Monday, July 16, 2018

8 Creepy Things Exterminators Wish You Knew About Pests in Your Home


Homeownership can have a dark underbelly, full of scary things we pretend don't exist when we turn out the lights. The scary truth is you're not the only one living in your house. Whether you see them or not, you're hosting a number of nightmare-inducing, creepy, crawly creatures. Sometimes they stay hidden, in dark corners under the house. All too often, they decide to come out and say hi.
Don't let the pests win! To keep them at bay, you just have to exercise a bit of exterminator expertise. Take back command of your home, and heed these eight things that pest control pros wish you knew.

1. You don't have to live in squalor to have a pest problem
We often associate mice, roaches, and other pests with unkempt, dirty homes. But you keep a relatively clean house! These wannabe intruders are no match for you, right? Not so fast—even pristine homes can have pest infestations.

Consider this nauseating revelation:
“Mice can survive on just 3 to 4 grams of food per day, so a few crumbs here and there are all they need to thrive in your home,” says Joe Magyar, branch manager at Terminix in Madison, AL. “Good sanitation won’t get rid of them, but a messy house will attract them. So be sure to vacuum floors regularly, wipe down counters, and eliminate access to food sources."

2. Moisture is the enemy
Food and clutter aren't the only things that attract pests. Beware of leaky pipes, clogged drains, or anything that creates standing water around your home. But you don't have to take our word for it. Just get a load of this horrifying anecdote from Kim Kelley-Tunis, director of quality assurance for Orkin in Atlanta.

“One time I went into a house and took a look at the plumbing, which at first glance had a furry appearance to it,“ Kelley-Tunis says. “Upon closer inspection, there were cockroaches living on the piping in such large numbers that their antennae and legs gave the piping this sort of hairy look. When there are that many cockroaches in your home, you have a serious problem."

3. Pests aren't just icky—they can also be dangerous
Besides being gross, pests can also do serious damage that could put your house and your family in jeopardy. For example, rats can chew on—and fray—wires, which is a major fire hazard.
“Spotting a rodent issue early and resolving it immediately is incredibly important for this reason, let alone the fact that rodents carry numerous pathogens on their bodies and are known disease spreaders,” Kelley-Tunis says.

4. Secondhand furniture can cause problems
We're not saying you should pass up that fabulous antique chair you spotted at the weekend's estate sale, or the storage ottoman you can have for a steal on Craigslist. But just know that those pieces of furniture might come with some special guests.
“Technicians have encountered situations where a homeowner has purchased a new piece of furniture at an antique store and accidentally brought in termites or bedbugs to their home,” Kelley-Tunis says. She stresses that it’s vital to closely inspect any secondhand furniture that you bring into the house.

5. Pests aren’t loners
As much as you want to believe that the huge waterbug you just squashed (in alarmingly close proximity to your blender full of kale smoothie) was just a solo infiltrator, we're here to break the bad news: It’s probably not the case.
“As a general rule of thumb, where there is one cockroach, there are likely many others,” Magyar says. “Roaches are aggressive breeders, so it doesn’t take long for a small problem to grow to a major infestation. If you wait to call in a professional until you’ve spotted a few of these pests, you may have a much larger problem on your hands.”

6. Poison isn't foolproof
Matteo Grader, pest control specialist at Panther Pest Control, describes the scene of a homeowner who thought he’d gotten rid of his mice infestation himself. He thought wrong.
“He bought some cheap mice poison from the store and placed it in every corner of his house. The mice had eaten from the poison, but unfortunately they were able to find a narrow place to hide in before they died (which is typical for mice)," Grader recalls. "So the customer thought he got rid of the problem, until one day there was a disgusting smell in his home.

"During the inspection we found that there were more than 10 dead mice trapped inside the walls between the living room and the kitchen,” he adds.

If you insist on using poison, be prepared to call in a pro to remove the remains from your walls or pipes. Blecch!

7. Humane options exist
If the idea of a snap trap makes you feel queasy, or you're concerned about your pets being underfoot, there are other options (ones that won't send pests crawling into your walls). For example, PETA offers instructions on how to make humane rat traps. Other experts recommend peppermint oil to deter rodents. There are even humane options for cockroach control, such as putting stoppers in all drains and sealing up spaces between floorboards, under counters, and around sinks. You can also try placing dried bay leaves in your drawers and cabinets to repel them.

