Toast the New Year With Our Designated Driver Service

Ok, call this self-promotion.  Some may think it a shameless attempt to increase business by exploiting a situation that is highly charged with emotion.  But I believe our “Designated Driver” efforts contribute to save lives on the roads of Massachusetts and New England.  Especially around the holidays.  Let’s look at some statistics.  Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) states there is one death every 53 minutes and an injury every 90 seconds that is DUI-related in the United States.  Now I think that is serious.designated driver

Again according to MADD, Massachusetts does not fare well as compared to other states.  It is ranks 40th out of 51 (50 states plus Washington, DC) for drunk driving deaths, 1 being the least dangerous.  36% of all traffic related deaths are caused by a drunk driver.
Now the hidden danger.  The most recent information available shows that, in Massachusetts, 22,253 people have been caught drunk driving more than three times and 4,840 have been caught more than 5 times.
These are sobering statistics.  Now let’s think about the way a DUI can wreck a person’s life.  If you are stopped and refuse to take the chemical test to determine your blood alcohol limit, you automatically lose your license for 180 days.  If convicted, your first offense can put you in jail for up to 30 months, assess fines and costs of up to $5000, cause you to lose your license for a year, and force you to attend a Court assigned treatment program.  Forget about the attorneys fees, $5, 000 to $10,000.  Do I have to mention the embarrassment for you and your family?  Or the impact on your job? I think you get the idea. offers an affordable alternative to this.  Why not book a car & driver to transport you to and from your holiday events.  Enjoy your favorite adult beverage or a nice bottle of wine.  Toast the new year! You are covered! We have your back.  Then enjoy your ride home in the safety and comfort of a sleigh, I mean car!

See Some of the Great Light Displays In and Around Boston This Holiday Season

The Marblehead Chamber of Commerce is hosting four days of holiday festivities, family events and activities! Highlights include Santa’s arrival by lobster boat, the town tree lighting ceremony, Holiday shopping preview parties, the Christmas Walk Parade, ‘Holidays are Grand’ live performances, a great raffle with great prizes, and all kinds of family events and activities sponsored by local merchants and organizations! And, for the first time in the history of the Christmas Walk, the Chamber in partnership with National Grand Bank will be using a locally grown tree. Dates of the festivities are Thursday, December 5 – Sunday, December 8, 2013. These events will be taking place in downtown Marblehead

Once a year in winter, Stone Zoo in Stoneham transforms its tree lined paths into a brilliantly lit winter wonderland with thousands of twinkling lights. stone zooUpon entering the zoo, visitors will pass by the Yukon Creek section which houses bald eagles, black bears, Canadian lynx, Gray foxes, and reindeer. Although some of the animals at Stone Zoo need to be housed indoors and kept warm, other animals are adaptable to the colder weather and can still be visited during the day time hours. Opening on Thanksgiving and running to the end of December, Zoolights is one of the best Christmas light displays and family holiday destinations. Make sure the children get to take pictures with Santa who will await their arrival in Santa’s Castle. He’ll be available for photos through December 23rd. Carousel rides (along with Santa pictures) are also available for an additional fee. Stone Zoo is located at 149 Pond Street, Stoneham, MA 02180.

The Illuminations tour in Somerville features decorated homes with festive strings of lights and collections of holiday figurines, transforming our cold winter nights with a blaze of light and beauty. In celebration of this community expression, the Somerville Arts Council conducts the Illuminations Tour, a 45-minute trolley ride featuring the city’s brightest displays. Tours leave from Somerville City Hall where coffee, hot chocolate and cookies are served. There also will be craft activities for children and live music. Tickets can be purchased on Somerville City Hall 93 Highland Street, Somerville MA.

Interested in putting together your own custom tour for the office or your family? We have an expansive fleet consisting of Minibuses and Limobuses that are perfect for touring greater Boston’s Christmas Light Displays. For more information, give us a call at 978-750-6666.

See Why Salem Is the Place To Be This October

Derby Square Tours offers the “Witch Trial Trail” walking tour. These one-hour, candlelight tours depart at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday nights from October 11 through October 27, as well as October 28-30, from Old Town Hall on Front Street, two blocks from the Salem Visitor Center. All are welcome. The cost is $12 for adults, $3 for ages 7-17. Check the Derby Square Tours Web site or call 978-745-6314 for more information.

