Always Forgetting to Renew Your License? Always Afraid You’ll Forget? Fret no more.

June 20, 2011

The Massachusetts RMV has just launched a new license/MASS ID-renewal reminder service.

Yes, that’s right! Now, you aren’t obliged to add a reminder to your own Google Calendar of your license expiration date 5 or 10 years out. The RMV will now be reminding you.

As of this morning, over 113,000 Massachusetts residents had already signed up! You should too. And tell your friends to do it. You’ll be doing yourself and them a favor.

Click here to take advantage of this new system!

RMV Gives Back to Tornado Victims

June 15, 2011

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Losing everything in a tornado really does mean you lose everything. Yet, it is the littlest item that ends up being the most important. For example,  who even thinks about their driver’s license when their house is gone?

The RMV took this into account. They have just announced that as part of their effort to assist in this disaster, residents affected by the recent storms who lost their driver’s licenses or Massachusetts IDs can apply for a free duplicate by visiting a Registry of Motor Vehicles office.

Communities eligible for this benefit include: Southbridge, West Springfield, Springfield, Brimfield, Monson, Wilbraham, Sturbridge, Westfield, Agawam, Auburn, Chester, Blandford, Montgomery, Russell, Holyoke, Chicopee, Ludlow, East Longmeadow, Longmeadow, Wales, Oxford, Brookfield, East Brookfield, Webster, Holden, Southampton, Easthampton, Hampden, Charlton, Douglas, Millbury, Uxbridge, Belchertown, Northampton and Palmer.

For information on branch hours and locations, visit

(Information via MASSDOT, Registry News/MAIA Bulletin)

Roof Collapsings: Did You Know? And Fun Snow Comics.

February 2, 2011

On Channel 7, I just saw about 5 stories on roof collapsings all having occurred around Boston and up through the North Shore and New Hampshire. Jeremy Reiner shared a map indicating that depending on the region of MA you live in, roofs have to be able to sustain a specific amount of weight per square foot– specifically because of all the snow we get.

Boston, North Shore and South Shore roofs must sustain weight between 30 and 40 pounds per square foot. As you goto the Cape, the numbers decrease to about 20-25 pounds. Central MA was around 25-30 and Western MA requires roofs to sustain 40 lbs or more.

Many of the roofs that collapsed were those of commercial buildings because of the flat top. This reminded me, of course, of the ice dam madness that occurs most frequently (and more likely) on low pitch roofs. Click here to see that post.

As far as I could tell, no one is reported injured, but in most instances, there were people inside. How totally freaky that must have been.

This also means that there has got to be at least 30-40 pounds of snow per square foot on our roofs! And this is not coming to an end just yet– apparently, there’s another snownnoyance* on Saturday.

*snownoyyance = snow annoyance

Here are a few funny snow-comics. Click the thumbnails to see the full comic.

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Choosing the Right Seat for Your Child: Knowing When to Ditch the Car Seat

January 28, 2011

Click the thumbnail images below to check out theses handy tips on child safety-belt laws from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts EOPSS (Executive Office of Public Safety & Security). For more information, you can visit

Friday means… Fun Things to Do This Weekend! #insurance #boston #southshore

August 27, 2010

1. Watch the movie, Up at the DCR Hatch Memorial Shell

Free admission! TONIGHT!

2. Freedom Trail Run. 8:30AM TOMORROW.

Go on a guided run on the freedom trail in Boston!

Free! You also get a free boat ride from Charlestown and a free tee shirt!

3. MHS (Massachusetts Historical Society) Tours starting @ 10:00am in Boston, MA

Check out their website for more info!

4. Boston Chocolate Tour

Let the Boston Chocolate Tour Guides tour you through Faneuil Hall’s best tastes. Sound delicious? It’s TOMORROW.

3:30pm, Godiva Chocolate, Faneuil Hall, Boston

5. Avon Flea Market, Every Saturday – 8am to 3pm (till end of October)

Center of Avon, MA (RT 28) Look for the big white church, the Avon Baptist Church.

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The Broadcove Ballroom parking lot

Hours are from 9-2, come see our vendors and what they have brought for you this month. Antiques, used furniture, glass & china, prints & paintings, box lots, tools, kids items, mirrors and more, you just never know what they will bring with them.

7. The Annual Marshfield Fair 

From Aug. 20-Aug. 29, 2010 at 140 Main St., Marshfield, MA. 02050

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, Admission is $10

8. Blue Ribbon Members’ Exhibition at South Shore Art Center

Saturday & Sunday

For more info, click here.


