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4 NEW ENGLAND CONDOMINIUM   -DECEMBER 2020    NEWENGLANDCONDO.COM  Industry Pulse  Events  New England Condo Introduces FREE   Webinars—a New Resource for Boards and   Managers at  New England Condominium  , a Yale Rob-  bins publication, has been a resource for   the boards, managers, and residents of con-  dos, HOAs, and co-ops for nearly two de-  cades, both in print and online—and we are   pleased to present an addition to our tool-  kit. Yale Robbins Productions has launched   New England Condominium Webinars,   a Cooperator Event, which is a new series   of FREE educational ‘town-hall’ style we-  binars, sponsored by leaders in the multi-  family industry and focusing on issues and   challenges facing today’s boards. We have   assembled expert panels on everything   from legal questions around the COVID-19   pandemic to optimizing your insurance   coverage to disinfecting your community’s   pool. Registration and attendance are FREE   to all—just visit  events, choose the webinar you’d like to at-  tend, and sign up. It’s that simple. You’ll get   an email link and reminders for the event,   and will have  the opportunity  to  submit   questions for the panelists before and dur-  ing the webinar itself.   Past events are archived and available on   demand at   Recent webinars available for view-  ing include a discussion of Matching Your   Reserve Budget to Replacement Costs;   COVID Complications—Unraveling the   Pandemic’s Financial, Physical, & Admin-  istrative Crisis for HOAs; and Tips for Pre-  paring Your Condo or HOA for the Next   Wave of COVID-19.  Serving on your board is a big job, and a   big responsibility, but sound, timely advice   from industry veterans can help lighten the   load and make your building or association   run more smoothly. We’re committed to   helping you achieve that, and look forward   to ‘seeing’ you at an upcoming webinar.  IREM to Hold Virtual Forecast Meeting  The Boston Chapter of the Institute for   Real Estate Management (IREM) will hold   its annual economic forecast on January   20 via Zoom. Guest speaker at the virtual   program will be Elliot Eisenberg, an inter-  nationally acclaimed economist and pub-  lic speaker who is billed as “specializing in   making the arcana and minutia of econom-  ics fun.”    The 2021 Forecast program will also in-  clude a new member installation and past   president recognition. Registration is avail-  able at  Industry News  Bauman Named New President at    Barkan   Barkan Management Company has an-  nounced the appointment of Daniel Bau-  man  as  President.  Bauman  will  replace   Bill DiSchino who led the Boston-based   residential property management company   as President and CEO for 26 years prior to   his recent retirement. DiSchino will remain   active with the company assisting with the   transition, according to a press release from   Barkan.  “Daniel brings to Barkan an impressive   30-year history of professional accomplish-  ments,” said Peter Barkan, CEO of The Bar-  kan Companies. “He has the personal style,   business acumen, and leadership skills to   drive Barkan Management forward. I know   that he will make a positive impact on the   organization at all levels.”  According to the press release, Bauman   was most recently at Bonaventure Prop-  erty Management Services. Before that, he   served for five years as President of First-  Service Residential DC Metro, a wholly   owned subsidiary of a publicly traded na-  tionwide property services company.   Formed in 1964, Barkan currently has   192 properties (30,000+/-  units) under   management in seven states.   Two Attorneys Join Goldman & Pease   Firm  The Needham-based law firm of Gold-  man & Pease recently announced that at-  torneys Sidney Gorovitz and Rachel Zoob-  Hill have joined the firm.   Gorovitz, a long-time member of the   Massachusetts bar, has been in practice for   almost 50 years. He was a founding mem-  ber and senior partner in the law firm of   Gorovitz and Borten, P.C., which focused   on civil litigation and specialized in medi-  cal  malpractice and catastrophic personal   injury. As a seasoned “hands on” litiga-  tor, Gorovitz has participated in over 100   Superior Court jury trials and scores of   mediations  and  arbitrations.  For  the  past   eight consecutive years, Gorovitz has been   voted by his peers as a “Massachusetts Su-  per Lawyer”—a prestigious peer-to-peer   designation recognizing the leaders in the   practice of law.  