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Where can we go as a family to enjoy the fall season? Viewing foliage isn’t enough to keep young children happy!

Gary Jaffarian has lots of ideas to share for family fun. They are either close to home or throughout New England where the adults can also enjoy seeing the fall foliage.

There is certainly a lot to do this time of year within a short distance or a for a weekend trip in New England. I’m a big fan of all New England states and how much we can do and see within this scenic region. We are fortunate to live in a part of the country rich in mountains, lakes, ocean, and among the best fall foliage in the world. I generally suggest places to see some great fall foliage, but this fall I will suggest fun family activities, as you requested.

We’ll focus on short-distance trips within the state and then some highlights from the other N.E. states.

Amesbury Fair & Country Music Festival at Landry Stadium (12 S. Hunt Road), this Charlie Daniels AMESBURYweekend Sept. 22-24, including the Charlie Daniels Band! Check out their website for detail at

Wachusett Mountain Kidsfest in Princeton is also this weekend, Sept. 23-24 from 10Wachusett kidsfest-calendar a.m.-5 p.m. with unusual highlights such as a reptile show, a maximum velocity bike show, flying high frisbee dogs, a ski ramp for skateboarding, a ropes gym, baby animal petting zoo, crafts and some music shows. There’s something for everyone in the family at this one!

Topsfield Fair runs from Sept. 29-Oct. 9 this year. If you haven’t taken the family yet, then go this year! America’s oldest agricultural fair has turned into days of fun for the whole family. This year’s shows include The Village People, Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits, and GrTopsifeld1ammy-nominated singer Cassadee Pope, among other big shows. There is a Demolition Derby, Monster Truck Show, Moto Maniacs (motorcycle daredevils), a rodeo, the famous Flying Wallendas on their high-wire show and some Disney-themed shows, food, rides, livestock, nature exhibits and a coloring contest.

Newburyport Fall Harvest Festival—Enjoy Downtown Newburyport for a scarecrowNBPT1 contest in Market Square, along with food, crafts, and morning entertainment for children. Of course, there’s all the great shops and restaurants, too. It’s held on Columbus Day Weekend—Sun. and Mon. October 8-9 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Mann Orchards Corn Maze in Methuen is sponsoring a corn maze at their Riverside Farm location at 445 Merrimack Street now through Oct. 31 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily except Monday. They also have hayrides, a petting zoo, a spider web climber, and a giant sandbox, checkers and chess games. There is pumpkinDCIM100MEDIADJI_0060.JPG bowling, a giant coloring mural, mini hay maze for younger children and of course wonderful treats from the Mann Bakery and Orchard including, cider and apple cider donuts, corn dogs, chicken tenders, and even fried oreos! If you just want to buy some fresh apples, backed goods, or cider, visit their orchard at 27 Pleasant Valley across from The Loop.,

Kimball Farms Corn Maze on 780 E. Broadway, Haverhill. This great local find has beenKimball_jpg a working family farm since 1820. From now through Oct. 31, they have a corn maze, hay rides, pony rides, a giant slide and pumpkin painting. They also have llamas and farm animals. It is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

N.H. Pumpkin Festival is held on Oct. 13 from 4-8 p.m. and Oct. 14 from 12-8 p.m. inNH_Pumpkin Laconia. This festival features 20,000+ jack-o-lanterns, rides, 50+ food and craft vendors, children’s games, a 200-foot zip line and climbing wall. Pets on leashes are welcome. It’s held at Opechee Park at Pleasant and New Salem Streets in Laconia.

Deerfield Fair (34 Stage Road, Deerfield, NH) This is a big one from September 28-October 1 and is New England’s oldest family fair. There is loads of Deerfield Fairentertainment, animals, agricultural exhibits and family fun. Parking and entertainment are free and it is held at the Deerfield Fairgrounds. There is a demolition derby with tractor pulling, stables. The Flying Wallendas will also be at this fair. Every day has a different schedule, so check out their website.