On October 11-13, 18-19, 25-26 and 31, 2013, tour The House of Seven Gables and meet characters from Hawthorne’s famous novel. Tours run from 7:15 to 11 p.m. each evening (7:30 to 9:30 p.m. only October 11-13 and 7:15 to 10 p.m. on Halloween). Tickets are $15 per person. Call 978-744-0991, ext. 104 for more information and reservations.

The Salem Wax Museum and The Salem Witch Village provide entertainment for all at the world famous epicenter of Halloween, “Haunted Happenings” in October.salem ma halloween Both are located on a dead-end street across from the Peabody Essex Museum and adjacent to the Tricentennial Witch Trials Memorial and The Charter Street Old Burying Point – reputed to be the 2nd oldest burial ground in the country. Interred within are some of the notable of Salem’s History including “The Hanging Judge” John Hathorne.

The Hawthorne Hotel will host a Scream Out Loud 18+ dance party and concert on Halloween night, October 31. Adults 21 and older will love the annual “Nightmare on Hawthorne Boulevard” Halloween Costume Ball on Saturday, October 26, 2013. Call 978-744-4080 for tickets and details.

Step into the Spirit Parlor of OMEN and experience an authentic séance in Salem with true spirit mediums who were born with the uncanny ability to connect us with our loved ones on the other side. Our beloved dead often reach out to us from beyond and the authentic spirit mediums at Omen have helped thousands of people reunite with those who have crossed over. Seating is limited so reserve your tickets early. You can also purchase your tickets at OMEN, located at 184 Essex Street along the outdoor pedestrian walking mall or call them at (978) 666-0763.

The annual Official Salem Witches’ Halloween Ball, an evening of reveling and cavorting with the spirit world, takes place Friday, October 25, 2013 at the Hawthorne Hotel in the heart of historic Salem. The event is presented by Witch Elder Christian Day. This year’s theme is “The Witches’ Familiar,” and guests are invited to incorporate their favorite animal companion into their costumes or to dress as familiars. Dragon Ritual Drummers will perform. At the evening’s pinnacle, the Salem Witches welcome the Witches’ New Year by casting a Magic Circle to draw open the veil to the spirit world. Tickets are $150 per person. Purchase tickets online or by calling 978-666-0765.

Mahi Mahi Cruises & Charters will take you on a spine-tingling 75-minute voyage filled with spooky stories set in Salem Sound and along the New England coast. Haunted Harbor Cruises depart from Pickering Wharf daily at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. September 28 through October 31. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children. Reserve online or by calling 978-825-0001. Other Haunted Happenings cruises include daily Creepy Cocktail Hour cruises at 7 p.m. and 21+ Boo’s Cruises on Saturday nights in October and on Halloween.

Sample local ales from Pamplemousse, then settle in for a spine-tingling hour with Sir Arthur Hennessey spinning terrifying tales. Tickets are $23 for these sell-out evenings at Salem’s Gallows Hill Museum/Theatre on October 4, 5, 10, 11, 13, 17, 19, 24, 25 and 26. Tickets can be purchased online, or call 978-825-0222 for information.

Fun Family Activities This September on the North Shore

The Trustees of Reservations in Ipswich are Celebrating Appleton Farms’ 375th Anniversary at their Annual Family Farm Day Event on Sunday, September 15th starting at 10:00am. The family-friendly event features local healthy foods, music by Ben Rudnick and Friends, barnyard animals, a 4—H Calf Show, antique tractors, and traditional farm crafts and activities including pumpkin painting, pony rides, and a hay obstacle course! Rolling grasslands, grazing livestock, stone walls, extensive forests and historic farm buildings are part of Appleton Farms’ 1,000-acre pastoral landscape that sits a mere 25 miles north of Boston.

appleton farms Founded in 1636 by Samuel Appleton and farmed by nine successive generations of Appleton’s, Appleton Farms is the oldest continuously operating farm in America. Colonel Francis R. Appleton, Jr. and his wife, Joan, donated the property to The Trustees in 1998. Over the last 14 years The Trustees restored the farms’centuries-old infrastructure and developed a suite of sustainable agricultural enterprises, including grass-based beef and dairy operations, a dairy store, and a 550-share Community Supported Agriculture program. The farm manages more than 12 miles of trails ideal for recreation, has a year-round visitor cell, and offers a suite of year-round farm-based education workshops, special events and volunteer opportunities for adults, families and children.

