Monthly Archives: August 2012

Labor Day is on Monday, September 3, 2012. What does Labor Day mean to you? Do you know why we celebrate Labor Day?

I was curious to know the difference between what Labor Day represents historically, and what in 2012 the day really means to people. I took an informal survey of friends and family and asked them these questions:  Do you know why we have Labor Day?  What does Labor Day mean to you?

But first let me give you a short history of Labor Day in the United States. The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City more than a century ago.  The Central Labor Union of New York City was trying to create a day off from work for the working citizens. The idea spread across the United States with the growth of labor organizations. In 1894 President Grover Cleveland signed a law designating the first Monday in September as a legal holiday. The celebration of Labor Day was to be a street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations”, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families.

Do You Know Why We Have Labor Day?

Back to my informal survey and most of the respondents knew it had to do with working men and women, laborers, labor movement and unions.  They responded with phrases like, “to commemorate the contributions of the labor movement”, “to honor all working men and women”, “to celebrate the contributions of workers”, “in recognition of American workers”, and “to thank the labor forces”.

What Does Labor Day Mean to You?

The number one answer from my respondents was Labor Day marks the end of summer!

A few wrote that they honor and remember all workers who have contributed over the years to our country. However most answers were along the lines of,  the start of school, a day off, cooler weather coming soon, and a great time to travel. One of my respondents wrote “End of summer…but start of my favorite season…FALL and football !!” .  A few people mentioned that Labor Day marks an important fashion rule: No wearing white after Labor Day!

So this Labor Day have fun on your 3 day weekend, but remember how it all started back in 1882.

Many thanks to the following who participated in my survey: Larry, Cathy, Nancy, Laura, Joan, Melissa, Buffie, Laura and Jim.

About the author: Gale Spadafora is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy. You can contact her directly through her website

Category: Community Info

I have had the personal experience not once, but twice, to subcontract and build my own home.  The first time I did it I was in my early 30’s and it was a very painful experience.  I got through it.  I made many mistakes, but I learned a lot.  The second time was 19 years later and although it had its frustrations, it was a totally different and more positive experience.

Subcontracting is not for everyone.  It requires a knowledge of the building process, the ability to choose the right person for each job (not always the cheapest), and the time to be involved.  My first time, I was working the 3 PM – 11 PM shift at my full time job, so I could be at the site from early morning until about 2 PM.  My second time, I had traditional hours, so I was at the site early in the morning, at lunch time and then at the end of the day.  My supervisor at work was very understanding and needless to say, that was a blessing.

I had a better group of subcontractors for the second home and it made a big difference.  Not only were they there to do the work properly and timely, they also were willing to share advice and ideas.  That was a real benefit!

No matter what, plan as you may, you’ll always think of something you missed or something you should have done differently.  With the second home, there were fewer of those “I should have’s”.

Part of saving money by not hiring a contractor means doing a lot of work yourself.  It became a family effort and everybody pitched in – cleaning, painting, buying supplies etc.

Another major learning experience that you must factor into your plans – you will never come in on budget!  So make sure there is money tucked away for the overage that is destined to occur.

In the end, you will have your “dream” home and you can truly say to friends and neighbors – “I built this!”  It’s a great feeling!

About the Author: Roland Spadafora is one of the owners of RE/MAX Legacy and has personal experience in building homes through subcontracting.  Read more about him or contact him through his website

The first appliance you should buy when you purchase your new home is not a fridge, microwave or dishwasher…the first appliance should be a JUICER!  That’s right, I’m sold on it.  I wasted 7 years of home ownership without this appliance and wish I had discovered it sooner.

I’m no health fanatic but I recently made a choice to start eating healthier.  A steady diet of fruits and vegetables is a must for your body and I barley ate  either of them. Enter my Breville Juice Extractor machine!  It juices just about anything and turns the not so appetizing vegetables into a delicious drink. Your body will thank you for the infusion of  vitamins and nutrients that you get from juicing these fruits and vegetables.

There are many juicing machines out there and I’m not here to tell you which one is best or promote one over the other. They vary is power, price and design so do some research and find one that best fits your needs

So back to the juice…I have been trying various combinations of fruits of veggies over the past couple of months.  Here is a list of all the fruits and vegetables I have juiced so far: Apricot, Apple, Beet, Blueberry, Broccoli, Carrot, Celery, Cucumber, Ginger, Grape, Grapefruit, Kale, Lettuce, Lemon, Lime, Mango, Orange, Papaya, Pear, Pineapple, Spinach, Tomato, and Watermelon. Its fun to mix and match and experiment with different flavors. The possibilities are endless!  Give it a try and let me know what your favorite combination is!

Here are a couple of my favorites:

Orange – Carrot

1 Mango – make sure you peel it and take the pit out before you put it in the juicer

2 Oranges – peel the skin off first before putting in juicer

4 Carrots – place whole carrots in juicer



Green Apple – Red Apple – Cucumber

1 Green Apple – no need to peel just cut up into pieces and put in juicer with seeds

1 Red Apple – no need to peel just cut up into pieces and put in juicer with seeds.

Half of Cucumber – Peel the skin off before placing into machine



About the author:  Anthony Giglio is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy and is a juicing enthusiast!  He can be seen making, drinking and talking about Juice! He is always looking for the next best juicing drink so feel free to share your ideas.  Check out his personal blog at