Ron Ouellette
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Posted by Ron Ouellette on 8/18/2017


9 Rockridge Road, Hopedale, MA 01747

Single-Family

$549,900
Price

10
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Most desirable HARMONY ESTATES! One owner, young, meticulous, 4 bdrm, 2.5 bath classic colonial w/attached oversize 2 car garage, workshop, storage. FHA hydro air heat/central AC. Spacious, flowing, traditional floor plan. Well designed kitchen w/tile floors, ctr island, granite counters, detailed tile backsplash,quality stainless appliances. Abundance of cabinets with easy access "pull-out" shelving. 1st floor half bath & laundry. Inviting living rm, marble fireplace, cathedral ceiling. Formal dining room gleaming hardwood floors. Welcoming bright, open foyer. Center hall staircase leading to spacious 2nd floor master bdrm suite, 3 additional large bdrms & 2 full baths. Master bath has oversize whirlpool jacuzzi tub, separate shower stall, linen closet, beautiful tile floors & corian vanity. Huge MBdrm walk-in closet & additional closet storage. MBdrm convenient master control for all lights in house. Quality finished walkout lower level for office, exercise, play..
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Posted by Ron Ouellette on 8/17/2017

If you walk down the kitchen aisle of any department store you'll see dozens of kitchen tools--some you've maybe never even heard of. As long as people keep buying gimmicky kitchen tools and utensils, companies will keep making them. The temptation might be there, when walking through Target, to buy that chicken-shaped egg yolk separator, but do you really need it? In this article, we'll cover the essential list of kitchen utensils. Once your drawer has these items, you won't need anything else. You'll free up space in your kitchen and avoid money-wasting gimmicks that often don't even work, allowing you to buy better versions of the tools that really count. Note: We won't be talking about the basic silverware and dishes (forks, spoons, plates, cups, etc.) since we can assume you already have those.

  1. The chef's knife. A chef's knife is arguably the most important item in any kitchen. A good chef's knife is made from steel, has balanced weight, and is comfortable to hold. Be sure to keep it sharp and there's nothing you can't cut with it.
  2. Two spatulas. One metal for flipping items on your baking sheets and meat on the grill, one plastic for your frying pans. Thin, heat-resistant, and durable are what you're looking for here.
  3. Three spoons. One wooden (for stirring), one plastic with holes and one plastic without holes.
  4. A strainer. You don't need four sizes of strainer; one big one will do. Be sure to pick one with handles, sturdy handles, for draining big pots of pasta.
  5. Shears. Whether it's for de-stringing a Thanksgiving turkey or opening up a bag of frozen peas, they'll save you a headache trying to use a knife.
  6. Serrated bread knife. Unless you like to ruin a fresh loaf of bread by crushing it while cutting it, you'll need a serrated edge.
  7. Measuring cups and spoons. Clean your measuring spoons by hand so they don't get tossed around in your dishwasher and melted.
  8. Can opener. Skip the huge electric can openers and buy a good handheld one that will last years.
  9. Cutting board. A quality large wooden cutting board will make your life a lot easier, and it won't dull your blades.
  10. Peeler. Y-shaped peelers are much easier to use than their knife-shaped counterparts.
  11. Mixing bowl. You could benefit from multiple mixing bowls if you do a lot of baking, but oftentimes you only need one large bowl for most recipes and can use your smaller soup bowls for other ingredients.

Avoiding the gimmicks

It seems like every day there's a new infomercial for a lemon juice squeezer or a banana slicer. You'll notice that they tend to follow certain trends and offer the same promises. Here are the ones to avoid:
  • Fruit and vegetable slicers. If you have a knife, there's no need for tools that claim to slice certain types of vegetables better than others.
  • Single-use tools. Shears designed just for cutting and serving pizza? Yes, they exist. Avoid items that will just take up space in your cabinets and opt for those that serve multiple purposes.
  • Things you've never heard of. If it's an object that you've never seen or heard of before, odds are you don't need it in your kitchen cabinets. The most time-tested tools are all it takes to make great meals in your kitchen.




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Posted by Ron Ouellette on 8/10/2017

Did you every hear the old expression, "Trust in God, but lock your door"? Not only has that adage been passed on from one generation to the next, but it's a lyric in an old Kenny Rogers song, and you'll occasionally see it on bumper stickers. Although keeping your home safe from intruders is a serious topic, that old saying reminds us, in a humorous way, that we shouldn't take home security for granted. In addition to high tech approaches to home protection, there are also easy and inexpensive steps you can take to discourage burglars. Although many of these safety measures seem like common sense, you'd be surprised at how many homeowners forget to lock doors, leave lights on, and take other simple precautions when they're away. Here's a handful of smart steps you can take to substantially reduce the risk of having your home broken into.

