No tricks, just treats

Here in New England, our Halloween just took on a whole new flavor with the Red Sox win last night. While we still suggest that you take precautions against ghosts and goblins to ensure that you protect your home and keep everyone safe, we think there’s so much joy in New England today that the scary spirits may pick some other place to haunt.

Here are a few highlights

Image via Yahoo Sports

Game 6

Image via Yahoo Sports. Also see Red Sox win the World Series

Red Sox Gif Collection

Boston’s World Series Run in 43 Photos

Boston Fans, Players, Pets Go 100% Crazy Celebrating First Fenway World Series Clincher In 95 Years

Are you ready for robot cars?

The race is on. Automakers are competing to bring self-driving or “autonomous” cars to the market by 2020. Are robot cars feasible? While it’s not likely that the highways will look like a scene from the Jetsons anytime soon, we can expect to see more and more “semi-autonomous” auto features being widely available starting in 2015 and beyond – features such as collision avoidance systems, lane departure warnings, advanced cruise control that can navigate curves and parking assist systems. But New Englanders and other people living in snowy climates take note: In a report on what it’s like to ride in Google’s driverless car, Joann Muller talks about some of the self-driven car limitations:

“…the driverless car can’t handle heavy rain and can’t drive on snow-covered roads “because the appearance and shape of the world changes. It can’t figure out where to go or what to do.” And engineers are still working on how to program the car to handle “rare events” like encountering a stalled vehicle over the crest of a hill or identifying debris, like a tire carcass, in the middle of the road.”

Are drivers ready for the auto technological innovations to come? Check out this fun infographic from Chubb’s Risk Conversation blog:

Driverless Cars


Ideas for New England foliage drives – but be careful of deer-vehicle collisions!

New England fall foliage

The Foliage Network allows you to look up weekly reports for the northeast or other areas of the country. They provide weekly maps like the one below that visually depict peak foliage by state, as well as a “leaf drop” map. As we head into Columbus Day weekend, their recent report looks promising: “Throughout the Northeast, fall color ranges from moderate (31% – 60% change) to peak, with some of the highest elevations in northern portions of New York, New Hampshire and Maine now just past peak.”

via www.foliagereport.comYankee Magazine offers many resources for enjoying the fall foliage season in New England – in fact, they have a dedicated site, Yankee Foliage, which offers a live foliage map and an extensive selection of suggested foliage drives.

We also like some of their other “best of” suggestions for the fall:

If you head out for a drive this weekend, be aware that roads will be crowded and after the rains, they may be wet or slippery with fallen leaves. And the Insurance Information Institute reminds us that fall is peak season for deer and auto collisions. “Deer migration and mating season generally runs from October through December, and causes a dramatic spike in the movement of deer population. As a result, more deer-vehicle collisions occur in this period than at any other time of year.” Plus, in northern New England, you need to be on the lookout for moose.

Could Your Household Pass the 10 Minute Challenge?

If you heard a knock on the door telling you that you had 10 minutes to evacuate your home, would you know what to do, what to take? Ten minutes isn’t a lot of time to think through and gather all the essentials that you may need – yet many people face this unexpected scenario due to flooding, fires or some other emergency scenario.  Sometimes people have less than ten minutes to react.

In a recent post, we talked about how to build an emergency kit, but we spied this quick video challenge on Twitter so thought we’d share. How would your family fare?

Guide to Goverment Shutdown in US & New England

closed-signNone of us can guess how long the federal government shutdown will last, but so far any type of resolution does not look imminent. We thought we’d offer resources to help you learn which federal services are affected, and what the impact is on the New England states.

Washington Post – What’s open, what’s closed

CNN – What’s open, what’s closed

Time: Everything You Need To Know About A Government Shutdown

Washington Post: Government shutdown: A consumer guide

Top 50 Cities with Federal Workers and State by State Numbers

New England
While most people are aware that federal services may be affected, as leaf peepers head out for fall foliage drives and day trips this weekend, be aware that some popular destinations may be closed. A few of these include Acadia National Park in Maine , the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire, the Cape Cod National Seashore, the  USS Constitution and the JFK Library. Hunters and fishers in Vermont are finding federal lands are closed, too.  But if you are wondering about some big upcoming football games, the Air Force-Navy and Army-Boston College football games will be played Saturday after receiving official approval from the secretary of defense, according to ESPN.

Here are some  initial shutdown affects reported in the states. Most states say that the impact will snowball over time – initially affecting federal workers but later potentially impacting businesses with federal contracts.

MassachusettsThousands Of Federal Workers In Mass. Face Furloughs

New HampshireHow the Federal Government shutdown affects services in New Hampshire

ConnecticutFederal Workers Furloughed As Shutdown Begins

Rhode IslandShutdown could deliver long-term hits to R.I.

VermontGovernment shutdown hits Vermont residents, programs

MaineEffects of shutdown will vary in Maine 

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