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If the sound of a babbling brook and the serenading of hermit thrushes and white-throated sparrows while playing an after-dinner game of Scrabble appeal, then this is the cabin for you. The cabin is located "in-between" our favorite brewery to the north and our favorite hiking mountains to the east, the perfect quiet interlude.
Rustic, yes, but also lovely kitchen, lawn, and hillside views. Emily was a joy to work with. Seamless in and out. First, Emily's cabin, Suzy, is so lovely. The cabin is in a great private location with a beautiful tadpole filled pond, the soothing sounds of a nearby stream, and a great fire pit to enjoy the peace and quiet of the outdoors through the night.
The cabin is also super close to Groton State Park which offers wonderful hiking, swimming, and other outdoor activities. We spent so much time outside, I'm sure our dogs enjoyed the vacation more than we did. During our stay, an unexpected maintenance issues arose which caused us a sleepless night, but as soon as we alerted Emily first thing in the morning, Emily dealt with the issue immediately and to our complete satisfaction, above and beyond our expectations.
Unexpected things happen in life and it's how people deal with them that matters. Emily and her family were a pleasure to interact with - the kind of people you truly enjoy meeting. This was the perfect place for my wife and I, our first trip to Vermont. We absolutely loved it. Emily and her family are perfect hosts They were easy to contact, and they even shared some snap peas fresh from their garden. They quickly responded to any questions, and had many recommendations for places to explore while in Vermont.
Long story short - perfect place, amazing hosts. Just book it, you won't be disappointed. The only caveat would be if you are the kind of person who needs cell phone coverage at all times and the pampering of a 5 star resort, this may not work for you.
You are in a remote, rural, secluded area and you mainly fend for yourself That said, the cabin has all the amenities you need to be comfortable including good wi-fi , and the town of Groton and surrounding communities are small but super friendly. It is worth talking to some of the people who run the local businesses. We especially liked "My Farmers Market" in Groton Also really enjoyed Red Barn Brewing just a few minutes north.
We explored Groton State Forest, went hiking, and swam in the lake. Also made the hour and a half drive to the White Mountains in New Hampshire for some more hiking. We relaxed at the cabin, caught up on some reading, played with the dogs in the yard, drank beer and roasted marshmallows around the fire pit, and napped in the hammock. Really could not have been a better getaway for us, and we can't wait to go back! Emily's cabin was great! Its a nice large space with updated kitchen with everything you need to cook.
The cabin is very clean and on a beautiful piece of land. It was not hard to find off the high way and we had a great time hiking and exploring the surrounding towns. Can't wait to stay here again! We had a fabulous week staying in the house, which surpassed our expectations. Is fitted out with everything you need, including a great BBQ.
Really comfy living space with big windows make it v light and airy. Views of the woodland are great and you feel v much away from it all - just the noises of wildlife. Huge garden area for children to run around in and nearby stream at which to play and build dams.
Lots to do nearby - lakes were great for swimming and canoeing, and great beach at Groton lake which is only 15 mins drive away. We also enjoyed visiting the State Capital, Montpelier, which is 45 mins away and has good museum and a fab selection of cafes and bars - far more bohemian than I imagined could find in Vermont! Nearby village Peacham is also worth a visit, especially the Peacham community cafe! Everything was v smooth and Jennifer's Mum, Patty and father Prentice, were on-site to help with anything we might need, whilst Jennifer was v responsive via phone or email.
Jennifer and Patty baked us an amazing cake and brought us vegetables from their garden, which was v kind - many thanks again!
We would love to come back in fall or winter! Awesome place to stay! Looks exactly like pictures! Great place to unplug, relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. We had a lovely and wonderful weekend at Emily's cabin!
Everything was just perfect, from the reactivity and good advise from Emily to the cabin which is a little heaven in the woods! We had a great time at the tree cabin!
Friends of ours stayed there a couple of years ago and love it. We had been wanting to go ever since and finally had a chance to last weekend. We unfortunately didn't get a chance to meet Andrew and Marilou, but the cabin was so well organized and the directions that were left for us answered any questions we had.
We loved the set up at the cabin, especially the hot tub in the snow. We explored the town and went snowshoeing up Mt. Such a relaxing weekend and we can't wait to go back. Andrew was friendly and welcoming and the treehouse was quite simply amazing. Everything listed as provided and more with fantastic attention to detail.
A lovely surprise to have all waffle ingredients ready for us for breakfast. Hot tub was great after a hard day climbing Mt Washington. The tree house cabin was an amazing experience.
Andrew was very polite and helpful. Definitely will be back. This tree cabin is absolutely magical. Set high up behind the Kozak's house, it is cozy, comfortable, quiet and stocked with everything you need. Andrew was a very thoughtful and accommodating host. It was the perfect location for a quiet weekend getaway by myself. I hope to come back again sometime. We had an amazing time at the cozy cabin and especially enjoyed relaxing the hot tub and eating breakfast outside on the deck.
Also, we had no problem picking up the WiFi signal in the cabin so we were able to get away without feeling totally disconnected. Thanks, Vemont Tree Cabin -- hopefully we'll be back next fall! We had a wonderful time in Andrew and Marilou's cute little cabin. It was the perfect place to get some rest, soak in the hot tub, and slow down. Andrew and Marilou were friendly and attentive, and the surrounding area is beautiful!
My husband and I could not have loved Vermont and this tiny cabin any more. Andrew and Marilou and Mr. Wally of the floppy ears were the penultimate hosts. Not a thing was lacking save the street noise of our native Atlanta. If you are looking for a simple and peaceful escape, this is the place!!! The cabin is very cute and was perfect for our weekend getaway. Great location and Selene had everything set up for us.
The only issue that we had is that the door can be hard to close don't be afraid to really push it. The cozy cabin was perfect! We arrived late and twinkling lights were on and a note to help ourselves to a shower after a long drive- wonderful! Wish we could have stayed longer and enjoyed the serene woods around! The cabin was in a great private location, while still being easy to get to.
Selene and her son were kind and hospitable. The cabin was absolutely adorable! Very inviting, well built and accommodating. We would definitely love to stay here again the next time we visit! We were only at Selene's place for 1-night, but had a very relaxing stay in the woods. She gave us privacy and answered all questions we had not many. The listing was extremely accurate and the cabin was even cuter than the photos!
The cabin is super cozy and the perfect size for two people. Be prepared for no running water, no cell reception, and no wifi — it's glamping! The cabin is unique and wonderful for a weekend getaway o unplug. Sauna is amazing too. The space was clean, comfortable, and well equipped.
Allan Camp himself contributed this aircheck, and is another great supporter and contributor. It's more subdued than his high energy act on WMEX, but definitely worth its weight in historical value. Great Doo-Wop tunes too! An historical contribution from George Allen, and we thank you! Randell passed in from cancer. Thanks to Dale Linden for this great contribution!
Tons of great WPTR jingles, production, commercials and newscasts all left in, and all that! You can catch a great picture of Allen on our blog. There's more of Allen coming up in the future as well. We thank Allen Shaw for this great aircheck! This aircheck, from late in seems to indicate that the format might have tightened up a little bit less poetry, more music but does include an interview with Roger McGuinn of the Byrds where he comments on doing concerts in South Africa.
The music is classic, commercial sounding progressive rock. The contribution came from Allen Shaw , who pioneered the format. WBZ Grease Weekend WBZ did it up right in '73 with a Grease Weekend that incorporated their current roster of air talent with past Boston radio greats and greats from outside of Boston.
