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Fowler to Follow Her Dream and Help Kenyan Children BY REBECCA KENSIL Holliston resident Rebecca Fowler, 19, has maintained a passion for volunteering for years, helping at the food pantry and clothing drives. But it wasn’t until she did more research on a cultural topic that she decided to take her volunteerism to a new level. While taking an independent study class at her high school Cambridge School of Weston about women in Africa and the education crisis there, she was astonished by a statistic she had learned: the life expectancy of a woman in Kenya is 45. “The fact that in Kenya the average child can expect to be 5, 6, 7 and maybe a little bit younger when they lose both their parents was just really mind-blowing to me,” Fowler says. She adds, “Living here, we expect our parents to live to be 70, 80, and 90-years-old. We expect them to be part of our


life for a good portion of our life.” So with this in mind, she decided to travel to Africa to help, although she was not sure how or when this trip would happen.

There are some experiences one hopefully has as a child that bring a lifetime of remembrances, feelings of delight and personal freedom. In New England, during those much appreciated warm summer days when school is out and your bicycle is just beckoning to you to hop on and go for a ride is an expression of said experience. Science has proven that one never forgets how to ride a bicycle, and since apparently there is a nerve cell with motor skill memory, this is, in fact, true. What we also know is one needs the opportunity to actually get on a bike to learn how to ride. Bicycling is an activity that can transport you back to your youth, feeling carefree and relaxed while coasting down the street. Can’t you imagine the lemonade stand on the side of the street as you fly by?

To save money for college and the potential trip to Africa, Fowler took a gap year before her freshman year at college and worked as a nanny. Before this 19year-old travels to the University of Massachusetts Amherst next fall to double major in gender and women’s studies and chemistry, she will finally follow her dream this June. Through a program by the Abandoned Children’s Foundation, she will take a six-week trip in Kenya to help at an orphanage of up to 300 children with a group of about 10 adult volunteers. She is set to depart June 12 and arrive back home July 17.

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As we get older and have children of our own, we may not be able to duplicate the exact feeling of freedom we may have experienced as a child, but we do like to introduce our children to the same type of activity that initiated very happy thoughts and those feelings of freedom. Not every childhood shares this experience, has the same opportunities or even possesses a bicycle. We sometimes react to what we perceive as an injustice in another child’s life from a painful remembrance in


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our own life. Whatever the drive is, when it comes together in a powerful and productive way, it is quite amazing to witness. Adam K. Slicer a licensed electrician and member of the Hol-

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liston Fire Department, who, earlier in the month of May, 2013 was working at a duplex, in Ashland. While waiting for a customer to come home, he kept noticing a group of younger children between the ages of roughly 10 to 12 years, circling around a young boy of similar age who was visibly upset. Cautiously, because Adam was concerned about being a stranger around young children (sadly this is a place we all go to and worry about in our culture today) he moved his truck to block the children’s access, to protect the young boy who was sitting with his head in his hands, from the apparent torment and bullying. Adam’s heart sank when he heard one child taunt the boy about not having a bike to ride, since he was aware the bike was in ill repair, asking if his father would be home to fix his broken bike and reminding the boy that his father is not around and therefore will not be coming home. Painful for me to even write the words, one can only imagine the pain the boy felt, but Adam’s heartfelt reaction was perfect. The boy’s mom soon returned home from work, speaking little English, and the

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To prepare for the trip, she is taking a number of steps. Since the languages in Africa are Swahili and English, she is learning some phrases in Swahili like “Hi, how are you?” and “Thank you” to show respect. “Most people speak English, but they really encourage learning,” Fowler says. She is also getting her vaccinations to take care of her health.

boy, an only child and the man of the house, did the interpreting. The boy’s mom kept thanking Adam for fixing the bike, but upon inspection Adam immediately knew he was not able to repair the bike. Sadly, the boy presented Adam with yet another bike he had collected from the town landfill and with hopeful eyes looked again to Adam for help. Hopes dashed since the bike did not have wheels. A day or two later Adam simply could not rest and knew he had to make this young boy whole and remedy this bike situation. A simple pleasure, a healthy activity for a child, and with many households having gently used bikes that children have outgrown, Adam decided to post on the Facebook page many of us frequently visit “I’m Holliston Happy.” This is exactly how I found Adam’s story and knew it had to be told. Adam posted about the boy in Ashland, protecting the child’s privacy, but knowing he needed to help, and the response was fantastic. In true Holliston style, people spoke with their generous hearts first. Bikes were being offered, donations being made and a

In addition, she is fundraising through an online page. The trip will cost thousands of dollars. She plans to make a donation to the orphanage, buying bubbles and chalk for the children, toys that the African children love. “It would feel really good to see their smiles using these things that they normally don’t get to play with,” Fowler says. However, she is paying for the trip with her money saved from working this year. “It’s so not about the money,” she says.



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grassroots movement was underway. With every additional Facebook posting something magical was happening and the initial idea was not only taking hold but also growing spontaneously and developing into something even bigger. Adam’s goal is to address the need for bicycles for Holliston youths who currently do not have the means to repair, rebuild an existing bike or is unable to purchase a new bike. We talked about what monetary donations Adams has received to date. Happily, the envelope is filled with ones, fives and even a five-dollar Toys R Us gift card. Clearly, this writer understands the expense of bicycles, helmets and bike locks, but my intent is to let you know that all donations are welcome and appreciated. Fire Chief Mike Cassidy has donated a helmet, a five dollar donation buys a bike lock, Toys R Us gift cards are great, since new bikes can be purchased there at very reasonable rates, plus trade-ins are accepted and further reduce the cost of new bikes. Donations can be made at the Holliston Fire Department “Slicer’s Bike Fund” or you can mail your donation to Adam Slicer at 2202 Washington Street, Holliston MA 01746 and

“It’s really about the experience.” Once she gets there she will be flown into the capital and then be bussed out to a village called Thika. There she with stay with the pastor, who is also a Kenyan representative for the orphanage. Monday through Friday, Fowler will be helping out at the orphanage doing tasks like cooking and cleaning. She will also assist the older orphans with homework, feed the young children, and entertain everyone. “I am most looking forward to interacting with the children,” Fowler says. “I was a nanny this year. So I’ve had a lot of child care experience.” She hopes to be a role model and support these children



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phone is (774) 285-2457. You may contact Adam by email: Adam is currently working diligently on the logistics of developing the proper network for Holliston children in need of bicycles. Also, Adam is looking for a great title for this wonderful community effort and he would love to hear suggestions from Holliston residents! A minor challenge is finding a place for donated gently used bicycles to be stored while being cleaned and checked for safety. I am quite confident that this will be easily remedied as soon as this is read! Holliston’s call to action was spontaneous, genuine and profound. Like Adam, I kept processing the posts I read, and the outreach from my fellow residents was so moving yet again. If we can come together so quickly, move in a fashion to correct an injustice to a child and have that seed evolve into a greater good imagine the possibilities not yet explored? Yes, the young boy from Ashland will soon have a new bike, helmet and lock courtesy of Adam K. Slicer!

who have lost an important adult figure in their lives. In addition to the weekly orphanage work, Fowler will be able to help out on the weekends or just explore the area. She has plans to go on a safari, hike the terrain, and visit waterfalls. She also hopes to become immersed in the culture. “African culture is so unlike what we have here,” she says. “It will be very cool to live in someone else’s home and just put on someone else’s shoes for that month while I’m there.” To support Fowler in her trip to Kenya, check out her fundraising page:


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Callei to Help Orphans in Haiti BY REBECCA KENSIL

connection with working with kids who have seen things in their lives that are tragedies,” Callei says. “I can make that connection.” Her father passed away in high school and her mother was later diagnosed with cancer, but Callei still had a support system. “I always felt like I needed to give back,” she says.

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She had been thinking for a while about giving back through a trip to Haiti, as many fellow church members at Franklin New England Chapel traveled there to help after the 2010 earthquake that devastated the country. Equipped with a passion for working and helping children as an art and theater teacher, she has already helped students with their self-esteem and communication skills in the United States. Now, with this trip to Haiti, she hopes to apply her passion and knowledge globally.

