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Movers help with the heavy lifting as Boston college students return

Banging a bulky couch up three narrow flights of stairs, scraping paint and shins along the way. Hauling box after back-breaking box through the late-summer heat, chaos all around. Somehow, the minivan is still half-full.

For college students and their families, move-in day is an emotional rite of passage, and usually a physically draining one as well. But as students return to the Boston area for the fall term, schools are lending a hand — along with carts and dollies — to make the stressful experience more manageable and get the school year off to a smooth start.

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