The did it live from Paragon Park Nantasket Beach that really added a lot to the excitement and nostalgia of the weekend. Here's three cuts of the that weekend effort. Finally, listen as Robert W. Morgan comes in from California for a shift Here's two Great airchecks of Big Dan from the 's. All the spots and jingles are left in for your further amusement - Ingram talks through a lot of the spots and jingles. He even does a git with the "Hern". Check it out, it is hilarious! Second Big Dan offering is extra special from recorded off the board at WABC, so you get to hear Ingram with no processing or reverb.
We thank our two contributors for these airchecks - Jim Kaye for the '67, and Allen B. Shaw for the Big thanks to you both! We sure are proud to present these three tracks of Glick here. It's all a kind of talk radio that is rarely heard anymore. It was vastly popular. The quality is sometimes a little distorted, but it's choice Glick.
Contributed by Bob Swenson - thanks Bob! Here's a few bits that ran regularly on the program back when Imus hasd returned to WNBC after being fired in and returning in They are performed by longstanding program contributor Larry Kenney, and probably written by sidekick Charles McCord.
A great contribution from Ed Somma. The format was designed to run on the old Schafer series automation systems widely used for beautiful music stations.
I'd invite you to listen and make your own conclusions, but no matter what, the Love Format contributed to jump starting the revolution in FM rock radio. My thanks to Allen Shaw for this fascinating contribution. A decidedly upbeat Mr. Cole did middays at WHDH during those years. The aircheck features lots of jingles and commercials that will give you a feeling for listening to the station.
Cole makes a great comment on the building of the Prudential Center, as well. The end of the aircheck features a promo performed, and probably written by the beloved Jess Cain. May of marks the installation of Mr. My thanks to Bob Swenson for this great aircheck! He now syndicates a weekly program "American Standards by the Sea". Ed Brouder's web site www. Thanks to Steve Tefft for this great contribution! Mendelson has that sound of a jock who WDRC.
Our supplier for this old tape was Rich Bosse - our thanks Rich! What a way to start off a Dance Party From my personal collection. The Boston Radio community were all buzzing about this edition of the outstanding "Chronicle" nightly series on Boston's Channel 5.
Channel 5 COULD be running "Wheel of Fortune", "Jeopardy" or some other syndicated fare, but instead offers local production each weekday evening at 7: It's expertly put together by the folks at WCVB, with a wealth of photos, video, and airchecks. You'll need a high speed internet connection to watch this video, and it will only be posted until I run out of bandwidth!
This aircheck is of pretty good quality, and includes all the commercials left in. Formatically, WAVZ was about as tight as any station Listen to how they go in stopsets Out of stopsets with shotgun jingles. Compressed, energized audio quality. This great gift from Andy Bologovsky is very much appreciated!
He plays some 50's favorites, some old jingles and sure is great to hear again - but the highlight is at the end of the aircheck, when he plays a clip of Jerry Williams throwing Republican leader Jack Boulsworth which I'm sure is spelled wrong All in all, this is great radio. Thanks to Bob Swenson for the tape!
Thank Richie Norris for the audio. Normally, WNAB was buried at night 15 miles away in Westport , but there was nothing under them on this auroral night. This is Steve introing a Stepin Fetchit comedy bit and telling a story after. Steve rode to the station on his Harley, and according to Mike actually brought it up the stairs to the lobby because the WNAB studios were in an unsafe part of town!
The patch panel at the xmtr site had positions labeled "Red Parrot Inn": It was at WNAB that I first saw the mesmerizing flash of mercury vapor rectifiers in time with modulation. It was a great station!
It's quite interesting to hear the way Imus sounded then. It's a gem, and a great contribution from Matt Seinberg , who runs the great and famous Big Apple Airchecks website. We sincerely thank Matt for this great contribution! As for this aircheck, it's brief but great with a couple of bits and lots of early sixties jingles. There's an excellent website at jerrywilliams. Charles Pyne also contributed this gem, and we thank him for his generosity.
Jerry makes his point in this clip This aircheck is particularly interesting in that it is a remote - a live broadcast from the Eastern States Exposition the state fair for the New England states. The aircheck features tons of jingles, station promotions, mentions of the other "Big R" jocks Dick Robinson is mentioned. An interview with Tennessee Ernie Ford who had a TV show on daily in those days is featured in a major portion of the aircheck. They did have some success up against WDRC.
The music was a mix of some currents and oldies, which was typical of the format in those days. Neil Young himself was kind enough to provide this tape, which he used as an audition tape from those days.
Contributor Bill Draper writes: The program runs almost 7 minutes, all on one side of a The flip side was a sampler of WKIP music. I was solo until 83, when my former traffic guy, Andy Moes joined me in December of Andy and I were together for almost ten years--lots of fun and exciting times!! I stayed at Mix I was at ROR later Mix Three entire hours telescoped! The contributor and producer of this aircheck is Rich Bosse , who originally recorded it in Windsor, CT near Hartford on reel to reel and telescoped it for the website as well.
Thanks much for this great aircheck , Rich! Download this aircheck as an mp3 by right clicking here. And what a station they were! The aircheck features a lot I mean a lot of movie spots, Foster's ultra- smooth delivery, and you'll even here some of Charlie Steiner yup, he was there then!
I remember hearing WAVZ middays during these days, and being fascinated by the number of oldies the station played in this daypart. John Long really knew what he was doing. WBZ is such a New England institution, and this celebration that took place 20 years ago was really something special. I really wish I had the entire day to reproduce for you here, but instead, I just have clips. The highlight is probably description of a hurricane in that took down the the WBZ tower and part of the building and cars in the parking lot.
The tower fell right across Soldier's Field Road. No one was seriously injured. The memory was done by Streeter Stewart. In '86, Glick did an afternoon show from pm. Even from this short clip, you hear how engaging and entertaining he was. He comments through commercials at times. There's also a Joe Greene traffic report. Evening talker Peter Meade calls in. You'll hear about the pie throwing, and Eliot Abrams weather crew singing Happy Birthday. Segment Five is currently broken I'm working on fixing this - of Peter Meade.
You'll figure it out. Wait until you hear about the pie throwing! Listen, remember and enjoy all these great segments. My thanks to Peter Kingman for supplying all this audio - some of which is poor in quality, but rich in content. I wonder if WBZ will do anything for their 85th birthday? Laquidara's "The Big Mattress" was the classic morning show. But in the early seventies, Laquidara was not as well established. The aircheck is unfortunately distorted and was somehow recorded with annoying tape echo, but it doesn't detract from any of it Geils Band, and had several hits in the 's remember "Centerfold"?
From the collection of John McDermott , thanks for the head trip John I'm not sure I'll ever be the same! Here's why it's neat It's a great treat from Eric Hul You'll hear "The Boomer' himself for part of it Surprisingly, this tribute featured no airchecks of Brannigan.
There's a lot of testimonials, and the Boomer flings the corn. And he sounds, well, old. A sure fire winner from Kevin White I was there during the years following Cousin Brucie's ownership - when Robert F. Sillerman was the owner. No surprise that this one is from my personal collection then, right? Weeks has been an institution in the Albany NY market for for over 40 years. I remember listening to him in the early 60's when he did the nights on WTRY. Weeks has been on in the morning on WGY for over 25 years!
It sure is great to hear Weeks, and my thanks to Mikel J for this great and unusual aircheck! It's a short aircheck, but one filled with the energy that WXLO was then known for. Shortly after of course, came 99X. This gift comes through the generosity of Gary Tompkins. Steve now works for the St. Thanks to Steve Bousquet and John Baker for this great contribution! Mikel J , still around and doing well, sent this piece of tape and others for which we are of course, grateful!
The aircheck comes from new contributor Chris Johnson , who tells me this was recorded in Rochester, some 50 miles away. Those 50, watters were something else!