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Not sure how she would finance the trip, she spoke of the topic with church members. One day a friend there said words that stuck with her: “God will handle it.” That sentence gave her the strength to move forward. So she signed up for a week trip through Mission E4 that will be from July 13 through July 20 with a group of children and adults. She says some participants have visited Haiti as many as 10 times. “The group pushed me forward that I am going with,” she says. As she plans, she now tackles the fundraising part of it. “There’s a lot of fundraising to do, but I think we’ll get there,” Callei says. Her fundraisers included a buffet night May 18 at The Rome Restaurant in Franklin. She also had students make cards for the orphans in her art classes and at the Holliston Spring Stroll. Many 4 and 5-year-olds drew flowers and suns on the cards. One 7year-old at the Spring Stroll wrote a message that she found very sweet. The card said, “I love you. Keep shining like the sun.” She teared up when she read it. She added, “They are full of great pictures like stick figures holding hands.” Now that the trip is booked, Callei has learned much more

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about the country by attending regularly scheduled meetings and by reading books. She was most shocked to learn that Americans make up 5 percent of the world’s population yet use 50 percent of the world’s resources. “Oh my gosh. To really think about that,” Callei says. “It’s astonishing. I think it’s really important for people to just become more aware. With tragedies and so forth that have been going on in the United States, they make people start to open their eyes more. You have to realize, this happens every day in some countries. The more we help each other globally, the better the situation for everyone will become.” She also has been learning Creole, the language in Haiti, so she can effectively communicate upon arrival, in addition to learning about the culture. Once in Haiti, Callei will be completing many tasks to help the country, which she describes as beyond a third-world country because areas are so devastated. These tasks include rebuilding schools that were destroyed by the 2010 earthquake. Other tasks will be distributing uniforms and books to children as well as spending time with the children. She will play games and enact plays with them. Callei is even translating some of the drama games into Creole before she goes so she can successfully play

with the children. She will also be repairing a prison that is in rough shape. Prisoners are often held far beyond their time, she explains, because there are no lawyers. “The conditions are really, really bad,” she says. “So we are actually going to be doing some work to rebuild things in the prison, so there is actual, more room for them to move around.” In addition to these jobs, she will also spend time with the local people. Callei explains her expectations as the trip approaches. “I’m looking forward to just basically helping as much as I can and being accepted into their culture,” she says. “I think I will actually learn a lot from them. It’s going to be quite the experience, but I can’t have expectations because I’m not sure what is going to happen. I know that I’m there to help and I’m going to do all that I can to do a job well done.” To support Callei, her Mission E4 donation page is support-a-team-member/item/ callei-jennifer and her Go Fund Me page is Also going with Callei on the Mission E4 trip is Franklin resident Sean Buckley. His donation page is support-a-team-member/ item/buckley-sean.

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Out for a Stroll BY J.D. O’GARA The Holliston Stroll, which took place on April 27th, saw one of the first beautiful days of the year. Many came out to enjoy the day.

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HCAT Producer Seeks Talent, Anchors Greendale plans for the show to run every two weeks and to keep the news current. For that schedule to happen, she needs the support of community members who are interested and dedicated to assist. With a tighter schedule, she is considering having alternating anchors every two weeks so that it will not be too much time for people to commit.

BY REBECCA KENSIL Holliston Cable Access Television (HCAT) producer Mary Greendale is looking for new anchors, talent, and camera people to help out with a new show that will air in the fall and that will be much like the magazine format show titled "Holliston Happenings" that used to run on the channel. However instead of a monthly show like "Holliston Happenings,"

She will also need people to work cameras out on assignments and in the studio. To help people become acquainted with camera technology, interested camera people can first take a lesson on the cameras. “If people have an interest in learning how to operate a camera or do any of the studio kind of work, we are always looking for crew talent to come and take a very short class on how to operate these things and participate that way,” Greendale

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says. There are many topics that the show will cover. It will feature segments about seniors, events, government, and sports. With a journalism degree, she has a special interest in government news, which she feels is underreported and important for the community to know. “I like news and community and sharing and I like everybody to know what is going on,” Greendale says. “I like transparency in government. So my goal here is, yes I definitely want to cover all the social events and sporting events and all of the soft news, but my personal commitment is to the government piece.”

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Cronin, and program coordinator Lisa Hedrick. Greendale works closely with Cronin to put on her own show called "Just Thinking." Although there are a few employees, Greendale states that a whole team of people is needed to put on this type of production.

channel is commonly referred to as the educational channel. Third, the Comcast Channel 11/Verizon Channel 34 provides live footage of the Selectman's meetings, Finance Committee meetings, town meetings, and additional town government programs.

According to the station website, HCAT uses three channels, each which provide different programming. The first is Comcast Channel 8/Verizon Channel 32, which is the primary channel for Holliston Cable Access Programming and is commonly referred to as the public channel. The second is Comcast Channel 96 and Verizon Channel 33, which provides morning weather from the Miller Elementary HCAT producer Mary Greendale is looking for a few School and live local folks to be anchors, talent and camera crew for a new magazine-style show about Holliston. Shown, School CommitDirector Phil Rubin in the control room to provide tee meetings. This

Programs currently in production on the public channel, where the new show will play, include "Holliston On Patrol," "Capital Connection," "All Business," "Time for Painting," "Just Thinking," "A Quilters Touch," "SporTView," "Talk of the Town," "High School Sports," "Holliston School Music Productions," and "Communications Class Programming."

The show, which does not yet have a name, may start in September. Once she has gathered a good group of interested people, the team will come up with a name for the show. Behind the scenes at HCAT, three paid employees run the station: station manager Dennis Bergeron, production manager Donald

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Living Healthy Create a peaceful and healthy sleeping environment It is easy to overlook the benefits of a good night's sleep. Without adequate rest a person can be left feeling irritable, distracted and sluggish. Those who repeatedly do not get enough sleep could be facing other health problems as well. For some, the secret to getting a better sleep is modifying their sleeping environment. Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate insufficient sleep has become a public health epidemic. An estimated 50 to 70 million American adults report having a sleep or wakefulness disorder, and women are twice as likely to suffer from insomnia than men. Plus, one in three people suffer from some form of insomnia during their lifetime, offers the organization Better Sleep for Life.

In some instances, lack of sleep or too much sleep might be indicative of a medical condition, but it could just be related to poor sleep hygiene and an uncomfortable sleeping environment. Making some changes could make all the difference.

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Living Healthy Eye Care Facts and Myths BY ROGER M. KALDAWY, M.D.

Milford Franklin Eye Center We have all been told by someone at some time, “You’ll hurt your eyes if you do that!” But do you really know what is or is not good for your eyes? Test yourself with the following true or false statements and see how much you know about your eyes.

“Reading in dim light is harmful to your eyes.” False. Using your eyes in dim light does not damage them. However, good lighting does make reading easier and can prevent eye fatigue.

“Using computers can damage your eyes.” False. Working on computers will not harm your eyes. Often, when using a computer for long periods of time, just as when reading or doing other close work, you blink less often than normal. This reduced rate of blinking makes your eyes dry, which may lead to the feeling of eyestrain or fatigue. Try to take regular breaks to look up or across the room. This should relieve the feeling of strain on your eyes. Keep the monitor between 18 to 24 inches from your face and at a slight downward angle. Also consider the use of artificial tears. If your vision blurs or your eyes tire easily, you should have your eyes examined by an ophthalmologist.

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There is no strong evidence that vision problems cause learning disabilities. Children with learning difficulties often need help from teachers and people with special training. Before such treatment begins, make certain your child is seeing as well as possible.

“Sitting close to the television can damage children’s eyes.” False. Children can focus at close distance without eyestrain better than adults. They often develop the habit of holding reading materials close to their eyes or sitting right in front of the television.There is no evidence that this damages their eyes. “People with weak eyes should avoid reading fine print.” False. It is said that people with weak eyes or people who wear glasses will “wear out” their eyes sooner if they read fine print or do a lot of detail work. The concept of the eye as a muscle is incorrect. The eye more closely resembles a camera. A camera will not wear out sooner just because it is used to photograph intricate detail. “Wearing eyeglasses will cause you to become dependent on them.” False. Eyeglasses are used to correct blurry vision. Since clear vision with eyeglasses is prefer-

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“Older people who gain ‘second sight’ may be developing cataracts.” True. Older individuals who wear reading eyeglasses sometimes find themselves able to read without their eyeglasses and think their eyesight is improving. The truth is they are becoming more nearsighted, which can be a sign of early cataract development. “A cataract must be ‘ripe’ before it is removed.” False. With older surgical techniques, it was thought to be safer to remove a cataract when it was “ripe.” With today’s modern surgical procedures, a cataract can be removed whenever it begins to interfere with a person’s lifestyle. “Contact lenses can prevent nearsightedness from getting worse.” False. Some people have been led to believe that wearing contact lenses will permanently correct nearsightedness so that eventually they won’t need either contacts or eyeglasses. There is no evidence that wearing contact lenses produces an improvement in vision.

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“Eyes can be transplanted.” False. Medical science has no way to transplant whole eyes. Our eyes are connected to the brain by the optic nerve. Because of this, the eye is never removed from its socket during surgery. The cornea, the clear front part of the eye, has been successfully transplanted for many years. Corneal transplant is sometimes confused with an eye transplant. “All ‘eye doctors’ are the same.” False. An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor (M.D. or D.O.) with special training to diagnose and treat all diseases of the eye. To become an ophthalmologist requires a minimum of eight years of medical school and hospital training after college. An ophthalmologist is qualified to provide all aspects of eye care, including cataract, laser, and other eye surgery. Optometrists (O.D.) and opticians are trained and licensed to provide some aspects of eye care, but they are not medical doctors and have not attended medical school and residency training. In most states, they cannot prescribe all medications or perform surgery. It is always useful to separate fact from myth in eye care. Our eye center and ophthalmologists have state of the art equipment to diagnose and treat many eye problems. From the minor glasses prescription to corneal transplantation, retina care, laser vision correction and our advanced cataract procedures, we are now able to better recognize and manage these problems and continue our mission to provide world class eye care for the entire family.

