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Spring Day Trips In Massachusetts

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Have a day or two off and want to go somewhere new?  Take a day trip to one of these great spots across the state!  Here in Massachusetts we’re lucky that we’re within driving distance of the beach, mountains, and city.  Take advantage of everything the Bay State has to offer this spring and check out some of these fun destinations on your next day off!

Newburyport – This seaside town is the perfect destination if you want to take in a sea breeze this spring.  There is a boardwalk right on the water that visitors can stroll along while stopping in to the many shops, museums, boutiques, and restaurants that line the streets of this quaint town.  Want to take in the outdoors?  There are many activities available including fishing, boating, taking a walk through the nature reserve or one of the many parks, or head to Plum Island and take a swim.  There’s enough going on here to keep you busy all day, and every member of your family will find something that interests them!

Mohawk Trail Region – The Mohawk Trail region is made up of many towns in Western Massachusetts including Deerfield, Barre, North Adams, and Greenfield that offers activities for all ages.  It’s the first scenic road in New England and has 63 miles of spectacular mountain views to take in!  This is a perfect destination for outdoor people, and attractions include zip lining, golf, fishing, boating, hiking, swimming, and much more.  There are also antique stores, galleries, museums, and historic sites for those that aren’t quite as outdoorsy.  Feeling really adventurous?  Try white water rafting!  There are many options across this region, depending on where you plan on traveling.  With so many options over such a large area, you’ll need to plan out an itinerary before you head out, so check out all that the Mohawk Trail region has to offer!

Boston Freedom Trail – Take a ride into Boston and brush up on some history this spring!  The Freedom Trail is one of the most popular attractions in the city, and it will bring you to all of the must see locations along the way.  This is Boston’s most popular walking tour and you can either book a tour with a costumed guide who will give you all of the historic information relevant to each landmark you pass by, or if you’re looking for a more casual setting follow the trail yourself and read the historic markers along the way!  If you do buy a ticket for the tour, it is valid for any day and time, tours are offered 12 times daily from April-November so there are plenty of options.  The trail will lead you all over the city, from the Boston Common, to Beacon Hill, to the waterfront, to the North End, and all the way into Charlestown, it’s the perfect way to experience every part of the city!

We’re very lucky here in Massachusetts, all of these destinations are only a few hours away from any point in the state, and are all perfect for day tripping with the whole family!  Next time you have a day off head to one of these spots that you typically wouldn’t venture to, you’ll make some new memories and have fun with the whole family while enjoying the outdoors this spring!

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Haunted Happenings Across Massachusetts!

October is all about Halloween!  How will you be celebrating this month?  If you’re looking to get creeped out, we’ve found some of the scariest events taking place, plus a few that aren’t as frightening for all you scaredy cats!

Zoo Howl at the Franklin Park Zoo – The kids will love this event being put on by the Franklin Park Zoo.  It takes place the weekend before Halloween, October 27-28 from 11 AM – 3 PM each day and guests are invited to visit their favorite animals while celebrating the season.  There will be creature encounters, creepy crafts, ghoulish games, and even a haunted maze!  Children can follow the trick-or-treat trail while they check out the animals and then head over to the Haunted Maze!  There will be entertainment as well, Radio Disney will be on the main stage and on Saturday the 27th The Puppet Showplace Theatre and Catching Joy will be on hand to help create puppets and crafts.  So stop by with the family and enjoy some pre-Halloween trick-or-treating and crafts while seeing some of your favorite creatures!  This event in included in the price of admission.

BeWicked Halloween Pub Crawl – This definitely sounds like one of the best Halloween Pub Crawls in Boston.  Hosted by the Boston Ski and Sports Club, it begins on Saturday, October 27th at 12:45 PM.  Participants will be meeting at King’s on Dalton Street in their best Halloween getup since there will be contests for best costume at every bar!  There will be prizes for the winners and Magner’s Cider swag and giveaways for all.  It gets better, free appetizers at every bar, palm readings, drink specials, games, and goodie bags will be available as well!  The group will make 45 minute stops at the best bars on Boylston St and will end at Lir.  Tickets are $25 unless you’re a member of Boston Ski and Sports Club, in which case they are $20.  A discounted 5-pack of tickets is also available for those of you going with a group and each stop is a cash bar.

Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” Halloween Party – Anyone who has seen this movie knows how terrifying it is, and the party is sure to be equally as scary!  The Liberty Hotel is hosting their annual costume party, Saturday October 27th at 8 PM and it is sure to be a scream!  There will be specialty cocktails, live aerial performances, and three levels of entertainment featuring sounds from DJ Michael Savant, DJ7L, and DJ Hectic.  The party will be happening all through the night and ends at 2 AM.  Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here, this event is 21+ only.

Beacon Hill With A BOO! – This haunted tour is hosted by Boston By Foot, a nonprofit educational corporation.  They host tours and lectures but this is by far their most popular event.  Tickets are $20 and the tour only takes place once a year, it begins at 5:30 PM on Halloween Night, Wednesday October 31st.  The group will gather on the steps in front of the State House on Beacon St and tickets are available here.  The tour is 90 minutes during which your guide will lead you through the streets of one of the nations oldest neighborhoods.  Listen as your guide tells tales of murders, mayhem, and ghosts that are still rumored to haunt the streets today.

Whether you want to be scared, entertained, or learn about some of the history behind the holiday, these events have got you covered!  Enjoy some of these spooky events going on this month, it’s always fun to dress up and get into the spirit, the season for haunted happenings won’t last long!

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Right to Repair Legislation

Today’s vehicles are becoming more and more complex as computers and technology advance. From a vehicle’s computer to ignition systems, cars as we know them have developed into something we could only dream of 10 or 20 years ago. While these advancements in technology may increase a drivers’ safety, comfort, and auto reliability it has also created an opportunity for auto manufacturers to require basic services and repairs to be completed only by the manufacturer’s dealerships.

Auto dealerships currently own the codes to decipher what is wrong with specific vehicles, leaving independent auto mechanics at a loss as they are unable to repair them without this vital information. The Right to Repair legislation would require exclusive auto manufacturers to share the same codes, data, and tools supplied to their own dealerships with independent mechanics. The passage of this act would allow consumers to choose how and where they service their vehicle, whether it be through an auto dealership or an independent maintenance shop.

Auto manufacturers and dealerships see this legislation as a threat to their lucrative service business. Some of the opposed include: Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, and the Automotive Service Association. Lobbyists opposing this new bill have congregated on Beacon Hill urging the the Joint Committee of Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure to dismiss the bill in their executive meeting today regarding the Right to Repair legislation.

The legislation however has many supporters as well including: AAA, the Retailers Association of Massachusetts (RAM), the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and the Massachusetts Independent Automobile Dealers Association (MIADA). Massachusetts residents struggling with their own economic downturns are looking for a more affordable way to repair their vehicles than visiting dealership service centers. This is not only a local issue, the European Union has passed a Right to Repair and Canada has a piece of similar legislation underway. Keep your eyes open for additional news on the Right to Repair legislation, it very well may effect you or someone you know.

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