Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Bowman Adventure Run

Bowman Adventure Run - 2016 Online Registration 
Event Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016, Event Time: 2 pm
Online registration ends: 10/27/2016 at Noon, EST 

Bowman Adventure Run 5K
USATF Certified: MA12037JK

Come join us for the 5th Annual Bowman Adventure Run, a road and trail race not to be missed!
Enjoy 3.1 miles through the streets and hills of the Bowman neighborhood, ending with the Dunback Meadow boardwalk and trails…lace-up your running shoes and come be part of the adventure!

 Registration is for the 5K - not the kids fun run!

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016
Time: 2 pm 
Pre Registration: $20 until October 16th   $25 after October 16th and on race day
Race packet pickup (with bib numbers) will be done on Friday, October 28th from 3 pm- 5 pm at the Bowman Elementary School 9 Philip Road, Lexington

*Look for the Bowman Adventure Run table outside on the blacktop near the flagpole. (If inclement weather look for us under the shade structure behind the school @ playground).
The start and finish will be in front of the Bowman Elementary School, 9 Phillips Rd, Lexington MA.

Race will be Chip timed by North Shore Timing Company using the MyLaps Bib Tag System

It’s a road race. It’s a trail run. It’s a super way to spend an autumn Saturday with your friends, family and Bowman Community. There’s something for everyone. Lace ’em up for the Kids Fun Run. Enjoy the 5K through the Bowman neighborhood and its Big Backyard, followed by post-race festivities. Come join the Adventure and help Bowman celebrate its 50th year!
5th Annual Bowman Adventure 5K Run
Saturday, October 29th @ 2pm
Kids Fun Run @ 1:30 pm
Post Race Party to Follow
About the Course
This unique 5K will take off from Bowman, lead you through the rolling hills of the neighborhood and onto Bacon Street, a gravel road leading to Dunback Meadow. The last mile covers boardwalks and trails that are part of the extensive conservation land in Lexington. You will then cross the Bowman fields and the finish line on Worthen Road East. Click hereto view the 5K and Kids Fun Run courses.
Please note: this adventure is for all ages but if you are under the age of 11, please participate with an adult.
Kids Fun Run
This year, the KFR will take place before the 5K so all you parents can cheer on your kids and run the 5K. The 3/4-mile course leaves from the front entrance of Bowman down Worthen Road East to Philip Road and back to Bowman. It’s complete with a water stop and finisher awards. Register the morning of the event to sign a waiver. This year the KFR will be free. Donations for Bowman will be accepted at the table.
Register for the 5K adventure today!
Register online at Bowman Adventure Run REGISTRATION before Oct 27th or the day of the race. Registration prior to October 16th will be $20 and after will be $25. Race packets will be available for pickup at Bowman School on Friday, October 28th (day prior to race) from 3:00 pm- 5:00 pm. Look for the Adventure Run table outside near rolling car pickup / at flagpole for your packet with bib number and shirt for the first 150 registrants!
Or register by mail using the Mail-In Adventure Run Registration form.
Race Opportunities
If you’d like to VOLUNTEER to be part of this race, please go to our online Volunteer sign up.
Interested in becoming a SPONSOR of the 5th Annual Bowman Adventure Run?  Please contact us at
* About Lexington Conservation Land
Lexington has more than 1,400 acres of conservation land, over 10% of the town, an impressive figure for a community so close to Boston. Conservation land provides the space to experience fresh air, green leaves, and the pleasure of a stroll through the woods right here in our own community. Conservation land also protects many beneficial functions that nature performs for us, such the flood control, water quality improvement, and air purification. And because all of Lexington was once farmland, forest, or wetland, conservation land helps to preserve the historic character of our town. When exploring Lexington’s conservation land, consider the hard work that many citizens and friends have contributed toward protecting and caring for these important properties. Conservation land is protected by the Conservation Commission and cared for by the Lexington Conservation Stewards, a group of citizen volunteers. Learn more

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Lex Farm Harvest Celebration

When: Saturday, October 22nd
Time: 10 am – 12:30 pm 
Where:  Lexington Community Farm  52 Lowell Street in Lexington, MA next to the Arlington Reservoir.