Let there be no doubt: Contributed by Kevin White. I was reminded of this aircheck when I recently read a flattering article about him a local paper. Here he is, counting down the Top songs of on his regular morning shift. Contributed by Steve Ordinetz. There are three selections, with most of the spots and news edited out. The first hour The second hour The third hour Next, a news intro, probably one of the few pieces of production left from the WFLY classical days.
Don Imus John Lennon Tribute Lennon was of course a stunningly creative musician and social activist. Thanks to Kevin White for another welcome addition!
Thanks to Neil Young for this great contribution! Hear jingles from many long gone stations, some still standing — in this order: Thanks to Mark Fuller for another great contribution! Thanks to Johnny Michaels for this great composite of his radio past.
Even ones that feature Barry Manilow records! There's a lower quality dial up version here. New contributor Kevin White came through with this aircheck… thanks Kevin!
They actually seemed to be pulling it off, at least on this aircheck, from contributor Peter Hunn , who stated about WSVP: The view from of the window included the self supporting tower and historic graveyard surrounding that stick!
This one is from the vast archives of Peter Kingman. This one is courtesy of Bob Nelson , who gets a big thanks for sending this off to me. On Saturdays, they play the highlights of the previous weeks shows. Thanks to Peter Hunn for contributing some of his personal radio history!
Not only Shannon is featured… there's a big piece of news with veteran newsman Al Meredith. Not only will you hear the great Mr. Contributed by Peter Kingman. This section features Sklar speaking about early format radio, and Alan Freed. Thanks again to Den Jackson for this contribution! Gilbert plays it straight on this aircheck, that features talk in an out of all commercial breaks, and famous WACKY shout.
I have a ton of tapes Lots of ways to contribute to radio these days. Thanks for this Clark… looking forward to more! Leading aircheck producer Gary Tompkins gave this one to me… my thanks again Gary! There is a long discussion about faking remote broadcasts, and an aircheck of a NY Knicks basketball game being interrupted by the phone company that is outstanding.
Old time radio and of course, the Beatles also come up. My thanks again to Den Jackson for this contribution; part three will be here at NortheastAirchecks during What a great time John had with Cousin Brucie in the studio one morning. Brucie is a delight… a real showman, and John kindly lets him entertain. Part of the formatic structure of the station was for the jock to talk for a few seconds between every commercial, as part of a transition I suppose.
This aircheck is a nice gift from our old friend Shannon Huniwell of Popular Communications magazine. The specific date was July 30, The Ediphone recorded on wax cylinders, and was of course not meant as an aircheck device. The recording was made by holding the mouthpiece of the Ediphone to a speaker that was wired to an air monitor. The original recording was transferred from the wax cylinders at some point by the WTIC staff to 78rpm transcription disks, which were the source of this recording.
You'll therefore hear a lot of pauses and clunking of the equipment as disks are reset and played. No matter - it adds to the charm. The program itself celebrated WTIC's final sign off from their first transmitting site: The next morning, they signed on their still in use Talcott Mountain Avon, CT site with 50, watts.
This aircheck is divided into two segments. Cole, Vice President of the Travelers who speaks briefly about the progress the station had made over the last few years and introduces a musical number by the 20 piece Orchestra conducted by Emil Heimberger.
Cole waxes nostalgic about putting the w transmitter out to pasture. Towards the end of the segment is the final farewell from Mr. I've left some of the music in the aircheck, which you should keep an open mind about. Music recorded on an Ediphone machine is a little like hearing music recorded on an answering machine, only worse. It's still amazing for , though!
It includes much technical information about their old and new transmitting facilities. These historic airchecks were kindly provided by the Media Preservation Foundation. We urge you to check out their web site, and lend your support! To celebrate their 40th anniversary of broadcasting, WTIC produced a four hour long documentary about their history.
Travelers ran the station like a major market station, with tons of staff announcers, support staff, engineers, musicians, etc. This documentary is made up of both oral and recorded history, with both local and national recordings are utilized. A significant amount of local news and history is covered, with notable moments including the horrific Hartford Circus tent fire that killed people in July of Some WTIC employees that were at the station in the 's were still working at the station or recently retired in and are interviewed.
Each segment is about 55 minutes in length. The name of the documentary "The Broadcaster" by the way refers to a statute that was commissioned by the Travelers of a farmer "broadcasting" seeds.
The statue now stands in the newsroom of WTIC. If you are an old radio buff, you'll thoroughly enjoy this documentary. Segment One covers the early years of the station, from to In this period, the station went from being a non-commercial station, whose operation was completely subsidized by the Travelers to a commercial station. Segment Two covers the years There's also remembrances of severe weather and the addition of FM broadcasting.
Segment Three covers There's a lot more actual audio in this segment, as WTIC became more vigilant in archiving programming on 78 rpm transcription disks. The great Bob Steele became a more prominent announcer at the station. Events covered are the end of World War Two. There is one segment that could be described as quaint - a segment of live music programming announced by.
Segment Four reviews The stations civic and fund raising activites are emphasized, along with prominent news stories. The segment ends with audio from an award ceremony with a speech by former general Manager Paul Morency Morency had first joined the station in Please excuse some occasional skipping of the transcription disk it was recorded on. His well publicized battle with Aids in the early nineties, and the cancer that quickly took him, were headlines in Boston media.
In this aircheck, Brudnoy tackles some of his favorite topics: Contributor Den Jackson wrote me that "He had wonderful pipes and a rabid following in Greenwich, because he established a warm and fuzzy sense of community on his show. He liked to tweak those in power, and there are plenty of those in Greenwich, and so he was a kind of hero to regular working class folks. His show really was a "phenomenon" of sorts. He was on from 7 - Midnight with terrific ratings.
My thanks again to Den Jackson for this contribution; parts two and three will be here at NortheastAirchecks. Johnny Michaels Composite Michaels even made the big time as PD of country Thanks to Johnny Michaels for this great tape! Cary has worked in New York, Detroit, St. We wish him much luck! This one is no exception! He also filled-in at least once in the evening on WMCA. The alert engineer told the guys a fib: They left without incident I'd like to know if he ad-libbed this as he went along, like the Rheingold Beer commercial: You want to able to reach out and slap a can in everybody's hand, of the beer that's grand.
Come on George, open that pot and let him shout! My thanks again to Dennis Jackson for his great radio mind, and for his reliable Wollensack! It sounds like Miller had to come in at the last minute for Don K. Reed on the overnight shift this night. Some great production and jingles from a legendary station and jock. Sadly, Scottso passed away on September 28, , and this aircheck honors his greatness. The aircheck, which is amazing and even in stereo, was generously provided by Gary West, who has his own great web site at www.
You can hear a well restored, higher fidelity version of this aircheck at www. I highly recommend it! Barry Commoner for President Radio Spot OK, there was Reagan, Carter, Anderson Who knows how many times it aired, but the fact that it even made it on the air and on a network seems incredible. Commoner helped pioneer the modern environmental movement, is the author of nine books, including The Closing Circle , one of the first books to point out the high environmental costs associated with American technological development.
He got a total of , votes nationally in the election. Thanks again to Thom Richards for this bit of radio - and American - history. From Gary Tompkins never ending collection of airchecks… thanks again Gary! This aircheck, which was originally recorded by Albany DJ Rich Morris, was recorded primarily to catch as many of the stations jingles as possible - you'll therefore occasionally hear Raymond get cut off.
Thanks for this keen contribution, Andy! He's gone under the names of Michael J. Raymond and Mikel J. Thanks to Mikel J himself for sending this one out to me! Mark Fuller was kind enough to contribute these beauties! Perry is reportedly selling real estate in the Rochester area. Whether the station was a success has been debated endlessly… but fact is the station changed format to religion in Drake and Phillips brought in Robert W.
