Wednesday, November 14, 2018

8 Ways to Winterize Your Car

Winter is fast approaching in Lexington and we often talk about winterizing our homes but often neglect getting our vehicles ready for winter. Many of the things on the list can be completed on your own or you just might want to leave it all to a trained mechanic. Either way spend a few minutes reviewing this list and get ready for winter!


  1. Check your battery.  The chemical reactions required to generate power in a car battery slowdown in cold temperatures. At 5 degrees F, a fully charged battery has only half its rated amp-hour capacity. Also during cold weather, your engine requires more current from the battery in order to get the engine started. Combine less power output with more power requirements and you get a car that won’t start on a cold winter morning.
  2. Change your wiper blades and refill your wiper fluid.  Build-up of winter precipitation and salt on your windshield can greatly reduce visibility. Wiper blades are only good for a year. Replace yours if they look frayed or worn and consider getting “winter wiper blades”.
  3. Consider getting snow tires.  Snow tires are made of a softer rubber than all-season tires which allows them to retain flexibility in the bitterest of cold. Snow tires also have tread patterns specially designed to grip into snow and ice.
  4. Check your tire pressure. If you don’t replace your regular tires with snow tires, at least keep them properly inflated during the winter. Cold weather causes air pressure in your tires to drop. For every 10 degree drop in temperature, your tire’s air pressure will drop about 1psi. A properly inflated tire ensures the best possible contact between the road and the tires which is essential for safe traction when driving in wintry conditions.
  5. Check your anti-freeze mixture. The mixture of anti-freeze and water in your radiator should be about 50:50. This will prevent the coolant in your radiator from freezing. If you want to check the composition of your radiator’s fluid, you can pick-up an inexpensive anti-freeze tester at your local auto parts store.
  6. Stock your car with emergency supplies. You never know when you’ll get stranded on the side of the road in a hellacious blizzard. Be prepared by having your car packed with emergency supplies. Examples are bottled water, blankets, small/travel snow shovel, flashlight etc.
  7. Change the oil and adjust the viscosity. In order for your engine to run, it needs proper lubrication from oil. Unfortunately, cold weather reduces the oil’s effectiveness. The colder it is outside, the thicker the oil gets, and thick oil doesn’t circulate through your engine as easily as thin oil. Consequently, your engine doesn’t get the lubrication it needs during start-up and you’re left with a car that won’t start.
  8. Check your belts and hoses. Cold temps can weaken the belts and hoses that help make your engine run. Check them for any signs of wear and tear and have them replaced if needed. If a belt snaps while you’re driving, you’ll have to wait for a tow truck to come pick your cold butt up.


   

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Home Inspection Questions for Lexington MA Homebuyers

Lexington MA Homebuyer Tips
As a Lexington MA homebuyer, it’s important that you get a home inspection done before signing the closing papers. This will allow you to renegotiate the price or terms if anything major comes up. As your Lexington real estate agent, here are questions I suggest asking your home inspector:

1.  What is major and what’s minor? It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you receive the report, so ask the inspector which issues they find the most serious.
2.  Should I call in an expert? If an issue is pretty serious, your inspector might recommend that you call an expert to look into it further.
3.  Can you explain? Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification on an issue you don’t understand!
4.  Did you see this? If you think the inspector missed something, speak up.

Don’t be shy with your home inspector! Ask all the questions you need to better understand the findings. When ready to buy in the Lexington real estate market, contact me, your Lexington real estate agent! I’m here to help!

Theresa D'Antuono

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

11th Annual Lexington High School Cross Country Post-Thanksgiving 5k Race



11th Annual Lexington High School Cross Country
Post-Thanksgiving 5k Race

Where: Lincoln FieldWhen: Friday November 23rd at 9am (the morning after Thanksgiving)Registration Fee: $20



Lexington High School Cross Country/Track alumni have been coming together with the local running community the morning after Thanksgiving to compete, relive the glory days, and burn off some Turkey Day calories since 2008. Now in its 11th year, the "Alumni Race" has served as a great way to bring together the local running community to race on the team's storied 5k home course. All proceeds will benefit the Lexington High School Cross Country program.  

The Girls and Boys teams are among the top ranked teams in the state this year, and will be making a serious run at the Cross Country State Title next month. After the All-State meet we are planning on going to compete in the Nike Northeast Regional Championships where the top two teams advance to Nationals. Each kid has to pay their own way to attend this meet, and the proceeds of this race help to cover much of that expense.






Monday, October 29, 2018

Last 2018 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day for Lexington


The Facility will be Open Saturday, November 3, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Lexington residents may dispose of hazardous household products by bringing them to:
Minuteman Household Hazardous Products Regional Facility
Lexington Compost Facility
60 Hartwell Avenue 
You must bring identification and proof of residence in Lexington.

