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    Halloween (the movie) & Minimizing Risk

    Posted by Geoffrey Gordon

    Tue, Oct 22, 2019 @ 09:35 AM

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    The latest remake of the 1978 original “Halloween” horror flick surprised a few people with its opening weekend sales of $77 million! This was more than double the formerly highest grossing “Halloween” movie ($26 million its opening weekend in 2007). Looking at these large dollar figures, it seems that people like to get scared more in a group (such as in a theatre) than at home. What’s the appeal? When things go wrong…when things get scary…there is comfort in numbers.

    Numbers provide a measure of predictability and certainty to a situation. On the other hand, unpredictability and uncertainty are at the core of risk, which causes us stress. With theatres under tremendous competition from streaming providers such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, the horror theme seems to be well positioned to scare a bunch of people together.

    In our homes, we can minimize uncertainty of seasonal changes by preparing our homes for cold weather beginning in the fall, and prompted by setting our clocks back. Here's a short list for a Saturday after Halloween:

    • Clean gutters (or hire a handyman for this)
    • close all sill cocks (outside water faucets) from inside (to prevent freezing)
    • inspect the chimney liner if you burn wood - let a chimney company do this)
    • change air filters for air based heat,
    • check around windows for any caulking needs

    Also, review the checkups we should do twice a year (when we put our clocks forward or back):

    • Check tags and location of fire extinguishers (can you locate a fire extinguisher right now?)
    • Change out the batteries on smoke and CO2 detectors
    • Has your family makeup changed such that a review of your family's disaster exit plan should be updated?

    There's also value in numbers, including the number of people at Gordon Atlantic standing behind your insurance, and who have experience with risk reduction, claims mitigation, and claims handling. Always let us know how we can reduce the cost of risk (uncertainty and unpredictability) in your world.

    Call to speak to a Gordon Atlantic Insurance professional by calling 1-800-649-3252. Prefer to type versus talk? Click below.


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    Car Safety Seats: Is Your Child Safe?

    Posted by Gordon Atlantic Insurance

    Mon, Feb 27, 2017 @ 12:09 PM

    Keep your children safe in proper car seats and with auto from andrew gordon in insurance norwell maOne of the most underrated topics in Auto safety is child safety, especially in regard to car seats. Before you even begin to read about safety tips, be sure you are following the two foundational axioms of Car Seat Safety:

    1. Children are almost always safer when in the back than in the front.
    2. Children MUST be in a car seat appropriate for their HEIGHT and WEIGHT.

    Using a car seat correctly is one of the best ways to prevent injury to your child. However, incorrect usage is very common, and even a minor mistake in how the seat is used can translate to serious injury in the event of an accident.

    (List courtesy of the insurance information institute)

    1. Never put an infant in the front seat of a vehicle with a passenger air bag.
    2. Route harness straps in lower slots at or below shoulder level.
    3. Keep harness straps snug and fasten the clip at armpit level.
    4. Make sure the straps lie flat and are not twisted.
    5. Dress your baby in clothes that allow the straps to go between the legs. Adjust the straps to allow for the thickness of your child’s clothes. Do not use bulky clothes that could increase slack in a crash.
    6. To keep your newborn from slouching, pad the sides of the seat and between the child’s legs with rolled up diapers or receiving blankets.
    7. Put the car seat carrying handle down when in the car.
    8. Infants must ride in the back seat facing the rear of the car. This offers the best protection for your infant’s neck.
    9. Recline the rear-facing seat at a 45-degree angle. If your child’s head flops forward, the seat may not have reclined enough. Tilt the seat back until it is level by wedging firm padding such as a rolled towel, under the front of the base of the seat.
    10. All new car seats are now required to come equipped with top tether straps. A tether strap is a belt that is attached to the car seat and bolted to the window ledge or the floor of the car. They give extra protection and keep the car seat from being thrown forward in a crash. Tether kits are also available for most older car seats. Check with the manufacturer to find out how to get a top tether for your seat. Install it according to instructions. The tether strap may help make some seats that are difficult to install fit more tightly.

