Archive for April, 2010

EcoFest Coming to Arlington, MA on May 2, 2010!

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Save the date now!

The 2010 Arlington MA EcoFest will be held on Sunday, May 2 from 11am – 3pm at the Town Hall Auditorium.

Featured will be a Noon-time discussion by Don Bishop, a local eco-expert, on Organic Gardening and Landscaping. Following the discussion there will be afternoon info sessions on such gardening topics as Native Plants, Invasives, and Organics.

Other highlights of the EcoFest include:

  • Share eco-friendly ideas for lawn and yard gardening!
  • Network with Arlington groups that are involved in sustainable actions!
  • Arlington residents can purchase compost bins at a reduced price!
  • Meet local sustainable landscapers!
  • Learn about the newest products and ideas from local, “green” vendors!

The event if free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available for minimal cost.

Special thanks to the Arlington Garden Club, the Arlington Public Works Department, and the Arlington Conservation Commission as well as the Arlington Vision 2020 task force.

For more info on the festival and to find out how you can get involved, contact Ruth at 781-316-3108 or Patsy at 781-858-8629. You may also email or visit the EcoFest web site at

As a special treat and thanks to a grant by the Arlington Recycle Committee, the first 60 Arlington residents to purchase a New Age Composter, regularly priced at $50, will be able to get them for $25! Also available will be Bio-Orb Composters, of which the first 40 Arlington residents will only have to pay $59.95 (normally $89.95)! You may pre-order the Bio-Orb Composters by visiting

Do you plan on attending? Or do you currently use either of the composters mentioned above? Tell us your favorite composting story (if there is such a thing!) or send me some of your photos of the EcoFest after you go and I’ll post them here.

If you are also looking for a listing of local Arlington MA eco-friendly vendors, start by checking my Eco Friendly Partners page on my web site.

Until next time, Peace!



Announcing the Arlington MA 2010 Community Collection Day!

In concert with the Arlington, MA EcoFest happening on May 2 (see the post above), a Community Collection Day for Arlington will be held on Saturday, May 1 from 9 AM until 1 PM.  Get in the mood for the EcoFest by donating any of the following on Collection Day (drop off location is the DPW Yard at 51 Grove St., Arlington):

  • TV/CRT Collection – $10 fee to dropoff or $15 fee for curbside pickup
  • Free propane tank drop-off (20 lb limit)
  • Paper Shredding – you can drop off up to 2 boxes of paper for shredding
  • Big Brother/Big Sister Foundation – donate clean clothing including jeans, linens, and small household items
  • Little Fox PTO Thrift Shop – will be collecting children’s books and toys (in good condition, please!)
  • Got Books – will be accepting books, VHS tapes, DVDs & CDs for the Stratton School PTO
  • Bikes Not Bombs – you can donate old adult bikes (not rusted, naturally!) and a $10 donation will be requested to help cover the cost of shipping bikes overseas
  • Metal Recycling – bring old pipes, ples, metal shelves, file cabinets, metal bed frames and other metal for recycling (no appliances, sorry!)
  • Arlington High School SAVE Club – will be collecting returnable bottles and cans
  • Arlington Recycling Committee – will be distributing Uncle Sam Recycling Bags and RECYCLE labels
  • Arlington Board of Health – will be collecting old prescription drugs, needles, and syringes

This is a great way to get rid of some old clutter in your house (maybe before putting it on the market? <smile>) and do some good to help others at the same time.

From past experience, I suggest you plan on arriving early and spending some extra time there, as there can be quite a crowd!  But it’s a worthwhile cause and hey, you’ll feel good doing it!

If you’re then in the mood to volunteer with some local Arlington, MA non-profits, you might want to start by searching my list of local Arlington MA non-profits on my web site.

Until next time, Peace!


How Good Can Come From Junk Mail

How many of us get junk mail? That’s like asking, “how many of us breathe,” right? Silly question….

But every once in a while something good and helpful shows up. Today, for instance, I got a nice extra large-sized, bright green postcard that caught my attention. And not only does it benefit a good cause, but it fits in perfectly with the eco-friendly, sustainable living lifestyle I’ve been talking about for so long now. So remember the mantra, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” This one fits under the heading of “Reuse,” don’t you think?

Without covering all the minutiae, and by using the wonders of modern technology, I can share a copy of the card with you:

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Do Good....Donate!!

Here in Arlington, MA, we have designated pickup times that are printed on the reverse side of the mailer. Donating is easy – you just put your stuff out on the sidewalk by 7am on the designated pickup day, attach the donation card (save and print the copy above if you like!), and the rest is up to them! If you’re not a resident of Arlington, you can still donate your items by calling the Epilepsy Foundation New England Pickup Center at 888-322-8209 or schedule a pickup via the Donate New England web site.

Do you have a favorite charity you’d like me to highlight here? Send me the info and I’ll be glad to pass it on. For more information on local charitable organizations, please visit my list of non-profits in Arlington, MA at my web site. While there, why not sign up for my monthly email of eco-friendly living tips.

Until next time, Peace!


Why Can’t Planes Fly Through Volcanic Ash?

Have your travel plans to Europe been disrupted lately? Perhaps you’re waiting for some merchandise to arrive from the European Union or you have friends arriving from the near east, connecting through one of the affected airports. The problems stem not just from the ash itself and the reduced visibility it allows, but the ash can severly damage airplanes in midflight, endangering your life and that of your fellow passengers and crew. Here’s a nice little video on how volcanic ash affects and airplane in flight:

Hopefully there will be no more eruptions for a long time, but there’s a neighboring volcano, called Katla, that has erupted in tandem with Eyjafjallajokull during the last three eruptions of Eyjafjallajokull . So if you’re traveling to Europe on business any time soon, you may want to make video conferencing arrangements instead. If you’re going on vacation, consider changing your plans and visit Southern Europe instead, where the ash cloud won’t be a problem.


This would be a great time of year in Southern Europe! One of my favorite cities is Aix-en-Provence, France. Imagine the Southern coast of France awash in fresh herbs and flowering fields. And don’t forget to enjoy a glass of wine or two – the city gets even more beautiful after a couple of glasses of wine. If you end up changing your plans and visiting someplace new in Southern Europe, why not let us know and post some pictures here? We’d love to hear about your new adventure!

Until next time, Peace!


April 2010 Housing Trends

APRIL-2010 Newsletter Housing Trends eNewsletter

Welcome to the most current Housing Trends eNewsletter. This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing information that you may find useful whether you’re in the market for a home, thinking about selling your home, or just interested in homeowner issues in general.

The Housing Trends eNewsletter contains the latest information from the National Association of REALTORS®, the U.S. Census Bureau and reports, videos, key market indicators and real estate sales statistics, a video message by a nationally recognized economist, maps, mortgage rates and calculators, consumer articles, plus local neighborhood information and more.

Please click here to view the APRIL-2010 Newsletter Housing Trends eNewsletter.

If you are interested in determining the value of your home, click the Home Evaluator link for a free evaluation report.

Mass Save Great Appliance Exchange Starting Soon!

Beginning April 22, 2010 at 10:00 am in Massachusetts, you can purchase a new energy-efficient appliance from a participating retailer and receive up to $675 total in rebates. Now would be a perfect time to ditch that old energy hog appliance and upgrade to a new energy-efficient one – saving YOU money and also helping to conserve energy and the environment.

Go to Mass Save’s Great Appliance Exchange web page to get more details. Don’t delay!

You may have also noticed this is the first video I’ve ever posted. I know I’m an amateur – so please let me know how I can do better! I look forward to your feedback, and thanks for reading (and now watching)!

Until next time, Peace!