#Bonnie Makes Land Fall in Florida, Headed to Gulf: How it Will Affect #BP Oil Spill

July 23, 2010


In light of Tropical Storm Bonnie’s landfall in Florida and forecasted movement to the Gulf, the oil spill clean up crews have evacuated today, postponing clean up work until after the storm. According to US Official Admiral Thad Allen, this evacuation could add 12 days to the amount of time required to finish the clean up job (Source).

Tropical Storm Bonnie landed in Florida sustaining winds up to 40mph this morning. It is expected to strengthen significantly when it moves into the Gulf; it could possibly be upgraded to a hurricane.

According to meteorologists at, Bonnie’s movement over the BP Gulf Oil Spill will have significant effects on the lingering oil in the water. It will have what they call the “Hurricane Alex” effect. Alex was a hurricane that hit southern Texas in June (during the oil spill). This storm proved that hurricanes can actually move the oil in the water either washing it ashore on a coast that may have been previously unaffected or making it disappate into the far ocean. Exactly where the oil goes depends on the size and strength of the storm.

Can this thing make it rain oil?

No way.

You said the hurricane season is going to be more active… So what does that mean for the spill?

Basically, there is a greater risk for oil to build up onto Gulf/Florida coastlines. However, sometimes, the storm can make things work advantageously and cause the oil to break down and dissipate. Unfortunately, the storms also call for the evacuation of clean up crews from the oil spill area- this really puts the whole business behind schedule.

To see some hurricane tips, check out CNN’s 5 Quick Tips to Hurricane-Proof Your Home.

#FlashFlood Alert for Eastern #MA, CT, RI: NBA #Insurance Tells You What to Do

July 13, 2010

A Flash Flood Alert is in effect now through tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon (7/13 & 7/14) for Eastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. In Massachusetts, the alert applies to the following counties: Central Middlesex, Western Essex, Eastern Essex, Southern Worcester, Western Norfolk, Southeast Middlesex, Suffolk, Eastern Norfolk, Northern Bristol, Western Plymouth, Eastern Plymouth, Southern Bristol and Southern Plymouth. (Source: WHDH)
Tonight, we can expect strong rain showers and thunderstorms that will last into Wednesday. Forecasters predict rain to accumulate at a rate of 2 to 3 inches per hour. Heavy downpours are expected. Urban areas are reportedly the most at risk to have a flash flood. (Source: WHDH)

The difference between a flash flood and a regular flood is that the former can develop rather quickly, in minutes. Flash floods also have a tide which is much stronger than that of a regular flood. This current can carry away mud, rocks, and other debris. (Source: FEMA)

BE PREPARED: (Source of these tips: FEMA)

1. Unplug and move any electrical items in low-lying areas (ie. your basement) to higher ground to protect them from water damage and you from any electric current in flood waters. Never touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.

2. Construct a floodwall at the base of your door to hinder water from entering the building.

3. If a flash flood is predicted in your area, move to higher ground or evacuate to a safer location.

4. Beware of streams or bodies of water near your home. They are more likely to flash flood than other areas.

5. If you evacuate, do not walk through moving water. Several inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk, walk where the water is not moving.

6. If you have to drive, do not drive into flooded areas. If waters do rise around your car, you should leave the car and move to higher ground– if you can do so safely. In a flash flood, you and your car are at risk of being quickly swept away.

7. Watch the news or listen to your radio to stay in the know about the conditions in your area.

DRIVING TIPS: (Source: eHow)

If you cannot avoid driving through floodwaters, take the following precautions:

-Drive slower due to the minimized visibility and water in the road. You are at risk of hydroplaning. Avoid puddles. Don’t take any sharp turns. Don’t slam on the brakes.

-If you do hydroplane, ease off your brakes and avoid swerving until  your car regains traction with the road.


1. Wait for news reports to tell you whether your water is still safe to drink.

2. Avoid flooded waters as they are often contaminated with chemicals and bacteria. Flooded waters may also be electrically charged.

3. Report fallen power lines to the power company.

4. Buildings and their foundations are weakened after water damage. Proceed with caution if you enter.

5. Roads are also weakened, so travel carefully.

6. Service any electronic equipment that may have been damaged. Damaged sewage systems are a serious health hazard.

7. Clean and disinfect all items that are wet.

Flood losses are not covered by a regular homeowner’s insurance policy. Don’t delay— if you or a friend is looking for a free quote to get flood insurance, contact NBA Insurance by phone (781) 871-5414 or email Todd at