    Protect your childrens lives with proper car seating and auto from andrew gordon inc norwell maDo not use a car seat if any of the following apply:

    1. It is too old. Look on the label for the date it was made. If made before January 1981, the seat may not meet strict safety standards and its parts are too old to be safe. Some manufacturers recommend using seats for only 6 years.
    2. It does not have a label with the date of manufacture and model number. Without these, you cannot check on recalls.
    3. It has been in a crash. If so, it may have been weakened and should not be used, even if it looks all right.
    4. It does not come with instructions. You need the instructions to know how to install and use the car seat properly. Do not rely on the former owner’s instructions. Get a copy of the manual from the manufacturer.
    5. It has cracks in the frame of the seat.
    6. It is missing parts. Used seats often come without important parts. Check with the manufacturer to make sure you can get the right parts.

    To find out if your child safety seat has been recalled, you can call the Auto Safety Hotline ( 888-DASH-2-DOT ). If the seat has been recalled, be sure to follow the instructions for the recall or to get the necessary parts. You should also get a registration card for future recall notices from the Hotline.

    When to switch your child to a regular seatbelt:

    Keep your child in a car seat for as long as possible. When he or she is big enough, make sure that seat belts in your car fit your child correctly. The shoulder belt should lie across the shoulder, not the neck or throat. The lap belt must be low and flat across the hips, not the stomach. The child’s knees should bend easily over the edge of the vehicle seat. Seat belts are made for adults. If the seat belt does not fit your child correctly, he or she should stay in a booster seat until the belt fits.

    Never tuck the shoulder belt under the child’s arm or behind his or her back and use lap belts only as a last resort. Try to get a lap-shoulder belt installed in your car if it doesn’t already have one. If you must use a lap belt, make sure it is worn tight and low on the hips, not across the stomach.

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    Fire Pits & S’mores

    Posted by Sandra Cornell

    Wed, Jun 01, 2016 @ 10:37 AM

    Thinking of setting up a fire pit in your back yard and enjoying s’mores with the kids on a fine fall night? Here are a few facts to consider before you strike that first match.

    Thousands of Americans are injured by backyard fires every year. When you decide to build your fire be sure to take into consideration the weather – avoid building it when it’s windy or when there has been an extended period of dry weather.

    Open space is best!  Avoid setting up the fire pit underneath low hanging trees, as sparks can ignite the branches and create a full blown fire. Don’t set it up too close to your home or any other building either...better safe than sorry.

    Hardwood is best. Pine and cedar snap and send sparks everywhere (beware of Christmas trees!). Never, ever use treated wood, as it creates toxic smoke and leaves toxic metals in the ashes. Plus it’s illegal to burn treated wood.

    Now bring out the grahams, chocolate & marshmallows and enjoy your s’mores!

    Once you’ve enjoyed your fire and eaten too much, be sure to hose the pit down until it’s completely soaked. Let it sit overnight and next morning dispose of the ashes in a metal container. Double check that there are no live embers or hot spots; if so, hose down again.

    Fire pits are a great source of enjoyment, but be sure to treat them with caution and always remember to be safe!

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    Steady Your Ship with a Sea Anchor

    Posted by Sandra Cornell

    Thu, Jun 26, 2014 @ 11:05 AM

    Last month’s blog centered on getting your boat ready for the upcoming summer season.  Hopefully, it will be a happy time with no surprises.  On that note however, what if you do encounter a situation where you are on the open water and a sudden storm occurs?  In keeping with that thought, I came across the following article published by United Marine Underwriters which offers a way to keep your boat in place until help arrives.

    "It is common for small boats to be caught offshore in squalls or storms. Greater fuel capacity and modern engines allow them to venture well offshore without fear of having enough fuel to make port. An item normally found on sailboats and trawlers but seldom on small pleasure crafts is a sea anchor.

    Protect your watercraft boat or yacht with insurance from Andrew Gordon Inc Insurance Norwell MAA Sea Anchor is a conical shaped device that, when properly deployed and of the proper size, will hold a vessels bow to the sea and reduce the danger of broaching. A sea anchor will not hold your boat in place but it will hold your vessels bow to the seas until help arrives or you are able to complete repairs to allow you to get underway.

