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The Inn at Hastings Park Earns Relais & Chateaux Distinction

The Inn at Hastings Park, exterior shot, winterLexington’s boutique inn is the only Boston area hotel welcomed to international prestigious hospitality association.

The Inn at Hastings Park is delighted to announce that it has been accepted into Relais & Chateaux, one of the world’s most prestigious hospitality associations. The Inn at Hastings Park is the first Boston area hotel to earn this distinction. There are only three other Relais & Chateaux hotels in Massachusetts: the Blantyre in Lenox, The Wauwinet in Nantucket and The Charlotte Inn in Martha’s Vineyard. Barbara Lynch’s restaurant, Menton, is Boston’s only Relais & Chateaux restaurant. Around the world, Relais & Chateaux has a network of 530 properties and restaurants in 64 countries.
“My family lived in London a decade ago, and when we vacationed throughout Europe during this time, we noticed that all of our favorite hotels were members of Relais & Chateaux,” said Trisha Perez Kennealy, the owner of The Inn at Hastings Park. “When my husband and I decided to open The Inn at Hastings Park, it became our top priority to earn the Relais & Chateaux distinction. We could not be happier about joining our new hotel and restaurant partners around the globe in representing this brand of distinction.”
The Inn at Hastings Park opened less than a year ago in February 2014. Located just steps away from the historic Lexington Battle Green made famous in the Revolutionary War and Lexington Center, The Inn consists of three lovingly restored antique buildings with 22 guest rooms. The Main House contains the restaurant, Artistry on the Green, which is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.
“I grew up in Luxembourg, and the style of hospitality that I experienced during my childhood is represented by the unique, smaller inns that populate Europe. Each of these hotels was small in size but grand in service, character and authenticity to its locale,” said Daniel Braun, the general manager of The Inn at Hastings Park. “The Inn at Hastings Park is reminiscent of these special hotels that I experienced during my childhood. Our staff at The Inn is dedicated to taking care of all guests with thoughtful and gracious service. To have our hospitality recognized by Relais & Chateaux is the highest honor.”

One of the beautifully appointed guest rooms at the inn.

One of the beautifully appointed guest rooms at the inn.

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Lester E. Savage Real Estate

Lester E. Savage

Lester E. Savage III

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nobody knows Lexington like Les Savage and his associate David Williams. As a small agency they have the flexibility to provide you with a unique level of personal service.

Lester E. Savage Real Estate was established in 1963 by Lester E. Savage II, a lifelong resident of Lexington. The tradition is being carried forward by his son, Lester E. Savage III who has also spent his life in Lexington and is committed to the community. Lester and his wife Cindy have three children and are deeply involved in community organizations. Lester is especially passionate about the community’s historic roots and has served on the board of the Lexington Historical Society.

Both Lester and David bring their years of knowledge and expertise to bear on each and every sale. tremendous experience and accomplishments to our business.

Continuing a tradition of service to customers and to the community is paramount at Savage Realty. We know that your home is more than an investment and we commit ourselves to honoring the importance of this major event in the lives of each and every family we serve.

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Lester E. Savage Real Estate

781-862-7240

9 Meriam Street
Lexington, MA 02420
781-862-7240
Lester E. Savage III
Broker, GRI, CRS

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Winning the Worry Wars

Stephanie M. Kriesberg, Psy.D.

Stephanie M. Kriesberg, Psy.D.

By Stephanie M. Kriesberg, Psy.D. , Licensed Psychologist

Recently I was driving to work and realized I forgot my iPad. Since I had some extra time, I decided to turn around, go home, and get it.   On the return trip, I saw the line of traffic that had backed up. Construction!    An accident!  “Don’t do it!”  said a worried voice in my head. “If you keep going, you will get stuck in that snarl of traffic on your way back to the office.  You will be late.”  That worried voice made a lot of sense, I thought. It was trying to help me.  So I turned the car around again and got to the office on time.  And really, I managed just fine without my iPad that day.

Sometimes, the worry voices we hear in our heads can really help us out.  Worry can help us make good decisions, stay safe, and encourage us to work hard and do our best. But for many children and teens, worry stops being a helpful signal, a sign to slow down and think things through.  Instead, the worry voice becomes a screeching tyrant, convincing kids that disaster lurks at life’s every corner.

