Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Lexington, MA - Minuteman National Park

What a great day to take a break and visit the Minuteman National Park in Lexington.

When: Opens daily at 10AM

Where: Route 2A Lexington, MA (Lexington/Lincoln town line)

Stroller & kid friendly trails! Choose a shorter or longer route.

Stop at the Visitor Center for more information.

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Lexington Ice Cream Social - 8/29 at Cary Library

Lexington's Cary Library is hosting it's 6th Annual Ice Cream Social on Monday, August 29th.

Bring the family and come join the fun!

Enjoy some yummy Rancatore's ice cream.

Where: Clark Street (on the lawn across from the library)

When: Monday, August 29th from 3:00 to 4:00 PM

No reservation needed.

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Lexington MA - Selectman's Meeting Agenda 8/29

When: Monday, August 29th

Where: Town Offices - Selectman's Meeting Room

Time: 7:00 PM

Here is the link to the upcoming Town Of Lexington's Selectman Meeting on August 29th

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Lexington MA - Storytime @ Cary Library Today

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

10:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Cary Memorial Library

1874 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington, MA 02420

Join us in this low-key, 20 minute program of songs, fingerplays, and rhymes. Enthusiasm and participation encouraged and welcomed.

Age - 2-6
Location: Large Meeting Room

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Ride for Free on LEXPRESS

Did you know that children accompanying adults may use a library card as a bus pass to travel to and from the Library's preschool programs?

Call LEXPRESS 781-861-1210 with any questions.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Lexington Cary Library - Picnic @ The Movies 8/24

When: August 24th

Bring a picnic dinner, a blanket, and enjoy a family movie on the big screen in our Meeting Room for our Summer Movie Festival.

Doors open at 6PM (a half hour before the start of the movie.)

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Wondering what is happening every Minute on the Internet?

Ever wondered what is happening on the internet throughout the day? How about every minute?

Here is an Infographic by Shanghai Web Designers that depicts the activity on the internet over one minute.

Thanks to Mike Blaney - The Marketing Guy - for passing this along.

•Google serves more that 694,445 queries
•6,600+ pictures are uploaded on Flickr
•600 videos are uploaded on YouTube videos = to 25+ hours of content
•695,000 status updates, 79,364 wall posts and 510,040 comments on Facebook
•70 New domains are registered
•168,000,000+ emails are sent
•320 new accounts and 98,000 tweets are generated on Twitter
•iPhone applications are downloaded more than13,000 times
•20,000 new posts are published on Micro-blogging platform tumbler
•Popular web browser FireFox is downloaded more than 1700 times
•Popular blogging platform WordPress is downloaded more than 50 times
•WordPress Plugins are downloaded more than 125 times
•100 accounts are created on professional networking site LinkedIn
•40 new Questions are asked on
•100+ questions are asked on
•1 new definition is added on
•1,200+ new ads are created on Craigslist
•370,000+ minutes of voice calls done by Skype users
•1,600+ reads are made on Scribd, the largest social reading publishing company

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Monday, August 22, 2011

10 Tips for an Easy Transition to Your New Lexington School!

Moving to a new place can be exciting as there’s an anticipation for what your new home, neighborhood and lifestyle will entail. For those of you who relocated to Lexington over the summer, I’d like to welcome you! You’ll find that Lexington is a charming town that has much to offer and hopefully it will begin to feel like home in no time!

If you’ve recently moved to Lexington with your family, you’re probably facing the start of a new school for your children. It can be easier for adults to quickly get into a routine of work and finding their way around town, but for children, starting a new school can be a nerve-wracking experience. While the schools in Lexington are flooded with great teachers and a warm and welcoming environment, new students will still feel anxious about finding new friends, navigating a new building and feeling comfortable in a new school.

Since school is beginning next week in Lexington, I thought it would be helpful to point out ten ways to help your child transition to their new environment. Take a look!

1. Make it a team effort- Visit the school with your child and take a tour to ensure they have an idea of where to go and what to expect. When it comes time to select specific classes, make sure your child is part of the process.

2. Keep a positive focus- As the first day draws near, begin talking to your child about their expectations, hopes and fears for the upcoming school year. Reassure them that other children are having the same feelings and present school as a place where they'll learn new things and make friends.

3. Encourage school involvement- Though you don't want your teenager to become over-committed, it's important to encourage participation in one or two activities that particularly interest them. They’re more likely to engage academically if they feel connected through a school activity, club or sport. Talk to them about his goals for the school year and how they might like to be involved in school outside of the classroom.

4. Get enough z's- If your child has enjoyed a vacation of late nights and lazy mornings, getting them up for school on the first day can be difficult. Help make this transition easier by starting their school-year sleep routine now.

5. Take a trial run- Take some time before the start of school to make sure you and your child know where to go and what to do on that first morning. Show your child where the bus stop is, or, if they walk to school, map out the safest route. You may even want to call the school in advance to find out about any special first-day procedures.

6. Stock up on supplies- On or before the first day of school, make sure you or your child finds out what school supplies and materials are required. Most schools should provide a handy list for the lower grades, but if not, take it upon yourself to ask and then purchase the items as soon as possible.

7. Prepare the night before- To avoid the morning rush, organize what you can the night before. Lay out clothes, make a lunch and assemble any supplies your child may need. Be sure to get everyone up extra early so you'll have plenty of time to calmly get ready and get out the door on time as to avoid adding to the first day nervousness.

8. Get a healthy start- Encourage your child to eat a good breakfast and pack a healthy snack to help them get through the day.

9. Accompany your little one- Even if your elementary school child will be riding the bus regularly or walking to school, you may want to take them yourself on the first day, particularly if they seem nervous.

