Be Prepared ~ This Is New England After All!

This time of year the daytime weather is often full of sun and often unbearable heat. But, KYZLogoBanneras we all know too well, this is New England and that could change in a blink. Storm clouds roll in, wind, rain – who knows what? It’s not fun to think about, but it can happen. With a little preparation, however, the situation doesn’t have to be all that bad.

FOX25 News ran a piece this week that really applies to anyone whether you’re in Massachusetts or not. No matter your state, city or town, we want to be sure your home and family are prepared so that should a storm come near, you are ready no matter what.

Read the full story – KNOW YOUR ZONE – right here!

 

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Better Safe Than Sorry As July 4th Draws Near

As one of our nation’s biggest holidays draws near, there are some important safety precautions to be aware of.  fourth-july-fireworks-sillouette-two-people

  • If your city or town allows fireworks, be sure they are far removed from ALL people of ALL ages.  Sometimes it is easy to forget that Grandma and Grandpa cannot move fast should something go awry in your display.  Toddlers find the colors and sounds extremely beautiful or they are horrified. Better safe than sorry and make sure one responsible adult is with family and friends of these age groups at all times.
  • Grills and campfires stay hot even when they’re out!  That’s right.  Be sure to remind guests of all ages that this well-used tool is very hot…at most times!
  • Windows are open…kids are near!   Never expect young children to understand the potential danger windows can be.  Again, err on the side of caution and keep them closed when you can’t keep a constant eye on them.
  • Smores sticks can be dangerous!  This may seem super silly, but reality is, those things can be pretty sharp!  When the campfire is done and the marshmallows are put away, just put those sticks away with them.
  • Make sure a lifeguard is always on duty!  Again, this seems like a given, however, as pools and beaches get crowded and friends and family draw near, it’s easy to forget there are people of all ages of all different swimming abilities are cooling off.  Just be sure one responsible adult keeps watch on them all…
  • Make this holiday a special one for all!  May the outdoor fun, memories and love for our country be a constant reminder of what being with friends and family is all about.

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    It’s Time For Some Fireworks!

    It’s that time of year again when the booms and bangs help us officially kick-off our fireworkssummer outings!  July 4th is right around the corner and many area towns and cities are right there to celebrate!  The links below share the times and locations of these annual traditions throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire”:

    Massachusetts Displays by Town

    New Hampshire Displays by Town

    May you all have a safe, happy and healthy summer-long celebration!

     

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    Colors Matter!

    paintThis time of year as the flowers are blooming and the grasses are greener, there’s often a little birdie whispering in our ear…”It’s time for a change!”

    Now, that change could apply to any number of things.  Maybe it’s a minor change such as a new haircut.  Maybe it’s a bigger change like a new car.  Or, maybe, just maybe it’s a new color to be painted on your walls at home or the exterior of your home!  How exciting, right?

    Not so fast — you want to make sure it is the right color for you!  While many people truly believe in color matching and color families, some just don’t!  First and foremost, you have to love it.  You’re living with it every day.  Reality is though – it’s paint…you can change it!

    It’s often said that when selling your home, try to be sure you have a fresh coat of paint on the walls.  Make sure they are neutral to appeal to all parties.  This is very true as many people cannot look past the paint color (even though it is just paint!). In fact, every year Pantone, a corporation best known for its Pantone Matching System (PMS), along with many other paint manufacturers identify their Colors of the Year!  This year, they were a rose quartz and a serenity blue, which obviously are not neutral.  Benjamin Moore, another renowned manufacturer, alternatively deemed their Color of the Year Simply White.

    As you can see, color really is personal preference.  Colors can effect your mood and depict your style.  All that matters is that is right for you!

    (Note: If you’re interested in learning more about colors please reference here: Pantone Color of the Year and Benjamin Moore Color of the Year).

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    The Real Meaning of Memorial Day

    This weekend is a time of remembering those that have given the ultimate sacrifice to memorial-day-rememberensure our freedom and safety.  It is a time of offering sincere gratitude to all of them, those who currently are serving in our military, their families and those that have passed on.

    The Eagle Tribune recently ran the article (5/27) below with information on Memorial Day Services in the area:

    Local activities abound on Memorial Day

    From parades to ceremonies, there are plenty of activities to partake in around the Merrimack Valley this Memorial Day. 

    Temperatures will be warm throughout the region this weekend, peaking in the low 90s on Saturday before dropping off into the 70s through Monday, according to the National Weather Service. There is a chance for showers Monday.

    The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is encouraging travelers to plan ahead for their long weekend travel, with the heaviest traffic expected Friday and Monday afternoons.

    The following is a roundup of Memorial Day weekend events in the Merrimack Valley.

    Andover

    The town’s annual Memorial Day parade and ceremonies will be held Monday, May 30.

