Come Learn About Wellesley’s Changing Wildlife!

Wellesley’s Changing Wildlife

 

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Are you intrigued by wildlife and how it changes over time? If so, you should consider attending “Wellesley’s Changing Wildlife“, hosted by Peter Alden, who has written 15 books including the National Audubon Society Field Guide to New England.

When: Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 7pm
Where: Wellesley Free Library, Wakelin Room
Price: Free, and open to the general public

Alden will discuss how climate, habitat, hunting and invasives are changing the birds and mammals in Wellesley. Mainly as a result of climate change, we are experiencing a shift of species from south moving northwards, causing an interesting change in species that we are seeing on a regular basis! This session will teach you about how these new species are affecting our backyards and wild lands.

According to the Wellesley Conservation Council, “Climate change is upon us and there is a shift of southern species northwards already happening. Invasive alien plants from other continents escaping from horticulture and our gardens are impacting many habitats. Birds from overseas are competing with native species. Learn about these newcomers and how they are affecting our backyards and wild lands.”

If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, learn more here! Or, check out the event on Facebook.

Our agents at Cochrane & Porter in Wellesley would love to help you find a policy that fits your specific needs, with both exceptional coverage and a great price! Contact us today at 781-943-1555 or info@cochraneandporter.com

Turkey Leftover Ideas

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Thanksgiving dinner is absolutely one of the most highly anticipated meals of the year. There are many ways to make new dishes out of leftover turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and cranberry sauce. Here are two (somewhat unique) ideas for meals you can make with all your leftovers!

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Ingredients

1 tube refrigerated crescent rolls
3/4 c. shredded roasted turkey
3/4 c. prepared stuffing
3/4 c. prepareed mashed potatoes
1 c. cranberry sauce
1/4 c. prepared gravy, warmed

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out Crescent Rolls. Top with mashed potatoes, turkey, stuffing and cranberries (just a little bit of each). Roll up and transfer to prepared baking sheet.
3. Bake until golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve with gravy to dunk in.

Recipe by Delish

Leftover Turkey and Stuffing Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients
1 large egg, beaten
2 c. leftover shredded turkey
2 c. leftover stuffing
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
4 red and yellow bell peppers, hollowed
1 1/2 c. shredded mozzarella
Fresh parsley (optional)

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine beaten egg, turkey and stuffing (in a large bowl). Season with salt and pepper, then mix together.
2. Spoon mixture into bell peppers and top with mozzarella.
3. Transfer peppers to baking dish and bake until peppers are tender and cheese is melty, 25 to 30 minutes. Add parsley (optional).

Recipe by Delish

These are only two out of the many ways you can make delicious meals from your leftovers. As always, for any of your insurance needs feel free to contact us at 781-943-1555 or info@cochraneandporter.com

 

Weather and travel forecast for Thanksgiving 2016

Your Thanksgiving 2016 Travel & Weather Forecast

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Whether you are hitting the road or welcoming guests to your home, here is some information you may find helpful for this Thanksgiving regarding weather and traveling conditions.

Weather
Wednesday is supposed to be in the mid-40’s, sunny and dry, and we won’t see temperatures above 51 degrees. On Thanksgiving Day, we are supposed to see a light storm pass through – expect to see some clouds and occasional showers. Black Friday will be dry but cold, so be sure to bundle up if you are taking advantage of all those sales! Throughout the weekend we are not expected to see high’s above the mid 50’s.

Best times to travel?
Over 48 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this year on Thanksgiving, according to AAA. This is roughly one million more travelers than last year!

Information about the best and worst times to travel this Thanksgiving, according to the Boston Patch:

  • The worst day to leave is Wednesday; if you do plan on leaving Wednesday, try and be on the road by 7 am and avoid driving around 3 pm.
  • The best day to return is the day after Thanksgiving (Friday). Traffic is expected to be at its worst around 4 pm — the earlier you leave, the better off you are!
  • The worst day to return is the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Leave by 6 am if you need to travel on this day. 4 pm is when traffic is supposed to be very heavy.

Based on AAA.com bookings, the most popular destinations this Thanksgiving include:

  1. Las Vegas, Nevada
  2. San Francisco, California
  3. San Diego, California
  4. Orlando, Florida
  5. New York City, New York

Make sure to plan ahead and take safety breaks when necessary. It is important to make sure that your vehicle is equipped for your trip as well – Consumer Reports has a checklist of items recommended for holiday road trips.

We wish you a fun, happy and safe Thanksgiving! To those of you who are traveling, be cautious of traffic and make sure not to text and drive! As always, do not hesitate to contact an agent at Cochrane & Porter for any of your insurance needs: 781-943-1555 or info@cochraneandporter.com.

 

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Wellesley Public Schools Among Top 25 Districts in the Nation

Wellesley Public Schools Ranked #2 in Massachusetts

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If you are from Massachusetts, it’s likely you’ve heard Wellesley Public Schools are some of the best in the state. However, the town has recently been recognized as one of the best in the country! Niche ranked Wellesley Public Schools as #23 on the list of top school districts in the entire nation. Out of schools in Massachusetts, Wellesley is the second one to make the top 25, after Lexington who was ranked as #9.

According to Wellesley Patch, “Overall, Wellesley received a Niche grade of A+, with A+ ratings in academics, teachers, college readiness and health and safety. You can view Wellesley’s full ratings here.

Impressively enough, Wellesley has a 97 percent graduation rate. The town has an average SAT score of 1320, with the state average being 1044! According to Niche.com, the ranking is “based on statistics, student and parent reviews, and expert insights. Ranking factors include SAT/ACT scores, the quality of colleges that students consider, student-teacher ratio, student and parent reviews, and more.”

Congratulations and great job, Wellesley Public Schools!

Don’t forget to call Cochrane & Porter Insurance, located in Wellesley, Massachusetts, to discuss your specific insurance needs! 781-943-1555 or info@cochraneandporter.com

Record supermoon on November 14th!

Hello, supermoon!

The moon is about to be the closest its been to Earth since January of 1948!


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On Monday, November 14, the Moon will be roughly 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than it normally is. According to EarthSky.org, the moon will turn precisely full on November 14 at 1:52 p.m. or UTC, or 8:52 a.m. ET. The next time the Moon and Earth will be this close in November 25, 2034, so make sure you see this one!

With regards to how a supermoon happens in the first place, NASA explains:
“Since the moon’s orbit is elliptical, one side (perigee) is about 30,000 miles closer to Earth than the other (apogee). The word syzygy, in addition to being useful in word games, is the scientific name for when the Earth, sun, and moon line up as the moon orbits Earth. When perigee-syzygy of the Earth-moon-sun system occurs and the moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun, we get a perigee moon or more commonly, a supermoon!”

There was also a supermoon on October 16, however the one in November is much larger and brighter!

Supermoons are incredibly beautiful, and we are lucky to have two left in 2016 so be sure to mark your calendars for November 14th and December 14!

As always, do not hesitate to contact an agent at Cochrane & Porter for any of your insurance needs! Bobby and Vinny would love to help you out! 781-943-1555 or info@cochraneandporter.com