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Rededication Sunday Celebration!

February 9, 2015

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We’re Home!

February 1, 2015

We have reached the finish line!  Sunday is the Dedication Day! Here are some photos of the latest progress. By Sunday **most** of these areas will be complete. We see Reverend Marta happy with her new office; nomad Joan in yet another “temporary” space; our hard working contractors meeting (including John T. Chamberlain); site manager Rene briefly at his desk (taking a break from cracking the whip?); the new lobby space and finally one last shot of the elevator exterior, before our big snowstorm.
Thanks to all who have worked so long and hard on this project!

Marta Flanaga

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Almost There…

February 1, 2015

THANKS to super-organized Clarissa Rodriguez, Brian and his stalwart crew from MINI MOVES, and many others today, we got the BULK of the furniture, shelves, boxes, etc. moved back from our Mill St. storage site…

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On the MOVE!

January 18, 2015

IMG_1020 copyA successful morning at the Hgh Rock Storage site- First Parish Furnishing are clean and ready to go! Thanks to the team: Clarissa R, Andrew L, Lori, K Emily R, and Barbara M– a great group!


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We can almost see the finish line!

January 5, 2015

The ELEVATOR has been delivered, though it looks like just a mass of huge boxes so far. The large granite stones we reused from the original walkway are seen being added to the NEW walkway out to Mass Ave. Around back of the RE building you can see the access ramp under construction. It certainly seems heavy duty enough! And lastly the old wall of the Annex gets a new layer of insulation before the exterior wall covering is finished…
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12/27 Work Party!

December 26, 2014

A reminder —Ho, Ho, Ho! Post- holiday work party! Saturday, Dec 27th 10am at First Parish. The December thaw is an opportunity! Please help us place granite pieces to protect the new a/c exchange equipment from winter plowing. Requires a bit of toting, lifting, and digging- Meet Andrew Leonard in the parking lot — equipment wish list includes: spade, shovel, pick, wheel barrow, heavy duty dolly, and willingness to work. Work gloves a must! Questions? contact Carolyn Hodges 617-943-0364 or Jeff Keffer 781-686-3788, Meetinghouse Chairs.


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Holiday Cookies!

December 18, 2014

IMG_0959 copy IMG_0960 copy IMG_0956 copySmiles all around upon delivery of the holiday cookies. Thansk to all who baked home-made goodies!


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Nearing the Final Stretch!

December 15, 2014

Here are some photos of work during several bitter cold days last week:  The new entrance sidewalk is laid;  some rooms in the annex getting final paint and clean up;  the bamboo flooring in the Parlor getting installed; and most dramatically, the copper sheathing is added to the elevator tower and the large glass windows are installed to the entry lobby!

Last photo is my meeting with Eric from Breen & Sullivan, Mike from Gray Heating, and Adelphi’s Constantine, Brian, and Rene to sort out any issues between the new and old systems around the buildings.

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Work Continues

December 11, 2014

Here we see heavy steel beams added for new entryway in front of the elevator tower, along with pics of some of the inside work and the outside landscaping taking shape with a walkway to Mass Ave and a low stone wall roughly where the garden wall had been. By the way most of the photos posted do not show the many, many workers busy at their trades, as they often have left by the time I get there to snap pictures.  Just image these shots with populated with lots of  skilled workers, and add also the noise of saws, lifts, cement trucks, cranes, drilling, pounding, grinding, etc, etc.

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Holiday Cookies for our Construction Team

December 9, 2014

holiday cookiesEveryone loves homemade cookies! Please help us express our gratitude to our Construction Team by baking holiday cookies to share. We ask that you deliver wrapped cookies to First Parish (the kitchen) December 15 and 16. We will deliver our cookies to the team on Wedneday, December 17. Please feel free to include a festive note, home made card or label expressing your appreciation for the renovation work in process. Questions? Contact Carolyn Hodges (617-943-0364) or Katharine MacPhail (617-489-8535)


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Going Up!

November 2, 2014

The elevator tower taking shape with speedy work by the masons during “Goldilocks conditions” (not to hot, not too cold, but just right) of the past few days.

