Jun-04-12

Phantoms of the Fairgrounds…

by Charles "Chuck" Bartolo  |  Historic Wonders

Its Grandstand completed in 1881, the Fairgrounds was to add a 1.5 mile track and harness racing about 1898. Many years later, a reputable local gentleman reported hearing the sounds of such racing not once, but three times that summer. For a while, The  ‘Phantom Racers’ were all the talk. Small wonder: harness racing had been discontinued some 12 years...

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May-15-12

Can You Exploit Today’s Market…. Or not?

by Charles "Chuck" Bartolo  |  Buyers, General Real Estate News, Sellers

There’s some good, even surprising news here, along with some not-so-good news. Much depends on you, where you live, your financial situation, your wants and needs. Let’s ask some questions, and come up with some answers. 1)   How credit-worthy are you? Should your needs necessarily involve a lending institution; a strong credit score will be essential. 2)   How vital is...

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May-11-12

The Day Abraham Lincoln Came To Chatham

by Charles "Chuck" Bartolo  |  Historic Wonders

It was September 23, 1848, a cool and quiet day seemingly like any other – except to those who know our history well.  About 4:30 that day Abraham Lincoln arrived in Chatham. His Presidency in the distant future, “Honest Abe” was traveling west on the Boston & Worcester Railroad along with Massachusetts Governor Seward – both having made speeches in...

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Apr-18-12

Now About That Burning Question…

by Charles "Chuck" Bartolo  |  Buyers, General Real Estate News, Sellers

Nowadays we hear this one question more and more – and still more. Are we there yet — has the housing market finally bottomed out? Answering that question fairly means more than just following a Media known for its appetite for negative  news. It means looking past that Media to many positive developments in recent months that have often gone unreported...

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Mar-30-12

The Clock Tower Yesterday & Today

by Charles "Chuck" Bartolo  |  Historic Wonders

The history of the village of Chatham has always been a very interesting one. The clock tower at One Main street has often been the landmark feature that has come to be considered by many as the symbol of Chatham. After a fire in 1869 had destroyed a good portion of main street, this unique structure was rebuilt in 1872...

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