Sir Paul McCarthy once said, “You can judge a man's true character by the way he treats his fellow animals.” If that is the case than the staff at the Humane Society & Shelter SouthCoast (HSSSC) are angels on earth!
Since opening its doors in 1911, the HSSSC is a private 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization, has been serving needy animals throughout Southeastern Massachusetts. The Animals Rescue League has grown tremendously from its first location in a three-dollar-a-week apartment on North Second Street. Currently at its' new location on 31 Ventura Drive, North Dartmouth, since 2003, it is now called The Humane Society & Shelter SouthCoast.
This state-of-the-art shelters serves nearly 3,000 animals in need annually. They service the cities of New Bedford and Fall River, town of Dartmouth, Wareham and Marion. They also take in owner surrenders when they have room. The mission of the Humane Society is to provide humane professional care and placement of unwanted, abandoned and stray animals in the Greater New Bedford region and the city of Fall River. One of their goals is to educate the public concerning animal welfare and to advocate for humane treatment of animals everywhere.
Going away for bit and need a place for you furry canine friend to stay? The HSSSC, has a large private area for non-shelter animals for boarding purposes. Each animal gets its own run, fed by your schedule and goes out in our fenced in yard for a bit of exercise. Although the shelter has a highly trained in-house staff, if there is a medical emergency they can call on their vet at Chase Farm Veterinarian Hospital which is right next door. You will have no worries leaving your pet here. Does your pooch need a little pampering? Are they a little dirty or maybe just in need of a little hair cut or nail trim? Not a problem. The HSSSC has their very own in house Grooming department at your service. Just call us for hours and details and we will be glad to get your pooch prim and proper in no time.
Can't adopt a pet right now but still want to help? There are also a lot of ways you can help out the HSSSC and their animals. Monetary donations of any amount are always appreciated. They also have a buy a brick memorial program or you can donate in a loved one's memory. Cleaning out your closets and don't need those old towels or blankets? Consider donating them to the HSSC. Every little bit helps them to help animals in our region.
For more information, including adopting a furry friend, be sure to visit them on the web by clicking here or like them on their Facebook page by clicking here. Also, be sure to check out their grooming page by clicking here.
• 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
• 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
• Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
• 8 ounces whole wheat penne pasta
• 1 (14.5-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes, drained
• 1/2 cup reduced fat mozzarella cheese
• 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
• 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
• 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
Ingredients for the Alfredo Sauce:
• 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
• 4 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
• 1 (6-ounce) can 2% evaporated milk
• 1 ounce light cream cheese
• 1/4 cup chicken broth, or more, to taste
• salt and black pepper, to taste
1. To make the alfredo sauce, melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
2. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk, and cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in cream cheese and chicken broth until smooth, about 1 minute; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add more chicken broth as needed until desired consistency is reached.
3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with nonstick spray.
4. Place shrimp onto the prepared baking sheet. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt and pepper, to taste, and gently toss to combine. Place into oven and roast just until pink, firm and cooked through, about 6-8 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
5. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.
6. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat an 8x8 baking dish with nonstick spray.
7. In a large bowl, combine shrimp, pasta, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, red pepper flakes and alfredo sauce. Add pasta mixture to prepared baking dish and top with Parmesan.
8. Place into oven and bake until golden brown and cheese has melted, about 10 minutes.
9. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.
It's time to clean out the closets and get rid of anything unused or unwanted! But just don't throw it away, please consider donating it to Gifts To Give which is dedicated in building a community to tackle child poverty in our area! Gifts To Give accepts anything but furniture. Household goods and everything else will be sold in their weekly volunteer-run tag sale. 100% of proceeds benefit Gifts To Give. Here are the things most requested by community agencies for children in need.
Clothes, all ages
Toys, Games and Puzzles, secured all pieces in boxes or bags
Shoes, sneakers, boots
Baby Safety Items (Strollers, Pack & Plays, Safety Gates, Car Seats, High Chairs)
Bed-ware and Towels
Underwear and Socks (Especially for teens in adult sizes)
Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
School Supplies and Backpacks
Arts & Craft Supplies
Don't have anything to donate but still want to help out? Here is just a sample of how you can take part:
Sort and Inspect Toy Donations - Volunteers inspect toys to make sure that they work correctly, and have all their parts before cleaning and sorting them by age and type.