For example: Since the summer’s thunderstorms, 10-year-old Lily is afraid to sleep in her own bed at night.  She worries:  “What if it thunders again? What if it wakes me up?  What if something bad happens?”  Lily’s parents have taken to standing guard by her bed until she falls asleep.  Most nights, she winds up in her parents’ room anyway, asleep on the floor.

For Colin, age 8 (not to mention his parents) homework time is torture.  Colin is an endearing, industrious boy who wants to get everything just right. If he stumbles on a math problem, tears are sure to follow.  He wants to please his teacher and is certain she will be upset if his homework isn’t perfect.

Fifteen-year-old Nicole, rising star softball player, feels so sick to her stomach the night before every game her parents are starting to wonder if she should keep playing, as much as she loves the sport. “If I strike out, everyone will laugh at me. Coach wants us to make it to the play-offs.  I need to make every hit a homerun,” Nicole laments.

Each of these young people has a worry voice that has taken residence in their heads and does not want to vacate.  Each of them could benefit from being taught several basic principles about worry and its management.   Worry is part of life.  We have to expect it.  However, we have to figure out when our worry voice is helping us, providing useful information, and when that worry voice is full of hot air and doesn’t know what it’s talking about.

In their book Anxious Kids Anxious Parents Reid Wilson and Lynn Lyons describe steps parents can take to help their anxious children.  Parents, like the ones described above, often feel powerless in the face of their children’s worry.  They spend their evenings hovering by their children’s beds or talking their frantic kids through every possible calamity.  No one feels better.  Worry wins every time.

Worry can be brought down to size when children and teens are taught that anxiety is expected and predictable.  Reid and Lyons (p. 59)  write that for most kids anxiety shows up in the same five types of situations over and over.  Anxiety tends to show up when kids are:

  1. Trying something new

  2. Unsure about plans

  3. Have lots of “what if” questions

  4. Have to perform

  5. Anticipating something scary

If your child or teen is struggling with worry, try the following exercise.   First, divide a piece of paper into two columns.  On one side, write the five conditions that tend to create anxiety.  Ask your child to think about which of these situations tend to create anxiety, and write them in the other column. Try to get as specific as possible. Your child will probably see that she does not get anxious in all types of situations.  There are plenty of times when she feels calm and brave. That realization itself is empowering and reassuring.

Second, go back to the situations in which your child experiences anxiety, when his worry voice is chattering in his ear.  Teach your child to picture his worry voice as something outside of himself.  Teach him that he can talk back to that worry voice and let it know what’s really true.  Have fun with this step!  Kids can be kind to their worry voices.  Lily might say: “Thanks for warning me that there might be a thunderstorm tonight.  It’s true,  I hate the loud noise, especially when I’m sleeping!  But I know it’s not dangerous, and I can handle it.”  Colin could reassure his worry voice:  “Listen, worry, I know you are trying to help me with my homework.  But my teacher is really nice.  If I can’t get this math problem, she wants to know so she can help me.  Trust me, nobody expects me to be perfect.”   Kids can also talk tough:  “Listen, worry.  I have had it with you,” Nicole can inform her worry.” Making mistakes is part of being an athlete.   My job is to play the best I can, not listen to your nonsense. So take a hike.”

Finally, when your child begins to worry again, before immediately reassuring, tell her:  “That sounds like worry talking to me!  What can you say to it?”   Over time, your child or teen can learn that worry is part of life, but it doesn’t have to run the show.

 

Stephanie M. Kriesberg, Psy.D. Is a licensed psychologist who practices in Lexington.  She has twenty years’ experience treating children, adolescents and adults.  Her areas of specialty include parent guidance, anxiety disorders, and treatment of adult daughters of narcissistic mothers.

 

Parenting Matters is a collaboration between the Colonial Times Magazine and the Town of Lexington Human Services Department. This column is not intended as a substitute for therapy and the contents are do not necessarily reflect the views of the CTM editorial staff. The information contained in Parenting Matters is for general information purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for the advice of a mental health professional.

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SENIORS PREPARE FOR WINTER WEATHER!

Senior Citizens are encouraged to prepare for Emergencies such as severe winter weather this time of year.

