Category Archives: Community Info

fall-bostonAre you traveling to Boston this Fall or are you just looking to fill up your calendar with fun events?  Well, you’re in luck because Boston has something for everyone.  The changing leaves and the brisk cool air is the perfect time to get outside and see Boston in its glory.  I’ve created a list of what I think are the not-to-miss-out-on events this season.

 

  1. Salem Witch Museum – Take a look back into the Witch Trials of 1692. Through this stirring narration witness the dark times of the era when women were prosecuted unjustly.
  2. Museum of Fine Arts – On October 10th “Enjoy free admission and special events at the MFA’s annual Fall Open House and the Fenway Alliance’s 15th Annual Opening Our Doors Day.  Hear a medley of musical performances throughout the day including a concert by a 17-piece ensemble from the Boston Pops.  Enjoy a range of art-making activities and tours for families and adults.”
  3. Freedom Trail Walking Tour – “A 2.5 mile red-lined route that leads you through historically significant sites.”
  4. Head of the Charles Regatta – October 22nd & 23rd is the 52nd annual Head of the Charles Regatta. This is the biggest rowing event in New England.  For more info hocr.org
  5. Boston Children’s Museum – October 16th 4pm – 8pm Take the kids to the museum’s October Fall Festival! Your kids will have lots of fun pumpkin painting, operating a bicycle-powered cider press, visiting the veggie stand and listening to live music.  There will be other great activities too!
  6. Visit the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University – Take a free guided tour with a knowledgeable volunteer who will educate you on the different flowers and plants in the Arboretum as well as “highlight the Arboretum’s work as a research institution and living museum.” arboretum.harvard.edu
  7. Charles Riverboat Cruise – Get your tickets now through October 10th for a one hour sightseeing cruise along the Charles River. Enjoy all the historical and cultural sights as well as the beautiful Fall foliage. charlesriverboat.com
  8. Topsfield Fair – Running September 30th through October 9th. Visit America’s oldest agricultural fair filled with carnival rides, games, livestock exhibitions and don’t forget the giant pumpkin weigh-off!
  9. Plimoth Plantation – Explore Plimoth Plantation and see how the Wampanoag people and the Colonial English community lived or should I say survived in the 1600’s. Ticket information visit plimoth.org
  10. King Richard’s Fair – Open through mid-October in Carver, Massachusetts. Travel back to medieval times and experience a 16th century marketplace filled with “handmade crafts, foods, musicians, singers, dancers, minstrels, magicians, exotic animals and knights joisting on horseback.”
  11. Cape Cod Brew Fest 2016 – October 1st 3:30pm – 7:00pm Enjoy live music, food trucks and over 75 breweries to sample. And for designated drivers there is a special discounted rate! * This is a 21+ event.  capecodbrewfest.com
  12. Apple picking, pumpkin picking and corn mazes – During the Fall visit any of our local farms throughout Massachusetts pick up fresh fruit and veggies. Don’t forget to get yourself a candied apple too!
  13. The Public Gardens, Boston Commons and the Esplanade – Get the kids out in the fresh air and visit Mrs. Mallard and her ducklings; the inspiration for the popular children’s book “Make Way for Ducklings” by Robert McCloskey over at the Public Gardens. Take a swan ride and then walk over to the Commons and the kids will have a blast playing at the Tadpole Playground and riding the carousel.  Finish up by checking out one of the many events held by The Esplanade Association (TEA) at the park.

There’s no better place to be this Fall then taking in the sights of Boston.  Exploring is a great way to find out about neighborhoods and the community.  Maybe you might want to make Boston home!  Call me and we can explore together.
 About the author: jennifer-scali-newJenn Scali was born and raised in the Boston area.  Call her today and go out exploring! Jenn is an agent with RE/MAX Legacy and you can reach her at (617) 905-7211 or on her website at www.jennscali.com


In preparation for my upcoming wedding and the sale of my home, it was necessary to go through a “purging” process of all the things and items I had collected over the many years. In the past, I had gone through the laborious process of hosting a yard sale and selling things at bargain prices just so I wouldn’t have to lug them back into the house. Although I love yard sales, the return just wasn’t worth the effort so I decided to sell everything I could online.  With the help of some good websites and apps I made a small fortune.  Here are the 4 places I used to make over $1200!