Morgan and the Real Don Steele to complete the package, and a new legend was born. Phillips retired from KRTH a couple of years ago. This aircheck, with the added bonus of tape swish, is from my personal collection. Barlow went on to be in charge of programming for Vox Radio. Rick went on to be in charge of northeastairchecks. Neil Young airchecked this one on his trusty Radio Shack cassette machine.
Joe Fazio contributed this Boston relic… I sure do appreciate it Joe! He also got out to Boston to do Top 40 at Casey is still in media, doing sports TV in San Diego. He was kind enough to run this off on a CD for me… thanks Tom Casey! The original recording on this one is noted as being made on a wire recorder, and sounds like it was made with a microphone.
At the time of this aircheck, had just come off a successful rock and roll show in New York in January. Interesting that Freed rarely said the call letters… I only count three times on this aircheck!
Freed was nothing short of a pioneering talent, a person who loved being on the air and loved the music he played. Freed obviously used a speaker in the studio instead of headphones, which was common in those days. There was also an obvious reverb control that he could turn off and on for emphasis. Freed was fired from WABC about two weeks after the date on this aircheck, after refusing to sign a statement stating that he never accepted payola.
Unfortunately, this aircheck is partially riddled with what sounds like tape print through of perhaps another aircheck backwards through part of the middle of the tape. Thanks again "Big Tuna" Jim Kaye for these outstanding pieces of rock and roll history! They were a pretty tight Top Thanks to Bill James for the great aircheck! Thanks to aircheck ace Neil Young for this one! The caller reads a story about an orangutan, adopted as a pet, where things go from bad to worse.
From the late 's, and contributed by Charles Dean. The production was well meaning and well targeted. These jingles and production bits certainly though well represent the era and beautiful music format, which has nearly disappeared from sight. By WAXC and call letters Interestingly, Larry White was still PD. Thanks to Neil Young for this fine contribution. They were a "Drake" clone. The station has gone through several sets of format changesboth in and since the 70's Compliments of contributor Neil Young 's Radio Shack cassette machine.
It's got lots of jingles, spots, and production elements, and is split into three segments. McDonough is the host, with three high school aged kids ranking the records none of the records became hits. It's typically teenage - awkward and funny. Sam Ward is one of Northeast Airchecks most devoted listeners, and we thank him and in turn, " Man from Mars " Ed Brodeur for this entertaining 'check. I just added this to my personal collection! I'm always hoping they will call me back to Springfield to do some voice tracking for them!
Thanks to Allan for this contribution. One of our most dedicated contributors and listeners, Dennis Jackson said that "These are off a 16" transcription recorded at "Modern Broadcast Sound" at Barnum Avenue, Stratford, CT, before anyone had ever heard of a jingle Mecca called Dallas. PD was Phil Cutting for part of this era. Thanks again, Den for another superb contribution! Thanks Peter for giving us another Providence contribution.
We certainly don't get much material from the Ocean State, and would love to see more! Thanks to Doug for taking us back to underground college radio! It's a slice of the times, complete with Dan Quayle jokes and lots jingles.
Thanks to Chris Warren for this memorable contribution. Anthony was the kind of jock who fit right into to whatever format he was working, and on a tightly formatted station like 'DJ was, he sure made it sound easy. Warfield, significantly hyper on this aircheck, lets loose and has fun on this aircheck that also feature the famous WVBF jingles produced by Heller.
WTFM was one such station that enjoyed high ratings as a Beautiful Music in the early seventies and saw their audience slowly age and erode. Switching to Easy Listening, as it was called then, was a way to attract younger demographics while hopefully keeping the older. Jocks Bill Crowley and John Vitiver are featured. According to contributor Jeff Moulton , Perry still dreams of that next big gig — as owner of a station.
Although no longer in radio, as the owner of a Provincetown restaurant and nightclub he is still in touch with music, booking many regional acts. Bandiero, fit the bill! WIFI went the way of most of those high energy teen oriented operations… but it still amazing to hear to hear the skill and precision used to carry off that energy.
Daniels move to NYC on Mix You hear some of that wit and production, along with a couple of loose segues, and the same bumper played two breaks in a row.
I was sitting in for Barlow while he was on vacation honeymoon, as a matter of fact for a week. She was, and still is, a well respected broadcaster in the Boston Market. A cool contribution from Joe Fazio … thanks Joe! A great contribution from Gary Tompkins , my thanks! The jingles, plentiful and entertaining are the icing on the cake! Thanks to Mark Fuller for another small market gem!
Besides the fact that this is a pretty good aircheck of Rossi, it also features a recorded promo mentioning the impending format change.
BTW, Bob Mitchell has his own web site, www. Thanks for your help, Bob! No matter… Rising gets off a couple of nice bits here and was always a great board operator and decent talent. Another stunner Bob… thank you for your contributions! Sounding like a kind of high energy burn out was his act… and he was effective and it was great fun listening to him. The second break features a promo for a personal appearance by Budd Ballou. WVBF is a station Boston folks are often nostalgic for… not only as a home for Bud Ballou, but for what was an unusual mix of Top 40 and album cuts.
The aircheck also features a boat load of spliced and original station jingles, contest promos, and local production. Doug Tracht, got himself into trouble a few years ago by making some inflammatory racial s on the air. From frequent contributor Neil Young — my thanks Neil! Gilbert had a habit of making obscure references to… well, whatever he was referring to. Gilbert later went back to his native Vermont. Info on Niagara and other great Philly jocks can be found at the Philadelphia radio tribute site: The last hour and a half of WIBG is available from philaradio.
Thanks to Neil for catching it live! Karen spent 16 years working at home, raising their sons. In the run-up to rejoining the workforce, she attended a one-year medical billing program which led to a position as a medical biller for Microsurgical Eye Consultants. She was there for two years, before she fell in love with the people at Commodore.
Jim comes to us from Shawmut, where he has been working as a Senior Art Director. Prior to Shawmut, Jim made his career in the advertising world with firms including Mullen and Arnold Worldwide.
He is a graduate of the Chamberlayne School of Design. Growing up, Jim said he was always interested in simplifying things, making them neater and finding the pretty in the not-so-pretty. Jim is a de-constructor in a construction world. Every piece of communication needs to be in a form that is aesthetic, navigable and effective. My job is to streamline information that triggers a common connection.
He is a passionate mountain biker. I hope to find people here who would enjoy a lunch or before-work ride. Phil comes to Commodore from A. Martini, where he worked for 15 years. Most of the projects Phil has managed over his career have focused on building construction and renovation. Phil is a versatile kinda guy! Born and raised in Kingston, MA, Phil now lives in Haverhill with his wife Lisa and their four children, making the Balboni household a very busy place!
Phil is a big supporter of Emmaus, in Haverhill MA, an organization that provides transitional assistance for families and single people needing social services. We took a week vacation at Hilton Head Island. Little did they know, my wife and I had actually taken them out of school for an extra week and were continuing our drive down to Disney World in Florida!
They were shocked and we had a great time. What a great memory for all of us! The challenge of building is what drives me. Finding ways to construct every aspect of the job well is what motivates me. Daniel comes to Commodore from Wayne J. Griffin Electric, where he was a project engineer. Daniel graduated from Wentworth with a degree in Construction Management. While working at Griffin, he also participated in the first year of the electrical apprenticeship program.
Daniel lives in Hyde Park. When he was 8, he watched his road getting repaved — saw the oversized machines breaking up old asphalt and shooting it into the back of a dump truck — and knew in that moment — he wanted to spend his life in construction!
During high school, Daniel refined the direction of his career, setting his sights on construction management. Rob joins Commodore from Fairmont Construction, a New York based construction management firm, specializing in airport restaurants. Rob worked as a senior project manager there, recently completing five restaurants at LaGuardia National Airport, Terminal C. Before joining Fairmont, Rob worked for 10 years as a senior project manager at Shawmut Design and Construction.