10. Introduce yourselves- Young children are often shy with a new teacher. If you take your child to school on the first day, you might want to go into the classroom and introduce your child to the teacher. Let the teacher know about any special interests or challenges that your child has.

As a Lexington Real Estate agent, my goal is to not just help you discover Lexington and find a great home. I want to ensure that you feel that Lexington is truly your community as quickly as possible and I hope these tips are helpful for you and your child!

If you haven’t yet moved to Lexington, but have been thinking about doing so, I would love to meet with you! My years of experience in the Lexington Real Estate market have given me great insight into the home buying process in Lexington and can provide you with a seamless transition to Lexington.

Feel free to contact me today! I look forward to working with you!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Buying a Home in Lexington? Find Out the 7 Steps to Making a Great Offer!

Buying a home in Lexington MA can be a really exciting time as you dream of what your new home will look like and as you imagine settling into life in Lexington. As a Lexington Real Estate agent for many years, I always enjoy walking with people through the entire home buying process and being able to see the result of finding a great place to call home.

You’ve probably seen the reports about the current national housing market and may feel discouraged about buying a home. However, this is a great time to buy! Home prices and interest rates are at all time lows, which means Lexington buyers are likely to find a great deal on a home! If you’re considering buying a home in Lexington, but aren’t quite sure how to begin the process of making an offer on a home, below are seven key steps that will help!

Step 1: Set Up Your Financing- Getting pre-approved for a loan is imperative in today’s Lexington Real Estate market. Make sure you’ve spoken with a lender on how much you can afford and the type of financing you can get. Having a pre-approval letter will show sellers that you’re serious about buying and it can help move the process along quickly.

Step 2: Get a Home Inspection- Even though the Lexington home you’re interested in may seem in excellent condition, you’ll want to examine the house very carefully. Getting a home inspection will put to rest any questions you may have about the condition of the home and will let you know of any repairs that need to be made that can be included in your final offer. Do not accept the home’s condition from its appearance alone. You could find yourself facing major repairs once you move in.

Step 3: Set a Limit for Yourself- It can be easy to get swept up in a bidding war if the home you have your eye on is being viewed by a few other buyers. It’s important to set a limit for yourself and be willing to walk away once that limit has been met. There are many great homes on the Lexington Real Estate market so buying outside of your means is not necessary to get a great home.

Step 4: Decide on an Offer Price- Your Lexington Real Estate agent can help you determine your offer price as they’ll present you with the comparable homes currently on the market. By viewing these similar homes and with the advice from your real estate agent, you can set a realistic offer. It’s typical to offer 5-10% lower than the home is currently listed on the market, rather than making an extremely low offer that the seller will immediately reject. A lower offer will show that you’re interested and will give them room to counteroffer.

Step 5: Decide on Earnest Money- Earnest money is cash that you can include with your offer to show that you’re serious. The earnest money can vary depending on what you can afford and this amount will be subtracted from the amount you borrow from the lender. Typically the earnest money is about 1% of the purchase price.

Step 6: Consider Your Contingencies- Things such as closing costs, inspection, the appraisal, or any repairs are just a few of the contingencies that can be worked into your offer. Your Lexington Real Estate agent can help you build these into your offer, that will allow you to walk away or renegotiate with the seller if they are not met.

Step 7: Take Attention Away From Price- Most sellers do not want to see an offer that’s below the asking price, but you can make your offer more pleasing by adding in a few things such as an all-cash transaction or a quick close, that will sweeten the deal for the seller. Or, if the Lexington home you’re interested in is bigger than your current home, see if the seller would be willing to throw in a few of the furniture items. This can help save you money and you won’t have to depend solely on the asking price.

Following these steps should give you the confidence and information needed when making an offer on a Lexington home! If you have been considering buying a home in Lexington, but still have questions about the Lexington Real Estate market, please feel free to contact me! I can help you find the home in Lexington that fits your needs, style and budget, and will also help you through each step of buying a Lexington home.

Please contact me today to get started!

Kids Cooking at Lexington Farmer's Market

Kids - Eat In-Act Out!

Pre-registration is now open

Do you like to cook and eat? Would you like to learn more about eating locally and why it is so important? If so, join other kids for a cooking workshop and plan a festival day at the Lexington Farmers' Market called Eat In-Act Out!

Here's how it works: If you are a kid between the ages of 7-14, sign up to help us cook with FARM FRESH local ingredients, and make posters on Sunday, August 14 from 11:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m. (lunch included)

Cooking Workshop held at the KITCHEN of:
Community Nursery School
2325 Masachusetts Ave
Lexington, Mass

Then, come to the Market on
Tuesday, August 16, decorate the tent, serve the food you made, and talk to the public about how important local food is!

Come for one day of fun, or for both.
Pre-registration is required. Please contact
(617) 212 2820 for more information.

We are asking for a donation of $8 per child to
participate in this two-day event. Pre-registration is required.

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Friday, August 5, 2011

Lexington, MA - Town Health Advisory

The Town of Lexington has issued a health advisory.

Lexington's Public Health Division was notified this afternoon that mosquitoes in Arlington tested positive for West Nile Virus. A press release contains important information.

Although WNV has not been detected in Lexington yet this season, residents should still take all proper precautions since ithese insects can fly up to 2 miles. Precautions include being aware of peak mosquito hours, covering up, and applying insect repellent when you go outdoors.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Lexington, MA - No Waltham Street Parking, 8/4/11

The water contractor is going to patch the trench on Waltham Thursday Morning, 8/4 starting at 6 am.

The meters, which will be bagged off on Wednesday night will remain bagged off until 1 pm on Thursday. Traffic on Waltham will be restricted to one lane, one way, for the morning hours.

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