Tucked away in the bucolic back roads of Dartmouth sits a gem of a vineyard called Running Brook Vineyards. Not only are their wines phenomenal, but every weekend they host a variety of FREE musical entertainment. Running Brook Vineyard and Winery was founded in 1998 by Pedro Teixeira and Manuel Morais and since then, they have grown in size and popularity. They are even available for wedding ceremonies and parties for a rustic and low key setting. In 2014 the Vineyard also added a distillery and features some of he Commonwealth's top brandies! The vineyard is open year round and seven days a week for wine tasting! Here is a listing of upcoming events!
SATURDAY October 28 Running Brook is the venue for this event hosted by Odies Place Animal Rescue. Christmas in October!!! Come see a bunch of vendors that will make your Christmas List Complete in October while enjoying some amazing wine.
SUNDAY October 29, 1-5PM Mid-Life Crisis - Scary good times with Mid-Life Crisis! It's an grown-up Hallo-wine party... Costumes if you want. Steve and Dave play the songs you forgot you loved.
SATURDAY Nov 4, 3-6PM The Buzzard Blue Band - "We know, it's only Rock & Roll, but we like it!"
SUNDAY Nov 5, 1-5PM OUTCRY - OUTCRY is a diverse acoustic act that covers a wide variety of music from classic rock, the 90's and 2000's, to current hits.
SATURDAY Nov 11, 2-5PM Emily Mills Acoustic Duo - Emily Mills vocals and Nick Moreira on acoustic guitar!
SUNDAY Nov 12, 2-5PM Truue - Truue is a talented and entertaining duet comprised of Jackie Marashio and Stephanie Correia.
SATURDAY Nov 18, 2-5PM Dave Charnley - The Dave Charnley plays Americana, Roots, Country Western, Hillbilly and Original Music.
SUNDAY Nov 19, 1-5 PM Mid-Life Crisis Steve and Dave play the songs you forgot you loved.
SATURDAY Nov 25, 2-5PM Butch McCarthy and the Gents - Butch McCarthy on guitar & vocals with JB Borges on drums and Steve Mazza on bass.
For more information, be sure to stop by the vineyard at 335 Old Fall River Rd, North Dartmouth, MA 02747 or call at 508-985-1998
If illness or an accident means that elderly individuals need to leave their family home and move to assisted living, it can be a difficult transition. If one or the other isn’t ready to leave the home where they raised their children, it makes it especially stressful for family members.
It is important that family members present a united front in what needs to be done. Seniors often are saddened and overwhelmed by the decision to sell their home. Leaving a home that they have lived in for many years can be tough and getting that home ready for sale after being lived in for decades can be even tougher for adult children and their siblings.
Here are some tips on selling that will help make the transition easier:
Adult children: Talk to your parents
Take time to speak with your parents about what to expect when getting the home ready for sale, selling the home, and moving. This process can be overwhelming and making them feel a part of the process and arming them with information will ease some of their fears and allow the move to progress.
Moving is one of the most stressful life transitions for anyone. For seniors, it can be extremely emotional. There are many memories in a home where they may have raised a family and the home represents their independence, which they may not be ready to relinquish. Maintain a positive attitude about the move and provide constant reinforcement about what a good decision they are making.
Get help from an expert
Working with a realtor is key to making the process go smoothly. Siblings and parents together should make a list of what you are all looking for in a realtor and then select one that meets your criteria. Realtors offer advice on selling for the right price, provide referrals for other services and give you and your parents a clear picture of what to expect during the selling process.
Don’t forget the critical importance of curb appeal in selling a home for the right price. First impressions make the difference. Make sure the landscaping is tended, the exterior doesn’t have peeling paint or a cracked sidewalk. Be sure to clean the yard and make any necessary repairs on the exterior of the house.
Potential buyers want to be able to see themselves living in the house; that means you should remove personal items and clear out as much clutter as possible. Minimal furniture and décor make the rooms look more spacious. Help seniors prioritize what they want to take with them and what might be given to children. Remaining items can be sold, given to charity, or disposed of. Consider using a professional service that works specifically with people who are moving to help declutter and stage their home for sale. A thorough cleaning and window washing will likely be needed, too.
