Monthly Archives: October 2014

doctorWay back, when I was only 48, I had colon cancer and survived.  I didn’t know I had colon cancer, and although the signs were there for almost a year, I never gave it a thought.  And then I had a sore back and I was going on a field trip with my son and his school to Amish Country in Pennsylvania.   My back was so sore, I thought about canceling.  My sister came to the rescue by providing me with some heavy duty anti-inflammatory pills (Naproxen) that really helped.  This type of pill works great but like aspirin, it does thin your blood.

While on the trip, the bleeding that had only been slight for the last year became significant, and it finally raised a red flag with me.   When I returned from the trip I called my primary care doctor, and after an office visit that confirmed the presence of blood, he arranged for me to see a specialist.  A sigmoidoscopy was scheduled.  A sigmoidoscopy is a less traumatic scope than a full colonoscopy and the procedure was performed in the specialist’s office.   A polyp was located and removed, and it was sent it to the lab.  When my primary care doctor left me a message to have him paged at the hospital, I knew it wasn’t good.

Subsequently I had a resection (removal of a section of my colon), and the surgeon was confidant the cancerous area had been contained within the wall of the removed section.  No chemo for me.  I was lucky!  If I had waited, who knows what the outcome would have been, but most likely, I wouldn’t be writing this blog.  Because of my experience, my father and my supervisor at Polaroid reacted to the symptoms that they were experiencing that were similar to mine.  Both saw their doctors and it was determined that they each had colon cancer that required surgery.  My experience increased their awareness and resulted in the early detection of colon cancer for both.

So what is the lesson learned?  For me, most importantly is to know my body.  When something feels or looks different, have it checked out.  The signs were there and I ignored them for a year, assuming the least, and not even considering the worst.  If you need a procedure, like a colonoscopy, believe me, it is better than the alternative.  See your primary care doctor regularly and have an annual physical.  Remember the life you save, may be your own…

Roland Crop 2011 jpeg (1)About the author: Roland Spadafora is one of the Broker Owners at RE/MAX Legacy.  He can be contacted through his website at


This ifreds picss a true story about the water leak we had in our house in Woburn.  Around 10 AM I got a call from my Wife Ann.  She said I think we have visitors (mice) again.  She had heard tapping noises coming from the recessed ceiling in the basement.  At 11 AM she called in panic that mice are not in the house but we have a water leak somewhere.  The ceiling in the basement was expanding and about to burst and water was dripping down the wall and onto the couch.

I had her shut down the water and I drove home. I took ceiling tiles down to find the pipe.  There was no visible pipe that was leaking so I had to start searching for the problem.  First we checked all the toilets and under each sink.  Next we checked the dishwasher, washing machine and icemaker in the refrigerator.  Nothing!  Then my wife says check the attic, what if the AC unit is broken and it is leaking.  Nope, not that either.   Maybe there is an issue with the roof.  I checked the attic for any signs of water; everything looked good, no water there either.  Now the reality of this is setting in. If a welding broke on a pipe inside the walls, we are going to have to call a plumber to start ripping down sheet rock to find it.

Ann says I’m calling my friend that does plumbing. I tell her no, I’m not ready for someone to just come and start ripping through the place.  She calls anyway.  Tony comes over. He goes through everything we did, and can’t find a thing and starts to tell Ann what is next.  He said we may have to cut into walls to find the issue.  As he is talking to her, he notices a small amount of water on the floor.  He moved the water cooler and takes out the 5 gallon bottle (more than ½ of the bottle was gone) and bam there was a crack in the water bottle leaking at a slow rate. It was seeping through the hardwood floors without making a puddle.  Who would have known this is what was leaking?

I guess as a homeowner sometimes the SMALLEST thing can cause the BIGGEST problems.   Good thing that Tony is a longtime friend of the family. He and my wife had a good laugh over this.


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About the Author: Fred DaMore is a Mortgage Specialist at Ross Mortgage, homeowner and self-acclaimed do it yourselfer.  Feel free to contact him at



Many buyers feel that if they don’t bring an agent into the transaction, they’ll get a better deal. After all, the listing agent is making twice what he normally would.  In fact, you may just end up paying more.  Remember the seller’s agent is working for the SELLER.  And what is that agent’s job?  To sell the property for the highest amount of money possible in the shortest amount of time.  So how does that benefit a buyer?  Well, it doesn’t.


cbrA Certified Buyer’s Representative (CBR) works to protect your best interests by providing complete and professional guidance to you.  Below are the fiduciary duties that a buyer’s agent is bound by law to provide you:

  • Loyalty.
  • Obedience.
  • Disclosure.
  • Confidentiality.
  • Reasonable Care and Diligence.
  • Accounting.

Let’s not forget that a buyer’s agent is specially trained to represent the buyer and to get their buyers the best possible price for the home.  Your agent will give you a market analysis of the property and he will recommend an offer price.  Your agent develops a negotiating strategy based on the competition.  Your agent can recommend attorneys, mortgage brokers, and home inspectors.  So far, do you see any drawbacks?  Well, neither do I.  Going through this process with a Certified Buyer’s Representative on your side is a smart choice.  You can recognize a certified buyer’s agent by the letters CBR after their name.  So do your homework when buying your next home and get yourself a certified buyer’s agent!



Jennifer ScaliAbout the Author – Jenn Scali is a Certified Buyer’s Representative and she has worked with buyers for over 10 years. You can contact her at (617) 905-7211 or by visiting her website at


Category: Home Buying

Who knew dishwashing soap is not only for scrubbing dishes? See how you can use it when you are running short on bubbles for the kids, killing weeds when they invade your grass, fruit flies in your kitchen and more.

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Fruit flies killer

Getting rid of fruit flies is hard. Place a jar on your counter and fill it up with apple cider and a bit of dishwashing soap to create a fruit fly poison. Cover with plastic wrap, poke holes and watch them get trapped.

Weed killer

Mix a gallon of white vinegar, 2 cups of Epsom salt and a ¼ cup of dishwashing soap to create an organic weed killer.


Puree 1 head of garlic and 2 tablespoons of oil. Add 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of dishwashing soap. Pour in a spray bottle. Spray your ants and wait for the results.


Mix 1 cup water, 2 tablespoons light karo syrup or 2 tablespoons glycerin, and 4 tablespoons dishwashing liquid. Mix together and have fun!


JanineAbout the author: Janine Elkhoury is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy.
You can learn more about her on her website



Category: Home and Garden

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We are excited to announce the new home of RE/MAX Legacy!  The new office, located at 52 Pleasant St, Woburn, MA now is a permanent location for one of the fastest growing real estate companies in Woburn.   The new state of the art office showcases a stunning conference room, sitting area, internet cafe room and private meeting room.  RE/MAX Legacy’s new space offers a comfortable atmosphere with a sleek and stylish touch.  Located steps from Woburn Center, this prime location offers ample off street parking.

See the transformation of the office

Come visit us in our new home as we help you buy or sell yours!

RE/MAX Legacy

52 Pleasant St
Woburn, MA 01801



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