Thursday, August 24, 2017

StoryWalk® on the SNETT rail trail

As some of you may know, I'd like to give back to our community. In the past few years, I have been an active volunteer member of the Franklin and Bellingham Rail Trail Committee.

We have a wonderful rail trail in our backyards, but many people still have not discovered it. To help bring awareness, we have a StoryWalk® event planned tomorrow, Friday 8/25/17, 9-11am on the SNETT (Souther New England Trunkline Trail) in Bellingham (Center Street Trailhead).

Here is a nice article by Heather McCarron in The Country Gazette, where you can read all about it!

You can follow our committee and trail events and developments on our Facebook Page too!

See you on the trail!

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Just Sold in Bellingham, MA

This 3 bedroom, 1 bath home found a wonderful new owner. Sold at asking price after 5 days on the market.

Wondering what is your home worth? Send me an email for a free market analysis at or call (508) 507-9715.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Just listed - 3 bedroom/1 bath ranch in Bellingham, MA!

38 Donna Road
Bellingham, MA 02019

Offered at $239,900

First showings start at the Open House on SAT 4/29/17, 11am-12:30pm
Second Open House will be on SUN 4/30/17, 2-3:30pm!

This charming ranch home in a desirable North Bellingham neighborhood offers one floor living with updated bathroom and 3 bedrooms. Home has newer vinyl siding, gutters, windows and roof. Beautiful, fenced-in backyard with shed and perennials offers plenty of space and privacy for your summer barbecues. Part of the garage has been converted to a family room, playroom or office (you decide). Close to shopping, restaurants, easy highway access. All appliances are included!

For more details on this listing and photos click here.

Come visit us during our open houses or schedule your private showing. Call/text (508) 507-9715 or email

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Summer Street, Franklin MA - Open Letter to the Town Council

As a longtime resident of Franklin, I care about our city's past, present and future. I am all for development of our community, but it needs to be done in a responsible way. Here is my letter to the Town Council on the Summer Street rezoning.

Dear Town Council members,

It came to my attention that the Summer Street applicant is coming back to the Town Council to resubmit the request for a change of Rural Residential I zoning to the Residential VII zoning. 

I am reaching out to you to express my strong opposition to the proposed zoning changes for the Summer Street property. I did appreciate the Town Council members voting NO the first time. As many residents have expressed during the meeting then, there is a reason why people move to that particular part of our town - it is for the rural feel of the area. I think the change to Residential VII does not fit the area or Franklin as a whole (we can all see what the Residential VII looks like at the Village at Cook’s Farm). It also contradicts the mission statement of the Master Plan adopted in 2013, especially the sections “…we are a community dedicated to effective planning, responsible land use, balanced growth,…” and “… we are committed to cultivating accessible open space, a sense of neighborhood, and a desire to preserve the character of our New England town..”.

In August 2016, TC Chair Mr. Matt Kelly wrote a response to inquiries on growth and infrastructure : “As a council we agree that built in thousand of new homes in our community is not an answer, nor is it what we want. The Franklin Town Council has taken a stance to look at smart growth…”

With 800+/- units that are either under construction, approved, before PB or in the work, according to the Jeff Nutting’s letter to the Town Council in October 2016, we seem to be heading in that direction…

I hope you will take this opportunity, as an elected Town Councilor, to show your commitment to serving the entire Franklin, MA community and vote NO on this matter. 

I appreciate and thank you for your service and for your commitment to our city, that is known as The Town of Franklin!

Renata Gilarova

On a lighter note - enjoy the musical stylings of Jamie Barrett and his song "The City Known As The Town Of Franklin". We have a beautiful and safe city to live in and are very fortunate!

For more detailed information about Summer Street and other town matters, please visit Franklin Matters.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Spring forward, test your smoke/CO detectors, change batteries

Daylight saving time will begin at 2am on Sunday, March 12, 2017! 

Whether you enjoy to spring forward or not, it is always a good time to test your smoke and CO detectors and change batteries in all of them.
Please remember that the smoke detectors should be changed every 7-10 years and the CO detectors every 5-7 years.

If you are selling a home, you will need all the detectors in compliance with the Massachusetts law. You can find the latest information HERE. If you have any questions, please contact your local Fire Department, they will be happy to help!

For those of you ready for spring (here in New England), here is a preview of what's to come once the snow melts.

Be safe and feel free to connect with me for a free, no obligation consultation if you are looking to buy or sell your home. Email or call/text (508) 507-9715

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

2017 Summer Camps in Franklin, MA and beyond!

Back by popular demand - 2017 Summer Camp List! 

