Oct. 13, 2021

Energy Awareness Month

How much do you know about renewable and sustainable energy?  Here's a brief look at some of the top options.

Solar: Whether rooftop panels are placed on your home or business or installed at a community site or solar farm, solar power is one of the most used, most cost-efficient sources of green, renewable power. When the sun shines down from above, solar cells contained within panels capture and transform rays of sunlight into clean electricity that is sentout to the power grid.

Wind: Like the name suggests, wind energy comes from using just that: the wind. As the sun heats up the Earth, hot air rises while cool air fills the space. This movement of air creates wind that, with the help of wind turbines, is captured and becomes a no-carbon-emission energy source.

Biopower: Biopower uses direct combustion to turn organic waste material from wood, crops, manure and some garbage into clean energy. While making a resource out of waste, biopower can also positively impact the environment and agricultural economies.

Hydroelectric: Water contained in lakes held by a dam has incredible potential for creating clean energy. As water spins turbines, the turbines rotate a generator that produces electricity. Even better, hydroelectric energy doesn’t consume any water, which actively supports water’s constantly regenerating natural cycle. Plus, no greenhouse gases are produced.

Landfill Gas: As garbage and waste decompose in a landfill, gas is released. Much of this gas contains methane and carbon dioxide – both potent greenhouse gases. Instead of allowing the gas to escape into the air, the gas emissions are collected, treated and converted into electricity for customers. Used as renewable energy, landfill gas can minimize waste and help reduce emissions that contribute to climate change.

Batteries: Batteries can store electricity generated from solar panels or wind turbines. They also strengthen the power grid by providing backup power for remote areas and controlling the flow of electricity in power lines.  Batteries react almost instantly to changes in sun and wind production, and smooth the swings to stabilize the flow of electricity.

 

Posted in General Info
Sept. 10, 2021

Enjoy the Weekend!

Check out some or all of these weekend events!

 The 32nd Annual Hampton Beach Seafood Festival takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Enjoy seafood from over 80 of the seacoast’s favorite restaurants, along with sidewalk sales, local crafts, live music, culinary demonstrations and more.  https://www.seafoodfestivalnh.com/

Newburyport Maritime Days happen this weekend with an array of fun events, including screenings of “Ferris Bueller” and “Cars” at the Plum Island Drive-In, a downtown treasure hunt, a Pirate Party and more. https://bit.ly/3BZRuaz

Newburyport Field of Honor, a poignant display of 500 United States Flags honor veterans, first responders and other heroes in our lives.

Art Walk Haverhill showcases Opera and Puerto Rican art this week. The event takes place throughout downtown Haverhill on Saturday. 

River Bards kicks off its Fall Poetry Series with Newburyport's Priscilla Turner Spada on Friday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Enjoy live at HC Media at 2 Merrimack Street or via Zoom, followed by open mic time. www.creativehaverhill.org/programs

Fairy House Walk this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Veasey Park in Groveland (Rain or Shine).  Walk the fairy trail, then stay for more fun, including rock painting, clay workshop, food and raffles. https://www.veaseypark.org/

40th Annual Banjo & Fiddle Contest .   Do you play the fiddle or banjo? Like fiddle and banjo music? Then don’t miss this!  The contest takes place this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Boarding House Park in Lowell. Admission is free!  https://bit.ly/3nikPcl

Greek Food Festival at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Andover.  Fill up on deliciousness such as gyros, souvlaki, chicken and pork dinners and baklava.  Saturday and Sunday.  https://bit.ly/3hmmOIF

5th Annual New Hampshire Beer & Bacon Festival in Merrimack, NH.  Yes, beer and bacon!  Yum.  Benefits the High Hopes Foundation, which provides life-enhancing experiences for chronically ill NH children.   In addition to food from a dozen restaurants, there will be sauces and foods for sale, live music and more! https://www.nhbaconbeer.com/

Ice Cream, we all scream for ice cream!  Or maybe bark for ice cream! Head to Cherry Hill Creamery in Danvers for its Cones, Cups and Pups event on Sunday from 11 – 1.  There will be raffles, merchandise for sale, pups for adoption, and of course ice cream for you and your furbabies! https://cherryfarmcreamery.com/

Fall Festival Weekend at Smolak Farms, North Andover, recently named as having the best cider donuts in the state!  This weekend’s theme is Super Heroes.  There will be live entertainment and activities for all ages, including hay rides, stories, crafts, apple picking and even a wine and beer bar for those 21+.  https://www.smolakfarms.com/

Open Houses. Looking for your dream home? Check out some of our open houses or contact us for a private showing of any property currently on the market!

