Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Are You New to Lexington MA? Join The Newcomers' Club.

The Lexington Newcomers’ Club is open to anyone who has moved to Lexington, Massachusetts in the last 3 years.

This club is a multi-cultural, social organization of Lexington residents, and has a wide array of activities such as book groups, dinners groups, historical tours, game nights, charitable projects, activities for families with tiny tots, older kids (LNC for Kids), events for adults, and much more.

They are a source of helpful information and social contacts in your new Lexington hometown!

For more information please email Mary Ann Sorel.

Or visit their website:

Membership is $35 a year for singles or couples.

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Common Seller Mistakes

Failing to "Showcase" the home. A property that is not clean or well maintained is a red flag for the buyer. It is an indication that there may be hidden defects that will result in increased cost of ownership. Sellers who fail to make necessary repairs, who don't “spruce up” the house inside and out, and fail to keep it clean and neat, chase away buyers as fast as REALTORS® can bring them. Buyers are poor judges of the cost of repairs, and always build in a large margin for error when offering on such a property. Sellers are always better off doing the work themselves ahead of time.

Over-improving the home prior to selling. Sellers often unwittingly spend thousands of dollars doing the wrong upgrades to their home prior to attempting to sell in the mistaken belief that they will recoup this cost. If you are upgrading your home for your personal enjoyment - fine. But if you are thinking of selling, you should be aware that only certain upgrades to real estate are cost effective. Always consult with your REALTOR® BEFORE committing to upgrading your home.

Choosing the wrong REALTOR® or choosing for the wrong reasons. Many homeowners list with the real estate agent in Lexington MA who tells them the highest price. You need to choose an experienced agent with the best marketing plan to sell your home. In the real estate business, an agent with many successfully closed transactions usually costs the same as someone who is inexperienced. That experience could mean a higher price at the negotiating table, selling in less time, and with a minimum amount of hassles.

Using the "Hard Sell" during showings. Buying a home is an emotional decision. Buyers like to "try on" a house and see if it is comfortable for them. It is difficult for them to do if you follow them around pointing out every improvement that you made. Good REALTORS® let the buyers discover the home on their own, pointing out only features they are sure are important to them. Overselling loses many sales. If buyers think they are paying for features that are not particularly important to them personally, they will reject the home in favor of a less expensive home without the features.

Failing to take the first offer seriously. Often sellers believe that the first offer received will be one of many to come. There is a tendency to not take it seriously, and to hold out for a higher price. This is especially true if the offer comes in soon after the home is placed on the market. Experienced REALTORS® know that more often than not the first buyer ends up being the best buyer, and many, many sellers have had to accept far less money than the initial offer later in the selling process. Real estate is most saleable early in the marketing period, and the amount buyers are willing to pay diminishes with the length of time a property has been on the market. Many sellers would give anything to find that prospective buyer who made the first, and ONLY, offer.

Not knowing your rights and obligations. The contract you sign to sell your property is a complex and legally binding document. An improperly written contract can allow the purchaser to void the sale, or cost you thousands of unnecessary dollars. Have an experienced REALTOR® who knows the "ins and outs" fully explain the contract you are about to sign.

Failure to effectively market the property. Good marketing opens the door that exposes real estate to the marketplace. It means distinguishing your home from hundreds of others on the market. It also means selling the benefits, as well as the features. The right REALTOR® will employ a wide variety of marketing activities, emphasizing the ones believed to work best for your home in Lexington MA.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Enjoy These Lexington Events This Weekend!

Celebrating the beauty of the fall season in Massachusetts is something that appeals to all ages and interests! There’s no denying that Lexington’s historic charm is magnified with the brilliant blue skies, changing leaves and crisp autumn air. It’s a time of year when the community takes advantage of the beautiful weather and gathers with friends, family and neighbors to enjoy all that Lexington has to offer.

As a Lexington Real Estate agent, I’m passionate about the Lexington lifestyle and helping people discover their ideal place to settle in, that they will cherish for years to come. My goal is to not only help people navigate through the Lexington home buying process, but to ensure they get to know the Lexington community. This holistic approach allows buyers to feel instantly at home in their new Lexington residence.

Whether you’re hoping to buy a home this fall in Lexington, or are a current Lexington resident; you’ll want to get out this weekend to connect within the community! It seems there’s always something to do and this weekend is no different! Check out these three free events!