    Ceremonies will be held as follows: West Parish Cemetery at 7 a.m.; St. Augustine’s Cemetery at 7:30 a.m.; and Spring Grove Cemetery at 8 a.m.

    The Memorial Day parade will begin at 10 a.m. and proceed to The Park, where ceremonies will be held at 10:45 a.m.

    In the event of heavy rain, all observances will be held inside the Memorial Auditorium.

    Haverhill

    There will be several Memorial Day events in the city on Monday.

    To start the day, the Haverhill Police Relief Association will hold its annual Memorial Day service from 9 to 9:15 a.m. Monday in front of the police station, 40 Bailey Blvd.

    Haverhill’s Memorial Day parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. in front of Lorraine Post 29 VFW, 64 Kenoza Ave., Haverhill.

    The parade will travel down Main Street and turn onto Summer Street to the Linwood Cemetery for services.

    Cmdr. John Lenotte of the American Legion Wilbur M. Comeau Post 4 in Haverhill will serve as emcee. Speakers will include Mayor James Fiorentini and possibly Congresswoman Niki Tsongas.

    Local students will read the Gettysburg Address and General John A. Logan’s Memorial Day Order. After the ceremony there will be a collation at the VFW post for parade participants.

    That afternoon, a memorial service for veterans will be held at 3 p.m. at Hilldale Cemetery. The event is open to the public.

    After the service, anyone who has a relative buried at Hilldale will receive assistance by members of the cemetery’s board of director in locating their family plot.

    For more information contact Thomas Spitalere at 978-376-2807.

    Lawrence

    The City of Lawrence will hold a Memorial Day celebration at 9 a.m. Monday at Bellevue Cemetery, 100 Reservoir St., Lawrence.

    Sergeant First Class Daniel X. Santiago will be the keynote speaker for the event, which will be held rain or shine at the cemetery.

    For more information, contact Veterans’ Services Director Jaime Melendez, 978-620-3282.

    Methuen

    The city’s annual Memorial Day parade will begin at 10 a.m. Monday outside the American Legion Post 122, 200 Broadway, Methuen.

    All active duty service members, reservists, National Guard members and veterans are invited to march in the parade, along with public and private school groups, scout troops and civic organizations.

    The parade will form at 9:30 a.m. and step off around 10 a.m. It will go north along Broadway to the Charles Street monuments for a ceremony, and will then proceed down Charles Street across Broadway to Hampshire Street. It will then go left on Lowell Street, past the Central Fire Station and left on Grove Street to the Walnut Grove Cemetery for a ceremony.

    Following that, the parade will return to Grove Street, right on Lowell Street, and back past the Central Fire Station, right on Hampshire Street and right on Broadway, returning to the Legion post at the end.

    There will be a carpool at 11:45 a.m. to the Veterans Lot at Elmwood Cemetery, where there will be a ceremony at noon by Arnold Greenwood Post 8349, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

    For more information, call the Veterans Office at 978-983-8585.

    North Andover

    The town’s Memorial Day events will include a parade and a ceremony honoring members of the Gile family.

    The parade will form at 10 a.m. Monday on the west side of the Center Common, Osgood and Andover Streets. It will turn right onto Massachusetts Avenue, left onto Salem Street, and will end at Ridgewood Cemetery for the ceremony.

    Frank S. Gile, a North Andover Civil War veteran buried in Ridgewood Cemetery, will be recognized during the ceremony. Gile helped rescue his stranded ship, the USS Lehigh, in Charleston Harbor while it was being shelled by Confederates in November 1863, and was awarded a Medal of Honor for his “courage and bravery,” according to the town.

    Two of his descendants, Joseph T. Gile Sr., who served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and Joseph T. Gile Jr., a U.S. Marine killed in action in Vietnam in 1966, will also be honored.

    Chief Warrant Officer 4 Gerry Izzo, who served as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot in Somalia in 1993, will be the guest speaker.

    After the ceremony, the parade will reform and proceed back to Center Common. A small contingency will reform at the VFW Post 2104 on Park Street for a ceremonial flag raising and reception.

    In the event of inclement weather, services will be held at 10:30 a.m. the middle school Veterans Auditorium.

    For more information, contact Veteran Service Officer Gerry Maguire at 978-688-9525.

