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Tammy Ruda, an agent in ERA Key’s Spencer office, listed a $1.25 million home on Webster Lake that was named the Telegram & Gazette’s “Home of the Week.”
House of the Week: House on Webster Lake offers waterfront living, lists for $1.25M
WEBSTER - Stunning sunsets, panoramic views and four seasons of outdoor recreation come with this prime waterfront property on Lake Chaubunagungamaug.
The 2,055-square-foot contemporary at 39 Point Pleasant Road is listed with Tammy Ruda with ERA Key Realty Services for $1.25 million.
“This home is open and airy with great views of the lake from both sides of the house,” Ruda said.
The lake is 1,400 acres of water surrounded by more than 17 or so miles of shoreline. It reportedly has the longest name of any place in the U.S. And while its indigenous, hard-to-pronounce name has become iconic, it’s commonly known as Webster Lake.
This property is located at the end of a quiet dead-end street on a portion of the lake known as Middle Pond.
Its many outdoor features include 150 feet of water frontage, mature shade trees and a level yard for easy access to the docks that accommodate up to six boats....
The Whitinsville office of ERA Key Realty Services has donated $1,000 to benefit the family of Cameron McDonnell, a four-year-old Northbridge resident who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer. September was National Childhood Cancer Awareness month.
The donation, made through the ERA Key Charitable Trust, will help the McDonnell family deal with the burden of treating this disease.
“There is absolutely nothing more devastating than childhood cancer,” said Realtor Laura Hebb, who lost her youngest son at age 13 to a rare form of liver cancer. “It affects the entire family. Parents lose time from work, expenses escalate. Traveling to Boston and practically living in Children’s Hospital creates stress that is unbelievable. We are happy to do what we can to help Cam, his parents, and two young sisters as they fight to defeat cancer.”
She added that one out of five children who are diagnosed with cancer do not survive.
Other fundraisers are being planned to help the McDonnell family:
- The Cam’s Jam Golf Tournament is accepting donations as well as sponsoring a tournament on October 14 at Shining Rock Golf Club in Upton to raise funds for the behalf of the family.
- Erin Carmody, a close friend of Cameron’s mother, Jessey McDonnell, has started a GoFundMe campaign.
- A Cam’s Jam Halloween Bash and Barrel Race will be held on October 30, 2021.
- The Upton Fire Department is collecting returnable cans and a portion of proceeds will be donated to the McDonnell family....
The Marlborough office of ERA Key Realty Services has donated $500 each to a family that lost its home in a Worcester fire and to a charitable organization to help veterans.
The donations, made through the ERA Key Charitable Trust, include $500 for Claribel Capeles and her family and $500 for RunToHomeBase.org.
Capeles and her two sons were among 13 people who lost their home and their belongings on Sept. 19 during a fire at 18 Hitchcock Road, Worcester.
Run to Home Base, which is presented by Raytheon Technologies, raises funds to “provide groundbreaking clinical treatment for invisible wounds, such as post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.” Runners and walkers finished Saturday’s event by crossing the home plate at Fenway Park, either virtually or in-person.
“Giving back to the community is an important value at ERA Key,” said Realtor Donna Coffin. “Helping a family recover from a personal tragedy and contributing to a charity to help those who served their country are two ways we’ve chosen to help.”
Chris Kyriazis of Worcester has joined ERA Key as a Realtor in the Auburn office.
He previously was a special education teacher with the Central Massachusetts Collaborative and Worcester Public Schools. Before that, he was an Account Executive and Mortgage Originator for Countrywide Financial in Worcester and Framingham.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and his master’s degree from the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology at Hellenic College in Brookline. He also holds a certificate of advanced graduate studies from American International College in Springfield.
“I became a Realtor for ERA Key, because to use my knowledge and experience to help people in my community,” Chris said. “Growing up in Worcester, my family always rented an apartment in someone else’s multi-family home. When I married 20 years ago, I was able to purchase a three-family home. Since then, I have personally bought and sold many single and multi-family homes, and it has been a rewarding experience.”
Great Spaces ERA of Dorchester has merged with ERA Key Realty Services of Northbridge, increasing ERA Key’s presence in the Boston market.
Great Spaces, which has 12 agents, will retain its name and current office at 5 Savin Hill Ave. The agency, which was founded in 2014 by industry veterans Nadine Fallon and Jamie Iacoi, has been in the top 5% of Boston agencies for transaction volume each year since 2017.
“As ERA agencies, we have shared values, which will make the merger seamless,” said ERA Key President and Chief Operating Officer Cheryl Eidinger-Taylor. “By joining forces, we have an opportunity to establish a major presence in the Boston market.”
ERA Key has 14 offices throughout central and eastern Massachusetts and is among the largest residential real estate agencies in Massachusetts. It entered the Boston market earlier this year when ERA Key merged with Andrew Mitchell.
Great Spaces will benefit from the suite of digital tools and best-in-class infrastructure provided by the ERA brand, according to Fallon. She added that ERA Key’s emphasis on training, seller services and other support will ensure the agency’s continued growth.
