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 




Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Avoid Unapproved Renovation Problems in Your Lexington Home

You’re walking through your clients’ Lexington home, getting ready to list it for sale, when you see what looks like a makeshift bathroom in the basement. You ask your clients about it and, sure enough, they had a handyman install a sink and toilet down there 10 years ago. Did they ever have permits pulled? If they didn’t, that can come back to haunt them—and you—because it can grind the sale to a halt if a presale inspection is required by your locality or the sales contract requires the seller to provide a certificate of completion to show the work was done to code.

Each municipality establishes its own rules for handling unpermitted work. Separate from what your municipality requires, the standard sales contract you use in your state might require the seller to provide a certificate of completion for any work done on the house. Of course, the parties are free to replace the provision with an “as-is” clause, which would allow the sale to go through whether unpermitted work had been identified or not. But that’s a negotiating matter between the buyer and seller.

It’s not our job, as a real estate professional, to inspect a property to determine if there’s unpermitted work. But if, in the course of working with a seller, you see something in the property that raises a red flag, talk with the sellers about it. If they confirm that work was done without the necessary permits, you can recommend that they take proper steps to get the work inspected and, if necessary, brought up to code.

Here are three points to keep in mind to avoid problems as you prepare to list your Lexingtonhouse for sale.

1. Pay attention to renovations with red flags. Most unpermitted renovations are small scale. Contractors that work on large-scale renovations such as additions typically won’t do the work without pulling the proper permits. But other projects could have cut corners: a sink and toilet rather than a full bathroom in the basement or a window that looks new but doesn’t seal properly.

2. Ask questions. If something triggers a concern, ask the sellers about it. If they have unpermitted work, or if the work was done by the previous owner and they don’t know whether it was permitted or not, they should consider going to their local building department to see what work requires a permit. Municipalities vary greatly on this. Some require a permit only for major renovations, like a new bathroom. Others require a permit for something as small as adding an electrical outlet. If they discover work done before their time that should have been permitted, sellers should inquire with the city to see whether permits were ever pulled and a certificate of completion issued.

3. Take proper action. If sellers learn there’s unpermitted work, their best course of action is to make an appointment with a city building inspector, apply for new permits, and, if needed, have the work brought up to the latest code and a certificate of completion issued. One downside: Today’s generally tougher code requirements may make it more costly and cumbersome to have the project pass inspection. It’s always a better idea for home owners to get the proper approvals from a municipality at the time the work is done than to wait until they sell the house years later.



Monday, August 8, 2016

Why to Buy and Sell Real Estate in Lexington, MA This Summer

Lexington home-buying and home-selling tips
It’s August already, which means summer is flying by here in Lexington, MA! Have you gotten out and enjoyed all the events and activities our community offers in the summer months? Have you achieved your Lexington real estate market goals? It’s not too late! Summer is a great time to buy or sell a home, or both, and as your Lexington real estate agent, I am here to help you out.

If you’re not sure now is the right time for you to buy a Lexington home, here are some reasons that it is:
  • Prices have appreciated by 5.9 percent over the last 12 months and are expected to increase another 5.3 percent over the next year. Bargain prices are a thing of the past. The smart time to buy is now, before they increase more!
  • Mortgage rates, on the other hand, are still historically low, hovering around 4 percent. They have remained low longer than real estate experts had originally expected, but experts still predict an increase in the coming years.
  • When you rent, you are still paying a mortgage, but it is your landlord’s mortgage that you are paying! You never see that money again. When you pay your own mortgage, you are investing in your future and creating equity. When you sell, you’ll see your money again, and then some!
If you’re not sure now is the right time to sell your Lexington home, here are some reasons that it is:
  • Demand is strong. Because of low mortgage rates and increasing home prices, buyer demand is strong in the Lexington real estate market! Sellers should take advantage. The more demand there is, the more options and negotiating power you hold, and the faster you’ll find a buyer.
  • There is also less competition that usual right now, which puts you in a place of power. Real estate experts do predict that more sellers will enter the market soon, and new homes will be built, so now is the time to sell and take advantage of less competition from other sellers.
  • If you want to sell so that you can move into a bigger, better dream home, there isn’t a better time to do so! Remember why buyer demand is high? Mortgage rates are low, and rates and prices are predicted to increase over the next year. The sooner you sell and rebuy, the more you’ll save with your new home.
Whether buying or selling, there’s a reason you want to do it. Why wait? Move on with your life and accomplish your goals and dreams in the Lexington real estate market this summer! As your Lexington real estate agent, I would love to help you out. Contact me at any time to begin the process.

Theresa D'Antuono

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Wilson Farm August Events

Red Cross Blood Drive
Thursday, August 4th • Noon to 5:00 pm
Walk-ins are welcome.