Zoob-Hill  concentrates  her  practice  in   civil litigation, real estate, business law, and   employment law. She is admitted to practice   in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,   U.S. District Court for the District of Mas-  sachusetts, and the U.S. Court of Appeals   for the First Circuit. She has represented   clients before several regulatory agencies,   including the U.S. Securities Enforcement   Division, FINRA, and the Massachusetts   Commission Against Discrimination. She   earned her B.A. in Biology and Philosophy   from Trinity College in Connecticut and   conducted graduate work at the Institute   for Applied Research in Israel. Following   a career as a lobbyist and fundraiser, she   attended Boston University Law School,   where she graduated cum laude as a G. Jo-  seph Tauro and Edward Hennessey Scholar   and the recipient of the Mr. & Mrs. John Sil-  ber Award for Academic Excellence. Zoob-  Hill began her law career as a summer clerk   for the Honorable A. David Mazzone of the   U.S.  District  Court  in Boston,  and began   her private practice at a large Boston law   firm.  Barkan Adds Two Associations to    Portfolio  Barkan Management Company has se-  cured management contracts for two com-  munities in southeastern New England.   According to a press release, Barkan has   begun providing financial services for Lou-  isquisett Country Club condominium as-  sociation, a 409-unit community in North   Providence, Rhode Island, and providing   the full spectrum of management services   to Boatwright’s Loop District landowner’s   association, an 82-unit townhome and sin-  gle home community within The Pinehills,   in Plymouth, Massachusetts.   According to the company release, The   Louisquisett Country Club condominium   association boasts impressive grounds, in-  cluding a Ken Venturi-designed golf course   and a community clubhouse. Barkan for-  merly provided full-service management   for this association.  Boatwright’s Loop District, a relatively   new community within The Pinehills, con-  sists of 82 residences, with 63 townhomes   and 19 single-family homes. Located near   The Pinehills’ pool, fitness center, walking   trails, and shops, the homes in this commu-  nity are accessible to public transportation   and major roadways.   Jerry Meaney, vice president and re-  gional director, will serve as the account   supervisor for both associations and will   act as board liaison for all accounting and   financial matters for Louisquisett. Cindy   Ecker will serve as account executive and   will oversee the day-to-day management of   Boatwright’s Loop.  “We are thrilled to add these two beauti-  ful communities to our expanding portfo-  lio of residential contracts in Southeastern   New England,” Meaney said.  Online  Auction  Supports  MAR  Charitable Foundation   The Massachusetts Association of Real-  tors’ (MAR) online auction supporting the   MAR Charitable Foundation runs through   December 16. The virtual event began in   November, and winners will be notified af-  ter the auction ends on December 16.  Items on the auction block include a doz-  en bottles of fine Italian wines, along with   Tasting Notes and a recorded video tasting   and wine consultation; laser engraved sig-  nature plates of Frank Sinatra and Elvis; a   three-day tour of Boston’s best attractions,   including two nights at the Fairmont Co-  pley Plaza Hotel; autographed sports star   jerseys; and a four-day getaway for two to   Boothbay Harbor or Belfast, Maine.  Details can be found at www.marrealtor.  com.  Cannabis Store,  Residents at Odds in    Harvard Square  Several organizations, including condo   and neighborhood associations,  are voic-  ing opposition to the opening of a cannabis   store in Harvard Square. In a letter to city   officials, The Charles Hotel, Harvard Square   Business Association, Harvard Square   Neighborhood Association, The Winthrop   Eliot Condominium Trust, and The Win-  throp Park Trust expressed their opposition   to the proposed location of the Cookies   store, arguing that the location will increase   cannabis use in Winthrop Park.  Cookies, a cannabis retail shop, is plan-  ning to occupy the former Staples store   space at 57 JFK Street in the Crimson   Galleria. According to a story in   The Har-  vard Crimson  , Cambridge City Councilor   Quinton Y. Zondervan said supporting   economic empowerment applicants is “an   opportunity to do some justice here.” Eco-  nomic empowerment applicants are busi-  nesses that receive marijuana licenses from   the state through a program that intends to   help groups disproportionately impacted   by past drug policies.  For their part, the local resident and   business groups wrote, “We support eco-  nomic empowerment and have done so   publicly. What we do not support is a rec-  reational marijuana shop located at 57 JFK   Street.”  Law & Legislation  SJC Clarifies Defect Statute of Repose  The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial   Court has ruled that in a phased condomin-  ium, the six-year “statute of repose” begins   to run upon substantial completion of each   building/improvement, attorneys at Mar-  cus, Errico, Emmer & Brooks PC (MEEB)   have reported on the company website,  The decision in   D’Allessandro v. Lennar   Hingham Holdings, LLC   follows an earlier   ruling by the Massachusetts Federal Court   that the statute of repose in certain “inte-  PULSE  continued on page 10 

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