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.”