    Once deployed it should be set to ride just below the surface, on a wave ahead. When on the crest of a wave, the sea anchor should be on the crest of the next forward wave. Depending on the distance between waves, you may get a smoother ride with the sea anchor 2 or 3 waves ahead of your position.

    Understand how to protect your watercraft in any weather with boat or yacht insurance from Andrew Gordon Inc Norwell MAYou must use a trip line (release line) when using a sea anchor. It is attached to the apex of the anchor and is used to dump the sea anchor and allows it to be retrieved backwards. The line is smaller in size, usually equipped with a float or two, and it must be longer than the main rode. The main rode of the anchor should be at least 10 to 15 times the length of your boat. Use of chain at either end of the rode will allow the nylon line between the chains to stretch and act as a shock absorber in the pull of the sea anchor.

    Sea anchors are made of canvas or nylon material, compactly fold up and take very little space to store. When shopping for one read the packaging carefully. Some are made for trolling, they slow a vessel’s speed when trolling but are not made to serve in a “storm.”

    If you are caught offshore in heavy seas and do not have a sea anchor, try tying a bucket, canvas bag or any object that will float just below the surface to a line fixed to your bow. It may act as a makeshift sea anchor long enough to help steady your vessel until conditions improve. When you put a sea anchor aboard, test the distance that is most comfortable and try positioning it on various bow cleats. You may wish to use a bridle at the bow to fasten it. If you practice with it a few times, you will know the easiest and fastest way to deploy it should the need arise."

    This article was published with permission from United Marine Underwriters. Read the original article on their web site here. Learn about watercraft insurance here

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    Halloween Safety

    Posted by Gordon Atlantic Staff

    Fri, Oct 18, 2013 @ 11:09 AM



    The Halloween spirit has spread from the inside to the outside of the home, with homeowners setting up elaborate displays that range from haunted houses in the basement to graveyards on the lawn, as well as high-tech LED lighting outdoors. When planning and setting up your Halloween decorations, it is a good idea to consider any potential risks involved.

    Be Aware of Dangers that Might Not be Visible During the Night

    • Walk your property before Halloween to identify and minimize potential dangers, especially those difficult to see after dark. For example, check to make sure temporary extension cords are secured to avoid becoming a tripping hazard.
    • Make sure walking surfaces are even and clear of debris, and that any obstacles are clearly marked, such as stakes, exposed roots or holes.
    • Ensure that your front yard, walkway and entry way are well-lit so that those unfamiliar with your home can safely navigate. If using a fog machine, be careful that the fog does not make it difficult to see tripping hazards.

    Remember that Welcoming the Neighborhood Inside Also Invites Risk

    • When hosting a haunted house, make sure to allow adequate floor and exit lighting. Keep exits clear to help prevent tripping.
    • Avoid advertising the event in your neighborhood or on social media.
      • If charging for admission for a haunted house or other forms of entertainment, be aware that this could be considered a business activity and you should consult with your agent or insurance company representative to ensure you have the proper coverage.

    Be Smart about Where You Place Decorations

    • Set up decorations with traffic flow in mind. Place them to prevent tipping over, blowing away or becoming a tripping hazard.
    • When plugging in your scary indoor decorations, do not overload electrical outlets.
    • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to help avoid damage to your home or injury to your guests. For example, make sure inflatable decorations are secured properly and kept away from sources of ignition.

    Set Up Spooky Lighting with Caution

    • Avoid any kind of open flame.
    • Consider using battery-operated candles or LED lighting as a safe alternative to candles.
    • Do not drape costumes or other fabrics over light bulbs, which generate heat and can start a fire.

    Choose Decorations Wisely

    • Avoid dried flowers, cornstalks and crêpe paper because they are highly combustible. Keep these and other decorations away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
    • Use lights and other electrical decorations that have been tested for safety – look for a certification mark from UL, CSA, ETL or another nationally-recognized laboratory.
    • When plugging in decorations, avoid daisy chaining extension cords, which may cause overheating.
    • Never staple, nail through or fasten electrical wires or extension cords in any way that might damage the wire or insulation. This could cause electrical shock or fire.
    • Plug all outdoor lights and decorations into ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to help reduce the risk of electric shock. Portable GFCIs for outdoor use can be purchased where electrical supplies are sold.