Directions to the facility:
From Rte 128 take exit 31 (Rte 4/225 heading towards Bedford).
At the first light take a right, via jug handle, onto Hartwell Ave.
The composting facility site is ¼ mile on the left just after the bike path .

Description of Services:
Residents of Lexington and participating communities may help protect the environment by taking common household hazardous products — ranging from cleaners and photography chemicals to paints, fuels and certain devices — to the Minuteman Facility on Hartwell Avenue in Lexington. Mailings with the complete schedule for the Minuteman Facility are sent to all Lexington residents annually.

Please bring identification and proof of residency with you to the center.

Please do not make multiple trips per event.  This slows down the event and it increases the cost to your town, as each town is assessed a fee based on the quantity of material per car brought to the site.
The Minuteman Hazardous Products Facility reserves the right to refuse unidentified materials or unacceptable amounts of hazardous waste.

If you cannot go to any of the Minuteman collections or are moving before the next one, Clean Harbors Environmental, Inc. holds HHW and electronic collections every Saturday from April 1 - October 31 at their Braintree facility.




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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

128 Business Expo


Join us for the 128 Business Expo

Over 100 different businesses showcase their products, goods and services.
There will be raffles and giveaways.
DON'T MISS OUT! 



Date: November 2, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM EDT
Location:
Westin Waltham-Boston Hotel
70 Third Avenue
Waltham, MA 


ATTENDANCE IS FREE!!!!

​Exhibitor Fee: CHAMBER MEMBER $350 (6' table) or $700 (12' table)
                    NON-CHAMBER MEMBERS $500 (6' table) or $1000 (12' table)
                    Contact Molyna Richards for details: director@lexingtonchamber.org




Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Is Your Homeowners Insurance Enough?


What is covered under a standard homeowner’s insurance policy?

Some natural disasters are always covered by homeowner’s insurance, including wildfires, tornadoes and hail storms. But other natural disasters are never or rarely covered under a standard homeowner’s insurance policy. They generally fall into two categories: floods and “earth movements.”

The first category comprises disasters caused by rising water, which includes everything from floods caused by extensive rainfall and hurricane-induced storm surges to dam failures and tsunamis. “Earth movements” include disasters such as earthquakes, landslides and sinkholes.

Unfortunately, many Americans are unaware that these disasters are not covered by a standard homeowner’s policy, according to the Insurance Information Institute.

Certain natural disaster typically aren’t covered because of the level of the destruction they create, said Lynne McChristian, a spokeswoman for the Insurance Information Institute and executive director of the Center for Risk Management Education and Research at Florida State University.
With these disasters, “the damage is usually so widespread, and it’s typically a total loss,” McChristian said. “Insurance companies can’t price it appropriately to make it a viable line of business for them.”



Read the entire article at www.realtor.com

Monday, October 8, 2018

Why to Buy a Lexington MA Home This Fall

Buy a Lexington MA home this fall
If you’ve been wanting to buy a Lexington MA home, but have been putting it off, now is the time to do it! As your Lexington real estate agent, allow me to fill you in on some reasons why fall is the ideal season for home-buying:

1.  You’ll reap tax benefits. Buy before the year’s over and you can take advantage of tax breaks, such as mortgage interest and property tax deductions.
2.  You’ll be home for the holidays. Buy now, before the holiday season begins, and you’ll be able to celebrate the winter holidays in your new Lexington MA home!
3.  The market is calmer. Bidding wars dominated the summer market, but activity tends to slow down in the fall. Take advantage now and you might have more bargaining power.
4. You could save money. Home prices and mortgage rates are still on the rise. The sooner you buy, the more you may save.

When you’re ready to begin house hunting in the Lexington real estate market this fall, contact me, your Lexington real estate agent! Fall weather is beautiful for showings. Take advantage!

Theresa D'Antuono

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Verrill Farms Harvest Fest


Saturday, October 6, 11 am - 3 pm
12th Annual Harvest Festival & Benefit for Emerson Hospital Pediatric Care



Fields surrounding the farm stand are transformed into an old-fashioned fair ground. Event includes games, activities, music food, a raffle & more.

Water Balloon Toss
Hay rides
Obstacle Course
Pony rides
High Striker
Hay Treasure Hunt
Spin the Wheel!
Noodle Smash
Cow Milking

  • Pick-Your-Own Pumpkin in fields by the stand
  • Live Music by Live Music by The Sky Ridge Boys
  • Delicious food, beverages & more... a la carte


There will also be a Silent Auction & a Raffle of items featuring fun family activities, gourmet food baskets & restaurant gift certificates. Activity, game & raffle tickets are 5 tickets for $10 or 12 for $20.

