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.




Monday, May 21, 2018

2018 Lexington Farmers' Market



2018 Lexington Farmers’ Market
Opening Day
Tuesday, May 29th!
2:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Corner of Mass Ave, Fletcher Ave, & Woburn St.
Lexington, MA


If you are interested in getting in touch about providing entertainment, volunteering or participating in our community tent, email lexingtonfarmersmkt@gmail.com for more information.
We are looking forward to being reunited with our favorite farmers, friends, and all that fresh local food!

Market Hours & Locations
Every Tuesday
May 29th – October 30th
2:00 – 6:30 pm
(closing at 6:00 pm in October)

If you interested in performing at the market please contact Geoff Keith; to lexingtonfarmersmkt@gmail.com


Mission:
The Lexington Farmers’ Market connects residents with local farmers and vendors, providing greater access to fresh, locally-grown and -produced food to community members of all income levels. The LFM educates people about healthy eating, nutrition and sustainable agriculture, and provides a social experience that builds community.






Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Lexington Community Events for May 19


There are several community events in Lexington on May 19, 2018. Come on out and enjoy the slowly warming weather.

7:00AM-12:00PM Lexington Field and Garden Club Plant Sale
Department of Public Works Hadley Public Services Building, 201 Bedford Street.
Enjoy a beautiful variety of home grown local plants that have been potted and cared for specifically for sale by members of the Lexington Garden Club!.
Come early - as plants fly off the tables!

9:00AM-11:00AM Whipple Hill Photography Walk
Explore the opportunities for capturing the magic of spring at Whipple Hill in pixels with an experienced local photographer. Sunder Neelakantan will be your guide in how to best capture features of the property in memorable photographs. Steady rain cancels. Meet at the signed entrance to the property at the top of Winchester Drive opposite Berkshire Drive. Leader: Sunder Neelakantan (781-424-7558, diadensunder@gmail.com)

2:00PM-5:00PM Lexington Symphony Community Music Festival
Lexington Symphony and Conductor Jonathan McPhee host the third annual Community Music Festival, an afternoon of free family activities and performances that showcase an extensive array of local artistic talent and cultural diversity. Come enjoy performances showcasing the diverse musical talent Lexington has to offer, including Great Meadows Orchestra, Guzheng Ensemble, Eastern Rhythm Dance Troupe, student ensembles from Lexington High School and more. Children can learn more about the instruments that make up the orchestra and get some hands-on experience at the “Instrument Petting Zoo,” with instruments generously provided by Yamaha Music School of Boston.

7:30PM-9:30PM Music from the Movies
Join Lexington Symphony for "Broadway Goes to the Movies" on Saturday, May 19 at 7:30pm at Cary Hall in Lexington. From the stage to the big screen, music is vital in setting a scene, stirring our emotions and telling a story. Lexington Symphony, with special guests the New World Chorale, perform some of the greatest music from Broadway hits that have been adapted for the silver screen. Hear beloved excerpts from Oklahoma, Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, and so much more.

Tickets for Lexington Symphony’s Music from the Movies: “Broadway Goes to the Movies” concert on Saturday, May 19 at 7:30pm at Lexington’s Cary Hall are $33-$55 and are on sale now.



Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Lexington Bike, Walk 'n Bus Week


Bike Walk 'N Bus Week - Promoting healthy, sustainable, and safe transportation options. Every year in May, the Town schedules a week of free events including historic walks, guided bike rides, free Lexpress rides, and more! This event is organized by the Bicycle Advisory CommitteeGreenways Corridor Committee, and Safe Routes to School Committee, in conjunction with Town staff to celebrate the many alternative transportation resources available in town. Events run from May 12-20.

WEEK LONG EVENTS


Ride the REV shuttle for FREE to/from Alewife Station
May 14 - 18
The 128 Business Council REV shuttle is providing free service during Bike Walk n Bus Week. Hop on at Depot Square at 7:15AM or 8:30AM. Return from Alewife Station at 4:57PM or 6:27PM.

Bay State Bike Week
May 12-20
Bay State Bike Week is an annual celebration of human-powered, two-wheeled transportation.

Find Your Biking and Walking Way Around Lexington!
All week long!
Look for special green and white signs in the Library, at the Depot Lexpress Bus Stop, and other popular spots around town that provide walking and biking and travel times or mileage. It may be easier to get there on foot or by bike than you think!

Parcourse Exploration
Open all year round!
Discover Lexington's "hidden gem" stroller and child friendly parcourse! This self-guided walk includes boardwalks and paths intermingled with outdoor exercise-stations that weave around the Lincoln Fields beginning at Worthen Rd opposite LHS and end at Middleby Rd near the Bridge School.
Location: Worthen Rd opposite LHS, Lincoln Fields parking area, and the Bridge School.

Click the LINK for a full list of activities for each day of the week and for more information



Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Home-Buying Tips for Engaged Couples in Lexington MA

Wedding season is in high gear in Lexington MA! Many engaged couples have weddings and homeownership on the mind. If you are one of these couples, allow me to offer you some tips as your Lexington real estate agent!