 

 

 

 

Posted in Weekend Fun
Sept. 10, 2021

Local 9/11 Remembrance Ceremonies

9/11 20th Anniversary Memorial Ceremonies

 

Andover              8:30 am at 36 Bartlett Street

 

 Haverhill            9:30 am at the Haverhill Firefighters Museum

 

 Methuen            11:00-1:00 at the Central Fire Station for a Remembrance Ceremony

                           7:30 pm at Memorial Music Hall for a Remembrance Concert

                           to be streamed live on YouTube

 North Andover    9:00 am at Patriots Memorial Park

 

Posted in General Info
Aug. 17, 2021

What Is A Bridge Loan?

 

A bridge loan, also known as a transition loan, offers you the opportunity to present an offer to purchase that is not contingent upon selling your current home.  It is a great option if you can afford a new home but don’t have enough cash on hand to complete the sale, or don’t want to take money from your 401k and face paying the money back with interest.  A bridge loan is especially helpful in today’s seller’s market, where competition is fierce, and sellers are looking for the best overall offer.  If you can remove the home-sale contingency, often viewed as the hardest hurdle to selling a home, it gives a huge boost to an offer.  Such an offer assures the seller that you can purchase the house without having to sell your current home.  It also protects you – should your home not sell by the closing date in your offer, without a bridge loan in place you could very well forfeit your escrow money.

 

In order to get a bridge loan, you will need to put up collateral.  Usually the equity in your current home can be used as the asset, or collateral.  Lenders usually require at least 20% equity in the current property to approve a bridge loan.

 

As with any loan, there are associated risks.  Bridge loans have higher interest rates and fees than conventional mortgages.  Since they are short term loans, the lender will charge a premium rate in order to make up for at least some of the money that would otherwise be made on a longer-term loan.  And with the shorter repayment term, there’s always the risk that your home won’t sell before you need to pay the loan back.  Of course, working with The Carroll Group means your current home will sell, quickly and for top dollar!

 

Be sure to meet with multiple lenders to find the bridge loan agreement that works best for your situation, and keep in mind that not all lenders offer bridge loans.  We are happy to share contact information for lenders with whom we have worked who offer bridge loans.

 

Posted in General Info
Aug. 5, 2021

Weekend Events August 6-8

Check out our top pick fun events for this weekend!

Yankee Homecoming – Newburyport.  The annual fun continues through the weekend, with downtown entertainment, shopping at the homecoming marketplace and sidewalk sales, cornhole tournament, family scavenger hunt and more!  https://yankeehomecoming.com/events/

Old Home Days – Merrimac.  While you’re in the Newburyport area, check out neighboring Merrimac’s Old Home Days on Saturday and Sunday, with its pancake breakfast, chicken BBQ dinner, bakeoff, pie toss (there seems to be a food theme here!), bonfire, crafts and more!  https://merrimacohd.com/eventsschedule/

Sand Sculpting Festival – Revere Beach.  You won’t want to miss one of the biggest and best sand sculpting events in New England!  Check it out on Friday, Saturday or Sunday and enjoy not only some amazing sand art but also entertainment, a LOT of food, fireworks, a scavenger hunt and of course, the beach!  https://www.internationalsandsculptingfestival.com/

Summer Picnic Concert – North Andover.  Bring your blanket or lawn chairs, bring your own food or enjoy food and brewery vendors (no outside alcohol, please) while you enjoy the music of Matt Heaton & The Outside Toys, playing rockabilly, surf and American roots music while taking in the fragrant beauty of The Stevens-Coolidge Estate.  Friday at 5 pm.  https://thetrustees.org/event/63718/

Tuscan Village – Salem, NH.  Have you checked out the new Tuscan Village?  Come see what everyone’s talking about!  There’s live music every Friday, Saturday from 6-9 pm and Sunday from Noon-3 pm.  There is a variety of shops open plus several dining options and the Smutty Nose Beer Garden.   Relax and enjoy the music and fresh air at the firepits, casual seating in Adirondack chairs, work off some energy playing volleyball or stroll along Lake Park.  https://www.tuscanvillagesalem.com/play

