Meet The Man Behind The Spring

You all know that everyone is welcome at the spring and we love seeing you.

You might stop by and see what appears to be a caretaker walking around the property, moving some of the stones around and then returning to sit in the office behind a fold-up table that is his desk.  That would be Anthony Gattineri, who purchased the spring in 2014.


Anthony is a successful, life-long entrepreneur.  He started work at his father’s dry cleaner, Fashion Clothiers” in Winchester, at the age of 12 years old.  He continued to work there after graduating from Bentley College but soon set out on his own ventures.  He would eventually start an olive oil distribution company, California Olive Oil Company,  As part of that company, Anthony developed a way to atomize oil through a manual pump that eliminated fluorocarbons that were used for cooking sprays.  There were skeptics to his approach but it proved to be a big success for Anthony and the environment.

Eventually he sold his company and became involved in real estate.  Now, his work is devoted to bringing the magical waters of the spring to the public.

Visitors are sometimes curious and when they see Anthony in the office they knock at the door to ask a questions or two.  He loves it!  Anthony has never met a stranger and he is happy to speak with anyone who comes to the spring.  It is his passion to share information on the spring’s history, its special water, the people who come here and the stories they all share.  You cannot walk out of his office without hearing a story and Anthony will not let you leave until you tell him yours.

When Anthony took over the spring the red house that greets you as come down the drive was filled with rusty, outdated equipment, filters were not maintained, pumps and wiring were hazardous and the stone house out back was near collapse.  The site had become a teenage hangout after hours and the grounds were littered with beer cans and trash.  Anthony immediately saw a vision of what the site could be and started cleaning and making the water that is dispensed to you as pure as it bubbles up from the center of the earth.

The spring is all about stories, so let us share a few with you.

As you come into our spring, you will notice the 1969 Volkwagen (VW) van.  The van was purchased to be an icon of a generation that was concerned about the earth and water. To Anthony,  it was also a tribute to surfing (water) and he saw the van as a way to give back to the earth.   Ideally the van would have already been used to spread the word of Boston Clear and our valuable water, but, unfortunately, complaints were filed by neighbors because it is registered to a former New Hampshire office and we feared retaliation for putting it on the road.  To be sure, it will roll again!  Those who visit our spring love it and those Flower Children from the 60s take many selfies in front of our beloved VW van … we have even had a few wedding pictures taken there!  It should be noted that the tanker parked is also a result of neighbors who complained … so they sit there idle, but only for a bit longer.

Everyone who visits marvels at the 3,500 lb, solid marble statue of St. Anthony statue that is placed just beyond the stonewall reflection pond.   Anthony commissioned the statue in 2017 just after his father passed away.  The inscription on the statue was inspired by the wisdom he has gained over the years and his eagerness to share it particularly with the children.  “Justice, Fairness, Truth,” comes from his experience of seeking justice for everyone, aspiring to always treat people fairly and working to always expose the truth.  The placement of the statue came from a vision that Anthony had when he first commissioned the piece.

An addition next to the statue is the plaque “En Reconnaissance A St Antoine Juin 44.”  During a trip to Europe in May 2018, Anthony and his wife Lisa took a trip to Normandy, a place where Donato Gattineri, Anthony’s father, was in 1944 … D-Day.  Like many young men in the 1940s, Donato enlisted in the United States Army and as fate would have it, became a member of the 79th Reconnaissance Troop where he served as a Tech-5 scout in World War II.  Donato fought bravely in the historic battle on Utah Beach in Normandy France, a turning point in the war.

After visiting the beach where his father had been those years ago, he ventured into a nearby church that was undergoing a renovation.  He and his wife went into the church and they saw a statue of St. Anthony with the plaque that you now see in the spring.  Donato had told a story, just days before his death, about a visit to a church after the battle … could this have been it?  Anthony said that it fit the description to a “t”and he was certain that his father was there in June 1944.  He searched for the priest of the church and when he found him Anthony said, through an interpreter who happened to volunteer her services, “Can I purchase the plaque?”  Anthony told the priest the story and, to the astonishment of his wife, the priest agreed to give the plaque to Anthony and in return Anthony would pay for a replacement.  To Anthony, the piece is priceless and now has a permanent home at the spring.

The spring itself is a story and the mosaic of stories of all of those who visit become the fabric that brings us all together.  When Anthony is there, and he chooses to be there as much as possible, please say “hello,” and share a story with him.  He is as genuine, made in the USA, one of a kind and we are so fortunate to have someone who cares enough to share this special water and very special place.

