The Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival is an annual celebration of the region's blue, pink, and white signature flowers! The Hydrangea Festival is happening this July 8 - 17, and the festival's schedule is nearly overflowing with fun activities for the entire family. The main attractions are the daily tours of private gardens, each designed and maintained by the individual homeowners and carrying a unique charm. Enjoy the exploration of gardens with intriguing titles such as, "For the Love of Trees," "A Peaceful Sanctuary for All Seasons," and "Where Nature and Nurture Meet.”
But, the gardens aren't the only one part of the festival! Enjoy workshops and lectures presented by leading international horticulturalists, discover promotions at participating nurseries and home centers, take a class to learn proper hydrangea pruning techniques, or even watch a painting demonstration by renowned Cape Cod artists both in-studio and in the gardens themselves.
Garden tours are $5 per person per garden. Each garden is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and only on the days specified. All garden tours are rain or shine and nonrefundable. Non profits and gardeners who want to participate in 2016 Cape Cod Hydrangea Festival, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
To buy tickets online, click here!
Wash the squash then grate them on a box grater. You should end up with about 3 cups of grated squash. Grate the onion as well. Place the grated squash and onion in a mesh strainer and press to squeeze out some of the water.
Place the squash and onion in a large bowl, then add the flour, egg, sugar, and salt and mix until combined. Allow the mixture to sit for about 5 minutes.
Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add enough oil to barely cover the bottom. Once the oil is hot, carefully place dollops (about 1 heaping tablespoon) of the batter into the skillet. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown. Carefully flip the fritters over and gently press them flat with the back side of a spatula. Cook another 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown. Cook in batches, adding more oil if necessary, until all of the batter had been used. Drain on paper towels and eat immediately.
MassHealth operates the Frail Elder Waiver Program specifically to help residents who require nursing home level care to receive health care and ongoing support services at home instead of in a nursing home. The services provided under the Waiver program are often critical to an elder’s ability to safely remain in the home. Sometimes the services are used to pay family members for care they provide under the Personal Care Attendant program. At other times, the benefit provides payment to home care agencies who then provide the care that is needed. Additionally, the Waiver program can pay for an Adult Day Health program, which can provide a much needed break for tired caregivers while allowing the elder the opportunity to socialize in a safe and healthy environment. Whichever benefit you take advantage of, it can make a world of difference for families who are struggling to keep a loved one at home, rather than a nursing home.
Recently, MassHealth revised its eligibility regulations for the Waiver program to comply with certain requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In the past, if the applicant qualified for the Waiver program then his or her spouse’s income and assets were not considered as part of the eligibility process. Only the income and assets of the applicant were considered. However, a new financial eligibility requirement for married Waiver applicants limits the assets of the applicant’s spouse to $119,220. This is the same asset limit that is imposed upon the spouse of a nursing home MassHealth applicant.
How will the change affect married waiver applicants and participants?
MassHealth will begin considering the assets of the Waiver applicant’s spouse as part of financial eligibility determinations beginning in August 2016.
In addition, MassHealth will review the financial eligibility of current married Waiver participants whose eligibility was determined on or after January 1, 2014. For those participants whose eligibility was determined on or after January 1, 2014, their first redetermination review to take place after the change has gone into effect will be treated as an initial financial eligibility determination for purposes of this rule change. This means that an approved applicant whose spouse has more than $119,560 in countable assets will no longer qualify for the program. Surprenant & Beneski, P.C. can guide families in this situation to ensure the applicant remains qualified for the Frail Elder Waiver.
MassHealth estimates that the new spousal asset limit will affect the eligibility of approximately 170 existing Waiver participants, or about 7% of Waiver participants.
What isn’t changing?
Financial eligibility rules for single Waiver applicants/participants are not changing.
The $2,000 countable asset limit is not changing. The $2,000 limit applies to countable assets that are in the applicant’s name alone or held jointly with a spouse or other individuals.
MassHealth does not consider the income of an applicant’s spouse to determine financial eligibility for the Waiver program. This will not change.
MassHealth does not consider the assets of the Waiver participant’s spouse as part of the annual redetermination process. This will not change. Except for those participants whose eligibility was determined on or after January 1, 2014, their first redetermination to take place after the revision has gone into effect will be treated as an initial financial eligibility determination for purposes of this rule change.
