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14February

Weekend Open Houses in Lewes

 

 

Take a break from the Olympics and enjoy a look at these strong competitors in the Lewes market!

 

 

 

SATURDAY Open Houses

 

  • Villages of Five Points: 2/15 - Noon to 2 p.m

 

33108 W. Batten Street

$299,900

 

33107 W. Batten Street

$325,000

 

  • Hawkseye: 2/15 - 1 to 4 p.m.

35580 Peregrine Road

"Wellstone Place"

$1,099,000

 

SUNDAY OPEN HOUSE

  • In-town Historic Lewes: 2/16 - Noon to 2 p.m.

309 W. Third Street

$525,000

 

For more information, directions, or any other real estate questions, please call The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group - Sussex County's #1 real estate team for 15 years!

Posted in Lewes Real Estate News

18January

Getting Your House into Shape!

"Boot Camp" for Your Home

In the spirit of New Year’s Resolutions and “getting into shape,” it’s also a great time to think about getting your home into shape (literally "getting your house in order"!) – for your own enjoyment, or if you are planning to list and sell it.

Even when the real estate market is “hot” – low inventory, or relatively few properties in the prime locations - buyers are wowed by their first impressions.

One source of inspiration for first impressions is this website: Becoming Minimalist.

http://www.becomingminimalist.com/creative-ways-to-declutter/

While “minimalist” sounds extreme (and as we all know, it is difficult to achieve true minimalism), the link above provides great suggestions for decluttering and paring down the distractions in your home.  This exercise will yield big results with buyers, too. 

At The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group, we have our own tried-and-true suggestions for sellers who want to make a great first impression with their homes.  Many are very obvious when you look at someone else’s house; but they can be difficult to apply to your own familiar space. 

Here are a few “exercises” to improve that first impression:

Sight

  • Try to look at your home with fresh eyes, or ask your REALTOR to make recommendations based on her or his first impression.  These tips may seem obvious – and it may seem that buyer should be able to envision everything clean – but it’s a lot easier to envision when it actually IS clean!
  • Eliminate clutter and paperwork.  The fine Lladro figurines may be beautiful, but they are also precious, breakable and set a certain style.  Take time to put them away carefully and set a neutral stage for your prospective buyer.
  • Freshen your paint, and wipe down ceiling fans, walls, handrails, baseboards, and light switches (even swap out dated light switches for more modern ones with dimmers).
  • Inspect all of your sinks, faucets, and toilets for drips and leaks.  Seal leaky faucets, replace washers, and caulk where necessary.
  • Don’t neglect the outside.  Make sure your gutters are cleaned out and check your basement for any water leakage or mildew.  Winter doesn’t help curb appeal, but a neat, clean yard will go a long way.  Power wash any mildew from siding, too (it’s that time of year!).

 

Smell

In addition to the visual presentation, try walking into your house with a fresh nose.  Do you smell your pets or smoky furniture?  Your home has been closed up from the colder weather – do you need a fresh filter?  The old ‘baking cookies for the open house’ strategy works for a reason!  You can, however, have too much of a good thing.  Try to go for neutral versus too much potpourri or heavy scents.  People love a fresh, new smell.

 

Price

It’s the ultimate first impression.  Make sure your house is priced accordingly (competitively and attractively), if you want to sell quickly.

 

Exercise Routine

Just like our own physical exercise, these small steps can yield big results. And, just like physical exercise, it’s sometimes tough to get motivated!  Whether you are selling your home now, or in the future, consider doing these little things while living in a home – don’t wait for someone else to enjoy it! 

And fortunately, many of these tips, which are based on more than 30 years of home-selling experience, do not require too many repetitions.

If you are interested in selling your home, please visit us online at www.LeeAnnGroup.com or call us at (302) 645-6664 to customize a “fitness routine” for selling your home.  We offer a free home staging consultation, too!

Posted in Advice for Sellers

16January

Open House Weekend - January 18 & 19, 2014: Join Us!

A picture is worth a thousand words…but SEEING IS BELIEVING!

And don't forget to look for our NEW 'cabernet and cream' signs - colors of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty - for The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group's award-winning "Superior Service, Outstanding Results" in real estate! 

 

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group is pleased to welcome you this weekend to a premier selection of featured beach properties. Make your home shopping easy & see what our local real estate market can offer you!

If you see something you'd like know more about, or if you have any questions regarding buying or selling a property, please send us an email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – or give us a call at (302) 645-6664.

We hope to see you this weekend!

