Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Breakfast & Pajama Party with LexFUN!


You Donut Want To Miss This! Please Come in Your PJs!


Saturday, September 15th
8.30am - 1pm
Keilty Hall at St. Brigids Church, 2001 Mass. Ave.

Open to existing and prospective members!

Help us kick off the 2018-2019 membership year.  We invite you and your family to join us in your pajamas.

Enjoy free breakfast from favorites Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, Wegmans and Wicked Bagel. Stay until noon for free custard from Abbott’s!

Schedule of fun:
8.30am - Games, Face Painting, Balloon Twisting, and Instrument Petting Zoo with Keys for Kids Music School begin
9.30am - Pajama Parade with Prizes!
10.15am - Toe Jam Puppet Band
12.00pm - Enjoy free frozen custard from Abbott’s

  
Location: Keilty Hall at St. Brigids Church, 2001 Mass. Ave. Lexington, MA 02421


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Monday, September 10, 2018

Lexington Homebuyers Trade Must-Haves for Good Schools

Now that the new school year is in full swing, are you considering relocating to a better school district? As your Lexington real estate agent, I understand! A new report from Realtor.com found that 86 percent of homebuyers defined their home search by school district boundaries, and 78 percent of buyers were willing to sacrifice must-have home features for a dream school district.

The Lexington MA school district was named the second best school district in Massachusetts by Niche, with an overall A+ grade. We received an A+ grade in Academics, Teacher and College Prep!

If you’d like to relocate to Lexington MA for better schools, or you’d like to buy and remain in the Lexington school district, contact me! As your Lexington real estate agent, I can help you find a home that meets your needs in the Lexington real estate market this fall.

Theresa D'Antuono

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Girl Scout Information Nights


Calling all parents and caregivers of girls in kindergarten and older! Join us to learn more about joining Girl Scouts--whether you're joining a troop, volunteering to be a troop leader, or coming to learn about the amazing programs and activities Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts offers, adults are invited to join us for a Q&A.

Choose from two different dates! Both sessions will be held at the Lexington Community Center (39 Marrett Road, Lexington MA).

THURS 9/6, 7pm-8pm
WED 9/12, 7pm-8pm

Recruitment Specialist Molly Kazin will be there, along with volunteers from Lexington MA Girl Scouts to answer any and all of your Girl Scouting questions! We do request that this event is adults-only. 

Can't make it? That's okay, sign up to become a member and join a troop online now! Secure her spot for fall, register on the Girl Scouts of Eastern MA website www.gsema.org/join, select "Join Today", fill out the girl registration page and click continue. Search by troop number or zip code on the next page.

Financial aid is available for girl and adult memberships. Your transaction is complete when you receive an email confirmation for your purchase. Remember to add your adult membership if you plan to help with the troop.

Questions? Email Molly at MKazin@gsema.org.

Location: Community Center, 39 Marrett Road, Lexington





Wednesday, August 29, 2018

8 Ideas to Add Color to Your Laundry Room


If you have a finished, designated area for laundry, have you ever considered what a great canvas you have for injecting personality into your home? Take a look at eight eye-catching examples of colorful laundry rooms for inspiration.

1. Be bold. Keep in mind that this isn’t your living room or bedroom, therefore you probably (hopefully!) won’t be be spending hours upon hours in the space. I’m also guessing it’s not where you do the bulk of your entertaining, so don’t be afraid to go for a vibrant color if you happen to be a fan of intense hues. A saturated, juicy orange is a terrific choice for revving up the room.

2. Borrow from the kitchen. Take your favorite elements from the kitchen — a floor or wall tile pattern, a nice light fixture — and crank it up with color for the laundry room. This black, white and deep green laundry room has an interesting graphic appeal because of the contrasting hues. The punches of green set it apart from ubiquitous mostly-white laundry rooms.

3. Go wild with wallcoverings. A hot-pink backsplash might not fly in your open-plan kitchen, but why not inject this unusual hue into your laundry room? Forget about what’s trendy and go ahead and select colors or patterns that speak to you, regardless of how bold they might be.

4. Look to the ceiling. Don’t forget the often-overlooked “fifth wall” when upgrading your laundry room. The ceiling can be a fantastic canvas for a fun color. This yellow ceiling really raises the eye upward and accentuates the handsome pendant light fixture.

