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Register O’Donnell Reports Low Inventory Drives May Real Estate Activity

Mirroring trends seen across the United States, Norfolk County experienced reduced real estate sales for the month of May. Additionally, the reduced number of available housing stock inventory caused buyers to bid up real estate prices for both residential and commercial properties.

Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell noted, “During the month of May, Norfolk County real estate sales totaled 1,631 compared to 1,706 in May 2017. These reduced real estate sales figures tell us there is a spirited competition for a limited number of properties. The result is an increase in both average sale price and total sales volume. It’s good news for property sellers, but bad news for those trying to buy, especially for first-time homeowners.”

The average sales price for May, combining both residential and commercial sales, was $837,777, a 9% increase compared to the previous year. Total dollar real estate sales volume increased by 6% for the month, coming in at $902 million. “If we continue to see low real estate inventory levels, there is no reason to believe that higher price increases will not continue,” noted O’Donnell.

Regarding lending activity, a total of 2,348 mortgages were recorded during May, a 3% decrease from the previous year. However, total mortgage financing for the month was $1.7 billion, a whopping 55% increase year over year. This figure was impacted by a $325 million commercial mortgage taken out against a Holbrook property.

Register O’Donnell noted another new trend that can be an obstacle for potential homeowners. “We have seen a recent uptick in mortgage rates. It will be interesting to see the impact that it has on the overall lending market, especially if mortgage rates rise above 5%.”

During May, Norfolk County homeowners continued to take advantage of the Homestead Act. A total of 1,106 Homesteads were filed during the month, a 4% decrease compared to the previous May. “The Homestead Act,” stated the Register, “provides limited protection against the forced sale of a homeowner’s primary residence to satisfy unsecured debt up to $500,000.”

Foreclosure activity for the month of May was a mixed bag. The good news was the number of foreclosure deeds recorded in Norfolk County was 16, a 27% decrease year over year. However, the total number of Notice to Foreclose Mortgage recordings, the first step in the foreclosure process was 67, an increase of 11%.

The Register once again noted the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds continues to work with Quincy Community Action Programs, 617-479-8181 x376, and NeighborWorks Southern Mass, 508-587-0950 to help homeowners who have received a Notice to Foreclose Mortgage document. A third option is to contact the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Consumer Advocacy and Response Division (CARD) at 617-727-8400.

Register O’Donnell concluded, “We are once again seeing the impact that low inventory has on the overall real estate market. Without an influx of available housing stock, these trends will likely continue.”

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, like us at facebook.com/NorfolkDeeds or follow us on twitter.com/NorfolkDeeds and instagram.com/NorfolkDeeds.

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is located at 649 High Street, Dedham. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. All land record research information can be found on the Registry’s website at www.norfolkdeeds.org. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101, or email us at registerodonnell@norfolkdeeds.org.

Register William P. O’Donnell
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

The Hall At Patriot Place Kicks Off Summer Reading Program With Malcolm Mitchell And Jeff Kinney On June 23

The Hall’s “Read Between the Lines” summer reading challenge presented by JetBlue kicks off with a reading rally and book signing featuring Patriots wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell, author of “The Magician’s Hat” and Jeff Kinney, author of the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series.

Reading program encourages children ages 5-18 to read 1,000 minutes from July 1 to Aug. 31

School is almost out for summer, but there is no offseason for reading, which is why the New England Patriots, The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon and JetBlue are teaming up to encourage children to take on the “Read Between the Lines” summer reading challenge.

To kick off the challenge, The Hall is hosting Patriots wide receiver and official “Read Between the Lines” ambassador Malcolm Mitchell and special guest, Jeff Kinney, author of the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, for a reading rally and book signing on Saturday, June 23.

Visit The Hall at 10:30 a.m. for fun and photos with Pat Patriot before making your way into The Hall’s Raytheon Theatre, where beginning at 11 a.m., Mitchell and Kinney will read Mitchell’s children’s book, “The Magician’s Hat.” Magician John Logan will entertain the crowd during the reading, and Kinney will conclude the event by hosting a Q&A session with Mitchell. The event is free and open to the public, but due to space restrictions, is limited to the first 150 guests.

Additionally, the first 50 children in line for the event will receive a signed copy of “The Magician’s Hat” donated by JetBlue. Following the reading rally, Mitchell’s book will be available for purchase and can be signed in the Grand Hall located just outside of the Raytheon Theatre from 11:55 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event is for children accompanied by adult(s). Please note: This is a literacy event, so no memorabilia will be autographed.