 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Open 12 -3 p.m. unless otherwise noted

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105 New Road, Lewes

MLS# 607971

 

344 Pilottown Road, Lewes

MLS# 603744

 

6 Texas Avenue, Lewes Beach

MLS# 607984

 

114 W. Cape Shores Drive, Cape Shores

MLS# 594636

 

126 Bay Avenue, Lewes Beach

MLS# 599546

(Open 1 - 3 p.m. Saturday)

 

1108 Bay Avenue, Lewes Beach

MLS# 607941

 

2 Van Dyke Street, #5

* Dewey Beach *

MLS# 609295

 

Sunday, January 19, 2014 – Open 12 – 3 p.m.

 

309 W. Third Street, Lewes

MLS# 608191

 

113 East Fourth Street, Lewes

MLS# 606267

 

314 Pilottown Road, Lewes

MLS# 607331

 

35580 Peregrine Road, Hawkseye

MLS# 609222

 

35911 Black Marlin Drive, Wolfe Pointe

MLS# 599685

 

Join us!

Posted in Local News and Information, Beach Homes

12January

Welcome to a New Era in Delaware Beach Real Estate

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty is Here!

It's official!  The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group and Gallo Realty are now Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty - and we are ushering in 2014 with lots of energy and excitement!

We’ve already replaced the familiar blue and white yard signs throughout our Delaware Beach communities with the signature “cabernet and cream” signs of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty.  This change is just one ‘sign’ of this partnership, which is a great fit for The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group and our parent company. 

Our entire, 101-member strong company kicked-off this new affiliation yesterday, Thursday, January 9, 2014, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and the first Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty all-staff meeting at Nassau Valley Vineyards. 

"Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is another established, integrity-driven company, and we are proud to be part of it. The company that my parents, Bette and Sal Gallo, started 35 years ago has endured because they lead by example, with their own values and dedication. We have found a strong partner in Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and will increase our superior service through the tools and resources they provide."  - Lee Ann 

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We look forward to our continued commitment to "Superior Service and Outstanding Results" in real estate, and we are honored to earn our position as the #1 Sales Group in Sussex County for over a decade.  

Please call us or visit our website - www.LeeAnnGroup.com - when you have real estate questions!

Posted in Local News and Information

31December

Turning the Page to 2014

Fresh calendars mean a fresh start...

...and exciting opportunities. 

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group is extremely grateful to our friends, families, and clients for the trust you placed in us during 2013 to make it another record-breaking year! Each of us at The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group focuses on how we can make every year better, which starts with delivering more personalized, informed services to our home buyers and sellers.  And each year at this time, as I look back on the previous year and ahead to a new one, it is difficult to imagine topping the year before.  National trends and market speculation can be intimidating.

I definitely felt this way last year – yet in 2013, our sales increased 25% - a milestone I could not have imagined at the start of the year.  I think the key to my motivation and the strength of my team is that we take nothing for granted.  We have expanded our team and enhanced our in-house systems to ensure this level of service. 

We are also extremely excited that The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group and Prudential Gallo, REALTORS will become part of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services next week – a change that will enable us to continue to improve our services to buyers and sellers. 

I am optimistic that 2014 will be the best year yet!  If you are interested in buying or selling property in Sussex County, please let us know – and visit us at our new website: www.LeeAnnGroup.com.

Best wishes for making 2014 your best year, too!

Posted in Lewes

16December

Make a Waterfront Beach Home Your Holiday Tradition

As the past few days have proven here at the beach, December is still a great time to walk around downtown shops and restaurants, walk the boardwalk and the beaches - even surf with the right gear! Many seasonal residents and home owners have made celebrating holidays at the beach a tradition.

There’s nothing like walking the beach and getting fresh air on the water before or after a celebration with family and friends.  Even better: consider a property where the water is just out your door.


The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group offers several featured waterfront properties – either on the ocean, bay or lake/pond front.  All of them offer serenity and views - and great places to ring in the New Year, year after year!

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1108 Bay Avenue Lewes Beach $1,950,000

 

126 Bay Avenue Lewes Beach $1,720,000

 

114 W. Cape Shores Dr. Cape Shores $1,599,900

 

2 Van Dyke St# 5 Dewey Beach $1,199,900

 

117 Waterview Lane Dagsboro $899,900

 

Lot AB   Red Mill Drive Lot 70 Mill Pond Acres $225,000

 

Lot 13    30245 E. Mill Run Overbrook Shores $179,900

 

If you are putting these properties on your wish list, and you would like to see them or get more information, please call The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group at (302) 645-6664 or visit us online at www.LeeAnnGroup.com.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year, too!

Posted in Lewes Real Estate News, Rehoboth Real Estate News

06December

Make Your List, Check-in at Open Houses Twice!

