Valentinus. Several stories were invented for the various Valentines that belonged to February 14. A popular account of Saint Valentine of Rome states that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were being persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to the legend, during his time in prison, he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. An embellishment later added to this story states that before Saint Valentine’s execution he wrote her a letter and signed it “Your Valentine” as a farewell. Saint Valentine’s Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Community as well as in the Lutheran Church. The Eastern Orthodox Church also celebrates Saint Valentine’s Day, however it is celebrated on July 6 and July 30 in order to pay homage to the Roman leader Saint Valentine, and the latter date in honor of Heiromartyr Valentine, the Bishop of Interamna (modern Terni). A heiromartyr is defined in Wikipedia as a bishop or priest that has died for his beliefs. How did Valentine’s Day then become associated with hearts, flowers and love? The day was first associated with romantic love by Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages when courtly love began to flourish. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering candies and sending greeting cards or “Valentines”. In Europe, Saint Valentine’s Keys are given to lovers as a romantic symbol and acts as an invitation to “unlock the heart” of the one that gave it to you. They are also given to children and are said to ward of epilepsy (also called Saint Valentine’s Malady). Valentine’s Day symbols commonly used today the heart outline, doves, and a winged Cupid. Handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards dating back to the 19th century. So whether you are giving a hand written note or a greeting card, don’t forget the flowers! Valentine’s Day falls on Sunday this year, so how about bringing your Valentine to the Cape for a weekend getaway…Don’t forget to call Pat Foran at Foran Realty to go look at some homes that could become your very own Summer Cape Cod getaway! Now that would make a great Valentine! ]]>
www.RentCapeCodProperties.com is live! There will be updates made regularly and be sure to keep an eye on our “Guest Services” section for some great ideas for your Cape Cod Vacation! When browsing the site be sure to take in some of our favorite vacation rentals. The availability calendar will help you with your planning! This fabulous 3 bedroom 3 bath home sleeps 6 and is Waterfront on Cape Cod Bay. Breathtaking views, beautiful sandy beach and great swimming are all amenities in this casual laid back 3 bedroom beach house. Easy access to beach brings you right to the nice sandy stretch for long walks. This home is close to Dennis restaurants, shops & golf. Ask about house PMA 83. Be sure to take a look at this well maintained 4 bedroom home. It is ideal for families as it is located in a quiet, private area, on a cul de sac. It is approximately 200 yards to the private neighborhood beach & public beach at Corporation. Call the office today and ask about Home PMA 19. This adorable vacation rental is located just a short walk to both Dr. Lord’s beach on Cape Cod Bay as well as Scargo Lake. This 3 bedroom 1 bath home that sleeps 6 is sure to please. An outdoor shower is the perfect place to rinse off after a day at the beach. A large front yard complete with picnic area and gas grill is the perfect place to entertain or relax. Ask about home PMA 21. We are your premiere Cape Cod Vacation Rental Management Company and look forward to assisting you with all of your Cape Cod vacation rental needs down to the smallest of details. We recognize we exist solely due to our clients enjoyable vacation experiences. Our goal is to make your stay on beautiful Cape Cod as enjoyable and hassle free as possible. Our company motto sums it up best….”We love the Cape and Show It!” So be sure to visit our new website at www.RentCapeCodProperties.com and pick out your Cape Cod vacation rental for this summer. We are available in the office at 508-385-9114 to help with any questions or concerns you may have. ]]>
As the leaves fall, many of our friends and family members leave Cape Cod for warmer climates. Some leave for months at a time and others for a week or two. No matter how long you are away, you want to be sure that your Cape Cod home will be taken care of while you are away. Patrick Foran is an accredited member of the National Home Watch Association. Foran Realty Property Management Services offers several levels of service to ensure the care, safety and security of your biggest asset while you are away. From opening and closing services, pre and post storm inspections or weekly, bi monthly or monthly home inspections there is a level of service that you can choose for yourself. Inspections can be strictly exterior or can include the interior. The Emergency Response Service is something that you hope you never have to use but you can rest assured knowing that someone is available just in case. Foran Realty House Watch provides their clients with a piece of mind that their property is being watched by someone who is licensed by the Massachusetts State Police (lic # LW0118A), Insured and Bonded. Ask us today what else we can do for you…so you don’t have to!]]>