    Source: (http://www.eagletribune.com/news/local-activities-abound-on-memorial-day/article_2da0d8fd-e82a-5f26-b6ac-939f02a886a3.html)

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    Coco, Early & Associates Acquire The Dutton Real Estate Company of Lowell, MA

    lowellMay 17, 2016 — Coco, Early & Associate’s President Linda Early and Chief Executive Officer Blaise Coco are excited to announce that they have acquired The Dutton Real Estate Company of Lowell, Massachusetts, which touts the opening of their 13th location.  This latest acquisition places Coco, Early & Associates at an unprecedented level of more than 300 licensed real estate agents and puts the firm at a major geographical advantage over their competitors. Dutton Real Estate, a local family-run, real estate company with 21 agents and $20 million in annual real estate sales, set a new standard for consumer advantage when buying or selling a home. Coco, Early locations now are as follows: Massachusetts – Andover, Dracut , Lawrence, Methuen, Bradford, Lowell and in New Hampshire – Salem, Windham, Derry, Plaistow, Hampstead, Epping, and Portsmouth.
    “Our market share and growth this year are exploding,” said Blaise.  “With such a strong presence throughout the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire, making ourselves available to customers in Lowell was a natural decision for us.  Their agents’ experience, family-oriented culture and knowledge of the entire region, is a perfect match for our already-seasoned team.”

    The Dutton Group addition comes on the heels of another Coco, Early office opening in Portsmouth, New Hampshire just a few months prior.

    “If you are thinking about a career in real estate, or are thinking about joining a top notch real estate firm, think about our family-run real estate company,” Linda Early added. “Of course, if you are thinking about selling or buying a home in the next 90 days, please give us a call and experience the service of a lifetime.”  Simply go to cocoearly.com or call 978-375-4344 or 978-375-4345.

    About Coco, Early & Associates: Coco, Early & Associates now has 13 offices throughout Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Voted Best of the Best for seven years in a row, it is the area’s largest independent real estate company in the markets that it serves.  With an established professional partnership with Leading RE and Luxury Portfolio, the company offers clients  an unmatched marketing capability around the world, placing client needs and reach across all 50 states and 52 different countries worldwide.  Coco, Early & Associates sells an average of 5.8 homes a day and closes approximately 174 homes a month, which equals a staggering 2,031 homes ($700 Million in sales) a year.
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    Pools and Trampolines…Who Would Have Thought?

    This time of year kids are outside and the sun is shining!  Kids are asking “Mommy, Daddy pooltrampolinecan we please get a trampoline?  Can we please get a pool?”

    These are all fantastic ideas and ones that are sure to make memories for your families.  Before you jump into the decision, however, be sure to weigh out the pros AND the cons!

    The pros are easy — a guaranteed vacation all summer long in YOUR backyard!  The cons, however, may be a little tougher to swallow.

    1. Money, money, money.  Sure, there’s the initial cost of the items themselves, but (at least with the pool) don’t forget that you’ll need to maintain it all season long.  You’ll need pool toys, furniture, landscaping, and probably some accessories to ensure this will happen.  Your electricity also goes up as you run your filter to keep things clean for the season.
    2. Insurance. You’ll need to increase your homeowner’s policy.  If you’re adding a trampoline, your carrier may not even cover you anymore.
    3. Value of your home.  While we’d love to say, yes – it definitely increases the value and ability to sell your home.  We can’t.  Unfortunately it makes backyards scream fun and could attract some incredible buyers, however, not everyone is in the market for a pool so it could detract some potential ones as well.

    This information certainly isn’t intended to scare you away from any of these purchases.  In fact, we at Coco, Early & Associates value family time and making memories the whole year through!  We just want you to think about the big picture and know all that it entails before you write the big check!

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    Dining Out In The Merrimack Valley

    diningOnce again, it’s the time of year that we’re reminded how lucky we are to live in the area we do.  With beaches, mountains and the city all within an hour’s drive, it’s time to get out and really enjoy it!   What better way to do that than to sample some of the amazing restaurants in the Merrimack Valley?

    Click here to see a list, by town, of some of the area’s finest dining options as outlined by the Merrimack Valley Economic Development Council.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    It’s More Than Just A House

    In today’s busy Spring Market, when passions homesweethomeare high and schedules are full, home buyers can often get lost in the mind set of finding the “Perfect Home!”  Sure, the house itself is certainly incredibly important.  But, what truly can make your new dwelling ‘HOME’ is to make sure you, as a home buyer, do ALL your homework.  Know everything you can about the community in which you hope to find your potential home.

    That’s right.  It’s easy to get wrapped up in the number of bedrooms, the number of bathrooms, how much yard is there?  You think about the kitchen appliances, the flooring, is there a garage?  Here’s what may slip from your mind…but absolutely shouldn’t!

    Is this new home…

    • a short drive to your place of employment?
    • near schools?
    • near restaurants?
    • near a grocery store?
    • in a neighborhood?
    • on a busy street?
    • on a public road?
    • are there children nearby or are the residents older?
    • near a playground?
    • near a hospital?

    Some or all of these questions may be important to you.  No matter what your criteria is for your new home, just be sure not to neglect the BIG picture.  Know the community inside and out before you decide to make it your HOME.

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