Growing Up is Hard to Do "Children grow up fast." That’s what everyone tells me. Life moves fast when you’re attending regular soccer games on weekends, nightly dance or ballet practices, piano, karate, gymnastics, etc. These days, kids are participating in so many activities that it's not uncommon to be involved in multiple sports in any given season. Another common trend is continuous participation in just one activity/sport year round. We want our kids to be active, have fun with their friends, and gain from their experiences. A lot of us struggle with knowing how much is too much.

Overuse injuries arise when we put too much demand on our body in a short period of time. Strain on our tissues with intense, repetitive training can cause injury, especially as the body is still growing. Therefore, young people can be more vulnerable to injury. The growth plate or areas of maturing bone is softer and fragile compared to a mature bone. Injury to this area often occurs in younger people due to its weakened state. In some cases, when we are growing and developing, our muscles and bones don't adapt and change at the same rate. These imbalances can cause

pain and limit our activity. Painful conditions such as Sever's Disease (heel pain) and Osgood Schlatter's Disease (knee pain) are conditions in which our muscles pull too strongly at their attachment causing pain and discomfort. These conditions tend to persist until the growth plate has closed. Rest and ice will initially help the condition. Guidance in the proper exercises to improve muscle imbalances, lifestyle modifications, improvement in foot alignment and/or unloading the stressed area can help return an individual back to activity. As a college athlete, I can at-

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Dr. McKenney is accepting new patients and families. For appointments or questions, call (508) 541-2436. Dr. Gartman received her medical degree from the Georgetown University School of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital through the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. She completed medical training and is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. Dr. Gartman previously practiced at the Medicine-Pediatrics Primary Care Center in Providence where she was the attending physician and Medical Director. Dr. Gartman will practice at Blackstone Valley Family Physicians located

at 18 Granite Street in Whitinsville. Dr. Gartman is accepting new adult and pediatric patients. For appointments or questions, call (508) 234-6311. Tri-County Medical Associates is a physicians’ practice group serving the healthcare needs of residents within the Metro West and Blackstone Valley community. Now in its 22nd year of operation, Tri-County Medical’s physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners practice primary and specialty medicine in 26 office locations within Bellingham, Franklin, Hopkinton, Medway, Mendon, Milford, and Whitinsville. Tri-County Medical Associates is a direct affiliate with Milford Regional Medical Center.

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Ahronian Landscaping Builds and Beautifies BY REBECCA KENSIL Designing outside spaces has always interested Mark Ahronian, owner of the award-winning Ahronian Landscaping and Design, Inc., which is celebrating its 26th year in business. When he was in middle school, his guidance counselor asked him, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” Ahronian told him he would pick one house each day and draw plantings around it. He wanted to work as a landscaper. So he decided to go to Norfolk County Agricultural High School, gaining experience with a summer placement at Weston Nurseries in Hopkinton and by majoring in Landscape Construction and Design. Then he went on to the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at University of Massachusetts Amherst where he majored in Agricultural Business Management. Then, for 10 years, he worked at Baker Landscaping. In 1987, he and his wife started their own part-time business on weekends. In 1990, he started a full-time business, which was incorporated in 1991. That year, he also bought the company property where he maintains a nursery. Slowly, the team began to grow. In 1998, Jim Stucchi joined the team as a co-op student and is now company Vice President. “He has helped tremendously in building the company,” Ahronian says. His son, David, began working parttime at age 14 and later achieved his bachelor’s in Landscape Architecture. “He’s brought all the new technology like the CAD system, 3D design renderings and computerized drawings to the company,” Ahronian says, “So he has added tremendously to the growth as well.” During the 26 years of operation, Ahronian Landscaping has provided many services for its customers. “We specialize in solving landscape challenges with unique

ideas and creative solutions. This is the motto the company has been built on,” says Ahronian. The company uses many channels to address the needs of their clientele. Each spring, customers receive a flyer to check off plant health care services such as pruning, mulching, fertilizing, plant pest management and other services like new plantings, weekly mowing or new construction projects. “We’re going to keep in touch and keep the yard up, keep it looking at its best,” Ahronian states. Then they send summer and fall flyers so customers can continue to receive properly timed horticultural services. During the winter months, the crews break out the plows and utilize their machinery while providing professional snow and ice management services. “Our customers rely on us to help them all throughout the year,” he says. “We have grown the snow services portion of the business to do just that.” In addition to yard upkeep, the Ahronian team specializes in creating thoughtful outdoor living spaces. Patios, walkways, stone walls, fireplaces and water features are some of offerings that Ahronian’s craftsmen are building every day for their customers. “We design by problem solving,” Ahronian says. “Designing a useful space that the whole family can enjoy begins with site drainage and ends with the plants.” For people who want to do the planting and construction themselves, Ahronian Landscaping can draw a design and consult with customers. One well-used local design the business built is Goodwill Park, which opened last spring. The team designed a series of rain gardens there, which are a new approach for addressing drainage problems that allows plant roots to clean water runoff. “It’s a cleansing and natural way of managing storm water drainage, and it’s also beautiful at the same time,” he says. They also built the brick walkways at the park. In addition to building and designing, Ahronian stays connected

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to the local and state community. For instance, he is a 20-year Holliston Lions Club member. He has also been involved for 30 years in the Massachusetts Nursery and Landscaping Association (MNLA) as a past president and a founder of the MNLA Foundation for Educational Excellence. Now he is chair of the Products Committee. His team is involved as well. Jim Stucchi is on the Board of Directors for MNLA. He also serves as the president of the Foundation for Educational Excellence. Ahronian’s son, David, is Vice Chair of the Membership Committee for the MNLA. In town, Mark is involved with the nonprofit group, America in Bloom, as co-chair. He explains that America in Bloom (AIB) helps with economic development because their upkeep of the town makes the community more inviting. For instance, a passerby may be more likely to stop for coffee and visit the boutique shops. Some of this year’s AIB projects in town are planting new flower beds at the Holliston High School entryway and adding more benches in the downtown area. “AIB is a great program for community development, when you take care of an area, there is less crime, a lot of research has been done to show this,” he explains. “There is less vandalism, less crime and there is more activity within the local economy because the town is inviting and attractive.” With all of his involvement, he also won the 2010 Holliston Citizen of the Year Award.

Another way Ahronian stays involved is by participating in flower shows, which have won the company numerous awards. Some of those accolades from the 2012 and 2013 exhibits included the Boston Flower & Garden “Best of Show Award,” the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources Award “Best Exhibit,” the Horticultural Club of Boston “Horticultural Perfection” Award, the Cary Award, the Landscape Design Council of the Garden Mark Ahronian, owner of Ahronian Club Federation of Massachusetts Landscaping, chats on the patio. “Excellence in Landscape Design,” People’s Choice Award and the Boston Flower & Garden If you are interested in learning Show “Premium Award.” more about Ahronian LandscapAhronian is very thankful for his ing and Design, contact Mark, town. “I thank Holliston for sup- Jim or David at (508) 429-3844 porting us all these years, our 26th and visit The busiyear in town,” he says. “We are in- ness is located at 107 Concord credibly proud to be a part of the St. in Holliston, MA. community.”

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Beer, Wine, Jazz & Charity Annual Event Reaches Goals, Supports Local Organizations By J.D. O’Gara The Holliston Knights of Columbus reached their raffle goals this

year, which enabled them to set aside $5,000 for the Holliston Pantry Shelf, $5,000 for the Holliston Senior Center, and $5,000

for Wounded Warriors. On the evening of Saturday, May 18th, the organization held a Beer, Wine and Jazz night, featuring the Joe Mongelli Trio, at which they presented the two local organizations of the three. The third donation, for the Wounded Warriors, will take place on Veteran’s Day. The night also included raffles with prizes, as well, of course, as finger food from Bertucci’s and an assortment of beer and wines. After being introduced by Knights of Columbus Vice Grand Knight Mike Kerrigan, Attorney Jay Marsden, in announcing the donation to the Holliston Pantry Shelf, noted that the local food pantry doesn’t just help local peo-

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Carl Damigella, Director of the Holliston Pantry Shelf, said the Knights’ donation of $5,000 was “overwhelming.”

ple in need figure out what they are eating today, but they “answer the question of what are those folks going to eat next week.” Grand

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Knight, Tony Alexander presented the checks. Grateful recipient Carl Damigella, President of the Holliston Pantry Shelf described receiving the gift from the Knights of Columbus as “overwhelming.” The donation, he said, would represent two weeks of grocery shopping for the organization, which now serves 200 families. In fact, he noted, that translates to one in 32 people in Holliston—over 500 people. Paying for food plays a huge role in seniors’ lives as well, said Senior Center Director Lina ArenaDeRosa in accepting the check on behalf of the Senior Center. She noted that the donation will go directly to those who need it most. “Food security is a huge issue for many elders,” said Arena-DeRosa. “For seniors, it could be a matter of medication or food, heat or food.” Grand Knight Tony Alexander later noted that the Holliston chapter of the Knights of Columbus has also been active in a recent wheelchair drive, as well as funds events for a number of young adults with special needs each year.