The Town of Lexington Health Division and the Human Services Department join the Massachusetts Department of Public Health “Together We’re Ready” Campaign to Encourage Senior Citizens, Individuals and Families to Plan Ahead for various Emergencies.  “Emergencies can happen at any time as evident by recent weather related events, such as the record breaking snowfall in Buffalo New York. Taking a few simple steps now to prepare yourself and your family will help Lexington recover more quickly and lessen the impact to your normal schedule.  Every step that we take to prepare ourselves and our families for emergencies makes Lexington stronger and more resilient when the unexpected happens,” said Gerard F. Cody, Health Director for the Town of Lexington. “Now’s the time to be informed, plan ahead, and get prepared.”

Senior Citizens should consider these steps to better prepare for an emergency:

PREPARE A KIT OF EMERGENCY SUPPLIES FOR YOUR HOME

Make an special kit for winter emergencies.

Make a special kit for winter emergencies.

While there are many things that might make you more comfortable, think first about fresh water, food and your specific medical supplies. For example, if you use eyeglass or hearing aids, be sure you always have extra supplies in your kit. Also have copies of your medical insurance, Medicare and Medicaid cards readily available. If you have a service animal, be sure to include food, water, collar with ID tag, medical records and other emergency pet supplies.

Medications and Medical Supplies: If you take medicine or use a medical treatment on a daily basis, be sure you have what you need on hand to remain independent for at least a week and keep a copy of your prescriptions as well as dosage or treatment information. If it is not possible to have a week-long supply of medicines and supplies, keep as much as possible on hand and talk to your pharmacist or doctor about what else you should do to prepare. If you undergo routine treatments administered by a clinic or hospital or if you receive regular services such as home health care, treatment or transportation, talk to your service provider about their emergency plans. Work with them to identify back-up service providers within your area.

Emergency Documents: Include copies of important documents in your emergency supply kits such as family records, medical records, wills, deeds, social security number, charge and bank accounts information and tax records. It is best to keep these documents in a waterproof container. If there is any information related to operating equipment or life-saving devices that you rely on, include those in your emergency kit as well. If you have a communication disability, make sure your emergency information list notes the best way to communicate with you. Also be sure you have cash or travelers checks in your kits in case you need to purchase supplies.

MAKE A PLAN FOR WHAT YOU WILL DO IN AN EMERGENCY

Develop a Family Emergency Plan:  Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so plan how you will contact one another and review what you will do in different situations. Consider a plan where each family member calls, or e-mails, the same friend or relative in the event of an emergency

Create a Personal Support Network: If you anticipate needing assistance during a disaster, ask family, friends and others to be part of your plan. Share each aspect of your emergency plan with everyone in your group, including a friend or relative in another area who would not be impacted by the same emergency who can help if necessary. Include the names and numbers of everyone in your personal support network, as well as your medical providers in your emergency supply kit. If you use a wheelchair or other medical equipment, show friends how to use these devices so they can move you if necessary and teach them how to use any lifesaving equipment or administer medicine in case of an emergency. Practice your plan with those who have agreed to be part of your personal support network.

Consider Your Pets: Whether you decide to stay in your home or go to another home, hotel or shelter, you will need to make plans in advance for your service animal and pets. Keep in mind that what’s best for you is typically what’s best for your animals.  If you choose to leave your home, take your pets with you or make other arrangements to keep them safe.

BE INFORMED ABOUT WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN

Watch television and listen to the radio for official instructions as they become available. For specific news in Lexington, sign up for Code Red® Emergency Notification System. Code Red is utilized by the Town of Lexington to notify residents and businesses by quickly providing information, instructions and updates on an emerging threat or emergency situation.  It is a high speed telephone and text messaging system that uses a combination of published white page listings. Residents and business owners can help ensure a better response by logging on to the Town of Lexington Code Red website, (http://lexingtonma.gov/police/codered.cfm) to add preferred mobile phone numbers, text numbers or email addresses. If you do not have a traditional land line phone service, you can still participate in the Code Red Emergency Notification System but you must log onto the website to add your mobile phone number or email address.

