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    Pembroke Celebrating 300 years

    Posted by Donna Bellavance

    Thu, Jun 14, 2012 @ 01:31 PM

    PembrokeAs a resident of Pembroke for 37 years, I am proud to share with others the good news that my town is celebrating its 300th anniversary this year.  Like so many towns in the South Shore, Pembroke has grown from a small community to a well-populated and bustling area with much to offer its residents.

    The various committees working on the anniversary celebration have planned numerous events that should provide  fun for all attendees.

    Some of the events planned are as follows:

    June 15  

    Pembroke’s largest water balloon fight

    June 19
      Public Safety Night
    July 22   Treasure Hunt followed by a cook out at the Herring Run
    July 29   North River Cruise & Trolley Tour
    August 10& 12   Pembroke Arts Festival
    August 18 & 19   Aviation Week end
    September 23   Road Race and Parade
    October 20 & 21   Civil War Enactment followed by fireworks
    November 3   Pembroke High School Concert
    December 15   Closing Events
    pembrokePlease visit Pembroke's website for all up-to-date info. There is a limited edition Pembroke 300th calendar available at the Pembroke Center library and the DPW office.

    There are raffle tickets selling for $5 each for the Pembroke 300th Anniversary Quilt which is on display at the Pembroke Center Library.

    Suggestions are being requested for items to put in the Pembroke Time Capsule.

    I am sure that these events will be well attended by many proud Pembroke residents willing to share stories relating to the rich history of the town.

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    Donna Bellavance

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    Welcome to Whitman

    Posted by Gordon Atlantic Staff

    Wed, Oct 12, 2011 @ 06:30 PM

    If you’re from a small town and have recently moved to Whitman, then you’re sure to feel at home here.  With a population of 14,000 residents in a 7 mile square radius, you’ll make new acquaintances in no time!

    The Toll House Inn, established in 1709, invented Toll House cookies in the late 1930’s. Although the Toll House burned completely down in 1984, their sign and landmark still remains on Bedford St.  (Rte 18).

    Park your car only once downtown and avail yourself of many merchants and services within close walking distance.  Banking, coffee shops, restaurants, drug store, hair salons, dry cleaners, post office,  town hall, churches  and other merchants and services are just too numerous to mention. Walk over to our newly renovated Lower Town Park; it is listed as one of the 1,000 greatest places in Massachusetts by the state legislature. The Old Colony Commuter Rail, a short walking distance from downtown, provides rail service from Plymouth to Boston.

    For the youth of Whitman, there are organized sports teams, active scout packs and a recreation commission that provides many activities. The Recreation department also oversees our swimming programs at our town pool, located at the Lower Town Park.

    The Whitman Senior Center, also located downtown, provides many activities, trips and daily meals.

    Some of the downtown restaurant favs are McGuiggan’s Irish Pub, Tea Time Cookies, Venus Café (great pizza!), Ted’s Place (seafood).  On Rte 18 is also the infamous Peaceful Meadows Ice Cream (dairy barn open year round).

    Last December, Whitman just celebrated their 17th year Winterfest. Always held on a Saturday in December, the downtown streets are closed for their festival. Parades, fireworks, caroling, contests, etc. fill the day and though through the night.

    Whitman hosts an annual Fourth of July Field Day at the park, with a road race, carriage or bike decorating, pie eating contests and other events.

    The Town of Whitman was incorporated in 1875. As a primary South Shore residential community, it has retained much of its rural character.   

    If you are  moving to Whitman or any town in Massachusetts, see our  website to view our whiteboard videos at  www.agordon.com. The videos provide valuable tips if you are new to Massachusetts or buying a new home.

    And if you’re thinking of moving to town soon, visit our new home buyer page for tips on purchasing new home owner’s insurance.   Also check out our Auto page for auto insurance deals and information, as well as our Whiteboard series for great general tips.

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    Bill Cordaro

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    Public Transportation on the South Shore: Getting from Here to There

    Posted by Kay Gordon

    Wed, Oct 12, 2011 @ 05:59 PM

    t station, image via wikipediaAs much as we all love the South Shore there are times we want to and need to get out.  In fact, many of us find ourselves daily on the South East Expressway commuting to work and wondering what that commute may be like.  There are several public transportation options available that may make the commute more predictable and also less stressful.

    While everyone’s situation is different, one of the following might make your commute a little more palatable.  Please refer to the online sites for detailed rates, schedules and other information- to ensure the alternative transportation works for you!

    The two commuter lines that emanate from the South Shore are THE OLD COLONY and the GREENBUSH Lines.  One spur of Old Colony originates in Plymouth or Kingston, travels to Halifax, Hanson, Whitman, Abington, S. Weymouth, Braintree, UMA Boston and ends at South Station, Boston.

    The Greenbush Line originates In Scituate, travels to N. Scituate, Cohasette,  Nantasket  Junction, West Hingham, East Weymouth, East Braintree, Quincy Center, UMass Boston and ends at South Station.

    Origination to South Station takes about an hour and prices for the commuter train vary depending on distance from about $2 to $9 and there is generally a charge for parking at lots.

    Two Commuter Boats travel from Fore River Shipyard in Quincy and Hewitt’s Cove in Hingham to Boston’s Long Wharf and Rowe’s Wharf respectively for $6 each way.  For $12 the boat goes to Logan airport where one picks up a Massport shuttle bus to complete the trip to the airport terminal.  A third Boat from Hull, Ma also goes to Boston.

    The Logan Express Bus is yet another way to get to the airport from Braintree, MA for about $10 per trip.  Get dropped off or park in Braintree and let the bus driver deliver you to your terminal and pick you up at the airport when you return from your trip.

    The “T” Red Line that originates in Braintree is a relatively inexpensive alternative and runs quite frequently.  Park for about $8/day or get dropped off and picked up at the parking garage.  This particular line goes directly to Cambridge, Ma and connects to the other Subway lines in Boston.

    Again, please refer to all the above online sites for current detailed and updated information.  The above is a summary to inform and remind that there are alternatives to driving when making a commute north to Boston!

    But whether you choose to travel by car, boat, train, or helicopter, visit the A. G. Gordon, Inc. website for insurance resources or to get a quote. Our job is to make insurance make sense.

    If you own a home in the South Shore and are interested in lowering the cost of your insurance, click here to go to our home insurance page.

    If you don't want to utilize the public transportation or prefer driving, check out our auto insurance.

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    Kay Gordon

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