Instruct. Inspire. Incite- An Exhibit of the Lexington Arts & Crafts Society Faculty
Lexington Arts & Crafts Society
130 Waltham St, Lexington

Friday-Sunday, September 23-25 from 12pm-4pm (Friday & Sunday) and 10am-4pm (Saturday)

- Join in the Celebration of an Exhibit of Paintings, Pastels, Metalsmithing, Ceramics, Polymer Clay and Beaders, Woodworkers, Basketry, Needle Arts, Decorative Arts, Chinese Calligraphy and Brush Painting, Mixed Media and Weavers created by the nationally known talented artists available to you for instruction at the Society. This event is free and open to the public!

Lexington’s 2011 Autumn Arts & Crafts Festival

Lexington Visitor’s Center
1875 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington

Saturday, September 24 from 10am-4pm

- The Lexington Chamber of Commerce is pleased to host its annual Autumn Arts & Crafts Festival this Saturday! This popular free, fall event features nearly 100 exhibiting artisans displaying their hand-crafted works, including: Ceramics, Jewelry, Woodwork, Paintings, Photography, Fiber Arts, Glass, Wax, and more. Support local artists and mix and mingle with neighbors at this much anticipated event!

Grand Re-Opening of Munroe Tavern
Munroe Tavern
1232 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington

Sunday, September 25 at 2pm

- A highlight of our Lexington historic past, the Munroe Tavern will be hosting it’s grand re-opening this weekend! With renovations completed, everyone is welcome to come view the changes that have taken place as well as showing support for the dedication of the Elsa O. Sullivan Program Center. Don’t miss out!

I hope you’re able to take part in one, or all, of these events this weekend in Lexington! These types of gatherings bring about a sense of community and build into what makes Lexington such a great place to call home!

If you are thinking of moving to Lexington, and have questions about the Lexington Real Estate market, buying a home in Lexington or are ready to begin your home search; please let me know! I’d be happy to meet with you and help you throughout each step of the home buying process.

I look forward to meeting you!

How to Get Yard Makeover for you or a friend

HGTV is gearing up to shoot a brand-new landscaping series on Cape Cod and in Los Angeles this October, and lucky homeowners selected will get a dramatic yard makeover at little or no cost.

We're looking for people who would love to entertain outdoors, but have a really ugly yard. We'll get your yard turned around in just one week. If this sounds like you, then apply now by sending an email to and include photos of you, your family and yard, plus details on you upcoming event.

Even though they won't be in Lexington MA, you may know someone in Cape Code or Los Angeles that can take advantage of this offer so pass it on!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Eight Ideas to Seal Air Flow

Looking to save money this year in your Lexington MA home, try this quick and cheap eight ideas!

1. Insulate
Most recessed lights have vents that open into the attic, a direct route for heated or cooled air to escape. Many homes have up to 30 or 40 of these fixtures. Lights labeled ICAT, for "insulation contact and air tight," are already sealed; look for this label next to the bulb. If you don't see it, assume it leaks. An airtight baffle is a quick fix. Remove the bulb, push the baffle up into the housing, then replace the bulb.

2. Plug Cavities
Most homes have an inner skin of drywall or plaster between living space and unheated areas. But builders in the past often skipped this cover behind knee walls (partial-height walls where the roof angles down into the top floor), above dropped ceilings or soffits, and above angled ceilings over stairs.
Up in the attic, you may need to push insulation away to see if the stud cavities are open. If they are, seal them with fiberglass insulation stuffed into plastic garbage bags; the bag is key to blocking air flow. Close large gaps with scraps of drywall or pieces of reflective foil insulation. Once you've covered the openings, smooth the insulation back into place. To see these repairs in action, consult Energy Star's DIY guide to air sealing.

3. Close Gaps
Building codes require that wood framing be kept at least one inch from metal flues and two inches from brick chimneys. But that creates gaps where air can flow through. Cover the gaps with aluminum flashing cut to fit and sealed into place with high-temperature silicone caulk. To keep insulation away from the hot flue pipe, form a barrier by wrapping a cylinder of flashing around the flue, leaving a one-inch space in between. To maintain the spacing, cut and bend a series of inch-deep tabs in the cylinder's top and bottom edges.

4. Weatherstrip
A quarter-inch gap around pull-down attic stairs or an attic hatch lets through the same amount of air as a bedroom heating duct. Seal it by caulking between the stair frame and the rough opening, or by installing foam weatherstripping around the perimeter of the hatch opening. Or you can buy a pre-insulated hatch cover kit, such as the Energy Guardian from ESS Energy Products ($150).