Your realtor will be in the best position to provide advice regarding the cost/benefit trade-off of any home updates or repairs. Kitchens are a major selling point in any home, so consider whether the appliances need updating. Some other cosmetic updates that can lead to a higher selling price include installing new carpeting, removing wallpaper and painting rooms in neutral colors, and updating outdated bathroom tile and fixtures.
Price according to the market
Selling prices for homes are based on what comparable homes in the area are selling for. A common mistake is to ask the realtor to list the home at a higher price than he or she recommends based on the current market, trends in the area, and the condition of the house. Often this leads to alienating potential buyers– especially in the very early stages of the listing process when the home is new to the market and interest is highest and may result in future price reductions.
Don't try to do it
It is easy to become overwhelmed when preparing a home for sale while trying to live your life with all its responsibilities. Ask relatives and friends to help ease the load but be prepared to be realistic about what they can contribute in terms of time and talent. Every extra pair of hands will lessen the stress you feel. There are professional services you can call on to help as well- homestagers, housecleaning services, landscapers, contractors, senior move managers, and movers. Don’t try to do it alone.
About Our Contributor: TLS’s owner, Marie LeBlanc earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the General Motors Institute in Flint, MI; an MBA from Nichols College in Dudley, MA; and worked in various management positions for many high-tech manufacturers. But when she experienced the stress following the death of a loved one, Marie knew her mission was to lift the same burden from others facing this difficult task. In fact, that’s the reason she started Transitions Liquidation in 2002. Marie lives in Hyannis, MA, serves on the Board of the Women’s Council of Realtors and the New England chapter of the National Association of Geriatric Care Managers. She is currently serving as President of the Board of Directors of Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA. Marie can be reached at 617-513-0433 or by email Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ground pepper and salt, to taste (I find it doesn't need too much salt because of the feta cheese)
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cups cubed, cooked chicken breasts (I buy the small rotisserie chickens from Shaw's)
1 bag (6-ounces) spinach leaves
1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter, melted
16 phyllo sheets
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta, chopped garlic, eggs, cheese, zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper; with a mixer on low, mix until combined and set aside.
Heat olive oil in a frying pan and add cubed chicken pieces; cook for 4 minutes or until heated through.
Add spinach leaves and continue to cook until spinach is wilted; about 2 minutes.
Remove from heat and transfer 1/2-cup of chicken mixture to ricotta mixture; stir to combine. Add the rest of the chicken mixture to the ricotta mixture and mix until thoroughly incorporated. Set aside.
Brush a well-seasoned cast iron skillet with a little bit of the melted butter.
Unfold phyllo sheets. Place a phyllo sheet on the bottom of the cast iron skillet and brush with melted butter.
Layer more sheets (about 8 or so) and make sure you brush each sheet with melted butter before putting the next sheet on top.
Spread the chicken-ricotta mixture over the phyllo sheets.
Top with remaining phyllo sheets, brushing each sheet with melted butter, including the top one.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until top is browned and flaky. Let stand for 10 minutes before you cut and serve
**When not working with the phyllo dough make sure that you cover the dough with a dampened tea towel otherwise it will dry out.
If you are looking for something fun to do this upcoming weekend, look no further than the 6th Annual Cape Cod Brew Fest on October 14, 2017. As always, it is located on the Cape Cod Fairgrounds where you will be able to sample from 60+ breweries and over 200 styles of beer. (Who knew that there could be so many beers?) The event is from 2:00 - 5:30 pm and will feature live music, food trucks and vendors. Everyone who attends will also receive a custom glass and a portion of every ticket sold will benefit the Barnstable County Agricultural Society. Obviously, because the event is alcohol based, it is only for 21+ year olds. So no minors, children, babies or pets are allowed. It is also a private event so if you do not purchase a ticket, you cannot enter the grounds. To purchase tickets click here! As always have fun... responsibly!
Celebrities are not the only ones to make mistakes with their estate planning. It happens to people all across the country on a regular basis. The end result — just like with the rich and famous — often is an ugly and expensive family fight in court. One of the most common estate planning mistakes that people make is joint ownership.