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The Inaugural Holliston Heard BY REBECCA KENSIL A close group of friends in Holliston who like to write, and who dubbed themselves the "Hollywriters," are helping fellow wordsmiths and word lovers with their craft through a new performance night called Holliston Heard. The writers thought of the idea when they were meeting to talk about their writing. The meetings they hold help them provide feedback to one another, so they discussed reading their work in public with others in similar pursuits. Thus, a night of prose, comedy, drama, and song was born. On April 6th in the Holliston Public Library, forty people showed up either to read their writ-

ing aloud or listen to others. The two hour event included readings of poetry, essays, children’s books, memoirs, historical pieces, and short stories.

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“There wasn’t any one thing that dominated the evening,” Mary Greendale, a Hollywriter and event organizer, says. For instance, Joanne Hulbert, the town historian, read a historical letter. Greendale read a children’s book she had written. The whole room participated in a reading of Casey at the Bat, a famous baseball poem that is claimed by many to be about Holliston. For that reading, everyone was split into groups of four. Each group read one or two sentences until the poem was finished. According to Greendale, there were some standout funny moments. She notes Bobby Blair’s story about Stuffy the stuffed dog.

“Bobby Blair is always a standout funny moment,” Greendale laughs. She adds, “Listening to Bobby tell the story of Stuffy will definitely keep you in stitches.”

Another humorous moment according to Greendale was a reading by Ann Talbot called, “The Fourth Grade Play,” where she describes a play she participated in for health class where the students had to dress up like fruits and toothbrushes to teach the value of healthy eating and proper hygiene. As she describes the play, the laugh-inducing punch line was, “We were on our way to a stellar performance until the Orange looked down at the floor. Seeing liquid spreading her way, she moved forward. The Carrot saw the same thing and moved backward. Soon all the healthy fruits and vegetables were breaking formation and squirming left and right for a dry spot on our makeshift stage. Our nervous Prune had wet his pants.” Greendale states, “Everybody in the audience was absolutely in stitches because Ann really writes it so masterfully.” There was even stand-up comedy, acting, and meditation. For example, students from Prana Center enacted the death scene from Little Women. “They had the entire audience in tears,” Greendale says. Prana Center owner, Roberta Weiner, led everyone through a breathing exercise to imagine a beach. It was an evening of people expressing words in many ways.

“I like that there were that many people all in one place that like words,” Greendale explains. “It’s not something people sit down and focus on. Unless you’re in an environment with other writers, or people who are somehow working with words, you don’t get to appreciate it.” Greendale encourages people to write and share their work, even if it’s just words from a journal entry. “Just come share it,” she states. “There is something different in listening to your own words spoken aloud than reading them on a page.”

The next Holliston Heard will likely be in the fall, according to Greendale. The next one will be similar to the first with food, refreshments, and a variety of performances, except perhaps in a new venue and on another day of the week. However, interested participants can be sure of one thing: the next Holliston Heard will have many words. “Most people use the same words,” Greendale says. “It’s just how they put them together that makes them magical.”

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PET CORNER A Dog Day Afternoon BY J.D. O’GARA The Friends of the Holliston Police K-9’s Pet Fair & Paws Walk was held on Sunday, May 19th. At least 100 people came out to walk their furry family members and raise money for the organization. The day was complete with bouncy houses, raffles, K-9 demonstrations and a number of booths from vendors and local organizations.

Although he didn’t walk, little Georgie, who was rescued from a shelter down south after surviving getting hit by a bus, certainly joined in on the celebration at the Pet Fair.

Adults and children alike came out to walk their dogs and support Holliston’s K-9.

Baypath humane society and Vest-a-Dog were some of the nonprofits represented at the Pet Fair.

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“Bella” Would Love One-on-One Attention Meet our dear, sweet "Bella." She is gray and white, petite and has a very gently nature. Neither Bella nor the other male cat she

lived with were fixed, which made for an impossible living situation and subsequently, both were surrendered to PCS. They visited the veterinarian for spay or neuter and the male arrived at the shelter first. He has since been adopted. Bella is now awaiting her new home. Bella loves attention, is playful and enjoys being groomed by the volunteers. We've seen her blossom into a darling cat who would make a wonderful

companion as an only feline in a quiet adult home. If you are interested in adopting Bella, please visit our website or call the message center at (508) 533-5855 for an adoption application. All cats and kittens are examined by a veterinarian, tested for feline leukemia and FIV, vaccinated, dewormed and microchipped prior to adoption. The Purr-fect Cat Shelter is a non-profit, no-kill, all volunteer organization.

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May Town Election BY BILL TOBIN - 5/21/13 This article first appeared in and is used courtesy of The Holliston Reporter, There are 9,973 registered voters in Holliston and only 666 voted in the annual town election. The votes for the candidates are:








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A Journey of Growth Local Church Plans Mission to Jamaica this Summer BY MARJORIE TURNER HOLLMAN Have you ever taken a vacation and returned with only the clothes on your back? Probably not on purpose, but this is exactly what eighteen area students and four adults, all from the Medway Community Church plan to do this July, in partnership with the mission organization “Won by One to Jamaica” The Medway group plans to depart for Jamaica with their suitcases jammed full of donated items, and will leave everything in Harmons, Jamaica, an isolated mountain village of about 3,000 people. Harmons is hours

from the nearest tourist area on the tropical island. Even the suitcases they fly down with will remain in Jamaica and be used as clothes closets by the residents. Medway Community Church Youth Director and leader of the trip, Adam Bridges said, “It’s neat to think that by cleaning out and donating our excess, we can pass our items on to someone who can use them.” According to the “Won by One to Jamaica” website, the Harmons area experiences 75% unemployment. An important part of the trip is providing support for the employment efforts of this organiza-

Reaching out, one by one. These members of Medway Community Church plan to travel this summer to Jamaica with suitcases packed with donations. After volunteering, they will return with just the clothes on their back. Standing from left: Erin Bontempo (Franklin), Erik Anderson (Ashland), Nora DeBoer (Hopedale), Meg Hardin (Franklin), Jen Arvidson (Adult leader/Millis), Victoria Greenwald (Medfield), Bill Fox (Wrentham), Sr. Pastor Travis Bond (Adult leader/Franklin), Ryan Kilgalon (Medway), Katie Caswell (Franklin), Evan Wong (Medway), Jake Bontempo (Franklin), Craig Soule (Medway), Jess Stone (Medway). Kneeling in front: Brad Soule (Medway)

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one of the adults going on the trip said. “I suspect the kids will feel refreshed to come home with very little and will have grown in their walk with the Lord as a result.” Items most needed include towels; bed sheets; summer infant clothes; “D” batteries; soap; toothpaste; shoes—both kids' dress shoes and men’s work shoes; and men’s shorts, sizes 2838. To donate items, or get a complete list of what is needed, email Youth Director Adam Bridges at or call (508) 533-7032. Donated items can be dropped off at the church office at 193 Main Street, Medway from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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23rd Holliston Lions Triathlon Sunday a.m., June 2 Traffic Safety a Priority for Race By J.D. O’Gara The Holliston Lions Triathlon isn’t something new to the town. In fact, it’s 23 years old, and as long time organizer John Paltrineri puts it, it’s not for the casual Sunday jogger. “Many of them are seasoned triathletes. They do multiples of

these,” he says. “It’s been as large as 325 participants, but more recently, I’d say we might have 150 participating.” He adds that since it’s one of the first triathlons of the season, the water is so cold that most participants wear wetsuits. Years ago, he says, “we were looking for a new fundraiser, and it was given to me as a task to put

together some sort of race.” The Fiske’s owner says the then-president of the Lions Club read about a race organizer in Marlborough, Fisk Independent Race Management. Paltrineri contacted Bill Fisk, who came out and planned the course at Stoddard Park, first a half-mile swim at Lake Winthrop, then a 15-mile loop around the lake, followed by a 5 mile run back around in the opposite direction.

Relay for Life June 15th The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Ashland and Holliston is being held this year at the Ashland Middle School, 87 West Union Street from 12 noon Saturday, June 15 through 8 a.m. Sunday, June 16, 2013. You do not need to be a Relay participant to join us in celebrating survivors, remembering lost loved ones or fighting back against cancer. There will be lots of fun events for all ages and opportunities to support Relay teams in many different ways, whether it is to purchase a luminaria bag to honor someone you know whose life has been affected by cancer, buy a raffle ticket for a sporting event, or just walk a lap around the track to honor a survivor, there is something for everyone. For more information about Relay For Life, please visit the website at or contact Denise Landry-Horowitz at (508) 954-0508.

Relay For Life of Ashland and Holliston announces its Bank Night on June 4, 2014 to be held at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary's Church in Holliston. This is a very important meeting to attend as t-shirts and campsites are distributed and donations are collected from teams. A team captain or member from every team needs to attend this informative meeting. For more information, please contact Denise Landry-Horowitz at (508) 954-0508. Join us at Relay For Life of Ashland and Holliston and donate your ponytail, of at least 8 inches, to help make a wig for a cancer patient. We’ll have stylists from Invidia Salon & Spa, Sudbury, MA. to cut your hair. Hair must be free from permanent hair dye or bleach and no more than 5% white. Our Fight Back ceremony and “cut-a-thon” is on Saturday, June 15th from 4

– 7 p.m. at Ashland Middle School, 87 W. Union St. Relay Participants and Visitors welcome! E-mail Betsy to set up your appointment today at beautifullengthsrelay4life@ Relay For Life of Ashland and Holliston is looking for volunteers the day of Relay, June 15, 2013. It takes a village to fight cancer and we need your help to make this wonderful fundraising, community event a success. Volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. until dark whether if it's for two hours or more during the day. The event is held in Ashland at the Ashland Middle School, 87 West Union St. If you or your community service group is interested in donating time, please contact Tara Paige at There are service opportunities for all ages and abilities.