During that time, some of his more notable projects included the construction of Nobu 57, Le Bernardin restaurant, and extensive renovations to The Plaza Hotel, the Waldorf Astoria and the Palace Hotel.
Rob also managed the cadet housing renovations at the Mass Maritime Academy. With each of these projects, the pace was accelerated, the coordination was extensive and communication was critical as the designs evolved in the field. He was the Senior Project Manager on the new convention center project for the city of Memphis. That project kicked off renovations throughout the Seaport District.
He lives in Attleboro with his wife, Keri and their two daughters, Savannah and Avery. This year Rob bought new rods and reels for the girls and lessons are soon to follow. The family loves skiing together in the winter. The girls are big into sports — Avery is into track and field and both girls swim competitively.
Prior to her time on the client side, Sen worked with a number of construction management firms including Clark, Macomber and Consigli. Sen was born in Vietnam. Her family moved to China where she lived for 6 years before emigrating to the US when she was 8. She came to Boston when Clark relocated her here to join the Convention Center team. That project lasted for four years and began a construction career that spans many sectors of the industry.
At Consigli she managed a series of hospital renovations. Sen says she likes construction because it is so tangible. Sen lives in Cambridge with her husband, Erik and their two sons. The last time we saw Casey — he was a co-op.
Casey graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology and has returned to Commodore after three very successful internships here. Casey says his co-ops at Commodore added up to over a year of work — so we should really be wishing Casey a happy first anniversary! Casey earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering at Wentworth. Casey was born and raised in Framingham. The firm focuses on the construction of public works projects including police stations, fire stations and public schools.
During his time there, Bill has built two Department of Public Works facilities and a high school learning center. Bill attended UMass Lowell where he and his identical twin brother Jim were on the ski team and Lacrosse team.
During college, Bill built houses with his brother and then took a year and a half co-op with Electric Boat in Groton CT, where he worked on nuclear powered submarines. After college, Bill joined Turner as a field engineer and was assigned to two out-of-the-ground office building projects. Soon after that, he started his own business, focused on residential and light commercial construction.
For the next twenty years, Bill managed projects on both the East and West Coast that ranged from residential projects requiring specialized masonry to roofing, carpentry and small retail construction. Bill was born and raised in Billerica. Today he lives in Lunenburg with his wife Karin. The couple have three children. While they were growing up, Bill was an avid baseball, softball, soccer and basketball coach.
Now, his sports activity revolves around water skiing and snow skiing. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my wife, our son Malcolm and our extended family. I love to mountain bike. During those four years, Tom and his unit built a wide range of projects — from softball fields in Nicaragua, to forward operating bases and mountain passes in Afghanistan.
He led teams that built refugee camps in Haiti and contingency outposts in Iraq. He was also a carpenter on the USS Constitution. George first came to Commodore as an intern for our Estimating department. Now he is an Assistant Superintendent. Before Commodore, George worked as a carpenter for four years. George says he has also built and restored some beautiful homes in Rhode Island. George was born and raised in Westport, MA and now lives in Somerville. He likes to ski in the winter and sail in the summer.
Joe comes to us from The Richmond Group where he worked as a superintendent for seven years. Eighty-percent of the projects Joe built during those seven years were in the Life Sciences sector. The remaining twenty-percent were core and shell upgrades to support subsequent Life Sciences fit-outs.
He began his career as a field representative for Haley and Aldrich. It turned out to be a perfect career fit. His client portfolio continued to expand when he moved on to Linbeck. It was there he received his first exposure to the Life Sciences sector. Joe was born and raised in Somerville. Today he lives in Waltham. Joe has a year-old son and the two enjoy vacationing in Maine and taking cruises together. Joe says he enjoys attending concerts and trying to play the guitar.
So far, his favorite travel destination is Florence, Italy, but he says the list of places he would like to see is long and Florence is bound to have some stiff competition in the coming years. Joe says his favorite part of construction is the planning process and watching those efforts unfold. Sean comes to us from RoadOne Intermodalogistics, a national trucking company that transports shipping containers. During his time there, Sean had broad administrative responsibilities in his role, but at the end of the day his job was to make sure that major shipping firms like Maersk, Cosco and Mediterranean Shipping Company all got paid on time.
Sean says he thrived on the chaos of managing access to multiple ports and keeping drivers working. Sean is a graduate of UMass Amherst with a degree in Psychology. It was a topic that came naturally to me. After college I joined the family construction business and for five years I supervised sites. Sean was born and raised in Attleboro. Black holes are one of the great mysteries that I love to read about. The universe is filled with unexplained chaos.
Sean says he was attracted to Commodore by the family culture he experienced here. I got started on a career in construction while I was taking a carpentry class back in high school.
I realized how much I liked working with my hands. After that my path was clear. I wanted to continue to advance my career so I decided to go to Wentworth Institute of Technology. I joined Commodore in and now I have over 20 years of experience supervising a wide variety of complex construction projects. I take-charge in the field.
I take responsibility for driving the schedule and providing strong leadership with all my subcontractors. The best part of my job is delivering a project on time with superior quality and making the client happy throughout the process.
I love letting the client and the team know when we achieve the Certificate of Occupancy. I love building lasting relationships with different clients, architects, owners and subs.
I like to think that I can bring out the good in people. I try to relate to each person I interact with everyday. I try to make it more fun when I can.
Our favorite activity is to travel and to go on great vacations together. Disney is a family favorite, as well as Virginia Beach and the mountains in New Hampshire. When presented with a choice, one should always choose the more extravagant option. Design and Construction on this project exposed her to attending DCAM meetings, navigating the Federal Historic Permitting Process and understanding components of high rise construction as well as building within a year flood plain.
Having spent a large amount of time on site, it was an amazing learning experience which though she may not have known it then, started her career shift toward construction. Nicole is a graduate of Wentworth Institute of Technology with a degree in Architecture. Nicole says her career transition from architecture to construction management was driven by a deep interest in the design build process.
Nicole was born and raised in Worcester. Today she lives in Mendon with her three children and husband Timothy.
After recently relocating, they have spent the past year working on fully renovating the house themselves. The experience that led Amanda to that career was an early internship where she was asked to put together some finish palette options for a client. During that research process, I learned how much impact I could have through interior design and then I spent the next several years becoming an expert on interior design, finish selection and space planning.
She teaches competitive couples and coaches the BU Ballroom Club. She also travels around the country competing for herself and with students.
Tom was born into a family immersed in the construction industry for four generations. He grew up around job sites. He developed a strength in math and science, a love for engineering and a passion for construction. When he graduated from college he re-joined the firm. Over the next 15 years, Tom progressed through the ranks from field engineer to an officer of the company. Why do you gravitate towards the Institutional and Science markets? The skills, the systems and the knowledge required to succeed in that space all create a barrier to entry for others.
Specializing is a benefit…but the real draw for me is the complexity of the technical components. The unique systems are more exciting and challenging. Committees are often involved in the decision making process and I like to work in that kind of inclusive, collaborative way.
My style meshes well with the nature of these organizations. Why did you leave a successful, well-established company to help start a new one? I had my own construction business in college. Every day, my friend Mark Crowley and I would get out after classes, and start framing and building. I left Linbeck because it felt like the right time. I had the energy, the skill and the relationships. What have you found most satisfying about building a company?
Growing it from the ground-up, so we can do things the way we think they should be done. That lets us do good things for our clients and to create a great working environment for our people. For me, it comes down to people. Our approach to building is collaborative. When we help a client reach their objectives, everyone benefits, from the building and from the experience. We look at the big picture…not just the building. How would you describe yourself? I have to work things out in my head…consider the options…talk things through.
