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What Is the Advantage of Mediation?

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I read an article recently discussing a hesitancy to use mediation in family business disputes because the emotional issues underlying the differences can render the mediation unsuccessful. On the contrary: The presence of emotional issues is precisely why mediation is an important vehicle in solving family business disputes. Emotional issues can drive the process right [...]

Governor Patrick Signs Bill To Improve The Long-Term Care For Seniors

Governor Patrick hosts a ceremonial bill signing for, “An Act Establishing Standards for Long-Term Care Insurance.” (Photo Credit: Michela Finnegan / Governor’s Office)

Governor Deval Patrick today joined advocates and legislators for a ceremonial bill signing of Senate Bill 2359, “An Act Establishing Standards for Long-Term Care Insurance,” which ensures the availability of long-term care insurance policies, protects long-term care applicants from unfair or deceptive sales or enrollment practices, and promotes flexibility and customization according to an individual’s [...]

Upcoming Holiday Farmer’s Markets & Harvest Festivals Near You


Officials from the Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) are encouraging consumers to buy ingredients raised, produced and processed in Massachusetts for their holiday meals. “Thanksgiving is the perfect time when families can celebrate the bounty of Massachusetts grown and produced products,” said DAR Commissioner Greg Watson. “Buying locally all season long promotes Massachusetts businesses and connects [...]

MA State Grants Awarded to Career Centers and Partners for Outstanding Work with Veterans

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The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development today announced that five of the state’s One-Stop Career Centers have been honored for outstanding service to Veterans. The Department of Labor Veterans Employment and Training Services (DOL/VETS) allows the Department of Career Services (DCS) to set aside a portion of funds available under the Job for [...]

How to Get Your Insurance Questions Answered Regarding Storm Damage

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Insurance Commissioner Joseph G. Murphy and Division of Insurance staff are holding a series of “Insurance Awareness” events across the state in an effort to answer consumer insurance questions and to remind the public that it is important to regularly check insurance policies. “Hurricane Sandy showed us just how swiftly catastrophic weather can strike and [...]

Gov. Patrick Announces $38 Million For Projects Supporting Economic Development And Housing Growth Across The Commonwealth

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The Patrick-Murray Administration announced $38 million for 26 new MassWorks Infrastructure Program grants to support economic development and housing creation throughout the Commonwealth. Through these grants, the Patrick-Murray Administration will partner with cities and towns to make targeted investments in infrastructure such as roadways, streetscapes, water, and sewer to facilitate and support new and sustained [...]

Patrick-Murray Administration Announces $141 Million In Federal Heating Assistance For Massachusetts

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Governor Patrick announced that Massachusetts will receive $141 million in federal funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This is an increase of $8.2 million over the previous year’s funding level. The funding will be allocated to 22 local administering agencies that will distribute benefits to over 200,000 Massachusetts households in need. [...]

FEMA and Federal Partners Continue Support for Areas Affected by Superstorm

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Today, President Obama visited the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Response Coordination Center in Washington, D.C. to participate in a briefing with several members of his cabinet, including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Transportation Secretary Raymond LaHood, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Department of Defense Secretary [...]

Insurance Advice: What Consumers Should Know When Faced with a Storm Loss


Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall today in New Jersey and the resulting storm’s main impact is expected to reach New Hampshire around mid-afternoon on Monday.  We are anticipating high winds and heavy rain, leading to the potential for water in the roadways, flying debris and downed power lines.   At these times, it is [...]

Remarks By The President On Hurricane Sandy


I just received a full briefing from our emergency response teams, including FEMA, and agencies that are going to be helpful in the response and recovery efforts — the Department of Energy, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Health and Human Services. Obviously, everybody is aware at this [...]

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