5. Consider colorful cabinetry. Fire-engine-red cabinetry might be a visually overwhelming choice for your kitchen, but in a laundry room it injects much-needed energy and personality. The colors we surround ourselves with can affect our mood and motivation level, so if you need to get revved up to do the laundry, hot hues such as red can get your motor running.

6. Add artwork. In addition to using a fetching wall color, think about installing artwork and other decorative elements, such as pretty window treatments. There’s no reason why the laundry room has to be a boring, utilitarian space. If you’re going to spend time in there, make it as comfortable and visually appealing as you can.

7. Have fun. I say don’t feel obligated to stick to safe neutrals for the laundry room. Go ahead and experiment with color combinations you wouldn’t normally consider. Color trends are constantly shifting, but paint is a relatively easy and affordable thing to change. Tile is a bit more labor-intensive to add or change out, but if you select a relatively inexpensive tile and the area to be tiled is not very large, you might be surprised by just how budget-friendly an option it can be. So have fun with it and don’t worry so much about trends or resale value.

8. Be creative. Lest all the color fun be limited to those with separate and distinct laundry rooms, here’s a clever color upgrade for those of us living with laundry closets. I love this vibrant blue-green, but if you’re worried about a bold door color clashing with other decor in the room, you could always paint the eye-catching hue on the inside panel of the doors only, or just the interior walls of the closet. That way you’ll get an eyeful of gorgeous color whenever you open the doors to put in a load.

Article compliments of Houzz.com



Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Household Medical Waste Disposal Just Got Easier in Lexington


The Lexington Public Health Department has installed 2 secure containers to allow residents to safely dispose of household medical waste. They are behind the Town Office Building, which is at 1625 Massachusetts Avenue.

Directions:
Drive up the divided driveway just to the east of the Police Station - across from the First Baptist Church.Turn left and drive behind the police station and Cary Memorial Building. There is short term parking on your left, between Cary Memorial Building and the Town Office Building. The containers are just outside the back door of the Town Office Building.



The Red Box

The red box on the right is for the disposal of needles and syringes:
  • No loose needles or syringes - they must be in a sealed container (see below)
  • No glass containers
  • No medications
  • No trash or paper or plastic bags

ALL needles and syringes must be put into a container and sealed before being placed in the Red Box. 

You can use: a closed sharps container, sealed with duct tape a heavy plastic bottle, such as an empty detergent bottle - NOT a water or soda bottle. Fill it only 2/3 full, put the cap on and seal with duct tape.

The Blue Box

The blue box on the left is for disposal of unwanted household medications. 
You can dispose of:

  • prescription medications
  • over-the-counter medications
  • pet medications

You can't use this box to dispose of:
  • sharps or syringes - they go in the Red Box
  • asthma inhalers, aerosols or cylinders
  • schedule II drugs, such as Adderall, Ritalin, fentanyl, Demerol or OxyContin
  • alcohol, hydrogen peroxide or other solutions
  • mercury or mercury thermometers
  • trash

Packaging:
tablets, gelcaps, capsules should be in a sealed container or sealed zip lock bag
liquid medications should be in the original container and sealed
Personal information should be removed or marked over with a permanent marker

If you have any questions, please contact the Lexington Office of Public Health from 8:30 - 4:30, Monday - Friday, at 781-698-4533.





Wednesday, August 15, 2018

3rd Annual End of the Summer Party at the Lexington Community Center!



Join us for our 3rd Annual End of the Summer Party at the Lexington Community Center
Friday, August 17, 5:30 - 10:00 PM
  • There will be food trucks and dessert (for purchase)
  • inflatable obstacle courses
  • outdoor yard games
  • police and fire trucks
  • raffles
  • giveaways
  • a family friendly movie to close the night
  • and much more!
Address:

Lexington Community Center
39 Marrett Road
LexingtonMA 02421



https://www.lexingtonma.gov/ for more information



Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Downsizing Mistakes to Avoid As Lexington MA Homeowner

Is it time to downsize your Lexington MA home?
If you are ready to sell your home and downsize to a home that better fits your needs in the Lexington MA real estate market, I am here to help! As your Lexington real estate agent, I can help you sell and buy simultaneously. Here's how to avoid the most common downsizing mistakes:

1.  Waiting too long. Why wait to move into a home that makes more sense for you?
2.  Giving your kids storage space. If your kids have moved out, it’s time for their belongings to go with them. 
3.  Assuming furniture will fit in the new home. Be sure to measure the rooms in your new house before moving all your furniture!
4.  Focusing on the loss. Take photos of what’s hardest to leave. Find new homes for your belongings. Focus on how refreshing it feels to let go rather than the loss. Memories never fade.

