29 and counting. Norwell resident Brenan McGarrigle celebrates 29th anniversary as matchmaker with eLove Matchmaking

Brenan McGariggle
Brenan McGariggle of eLove Matchmaking


Not too long ago, before 40 became the new 30, the number 29 was the magic number people would use as their age year after year—or “29 and counting”. In celebrating her 29th anniversary with eLove Matchmaking, one of the world’s largest professional introduction services, Norwell resident Brenan McGarrigle is happy to use that same response—29 and counting.

“You don’t hear of too many people working for the same company for almost three decades any more, let alone somebody who loves that job. I’ve been blessed on both counts,” said McGarrigle. “One of the real ironies about my career in matchmaking is that I started dating my husband at about the same time as I started here. Fortunately, that’s 29 and counting, too.”

McGarrigle earned a degree in counseling from the University of New Hampshire. After interviewing for a few social work jobs, she realized that a career in counseling might be a bit depressing because she could only help people so much. Almost accidently, she stumbled onto the opportunity to be a matchmaker with eLove. With more than 600 marriages to her credit in the years since, the rest as they say is history.

“One of the most rewarding parts of the job is that many of the people we matched live in the community and we have kept in touch over the years,” said McGarrigle. “It’s not unusual for me to go to the bank or grocery store and run into one of our clients who’s now happily married with children.”

During the course of her career, McGarrigle has seen a number of changes in the industry. The most notable of those being the advent of online dating.

“I’d be lying to you if I told you the online dating sites made me a little nervous at first. Online dates have actually reaffirmed the way we go about matching clients,” said McGarrigle.

eLove Matchmaking initiates a thorough, one-on-one interview with their clients as well as conducting a mandatory background check. Consequently, eLove matchmakers are in tune with their clients’ likes and dislikes, life and career goals, and values. This not only enables eLove matchmakers to find suitable matches, but to provide information to their clients that in an ordinary dating scenario they might need five to 10 dates to find out that same information.

“There is a bit of a science to what we do but Brenan has a gift I’d like to bottle and share with all our matchmakers,” said Paul A. Falzone, CEO of eLove Matchmaking. “Twenty-nine years doing anything is an accomplishment. What Brenan has done over her career here is extraordinary. When it comes to this anniversary, we really do hope its 29 and counting.”

To arrange a consultation with a professional matchmaker or for a membership, contact eLove toll-free at 877356-8370 or visit www.elove.com

eLove is all you need

eLove Matchmaking, the next evolution in dating, has arrived.  eLove is the first “life stage company” within the dating industry to provide different levels of dating services, based on how serious singles are about meeting their soul mate.  Never before has a dating service catered so completely to everyone regardless of their age, sex, or relationship goals. With more than 50 matchmaking offices in 25 states, eLove Matchmaking is everything that singles have been wishing for whether they are looking for casual dating or a serious, committed relationship.                                                                                    

eLove’s Matchmaking offices are located in: Arizona (Scottsdale/Phoenix);  Arkansas (Bentonville, Fort Smith, Little Rock); California (Costa Mesa, Palo Alto, Sacramento, Walnut Creek, San Diego, Santa Rosa, Westlake, West Hollywood); Connecticut (Glastonbury, Stamford); Illinois (Chicago, Normal, Schaumburg); Indiana (Carmel, Ft. Wayne); Kansas (Overland Park, Wichita); Maryland (Columbia, Frederick); Massachusetts (Newton, Norwell, Shrewsbury, Stoneham); Michigan (Bingham Farms); Minnesota (Bloomington); Missouri (Springfield, St. Louis); Nebraska (Lincoln, Omaha); Nevada (Las Vegas); New Jersey (Iselin, Saddle Brook); Ohio (Cincinnati); Oklahoma (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma City, Tulsa); Pennsylvania (Mechanicsburg, King of Prussia); Rhode Island (Warwick); South Carolina (Greenville); Tennessee (Memphis, Franklin); Texas (Austin, San Antonio); Virginia (Falls Church, Richmond); Wisconsin (Appleton, Elm Grove, Madison).

For more information on eLove, visit www.elove.com.

South Shore Skin Center and Spa to Hold Expo in Plymouth on March 21, from 6 to 8 pm.