8. Don't wait too long to call in the pros
We applaud you for having the courage to DIY your pest situation. Really, we do. But even the bravest homeowners need to ask for help every now and then. And when it comes to pest control, you should make that call sooner rather than later, says Brian Kelly of Twin Forks Pest Control, in Southampton, NY.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

MetWinds Summer Concerts



The Metropolitan Wind Symphony will continue their 47th season with 3 Free traditional outdoor Band Concerts on Thursday July 12, 19, and 26, from 7:30 to 8:30 pm, at Hastings Park, Levi Burnell Bandstand, Mass. Ave. and Worthen Road, Lexington, MA. MetWinds musicians Mark Olson, Bruce Houston, and Greg Depp will conduct the varied music programs, which will have something for all tastes. Mark Olson is director of the Harvard Band, the Harvard Wind Ensemble and the Middlesex Concert Band, Bruce Houston is music director of the Southeastern Massachusetts Community Band, and Greg Depp is a former music teacher and conductor.

Selections will include Stars and Stripes Forever and The Thunderer by John Philip Sousa, Tribute to Irving Berlin by Irving Berlin, Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin, Shenandoah by Frank Ticheli, La Gazza Ladra by Gioachino Rossini, The Klaxon by Henry Fillmore, First Suite by Gustaf Holst, West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein, The Cowboys Overture by John Williams, Down a Country Lane by Aaron Copland, Pie in the Face Polka by Henry Mancini, and The Sound of Music by Richard Rodgers. 

Patrons are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair and to picnic while enjoying the concerts. The concerts will be held, weather permitting.

MetWinds Music Director Lewis Buckley earned his undergraduate degree from the Eastman School of Music and his Master’s degree from Connecticut College. In 1975, he became the Coast Guard Band’s fifth director at age 27 and held that post for 29 years. He continues to compose, arrange, and publish music. He also remains an active trumpet soloist, frequently combining solo appearances with conducting, often in premiere performances of his own commissioned works. Buckley has a diverse background, having conducted bands, orchestras, and choruses in all styles of music.

Admission and Parking are FREE! Visit the MetWinds web page at  http://www.mws-boston.org for information and directions. Email mws@mws-boston.org or call the MetWinds Concert Line at (978) 419-1697 with any questions.

Founded by Jerry Gardner in 1971, the Metropolitan Wind Symphony, a concert band, is currently celebrating its 47th anniversary. The MetWinds comprises over 70 talented woodwind, brass, and percussion instrumentalists who audition for membership and seating. It makes a significant contribution to the cultural life of the Greater Boston community by providing its audiences with high quality concerts and its members with opportunities for musical growth.

These concerts by the Metropolitan Wind Symphony are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and the Lexington Council for the Arts.







Friday, July 6, 2018

Should You Pay Asking Price of Lexington MA Home?


In the competitive Lexington real estate market this summer, it’s still important for Lexington homebuyers to determine if the home they want to buy is worth the asking price. As your Lexington real estate agent, I’d hate to see you regret your purchase down the road! Here are some suggestions:

1.  Appraisal. Don’t skip an appraisal contingency. Find out what the home is worth, and try to negotiate a better deal if there is a large discrepancy.
2.  Home Inspection. A home inspection contingency will let you know what shape the house is in, and if any expensive repairs are in your future.
3.  Market Conditions. This will help you understand if the price is on par with the market. Comparable sales are important too, so you can see what other similar homes listed for and sold for.
4.  Amenities. More up-to-date amenities will yield a higher asking price. It’s up to you whether you’re willing to pay more for them!

All of this knowledge will help you negotiate a price. For home-buying assistance in the Lexington real estate market this summer, contact me, your Lexington real estate agent!

Theresa D'Antuono

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Wilson Farm July Events

Children's Farm Tours

July 12th • 10am & 3pm
Children ages 5 and up
Wilson Farm invites kids aged 5 and up to join us for a free, behind-the-scenes tour of the farm! Kids get an inside peek into how it all works, from the fields to the greenhouses and back to the animal barn, it's an hour of fun and discovery! RSVP is Required • Spots fill up fast! • Make sure to grab your special surprise at the end of the tour!
Call our office now at 781-862-3900 to RSVP


Adult Farm Tour

July 12th • 6:30pm • FREE
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!
Our Farm Tours are free of charge, but registration is required. Please call us at 781-862-3900 to reserve your spot!




Wednesday, July 25th • 6pm • $125 per person
Dinner in the Field is back! Wilson Farm Executive and French Master Chef Raymond Ost has another extravagant dinner menu planned to tantalize your tastebuds. Take in the sunset on the field where dinner was harvested. Paired with a wine for each course, this unique dining experience is one you don't want to miss.