When ready to sell and buy in the Lexington real estate market, contact me, your Lexington real estate agent! I am here and ready to help!

Theresa D'Antuono

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Lexington Empow Open House



OPEN HOUSE
Join Empow for a tour of their Lexington Studio on Saturday August 11! Check out the space and a showcase of projects made by their students. Computer stations will be set up to let kids try out some of the curriculum. This is the perfect time to get all your questions answered about their programs, transportation options, curriculum, and more! Please register for how many people (parents, kids, etc.) will be attending the event. Kids can not be dropped off for this event.
This is an event for families with children in 2nd to 8th grade who are interested in STEM education through our after school program, weekday and weekend classes, summer camps, and birthday parties. Registration for all programs is open now!
LOCATION: Empow Studios STEM Enrichment Center - Lexington
1776 Massachusetts Avenue Lexington, MA 02420 



WHEN: Saturday, August 11 from 3:30pm-5:30pm


Visit EMPOW for more information on their events and programs.





Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Lexington Historical Society Upcoming Events



Stories In Stone

Fridays in July and August, 11 AM, Buckman Tavern

Explore the Old Burying Ground with us in a new tour! Walk through over three centuries of Lexington's past. The Old Burying Ground contains some of the most beautiful gravestone art in New England, and even has stones signed by their carvers! Discover how mortuary art has changed over time here, and meet some of Lexington's most famous inhabitants along the way. 

$5/adult, 16 & under FREE. Buy tickets at Buckman Tavern.

Wicked Revelry

Saturday, August 11, 7:00 PM at the Depot

Back by popular demand!

Join us for a night in the 18th century underworld with a bawdy singalong and a presentation of The Beggar’s Opera, the first modern comedy musical from 1728! Follow the infamous highwayman Macheath as he tries to dodge his wife’s greedy family and the other ladies he abandoned along the way. Abridged by Diane Taraz, founder of the LHS Colonial Singers.

Admission includes 18th century snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Cash bar - try a glass of authentic Peachum's Punch!

$15 Members, $20 nonmembers.​
This is a 21+ event.

Visit the Lexington Historical Society website for more information and events.



Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Where to Splurge and Where to Save


There are some fundamental areas of the home where it makes sense to invest more on certain pieces — or to hold back in lieu of something more rewarding. To help you create a balanced decor budget, here are areas to invest more in and areas where you can invest less.

Splurge


Durable, upholstered seating. Your primary sofa, sectional or other plush upholstered seating should be comfortable, durable and beautiful, and that formula tends to require an investment. Quality fabrics with tight weaves made of natural fibers (or high-grade synthetics) will feel nicer against the skin and be able to resist soil, even in lighter shades.
Often, budget fabrics will cheat on durability, perhaps looking stylish in the showroom but not lasting through the wear and tear of real life. If you don’t want to replace your seating in five years, splurge a little up-front to get a well-constructed piece from a reputable manufacturer.

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Airy occasional tables. If your beautiful sofa is the star of the show, don’t hide it behind chunky tables. Leggy versions (like the barely-there side table shown here) give you a place to set a drink or book without taking up much visual real estate or a lot of your budget.

Splurge

Hard-wearing kitchen cabinets. A good kitchen remodel can add value to your home, but not if it’s falling apart by the time you sell. If you skimp on your kitchen cabinets (especially the doors and drawer fronts), you may find things looking rough around the edges sooner than they should.
This is true regardless of the style and finish you choose. Even white cabinets should be chosen in a hard-wearing material that will hold up to repeated use. If possible, avoid laminated finishes that show obvious seams at the corners, as this is where materials can start to separate. Real wood cabinets are refinishable or repaintable, so they’re always a good bet.