The average cost of a wedding is over $33,000 and the average cost of a down payment is $18,000, or $10,512 with FHA loans, according to RISMedia. Here are some tips if wanting to have a wedding and buy a house:

1.  Prioritize. Decide which is most important to you. If it’s the house, consider throwing a small wedding, or have an elopement now and a party later in your own backyard!
2.  Budget. Sit down and set realistic budgets for both the wedding and home purchase, dependent on your income and expenses.
3.  Save and set date. Determine how much you can set aside each month and open separate savings accounts. Decide how long it will take to have enough saved and plan your timeline around that.

If you have questions, or would like help buying a home in the Lexington real estate market, I am here for you! Contact me!

Theresa D'Antuono

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Fife and Drum Muster




The William Diamond Junior Fife and Drum Corps will host a Fife & Drum Muster from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 at the Minute Man Historical Park in Lexington. The event features a parade, colonial vendors, re-enactors and performances by 30 fife and drum corps from around the country.  These uniformed musicians, representing different time periods in American History, will present our nation’s historical music in an outdoor concert.  

This free event is open to the public and is appropriate for all ages. It is held rain or shine. For more information, please visit www.williamdiamondjrs.org, call 978-387-2949 or e-mail 

For a list of other events, please visit: https://williamdiamondjrs.org/calendar.html



Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Celebrate Administrative Professionals Day!



Administrative Professionals Day and Administrative Professionals Week are widely observed in many workplaces in the United States and other countries around the world. Many employers and supervisors arrange events to show their appreciation of the work carried out by administrative professionals, to highlight their importance to the organization and to enhance their work-related skills.

About Administrative Professionals Day
During World War II, there was an increased need for skilled administrative personnel, particularly in the United States. The National Secretaries Association was formed to recognize the contributions of secretaries and other administrative personnel to the economy, to support their personal development and to help attract people to administrative careers in the field. The association's name was changed to Professional Secretaries International in 1981 and, finally, the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) in 1998.

These changes in name reflected the changing nature of the tasks, qualifications and responsibilities of the members of the organization. IAAP now has an international orientation and continues to provide education and training and set standards of excellence recognized by the business community on a global perspective. The organization's vision is "to inspire and equip all administrative professionals to attain excellence".

The first National Secretaries Week was organized in 1952 in conjunction with the United States Department of Commerce and various office supply and equipment manufacturers. The Wednesday of that week became known as National Secretaries Day. As the organization gained international recognition, the events became known as Professional Secretaries Week® and Professional Secretaries Day®. In 2000, IAAP announced that names of the week and the day were changed to Administrative Professionals Week and Administrative Professionals Day to keep pace with changing job titles and expanding responsibilities of the modern administrative workforce. Many work environments across the world observe this event.

Customs, Traditions and Celebrations
All over the world, Administrative Professionals Day is celebrated with an assortment of celebrations, parties and other events. In the U.S, it is common for people to give gifts of candy or flowers to their secretaries on this day.

WE COULDN'T DO WHAT WE DO WITHOUT THEM!




Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Lexington Open Studios



THE 10TH ANNUAL
LEXINGTON OPEN STUDIOS! 



 50+ ARTISTS WHO LIVE, WORK, TEACH, CREATE OR ARE AFFILIATED
WITH THE ARTS COMMUNITY IN LEXINGTON!

VIEW EXHIBITS IN A PREVIEW SHOW AT CARY MEMORIAL LIBRARY, APRIL 3-29


THE LEXINGTON ARTS AND CRAFTS SOCIETY
WILL HOST A NUMBER OF MEMBERS EXHIBITING
AND DEMONSTRATING THEIR WORK


MUNROE CENTER FOR THE ARTS
MANY RESIDENT ARTISTS WILL OPEN THEIR STUDIOS AND
OTHER LEXINGTON ARTISTS WILL EXHIBIT AS WELL


DROP BY OUR SPONSORS AND THANK THEM FOR
 SUPPORTING THIS WONDERFUL EVENT






Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Top 10 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Lexington Home


Believe it or not, it’s time to start thinking about spring cleaning your Lexington home. You owe it to yourself and family to enjoy a clean that’s more than dirt-deep. Think allergen-deep. And spring cleaning isn’t something to dread—just follow our easy spring cleaning tips and tricks.

1. Make a Schedule
Scope out your Lexington home: What areas need the most work? Where do you skip during routine cleaning? Those are the best places to start. Regardless of where you start, having a plan for when you’re tackling each room will keep you focused on the task at hand. Our printable room-by-room Spring Cleaning Checklist can help. 

2. De-clutter
Studies have shown that a disorganized home adds to your stress level. The scientific implications of inhaling dust gathered in your home – combined with the psychological stress of coming home to a pile of unsorted laundry after a hard day at work – can take a sudden, unexpected toll. Spend some time organizing your closets, spring cleaning your office, and looking into that junk drawer to eliminate unnecessary stress from your life.