“We wanted to maintain our small, family-owned brokerage feel, but with big brokerage services,” Fallon said. “We got to know the people at ERA Key at ERA events. Our personalities clicked, our cultures clicked and here we are.”
The technology, the training and the marketing that ERA Key provides its agents, as well as the leverage of a larger...
The Framingham office of ERA Key Realty Services has donated $1,500 to three area charities.
The donations, made through the ERA Key Charitable Trust, include $500 for the Paws & Claws 5K Road Race, which is sponsored by the Bay Path Humane Society of Hopkinton; $500 for Empowered RX of Westborough, which integrates fitness, mindset, nutrition and peer-to-peer support to help women who have experienced trauma, and $500 for Rows for Crows, a fundraiser for Calling All Crows, which works with musicians, fans and nonprofits to better the lives of women locally and globally.
“We’ve contributed to Paws & Claws and Rows for Crows in the past, because we are impressed with both events and believe they support important causes,” said Realtor Graham Pettengill. “Our contribution to Empowered RX will fund a scholarship for someone in need to participate in a fantastic program that can be life changing.”
ERA Key’s Framingham office recently sponsored a $2,500 grant for from the Greater Boston Association of Realtors for Family Promise Metrowest.
Carol Virshbo, who chairs the Family Promise Board of Directors, accepted the grant for the association’s LIFE Program at the GBAR Annual Awards Breakfast at the Venezia Restaurant in Boston.
Family Promise Metrowest provides shelter, education and comprehensive support to families that are facing homelessness.
In addition, Framingham Realtors Ali Corton and Jody Troderman are leading a workshop for Family Promise called “Keys to Good Tenancy,” in which they will discuss issues such as moving processes and finding a rental.
Pictured are, top to bottom, Family Promise staff and volunteers, Ali Corton and Jody Troderman.
Michelle Huynh of Bellingham has joined ERA Key as a Realtor in the Milford office.
She has previously been a Claims Representative for Lifespan and a Customer Service Representative for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island, both in Providence; a Retail and Design Consultant for the Rhode Island Design Center in North Attleborough, and a Planning and Allocation Analyst for TJX Companies, Inc. in Framingham.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island in Kingston.
“I joined ERA Key, because it provides in-depth training and the ability to work with a team of experienced agents,” Michelle said. “After being a stay-at-home mom, I wanted a career that would provide new opportunities for me. ERA Key is helping to make that happen.”
A home on Thompson Pond listed by Spencer's Donna Flannery is featured as the "House of the Week" by the Telegram & Gazette.
House of the Week: Contemporary home on Thompson Pond in Spencer lists for $1.1M
SPENCER – Vacation at home with four seasons of waterfront relaxation and recreation on the 120-acre Thompson Pond. This open floor plan contemporary at 3 Nottingham Circle is located in the cul-de-sac neighborhood known as Sherwood Forest. It features lakeshore living from a large yard with private beach and dock, and two master bedroom suites.
The four-bed, five-bath home is listed with Donna Flannery of ERA Key Realty Services for $1.1 million.
In addition to its location in a “fantastic neighborhood of well-kept homes,” Flannery said her favorite features include the beautiful views from the many tiers of Trex decks facing the lake.
Homeowner Joanne Minardi spoke of the beauty of living on Thompson Pond.
“The lake is very peaceful – it’s not crazy busy here. Plus, there’s a lot of wildlife. It’s just beautiful to wake up in the morning and see all the wildlife out there,” she said.
It’s all about the view from most rooms in the house. The sunken living room features a vaulted ceiling and two stories of windows overlooking the yard and lake. This room also holds a unique two-story stone-faced fireplace and a slider to a house-wide deck....
Tracey Simmons of Whitinsville has joined ERA Key as a Realtor in the Whitinsville office.
She has been involved with fundraising for the Northbridge Junior Baseball League and has participated in the Run to Home Base walk, which raises funds for veterans and their families.
“I joined ERA Key, because its agents are always involved in the community and giving back to the people around them,” Tracey said. “Community involvement is a core value for me and it is at the core of ERA Key’s values as well.”
The Framingham office recently held a "Hats Off to Summer" luncheon featuring a contest for best hats.
Winners were Nelson Zide, top with Ali Corton first place for his Santa hat; Cheyenne Dellasanta, right, second place for her "Buy With Me" hat, and Rob Fontaine, below, third place for his fruit hat.
Also shown, are Mike OBrien, left, in a yellow polka dot topper; Alex Madrid, the king of real estate, below, and Valerie Cohen in her flower hat, below.
Bernadette M. Syppko of Marlborough has joined ERA Key as a Realtor in the Marlborough office.
She also works as a retail merchandiser for Hallmark and previously was a Contract Facilitator for tbe United States Postal Service (USPS). Before retiring after more than 33 years at the USPS, she served as a Maintenance Manager, stockroom clerk, custodian and letter carrier. She also served on safety committees for the USPS. She attended Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester.