On Sunday, September 15, Golf Country, next to Richardson’s Ice Cream at 160 South Main Street in Middleton, will be hosting a Mini Golf Tournament – Families Fore the Wenham Museum. Bring the whole family to a multi-generational mini-golf tournament! Dads and moms, aunts and uncles, grandparents and kids are invited to participate in this fun-filled day. Proceeds benefit the Wenham Museum’s educational exhibits and programs, serving families and children on Boston’s North Shore since 1922. Activities include 18 Holes of Mini Golf, Ice Cream, Prizes, and a chance to win a kid’s bike from Pinnacle Bikes of Beverly. $15 per person, register at

Curious about social media? Undecided about how or why you might best utilize it in the messaging and overall strategy of your nonprofit? Go to the Essex County Community Foundation, 175 Andover Street, Danvers on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 9:00 AM. In the presentation, nonprofit professionals will learn how to implement a successful social media strategy in 10 steps. Workshop participants will learn how nonprofits are using social media to raise money and awareness, tips to engage supporters on social networks, how a nonprofit can integrate all communication channels for maximum success, and which channels are right for your organization. The presenter is Julia Campbell, Principal, J Campbell Social Marketing: Marketing With Social Purpose. Julia, a Beverly native, is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, mother, and a social media marketing enthusiast. Julia helps nonprofits and small businesses maximize their impact and accomplish their missions by effectively harnessing the power and potential of online marketing and social media tools. Julia’s clients include local businesses, nonprofit organizations, and universities. She offers one-on-one coaching sessions, group seminars and college courses and writes a twice weekly blog about nonprofits and social media. Julia has been featured on Social Media Today, Business 2 Community, Forbes and The Glass Heel.

Golf Slowly Returning To Pre-Recession Levels

Golf in the United States seems to be growing for the first time in five years, probably due in part to the nation finally feeling secure enough in their jobs to increase their leisure spending. The number of rounds played on American golf courses has steadily risen over the past year. Golf product companies such as Callaway Golf Co., mower-maker Toro Co., and Nike Inc., which makes golf gear and clothes, are experiencing revenue growth and stock gains outpacing the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.

Callaway Golf saw returns rise by 25 percent this past year compared with a 12 percent gain for the S&P 500 Index. The returns of Toro, which has about a quarter of its sales tied to the golf industry, have risen 18 percent. Nike’s revenues have climbed 14 percent. Golf’s resurgence demonstrates an improving U.S. economy. The country’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.3 percent in January and February of last year, while payrolls increased more than 220,000 per month in December, January and February.

golf picAnother reason for more golfers hitting the links, according to Tom Stine, co-founder of Golf Datatech LLC, is that, “there’s been a lot more attention being paid to the PGA tour this year. Tiger is back playing a lot.” Woods is currently atop the FedEx Cup standings with 2,481 points and 4 wins. Tiger Woods’ victory last year at the AT&T National produced a TV rating increase of 188 percent from previous year’s final round of the PGA Tour event at Congressional in Bethesda, MD.

Though it appears golf has thrived over the past two years, statistics from the National Golf Foundation (NGF) prove otherwise. According to the Foundation, in 2012, more than 150 golf courses in the U.S.  closed. The number of course closings continues to outpace the number of course openings.  In fact, courses opened in just 18 states last year. Also, according to the NGF, 2012 started with 15,753 courses in the U.S., a number which is down 299 from 2005. NGF estimates that 25.7 million Americans were considered “golfers” last year, a number which is down 4.3 million from 2005.

The golf-course building boom that ran well past the game’s pinnacle of playing popularity only “diluted the product” according to Steve Friedlander, manager of real estate giant Irvine Co.’s golf operations. He says the closing of courses in certain markets is probably best in the long haul for the sport. That being said, at least golf is back at pre-recession levels –  and not just in terms of greens fees, but with rising dining revenues and pro shop gear too.

Wings Of Freedom Tour Returns To Beverly Municipal Airport

The Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour featuring rare World War II aircrafts will be returning to the Beverly Municipal Airport from September 20 to September 23. In honor of our WWII Veterans, The Wings of Freedom Tour brings an extremely rare bomber and fighter aircraft for local living history display as Part of 110-city Nationwide Tour.

The P-51 Mustang is one of many planes that will be featured at the Wings of Freedom Tour this fall

The P-51 Mustang is one of many planes that will be featured at the Wings of Freedom Tour this fall

Also participating in the tour will be the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine” WWII Heavy Bomber, Consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft” WWII Heavy Bomber, P-51 Mustang fighter “Betty Jane”, PT-17 Stearman, and T-6 Texan WWII trainer aircraft. This rare opportunity allows visitors to explore and learn more about these unique and rare treasures of aviation history. The B-17 is one of only ten in flying condition in the United States. The B-24J and Full Dual Control P-51C Mustang are the sole remaining examples of their type flying in the World.