    Do Not be Frightened by the Risks

    • Give yourself peace of mind and speak with your insurance agent to make sure you are properly covered.
    • Consider an umbrella policy that could provide extra protection in case of an accident.   


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    Drunk Driving: Why Do People Do It?

    Posted by Gordon Atlantic Staff

    Mon, Sep 02, 2013 @ 08:07 AM

    Drunk driving. Something that injures and kills innocent people everyday. Something that can be prevented. Something that doesn't have to happen, but still does.

    In the United States, one person dies from an alcohol-related car crash every 53 minutes or so. Think about that:  every hour at least one person dies. On average, one person gets injured in an alcohol-related car crash every 90 seconds. That's a minute and a half. By the time you finish reading this article, somebody has been injured.

    It is estimated that 1 out of every 2,000 road trips taken in the United States is driven under the influence of alcohol. How many cars do you pass on the way to work, to school, to the grocery store? Although time of day is definitely a factor, the statistics remain the same...there's a .05% chance that any driver is under the influence. Don't let that driver be you.

    Repeat Offenders in Massachusetts

    If you think driving drunk is scary, think of all the repeat offenders out there. They drive around completely intoxicated in one of mankind's greatest weapon: the car.

    In Massachusetts we have more than 20,000 three-time repeat offenders who have been caught. There are probably several thousand more out there who repeatedly offend this safety precaution that go uncaught and unpunished.

    Every time a drunk driver hits the road they do nothing but endanger. Uncaught drunk drivers may not have caused mayhem and chaos, but every time they go out and drive around drunk they risk safety and lives, including their own. Repeat offenders are lucky to be alive and/or unharmed; it's not typical for a drunk driver to have a clean, safe experience.

    Why Do It?

    Never drive drunk in your vehicle get auto insurance from andrew g gordon incAlthough you have the repeat offenders who drive drunk all the time because they feel invincible, at one point these drivers had to make their decision to do so. And what influenced their decision? Alcohol definitely had something to do with it.

    Alcohol influences judgement and decision making skills - everybody knows that - but not everybody knows how.

    In our bodies we have these chemicals called neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters travel through neurons and synapses in our body to elicit reactions from us. Adrenaline that you get when doing something daring, such as skydiving, is an example of a neurotransmitter. Serotonin is another neurotransmitter that is associated highly with happiness.

    Alcohol also has a chemical makeup. The typical alcohol contains a hydroxyl group OH that is composed of oxygen and hydrogen. Other groups may be attached, but this isn't a chemistry class and you don't need to know that.

    The chemicals in alcohol interfere with proper processing of the other neurotransmitters in the body. This causes signals to not be fully delivered and otherwise messed up.

    The part of the brain does that performs the decision making is the frontal lobe. That's the very front of your head. If you place your hand on your forehead, your frontal lobe is just centimeters from your fingers, and is also protected by a thick skull. However, if you let alcohol inside your brain, no skull thick enough can prevent you from making terrible decisions using an impaired frontal lobe.

    How to Prevent Drunk Driving

    Drunk driving can be prevented so easily. All it takes is for a drunk person to not drive. Planning how to get home and how to do so safely before any event that involves alcohol is the key.  Some key elements of the plan include:

    • Having a designated driver (no alcohol for him/her)
    • If everybody is drinking, ask someone not attending the event to pick you up
    • Go to the event with the idea in mind that you will not be driving.  Being mentally prepared while sober will help you keep that idea true even when alcohol is in your system
    • Hosts may take away car keys so people do not have the option of driving themselves home
    • Hosts may have possible sleeping arrangements prepared just in case people are unable to leave
    • If you are trying to prevent others from drinking and driving, read our blog here which contains six easy steps

    Never drive reckless after drinking alcohol stay safe with auto insurance from Andrew G gordon incOther Effects of Alcohol

    People make the decision to drive under the influence because of impaired judgement. But other alcoholic effects occur while driving.