You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown & Spamalot – Prescott Park, Portsmouth, NH.  Who doesn’t love Charlie Brown and Monty Python!  Especially when presented live at Prescott Park, overlooking the water.  Bring your cooler or enjoy food available on site.  Shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  https://www.prescottpark.org/events/category/theater

Walking Tour – The Portsmouth Path of President Washington.  Want to soak up some history while soaking up the salt air and scenery in Portsmouth?  Join a 90-minute walking tour and follow the route of the President down Congress Street to the site of the former British State House in Market Square where he addressed the citizens of Portsmouth.  https://bit.ly/3AdnKGh

Auto Racing – Epping, NH.  Get your adrenaline going Saturday afternoon at Star Speedway, where you can watch practice laps, races with 10 to 55 laps featuring trucks, street stocks and enduro races!  Get ready to “start your engines!”. https://www.starspeedwaynh.com/2021-schedule.html

Educational Boat Tour – Methuen.  Take a tour and learn more about the Merrimack River while listening to live music from Brian Walker AND supporting the Clean River Project.  Food and drink are welcome on board and the tour lasts about 1 hour and 45 minutes.  The tour leaves Saturday at 6 pm.  https://cleanriverproject.org/events/

Barking for Brews – Londonderry, NH.  Bring your pup and enjoy some brews at Pipe Dream Brewing while raising money to help reunite people with their lost dogs.  Sunday from 1-5 pm.  www.pipedreambrewingnh.com

Open Houses.  Check out the latest properties on the market at our Sunday Open Houses.  For a list of open properties or to schedule private showings, just let us know!

Posted in Weekend Fun
July 29, 2021

Weekend Events July 30-August 1

 

 All That’s 90’s Music and Dance Party at The Breakaway, 2212 Newbury Street (Rte. 1 North) Danvers, starts at 9 pm Friday  https://bit.ly/2TEGij9 

Let’s Go Out: Lowell Restaurant Week.  Friday and Saturday!  Participating restaurants include Cobblestones, Fuse, Gallery Z and Tasty Dumpling.  https://bit.ly/3BSY9UY

Friday Night Fires at Willow Springs Vineyard, 840 W. Lowell Ave, Haverhill.  Cozy up to the giant hearth with some Willow Springs wine from 6-9 pm.  Bring your own snacks or purchase there.  Children and dogs are welcome!

Yankee Homecoming in Newburyport kicks off on Friday!  From Art on the Bartlet Mall, Brewfest Fundraiser, Cornhole tournament, Olde Fashioned Sunday, drive-in movies and more!  Something for everyone at this annual 10 day long eventhttps://yankeehomecoming.com/

Yoga Under the Elm at The Stevens Coolidge Place, Saturday from 9:30-10:30 am  https://thetrustees.org/event/61076/

 Create your own Monet’s Garden Floral Centerpiece at The Stevens Coolidge Place, on Saturday from 2-4 pm https://thetrustees.org/event/66120/

Lowell Craft & Vendor Fair, Shedd Park (453 Rogers Street), Lowell on Saturday from 10-3:30.  Over 40 crafters and vendors, raffles, food, free admission

Sunflower Festival at Coppal House Farm, 118 North River Road (Rte. 155), Lee, NH from 10-6 daily through August 9th   https://bit.ly/3la8Ooa

Comedy Tour at the Millyard Brewery, 25E Otterson St, Nashua on Saturday.  This weekend’s headliner is Josh Accardo.  This hilarious comic has featured at top clubs in New York City and performed with Joe Rogan, Nick DiPaolo, Artie Lange, Jim Gaffigan, and Craig Robinson.  https://bit.ly/3laoKXw

4EverFab, presented by Georgetown Concert Series, bringing the music of The Beatles to the stage at American Legion Park on Pentucket Ave from 5-7 on Sunday.  Free event and there will also be food, a “mystery” brewery and games for the kids

The BackTrack Band plays a free concert on the Old Center Common in North Andover on Sunday at 6 pm .  The band is a harmony-rich six-piece band featuring three lead female vocalists. Step back in time and enjoy the songs of the 60's and beyond. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy!

 Kids Painting on the Green at 3rd Ave Burlington at 10 am on Sunday – paint a koi fish at this live paint class.  Bring a blanket, spread out on the green and join in on the fun.  All materials are included.  Spots are limited and all participants must register and purchase tickets in advance.   https://bit.ly/3rDBabA

The Somerville Flea, from 10am to 4 pm on Sunday.  Vintage and Artisan Market in bustling Davis Square just steps from the Davis Square T stop. Explore Davis Square and hip Somerville, have brunch and swing through the flea market to find that perfect item you didn't know you couldn't live without and give it a new story.