 

 

 

 

This weekend is the actual, official start of the Christmas Holiday Season in Lewes, Delaware - full of holiday festivities for the young, young-at-heart, and everyone in between.

 

 

 

 

Saturday DAYTIME: Get Your Holiday Spirit Started!

It looks like the perfect weekend for the Annual Soup Luncheon at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on Second Street (from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.) - in conjunction with the 40th Annual Christmas Tour of Lewes homes (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.).  After you’ve warmed yourself at St. Peter’s, venture out to tour festive homes around town, both traditional and contemporary, to jump-start your own holiday inspiration!

You can purchase tickets for the luncheon and tour, which is sponsored by Community Bank of Delaware, at the Ryves Holt House and Lewes Chamber of Commerce Office (on Kings Highway near the Zwannendael Museum). Tickets purchased the day of the tour are $25.00.  Children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult. 

 

Open Houses

As you stroll through town or explore around Pilottown Road, please consider stopping into an open house at one of The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group’s premier listings.  These two homes are quite different, showcasing the fact that we can likely find the home on YOUR wish list at the beach!

Open this Saturday, December 7, 12 -3 p.m.:

309 W. Third Street

Downtown Historic Lewes

&

35580 Peregrine Road

Hawkseye

Saturday EVENING:  Don’t Miss Santa!

For many, the “official” start of the holiday season in Lewes is a little later in the day at the 82nd Annual Lewes Christmas Parade.  The parade kicks off at 5p.m. on Savannah Road at Sussex Drive and ends in front of King’s Ice Cream on Second Street. Cozy up to your friends and neighbors to cheer on the floats, musicians, and fantastic Lewes hook and ladder fire truck with its ‘special guest’…

Stay warm and dry this weekend!

Posted in Lewes Real Estate News

30November

Small Business = Big Gains for Our Towns

Supporting "Mom & Pop"

Today is “Small Business Saturday” – an initiative started nationally to raise support for the independently owned retail shops, restaurants and service providers in communities across our country.  In Sussex County and our beach towns, small businesses are truly the backbone of our economy. 

We have always had so many wonderful boutiques and restaurants; however, as any small business owner can tell you - including my own “mom and pop,” Bette and Sal Gallo, who started their real estate business four decades ago - opening and sustaining a “small business” is no “small task.” 

Imagine what our towns would be like without the shops that sustain our local economy.  These locally owned and run businesses essentially make Delaware beaches unique places to live and set us apart as real departures from suburbia. The more our small businesses thrive, the better it is for all of us: locals and visitors alike.

Local Market

As many real estate professionals like to say, “real estate is local.”  Our Delaware beach market is unique and inherently local: buying a home here is perhaps as “shopping local” as you can get!

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group is thankful for the support of our customers, local colleagues and services, and we are happy to support other local small businesses.

Happy local shopping!

Posted in Local News and Information

25November

Breaking News: Lewes Board of Adjustment Approves Project

Call The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group If You Are Interested!

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Breaking Lewes Real Estate News!

The Lewes Board of Adjustment met November 19, 2013 and approved a nine-unit townhouse construction project for the corner of Savannah and Angler’s Roads.  Evergreene Companies Inc. owns the property (formerly the site of the Henlopen Motel) and plans to construct two buildings that will house the nine townhomes.   Lee Ann Wilkinson attended the meeting and spoke in support of the plan.

 

The Board considered another proposed project, developed by Cliff Diver, at 402 Savannah Road - the site of the U.S. Post Office annex; however, it requested more information before approval.

Combined, both projects will bring 17 new townhome opportunities to Lewes east of the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal. 

We expect brisk interest in the projects and encourage interested buyers to call our offices (302.645.6664) as soon as possible for more information!

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ORIGINAL Cape Gazette ARTICLE

18November

Historic Waterfront Views

The Lewes-Rehoboth Canal is the historic lifeline of Lewes.  No description of our town is complete without it; it’s been the central force in Lewes for centuries.  It makes sense that the heart of downtown is built along the Canal – with ever-increasing great cafes, restaurants, shops, businesses, and scenic recreation from The Lewes Canalfront Park.  So, it also makes sense that real estate along Pilottown Road is some of the most sought-after in Lewes. 

 

 

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group currently features several interesting and unique opportunities along the Canal.  Take a look!  As always, if you have any questions or interest, we are only a phone call away at (302) 645-6664, an email away at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or a click away at www.LeeAnnGroup.com!

Pilottown Road Featured Properties with The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group:

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344 Pilottown Rd, Lewes, DE

$950,000

CANAL FRONT CHARM

Beautiful historic home features modern updates while maintaining period architecture. Enjoy spacious grounds with private gardens and sitting areas, and off-street rear parking.  Property includes a basement with loads of storage space!  So much, so close to the heart of Lewes!