Corn Fest
August 13th & 14th • 11am - 4pm
Join friends and family at New England’s Favorite Corn Festival; Saturday and Sunday, August 13th + 14th • 11am - 4pm. Celebrate another bountiful harvest with our famous corn-shucking contest, a petting zoo, corn hole, games, photo fun, delicious samples, and much more! This festival is free and open to the public! #WilsonFarmCornFest

Tomato Fest
August 27th & 28th • 11am - 4pm
Celebrate one of our favorite festivals of the season, Tomato Fest! Saturday and Sunday, August 27th + 28th • 11am - 4pm. Featuring over 16 different kinds of tomatoes, including 10 heirloom varieties, this is a weekend built for foodies and tomato fans of all ages. Join us for cooking demos, gourmet samples, fun games, and more! This festival is free and open to the public.#WilsonFarmTomatoFest


Adult Farm Tours
August 11th & 25th
Join Jim Wilson for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at Wilson Farm. On select Thursday evenings throughout the summer, you'll have the chance to learn about our growing practices, the crops we harvest, and lots more! Tours begin at 6:30pm. Call our office at 781-862-3900 to RSVP

Children Farm Tours
Thursday, August 11th • 10:00 am & 3:00 pm
Children only • Ages 5 and up
Must reserve your spot prior to tour • Spots fill up fast!
Call our office now at 781-862-3900 to RSVP

As seen on WBZ-TV!

For more information please visit: http://www.wilsonfarm.com/v2.0/events/events.html 



Wednesday, July 27, 2016

101 Fun Things to Do With Your Kids This Summer

Summer may be a time to relax, but tell that to kids who are bouncing off the walls or shrieking "I'm bored." As parents and nannies, we want each summer to be more memorable than the next, and with that comes the need for a few new ideas.

Jill Tipograph, summer expert and founder of Everything Summer, suggests that you: "Take advantage of those bright sunny days and warm summer nights and plan something new a couple of times a week." Jesse Koller, of Play, Create and Explore, holds regular art workshops for local kids. "We have a blast focusing on mostly process art and projects, as well as some sensory activities."

Here are 101 ideas for your summer bucket list -- to keep kids from being bored and create memories they'll have for a lifetime (or at least for that first day of school when they're asked "what did you do this summer?").