We will be holding a celebration of the fall harvest on the farm with food samples, live music, tours, kids’ activities and fun for the whole family!  Free parking at the Arlington Reservoir, next door.
Meet our farmers, Tim and Elena, take a tour of the farm, enjoy live musical entertainment from two bands, the Harmonators and the Sorry Honeys, learn about volunteer opportunities, watch vegetable races and visit the kids’ activity and education tables, nibble on tastes of the harvest and enjoy great shopping in the farm stand of produce as well as other products.  In addition, the private farm behind us, Silk Fields Farm, will be open for goat, chicken, rabbit and now alpaca viewing.

The farm is about 7.5 acres with a small farm stand, a glass greenhouse and a hoophouse. The Town of Lexington owns the property and is leasing it to Lexington Community Farm Coalition (LexFarm) to operate it as a community farm. It is on the site of the former Busa Farm, operated by the Busa family for many years.

For more about the Lexington Community Farm or for information about other events please visit: 

Friday, October 7, 2016

Financial Tips before Applying For Mortgage as Lexington Homebuyer

Financial tips for Lexington homebuyers
If you are ready to buy a Lexington home, congratulations! This fall season is a wonderful time to do so in the Lexington real estate market. Mortgage rates are still near historic lows, but experts predict they will begin increasing sooner than later. Home equity has returned for the majority of homeowners. Rent prices continue to soar. Now is a great time to buy!

As your Lexington real estate agent, I recommend that the first step you take in the home-buying process is qualifying for a mortgage loan. Pre-qualified buyers are taken more seriously by sellers, because the seller knows you can afford their home, and because the home sale will go through faster. 

Also, pre-qualified buyers know exactly what they can afford, so it’s also a perk for you. You don’t want to fall in love with a Lexington home that is out of your price range!

While many Lexington homebuyers stress about the mortgage process, numerous studies show that the qualifications are not as strict as most buyers think. There are many down payment options, so if you don’t have 20 percent to put down, you’ve got other options! You’ve also got options if your credit score is lower than you’d like it to be.

Still, there are certain steps you can take when going into the mortgage application process that will make you a better candidate. Here are a few do’s and don’ts to keep in mind:
  • Do check your credit reports and credit score. The higher your score, the better! Check your credit reports early, even if you’re not quite ready to buy, because if you find errors on them, it takes time to get them resolved. However, resolving these issues might raise your score to where it belongs.
  • Don’t take on new credit/debt. This is true before you apply for a mortgage, and it remains true until after you officially close on your new Lexington home! That means that no time during your home-buying process should you buy a new car, plan a vacation, buy expensive furniture and so on.
  • Don’t make large deposits. Once you are in the mortgage process, don’t add large deposits of money that can’t be traced, such as a family loan or gift. Mortgage lenders will have to track where the money is coming from and it can create issues that delay the process.
  • Do stay in your job. Changing jobs during the mortgage process, or right before applying for a mortgage, is not a smart idea. Even changing positions within the same company can shake things up. Ask your employer if you can start after the closing date. You must have job stability in order to buy a home.
These are just some tips to get you started! As a Lexington real estate agent, I want the home-buying process to go as smoothly as possible for you. When ready to begin your home search, or if you have questions, contact me!

Theresa D'Antuono

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

10 Essential Questions to Ask When Buying a Lexington Home

You’ve finally found it: a Lexington home you’re swooning over and dying to own. From the exposed ceiling beams to the hardwood floors, this feels like the place. So what’s next? Don’t just stand there dumbstruck; it’s time to dig deeper and ask questions—and not just the kind that randomly pop into your head, either. You need to hit all of the necessary topics head-on, and some of them are not so obvious.

But you’re in luck: We’ve pulled together a checklist of some of the most important initial questions to ask when buying a home:

1. What is the home’s sales history?
When was the last time the house sold, and how much did the current owners pay for it? This is essential intel, and you don’t even have to ask the seller or your real estate agent about it, because it’s posted on every MLS listing. All you have to do is scroll down to find it. But make sure you know it. 
When buying a home, the previous sale price will give you a sense of what the sellers might expect you to pay—but keep in mind that a home’s true market value is based more on what comparable homes are selling for now rather than what it went for in the past, says Los Angeles Realtor® Jennifer Niman of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services. Sales history will also show you whether the home’s price has been trending up or down over time, which can help you hone your negotiating stance.