She has been active in the community as assistant director of T-ball and as a softball coach for the Connie Mack League in Worcester, as an assistant den leader and as a committee chair for the Marlborough Cub Scouts, Pack 24. She is also active with the Marlborough Boys Scouts, Troop 41, where she taught the “Citizenship in the Nation” Merit Badge. She was a member of the Booster Club at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School in Marlborough.
“I reviewed many real estate agencies in the area and ERA Key came close to the top on everything that mattered to me,” Bernadette said. “Everyone I dealt with at ERA Key was kind and helpful, and they helped me prepare for my real estate license. My final determination was the help I’ve been receiving from Manager Kevin Harris, who is providing me with one-on-one training.”
A scholarship fund created by ERA Key’s Diane Dabrowski this year provided $6,500 in scholarships to five seniors at Shepherd Hill Regional High School.
Diane created the scholarship fund in honor of her daughter, Emily, who died in 2017 during her senior year at Shepherd Hill. It “seeks to encourage other students like Emily to continue their volunteer efforts in support of our community and around the world,” according to Diane.
The scholarship has been generously supported by participants in the Dad’s Swatfest Golf Tournament, which is held annually at Heritage Country Club, ERA Key agents and others in the community.
This year’s recipients are Kara Bilis, Sophie Briggs and Panayiota Veronis of Dudley and Courtney Cristo and Emma Tyler of Charlton.
“Emily’s ‘Happiest place on Earth’ was a Haitian Orphanage called Espwa,” Diane said. “She traveled there with other missionaries from St. Joseph’s Church in Charlton to work for three summers.”
To make a donation to the Emily Dabrowski Memorial Scholarship Fund, please contact Saver's Bank in Charlton at 508-248-4255. For additional information about the scholarship, please contact Diane Dabrowski at DianeD@ERAKey.com.
Amy M. Skrzek of Worcester has joined ERA Key as a Realtor in the Worcester office.
She previously was a Realtor with Premeer Real Estate, Inc. in Uxbridge. She also is a consultant, providing project management services for historic redevelopment projects managed by Traggorth Companies LLC of Boston.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from Anna Maria College in Paxton and her master’s degree from Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Worcester Historical Museum and the Worcester Memorial Auditorium.
“To achieve my real estate career goals, I need the help of experienced agents,” Amy said. “ERA Key provides the team support I was looking for. Worcester manager Allen Greenman has become a friend and a mentor. I look forward to working with him and the ERA team.”
Monica R. Drummond of Leicester has joined ERA Key as a Realtor in the Spencer office.
She previously was a Realtor with EXIT Real Estate Executives in Brookfield. She has also served as an Executive Assistant at Orthopedics Rhode Island in Wakefield, as a Sales Administrator at The Emerson Group in Cumberland, R.I., as an Executive Assistant and Event Planner for The Angiogenesis Foundation in Cambridge, and as a Personal Assistant and Tour Manager for Cameron Productions, Inc./Grrl Genius in Marina del Rey, Calif.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from Bridgewater State College.
“As a new agent, I'm excited about the support, knowledge and expertise that ERA Key Realty provides,” Monica said. “I'm looking forward to growing my business and knowledge with the guidance of ERA Key Realty Services, and to continue to provide my clients with top notch service.”
Agents in the Franklin office have donated $1,000 to former residents of Franklin Crossing who were displaced by a fire that damaged the condominium development on May 24, 2021.
Realtor Michelle Haynes suggested that funds from the ERA Key Realty Services Charitable Trust, which agents fund through their commissions, be used to help the fire victims. The entire Franklin team agreed emphatically.
About 60 people from 36 families were affected. The fire destroyed a building with 12 units and caused damage to two other nearby buildings.
The Franklin Lions Club and Franklin Elks Lodge #2136 have been working with the Red Cross to help the affected families, and various local businesses have made donations.
“It’s encouraging to see the outpouring of support for victims of the Franklin Crossing fire,” Michelle said. “We’re fortunate to be living in a community where people are so willing to help each other. Agents in the Franklin office of ERA Key are glad to do our part.”
James F. Laney of North Brookfield has joined ERA Key as a Realtor in the Spencer office.
He founded and manages a podcast called Sportz On Tap and managed a merchandise booth at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough as a sales associate for Vendors Unlimited, Inc. He has also been a writer on the FanCave Sports blog and a sports talk radio DJ for WBIM in Bridgewater.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from Bridgewater State University. He is the son of Linda Laney, who manages the Spencer office.
“I grew up in a household that always worked in the real estate world,” James said. “Whether it was buying, selling, renovating, renting or building there was always a project going on. The possibilities seemed endless and I am excited to be able to help people in my community find their new home. It just seemed right to join the family business.”
ERA Key’s Milford office recently had a landscaping party, picking up trash and planting flowers around the office.
Pictured, left to right, are, top, Donna Arthur; left, Linda Abrams and Toni Travaglini; below, front row, Donna Arthur, Jocelyne Fauerbach and Toni Travaglini; back row, Susan Swanson, Linda Abrams, Johanna Ferrucci and Angel Moscatelli.