  1. Bake cookies for ice cream sandwiches.
  2. Volunteer at a nature center.
  3. Make a photo journal or a family yearbook.
  4. Have a luau in the backyard.
  5. Visit the beach and collect shells.
  6. Make a fort out of cardboard boxes.
  7. Visit a farmer's market.
  8. Stage an A to Z scavenger hunt, where you have to find something that starts with every letter. Here are 8 more scavenger hunt ideas.
  9. Pick berries.
  10. Have a picnic at a state park.
  11. Make ice cream. Use the berries you picked!
  12. Go canoeing at a local lake.
  13. Build a sandcastle.
  14. Write and illustrate your own book and have it published into an actual hardcover book using IlluStory.
  15. Forget cooking -- set up an ice cream sundae buffet for dinner.
  16. Clean up trash at a local park.
  17. Have a backyard campfire...or just use the grill! Roast hot dogs on sticks, pop popcorn and finish off with s'mores.
  18. Make homemade pizza.
  19. Go for a walk and then make a collage from nature objects you find along the way.
  20. Head to a creek and look at the ducks.
  21. Set up a lemonade stand.
  22. Have a water balloon fight.
  23. Practice your origami skills and make objects to hang from the ceiling.
  24. Go biking on a trail
  25. Interview an older relative about what life was like when they were young.
  26. Plan a picnic at a local park -- or in your backyard.
  27. Visit the local library throughout the summer and try to read as many as you can.
  28. Create salad spinner art: Place circles of paper inside a cheap salad spinner, dab tempera paints on top, cover and spin away.
  29. Practice making interesting shadow puppets and then put on a show with your characters.
  30. Plant a garden of herbs and veggies.
  31. Make a sidewalk chalk mural.
  32. Go ice blocking (sledding) in the grass with a towel-covered block of ice.
  33. Have an outdoor painting party using huge canvases or cardboard.
  34. Visit a fish hatchery.
  35. Plant a butterfly garden with flowers.
  36. Pretend to be pirates for a day -- dress up in costumes, plan a treasure hunt and talk like a pirate.
  37. Make an indoor sandbox using colored rice: mix 4 cups of rice with 3 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol and a few drops of food coloring and let dry overnight.
  38. Turn the backyard into a carnival -- set up a face painting area and games like ring toss.
  39. Make totem poles out of paper towel rolls and decorate them.
  40. Visit a museum you've never been to.
  41. Make a giant hopscotch or Twister game on the lawn (with spray paint) or driveway (with chalk).
  42. String beads into jewelry.
  43. Make a bird house out of Popsicle sticks.
  44. Learn about stargazing and identify as many constellations as possible -- see if there are any local astronomy groups for kids.
  45. Create leis with wildflowers.
  46. Go fossil hunting near a lake.
  47. Break out your baseball gloves and start a game, sandlot style.
  48. Make paper boats and race them in a kiddie pool using straws to propel them.
  49. Play mini-golf -- or set up a course in your driveway by laying different size containers on their sides.
  50. Make your own colored sand and create sand art.
  51. Get a map of the United States and mark off all the exciting places you want to visit -- create the ultimate road trip.
  52. Set up a net and play badminton and volleyball.
  53. Visit an amusement park or water park.
  54. Wade through a stream and search for minnows or tadpoles.
  55. Go zip-lining.
  56. Have a tricycle race at the park.
  57. Investigate an ethnic grocery store and make lunch using interesting spices then experiment  with some kid friendly recipes.
  58. Visit a fire station.
  59. Collect rocks and paint them to use as paperweights or pet rocks.
  60. Go roller skating.
  61. Visit a zoo or aquarium to learn about animals.
  62. Run through the sprinklers.
  63. Blend your own smoothie.
  64. Set up a bike wash and raise money for a local charity.
  65. Batter up at a batting cage.
  66. Let kids paint the sidewalk or patio with plain old water and sponge brushes. When their creation dries, they can begin again.
  67. Bake cupcakes in ice cream cones and then decorate them.
  68. Assemble a family cookbook with all your favorite recipes.
  69. Go horseback riding.
  70. Make popsicles in Dixie cups using fruit juices.
  71. Catch fireflies in a jar (and let them go at the end of the night).
  72. Stage your own Summer Olympics with races, hurdles and relays.
  73. Create a backyard circus -- kids can pretend to be animals and dress up as clowns.
  74. Decorate bikes and have a neighborhood Fourth of July parade.
  75. Take a sewing/crochet/knitting class.
  76. Make Mexican paper flowers using different colored tissue paper.
  77. Go to a flea market.
  78. Volunteer at an animal adoption organization.
  79. Visit a retirement home and read stories to residents.
  80. Attend an outdoor festival or concert.
  81. Pick a nearby town to visit for the day.
  82. Visit a cave.
  83. Get a map of your area, mark off all the local parks -- then visit them, take pictures and vote for your favorite.
  84. Take in a fireworks exhibit.
  85. Make crafts with recyclable items like stickers using old photos, magazines and repositionable glue.
  86. Make your own hard-to-pop bubbles with 1 cup of distilled water, 2 tablespoons of Dawn dish soap and 1 tablespoon of glycerin.
  87. Paint canvas sneakers with fabric paint pens or acrylic paint.
  88. Create three dimensional buildings using toothpicks and mini marshmallows.
  89. Make bird feeders by covering pine cones with peanut butter and rolling in birdseed.
  90. Paint with ice by freezing ice cube trays with washable tempera paint.
  91. Create unusual s'mores by experimenting with ingredients like cookies, bananas, flavored marshmallows and white chocolate.
  92. Have a fancy tea party.
  93. Make a giant slip-n-slide with a painter's tarp and shaving cream.
  94. Go camping in the backyard or at a campsite.
  95. Let kids paint each other with washable tempera paint, then wash it off in the sprinklers.
  96. Visit a national park and help the kids earn a junior ranger badge.
  97. Go to a ballgame and teach your kids (and yourself!) how to keep a scorecard.
  98. Set up a tent in the backyard to use as a summer playhouse.
  99. Take a free kid's workshop at stores like Lowe's, Home Depot or Pottery Barn.
  100. Have a game night with charades, Pictionary and bingo.
  101. Take a boring brown paper bag and have kids brainstorm creative things to do with it -- you'll be surprised at how many things you can come up with!


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Lexington Friday Night Summer Concerts

Join the Lexington Chamber of Commerce on Fridays from July 8 through August 26 for its Summer Concert Series and are scheduled from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM.  The Summer Concerts Series has been providing free music for over three decades now and attracts families from Lexington and many of the surrounding communities.  With a variety of musical styles, and a relaxed "picnic in the park" atmosphere, the concerts promote the old time neighborliness of Lexington.  Remember to bring your own lawn chairs, blankets, and refreshments. 

Location:
On the lawn of the Lexington Visitors Center, 1875 Mass Ave., Lexington, MA. 

Contact Information:

Fees/Admission:

The event is free! 



Lexington MA Real Estate Agent

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Wilson Farm Dinner in the Field is Back!


