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Social Security announces 2.0 percent benefit increase for 2018

Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 66 million Americans will increase 2.0 percent in 2018, according to a press release from the Social Security Administration announced today.

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A passion for helping through photography

Photographer Beth Oram frequently offers her services to local animal rescue organizations to help promote the valuable work they do. She took the charming July Fifty Plus Advocate cover photo of Marie McDonough, a Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton, Inc. volunteer, who is holding one of the nonprofit, no-kill shelter’s little guests. “I didn’t grow […]

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Sharing love of music from Westborough to Grafton

Cam Sowa Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr. By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer Grafton/Westborough – While working a 25-year banking career, Cam Sowa also spent periods of time regularly traveling distances from her Westborough home to play flute at several out-of-town venues. Now retired, she’s enjoying her nearby and longtime musical relationships with St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church […]

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Framingham man creates art with a chainsaw

Once Monday rolls around, Sylvio Chauvin works in construction, but spends his evenings and weekends in solitude mastering the art of carving wood. His love for cutting pine logs into works of art started six years ago when he saw a man in New Hampshire sculpting lifelike masterpieces.

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Adding additional security to protect what’s important to you

Social Security continues to evaluate and improve how we protect what’s important to you. We take this responsibility seriously, and we have a robust cybersecurity program in place to help protect the personal information you entrust to us. Adding additional security measures to safeguard your personal information — but making them easy to use — is a vital part of keeping you safe and secure.

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A teacher shares love for foreign languages

By Janice Elizabeth Berte Bonjour! Hola! Thirty-year Framingham State University (FSU) adjunct faculty member, Lauren Taylor-Fernandes, greets her 25 person classroom with an upbeat “hello” to inspire her students to speak Spanish and French as she does. Lauren’s fascination with foreign languages started when she was in the fourth grade at the Saxonville Elementary School. […]

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