Process Clothing Donations - Volunteers inspect all incoming clothes, sort them into type and size and then make clothing packs of well-coordinated outfits that children will be proud to wear.
Manufacture wrapping paper for our - young artists, color and decorate large papers to be used as wrapping for birthday gifts.
Book Processing - Inspect and sort books by age.
Package “Welcome Baby” - Supplies for newborns.
Fill Backpacks With School Supplies – Assemble backpacks full of schools supplies, arts and craft supplies and books.
Bicycle inspection and repair.
Fill Orders – Volunteers act as personal shoppers and scour our shelves for the best items we have available to fill detailed orders provided by our distribution partners.
In the Community–
Organize collection drives
Connect youth groups from schools and churches, temples and mosques.
Organize Student Leadership groups in schools
Support our Distribution Partners in each community
Become a Mentor and help foster Middle School Students in their schools.
Transport gift packages, in bulk, to offices of social workers without transportation
Volunteer with PTO groups to help them in early literacy programs in elementary schools, during school.
Assist with marketing
Gifts to Give is located at Titleist Drive in Acushnet and their number is 508-717-8715. They can be found on the web at www.giftstogive.org. Their hours of operation are daily from 9am-2pm.
Finding love later in life may be unexpected and exciting, but should it lead to marriage? The considerations are much different for an older couple with adult children and retirement plans than for a young couple just starting out. Before deciding whether to get married or just live together, you need to look at your estate plan, your Social Security benefits, and your potential long-term care needs, among other things. Whatever you decide to do, you may want to consult a lawyer to make sure your wishes will be carried out.
Here are some things to think about:
Estate Planning. Getting married can have a big effect on your estate plan. Even if you don't include a new spouse in your will, in most states spouses are automatically entitled to a share of your estate (usually one-third to one-half). One way to prevent a spouse from taking his or her share is to enter into a prenuptial agreement in which both spouses agree not to take anything from the other's estate. If you want to leave something to your spouse and ensure your heirs receive their inheritance, a trust may be the best option.
Long-Term Care. Trusts and prenuptial agreements, however, won't necessarily keep a spouse from being responsible for your long-term care costs or vice versa. In addition, getting married can have an effect on your or your spouse's Medicaid eligibility. If you can afford it, a long-term care insurance policy may be a good investment once you remarry. For more information on long-term care insurance, click here.
The Family Home. Whether you are getting married or just living together, before combining households you will need to think about what will happen to the house once the owner of the house dies. If the owner wants to keep the house within his or her family, putting the house in both spouse's names is not an option. On the other hand, the owner may also not want his or her heirs to evict the surviving spouse once the owner dies. One solution is for the owner of the house to give the surviving spouse a life estate. Once the surviving spouse dies, the house will pass to the original owner's heirs.
Social Security. Many divorced or widowed seniors receive Social Security from their former spouses, and remarriage can affect benefits. If you are divorced after at least 10 years of marriage, you can collect retirement benefits on your former spouse's Social Security record if you are at least age 62 and if your former spouse is entitled to or receiving benefits. If you remarry, you generally cannot collect benefits on your former spouse's record unless your later marriage ends (whether by death, divorce, or annulment). However, if your are a widow, widower or surviving divorced spouse who remarries after age 60, you are entitled to benefits on your prior deceased spouse's Social Security earnings record.
Alimony. If you are receiving alimony from a divorced spouse, it will likely end once you remarry. Depending on the laws in your state and your divorce settlement, alimony may end even if you simply live with someone else.
Survivor's Annuities. Widows and widowers of public employees, such as police officers and firefighters, often receive survivor's annuities. Many of these annuities end if the surviving spouse remarries. In addition widows and widowers of military personnel may lose their annuities if they remarry before age 57. Before getting married, check your annuity policy to see what the affect will be.
College Financial Aid. Single parents with children in college may want to reconsider before getting married. A new spouse's income could affect the amount of financial aid the college student receives. Some private colleges may even count the combined income of a couple that lives together if they commingle their expenses.
Using a frozen prepared deep dish pie shell, thaw & bake as directed on instructions. Usually bake for about 7 minutes after pricking entire pie crust with a fork. You can also use the refrigerated pie shells and use your own pie pan. Bake as directed, let cool and set aside.