Wednesday, July 20th • 6pm
$100 Per Person • Limited to the first 90 Guests
Dinner in the Field is back! Wilson Farm Executive and French Master Chef Raymond Ost has another extravagant dinner menu planned to tantalize your taste buds as you take in the sunset at the farm.

Dinner Menu
Cocktail Appetizers
-Spring Sweet Pea Puree with Pistachio Crostini
-Blood Orange Granita with Raspberry Caramel
-Griled CuttleFish with Mango and Nectarines and Avocado Mousse and Beet Foam
-Black Sesame Mini Cone with Lobster Avocado Salad
-Stuffed Egg Mimosa with Fava Bean Mousse

Table Appetizers
-Warm Tomato Tartlets & Goat Cheese Basil Vinaigrette
Fresh Kale Salad with Fresh Peas & Feta
-Stuffed Cucumber with an Olive Tapenade & Marinated White Anchovies
-Cheese Tray with New England Local Cheeses & Baguette Crisps
-Stuffed Artichokes with a Mini Ratatouille Salad and Fresh Basil

Main Course
-Baked Vegetable Coulibiac – Tomato Sauce Vierge and Pan Seared Diver Scallops, Champagne Sauce
-Celeriac Purée & Fava Beans
Dessert
-Assorted Pastries and Mini Pastries

*Menu Subject to Change

Call the office now at 781-862-3900 to reserve your spot at the table!
For more information please visit Wilson Farm


Friday, July 8, 2016

Tricks for Saving Down Payment for Lexington Home!

Money-saving tips for Lexington homebuyers
Have you been wanting to buy a Lexington home but find the task of saving up a down payment too daunting to actually make it happen? You’re not alone! However, as your Lexington real estate agent, I want to remind you that there are many mortgage options out there, some with the option to put as low as 2 percent down. Contact a mortgage lender to learn more about your options!

Also, there are some sneaky ways that you can trick yourself into saving money automatically, so you don’t actually have to consciously and manually save that money each month. Here are some suggestions that Trulia recommends:
  • Move money into separate account. Impulse buys will be harder when your money isn’t just sitting around in a checking account, ready to be used. Move excess money into a separate account without a debit card attached to it. Only leave what you need to pay bills, groceries, etc. in your everyday checking account. The higher the interest rate on your new account, the better!
  • Automate your savings. Who remembers or wants to take spending money out of their main account to put in another account? By doing this manually every month or paycheck, you are sure to forget or skip a few rounds. Instead, set up an automated account that diverts a certain amount of money each month into a savings account. That way, it’ll feel like you never had it to begin with.
  • Remind yourself of your goal. If you have a hard time saying no to immediate gratification, remind yourself of your long-term goal of buying a Lexington home. Hang a picture of your dream home on your fridge, nightstand or desk. Create a vision board all about buying that home. Pin money-saving quotes and home-buying quotes on your Pinterest board. The more you see the reminder, the better!
  • Match impulse buys. If you just can’t say no to some impulse purchases this summer, promise yourself that every time you buy something that isn’t a necessity, you’ll match that spending with an equal amount put into your down payment savings account. This will either deter the purchase or help you build up that savings account!
  • Save any bonus money. If you purchase something on sale, put the amount that you saved on those sale items into your savings account. Receipts will usually show you what you saved at the bottom, so use this to your advantage. Also, if you get a raise, or you come into money as a gift or inheritance, immediately save this money as if you never even had it.
For more money-saving tricks, check out this Trulia article. Use these tricks and you’ll have a significant amount saved up for a down payment in no time! Every little bit counts. When ready to buy a Lexington home, contact me, your Lexington real estate agent! Let’s make your dream of homeownership a reality.

Theresa D'Antuono

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

11th ANNUAL Artisans Market at Lexington Chamber of Commerce

Location:
The Lexington Arts and Crafts Society, 130 Waltham St, Lexington, MA 02421

Date/Time Information:
July 9-17, 2016; Gallery Hours: Mon – Sun 12-4, Sat: 10-4

Contact Information:
Contact the LACS Office at 781.862.9696

Fees/Admission:
Admission and Parking are free for all exhibits.



Original arts and crafts created by artists from our Guilds: Ceramics, Paintings, Polymer/Beading, Needle Arts, Decorative Arts, Basketry, Photography, Woodworks, and Metal Arts & fine jewelry, cards and prints.

The event opens on Saturday, July 9
th with an Outdoor Tent sale. Artists are on hand to discuss their work and what it means to be part of this society of artists.  Perhaps you will feel inspired to take a class or attend some of the many exhibits, demonstrations, sales or other events held throughout the year at the Society. 

C
ontinuing through July 17th, the Parsons Gallery hosts a Summer Exhibit and Sale. It’s a great chance to shop locally and select from hundreds of unique creations by local artists.

For more information please visit the website at: www.lacsma.org.