Many registrations are open now (some will have programs up in the coming months). If you know of a camp or a summer program that is not on the list, I will be happy to add it. Just email me at

Last updated on 4/21/2017

Bellingham, MA
Bellingham Field Hockey
Dreamcatcher Horse Farm
Maplegate Country Club
Marcov's Sharp Gymnastics
New England Country Club - Nike Golf Camps
Once Upon a Kiln
Summer Baseball Camp

Franklin, MA
Adirondack Club Summer Camps
Anglican Church of the Redeemer - VBS
BFCCPS Summer Courses
Camp Haiastan
Clarion Farm Summer Horsemanship Programs
Dance Studio
D.A.R.E. Camp/Junior Police Academy
Dean College
Drama Kids of Metro West
Franklin Country Day Camp
Franklin High School Summer/Sports Camps
Franklin Mill Store
Franklin School for the Performing Arts
Franklin Soccer School 
Franklin Youth Lacrosse
Franklin Youth Soccer Association
Hockomock YMCA (also in Foxboro and North Attleboro)
Prospect Hill Country Day School (contact them for more information)
Self Esteem Through Art
Sunrise Montesori School, Inc.
The BullDog Baseball School, Dean College - contact school for more info
The BullDog Football School, Dean College - contact school for more info
The Elemen-Tree House
Town of Franklin - Lifelong Learning
Town of Franklin Recreation Department - covering Franklin and Medway
Tri-County Vocational Tech. School Summer Camps

Holliston, MA 
Willow Brook Farm
Parks and Recreation Programs
Summer Oasis at Holliston Public Schools

Mendon, MA
Kids 'N' Us Summer Recreation Program
Swim Lessons at Mendon Town Beach

Medway, MA
Camp Invention, Medway Middle School
Camp Sunshine - special needs summer program
Challenger Sports Soccer Camp
Flipside Gymnastics
Medway Community Farm
Rising Star Equestrian Center
Saddle Row Farm
The Little Gym
Town of Franklin Recreation Department - covering Franklin and Medway

Milford, MA
Milford Community Summer Camps
Milford Sports Center
Milford Youth Center

Millis, MA
Shadowfax Farm 
Tangerini’s Spring Street Farm
Town of Millis Recreation Department
Woodside Montesori

Norfolk, MA
Camp Lucky Ducky
FC Puma Soccer Camps
Norfolk County Agricultural HS
Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary
Town of Norfolk Recreation Department

Upton, MA
Fin and Feather Sports -Outdoor Adventure Clinics

Wrentham, MA
DARE to Dream Summer Day Program
Town of Wrentham Recreation Department

Ashland: Camp Bailout (girls only)
Blackstone: Blackstone Valley Boys and Girls Club
Bridgewater: The Bridge Center year round programs for individuals with special needs
Lexington: Bina Farm Center
Mendon: Southwick ZOO Wild Adventures Summer Program
WorcesterWorcester Polytechnic Institute (ages 7-17), Ecotarium

New England Summer Camps Directory
Activity Hero
iD Tech Camps (STEM learning experience)
VT: Aloha Foundation Camps
ME: Experience Camp (for boys who lost their parent, sibling or primary caregiver)

Monday, January 9, 2017

February Break 2017 Happenings in Franklin, MA Area

Ideas for activities, camps, mini-camps in and around Franklin, MA during February break (2/18-2/26/2017).

An Unlikely Story Bookstore and Cafe, Plainville
 - check their calendar for updates

Artworks Studio, Hopedale - no info available at the time of this post, check back often

Barnes and Noble, Bellingham - story times, kids activities, check out their calendar for latest updates

Camp Lucky Ducky, Norfolk

Center for Arts, Natick: Musical Theatre Workshop

Chat Noir Nail Studio in the Medway Mills: Offering Mommy and Me manicures during February Break.  Call to reserve a spot - (508) 887-6185.

Cheryl Cohen Arts Center, Holliston

Dean College Bulldog Baseball Clinic, Franklin : no info available at the time of this post, check back often

Drama Kids of MetroWest, Franklin - Drama Kids and The Dance Studio are offering... Drama Dance... Open to ages 4-10 Boys and Girls, 9am-3pm. Cost is $65 per day or $120 for both days. Lunch-if you want to purchase -will be $5 per day-PIZZA-or you can bring your own. Tuesday and Wednesday February 21st and 22nd!

Flipside Gymnastics, Medway - no info available at the time of this post, check back often

ForeKicks, Norfolk no info available at the time of this post, check back often

Franklin Public Library - find the February calendar here.

Franklin Recreation Department 

Fungineers, Norfolk 

John Smith Sports, Milford - no info available at the time of this post, check back often

Learning Express, Franklin - typically various activities (check their Facebook Page for calendar)

Once Upon a Kiln, Bellingham - no info available at the time of this post, check back often

Patriot Place, Foxboro - no info available at the time of this post, check back often

Self Esteem Through Art 

Soccer For Smiles Tournament, Franklin - February 20-23, 2017

Stony Brook Audubon Sanctuary, Norfolk - day camps from 9am-3:30pm, 2/21-2/24.

Updated 2/1/2017

* If you know of any events that you would like to add, please contact me at

Thursday, January 5, 2017

New year, new home?

Is finding a new home or selling the one you are in now on your to-do list in 2017? 

Connect with me for a free, honest and personalized consultation. Let me help you assemble a client team, that will make your real estate transaction a pleasant experience.

Call/text: (508) 507-9715