South Shore Skin Center and Spa, one of the most progressive dermatology practices in Massachusetts, is holding an Expo on

March 21, 2012 from 6 to 8 pm. at their Spa, located at One Scobee Circle, Unit 3 in Plymouth.

South Shore Skin Center and Spa’s Expo will feature Information on skin rejuvenating treatments, aesthetic treatments, age management treatments, therapeutic massage, professional skin care and the Refer-A-Friend program.

In additional to showcasing their services and products, South Shore Skin Center and Spa will also introduce Clear + Brilliant (by Solta Medical), a new approach to laser skin enhancement that takes skin care to a new level by helping to prevent the unwanted signs of aging.

There will be light refreshments, raffles and special offers for attendees.

“We’re very excited to unveil Clear + Brilliant laser skin enhancement at our Expo. Our practice’s Spa offers the most comprehensive cosmetic and anti-aging treatments in the area. The Expo will be a showcase of our treatments and professional skin care products,” noted Richard F. Eisen, M.D., Board Certified Dermatologist and Director of South Shore Skin Center and Spa.

Registration for the Expo is required. Register at South Shore Skin Center and Spa’s website http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=ayrtvmcab&oeidk=a07e5mqyu1o47039179
or call 508-503-8513.

At the Forefront of Skin Care
South Shore Skin Center and Spa offers cosmetic dermatology treatments for wrinkles, age spots, acne scarring, birthmarks, hair removal, tattoos and more using Fraxel re:store DUAL and Fraxel re:pair lasers, ePrime, Candela VBeam, Gentlelase, Gentle YAG and Alex lasers. The practice also offers therapeutic massage, VISIA Complexion Analysis and a full range of affordable anti-aging services including Botox, Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm and other wrinkle fillers; volumizers such as Radiesse and Sculptra; Thermage; microdermabrasion; medical grade facials, micropeels and chemical peels.

The Spa’s product lines include Clarisonic PRO Sonic Skin Cleansing System, Vivité, SkinMedica, SkinCeuticals, Jane Iredale-The Skin Care Makeup and Latisse.

For questions about the Expo, visit www.southshoreskincenter.com or contact (508) 747-0711.

About South Shore Skin Center and Spa
South Shore Skin Center and Spa is one of Massachusetts’ most progressive dermatology practices offering a wide range of medical, surgical and cosmetic services. South Shore Skin Center and Spa is a 2011 Best of South Shore Living Winner.

Founded in 1984, South Shore Skin Center and Spa is a unique team of physicians, physician assistants, nurses, medical assistants, surgical assistants and licensed aestheticians who are all specialists in dermatology and share a passion for excellence and a commitment to providing the highest level of care to both children and adults in the greater Boston area.
South Shore Skin Center and Spa’s medical dermatology office and Spa is located in Unit 3, and their Mohs Surgical Unit for skin cancer in the lower level of the Scobee Medical Building, One Scobee Circle in Plymouth, Mass. (508) 747-0711 and at 223 Chief Justice Cushing Highway, Suite 202, in Cohasset, Mass. (781) 383-3340. For more information, visit the website at www.southshoreskincenter.com.

Veteran helping veterans. Operation Stripes for Vets returns for 2012


Operation Stripes for Vets Franchise Promotion Giveaway, sponsored by Black Dawg Franchise Group LLC, has returned for 2012, and one lucky returning Iraq/Afghanistan veteran will win his or her own YELLOW DAWG STRIPING franchise valued at $28,000.

Started in 2011 by Black Dawg Franchise Group President, Jack Child (himself an Air Force veteran), as a way to draw attention to the stubbornly high unemployment rate for returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, and as a way to say “Thank You” for their service, Operation Stripes for Vets awarded its first franchise to Andrew Smith of Pilot, Virginia, an Army Purple Heart Recipient, on Memorial Day, 2011.

When asked how YELLOW DAWG STRIPING fit in with his personal goals, Andrew had this to say: “By working hard and investing my time and effort in my own business it allows me to provide a more comfortable life for my family. The customers are great and given the nature of the work I can schedule my work, meet the needs of my customers, and still have time for my family. I have been impressed with Jack and the entire YELLOW DAWG crew and I give thanks every day for this opportunity.”