2. Did the sellers make any major renovations or additions?
If they’ve overhauled the kitchen, added a bedroom, or finished the basement, you’ll want to know that—and, ideally, see receipts from contractors to get a sense of what they paid for these upgrades.
In general, this will give you a ballpark notion of how much money they’ve sunk into the home—and what they hope to get out. That said, don’t assume you have to fork over as much cash as they put in; home improvements generally reap only a 64% return on average. And that return on investment varies widely based on which renovation is done.

3. How much are the property taxes?
Property tax history is also typically available right on the listing detail page. If you can’t find it, ask the seller. You’ll want to find out what previous owners paid, but understand that the property tax, since it’s based on a percentage of the value of the house, will probably be affected by your purchase price. This could be a huge additional expense, and you’ll need to budget for that when putting together your offer.

4. What are the monthly maintenance and utility costs?
Is there any type of homeowners association fee? Find out. Also learn what kind of power the house uses, be it gas, oil, electric, or a combination, and ask what the average monthly bill for each is. Also inquire about water, waste removal, and any other utility costs that are applicable.

5. Has there ever been a broken pipe? Sewer backup?
This may sound trivial (not to mention unpleasant), but according to the Insurance Information Institute, broken pipes account for an estimated 22% of all home insurance losses. If the homeowner doesn’t ‘fess up, a good home inspector can probably find evidence of either one of these situations, so you might want to put these on your list of questions to ask your inspector, too.

6. How old is the roof?
The 2015 Remodeling Impact Report from the National Association of Realtors® says the national median cost of an asphalt roofing replacement is about $7,600. It would be good to know how soon you might need to lay out that substantial amount of cash.

7. Have there ever been any pest infestations?
If there was an infestation, when were pest control procedures undertaken? No, this won’t necessarily mean the house is pest-free at the time you’re buying it, but it’s a good starting point to know the history. Many buyers require that termite treatment be included in the price; it’s easiest to tent for pest removal when the house is empty, between owners.

8. Are there warranties on the appliances, HVAC system, garage door, etc.?
And if so, can the homeowner provide the documentation? Ask for it. This can establish how old these features are, and give you an idea of when they might need to be replaced and how expensive it could be. It will also help you decide whether or not to buy a home warranty.

9. What are the parking restrictions around the house?
Will guests need parking permits? How many permits are you, as the homeowner, allowed, and can you obtain more if you decide to throw a party? Also, check out the parking situation on the property itself. Will your car(s) fit in the garage? Is there room to park anywhere else on the property other than the driveway?

10. Does the house have any kind of unusual history?
In many states, owners are legally bound to disclose if a death or major crime has occurred recently on the premises, but there are other circumstances you should be aware of as well. For example: Did anyone famous ever live there? Was it ever used in a film, TV series, or commercial? If so, you might have to deal with fans ringing your doorbell or driving by at all hours of the day or night.
Oh, and if the house has a history of being haunted or paranormally “stigmatized,” you might have a little extra negotiating power when buying a home. Thanks, ghosts.

Article thanks to

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

7th Annual Hastings Harvest 5k Run

​This USA Track and Field sanctioned event will be chip-timed by RaceWire. The race begins at the Hayden lower field on Worthen Road. Both runners and walkers will enjoy a scenic, yet challenging route through the local community. The 5k race ends where it began at the Hayden Lower Field. Walkers will complete a shorter 1.5 mile loop. Young children are encouraged to run, walk or ride in a stroller! Just get out there!  

The post-race celebration begins immediately following the race. We will have food, music and activities for children of all ages. Grab your friends, challenge your co-workers and encourage your kids to “Get Up and Get Moving!” 

Each year, the Hastings Harvest Run has 400 to 500 registrants participating in the run and/or walk and more than 600 people in attendance for the post race party. Be a part of the Maria Hastings Elementary school’s ongoing commitment to keeping health and fitness in the forefront for their students and staff. All proceeds benefit the Maria Hastings Elementary School.

Register online by 9/30 or register on race day between 9:30am and 10:30am. Cost to enter is $25 per person.