Creating A Responsible Environment for the Cape & Islands (CARE) What is it? CARE for the Cape & Islands™ was founded in 2012 as the Cape and Islands’ first “travelers’ philanthropy initiative”. CARE’s mission is to encourage, support, and create opportunities for visitors to donate their “time, talent, and treasure” to help preserve and protect the very things they travel here to see and enjoy: exquisite natural beauty, plant and wildlife habitats, Cape & Islands culture and history. Why Cape Cod and the Islands? Cape Cod and the Islands’ scenic beauty and pristine coastline are enjoyed and appreciated by millions of visitors each year, presenting a need to protect its unique qualities. This program will enable us to help sustain the region’s fragile ecosystem, the culture and the heritage that draw visitors and residents to vacation, work and live. Ultimately, CARE for the Cape & Islands™ is seeking to tap into the travelers’ growing interest in and support of eco-tourism and green-travel as well as their philanthropic inclinations to help us to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Cape & Islands as a national treasure and travel destination. How does it work? CARE for the Cape & Islands educates and facilitates relationships among travelers, businesses, local organizations, environmental initiatives, and residents. Working closely with those involved in the travel industry, CARE is able to create opportunities for travelers to contribute to local efforts to promote long-term environmental conservation and cultural heritage preservation. Visit their website at http://careforthecapeandislands.org/# to learn about the pilot project completed in 2012 and so much more. Who are we? Jill Talladay received her M.A. in Tourism Administration with a concentration in Sustainable Destination Management from The George Washington University and the Philip W. Ogilive award for highest academic achievement in 2011. Most recently she has been working as an independent consultant who advises for-profit business and non-profit organizations in New England on the promotion of special travel and tourism projects, community-relations development and sustainability. She has helped organizations like the Yarmouth Area Chamber of Commerce, Eventful Connections, Tourism Cares, Cape & Islands Whale Trail and a variety of events in the region establish community partnerships, raise funds for grants and scholarships, generate consumer awareness, increase membership and to incorporate sustainable practices into their business. Beyond her paid work, Jill is a committed volunteer and has served on numerous boards including as president and scholarship chair for Cape Cod Hospitality Marketing Association, Philanthropy Day of Cape Cod, Cape Cod Travel Industry Symposium and as founder and president of Single Volunteers of Cape Cod. She is passionate about using green practices and works hard to educate her friends as well as the public on simple steps they may take to make a difference on a daily basis. Please visit the website to learn about the ongoing projects, funding and the reasons why this organization has become such a passion for Jill. http://careforthecapeandislands.org/about-us/]]>
Foran Completes S.M.A.R.T. Program Dennis, Massachusetts – Foran Realty, Inc of Dennis, MA is pleased to announce that Patrick Foran has successfully completed the first phase of the referral and relationship based training program, Floyd Wickman’s S.M.A.R.T. Program, and has earned the designation of Certified Referral Associate. “Floyd Wickman’s S.M.A.R.T. Program is consider by many as the most modern sales and relationship training program available in real estate today,” Patrick said, “and I strongly believe that constant education is the key to providing premium service to my clients.” Patrick has quickly established himself as an expert in building lifetime relationships with his clients. His wealth of local Cape Cod Real Estate knowledge and caring attitude is a tremendous asset to his clients. Please give Patrick a call today toll free at 1-877-385-1455 or send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your Cape Cod Real Estate needs. Foran Realty is located in Dennis on the road to Chapin and Mayflower beaches. At Foran Realty, we provide Real Estate Sales, Vacation Rentals, and Property Management Services to both Residential and Commercial Clients throughout Cape Cod. To learn more about Foran Realty please call 508-385-1355 or visit us on line. Before you buy your next home, or list your home for sale make sure you talk to the Cape Cod Real Estate experts at Foran Realty, you will be glad you did!]]>
Cape Cod Short Sale and Foreclosure Expert Patrick Foran and Foran Realty offers Solutions For Homeowners in Cape Cod. If you owe more on your home than what it is worth and need a solution, call Foran Realty in Dennis, MA. Foran Realty offers fast, confidential information regarding the answers available to you and provides you with the information you need quickly. Homeowners need expertise to help them out of the most stressful, terrifying situation a family can face: losing their home. Foran Realty can help homeowners avoid foreclosure and turn a negative into a positive.