This year’s Holliston Lions Triathlon, a USA Triathlon Sanctioned event, will take place at Stoddard Park on Norfolk Street on Sunday, June 2nd from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. The cost is $70 per individual, or $80 per relay team. Although registration online has closed, Holliston Lion Pam Zicko, owner of the Holliston Grill, says volunteers are still needed, particularly with traffic. “Volunteer opportunities include holding signs at streets that come out onto the route, so that we keep the racers safe. You’re directing traffic but also cheering the runner,” says Zicko. “The whole idea is to keep these racers safe, because traffic, sometimes they’re not paying attention coming up from a side street.” “I hold my breath every year,” says Paltrineri. “Safety is our biggest concern. We’ve never had

a major accident, and we owe a lot of it to the manpower the club puts out – 65 volunteers … bikes and runners. When they get into the zone, they’re not thinking of anybody around them. They’re counting on us to make sure it’s safe for them. They’re cranking.” Paltrineri adds that the event is fun to come watch, even for nonparticipants, and it generally raises a few thousand dollars for Holliston Lions charities. “What makes this race fun? Maybe it's the pretty park for the race venue, or the rolling route for the bike and run courses, or it just might be the enthusiastic volunteers. Probably it's a combination of all those features that makes the Holliston Lions Triathlon so much fun,” says Paltrineri. For race day volunteer opportunities contact Lion Pam @ (508) 429-9101.

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HYBSA Hosts First Ever Family Carnival! Holliston Crowds Celebrate America’s Favorite Past Time The town of Holliston, MA turned out in the hundreds on opening day to celebrate America’s Favorite Past Time – Baseball! Opening Day festivities began at 9 a.m. with a Homerun Derby. At 12:30 p.m. Holliston youths aged 5 through 13, along with their coaches, marched in the annual Holliston Youth Baseball & Softball Association (HYBSA) Parade. Always a favorite spring event, the Parade includes antique cars, fire trucks, and sports cars that drive Holliston teams along the parade route. The day also marked the inauguration of the first-ever Baseball and Softball Family Carnival.

“Baseball and softball have always been a favorite past time especially in small town America,” stated Charlie Jacobs, HYBSA’s President. “This year

we wanted to make sure everyone in town could celebrate this great sport with us – so we organized a Family Carnival with activities for all ages. The homerun derby, parade, and carnival were a huge success!” Jack Sykes and Matt Jeye from the national honor society and the Varsity Baseball team held the first ever Home Run Derby, which raised over $500 for autism awareness. The HYBSA Family Carnival featured carnival games such as baseball toss and baseball spinner and carnival activities such as bounce houses and face painting. There was a friendly element of competition and family fun during the HYBSA Family Carnival. Jennie LoRicco, Softball Coordinator and Carnival Organizer added, “Kids were smiling and enjoying a day at the park with their teammates and families. Our Radar Gun Contest, bounce houses, and carnival prizes were definitely the favorites!”




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Sports Edwards’ Character Shines Brightly For Holliston Nine BY KEN HAMWEY The sign of a high-caliber competitor can best be determined when losses mount and victories are few and far between. Holliston’s Nick Edwards falls into that category. The senior right-handed pitcher, who was 1-3 as the Panthers season was winding down, displayed plenty of grit, durability and resiliency for a team that was 2-11 after 13 games and once again out of the mix for a tournament berth. The 6-foot-1, 160-pounder was coach Jason Hoye’s No. 1 pitcher, the go-to guy when the Panthers needed to elevate their confidence. When Holliston started its season winless at 0-4, it was Edwards who went eight of nine innings to down Framingham and give the Panthers their first win. “That game was a come-frombehind victory,’’ Edwards noted. “After that victory, our team started to play better. Although we lost many close games, our squad played hard. We had talent, but what hurt were bad breaks for us and good bounces for our opponents. It’s important to move on and be prepared for the next challenge when a team loses.’’ Edwards, who has been a starter the last two years, easily can be considered one of the premier pitchers in the Tri Valley League. His earned-run average of 3.50 on a losing team speaks volumes about his ability. “Nick understands the game and he’s definitely in control when he’s on the mound,’’ Hoye said. “He’s got a great arm and his composure is excellent. He’s a student of the game, always willing to learn from the hitters he previously faced. He’s a true competitor.’’ Edwards notched his only victory last year when he faced Norton during Holliston’s 3-17 campaign. He hurled a complete game, throwing 71 pitches and striking out four. Holliston ral-

lied from a 4-0 deficit, scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh and won, 5-4. More dramatic than the rally was the grit Edwards displayed during pregame warm-ups. “Nick is our back-up third baseman,’’ Hoye said. “He was fielding a ground ball that somehow caught his finger and split it. He saw our trainer, got treated and taped and started. He threw hard, too. That’s a competitor.’’ Edwards relies on a 75-mph fastball, a curve and a changeup. Now that the curtain has fallen on his high school baseball career, he’s hoping to continue his diamond experience in college. A good student, Edwards hopes to play for Roger Williams University next spring. “I’ve talked with the coach there, and I’ll try out,’’ he said. “I’d like to add a slider to my assortment. That’s a pitch that can catch a batter off guard.’’ What makes Edwards so reliable is his aggressive style on the mound. He prefers to keep his pitches low, bank on control and get his share of strikeouts. “The key attributes for a pitcher should be to stay calm, be patient and don’t get rattled if a batter gets a hit,’’ Edwards emphasized. “I always think about why I compete. I want to win, have some fun along the way and reach my po-

tential.’’ Playing for two losing baseball teams was disappointing but Edwards saw the other end of the spectrum, playing three varsity seasons of football and being a TVL champion. “We won the Super Bowl against Cardinal Spellman when I was a sophomore,’’ Edwards recalled. “And, when I was 11, my Pop Warner team was New England champs and got to play in Florida at the nationals.’’ Labeling teammates Max Turcotte (center fielder) and Mike Galeaz (pitcher) as top-notch competitors, Edwards also has high praise for Hoye. “Coach Hoye has been terrific,’’ he said. “He knows baseball, having played in college, and he’s a good motivator. He did a great job helping our players deal with our losses.’’ When Edwards is at Roger Williams next year, majoring in criminal justice and hopefully pitching, he likely will reflect on his finals days as a Holliston athlete. “I accomplished a lot and, although it’s sad to see it end, I believe Holliston High was a good training ground for my future in both sports and academics,’’ Edwards said. “I’m looking forward to the next chapter of my life.’’ Nick Edwards may not have compiled dynamic statistics but he displayed plenty of character, courage and class.

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Holliston Garden Club Announces Garden Tour June 1&2 The Holliston Garden Club announced today that it will host a Garden Tour this year on the first weekend in June. Six magnificent private gardens will be open to ticket holders on Saturday, June 1st between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and on Sunday, June 2nd between noon and 4 p.m., rain or shine. Featured gardens include a spectacular shade garden, a cottage garden with curb appeal, a beautifully landscaped birdlovers’ garden, splendid outdoor living areas, gardens bursting with color, and informal mixed gardens with something for everyone. Some are created by the homeowner, some are professionally designed, but all are a welcome relief after a long, cold winter. The Garden Tour grew out of the twin desires to celebrate the

private gardens of Holliston residents and to raise money to develop and maintain public spaces. In this, Holliston Garden Club’s 80th year, the Club is maintaining several traffic islands, planting trees, maintaining the gardens at the Holliston library, weeding, pruning and helping the town stay beautiful. Those interested in membership can go to Tickets for the Garden Tour are $15 each and are available at Coffee Haven, Outpost Farm, and Salon D. On tour dates, tickets will be sold at the Gazebo near CVS Pharmacy on Central Street. In addition, interested parties can mail a self-addressed stamped envelope prior to May 10, 2013 with a check for the tickets to HGC Garden Tour, c/o 117 Westfield Drive, Holliston, MA 01746.

New England Plant Swap Planned for June 1st in Walpole THIS is the way your grandmother made her garden grow. She traded thriving plants with friends and neighbors. Which is exactly what we'll be doing again this year at the New England Plant Swap this Spring. Sharing is the best part of gardening. When a plant does well enough here in New England, others want to know about it. They'd like even more to HAVE some of it. If you haven't been to a good, old-fashioned plant swap, you're in for a treat. Pot up your excess prized plants to share. Load up your bounty and head to beautiful Adams Farm at 999 North St. in Walpole MA on June 1, 2013 at 9 a.m. There, you will meet other, friendly, local gardeners with their booty for sharing. It's simple, free and fun for all. For each plant you bring, you can take a plant from someone else. All the details are at our web site: or we may be reached at or phone (508) 507-9629. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Calendar June 1 Nikola Metaxus and Sean Tracy, from the X-Factor, 8-11 p.m., Pejamajo Café, 770 Washington St., Holliston.