The Together We’re Ready – Massachusetts Prepared campaign features online videos and resources developed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.  Check out the “Together We’re Ready” web page at www.mass.gov/dph/ready  where you can find more information about individual and family preparedness, volunteer opportunities, emergency planning for the whole community and tips for flu prevention.

For a free “Emergency Medical Info Kit”, please visit the Office of Community Development, Health Division in the Town Office Building at 1625 Massachusetts Avenue. If you have any questions concerning this matter, you may contact Gerard F. Cody, REHS/RS at (781) 698-4522 or by email at gcody@lexington.ma.

WINTER DRIVING CAN BE CHALLENGING, EVEN FOR THE MOST EXPERIENCED DRIVERS

Here are some tips from MassDOT Registry of Motor Vehicles Division.

THINK TWICE IF THERE’S SNOW OR ICE

Listen to traffic and weather reports. Use the news as a guide – when school is cancelled, consider staying home.  This allows plows the time and space needed to treat and clear roads of any snow or ice.

PREPARE YOUR CAR FOR WINTER

  • Before driving in winter weather, there are several things you should do to ensure your safety and the safety of others around you.
  • Take extra time to remove ice and snow from your vehicle. Clear all windows, windshield wipers, headlights, and brake lights, forward sensors, and back-up camera.
  • Clear the roof of your car so ice and snow does not blow into vehicles behind you.
  • Keep windshield washer fluid reservoir filled with winter fluid that won’t freeze and keep extra winter fluid in your car.
  • Equip your car with winter wipers
  • Be sure the exhaust pipe is clear of packed snow before starting engine. Cold temperatures affect tires. Check tire pressure with a portable tire gauge, to make sure pressure is equal to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended inflation pressure. The manufacturer’s recommended inflation pressure is listed in the owner’s manual as well as on the driver’s side door frame of rear edge of the driver’s door.

KEEP THE FOLLOWING ITEMS IN YOUR VEHICLE:

Fully-charged mobile phone; mobile phone car charger; ice scraper; blanket; flashlight; energy bars; water; small shovel; play sand or non-clumping kitty litter. Spread play sand or kitty litter on snow directly in front of and behind tires to create traction for tires that are stuck in snow.

WINTER DRIVING TIPS

  • Motor vehicles perform very differently on ice and snow than on warm, dry pavement. Keep speeds down. Tires have less traction on cold, slick surfaces.
  • Delay driving until snow plows have had time to treat roads and remove snow. If you must go out when it is snowing, start slowly and if it is safe to do so, test your brakes by gently tapping them to see how much traction your tires have.
  • Drive carefully and accelerate slowly.
  • Leave more distance between your vehicle and the vehicles in front of you. More space is required to stop safely on slippery surfaces.
  • Never lock your brakes on icy roads. You will lose steering control. If you skid, remember to turn into the direction of the skid until vehicle straightens out.
  • Drive with headlights on to help you see and be seen.
  • Intersections can be dangerous, even more so in the winter. Heavily traveled intersections can become “polished” and slick. Make turns slowly and gradually. Gently brake and slow the vehicle before a curve, not while you are in it.
  • Give active snow plows plenty of space, leaving at least 5 car lengths between you and the snow plow. Don’t drive beside a snow plow . According to NHTSA, the road behind an active snow plow is safer to drive on. If you find yourself behind a snow plow, stay behind it or use extreme caution when passing.

HANDLING A SKIDDING VEHICLE

  • Handle the skid the same for front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive vehicles.
  • Fast acceleration can make wheels spin on ice and snow. Locking brakes on icy roads causes the driver to lose steering control. If you skid, stay calm and remove your foot off the gas pedal.
  • Do not hit the brakes – this will make the skid worse.
  • Turn your steering wheel in the direction of the skid. If your rear tires are skidding to the left, turn your steering wheel left. If they are sliding right, steer right.
  • You may need to steer left and right a few times until you get your car completely under control.

More detailed information can be found in the Massachusetts Driver’s Manual at MASSRMV.COM as well as at NHTSA.GOV.

Sources-  http://www.safercar.gov/Vehicle+Owners/Resources/Winter-driving-tips-static

http://www.massrmv.com/rmv/dmanual/chapter_5.pdf

Make an special kit for winter emergencies.

Make an special kit for winter emergencies.

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