Posts Tagged ‘Lowell’

More to Enjoy in July in Massachusetts

So many towns in Massachusetts have very special anniversaries – Back in 2005 Billerica held its 350th anniversary – seems like yesterday – and I was honored to be one of the co-chairs of that event.  It takes lots of planning several years in advance to pull off events like these.  So put these on your calendar and plan to visit the Cape are

Wareham’s 275th Anniversary

July 10th -Wareham Town Hall – incorporation reenactment at 2pm

Sillane Field – food and entertainment – from 4pm to 9pm

July 12th – parade from Main St to Gibbs Ave and Marion Rd before ending at town hall – kicks off at 10am

founders ball – 7pm   advance tickets required

July 13th – public safety day 1 to 5pm at town hall

includes friendly competition showing how fires were fought years ago

1900s bash with festivities centered on 20th century – August 20th


Sandwich 375th Anniversary

July 19th – 800s bash   – featuring Civil War ear reenactors

11am to 3pm  – horse drawn wagoette rides

noon to 4pm  – quilt show at town hall

3:15pm – old time baseball game at Wing school

July 26th 0 old fashioned clambake from 5pm to 11pm on the banks of the Cape Cod Canal (as part of the canal celebration –

with music, a juried craft fair and a kids tent with activities starting at 10am

and in August (yes get out that calendar too)

August 2nd and 3rd – on Water St site of a wing ding – kayak tours on Shawme Pond, 2 day car show, food trucks, pony rides, hayride on an antique fire truck, tethered hot air balloons and First Church on Main Street 3D light show


If you are into folk music – July 25th thru July 27th Lowell’s 28th annual Folk Festival

traditional ethnic music, authentic crafts demonstrations and hands on children’s activities

kicks off Friday night – parade and performances at Boarding House Park (Lowell National Historic Park) and Dutton Street Dance Pavilion

festival is free – $10 per day suggested donation


Lowell Summer Music Series –

kids free – to purchase your tickets visit


Billerica’s Free Concerts – every Tuesday night beginning July 1st – sponsored by Billerica Recreation

July 1st – Good Olde Boys

July 8th – The Risen

visit for full list of concerts


Joan Parcewski   c 978-376-3978

Realtor & Notary

Lead Abatement Program in City of Lowell MA

This information comes from the Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership

The City of Lowell has received federal funding to assist Lowell home owners with the removal of lead paint.

We are working with the City to promote the program and to provide intake for applicants.

The program provides 0% interest loans. Owners of single family properties can receive up to $15,000. Owners of multi-unit properties can receive up to $12,000 per unit. The program is available to both investors and owner occupants.

More information is available on our website.

Ed Alcantara
Home Buyer Counselor

Maria Lopez
Project Coordinator

Jim Wilde
Executive Director

If you are a homeowner or soon to be homeowner you should check into this


Joan Parcewski, Realtor and Notary – Woods Real Estate (veteran owned and family operated real estate office)      O 978-262-9665   C 978-376-3978



Looking for Places to Eat and Things to Do?

As we enter “meterological spring”,  those of us who are not snow people are looking for something that will help our winter blues:

1- Do you like to browse for antiques year round?   Where best to browse but in New England’s oldest antique shopping district with more than 500 dealers (Route 4 Antique Alley in NH – through the towns of Northwood, Lee, Epsom, and Chichester NH). Visit their website for more info

OR Perhaps you might like a trip to Essex MA.  There are more than 30 antique shops on Rte 133 in Essex (just a 45 minute drive from Boston)

2. Have you tried out Mardi Gras – New England style?   Yes, even New England can celebrate Mardi Gras and where else but at Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston.  Come down on Fat Tuesday, March 4th, between 2pm and 6pm for the Mardi Gras Procession and then to the restaurants in the Marketplace to celebrate. 

3. St Patrick’s Day is just around the corner.   Don’t miss Lowell’s Irish Cultural Week  with the St Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday, March 9th.

OR Perhaps take the trip into South Boston, where they hold the second largest parade in the country.  Parade kicks off at 1pm on Sunday, March 16th.  The parade winds its way from West Broadway, winding its way through the streets of this old New England town and ending several hours later at Andrew Square. 