Roger Williams Park & Zoo Jack O’Lantern Spectacular (1000 Elmwood AvRoger Williams2e., Providence) from Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. to Nov. 5 at 10:30 p.m. There are more than 5,000 carved pumpkins which are lit at night. This is a big family favorite during the day with rides and a zoo and this spectacular exhibit at night.

Vermont Pumpkin Shuckin’ Festival at the Stoweflake Mountain VT Pumpkin_BcResort, 1746 Mountain Road in scenic Stowe on Sunday, Sept. 24 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. There is a pumpkin shuckin’ competition, music, chili cook-off and many children’s activities.

Fryeburg Fair (1154 Main St., Fryeburg) from Oct. 1-Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ThereFryeburyFair are farm animals, rides, food and draft horses and exhibition halls, similar to the larger Topsfield Fair. (No dogs allowed.)

Please note that most events with animals do not allow dogs. Most events have per person charges, so check out the websites above for each event. Before you go make sure your vehicle is ready for the journey. If you haven’t had your oil changed according to your manufacturer’s recommendation, or if you’re hearing noises that sound like something may be off, visit Jaffarian Volvo Toyota Service Department on Monday through Saturday for your convenience. You can call 888-718-4749 for an appointment or book on line 24/7. Know before you go, that all is well with your vehicle!

Enjoy your fall trips and send us a photo for our Jaffarian Facebook page if you go to one of these events, or send us a photo of your vehicle at another destination where you go to enjoy some family fun or foliage.

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How do I know when it’s time to buy a new car seat for my son? I can’t afford to buy the one that grows with him. I find it confusing…

Gary Jaffarian is happy to explain car seat regulations as recommended by law enforcement, government agencies and pediatricians. The week of September 17-23 is Child Passenger Safety Week.

I am so glad you asked this question because children who are not in the right car seat for their size are at risk of injury. Every 33 seconds, one child under the age of 13 is involved in a crash. Often times deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts.

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The law in Massachusetts, as in most states, is that all children riding in passenger motor vehicles must be in a federally approved child passenger restraint that is properly fastened and secured according to the manufacturer’s instructions until they are 8 years old or over 57 inches tall. When children outgrow their booster, they must wear a seat belt that is properly adjusted and fastened according to the manufacturer’s instructions until the age of 13.

It also is important to know at what age an infant should be facing toward the rear and when they should face forward. The proper car seat is dependent on the child’s age, size and weight. There are four stages of restraints and car seats for infants and young children: infant seats, toddler seats, booster seats and safety belts and there are a variety of types.

• All-in-One Seat (or convertible seat): This seat can change from a rear-facing seat to a rear-facing car seatforward-facing seat (with a harness and tether) and to a booster seat as a child grows. Because it can be used with children of various sizes, it allows for children to stay in the rear-facing position longer.

• Combination Seat: As a child grows, this seat transitions from a forward-facing seat with a harness and tether into a booster seat.

• Booster Seat with High Back: This type of booster seat is designed to boost the child’s booster seatheight so the seat belt fits properly. It also provides neck and head support and is ideal for vehicles that don’t have head rests or high seat backs.

• Backless Booster Seat: A backless booster seat is designed to boost the child’s height so the seat belt fits properly. It does not provide head and neck support. It is ideal for vehicles that have head rests.

• Seat belts on any type of seat should be fastened properly over the stronger parts of your child’s body. As your child grows, they will move from a rear facing to front facing to a booster seat.

In recognition of Child Passenger Safety Week, area Target stores (Salem and Plaistow, NH and Haverhill) are offering a car seat trade in event. Anyone who brings in a car seatChild seat belt to recycle will get an extra 20% the purchase of a new car seat or booster seat and most are on sale. Babies R Us (Salem or Nashua, NH or Peabody, MA) is offering a national safety event with 25% off all car seats online or in stores this week.