Walk or Run at Suffolk Downs!  Did you ever wonder what it was like to actually be on the track at Suffolk Downs?  Here’s your chance to check it out and get some exercise at the same time.  The former 1 mile long horse racing track is open from dawn to dusk daily.  Free parking is available at 525 McClellan Highway in East Boston.  And after your time at the track, take a drive over to Revere Beach, the oldest public beach in the US and grab a roast beef at Kelly’s or a slice of pizza at Bianchi’s Pizza!

 Open Houses! Check out this weekend’s open houses.  Contact any of The Carroll Group team members for more information or to schedule a private showing of any property currently on the market.

Posted in Weekend Fun
July 8, 2021

Weekend Events

Weekend Events

Farmer’s Markets:

Friday:

Methuen at the beautiful Nevins Library on Broadway from 10-4

Saturday:

Andover at South Church  at 41 Central Street from 10-1

Haverhill at 51 Merrimack Street, downtown from 9-1

Sunday:

North Andover at 1st and Main downtown from 10-1

Live Indoor and Outdoor Music:

Friday:

Salisbury Beach stage at 7 pm, “Beach Party” with DJ Ralphie B and DJ Jeff B.  Live music plus dancing, hula hooping, bubbles and more

Brick & Ash Restaurant (upstairs) in Newburyport, live DJ starts at 10 pm

Portside Waterfront Kitchen & Bar in Salisbury has live music from 6-9

Hampton Beach Sea Shell Stage has two shows, one from 7-8 and one from 8:30-9:30.  Bring your dancing shoes!

Tuscan Village, Salem, NH presents April Cushman from 6-9

Saturday:

Hampton Beach Sea Shell Stage has two live shows, one from 7-8 and one from 8:30-9:30.  Bring your dancing shoes!

Tuscan Village in Salem, NH presents The Fools from 6-9

Fun Stuff:

Saturday: 

Nashua River of Light evening paddle.  Watch up to 100 kayaks decorated with twinkling lights go by.  Boats launch at 8:15 from the Millyard Technology Park Boat Launch at 10 Technology Way in Nashua. 

Sunday:

Do you or someone you know love cars?  Head to Cars & Coffee at Kooks Café & Beach Bar at 1191 Ocean Blvd in Rye, NH.  Bring your own car to show off or just come to look at Classic cars, super cars, kooky cars and more!   8 am – Noon

Take a short and easy hike at Long Hill Estate in Beverly, while smelling and viewing the beautiful botanical diversity at the estate that was built as the summer home of a noted author and editor.  Pre-register https://bit.ly/3hnYS8e

Monday:   

Israeli Cultural Celebration starting at 6 pm at The Park on Bartlett Street in Andover.  There will be kids activities, Israeli cultural music and dancing and a family movie, a book exchange (bring a book in any language) and more.  Bring a picnic dinner or pre-order Israeli food at www.bonapita.com

 

Posted in Weekend Fun
July 7, 2021

Energy Efficient Summer Entertaining

 

Summer time, and the living is easy...

Summer has arrived and with it has come warmer weather and the desire for outdoor gatherings and celebrations.  Here are some ideas for how to save energy (and some money) while planning and hosting your backyard bash.

Prepping Your Yard

Sure, it will be great to greet guests with a nice-looking yard, but to spruce it up, use manual tools instead of those powered by electricity to trim hedges and edge your lawn.

Air Conditioning and Fans

Did your parents say something like “I’m not paying to cool the neighborhood” like mine did?  Have guests enter directly through the backyard instead of through the front door.  Keeping your door closed helps keep cool air inside and prevents air loss when guests (or children, or spouses) who always forget to close the sliding door do so.  Before your guests arrive, increase the temperature on your thermostat so that the air isn't cooling an empty house.  Make sure to turn off any indoor ceiling fans.  Fans cool people, not rooms.

Food and Drink

Pre-party cooking can drive up your energy costs, so go potluck style and share the work (and energy costs) with your guests.  If you really prefer to cook everything yourself, try to prepare the entire meal on the grill.  It will make cleanup easier, save on energy and not heat up the kitchen.