 

offerupOfferUp:  OfferUp is an app you can download on your phone and instantly post items for sale.  I love this app because it was so easy to use.  All you do is take a photo, enter some basic info about the item and sit back and wait for people to make you an offer. People can message you right through the app.  The downside of this app was that it only allows you to post one picture.

 

facebookFacebook Yard Sales: A lot of cities and towns have a yard sale page on Facebook.  Mine was called “Woburn MA Yard Sale”.  Just like OfferUp you can easily post things from your phone and its fast and simple.  Currently there are over 3,200 participants in my Facebook yard sale group so I have a pretty decent buyer pool in and around my city.

 

ebayebay: Everyone knows about ebay and I usually stay away from it because of all the fees but I found the site helpful for selling things like cologne and toner cartridges.  I’m not a fan of the auction style so I list everything with a “Buy It Now” price.

 

craigslistcraigslist: Of course you can’t forget about craigslist.  You will reach a greater audience than Offerup and Facebook yard sales but be careful. There tends to be alot of scammers on craigslist. I used to not give out my phone number and only respond to emails but I found too many bogus requests or tire kicker emails.  The serious people usually will call or text.

 

If you have things you’re looking to sell then try out one or all of them.  You will turn your used items into cash in no time! Happy Selling! 

 

antnew1About the author: Anthony Giglio is a Realtor and one of the broker/owners of RE/MAX Legacy. His clients enjoy working with him because of his easy going approach. You can contact him directly on his website www.myhomeMA.com

Category: Community Info, DIY

brain1In the past I have written about right brain and left brain thinking, which is one of my favorite subjects.  But no matter how we see ourselves, whether strong left or strong right or somewhere in between, we all have the ability to call on our right side to come up with creative solutions to our everyday problems.  The secret to accomplishing this is to participate in an activity that draws on the right side of the brain.

For instance, I’ve solved some major problems while walking.  The mind wanders, and the next thing you’re realizing is you have a solution to something that’s has been hanging over you for a while.  My best example of this occurred back in my days at Polaroid.  My two problems “du jour” were a) a quality issue with the product I was responsible for and b) what to get my brother and his bride as a wedding gift.   While at work, several times within a day, I would need to walk between buildings to attend meetings or the like.  On this particular day, I left my building and began walking to my destination, 10 minutes away.  As I walked out of my parking lot, about to descend down the road to the other building, I solved one of my problems.  It just came to me.  I knew what to do to correct the quality issue with my product.  And as it turned out, I was correct.  On the way back to my building, at the same spot approaching my building, I solved problem #2…I had an idea for a gift for my brother and his wife.  They had gotten engaged while staying at my cottage in New Hampshire, and I found an artist local to the area in New Hampshire who had painted a water color of the island across from my beach where he had proposed.  It was the perfect gift!

Now there are other good times to solve problems when your right brain is active.  During the morning shower is a wonderful time to solve problems or generate creative ideas.  Driving down the highway, we get to our destination and can’t remember the trip along the way.  We were probably in right brain cruise control, hopefully solving problems as we went.  Flying a kite is a good right brain activity.   So when someone says “Go fly a kite!” take them up on it.  You never know what problem you’ll solve!

Roland Crop 2011 jpeg (1)About the author: Roland Spadafora is one of the broker owners of RE/MAX Legacy and prides himself on being a problem solver.  Sometimes one must think “outside the box” to arrive at a solution.  Throughout his professional career, it is the way Roland has approached problems. You can learn more about him on his website www.spadaforateam.com


Category: Community Info

When my father was in the Navy during World War II he started smoking at the age of 21.  He used to say that the government gave out cigarettes like it was candy.  He was hooked!  He smoked 3 packs a day of Lucky Strike non-filter until his 50’s when polyps were discovered.  He quit smoking, BUT the damage was done.  By the time he was in his 70’s he had emphysema and he struggled with breathing.  He died in his 70’s from breathinamericang related issues.

