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      Blog :: 11-2009

      Come Watch Nation's Oldest Football Rivalry

      At 10:00 AM, Thanksgiving morning, rabid citizens from Wellesley and Needham will come to Wellesley High to root on their football teams as they play out the latest chapter in the nation's oldest public school rivalry. Dating back to 1882, the year after Wellesley seceded from Needham, the annual contest always draws legions of families, fans, and high school alumni from the two towns. This year's contest, installment number 122, will feature two excellent teams as Wellesley enters with a 8-2 record and Needham's stands at 7-3. Kickoff is at 10 AM at the WHS field at 50 Rice Street, but fans are advised to arrive early to make sure they get a seat.

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        Rutledge brokers spelling team competed in the WEF Spelling Bee to benefit Wellesley Schools

        The Wellesley Education Foundation (WEF) held its 20th annual Spelling Bee Nov. 5. 49 teams from every facet of life in Wellesley were there: real estate offices, law firms, banks, PTAs, student organizations, and townspeople banded together as alumni and neighborhood groups. Rutledge Properties has been an enthusiastic entry every year, never actually winning but doing our very best for our schools. The Rutledge team consisted of (from left to right), Chrissie Lawrence, Janet Montgomery and owner Roberta Swenson.

        This year's winner was from World of Wellesley (celebrating diversity in our town), strongly challenged by the high school students in Wellesley Pops. The winners received the Ruth Humphries Bee Trophy to keep for the reigning year (named after our own Ruth Humphries, who was one of the original owners of Rutledge Properties, and a broker with us for many years). Congratulations to everyone who participated!

        Check out the Wellesley Education Foundation website to see pictures from this year's Bee, and previous years too. Read about this year's Bee in the Wellesley Townsman.

        Biggest Losers: 20 Home Design Features That Send Buyers Running

        By Barbara Ballinger, Architecture Coach columnist and guest blogger
        Design glitches draw attention away from a home's best features. Don't let out-of-date fixtures and unappealing decor cost you a sale. While some buyers may actually appreciate "vintage" features, home and design experts say these 20 features almost always serve as a turnoff.
        1. Dated and excessively bold or dark paint and tile colors, such as "Pepto Bismol" pink, avocado green, deep plum, or jet black. "Dark can be cool, but it has to be a color that's popular today," says sales associate Jennifer Ames, crs®, of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Chicago.
        2. Lacquered or high-gloss painted walls that are expensive to repaint and show all defects. Likewise, faux- and sponge-painted walls can be so passe.
        3. Painted trim that's very dark-and costly to remove.
        4. Wallpaper, which is a lot of work (and potentially expensive) to remove. Most disliked: Dated flowered or striped patterns.
        5. Kitchens that lack any dining space. Also, outdated, small-scale, and dirty kitchen appliances that look like they won't perform.
        6. Worn, cracked laminate countertops, and backsplashes or plastic cultured marble.
        7. Outdated bathrooms with small sinks, short toilets, squatty bathtubs, and tight showers-all of which aren't conducive to unwinding after a long day's work, says Ames.
        8. Lack of ample closet space in bedrooms, or no closet at all and no place to build one or add an armoire.
        9. Dens, libraries, and family rooms without built-in bookcases or a space to include shelves.
        10. Stained and worn wall-to-wall carpet in rooms or on stairs. Worst choice: shag. Also, worn linoleum that suggests a house was never updated.
        11. Poorly built additions that don't blend with a home's architecture, such as a sunroom with tinted glass.
        12. Shortage of windows or very small windows, which makes a home feels dark and gloomy.
        13. Ceilings with so many recessed lighting spots that they resemble Swiss cheese and are expensive to remove. Worst offenders: big 6-inch diameter lights.
        14. Too many rooms outside the kitchen and bathroom that have cold ceramic tiled floors.
        15. Children's bedrooms with a theme that runs through the carpeting, wallpaper, murals, ceilings, light fixtures, curtains, and furnishings.
        16. Homes without a foyer or garage.
        17. Too many mirrored walls, ceilings, doors, and backsplashes in a single room. The effect is dizzying, Ames says. One mirror magnifies, but many cheapen the look.
        18. Skimpy molding and trim, such as 1-inch baseboards.
        19. Noisy, grinding fan in a bathroom that's attached to a light switch so it can't be turned off.
        20. Inexpensive gold-colored light fixtures in any room. Also, Hollywood-style lighting with huge bulbs in a bathroom is also out of date, design experts say.

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