5. Squirt Foam
Once the biggest attic gaps are plugged, move on to the medium-size ones. Low-expansion polyurethane foam in a can is great for plugging openings 1/4-inch to three inches wide, such as those around plumbing pipes and vents. A standard 12-ounce can is good for 250 feet of bead about half an inch thick. The plastic straw applicator seals shut within two hours of the first use, so to get the most mileage out of a can, squirt a lubricant such as WD-40 onto a pipe cleaner and stuff that into the applicator tube between uses.

6. Caulk
Caulk makes the best gap-filler for openings less than 1/4-inch wide, such as those cut around electrical boxes. Silicone costs the most but works better next to nonporous materials, such as metal flashing, or where there are temperature extremes, as in attics. Acrylic latex caulk is less messy to work with and cleans up with water.

7. Plug Gaps
Gaps low on a foundation wall matter if you're trying to fix a wet basement, but only those above the outside soil level let air in. Seal those with the same materials you'd use in an attic: caulk for gaps up to 1/4-inch wide and spray foam for wider ones. Use high-temperature caulk around vent pipes that get hot, such as those for the furnace or water heater. Shoot foam around wider holes for wires, pipes, and ducts that pass through basement walls to the outside.
In many older homes with basements, air seeps in where the house framing sits on the foundation. Spread a bead of caulk between the foundation and the sill plate, and along the top and bottom edges of the rim joist.

8. Tighten Up
In the main living areas of your home, the most significant drafts tend to occur around windows and doors. If you have old windows, caulking and adding new weatherstripping goes a long way toward tightening them up. Bronze weatherstripping lasts for decades but is time-consuming to install, while some self-stick plastic types are easy to put on but don't last very long. Adhesive-backed EPDM rubber is a good compromise. Nifty little gadgets called pulley seals block air from streaming though the holes where cords disappear into the frames. Weatherstripping also works wonders on doors. If a draft comes in at the bottom, install a new door sweep.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Things To Do In Lexington MA - Lexington Farmer's Market

Lexington Farmer's Market - Tuesdays 2 to 6:30PM

Don't forget that the Lexington Farmer's Market is open Tuesdays from 2 to 6:30PM. It is located at the corner of Woburn Street and Mass Ave in Lexington Center. Rain or shine!

Gift certificates are now available. What a nice way to support our local farmers!

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Lexington MA Real Estate Decoded

Buying or selling a home in Lexington MA can be complicated enough but add in the lingo and you may feel like you are listening to a foreign language. Here are a few real estate terms decoded.

Assessed Value- Assessed Value is the valuation placed on property by a public tax assessor for purposes of taxation.

Closing Costs –Closing costs are all of the miscellaneous expenses paid by the buyer and the seller when a real estate transaction closes. These costs can include real estate commission, mortgage fees, attorney fees, transfer taxes, recording fees, and title insurance.

CMA –CMA is short for comparative market analysis or competitive market analysis. A CMA compares the prices of homes sold, homes currently on the market and homes pending to a subject property. A CMA may be prepared for a buyer or a seller to determine market value. The CMA accounts for style, size, location and other factors that make the homes comparable.

Contingency – A contingency is a provision of an agreement that keeps the agreement from being fully legally binding until a certain condition is met. Common contingencies are a buyer’s contractual right to obtain a professional home inspection before purchasing the home or obtain mortgage financing.

Deed-The deed is the legal document conveying title to a property.

Earnest Money Deposit- The earnest money deposit is a deposit made by the potential home buyer to show that he or she is serious about buying the house. This is typically made at the time of the offer to purchase.

Lock Box – A lock box is a secure key-holding device. It is used to hold a key for a home that is for sale. This allows cooperating real estate professionals to gain entry into the home. Entry is usually granted after obtaining permission from the listing agent or office.

MLS – The MLS or Multiple Listing Service is an organization that collects, compiles and distributes information about homes listed for sale. Real Estate brokers are members of the MLS. Membership is not open to general public. The MLS is used for real estate professionals to share information about homes for sale to other agents. MLS boards are local or regional. There is no nationwide MLS.

Short Sale- A short sale is when the seller arranges with their mortgage lender to accept a price that’s less than the amount they owe on the property. The lender typically agrees to forgive the rest of the loan. A short sale arrangement is made between the seller and the mortgage lender.

