New ROC celebrates purchase with community party

KINGSTON, Mass. — Dozens turned out on Saturday for the purchase celebration for newly formed Conifer Green Cooperative, Inc.

Residents in Conifer Green in Kingston, Mass. came to their purchase celebration on Saturday.
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Dozens came out for the purchase celebration at Conifer Green on Saturday.

About half the community gathered in the Clubhouse for the party, with sleek black tablecloths and silver balloons decorating the tables in the room. A specially designed cake with the community’s logo sat at the front.

Residents from a neighboring ROC community came to the party as well, bringing a cookie cake with a message of support.

“Congratulations from your neighbors at Halifax Estates,” the cake read.

Hanging centered on the wall near the front of the room was the “We Own It!” banner, a testament to the dedication and hardwork put in by the residents that resulted in the purchase of the property.

Jean Cavanaugh, a board member, said she was thrilled to have the banner there and that Conifer Green residents are proud of their neighborhood.

As residents ready for the future, they expressed gratitude for those who have worked in the community in the past.

Marion Strout, the former park manager, was honored as well. Residents gave her a park ranger hat — which dubbed her as the Conifer Green Resident Manager — and a pair of binoculars. Stout was also gifted a screen print quilt showcasing the stone marker at the front entrance of the community.

Former Park Manager Marion Strout was given a quilt as a thank you.
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Former Park Manager Marion Strout was given a quilt as a thank you.

The volunteers from the community — like the Board of Directors and the Activities Committee — were congratulated for the work they’ve done.

State Sen. Viriato “Vinny” deMacedo as well as State Rep. Thomas Calter stopped by to congratulate residents on the purchase.

Homeowners bought their neighborhood Feb. 27 for $2.91 million. Cooperative Development Institute will be providing technical assistance to the community for at least the next decade.

The community is the 19th in Massachusetts and the second in Kingston.

ROC USA Network has helped 217 communities preserve nearly 14,000 homes in 15 states.

The Board of Directors stand underneath the "We Own It!" banner hung on the wall.
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The Board of Directors stand underneath the “We Own It!” banner given to the group.