Anthony knows how much you love the spring and please know that he greatly appreciates all the love you have shown him!  He is always deeply moved when people come to the spring, especially mothers who come with their children and expectant mothers.  To him, it is a sign of building another generation of health, joyful people.

Through the spring, we are not on enriching lives with our nourishing water, but by your refilling your containers here we are saving millions of plastic bottles entering the world.  Together, we all make a difference.

We Have One Word For You: Water

In Mike Nichols’s 1967 film “The Graduate,” a 21 year old Benjamin Braddock, played by Dustin Hoffman, is at a cocktail party his parents have thrown to celebrate his college graduation.  A friend of Ben’s parents, a businessman named Mr. McGuire, takes Ben aside at the party and says he has one word of advice for him, just one word—and the word is “plastics.”

In 1967, plastic was about to revolutionize the world but today it has created one of the major problems our planet faces.  Without getting into the complex issues that have been brought about because of plastics (save for another blog), we do want to present the power of having simple answers in a complex world.  Our answer to the future of health and well being is “Water.”

The next time you are on an airplane, take a look at the people who are in first class (not that I would not enjoy sitting there from time to time), but the group is usually made up of business people who have earned the right to sit there, not from paying extra, but from living a life of flying around the country on business … frequent flyers!  They are usually haggard executives who are thankful to have been seated first so that they can enjoy a glass of alcohol and a bag of chips, all given to them free of charge.  That is a reward?  Sounds more like a poisoning.

These people, despite their apparent financial success, can understandably find themselves confiding in friends saying, “I wish I had more energy and felt better.”  If I were their friend I would say “Water … start not just any water, but rare, healing water that can only be obtained from a pure source … a place like Pocahontas Spring at Boston Clear.  Don’t take our word for it, listen to people who make a career out of healing people.

Jody Hawkins operates Full Circle Health Counseling where she is a Certified Holistic Health and Nutrition coach.  Testimonials on her website speak to her work and one of her blogs speaks to our spring!  Not only did Hawkins find water, she discovered a healing spring here in Lynnfield where she takes her family;

Finding this spring and sacred healing spot, has been life changing for us. It came into our lives at exactly the right time, as most things do, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the benefits I have seen.

Another professional who comes to our spring is Regina Schulman.  Schulman and Tim DeSutter founded  The Infinity Healing Group in Andover, MA.  Our water has been a part of their work for years, including Schulman’s volunteer work with women who were trying to overcome sexual and drug abuse issues.  “When I was doing some volunteer work,” Schulman said, “the center that was housing these women served soda and chip, which were mostly donated goods.”  She said that the joke among the women was that the place was known as 30-30, “If you went for 30 days, you gained 30 pounds.”  The fact is that Schulman was trying to change the lives of these women and help them to clear their mind so that they could make a positive change.  She needed to get them away from things that were destroying their lives and that included the food they were eating.

Schulman changed one thing within her group and issued a challenge; substitute one soda with one. water.  They sat at a table with a gallon of our Pocahontas water, poured some into glasses and talked about the water, what it meant to them and what it was doing to heal their bodies.  While nourishing their bodies, the group used Shulman’s encouragement to focus on other, more complex issues … “The water provided a focus for these women so that they could address other issues in their lives.

How powerful has Schulman’s work been?  Take a look at this testimonial filmed at our spring (click here).

We would like to thank the professional nutritionists, faith healers and physicians who visit our spring on behalf of their clients.  We welcome you and we welcome them.

If someone asks you what is the one thing they can do to improve their life, tell them “water.”  Not water bottled in some factory, wrapped in plastic and shipped to your local grocer, but water that is delivered from the center of the earth as a gift for those who seek to find it.

 

 

The Growing Water Crisis Around Us

We know that you bring your containers to our spring searching for a trusted source of clean water.  For now, it is mostly a secret that visitors have started to share among their friends and families.  By sharing these stories, people learn of the nourishment that our spring provides but we also hear the stories from those who have searched for clean water like ours.  We encourage you to share those stories with as many people as possible.

In the future, sites like ours will become more sought after as local water departments are unable to fix the problems of treating the unwanted chemicals in our drinking supply by dumping even more chemicals to remedy it.  It is a fruitless effort that is wrought with even more harm to our citizens.  Water, the control of water, is going to reach a crisis level here in the U.S. within our lifetime.  All the warning signs are there.