“In order to stay at a championship-caliber reading level, we have to stay active and keep practicing, especially over the summer,” said Mitchell. “I am very excited to encourage, support and cheer on our students as they ‘Read Between the Lines’ this summer.”

The “Read Between the Lines” reading program challenges children ages 5-18 to read 1,000 minutes between July 1 and Aug. 31. Participants can share their progress on social media by using the hashtag #PatriotsREAD and follow along as Mitchell also takes on the challenge. Participants who turn their completed reading logs into The Hall by Sept. 14 will receive two passes to The Hall, a Read Between the Lines bookmark, a commemorative completion certificate and one entry into the grand prize raffle – a Tom Brady autographed photo, an autographed copy of Mitchell’s book, a 2018 Patriots yearbook and other Patriots goodies.

For more information about the “Read Between the Lines” summer reading challenge presented by JetBlue, please visit www.patriots.com/READ.

ABOUT THE HALL AT PATRIOT PLACE PRESENTED BY RAYTHEON
The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon is the crown jewel of Patriot Place and the only sports and education experience of its kind. Through a dazzling array of interactive multimedia exhibits and artifacts never before viewable by the public, The Hall showcases the tradition of the New England Patriots, explores the history of football in New England and promotes math and science education for thousands of schoolchildren each year. The Hall received a Gold MUSE Award from the American Association of Museums and The Hall’s signature film, “Patriots Way,” won a CINE Golden Eagle Award. The Hall was named to Boston Globe Magazine’s Best of the New, and was a Yankee magazine Editor’s Choice recommendation. Tickets to The Hall are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for children 5-12. Children 4 and under are admitted for free. The current hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.TheHallatPatriotPlace.com, visit “The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon” on Facebook, follow @TheHall on Twitter and @PatriotsHall on Instagram.

ABOUT READ WITH MALCOLM
Read with Malcolm is a youth literacy initiative founded by New England Patriots Wide-Receiver Malcolm Mitchell. The organization has two primary goals: 1) to introduce book ownership to students in households where reading is not a priority and 2) to improve literacy in schools with below grade-level reading skills. In 2015, Read with Malcolm launched Share the Magic Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, to promote the long-term benefits of being an active reader to students served by Title I schools and underserved communities. Malcolm Mitchell’s book, “The Magician’s Hat,” has been distributed to more than 30,000 students in schools, children’s hospitals and community service organizations.

Harvard Pilgrim’s Finish At The 50 Road Races Return To Gillette Stadium On July 3rd

Foxborough residents Dexter Griffin, left, and Cate Marchi, show off the superhero capes that children participating in this year’s Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50 Kids Fun Run will receive. Gillette Stadium and Patriot Place will host the ninth annual Finish at the 50 road races on July 3.
Foxborough residents Dexter Griffin, left, and Cate Marchi, show off the superhero capes that children participating in this year’s Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50 Kids Fun Run will receive. Gillette Stadium and Patriot Place will host the ninth annual Finish at the 50 road races on July 3.
From left: Patriots Cheerleader Andrea Cadigan, mascot Pat Patriot and Patriots Cheerleader Alex Brandy stand at the 50-yard line of Gillette Stadium. The home of the Patriots will host the ninth annual Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50 road races on July 3.
From left: Patriots Cheerleader Andrea Cadigan, mascot Pat Patriot and Patriots Cheerleader Alex Brandy stand at the 50-yard line of Gillette Stadium. The home of the Patriots will host the ninth annual Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50 road races on July 3.

The ninth annual Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50 road races finish with fanfare at the 50-yard line of Gillette Stadium on Tuesday, July 3

Online registration for three race options is available at: https://www.finishatthe50.com/

A portion of the proceeds from each race entry benefits One Mission, a pediatric cancer support foundation that offers immediate relief to children with cancer and their families

The ninth annual Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50 road races and fireworks show will be held at Patriot Place and Gillette Stadium on Tuesday, July 3, to benefit One Mission, a pediatric cancer support foundation. Continue reading Harvard Pilgrim’s Finish At The 50 Road Races Return To Gillette Stadium On July 3rd

Monster Jam Driver Draws Crowd To Reading Event At Boyden Library

Bryce Kenny, Monster Jam driver of Mohawk Warrior, reads to children at Foxborough’s Boyden Library on Friday, June 8 – the day before he and 13 other drivers competed in the 2018 Monster Jam at Gillette Stadium.
Bryce Kenny, Monster Jam driver of Mohawk Warrior, reads to children at Foxborough’s Boyden Library on Friday, June 8 – the day before he and 13 other drivers competed in the 2018 Monster Jam at Gillette Stadium.