For the most part, we’re not talking about when a husband and wife have joint bank accounts or the title to their home is held in both of their names. While not ideal for estate planning, this is quite common and can often be used without problems, except in many second-marriage situations or large estates that may suffer adverse tax consequences.
The area where we see significant problems, however, is when a parent adds a child’s name to an asset, such as a bank account, investment, or real estate. This is often done to help with bill paying, as a will-substitute to avoid probate court (often called a “poor-man’s will”), or simply to help an elderly loved one who needs assistance managing his or her assets. This is a big no-no!
To help illustrate the problems that can arise with this, we’ll discuss an elderly woman, Mom, and her son, Johnny. Let’s say that Mom adds Johnny’s name as a joint owner on her checking and savings accounts, brokerage account, and even the family home. Maybe she’s getting up in age and needs help, or perhaps she’s heard the horror stories of probate court and thinks she’s doing her family a favor.
Sounds innocent enough right? Not so fast. Here are Trial & Heirs’ Top Five Reasons To Beware Of Joint Ownership Between Generations:
Creditors – Johnny may someday have creditors, file for bankruptcy, or even get sued. When that happens, because he is a joint owner of Mom’s accounts, the creditor or bankruptcy estate can try to claim some or all of the assets. Once Mom added Johnny’s name, he had equal rights to the money and the assets, so all of the sudden Mom needs to start worrying about Johnny’s debts too.
Divorce – Uh oh! Johnny’s wife just filed for divorce. Now what? What if she claims the joint assets as part of the marital estate during the divorce? What if Mom wants to sell her house or take out an equity line of credit? In most states, wives have dower rights. This means that Johnny’s divorcing wife has to sign off on the sale or mortgage, even though her name isn’t on the real estate. She can hold the home hostage in exchange for money. Yes, we’ve seen this happen in our client practice.
Borrowing – What if Johnny is a little tight on money? It’s pretty tempting to see Mom’s savings account sitting there, with his name on it, and a trusting mother who may not be watching very carefully. ”I’ll pay it back,” Johnny may say to himself. ”She won’t even know it’s gone.” Is this what Mom envisioned when she added Johnny’s name to the accounts?
Doesn’t Have To Share – Sadly, Mom has passed away. Johnny’s three siblings want to sit down and talk about her estate, but Johnny says there is no estate, his name is on everything. What happens? Under the law, he gets to keep everything. He’s the surviving joint owner, it’s his property now. Unless, of course, Johnny’s siblings sue to enforce Mom’s actual intent, which leads us to …
Family Fighting – Using joint ownership in this way often provokes a family court fight. If Johnny won’t share, his siblings can sue him and claim that Mom’s actual intent was not for him to keep the money, but she only added his name as a convenience. The siblings have to prove what her actual intent was, and that’s not very easy to do. Or maybe, Mom really did want Johnny to keep all the property, since he was the one there for her, taking care of her day in and day out. But do the siblings know that? They may think Mom wanted Johnny to share with them, even if she really didn’t. This could still end up in a lawsuit, with Johnny spending tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees fighting to keep what Mom wanted him to have.
Will any of these problems happen in your family? Maybe, maybe not. But is it worth taking the chance? Our law firm receives calls from people looking for legal help in exactly this situation on a weekly basis, at least. These problems, complications and lawsuits do happen, every day. We share some horror stories of joint ownership and similar mistakes in our book, Trial & Heirs: Famous Fortune Fights!
When you add someone’s name to your bank accounts, investments, stocks, bonds, real estate, cars, or almost any other asset of value, you are giving up control and risking complications that most people never imagine can happen.
It’s much better to use good estate planning — including a will, revocable living trust (for most people), and financial and health care powers of attorney — which can accomplish all of the same goals as joint ownership, without the risks and complications. Good estate planning allows people to maintain control over their assets, receive assistance when needed, avoid probate court after death, and eliminate questions about their true intentions.
This article was written by Danielle and Andy Mayoras for Forbes.com and taken from Elder Law News, published by ElderLaw Answers, www.elderlawanswers.com, September 2011; Reprinted with permission.