Sturbridge, MA Real Estate News

By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
National Public Lands Day in Sturbridge, MA - September 25, 2010 Carpenter's Rock in Wells State Park, Sturbridge MassachusettsPhoto Copyright Kathryn Acciari 2010 Sturbridge, MA - On Saturday, September 25, 2010, Sturbridge will celebrate National Public Lands Day.  This event, coordinated by the National Environmental Education Foundation, is a day of caring for local parks and trails. The Army Corps of Engineers invites the general public to participate in trail beautification projects on National Public Lands Day.  This event has occurred for over 10 years in the Sturbridge area, with volunteers picking up trash, performing trail work, and removing invasive plants. Several local projects are planned.  The complete list of projects for September 25 can be found on the National Public...
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
Natural Living Expo on September 25 and 26, 2010 - Sturbridge, MA   The 4th annual Natural Living Expocomes to Sturbridge, MA, on Saturday and Sunday, September 25 and 26, 2010.  The event is billed as the largest holistic event in New England, with an expected attendance of over 5000 people. The Natural Living Expofeatures speakers on topics such as healing disease, reversing aging, serving as a psychic medium, trusting your inner voice, and the art of living.  Numerous workshops will be offered, including natural food cooking, lakeside yoga, and eco-kids activities.  And you won't want to miss the drum circle! The Natural Living Expowill be held at the Sturbridge Host Hotel, 366 Main Street (Route 20), in Sturbridge, MA. Admission is $10, with free re-admission on Sunday if you pay fo...
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
7 Reasons to Move to Sturbridge, MA The Sturbridge Town Hall Underwent Major Reconstruction in 2010   Sturbridge, Massachusetts, is a lovely historic town located in Central Massachusetts.  Just a short drive from major metropolitan centers, Sturbridge offers the best of both worlds:  Easy access to the city with a breath of fresh air at home. Are you considering a move to Sturbridge?  Here are 7 reasons to make the town of Sturbridge your new home town: 1.  Location.  Sturbridge sits at the junction of two major highways:  the north-south Route 84, and the east-west Interstate 90 - also know as the Massachusetts Turnpike.  This central location makes it ideal for commuting and travel. Within an hour, you can be in Worcester, Boston, and Springfield, MA as well as Hartford, CT and Provi...
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
Barbecue Chicken Pizza: A Favorite Among 7th Graders We had a house full of 7th grade boys today.  In between running around, video games, and foosball, we ordered pizza from Village Pizza in Sturbridge, MA.  With 10 boys, I figured one party pizza (30 slices) and one large pizza (12) slices would be plenty. The party pizza had the old stand-by toppings:  1/2 cheese and 1/2 pepperoni.  The large pizza was something relatively new:  barbecue chicken.  Let me tell you, that barbecue chicken pizza disappeared.  We had to limit each kid to one slice, with a couple of the boys lucky enough to have two pieces.  Who knew?  I guess barbecue chicken pizza is the new favorite.  And from what the boys tell me, the new runner-up is....bacon pizza!  (In case your pizza isn't greasy enough.)  You can...
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
Free Software for Taking Inventory of Your Home Whether you are buying, selling, or renting your home, it is always a good idea to keep stock of your belongings.  In the event of a theft, accident, or damage, you will need to supply your insurance company with a list of your valuable items in order to make a claim. With that in mind, you may be happy to hear about a free software program that helps you easily inventory your belongings.  It is called What You Own, and you can download it at www.whatyouown.org I learned about this software from the National Association of REALTORs magazine, September 2010 edition. The What You Own software installation is quite easy, and it takes about 3 minutes.  Once installed, you simply go in and add your rooms.  Then, for each room, you can add your ...
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By Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group - Broker Owner
(Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group)
OPEN HOUSE                                Learn about Toastmasters and how you can improve your public speaking, presentation, communication and leadership skills. Enjoy entertaining and informative speeches by our members.  Delicious food will be provided.   Thursday, September 16, 2010 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.   Southbridge Savings Bank Rte 20, Sturbridge, MA   For Additional Information Contact: Dennis McCurdy @ 508-347-9343 email: mccurdydennis@gmail.com   Visit our website: http://village.freetoasthost.com/ Find Village Toastmasters on Facebook  
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
Sturbridge Real Estate Agent Celebrates 5-Year Anniversary with RE/MAX The RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon Makes an Appearance in Sturbridge, MA   Please join me as I celebrate a professional milestone:  5 years of real estate service as a RE/MAX agent. A letter came in the mail today from RE/MAX headquarters, congratulating me on this anniversary.  The letter was signed by RE/MAX CEO Margaret Kelly, and it was accompanied by a certificate of recognition from Dave Liniger and Gail Liniger, Co-Founders of RE/MAX.  What an honor! When I entered the real estate field five years ago, I immediately joined with RE/MAX.  RE/MAX offered a program of training designed to get a new agent up and running as quickly and independently as possible.  The market has changed quite a bit since I first started in 2...