Dinner In the Field Menu
Cocktail Hour 
TBA
Appetizer:
• Chilled Pea Soup with Fresh Marinated Oyster Caviar & Vodka Mascarpone
Main Course:
• Fresh Halibut Coulibiac with Wilted Spinach and Lemon Champagne Beurre Blanc
Cheese Course:
• Warm Aged St. Albans Vermont Cheese Fondue with Crispy Toasted Mouillette
Dessert:
• Seasonal Fresh Washington Cherry Mooncake NapolĂ©on
• Coffee and Tea with Mignardises

Call 781-862-3900 now to reserve your seat at the table.

July 26th • 10am & 3pm
Children ages 5 and up
Wilson Farm invites kids aged 5 and up to join us for a free, behind-the-scenes tour of the farm! Kids get an inside peek into how it all works, from the fields to the greenhouses and back to the animal barn, it's an hour of fun and discovery! RSVP is Required • Spots fill up fast! • Make sure to grab your special surprise at the end of the tour!
Call our office now at 781-862-3900 to RSVP

Adult Farm Tour

July 26th • 6:30pm • FREE
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!
Our Farm Tours are free of charge, but registration is required. Please call us at 781-862-3900 to reserve your spot!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

2018 ANNUAL FOURTH OF JULY CARNIVAL


2018
ANNUAL FOURTH OF JULY CARNIVAL
LOCATION: Hastings Park
Lexington, Massachusetts





 2 0 1 8 Carnival Dates :
The Carnival scheduled for the following days and times
TUESDAY, JULY 3                    6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
WEDNESDAY, JULY 4              1:00 PM to 11:00 PM    
THURSDAY, JULY 5                 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM 
FRIDAY, JULY 6                        6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
SATURDAY, JULY 7                  1:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Fireworks  Thursday July 5th, after dusk     
Youth Games         Wednesday, July 4th at 10:00AM
              
Money Saving Ride Discounts -
 "Pay one price" wrist band
on select days and times :
Tuesday 7/3  6pm - close
Wednesday 7/4 1pm - 5pm
or 5pm - close
Saturday 7/7 1pm - 5pm
(any mechanical ride, but does not include  bumper cars)

FUN-FILLED RIDES ~ GAMES ~ ATTRACTIONS
  
FOOD ~ FUN ~ GAMES ~ RIDES ~ PRIZES


As usual,the Lions will have a Food Trailer and Hospitality Tent. In addition, our Information and Safety Trailer will be manned with Lions members and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) at all times.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Lexington Community Summer Programs



Whether you are interested in crafts or soccer, chess or skiing, Zumba or yoga, the Recreation and Community Programs Department has an activity for you. 

The Department offers a wide variety of programs, classes and clinics throughout the year, and a multitude of active and passive recreation opportunities are available throughout the summer months.
Information about our offerings is listed in the Recreation and Community Programs Department seasonal brochures.

Programs fill up quickly and pre-registration is required for all activities.  All programs are available on a "first come-first serve" basis via online registration, mail-in, or drop off registration.

It's not to late to register for summer programs! REGISTER TODAY


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Friday, June 8, 2018

Make Your Lexington Outdoor Space Irresistible

Make your Lexington home’s outdoor space more irresistible for summer! You can spend more time outdoors and increase your home value for when you sell in the Lexington real estate market. As your Lexington real estate agent, allow me to fill you in on some tips:

1.  Make it tech-friendly. People will be more likely to come outdoors if Wi-Fi reaches the space and if you’ve got charging stations.
2.  Make it comfy. Go all out with plush furniture and an outdoor carpet. Just make sure it’s weatherproof.
3.  Choose mood lighting for nighttime. Uplighting is great for trees, bistro lights are popular for patios, and solar lights are great for lining walkways.
4.  Plan for misfortunes. Install an awning or umbrella table for rain and sun. For bugs, go all out with a screened-in porch, or just line your space with citronella candles.

For more tips, check out this HouseLogic article. Happy planning! When ready to achieve your Lexington real estate market goals this summer, contact me, your Lexington real estate agent.

Theresa D'Antuono

Monday, June 4, 2018

Lexington Goes Purple



This year, the Lexington Goes Purple team, in partnership with the Lexington Human Services Department, the Munroe Center for the Arts, and Cary Memorial Library will run a series of Longest Day events on Saturday, June 9 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM centered at the Lexington Depot. 