  1. Make a habit of locking your doors and windows. While this piece of advice may sound like a "no-brainer," many reports of home break-ins mention an unlocked window or door as the point of entry for burglars. The first thing you can do to tighten up security and feel safer in your own home is to increase your awareness of potential threats, and emphasize to your family the importance of taking precautions. The ideal scenario involves reinforcing positive habits, without instilling a sense of fear. After all, your home should be a peaceful place where your family always feels safe and comfortable.
  2. Shine a light on the problem. You would think that everyone would leave lights on when they're not home at night, but -- for one reason or another -- many don't. Keeping your home well lit, both inside and out, is a good strategy for thwarting crime. To save money on energy bills and to avoid the appearance of always having your lights on, you can purchase inexpensive lighting timers. Leaving a radio or TV on when you're not home, or connecting it to a timer, is another way to create the illusion that someone is home.
  3. Barking dogs are a known burglar deterrent, as are "Beware of Dog" signs. The actual dogs are obviously more effective than the warning signs, but many people bring their pets to a boarding facility when they're away on vacation. One solution is to arrange for a house sitter or an on-site pet care service to stop by. If you have a trusted neighbor or family member who can feed and walk your dog while you're away (maybe, water your plants, too!), then your canine security guard can remain on duty in your absence. Many communities also have licensed and bonded pet care services that can stop by and take care of your dogs, every day, eliminating the need for your pets to be away from home.
  4. Landscaping features can be a risk factor. Be aware that high bushes and hedges can make it easier for burglars to hide while breaking into windows. Keep shrubs and branches trimmed back as much as possible to eliminate this chink in your security plan. If you're still concerned about the effect of bushes on home security, then make sure your window locks are sturdy and fully functional. Inexpensive battery-operated window and door alarms are also an option.
One method that can virtually eliminate the problem of forgetting to lock your doors and turning on lights is to have a high-tech security system installed. This technology enables you to activate locks, lights, and even thermostats from any location with your cell phone, laptop, or other mobile device. While these automated systems and monitored alarms incur a monthly service fee, the peace of mind and added control you get over your home environment is often more than worth the expense.





Posted by Ron Ouellette on 8/5/2017

PRIVATE WATERFRONT RANCH * TOTALLY & TASTEFULLY REHABBED * TONS OF WINDOWS BRIGHT INTERIOR * IN CITY TUCKED AWAY ON LARGE LEVEL LOT * RELAXING SCENIC WATER VIEWS * GREAT STONE FIREPLACE AT WATERS EDGE FOR THOSE SUMMER COOKOUTS * TRULY SERENE, PEACEFUL, COUNTRY SETTING * CIRCULAR DRIVE * MAINTENANCE FREE NEW VINYL SHINGLE & CLAPBOARD SIDING * VINYL WINDOWS * NEW ROOF * NEW KITCHEN W/CUSTOM CABS, SOLID GRANITE COUNTERS, ALL STAINLESS APPLIANCES * WOOD GRAIN VINYL TILE FLOORS * OPEN LIV RM - DIN RM AREA * BASEBOARD HYDRONIC ELECTRIC HEAT * COZY WOOD BURNING HEATOLATOR FIREPLACE * ALL NEW FULL BATH * COMFORTABLE BEDROOMS TASTEFULLY CARPETED * 200 AMP ELECTRIC BREAKER PANELS * SPOTLESS BRIGHT BASEMENT LAUNDRY AREA * STORAGE * CLASSIC GREY EXTERIOR, WHITE TRIM, BLACK SHUTTERS * OUTSIDE STORAGE SHED * BOAT, KAYAK, FISH, ICE SKATE * JUST RELAX! * GREAT 1ST TIME HOMEBUYER, 2ND HOME, RETIREE * LOTS OF LIVING - LITTLE COST! * ALL SERVICES NEARBY

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Posted by Ron Ouellette on 8/4/2017

HOLDEN-WORC LINE * READY TO MOVE IN! * TOTALLY AND TASTEFULLY REHABBED * COMPLETE NEW EAT-IN KITCHEN * SOLID CHERRY CABINETS, HUGE CENTER ISLAND, GRANITE COUNTERS, ALL STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES, RECESSED LIGHTING * FRONT TO BACK OPEN CONCEPT KITCH/DIN RM/LIV RM * LOTS OF WINDOWS BRIGHT & SUNNY * 2 BDRMS ON 1ST * GLEAMING HARDWOOD FLOORS * FULL TILE BATH * 2ND FLR HAS LARGE BDRM, WALK-IN CLOSET, HARDWOODS * CARPETED BONUS RM (BDRM, STUDY, OFFICE?) * UNFINISHED ROOM FOR 2ND BATH, WALK-IN CLOSET OR LAUNDRY * WALK-UP ATTIC STORAGE * HUGE ENCLOSED FRONT SUN ROOM AND RELAXING ENCLOSED REAR PORCH * FHA HEAT * 100 AMP ELEC W/BREAKERS * NEW ELEC HW TANK * BULKHEAD WALKOUT CELLAR * LEVEL YARD * PLENTY OFF ST PARKING * EXCELLENT LOCATION * QUICK RT-190, RT-290, RT 12, UMASS MED CTR * GREAT COMMUTER * ALL SERVICES NEARBY * PRICED RIGHT * EASY SHOW

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