2. Want to start your day on a fun note?  Stop by the Gingerbreadh Construction Company in either Winchester or Wakefield and enjoy one of their delicious muffins (including 19 innovative flavors – a Phantom Gourment favorite includes the Chocolate Dreme with luscious chocolate creme injected into a most chocolate muffin)

OR Perhaps a stop at Mul’s Diner on West Broadway in South Boston.  Try their eggs benedict layered with prime rib NY sirloin or Phantom Gourmet’s favorite, Creme Brulee French Toast

OR Travel to In A Pickle on Moody St in Waltham and tempt your palate with enormous fluffy buttermilk pancakes.  Load them with Snickers, M&Ms or Reeses Peanut Butter Cups or perhaps one of more than a dozen kinds of omelets.                       

Hope I have given you a few thins to look forward to as we enter the last days of winter.  Remember to turn your clock’s ahead next weekend as we step that much closer to the official first day of spring, soon to hear those true sounds of spring and summer – “Play Ball”

Happy March –

Joan Parcewski, Woods Real Estate    Cell 978-376-3978

GRI (Graduate Real Estate Institute, CBR (Certified Buyers Representative), SFR (Short Sale & Foreclosure Resource), LMC (Loss Mitigation Certified), CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert), CIAS (Certified Investor Agent Specialist), SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist), AHWD (At Home with Diversity), BPOR (Broker Price Opinion Resource), GREEN, E-PRO, MRP (Military Relocation Professional)

See what the visitors see……

Have you ever had someone come to visit and it is your responsibility to show them around?  Suddenly you discover that, though you have lived here all your life, you haven’t really visited the many places in and around MA or sometimes even in and around your town.  Here are a few ideas of things to do.  Some may be season specific – eg baseball – others may be a year round opportunity.  Time to act like a visitor and see what they see. 

Lowell Spinners – affiliate of Boston Red Sox since 1996.  They provide great entertainment for all ages, with theme nights (eg July 13th – Hallowe’en night,  July 25 – JImmy Buffet night,  July 28th – Star Works Day with fireworks,  August 25th – Pirates night).  They also have peanut-free night, bobble head nights and so much more.

For those who want to make it an eat and baseball night, there is always the all you can eat Gatorpit.  For a minimum group size of 10, you and your friends and family are treated grilled steak tips, BBQ ribs, sausages, hot dogs, chicken wings, grilled chicken breast, tossed salad, pasta salad, New England baked beans, corn-on-the-cob,  fruit,  non-alcoholic beverages and  ice cream for dessert. There is also a cash bar for those who are looking for alcohol.  The ticket price includes the meal and seating for the game ($29pp premium box, $28pp box, $25 pp reserved)  Children under 3 free.  Gatorpit goes on rain or shine – even if the game is cancelled.


One of my favorite places to go yearround but especially late spring through early fall is Salem Willows (Salem MA), an historic public park.  Did you know that in 1906 Everett Hobbs & William Eaton served the first ice cream cone in America and “Blind Pat” Kenneally introduced double jointed peanuts from his cart at the Willows?  In addition to the food and the arcades there are also cruises and private charters available  Or maybe you would like to sit back and take a tour of the Witch City  by trolley or a high speed catamaran from Salem to Boston  or rent a kayak


Love literature and its history?  Visit the Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House in Concord (home of her famous “Little Women”).  This year is special as it is their centennial year (1912 – 2012).  There are special events planned including – July 26th “A Morning with the Alcotts”, an interactive tour with old fashioned games, songs, stories and refreshments.  This particular activity runs several times thru July and August.

If you like the Alcott’s don’t miss a trip to Fruitlands in Harvard MA, a discovery of heritage, nature and art.  Here again you may find special day program – eg July 26th – How did the stars get in the sky?  (a native American story of the stars).


While many think of Lexington on Patriots Day, celebrated in April each year, there are activities year round in this historic town tied to the American Revolution.  For the artists there is the Artisans Market that runs July 21st thru August 11th.  For information contact the Lexington Arts & Crafts Society,  You can meet the artist and find out the story of their various works.  Admission and parking are free.

These are but a few of what is happening in and around Massachusetts.  Watch for more places to visit and events to enjoy.  Time to start up the car and head out for a day of adventure.  I’ll be back with more places to visit soon.