For Iraq and Afghanistan vets who are interested in winning their own YELLOW DAWG Parking Lot Line Striping franchise, entering the giveaway is easy. Just visit www.StripesForVets.com for the Giveaway Rules and submit a video on the Yellow Dawg Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/YellowDawgStriping) explaining why you should win the franchise. Then tell all your friends to “like” your entry. The top ten vote-getters will become finalists (others may be chosen as finalists as well – see Contest Rules) and the winner will be chosen by Black Dawg’s panel of judges.

The franchise and equipment is worth $28,000 and includes the Franchise Fee of $7500 (waived), a Graco State-of-the-Art Airless Line Striping machine valued at over $8,000, premium traffic paint donated by The Sherwin-Williams Company, stencils, tools, uniforms, complete training and a custom cargo trailer with YELLOW DAWG logo and markings (graphics donated by Fetch Graphics). 

“One of the things we hope to do with our Operation Stripes for Vets is to make the public aware of the difficulties our returning veterans are having finding work when they get home. We can’t give away a franchise to everyone who enters, but we hope this giveaway is used as a model or an inspiration for other businesses to do what they can to help those who have served our country,” said Child.

Andrew Smith, last year’s winner, offered this advice for those thinking about entering the Operations Stripes for Vets Giveaway: “First of all, thank you for your service. You have already accomplished so much with your life, but don’t stop now. Just do it! You really do have a chance at winning this and if you do win it will change your life for the better!”

YELLOW DAWG STRIPING is the Pavement Marking Affiliate of the BLACK DAWG multi-brand franchise system, which also includes BLACK DAWG SEALCOAT and BLUE DAWG POWER WASH.  Parking Lot Line Striping is a unique niche business and YELLOW DAWG STRIPING is a leader in the industry.  For franchise information Call 1-800-998-3294 or visit www.FranchiseDawg.com.

Lakefront Living Realty launches senior division for downsizing older Baby Boomers looking for lakefront homes.

Scott Freerksen, The Lake Guy
Scott Freerksen, "The Lake Guy"


While a lot of the real estate market is at a standstill, Baby Boomers looking to downsize is a trend that continues to grow. With many older Boomers looking to realize the dream of living on a lake, Mansfield, MA-based Lakefront Living Realty, LLC, a full-service real estate brokerage specializing in uniting buyers and sellers of lakefront property, recently established a special division to meet the needs of this market.

“On one hand, purchasing a lakefront home is different than any other real estate. On the other hand you have the downsizing Baby Boomers who want to live on a lake, but without sacrificing the comforts and amenities of the home they now enjoy,” said Scott Freerksen, AKA “The Lake Guy” and broker/owner of Lakefront Living Realty. “It’s a challenging mix when you consider other factors important to late Boomers like; will this home be able to accommodate my kids and grandkids, can I downsize without downgrading, what will it be like to get around my lakefront home when I’m in my 70s or 80s, and concerns like that.”

What else makes the Baby Boomer market unique/challenging? According to a recent national survey of Coldwell Banker real estate agents who represent largely late Baby Boomers, only 28% said their clients were motivated by finances, while 49% expressed a stronger desire to live a little more simply (80% were looking looking to trade down to a smaller home). Adding another interesting wrinkle, according to TopRetirements.com, is that more than 50% of Boomers might move out of state to achieve that objective.

Another trend Freerksen has noted among his late Baby Boomer clients is an interest in buying lakefront property and installing a modular home.

“Let’s face it, many of the lakefront homes were mere cottages people built as summer getaways and were not meant to be year-round residences,” said Freerksen. “Modular homes give homebuyers, senior or otherwise, the opportunity to have the great location and comfort. Yet with waterfront regulations, matching recreational needs to your home and location, evaluating lake conditions, there’s a lot to consider.”

Lakefront Living Realty specializes solely on the purchase and sale of pond and lakefront property in all six New England states. In addition to their lakefront expertise, the company offers a current and complete database of lakefront properties on their website that features only direct lakefront homes. All the “riverfront”, “oceanfront”, “across the street”, “within walking distance” homes are taken out of the site.

“We knew we wanted to downsize and a lakefront home was desirable but also had no idea about where to start and the potential red flags to be on the lookout for,” said Ed Hargreaves, age 65, who purchased a lakefront home in 2011. “Having an expert like Scott looking out for our best interests helped make our dream of living on a lake come true—without any hiccups or surprises.”