Title Insurance – Title insurance is an insurance policy that protects the lender’s or owner’s interest in real property. Title insurance as it is named protects against claims against the title or from unexpected or fraudulent claims of ownership. Buyers typically pay to pay for the lenders title insurance policy as part of the closing costs.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Raising Lexington: School Morning Showdowns

By: Audra Myerberg of Lexington Patch

Getting kids up, fed, dressed and out the door without a fight seems like asking too much, but it can be done -- or so I’ve heard. The first day of school has come and gone here in Lexington, but most of us are still working out the kinks of the morning routine.

Let’s face it, it isn’t easy getting kids to do what you want in a short time frame, especially when they would rather play or, if they are older kids, sleep. I would rather do the latter, but would also rather not deal with the, “Why can’t you just get your kid to school on time” look from my kids teachers, so I have tried to perfect the art of the wake up.

I think we all know the basics by now, right? Put them to bed, get them up at the same time everyday and don’t stray too far from that time on the weekends. Check. Pick out their clothes the night before and have a backup plan when little Sally decides it isn’t cool to wear purple anymore and Nick spills oatmeal all over his shirt. Make lunches the night before so you can grab a shower in the morning and hope the kids don’t resent their soggy sandwich too much. Or, just let them buy the cafeteria food and be thankful Lexington Public Schools actually have decent food choices. Get the back packs gathered by the door with all of the assigned work done and checked.

We all do this already, so why the headaches each morning?

This is where I should tell you the answer, but I don’t have it ... yet. I can only tell you what has worked well for me, with only minor incidents from time to time.

1.) Turn off the TV! It’s like pouring molasses all over you child. It slows down everything.

This was one of the last things I did in my effort to make mornings easier and it has worked very well. My kids looked at me like I had four heads the first morning and still occasionally ask to watch a show. I used it to keep them quiet while I got breakfast ready and for a moment to wake up. Now, they just find something to do and know better than to mess with Mommy in the morning.

2.) Have a go-to school day breakfast.

This seems obvious, but I do have friends who I respect and adore who make French toast, omelet’s and other weekend-style breakfasts for their kids on school mornings. Are you crazy? There are a handful of really quick, super nutritious breakfast ideas that will do the job. We cook plain oatmeal (to control the sugar) and add flax meal, wheat bran, cinnamon and a drop of honey, and the kids are perfectly content with that.

The weekends are when I bring out the big guns. They know that and don’t question it. I ran across a nice array of breakfast ideas recently on Parenting Magazine's website. I am definitely doing the morning milkshake and the banana chocolate chip bread -- even if it is only for me.

3.) Don’t try anything new in the morning. This is a good one for all of us but especially those of us with girls.

Have you heard this one before, “Mom, Peggy Sue wears great double French breads every day. Can you do that now?” Um, no. I can’t do it now and I probably never can. The time for trying new hairdos, outfits, food, etc., is not when you are running 10-minutes late for school. Do it on the weekends or that rare time when the kids wake up before sunrise and your coffee has kicked in.

4.) Finally, give yourself and your kids a break. Mornings are messy. There is a reason why it sounds just like the word that means to express sorrow or grief: Moms are feeling sorrow and the kids are giving us grief. Have a morning plan.Tell your kids the plan and expect it to happen in some form each day.

After all, as long as they are dressed, fed and get to school on time, you are one step ahead of the game.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Lexington Police Officer Delivers Own Baby!

About Town:

Officer Delivers Own Baby LPD's Sal Mirabella and wife Jessica welcomed Dominic -- in their bedroom.

By Denise J. Dubé of Lexington Patch

Sal and Jessica Mirabella have one heck of a story to tell their children and grandchildren. When they do, I hope they convey the heroics of everyone involved.
Dante Mirabella, was born in the hospital at 4:45 p.m 2 1/2 years ago. Their second son, Dominic, arrived at 4:45 a.m., only he chose to make a quick entrance into his parents’ bedroom.

It’s a story out of an action movie, only this one really happened on Aug. 30.
Sal, who has been with the Lexington Police Department since 1996, works nights and patrols our streets. After hearing his story, I’m glad he’s out there protecting us.

At exactly 4:09 a.m., Jessica called Sal, one week before her due date, and told him her contractions started after 3 a.m. She called the doctor at 3:30 a.m. and again when they got stronger. He told them to get to the hospital immediately.