June 4 Bank Night, Relay for Life of Ashland and Holliston important meeting, needs a team captain or member from every team. Call (508) 954-0508

Holliston Garden Club Garden Tour, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., tickets $15 each and are available at Coffee Haven, Outpost Farm, and Salon D. On tour dates, tickets will be sold at the Gazebo near CVS Pharmacy on Central Street.

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June 2 Holliston Lions Triathlon, Stoddard Park, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Holliston Garden Club Garden Tour, Noon – 4 p.m., tickets $15 each and are available at Coffee Haven, Outpost Farm, and Salon D. On tour dates, tickets will be sold at the Gazebo near CVS Pharmacy on Central Street. June 3 Morning Book Club, 11 a.m., Holliston Public Library, Gilman Room, lower level, Discuss Jean Kwok’s Girl in Translation. Leslie McDonnell, (508) 429-0617

Chris Ross, CD Release Prty, $8 cover, 8-11 p.m., Pejamajo Café, 770 Washington St., Holliston. June 8 Foxtrot Band, 8-11 p.m., Pejamajo Café, 770 Washington St., Holliston. June 14 Dave Lieb, 8-11 p.m., Pejamajo Café, 770 Washington St., Holliston. June 15 Lenny Solomon, 8-11 p.m., Pejamajo Café, 770 Washington St., Holliston.

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June 15-16 American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Ashland and Holliston, 12 noon Saturday through 8 a.m. Sunday, Ashland Middle School, 87 West Union St., For information, please visit ashlandhollitonma or contact Denise Landry-Horowitz at (508) 954-0508. Relay for Life of Ashland and Holliston Cut-a-thon, 4-7 p.m., Ashland Middle School during Relay for Life, stylists from Invidia Salon & Spa of Sudbury will be onhand to cut donations of at least 8 inches of hair to help make a wig for a cancer

patient. No permanent dyed hair or bleach and no more than 5% white. E-mail Betsy to set up your appointment today at beautifullengthsrelay4life@ June 18 History Book Club, 6:30 p.m., Holliston Public Library, Gilman Room, Leslie McDonnell (508) 429-0617. Discuss Mr. President: How and Why the Founders Created a Chief Executive, by Ray Raphael June 21 Travis Caudle, 8-11 p.m., Pejamajo Café, 770 Washington St., Holliston.


June 22 Walk that Walk (blues band), 8-11 p.m., Pejamajo Café, 770 Washington St., Holliston. June 28 Back Pages, 8-11 p.m., Pejamajo Café, 770 Washington St., Holliston. June 29 Will Dailey, 8-11 p.m., Pejamajo Café, 770 Washington St., Holliston.

Local Mortgage Advisor Hosts Local Real Estate Cable Show Michael Shain, a 25+ year veteran of the mortgage /banking industry and currently a mortgage consultant with Charles River Bank, announces the successful production of another episode of Real Estate Roundtable his public access cable television show that focuses on the local real estate market. The show entitled Real Estate Roundtable features first a panel of local real estate experts that analyze and comment on local, current, important topics involving residential Real Estate. The second segment is an in depth one on one discussion with an expert on a specific topic related to real estate and home ownership. The panel this month consisted of Josh Lioce from Lioce properties` Mendon, Judy Leonelli of Millennium Realty Mendon and

Leo Fantini of The Massachusetts Realty group. The outlook for the spring market was reviewed. The panel agreed, it is active and improving, with demand for home ownership increasing. All stressed the importance of having a pre-approval from a trusted lender, this is especially important as the market heats up with buyers. The show also looked at discussing needs and expectations with your real estate professional so that he/she can maximize the efficiency of the entire process, as well as the strong importance of curb appeal for a positive first impression. Michael Shain the host of the show wanted to remind viewers that mortgage programs are still available with low down payment and that mortgage rates remain low and that mortgage money is available to lend.

The second segment of the show featured Kim Dichiara ,the manager of Crystal Pool and Spa, Bellingham, who reminded viewers that now is a great time to look under your pool’s cover and perhaps add chemicals now in anticipation of your spring opening. Kim encouraged people to call her family owned business with pool questions at (508) 966-1322. Real Estate Round table can currently be seen on most public access channels; in our area, including Milfords, check with Milford’s, public access station for scheduled times. Our panel of Real Estate experts invites you to contact them at their office to answer your real estate questions. To contact the shows host Michael Shain with any comments/questions please call (508) 330-8487 or e-mail Mike Shain

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Senior Center Could Be Better Funded We are writing this letter in regard to the Holliston Senior Center. Many of us use the services that the Center offers. Most of the surrounding towns have beautiful new and updated buildings; while our building is in dire need of repair inside and out. Without the diligent hard work of the staff and volunteers, the Center could not continue to be up and running. We believe that with more paid staff, they could extend their hours and services. We did some homework and we were appalled to find that for the year 2014, the total town budget is going to be 54 million dollars. The Senior Center will only be receiving $170,000 of the 54 million. That is only 1/2 of 1% of the budget. That amount only pays for 2 full time, 1 part time employee, building maintenance, office supplies and some miscellaneous items. All programs, van services, food, and many more services are NOT paid for with tax dollars. These are paid for by grants, donations and fund raising. The largest fundraiser is the annual Fall Fair, which is chaired by the Senior Support Foundation. With the help of the wonderful volunteers and the loyalty of the staff, this has been a huge success every year. 55 and over seniors are 23% of the town’s population. Shame on everyone at the Town Hall that determines who gets what amount out of the yearly budget. Some day you will be seniors and then you will know how it feels to be 1/2 of 1%. Seniors Vote! Seniors Care!

Senate Approves Boost to Local Transportation Aid Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) and Senator Richard Ross (RWrentham) both contributed to the Senate passing legislation calling for a $100 million increase over Chapter 90 funding from last year, as part of a $300 million local transportation funding package for Fiscal Year 2014. Communities can use Chapter 90 funds for local projects such as rebuilding or repairing roads and bridges. The rates of funding are based on a formula that factors in each community’s total road miles, population, and employment. Below is a breakdown of the funding towns in the 2nd Middlesex and Norfolk district are set to receive under this bill: • Ashland – $687,386 in funding, an increase of $229,129 • Framingham – $2,863,194 in funding, an increase of $954,398 • Franklin – $1,382,441 in funding, an increase of $460,814 • Holliston – $760,929 in funding, an increase of $253,643 • Hopkinton – $959,188 in funding, an increase of $319,729

Sincerely, Concerned Senior Greta Hammond*

• Medway – $617,259 in funding, an increase of $205,753 • Natick – $1,512,525 in funding, an increase of $504,175

*This letter was hand-signed by 41 additional Holliston residents.

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The Basics of Life Insurance Once you understand where you are financially (see my last two articles on Net Worth and Cash Flow), you should consider protecting your family. Purchasing life insurance is a solid financial decision. However, because every family’s cirare different, cumstances choosing the best policy requires some planning and research. There are some basic questions you can answer that will help get the process started: Why purchase it? How much do you need? Which type best fits your needs? Which companies offer the best policies? Let’s take a look at each of these questions below. The most common use of life insurance is to ensure family stability after the insured has died. Life insurance policies can also be used to pay for funeral expenses, estate taxes, charity or the transfer of a business. There are many uses for life insurance; think about how you want your life insurance policy to work for your specific situation to determine how much and what type to use. When purchasing life insurance to protect the family, carefully consider the projected annual living expenses of the survivors. If you have children at home, factor in the amount of lost income needed to sustain the household. For example, survivors usually need immediate help paying off the big bills such as the mortgage, expected college costs and other family expenses. Adding up these costs will give you the amount of insurance the family needs. These calculations should be done for

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Stony Brook Announces Its June Programming! Stony Brook has come alive with the warm weather. Join us for these exciting programs: Predaceous diving beetles and more! Of course we will also get to get out fingers dirty! Minimum age: 5. Fee: $9m/$11nm per person. Herons at the Nest: Sunday, June 9th, from 9:00 a.m. 11:30 p.m. Join us for an easy walk to a magnificent rookery which serves as home to more than 30 pairs of great blue herons near Stony Brook. Herons (and occasionally other birds at this rookery) raise their young in giant stick-nests built high up in standing dead trees in the middle of wetlands. Heron rookeries are places of great activity. We will have ample opportunities to watch these magnificent creatures gently gliding to and from their nests in the process of caring for their young. We will carpool from Stony Brook a short distance to the rookery. Fee: $8m/$10nm Turtle Trekkers: Saturdays, June 1st and 15th, from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Start your weekend off right with a fun and knowledgeable Stony Brook teacher on the trails learning about nature. Each day will have a special topic created to excite your child about the natural world. There will be crafts, activities and lots of laughter. So come and join the fun. This month’s themes: Our Web-

footed Friends/Fabulous Flowers. Ages 2.9 to 6 with a parent. Fee: $10m/$12nm per adult/child pair Family Ponding: Sunday, June 9th,, from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. We can tell how healthy our wetland is by investigating what lives in the water. We will be removing many species to get a closer look at some fascinating adaptations. Dragonflies with jet propulsion! Sideswimmers!