A donation of $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12 is requested for access to up-close viewing and tours through the inside of the aircraft. Visitors can also take a 30-minute flight aboard these rare aircraft. Flights on either the B-17 or B-24 are $425 per person. P-51 flights are $2,200 for a half hour and $3,200 for a full hour. PT-17 Stearman flights are $230 for 30 minutes and T-6 Texan flights are $450 for 45 minutes. Hours of ground tours and display are: Friday, Sept. 20, 2-5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Monday, Sept. 23, 9 a.m.-noon. The 30-minute flight experiences are normally scheduled before and after the ground tour times above.

Need a ride to or from the Beverly? We provide Beverly Minibus Transportation, Beverly Limobus Transportation, Beverly Car Service, Beverly Limo Service, and just about any other service you can think of!

Culture Change in Today’s Nursing Homes

In 1987, the federal government passed a law called the Nursing Home Reform Act. This act established standards of care in nursing homes throughout the United States. These standards focused specifically on quality of life issues and the rights of nursing home residents. Following the passage of this act, there has been a movement in long term care called “culture change.” Culture change focuses on resident-centered care, and attempts to create a warmer, homier environment in nursing homes. Additionally, culture change encourages residents to become more involved in their care, from staff assignments to choice of activities.

The administration and staff at Greenwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a 36-bed skilled nursing home in Wakefield, MA, had known well before the culture change movement that the initiatives in the Nursing Home Reform Act just made sense.greenwood The facility is a suburban residence located in the Greenwood section of Wakefield.

What sets Greenwood apart from most other nursing homes is its comfortable setting. It was originally founded in a private residence, and maintains the charm of a home, as opposed to a hospital-like setting, to this day. Most nursing homes are built modeled after hospitals with long corridors and nurses stations scattered across every floor. Many elders don’t want the feeling of living in a hospital or hotel; they want to feel like they’re at home. In addition to its more personal, home-like feel, Greenwood features beautiful outdoor landscaping, wall hangings, flower gardens, and multiple porches with plush seating so residents can enjoy the beautiful weather outdoors peacefully. Family and friends are encouraged to visit loved ones and join in on summer cookouts and other events, such as outings to the movie theater, foliage trips, and Christmas light viewing. Greenwood also provides residents with fun daily activities such as light exercise, in-house film viewing, informative and enjoyable discussions on current events, and many other interactive games. Greenwood stresses resident independence and assists as needed. Their staff understands the value of letting residents feel they are in control of their daily routine. At the end of the day, they provide resident-centered care and will go above and beyond to ensure the comfort and security of their residents. Culture change is alive and well at Greenwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center!

One of the many transportation services we offer at is medical transfers. For more information, give us a call at 978-750-6666

Senior living….What are the options?

Today, senior citizens have many different options for where and how they live out their retirement years. Depending on the level of care needed, options include nursing homes, assisted living facilities, rest homes, and retirement communities.

Retirement communities are very popular especially in warm weather locations. There are basically 3 types of retirement communities; Active communities, Supportive Communities, and Active/Supportive communities.  Each offer uniquely different living arrangements.senior living Active communities provide only housing units with community recreational facilities. Supportive communities provide long-term care, assisted living, and skilled nursing care. Active/Supportive communities combine residential and healthcare facilities under one roof.

Retirement homes and assisted living facilities usually offer apartment style units. The amenities may vary widely but some form of healthcare is usually provided. Seniors who live in these communities typically are self-sufficient and require minimal assistance. Often times the personnel in these facilities only provide cueing and reminders to residents to take their medications, participate in activities, attend meals, etc.

Nursing homes or skilled nursing facilities provide continuous nursing care to residents and are required to have a nurse on duty 24 hours a day. Over the past decade, nursing homes have changed dramatically. They focus on providing a home like environment and giving residents more control over daily routines and choices. This new focus is referred to as “culture change.” Examples of culture change include: doing away with nurses stations, decorating hallways with paintings, plants, and flowers, encouraging residents to make choices in their daily routine, extended visiting hours, and encouraging residents to decorate their rooms with furniture and personal items from home.

Depending on their physical health, financial means, and personality seniors have more options today regarding their living arrangements than they ever had it the past!

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