Patriots Day & Local History

Aw Patriots Day – no, it’s not just about Marathon Monday…Patriots’ Day commemorates the Battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775 – the start of the American Revolutionary War. Since 1969 this day has been observed over a period of days before, on, and after the third Monday in April, with reenactments and parades.

Do you realize how lucky you truly are to live in an area with so much history? I didn’t always appreciate it! Yes, we had our school field trips and I remember being dragged as kid by my parents but, I honestly didn’t learn to appreciate it all until I was in my early twenties and went for a bike ride thru the Minuteman National Park. I stopped and read every informational plaque, stopped in every open historic home, watched the re-NCM_0719enactments and investigated every nook along the trail. I fell in love with the history. Since, I have re-explored every historical location I was brought to as a child and discovered new along the way!

 

Now we all know the history we have in Boston, but did you know how much history is thumbnailjust 15 minutes away from Billerica??? Have you visited Concord or thumbnail (3)Lexington yet? If not, I highly recommend it! Walk the Battle Road and imagine the Minute Men from Billerica, Bedford, Lexington, Concord and the surrounding communities coming together – banning together!

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Take a Liberty Ride Tour and visit many historical sites including the infamous Battle Green, the Belfry Tower, the Old Burying Ground, the Old North Bridge and so much more!

 

OR Better yet on Monday April 15 meet in Lexington and witness first hand at 5:30 am thumbnail (2)(yes, sorry it may be too early for some of you) how it all started! The ring of the bell, the gathering of minute men and the first shot heard around the world! (rain date April 20th at 5:30am)

 

Schedule of events – more fun stuff through out the entire weekend and also on Patriots Day in the afternoon if that 5:30am event is just way too early for you!

 

Your Guide To April

Find the fun in rain and taxes!

 

 

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World Autism Awareness Day

World Autism Awareness Day is an internationally recognized day on 2 April every year, to raise awareness about people with Autism Spectrum Disorder throughout the world.

 

 

Siblings Day

They can be your best friend or the bane of your existence, but probably no one knows you better. Hug your sibling today!

 

Teach Children to Save Day

Helping kids develop healthy money habits today will lead to smarter financial decisions down the road.

 

  

 

Tax Day

Don’t wait until the last minute! The sooner you file, the sooner you’re done for another year.

 

  

 

Passover Begins

A celebration of hope and freedom. Happy Pesach!

 

 

Easter

Colorful eggs, marshmallow chicks, and chocolate bunnies: Happy Easter to you!.

 

 

 

Earth Day

 With the habitats of many animals under attack, “Protect Our Species” is this year’s Earth Day theme. Learn how you can help.

 

 

  

 

 

The Boston Marathon has been run in April since its inception in 1897.

“April showers bring May flowers” is a famous saying that may have been around since 1560!

Odd taxes through history include those on fireplaces, dice, windows, illegal drugs, wig powder, blueberries, body piercing, and fur.

April is the birth month of Billie Holiday, Leonardo da Vinci, William Shakespeare, Maya Angelou, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Emma Watson

Billerica Clean Up – Green Up

Save The Date!!
Let’s get together and show how much we care about this town and do a little clean up! #makebillericashine #cleanupgreenup

 

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Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 8:30 AM – 12 PM

Spend a day cleaning up a road, neighborhood, town park or conservation land!

Looking for individual, group or company volunteers to help bring springtime sparkle to our town.

Volunteers can check in at the Senior Center (COA), at 25 Concord Rd starting at 8:30 am where they will be given special yellow bags and equipment to be used for road side and park litter. When you are done cleaning your area, call and let DPW know where and when the bags are ready for collection.

To Register, either as an individual, group or company, please click on:

https://www.mapsonline.net/billericama/forms/standalone.html.php?id=448576874&sid=d7e2ee4d47159e011c568a8a295ebaf1

Can’t work on May 4th? We have other options!

Bags will be available at different locations closer to the event date.

Companies who would like to schedule a company wide clean up event are invited to register. We will then work with you to schedule your corporate event.

Follow  Billerica Clean Up Green Up on Facebook

Back in the day…

AHH… Back to a simpler time, when this was all you needed.

“The Sears Walton was probably one of Sears top-10 best selling models.

It was also one of Sears’ most practical houses, with 1200 square feet, a spacious front porch, compact kitchen, and less than 40 square feet wasted on the one small hallway.

One of the defining characteristics of the Sears Walton is that small box window on the front bedroom, the oversized front porch (which extends beyond the main wall of the house), and the contrasting rooflines on the porch and main house. Plus, the dining room has a gabled bay with three windows.

In short, it’s an easy house to spot, due to its many interesting architectural elements.”

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10 Hidden Signs That You Have a Plumbing Problem — Bob Vila : Trusted Home Renovation & Repair Expert

Plumbing problems can run the gamut from very minor and fixable to major and costly, and at times it can be tough to tell the difference. Sometimes you may not even know there’s a problem in the first place. Read through these 10 hidden signs of plumbing problems in your home so you’ll know when…

via 10 Hidden Signs That You Have a Plumbing Problem — Bob Vila : Trusted Home Renovation & Repair Expert

Are you ready for the spring market?

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There may be snow on the ground but Spring is just around the corner!

In most real estate markets the spring is the most common time to be selling a home, for multiple reasons.

  • Supply of ready, willing, and able buyers is the highest in the spring
  • Buyers typically get their income tax returns during the spring which can be put towards the purchase of a home
  • More daylight meaning homes will typically show better
  • Landscaping and curb appeal during the spring is better than the fall or winter months

 

What can you do to get ready?

Get Pre-Approved Before Spring
You need to be pre-approved for your loan, of course. Why get pre-approved months in advance? In most cases, there are ways to massage your circumstances to get you approved to borrow more, or to get a better rate.

 

Get your home ready!

Clean & Organize
I know it’s cliché but it’s imperative to give your home a thorough “spring cleaning.” This doesn’t mean wait until spring though. Be proactive and start cleaning now; you’ll be glad you didn’t wait. A huge turnoff for prospective buyers are foul odors. Things such as smoke odors and pet odors can kill home sales.

Begin Packing and Organizing Your Belongings
There’s no way to know for sure how long it will take for your home to sell – it could take a month, or years – and while it may seem crazy to start packing up your stuff before a sale occurs, it’s best to be prepared for any outcome.

Make Repairs and Improvements
The last thing anyone wants to do before they sell their home is to dump a bunch of money into it for an extensive renovation; however, there are minor repairs and improvements that can be made to make a home look fresher for potential buyers. (fresh paint, fresh hardware, etc…)

 

For more tips for Sellers & Buyers visit HomesWithCathy.com