Sounds of the Night: Friday, June 14th, from 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. During the summer around sunset the marshes, ponds, forests and fields in the area come alive as the birds and other animals that live here prepare for the coming night. Many of the creatures that have remained inactive during the daylight are beginning to stir. We will start with a discussion and light snack at the Nature Center before heading out in search of the night

life! Each month we will explore the interesting natural history of one of the groups of wildlife that visit local ponds, fields and forests as the sun is setting and afterwards. Minimum age: 6. Fee: $9m/$11nm per person. Rhode Island Coastal Carousing: Monday, June 17th, from 6:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. We will drive to Napatree Point Conservation area on the RI/Conn. Line for viewing assorted shorebirds, then east along the coast to Ninigret Nat’l Wildlife Refuge. Both sites offer a great diversity of songbirds and waterfowl as well.

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Fee: $35m/$41nm Sundays at Stony Brook: Sunday, June 23rd, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Take a Stony Brook Sunday stroll in search of birds, turtles, frogs, plants, and other natural wonders in the company of a Volunteer Naturalist. Or, join the Naturalist on the observation deck for a peek through the spotting scope. Do you have questions? Stop by on a Sunday afternoon and we will work to discover the answers together. Fee: FREE with admission. Pre-registration is required for all programs (except as noted). For more details, visit the Mass Audubon webpage at or contact us at 508-528-3140. Register by phone, email, fax (508-553-3864) or in person. Stony Brook is located at 108 North Street in Norfolk.

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Second Steps – a Place to Grow be messy from time to time. Once a month, children stretch their minds and bodies with visit from a Yoga teacher, while twice a month, a music teacher adds to the experience. Second Steps curriculum is theme based, changing monthly. Julie says she remains flexible, offering an emergent curriculum for this age group. Twice a month, children at Second Steps get to express themselves through music.

Julie Dowd knows what it’s like to build something positive from the ground up, quite literally. A teacher, wife and Mom, the owner of Second Steps family daycare turned a tragedy into an opportunity for growth. In 2007, six months after having moved into their home in an old house on 10 acres at 25 Birch Street, in Millis, the Dowd family, Julie, her husband Greg, and their two young boys, experienced a house fire. Thankfully, no one was hurt, but they lost their home and belongings. “We’re very lucky. We only lost material things,” says Dowd. “It was definitely a journey for our family and really brought us all closer together.” When the Dowd family rebuilt, Julie was able to incorporate her intention of using the bottom floor for her childcare facility.

artwork into play. She feels the same way about the outdoors. In addition to an enclosed and safe play space, Second Steps has a garden bed for wee farmers, and a lush green landscape to explore. Dowd describes her mission as to promote self-esteem, build confidence, and help children respect others and themselves. Infants in Julie’s care get both individual attention and group socialization, with plenty of tummy and play time. Toddlers are offered an active learning environment, where children are encouraged to look, listen, wiggle, roll, crawl, climb, make noise and

“I like to go with what they’re interested in and let them guide,” she says. “At the end of the day, I hope that they go home with a love of learning through play,” says Dowd, who incorporates a variety of different learning techniques and practices positive reinforcement. The combination works. “Our experience there has been fabulous,” says Lisa Hankee, whose two-year-old son, Brode joined Second Steps in 2011. “She has a great impact on the children.” Hankee says she’s had nothing but positive interactions with Julie, and “our son loves her … he’s so happy to see her and loves to see his friends there. It’s just really

“I was able to design my own school from the ground up,” says Dowd. “ Second Steps opened in 2008. The cozy, naturally lit family day care facility sits nestled in a beautiful landscape, and it’s geared for children ages 3 months to 3 years old. Dowd herself brings an honesty and warmth that welcomes the children in her care. Her background enhances the experience. Dowd began working with this age Movement is an important part of being a toddler, and Second Steps ingroup in high school, later pursu- vites a Yoga instructor to work with kids once a month. ing her post-secondary degree in Early Childhood Education. “I love the discovery and exploration of this age,” says Dowd. “The world is so brand new and so open to them. They’re constantly learning and discovering and exploring.” A typical day at Second Steps incorporates a wealth of free play, circle time and nutritious snacks. Dowd believes strongly in children expressing themselves through artwork, and so the teacher infuses

“When they leave here to go on to preschool, I want them to enjoy learning through play. I want them to have a positive self esteem, for them to feel comfortable in their own environment, in being able to do things for themselves,” says Second Steps Director/Owner Julie Dowd, shown here with some of the children in her care.

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plishing a lot.”

Hankee adds that that she has “never walked into Julie’s day care to a crying child … and it’s remarkable. The kids are safe, and they’re happy, and it’s a great experience.”

“Julie has set up such an amazing, unique environment. It’s creative, the kids have their hands in tactile stuff all the time, and they have this great outdoor area, and she also takes them on hikes and little adventures on her property,” says Arlynn Polletta, whose daughter, Adeline and son Wyatt had what she calls an amazing experience at Second Steps. Although both of her children are school age now, Polletta says, “My kids still feel deeply connected to her, as if she were part of my family. My son … felt like it was another home. They just grew so much when she was teaching them.”

That’s the impression Julie hopes her families will take with them, that “the children are happy, the parents are happy, and I love what I do.” “When they leave here to go on to preschool, I want them to enjoy learning through play. I want them to have a positive self esteem, for them to feel comfortable in their own environment, in being able to do things for themselves.” Dowd explains how important this independence is to children this age. “They feel proud. They feel like they have a sense of accomplishment in everything they do, and they are quite capable of accom-

Second Steps is open from Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and has both half-day and full-day openings. You can reach Julie Dowd at (508) 376-1155.

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MacArthur Farm is located at 137 Concord Street in Holliston BY J.D. O’GARA The farm’s location at 137 Concord Street beckons forth with a colorful assortment of flowering plants, and local novice gardeners are sure to find vegetable plants,

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Talk to MacArthur and it’s clear to see he is very proud of the farm that he and his wife, Helen, started their farm in 1982. MacArthur was just 23 when he started the farm, a graduate of Norfolk County Agricultural High School in Walpole, and a protégée of Helen’s father, Ferdinand Volante and his brother, Eugene, who had run Volante’s Farm in Needham. MacArthur worked for Volante as a teenager. “Her father taught me,” says MacArthur. “He inspired me.” MacArthur says he learned the tricks of the trade from his father-in-law. Later, however, MacArthur felt the ambition to have a farm that was his own. He happened by the property on Rte. 126 in January of 1981 and broke ground in February of 1982. Not only has MacArthur been successful at growing (At the end of this month, MacArthur Farm will be offering its greenhouse tomatoes. Both MacArthur’s greenhouse variety and its field tomatoes have taken

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home first prize in the Massachusetts Tomato Contest, conducted annually by the Department of Agriculture.), but he has built a lot of his success on his participation in Farmers Markets. This will be his second year in the Needham Farmers Market, which has taken some time to get into, but he was one of the original farmers to sell in Boston. In fact, in 2011 he received an award from Mayor Menino as “Farm Innovator.” This summer, MacArthur Farm will be represented on Sundays, from 1-5, at the Needham Farm-

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ers Market (starting June 2), 23 Dedham Ave., on Wednesdays from 1-6 at the Dedham Square Farmer’s Market (starting June 16) at 370 High Street, Copley Square Farmers Market (starting June 11) on Tuesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Mission Hill (June – Nov.) on Thursdays, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Roslindale Farmers’ Market (starting June 1) at Adams Park on Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Prudential Center on Thursdays from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and at the Cambridge Center Farmers Market on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. All of the vegetable, herb, annual and perennial plants found at MacArthur’s Farm are grown at the farm. The farm grows seasonal vegetables, including field tomatoes grown on 18 acres on Highland Street, as well as its wellknown greenhouse variety. In addition, the farm carries fruit and some other vegetables from local farms. MacArthur Farm is located at 137 Concord St. and is open in the summer daily from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. They can be reached at and on Facebook, or at (508) 429-4873.

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Out Post Farm – a Holliston Tradition BY J.D. O’GARA

order to grow fresh produce.

Kevin Drake liked his job so much, he bought the farm, quite literally – well, at least a piece of it. Five years ago, the 28-year-old, who began working at Out Post Farm at 14, joined Adrian Collins, a long-time employee who had purchased the farm from Charlie Nickerson in 1996, and Paula Hale, yet another long-time employee-turned-owner, to run what’s been an establishment in Holliston since the 1950s – Out Post Farm.

Out Post Farm also offers the local community a chance to participate in Community Supported Agriculture. Local folks can produce CSA shares in colder months, thus investing in the farm. Shareholders are then promised a weekly portion of the farm’s harvest from mid-June through October, a deal for in-season produce at near wholesale cost. If poor weather conditions or something else negatively affect the crop, the farm can sustain its operations and move forward. The win-win situation also saves the CSA shareholder money on produce, providing them with seasonal value, and local folks learn about locally grown produce and their seasonality.