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
Sturbridge Scarecrow Contest - Setup Begins September 17 2010 Sturbridge, MA:  Fall has begun to inch its way into town, and one sure marker is the preparation of the annual Scarecrow Contest. Held on the lawn of the Publick House Historic Inn, the Scarecrow Contest is one of the main attractions of Sturbridge's annual Harvest Festival.  This year, Harvest Festival will be held the weekend of October 16th and 17th at the town common and the grounds of the Publick House. In past years, the Scarecrow Contest has shown such creations as King Kong, rock group KISS, a sculpture made of hoops, and of course the Big Pumpkin.  Creative souls from numerous towns build their scarecrows to compete in the Scarecrow Contest. If you plan to place an entry in Sturbridge Scarecrow Contestfor 2010, be a...
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
  Caterers in the Sturbridge Area   It is sure a lot of fun to throw a party, but doing it all yourself can sometimes be overwhelming.  You plan a menu, clean your house, arrange furniture, send out invitations, and then do the cooking.  Something has to give, you may think as you are elbows-deep in potato peels. Well, here is some help for those of you who live in Central Massachusetts.  I asked my fellow RE/MAX colleagues for their recommendations of caterers in the area, and they graciously shared their favorites with me.  Below is a list of caterers.  They are all located in Sturbridge, unless otherwise noted. Enrico (former owner of Enrico's in Sturbridge)(508) 341-4122 Melissa Kent - chef(508) 347-6814 Robby at the Colonial Restaurant(508) 943-4040 Liz at Red Roof Catering(413) 24...
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
Live Theater in Sturbridge, MA - Stageloft Repertory Theater If you are  looking for entertainment in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, you'll want to stop by Stageloft Repertory Theater.  Stageloft is a small community theater that produces a wide variety of live productions throughout the year.  For the fall 2010 lineup, Stageloft offers these shows: Wife Begins at Forty- Ray Cooney's British Farce - September 10 through October 3Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm; Sundays at 2 pm Night of the Living Dead - Horror Story - October 8 through October 31Shows are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm; Sundays at 2 pm A Christmas Carol  - based on the story by Charles DickensDec 3 - Dec 19Friday & Saturday @ 8 pm; Sundays @ 2 pmSpecial Performances:Saturday, December 11 @ 4 pmSaturday, December 18 @...
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
School is in Session!   All around town today there was a consistent level of hustle bustle.  The stores were filled with moms and kids loading their carts with lunch goodies and school supplies.  Notebooks, pencils, rulers, ice packs, juice boxes, water bottles, peanut butter, bread, cold cuts - all the essentials for the return to school. Haircuts, new shoes, The Outfit - what to wear for the important first day.  The excited energy of anticipation and anxiety could be felt in the aisles.  So many questions to be answered, new teachers, new friends, new challenges.  Is there any day more stressful?  And for whom, the parents or the students?  No matter, it can't be stopped.  The day has arrived.  School is in session!  
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
Live Music in Sturbridge, MA - Schedule for Final Week of August 2010     Summer is winding down, but the live music scene in Sturbridge holds much to offer.  Here is the lineup for the final week of August 2010: Thursday Aug. 26: Dusty Cobb at the Copper StallionRoute 20/Main Street  7:30 pm  Friday, Aug. 27: Rob Adams at the Ugly Duckling Loftat the Whistling SwanRoute 20/Main Street  7 pm Lisa Miller at the Copper StallionRoute 20/Main Street  7:30 pm  Panacheat the Oxhead TavernSturbridge Host HotelRoute 20/Main Street   7 pm Finding Reasonat Admiral T.J. O'Brien'sRoute 20/Main Street  9 pm Saturday, Aug 28: Rob Adams at the Ugly Duckling Loftat the Whistling SwanRoute 20/Main Street  7 pm  Nightlifeat the Oxhead TavernSturbridge Host HotelRoute 20/Main Street   7 pm Sunday, Aug. 29...
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
American Girl Fashion Show in Sturbridge, MA A fun event is coming up at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.  The Village will be hosting an American Girl Fashion Show in order to raise funds for its educational outreach program.  Make note, this is not a fashion contest.  Girls of all ages are welcome to enter as models, but they are required to be size 6X to 10. There is a call for models on Saturday, August 28, 2010, at Old Sturbridge Village.  See the American Girl Fashion Show Call for Models for details.  The audition is first-come, first-served.  The girls who are selected for the show will model American Girl outfits, according to size of the model. The actual fashion show will be held on November 5, 6, and 7, 2010, at Old Sturbridge Village.  This sounds like a...