If you have any questions about the correct car seat, please see the chart here, check with your local police department on Car Seat Saturday on September 23rd. Also, if you have any questions, you can make an appointment at a Car Seat Inspection Site or call the Massachusetts Child Passenger Safety Information Line at (877) 392-5956.

Keep those babies, toddler and children safe at any cost, and most importantly, drive safely.

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Is this one of those dangerous long holiday weekends? How can we make the roads safer?

Gary Jaffarian explains that by making sure to not drink and drive we can reduce the number of fatalities by at least 20%.

Backyard BBQThis is the weekend to acknowledge the end of summer and is celebrated with barbecues and trips to the beach as a last hurrah. Many of these parties, outings and celebrations involve serving liquor. That’s precisely why thousands of law enforcement officers, state and local safety advocates will participate in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) nationwide Labor Day weekend drunk driving prevention mobilization called “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

Research shows that high-visibility police enforcement can reduce drunk driving fatalities by as much as 20%. The NHTSA will also be buying ads and billboards to remind people if they aren’t sober, they will get pulled over. You can’t hide driving erratically.

Labor Day weekend is one of the deadliest times of the year for drunk-driving fatalities. Drunk driving is a life-threatening problem our country faces every day. According to the NHTSA, 10,265 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2015, up from 9,967 in drinking and drive2014. It’s incomprehensible that more than 10,000 people lose their lives in drunk-driving crashes each year, accounting for nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities.

In 2015, nearly 20 percent of all drunk-driving fatalities for the month occurred over the Labor Day holiday period. The statistics are clear: Labor Day weekend is increasingly more dangerous for people out on the roads. It is important that those considering driving after drinking know that there are deadly consequences to their actions, according to the NHTSA.

Drunk-driving fatalities increased steadily through the summer of 2015, with 891 fatalities in June, 941 fatalities in July, and peaking in August with 1,045 fatalities—moreDrink Drive2 than any other time during that year. But even one fatality is one too many.

I often discuss the options to drink and not drive—or to drive and not drink– and serve as the official “designated driver.” The other culprit for accidents, of course, are cell phones as the major source of distracted drivers. Sad but true, these accidents are 100% avoidable. If you are going to “party” this weekend, here are your only choices:
• Bring a friend who doesn’t want to drink to be your designated driver.
• Sleep over as the host’s house or a local hotel.
• Call a cab, Uber or Lyft.
• Take public transportation.

If you don’t have Bluetooth, no talking on the cell and never text. It is illegal in New Hampshire to talk on hand-held phones. In Massachusetts, it is discouraged. Cell phones now rival alcohol for traffic accidents. If you need help connecting to Bluetooth or want to buy a new vehicle with Bluetooth, this is a great time to come to Jaffarian Volvo Toyota. This is one of the best times to purchase or lease a 2017 model, as the 2018 vehicles are arriving daily. Let’s make this the safest Labor Day weekend ever!

Enjoy this last “unofficial” weekend of summer safely.

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My children are going back to school, and I’m worried about their safety. What can drivers do to prevent accidents with pedestrians, especially children?

Walk SchoolGary Jaffarian explains that following the rules of the road and using common sense, combined with vigilance near schools, will reduce the potential for pedestrian accidents.

Children are vulnerable as they play outside in summer months and even more vulnerable as they stand on street corners waiting for the school bus, walking to school or riding their bikes. There were a few children in Boston struck while playing in driveways and near the road this summer and that is a few too many. Sadly, the accident rate continues to rise, mostly due to cell phone use and other distractions. More children are hit by cars near schools than at any other location, according to the National Safe Routes to School program.

According to a 2017 New York Times article, the most common cause of death in children under the age of 15 is unintentional injury, and the most common cause of unintentional injury is car accidents. Granted, most injuries take place while children are passengers in cars, however many children are victims of injury or death when they are struck by vehicles.