“I’ve always loved working here,” says Drake. “I went away to college and have had a few other jobs, but I love being here, what we do, seeing the farm grow. I love what we put out.” The farm began as a chicken and egg farm, but when the egg industry moved south, Out Post Farm switched to producing fresh turkeys for the area. In 1970, 50 more acres were purchased in

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Arcadian Farms BY J.D. O’GARA Tucked away at 200 Norfolk Street, Arcadian Farms has supplied Holliston, Medway, Sherborn, Millis and other towns with fresh seasonal produce and plants for 70 years The farm was established in 1931, by Peter Koshivas, a Greek immigrant, and his wife, Katherine. Peter sold eggs from his farm, traveling back and forth to Boston, and he grafted and raised apple trees at the farm. The farm grew from eggs and apples to livestock and vegetables. The Koshivas operated a roadside stand until the early 1970’s, when the youngest son, Michael, with the help of his brothers and nieces and nephews, expanded the farmstand to include more vegetables and milk, bread, and other prepared products such as jams and syrups. Mike also added an apple cider press and greenhouses. Now, the farm is known for its annuals, perennials and hanging baskets in the spring, their sweet corn in the summertime and apples in the fall. Arcadian Farm continues to be involved in the community, teaching local youth about agriculture and providing a scholar-

ship in Mike’s memory for Holliston High School seniors who will study agriculture or environmental sciences. The farm is still run by members of the third generation of the Koshivas family. “I grew up working here, so I’ve been here for as long as I’ve been alive,” muses owner Chris Chabot. “I guess it’s in my blood.” Not only does she enjoy the work, but also Chabot adds that she values preserving the open space that the farm provides in the town of Holliston. Arcadian Farms continues to offer tomatoes, corn, apples (Honey Crisp, Macintosh, Cortland, Macouns, Fuji, Empire and Delicious), lettuce, beets, eggplants, cauliflower, squash,

and cucumbers to tomatoes. The fall season sees such turnout as apples, pumpkins and winter squash. All of this produce, says Drake, is grown naturally. “We don’t use any synthetic fertilizers,” he says. “We use our own turkey compost instead of fertilizers.” All-year round, customers can enjoy mouthwatering prepared delights such as turkey and chicken sandwiches and wraps, as well as hot and savory chicken and turkey dishes. In the summertime, Drake says, Thursday nights are barbecue nights. The farm barbecues its chicken over an open pit, which, as with its turkeys, are home raised in open-sided buildings and fed without any hormones or antibiotics added to them, says Drake. Barbecuing starts at noon until the farm closes, and the delicious, if messy, poultry is complemented by homemade sides such as cole slaw, potato salad and slow-cooked baked beans. Whole families can

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sit outside at picnic tables to enjoy the feast. They can finish it off with ice cream, supplied locally from Richardson’s. The fun revs up in the fall, with Farm Day, a weekend petting zoo and tractor shows. Thanksgiving, of course, is a busy time, as local residents can order turkeys, prepared or not, for the big feast. De-

cember brings holiday decoration and Christmas trees and wreaths. Out Post Farm is located at 300 Prentice Street. It is open every day, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. They can be reached at and on Facebook, or at (508) 429-5244.

basil, baby bok choi, spinach and many other fruits and vegetables. In addition to what the farm produces, the farm stand also offers dairy products, baked delights and jams, jellies and honey from local purveyors. For those looking to make their own landscapes more beautiful, a variety of annuals such as pansies, petunias, impatiens and Snapdragons are grown in Arcadian’s greenhouses, and home gardeners can choose from a number of perennial, vegetable and tomato plants as well. Arcadian Farm, located at 200 Norfolk Street in Holliston, is open year-round. Its hours from May through November are 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily. Visit the farm at or call (508) 429-4439 for more information.

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Term 3 2012-13 Honor Roll Student Ameli, Ariana Bagley, Paige Barber, Timothy Bonfatti, Dominic Cabot, Sean Cahill, Ryan Cousseillant, Karl DeAngelo, Brady Devane, Maren Doonan, Isabel Durkee, Benjamin Hein, Elizabeth Iarussi, Brooke Kubatin, Nadezhda Kubatin, Victor Labb, Laura Leger, Marissa Mateo, Ovidio McEwen, Isobel Meyers, Lanie Perlmutter, Joshua Polny, Joseph Poole, Emily Quinan, Emily Rife, Christian Ristaino, Caroline Robertson, Anne Robertson, Kate Rodrigues Vaz Falcao, Kimberly Rowles, Taylor Saied, Beshoy Salguero, Joshua Servidio, Francesca Sirianni, Julia Spitzer, Rose Stebbins, Hannah Stering, Zachary Sthalekar, Medha Stopa, Kaileigh Strzempko, Jessica Sykes, Sarah Yamakawa, Yoshiya Adkin, Bruce Bubello, Alyssa Carchidi, Kathleen Coburn, Mitchell Conroy, Reilly Hamilton, Rebecca Hamre, Margaret Hancock, Jacob Higgins, Daniel Kadarisman, Jessica Kennedy, Brian Knapp, Sara McShane, Jillian Mitri, Roy O'Connell, Brendan Pralat, Trevor Rafferty, Megan Rosati, Allyson Rossini, Julia Rutberg, Benjamin Salley, Katherine Seymour, Robert Smalley, Paige Stebbins, Sarah Whitney, Thomas Battersby, Brooke Belyea, Abigail Bynoe, Jordan Durkee, Emma Farrell, Abigail Goldfarb, Noah Gowda, Prateek Katz, Simonne Kogan, Leah Kokidko, Emily

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Congratulations to RE/MAX of New England! RE/MAX of New England announced the top 25 teams and individuals for the month of March and for the first quarter of 2013 in Massachusetts and New England. I'm very excited to say that The Kuney-Todaro Team was #1 in New England for the month of March. We ranked #3 in Massachusetts for the first quarter of 2013 and #4 in New England for the first quarter of 2013. We are a small team of two full time real estate agents and one marketing agent. Lorraine Kuney is a team leader and holds the position of #1 listing agent in Franklin, MA and also the agent capturing the greatest market share in Franklin, MA.

Barbara Todaro

Lorraine Kuney

Tammy Todaro is a listing and selling agent in Franklin, MA and also a top producing agent. Tammy is a long time Franklin resident with 14 years of real estate experience listing and selling residential property. I am the marketing agent for my team, and my job is to market our

We’re in a very strong sellers’ market. What this means to the many buyers who are waiting for fresh inventory to surface is that they may not jump soon enough or high enough as each property comes on the market. There are more buyers than there are active listings to buy.

With the great shortage of listings, many buyers are calling the listing agents directly to view properties. The mindset of

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Congratulations to both Tammy and Lorraine for having a stellar month of March and a magnificent first quarter of 2013.

This is happening more frequently now that the market has changed. Buyers are becoming frustrated with repeatedly missing new opportunities because the new listings are selling so quickly. Many buyers are now focused on securing housing rather than proper representation. Barbara Todaro

many buyers is to call the listing agent directly to see a newly listed property so that they may have an opportunity to view the listing and submit an offer. The buyer needs

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all buyers need a buyers’ agent for proper representation. All buyers who venture forth on their own without representation must understand that the seller will be the victor. Before you decide to buy a home without a buyers’ agent, consult a Realtor and have a consultation about buyer agency. it’s a smart move, and it will give you an understanding of what every buyer needs when purchasing a home……a buyers’ agent. This article was written by: Barbara Todaro The Kuney-Todaro Team RE/MAX Executive Realty in Franklin MA About the Author: Barbara Todaro is an award winning real estate agent with 35 years of experience and is the marketing agent for The KuneyTodaro Team. Barbara is a blogger on ActiveRain, Google+ and several other real estate platforms. Visit her website at For commenting and further discussion, Barbara Todaro can be reached at (508) 520-9881.

damage when they leave? What if their house is not ready at the end of the lease period, and they stay on for an extra two days or two months? So many things can go wrong. I would rather delay the closing, and on closing day, have an empty house to “walk through” and make sure everything is “AOK.” Should you decide on a lease arrangement, I would suggest that you have your attorney prepare a very detailed lease, with significant hold backs for potential damages? Also covered should be severe perdiem (daily) charges for any delay in the tenant moving out.

inventory and find the clients to buy our listings. My online marketing is a daily task and is done consistently throughout the majority of each day.

to understand that dealing directly with the listing agent leaves the buyer in a vulnerable position.

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most buyers understand that the listing agent represents the seller. Everyone needs proper representation, and buyers need a buyers’ agent to guide them through the buying process.

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Stacy and Mark ask: “Our house buying process was going along smoothly. Now the seller has requested that, after the closing, they stay on and rent for two months until their new house is ready. Your thoughts please?” Well I’m not a big fan of these arrangements. When you have a contract to buy or sell real estate, each party has just about equal rights. However, when you enter into a rental agreement, that becomes a tenant/landlord relationship, and the rights shift dramatically in favor of the tenant. Let’s say the property has a $400,000 value and both parties agree on a $3500 per month rental amount. You, the new owner, would get $7000. However, you would be putting up a $400,000 asset. What do you do if there is

Do not forget to clear this with your insurance agent to make sure you are covered for a rental property with proper liability coverage. Whether you are a buyer or seller, please do not agree to any terms based on a verbal or a handshake agreement. In real estate everything is based on signed contracts. Get your professional “team” involved and your transaction will be a breeze! To research real estate, any town or price range, check my web site Mr. Capozzoli has been a Massachusetts real estate broker for 35 years. You are invited to submit your real estate questions by e-mail or by phone (508) 596-2600.

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