so far include Anthem Kitchen and Bar, McCormick and Schmick’s, the Hyatt Harborside Grill, the Chart House, and more to come!

Lowell Folk Festival – This yearly festival is so popular it draws a crowd from all over the country.  This free festival is the largest of its kind in the United States and features a variety of folk musicians performing throughout the weekend.  There will be blue grass, gospel, folk, polka, country, Irish, Dominican, Portuguese, and Greek musical performances just to name a few.  In addition to the lively music, there will also be ethnic food available as well as CD’s, crafts, and other items for sale.  Don’t miss your chance to enjoy some live music, take in the great outdoors, and maybe even try something new to eat!  The festival will be taking place from Friday, July 26th – Sunday, July 28th.

As always, there’s an event for every member of the family to enjoy so get your tickets while you can and don’t miss out on any of these fun summer events!

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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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Ask The MassDrive Agent: Who Makes The Best Coffee In Massachusetts?

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You know you love it, you may even need it to get through your day, and now thanks to our agents, you can find the best cup of Joe in the Bay State! We’re big fans of coffee over in the MassDrive office, our agents come in early, and leave late all so they can serve our customers and find them the best deal possible.  As you can imagine, this leads to A LOT of coffee drinking, so they’re pretty much experts when it comes to this.

Barismo – Located in Arlington, this coffee shop is sure to impress any connoisseur with their fresh made brews from around the world.  They literally grind and brew the coffee right in front of you, and the company is both locally owned and eco-conscious! You can be sure you’re getting the freshest cup in the state when you visit this popular local stop, they have a wide variety of coffee from Central and South America as well as Africa.  The only downside to this spot is that since there are more steps to preparing the coffee, it takes a little longer.  It usually takes about 10 minutes to get a cup of coffee but if you have the time it’s worth the wait!  – Teresa Dillon, Sales Representative

Ula Cafe – If you’re in the area of Jamaica Plain, this spot is not to be missed.  They have an extensive menu filled with unique items including vegetarian options!  The staff is very friendly and the food is always fresh.  I highly recommend the  New Orleans Iced Cafe or the Thai Iced Coffee.  Both of them give you that kick you need in the morning and taste great.  – Shawn Harris, Sales Representative

L.A. Burdick Chocolate Shop and Cafe – Located in Boston and Cambridge, this popular cafe is the perfect place to stop after dinner for coffee and dessert.  They have a great drink menu including cappuccinos, frappes, hot chocolate, teas, and even espresso.  Their Luxembourgers (French Macaroons) are AMAZING! – Christine Tuccelli, Sales Representative

MaryLou’s Coffee – If you’re on the south shore, you’ll probably drive by a MaryLou’s, their bright pink signs are hard to miss!  This si a south shore favorite, you should definitely stop if you have the chance!  With flavors like Peanut Butter, Milky Way, Twix, and many more, their coffee’s are more like desserts.  Once you try it, you’ll be hooked.  The iced ones are great for the summer, and they have other breakfast items like muffins, bagels, and donuts if you’re hungry.  – Jeff Shea, Sales Representative

There you have it! Now you know where you can find some of the best coffee in the Bay State.  Take our word for it, our agents come from all over and are coffee fanatics so if they say it’s the best, it’s the best!

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Going Green On Your Daily Drive

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In honor of Earth Day we wanted to talk about ways to go green while driving!  Earth Day celebrations are continuing all week, and this information is useful to know for the entire year!  While “go green” isn’t a phrase you would typically think of when you think of driving, there are ways you can decrease your carbon footprint while on the road.  The easiest thing to remember?  The less gas you use the less pollutants your vehicle will emit, making your drive more “green”.  Using less gas doesn’t necessarily mean driving less either!  These tips will keep you on the road to a greener Earth without making major changes to your daily life.

  • The best way to reduce the amount of gas you use is to drive a hybrid or electric vehicle.  They get much better mileage than typical vehicles and are specifically designed to be more fuel efficient and emit less toxins into the environment.  Unless you already have one of these vehicles, it’s pretty hard to utilize this tip, but if you’re due up for a new vehicle any time soon hybrid or electric vehicles are great options to consider!  Not only are they more eco-friendly, but they will also save you a lot of money on gas.
  • Avoid slamming on the gas or breaks.  These two extremes are gas guzzlers, the sudden burst of energy when you hit the brakes or accelerator can release major pollutants and eat up a lot of gas compared to easing on or off the pedals.
  • In the upcoming months it can get very warm here in the Bay State.  Although turning on the air conditioning while driving is a great option,  it uses up more gas than if you were to drive without it on.  If it’s not too hot, roll down the car windows and enjoy the breeze!
  • Get an E-ZPass!  If you are a frequent road tripper, there is no better accessory!  You’ll get to avoid the touch and go traffic that piles up while people are paying with cash, which will save you gas and wear and tear on your car.  It can save you a lot of time at tolls whether you are traveling cross country or live in Western Massachusetts and have to take the Pike every day.  It’s definitely a worth while investment for any driver.
  • Go the speed limit.  Speeding even a few miles over the posted limit can increase gas emissions and not to mention possibly get you a speeding ticket. Save your gas and money by following the law!
  • Download an app that updates driving routes based on traffic, such as Waze.  This app relies on consumer updates but is typically accurate even when it comes to the smallest details.  It will help you save time, money, and gas by avoiding traffic jams.  Who wouldn’t love that?
  • Utilize cruise control if you’re going to be keeping a steady speed and direction on the highway.  This will help to avoid acceleration and unnecessary gas usage, it can even help save up to 7% on gas according to Edmunds.com.

These tips are simple enough, right?  Such small changes can lead to major savings for your wallet and the environment!  Try some of these tips in honor of Earth Day, there’s nothing to lose, only to gain!

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