Keep extra bags of ice in your freezer as it operates most efficiently when it’s full.  Keep glasses full of cold drinks as temperatures outside heat up, so people won’t feel the need to go inside to cool off or refill their glasses on their own.  The fewer people who go in and out, the less air loss you’ll have in the house.

Plates, cups, utensils and serving trays that are disposable (and recyclable) will not only make cleanup easier, but you won’t have to run the dishwasher as often.  If you use reusable plates and silverware, make sure to only run the dishwasher when it is full.  Pre-rinsing dirty dishes is unnecessary, it uses energy and wastes water.  Most dishwashers can handle a little bit of mess.  Just make sure to scrape any excess food into the trash.

Have leftover containers ready to go!  When everyone has finished eating, transfer the leftovers into containers and place them in the fridge all at one time. This reduces opening and closing the fridge door as you clean up – better yet send the leftovers home with your guests!

Saying Good-Bye

Show your guests the way out by using solar-powered path lights along walkways and the edges of patios.  Solar path lights gather the sun’s energy during the day and then use that energy to light the way once the sun goes down.  No electricity needed!  You can also add a more festive touch with hanging solar lanterns.  They’re pretty to look at during the day and add some color and whimsy after dark.

Posted in General Info
June 28, 2021

Where to Find Independence Day Fireworks

 

 

Looking to find some 4th of July weekend

fireworks?

July 2:

Haverhill

Time: 9:15 p.m.

Location: Riverside Park, 162 Lincoln Ave.

Rain Date: July 5

Ipswich

Time: 9 p.m.

Location: Turner Hill Golf Club, 251 Topsfield Road

Rain Date: July 5

Lexington

Time: 9:30 p.m.

Location: Lexington High School baseball field, Worthen Road

Rain Date: July 5

July 3

Boston Harborfest

Time: 9 p.m.

Location: Long Wharf

Rain Date: None

Gloucester

Time: 9:30 p.m.

Location: Stage Fort Park, 1 Hough Ave.

Rain Date: July 5

Methuen

Time: 9:30 p.m.

Location: 100 Milk Street

Rain Date: July 5

July 4

Amesbury

Time: 9:30 p.m.

Location: Woodson Farm – 223 Lions Mouth Road

Rain Date: July 6

Boston

Time: 10:30 p.m.

Location: Boston Common

Rain Date: None

 

Posted in Weekend Fun
June 17, 2021

Weekend Events June 18-20

Looking for something interesting to do this weekend?  Check out these events.

 

It’s strawberry season!  Enjoy some yummy fresh from the field berries.

“Strawberry Fields Forever Strawberry Festival” at Smolak Farms

Saturday & Sunday 10-5

https://www.smolakfarms.com/strawberry-fest

Strawberry Shortcake Stand at Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury, Saturday and Sunday 10-3 – or pick your own berries and grab a sandwich or warm cider donut from the farm store.

https://www.ciderhill.com/

 

Fresh fruits, veggies, breads anyone?

Andover Farmers Market opens for the season on Saturday from 10-2 at South Church on Central Street

https://andoverfarmersmarket.com/

North Andover Farmers Market opens for the season this Sunday from 10-1 at First & Main.  List of vendors https://conta.cc/2TcIfCM

 

Find some gifts or home décor

Great New England Craft & Artisan Show Saturday 10-5 at the Merrimack Premium Outlets, Merrimack, NH.  https://gnecraftartisanshows.com/

Deerfield Fairgrounds Arts & Crafts Festival, Deerfield, NH, Saturday and Sunday. 

https://bit.ly/2S7q9Cc

 

Relax and re-center with Yoga Under the Elm at the Stevens Coolidge Place on Saturday from 9:30-10:30

https://bit.ly/2SJ5Mvp

 

Family Fun

Sunday Polo at Myopia Polo Club on Bay Road in Hamilton from 3:00-5:30

https://bit.ly/3xzhnvX

Sand Sculptures at Hampton Beach – now through Saturday night!

https://bit.ly/2S6ltMX

High School The Musical at the Merrimack Valley Pavilion in Tewksbury

https://bit.ly/2U2Yx1x

Canobie Lake Park is open!  Check out the new roller coaster and Castaway Island Water Park. https://www.canobie.com/

Cruise Night at Target in Nashua.  Friday from 5-8 pm– several different types of cars, from many different time periods. Everything from full show hot-rods, to daily driven tuners.

 

Open Houses

We have a number of great properties open this weekend.  Contact us for a list or if you'd like to schedule a showing of any currently available property!

 

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