 

314 Pilottown Rd, Lewes, DE

$699,900

AND

316 Pilottown Road, Lewes, DE

$399,900

PRIME LEWES LOCALE

House, adjacent lot - or both for a package price of $1,000,000! Completely renovated in 2013, this historically significant downtown Lewes home offers a spacious lot itself and direct canal-front views at an attractive price. Enjoy an easy walk to all Lewes attractions, restaurants, cafes, shopping, historic sites and recreation – priceless!

 

409 Pilottown Road, Lewes, DE

$599,900

IMMEDIATE ROI

“Valley Of The Swan Marina” is a unique opportunity to buy your own, turn-key marina! Property includes 136 feet of prime Lewes-Rehoboth Canal frontage, 8 boat slips, and recently renovated boat house!  Leases are already in place for immediate return on your investment!  Call The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group at (302) 645-6664 for details. 

 

Pilottown Rd, Lewes, DE

$225,000

GET YOUR BOATS ON THE BAY!

Seize this well-priced opportunity to own Lewes-Rehoboth Canal-front land on lovely Pilottown Road.  Property features four boat slips, one dock 60 feet x 10 feet wide with two 3-feet wide finger piers and 14 pilings!  Slips are close to the Roosevelt Inlet, which makes access to the Delaware Bay quick and easy!  Don’t miss this rare offer and $10 – 12,000 annual income potential!  

09November

Coastal Concerts: Culture at the Beach

Maybe you remember the TV show “Green Acres” (at least I hope so, or I feel way too old)?  Of course, city-lover Eva Gabor marries country-lover Eddie Albert and has to give up her sophisticated lifestyle – comedy and adventure follow.  As exciting and welcome a move to the beach is, sometimes there’s a bit of a Green Acres transition.  It’s an extreme example, but if you have lived in the city all your life, it may feel that way from time to time.

Often the transitional issues are really about moving from work to leisure.  As almost all retired people I know say, however, they are busier in retirement than in their “working” lives.  Plus today, there are many variations on retirement.

Whether or not you are making the retirement transition, any move to the beach can be a transition from urban life.  My clients who move from metropolitan areas welcome the slower pace (they don’t call us “Slower Lower Delaware” for nothing!).  Walking the beach or your neighborhood in the morning, actually seeing a full, dark night sky at night, and getting away from beltway/highway traffic are no-brainers.  The first months after a move are the honeymoon. 

But what if you are used to having theater, fine dining, museums and culture a subway ride away?  Don’t despair. From Milton and Lewes to Rehoboth, Dewey and Bethany, our restaurants can compete with any city’s menu.  Culture offerings are expanding, too.  The Rehoboth Jazz Festival always attracts renowned musicians, and we have many home-grown favorites.  The Rehoboth Beach Film Festival screens a great selection of international films.  Organizations like Coastal Concerts and Clear Space Productions bring fantastic events to our region.

A Note about Coastal Concerts

I am proud to say the Prudential Gallo - Touch of Italy Foundation, a group formed in 2010 to bring world-class performers to Sussex County and support local organizations in need, has supported Coastal Concerts for the enrichment music brings to our community.  The group’s mission is to promote classical music appreciation in central Delmarva through live concerts, outreach, and educational activities

Take advantage of and enjoy the group’s mission – and its 15th Season - worthy of “Park Avenue” and our beautiful, beach “countryside.”

  • November 16, 2013 - 2 p.m. – Brasil Guitar Duo
  • February 8, 2014 – 2 p.m. – Danish String Quartet
  • March 1, 2014 – 2 p.m. – Elena Urioste, Violinist
  • March 22, 2014 – 7 p.m. – C hing-Yun Hu, Pianist

 

Ages 10-18 Free; For ticketing and more information, visit www.coastalconcerts.org or call (888) 212-6458.

Concerts are held at Bethel UMC Hall, Fourth & Market Streets in downtown Lewes.

Posted in Local News and Information

02November

'Land' of Opportunity

Building Lots Offer Owner Flexibility

If You Build It…

If you are moving to the beach or within Sussex County, or if you are looking for an investment property, you have thousands of options to consider.  Comparing prices and personalities of different neighborhoods and towns gives you an edge in your search, and lets you know “how much house” you can get for your price point in each respective area. 

Do you want an ‘in-town’ lifestyle or property with a water view, for example? Downtown Lewes, Milton, and Rehoboth offer three distinctly different opportunities. Members of The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group can help you narrow down where you want to be, based on your priorities, and identify options/neighborhoods you may not have considered.