For more information on Lakefront Living Realty’s services, you can visit their website at www.lakefrontliving.com. Additionally, Scott Freerksen holds seminars on the keys to buying and selling lakefront property. The next seminar is being held on March 25, from 10am to 2pm, at the Mansfield Holiday Inn, 31 Hampshire Street in Mansfield.

The price of admission is $29 and you’re allowed to bring a guest at half price or $15. Each attendee will receive more than $300 of take-home materials and be entered into a drawing to win a free kayak. Part of the proceeds from the seminar will be donated to Old Colony Habitat for Humanity. To register, go to http://www.lakefrontliving.com/seminarKeys.asp or call 508-377-7167.

About Lakefront Living Realty, LLC

Based in Mansfield, Massachusetts, Lakefront Living Realty, LLC is a full service real estate brokerage specializing solely on the purchase and sale of pond and lakefront property in the six New England states. Owner Scott “The Lake Guy” Freerksen, a Real Estate Broker and Realtor, founded Lakefrontliving.com in 2003 as way to support his real estate practice and to bring to potential buyers and sellers a website that features direct lakefront homes. All the “riverfront”, “oceanfront”, “across the street”, “within walking distance” homes are taken out of the site.

Lakefront Living Realty has one mission: To passionately unite Buyers and Sellers of lakefront property. For complete information, please visit www.lakefrontliving.com or call Scott at 508-377-7167.

Seasoned construction company South Coast Improvement launches new Custom Home Building & Renovation

South Coast Improvement, based in Marion, MA and one of the largest commercial design, construction and management companies in the Northeast, has formally expanded their services to offer custom home building and renovation throughout Massachusetts.

South Coast Improvement are the experts in construction and renovation of healthcare facilities, educational institutions, commercial properties, assisted living facilities, senior living and residential communities throughout New England, New York and New Jersey. They have established a Residential Divison to cater to those looking for custom home design and construction or renovation.

South Coast Improvement is a general contractor with the systems and expert team of architects and subcontractors in place to provide custom home design and building from $200K and up, to renovation projects estimated at $100K and up.

“The commercial renovation projects that we’ve done are extremely complex and are usually completed while occupied – meaning the construction is done in extremely sensitive environments such as healthcare, senior living and/or educational institutions, while the residents are there. The same understanding of code regulation and adherence to strict compliance, high quality and labor guidelines on commercial projects applies to all of our residential projects,” explained Thomas Quinlan, president of South Coast Improvement.

He continued, “We oversee all jobs and hold a property owner’s hand from the project’s start to finish.”

Property owners are provided with a guaranteed, no-risk bid. South Coast Improvement’s crews work every single day until a job is complete. The company successfully completes most $100K renovation projects within six weeks. Custom home building projects are completed in six months or less. The company is renowned for their high quality, efficiency and high standards of compliance which sets them apart from their competitors.

According to Rick Tobojka of the Harwichport Resort Club, a timeshare destination located in the village of Harwichport, MA, “Our project was not a simple one and all challenges were handled with the firmness, fairness and decisiveness required to keep a project moving… Because of the commitment and dedication of Tom and Henry Quinlan, their tradesmen and office personnel, our project was executed as planned and pleasantly met the expectation of our management and unit owners.”

For more information about South Coast Improvement’s custom home building and renovation, contact Henry Quinlan at (508) 748-6545 or visit their website at www.southcoastimprovement.com.

About South Coast Improvement

Headquartered in beautiful Marion, MA, South Coast Improvement offers an extensive range of design, construction and construction management services regionally in the Northeast and across the U.S. With decades of experience, the company is renowned for high quality, efficiency and high standards of compliance which sets them apart from their competitors. They are are engaged in projects across sectors that include healthcare, institutional, commercial, hospitality and planned communities/residential. The company offers pre-construction analysis, construction management, general contracting, design/build services, capital improvement, building envelope improvements and interior renovations.

South Coast Improvement maintains memberships and professional affiliations with the

Assisted Living Facility Association, the American Society of Interior Designers, the International Facility Managers Association, the Community Associations Institute, as well as International Real Estate Managers and the Greater New Bedford Chamber of Commerce.

South Coast Improvement is located at 208 Wareham Road in Marion, MA 02738. For more information, contact (508) 748-6545; email Information@southcoastimprovement.com or visit the website at www.southcoastimprovement.com