100 days of central mass: Day 100: 100 Days of Central Mass Features JCKC Realty! - 01/05/10 10:58 PM
 100 DAYS OF CENTRAL MASS FEATURES JCKC REALTY!
Day 100!!!  Can you believe it?  After writing our series: 100 Days of Central Mass, I decided to write my last post about our team.  Who are we?  We are JCKC Realty!  We have been bringing integrity to the industry with our professional practices and friendly service for 5 years now.  Our clients are not just clients to us, they are our friends. 
JCKC Realty was created by husband and wife team - James and Kathleen Cooper.  James and Kathleen have 15+ combined years of real estate experience.  Our Sturbridge location was opened in March … (8 comments)

100 days of central mass: Day 99: 100 Days of Central Mass Features The Salem Cross Inn - 01/04/10 10:20 PM
100 DAYS OF CENTRAL MASS FEATURES THE SALEM CROSS INN
If you are looking for some unique, New England dining, The Salem Cross Inn is your place.  Located off of Route 9 in West Brookfield, it is a family run restaurant that's been around since 1961 and has a wonderful reputation for special occasions and dining. 
Some of the special functions you can find at the Inn besides great dining:
Murder Mystery Dinners
Fireplace Feasts
Drover's Roast
Christmas Memories
Weddings
The atmosphere at The Salem Cross Inn is amazing.  It is a historic colonial that is listed in the National Register of … (1 comments)

100 days of central mass: Day 98: 100 Days of Central Mass Features Massachusetts Sports - 01/03/10 09:36 PM
 100 DAYS OF CENTRAL MASS FEATURES MASSACHUSETTS SPORTS
One thing we can't get enough of here in Massachusetts is our sports!  We have some of the best of the best with our beloved Boston Redsox, New England Patriots, Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins and more.  No matter what sport you're a fan of, we have very talented teams for each. 
This past season we had the privilege to see the Boston Redsox in action during 2 different games thanks to our wonderful mortgage professional - Wendy Burdett.  What fun it is to see the Boston Redsox at Fenway Park.  Our boys absolutely … (2 comments)

100 days of central mass: Day 97: 100 Days of Central Mass Features Hebert Candy Mansion - 01/02/10 11:33 PM
 100 DAYS OF CENTRAL MASS FEATURES HEBERT CANDY MANSION
Since 1917, The Hebert Candy Mansion located in Shrewsbury, MA has been known as New England's chocolatier.  First started by Frederick Hebert, The Hebert Candy Mansion was just a man with a dream of making delicious premium chocolates for the locals.  The history known is that Frederick Hebert purchased just a copper kettle, knife, thermometer, table, marble slab and stove for just $11 back in 1917.  He used to sell his candy at local stores.
When the demand grew for Hebert Candies, Frederick purchased a Tudor style stone mansion in 1946.  This Tudor … (2 comments)

100 days of central mass: Day 96: 100 Days of Central Mass Features Springfield Union Station - 01/01/10 06:48 PM
 100 DAYS OF CENTRAL MASS FEATURES SPRINGFIELD UNION STATION
Springfield Union Station was built in 1926 by the Boston and Albany Railroad.  Amtrak took over the train station in the 1970s when money was in shortage for railroads.  Springfield Union Station is currently the 5th busiest in the state servicing over 310 passengers per day on average.
Springfield Union Station primarily services the New Haven - Springfield Shuttle trains.  The station consists of 6 tracks, 3 that service the B&A Main Line and 3 serving the Amtrak Springfield Line. 
To learn more about Springfield Union Station, visit Wikipedia.  If you are … (0 comments)

100 days of central mass: Day 95: 100 Days of Central Mass Features Grafton Station - 12/30/09 07:38 PM
 100 DAYS OF CENTRAL MASS FEATURES GRAFTON STATION
Grafton is a great commuter town for Central Massachusetts.  One of the reasons being Grafton Station, a passenger rail station on MBTA Commuter Rail's Framingham/Worcester line. 
Grafton Station is located officially at 1 Pine Street North in North Grafton, but it cannot be found on any maps at that address.  It is actually located off of Green Street.  There is a public parking lot featuring 373 parking spaces with a rate of $4 for parking. 
Click on this link to review the Grafton Station schedule.
Interactive Street Map:

 
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100 days of central mass: Day 94: 100 Days of Central Mass Features Union Station in Worcester - 12/28/09 05:48 PM
 100 DAYS OF CENTRAL MASS FEATURES UNION STATION IN WORCESTER
Located in Washington Square in Worcester, Union Station is one of Worcester's great landmarks.  Union Station was originally built in 1911 and abandoned in 1975.  The rundown and neglected station was acquired and renovated by the Worcester Redevelopment Authority and opened back up in July of 2000.  In 2006, an intercity and local bus terminal with 5 bus ports was added.
Union Station Amenities:
Western terminus of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's Framingham/Worcester commuter rail line, with inbound service to Back Bay and South Station in Boston A stop on Amtrak's Lake … (0 comments)

