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Community Building
2010 May Enriching Brew

Use Salem, Massachusetts, in a word-association assessment, and you’d undoubtedly get a word referencing the infamous Witch Trials of 1692. Less famous but even more formative is the rich maritime history that contributed to the buildin…

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Community Building
2010 May Season Openers

It’s a simple equation: Warm days plus more hours of sunshine equals an influx of residents to the community’s outdoor amenities. Suddenly, swarms of children appear at the playground, out-of-practice tennis players are getting in the s…

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Community Building
2010 May Hanging Tough

For community associations facing a world of economic uncertainty, the old notion of “strength in numbers” has never felt more relevant. Because when it comes to tough problems, the associations that are able to work together and sacrif…

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Community Building
2010 May Secrets of Successful Committees

Being on a committee is no easy task. In fact, it can be downright frustrating. A three-month commitment can stretch into six months; meetings can go on forever; committee members may drift off topic; and precious, limited time can be …

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Community Building
2010 May It Takes a Village

There’s both a batch of homemade beer and a vat of homemade sauerkraut aging in the boiler room of Nubanusit Neighborhood & Farm in Peterborough, New Hampshire – and it’s not even close to Oktoberfest. The maple trees were tapped months a…

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Community Building
2010 May Ready, Set, Renovate

 Worn-out or damaged common areas in community associations can hurt overall  property values and send the wrong message. Of course, a newly-refurbished grand entrance and beautiful common areas that  give owners bragging rights are univer…

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Community Building
2010 May May 12 is the Day!

 Free seminars, networking opportunitiesand a chance to get all your condo questions answered – the 2010 New England Condo Expo brings it all together, in one day, under one  roof.    If you’ve been trying to find solutions to ongoi…

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Community Building
2009 May Reaching Out

One irony of modern life is that being in close proximity to your neighbors doesn’t necessarily make you closer to your neighbors. Often people live near each other and don’t know each other well. At best, people might know just a handf…

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Community Building
2009 May Legal Briefs

 There seem to be at least two contrasting views of expensive community  association recreational amenities – one that’s favorable, and another that’s cautiously skeptical. The first view is generally held by a minority of a  condominium’s…

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Community Building
2009 May Environmental Issues

 So you’ve just moved into your new condo and you want to hit the ground running in  terms of energy and water conservation.    But you’re realizing that it’s not quite as simple as when you owned a single-family home. You’re now be…

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