And join us at the Depot:

9:30 am - 10:30 am: Dress your favorite pooch in purple and join the Purple Puppy Promenade at the Lexington Depot.  In exchange for a donation of any amount, get an official Alzheimer's Association bandana.  Register at the Sign Up Genius above.

10:00 am to noon: Guided Walk with Lexington Conservation (CLC) through Lincoln Park, one of Lexington’s most accessible open spaces. Centrally located across Worthen Road from the LHS playing fields, Lincoln Park includes a graded trail system, landscaped with native plant species as well as a boardwalk loop through wetlands with interpretive signage. The walk will leave from the Lexington Depot following side streets to reach the Park. 

1:00pm - 2:00pm: Enjoy live classical music from the Lexington Chamber Music Center.

2:00pm - 3:00pm: Sing-a-long and storytelling with Rose Harvey and Lin Kelleher.

All day: Fold a paper crane with the LHS Origami Club at the Lexington Depot - 1,000 cranes will help our wish for a World Without Alzheimer’s come true.

All day: Participate in Citizen Science research by playing Stall Catchers on your smartphone or mobile device.

All day: Learn about services and support for patients and caregivers from local providers.

All day: Share memories at the "My Favorite Memory Is..." photo salon.

4:00pm: Celebrate with purple ice cream.

Want to volunteer?  Click here to sign up!



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Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day History


The custom of honoring ancestors by cleaning cemeteries and decorating graves is an ancient and worldwide tradition, but the specific origin of Memorial Day, or Decoration Day as it was first known, are unclear.

In early rural America, this duty was usually performed in late summer and was an occasion for family reunions and picnics. After the Civil War, America’s need for a secular, patriotic ceremony to honor its military dead became prominent, as monuments to fallen soldiers were erected and dedicated, and ceremonies centering on the decoration of soldiers’ graves were held in towns and cities throughout the nation.

After World War I, the day expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars.
No less than 25 places have been named in connection with the origin of Memorial Day, and states observed the holiday on different dates. In 1971, Memorial Day became a national holiday by an act of Congress; it is now celebrated on the last Monday in May The holiday was held on May 30 from 1868 to 1970 and still recognized by some as the true Holiday.

Since it all started with the Civil War, you might want to brush up on your knowledge of this event by visiting the Library of Congress Civil War collection, which includes more than a thousand photographs.

THE POPPY, A SYMBOL OF MEMORIAL DAY
The wearing of poppies in honor of America’s war dead is traditionally done on Memorial Day (not Veterans Day). The origin of the red poppy as a modern-day symbol of this day was actually the idea of an American woman, Miss Moina Michael. Read more about the inspiration for the poppy.
In war-torn battlefields, the red field poppy (papaver rhoeas) was one of the first plants to grow. Its seeds scattered in the wind and sat dormant in the ground, only germinating when the ground is disturbed—as it was by the very brutal fighting during World War 1.

The practice of wearing of poppies was further inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields,” written in 1915 by Canadian soldier John McCrae. He saw the poppies in burials around his artillery position in Belgium.

Today, poppies are both the symbol of loss of life as a symbol of recovery and new life, especially in support of those servicemen who were damaged physically or emotionally. 


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Lexington Memorial Day Events



Monday, May 28, 2018

Wreath laying ceremonies will be held at 8:45 AM at the Main Fire Station and 9:00 AM at Westview Cemetery.


The Memorial Day Parade steps off from the Police Station at 10:00 AM with Ed LoTurco as the Grand Marshal. The parade stops at Munroe Cemetery to honor our Civil War veterans, then moves along Massachusetts Avenue to the Battle Green, stopping at several memorials along the way for a wreath laying ceremony. 

The Parade arrives at the Green for the Memorial Day Ceremony at approximately 11:20 AM  Lt. Col Ken Ferland, the 66th Air Base Group Deputy Commander, will deliver the keynote address. 

Schedule:
8:45 AM
    Lexington Fire Station
9:00 AM
    Westview Cemetery
10:00 AM
    Parade Begins at Police Station
10:10 AM:
    Munroe Cemetery
10:30 AM
    Lexington Police Memorial
    Korean/Vietnam War Vets
10:40 AM
    World War II Veterans Memorial
10:50 AM
    All Soldiers Memorial
11:00 AM
    Old Burying Ground
11:20 AM
    Battle Green
    Memorial Day Ceremony

Please call the Town Celebrations Committee information line at 781-698-4640 for details.