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By Jane Becker, CRS,ASP,ABR,CBR,CDPE,LMC,E-PRO,GRI
(Keller Williams Home Team AdvantEdge )
365 things to do in Worcester County - buy a short sale home in Sturbridge - Yes, it does happen that a short sale purchase have a happy ending.  Just ask my client, Christopher Luth who was relocating from out of state.    Last early Spring, Christ asked me to find a home for him and his fiancee.  He and I discussed the market, the fact that there were many short sale and foreclosed properties out there and we spent some time looking at all possibilities.  We found a property that was in an ideal location for his commute.  It was in Sturbridge and unfortunately, it was a short sale. I explained that the process is tedious to say the least, but assured him that I have had experience in working with distressed properties (in fact I have two designations, LMC and CDPE that assure my clien...
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
Trash Disposal in Sturbridge, MA   Dumpsters for Recycling at the Sturbridge Recycling Center, Breakneck Road   Sturbridge, MA:  The Town of Sturbridge has no municipal trash pick-up.  If you are moving to town you will have to hire a private contractor to pick up your trash.  Most of the private refuse companies also have a contract for recycling, so you can put your recyclables out with your regular trash.  As an alternative, you can obtain a permit for the Sturbridge Recycling Center on Breakneck Road and take your household waste and recycling there.  The first permit for each household is free; however, if you need additional permits, there is a cost of $20.  Permits are obtained via application. If you wish to have a private waste company pick up your trash at your curb, try one o...
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
On the Deck at 420 Main - Sturbridge, MA   My husband and I have started to enjoy the deck at 420 Main in Sturbridge, MA.  We'll stop in for a drink and appetizers and end up staying for much longer than planned.  Recently, we enjoyed the spinach and artichoke dip and salads.  My husband had a Cesar salad with grilled shrimp, and I had a fennel and strawberry salad - very fresh and delicious. 420 Main has an extensive list of martinis and beers on tap.  Lately they have been promoting a beer that benefits Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  On Wednesday, August 11, 420 Main will hold a Grand Re-Opening with a wine pairing party.  For $35, participants can sample seven wines with appetizers and desserts.  Sounds like a great way to enjoy a Wednesday evening. 420 Main - Sturbridge, MA - at ...
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
Pan Mass Challenge 2010 - Sturbridge MA Sturbridge, MA - The weekend of August 6th, 2010, over 5000 bicycle riders in Massachusetts will participate in the 31st Annual Pan Mass Challenge.  This banner fundraising event raises money for the care of cancer patients via the Jimmy Fund. This year, cyclists from 34 states and 6 countries are participating in the Pan Mass Challenge.  Riders have a choice of several routes, from a one-day 47-mile ride, to a two-day 192-mile ride.  The long ride starts in Sturbridge and ends in Provincetown. If you are in Sturbridgethis weekend, stop by the expo at the Sturbridge Host Hotel on Route 20 on Friday, August 6.  And if you are an early riser, you can see the cyclists, including Senators John Kerry and Scott Brown, kick off their rides on Saturday m...
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By Jane Becker, CRS,ASP,ABR,CBR,CDPE,LMC,E-PRO,GRI
(Keller Williams Home Team AdvantEdge )
365 Things to do in Worcester county - Antiquing in Sturbridge -yes, I can not think of more ubiquitous things to do than to rummage through miriad of booths for that special treasure.  And Sturbridge is the Mecca for such a fun and potentially lucrative activity.  Now there are other places in Worcester County, don't get me wrong.  There are the Brookefield towns, East Brookfield, West Brookfield and Brookfield itself that are filled with shops that offer a rummage paradise.  I stopped at the Fairgroounds Antique Center, located at 362 Main St., in Strubridge MA and talked to the proprietor and the Dealer who welcomed a visit in the middle of the day from a patron with like interest.  Bill, who is the husband of the owner was eager to explain that the store is a co-op of many dealers ...
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By Kathryn Acciari, Relationship Manager/Mortgage Loan Originator
(Arc Home LLC)
Backpack Drive:  Help the Children of Worcester County Get Ready for School The Worcester Regional Association of REALTORS is holding its annual Backpack Drive in an effort to help kids in Worcester County start the school year with the supplies they need. All three of the offices of RE/MAX Professional Associates will be collecting supplies for this drive.  Last year we delivered 21 backpacks to local schools as part of this project.  We hope to surpass this baseline and provide even more supplies to the students in our area. Items that are needed include: Backpacks Binders Pens and pencils Rulers Erasers Folders Crayons Highlighters Glue Colored pencils Pencil boxes Markers Scissors Notebooks   All donations are welcome, whether a backpack full of supplies or just a box of crayons.  ...
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By Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group - Broker Owner
(Kathleen Cooper, Sposato Realty Group)
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