Sal called his parents and everyone arrived at the house at 4:25 a.m. “OK," Sal told Jessica. "Let’s make our way down to the car.”
But it was way, way, way past taking a deep breath and waiting for the next contraction.

No, Jessica told Sal she couldn’t get to the car she was having one contraction after another.

“You need to call rescue, I can’t go to the car,” Jessica told Sal.
“That’s when I started to freak out," Sal said.
He couldn’t have spent much time in panic mode, because her water broke right after he dialed 911. Somehow, someway Sal’s training kicked in.

Capt. Joe O’Leary told me as much the other day, but I heard it firsthand after talking to Sal. “She asked me to clean her up from the water breaking,” Sal said. “That’s when I saw the head.” “She started screaming, ‘I have to push,’” Sal said. “I said ‘push..’” Sal recalled. “In the middle of all this, she actually screamed, ‘I need an epidural.’”

Dominic made his debut exactly 20 minutes after Sal walked in the door, but he’s not taking the credit. “All I did was catch the baby,” Sal said. “My wife really did all the work. Her body was telling her to push. She pushed one time and the entire baby came out.”

Sounds like a team effort to me. An entire Mirabella team that included Jessica, Sal, Dante, Dominic and Sal’s parents.

While speaking of the birth, it was obvious that Officer Sal Mirabella is a trained police officer – one who helped Jessica and could help any Lexington woman in the same situation.“I took the baby. I wasn’t prepared. I had no resources whatsoever. I had nothing to suction the baby’s mouth or nose, no towels,” Sal said of the essential equipment. “There were several seconds of no screaming or breathing,” Sal said. “That’s when I got really nervous. I turned the baby upside down and started tapping his back.” Amazing instincts or great training? Maybe it’s both.

The tapping did the trick. Dominic has a healthy set of lungs and let out his first screams five or six seconds later. “I put the baby on Jessica’s chest and ran to get towels,” Sal said. He wiped him off and wrapped him warmly.

The doctor told Sal and Jessica it was normal, so don’t worry, Dominic is fine. “Sometimes you have to stimulate the baby to get them breathing,” Sal said.
Jessica said Dante was in bed with her before Sal got home. Jessica said he was saying: “It’s OK mama, feel better," Jessica said.

Sal’s parents immediately took him downstairs and Sal took over. During the interview, Dante, who was on speaker phone, tried to tell me how he comforted his mommy.

Jessica, cognizant of her son’s presence, tried to labor quietly, which is pretty near impossible for anyone who has ever given birth.

By this point of the story, it’s pretty clear this entire family really deserves a medal. Sal and Jessica were so involved in the birth of the baby they “still didn’t know if it was a boy or a girl.”

Eventually, when everything calmed down, they celebrated another son.
For now Sal’s off taking care of Jessica and the boys. “Jessica is getting rest,” Sal said. “She’s been great.”

Congratulations to the Mirabellas and “Thank you” to the Lexington Police Department for training our officers so well.

Let’s face it, if a police office can let his training kick in and birth his own child, residents don’t have much to worry about. I’d say these officers can – and do – deal with just about anything.

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Prepare Your Lexington Home for Fall with These Top 10 Tips!

I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend in Lexington! It’s hard to believe summer is drawing to a close and that we’ll soon be feeling the cooler weather of fall. This coming season is beautiful in Lexington with the vibrant leaves, crisp air and vivid blue skies and is a favorite time of year for many Lexington residents.

While the warm weather may make it hard to start thinking about shorter days and cool evenings, making sure that your Lexington home is fully prepared for the lower temperatures can save you time and money in the long run! I've gathered the top ten tips you can do now to get your Lexington home ready for the fall season. Take a look!

1. Air Out- Soon enough your home will be closed up as the Lexington days get cooler, so take the time to air out your home as much as possible this fall. The fresh air will help minimize mold, asthma and allergies in the coming fall and winter months. It will also help save on your heating and cooling bill!

2. Check the Chimney- Curling up next to a cozy fire in your Lexington home may just be one of your favorite activities later this fall and winter. You’ll want to check your fireplace and chimney now to ensure that they’re properly cleaned out and that the vent is closed when not in use to prevent heat from leaking out.

3. Replace Air Filters- This is a very important step since it will help your heater work more efficiently and you won’t worry about recirculating mold and allergens into your home. Replacing the air filters will improve your indoor air quality for the colder seasons.