I love skiing…driving cars…riding motorcycles and dirt bikes. I love crowds…being around people…going out with friends on the weekend…camping with my family…sitting around the campfire, smoking a cigar. My father was very handy and I loved to watch him work. The first time I knew that I wanted to have a career in construction was when we had an addition put on our house.
I was in 4th grade and I remember how anxious I was to get home from school every day to see the construction progress from the day before. I still feel the same way today, watching a project unfold- become something — knowing I played a part in its success.
It gives me a great sense of pride. There are no duplicate challenges in this business. No two projects are the same. The last time we saw Jack, he was completing his third successful internship at Commodore and was headed back for his last semester at Wentworth. That semester proved to be as successful as his internships. Jack graduated with a degree in Construction Management and a passion for the business of construction. Jack joins Commodore as an Assistant Superintendent in our C.
Jack was born and raised in Holliston, Massachusetts. He attended Holliston High School and was the captain of the golf team. I worked residential construction right through college, whenever I had spare time. Jack says what he likes the most about construction is seeing a project come to life. Jack is also an avid concert-goer. He says his most memorable concert was the Metallica concert at Gillette. Christina joins us from Sun Life Financial, where she has had a role focused on the business of Group Insurance Benefits.
Christina has worked in account management, claims, and customer service. She says the one thing all three roles had in common was the strong focus on customer satisfaction. Christina prides herself on the ability to relate to people and to keep them feeling at ease even while solving really tough problems. Christina was born and raised in Waltham and lives there still — with her husband and their five children. She says she could spend from sun up to sun down in the sand.
Rich comes to Commodore from G. Greene Construction, where he was a superintendent for 12 years. During that time, Rich worked on a wide variety of projects, mostly in the healthcare sector. I like the challenge of construction. And I welcome the business challenge of broadening the Commodore portfolio of healthcare projects. Tom comes to Commodore from Whiting Turner where he worked as a superintendent for over 9 years.
Tom has worked on a broad range of projects during his career. Tom was born in Boston and raised in Natick. Tom comes from a construction family. According to Tom, it was a natural progression for him to get involved in building, too.
He got into carpentry when he was in high school. His father has owned a structural engineering firm in Natick for over 35 years and his brother is a PE, working for the firm. Sean was born and raised in Burlington, Massachusetts. He attended Boston College, where he played varsity baseball and graduated with a degree in Economics. Following college, Sean entered the world of financial services.
He took a position as a retirement plan representative for Putnam Investments and became an increasingly active member of the Burlington community. In , Sean switched gears and joined the Red Sox organization as the Director of Premium Sales, combining his passion for baseball with his affinity for business development. His role was to establish lucrative marketing partnerships between Fortune brands and FSG Properties. In , Sean returned to the world of finance, as the Director of Business Development for a financial advisory firm in Burlington.
Sean tapped into his extensive network of industry contacts and added new real estate relationships, which eventually led him to an interest in construction management and to Commodore.
He was a also an assistant superintendent on the Reebok World Headquarters project. Paul is a graduate of Wentworth, with a degree in Construction Management. He was born and raised in Walpole, where he still lives today. The trio hand out near Long Lake and Brandy Pond. Paul says he joined Commodore because of the diversity of clients and projects in our portfolio. I grew up in Brooklyn, NY which prepared me to expect pretty much anything in life.
I moved to Boston to go to college and grew to like the city and the people. Tina joined Commodore as our Marketing Coordinator. Today, she is our newest Proposal Manager. During her junior year, she studied abroad in Rome for a semester. If I could do it again, I would in a heartbeat.
Since graduation, Tina has been living in Newton. I have so much to learn from this team. Ashley originally joined Commodore as a Proposal Manager.
In her role as Manager, Ashley is accountable for all proposals, qualifications, interview materials and all deliverables related to the pursuit of new business. She comes to Commodore from C. Floyd, a commercial construction management firm based in Bedford, MA. Ashley says her love for Marketing was sparked by an internship during her senior year in college.
Ashley was born and raised in Duxbury, MA and now lives in Somerville. She has a big family, one that extends all the way to Ireland, which Ashley describes as her favorite country outside the U.
Growing up I was always building things with my grandfather, who was a carpenter. I like leading the trades in the field. Maureen is our Human Resources Manager.
In that capacity, Maureen was responsible for the daily operation of the firm, including the HR, contract management and overall administrative functions that drove the success of the firm. Maureen was born and raised in Bedford, MA and lives there still. She graduated from St.
Maureen is dedicated to promoting autism awareness and attaches an autism charm to each piece of jewelry she makes. Maureen often speaks about autism and she shares her jewelry with others.
Cara joins Commodore from the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, where she has worked for the last two years. During her time at Whiting-Turner, Cara has focused on institutional projects, including the construction of a new academic building, the interior renovations of various college buildings and landscaping renovations at Lafayette College.
Born in New Jersey. Cara has lived in many different states, including Illinois, Vermont, and most recently Pennsylvania, before moving up to Boston to join Commodore. Colin joins Commodore as an Assistant Project Manager.
He comes to us from Whiting Turner, where he had interned prior to graduation. He transitioned into a full-time Project Engineer after graduation. Colin then traveled to Chantilly, Virginia to work on a government agency building and then out to Iowa where he spent 13 months building four data centers. There is always something new.
And nothing is ever the same. The complexity of the projects and the focus on end-users can really push your problem-solving ability. Colin was born and raised in Boston. He boxed in college and is currently an amateur Muay Thai boxer. She has managed a wide spectrum of projects, from roof replacements to full gut renovation and addition projects, all in the public sector.
The relationships are deep. Jenne was born and raised in Beverly. Today she lives in Danvers with her son, Alex. The duo enjoys skiing together throughout the winter months and when the season changes they transform into amusement park junkies.
She also describes herself as a comfort food cook and a movie buff. Matt comes to Commodore from Chapman Construction. Matt is a graduate of Wentworth, with a degree in construction management. He was born and raised in Canton, MA and has been fascinated with construction for as long as he can remember. In addition to being surrounded by a construction family, Matt says the thing he likes most about building is the transformation process from a blank slate to a finished product.
He goes to the gym, plays soccer and has a penchant for cleaning his car. During the winter he likes to snowmobile and snowboard and enjoys any sport that gets him outside and active.
Pete comes to Commodore from Walsh Construction of Illinois, where he worked for 11 years. He led a team of safety managers, covering projects from Maine to West Virginia. Pete grew up in a construction family and graduated from Keene State College with a degree in Occupational Safety.
I even applied to the pre-med program at UMass, just to please her — but then I ended up getting accepted — and broke her heart when I turned them down. Pete lives in Nashua, NH with his wife and their two children. Paul joined Commodore as a Project Engineer.
And after 6 months of being here, he was promoted to Assistant Project Manager! Paul says he has always wanted to make his career in construction industry. Growing up, he helped his dad complete a myriad of home improvement projects. During summer breaks from school he built decks for a home improvement company and worked at a hardware store, learning the tools of the trade.
After graduation from college, Paul joined the national heavy civil contractor Walsh, as an assistant surveyor. In that role he worked on the University Ave Bridge project in Lowell, providing the line marks for steel girders and concrete forms and identifying the new and existing utilities for tie-ins. From there, Paul joined Barletta and was assigned to the Route add-a-lane project in Needham.
Paul says those experiences — ranging from site layout to crane assembly and disassembly — taught him the inner-workings of heavy civil projects and the complexities of subcontractor and owner interactions. Paul was born and raised in Chelmsford and lives there still. Throughout high school he played ice hockey and lacrosse. While his team athletic days are behind him, Paul enjoys riding motorcycles. He races dirt bikes on the weekends and in the winter he likes to snowboard.