100 days of central mass: Day 93: 100 Days of Central Mass Features Interstate 90 - Mass Pike - 12/21/09 07:38 PM
 100 DAYS OF CENTRAL MASS FEATURES INTERSTATE 90 - MASS PIKE
Today we are featuring Interstate 90, also known as the Mass Pike.  While doing a little research, I learned something interesting.  I-90 is the longest interstate highway in the United States and covers 3,099.07 miles of highway.  It goes as far east as Boston, Massachusetts and as far west as Seattle, Washington.  It runs parallel with Route 20. 
When I-90 was formed, they used a lot of existing roads to help create it including the Massachusetts Turnpike, New York State Thruway, Ohio Turnpike, Indiana Toll Road, Chicago Skyway and Northwest … (3 comments)

100 days of central mass: Day 92: 100 Days of Central Mass Features Interstate 84 - 12/19/09 11:25 AM
 100 DAYS OF CENTRAL MASS FEATURES INTERSTATE 84
In the heart of Central Mass you will find the quaint town of Sturbridge.  In Sturbridge, we have great access to all major routes.  Today we are featuring Interstate 84. 
Interstate 84 East runs from Sturbridge, Massachusetts to Dunmore, Pennsylvania close to Scranton.  It travels through 4 states: MA, CT, NY and PA.  Massachusetts has the smallest stretch of the highway, only 8 miles worth and 3 exits until it ends at the Mass Pike in Sturbridge.
Interstate 84 is the routing method of preference for locals that commute to Hartford for work.  … (1 comments)

100 days of central mass: Day 91: 100 Days of Central Mass Features Providence - Cities to Work In - 12/17/09 07:53 AM
 100 DAYS OF CENTRAL MASS FEATURES PROVIDENCE - CITIES TO WORK IN
Providence is the most populated city in Rhode Island and goes back and forth from being the 2nd or 3rd largest city in New England.  Providence is one of the first cities established in the United States.  It is ranked 36th in the country for largest metropolitan population.
The city of Providence, RI is only a short 45-60 minute ride from Central Massachusetts.  Providence is home to many major companies such as the GTECH world headquarters, Textron, Nortek Incorporated and the headquarters for Citizen's Bank.  Rhode Island Hospital and … (2 comments)

100 days of central mass: Day 90: 100 Days of Central Mass Features Springfield - Cities to Work In - 12/16/09 08:57 PM
 100 DAYS OF CENTRAL MASS FEATURES SPRINGFIELD - CITIES TO WORK IN
The city of Springfield, MA is located on the Connecticut River and in Hampden County.  It is the largest city in Western Massachusetts and the Pioneer Valley.  It is historically the first Springfield in the United States. 
Springfield has an economic and cultural partnership with the city of Hartford, CT.  The Springfield - Hartford region is known as New England's Knowledge Corridor and home to the second largest concentration of institutions of higher learning in New England.  Springfield covers and area of 33.2 square miles.
Springfield is home of … (3 comments)

100 days of central mass: Day 89: 100 Days of Central Mass Features Worcester - Cities to Work In - 12/07/09 01:50 PM
 100 DAYS OF CENTRAL MASS FEATURES WORCESTER - CITIES TO WORK IN
Worcester, MA is located in Central Mass and is known as the "Heart of the Commonwealth".  It is the second largest city in New England.  Bordering towns that commuters often live in are Auburn, Paxton, Millbury, Grafton, Holden, Leicester, West Boylston and Shrewsbury.  Worcester covers an area of 38.6 square miles and is just 40 miles from Boston.
Worcester has a very diversified economy.  The University of Massachusetts Medical School is one of the largest employers.  Hanover Insurance maintains their national headquarters in the city of Worcester.  Worcester is a huge college town … (1 comments)

100 days of central mass: Day 88: 100 Days of Central Mass Features Boston - Cities to Work In - 12/04/09 10:29 PM
 100 DAYS OF CENTRAL MASS FEATURES BOSTON - CITIES TO WORK IN
Boston is the capital of Massachusetts and considered the unofficial capital of New England.  Boston is the cultural and economic center of the region.  It is also the largest city in New England.  Boston is a great place to work and an easy commute from anywhere in Central Mass. 
Boston is home to many colleges and universities that bring in a lot of money to the city.  These colleges and universities also attract high tech industries to the area.  Boston is the regional headquarters to some of our major … (4 comments)

100 days of central mass: Day 84: 100 Days of Central Mass Features Victorian Home Styles - 11/17/09 09:36 PM
 100 DAYS OF CENTRAL MASS FEATURES VICTORIAN HOME STYLES
Victorian style homes are referring to an era in time known as the Victorian period.  This was between 1837-1901 and corresponds to when Queen Victoria ruled Britain.  There are several different styles of Victorian homes: Second Empire, Queen Anne, Stick, Shingle, and Richardsonian Romanesque.
Did you know that the South End in Boston is recognized by the National Register of Historic Places as the largest and oldest Victorian neighborhood in the country?  That is very cool!





