Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Lexington Memorial Day Celebration

Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade
Monday, May 30 at 8:45 am, Free

Take a moment to join the Town in honoring our fallen heroes.  There will be a brief ceremony at the Fire Memorial and Westview Cemetery.  This will be followed by a Memorial Day Parade culminating with a ceremony on the Battle Green. Parade begins at 10 am starting at 1557 Massachusetts Avenue, heading east to Munroe Cemetery for a ceremony, and then along Massachusetts Avenue with a ceremony on the Battle Green.
At Fire Station on Bedford Street, Lexington at 8:45 am
At Westview Cemetery, 520 Bedford Street, Lexington at 9:15 am
Town Celebration Committee



Discovery Day
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Free
You'll find over 80 of Lexington's businesses, organizations and Town departments at this fun-filled family-friendly street fair; with great bargains, a huge variety of food, entertainment and more. 
Muzzy St. / Waltham Street, municipal parking lot, Lexington
The Lexington Retailers Association
(781) 862-1034

Relinquished Treasures
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Free
This popular annual event is here again! Mark your calendars, and find yourself a treasure! This is truly a one-of-a-kind sale, featuring antiques, vintage and retro housewares, decorative items, and fashion pieces.  Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Lexington Community Farm Benefit

Support Lexington Community Farm to the sound of live music served up by legendary fiddler and multi-string master Darol Anger, standout vocalist and guitarist Emy Phelps, and friends. Feast your ears and help Lexington Community Farm grow.

Starting the set is Arlington’s own Fiddlin’ Quinn and His Big Folks Band.  A prodigy on the fiddle, Quinn has been playing, singing and wowing audiences since the age of 5.

Purchase tickets online ($31 each) and check in at desk inside the main door. No paper tickets will be issued. 

The Concert
Sunday May 22, 2016 at 3 pm
Featuring Darol Anger & Emy Phelps and friends
Lexington First Parish Church, 7 Harrington Rd, Lexington, MA 02421
Handicapped Accessible
Doors open at 2:30. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall.

General Admission: Adult: $31, Student: $15
Purchase tickets online and check in at desk inside the main door. No paper tickets will be issued.
Please consider adding a donation to Lexington Community Farm to your shopping cart when you purchase tickets. This donation is tax- deductible.

Concert Information and Directions
You can find directions to the church here.
There is a parking lot behind the church and street parking near the church. Parking is also available a short walk away within Lexington Center. You can view a map of parking locations here.
Visit the event’s Facebook page for up-to-date information about the concert.
The Lexington Community Farm Board would like to thank Darol and Emy as well as Rip Jackson and the Lexington First Parish Church for their contributions to this event.

About the Artists
A collaboration of 2 unique and deeply affecting musicians. Legendary fiddler and multi-string master Darol Anger focuses his talents on the singer-songwriter’s art with Emy Phelps, a standout artist and prolific songwriter with a riveting voice which plumbs the deepest emotions. These 2 musicians bring out each other’s special ability to convey deep emotional resonance combined with a bit of hot pickin’, and already have 2 CDs and numerous music festival performances to their credit.
Fiddler, composer, producer and educator, Darol Anger is at home in a number of musical genres, some of which he helped to invent. Exceptional among modern fiddlers for his versatility and depth, Anger has helped drive the evolution of the contemporary string band through his involvement with numerous pathbreaking ensembles such as his Republic Of Strings, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the David Grisman Quintet, Montreux, his Duo with Mike Marshall, and others.

Emy Phelps is a remarkable vocalist/guitarist, songwriter, music educator, and recording artist, and currently a member of the Furies. A musician of note in the Pacific Northwest, she has made a 30 year music career while raising 3 sons and a daughter. In addition to her current release, Look Up, Look Down, she is the featured vocalist on the new Furies release, and has a previous recording entitled As It Should Be on Sweet Mercy Records.

Opening the concert is Arlington’s own Fiddlin’ Quinn and His Big Folks Band. A prodigy on the fiddle, Quinn has been playing, singing and wowing audiences since the age of 5.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Bike Walk ‘n Bus Week - Saturday, May 14th - Sunday, May 22th

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.