Joan Parcewski    Woods Real Estate (Billerica MA)  




Memorial Day Weekend Activities – Don’t Miss out

Memorial Day weekend – a time for barbecues, parades in honor of our military, rembrances at cemeteries around the Commonwealth.  In addition there are some special events in and around the Merrimack Valley area.  Check these out below
Verrill Farm – Asparagus Festival
Verrill Farm 11 Wheeler Road Concord, MA 01742               Venue Information
Saturday May 26, 2012 11:00 AM
This is a favorite event for many for 3 reasons: It features the first crop of the local growing season, attendees go to the fields and learn about where their food comes from and they enjoy a fabulous lunch! Reservations & prepayment required by May 25th, 978.369.4494. $25 per person
Lexington Tourism Committee – Revolutionary Revelry
Various Lexington Locations
May 1 – 31, 2012
Revolutionary Revelry celebrates Lexington every day in May, beginning with a May Day celebration complete with Maypole dancing and family picnic. Take a bike tour, or chat with artists at Open Studios or at the “Park Your Art” exhibit and auction. Visit the alpacas at the Lexington Battle Green BBQ Festival. Hear the William Diamond Junior Fife & Drum Corps at the Parade & Muster, or the Lexington Pops Chorus at their spring concert.
Lowell National Historical Park – Dickens and Massachusetts: A Tale of Power and Transformation
Lowell National Historical Park Boott Gallery John Street Lowell, MA 01852
March 30, 2012 – October 19, 2012
Join us in Lowell in 2012 to celebrate the Charles Dickens bicentenary with the major exhibition, Dickens and Massachusetts: A Tale of Power and Transformation, and over fifty public programs. While Dickens knew before arriving in the New World that he had become a famous literary man, it was the American trip that showed him the full extent of his power.
Great Brook Farm State Park          Lowell Road

Carlisle, MA              (978) 369-6312
 Nonmotorized boating, cross-country skiing, fishing, hiking, horseback-riding trails and picnicking. Seasonal ice cream stand.  Farm animals and seasonal barn tours.
Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge          

Monsen Road            Concord, MA             978-443-4661
 Walking trails and wildlife observation trails.  Pets are not allowed. Restrooms available.  No admission fee.
Walden Pond State Reservation      Route 126       Concord, MA 01742

(978) 369-3254      Fax: (978) 371-6438
Contact: Jennifer Ingram
The Reservation encompasses 333 acres surrounding the pond, which is a 103 foot deep glacial kettle hole pond. 2280 acres of mostly undeveloped woods, called ‘Walden Woods’ surrounds the pond. The area is popular for fishing, swimming, and walking. To protect the natural resources of the area and ensure that Walden Pond remains a pleasant place for people in the future, the number of visitors is limited to no more than 1,000 people at a time. Dogs, bicycles, floatation devices and grills are prohibited. To avoid disappointment, visitors are encouraged to call the park in advance and check on parking availability.
The list goes on – enjoy your weekend – and stay safe
Joan Parcewski, Realtor     Woods Real Estate
c 978-376-3978   o 978-262-9665


Five Communities Join Forces – The Middlesex 3 Coalition

This story was carried in today’s Boston Globe as Bedford becaomes the 5th community to join in on this venture to market these communities along Route 3.  With so much competition in the marketplace to attract businesses this is one way to strengthen economic development in the area

An effort by five area communities to jointly market their combined stretch of Route 3 to prospective businesses is picking up speed.

The partnering municipalities — Bedford, Billerica, Burlington, Chelmsford, and Lowell — have devised a brand name – Middlesex 3  — for their shared highway corridor, along with a logo.

The communities recently formed a nonprofit – The Middlesex 3 Coalition  – to spearhead the initiative, and have begun recruiting businesses and other groups to join them.

“We expect this thing will grow,” said Billerica town manager John C. Curran,  noting that a website for the coalition is coming and that the communities in the next several months will be discussing the hiring of a director for the group.

The effort grew out of discussions among Bedford, Billerica, and Burlington officials five years ago about marketing their shared region. At the suggestion of state officials, the talks were expanded to include Chelmsford and Lowell. The state then funded a study and the results, presented in 2010,  formed the basis of the current initiative.

Curran said a common push to promote that section of Route 3 would benefit all five communities.