In a medium saucepan, on very low heat, melt chocolate squares. With a wire whisk add sugar, cornstarch and salt. Mix well then gradually stir in milk, mixing until smooth. Over medium high heat, bring to boiling, stirring occasionally; boil exactly for 1 minute then remove from heat.
Stir small amount of hot mixture into beaten egg yolks, mixing well. (about a teaspoon to start then gradually add about 1 cup of chocolate mixture into the eggs).
Return this back to mixture left in saucepan. Put saucepan back on the heated eye and bring back to boiling; stirring pretty much constantly. Again boil for exactly 1 minute. Remove from heat.
Stir in vanilla extract and pour immediately into cooled pie shell.
Directions for Meringue:
Preheat oven to 375º.
In a medium bowl, beat egg whites & cream of tartar until soft peaks form when beater is raised.
Gradually beat in sugar in small amounts, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla and continue beating until stiff peaks form when beater is raised.
Spread meringue over warm filling, sealing to edge of crust. Place pie on a cookie sheet.
Bake 10-12 minutes or until meringue is golden brown.
Cool and let pie set for about 2 hours before serving, refrigerate afterwards.
As we enter a new year, our thoughts turn to the dreaded "New Year's Resolution". Always at the top of that list is the "lose weight/become healthier" resolution. I truly believe that if a resolution is not fun in some way, it will be destined for failure. One institution that makes healthy life style changes fun and possible is the the YMCA. For 150 years, the Y has been committed to promoting healthy lifestyles in a fun and family oriented way. With a mission centered on balance, the Y brings families closer together, encourages good health and fosters connections through fitness, sports, fun and shared interests. Fortunately for us here in the SouthCoast we are blessed to have access to several YMCAs: New Bedford, Dartmouth, Fall River, Mattapoisett, Wareham and in the future, Rochester.
I never used the Y myself until I became a parent. It started off in little steps beginning with free play at the Y for my then toddler, and then morphed into swimming classes, summer camp and even after school programs. As you can see the Y is a part of our routine, but the Y is not just for kids! You can find all different programs from adult swimming classes, racquetball courts, indoor running track, stadium stairs, rock climbing wall, basketball, wellness centers, land and water aerobics, yoga, pilates, spinning classes, preschool and after school childcare, babysitting and so much more!
Programs vary by location so please be sure to visit their website at https://www.ymcasouthcoast.org for more information! You will be amazed at how much it has to offer!
A new year is upon us, and with it comes a host of New Year’s resolutions. A 2015 Neilson.com survey found that the top goals for the new year included: 1) staying fit and healthy, 2) losing weight, 3) enjoying life to the fullest, 4) spending less, saving more, 5) spending more time with family and friends, and 6) getting organized. While each of those goals is worthwhile and important, don’t forget to add to your List of Resolutions a Legal Check-up!
Use the checklist below as a tool to determine whether you have good, foundational estate planning documents in place and whether you should consider meeting with an elder law attorney to discuss foundational planning, estate tax minimization, asset protection, creditor protection and/or special needs planning.
Legal Check-up Checklist:
Durable Power of Attorney – a well drafted DPOA will allow a primary agent and alternate agent to make legal and financial decisions for you if you cannot make them for yourself and may avoid the need for a court-appointed conservator.
Massachusetts Health Care Proxy - a well drafted HCP will allow a primary agent and alternate agent to make medical decisions for you if you cannot make them for yourself and may avoid the need for a court-appointed guardian.
HIPAA Release Authorization – gives permission for your protected medical information to be shared with named individuals.
Living Will - this directive instructs health care providers to administer, withhold, or withdraw specified medical treatments and is to be used as a guide for those who make decisions on your behalf when you are no longer capable of expressing your wishes for yourself.
Last Will and Testament – tells the court which individuals (or charities) are to receive your property and possessions on your death and identifies to the court who you have named as the primary and alternate personal representative (formerly executor/executrix) of your estate.
Do you have an estate worth more than $1,000,000, including real estate, investment accounts, retirement accounts, etc.?
Do you have young children or a child or grandchild with special needs?
Do you have spendthrift children or grandchildren?
Are you concerned about protecting your assets against the cost of future long-term care needs?