Time to dust off those sneakers and have some fun! A number of free events are being planned for this week including historic walks, guided bike rides, free Lexpress rides, and more! Celebrate the many alternative transportation resources available in town.
Below is a list of the weeklong events but there are also specific events each day of the week, please click here to get a complete list of events throughout

Lexpress Bike & Ride Free
6:30AM - 6:30PM
Did you know that all Lexpress buses now have bike racks? Try them out! Bring your bike on Lexpress today and ride for FREE.
Information: or 781-861-1210

Ride the REV shuttle for FREE to/from Alewife Station
May 16-20
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.

Find Your Biking and Walking Way Around Lexington!
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!

Free Bike Safety Checks
May 16 - 20
3:00 - 5:00PM
Wonder if your tires are worn out? What about your brakes? The Ride Studio Café mechanic will go over your tires, bolts, chain, gears, brakes, etc.
Location: Ride Studio Café, 1720 Mass Ave, Lexington Center

Bay State Bike Week
May 14-22
Bay State Bike Week is an annual celebration of human-powered, two-wheeled transportation.

MassCommute Bicycle Challenge
May 14-22
Help promote cycling as a healthy, inexpensive, and eco-friendly form of transportation. Join the Challenge! It’s fun, easy and FREE for anyone who lives or works in Massachusetts. Log all of the miles you ride during Bay State Bike Week (May 14 - 22, 2016) and enjoy some friendly competition between local businesses, universities and communities. Join in this year for prizes, raffles, and a legendary “Bike Bash” celebration!

Friday, May 6, 2016

How to Meet Your Neighbors after Buying/Selling in Lexington

Meet neighbors by sitting on your Lexington front porch!
If you are ready to buy a Lexington home, or ready to sell your Lexington home, a relocation is in your future! That means that you’ll move to a new home, with new neighbors. In this age of technology, meeting the neighbors is harder to do than say! This is especially true for new Lexington homebuyers, who have been renting and moving around a lot. The concept of staying put in one place for an extended amount of time might be new to you.

There are many perks to knowing your neighbors. When you go on vacation, they can watch over your home for you. If you need a babysitter, or a pet sitter, you can feel confident with neighbors you trust. If you’re bored or lonely, neighbors are right next door! Friendship doesn’t get more convenient than that.

As your Lexington real estate agent, allow me to provide you some tips on how you can meet your new Lexington neighbors after moving into a new home! 
  • Take a walk in your neighborhood. Once you’ve moved in, talk a stroll through your neighborhood to help you learn the area. If you see neighbors out in their yard, or sitting on the porch, or walking as well, stop to introduce yourself. Tell them you just moved in. It’ll either end with a polite exchange, or it’ll end with an exchange of information!
  • Sit outside. You won’t meet your neighbors while sitting in front of your TV.  Next time the weather is nice, sit outside on your front porch, or your back porch, depending on where you’ll see the most foot traffic. If you don’t have a sitting area, just pull some lawn chairs out and sit in your driveway or garage. When others walk by, wave hello and try to spark a conversation.
  • Host a yard sale. Once you move into your new Lexington home, you might realize that you brought too much stuff with you. Before it gets stored away, just to collect dust, host a yard or garage sale at your new home! Neighbors are bound to stop by, so not only will you be getting rid of stuff you don’t need, and pocketing some cash, but you’ll also have a chance to introduce yourself to neighbors. This is a great way to find common interests with neighbors as well, by what they purchase.
  • Get involved. If you live in a neighborhood with a community organization or clubhouse, attend the next meeting and find out how you can get involved! If you hold a position on a committee, you’ll definitely be meeting others who are involved as well. If you don’t want to hold a position, at least go to the next meeting and attend any neighborhood events coming up.
These are just some of the ways that you can meet new neighbors after moving into a new Lexington home! When you’re ready to buy or sell in the Lexington real estate market, contact me, your Lexington real estate agent. That’s what I’m here for!

Theresa D'Antuono

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

5 Tips Tp Keep Your Kids Happy and Yourself Sane During a Remodel

Living through a renovation with kids at home can be done. Here’s how — from families that have survived it.