Race Starts and finishes at Hayden Lower Field at 11:10. Click for Map


Not to brag, but the Hastings Harvest Run has one of the best post race parties in Lexington.  In addition to the free food, bounce houses, music and prizes, this year we have added a few more extras.
  • DJ Lucas Burkholder, a former Hastings student, will be bringing down the house with custom mixes of today's Top 40 and hip hop music! 
  • We will have a large bounce house and a small one for 5 and under!
  • Katie Bettencourt, our art teacher, will be leading a Hastings school spirit art project (banner). 
  • Scott Heinzie, our PE teacher,  will be leading the kids in some field games.
  • We will have a "Meet Your Parent"/First Aid Tent near the finish line.
  • We will feature multiple Recycling & Composting Stations.
  • Hastings Harvest Run Hats will be given out to all our top finishers!

Just like HHR runs of the past...

Prizes will be Awarded to First, Second & Third Place Male and Female Finishers.

Over 20 Area Sponsors Will Provide Free Food and Drink for participants.

We will have face painting and tattoos!

AM    |    Lexington, MA

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Soldier Ride Boston

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Lexington High School
251 Waltham Street
Lexington, MA 02421
Cycling 20 or 40 Mile Route
April 12 – August 26, 2016                           $25
August 27 – September 24, 2016                 $35
*There is a $125 minimum fundraising requirement*
**If you are active duty military, an active duty military family member, a student or would like to start/join a team, email to get a promo code for discounted registration.
PLEASE NOTE: Online registration ends September 22, 2016 at 5 pm EST. Registration will be available on event day.
A minimum of a $125.00 donation through fundraising efforts, made payable to Wounded Warrior Project, Inc., is required for all registered cyclists in the Soldier Ride Boston Event. The minimum donation is due to Wounded Warrior Project, Inc. no later than thirty (30) days following the date of the Soldier Ride Boston Event. In the event that a registered participant fails to raise the minimum fundraising requirement of $125.00, Wounded Warrior Project, Inc. will charge $125.00 (or the remaining balance) to the credit card on file for that participant.
2016 Soldier Ride T-shirt (Specific sizes are available on a first come basis.)
Event day festivities
Bib number
$250               WWP keychain
$1,000            WWP socks, plus above incentive
$2,500            WWP Survival Strap, plus above incentives
*A special Wounded Warrior Project gift will be distributed to each Soldier Ride participant who raises $250, $1,000, $2,500 or more and remits payment to Wounded Warrior Project, Inc. no later than thirty (30) days following the date of the Soldier Ride event. Items will be mailed directly to the address used to register.
7am                 Community ride registration and packet pickup
9:00am            Kick-off celebration
9:30am            Community ride begins
Post ride          Community picnic
Water Bottle

Thursday, September 8, 2016

How to Prepare Your Lexington, MA Home For Fall

Fall preparation for your Lexington, MA home
Now that Labor Day weekend is over and the kids are back in school, many Lexington homeowners consider this the end of summer, though that’s officially later this month. Are you one of those Lexington residents ready for apple cider, pumpkin pie, fall color and cooler temperatures?

If you are, as your Lexington real estate agent, I’d like to share a few ways that you can prepare your Lexington home for fall from a maintenance perspective, and how you can incorporate the spirit of the season into your home décor! Whether you’re staging your home to sell this fall, or you’d just like to spice up your surroundings, these are simple, yet cozy ways to do so in your Lexington home.

1.  Display fall features inside and outside. When you think fall, images of pumpkins, gourds, apples and fall leaves probably come to mind! Incorporate these into your home décor. Flank your front porch with a display of pumpkins or mums, or line your driveway with pumpkins on each side. Create a centerpiece on your kitchen table with smaller pumpkins and gourds, or a bowl of fresh apples and cinnamon sticks. Hang a wreath on your front door made of fall leaves.

2.  Make your home feel cozier. Since temperatures start dropping in the fall, you’ll want your Lexington home to feel warmer and cozier. Replace your summer drapes with drapes made of thicker material. Add throw pillows and a throw blanket to your couch. Put down throw rugs on your hardwood floors. Drape a fall-colored tapestry over your fireplace mantel. Add a heavier blanket and pillows to your beds. Replace light bulbs for brighter light during longer dark hours.

3.  Complete fall home-maintenance tasks. Before the temperatures really drop, this is a great time to do home maintenance around your house. Power wash the exterior and repaint if necessary. Clean out the gutters. Give your roof a look to see if any repairs are needed. Give your lawn one last mowing. Inside, caulk and apply weather-stripping around windows and doors. Clean out the fireplace and chimney. Clean out the heating vents and replace filters if needed.

