Digging into their future
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The McHales’ 1,715-square-foot Monroe Street home, which purchased for $172,000, has three bedrooms, 1½ bathrooms and a one-car garage. The oldest of the McHale children, Robert Jr., 16, a junior at Lawrence High School, said he was happy his family had been given the opportunity to own a home. “It’s not very often that you get something like this, and I’m thankful that my parents did this and put in the work,” he said. “I’m looking forward to having a backyard and living in this nice community.”
For the past 18 years, Kimberly McHale has worked as a teacher’s aide in the Lawrence School District, most recently at the Number Five School in Cedarhurst. “There’s a comfort level that I already have, and I don’t have to change anything,” she said of the move. “It would have been tough to take my kids out of their schools.”
Her brother, James Gracey, an Inwood resident, said he was grateful his sister was staying in their hometown. “She’s been trying for a long time to buy a house, and I’m very excited for her,” he said. “It means a lot for her to stay here, because a couple of years back she was going to resort to moving to North Carolina, and we’re very close, so it’s great to have her stay local.”
Kaine McHale, 10, a fifth-grader at Lawrence Middle School and an Inwood Buccaneer football player, said he was thrilled to move into a new home. “I’m used to this neighborhood, and I have a friend who lives on this block,” he said. “I’m so happy about all the space we’ll have. I’m just so excited.”
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