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How Well Do You Weather Life's Storms?

Willa Cather wrote: "There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm." How well we weather the tempests in life, how quickly we bounce back from adversities and calamities, depends largely on our level of resilience.



Research on resilience has shown us that people who cannot deal with their emotions may become more narrow-minded and rigid in their view of themselves and their place in the world. A lack of understanding of our personal histories -- what Aristotle… Continue

Added by Rita Schiano on August 24, 2011 at 4:25pm — No Comments

MA Dept. of Agricultural Resources: Hurricane Preparation Plans

Hurricane Preparation Plans Reminder

In light of forecasts that are predicting New England will potentially be impacted by Hurricane Irene,  the MDAR Division of Animal Health is reminding everyone that establishing a plan of action in preparation of any type of emergency can minimize injury and property loss.  A template to assist you in developing a farm emergency plan is available on our website at…

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Added by CMS Chamber Online on August 24, 2011 at 3:24pm — No Comments

The 2011 Massachusetts Sales Tax Holiday Weekend

The Massachusetts sales tax holiday will occur on August 13 and 14, 2011 and on those days, non-business sales at retail of single items of tangible personal property costing $2,500 or less are exempt from sales and use taxes, subject to certain exclusions. The following do not qualify for the sales tax holiday exemption and remain subject to tax: all motor vehicles, motorboats, meals, telecommunications services, gas, steam, electricity, tobacco products and any single item…

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Added by CMS Chamber Online on August 10, 2011 at 2:14pm — No Comments

JOIN US AS WE WELCOME PAN-MASS CHALLENGE RIDERS!

Pan-Mass Challenge riders will begin to arrive to our area later this week. The Opening Ceremonies take place on Friday evening at the Sturbridge Host Hotel (broadcast live on WCVB Channel 5) and the ride begins in Sturbridge at 5:30am on Saturday.…

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Added by CMS Chamber Online on August 3, 2011 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Additional Disaster Relief Announced for Sturbridge and Southbridge

(BOSTON)Senator Stephen M. Brewer (D-Barre) and the Patrick-Murray Administration today announced that federal aid will become available to the communities of Southbridge and Sturbridge for much of the storm-related infrastructure damage, debris removal and emergency response costs incurred from the June 1 tornado and severe storms.     

The assistance was authorized after additional…

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Added by CMS Chamber Online on July 22, 2011 at 2:51pm — No Comments

DISASTER CASE MANAGEMENT TRAINING SESSIONS

 

DISASTER  CASE  MANAGEMENT  TRAINING

Disaster Case Managers and Disaster Case Workers are a vital part of Long-Term Recovery Groups. The Case Management team serves as the primary point of contact between clients and resources to meet unmet needs.

 

Why this training?

To provide training and tools for the development of case management for long-term recovery…

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Added by CMS Chamber Online on July 21, 2011 at 2:22pm — No Comments

USE DISASTER FUNDS WISELY AND FOR INTENDED PURPOSE

FEMA PRESS RELEASE

 

USE DISASTER FUNDS WISELY AND FOR INTENDED PURPOSE  

WESTFIELD, MA. – State and federal disaster assistance payments are bringing needed financial help to homeowners, renters and business owners who suffered damages in the June 1 severe storms and tornadoes.

However, those payments come with some words of advice from officials from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and…

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Added by CMS Chamber Online on July 14, 2011 at 5:07pm — No Comments

FEMA MAY REIMBURSE SHORT-TERM LODGING EXPENSES

FEMA PRESS RELEASE

FEMA MAY REIMBURSE SHORT-TERM LODGING EXPENSES 

WESTFIELD, MA. – Residents of Hampden and Worcester Counties who stayed at hotels, motels or other short-term lodging at their own expense because their homes were damaged in the June 1 severe storms and tornadoes may be eligible for reimbursement of those expenses.

Survivors must have had damage to their homes or loss of utilities on or after the June 1…

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Added by CMS Chamber Online on July 14, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Massive Cleanup Weekend Planned: July 30 & 31

A small group of professionals have gotten together to come up with a way to bridge the gap between the people wanting to help and the people who need it. Working closely with government the group has put forth this disaster website to make the effort more organized and to match the potential cleanup volunteers with the cleanup efforts which are best suited for them to handle in a timely fashion. Visit the website to volunteer and to get the latest news on the…

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Added by CMS Chamber Online on July 12, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Tornado Recovery Warehouse Resumes Operation

Tornado Recovery Warehouse

246 Worcester Street, Southbridge

Open Thursdays, 6-8pm or by appointment

Call 508-765-5491 (Bonnie) or 508-347-2761 (Alix) if you need access to the warehouse.