Will made the connection with Clark management while he was completing his degree in Civil Engineering at Bucknell University. Will held a wide spectrum of responsibilities from managing demolition, to coordinating MEP trades and supervising the BIM process.
Along the way they worked in an orphanage and a school, teaching classes and sharing experiences with kids of all ages. The trip left us with the knowledge that there is so much more to see in the world. Will says he developed the love for bowling while he was in college.
Tom comes to Commodore from Richard White Sons, where he worked as a superintendent for 13 years. While he was there, he managed projects that ranged from athletic fields to new ground-up construction for clients including Suffolk University, Wellesley College and Watertown Savings Bank.
Tom has spent his entire career in construction. My father was a superintendent, as well as four of his brothers. I was destined to follow the family tradition. Tom thinks respect is the key attribute that makes a successful superintendent. And you have to earn that respect, from Day One. Tom lives in Dunstable with his wife, Karen and their two children, Derek and Jessica.
The family loves to ski and snow mobile in the winter. Tom says that since he specializes in building Institutional projects, the summers are reserved for working.
But even in the summer, Tom and Karen still manage to get out on their Harley for weekend rides. Julie joins Commodore as a project administrator. She comes to us from Eversource Energy where she worked as a customer service representative.
Prior to Eversource, Julie worked as an administrative assistant at Case Assembly Solutions for 5 years. In her role in both companies, Julie held a wide range of responsibilities, from customer care and coordination to accounts payable and receivable.
Both positions required Julie to switch quickly between tasks, to embrace new technology rapidly and to maintain constant communication within her teams. Julie was born and raised in Brockton and recently bought a home in Norton. This is their first year playing football and Julie is the team mom! John joins Commodore most recently from Bonanno Construction, Inc.
John eventually left the family business and spent the next 17 years working with the general contractor Consolidated Contracting, first as a superintendent and later as a partner. The firm focused mainly on downtown tenant interior work, but also had an uninterrupted presence on the campus of Harvard University for 14 years running up to the recession in John graduated from Suffolk University. He was born and raised in Medford, MA. Today he lives in Belmont with his wife, daughter, son and puppy.
Growing up, my mother was an executive chef and my father worked in construction. When I was a little older I also worked as a laborer for my father on the weekends, cleaning up his jobsites, hauling trash and even swinging a sledge hammer every once in a while to take down a wall or two.
Little did I know, that was the beginning of my career in construction. It was pure chance that 15 years ago a recruiter sent me on an interview for an Office Management position at a construction firm. I think they hired me right away after hearing about my experience as a laborer — even though it had nothing to do with the position. Regardless of how I got there, I had found my home in the construction industry.
I have a passion for figuring things out and getting things done. But I found that the playing hard part of the equation was tipping the scales. With the support of the amazing leadership at Commodore, I began my journey into sobriety in August, I knew only that I was not ashamed of my recovery. It was the hardest and best thing I ever did.
And to my pleasant surprise, I received nothing but support and admiration. Our mission is to help women who are suffering from addiction; who are struggling in early sobriety; or are sober and want resources to stay that way. I am also the Co-host of a weekly pod-cast about recovery from alcoholism and addiction, called The Bubble Hour www.
For me, one of the greatest gifts of sobriety is being able to help other people. Jason started his career as a civil engineer for Los Angeles County, then spent two years building homes throughout the east coast for Blu Homes before coming to Commodore.
I love the productivity of commercial construction, and the strong process and communication that it entails. When Jason graduated in , the state of California was recruiting civil engineering grads nationwide. One of the enticements for relocation other than the weather, beaches, sunshine, etc was the opportunity to earn his P.
Ten years later…he and his wife decided it was time to return to their roots in New England. Jason and his wife, Nicole, live in Foxboro. Jason and Nicole are both pursuing their masters degrees currently. They manage multiple rental properties together, and spend the small remainder of their free time being active and traveling. Scott comes to Commodore from Cutler Associates, where he worked as a Preconstruction Manager for five years.
During that time, Scott worked on a wide spectrum of projects, from small gut renovations to large ground-up warehouses, residential dormitories and apartment buildings. He worked for the international group, estimating projects being built all over the world. Scott graduated from Keene State College with a degree in Geography.
He entered college with the expectation of majoring in Elementary Education and Geography. He pictured a lifetime of teaching students about demographics; why people live where they live and why cities grow.
As he progressed through school, he became more engaged with geography and less with education. He finished college with a Geography degree in hand. Right about that time, Scott ran into the owner of C. Mabardy, a well-established site work contractor. He offered Scott an opportunity to learn the industry through the basics of estimating and the rest is history. Scott was born and raised in Derry, New Hampshire. Today he lives with his family in Charlton, MA.
Scott and his wife Michelle have two children. The family enjoy skiing, camping and hiking. From the time that I could walk, I had a passion for building, creating, and using my imagination. When they would build a tower with their blocks, I would build a skyscraper. I never understood the concept of keeping it simple, which would sometimes cause me unnecessary frustration, but my attention to detail and my desire to make my projects stand out from the rest, helped shape me into the person I am today.
Civil engineering and commercial construction was an obvious choice for me, and my specialty has always been from the ground up! I love overseeing every facet of the construction process, and I welcome the challenge of completing each and every project on time. In my spare time, I enjoy going to sporting events with my wife and two sons, and doing projects in and around our home in Duxbury.
I am most proud of my custom cedar and granite fence that I designed and built along with my custom cedar trellises. I also have a passion for wood cutting, landscape and interior design, masonry, cooking on my smoker, and riding my Vespa. Ryan comes to Commodore from D. Beane, a Boston-based construction management firm focused on the biopharmaceutical and healthcare sectors. Ryan grew up in the construction business.
His father owned a residential construction company and Ryan worked for him during the summers and throughout his first year after graduation from Wentworth. During his time in college, Ryan also completed 3 internships at William A. He also likes to carve and turn wood. He especially enjoys making wooden bowls. When he was four years old Ryan went to see the concrete trucks pouring a pool at a home his father was building. He was hooked from that day on, and remained focused throughout school on pursuing his career in construction.
I enjoy the complexity of these projects and the opportunity to solve problems I encounter along the way. Tony comes to us from Trinity Building and Construction Management, where he worked as a superintendent. Prior to Trinity, Tony spent nine years with Permasteelisa, one of the largest curtain wall companies in the world, based in Venice, Italy.
In his capacity as the Senior Project Manager for the in-house general construction division, he oversaw projects throughout the United States. Tony says his whole family has always been involved in construction. I was 14 years old and my brother-in-law would take me with him to project sites on the weekends — just so I would spend more time in construction than on the baseball field.
And construction ultimately won out. Tony was born in Italy and grew up on the South Shore. Today he lives on the North Shore with his wife, Debra. The couple has four grown children and four grandchildren — all living locally.
Tony and Debra love to travel. And they love to go camping. Tony plays basketball and softball. She was managing a full spectrum of construction projects, from labs and office renovations tot he historic restoration of Alden Memorial Hall.
The opportunity to participate in the restoration of this iconic structure was too good for Susan to pass up and so began her year career with AJ Martini. At the conclusion of the Belmont Hill project, Susan took time off to raise her two children, Paul and Quinn.
Susan, her husband Paul and their two children live in Wayland. They spend winter weekends skiing on Okemo in Ludlow, Vermont. In that role, Chris was responsible for the estimating, the document control and the closeout of projects. During his time with Vantage, Chris has worked on projects ranging from small tenant fit-outs to large, out-of-the-ground additions, labs and clean rooms. He has worked for clients including Millipore, Omnicare and Vanderweil Engineers.