The legal war between Georgia and Florida has been going on for years.  Georgia, whose growth around Atlanta led to the damming of the Chattahoochee River to form Lake Lanier as a drinking reservoir, has been a source of legal action for years.  Florida claims that the river once supplied fresh water to its residents and was necessary for to support oyster (and other wildlife) along the Florida coast.  The Supreme Court ruled that Georgia needed to prove that it could continue to hold back the water, signaling that Florida could end up getting more water flow … they the issue becomes, what about Georgia?  Yet another water crisis that has already cost both states over $100 million in just legal battles!

Here is the water situation closer to home:

Norton, MA – The city had such bad water last year that they also made the news for brown and smelly water coming from the tap.  The solution was patience while a new water plant was being built … completions was scheduled for summer 2019 but delays and cost overruns have put it behind schedule.

Scituate, MA – The water in Scituate, down on the Cape, has a reputation for having bad water flowing from the top.  However, today’s water quality has become so bad that the water has both an offensive color and smell.  Upset, concerned and angry citizens filled a town hall to let Scituate town officials have a piece of their mind.  After a five year project to clean up the water, residents went to a town hall meeting to demonstrate that they are frustrated.  According to reports here on Boston 10 (NBC), residents who even installed filter systems could not keep up with the amount of pipe sediment flowing into their homes.  Some residents bagged their filters from home and showed that were so filled with debris that they were rendered useless after just a few days of use.  Citizens were assured that by next year, the final patches to the water improvement program will be complete and they can begin an extensive flushing program.

Since our bodies are over 90% water, make a choice to put only the finest water into your body.  That water comes from natural sources, rich in earth’s minerals, just like the one at our Pocahontas spring.

Many people who come to our spring travel from miles away to fill their containers … some travel for over an hour.  Keep coming and encourage your friends in Norton and Scituate to visit us to get a taste of what pure water from the earth tastes like.

Set your GPS to 165 Lowell Street, Lynnfield, MA 01940.  Bring your family, those who are sick, those seeking peace and those who are thirsty for water that is pure.  All are welcome.

More Work To Do !

We want to thank you for all of the support you have shown us over the years, especially over the past week as we went before the Lynnfield Board of Appeals.

While we presented our case and were allowed a fair hearing, the ZBA postponed a decision on our spring until a future date (September, October, or later).  They allowed us sufficient time to present our case and a few of the neighbors provided their opposition.

If one thing was made clear by this hearing is that we need more tolerance and understanding in the world.  It is our belief that the spring provides a hate-free place where people are brought together for a common cause of nutrition and spirituality.  We will keep you posted on things but until then, let’s keep the dialogue going on something that is most important to all of us … water!

We heard from you and the Lynnfield ZBA heard from you.  THANK YOU!  We know how much you love the spring and are especially happy to share some of the posts that we received.  Here is one and please keep them coming:

Dear folks at Boston Clear Water or Pocahontas Spring,

I have been going to this beautiful mineral spring for a few years now and am so grateful that this water has been open to all of us who value fresh and live mineral spring water. This is a rare opportunity! I travel 40 minutes as often as I need to get this water and it is the only water I drink… I have sent many people to the spring who also travel far and wide to get this delicious spring water. Many people feel that this water has improved their health as do I. Beyond being able to get this water to drink, this spring has been a refuge, a beautiful place to go and sit in nature for me. Nestled in this residential neighborhood it is like a surprise retreat place.
I do not understand how this could be closed down and not available to the public! The owners have been so generous in making this available to all. They are certainly not making money there but out of generosity of spirit they make it available because they understand how important good fresh clean water is to those who are interested in health!
Please don’t even consider closing this incredible resource to those of us who value and take advantage of this special water and serene place.
Thank you,
Kailia S.
Kailia, we hear you and we are staying !!!
Keep these stories coming and we are happy to share them.

The Lynnfield ZBA Meeting Is Tonight, Honoring Our Customers

Tonight is the Lynnfield Zoning Board of Appeals meeting regarding our spring and, more importantly, your ability to come to it for water.  While we intend to honor our spring by working to share it with all of you, we are there to honor your rights to come to our spring for its healing waters.

A few people have spoken out to restrict this site and that means a lot more people have to speak out about keeping the spring open.  We are confident in our ability to overcome these obstacles and in doing so have rediscovered our purpose in serving many of you.