If your search of existing properties does not inspire you, another option to consider is purchasing a building lot.  You can search for lots and land through the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) here on The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group website. If you have questions about “setbacks,” “frontage,” “conditional use” and other real estate lingo that often makes its way into descriptions, please do not hesitate to ask us!

Many building lots – most outside of neighborhoods and even many in neighborhoods – advertise “no builder tie-in.”  You’re free to choose your own builder, which of course means you can customize a home to suit your own taste.  

Best of all, if you build it…you will love it, especially given the great prices of many building lots in today’s market!

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group currently has approximately 50 lots listed throughout Sussex County – both rural and in neighborhoods from Milton to Georgetown to Lewes and beyond.  Prices range from under $50,000 to under $700,000.

We would be happy to help you find the lot that fits your ‘punch list’ of desired specifications from the broad range available throughout the Sussex County MLS.  Here is a list of featured lots that are listed through The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group:

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Featured Lots in Georgetown

 

Featured Lots in Lewes

Featured Lots in Milton

If you have a lot to sell, we would love to hear from you, too!

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group

www.leeanngroup.com

(302) 645-6664

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Posted in Local News and Information

26October

Focus on Five Points

All of us shop and dine in The Villages of Five Points – why not make it home, either for yourself or family and friends you want to join you at the beach? 

 

This town center concept community has established itself over the past decade as a hub of shopping, eating, and convenience for Lewes residents and visitors.  Walk to groceries, restaurants, fitness, pharmacy, and more (and don’t forget the frozen yogurt!).

 

 

Community amenities include pool, tennis courts, walking and biking trails – all east of Route 1!  Summer concerts and events are highlights for this community, too.

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group currently features these great opportunities to live at the heart of it all:

17228 Chatham St, Lewes, DE

Price: $309,000

 

33108 Batten St, Lewes, DE

Price: $299,900

 

17314 Village Main Boulevard, Lewes, DE

Price: $179,900

 

For information on these or any other properties in the area, please contact The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group at (888) 770-6664 or (302) 645-6664, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit us online at www.leeanngroup.com.

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06October

Closings, Despite Government “Closing”

Federal government shutdown has not impacted our local real estate settlements. If you would like to buy or sell property, like this beautiful home at 33693 Bay Ridge Lane, call us!

 

The continued shutdown of our Federal Government is concerning on many levels – including its reach to Cape region residents still working in Washington, DC., and the impact of people furloughed throughout the country.  Of course it’s a topic unto itself.

 

We can at least address one question: How will the shutdown affect the home buying process?

Most federal agencies involved in federal housing and mortgage programs will continue to operate throughout the shutdown, though a few may process things slightly more slowly.  To summarize a reference sheet from The National Association of REALTORS released on October 3, 2013:

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) – specifically single family mortgage loans, VA Loan Guaranty program, Government Sponsored Enterprises (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) and the Treasury’s The Making Home Affordable Program (HAMP and HAFA) will continue to operate during the shutdown, with some requiring subsequent verification of information.  The IRS and Social Security Administration may be the slowest to process requests for verification.

To summarize a local report from our friends at Dynamic Mortgage:  We are closing loans! 

Whether you have already put a contract on a property to buy or are considering a purchase, mortgages are still moving along!  Check with your mortgage lender to find out if the federal shutdown may impact you personally, and always feel free to contact The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group with any questions about buying or selling homes and land in our Delaware Beach communities!

Posted in National Real Estate News

28September

Berkshire Hathaway and Prudential Gallo, REALTORS in 2014

Winds of Change are Positive

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group shares the excitement of our parent company, Prudential Gallo, REALTORS, to be transitioning to a new franchise affiliation with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in early January 2014.  The franchise agreement between Berkshire Hathaway and Prudential Gallo, REALTORS was officially announced earlier this week. 

With this exciting change, The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group and Prudential Gallo, REALTORS will become affiliated with what is widely recognized as the most successful and admired business organization worldwide.  We are extremely confident that this move will enable us to serve our clients and customers to the highest degree in the industry. Best of all for us, our company will remain family-owned and operated – a significant source of personal commitment and pride.

Another source of great pride for us is that Prudential Gallo, REALTORS was one of the top 75 of nearly 500 Prudential franchises to be invited to transition to Berkshire Hathaway in the initial roll-out.  We believe this distinction speaks to the confidence of Berkshire Hathaway and its leader, Warren Buffet, to invest in our real estate market, which is a great sign for all of us as home buyers and sellers.

Be sure to look for more information and a new marketing design from The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group as the name change takes effect!

Posted in BHHS Gallo News

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