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Elegantly simple backsplashes.A backsplash doesn’t have to be busy to be beautiful. Simple subway tile or other functional porcelain tile arranged in a geometric pattern with a thoughtfully chosen grout color is an affordable way to enliven any kitchen.

Another smart, low-cost backsplash option is to use a short band of your countertop material, which can often be made up of offcuts from the same slab. This will provide enough wall coverage to catch splashes, allowing you to leave the rest of the wall blank.

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A well-crafted dining table. The dining table, like your sofa, is a key piece of furniture that sees a lot of use — and suffers a lot of spills. White laminate tables are trendy but, depending on how they’re treated, can start to show wear and tear quite quickly. An elegant wood or stone dining table can suit any decor and can last for decades.
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Classic wood dining chairs.Wood chairs come in a range of prices, are timeless and suit any decor style. They also hold up better to dropped food than upholstered chairs because they’re so easy to wipe clean. This is definitely one area where you can look for low-cost options without a significant drop in quality.
o get the best of both worlds, mix some wood chairs with upholstered seats at each end of the dining table, or use a banquette along one side.

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Time-tested plumbing essentials. When it comes to your plumbing, cutting corners is risky. A poor-quality fixture can be responsible for a leak whose repair costs far outstrip any up-front savings, so it’s definitely best to invest in a quality piece.

Essential fixtures such as toilets don’t change quickly with trends like some other home goods, so there’s no reason not to choose a well-reviewed model from a reputable brand that has stood the test of time. Ask around for personal testimonials and recommendations rather than hunting for the lowest deal.

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Sleek vanity cabinets. Most bathrooms are fairly small, so often all you need is one dramatic element to bring the space to life. Use an airy floating vanity cabinet to keep the room feeling open and to free up your budget for something more exciting, such as dramatic floor tile.
If you want a vanity with more personality, you still don’t necessarily have to spend much. Look to refurbished-furniture stores for wood cabinets and chests that can be turned into a vanity by adding a vessel sink. This will cost a bit more than a prefabricated unit, but if you shop creatively, the result will be more luxurious-looking than the sum of its parts.

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A cozy and comfortable bed. As it’s often said, we spend about a third of our lives in bed. So it makes sense to splurge on a bed that will properly support your mattress and a headboard that can help you read in comfort while anchoring a focal point for the room. It’s easy to fill out the rest of the decor with basic accents like paint or a single wall of wallpaper and let the bed be the star of the show, so go on and splurge a bit here.

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Functional nightstands. You can find all kinds of fancy nightstands these days with built-in chargers or stunning decorative features, but an inexpensive nightstand in a simple shape does the trick perfectly well.
In fact, a boxy or rectangular nightstand can create a pleasing counterpoint to plush bedding and other soft accents, so why not choose something simple and functional?

Find an option with an open shelf and you can easily style it with a few books to create a casually elegant look.


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Tailored window treatments. Whether you opt for fully custom draperies or prefabricated panel curtains, there’s one thing you should splurge on: a bit of tailoring to make sure the length of the panels is just right.

Floor-to-ceiling draperies make a room look polished, but this effect goes away if the fabric is excessively pooled on the floor (possibly even sweeping up dust) or hanging several inches above it. Splurging on having your curtains professionally hemmed will ensure a correct fit for a priceless, sophisticated presentation. Suspended lights, such as pendants and chandeliers, are natural focal points. They hang down close to eye level and radiate light, so they tend to command attention. Splurging a little here can elevate the look of the whole room, as you’ll naturally focus on them instead of other, less-exciting pieces.

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Shaded table and floor lamps. What’s the first thing you notice in this room? It’s probably not the pair of table lamps flanking the sofa. You can find many artistic and striking table and floor lamps on the market, but if you already have other points of interest in the room, all you really need is a source of light that can blend in.

Simple table lamps with classic drum or cone shapes are timeless and mix into any decor seamlessly.

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Mix-and-match accessories. When it comes to pieces such as throw pillows and blankets, it may feel as though you can never have enough. Keep an eye out for deals on pillows and other trendy accents to update your look with minimal investment.

Don’t be afraid to choose pieces that don’t perfectly “match.” Instead, pick up on a family of hues or add a new design element altogether. If you want to change the look down the road, you can move these pieces to a different room or store them away for a season.