As a result of the many letters and input that we have received, we are going to start a series of posts on the people who visit our spring.  We find many of your stories inspirational and visitors to our spring represent a special community of people who are committed to the movement of clean water.

Here is one of the letters we recently received in support of our spring that was also sent to the Zoning Board of Appeals (the author was kind enough to share the letter):

Dear Lynnfield Zoning Board,

Many years ago a good friend of mine told me about Pocahontas Spring in Lynnfield.  He explained the amazing taste, high quality and health benefits. Knowing that this person practices a healthy lifestyle and in his quest to be healthy to find the perfect water, he researched many different types of water and what is the best for our bodies; I buried it in the back of my mind knowing that one day this information would be of use to me.

About a year ago I decided to give it a try.  The water is so fresh and crisp it is like drinking water that flows from a glacier!  I was immediately addicted! For many years my liver was sluggish from all of the toxins and metals from tap and bottled water. My liver now feels great and I have lost 30 lbs.  I also believe that drinking from plastic water bottles is very toxic to our bodies and not very good for our earth.  I can’t even imagine how many plastic bottles are in our dumps and in our oceans!

Every week I drive to Lynnfield with 8 glass gallon jugs, and fill them and return

home to enjoy this wonderful water all week with my family of three and 2 cats.

I have tried to find another Spring similar to this in Florida where I will eventually live part-time.  It just does not exist!  We are so very, very lucky to have this Spring in Lynnfield. Honestly it is helping a lot of people for many health reasons.  When I fill my jugs, I am usually the only one there the property is so quiet and peaceful. I also take a peek at the Spring in the back and say thanks for this delicious and hydrating water.  This is a precious gift from nature to us, please allow the Spring to remain open.

  • Jeanne F.

 

 

The Spring Hears You, Let Lynnfield ZBA Hear You Now

There are feelings that motivate us into action, one of those is love.  We are extremely thankful for the outpouring of support to protect the water that flows from deep in the earth to this sacred spring in Lynnfield.

Springs have provided life, hope and joy around the world.  Our spring is no exception and we appreciate everyone of you who have taken the time to visit us.  We know that people not only come to fill their containers with our mineral water, but most take time to visit our peaceful pools.  This link between water and spirit is what makes our spring so special.
As you know from our previous blog, we asked you to reach out to the Lynnfield Zoning Board of Appeals to let them know how you feel about the spring.  While we have a team to represent us at the upcoming meeting, it is your support that secures our future.  The ZBA has heard from you and WE continue to hear from you.  Here are a few of our favorites:
My wife and I live in Bedford and we discovered this beautiful source of clean natural spring water only recently.  My wife has been struggling with serious health problems for a very long time.  She has numerous allergies and has bad reactions to many things that the rest of us take for granted and do not think twice about.  Water has always been something of a struggle for her, since the chlorine and other additives in municipal tap water have bothered her stomach.
 
I found the Boston Clear Water Company online and I took her to the spring to fill some containers.  She loved the water and the look of happiness on her face when she could drink it without her stomach becoming upset was something I will never forget.  We recently found out about the issues that the Boston Clear Water Company is facing with their abutters.  We are afraid that this amazing and historical spring will be shut down and no one will be able to benefit from the water again, including my sick wife.
 
I would like to respectfully request that the Lynnfield ZBA consider how important this water is to people like my wife and to find a solution to allow us all to continue to enjoy it for years to come.  I know that as a new customer, I would gladly pay more in order to continue to get this water.  
– Alex M.
I have very fond memories of visiting that spring as a child with my father,  who has now passed. Closing the spring to the public would be such a heartbreaking travesty. The spring provides a connection for everyone to nature that is increasingly scarce in our busy industrial and computer driven world. For many of us it  also provides a closer connection to family. I can’t imagine why anyone would want to shut down such a beautiful natural blessing. Please don’t allow this to occur.
–  Melita P.
My friends have come to the spring for years.  I am writing on their behalf.  I have come once and sensed the healing properties of the water and the place.  Please Boston Clear Water open for the public.  It is too precious not to be.
– Maria C.
Keep those comments coming as we are happy to post them here.   Your voice is making a difference so let the Lynnfield ZBA know how you feel.   We plan on letting them know how we feel !!!
In the meantime, we will get back to work bringing you the finest water in the universe.