Within a year, I became a Project Coordinator, working with Vantage. I just got into it. I fell in love with construction. Chris was born and raised in Walpole — and now lives in Norwood. He spends time at the gym. He goes to Patriots games with his family and he is continually renovating the old commercial steel building that he lives in.
It feels great to bring life back into the building. That job was my babysitter. He began working with Rebuildex, an insurance restoration general contractor based on the South Shore of Massachusetts. And then moved to Project Risk Analytics, where he was working when we met him.
He was the project manager on our Wakefield Santander project. Being here now feels like a natural extension of that experience. Marcus was born and raised in Boston. Today he lives with his wife, Ashley and their 6 children in Walpole. Believe it or not — Marcus also carves out time to build furniture. Kara joins Commodore as a Proposal Manager.
In her capacity as coordinator, Kara was responsible for proposals, RFQ responses, marketing materials and event planning. Kara was born and raised in Wayland, MA. Kara and her older brother Michael spent their childhood years playing soccer and hanging out with their friends. Kara headed to Northeastern University where she graduated in with a degree in Communication Studies. During her time at Northeastern, Kara became completely immersed in the Husky culture. She played intramural sports, enjoyed exploring Boston and spent a semester abroad on the Gold Coast of Australia.
Today Kara lives in South Boston. She still follows hockey. John comes to Commodore from Limbach Company, a mechanical contractor based in Woburn. The experience he gained working with both mechanical contractors has given John a detailed knowledge of the installation of MEP systems and the ability to streamline and perfect mechanical designs for constructability.
John works closely with the entire Operations team to ensure the quality of our MEP delivery to clients. John knows the John Hancock Tower inside and out from his work on multiple mechanical projects there. The whole family snowboards. Once the snow melts, the family takes to the water, on their boat moored in Marblehead Harbor. John golfs, mountain bikes, plays Frisbee golf and restores furniture in partnership with his wife, who is an artist and superb cook.
Chris comes to Commodore from A. Martini, where she worked for almost 14 years, in many different capacities. Chris started her career with Martini in the Accounting Department — first in corporate accounting and then project accounting. She took on the responsibilities of office manager and then full time administrative support for Paul Martini.
Chris will take on the role of Accounting Manager here at Commodore. Chris graduated from Assumption College with a degree in Accounting. Today Chris lives one town over, in Wakefield, with her husband Mike and their three children. Chris is an avid reader, always looking for new book suggestions. She loves to bake — and makes a mean chocolate chip cookie. She skis with her family, but nothing makes her happier than sitting in a beach chair in the sand, with a book in her lap and an umbrella drink by her side!
Lorenzo has been working in the construction industry since he was fifteen years old — accompanying his father on residential projects — helping with demolition, repairs, and remodeling. He always had a vision of what it could be. At first, I would just follow his direction, but over time I began to play an active role in the transformation process.
In his spare time, he teaches himself things like Revit. Currently, he is building himself a virtual 3-family home, complete with a game room, studio and vegetation roof deck. During that time, Mike has managed projects ranging from base building improvements to tenant interior fit outs. Despite his strong focus on the tenant interior sector, Mike has worked in the restaurant, retail, institutional and life science sectors.
He has worked on the campuses of Northeastern University and Brown University and has brought a number of buildings out of the ground.
Mike was born and raised south of Boston and has lived here all his life. Today he calls Sturbridge home. I just finished re-doing my bathroom.
My workshop is next on the list. I have a big pile of quarter sawn oak in my basement waiting for me. Michael comes to Commodore from Monitor Builders where he worked there for five years, building projects mainly in the healthcare industry. He managed the recent renovations and major infrastructure upgrades at Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover Foxcroft, Maine. In Skowhegan he renovated a live patient medical surgery floor. Michael has built oncology and endoscopy units.
He specializes in managing accelerated schedules in occupied patient care settings. Michael grew up in a construction family. I was on my first job site by the tender age of five.
Michael was born and raised in Westwood, MA. He just recently moved into his new place in Westboro. Michael says he loves to cook. He makes beer and spirits — outside in the summer and in the garage in winter.
Michael is also an avid hunter. During that time, Brenda has focused on the retail, restaurant and institutional sectors. She started as a field engineer…progressed to Project Manager…and then moved into Estimating, where it was easier for her to balance work and family responsibilities while raising three young boys. Brenda was born and raised in Braintree and now lives in Franklin with her husband Jack and two of their three boys.
Brenda chose to join Commodore because she wants to get back into estimating larger, more complex projects.
The kinds of projects the team described interested me…and I liked coming to work at a place where I already knew some of the people. The stakes were very high and so were the safety measures taken. Every single lift had to be approved by a registered engineer. Jim has decades of experience maintaining safe sites in the field and working within corporations to raise safety awareness. He started his safety career on the Big Dig, working for Perini Corp.
Jim lives on a lake in Milton, NH with his wife Lori and their three dogs. Jim describes himself as having a Collaborative leadership style. From interns to execs I want people to speak up! Another set of eyes always helps. Jonathan joins us from Shawmut where he worked as a senior project manager. Jonathan was born and raised in Connecticut. He attended Virginia Tech, graduated with an undergraduate degree in Urban Planning and spent the next five years working at a non-profit focused on rural development.
During that time, he also started a family. He returned to graduate school to study construction management and then relocated to Boston. He spent three years working on private higher education projects before returning to Virginia with his wife, Holly, and their two children.
The Virginia company he returned to gave Jonathan the opportunity to build his first residential project, an Extreme Makeover: We had a great team. Jonathan went on to build a courthouse in Virginia, just as the economy crashed. He took on the Fluvanna County project and by the time that project concluded, the kids were college bound and Jonathan and Holly moved back to Boston.
Alicia comes to Commodore from American Construction, a commercial firm that specializes in the construction of fast-track projects in the retail and corporate space. Following graduation she relocated to Maryland and embarked on a career in the marketing field. Alicia relocated back to Boston, where her career took an unexpected turn, right into the world of construction. I saw the results of my work so concretely…and so quickly. I knew then that I would always work in construction.
Alicia was born in Springfield, MA but she has lived in Saugus since she was 5 years old. Nick joins Commodore as a Project Engineer in our C. He comes to us from Lafayette College where he graduated with a degree in Engineering Studies.
Nick was born and raised in Bronx, NY. During high school, Nick travelled around the country from Texas to Montreal, playing various defensive positions. He even travelled to Jamaica and got to play with the under national team. The other half was academics, cross country and track. Sports gave me discipline. It taught me how not to waste valuable time. My academics benefited from sports and I think my career will, too.
Nick says he was always good at math and physics, so a degree in engineering made sense. But he soon found that he had a passion for managing projects more than for technical design.
I like contributing to the progress of a project and seeing the effect it has on the people you are building it for. Nick currently lives in Somerville. From as far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a veterinarian.
I passed the course, but it was torture. Dan comes to us from DN Tanks where he built circular pre-stress wire wound concrete tanks, meant for storing liquids such as drinking water. Dan says his favorite build was in Green Bay, Wisconsin. There were logistical and environmental challenges, custom equipment in use and two hour continuous concrete placements. A satisfied customer is a repeat customer.
He built tunnels, pump stations, bridges and roads. All part of the Central Artery Project. Dan graduated from Wentworth with a degree in Civil Engineering. He was born and raised in Wakefield, MA and now lives in Wilmington with his wife and their two kids.
In that capacity, Brian led teams in the execution of projects in the Life Science and Process Construction industries. Brian was born and raised in Brooklyn, Connecticut. Today he lives in Sutton with his wife Joanna and their three children. Brian and Joanna both play golf. Joanna enjoys the beach. Brian hunts and fishes both locally and in Maine, where he has kept his ties since early college days. My grandparents had a acre farm in Northern New Hampshire.
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