Take some time in the next few weeks to prepare your house for winter and to redecorate in a way that will make you feel happy to stay at home on a cold night. 

If you’re ready to sell your Lexington home, or you’re ready to buy a Lexington home, contact me! Now is as good a time as any to work toward your Lexington real estate market goals. As a Lexington real estate agent, I am here and ready to help you make that happen!  

Theresa D'Antuono

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

End of Summer Party @ Lexington Community Center

Friday, August 26, 2016 - 5:30pm to 10:00pm
Come over to the Lexington Community Center and join us in celebrating our first year of operation! We will have a DJ, yard games, food trucks, and we will be watching The Lego Movie on a 20 foot inflatable screen! Event starts at 5:30pm movie will begin at 8:00pm. Feel free to pack a lunch. We hope to see everyone there!

In partnership with Lexington Recreation & Community Programs, Lexington Human Services, and Lexington Police Department.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

7 Tips to Keep Your Lexington Pet Cool This Summer

The summer months can be uncomfortable (especially this year in Lexington)—even dangerous—for pets and people. It's difficult enough simply to cope with rising temperatures, let alone thick humidity, but things really get tough in areas that are hit with the double blow of intense heat and storm-caused power outages, sometimes with tragic results.

We can help you keep your pets safe and cool this summer. Follow our tips for helping everyone in your family stay healthy and comfortable when the heat is on (and even if the power isn't).

Practice basic summer safety

1. Never leave your pets in a parked car
Not even for a minute. Not even with the car running and air conditioner on. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. On an 85-degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. Your pet may suffer irreversible organ damage or die

2. Watch the humidity
"It's important to remember that it's not just the ambient temperature but also the humidity that can affect your pet," says Dr. Barry Kellogg, VMD, of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. "Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves, and their temperature will skyrocket to dangerous levels—very quickly."
Taking a dog's temperature will quickly tell you if there is a serious problem. Dogs' temperatures should not be allowed to get over 104 degrees. If your dog's temperature does, follow the instructions for treating heat stroke.

3. Limit exercise on hot days
Take care when exercising your pet. Adjust intensity and duration of exercise in accordance with the temperature. On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours, and be especially careful with pets with white-colored ears, who are more susceptible to skin cancer, and short-nosed pets, who typically have difficulty breathing. Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet's paws, so walk your dog on the grass if possible. Always carry water with you to keep your dog from dehydrating.

4. Don't rely on a fan
Pets respond differently to heat than humans do. (Dogs, for instance, sweat primarily through their feet.) And fans don't cool off pets as effectively as they do people.
Provide ample shade and water
Any time your pet is outside, make sure he or she has protection from heat and sun and plenty of fresh, cold water. In heat waves, add ice to water when possible. Tree shade and tarps are ideal because they don't obstruct air flow. A doghouse does not provide relief from heat—in fact, it makes it worse.

Whip up a batch of quick and easy DIY peanut butter popsicles for dogs. (You can use peanut butter or another favorite food.) And always provide water, whether your pets are inside or out with you.
Keep your pet from overheating indoors or out with a cooling body wrap, vest, or mat (such as the Keep Cool Mat). Soak these products in cool water, and they'll stay cool (but usually dry) for up to three days. If your dog doesn't find baths stressful, see if she enjoys a cooling soak.

6. Watch for signs of heatstroke
Extreme temperatures can cause heatstroke. Some signs of heatstroke are heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure, and unconsciousness.
Animals are at particular risk for heat stroke if they are very old, very young, overweight, not conditioned to prolonged exercise, or have heart or respiratory disease. Some breeds of dogs—like boxers, pugs, shih tzus, and other dogs and cats with short muzzles—will have a much harder time breathing in extreme heat.

7. How to treat a pet suffering from heatstroke
Move your pet into the shade or an air-conditioned area. Apply ice packs or cold towels to her head, neck, and chest or run cool (not cold) water over her. Let her drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes. Take her directly to a veterinarian.
Prepare for power outages
Before a summer storm takes out the power in your home, create a disaster plan to keep your pets safe from heat stroke and other temperature-related trouble.

Taken from The Humane Society