Because of my father’s issues I am very interested in the work that the American Lung Association does.  They do research on smoking, lung cancer and asthma, and they are fighting against dangerous poisons in air pollution and second hand smoke.  I recently came across the American Lung Association’s tips for preventing lung cancer.

Ten Ways That You Can Help Prevent Lung Disease

  1. Don’t smoke. If you do smoke, call the American Lung Association at 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) for the help you need to quit, or visit Freedom From Smoking® Online at ffsonline.org.
  1. Avoid lung health hazards. Protect yourself from harmful air pollution, both indoors and outdoors. Don’t allow anyone to smoke in your home, especially if you have children.
  1. Recognize the warning signs of lung disease. Frequent cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, wheezing, excessive phlegm or blood when coughing and chronic fatigue are not normal. Symptoms like these mean you should see your health care provider for prompt medical attention.
  1. Know the symptoms of asthma: shortness of breath, wheezing, tightness in the chest and frequent coughing when exercising may be signs of asthma. Call your health care provider if you suspect that you or a loved one has asthma. The Lung Association can help with information on exercise, medications and coping skills to manage the disease and prevent attacks. Call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) to learn more.
  1. Ask your health care provider about the flu shot – a safe and effective way to prevent influenza, commonly known as the flu. It is now recommended for everyone over six months of age, including those with chronic diseases, like COPD or asthma.  Caregivers, relatives and health care providers for high-risk groups should be vaccinated.  If you’re over 65, you should also have a pneumonia vaccine.  You can get vaccinated any time during the fall or winter and into the spring at a neighborhood clinic listed at http://flushot.healthmap.org
  1. Prevent air pollution. Drive less, conserve electricity and avoid burning wood or trash.
  1. Get involved! Air pollution worsens lung disease and can even be deadly for many people, including infants, seniors and those with chronic diseases. Join in the fight for healthy air by reducing pollution and supporting clean air laws.
  1. Test your home for radon – it’s simple and inexpensive. This colorless, odorless gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer, yet it can be easily controlled.
  1. Teach your children to grow up tobacco free. Their best bet for avoiding lung disease later in life is never to start smoking. Call your Lung Association for information on proven programs that help keep kids away from tobacco.
  1. Protect your family by encouraging exercise, eating right and keeping your home free of respiratory irritants.  Help spread the word to those around you, to increase awareness about lung health.  Every day, you can make a difference.

For more information go to their website at www.lung.org

Gale Crop 2011 jpegAbout the author – Gale is concerned about cigarette smoking and the health problems that it causes.  Gale Spadafora is one of the Broker Owners at RE/MAX Legacy and can be contacted through her website at www.galespadafora.com


dogs & home owners insuranceIf you are considering adding a dog to your family, you might want to check with your homeowner’s insurance carrier before you do. Did you know that certain breeds of dogs may cause your insurer to deny you homeowner’s coverage?

According to the Insurance Information Institute, dog bite claims account for one-third of all homeowner’s insurance claims nationwide, costing insurers $483 million in 2013.  As a result, insurers want to limit their risk.  Homeowners’ and renters’ insurance policies typically cover dog bite liability legal expenses, up to the liability limits (typically $100,000 to $300,000). If the claim exceeds the limit, the dog owner is responsible for all damages above that amount.

Some insurers do not ask the breed of a dog owned when writing or renewing homeowners insurance and do not track the breed of dogs involved in dog bite incidents. Once a dog has bitten someone, however, the animal is viewed as posing an increased risk. The insurer may then charge a higher premium, decline to renew the homeowner’s insurance policy or exclude the dog from coverage.  On the other hand, some insurers will question the homeowner or renter about the specific breed of dog that will be living in the home, and will charge a higher premium, exclude the dog from coverage, or refuse to insure the home altogether as a result of the breed housed in the home.  The breeds that have been “blacklisted” vary by insurer, but the breeds most commonly found on insurers’ so-called “bad dog” lists include Akitas, Alaskan Malamutes, Great Danes, Presa Canarios, Chow Chows, Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds, Pit Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Terriers, Rottweilers, Wolf Hybrids and Siberian Huskies, and may include mixes of any of these breeds.  Whether you agree with this designation or not, it’s an important consideration when selecting a pet and an insurer.