 

Donation Distribution

Individuals/families that were affected by the June 1st tornadoes are encouraged to stop by the warehouse…

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Added by CMS Chamber Online on July 12, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

2010 CMS Chamber Clambake Video

View the video from last year's Annual Outing at Publick House!

Great folks, great food, great tunes, great fun!

Save the date for this year's Clambake: August 11…

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Added by CMS Chamber Online on July 5, 2011 at 1:59pm — No Comments

Area Fireworks Displays

Sturbridge Area Fireworks

Worcester

Friday July 1, 9:30pm

Shrewsbury St., Cristoforo Colombo Park

 

Webster

Sunday, July 3, 9:30pm

Memorial Beach, $10 per car

(Gates open at 12)

 

Spencer

Sunday, July 3,…

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Added by CMS Chamber Online on June 30, 2011 at 1:28pm — No Comments

OSV FIREWORKS CANCELLED DUE TO STORM DAMAGE

Tornado Debris and Related Flooding Forces Cancellation of July 3 Evening Fireworks at Old Sturbridge Village

OSV daytime events continue as planned;

Ticket refunds available; Fireworks tickets can apply to other OSV visits



(Sturbridge, Mass.) June 28, 2011 – Recent flooding of the fireworks launch site at Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) has forced cancellation of the living history museum’s fireworks show set for Sunday evening, July 3, 2011. Flooding of…

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Added by CMS Chamber Online on June 29, 2011 at 12:51pm — No Comments

CBA Networking Group tornado relief work sessions: Join Us

 

 

June 29 (Weds) and July 7 (Thursday) we'll meet at 4 p.m. at the Hitchcock Free Academy Parking lot at Route 20 and Brookfield Road in Brimfield and set out for some healthy manual labor helping distressed homeowners.

Join us?

Contact info@communitybusinessassociates.org for more info.

 

Bob Datz

Added by Bob Datz on June 28, 2011 at 12:38pm — No Comments

FEMA/SBA Disaster Recovery Centers

  U.  S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Office of Disaster Assistance - Field Operations Center East

                                              101 Marietta Street NW – Suite 700        TTD 404-331-7296

                                                            Atlanta, Georgia   30303                 404-…

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Added by CMS Chamber Online on June 20, 2011 at 4:09pm — No Comments

EMERGENCY FOOD ASSISTANCE FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES AFFECTED BY JUNE 1ST STORMS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 17, 2011

CONTACT: Paulette Song, paulette.song@state.ma.us, 617-573-1610

PATRICK-MURRAY ADMINISTRATION RECEIVES EMERGENCY FOOD ASSISTANCE FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES AFFECTED BY JUNE 1ST STORMS

BOSTON – The Patrick-Murray Administration today announced that individuals and families affected by the June 1st tornadoes and storms in Central and Western Massachusetts can apply for benefits from the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition…

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Added by CMS Chamber Online on June 20, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

PATRICK-MURRAY ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE

June 16, 2011

For Immediate Release

Contact: Alison Harris 617-626-7121

               Bonnie McGilpin 617 -626-7176

 

PATRICK-MURRAY ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE

Individuals in Hampden and Worcester Counties May be Eligible for Unemployment Insurance Benefits

 

BOSTONThursday, June 16, 2011 – The Patrick-Murray…

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Added by CMS Chamber Online on June 20, 2011 at 12:51pm — No Comments

Free Fun Fridays at Museums throughout MA compliments of Highland Street Foundation

Free Fun Fridays invites Massachusetts residents and tourists to visit designated cultural attractions every Friday, this summer, with FREE Admission, NO Registration or tickets required.  What could be better?  Why not visit and enjoy?

 

Here is a link to the calendar…

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Added by Margaret Morrissey on June 16, 2011 at 11:20am — No Comments

GOVERNOR PATRICK ANNOUNCES FEDERAL DISASTER AID AWARDED FOR STORM RECOVERY IN MASSACHUSETTS

 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Department

Office of Governor Deval L. Patrick

Press Release

Contact: Alex Goldstein, Heather Johnson, Alec Loftus – 617-725-4025; Peter Judge (MEMA) 508-820-2002

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Added by CMS Chamber Online on June 15, 2011 at 4:55pm — No Comments

Huffington Post and AOL Healthy Living

I am now blogging for The Huffington Post and AOL Healthy Living. Read the entry here...

Added by Rita Schiano on June 15, 2011 at 10:55am — No Comments

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