4. Seal Any Leaks- Making sure that any cracks in door or windows are sealed with caulking or weatherstripping will keep your home airtight. Keeping the cool weather out and the heat in will cut down on your energy bill and keep you comfortable.

5. Check Your Batteries- Be sure to check and replace all batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

6. Clean Up Your Garage and Tools- You’ll want to clean up your summer tools as well as your lawn mower to keep your garage organized and keep your tools in good shape. Once the spring hits, you’ll know where everything is and be ready to start back up with your lawn care. Empty the gas out your lawn mower or blower by using them till its used up and replace oil in your mower so it starts easily next year.

7. Store Your Garden Hose- Drain out your garden hose completely and store it in the garage to prevent it from cracking or freezing.

8. Clean Out Gutters- Lexington has a beautiful tree-filled setting, but this can mean that your gutters and downspouts can fill up quickly with leaves this fall. You’ll want to check these a few times this season and make sure they’re completely cleaned out before winter.

9. Inspect Your Roof- Before the fall rains come to Lexington, be sure to check your roof for loose or missing shingles. If you have a satellite or antenna on your roof, make sue it’s sealed well to prevent any water or air leaks. You’ll want to be aware of any issues in your roof now so you have adequate time to get it fixed.

10. Insulate Your Attic- Hot air will rise and if your attic is not properly insulated, you can lose money and waste energy trying to keep your home heated this fall. Check to see if there is enough insulation in your attic floor and add more if needed.

I hope you find these tips helpful as you get ready for the beautiful fall season here in Lexington. You’ll be glad that you took care of any issues early on and will be able to relax in your Lexington home once the cool fall days arrive!

If you are not currently living in Lexington, but have been considering a move to the area; let me know! As a Lexington Real Estate agent, I enjoy walking with people through the entire process of discovering Lexington, finding their dream home and moving in! Please feel free to contact me anytime with questions you may have about the Lexington Real Estate market or to begin your Lexington home search.

I look forward to working with you!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Lexington MA - Volunteers Needed!

Have time to help out a homebound Lexington senior? - Even an hour a month will be helpful to these groups.

FISH of Lexington provides free rides for residents to medical appointments in Lexington and vicinity, and in Boston. Drivers volunteer to drive residents one day a month to their medical appointment. For more information call 781-862-3293.

Meals on Wheels is looking for substitute and permanent drivers to deliver meals to homebound Lexington seniors. For details call 888-222-6171.

Minuteman Senior Services is seeking volunteers to serve as a friendly visitor or shopper for homebound Lexington seniors. For details call 888-222-6171.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Lexington MA - Cary Library "Beyond Belief" Film

Cary Memorial Library Presents Beth Murphy, Director of the Award Winning Film, Beyond Belief

Location: Cary Memorial Library

Thursday, September 1 - 7:00 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room

A 45 minute excerpt of the movie followed by a discussion led by Beth Murphy, Producer and Director of Beyond Belief.

Thursday, September 8 - 7:00 p.m. in the Large Meeting Room

Screening of the Full Length Movie (92 minutes)

Contact: Elizabeth Dickinson 781-862-6288 ext 250

On Sept. 11, 2001, the lives of two young mothers living in the Boston suburbs were changed beyond belief. Both women lost their husbands in the terrorist attacks on that unforgettable day.

Rather than turning inwards, grief compelled the women to travel to Afghanistan to help empower Afghan women whose lives have been ravaged by decades of war, poverty and oppression. As they make the courageous journey from their comfortable suburban neighborhoods to the most desperate Afghan villages, they discover an intense bond with each other, and also a powerful kinship with widows halfway around the world.

This film, Beyond Belief, is the story of these two amazing, courageous women and their mission of compassion, peace, and hope. Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner has described this film as "moving and beautiful." It is a powerful, inspirational, and profound film which shows us all the way to move beyond tragedy.

After screening a 45 minute excerpt from the film, we will be joined by the film's director. Beth Murphy is a documentary producer, director, author and university professor. In 1999 she founded Principle Pictures, an independent film company committed to giving voice to the voiceless, raising awareness about important social issues, and inspiring education and action through entertainment. She has led production crews to all corners of the world, often in war-torn or developing countries in order to focus on human rights and international issues.

Beth will lead a discussion about her experience in making Beyond Belief, and answer your questions.

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