There has been pushback against these lists from animal rights groups, who view this as “dog profiling,” and object to the exclusion of certain breeds from coverage.  “Dog profiling legislation” is banned in only two states, however–Michigan and Pennsylvania.  Ten other states have pending legislation that would similarly prohibit companies from denying insurance to a homeowner or renter based solely on the breed of their dog.  These laws propose that insurance companies should only be allowed to deny or revoke a policy or to increase the premium based on the risk associated with a specific dog, meaning that the individual dog must have a known history of being aggressive or must have been officially designated as dangerous.  Massachusetts, however, is not among these states. In fact, Massachusetts has one of the strictest dog bite statutes in the nation, and is not likely to head in that direction.

Insurers argue, however, by the time the dog has bitten someone, and has therefore been deemed dangerous, there has already been a claim filed. That means that it’s already too late for the insurance company since they will have to cover the claim under the pre-existing unrestricted policy. The companies argue that the only way to reduce their financial risk is to ban certain dog breeds from coverage.  There are some insurers that do not use a banned dog list, and some other companies that will allow a household to be insured simply by excluding coverage for liabilities due to damage caused by a dog (i.e. having the homeowner/renter sign a waiver).

The takeaway is this: if you have a canine family member, or intend to add a dog to your family, be sure to understand the implications for your homeowners’ or renters’ insurance—know your coverage, and don’t be caught under-insured or uninsured.

Tedesco Carole headshotAbout the author: Carole LoConte Tedesco, a principal at Tedesco Law Offices, P.C., is a Woburn-based Attorney with twenty-two years of experience handling estate planning, estate settlement, and family law matters.  She is a graduate of Barnard College of Columbia University and Boston College Law School.  She also works with clients on probate and family law matters.  She is married to and practices with Attorney Robert W. Tedesco.  Their offices are located at 88 Main Street, Woburn, Massachusetts.  She can be reached at 781-933-9293 or via email at: cat@tedescolawoffices.com.   You can check out their website at: www.tedescolawoffices.com or find them on Facebook.  She is a dog lover, and can often be found with her two rescue pups, Daphne and Velma, under her desk.


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 www.spadaforateam.com

 


2014-09-24 16.49.13

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
781-938-7677
www.legacyMA.com

 

 


Category: Community Info

Are you moving? Not sure what to do with your unwanted household items. Multiple organizations are looking to help the less fortunate. Why not donate? If your household item is too old to donate consider recycling it.

Who to contact is the major issue. Here are some great websites that can help:

Best Buy:  Best Buy accepts most electronics and large appliances, with a few exceptions, and will take them at no charge. Best Buy will also take your computer monitors and TVs up to 36”, charge you $10, and give you a gift card.

NSTAR: Refrigerator or freezer costs up to $150 a year to run. If you are looking to get rid of your second refrigerator or freezer, let NSTAR pick it up and they will give you $50. The refrigerator or freezer will be recycled into new products, keeping materials out of landfills while also saving you energy and money. You must be an NSTAR customer.

Freecycle.org: Freecycle is a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Consider giving to others.

Bikes not Bombs: Consider donating your old bikes that are sitting in your garage. Each year they collect roughly 6,000 used bicycles and tons of used parts from their supporters around Greater Boston and New England. They ship most of these bikes overseas.

Bikes that don’t get shipped often land in their Youth Programs where teens learn bicycle safety and mechanics skills in the process of earning bikes to keep for themselves.

Their retail Bike Shop also reconditions and sells some of the donated bikes that they receive, employing many graduates of their programs. The Shop’s profit from the bicycle sales, parts sales, and repairs goes towards funding their youth and international work.

Cars for Kids’ Sake: Donate your old car that is left rusting out in the drive way. Whether your car starts or not, donating it can certainly start something in your community. Big Brothers Big Sisters Cars for Kids’ Sake helps them raise funds through the donation of your unwanted vehicle. Donated vehicles may qualify as charitable gifts and may be eligible for a tax deduction.