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Bryce Kenny has experienced much in his four-year career as a Monster Jam driver of Mohawk Warrior, but reading to a library full of children this past week was a first for the North Carolina native.

Kenny met more than 150 of his young fans at the Boyden Library on Friday, June 8 – the day before he competed against 13 other drivers in the 2018 Monster Jam event at Gillette Stadium. Kenny read the children’s books, “I’m A Monster Truck” by Dennis R. Shealy and Bob Staake and “Monster Trucks!” by Mark Todd.

Following the reading, Kenny answered questions from his inquisitive audience and signed autographs.

“I love driving Monster Jam trucks,” Kenny told the audience. “They’re loud and fun and I get to crush stuff. My truck flies as high as Tom Brady throws a football. Tom has just a few more championships than I do, though.”

Feld and the Kraft family also donated tickets to the June 9 Monster Jam show at Gillette Stadium to everyone who attended the reading event.

Patriots Duron Harmon And Ryan Allen Surprise Teachers In Foxborough

PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS / JEREMIE SMITH
From left, Burrell Elementary School Principal Michele McCarthy, Patriots punter Ryan Allen, Foxborough Superintendent of Schools Dr. Amy Berdos and Foxborough Assistant Superintendent of Schools Alison Mello at the Burrell Elementary School on Wednesday, May 9. Allen, on behalf of the Patriots, presented a “Thanks Teachers” Patriots jersey to be displayed at the Foxborough elementary school in recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS / JEREMIE SMITH
Patriots punter Ryan Allen (far left) and defensive back Duron Harmon (far right) surprise a preschool class at the Burrell Elementary School on Wednesday, May 9, in recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week. The players visited every classroom at the Burrell to thank each teacher and present them with Super Bowl LI championships hats and personalized autographed photos. The Patriots also donated “Let’s Go, Patriots!” children’s books to every student as part of the visit.

The Patriots know the importance of good leadership and can spot it when it’s present. So when punter Ryan Allen and defensive back Duron Harmon visited the Burrell Elementary School in Foxborough on May 9, they saw firsthand the impact the teachers of those classrooms are having on their students. The players visited the school as a part of Teacher Appreciation Week to thank the school’s faculty for all of their work in shaping the minds of the next generation.

“Sometimes it’s not for the faint of heart,” said Allen, referring to the role and responsibilities of a teacher. “It can require levels of patience and perseverance that are definitely shown through these individuals’ work ethic. It’s very important to me, and I appreciate everything that they do.”

Allen and Harmon walked from classroom to classroom and with a knock on the door from Principal Michele McCarthy, the players surprised teachers with Super Bowl LI championship hats and personalized autographed photos, while students in each class got to take home their own copy of the children’s book, “Let’s Go, Patriots!” by Aimee Aryal. Allen and Harmon encouraged the students to read it every Sunday during the season to bring the team luck on game day.

The teachers were appreciative of Allen and Harmon’s surprise visit and enjoyed spending time talking with the players, as well as seeing the reactions of their students when the larger-than-life athletes walked into the classroom. From pre-school to fourth grade, students lit up with excitement as they watched Allen and Harmon express gratitude to the teachers for the work that they do every day in the classroom.

“You expect the preschoolers to be at a level where they may not understand much, but that was probably one of the most excited and dynamic classes that we visited,” said Allen. “It’s too cute to watch their little personalities come out and them kind of glow when they see their teachers getting recognized and stuff. It’s just fun at the end of the day.”

For Harmon, whose mother teaches middle school, thanking teachers for the work that they do meant everything.

“I know what these teachers go through. I know it’s not always good,” he said. “Their job is more important than a lot of other jobs because they’re literally molding the youth that’s going to be the next generation of doctors, lawyers; everything that we need this world to be.”

As the day wrapped, McCarthy was bursting with excitement for her faculty.

“I think we try to show our appreciation to them all the time, but having something like this really reinforces how valuable they are to us as a district, for our students,” she said. “I think this was wonderful. I’m sure they’re feeling really appreciated.”