Features that identify Victorian home Styles:
Steeply pitched roof of irregular … (2 comments)

100 days of central mass: Day 83: 100 Days of Central Mass Features Dutch Gambrel Style Homes - 11/16/09 03:35 PM
 100 DAYS OF CENTRAL MASS FEATURES DUTCH GAMBREL STYLE HOMES
Dutch Gambrels, also known as Dutch Colonial Revival style homes are part of the colonial class.  They are Dutch colonials with gambrel style roofs.  You will often times hear them described as "barn" houses.  Dutch colonial revival styled homes were very popular in the 1920s.  The gambrel style roof was popular because it allowed people to build a second story on their home inexpensively and for tax purposes, the homes were still considered a single story home helping to save money. 


Some of the most common characteristics of Dutch Colonial Revival … (6 comments)

100 days of central mass: Day 82: 100 Days of Central Mass Features Cape Cod Style Homes - 11/14/09 08:46 AM
 100 DAYS OF CENTRAL MASS FEATURES CAPE COD STYLE HOMES
Cape Cod style homes first originated in the late 1700s and were built by English settlers that came to America.  A former President of Yale University, Reverend Timothy Dwight, is credited with coming up with the name "Cape Cod" for this class of home styles. 
Cape Cods were modeled after the half-timbered homes in England, but were altered to adapt to the stormy New England weather.  They are traditionally 1 - 1 1/2 story homes with a steep roof and side gables.  Some capes have dormers that allow extra light, space and storage.  They are simple … (2 comments)

100 days of central mass: Day 81: 100 Days of Central Mass Features Colonial Style Homes - 11/12/09 07:32 PM
 100 DAYS OF CENTRAL MASS FEATURES COLONIAL STYLE HOMES
The colonial architecture is associated with many different cultural traditions, including English, Spanish, Dutch and French.  Colonials found here in Central Mass are stately and symmetrical.  They are usually a 2 story rectangular dwelling with bedrooms on the second floor.  New England settlers first constructed what is known as Garrison Colonials, colonials that were similar to medieval England homes.  They had steep gable roofs, diamond paned windows and unpainted clapboard or wood siding. 
Today's colonials are known as Neo-Colonials.  Inspired by the original colonial homes, Neo-Colonials mix modern style with classic simplicity and … (6 comments)

100 days of central mass: Day 80: 100 Days of Central Mass Features Pioneer Brewing Company - 11/11/09 07:11 PM
 100 DAYS OF CENTRAL MASS FEATURES PIONEER BREWING COMPANY

In May of 2004, Todd Sullivan and Tim Daley formed Pioneer Brewing Company in Sturbridge, MA.  Previously known as the Hyland brewery operation, the brewery was offered to them from the Damon family.  The Pioneer Brewing Company takes pride in being small and always fresh.  They brew the finest quality brews around Sturbridge & surrounding.  Their dream is to stay small, similar to the breweries in the countryside of Europe where community is just as important as the beer itself.
Both Tim and Todd are graduates of Siebel Institute of Technology, a premier brewing school.  They worked along … (10 comments)

100 days of central mass: Day 79: 100 Days of Central Mass Features Micknuck's Fresh Marketplace - 11/09/09 10:29 PM
 100 DAYS OF CENTRAL MASS FEATURES MICKNUCK'S FRESH MARKETPLACE
Located at 570 Main Street in Sturbridge you will find Micknuck's Fresh Marketplace.  It's a small, hometown market with fresh produce, a deli and a reasonable selection of groceries.  The produce is priced well, I often make a stop here in addition to going to one of the major grocery stores around.
You can find a selection of fresh pasteries from Francesco's Bakery located in Charlton, MA at Micknuck's.  A few of my favorite things to pickup here include cranberry walnut chicken salad at the deli, fresh chocolate chip muffins, fresh fruit and … (5 comments)

100 days of central mass: Day 78: 100 Days of Central Mass Features Paoletti's Fruit Store - 11/08/09 08:57 PM
 100 DAYS OF CENTRAL MASS FEATURES PAOLETTI'S FRUIT STORE

 
Located across from our office at 136 Main Street in Sturbridge is Paoletti's Fruit Store where you can buy only the freshest produce around.  Paoletti's is open 7 days a week and features a wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables as well as a full service deli.  We often run across the street to Paoletti's for one of their many lunch specials.  They offer a range of sandwiches, soups and baked goods.  They have been around since 1939and take pride in carrying high quality foods and produce.  With a … (1 comments)

 
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