My Brothers’ Keeper: Consider donating the furniture you don’t need that is still in good condition. My Brother’s Keeper accepts donations of basic residential furniture in very good condition. In keeping with their mission, high-quality items are important because they allow them to serve families with dignity and respect.

Don’t forget your local churches and charities.

JanineAbout the author: Janine Elkhoury is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy and is interested in recycling. For more ideas and to learn more about Janine visit her website at www.woburnhousesforsale.com


2012-12-10 19.38.51
Years ago, when I purchased my home in Woburn, I didn’t think about the possibility of having dogs nor did I care about which veterinarian or medical facilities were available for them.
Fast forward 10 years later and my home has been taken over by two lovable and adventurous  dogs, Eddy and Louie.  As I’m sure my fellow pet lovers and owners can attest, your priorities change a bit when these furry creatures are a part of your life.

 

2013-03-28 07.43.01A few months ago, my youngest dog Louie collapsed without warning and lay lifeless on my kitchen floor.  As I rushed to his side, he regained consciousnesses most likely due to my high pitched scream :)    You can imagine how concerned and traumatic this was especially since it was late in the evening and my vet was closed.

 

Thankfully, I live near the 24 hour Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital which I was able to rush him to and be seen right away. In retrospect, I lucked out! I had no idea that I would need such a facility when I purchased my home.  Louie is fine and back to his usual antics around the home.

 

eddyBeing in real estate, my new challenge to all my home buyers is “Don’t forget your pet”!  Sure things like schools, neighborhoods and area amenities are important but if you have pets, make sure you have the necessary care for them as well.
You can be sure that the next home I buy a property, much thought and consideration will be given to what is available for my dogs.

 

Here are some helpful links for dog/pet owners:
Find an American Animal Hospital Association certified hospital at www.aaha.org
Find a VCA Animal Hospital at www.vcahospitals.com
Find a Local Veterinarian at www.vetstreet.com

 

ant5 (1)About the author: Anthony Giglio is one of the broker/owners of RE/MAX Legacy and enjoys working with pet owners to find the perfect place to live. You can learn more about him or contact him directly on his website www.myhomeMA.com

ccpicChristopher Columbus was born in Genoa, Italy, in 1451. He was born into what most would consider a middle class family. But like most children of the era, he was expected to begin preparing for a career at an early age. In his later writings, Columbus claimed he first went to sea at the age of 10.

 

Three hundred years passed between Columbus’s discovery of the Americas In 1492 and the first known celebration of that discovery. In 1792, a group called the Columbian Order organized a ceremony in New York City to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Columbus’s discovery of the new world. After the Civil War, a group of Italian immigrants in New York organized the first real celebration of that discovery.  In the years that followed, other groups of Italian immigrants did likewise.

Columbus Day originated as a celebration of Italian-American heritage and was first held in San Francisco in 1869.  In 1892, President Benjamin Harrison issued a proclamation in honor of the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s landing in the Bahamas. Harrison did not, however, make the day a national holiday.  The first state-wide celebration was held in Colorado in 1907.  Colorado became the first state to designate October 12th as a holiday. In later years, other states did the same.  Then, in 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared October 12th a federal legal holiday (the date Columbus first landed in the Bahamas.). It remained such until 1971, when Congress moved the official observance to the second Monday of October, the same day as Thanksgiving in Canada.

There are many local events to celebrate Columbus Day, but the one I like best is the Columbus Day Parade which goes through the North End of Boston.  In odd numbered years (including 2013) the parade kicks off in Boston and winds up going through the North End’s streets, including Atlantic Ave, Hanover Street and Endicott Street. Other events I look forward to are fall foliage tours,  (http://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/fall-foliage-tours.html),Boston Duck Tours (http://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/boston-duck-tours.html) and the many entertainers in Christopher Columbus Park.  What are some of your favorite events?

Linda DubeAbout the author: Linda Dube is a Realtor at RE/MAX Legacy in Woburn and has compiled this helpful information about Columbus Day from various web sources. You can learn more about Linda on her website www.lindalistsandsells.com