    If we go back to the whole neurotransmitter scene, we can figure out that all actions and muscle movements that people make are caused by these neurotransmitters. Driving requires mental and physical ability, and alcohol affects both. Judgement is affected (you might misinterpret a red light as green and drive right through a busy intersection) as well as physical ability (slower reaction times; you can't brake fast enough and end up crashing, you cannot turn down a side road, etc.).

    Legal Actions

    Because drunk driving is such a safety hazard, there are severe legal ramifications for doing so. The events and citations that could occur include

    • Vehicular homicide: killing a person using a motor vehicle while the driver is drunk
    • DUI Child Endangerment: operating a motor vehicle while drunk when a child is in the car
    • If your blood alcohol is over .08, you are considered "legally" drunk
    • Having an open container of alcohol in the car

    Penalties for these different crimes vary, but they are all very severe. They can range from a suspended license to a felony. For a list of Massachusetts alcohol-related infractions click here. Read our blog here that outlines the difference between a DUI and an OUI.

    The Trend

    If you are under the age of 21, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have a "zero tolerance" law that makes it illegal to drive with any measurable amount of alcohol in your system.  In Massachusetts, sobriety check points are allowed.  These steps, along with stiffer penalties and a state wide mass media campaign against drunk driving have lowered MA fatalities due to alcohol impairment by more than 60% in the last 30+ years.  To keep this trend going in the right direction, the National Transportation Safety Board is pushing for a lower impairment threshold of .05%. 

    To discuss this topic further as it relates to your automobile insurance, please call the Gordon Atlantic Insurance professionals toll free at 1-800-649-3252.  Prefer to type instead of talk?  Use the form at the top left of this blog for a return phone call or email.  

    The Problem

    If you have a drunk driving event, there are additional regulatory burdens, including proof that you have liability insurance in the future.  There is a great article off site about the SR-22 at Consumer Advocates, linked here:


    Other driving related regulatory info

    If you are new to Massachusetts or are simply registering plates for a new vehicle or getting a new title, be sure to check out our article on the Massachusetts RMV-1 form.


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    License Plate Lights

    Posted by Gordon Atlantic Staff

    Thu, Jul 25, 2013 @ 12:12 PM

    Some of us are very familiar with cars driving out and about with broken headlights or brake lights (both of which are very dangerous, regardless of how fun the game "padiddle" might be). But I recently learned something else- something about a license plate light (circled in yellow in the picture below).

    Make sure you have license plate lights and auto insurance from Andrew G Gordon IncDid you know?

    License plates lights are lights in the rear of your car that illuminate your license plate to all other drivers. It allows other drivers to read your license plate number- most likely for if they need to report you for anything illegal. Now, if you were doing something illegal, you wouldn't want your license plate to be showing anyway. However, there have been instances in which license plate lights have gone out and people have been doing completely innocent things. That happened to my friend while I was in the passenger seat; he was pulled over by the police.

    Most people don't consider license plates lights, but it's something that we should not forget about. If you find that you or a friend has a car in which the license plate lights have do not work, do NOT drive at night. It's an illegal offense and you will be pulled over.

    What should you do?

    If you do find that your license plate lights have gone out, as I've said, do NOT go out driving at night. You can get these lights fixed at several car shops and mechanics, or you can do-it-yourself. If you do-it-yourself, make sure you order white lights for your license plate. Other colors are not acceptable in Massachusetts and any form of a blue or red light on a moving vehicle is reserved for emergency vehicles. You do not want to get pulled over and face consequences for incorrect license plates lights as well as impersonating an emergency vehicle- especially over something as tiny as a license plate light!

    Safety inspection

    License plate lights are one of the things checked during a safety inspection in Massachusetts, just like headlights and brake lights. While those two may seem higher and of more importance on the hierarchy of car lights, don't forget the license plate lights. They'll get you every time!

    If you have any other questions about safety, auto insurance, or any other car questions, feel free to contact us at Gordon Insurance. Learn more about auto insurance here.

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    Will My Insurance Cover a Trampoline?

    Posted by Gordon Atlantic Staff

    Wed, Jul 10, 2013 @ 10:03 AM

    Know how your homeowners insurance agency deals with trampolines Andrew G Gordon Inc

    Have you been thinking about getting a trampoline? Have your kids been bothering you to get one for that oh-so magical bounce? And if so, have you thought about how a trampoline purchase could affect your insurance?

    Insurance companies tend to deny insurance to homes with trampolines because trampolines pose  many risks, some severe, to many who use them.   Every year, more than 100,000 injuries occur by trampoline, and approximately 20% of all spinal cord injuries are caused by trampolines. (Source:

    For a more detailed infographic on trampolines see

    Trampoline Risks

    • Jumping up and down on a trampoline can cause bodily injury, but some injuries can be very severe. Sprained ankles, broken bones, and even paralysis can result from a dangerous jump on the trampoline.
    • Trampolines vary in size, but generally they aren't that large. For parties or gatherings of other sorts, having too many people on a trampoline not only ruins the fun (less bounce), but also increases the risk that a jumper will get hurt. Since collisions are one of the most severe csuses of injuries, we recommend that only one person should use a trampoline at a time.
    • In the insurance world, trampolines are known as an "attractive nuisance." This means that uninvited guests, such as neighbors, have the ability to use trampolines without permission of the owner. If these unwelcome visitors get injured, they can still sue you for their injuries. Severe cases can get expensive.

    Insurance and Trampolines

    Understand how trampolines affect home insurance with homeowners from Andrew G Gordon Inc MA

    Whenever you switch insurance companies, or  your first time buying a home, generally you will get a home insurance inspection. When you get an inspection, if a trampoline is found on your property you often will have two options: 1) Get rid of the trampoline or 2) lose your insurance.

    Some carriers, however, now insure trampolines with safety nets.  Call our office for guidance on this tricky issue.


    Alternate Solution

    You don't have to have a trampoline to have fun. If you're really itching for some jumping, try to find places such as SkyZone or any other indoor trampoline park. They have the trampolines for you. Yes, you will have to sign a waiver for your injury, but you do have attendants near every trampoline and the environment is much more controlled. Plus, you also get to keep your home insurance!

    My personal recommendation would be to think long and hard about getting a trampoline. Nobody's going to stop you, but it's good to know what risks come with getting one. You should always check with your insurance agent BEFORE purchasing a trampoline: this way, you can know what you're getting yourself into.

    Any other questions?   Contact us. Or, read more about home insurance here.

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    Slow and Steady Saves Lives

    Posted by Gordon Atlantic Staff

    Mon, Jun 10, 2013 @ 08:00 AM

    We all know the story of the tortoise and the hare. The two race each other, and even though the hare has the obvious advantage of being much faster, the tortoise triumphs. The tortoise does this by diligently working towards his goal, whereas the lazy hare stops to take a rest break. Once he rests, he cannot catch back up to the tortoise. Valuable life lesson? Definitely. So besides the obvious moral of Aesop's fable applying to you with everyday life- i.e. work, studies, personal goals, etc.- how does this story apply to you today?

    Drive slow and steady in your car save lives with auto insurance coverage from andrew g gordon incMaybe you've noticed them, and maybe you haven't, but there are turtles lining the streets EVERYWHERE. Driving recklessly or speeding through a neighborhood puts you, your car, and these cute little guys at risk.

    It's been only one week of summer for me, but I've already "rescued" two turtles from car-related deaths, (or so I'd like to think.) The first one was tiny; he fit easily into a bucket. My friend and I lifted Ronaldo- yes, we named our turtle- into the bucket with a shovel. We filled the bucket with some water, and we carried him down to the North River. He was home, or at least he was far, far away from the street and the oncoming traffic.

    The second turtle was not so easy. We dubbed him William, and William was a large snapping turtle who decided to chill in the middle of my neighborhood street. We could not lift him into a bucket; he snapped at us, and he was GIANT. So what we my friend and I to do? We had originally driven right on by, my friend believed William to be a curled branch with leaves, but I saw the truth. William was William, the giant snapping turtle. So we drove back.

    We eventually got William to the side of the road. When we drove back to my neighborhood later that night, we did not see William on the side where we had left him. But, we also didn't see a squashed William in the middle of the road. We had fulfilled our roles as "Turtle-Savers."