“One of the struggles we have is that when you hear about Route 3, a lot of people think of the South Shore,” he said. “This is Middlesex County, that whole Merrimack Valley area. So we’ve gone through this whole exercise to determine what’s the best way to identify the area. Ultimately, what we came up with was Middlesex 3.”

The logo, a rendering of a map of the five communities with a roadway running through it, was designed by a Shawsheen Valley Regional Technical High School student, Shelby Rivers of Billerica.

“The mission is to promote the region as an area for economic development,” Curran said.

A particular goal is to build on the progress the area already has seen in attracting life science and emerging technology companies, Curran said, citing as examples EMD Serono and E Inc. Corp.,  which have facilities in Billerica.

The region has much to offer prospective companies, Curran said.

“The whole Merrimack Valley area that encompasses these five communities is rich with diverse labor resources,” Curran said. “You’ve got high-end professionals in this area, and also other types of labor, such as the medium-level technicians that many life science companies are looking for, and just the general labor force as well.”

The region is also home to the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Middlesex Community College, and Shawsheen, all three of which have programs teaching the skills that employers are seeking, Curran said.

Bedford town manager Richard Reed  said that a regional marketing approach makes sense because “companies that are coming to Massachusetts are thinking about the state and the region . . . where they want to be. I don’t think they are looking at it specifically as this community or that community.”

He said where they choose to locate within a region depends on the availability of sites.

But at least one local official is uneasy about the regional effort.

Burlington Selectman Ralph Patuto  said that its location on the Middlesex Turnpike, Route 3, and Route 128 makes Burlington the most attractive community to developers of the five involved in the initiative.

“We are a highly visible area. My concern is if this is really going to be beneficial to Burlington to be with a group that we are competing with,” Patuto said. “As far as I’m concerned, we are the economic engine out of that group of cities and towns.

“How do you sit down in a room with competitors and draw up common goals and objectives,” he asked, when all five communities are concerned about their own tax and job bases?

Curran said joining forces to market the region does not mean the communities will cease to compete for a particular business. “Each one of the communities hopes they are going to pick them,” he said of companies seeking a location. “But at the end of the day, they are not going to pick any of us if we don’t try to attract them to the region.”

“It’s really a great message to send to the business community that you have communities in the corridor coming together and putting on this type of effort going forward to provide jobs and other opportunities in this region,” said Chelmsford town manager Paul E. Cohen.

Bernard Lynch,  Lowell city manager, also sees promise in the coalition. “This initiative reflects both the increased collaborative spirit among the communities along the Route 3 corridor as well as our collective recognition that our economies are highly integrated with one another already,” he said in a prepared statement.

New business can also translate into more people buying homes and strengthening the home market as well. 

Joan Parcewski, Realtor & Notary             Woods Real Estate                                                                                            

GRI (Graduate Real Estate Institute, CBR (Certified Buyers Representative), SFR (Short Sale & Foreclosure Resource), LMC (Loss Mitigation Certified), CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert), CIAS (Certified Investor Agent Specialist), SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist), GREEN

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Habitat for Humanity – Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service & Sharing

Monday, January 16th, will be a special one for the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell and the Barbieri Family. 

As we as a nation celebrate Martin Luther King Jr Day, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell will host a Celebration of Dr King and a Day of Service and Sharing as they welcome the Barbieri Family to the Carter Way neighborhood in Bedford. 

The Barbieri family moved in just in time for the holidays.  Come show your support to  our latest homeowner.  Dedication will start at 10am.

As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'”

This year, in honor of this special day, the Interfaith Committee will be holding its first Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and Sharing.  The day will begin with a build team at 8:00 on Carter Way, Bedford.  At 10am we will hold a home dedication for our newest family at 3 Carter Way.

The Barbieri Family will be welcomed into the neighborhood.  This will be followed by a house tour, luncheon, presentation and roundtable discussion at St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Bedford.

RSVP to MLK Jr. Day of Service and Sharing   To register for building*, dedication and/or luncheon, please contact Dan at or 978-692-0927

*To participate in building portion on MLK Jr. Day register online at VolunteerUP

Suggested Lunch Donation-$10


To Build Site: Carter Way, Bedford /(google 130 North Rd, Bedford).

To Luncheon: St Pauls Episcopal Church, 100 Pine Hill Road, Bedford, MA 01730

Visit to learn more about Habitat for Humanity and its build program.













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