Sometimes I am in the mood for ice cream but it's not the same coming out of the grocer's freezer. Besides, the less temptation in my freezer the better! So as the summer draws near, I love to take my kids (and myself) for ice cream as a reward. There is nothing better than a root beer float, or a frappe, or a cone of ice cream after a long day at the office! My kids love soft serve ice cream, especially a "twisted" which is two flavors twisted together. My daughter's personal favorite is orange sherbert and soft serve vanilla. It tastes just like a creamsicle! You don't have to fall off the diet wagon, either! Order a kiddie-cup size so you don't have to feel guilty or left out!
Here is a short list of local ice cream parlors in the area:
The Country Whip- 1173 Main Street, Acushnet, MA
Acushnet Creamery- 264 Main Street, Acushnet, MA
Gray's Ice Cream- 259 Thames Street, Bristol, RI
Salvadore's "The Can"- 460 Smith Neck Road, Dartmouth, MA
"The Bucket" at Apponganset Park- 77 Gulf Road, Dartmouth, MA
Dockside Ice Cream- 1 Bridge Street, Dartmouth MA
Emma Jean's, 115 Huttleston Avenue, Fairhaven, MA 02719
The Village Toy & Ice Cream Shop- 270 Huttleston Avenue (Rt 6), Fairhaven, MA
Oxford Creamery- 98 County Road, Mattapoisett, MA
Seaport Village Ice Cream Shoppe and Coffee, 32 County Road, Mattapoisett, MA
The Dairy Maid- 1517 Cove Road, New Bedford, MA
Clark's Point Creamery- 26 Brock Avenue, New Bedford, MA
Cafe Arpeggio, 800 Purchase Street, (Downtown) New Bedford, MA
Somerset Creamery- 1931 GAR Highway or 146 County Street, Somerset, MA
Lickety Splits- 719 State Road, Westport, MA
Handy Hill Creamery, 55 Hixbridge Road, Westport, MA
Of course most of these are seasonal but for year 'round ice cream there is always Friendly's, Stone Cold Creamery and if you don't mind the drive, Newport Creamery in Rhode Island!
You have decided to follow your Physician’s advice and complete your Health Care Directive thus providing a clear understanding of your wishes as they relate to life sustaining measures. You understand the significance of having a Health Care Directive, but as you research the process you are confronted with a lack of understanding regarding what life-sustaining measures encompass.
You are confronted with a myriad medical jargon.
What are life-sustaining measures?
Life sustaining measures (also commonly referred to as life support) can be defined as, “Any medical treatment in which the primary goal is to prolong life rather than treat the underlying condition.” In such cases an individual’s own body is not capable of sustaining proper functioning on its own without medical intervention. Examples of Life Sustaining measures include artificial nutrition and hydration, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and mechanical ventilation. Depending on the circumstances, dialysis treatment may also be considered life sustaining.
Artificial nutrition and hydration are utilized when an individual is not receiving the nutrients necessary for health and well being. Artificial nutrition (tube feeding) requires a tube be placed into the stomach or the upper intestine. Hydration (fluid replacement) involves tube placement intravenously (IV) via a needle.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is used when an individual’s heart beat and/or breathing has stopped. CPR includes treatments such as mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, chest compressions, electric shock and/or drugs to restart the heart. CPR can be life saving; however, there is a risk of broken or cracked ribs, punctured lungs, and death.
Mechanical ventilation supports a person’s breathing when they can no longer breath on their own. In this situation a machine called a ventilator forces air into the lungs via tubing in the mouth or nose.
2 pkg. (1.4 oz. each) JELL-O Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding
1 qt. (4 cups) cold 1% milk
Heat oven to 350ºF.
Beat first 3 ingredients with mixer until blended. Pour into 13x9-inch pan sprayed with cooking spray. Bake 35 min. or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately poke deep holes in cake at 1-inch intervals, using handle of wooden spoon.
Beat pudding mixes and milk in large bowl with whisk 2 min.; pour half into holes in warm cake. Let remaining pudding stand until slightly thickened. Spread over top of cake.
Well, it is that most wonderful time of the year after Christmas, of course. Yes, I mean summer vacation. At least for the kids. For parents, it is a bit more problematic. When they are little you worry that they will duct tape their siblings to the ceiling fans. When they get older (but not old enough to have a job) you worry that they aren't getting enough sun because they sleep until noontime. Best bet? Enroll them in some sort of activity. And, it doesn't have to be the entire summer! I can't put a price on knowing that my child is active, having fun and most of all, safe! They will meet new friends, have new experiences and challenges and the best part is they will have the best time doing it!
Here is a short list of local summer camps. Just click on the names to get more information from their websites: