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    MA Locations: Hanover

    Posted by Gordon Atlantic Staff

    Wed, Oct 12, 2011 @ 06:39 PM

    The Town of Hanover is a rural suburban town of approximately 14,000 residents. It has a good school system with all school buildings either new or recently renovated for today’s technology. Take a ride on Cedar Street and see the brand new High School that is in the finishing stages!

    John Curtis Free Library, image via wikipediaHanover was originally settled as part of Scituate but became its own entity when a new Church parish was needed in 1727. The Town Government is a strong Town Manager/Open Town Meeting. Although it is not on the coast, the town is known for water. The southern border is a tidal freshwater river system known as North River and Indian Head. You can navigate to the Atlantic Ocean from there and  fresh water mussel grows abundantly in one of only two areas in the state.

    The Town has a very active youth sports system and a new five million dollar sports facility which will open next spring in South Hanover. The town has a very active equine community with trails for walking and riding abundant. Hanover’s Seniors are served by many affordable housing options and a new Senior Center in Mid Town.

    The John Curtis Free Library was added to and renovated in recent years to be the South Shore’s premier Library.

    Although the housing market crisis has not completely passed over Hanover; the town has done well with overall foreclosure and valuations. All of these factors and it’s access to Boston and Cape Cod, shopping and hospitals, forests and beaches make Hanover a wonderful place to live.

    If you recently moved to Massachusetts, visit our new home buyer page for tips on purchasing new home owner’s insurance. Also check out our auto page for auto insurance deals and information, as well as our Whiteboard series for great general tips.

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    Sue Shiels

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    Great Outdoor Opportunities in Halifax/Hanson

    Posted by Geoffrey Gordon

    Wed, Oct 12, 2011 @ 06:18 PM

    Are you looking for a place to fish, hunt, do some bird watching, walk the dog, bike or ride your horse?  Halifax shares this treasure with Hanson.

    There are parking areas off Elm Street in Halifax and Hawks Avenue in Hanson, but try not to block the walk thru for the equestrians at the Elm Street lot.  There is lots of wildlife and is well known by birders for the Heron, Egret, Osprey,swans, ducks, geese and lots of small birds.  You’ll have to get up pretty early to see deer but you can usually find their tracks.  The wildlife is more evident in the warmer months when you can find snakes, Muskrats and Snapping turtles.  You will find some hunters this time of year at Burrage and the adjacent trails, so be cautious and wear orange. If you’re walking a dog, be sure to keep it leashed.

    Sorry, no ATV’s are allowed since this is a Wildlife Management Area that was purchased by the state in 2002.

    Maybe we’ll see you there!  Enjoy and please don’t litter.

    For insurance information and relevant resources, visit the Andrew G. Gordon Website.

    And if you’re thinking of moving to town soon, visit our new home buyer page for tips on purchasing new home owner’s insurance.   Also check out our auto page for auto insurance deals and information, as well as our Whiteboard series for great general tips.

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     Geoff Gordon

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    Use of Temporary Plates in Massachusetts

    Posted by Gordon Atlantic Staff

    Wed, Oct 12, 2011 @ 06:07 PM

    mass license plate, image via wikipediaBuying a vehicle out of state and wondering if you can use temporary plates in Massachusetts? If you are a Massachusetts resident the answer is a definitive no. The Massachusetts Association of Insurance Agents reports that the Registry of Motor Vehicles issued a formal statement regarding whether paper or temporary plates are permitted on vehicles purchased by Massachusetts residents from out-of-state dealers.

    The letter reads:

    “Massachusetts does not issue temporary registration plates for its own residents but it does recognize temporary registration plates validly registered in other states to non-residents of Massachusetts who are temporarily operating in this state (assuming the plates are not expired or suspended.) Thus, a Connecticut resident operating a motor vehicle in Massachusetts on validly issued temporary Connecticut registration plates is OK, but a Massachusetts resident operating a newly purchased motor vehicle in Massachusetts with validly issued temporary Connecticut plates is not. A Massachusetts resident who purchases a motor vehicle in another state must apply for and attach valid Massachusetts registration plates to the vehicle before he/she can drive the vehicle back to Massachusetts.”
    For more relevant information and risk management solutions, visit the A. G. Gordon website.

    Recently Moved to Massachusetts? 

    Visit our new home buyer page for tips on purchasing new home owner’s insurance.   Also check out our auto page for auto insurance deals and information, as well as our Whiteboard series for great general tips.

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    Public Transportation on the South Shore: Getting from Here to There

    Posted by Kay Gordon

    Wed, Oct 12, 2011 @ 05:59 PM

    t station, image via wikipediaAs much as we all love the South Shore there are times we want to and need to get out.  In fact, many of us find ourselves daily on the South East Expressway commuting to work and wondering what that commute may be like.  There are several public transportation options available that may make the commute more predictable and also less stressful.

    While everyone’s situation is different, one of the following might make your commute a little more palatable.  Please refer to the online sites for detailed rates, schedules and other information- to ensure the alternative transportation works for you!

    The two commuter lines that emanate from the South Shore are THE OLD COLONY and the GREENBUSH Lines.  One spur of Old Colony originates in Plymouth or Kingston, travels to Halifax, Hanson, Whitman, Abington, S. Weymouth, Braintree, UMA Boston and ends at South Station, Boston.

    The Greenbush Line originates In Scituate, travels to N. Scituate, Cohasette,  Nantasket  Junction, West Hingham, East Weymouth, East Braintree, Quincy Center, UMass Boston and ends at South Station.

    Origination to South Station takes about an hour and prices for the commuter train vary depending on distance from about $2 to $9 and there is generally a charge for parking at lots.

    Two Commuter Boats travel from Fore River Shipyard in Quincy and Hewitt’s Cove in Hingham to Boston’s Long Wharf and Rowe’s Wharf respectively for $6 each way.  For $12 the boat goes to Logan airport where one picks up a Massport shuttle bus to complete the trip to the airport terminal.  A third Boat from Hull, Ma also goes to Boston.

    The Logan Express Bus is yet another way to get to the airport from Braintree, MA for about $10 per trip.  Get dropped off or park in Braintree and let the bus driver deliver you to your terminal and pick you up at the airport when you return from your trip.

    The “T” Red Line that originates in Braintree is a relatively inexpensive alternative and runs quite frequently.  Park for about $8/day or get dropped off and picked up at the parking garage.  This particular line goes directly to Cambridge, Ma and connects to the other Subway lines in Boston.

    Again, please refer to all the above online sites for current detailed and updated information.  The above is a summary to inform and remind that there are alternatives to driving when making a commute north to Boston!

    But whether you choose to travel by car, boat, train, or helicopter, visit the A. G. Gordon, Inc. website for insurance resources or to get a quote. Our job is to make insurance make sense.

    If you own a home in the South Shore and are interested in lowering the cost of your insurance, click here to go to our home insurance page.

    If you don't want to utilize the public transportation or prefer driving, check out our auto insurance.

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    Kay Gordon

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