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The Dowd Insurance Agencies Brings Newly Enhanced Distractology® Tour to Holyoke to Educate Teen Drivers on the Dangers of Distracted Driving

 

Student participating in distracted driving simulation

Program lets Holyoke High School students participate in a simulated driving experience

HOLYOKE, Mass. – The Dowd Insurance Agencies, a leading insurance provider serving New England for more than 118 years, is proud to bring the newly relaunched Distractology® tour to Holyoke High School Tuesday, May 30 – Friday, June 2. Developed and funded by the Arbella Insurance Foundation, Distractology was one of the first programs in the country to address distracted… Continue reading →

David W. Griffin, Jr., promoted to vice president at The Dowd Insurance Agencies

HOLYOKE, Mass. – The Dowd Insurance Agencies, a leading insurance provider serving New England for more than 118 years, today announced David W. Griffin, Jr., has been promoted to vice president of The Dowd Insurance Agencies. Griffin is based out of the Holyoke office and works with the other branches based in Hadley, Southampton, Ludlow and Indian Orchard.

“The Dowd Insurance Agencies is the oldest family-owned agency in Massachusetts,” said David W. Griffin, Sr., “and I am very proud that… Continue reading →

Five generations later, Holyoke’s Dowd Agencies stays true to insurance roots

Written by Keith O’Connor, Special to The Republican

HOLYOKE – No story about the Dowd Agencies – the oldest insurance agency in Massachusetts under continuous family ownership – and its tremendous growth over the years can be told without a little background history first.

Like many Irish immigrants who came to settle in Holyoke, James J. Dowd arrived in the Paper City in 1865 to build a better life for himself and his family.

While Dowd worked in a textile… Continue reading →

Headed north for trailer registration? You may be sorry!

Even for a Massachusetts native, there are plenty of reasons to visit New England’s northernmost state. Go for the legendary lobstah. Check out the vast beaches or historic hiking trails. Shop the famed outlets, and score your favorite fashions for less.

But if you’re looking to score a bargain on your trailer’s registration, you’re wiser to stay close to home.

In recent years, many Massachusetts residents and business owners have succeeded in registering their semi- or utility trailers in Maine.… Continue reading →

MICHAEL RZEPKA CELEBRATES 25 YEARS AT THE DOWD INSURANCE AGENCIES

Michael G. Rzepka Michael G. Rzepka joined The Dowd Insurance Agencies in 1991
 HOLYOKE, Mass. – The Dowd Insurance Agencies, a leading insurance provider serving New England for more than 118 years, today announced Michael G. Rzepka is celebrating his 25th anniversary as part of the firm. Rzepka joined The Dowd Insurance Agencies in 1991 with a concentration on commercial sales and has provided a quarter century of local service. For more than three decades, Rzepka has held various positions… Continue reading →

How Much Money are You Willing to Spend on Insurance?

By: John E. Dowd, Jr

In the world of insurance everyone knows that driving history can impact your insurance rates. What most people do not realize is that your insurance rates can go up because you decided to buy a new pair of shoes or a nice new grill for the summer months.

This emerging tactic is called price optimization – an approach that some insurance companies have implemented. This practice uses an algorithm and statistical models to evaluate how… Continue reading →

Travel Tips

Taking a trip soon and wondering what is aceptable to pack and what isn’t?  The Transportation Security Adminstration (TSA) provides answers all of your questions on what is permitted and prohibited.  They also offer tips to make your screening experience hassle free.  Just follow their guidelines and have a safe trip!

Travel Insurance

When you’re planning for a vacation, we’re sure that you rarely consider the fact that something might happen to interrupt your trip or that might even prevent you from taking the trip. The truth is that any number of things can happen to spoil a vacation. Among them are cancellation; delayed departure; loss, theft, or damage to personal property; loss or theft of travel documents (such as passports); delayed baggage (and the associated costs of replacing necessary items); medical expenses;… Continue reading →