Proceeds from ticket sales and food purchases are used by Emerson Hospital's Pediatric Intervention 

Team to create and distribute age appropriate kits to all children entering the Hospital. The kits are used to help both children and families manage and cope successfully with the hospital experience.

Tickets for games and activities can be purchased at the festival for $2 each or 12 for $20. Entry to Festival is free.

Proceeds from activity, game & raffle tickets, as well as food purchases, go to Emerson Hospital's Pediatric Intervention Team to provide Coping Kits for children at the hospital.

Rain Date October 13



Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Minuteman Bikeway 25th Anniversary


Come celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway on Saturday, September 29, 2018, when Arlington, Lexington, and Bedford will host a tri-town celebration of the popular rail-trail.  The bikeway was completed and dedicated by the three towns during 1992-93, and its success has inspired countless rail-trail and pathway projects in New England and beyond.  As we celebrate the past 25 years of Going Places on the Minuteman Bikeway, we look forward to an even better trail that is part of a robust regional bicycle transportation network.  
 
Community celebrations will be held simultaneously along the bikeway in all three towns from 11 am to 3 pm on September 29.  You are welcome to visit as many activities as you like in Arlington Center (Whittemore Park), Lexington Center (Visitors' Center lawn), and Bedford (near the Bikeway Source), as well as along the bikeway.  Each location will feature conversations with local bicycle enthusiasts and bikeway representatives, information about current and future bicycling initiatives, and light refreshments.  Planning is underway for special visual art and musical interludes along the path. 

Of course, the best way to celebrate the bikeway's success is to get out and enjoy it by foot, bicycle, skates, or wheelchair!  We look forward to celebrating "Minuteman Bikeway Day" with everyone on September 29.

Curious about the the bikeway and its history? Visit MinutemanBikeway.org and watch the special 25th Anniversary video


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

What is an Energy Efficient Mortgage?


If you’re in the market for a new Lexington home, there’s a way to save the environment and some cash at the same time: Consider a “green” mortgage.

An energy-efficient mortgage (EEM), the umbrella term for these types of loans, allows buyers to fold expenses for energy-saving home improvements into their mortgage.

EMs are an option if you’re buying or building a home and you want to add energy-efficient features, if you’re refinancing a mortgage for a home you already own and want to add energy-efficient renovations, or if you’re buying a new home that is already energy-efficient.
The idea is that, in the long run, the money saved on monthly utility bills will offset the higher mortgage payment. The projected energy savings from the lower bills could also qualify buyers for a larger loan amount and a better, more energy-efficient home.

And at the point of resale, homeowners will likely benefit again, as the energy upgrades can boost the home’s value and attract buyers in a competitive market.

Improving Your Home’s Energy Efficiency
Green mortgages can be used to finance a range of energy-efficient upgrades, from weather stripping to new heating and cooling systems to double-pane windows and solar panels.
A required home energy audit provides recommendations for energy-saving improvements and estimates of the costs and savings of those improvements. Lenders use this information to determine how much you’ll save in energy costs with each improvement.
Fannie Mae, the Federal Housing Administration, and the Department of Veterans Affairs all offer a version of EEMs. The amount of energy improvements a borrower can finance varies by program, ranging from about 5 percent of the value of the property through an FHA loan to around 15 percent with a conventional mortgage. A VA EEM, available to military personnel, caps energy improvements at $3,000 to $6,000.

Understanding the Green Mortgage Lending Process
While securing an EEM can be fairly simple for the borrower, it can be cumbersome for lenders unaccustomed to the process of managing the “work flow” of the energy improvements, says Tonya Todd, senior vice president of strategic products at Mountain West Financial in Redlands, California. This may be why they aren’t more common.

“The loan itself is easy; it’s the facilitation that takes some work,” Todd says. “Lenders that are successful at this will find a local energy-efficient mortgage facilitator. The facilitator handles everything from A to Z to ensure a smooth and timely process for all parties.”
The facilitator works with the buyer, the energy rater, the contractor, the realtor and the lender to keep everything moving to avoid delays.

“After closing, the facilitator will ensure the installation of the energy improvements are completed,” she adds. “It just makes everything much smoother.”
So, if you’re interested in pursuing an EEM, go for it — just be aware you may have to put some effort into finding a lender.

“Niche lenders do offer these programs and do them well,” Todd says. “However, a lot of lenders do not offer them because they do not understand the operational component, or they don’t have the support system internally.”