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Color Wheel

October 27, 2014

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The Work Continues

October 19, 2014

These pics show plumbing pipes everywhere, steel stud walls taking shape, drainage systems for the Bailey Room, view down into the elevator foundation, and the elevator lobby backfilled and ready for walls… also, a photo of Joan and her brilliant hide-a-way office!

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Construction Update

October 8, 2014

A huge crane delivers massive steel shoring walls to surround our elevator foundation.  Soon a cement truck and pumper truck begin to pour concrete into the foundation forms.  Last photo shows the walls in the hallway to the new office area begin to take shape…

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Mobile RE!

October 4, 2014

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Furnishing Group- Hard at work….

September 28, 2014

The construction is proceeding well on all fronts. Rough plumbing and electrical are scheduled next week, as well as further progress in the elevator area.

Working groups of the Building Committee are hard at work behind the scenes. Pictured here are Louise Strayhorn and Bob Fowkes, leads for the Furnishings group- their third lead, Tina Silberman is behind the camera! This working group has sourced some really nice furnishings for the parlor and meeting rooms– Their goal is to move us beyond or “shabbie chic” designation– We are very exicted about their acquistions thus far!

Please let us know if you see ways to help and further contribute. The Building Committee meets Sunday evenings at 7pm. These meetings are open. NOTE: we meet alternating weeks (our next meeting planned for Sept 28)- so check ahead to ensure we can greet you! ( Email us at: Buildingcom@ firstparish.info)041 copy032 copy


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Sunday Classes in the Parlor- a hit!

September 22, 2014

Religious Education programming started today at First Parish. We were granted specific occupancy of the Palor for Sunday mornings ONLY– Today’s intial efforts were a great success! Pictured here are our RE teachers for the pre-K with Reverend Marta. Also, one of our RE students checking out the construction progress of the elevator!

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Construction Progress Update

September 21, 2014

Continued progress in our building project: the newly reconfigured Parlor area is now officially ready for use by the church school folks. Obviously there will be finishing touches down the road, like paint, different lighting, flooring…Also pictured are the elevator foundation forms, our new main water heater, the Bailey room. Lastly, a recent bird’s eye view of our solar panels, silently, cleanly generating electric power (photo taken with a camera drone!).

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Parlor Update– RE classes this Sunday 9/21

September 21, 2014

The parlor is ready for RE classes this Sunday!  Our youngest children will be using this space for classes during our renovaton.

From Bill Jackson (First Parish Project Manager):  “The Parlor is all set to be used tomorrow. Please remind everyone that the lights are just temporary, the walls are just primed and none of the wood moulding has been installed. It is truly “bare bones” but safe and usable.”  We note that the Fire Dept. has signed off, the Building Inspector agrees with the plan and LDa has stamped the plans. They were starting to install the ceiling grid Thursday and lights are now installed. A temporary door has been installed as well.  Access will be allowed down the bathroom corridor and through to the Parlor.

From Tina Schultz:   Director of Religious Education:  “We were able to set up the Parlor for PreK and it looks great! We know to walk the children and teachers in through the hallway by the bathrooms, to leave the lights on, and safety precautions – the emergency exit door and technique to get through the fence onto Mass Ave.  Thanks for your help in making this happen. Makes a very big difference to our youngest children and their families.”

Step by step- we are making good progress, Building Good Together!


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Harvest Moon Fair is ON!

September 18, 2014

Never fear, construction will not cause us to cancel the Harvest Moon Fair. The Fair is scheduled for November 22, the Saturday before Thanksgiving as always. We may have to make modifications to the plan and relocate some activities, but the Fair is happening in any case. The Jewelry Box and the Book Nook will be in different configurations than they were last year due to the construction. The booths that have been located in the sanctuary will stay in the sanctuary, with possible downsizing here and there. The Harvest Moon Fair Committee is working with the Building Design Committee to stay on top of the construction schedule and possibilities as we move closer to November. Stay tuned and mark your calendars for the Harvest Moon Fair on November 22, 2014.


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