Too many children have been hit by family members when playing in a driveway and not visible behind the vehicle. A child in Boston was recently hit when playing in a cardboard box on her driveway.

The vehicles we represent, Toyota (SafetySense) and Volvo (IntelliSafe), both have advanced safety features to detect pedestrians, back-up cameras and many other safety features. Volvo has a new advance safety feature called “Bird’s-Eye View” with 360° surround view technology, whereby you get a bird’s-eye view of your car and its Pedestrian DetectionPD_hsurroundings so you can see obstacles all around you. Volvo also now offers an integrated booster seat cushion for larger children. Toyota offers a pedestrian detection safety feature. Whether or not you have one of these vehicles, we can all work together to prevent terrible tragedies involving children.

What can you do to reduce or eliminate pedestrian accidents?
• Know where your young children are at all times. When they play outside—whether or not they are in the driveway or on the lawn, if they are not in a fenced-in yard—do not leave children unattended.
• Stay with your children or take turns with another parent watching your children until the school bus arrives. Keep them out of the street until the bus arrives.
• When you are driving in neighborhoods, or near schools, drive slowly and adhere to the lower speed limits posted in school areas.
• Be certain your children are always properly strapped in and in the rear seat where injuries are less likely to be severe in the event of an accident.
• Children are required by law to wear a helmet when riding a bike. That is the best way to prevent head injuries. No exceptions – even if it’s just a ride around the block.
• Look around every time you drive in or out of your driveway if you have small children.

The National Safety Council recommends:
• Don’t double park; it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles.
• Don’t load or unload children across the street from the school.
• Carpool to reduce the number of vehicles at the school.
• Don’t block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic.
• In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection.
• Always stop for a crossing guard holding up a stop sign.
• Don’t honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way.
• Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians.
• Always use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians wherever they may be, no matter who has the right of way.

Be certain to drive carefully in neighborhoods, around parks and schools and let’s make this the safest back-to-school season ever. Also make sure your brakes are in excellent condition in case you do have to stop quickly. Lastly, never text or look at your cell phone while driving. If we can help with your brakes or safety equipment, Jaffarian Service Department is open Monday through Saturday for your convenience. You can also schedule an appointment 24/7 on line with our Service Scheduler.

Enjoy these last weeks of summer safely.

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Are you doing a charitable drive again this fall?

Gary Jaffarian explains the next community drive is for back-to-school supplies for Emmaus House clients’ children in local public schools.

Yes, Jaffarian Volvo Toyota participates in a charitable drive at least three times a year. This past summer we sponsored sneakers and supplies for children in our area attending School Suppliesbasketball and other camps in the area. This month we are again collecting back-to-school supplies for those children in the Haverhill Public Schools who are the less fortunate clients of Emmaus Inc., which provides services for homeless and needy families. I love their slogan: “Where everybody matters.” They provide both immediate assistance and long-term solutions through emergency shelters, affordable housing, job training, and more.

Without the generosity of the community, the clients of Emmaus House may not have new backpacks or school supplies that are needed. There are some great sales on school supplies this month, so please consider picking up some extra supplies and dropping Emmaus house and tagthem off to the Jaffarian Showroom by Monday, August 21st. The first day of school in Haverhill is August 29th, and we’d like to get the supplies to them in advance of opening day.

If you are a business owner or work in a company that has an overstuffed supply cabinet, consider asking for permission to donate extra supplies to Emmaus House clients. The children will be so excited to have new backpacks and supplies.

The administration did an inventory of the supplies and indicated they really need the following this year:
• Larger size backpacks in neutral colors for the older kids
• Binders
• Notebooks
• Folders
• Pens, Pencils, Crayons, Markers and Highlighters.

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2016 Emmaus Back-to-school drive.


“Anything that gets donated will be used and very much appreciated,” said the Emmaus House spokesperson. Let’s fill up a truckload full of supplies again this year. I’d like to top last year’s successful drive. Thanks for anything you can contribute.