3. Always Work from Top to Bottom
When you think about how to spring clean your Lexington home, it’s important to start from the ceiling down. This will force debris downward and keep you from having to re-dust or re-clean your space. If you have a vacuum with a long extension hose, use it to get cobwebs and dust from your ceilings and fans. Then dust your furniture and other items before vacuuming all the dust from your floors.

4. Use a HEPA Vacuum
Many people shampoo carpet or have it professionally cleaned during the springtime. If you’re not looking for that level of commitment, you should at least vacuum with a high-quality HEPA vacuum. It’s one of the best spring cleaning supplies you can arm yourself with. Using a vacuum with HEPA filtration will remove dirt and dust, but it will also remove allergens and impurities from your air. You’ll see this suggestion on just about every spring house cleaning list. Most vacuums come with attachments, like dusting brushes and crevice tools, and hoses that can be used to clean any location. Use these tools to clean ceiling fans, cobwebs in corners, furniture, pillows, and tight spaces like behind furniture. Be sure to move your furniture too (or at least vacuum under it).

5. Walls and Windows Need Love too
People almost always think to clean their floors, but they typically forget about walls and windows. Most dust settles on the floor and other surfaces, but not all of it. Just use a damp towel to wipe down walls and blinds (starting from the top). On the outside, remove and wipe down the window screens. When it comes to the actual window, using a steam cleaner with a squeegee is a great way to clean windows.

6. Think Green When You Spring Clean
You want to start spring off on a clean note, so don’t expose yourself to chemicals and toxins. A steam cleaner is one of the best green products for spring cleaning. It can be used to clean your microwave, tile, hard floors, kitchen appliances, bathrooms, and even outdoor areas. Since steam cleaners only use hot water vapor, they are a 100% natural and chemical-free cleaning solution.
If you don’t have a steam cleaner, one of the best natural combinations for cleaning is white distilled vinegar, baking soda, and water. These ingredients are affordable, non-toxic, and have worked for ages when it comes to cleaning. Goodhousekeeping.com also has an extensive list of other green spring cleaning products.

7. Don’t Be Scared of the Kitchen and Bathroom
No longer fear cleaning your bathroom! You’ll get through it. Here are a few spots you may forget about:

Kitchens
Wipe down your cabinets
Go through your pantry and refrigerator, wipe down the shelves, and throw away any old items
If you have stainless steel appliances, be sure to use gentle cleaners or a steam cleaner to avoid scratching or other issues

Bathrooms
Consider installing a new bathroom fan. Replacing an existing fan or adding a new one can help to ensure your bathroom remains in top notch condition. Not just great for ventilating moisture during showers, these fans are great for odor and vapor removal too. Depending on the unit you select, it may even come with built-in lighting, automatic operation, and other user-friendly features. Other tips for the bathroom include:
Change your shower curtain
Go through your cosmetics drawer and throw away any expired items

8. Don’t Forget About Your Air
Replacing furnace and HVAC filters is one of the most important and overlooked parts of spring cleaning. In fact, replacing a standard filter with a more robust one with a high MERV rating does wonders for improving your indoor air quality. When ducts build up dust over winter, and these filters catch those unwanted particles so they don’t enter your space. It’s an inexpensive way to make sure you’re breathing clean, healthy air. If allergens, indoor chemicals, or odors are a larger concern for you, you can also consider getting an air purifier.

9. Spring Cleaning Safety
Cleaning will more than likely unsettle all the winter dust on furniture and fixtures. If you suffer from allergies or are using heavy-duty cleaners, be sure to read the labels. For safe spring cleaning, wear rubber gloves, masks, scarves and even hairnets. Protective clothing will help guard against skin irritations and allergic reactions.

10. Let Spring Cleaning Set a New Tone
If your space feels dark and heavy, you can make small changes to help make it light and fresh for spring. Adding new colorful pillows or art are great ways to change up your space. Replacing items like bedding, towels, table linens, and even window treatments are other ways to transform your rooms for spring and warm weather ahead.

Don’t forget to download our full printable room-by-room spring cleaning checklist, also includes the best supplies for spring cleaning your entire home. We hope it makes the task a bit easier for you. Courtesy of Sylvane.com







Friday, April 6, 2018

Spring Lawn Care for Lexington MA Homeowners

After the cold and snowy winter we've had this year, I’m sure your Lexington MA yard could use some TLC! Get it ready for spring, and for the Lexington real estate market if you’re gearing up to sell, with these handy tips. As your Lexington real estate agent, here’s what I suggest you start with:

1.  Pull up dead turf. If you see dead patches of lawn, pull them up. This is easy to do, there are no more roots!
2.  Replace with sod. Lay sod on dead patches if you can afford it. If not, reseed the area after the last frost, when soil temps reach 50-65 degrees.
3.  Add topsoil. If you’ve got an uneven yard, add topsoil, and then sod or seed, to the low areas in your yard. This will prevent water from settling and freezing, which will save your grass next year.

Now you’re ready to mow, fertilize and water until you have green grass again! When ready to accomplish your Lexington MA real estate market goals this spring, contact me, your Lexington real estate agent. I am here and ready!

Theresa D'Antuono