    The frequency of my rescuing turtles shows two things: 1.) Turtles are coming out now, more than ever. Maybe it's just me because of where I live, but there are bodies of water everywhere. Where there's water, there's bound to be a turtle. 2.) Sometimes turtles like to be in the road. DO NOT HIT THEM.

    Turtles are living creatures just like you. Hitting one involves killing one, and think of all the other consequences. The horror your child will feel. The loud crunch of the turtle shell beneath your tires. The damage to your car. The massacred turtle on the road. All of these are negatives; there is literally not one positive thing that comes about from hitting a turtle. So don't.

    Turtle Info:

    • Snapping turtles are large turtles, so large, in fact, that they do not entirely fit into their shells. This is why they snap; it's a natural adaptation for defense. Although turtles are more likely to flee than snap, a turtle will snap if you provoke it. They have jaws that have a hooked upper mouth. If you come across one, keep your distance.
    • June and early July are the prime months for mother turtles to lay eggs. Typically, they will dig many holes and leave them as false nests. Mothers will lay their eggs and then leave them.
    • It is illegal in Massachusetts to own turtles that are considered endangered. It is legal to take non-listed turtle species and keep them as pets, but it is highly discouraged. If you are interested in a pet turtle, your best option is to buy one from a store or a person with a valid license to sell turtles.
    • Do not disturb turtles if you come across them. The only exception perhaps is if you find one in the middle of the road. I've rescued them, but make sure you make good judgement calls when you interact with turtles.

    Referring back to the fable at the beginning of this little spiel, go slow and go steady so everybody, including the turtles, can win the race. Avoid the turtles, and keep the wildlife safe.

    If you are curious about turtles and other wildlife, we encourage you to contact the local experts at the South Shore Natural Science Center. If you are curious about any insurance related questions, maybe even something like the relationship between deer and auto insurance, do not hesitate to contact us or ask an insurance question at anytime.


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    A Couple of Things about Summer

    Posted by Gordon Atlantic Staff

    Tue, May 21, 2013 @ 07:17 PM

    Summer is one of the best seasons of the year. There's a little something special in it for everyone at any age. Here's just a quick reminder of why we love summer so much:

    • Ice cream trucks and local ice cream shopsHave a happy summer with personal insurance from Andrew G Gordon Inc
    • Beach trips on weekdays and the smell of the ocean
    • Sand castles large and small with moats and decorated with shells and stones
    • Swimming in the ocean or in outdoor pools because that first splash isn't too cold
    • Warm weather all day every day
    • Long runs in the morning before the heat, or at night when it's cooling off
    • No school, no homework, no stress for those hard-working students who deserve a break every now and again
    • 4th of July celebrations and feeling patriotic
    • Barbecues with the works- hot dogs, cheeseburgers, steak, chicken, kabobs
    • Tank tops, shorts, flip flops, sundresses, and that wonderful feeling when you feel comfortable in your clothes
    • Fireworks at night for holidays, and sometimes fireworks for no reason
    • Outdoor concerts and people making music for the love of it, not for the money
    • Water balloon fights with your best friends
    • Smell of sunscreen and not getting sunburns
    • Movie marathons for those bad weather days
    • Thunder storms where you can hear the thunder and falling asleep to the sound of rain
    • Sleeping in because you want to and you're tired
    • Staying up late because you want to and you're wide awake
    • Air conditioning to control those muggy days
    • Reading outside in a hammock, at the beach, wherever summer takes you
    • Spending more time with family and friendsHave a great summer vacation with personal insurance from andrew g gordon inc
    • Roller blading and biking in your neighborhood or in a park
    • Fishing on a pond or a lake with your old man
    • Summer carnivals, balloon animals, buying tickets, winning prizes
    • Amusement parks and being brave enough to go on that scary roller coaster
    • Gathering around fire pits with your friends and throwing in tiny leaves to watch them burn up
    • Making s'mores and setting marshmallows aflame
    • Lazing around and doing nothing
    • Cold lemonade with ice
    • Driving with the windows down blasting your favorite song
    • Parades through town celebrating everything
    • Relaxation and enjoying life

    These are only a few of the reasons that summer is great. Remember, with summer comes more freedom for teen drivers, so make sure they're safe!

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