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How do I remove bugs, sap and bird droppings from my shiny, new car?

child wash carGary Jaffarian presents his best tips on how to remove these summer “evils” of sap, bugs and bird droppings from your vehicle’s exterior—if you prefer to do it yourself—rather than treating your vehicle to the Jaffarian Auto Spa.

We usually think of winter as being the toughest season for taking care of our vehicles—but you’re right that summer has its own challenges. The biggest challenge with bugs, bird droppings and sap is that they really stick to the vehicle’s exterior like a sap on windshieldmagnet. Washing them off is much more tricky than your everyday dirt and road debris.

Whenever possible, try to remove these pesky forms of debris as soon as they happen before they dry up. If you have a garage, use it in the summer too as it protects your vehicle from such items as well as limits harmful UV rays that damage the exterior paint. .

Here are the best tips to cleaning your vehicle’s exterior:

1. Soak the bugs, sap or droppings area with a hose. Ideally wash your vehicle in the shade. Don’t blast your car with a high-pressure setting on the hose or a pressure washing nozzle, as this could damage the paint. Soak the troublesome spots thoroughly,man wash car then rinse off the debris. You may need to repeat the process. Apply a generous amount of car wash soap. Combine one part soap with three parts water in a large bucket until it’s sudsy. Dip a soft sponge or absorbent cloth into the soap solution and spread it across the car’s exterior. Preferably use a specialty car wash product, not household soaps or cleaners (Ivory soap is ok). Household soaps may contain ingredients that can damage your vehicle’s paint. It’s a good idea to go ahead and wash your whole car, just in case there are a few spots you’ve missed.

2. Scrub away the sticky gunky debris. Use smooth circular motions on the most difficult part of the mess. Keep wetting the sponge as needed and continue scrubbing until your exterior is spotless. Make sure to check for insects in less noticeable areas, like the grill, headlights, mirrors and the base of the windshield. Baking soda is safe andBugs on Toyota mixed with water can be a good paste to take off bugs and gunk. WD-40 or other oil-based removers are alternate ways to remove sticky gunk. It can also reduce the appearance of scratches in a car’s paint. You may want to purchase a special product for bug and tar removal.

3. Clean the wheels and covers. Use a separate cloth or sponge to clean your wheels and purchase a spray cleaner special for the wheel covers. Be careful not to transfer substances like sand, brake fluid and grease from your wheels to your vehicle’s exterior.

4. Clean the windows carefully with a razor blade or box cutter if sap is stuck to the windows and did not come off easily with soap and

5. Rinse and dry your vehicle. Once you’ve washed your vehicle, spray it off with the hose to remove any remaining traces of soap or debris. Wipe water off with a microfiber towel or squeegee, then let the vehicle air dry. Don’t skip the final wipe down—especially if your town has hard water, it can leave behind stains that can permanently damage the paint.

6. Wax your vehicle. If you’re really ambitious, wax your vehicle every 2-3 months.

While it requires a lot of time, patience and products to remove these tricky substances from your vehicle, there is a simpler way—bring it to the Jaffarian Auto Spa—and treat your vehicle and yourself to a vehicle that looks like new inside and out! We even have coupon specials online for detail packages.

Enjoy this last month of summer!

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Where do you recommend for summer day trips or overnights for a family with children?

Gary Jaffarian recommends both fun and educational places to visit as a family.

Though you didn’t indicate how old your children are, I’d be happy to highlight a few different places to travel around New England with children of various ages. Before you leave for an extended road trip, please be certain to be up-to-date on your vehicle maintenance. If you are not sure, please come see us at Jaffarian Volvo Toyota’s Service Department. You can even book an appointment 24/7 on line.

