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Catchlight Community Spotlight: Christie Dustman & Company

As a local Newton business and community partner, we are excited to feature and support other local businesses, individuals and organizations that we find exceptional. For this month's showcase, we are pleased to introduce Christie Dustman. Meet Christie Christie...

Y.E.S! Winner Announcement 2016

We are delighted to announce the 2016 recipient of Catchlight’s first Y.E.S! award: 19-year-old Lydia Jing. Congratulations Lydia!! Lydia provides engaging screen-free babysitting, tutoring services, and peer mentoring to high school juniors & seniors engaged in...

Importance of Lead Paint Safety

I am a huge fan of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and when his April 17, 2016 broadcast was about the dangers of lead it got me to thinking about how my coworkers, those fantastic men and women working as painters here at Catchlight Painting, work to make...

Boston’s Best Painters Give Back, Again and Again …

I’ve been working through a trenchant biography of Winston Churchill for some months now, The Last Lion, and continue to be impressed by his fortitude and perseverance during the harrowing experience of the London blitz of WWII. Recently I heard a quote that was...

Some Thanksgiving Thank Yous

Two delightful and gratifying testimonials are below, both unsolicited, from two very different projects. The first comes from the remarkable interior designer Kelly Rogers who has been managing the multiple responsibilities of running a business, raising small...

Who Benefits from a Warranty?

Just about every company in the trades touts their warranty. Let’s put aside the question of how many companies actually honor their warranties, because we hear our share of horror stories about unethical contractors. Instead let’s look at who benefits from a ‘real’...

To Caulk or Not to Caulk

A historic homeowner in Chicago has reached out to us twice now for some expert advice after receiving conflicting advice from contractors in his area. His most recent question follows; Hello Nigel, This is James from Chicago. You may not remember me but you were very...

The Devil Is in the Details

Walking through my Brookline neighborhood with Huey the rescue-but-what-have-you-done-for-me-lately dog this weekend, I stopped to admire the rehabilitation of a historic mansion that had been neglected for many years. The developer seems to have done a decent job, at...

A Primer on Primers

A homeowner Mike in the Chicago area found us via this blog and after checking us out on Angie’s List called to pick my brain about primers. His predicament reminded me of the confusion that surrounds the use and purpose of primers; he had been given conflicting...

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