Your 3-year-old hasn’t slept through the night in two weeks. And you’ve just gotten a second note from your daughter’s first-grade teacher about disruptive behavior and missed homework.

You’re so frazzled you forgot to brush your teeth this morning. That’s when you ask yourself, “Is this remodel worth it?”

Given the alternative (waiting a decade or two when the kids are grown), parents with children at home can hardly be blamed for biting the psychological bullet and diving into a project that can take weeks — even months. The good news is that you really can have that amazing new kitchen without losing your mind (or custody of your kids). It just requires a fair amount of finesse — and these expert tips:

1.  Don’t Skip Self-Care

Keeping your kids sane through a remodel starts with keeping yourself sane. Children pick up on your emotions. If you’re stressed, exhausted, and anxious, they’ll reflect those feelings right back at you.

“When you’re in an airplane, they say put the oxygen mask on yourself first, then you can help the person next to you,” says Dr. Eugene Beresin, executive director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital, and a father of four who survived his own renovation with newborn twins in tow.

“You can’t take care of your kids, set routines, or think about how the kids are reacting to change if you’re stressed,” Beresin says.

“Check in with yourself and make sure you, as the parent and caregiver, have a self-care plan in place for your own construction sanity,” says Lisa Bahar, a California-based marriage and family therapist. That plan could be as simple as regular date nights with your spouse or sticking to your workouts.

2.  Disrupt the House, Not Your Routines

Your home might be in shambles (literally!), but you’ll still need to maintain a sense of normalcy.

“Children rely on familiarity, routine, and structure,” says Beresin. “Knowing your children and how they react to change, you can actually prevent stress by using preventative measures as opposed to just reacting to their reaction.”

An example might include eating breakfast at the same time every day — even if it happens in the living room.

Keep in mind your children’s developmental levels, strengths, and weaknesses. For school-aged kids, knowing where they can sit down and do homework every evening goes a long way. Teenagers need a private space to relax, no adults or siblings allowed. And toddlers, who don’t understand why their home is in disarray, might need more cuddling and play.

3.  Put the Kids In Charge (of Something Small)

No, you don’t have to hand over the decorating reins to your teenager (unless you were already planning on turning your foyer into a One Direction shrine, in which case, shine on). But allowing them to pick small things, like their bedroom paint color and duvet, or their own stool for the new kitchen island, helps them feel more connected to the renovation.

“If they’re invested, they’ll feel more a part of the whole process,” Beresin says. “The last thing you want is for your kids to feel like hostages.”

4.  Model Good Behavior

“It’s inevitable arguments will occur, so you and your spouse or significant other should learn ways to take the discussion away from the children,” says Bahar.

This might mean taking a few deep breaths and escaping to the garage for a meltdown after the contractor tells you he needs two more weeks, or that there’s a structural problem that’s going to cost extra to fix.

5.  Explain the Unexpected

For young kids, explaining precisely what a renovation entails can be a struggle. After all, six months feels like an eternity to them.

“Young children work out difficulties through play,” says Beresin. He recommends using Lego sets or building blocks to walk through the renovation process with your kids. Try building a house and knock part of it down, making something new or different with the fallen pieces. “It may not seem like a direct correlation, but it is for a first-grader.”

When Beresin renovated his historic home in Acton, Mass., he was juggling a teenager, toddler, and infant twins.

“One event scared the hell out of my 3-year-old,” he said. “We were in the kitchen and a guy literally fell through the ceiling. We hear this crash and see two legs sticking out.”

That’s some scary stuff for a kid. Beresin recommends reassuring your children that “these events aren’t going to be the way the world is.” Something scary happened, but you still have some control over your home. They’re still safe inside.

After explaining exactly what had happened and that no one was seriously hurt, his 3-year-old still harbored some residual fear whenever she entered the kitchen, but it didn’t take long before the event became a running joke.

“There will always be unforeseen events, whether you have twins or a guy falls through the ceiling,” says Beresin. “It takes a fair amount of resilience to cope with the unpredictable, but your kids need preparation and discussion, and need to know it’s only temporary.”

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