A Little More About Karen

by Karen Pettingell on

I joined the Rope Team in November as Operations Assistant, and I am very excited to be here!

To get to know me a little better, here are a few personal facts.  I live in Braintree with my husband, Doug, and our black lab, Jack.  I grew up in Beverly, where my mother and siblings still live, and...

Hello to Karen

by Rick Ropelewski on

We hope everyone’s year is off to a good start and we wish you a happy and healthy 2023!  I have yet to break any of my new year’s resolutions, but it has been only a week so check back with me at the end of the month.

Last year was an exciting year for our team, with Tom and Nora having...

Social Security benefits will increase in 2023

by Paul Davidson on

Social Security recipients will get a hefty raise in 2023, with benefits rising 8.7%, the most in four decades.
The inflation-related bump may coax some retirees into tapping their benefits early, before they reach full retirement age. It also may spark a few questions.

•    How do you apply for...

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

by Tom Lally on

Christmas has been my favorite holiday as far back as I can remember.  And just like a lot of things so far this year, Christmas has taken on a new and more significant meaning this time around.

For starters, we were faced with an unexpectedly difficult question – what do you get a 7-month-old...

Social Security benefits will increase in 2023

by Paul Davidson on

Social Security recipients will get a hefty raise in 2023, with benefits rising 8.7%, the most in four decades.
The inflation-related bump may coax some retirees into tapping their benefits early, before they reach full retirement age. It also may spark a few questions.

•    How do you apply for...

The Day My Life Changed

by Nora Daniels on

When I was biking cross country, there was a day that I was pulled under an 18-wheeler truck speeding by. It was the longest 3 seconds of my life; in that moment I truly thought I was going to die. What went through my head was that I just wanted another moment to hug my then boyfriend (now husband)...

U.S. companies have come to embrace health savings as a benefit for employees in recent years. Many businesses increasingly see HSA’s as plan developers intended -- as a healthcare spending vehicle that allows users to save for healthcare expenditures on a tax-advantaged basis.

That premise...

Ohhhh, now I understand (I think) …

by Rick Ropelewski on

Well, we all got the benefit of an extra hour of sleep Saturday night, which I personally appreciated. However, anyone who has ever worked with me knows to expect the usual complaint on Monday about it getting dark too early. I’m more of a night owl and have always appreciated daylight lingering...

Health insurers will flood the Medicare Advantage market again this fall with enticing offers for plans that have no monthly price tag.

The number of so-called zero-premium plans has been growing for years, and they can appeal to retirees who live on fixed incomes. Experts say shoppers should...

Water, Water, Everywhere

by Thomas Lally on

It all started simply enough. The fridge we inherited when we bought the house gave out, so we had to buy a new one. Things started smoothly: we found a good option on sale and scheduled delivery for just two days later.

The old fridge had a built-in water dispenser so there was a water line...