I’ve chosen one place in each of the six New England states:

Be a Boston tourist—There is so much to do in our great City of Boston! People spend so much money traveling all over when there is so much to see right here! My suggestions for Boston day trips include:
JFK Library and Museum
Boston Children’s MuseumCharles River
Museum of Science
Walk the Freedom TrailBoston Duck Boats
Ride the Swan boats
Take a Duck Tour
New England AquariumNE Aquarium model-shark-1260x900
• Walk along the Charles River

There is so much history and so much to learn in Boston and summer is the best time to visit. Millions of people from all over the world visit Boston every summer. There are a lot of low-cost and free things to do in Boston! You can also visit Old Ironsides docked at the USS Constitution Museum.

New Hampshire
Storyland is in New Hampshire’s White Mountains on Route 16, six miles north of North StoryLandConway in Glen and 150 miles from Boston and about 124 miles from the Haverhill area. There are loads of fun rides for young children including an antique German carousel, Alice’s Tea Cup, Roar-o-Saurus, Bamboo Shoots, a water ride, Cinderella’s Pumpkin Coach, the Crazy Barn, a Buccaneer Pirate Ship and my favorite—Antique Cars!

Portland—a beautiful area to visit for a day trip or to vacation. The Portland Waterfront offers so much including great food, shopping in the Old Port area and ferry rides out to local islands. There is a Children’s Museum and Theatre where they are currently showing Dorothy and The Wizard of Oz. There is also an Arts District, a Museum of African Culture; and the nearby Casco Bay Lighthouse. Just south of Portland, you can visit Palace Playland at Old Orchard Beach which is a beautiful beach with plenty to entertain kids of all ages. Greater Portland offers plenty of outdoor adventure, parks, and hands-on fun that suits every family member. You can plan a family outing that includes a day trip to a wildlife park, a visit to one of the state’s many fairs and festivals that cater to active kids and family entertainment, or a trip to one of the coast’s many sandy beaches where kids can play and cool off in the ocean waves.

Rhode Island
Block Island—a secluded island with a great beach and two light houses along with Block Islandsome quaint shops and inns—can be accessed from a regular or high-speed ferry ride from Narragansett or Newport—both great places to visit. This is a perfect weekend trip. Southern R.I. has some of the best beaches, without the crowds of the Cape. Block Island is a great place to rent bikes or mopeds to tour a beautiful, scenic island 12 miles off the R.I. coast. This kidney-shaped island has been designated by the Nature Conservancy as “one of the 12 last great places in the Western Hemisphere.”

Mystic Seaport—This is an easy day trip to the place made famous by Julia Robert’s first Mystic Aquariummovie “Mystic Pizza” and the restaurant is still there. This quaint seaport town is known for its shops and restaurants and its great Mystic Aquarium. You can board the largest Viking Longship or the Sabino Steamship. You can rent a row boat or sailboat to sail around the harbor. My favorite place to visit is the Olde Mistick Shopping Village off Route 95 before you get into the downtown area. It’s a shopping village that is set up like a quaint village from years ago. A lot of the shops are so unique—you never know what you’ll find there.

Stowe—Lots for families to do including taking a guided tour of the Ben & Jerry’s ice Stowe-kayakcream factory and sample the flavor of the day; visit the Trapp Family Lodge from the Sound of Music fame; watch the colorful balloons take to the air during the Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival held in July; take a dip in Foster’s natural swimming hole; hit the “links” at the Stowe Golf Park, a beautifully landscaped and contoured miniature golf course; or tour the nearly 600-foot granite quarry, watch artisans carve stone, and try your hand at sandblasting your own stone souvenir at Rock of Ages. Who knew you could have so much fun in Stowe when it’s not ski season!

Wherever you decide to go, please post a photo and share with us on our Jaffarian Automotive Facebook page. We love to see where you and your family explore during these summer months (and don’t forget to include your pets and your vehicle in the posts!) Hope you have fun and safe travels for the rest of the summer! Oh boy, it does go by so quickly! Make every day of summer family time count.

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